Four Things You Can Do to Have a Better Looking Lawn This Year!

Posted on 18th May 2012 in Core Aerators, dethatching, Lawn Care

My lawn looks about 100 times better now than it did over the winter. I had a lot of dead spots in my lawn but by taking care of it and doing these five simple things I was able to make it look like a brand-new lawn.

The first thing I did was I dethatched my lawn with a dethatcher. Thatching is a great way to get rid of dead grass, it also helps to prevent lawn disease. By the way I noticed that I had a little bit of fungus turning my lawn yellow in February, so I put down some fungicide as well. After I got rid of all the fungus, then I use the detaching machine to take out all of the dead grass. If your lawn looks really bad, there’s a good chance that using a detaching machine will help it out. It might look a little bit worse at the beginning, but after a few weeks it should start to look a whole lot better. The reason why people use 80 Thatcher is so they can get a nice clean star on their lawn and so there’ll be plenty of room for new seats to grow.

The next thing that you need to do is to make sure to water your lawn. I didn’t have a sprinkler system installed in my back lawn last year, and as a result, about one third of my lawn died from drought damage. Before I could seed my lawn, I thought it was necessary to dig the trenches and install a sprinkler system. Not only will this help my lawn to stay alive, if I go out of town for a few days, but it will also help my new seedlings to come in and establish themselves. Watering your lawn regularly is very important, especially when you’re planting new grass seed.

The next thing they did was I aerated my lawn with a lawn aerator. I knew my lawn was in bad shape, it wasn’t hardly growing, and I figured I might as well go over it two or three times with a lawn aerator. This made all the difference in the world. It wasn’t instantaneous, but over the course of two or three weeks, my grass started growing very quickly.

Right after I did lawn aeration,  I put grass seed down on top of it and a light covering of Pete Moss. Then, I fertilized it. The areas where I had seated, I only put about half of the regular amount of fertilizer. Fertilizer helps out a time. As soon as the average daily temperature started hitting 70°, my lawn started growing very quickly. I have mowed my lawn three times already since the beginning of April. It is amazing how quickly your lawn comes back if you take the time to care for properly.

The Correct Choice for Garden Mulch and Other Gardening Tips

Posted on 28th February 2012 in Lawn Care

Creating a garden requires a lot of work and dedication.  A big part of that is doing your homework and finding out exactly what techniques you need to apply to get the most out of your garden.  Choosing the right type of mulch and employing it effectively has been shown to increase yield in vegetable gardens by up to 30%.  If these large gains aren’t enough to sway you, the right type of mulch can also protect your garden from weeds and other problems.

If you’ve decided to mulch your garden then you’re already on the road to success.  The next step is to choose the material that you will use to protect the plants in your garden.  There are a number of different acceptable materials such as newspaper, plastic, or even wood chips.  The choice that you ultimately make also depends on your particular situation.  Newspaper is convenient and inexpensive, but it isn’t going to buy you any style points with the neighbors.  If you’re planting a vegetable garden that is out of the way and out of sight, newspaper may well be the most cost effective and easiest choice for you.

If however you’re looking to display your garden and maintain its stylistic integrity then you should probably opt for a more fashionable choice.  Wood chips look great in almost any kind of garden and are both effective and easy to lay.  The other benefit to using wood chips for mulch is that they do not create the same increased soil temperature problem that plastic does.  This is especially important if you are planning on using plants that are sensitive to extra heat and need lots of water.  Using black plastic as mulch for these kinds of plants can quickly end in disaster.

The one problem that you might run into with wood chips though is the extra cost.  If your garden is large, getting enough cedar wood chips to mulch the entire area may be out of your price range.  It’s  fine to compromise and use the wood chips for the more visible areas of your garden and cover the rest with another material.  Straw is another inexpensive option that is less intrusive to the environment compared to newspaper or plastic.

Now that you know the importance of choosing the right mulch, you can increase your produce with only a little extra effort.  It’s these kinds of gardening tips that can help to create the most beautiful gardens or plentiful amounts of produce. Learn more about seeding a lawn.

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Landscaping With Dwarf Mondo Grass

Posted on 15th June 2011 in Gardening, Lawn Care

Mondo grass, a plant native to Korea and Japan, is finding a niche as an excellent alternative to turf grass. Even though it’s technically a lily, it looks like lush, green grass with slender blades and is wonderfully low maintenance – it requires no mowing and virtually no watering. Like an evergreen it stays colorful all year, which makes it a superb ornamental plant. It is also disease resistant and has no major pests.

A shorter version of mondo grass is called dwarf mondo grass, also known as dwarf monkey grass. This variety is becoming increasingly popular with landscapers and homeowners who require a hardy groundcover.

Dwarf mondo only reaches a height of two to four inches. Once this variety is established it will grow and multiply by root separation to form a thick, grassy turf. It looks great in areas where grass doesn’t grow well, like in shaded areas as well as borders, around beds, or in between stepping stones. It is equally happy to grow in sun or shade, making it satisfyingly versatile. This easy going plant takes the guess work and stress out of watering. As long as it gets occasional rain you won’t have much to worry about. It requires very little water and is drought resistant.

Usually you will buy mondo as bare-root sprigs that are individually planted. You can buy the seed, but you may not get consistent results as germination is irregular. The sprigs need to be planted about three to four inches apart for full coverage. Each sprig has about six to ten blades that sprout to form an umbrella shape. In general it will double in growth each year. By using an annual top-dressing of compost you can shorten the time to reach full coverage. It is recommended for zone seven, however, it can handle zones five and six if in a protected area. It will be frost tolerant to -15 degrees C.

The downside to dwarf mondo grass is that it won’t hold up to regular foot traffic. It can handle some occasional light treading, but it won’t tolerate an area of high use. This means you’ll have to keep the children and dogs off of it. Also, it’s invasive and can spread quickly. In this way it is very similar to lily turf such as liriope spicata. Make sure you plant mondo grass in an area where it has room for expansion and where you don’t mind it taking over. Keep weeds under control because they will compete with your ground cover for nutrients.

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