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Archive for June, 2008


How to Plant Grass from Seed

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When your lawn has patches that need work or you simply want to add a grassy area in or around your garden, many people want to grow from seed because it’s so much cheaper than sod. While this is true, they continue to shy away from the idea because growing grass from seed is very intimidating. Growing grass from seed does require more attention and care than laying sod but it is cheaper and once the seed is down, it’s only a few simple steps from there!

The first step is to fully remove any grass that is in the area first. A leveler may do this for you and they will then even out the area. Having even land is crucial to having beautifully grown grass. Once the soil has been turned over, you can then finish the corners and edges where you want the grass to stop growing. Once your grass has grown, adding this simple extra step will give you the appearance of a perfectly manicured lawn!

The next step is to till, fertilize, and till. Tilling the soil before you add the fertilizer will allow the soil to spread out some and will overturn layers, allowing the fertilizer a chance to get past the surface. Once the fertilizer has been spread around, tilling again will ensure that it spreads out evenly. When supplying nutrients to the soil, there are three things you will need: Phosphorus, compost, and soil conditioner. Phosphorus and soil conditioner are available at nurseries and if you don’t compost yourself, nursery-bought manure will also work. These items should be mixed together and then spread over the soil area. Once it has been spread evenly, the soil needs to be tilled once more to ensure that all of the soil receives the phosphorus and soil conditioner.

Once the soil has been tilled, the seeds can then be planted. There are many ways that one can choose to do this. You can purchase a seed spreader or you can simply toss the seed evenly over the entire area. Some believe that once the seed has been spread, it should be covered with dirt and straw so that the birds won’t eat the seed but this is not necessary if you do not wish. While spreading the seed with a professional spreader may sound quick and easy, you really can do as good a job using just your hands.

Now the hard part is over and it’s time to start watching your beautiful grass grow! The only work left to do is watering it every day. The seeds need to be given enough water to prevent them from dying but too much will also drown them. A light soak every day with a sprinkler is probably the easiest way to do this.

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How to Keep Your Roses Looking Sharp!

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Roses are a wonderful addition to any garden space and they can bring warmth and brightness throughout the entire year. But without some basic maintenance, those lovely roses could soon turn to a tangled mess and so it’s important to tend to them well. Here are some basic guidelines to keeping your roses looking sharp!

Pruning roses is an important thing to do so that the greenery does not become overgrown and the roses don’t get so tangled, you can’t see the beautiful blossoms. Pruning also takes away unhealthy areas of the plant that could spread illness throughout the entire plant if it’s left. Pruning your roses regularly will also allow sunlight to reach the center of the plant. This is essential to maintain the healthy growth of the plant as well. Pruning will be easiest and most effective if it is done in early spring, when you can just begin to see the new blossoms coming through.

If your roses are in hedges, it is wise to keep the bottom of the hedge a bit wider than the top so that the entire plant can reap the full benefits of the sun. Shrub roses don’t need much maintenance when it comes to pruning. Lightly pruning away areas that are obviously unhealthy is really all that will need to be done to young shrubs. Once the shrub is three or four years old, it’s a good idea to prune away some of the older canes so that brighter and stronger ones can grow in its place.

Fertilizing can be done either by applying commercial plant food or by using organic means. Commercial fertilizer should only be applied once every two weeks to avoid damage to the roses. Manure or green matter compost can also be used if you wish to keep your roses organic. At the beginning of the season, lay a thick layer around the base of the plant when it is still small but strong enough that it won’t be overcome by the organic matter. Fertilizer can still be used on organic roses. Organic fertilizer can usually be found in a slow-release formula and should be applied approximately once a month.

When it’s time to start thinking about watering your roses, a soak hose will yield the best results. These types of hoses lay flat against the ground and can give a garden a very efficient watering. Roses shouldn’t be watered until the area around the roots is almost completely dry. The area then needs to be given a good soak for about forty-five minutes, until the entire root area has been saturated.

With a few simple maintenance measures, it’s easy to have some of the best-looking roses in your neighborhood!


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What To Do With Your Shady Patches

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Of course we all know that plants need two things for life: sun and water. But there are some garden areas, especially in heavily wooded locations that just can’t escape having some areas of shade. Just because you have shade in your garden however, does not mean that it should be wasted space. There are many plants that do very well in shade and some in fact, that will only thrive in shaded areas. You just need to determine what kind of shade you have and then pick out your favorite shady plants! (more…)


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Prevent Garden Fungus With these Tips

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We all love to garden, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to maintain it the way we would like. Nor do we have the budget to outsource the work. Here are some quick summer gardening tips that will ensure your summer gardening is as time efficient and productive as possible. Here you will find out what jobs you need to spend the time on, and what you can do to save yourself some trouble and time down the road. (more…)


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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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During the summer months, there is nothing better than bringing to your family’s table fresh, ripe vegetables that you have grown in your very own garden! Starting your own vegetable garden is fairly easy and the fruits of your labor will be enjoyed for many months to come! (more…)


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How to Start a Rock Garden

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A rock garden can be a beautiful addition to any landscape and they are also extremely easy to maintain. However, many people believe that all you have to do is put some rocks down, plant a few shrubs if you choose and watch it thrive. To ensure that you have a beautiful rock garden that will stand the test of time, you must follow a few basic steps and avoid a few common pitfalls. This is the only way to be sure that you will have your own Zen-filled area right in your own yard! (more…)


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Begin a Healthy Garden with Healthy Plants

healthy-plants.jpgMany gardeners spend every season watering, weeding, and fertilizing their garden. However, the fact of the matter is that if you begin with weak and sick plants, your garden simply won’t do well. It may be hard to determine which plants are healthy when walking into a garden center and which are not because they will probably all look like very healthy plants. Generally, they will all be very healthy however there are a few things that you can quickly check for to make sure that you are buying strong, thriving, and healthy blooms! (more…)


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Ladybugs: Pests Your Garden Will Love

ladybug.jpgEvery year gardeners all over the world try to rid their beautiful flowers and vegetables from nasty, unwanted pests. However, all of the pesticides and home remedies for getting rid of those pests can be very harmful, even if they are organic. This is because there are some pests that you want in your garden. There are some pests that will help your garden thrive and bring you larger, prettier flowers and juicier, tastier vegetables. There are two main pests that your garden will benefit from the most. Those are ladybugs and lace wings. (more…)


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