Taking care of your lawn so that it stays healthy is a year-round job… excluding winter when it is dormant. The earliest time to start maintaining your lawn is in early spring. This time frame in early spring is primarily a prep time. You want to get all you tool’s ready for spring and summer. The main tool we all use is the lawn mower. You should sharpen the blades to ensure that they will cut the grass smoothly. You should also clean it so that any type of seeds and larva will not find a nesting place in your lawn after the first mow.
Once the snow is gone you should go out and remove any left-over leaves, sticks, or clippings that were left from the following fall. After cleaning your tools and lawn the pre-spring prepping can begin. The first step in preparing your lawn is reseeding. A sure way to make sure your grass seeds take is by puncturing the ground creating holes for the seeds to lay in. this allows the seed to root faster and prevent birds feasting on them. To do this you can use a trust old pitch fork and pierce areas that have dead grass. There are also specialized shoes that have spikes on the end to allow you to simply walk and make uniform holes through out your lawn… no, golf shoes don’t work. After seeding you can fertilize the ground to give nutrients to grass so that it grows and sets its roots deep. If you don’t want to make holes laying hay over the seeds also does the trick.
Early spring is also a good time to spray herbicides and pesticides to preemptively stop weeds and grubs from infesting your lawn. Once spring is in full bloom you can continue to mow, fertilize, and spray to keep the lawn growing to summer. In summer you want to cut back on fertilizing because this will dry out your lawn and require more watering than needed. In this season you want to water and mow your lawn twice week. Over doing it will kill the grass, while neglecting the lawn will allow weeds and pest to flourish. When watering it helps to do it deep unscheduled, especially after a couple of hot days. This will allow the roots to strengthen and grow to find a water supply. Also use herbicides and pesticides to keep the invaders at bay, particularly if you did so in spring.
Once we start to roll in to fall the main duty in this season is preparing the lawn for next spring. If there are dead patches of grass now is the time to remove them and reseed, remember to lay hay over the patches to prevent critters from eating them. You can fertilize the grass to give it food for when they go dormant for the winter and come out stronger I the spring. When watering in the fall you don’t want to go overboard, just water the grass till it is moist kind of like morning dew. Lastly do everything you can to clean leaves and fall debris off your lawn. Leaving it there when it snows will kill the grass and give you dead spots come spring. Although lawn care is a year-round job it is simple and easy to keep your lawn healthy for decades to come.
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Insects, Pests and How to Deal with Them
Lawns even when they are cared for and maintained will eventually have pests crawling through them. Most of them are harmless to us, but can be quite annoying when you are trying to enjoy yourself outside. Before you jump the gun and go buy pesticides and chemicals there are a few tricks you can do to help get ride of them.
Some insects like beetles and yellow jackets are drawn to things that smell sweet. Therefore, there are many bugs that crawl around your lawn and garden eating them. This trick is very good at getting rid of Japanese beetles that eat away at your flowers. Take a bowl that you don’t mind leaving out side for several days and fill it with beer. The cheaper beer I find works better, the smell of beer will draw the bugs to the bowl and they will drink the beer till they fall in. This trick kills the bugs and makes or easy clean up, simply strain the beer (either to dispose of or reuse) and throw away the pests. Though this trick works don’t do this with water this will attract bugs to your lawn. Other simply eco-friendly ways to prevent bugs is spraying peppermint or lemongrass oils. These have scents that will ward off insects. Spices that are spicy can also keep the bugs at bay. Using insects natural enemy is a great way to thin their numbers.
Building bird and bat houses will invite these wonderful predators will fest on your unwanted guests. In our back yard we have a huge pine tree that is home to bats during the summer months and eat the mosquitoes that hide in the grass around the pond. Setting up bird feeders around your yard will attract more birds during the day and the bats hunt during the night so the whole day cycle is controlling your pest problem. For more dangerous pests such as yellow jackets and hornets there are bug traps that use vinegar based mixes that lure them into the trap.
The traps that I have used with great success is a brand called Rescue wasp traps. I would set one up out side the nest at night and then another two about five to ten feet away. Remember when using sprays and setting up traps to do this at night, other wise you will be dealing with a hive of angry bugs. Using pesticides will take care of your problem a lot faster, just remember to use caution. There are many brands out there and many of them are the same. Try to pick one that is backed by a professional company. If you are not comfortable with using chemicals yourself hire a professional they will take care of your lawn and inform you when you it will be safe to walk on the grass again. Bugs can be a big nuisance in a little package, but taking care of them is easy.
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Learn How to Place Bushes, Trees and Ivy Strategically to Improve the your Home Security
Landscaping can turn any sun-dried lawn in to a garden fit for a queen. Little do most people know that landscaping can be more than just beauty, a landscaping job can also improve the security of your home. Using flowers, bushes, and trees to enhance the security of someone’s residents has been dated back to the medieval ages. Nobles would build garden mazes in court yards not only to create something beautiful to symbolize their status, but in an event where someone or a gang of people tried to invade them, the garden mazes would help slow down or help spot the would-be invaders. Though most people today do not have castle or noble estates, anyone can use the same tactics of utilizing plants to protect their homes. Whether you own a home or live on the first floor of an apartment building, bushes create an extra barrier between your lawn and our window.
Strategically placing bushes in front of or under your windows will either trap, deter, or allow you enough time to get your family to safe and call the police. Locust bushes have one to two-inch thorns that cause skin irritation and swelling that can be easily identified. We use Rhododendrons and evergreen bushes in our front lawn. These bushes do not have thorns, but grow big and strong making it very hard to get through, while also having beautiful purple flowers blooming in the spring attracting butterfly’s and hummingbirds. Trees provide shade and memorable projects like building a tree house, but if you grow a tree in the right spots they are very effective at protecting your privacy. When we think of trees we think of oak, pine, and maple trees; but we don’t need to use these trees to enhance out privacy. Our family home has an ornamental Japanese maple tree that grows its limbs out, almost like a Bansi tree.
This single tree covers up four windows, provides great shades, and when you plant a garden around the base makes for a wonderful conversation starter. Growing fruit trees like apples and pears are also good for the back yard. These trees in the first couple of years grow only a couple of feet, but provide great foliage and you can have your our home grown fruit. Flowers are also great ways to help deter would be trespasser. Growing non-poisonous ivy on fences helps prevent grip and traction when climbing. To have your ivy look nicer there are roses that grow like vines and bloom in any color you would like. Landscaping can be very beautiful, but also very functional at being an extra security measure.
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A Guide on Choosing the Best Landscaping Company
When it comes to your property you only want the best care and service you can get. Like all jobs we wish to hire a company for we ask ourselves, what company should I hire? First thing we should do is look on some review web sites like Angie’s list, yelp, or Site Jabber. These sites have been created to help customers find advise from other customers that have hired a company. Take the reviews with a grain of salt, there are some people out that create multiple accounts to give good or bad ratings of a company. I have found that reading both bad and good reviews on yelp help paint a better picture of a company. When I have read both sides I can see what the common problems are with a company. For example I was looking for a car dealer and after reading all the bad reviews I found that the main problem with this particular dealership was that they had a poor customer service manager, but otherwise was a good dealer to go to.
While we are on the internet finding reviews we should also take a look at the companies website as well. When looking at the website a good company will have pictures on them of jobs they have finished, this will help show you the quality of work they can perform. I was trying to find a landscaper in my area when I went on their website I found a picture of a neighbor of ours had their front yard refinished with the company we were looking at, they did a fantastic job. The next thing you should look for is how long the company has been in business.
There is always up and coming landscapers, but you best bet are those that have been in the business for many years. The longer they have been in business means two thinks one, they must have been doing something right to stay in business that long and two, they will be pricier to hire. One thing I keep an eye out for is how many people the landscaper employees. These are typically small businesses that employees a small group of people. This means that the owner will be doing more of the work and will be juggling multiple jobs at once. If you are looking for maintenance then a smaller team is fine, but if you are looking to do redesign then you should look for a larger team. When you have picked a company you should schedule a consultation and ask question pertaining to the job that you are looking for. Questions you should also ask is where do their supplies come from, where and who do you hire, and what happens to the disposal.
Finding the right company is not as hard to find as you may think it just requires some internet surfing and question asking.
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