Category Archives: Lawn Care

Tips to Make Your Lawn and Garden More Environmentally Friendly

Electric Lawnmower These days, everyone is looking for little ways to go green around the house. You can make your lawn and garden more environmentally friendly this year with these handy tips:

Leave Grass Cuttings

Instead of raking the lawn after you mow, you can save yourself some time and effort while protecting the environment by leaving grass cuttings where they are. They’ll decompose quickly, providing the soil with vital nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous. This way you won’t need to use chemical fertilizers in your lawn, which are not always so environmentally friendly.

Grow the Right Kind of Grass

While we’re on the subject of grass, make sure the grass species in your lawn is suitable for your climate to avoid wasting water. For example, Kentucky bluegrass needs extra water and extra care in dry, warm climates like California or Arizona. Do your research to determine what type of grass is best for your area.

Water Wisely

Avoid watering your lawn during the hottest part of the day (between noon and 5 p.m.) or in high winds to prevent excess evaporation. Also, try to water less frequently but more deeply. Water every three days instead of daily, and leave the sprinkler on for an extra 5–10 minutes each time you water. For bonus points, you can also use a rain barrel to capture rainwater for use in your lawn and garden.

Ditch Your Gas-Powered Lawnmower

A gas-powered lawnmower can generate as many atmospheric pollutants as 11 automobiles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riding lawnmowers, meanwhile, generate even more pollution. The good news is, electric lawnmower options have become far more capable and widely available in recent years. If your lawn is relatively small, you might even opt for a manual reel lawnmower.

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Why You Should Remove Dead Trees on Your Property ASAP

Why You Should Remove Dead Trees on Your Property ASAP

At their best, trees can be a welcome addition that adds beauty to any backyard. But when they die or are in the process of dying, removing them as soon as possible is of paramount importance. Dead and dying trees can do quite a bit of damage to your home and surrounding property. If you… Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Mulching Mistakes in Your Garden

With springtime in full swing, you may be preparing to freshen up your flowerbeds with new plantings and a healthy layer of mulch. In addition to giving your garden a neat, finished appearance, mulch also offers important practical benefits, preventing weed growth and helping the soil retain moisture. If you’re not careful with your mulching… Continue Reading

Importance of Landscaping in the Spring

Importance of Landscaping in the Spring

Spring is finally here, even though the weather still may not seem like it. The warmer weather is coming soon though, which means it is time to start thinking about cleaning up your yard before the summer season. It can be difficult to handle all of the landscaping yourself, especially if you have a large… Continue Reading

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Many horticulturists argue that recycling your autumn leaves as opposed to simply disposing of them is not only healthier for your lawn, but better for the environment. That’s why we put together a few suggestions on how to properly recycle your autumn leaves. Composting Fallen leaves are gold mines for nutrients, and composting is one… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Picking New Flowers Each Year for Your Garden

The Benefits of Picking New Flowers Each Year for Your Garden

Gardening in the spring and summer can be some of the most enjoyable times if you like taking the time to work on your yard. Picking different flowers each year can help you mix up your garden and the look of your property. It will diverse your flower pallet for the better. How to Choose… Continue Reading

Keep These Tree Pruning Tips in Mind This Summer

Do the trees in your yard need some TLC? It’s typically a good idea to do most of your heavy pruning just prior to winter, but you can do some light pruning in the summer to keep your trees looking their best as well. This time of year, you just need to be careful about… Continue Reading

Small Trees That Won’t Take Over Your Lawn

Small Trees That Won’t Take Over Your Lawn

Are you hesitant to plant trees in your yard because you are worried they might take up too much space on your property? There are some trees that will, unfortunately, take up more room than you might like. But there are also quite a few smaller trees that will enhance the look and feel of… Continue Reading