Lawn Care Basics

If you want to keep a beautiful, tidy looking garden, you need to pay close attention to the lawn with proper lawn care. Most Americans take great pride in their yards and so lawn care is important to them. You will notice when you see the results of a properly cared for lawn, it will give you a sense of pride. Of course, you could always pay a gardener to do it, but then you would get no real satisfaction as you would not have done it yourself.

Knowing Lawn Care Basics

Lawn care can be simple just as long as you at least know the basics. Firstly, the tidiness of the garden needs to be addressed. Is it clean? Is there anything on the lawn which shouldn’t be there? Leaves and rubbish spoil the garden, so you need to get rid of them by raking and picking up all litter before you start. You will notice that once you have removed the rubbish and leaves, your garden will already look so much nicer.

If you have bumps within the garden, they can be removed with a spade and you can either replace the sod or plant new grass seed. As well as boosting the appearance of the garden, by leveling it out, you are also ensuring that it is easier to mow and to keep in pristine condition.

Overall keeping the lawn looking good and keeping it trimmed is all part of primary lawn care. It is something which must be done if you are to have a garden of which can be proud.  A green and healthy lawn is very easy to achieve as long as you know Lawn Care Basics techniques and how to apply them correctly. Read the guidelines below so you can handle your turf properly and get incredible results in no time.

Lawn Mowing

• Find out the recommended cutting height for your grass type and follow it. If you’re unaware or unsure of how much grass to mow, cut only one-third of the total grass length as a general rule.

• Make sure you set your mower high enough. Cutting at a low setting will only damage your grass and prevent its roots from growing deeper.

• Use the appropriate mower for your lawn type. It must be well-tuned, sharpened and in good working condition at all times so you’ll be more efficient at mowing the lawn.

• Never mow over wet grass. Always cut when the turf is dry so you can discourage the presence of weeds and diseases.

• To prevent sunburn, mow your lawn during the coldest part of the day, usually, in the morning after any dew has lifted.

When deciding which lawn mowers is right for you, you need to consider the size of the lawn you are going to be cutting and the type of finish you wish to achieve. If your yard is large, then you will want to look at the petrol lawn mowers are not limited by a power cable and tend to have larger grass collection bins meaning less stopping to empty the bin.  If you have a small area of lawn, you might only need a small electric mower.

Lawn Watering

  • Where lawns are concerned watering more frequently in short durations is better than long soaking, which may cause water to run off and wasted.
  • You don’t have to water your lawn all the time. Feed it only when it’s necessary, or you think it’s a bit dry
  • Be sure to your local communities water restrictions and permissible schedules.  Your local communities water restrictions should be checked regularly as they can change throughout the growing season.
  • Water early in the morning-never late in the afternoon or evening because this promotes pests and diseases to develop.
  • Avoid overwatering your lawn. The advisable amount is around 1-2 inches of water per week, but you may have to adjust depending on the season and the required water supply for your particular grass type.
  • Be sure to spread and sprinkle the water throughout the entire lot. You don’t want one area to be soaked and other parts to become dry due to lack of supply.

It is a known fact that grass will not grow and will die without water which will cause some brown patches to show on the lawn. It is essential to understand what type of soil and grass you have to supply it with only the appropriate amount of water. It is also important not to over-saturate the soil with water as this could cause the grass to die. The ideal time of watering the lawn is during the early morning or at sunset because it is during these times that the water is more likely to soak into the soil than just evaporating.

Weed & Pest Control

  • Weed the turf especially during the fall and spring seasons.
  • Choose organic weed and pest control agents, as a last resort, to get rid of unwanted elements without causing damage to your lawn.  If you must apply chemicals, please use them as directed and apply them only where truly necessary.
  • Take out crabgrass as soon as you see it so you can prevent it from developing roots and spreading throughout the lot.

So, those are the basic techniques that you need to apply if you want to make your lawn more beautiful. Be sure to use them the right way so you can see improvement in your lawn’s overall health and appearance.

The best way to achieve that perfect garden is to start carefully and make small but steady improvements over time. A few basic lawn care tools are necessary, but you can buy lawn care tools at any number of places.

fertilizing your lawn

Fertilizing the soil is also essential. However, you will need to know what type of soil you have before proceeding. Knowing your soil type is important because it will allow you to get the correct fertilizer for your lawn, whether organic or chemical. It is essential to understand that using too much fertilizer can harmful to your yard, to the environment, and your family and pets.

Overfertiliation can leave lawns vunerable to Insect attact.

Most people hardly realize that the roots of the grass need air to This is why people who are in the know aerate their lawn to make it healthier. One good way of checking if your soil needs aerating is by pouring a small amount of water to the soil and see if it soaks down through quickly. If it does not, then it is required for you to aerate your lawn.

If you can stay away from the herbicides and weed killers, Consider interplanting perennial clover or Alfalfa. If you can get an established mix of 30 to 50 percent of clover or alfalfa, your lawn will be healthier and require little or no additional fertilizers, as the grass will get its nitrogen from the clover and alfalfa. Additionally, during hotter weather when your lawn grasses my stall or go dormant, assuming adequate rainfall or irrigation has been applied, the clover and alfalfa will continue to be lively and green. If you live in a location where you can let the clover and alfalfa go to flower, you will be attracting and help the local native and honey bee population.

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Rain and snow in your landscaping

Do Your Landscape Reseach

As you consider landscaping your yard, keep in mind that rain and snow are factors for the success of your plan. That means you must follow a careful plan to achieve the best result. You will need to conduct thorough research on landscaping, including finding relevant books on the subject in the library. The success of your research will point you in the right direction about yard landscaping without destroying your yard. The research will also give helpful ideas and concepts which can be combined to improve the appearance and quality of your yard.

Find Precipitation And Drainage Patterns

When implementing your yard landscaping, proper attention should be given to the impact of rain, snow, and drainage. If in the winter you discover your yard is muddy or you are experiencing pool of water across the garden, perhaps you need proper drainage. While it is okay to handle your landscaping as a DIY project; it will be helpful to invite a professional to look at your drainage. In this regard, the expert can do a better job and make your effort at landscaping more rewarding.

Understanding Your Local Weather Patterns

If your yard landscaping is adequately set up, you can maximize the rain resources for the benefits of your plant without ruining your yard. In this way, the rainwater will feed your plant and trees and will not cause puddles that may make your yard flooded while it rains. When you have adequate information about widespread rainfall including it levels and timing, it will help you to plan for the success of your landscaping. Also, this information will help you to make landscaping survival plan for summer.

The Need for Snow in Colder Climates

You also need snow for successful yard landscaping. While it is cold and icy, the melting snow will help to water your garden, and the ice will warm up the soil to sustain the sleeping plants and keep them alive. In the spring, the plant bulbs will crack open and spring back to life giving your garden lushly beauty.

PRECIPITATION Distribution and Collection

Therefore, the proper distribution of rainwater across your yard is vital to the success of your planned landscaping project. You can cross check this when it rains by going around the yard to note the flow of the water and also where it collects into puddles. Use the information you gathered to plan your landscaping project. Even when you have to call in a professional to work on your drainage, the facts gathered would be useful for them to know what to do to plan the right water movement for you.

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How Saving Eggshells Can Help Your Backyard Birds

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Eggshell

Saving your eggshells and giving him a quick bake in the oven can help you while birds digestion. While birds have gizzards like chickens and usually pick up small stones to grind their food once it swallowed it. So, adding crushed eggshells to their feeders or scattering them loosely on a patch of bare ground can give them an additional source of small hard bits to help them render food. Additionally, it can provide a source of calcium for your wild birds.

Baking Eggshells

Baking eggshells to give to your birds is easy and takes only a few minutes. You need only:

  • to preheat your oven to 250°
  • place your eggshells on a tray. I usually line it with the lifts bit of aluminum foil to keep my baking tray clean to save on washing and the aluminum foil can be reused.
  • bake until the eggshells are thoroughly dry and brittle enough to crush easily with your hands once cool.

Placing Your Crushed Eggshells

as I previously mentioned, you can spread the eggshells on a patch of bare ground. You can also add them to your birdfeeders so that your birds can pick them up while they are eating any bird food you may provide be providing.

When To Give Your Birds Eggshells

you can give the baked and crushed eggshells to your birds year-round. However, spring is especially helpful is that at the time of the year when birds are laying eggs and can use an extra bit of calcium in addition to the grinding capabilities that eggshells provide. If you feel like you don’t have enough eggshells, then you may want to buy some crushed oyster shells which can be acquired from your local feed store or online and they serve the same purpose, even though they’re generally marketed for chickens, ducks and geese.

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What Plants do Hummingbirds Like?

I’m frequently asked what plants attract hummingbirds, and while I know, I have never actually made a list of them.  So, here is a quick list of plants, which in addition to your hummingbird feeder, will help attract hummingbirds to your yard.

  • Beardtongue (Penstemon)
  • Butterfly bush (Buddleia)
  • Catmint (Nepeta)
  • Cigar Plant (Cuphea)
  • Clove pink (Dianthus)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia)
  • Coral bells (Heuchera)
  • Desert candle (Yucca)
  • Firebush (Hamelia patens)
  • Flag (Iris)
  • Flame Acanthus (Aniscanthus wrightii)
  • Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata)
  • Foxglove (Digitalis)
  • Jatropha (integerrima)
  • Lantana (Lantana camara)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Lily (Lilium)
  • Lupine (Lupinus)
  • Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
  • Pentas (Pentas)
  • Petunia (Petunia)
  • Pincushion flower (Scabiosa)
  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
  • Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
  • Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ (Salvia guaranitica)
  • Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens)
  • Scarlet trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)
  • Soapwort (Saponaria)
  • Summer phlox (Phlox paniculata)
  • Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
  • Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii)
  • Verbena (Aloysia Virgata)
  • Weigela (Weigela)