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Organic Fertilizer Is The Only Way To Go!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Nature didn’t give us chemicals to nurture our lawns and gardens. Nature gave us some excellent stuff to keep our vegetation healthy and organic fertilizer has forever outdone itself. Fish emulsion, in particular, has been used by our ancestors for centuries. Someone somewhere had some bright idea that chemicals were the ticket to green lawns and red tomatoes, but they obviously didn’t think the idea through to the finish. Well, this is the finish and organic fertilizer a brighter idea.

The best fish by-product to use for an organic fertilizer comes from the Menhaden fish. Menhaden meaning “that which manures”. Such a great name since manure is an excellent fertilizer too. The Menhaden fish is an organic and renewable source, serving North America for centuries as an extraordinary organic fertilizer. For centuries our ancestors used the Menhaden fish to make crops grow incredible yields?way before synthetic fertilizer was a twinkle in anyone’s eye.

Fish emulsion’s prime advantage is that it provides the user instant gratification. Though other organic fertilizers are good for your lawn and garden, they are usually slow acting. Not fish emulsion. Your plants benefit immediately upon application instead of waiting for other organic fertilizers to decompose. Since fish emulsion degrades so quickly, it should be stored at room temperature so it doesn’t work its magic before its time.

Solar Powered Landscape Lighting – Say No to Wires in Your Landscaping

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Solar powered landscape lighting eliminates the need for any wiring in your landscaping whatsoever. Solar powered landscape lighting is becoming more popular, day after day, due to not only being absolutely autonomous, but also being extremely low cost. Any homeowner will be able to save on their electric bills and get rid of the unsightly wires in their landscaping.

Solar powered landscape lighting uses natural solar energy for emitting light. This type of landscape lighting is both cost effective and environmentally friendly.

No lighting wires in your garden means three main things: children in your garden will not get an electric shock, animals in the garden will not damage the wires as well as such wireless units will be very easy to set up and to relocate in the future.

Why does the number of homeowners, who opted for solar powered landscape lighting, increase day after day?

1. Solar powered landscape lighting provides the homeowners with a wide range of units to choose from for their landscape lighting design, including floodlights, flashlights, bollard lights, step lights, garden lights, light strings, lantern lights, hanging path lights, wall lights and adorable floating pool lights.

Maintain Your Lawn With Lawn Aeration

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Lawn aeration involves puncturing holes into the soil so that the soil can have a good prospect of receiving principal water and sunlight.

Even if the soil where you live is to a considerable degree compacted then the lawn could in all likelihood benefit from lawn aeration more often. Lawn aeration is a technique that may be critical to having a nice lawn and yet is a technique that numerous people overlook. Frequently, lawn aeration may speedily and effortlessly take care of lawn difficulties. whether or not you live in an area where sandy soil is prevalent then theres a good prospect that you wouldnt need lawn aeration as much as you would Whether or not you lived in an area where the sun had some clay.

It could be that this is not the case. Lawn aeration may equip you with tremendous benefits. Still, even sandy soil may gain from lawn aeration and had better be aerated once a year or so. In areas where the soil is comprised of heavy clay and/or where the soil is to a considerable degree compacted, it can be advantageous to aerate the soil several times per year. Whether or not you have noticed that you have serious difficulties with weeds that you have not been competent to get under control then utilizing lawn aeration can be competent to support.

How To Maintain A Beautiful Lawn

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

When watering your lawn, you must insure that your lawn receives adequate watering, but you should avoid overdoing it.

Consider using a rain gauge so you will know whether your lawn requires additional moisture through added watering. Some lawns may need to be aerated more constantly. This is a simple lawn care tip but it is one that numerous people fail to consider. If you do not have the time to mow your lawn frequently then you might consider hiring a lawn care company. First, it is important to insure that you are watering your lawn appropriately.

Even grass requires crucial nutrients such as water, air and fertilizer. An important lawn care need that many people overlook is aeration. If you want your lawn to look its best then it is also important that you keep a close eye on mowing the grass. Generally, your grass should receive about one inch of rain per week. Other important lawn care tips involve making sure that your lawn has the important nutrients needed to thrive.

Garden Activities In The South

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

April across the in South find the redbuds and dogwoods flinging their beauty with utter abandon and the bulbs lift their blooms to catch the gentle breezes and everything whispers the message of spring again. The beautiful display of early color reminds the alert gardener of the many garden activities that must be done to insure continued pleasure throughout the remainder of the year.

Lawns: Most of the grass areas of our gardens began growing during the latter part of last month and, of course, are showing a good response to the return of the favorable growing conditions. All of these grass areas want “to be a lawn” and need help from the gardener. There is a lot of time and effort between grass and lawn. Review the work suggested for the lawn last month.

The Guide to Treating and Caring for your Roses

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Commonly known simply as The Black Spot, the small circular black spots with fringed edges cause leaves to yellow, and being that they are signs of a disease. Leaving the affected leaves on the plant can allow the disease to spread, so you should remove the infected foliage and pick up any fallen leaves around the rose. Artificial sprays may be used to prevent or treat it.

If you notice that the canes of your roses seem stunted or malformed, they probably have a fungal disease known as powdery mildew. Evidence of this is seen on the plant in white powder spread by the wind, and the leaves will start to curl and turn purple. It is best to treat the plant with Funginex or Benomyl to treat this fungal disease.

Also know as rust, you may notice that the leaves on your roses may have orange-red blisters on them that turn black in the fall. It is important to remove these leaves in the fall, as the diesase can survive the winter and spread to new plants in the spring. A spray every 7-10 days with Funginex or Benomyl could help.

Used lawn mower engines

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Used lawn mower engines can be found on the market. They can be used as replacement engines if your current land mower engine has broken down and is beyond repair. Thus instead of having to purchase a new engine for your old chassis, consider having a used motor engine.

There are many types of lawn mowers and thus there are different types of lawn mower engines too. Not all engines will fit into all land mowers. It is important to consider the type of land mower before fitting in the engine.

The most common type of lawn mower engine to replace is on a rotary push lawn mower. These lawn mowers have small engines and generally range in size from 2hp to 7hp with a small engine being appropriate for a small lawn while a larger engine will work better for on a mower used for a large yard.

A 7 HP engine would on the other hand enable one to cut grass over a larger area within a short time. Thus it is important to reflect on the capacity that one needs before buying a used lawn mower engine.

May – Prime Time for Lawn Weeds

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

May is the month when garden pests in the east start to raise their ugly heads. A lot of them are easily seen but the two that do the most damage around my place unless I constantly combat them are slugs (these are snails without shells and sowbugs. or pill bugs as some people call them.

Although liberal spraying or dusting with chemical controls will keep sowbugs in check, they are not very efficient against slugs. Here you either have to use one of the prepared baits containing metaldehyde. I try to apply it about every two weeks during the spring, particularly in shaded areas where there is a heavy mulch or around those plants that I find most likely to be damaged.

Slugs love plaintain lilies. I also now have a superior strain of slugs that developed a tremendous appetite for the tough evergreen leaves of my Lenten roses. Ants are easy to control now by dusting or spraying the surface of the ground with chlordane.

Advice On Choosing Landscape Evergreen Shrubs

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The official start of spring is just a few weeks away and that means that many of you will be planning to overhaul your landscape design. If that is what you plan to do, keep in mind that solid landscape design principle should be followed. The primary key being that evergreens are the anchors of any solid design.

Here are just a few of my favorite evergreens for home landscapes and what I like and dislike about each one.


Taxus Yews are the most common evergreen bush found around foundations from the near south to the Midwest and all the way out east. They have dark green foliage and the new growth each spring is lighter neon or pale. They make a great backdrop to your landscape plants and flowers and they are not susceptible to insects or disease. Yews can also take a tight sheering, so if you are looking to carve cartoon characters into your bushes, Yews will be just fine. The only drawback I can see with Taxus Yews is that they are just way too common and boring.


Thinking About Spring Time Lawn And Landscape Tasks

Monday, January 26th, 2009

While the snow and ice continue to pound the greater part of the Northern United States this month, its never too early to start planning spring and summer lawn care and landscape services for your home. The snow is gonna melt… …I promise!

Begin setting both your budget and expectations now, so when the snow melts and flowers begin to bloom, you are set for a year.

Another advantage to getting an early jump on your landscape plans is saving money. If you plan to hire a pro landscape service or lawn care company, you can take advantage of early season pre-payment options that will save you money now and in the future.

Here are some quick tips for getting started on your lawn care and landscape plans for 2009.

Lawn Trimming And Cutting

I’ve never done a study on this, but I assume that about half of you are do-it-yourselfers, and the other half hire a lawn maintenance company to mow, trim and edge our lawn. If you are going to DIY the lawn mowing, then you should definitely get out and tune up your mower and change the oil. Its also a good idea to have the blade sharpened prior to the first cut.

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