Mulch is described as “a layer of material that is applied to the surface of the soil”. Mulch is typically applied to flower beds, around the base of trees, around the perimeter of a home or business building, and around any other area that a property owner wants to highlight throughout their landscape.
Mulch is often used for the purpose of beautification and for enhancing the area around one’s yard or home, but mulch also has many useful purposes. Some of the reasons people use mulch on their property are:
Most homeowners love to have the picture-perfect lawn, one that rivals properties that they have seen on HGTV or throughout landscaping magazines. However, a beautifully landscaped lawn does not happen overnight, or without much thought and preparation. If you are interested in some tips for creating a landscaped area around your home that is picturesque, unique, interesting, and also relatively easy to maintain, then continue reading below for some of our tips and ideas.
Prior planning is one of the main keys to achieving the landscaping design that you want for your unique lawn. Without the proper planning and landscape education, you may not be able to complete the entire project that you once thought was going to be quite simple.
Although this is not necessarily a pleasant topic to discuss with someone, the accumulation of dog feces on your lawn is a topic that should be discussed with any dog owner, or property owner who has a lot of dogs that “visit” their yard on a regular basis. One may assume that dog droppings act as a natural fertilizer for their thriving grassy areas, but in reality, dog waste can not only be harmful for your lawn, but it can also be harmful to you, your family, or anyone else that visits your place. Scooping the dog waste off of your lawn is one of those necessary chores that dog, or property, owners must do routinely, along with feeding your furry friend, ensuring they have regular access to drinking water, playing with them, and providing shelter for them.
Dog feces in your lawn can cause the grass blades to burn from the toxic composition within the waste, and this causes unsightly brown patches along the surface. Unattended dog feces can also become a big problem for your local water table, because it can eventually dilute and spread apart before running into a drain pipe, a lake, river, or pond. Dog feces is one of the major contributors for contaminating local water sources. Furthermore, consider the fact that in 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled dog feces in a specific category of pollutants, along with other substances such as oil, grease, toxic chemicals, herbicides, and insecticides.
A healthy lawn is one that is provided with the proper amount of sunlight, oxygen, fertilizer, and moisture. Unless your lawn is receiving plenty of water from consistent rainfall, then it is important to ensure that your lawn is given water on a regular basis. The ideal amount of water that a healthy lawn needs is about one inch per week, especially during the warmer season. By using a rain gauge (bought inexpensively at a garden supply store), you can easily measure how much water your lawn has received each week. Remember that the one-inch recommendation includes rainwater, as well as water that you provide for your lawn.
Most lawn care professionals agree that watering a lawn in the early morning hours is the best option, preferably between the hours of 5am-9am. As the sun rises, the water droplets will have plenty of time to be absorbed into the grass blades, before evaporating due to extreme heat from the summer sun. Later in the day will probably prove to be too hot for proper watering, because the water will evaporate too quickly, and will not have time to be absorbed by the plants.
Anyone who has taken care of a yard knows that it is a full-time, all-encompassing job that requires determination, accuracy, and hard work. Well, at least that is how it feels to many people, especially in the middle of a hot afternoon after spending hours working on your average-sized lawn. Similar to cleaning or vacuuming the inside of your house, yard work needs to be done on a consistent basis, about every week or ten days during the warmer months of the year. If you are interested in some tips on how you can make lawn care less time-consuming and more affordable, then you might be interested in some of the ideas below.
One tip you might be interested in is how to make the string on your weed eater last a little longer. If you have noticed that you go through weed eater string quicker than you ought to, there are a few things for you to consider. One thing is to make sure that you are using the weed eater appropriately and according to the manufacturer directions. It is important for you to keep the weed eater parallel to the ground, which will ensure proper usage of the string. You should also resist the temptation to feed too much string out of the spool at one time. Additionally, ensure that you have purchased the correct sized spool, and know that you can often buy a bigger spool than you originally received in the box. When you use a small spool, it surely will run out quicker than you might expect.
Have you looked at the front of your home recently and thought that you would really like to do something to improve, or change, your home’s curb appeal? Many homeowners have this idea, but may be limited by an excess amount of money in their budget for home improvements.
If you are interested in ideas on how you can brighten up the exterior appearance of your home, without depleting your bank account, then take a moment to glance at the list below. Perhaps one of these ideas is exactly what you are looking for, or one idea may inspire you to create something on your own.
Either way, it is a win-win for you as you arrive at your home, once you have put some thought (and just a little bit of money) into your home’s curb appeal.
There is nothing quite like enjoying the physical appeal of a beautiful lush lawn, especially your own that you have invested time and energy into making it so beautiful. As you may know, maintaining an inviting-looking lawn does not happen without some proper attention and effort. One vital step to ensuring a healthy lawn is the aeration and fertilizing process. Some property owners like to perform their own lawn aeration, while others like to hire a professional for help. Below you will find a list of reasons why a professional may just be the right choice for you.
Aeration is the process of creating holes within the soil in order to allow water, oxygen, grass seeds, and fertilizer the ability to reach deep into the ground and touch the base of the grass roots. The result is a healthier, heartier lawn. The holes in the soil are referred to as ‘plugs’ or ‘cores’. In order to provide your lawn with high-quality care, you may wish to hire a professional to aerate your lawn for you. Continue reading to learn why.
Many conscientious property owners pay special attention to their lawns throughout the year. They spend time mowing, watering, seeding, and fertilizing their grass in order to provide for the best environment for healthy growth and stabilization of a strong root system. Did you know that special attention also needs to be given to your trees and shrubs?
All too often, people tend to take the strength of landscaped trees and shrubs for granted. Even though they don’t usually require the same amount of attention as green grasses do, they will thrive easier and better with a tree and shrub care plan.
For many shrubs and trees that are already planted around your lawn, one thing to watch for is leaning or a “falling” appearance of the plant. If you have a shrub or tree (that isn’t too mature) that is leaning, you can use stakes around the perimeter of the plant in order to prop or pull it back to an upright position.
It’s December and winter holidays are just around the corner! Family festivities, gift giving, celebrations, and holiday decorating are all underway. Many homes will be decorated with a Christmas tree (or more) in honor of the Christmas season.
While some folks enjoy the sturdiness and easy-care maintenance of an artificial tree, other people favor a live Christmas tree, along with all of the traditional processes of hunting for the perfect tree, setting up the tree stand, and enjoying the distinctive smells of the fresh cut decoration. While artificial trees do tend to have a lot lower maintenance level than a real tree, a real tree can thrive during the holiday season if the owner follows just a few simple steps. Below you will find some suggestions that can enhance the appearance of your Christmas tree and help keep your tree healthy and strong until the new year is ready to spring upon us all:
*When preparing your Christmas tree for a tree stand, avoid whittling down the sides of the trunk in order for it to fit into the stand. It is best to buy a tree stand that already fits your tree trunk, instead of trying to fit your tree trunk into an already existing stand. The purpose for this is because the outer layers of the tree are where water is most easily absorbed; therefore, you will want to leave the outer layers of the tree as natural as possible.
To rake or not to rake - this is an important question for homeowners who have trees in their yards that shed leaves during the autumn months. This is a question that has many different answers. Consider for yourself some of the arguments we have listed below regarding the chore of raking or not raking fallen leaves. Perhaps these tips will help you decide which answer is best for you and for your own surrounding landscape.
Traditionally, many people spend their autumn and early winter weekends raking, collecting, bagging, and dragging off their fallen leaves for proper disposal. For some, they do this annually in order to provide their lawn with the best possible care because the thought is that the fallen leaves will smother the underlying grasses if the leaves are left there for an extended amount of time.
Other people remove their fallen leaves because they strive for a perfectly clean and crisp appearance on their lawn. Whether you rake leaves off your yard for the health of your grass or for aesthetic reasons, the choice is yours, if you wish to continue to rake, collect, bag, and drag your leaves away.