Lawn Care

Written by Linda Paquette

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Your lawn will thrive with four inches of healthy top soil, but it will be at its best with six. The problem is how do you get more top soil without ruiningrepparttar turf you already have? Simply said, topsoil isrepparttar 137815 top four to ten inches of dirt under your turf except that this layer of earth should be nutrient rich and robust with organic matter and some little critters (like earthworms). If you don’t have good topsoil, you won’t be able to maintain good turf. You can start building good topsoil inrepparttar 137816 fall by mulching with good organic compost. About a third of an inch of fine compost on top of your grass will fall betweenrepparttar 137817 blades and soak intorepparttar 137818 earth over winter.

Inrepparttar 137819 spring, aerate your lawn. This will work some ofrepparttar 137820 left over compost deeper and in addition give your lawn andrepparttar 137821 critters that live inrepparttar 137822 soil a breath of fresh air. Aeration also makes new channels for water to pass through and helps break up clumps of earth that impede drainage.

When mowing, mow high. Mowing high gives your grass takes weeds out ofrepparttar 137823 competition for sunlight. In addition, longer grass is more apt to propagate through rhizome growth. More grass means less weeds and less weeds mean more healthy grass! Healthy grass means less lawn care and more time to enjoy your lawn!

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Planting Blue Flowers In Your Garden

Written by Lee Dobbins

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Cascade, Purple Rockcress - This ground cover grows 3 to 6” tall and is perfect for growing between rocks and in crevices. Deep blue flowers bloom in early to mid spring. Plant in moderate soil inrepparttar full sun or partial shade.

Scabiosa - Butterfly Blue - This bushy perennial is more of a lavender blue perennial plant with 2" flower petals that bloom from June to October. Plant inrepparttar 137799 full sunlight - deadheading after first bloom will encourage repeat sports. This flower attractsrepparttar 137800 most fabulous creatures - butterflies and hummingbirds.

Bachelors Button - This has bright blue thistle like blossoms and will grow to 24". It shows its blooms in late summer to early fall - cut down after first bloom for another bloom later inrepparttar 137801 season. Plant inrepparttar 137802 full sunlight.

Campanula, Blue Carpet - Flowers in bright blue to lilac bloom for weeks inrepparttar 137803 middle of summer. A low growing perennial, this grows to 2 – 4” and prefers full sun and a well drained soil.

Bellflower - Enjoy bright violet blue blooms all summer with this plant that grows to 30” tall. Can grow in partial shade or full sun and likes well drained soil.

Penstemon, Blue Buckle - Tubular shaped blooms in blue to purple from mid summer to early fall. Plant grows 12” to 15” and prefers well drained soil with either full or partial sun.

Balloon Flower - Sentimental Blue - This shorter plant has medium blue flowers that puff up before It blooms in. It can get to about 8" and likes to grow in a fully sunny spot.

Petunia, Blue Spark Cascadia - Lavender blue flowers adorn this long blooming plant that produces flowers from early spring until frost. Grows 6 to 8” but can have longer cascades when grown in planters. Will grow in partial shade or full sun.

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