The heat of summer can mean death for your lawn or it could be the best time to enjoy its greenness depending on how you look after it.
In the Boise area, regular watering is needed to keep the lawn healthy and green. As a result, most homeowners go as far as watering their lawns under the intense heat of the sun during mid-day; a routine they believe will preserve their precious lawns from the scorching summer sun and keep away the brown patches from showing up. Unknown to them, they are damaging their lawns even though it appears they are doing the right thing.
Although, the sun is hot and you need to water to moderate the temperature of your lawn, even the heat is also needed for it to survive. Therefore, you have to know when to do the watering and how to go about it. So, here are 5 tips to help you keep a green lush lawn throughout this summer.
Know how deep to go
Try to keep the moisture depth at approximately 3-4 inches from the soil surface. Any less than this will stress endanger the lawn, as the grass will struggle to get water, while any more of this will lead to logging and waste of water.
A good way you can find out the depth of water in the soil is by digging a narrow hole or inserting a screw driver or any thin metal rod and feeling for moisture. Do this at different parts of the lawn. It is expected that the shaded areas will have more moisture since they don't get much heat.
Know when to water
At the beginning, we mentioned how many homeowners water their lawns in the mid-day. However, doing this is a waste of time, as the water will quickly evaporate even before it gets absorbed by the soil. Night time is also not the best because, photosynthesis occurs when there is enough light.
As a result, the best time to water your lawn is in the morning. Because the plant will be able to effectively make use of the water it is getting.
Train your lawn
You don't need to be "too hard-working" in order to maintain a healthy lawn. In fact, frequent watering will only soak the root which can prevent it from growing deep. Such a lawn will not have strong grasses and as such can be easily preyed and uprooted.
Instead of watering day and night, it is advisable to train your lawn by giving it three to four times weekly, preferably in the morning. Over time, this will help build a healthy green lawn with a deep root system. Also, make sure the lawn is well fed with the proper nutrients through a fertilization schedule.
Avoid run off
When watering your lawn, always give time for the soil to absorb the water. If any area starts to run off and you feel the area hasn't taken enough yet, just turn off the sprinkler. Give some time for water to soak in well, say 15 minutes, and then water again. Ensure every part of the lawn gets their own share of water; do not focus on just one area. Also, try to keep the sprinkler away from the path to avoid wastage.
Keep the area aerated
Just like any living organism, lawns also need air (oxygen) to survive. So, as you go about watering your lawn all summer, also make sure to keep it aerated. You can rent a machine for this or hire a local lawn service which should be able to help you out.
Get rid of the weeds early whenever you notice them, you can just pull them out. Although, you can always use a weed killer, controlling them at the early stages is healthier for your lawn.
Finally, you now know how to water your lawn the right way. It’s not rocket science; no special training; no need to hire someone to do it for you- the simple tips above should help you do a good job.
If your family is like mine, you're very familiar with spring and fall cleaning. It's the time when you take care of all the nitty gritty stuff that builds up over the months, like emptying the bug cemetery accumulating in the light fixtures and evicting the dust bunnies under beds and in corners. Yard care is another place where a little extra TLC from season to season will really go a long way to help your lawn or garden stay in prime shape for the coming months. Here are a few tips to get you in your green thumb groove.
Spring Yard Clean-Ups
Spring is the time of year when life begins to awaken from a long hibernation. This season starts in March most years but depending on weather, you may have to wait a bit longer. Take this time to clear your yard of debris that have gathered over the winter such as dead leaves, fallen twigs and branches and expired annuals or perennials to make way for new growth. If you wish, you can start a compost with the leaves, cuttings and expired foliage.
As you begin to unwrap the burlap from your plants check their condition as well as that of the lawn. You may notice a few patches of grass have gone to the brown side; this may be for a few reasons, all of them very common due to the unpredictability of the weather. For instance, dormant seeding in the fall followed by an early winter snow could lead to what's known as snow mold. Be sure to till and aerate your lawn very well, as well as using a fertilizer rich in phosphorus to facilitate new seed growth.
This is also a great time to re-assess the layout of your yard. Are you happy with the placement and proportion of the borders and flowerbeds or is it time to change up the landscape
Fall Yard Clean-Ups
Leaves transforming into bursts of crimson red, lemony yellow and saffron orange remind us that the season of unending raking is upon us.
As you are preparing your home for the cold to come, begin by clearing out gutters with a hose or other specialty tool. Clear your lawn of clutter, adding leaves, perennial vegetation and twigs to compost as before. As you rake don’t worry about collecting every last leaf; a little ground cover can act as insulation in the winter. Rim your trees and plants with another layer of phosphorus-rich fertilizer and trim the grass as low as possible.
After trimming, empty the gas tank on your lawnmower. This is also a good time to do a little tune-up on it as well as your snow blower. Drain and store hoses and while you're at it, be sure to drain irrigation pipes and fixtures to prevent freezing. Put tools and appliances you'll need in the winter in an easy-to-find place. Check to make sure your shovels are sturdy and ready for the long winter to come.
The last step is to fix yourself a steaming cup of apple cider and relax on the porch as you admire your efforts!
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There’s no denying that a beautiful green lawn offers more than just a pleasing landscape to gaze your eyes on; it also gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. But, what if your lawn is less than lush? Maybe you've experienced a bout of fungus or mold; maybe droughts are slowly turning your grass brown and dry, or maybe you have patches where there is no grass at all! The good news is that with a little focus, time and effort, you can tackle just about any yard lamentation or even start from scratch. Here are a few tips for helping you get back in the green.
The first step is to assess when to do what. With one day’s effort followed by care and maintenance, you can easily get your lawn back on-schedule for unending green goodness. However, it’s important to pick the right day! For instance, fall is a great time for aerating and dressing your lawn for the growth to come, while spring is all about de-thatching and renewing. It's important to know when to do what so that you don't end up creating more work for yourself in the long run. If you’re prepping your lawn for winter, a core aerator is great. It allows oxygen, nutrients and seed to reach all the way down to the soil. Remember to store clippings, twigs (under ½ inch) and other vegetation in compost, turning once every two weeks.
After a good coring, or thatching if you're looking at springtime planning, it's always a good idea to get a soil test. Soil tests can determine which minerals are already present (or sorely lacking) in your area. This is the best way to determine which fertilizer to employ. Generally speaking, you want to add fertilizer with high phosphorus content which is may be mixed in along with nitrogen, calcium and/or potassium. These macronutrients will really give your seeds the boost they need to grow. When you're ready, load fertilizer into a spreader, checking to make sure the dispersion setting is correct for the task and simply distribute evenly on your lawn. For something different, try bone meal!
Once you do begin to experience new growth in your lawn, you'll want to be sure you’re ready to keep weeds at-bay. Crabgrass is a common foe of the field, and there are many seed blends that have a little crabgrass deterrent already added in. For spot treatment, grab a spade and manually remove the weed, making sure to dislodge the whole root and throwing it into a bag to prevent re-growth. These definitely don't belong in the compost! You can also use weed killer which is available at most grocery and home stores.
Now that we've got the foundation for a great yard established, the hard work is over. At this point all you have to do is maintain as needed and water weekly, avoiding the hottest part of the day. As the sun cools but before it’s about to set, apply water evenly using whatever hose or irrigation rig works best for your yard. For best results you should aim for an inch of water every week, breaking up watering sessions over the course of the week. Keep it up and you should have the lawn you've always dreamed of in no time!
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Lawns and plants not only look good, they are one of our important arms against increasing pollution. Plants also help in improving the overall health of human beings. Planting new shrubs and trees is not a difficult task. Some of the main things that are important in taking care of plants include:
Once plants and shrubs are planted, the next step is to look after and take good care of them. Following are the steps of plants’ aftercare:
Too much water can also cause rotting of roots, and it can create same condition for plants as drought can.
To overcome these problems, you can use any of the watering aids, such as irrigation tubes and watering bags.
Pruning of Trees and Shrubs
Pruning of trees and shrubs is an easy job which only takes a few minutes, but have is extremely important for plants. Unfortunately, this easy task is mostly neglected by most of the people. Many people think that pruning is a black art, difficult to do, and does not reward as much as it should. But the truth is, by performing pruning, you can get healthier plants and more flowers.
Following are some simple and easy to do plant pruning techniques. Once you master them, you can treat your plants well.
As a professional Lawn Care Technician, I like to say I know a lot about a little and a little about a lot.