“How to” for Lawns – Mowing

Written by Brad Slade

How often you mow your lawn will depend on a number of factors. Firstly how much time you have to devote to your lawn’s maintenance. How fast your lawn grows, and this in turn will depend on whether you fertilise it regularly and whether it receives adequate water and sunlight. Normally, lawns should be mowed at least one a fortnight to keep them in check, so to speak.

One ofrepparttar worst things you can do for a lawn and a big misconception is that you can or should mow your lawn very short in order to reducerepparttar 113316 number of times you have to mow it. Grass generally will do much better when mowed at a higher setting. This is especiallyrepparttar 113317 case inrepparttar 113318 summer months, where short grass can often be burnt byrepparttar 113319 sun otherwise. It is suggested that you should never be cutting or trimming off more than 1/3 ofrepparttar 113320 length ofrepparttar 113321 grass in a mowing session. If you have let your lawn go and it is far too long, it is recommended that you firstly mow it at a longer cut and then remow it at a slightly lower setting. If it is still too long, then you can go over it again in a couple of days time. Although this is time consuming it isrepparttar 113322 preferred method for caring for your lawn. Needless to say like having your hair cut, you should maintain your equipment. In this case make sure your mower blades are sharp and in good condition. Remove any stone or other obstructions fromrepparttar 113323 lawn before mowing to avoid any damage torepparttar 113324 mower or lawn.

Fake Grass

Written by Brad Slade

The history of artificial or fake grass is to sayrepparttar least an interesting one and arose out ofrepparttar 113315 social desire to in-effect ward off what could be seen, as far back asrepparttar 113316 1950s, as an increasingly unhealthy tendency by youngsters not to exercise.

History has it that birth of synthetic grass began through attempts by scientists trying to develop a type of grass that would not only allow children and adolescents to play on regardless ofrepparttar 113317 weather condition but encouraged them to do so, in other words, a surface that they enjoyed using or a user friendly surface. Hencerepparttar 113318 advent of fake or artificial grass.

The result was one ofrepparttar 113319 early prototypes of what we now know to be fake or artificial grass. The earlier types were not only hard under foot and made for impracticality especially where sports and children were concerned givenrepparttar 113320 tendencies to fall but were very unpopular. Conversely, however, in terms of workability and endurance this surface proved itself worthy, withrepparttar 113321 originally playing field whererepparttar 113322 fake grass surface was installed lasting twenty years of solid wear.

Claims that in terms of practicalities due to poor drainage and its tendency to rot fake grass has limited applicability are unsubstantiated. Furthermore, highly contentious arguments revolving aroundrepparttar 113323 argument that artificial grass causes more on-field injuries when used in sports-grounds is again unfounded and may be derived from factions wanting to see this type of surfacing a thing ofrepparttar 113324 past. The claim byrepparttar 113325 industry is that if laid correctly no problems should occur. In fact, if anything, this type of surface should encourage better drainage enabling competitive sports to continue play with less interruption time due to rain.

Todayrepparttar 113326 advances in artificial grass surfaces are enormous and can’t be down-played. It is common practice to no longer use asphalt as an underlay beneathrepparttar 113327 surface ofrepparttar 113328 grass which has increasedrepparttar 113329 shock absorption provided byrepparttar 113330 grass, decreasedrepparttar 113331 retention of heat during summer and further improvingrepparttar 113332 drainage ability ofrepparttar 113333 grass. Finally and possibly most importantly no longer does fake grass look, both on and off T.V likerepparttar 113334 earlier versions of fake grass, that is, FAKE.

Typically artificial grass is approximately 3cm thick (from base to blade tip). The material ofrepparttar 113335 ‘blades’ themselves are a polyethylene-polypropylene blend which are then woven into a mat-like backing (much like that of carpet). The only maintenance that is recommended is thatrepparttar 113336 surface be given a once over each month, which involves rubbing it down. It you were to get this done professionally it is estimated that it would cost no more than a couple of thousand dollars a year. While this may initially sound a lot when compared torepparttar 113337 water costs alone forrepparttar 113338 real thing – there is virtually no comparison. For those still sceptical and missingrepparttar 113339 small things associated with ‘real’ grass consider this. In America, consumers missingrepparttar 113340 smell associated with cut grass can purchase, that is right, purchase a can whose contents promise that ‘just cut smell’!

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