Landscaping "How To"

If you are not a property owner, when you see deer it is probably met with some feelings of awe and wonderment. However, if you are a property owner and you see a deer, it might be more likely that the sight is followed with an annoyed grunt while wondering what these animals are about to do to your landscape. Unfortunately as more and more land is developed, deer are having a hard time finding places to graze that do not overlap with where we humans live. Deer are basically harmless creatures, but they can destroy flower beds and other garden areas while trying to satiate their insatiable appetites. While some people are happy to have these majestic guests on their property, even putting out hay and corn to encourage revisits, others find them not only annoying, but costly as well since they will have to replant or replace the areas that have been eaten. If you happen to fall into the latter category, ease your mind – there is help available! Here are some tips and tricks from landscaping experts on how to protect your garden beds and deter the reappearance of deer. Stonecrops is a plant not many people have heard of, but it is an excellent way to create color within your landscape without enticing deer to come and feast without abandon. The plant itself is extremely vibrant, sprouting orange, red, yellow, or pink flowers. In addition to not being on the menu for deer, stonecrops is also frequently implemented in many stone gardens, since the flowers offer contrasting colors against the gray colors of the stones. So with stonecrops, you are killing two birds with one stone figuratively speaking, of course by planting something that will not appeal to deer, causing them to carry on to another property, and will also enliven your overall landscape with an abundance of color. Another plant that is helpful at keeping not only deer, but other nuisance animals away as well is the prickly pear cactus. This plant essentially offers the same advantages of having a barbed-wire fence around your landscape. However, instead of having a visually off-putting barrier, you have a beautiful plant doing the same job, as it grows magnificent yellow flowers that will catch the eye of any passer-by. Most animals are not looking to get jabbed or stuck, so they take great measures to avoid the prickly pear cactus; and if they do get jabbed or stuck, you can be assured that they will not be returning any time soon. Lambs ears are another deer-repelling plant that will bring an abundance of color to your landscape. Deer have an extreme dislike for the taste and texture of this particular plant, so you are guaranteed that it will never be eaten by this particular animal. This plant grows as tall spikes with light purple flowers growing at the top. The foliage has a silver-ish hue, which looks great with the purple flowers. The foliage also has a very velvety feel to it, which is why deer find this plant unappetizing. Chances are these plants will do the trick in deterring deer from using your landscape as a buffet. The other positive is that your landscape will be overflowing with vibrant color that will add to its overall financial and aesthetic value. For more suggestions, consult your trusted landscaping specialist.

July 11, 2017

The Finest Watering Solutions for Superior Lawn Care

One of the essentials of getting a green lawn is optimal watering. Lack of water can lead to bald patches, browning, and even more weeds in the grass. However, excess watering too can cause harm such as weak grass roots, presence of too many weeds, and formation of mildew. Apart from the volume and frequency of watering, you also need to ensure that the lawn is watered at the appropriate time to avoid mildew formation. The best time for watering a lawn is at dawn. The lawn should be watered before the day gets hot, but leaving adequate time for the excess water on the blades to be dried by the sun. This will ensure that there is a lower risk of mildew formation, even as most of the water is absorbed by the soil. The frequency of watering a lawn is determined by the season and weather conditions. In the hot weather you might need to water the lawn twice a week, while in spring and fall it is sufficient to water the lawn once a week. You need to examine the soil to see if it is dry before watering the lawn. For instance, in a humid week, or when it has rained, you can skip or delay watering if the soil is still damp. Frequent watering will damage the lawn as the root will not grow deep. Moreover, weeds are more likely to flourish under such conditions. Each time you water your lawn you should aim to ensure that about one inch of water falls all over the lawn. This can be measured by installing sprinklers and also small measuring containers to check that one inch of water has fallen all over the lawn. If the water starts running off before you have completed watering it to the one inch level, you need to stop and wait for the water to be absorbed before continuing. You might also need to add mulch to the soil to increase its capacity to hold water. By watering the lawn sufficiently, you will be able to reduce the frequency of watering, ensuring deeper root formation, healthier grass, less weeds, and less mildew formation. The most efficient way of watering your lawn is to install sprinklers with timers. Once the sprinklers have been installed, you need to check how long it takes to water the lawn with one inch of water and set the timer suitably. After that you can switch on the sprinkler in the early mornings the day after you find that the soil in the lawn has become dry. As with other plants, watering is an important part of lawn care. However, you need to be understand and follow the right watering methods to ensure that the lawn flourishes without weeds, insects, and mildew. By spacing the frequency of watering appropriately you will help the grass develop stronger and deeper roots.

June 11, 2017

Using Fertilizer in the Best Manner for Creating a Prettier Lawn

While a lush lawn is not very tricky to acquire, you need to take proper steps to achieve it. As with other plants and greenery, a lawn too needs proper nourishment in the form of fertilizer. While there are many aspects to lawn care, one of the most vital is to ensure that the right fertilizer in the correct quantity is applied at the optimal time. When all three aspects of fertilizer application are taken care of, your lawn will be a pleasant sight whether you are coming home, entertaining guests, or relaxing there by yourself. There are a variety of fertilizer mixes available for lawns. Before you buy a fertilizer, you need to get the soil tested to find out what minerals are deficient. You also need to get the acidity levels of the lawn checked and ensure that the soil quality is right for the grass to flourish. Next, you need to decide whether you want to use chemical or organic fertilizer on your lawn. Organic fertilizers are prepared by composting garden and other organic waste or by mulching. This fertilizer can be used on most types of soil and excess application will not harm the lawn. Additionally, organic fertilizer will help improve soil quality by aerating it and also helping it retain more water. These qualities will reduce the need for frequent watering, enhance root growth, and inhibit the growth of weeds and pests. You can also save on fertilizer costs by composting garden and other organic waste in your home. Chemical fertilizers come in a variety of formulations. Basically they have a mix of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in different ratios. They are labeled NPK and the numbers that follow give the proportions of the three different minerals in the formulation. You need to choose the fertilizer mix that best meets the nutrient deficiencies revealed by the soil tests. While one can safely apply an excess of organic fertilizers, chemical fertilizers should not be applied in excess. The amount of fertilizer you apply should be based on the soil tests. In general you can apply fertilizer twice a year to the lawn. The first and major application should be just before the winter or toward the end of fall to help the lawn survive the winter. The second application can be made at the beginning of spring if needed after testing the soil. If the soil is healthy, the lawn will grow during spring as it is the growing season without any second application of fertilizer. Chemical fertilizers come in two varieties: the long lasting ones that are more beneficial and the quick acting fertilizer that can be used if you need to prepare your lawn quickly for a magnificent event such as a spring party or wedding. By taking care to apply fertilizer on the lawn after testing the soil you will be able to ensure its health over the long term.

May 12, 2017