3 Steps For A Greener And Healthier Yard


Do you have a lawn that looks brown and dead but you can't figure out why? Do you wish that you had one of the best lawns in your neighborhood instead of one of the worst? Most of the time, growing grass isn't very difficult. However, there are times when it can feel like getting grass to grow will require a miracle. Fortunately, miracles aren't usually needed. Here are some of the best things you can do to get a beautiful-looking lawn:

Plant something else: You may have your heart set on actual grass, but this may not be possible. Many species of grass do not appreciate long periods of deep shade and will either die or go into hibernation. If you have a reasonably decent yard in the springtime, before the trees on your property start growing their leaves, the large amounts of shade may be a problem. Cutting down trees so that grass will grow is obviously overkill, so head to your local lawn & garden center. If they don't have shade-growing grass available, they can point you in the direction of low-growing ground cover plants that are appropriate for your area. These plants won't be grass, but they will be green and will be very low-growing. As a bonus, their low height means that you won't have to mow.

Check your sprinklers: Regardless of what's growing in your yard, it'll need water. But if you work long hours, you may not even realize that something is wrong with your sprinklers. It's also possible that one or more of the sprinkler heads has gotten clogged and isn't providing as much water as it should. You can turn the sprinkler system on when you're home and check for issues, but it's still a good idea to call a sprinkler repair technician just to be safe. Leaks, buried sprinkler heads, or clogged sprinkler heads are all things that can be remedied by your sprinkler repair technician.

Dethatch your lawn: Paying for sprinkler repair is no good if your grass can't actually absorb the water that it gets. Grass is obviously a plant that grows very thickly. This means that a layer of tightly compressed dead roots will eventually build up in your soil, leaving little room for the living roots to grow. These tough roots do not decompose easily and can stay there for a very long time if not manually taken care of. Dethatching involves using a special machine to cut the roots apart, pulling some of them up and making more room for the living roots. The dead roots that stay in the soil will decompose more rapidly after being chopped into more manageable bits.

For more information, contact companies like Arbor Landscape and Sprinklers.


27 July 2017

Understanding Landscaping Planning

About a year ago, I realized that part of the reason the plants in my yard kept dying was the fact that they were planted in the wrong places. I didn't pay much attention to which plants needed certain amounts of light, and it was costing them their lives. Several of the plants were really struggling to live, and it was really hard to see. I realized that if I ever wanted to make things right, I would need to create a landscaping plan that would work well for the natural landscape of my yard. This blog is all about understanding landscaping.