Have you heard the saying that “April showers bring May flowers”? It’s true, the breathtaking flowers that we have in the South depend on plenty of water and just the perfect amount of sunlight. We have several iconic plants in our part of the country that make our area unique and gorgeous. Flowering plants such as the dogwoods, azaleas, magnolias, crepe myrtles, and roses are special to our area and they add such an amazing canopy throughout our landscapes.
Over the last several decades, Holiday decorating ideas and supplies have exploded in the American market. Just about every store, from the big chain stores to smaller “mom and pop” shops, carry decorations for your home, your lawn, yourself, and even for your family pets.
Preparing and decorating for the holidays can be fun and festive; however, you should take caution in choosing the right types of decorations to use, especially if you want to protect your home and your yard. Below, you will find 3 tips for protecting your lawn from any damage that can be acquired from certain types of holiday lawn decorations.
1. Avoid holiday decorations that are heavy and bulky. If you leave decorations such as large nativity scenes or large figurines along the surface of your grass, the smothered grass can become damaged over time. This damage can last well into the Spring and can leave your lawn looking splotchy and unkept.
A beautiful, healthy lawn can make or break the curb appeal of your property. Taking care of your grass can be a full-time job that requires the conscientious homeowner to educate themselves on their specific grass type, the best maintenance plan for the grass, and anything else that they can do, in order to ensure the prosperity of the specific grass.
Whether you are trying to enhance the grass that you already have, or if you are creating a lawn from scratch, you may want to learn about a variety of different grass types. Below, you will find a list of some grass types, their general locales, and a little bit about each type listed. If you are a property owner who is trying to decipher which type of grass you currently have on your lawn, feel free to reach out to one of our expert lawn care technicians for assistance!
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.
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.
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.