Start With The Necessary Nutrients

Lawn grasses need both macronutrients and micronutrients for healthy growth, although not all are commonly found in lawn fertilizers. Some nutrients are already present in the soil in sufficient amounts for healthy growth. The guaranteed percentages of specific nutrients contained in any fertilizer are listed on the front of the package.

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Remember the popular prank call where the caller asks the person on the other end of the phone if their refrigerator is running, then jokingly recommends they go catch it? We’d like to suggest an alternate version. This time, the caller asks if you’ve seen your soil runoff, then recommends you go catch it.

That joke might work if it weren’t for one issue: erosion isn’t very funny. Here’s how to get serious about fixing the problem.

Why Erosion is a Concern

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Determining the best mowing height can be debated for all regions and turfgrass species. Cutting at the ideal height, regardless of season and conditions, results in lush, healthy lawns that fend off weeds, drought and disease. Cutting too low, and especially to the bottom of the grass crowns, results in lawns that cannot resist weeds. Read what these LawnSite members discuss for determining lawn height for winter.

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It’s always a thrill when colorful wild birds visit your garden, and cardinals are one of the easiest to recognize when you catch a glimpse of one perched outside your window. The males’ delightful bright red plumage makes them stand out wherever they go. Both males and females sport jaunty top-hat-like crests and sing cheerful melodies. Cardinals are at home in most rural and suburban areas across North America, and they don’t migrate so you can expect to see them year-round. With a few cardinal-friendly landscaping tips, you can invite these common but beautiful songbirds to take up residence in your yard.

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If you live in a climate where you get snow during the winter, you may think that you do not need to worry about maintenance on your lawn, trees or shrubs during the winter. But actually, there are a number of things you need to be concerned about regarding snow damage and its effect on your yard:

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Who’s ready to learn and grow? Spring is coming up quickly, but before you start your spring cleaning, why not start growing some greens? Winter gardening during the cold season is not only possible, but it’s fun! You can plant a variety of things in the cooler months which will continue to grow through the Spring and yield delicious produce year-round.

So, How Do You Do It?
Start with a checklist focusing on your temperature, soil, moisture, and animals/insects. Plants can only tolerate certain ranges of temperature so it’s important to find out what will thrive and jive in your garden.
Determine where you want your garden, and remove any weeds, debris, and those pesky pests left over from winter. Once your plot is exposed, add a layer of compost, leaves, and manure to create a great foundation for healthy soil.

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Learn how to add texture, color, and beauty to your yard with these six simple winter landscaping tips.

Gardeners in snowy regions have plenty of reasons to get cold feet about winter: Plants are at rest and their bright colors dissipate, leaving a palette of white and gray. And with nothing to plant, they might think there are few winter landscaping tips — or to dos. In fact, careful planning in spring, summer, and fall — plus a few easy accents during winter — can lead to a beautiful landscape that shines against the stark relief of the restful season.

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During the final month of the year — and often, much sooner — vast numbers of harvested trees begin their migration indoors, where they are festooned with ribbon, garland, ornaments and lights.

Although these trees are grown in the spirit of Christmas, they don’t magically, or genetically, aspire to a perfectly peaked shape. “Once the trees reach about 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 meters) in height, we begin a process called ‘shearing,'”

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Nothing warms like a roaring fire. Built in an open hearth, campfire or heat-radiating stove, a wood-fueled fire stirs and creates cozy memories. But before you light the first log this wood-burning season, take the time to review firewood safety tips

Firewood Pest Problems 

Even though insects may nestle into firewood for a long winter’s nap, never apply pesticides to cut wood. Most often pesticide products only cause insects to burrow more deeply into wood. Additionally, if you burn wood treated with pesticides, you risk releasing those chemicals into your home. For more information on handling firewood, read about the storing and aging process. 

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It’s time for a pointed conversation about poinsettias. As you begin to deck the halls with the ubiquitous holiday plant, you might be surprised to learn the poinsettia is shrouded in misconceptions. For example, did you know the poinsettia’s flower is actually the clustered yellow buds at the center, not the colored leafy parts (which are called bracts)? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Get ready for some fascinating and festive facts that will help you make the right decisions for your property’s holiday décor, or at least enhance your cocktail party conversation.

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