From One Lawn to Another

Your lawn is an important part of your property, which is why you vibrant. We have some additional tips about mowing your lawn, a task that is sometimes viewed as something that does not require a lot of thought, that will help your grass grow steadily and exude health. Let us take a look at some ways you can make sure your mowing habits are not hurting your lawn. The time of day is a very important consideration in order to mow your lawn successfully. It may be tempting to rise early and get your lawn mown before the heat of the day rises to an unbearable degree. Sure, you might be getting this task done and out of the way for the day, but your lawn will suffer. Cutting your grass in the morning or early afternoon makes it susceptible to sun scorch. Cutting the grass is actually quite traumatic for the plant because you are exposing the bottom of the grass blade to sunlight. When the grass is higher, the base of the blade is protected and shaded, meaning it is easier for it to retain moisture and stay cool. Cutting the grass too low and in the morning or early afternoon will expose this vulnerable part of the plant and make it harder to stay hydrated, which will cause the grass to become weak and dry. You should make it a goal to only mow your lawn after the hottest part of the day has passed. This way both you and your lawn will be protected from the hot heat of the sun and its negative effects. One aspect of mowing that you will often hear differing opinions on is what to do with the clippings. Some people do not like the appearance of clippings on the ground, and truthfully it can take away from the neatness of your lawn if the clippings are not distributed evenly. However, leaving grass clippings on your lawn is highly beneficial. The idea is to keep a continuous circle of life when it comes to your lawn. As your grass grows, you can cut the top parts of the grass blade and allow them to stay where they fall where they will break down and deliver nutrients back into the soil, giving your grass the food it needs to grow in a healthy manner. If you keep your mower set on high while you cut, there should not be huge clumps of clippings that will mar the appearance of your lawn. If there are too many clumps for you, use a rake to break up the clumps and spread the clippings evenly over the grass. Another benefit to using a higher setting on your lawn mower is that it allows your grass to retain moisture, which means it will require less watering to maintain its vigor and brightness in color. Remember that cutting your grass is a very traumatic experience for your grass if not performed properly. So by keeping your mower setting on high and not cutting the blade down close to the root, you are helping the lawn become stronger. A sturdy lawn means the roots are able to fight off weeds, which work hard to steal the nutrients and water from your turf. With the addition of the clippings, your lawn has a chance to grow to its fullest potential, making your property look well-kept and beautiful throughout the season.

December 6, 2017

A+ Lawn Care

Mowing your lawn may seem like one of the most mundane and mindless chores you have to perform as a homeowner. When the grass starts getting too high, you drag out the lawn mower, power it up, and chop away at your unkempt lawn, probably thinking that is all that needs to be done. However, in performing this task so mindlessly, you may not be aware that you could actually be doing a lot of harm to your lawn. Turns out there are a lot of things to know, including what time of the day is best for mowing, what the settings on your mower should be, and how often to mow. Read this two-part blog to learn how to mow for success! First and foremost, we need to make sure your lawn mower is functioning properly and has the correct settings. It is important to maintain your mower so it is in perfect working order. If you are not sure how to go about this, check online to see if you can find lawn mower maintenance/repair businesses. Not only is maintaining your lawn mower beneficial for the machine itself, but it is also advantageous to the grass, especially when considering the sharpness of the mower blades. If you think about when you have tried to cut something with a dull pair of scissors, you probably remember that the cut was not very precise. It may have even been more difficult to cut through the material. If you continued to use the dull scissors, you were probably left with an uneven piece that may have even been ruined because of the bad shape of the scissors. The same idea applies to grass. When you mow your lawn, you want to make sure the blades are able to make a sharp, precise cut. Having dull blades will actually pull at the grass, creating trauma to the plant. Once you are sure your mower is ready for takeoff, check the settings. Many people will be tempted to set the mower so it cuts the grass very low. This is a bad idea. The incorrect idea is that by cutting the grass short, you will extend the amount of time between mows. Taking the grass blade down to almost nothing in all actuality will cause the grass to grow faster because the grass has to work harder and faster to bring sustenance to the roots by turning sunlight into sugar (also known as photosynthesis). The other downside of causing the grass to work harder is that it will compromise the health of your lawn. So instead of having a strong, durable, healthy lawn, you will be easily damaged. By making sure your lawn mower is set to “high,” you will be able to attain a beautifully fresh-cut lawn that won’t require an immediate mowing due to rapid growth. Mowing should take place once a week, ideally; however lawn care experts recommend bi-weekly mows if your lawn has an abundance of weeds. These are the first steps to ensuring your mowing experience is a success. Check back to read more about the best time of day to mow, as well as what to do with the clippings.

November 6, 2017

Making Your Landscape Beautiful

Have you been thinking about ways to bring some personality to your landscape? There are simple ways to spruce up your garden area by planting colorful trees and shrubs, but if you are looking to really go the distance in improving the overall aesthetic and financial value of your landscape, consider adding a hexagonal gazebo! Gazebos are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking to add an outdoor living space that is not only visually pleasing, but functional as well. Imagine having a place to retreat to after a hard day’s work or on the weekends where you can escape the rat race and soak up the fragrant aromas of surrounding flowers, the tranquil sounds of birds chirping or perhaps a nearby fountain, and take in the vibrant colors that make up your landscape. In addition to having this place to enjoy as your own personal retreat, a hexagonal gazebo would also make a great place to entertain friends and family without being stuck indoors. Can you picture it? If you still are not convinced this might be the right choice for you, keep reading! We are convinced you will think twice about your landscape design and will want to add this great structure to your property! The great thing about hexagonal gazebos is that they are simple. Gazebos themselves are quite traditional, but they also add flair to your landscape. Each garden needs that addition of style and sophistication, and hexagonal gazebos are just the structure to help you achieve that! In addition to having a unique garden space, you will also increase the financial value of your property if you ever decide to sell. A beautiful gazebo might just be what a potential homeowner wants in order to invest in a new home. In the meantime, you get to enjoy a paradise in your very own backyard. While hexagonal gazebos are in fact hexagonal, they do not have to be a one-size-fits-all style. In fact, landscaping specialists can help you design a gazebo that will complement your garden and meet all your expectations. You can make the structure your own with the addition of benches, railings, and perhaps even a skylight so you can stargaze in the comfort of your own landscape. If you want a gazebo you can enjoy even on a rainy day, there is also the option of a canopy top, roofing shingles, or an ornamental cupola. The roofing shingles, if implemented, can be the same shingles used on your home’s roof so you can have matching structures. Another way to accentuate the gazebo and your overall landscape is by adding a lighting system inside and outside the gazebo. Another way to make your gazebo distinguished is by adding seasonal plants to bring even more color and texture to your landscape. Can you imagine enjoying your morning coffee surrounded by bursts of color and the tranquil sounds of your very own Garden of Eden? If you have a beautiful garden, do not waste it by just enjoying it from afar. A hexagonal gazebo is the perfect structure to really enjoy the sights and sounds of your garden. Call your local landscaping specialist today so you will not miss another cool summer night enjoying the the tranquility of your beautiful landscape.

October 7, 2017