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Save Time with these Quick Steps to Lawn Care

Has that perfect, green lawn of your next door neighbor turned you bright green with envy? Perhaps it looks immaculate enough to play a round of golf on, while yours more resembles hay. But don’t give up, because there is still hope even if you don’t have hours and hours each week to spend caring for your lawn. The quick steps listed below will make caring for your lawn much more manageable.

Too Much Water?

First, make sure your lawn is not getting too much water. Most turf grasses can survive droughts better than flooding. Therefore, watering your lawn too much causes more damage than watering it too little. Most grasses need about 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water each week. This dampens clay soil around 4-6 inches under the surface and sandy soils approximately 8-10 inches under. A great idea is to use a rain gauge to determine if supplemental water is even needed so that over-watering does not occur.

Prevent Time-Consuming Problems from the Start

The next step is to to perform regular maintenance on your lawn to prevent those time-consuming issues from the very beginning. It is recommended that you:

Use herbicides for minor weed treatment. Pre-emergent herbicides are idea for weeds that are grass-like, such as crabgrass.
Aerate your lawn annually. Fall is the preferable time to do this.
Take care of bare sections as needed.
Maintain your Mower
Another quick step for maintaining your lawn is to make sure the blade on your mower is in good condition. This is much more important than the particular brand of mower that you use. A dull blade actually plucks at the grass which produces an irregular brown line across the top of the mowed grass. This rough edge causes the grass to be more vulnerable to pests and disease. We recommend that you sharpen the blades on your mower two times a year.

Don’t Forget the Fertilizer

Even though this step does take some time, it’s important not to neglect the application of fertilizer to your lawn. This is generally done four times each year, during the spring, summer, early fall and then following the first frost. The autumn application should always be performed, but the summer one can be skipped if your area is experiencing a drought. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label of the fertilizer that you choose.

Mowing Tips

It’s important to keep in mind that grass uses the surplus length to soak up the rays from the sun that it requires. For this reason, make it a general rule to not cut more than 1/3 of the total height of your grass during a single mowing. During the spring and early fall, shoot for a grass height of 2 to 3 inches. During the summer season, it is recommended that you leave the grass a little taller. You should only cut below the lowest recommended height when you give your lawn the final mowing of the season. For most turf grasses, this should be approximately one and a half inches.

It’s also a good idea to leave the clippings on the lawn after mowing. The clippings will decompose and add necessary nutrients back to the soil. Many people don’t realize that these grass clippings can meet up to a third of your lawn’s feeding needs!

As you can see, maintaining a good-looking lawn that you can be proud of does not necessarily have to be difficult or time consuming. By doing these few simple steps, you can actually save time and money in the long run. And then your neighbors will be the ones whose envy matches the bright green color of your beautiful lawn.

How to Plan an Herb Garden Design

You may be wondering why you would even want to take the time to plan out your herb garden design before you begin planting. The primary reason is that by taking some time to figure things out in advance, your herb garden will not only be a functional garden but one of beauty as well. There are many herb plants that are practical and beautiful at the same time, so why not plan an herb garden that is not only pleasing to the palate but pleasing to the eye as an added bonus.

Decisions, Decisions…

When planning out your herb garden, one of the first decisions you need to make is which herbs you would like to include. There are many different options to choose from. You probably already have some favorites in mind, but why not take a little time first to learn about some different herbs and how they can be used. Make notes of the ones that interest you and try to include them in your design plans. There are many ways to do this type of research including books, magazines, garden centers and the Internet.

If you are rather new to gardening, then you will probably also want to consider which herbs are easier to grow and which are more difficult while you are doing your research. Indicate this in your notes as well and plan to begin with the easier plants first. As you become more experienced, you can increase the complexity of your garden and begin to include some of the more difficult herbs to grow.

Another decision that you need to make early on is where you are actually going to locate your garden on your property. Is the front yard or the back yard the larger or more appropriate place for a garden? Which has the least amount of traffic and therefore will be less likely for your plants to get trampled on by people passing by. Perhaps a garden space already exists, and your decision is then made easier for you.
Once you have decided on the herb plants you are going to start with and where your garden will be located, then the next thing to be considered is how much time you have available to work on your garden. Herb gardens do require some regular time devoted to caring for them. For some, working in the garden is the part they look forward to most. On the other hand, perhaps you would rather just enjoy the end product of the garden rather than the work that is involved.
If the latter describes your particular situation, the good news is that you can always hire someone to help with your garden or even to take on all of the responsibility involved in its care. The reality is that many people today have very busy lifestyles, and limited time is a fact of life. If this is the case, then hiring a professional just makes sense. Whether you hire a pro or do the work yourself, you can now look forward to enjoying the bounty and the beauty of your own herb garden.

Landscaping on a Steep Embankment

If you are ever in a situation where you must landscape a steep embankment there are several things that you should probably consider first. If you don’t take these things into consideration, you will find that you will have to do twice the amount of work redoing and correcting mistakes. Since you are probably reading this article so that you don’t create extra work for yourself, let’s take a look at those things right now.

The first step in landscaping an embankment is to determine whether the slope is gentle or steep. When it is gentle all that you will have to do is construct a series of terraces beginning with the lowest elevation. These can be made out of landscape timbers, railroad ties or stone, whichever you prefer. If you decide on using stone then you need to make sure that you back the stone properly with soil cloth.

If you need to landscape a severely steep bank then you will need to plant a dense hardy groundcover through the cloth. When planting the plants you will need to start at the top of the embankment and form a ledge on an incline in order to be able to distribute the flow of runoff water as evenly as possible. Next you are going to need to prepare a bed area beneath the ledge, and cover it with soil cloth. Once you have done this you need to plant a dense groundcover through the cloth.

Get Professional Help if You Need It

Landscaping a steep embankment isn’t really difficult but if it is not an area that you feel confident in or don’t have much time to spend, you can always rely on a professional landscaper to do it for you. Taking some time to shop and compare landscaping professionals will give you the information that you need to choose the best price and the most quality service.

It’s also a good idea to call and get quotes on landscaping a steep embankment. It can be a surprise to find out how varied the price range can be. This will obviously help you choose a company or individual to hire for the job.

Proper landscaping adds both beauty and value to a home. Landscaping is something that you are most people want to invest time and money in, regardless of whether or not professionals to do the work.

Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Designs

Using a raised garden bed design is an excellent way to get more garden out of a limited amount of space. By raising each plant up rather than out, more crops can grow at one time. Some plants grow much better in the raised garden bed design. Plants like squash and cucumbers prefer a raised garden bed. Strawberries flourish in the raised beds as well. If kept in their own space, these raised beds will produce a larger harvest of vegetables and fruit. The weeds are kept to a minimum where the plants grow because the raised beds allow only enough room for each plant. There is little to no space for weeds to take over.

Weeds will manage find their way into any garden and they need to be tended to with as much attention as is spent on the garden itself.

The best way to get weeds out is to pick them when they break through the surface of the soil. When seeing plants that are small but outside of the raised beds, a person doesn’t have to wait to see if it is a weed or a plant. Pick anything outside of the raised beds. It’s best to wait a little longer to pull weeds in the raised beds just to make sure it isn’t a plant.

Raised Garden Bed Designs Offer Protection

If the gardener’s home is in a northern climate, a raised garden bed design can actually insulate root systems during the cold of winter. Some plants will return every year to reproduce more fruit or vegetables. An example of this would be strawberries. The raised garden bed’s soil will insulate the roots. They will come back year after year as long as the gardener puts down a little mulch at the end of the season. The same is true for rhubarb plants. Take care of them and you will be rewarded with a new crop every year.

The bottom line is this: a raised garden bed design is an excellent way to keep a garden healthy without using any sprays or pesticides. If a person has never gardened with raised beds, this coming year would be an excellent time to begin. Talk to neighbors who might use this design or go to a nursery where workers are experienced with this kind of garden. They will be very helpful in planning out a raised garden in the space you have available. Just make sure to take a drawing with the dimensions on it, and this garden will be spectacular.

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