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.
Finally, the long, hot days of summer are beginning to cool and the leaves are starting to turn. For many of us, this past summer was extraordinarily hot and dry. Many people experienced high water bills as they made the attempt to keep their lawns quenched and free from drying out too badly. Even though the days are now becoming a bit cooler, the best advice is to not completely stop the watering process…just yet.
As many people who live within the southern part of the United States already know, just because the calendar says “Autumn”, the thermometer may still be saying “Summer”. Lawn experts generally agree that property owners should continue to water their lawns well into late fall. In fact, in areas that receive very little precipitation, say an inch or less during a week’s time span, then you may need to continue watering throughout the winter months, as well.
Most lawns, especially warm weather grasses, require moisture on a year-round basis. In the cooler months, even though your lawn will not require quite as much water as it does in the extreme heat conditions, it will remain “thirsty” and require some water all the time. The best practice is to monitor your grass on a regular basis and water as needed throughout the fall and winter seasons.
September is the perfect time of year to pay a little extra attention to your lawn and prepare it for a cool season ahead. The long days of intense heat are slowly coming to an end and cooler days are just around the corner. It’s easy to fall under the notion that the arrival of fall means no more yard work, but the truth is, that this is the perfect time of year to perform certain lawn care activities. If you engage in just a few lawn care activities now, your lawn will reward you in the Spring with a rich green color and healthy growing grass blades. Below we have listed some fall lawn care tips that help provide such a promising environment.
A couple of things that are important to do are to continue mowing and watering your lawn as needed. Often, more rainfall occurs in the fall than in the summer, so you will need to decide when to water your lawn based on local weather conditions. As you draw closer to the last one or two mowing jobs of the year, cut the grass a little lower than you have throughout the hot summer months. When you leave your grass cut short throughout the dormant winter months, the sunlight can easily penetrate the crown of the grass. Also, the shorter the grass blades, the less amount of grass that can turn brown during the winter months.
Any lawn is susceptible to getting a disease or fungus. However, the healthier the grass, the better chance it will have to fight off a disease that tries to invade it. Lawn diseases are no fun to deal with. Nonetheless, they must be dealt with, and the sooner the better. Some diseases that are left untreated can actually become so engrossed in the grass and the grass roots that the only solution is to kill any remaining grass blades and start with brand new grass. This can be very costly, if this is the only solution. There are certain things that you can watch for that could be signs of a formulating disease on your lawn. Following is a list of some of the things to look out for.
Keep tabs on color changes
Some grass blades will change colors due to extenuating circumstances, such as the presence of grubs, unbalanced nutrients, or dog urine that has come into contact with the grass. However, if you notice areas of unexplained color changes on the grass, then it could be a sign of lawn disease. Keep an eye on color changes and consult with a professional lawn care company if you suspect the presence of a disease.
The heat of summertime weather can be a challenge for the well-being of your lawn. Homeowners may find themselves struggling to keep the grass green or the weeds under control. More and more people spend time outside during the Summer, so the desire to keep the lawn healthy and inviting is very important for many people. Below are five tips that will help you maintain a green, healthy, and welcoming lawn for all to enjoy throughout the warm season.
It’s that time of year once again when the daylight is longer, the temperatures can’t get any hotter, and the greenery all around us requires vigilant overseeing by a caretaker. One activity that a lot of property owners engage in during this time of year is the watering processes of their lawns. Grasses need to receive water throughout these hot summer months, but there are some particular techniques that landscape caregivers should consider.
Within this article, you will find some of the main watering mistakes that people make when it comes to watering their lawns. There is a fine balance between providing the right amount of water that a lawn needs and not wasting water, time, or unnecessary attention to the lawn. This guide should help you improve the beauty, healthfulness, and longevity of a beautiful yard for all to enjoy throughout the summer months and beyond.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, then one common mistake people make is to set the sprinkler system on automatic and then forget about it. Local weather changes all of the time, and it is important for you to keep an eye on changing weather patterns. For example, during times of heavy rainy periods, you will not need to run your sprinkler system because nature is providing adequate water for your lawn. However, when you turn off your automatic setting, you will need to make sure you reset the switch for another time. By depending on mother nature to provide water when she can, you are responsibly conserving water resources.
When thinking about the trees in our environment, a writer once stated, “Learn character from trees, values from roots and change from leaves.” Most of us probably take the beautiful, sturdy trees all around us for granted, as we quietly depend on their consistent, stable presence. Within your own surroundings, there are certainly things that you can do to help protect your trees and provide them with the healthiest conditions possible. Every single tree is susceptible to damage or disease, but with proper tree and shrub care, the trees in your yard can be prepared for all of the elements that could prove harmful to them. In this article, you will find tips and ideas of various ways to keep your trees healthy throughout the year:
1. Provide Mulch Around the Base of your Trees
There are a variety of materials that can be chosen for mulch around your trees, based on preferred visual appeal, cost, and personal preference. It is important to choose a mulch that works for your environment, because mulch provides a safety net for your trees. Mulch around the base of a tree will provide a barrier against lawn equipment, thus protecting the tree from receiving damage during lawn care routines. Mulch also helps the tree retain moisture within its root system. This is especially important during the warm seasons of the year.
Trees in your yard provide not only beauty and welcomed shade on a hot afternoon, but they also provide a home and sanctuary for a variety of wildlife animals. Beautiful, thriving trees are a true benefit for any yard. It is important to keep them healthy and know what to look for in case of problems that may arise. Any tree can be affected by the elements of the weather, or by disease or pest infestation. Continue reading to learn more about ways to keep your trees healthy and thriving.
One simple way to ensure the health of your trees is to check the leaves regularly for color brilliance, shape, and normal size. Any variation in the foliage, especially if found in massive amounts, should be inspected further. Changing leaf color, shape, or size can be a signal that the tree is not receiving sufficient nutrients, or it may signal a disease or damage to the tree that needs to be identified. Once the problem is identified, then the correct form of treatment can be initiated. It may be necessary to call a professional who can evaluate the leaves and give you a clear diagnosis of the leaf variation.
There is nothing like the sight of a lush, thick expanse of open grass area to run and play in on a warm, sunny afternoon. Whether you want to frolic in it or just enjoy the beautiful vision of the deep green-colored grass, one thing is for sure, and that is that a beautiful lawn is much more appealing and inviting than a struggling lawn. A simple task that you can do in order to ensure a beautiful lawn like this is to fertilize it properly. Although fertilization can be an expense, it is important for providing a healthy, welcoming area for you and your family to enjoy.
Many experts compare fertilizer for grasses as we would compare food for our bodies. Although we can last on water and minimal nutrients alone, we thrive and flourish if we are given well-balanced nutrients that are geared towards our particular body. The same is true for your grass. It is important to discover what nutrients your grass is lacking; therefore, you can provide fertilizer that it greatly needs. Soil testing is one way to discover what your lawn has and needs in terms of nutrients. Once a soil test is performed and you know the pH level of your grass, then you can easily determine which fertilizer to use.