Fall Lawn Care

Written by Hans Dekker

I wish I had indulged my yard in a little tender-loving fall lawn care. Today I’m looking out my window at an all-too familiar Midwestern winter. Snow for Christmas and then a few days of warmth meltedrepparttar insulating blanket away, leaving my lawn bare and susceptible torepparttar 113362 terrors of an after-thaw ice storm.

It’s easy inrepparttar 113363 warm spring to roll up our sleeves and get outrepparttar 113364 rakes, aerators, spreaders and mowers. After all, we can celebrate putting awayrepparttar 113365 snow shovels and snow blower! However, although spring lawn care is important, a good fall lawn care program ensures that we’ll have a lawn to tend when spring rolls around!

I could have started my fall lawn care with a final mowing. However,repparttar 113366 grass seemed to quit growing… so I quit mowing. Silly me! A final mowing, lowering my mower blade about ½ inch would have helped me to easily implementrepparttar 113367 rest of my plan and prepared my lawn to facerepparttar 113368 perils of winter.

Before I knew it, my fall lawn care plan got soaked and blew away during a windy-rainy autumn. Top-dressing my lawn would have been a pain. The grass was too long for even finely ground compost to reachrepparttar 113369 soil and I just couldn’t see myself shivering inrepparttar 113370 chilly autumn as I usedrepparttar 113371 flat side of my garden rake to spread an eighth inch of it over my wet yard.

Our red maple, beautiful in autumn, isrepparttar 113372 last on our block to drop its leaves, so, I waited to rake. Inrepparttar 113373 meantime, allrepparttar 113374 neighbors’ leaves covered my lawn and wouldn’t you know it? Byrepparttar 113375 timerepparttar 113376 maple was bare, autumn rains were constant and cold. Fall lawn care wasrepparttar 113377 last thing on my mind! Those half-decayed leaves are going to be a mess to clean up next spring, in addition to blocking outrepparttar 113378 first warm rays of sunshine and impedingrepparttar 113379 warm spring rains that my grass would certainly have enjoyed!

Evergreens You Can Use For Landscaping

Written by Paul Curran

Evergreen trees and shrubs are more expensive in general than deciduous trees (trees that drop their leaves in winter). But they are worth their cost because of their year-round beauty, hardiness and longevity. Evergreens range fromrepparttar broadleaved shrubs like rhododendron and laurel torepparttar 113361 tall-needled cone-bearing pines and stately spruces.

The giant spruces and firs are most effective as windscreens;repparttar 113362 spreading evergreen shrubs are widely used not only because of their attractiveness but also because they can be shaped and trimmed and do well inrepparttar 113363 shade (such as for foundation planting).

Pine isrepparttar 113364 most commonly known ofrepparttar 113365 evergreens. White pine is noted for its long, soft, light silvery-green needles and rapid attainment of its 60- to 80-foot maturity. Red pine, as well as white pine, is splendid for backgrounds and windbreaks. Ponderosa pine, a broad, compact tree, is used for protection and ornamental screens.

Austrian pine (black pine) with its rich, green color and spreading branches has great favor inrepparttar 113366 Midwest. Globe mugho pine is a small, rounded tree for ornamental planting.

Norway Spruce is probablyrepparttar 113367 most widely planted windbreak evergreen. Quick growing and. hardy, it has short needles of dark green; is a compact, pyramidal shape. Black Hills spruce grows toy 40 feet in time, is hardy and drought-resistant. A slow grower, it can remain in close quarters for many years.

White spruce has short, thick, light blue-green needles; it matures at 60 to 70 feet and is good for landscaping and screens. Colorado blue spruce is a good specimen tree and hardy, too, but it suffers in heat and drought. Ofrepparttar 113368 cedars, red cedar is a fine ornamental evergreen for hedges and windbreaks. It withstands dry weather andrepparttar 113369 thick green foliage has a bronze in winter.

Douglas fir isrepparttar 113370 best fir for windbreaks and screening. Hardy, healthy, drought-resisting, it grows quickly and compactly, and its lofty pyramid makes a good lawn specimen. Balsam fir,repparttar 113371 Christmas tree, is noted for its fragrance and lustrous foliage. White fir, a specimen, has an attractive silvery color.

Arbor vitae, like cedar, furnishesrepparttar 113372 flat evergreen branch found in flower arrangements at Christmas. It is an ornamental tree of many varieties, and is best located in moist protected places. Un-trimmed, it is a broad pyramid, 35 to 50 feet tall, but it shears to any size or shape.

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