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First Spring Lawn Mowing

mowing-grass-coppell-texasWhen your lawn snaps out of it dormancy, it will be quick to start growing and will need of some tender loving care. If you fertilized your lawn properly in the fall, then it will start growing as soon as the temperature hits around 65 degrees in the spring. Aside from getting a good soaking from spring rains, you lawn needs a little more fertilizers and a good first spring lawn mowing.

What, When and How?

Lawn mowing is not exactly a science and it is not exactly an art form. So what is it?  Mowing the lawn in spring isn’t just about waiting until a specific length or time frame. It does requires monitoring the length of grass and waiting for it to reach the right height. To avoid injuring grass by cutting when it’s too short, which can lead to lawn disease. Following these steps can help you mow your grass at the appropriate time.

What time of the year to start mowing?

Starting in spring  around March to start your lawn mowing with a high cut on preferably dry grass if possible.

When to Mow your Lawn?

When your grass blades reaches a height of 3 to 3.5 inches.

How Often?

As temperature and growth increases frequency will increase with 2 weeks then 10 days then perhaps down to weekly mowing.

To maintain a lush, green and healthy lawn takes a little bit of work. Keeping your lawn irrigated and fed is always a priority, but some times you have to sew in additional seed and remove weeds. Following up with a fertilization schedule will keep you lawn thriving in extreme heat and severe cold.  Hopefully this tips will help you with your lawns green growth.

How to Fertilize Your Yard

 

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Easy Winter Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping During The Winter Months

winter-landscaping-ideasWinter is typically drab compared to the other 3 seasons, but a well planned landscape keeps the color in your landscape.  Adding just a little bit of color changes the balance of your yard. The color of these plants and the blanket of snow enhances your picturesque winter landscape. Easy Winter Landscaping ideas will add some color to your landscape.

Trees and Plants

  1. Planting evergreens trees and shrubs will not lose their leaves.  You will have year round color.
  2. Berry trees and shrubs offer spots color during fall and winter, as well as provide food for birds overwintering in your area.
  3. Bare deciduous trees really display their unique and beautiful shape. A well-shaped symmetrical tree that looks like it’s reaching for the sky to an ancient, twisted oak that spreads its limbs across the horizon.
  4. Stick with four-season perennials.

Additional Features

  1. Hardscaping features.  Pergolas, bricks and large stones features provide a continuous visual appeal no matter the season.
  2. Large containers and pots are colorful and highlight the plants.  You can plant ornamental grasses, miniature evergreens, or vegetation strong enough to survive the winter and brighten your yard. Placing these containers throughout your landscape will off set the white of snow or the muted yellow from dormant grasses or plants.

You might need to plan a couple of yeas ahead for winter landscaping plants to reach their ideal heights. Winter tends to be dull and less colorful season, but following with these landscaping ideas should keep winter visually appealing.

 

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5 Easy Ways To Save On Lawn Care

Lawn care is not rocket science and these 5 easy ways to save on lawn care will keep your lawn looking fabulous year round.  Aside from mowing your lawn more often with a little taller blade because the longer blades will absorb more sunlight to sustain proper photosynthesis.  Photosynthesis is the process plants use to gain nutrient and sustain life.

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Water Wisely

Healthy lawns needs about 1 inch of water per week in the growing season. A light daily watering will not promote a deep root system. To establish deep roots, water thoroughly once a week, using a 1-inch deep. Early in the morning is ideal, say before 8 a.m., when evaporation is low and water is absorbed into the soil.  Don’t be afraid to let grass turn brown during dry spells. Most species can easily go a month without water. When the grass goes from tan-brown to straw-colored, hence the grass needs to be watered..

compost - lawn care tipAdd Compost

This will improve your soil and eliminate pests and diseases, which means less money spent on fertilizer and water. Apply a quarter-inch of top-dressing compost once or twice a year, including right after your lawn has greened up. Going over the lawn with an aerator first will help mix the organic matter into the soil.

Use Grass Clippings for Mulch

Your grass clippings are a free source of slow-release fertilizer, so let the mower discharge the clippings back onto your grass rather than bagging them. This can cut fertilizer costs by up to 30 percent. The only time to bag clippings is when your lawn is having a disease breakout, often signaled by irregular brown patches or rings in the lawn.

Low Maintenance Grass

Slow-growth, drought-resistant grass species save water, fertilizer, and time. Your local cooperative extension can help you find species that are right for your climate, soil, and lifestyle. Tall fescue is a low-maintenance alternative in the Northeast that can withstand heavy foot traffic, good for homes with active kids. Zoysia and seashore paspalum are easygoing newcomers in the South, while buffalo grass is popular west of the Mississippi.

Maintain Your Mower

Sharp blades cut cleaner and faster, and along with basic engine maintenance can reduce fuel costs by up to 25 percent. Dull blades also stress grass, making it more susceptible to disease. For best results, sharpen and balance the blade three times during the growing season.

These basic tips should not take too much effort and your lawn with look green and stay healthy.

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How to Fix a Patchy Lawn

Please Feed Me

Even the healthiest lawn gets hungry and needs a solid meal. Twice a year, spring and fall, is the bare minimum most experts recommend for fertilization, though some add a feeding in the middle of the summer. But beware the common N-P-K (nitrogen-phosphate-potassium) fertilizers popular with most gardeners, says Gary; they don’t provide everything your hungry grass needs. Instead, he recommends a complete fertilizer that includes micronutrients such as sulfur, copper and iron. “Just like you take a multivitamin, your grass needs one too,” says Gary. In addition to regular fertilizing, he recommends an application of dolomitic lime every few years. This is because watering and fertilizing cause soil to become acidic over time and lime restores the pH while putting important minerals like calcium and magnesium back into the soil. In some Western areas, soils are naturally alkaline and may not have this problem, so it’s best to test your soil’s pH first.

Weeds, Go Away

No doubt about it, crabgrass is the bane of every lawn gardener’s existence. But that doesn’t mean herbicides are essential to a healthy lawn; in fact, many experts avoid them. The true secret to banishing weeds, they say, is to grow such healthy grass that it chokes out the invaders naturally. Mowing regularly helps too, because it tops off weeds like dandelions and crabgrass before they have a chance to scatter their seeds. When you do find yourself compelled to do battle against a path of weeds, Paul recommends using one of the new “natural” herbicides that derive their potency from corn gluten, salts from fatty acids or other non chemical sources.

Air Supply

When grass gets too compacted, nutrients can’t penetrate to the root system where they’re most needed. That’s where aeration — poking holes in your lawn to improve oxygen circulation — comes in. Most people aerate with a simple tool that looks like two hollow tubes attached to the end of a long handle. Of course, you can also just waltz around your lawn in spiked sports shoes — that works fairly well too.

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10 Insect Repelling Plants

10 Insect Repelling Plants

A great list of insect repelling plants that you can use in and around your house to help keep mosquitoes and other insect pests away.  They vary in strength, but all of them work great to plant in your landscaping area.

  1. Basil

    insect repelling plants basilRepels mosquitoes & flies. The intense scent and oil in basil seem to have repellent properties for many varieties of flies.

  2. Bee Balm

    Bee Balm is a pretty easy plant to grow and hard to kill. It can grow to about 3 feet high and wide, has pretty flowers that butterflies love. The reason these and other fragrant flowers repel mosquitoes is because they mask the smells that would normally draw the mosquitoes. It is also used as an antiseptic and to treat colds.

  3. African or French Marigolds

    Marigolds are great companion plants, meaning that they are great in close proximity for keeping bugs away from people and other plants you want to protect.

  4. Floss Flowers

    Annual, bees and butterflies love it. It emits a smell called coumarin that mosquitoes hate.

  5. Catnip

    insect repelling plants catnipMember of the mint family and a perennial. Though it attracts cats, it is known for repelling mosquitoes and cockroaches in a major way. this is one of the strongest mosquito repelling plants.

  6. PennyRoyal

    Great as a ground cover, but do not ingest. I do not have it because my kids are used to tasting our plants. It is also toxic for animals. People talk about crushing and rubbing the leaves over their skin and pet’s fur. This is probably ok, and is effective, but your body has to deal with the poison. If you don’t have kids or animals, have at it. But it is used as a poison, so be careful.

  7. Lavender

    Smells great. Wonderful in beauty products, soaps, air fresheners, therapeutic and medicinal purposes. Some people use it in cupboards or attics to repel moths instead of mothballs.

  8. Rosemary

    Rosemary is great in food and soaps as well as an insect repellent. It makes a great facial toner. It likes it hot, so it will not grow as a perennial except in zones 7 and higher.

  9. Lemon Grass

    lemon grass repels insectsLemon Grass Perennial only in zones 11-8. The rest of us bring it indoors in the winter and hope it lives. It grows very fast and is great in cooking and soaps. It dries well. It is a mild astringent, so many people will use it in homemade deodorant so they sweat less (just make sure you aren’t allergic to it first. You don’t want a rash there-ouch)

  10. Geranium

    Geranium is in the citronella family. Like Pennyroyal it can be poisonous if ingested, but it is commonly used in pots around America.

The plants can be used for cooking, in soaps, in beauty products, skin toners or deodorants, and for medicinal purposes.

See Also: List of Edible Plants for Landscaping

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10 Edible Landscaping Plants

artichokesEating Your Landscape

The idea of creating an edible landscape is very appealing. How wonderful it would be to have a snack at hand, anywhere in your yard? It sounds like the perfect solution for gardeners with limited space and many vegetables are as attractive as so called ornamental plants. And they can’t be much more labor intensive than caring for a lawn.

  1. Artichokes
  2. Greenbeans
  3. Eggplants
  4. Onions / Chives
  5. Garlic
  6. Peppers
  7. Herbs
  8. Edible Flowers
  9. Fruit Trees
  10. Berries

Artichokes

Artichokes and cardoons are imposing plants that would be worth growing in the landscape, even if you couldn’t eat them. I haven’t had any problems with animals munching on the prickly leaves and as long as the flowers are a few feet off the ground, nothing has touched them. The only time I lost a bud to animal grazing was when I had a small plant growing in a container. Had I raised the container a bit, I don’t think that would have happened.

container-green-beansBeans / Greenbeans

The leaves of bean plants are more attractive to animals than the bean pods. I grow pole varieties in my borders and I encircle the bottoms of the plants in chicken wire. It isn’t particularly noticeable at a distance and the plants eventually cover it. I may lose some leaves that poke through, but the animals don’t destroy the whole plant and the beans remain intact, for me to harvest.

Trellising pole beans on any decorative structure or even a simple bamboo teepee is an easy way to add height to your flower border. They grow faster than most annual flowering vines and bean flowers are just as lovely. If you want more ornamental pow, you can grow a colorful variety, like Long Red Noodle beans or Dragon Tongue.

Eggplants

EggplantNo four-footed animal has ever touched my eggplants. Maybe that’s because they are scratchy and thorny or maybe there are better things to eat in the yard, but I’m happy either way. Flea beetles can make eggplant leaves unsightly in a matter of days, but they seem to do less damage when the eggplants are interspersed among scented flowers, so I consider planting them in the flower border a win-win.

Onions

Onions are edible bulbs. They are members of the allium family, along with chives, garlic, leeks, shallots and ornamental alliums. Onion bulbs are round or oblong and are composed of concentric layers. They can have either a pungent smell and taste or be quite sweet, depending on the variety.

onionsPeppers

I have the same problem with peppers as I do with beans; the leaves are more attractive to animals than the fruits. Young transplants seem to be especially vulnerable. Once the stems toughen up, the damage becomes minimal. Knowing that, I wait until they are about 6 inches tall, before I plant them in the open.

I’m sure you don’t need any convincing to think of peppers as ornamental plants. In fact, many hot peppers are sold as ornamentals. There are certainly more than enough hot pepper varieties to fill a yard, but don’t overlook the sweet types. Since peppers tend to take awhile to reach their full color, you will have a rainbow of chartreuse, red, orange and purple throughout the season.

Herbs

The perennial herbs are the safest choice for edible landscaping. Annual and biennial herbs, like parsley, basil and cilantro, are surprisingly appealing to animals, considering their strong scent. Maybe it’s their succulent foliage that makes them targets. But woodier herbs, like sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary and lavender, have all fared better in my yard. Mint has also remained attack-free, although I can’t say I would mind herbsliderbif someone wanted to thin out my patch for me.

Flowers

Eating flowers from the flower garden can seem unnatural. Somehow planting them in the vegetable garden makes it seem more allowable to snip them for a salad. But growing edible flowers throughout your yard should be a no brainer in creating an edible landscape and I hope you’ve already realized this. Just be sure not to feed or spray them with anything you shouldn’t be ingesting.

Fruit Trees

berry-treeAlthough fruits and nuts are certainly alluring to animals, there is generally enough to go around, with a little netting and protection. The real advantage of using these plants as edible landscape is that they require minimal care and most look good for at least 3 seasons. A little spring pruning and feeding and most will take care of themselves. And I’d challenge anyone to find a shrub with more visual impact than a blueberry that covers itself with white flowers in spring, dusky purple berries in summer and radiant red leaves in the fall.

Gardens and Landscapes will always prove to be a challenging endeavor, however take comfort in knowing Ryno Lawn Care is here to help. Call now for a free quote.

 

How To Find The Best Lawn Care Professional For You?

So what is the best process for going about finding and vetting the best pro to work with.

Starting with a Google search can be overwhelming, as you will get back many many options, and how do you know which ones are good, or even the companies that will want your business.  If you are in need of basic lawn mowing, odds are the companies that pop up on a the first couple pages of a Google search will be larger companies more focuses on commercial projects, and they will not be interested in your basic lawn care.

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How To do First Cut of the Season Lawn Care Service

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How to Fertilize Your Yard

Watch this informative video to learn how to fertilize your yard.

Learn how to:

Choose your fertilizer
How often to apply the fertilizer
How to apply
How often to water grass

 

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