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How to Prepare Your Outdoors for Winter


Fall is the time to start thinking about how to prepare your lawn for the winter before the first frost. The reason you do this is to ensure your grass will grow as planned come the spring time. What you do need to know is that timing is everything here, so check with your Farmer’s Almanac to see when the best time is to prepare your lawn. Fertilizing is the first step you will take, and you will give your lawn one last fertilization before the frost. Your Almanac will help you decide when to expect the first frost, and when will be the best time to do this. What else can you do to prepare your lawn for winter?

As winter approaches, be sure to shorten your lawn more and more the closer winter gets. You want to go through winter with a very short lawn. A well kept lawn will be critical after your first snow fall. Many of us waste time in the winter shoveling snow off our lawn, if your lawn begins short, then you won’t have to worry about this.

Organize any backyard equipment, tools, or toys as fall deepens. Put out door toys away, and give away what your children won’t use next year. Getting rid of broken tools or toys, or those that won’t be good next year will free up an exorbitant amount of room and make your garden shed clutter free.

Use this time to ready your winter garden tools and materials. Have your snow blower tested at the local garage to ensure it is well prepared for the winter ahead. Stock up on ice melt and snow shovels, and keep heavier gardening gloves handy for the winter. Purchasing these items now will be much more affordable than when they are in high demand.

Now is the time to start planning your spring garden. Stock up on seed and bulb catalogues and begin planning your lawn care for the warmer temps. Get your orders in early with your planning and that will be one less thing off your to do list.

Planning and preparation are key elements in any gardening season. In the spring and summer months, we don’t have time for this planning, and our gardens may suffer as a result. Use your Fall and Winter months to plan every meticulous detail and tool so that the only thing you have to worry about come Winter is the gardening task at hand.


Get your Lawn and Garden Ready for the Fall


As autumn approaches, there are a few things that must be done in the yard to ensure that you have a clean, blank canvas to start with in the following spring. Much of how your lawn and garden will do the following year depends on how you prepare it for the winter, especially if you live in a climate that sees a lot of rain, snow, or cold harsh temperatures over the winter months. Here are a few basics that should be done after you’ve put away the summer toys and patio furniture. (more…)


How to Plant Grass from Seed


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.


Lawn Secrets The Pest Control People Don’t Want You To Know About…

Lawn disease is usually caused by fungus. Fungal spores are always present in lawn soil. Fungal lawn disease can be a result of (more…)

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The Secret To Growing Shade Tolerant Grass

If an area on your lawn gets less than five hours of direct sunlight a day then shade tolerant grass is needed. Regular grass requires at least 4 hour of direct sunlight a day. Insufficient direct sunlight will result in thin grass, more disease and less resistance to pests. (more…)

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Keeping Your Green Lawn

A green lawn is due to the chlorophyll produced by each blade of grass. A green lawn means the grass is getting all the air, nutrients and water it needs for good growth. The taller and thicker the lawn is, the greener it will look. To keep lawns green (more…)

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Discover The Fertilizer Secrets That Will Bring You Luscious Grass And Envious Neighbors

Lawn fertilizer is composed of nutrients essential to you lawn’s well being. Lawn fertilizer can be chemical in nature or organic and natural. (more…)

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A Guide To Choosing the Right Lawnmower

When choosing a lawnmower take into consideration the size and type of lawn you have. Also keep in mind any slopes or hills that might need to be mowed. By choosing the appropriate lawnmower your job will be that much easier. (more…)

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