Lawn Care Tips

Written by Hans Dekker

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3.Do you already have a lawn? Aerate it inrepparttar spring while itís still moist and beforerepparttar 113359 spring rains are done. Aerating your lawn inrepparttar 113360 springtime gives microbes and other small life forms a breath of fresh air after winter. Aeration also makes new paths for drainage and keeps your lawn from becoming saturated.

4.A lot is written about lawn fertilizer andrepparttar 113361 big question is why? Grass isrepparttar 113362 most efficient user of nitrogen on earth! Feed your soil with nutrient rich compost and let your lawn get its nutrientsrepparttar 113363 natural way. The more chemicals you use,repparttar 113364 more you disturbrepparttar 113365 natural biological processes that convert organic matter into nutrients andrepparttar 113366 microbes and other small organisms that take natural care of your lawn.

5.Mow your grass high. A 2 Ĺ to 3-inch high cut makes your lawn look fuller, feel softer, and helps keep it healthy. Taller grass shades pesky weed seeds and keeps them from getting established. In addition, a taller lawn is better able to absorb sunshine and better able to retain moisture,repparttar 113367 two main contributors to a healthy lawn.

6.Enjoy your lawn. After all, isnít that your main reason for having a yard?

Hans is the owner and one of the editors of Lawn Mower Guide a Collection of Articles about Lawn Mowers and Lawn Care

Planting And Care Of Shrubs

Written by Paul Curran

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Dry roots arerepparttar chief cause of planting failures, and steps should be taken to prevent thisói.e., balling and burlapping, and heeling in. After receiving shrubs from a nursery, water as soon as possible; shade them from sunshine at first, mulchrepparttar 113358 ground around them, and prune back severely.

The olderrepparttar 113359 plant you get,repparttar 113360 more severely it will have to be cut back, so that inrepparttar 113361 long run, you come out just as well buyingrepparttar 113362 less expensive, smaller shrubs. Forsythia and azalea may be moved while in flower, but most plants should not.

Watering inrepparttar 113363 fall, beforerepparttar 113364 ground freezes, is important for box, azalea, rhododendron, mountain laurel and broadleaf evergreens, whose leaves lose moisture in winter.

Pruning of shrubs helps to keep them young and vigorous. Rather than cutting all branches off to an even length, prune outrepparttar 113365 older branches, even though they may be sound. With lilacs, for example, use a keyhole saw, and cut as close torepparttar 113366 ground as possible, cutting outrepparttar 113367 oldest stems.

Some shrubs need pruning every year, especially those which have dead branches as a result of winterkill. (These include some deutzias, hydrangeas, buddleia, spireas and privets.) Other shrubs such as rhododendron, azaleas, magnolia and buddleia should haverepparttar 113368 flower heads pruned off after blooming.

Paul Curran is CEO of Cuzcom Internet Publishing Group and webmaster at, providing access to their nursery supplier for a range of quality plants, trees, bushes, shrubs, seeds and garden products.Visit their trees section to find a great selection of shrubs for your garden

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