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Mistakes In Lawn Mowing

Running mowers at low speed

Another mistake that homeowners do when mowing their lawns is running mowers at low speed. When using gas powered engines, they can consume gas at full speed. That is why some homeowners run their mowers at low speed to reduce gas consumption. However, this can only affect the cutting ability of mowers since there is a certain speed to allow mowers to cut properly. As a result, you may need to cut the grass again to avoid unsightly cuts.

Not cleaning the mower

It is also a huge mistake when homeowners do not clean the mower since dirt and other debris can cause rust and corrosion. Not to mention, dirt can also affect the effectiveness of mowers. So, it is imperative to clean the mower to avoid costly maintenance.

Ignoring maintenance

Lawn mowers are durable. But, there are still cases when it can be damaged due to its age and because of negligence. Because of this, you may require buying a new mower. Luckily, this can be avoided

Big Landscape for Small Gardens

Dining furniture – one of the best ways to spend your summer evening is to have dinner in the garden with your family or friends. You just have to choose the appropriate dining furniture. Do not buy large items that take a lot of space. You need furniture that can make the atmosphere more comfortable and intimate. Dinners in the garden have to become a special event for everyone.

Fire pit – a feature like this always creates such a cozy atmosphere. Fire pits bring more warmth and light to the garden. You can choose just the right one for you, because they are sold in many and different shapes and sizes. Adding one fire pit is a great way to start designing your garden.

Bamboo shelter – that is a very original and creative idea for small gardens. A rustic bamboo and metal frame shelter brings a little exotic feeling to the garden too, which is always nice. Also, a shelter guarantees enough shade in the hot summer days and protection when harsh winds occur. Modern

Backyard Pool Area Decoration

While you are planning for having excellent decoration to your backyard pool then you must gather some awesome ideas regarding how you can do the decorations.

Choose stripped awnings: Decorations with awnings are always an eye catchy idea and in the case of designing of the pool surrounding, this special decoration will really give an awesome look. You can select shades of striped fabrics to make the pool extremely attractive.

Placing shade sail: While you are planning for decorating the pool area, you can try to get out of traditional designs like shades with umbrella and instead of that you can simply go for shade sail. This will definitely give it a modernized look and also will make the pool excellent.

Paradise setting: Pool area decoration is always a special type of decoration and here you can definitely think to go out of the way. If the pool area is vast enough then you can give it a natural look by arranging rocks and diving boards of wood. Placing these items, the area will become more

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The Main Reasons That I Hear

There are 3 main reasons that I hear all the time. You just moved into a house and you want to upgrade. Maybe you just got married and you and your spouse plan on starting a family one day. Or maybe you are planning on selling your home and you know this is a solid investment to make. At this point in my life the last one is my favorite. You simply want to enjoy what you already have. These are absolutely all good reasons so let’s get started.

It all starts with a plan

Before you start digging anything up you need a solid plan. This should include the entire property you want to incorporate. If not your end result could look like a mishmash of designer magazine. You must know your desired outcome before you start. Sometimes you will run into road blocks that you did not foresee no matter how well you planned everything out. This will happen from time to time. Just remember this though, your earlier preparation will pay huge dividends if this should happen.

Take advantage of the type of land you

Spicing Up Your Address Plaques

Customize – You can actually have it custom made. If you want to, you can integrate a compartment that can conceal the doorbell or hold keys. This will not just make for a neater appearance for the buildings front area but will also provide you with a secret storage for different items.

Use a planter box – Place this right beneath your address plaque. This will give a pop of colour to the exterior of the building. Moreover, it can help people focus more on the address information.

Integrate a lighting fixture – So even during the night or when it becomes dark outside, people will not have trouble locating and distinguishing your home from other houses on your area. You can actually make use of LED marquee lights or an outdoor lamp.

Position it beside your letterbox – There are some letterboxes that have address information already. If yours does not, you can actually place your address plaque near or beside it so the postman can easily locate your property and drop your mails. Kerb appeal can also be enhanced by placing this fixture beside the letterbox.

Integrate decorative elements – Using stencil


Cobblestones have been around for two centuries and give off that English street feeling. Maybe in those days it might not have been as beautiful but today it’s seen as an elegant paving technique. You will notice that a cobblestone is not often symmetrical and is found in different sizes and finishes.

Random Roma Cobbles is a beautiful style for the person who likes asymmetrical consistency. These paving stones are laid in rows and have the perfect homely feel. One could say that these are put together in the form of a puzzle to cover up the ground.

Canterbury Cobbles are reminiscent of the era where streets were used to convey horse drawn carriages. The thick paving stones give the surface being paved a good amount of height without overdoing it. This paving stone is often found in symmetrical shapes but the soft edges have a gentle appearance. The sandy colour gives your garden a vintage appearance.

Cornwall Cobbles are a dull grey that seem to go perfectly with a rainy and cloudy day. These paving stones can often be cut into different sizes to match your preferences.

Bastille Cobbles have the same appearance

Garden Care Service and Horticulture

The garden is the most vital part of the house as it is the place for playing, sitting at ease in the winter season or having the morning or evening cup of tea with family and friends. But many times patchy green grounds with dead plants may make the surroundings uncomfortable to dwell with. This can all be caused due to inferior soil quality, improper watering, entrance of unwanted exotic shrubs and poor seed case in relation to sunlight quantities. A quick way to solve the problem is time to time staking, watering them. Professional services include free delivery in the areas served by them, which makes it easier for the people to hire them for a great lawn and garden.

A beautiful yard with a great garden looks great, but with well maintained ornamental plants. All this is not easy as it requires technical skill and a lot of expertise. The various gardening services like seedling, aeration, application of pesticides for weed and insect control enables to have a gorgeous view of the landscape and increase the value of the home in the eyes of the passersby. Additionally, technically knowledgeable persons in the field of horticulture

Landscape Drainage

This article is to inform you so you will know the consequence and try to avoid them First and foremost you must have positive grade on your property meaning that if you are putting a drainage system in your backyard then the backyard must be higher than where you want the water to drain (most of the time the street). How much higher the backyard needs to be depends on the length of the drain system because to have proper slope you must have one inch of drop per ten feet of drainage pipe so if you are installing a hundred foot of drain pipe than you need the street to be ten inches lower than where you place the first drain box (Catch Basin). If you do not have the slope needed than this is when you must look in to other options such as, bringing in soil and raising the backyard (only when you have enough foundation showing, you do not want to raise the ground higher than the foundation you need at least one inch showing at all times), draining into a sump pump box and pumping the water out (this option requires electricity and

Avoiding Weeds In Mobile Home Garden

The first step to managing a weed problem is taking care of the one that is already there. Pulling them is the most effective way of getting them out because it yanks out the root that, if left, would allow them to grow back. Weed wackers can pull some of them, but others will only get cut at the soil level. The problem will only keep recurring.

Wait until you have either watered your garden, or there has been a significant rain and the soil is damp and soft. If the soil is too hard you will break them off without the root when you pull them off. If you have harder soil that isn’t softening, use a hand shovel or other gardening tool to break through around the root of the weed. Be sure to wear thick gardening gloves, as many weed types can be hard on the skin and even cause rashes or cuts when you pull them.

What do you do with the weeds when they are pulled out? You can just toss them, sure, but then what good have they ever done? You can actually make weeds work for you by adding

Outdoor Furniture Edition

No matter how large or small your outdoor space is, it is inevitable that you will be looking for somewhere to sit comfortably this summer. Benches are an ideal way to create a focal point within your garden, adding a particularly dramatic look when placed under a tree or in front of your beautiful flower bed. There are a number of different styles available, with romantic metalwork and classic wooden structures all possible options. The ensuing months are about enjoying the outdoors and making the most of nature, so what better way to enjoy the sun than by grabbing a good book and reclining on your perfectly positioned bench!

Garden furniture is not commonly associated with being the most comfortable seating in the world, due to the need for durability, however there are many ways to style your garden bench in order to improve this. Outdoor cushions and blankets will help add to the aesthetics but also make for a more pleasant and relaxing experience altogether!

The development of waterproof textile designs has led to a great increase in the number of different styles and shapes available on the market. It is normal to stick to

Lawn Care During the Cold Months

Winter fertilization – In America, most lawns are installed with glasses such as bluegrass or Bermuda. These kinds of grasses are the most common types and it is the best time to fertilize the soil for these varieties during late autumn or in the early weeks of winter before it all freezes. While the nutrients in the soil are lost during summer because of the extreme heat, fertilizing the soil just before winter comes is the best time to do it because it allows the fertilizer to stay within the soil throughout the winter giving nutrients to the grass and feeding them well all winter long. This will allow you grass to look lively when spring comes and your lawn to have a lush, green, and healthy grass that was not starved during winter.

Gradually mowing down your lawn – gradually mowing down your lawn before winter approaches is important. Most homeowners tend to stop mowing their lawns as autumn rolls in and prefer to mow it all at once when winter comes. According to seasoned professionals in lawn care, the most important thing to remember would be to not shock the grass by cutting them all

Tips Before Lawn Mowing

Do not water the lawn before mowing

The next thing homeowners need to do before mowing the lawn is to never water the lawn before mowing. When watering the lawn, the soil will be soft. As a result, the weight of the mower will cause unsightly marks. In addition, watering the lawn before mowing can make leaves slippery causing blades to slip on it rather than cutting it.

Make sure grass is standing up

It is also important for homeowners to make sure that grass is standing up. Due to length and wind, grasses tend to lean. Because of this, blades cannot reach the grass. Therefore, homeowners need to make use of a besom broom to prevent the grass from lying flat and will help the grass and weeds to stand straight making mowing tasks easier.

Check your lawn mower

After preparing your lawns, it is also essential for homeowners to check their lawn mower. First, check if there are any leaks and loose nuts and bolts. After which, when making use of motorized mower make sure that the engine is running properly. This can be done by checking oil and fuel. Finally,

About Snow and Landscaping

Snow acts as a natural insulator, so your landscaping will survive under snow all season, it’s when we come to shovel it that it may cause a problem or two. If everything is under a foot of snow, do you know where your driveway starts and ends? What about your walkway?

The most important and obvious thing is to keep your shovel on hard ground. Seems easy, but it is a lot harder than you may think. Where that landscaping starts is lost in a sea of white. This is why it is a good idea to use driveway reflectors to mark the boundaries of your hard surfaces. This way, you’ll know when to stop shoveling and hopefully you won’t have gone into any trees or shrubs that are hidden.

If there is a lot of snow it’s a good idea to shake it off of trees and shrubs that you can see, just so that the branches aren’t burdened with the extra weight. The roots will thank you for the added protection, but the branches, especially if they are on the small side will not.

Don’t pile the snow that you have shoveled onto


Planning – Water conservation is the fundamental element of this landscaping option. Most landscape designers are constantly looking for different ways of reducing the amount of applied water. With a graph paper, consider drawing an aerial view of your property and start your plan by taking into account various important things. Some of the things you must consider will include the drainage patterns of the land, how the area will be used, and the kind of plants you must include.

Soil Improvement – Soil that drains quickly and stores water is the ideal soil in a water-conserving landscape. This can actually be achieved by boosting the amount of organic material in your soil. This will also keep it well aerated. The ideal organic additive is compost.

Make limited turf areas – As much as you possibly can, you need to reduce the size of the turf areas. Be reminded though to retain some turf for open space. If planting new turf, be sure to use water-saving species.

Use the right plants – You must choose plants that are native to your region if you really want to achieve the best results. First, opt for drought-resistant

Cleaning Artificial Lawn

Conduct Weekly Maintenance

This may be something that you wanted to avoid but we would recommend giving your lawn a light rinse each week to keep the fibres free from dust and any other debris that may have accumulated.

Monthly Maintenance

Conducting a more thorough clean on a monthly basis will help to keep your artificial lawn looking clean, green and inviting. We would suggest using a stiff brush or broom and maybe a flexible lawn rake. Avoid steel bristles as this will damage the surface.

This may need to be conducted more frequently if you have trees nearby that are prone to dropping leaves or if you have pets.

Regular grooming also prevents matting and keeps your lawn’s infill from compacting.

Dealing With Spills

Nearly all modern artificial turf is stain resistant and anything that is dropped can simply be washed away with water. If you are concerned about bacteria, we suggest that you use a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar that can be washed off after with a mild, natural soap – avoid strong chemical based detergents as they may once again cause damage to your surface.

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

Purchase the right sprinkler system – 50% of your home’s water use may be necessary to water your lawn and garden. With that said, you need to pay attention to how you make use of water for your yard. To irrigate more effectively, the very first thing you must understand is that your lawn can’t absorb the water when you irrigate too fast and often. This will lead to the waste of a precious resource. Apart from that, this can also lead to the pollution of natural bodies of water since the chemicals you use on your lawn will run off. If you really want to conserve more water, you must install a sprinkler system. But aside from that, you have to configure it accordingly. Make sure that the sprinkler targets your lawn and plants. It also must spray large drops of water to prevent wasting water via evaporation.

Know how frequent you must irrigate – You have to water your lawn deeply yet infrequently. You will know if it’s time to water your lawn if the leaves of the grass have discoloration and wilting. This means that you’ll need to irrigate within 48 hours. The rule

DIY Stump Grinding

Take proper safety precautions

Stump grinding can prove to be dangerous and harmful if you avoid taking necessary security measures. As per the expert suggestions,

· You must wear sturdy boots, full-length trousers, goggles and gloves.

· It is utmost important that you avoid taking your body too close to the grinding blades.

· Moreover, it will prove to be safe if you trim down the grass around the stump before you start the grinding.

· It is also necessary to remove small rocks, twigs and landscaping elements that are near the stumps before you start the work.

Cut down the bigger stumps

Before you start grinding the stump abruptly, you should note that it is not an appropriate way to grind a giant trunk. Utilise the services of the professionals for tree removal to trim down the branches of the tree and remove the trunk from the base. Using a chainsaw is crucial at this point. As experts suggest, you should lower down the stump as much as you can until it comes on a level with the ground. It does not only make the process smoother but also helps

Creating Beautiful Garden Landscapes

Plan the garden properly

The landscape of the garden must be planned in such a manner that it looks beautiful now while also having the future in mind. You will find it is best to plant your precious collection of plants in such a manner that there is enough space when in future you require a mower, or the stump grinder, to enter for building projects for your porch or the patio..

If this planning is not done now, then in future you may have to throw away your precious plants in order to have space for allowing movement of such equipment.

Have a focal point

The focal point of your garden must be such that it attracts people and engages their attention when roaming in your garden. It should be different than others but not out-of-place. You can have an antique garden bench as the focal point but don’t use an object which is not related to the garden. A water body or an oak tree can be a great focal point which will give the garden landscape a new dimension.

Curves must be checked

It is good to have curved

Choosing Landscaping Contractors

References – Check for company references. A legitimate landscaping company can offer you a list of references as well as customer reviews for their work and price. Checking for their references will allow you to compare for their previous year’s job performance that are of equal or greater dollar value than your current project.

Avoid Choosing By Price – Choosing for a company that offers the lowest bid may not always be a good idea. As we all know, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. These companies may provide you the lowest price for their services but it does not assure you of the quality of their work. Having bid lower, they have the tendency to use cheaper materials as well as unsafe equipment and poor workmanship.

Research – Research your local landscaping company and compare them to each other. Choose the ones that have variety of services and experience as well as those who can provide you with strong references from their past clients – especially clients that has the same needs as you.

Personality – One of the things you need to consider is the company’s and staff’s personality.

Types of Injuries to Trees in the Winter

Temperature fluctuations – once temperatures begin a steady decline in winter, trees start to acclimate. However, if there is a sudden hard freeze, plants can be greatly stressed if they are not fully acclimated. Woody plants in particular can be damaged in times of rapid temperature drops followed by periods of mild weather. The main reason is that during mild weather, trees de-acclimate and become especially vulnerable in case of temperature drops.

Low temperatures – while it is true that trees are perhaps the sturdiest species of the plant kingdom, they are far from indestructible. Every tree has a temperature tolerance level, which is sometimes exceeded. Trees that are already stressed by temperature fluctuations or those that are already marginally hardy for the area they are planted in are particularly vulnerable. If you are using marginally hardy plants, you may have to plant them in protected areas, or else they may not survive the season.

Cracks from frost – frost cracks, also referred to as radial shakes, take the form of deep and shallow longitudinal cracks in the area of the trunk. During the day cycle, the south and southwest side of trees experience the most