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Fall And Winter Lawn Mowing And Maintenance

Fall And Winter Lawn Mowing And Maintenance

A successful, green lawn usually starts in the fall and winter months, getting ahead of weeds and getting the right mix of nutrients in the soul. Starting in November, reduce your mower height about a half inch to an inch shorter than you normally do. Be sure to bag any clippings to reduce the amount of weed seeds that get left behind. Getting all the thatch picked up will help it stay healthier during the cold winter months. When spring returns, you will be rewarded with less weeds and a healthier lawn right from the start.

In the fall use a lower nitrogen slow release fertilizer to give nutrients during the winter months. A winter fertilizer will put potassium back into the soil, making it more resistant and healthy during the dormant winter months. It is important to get it fertilized before it stops growing in mid to late November, so make this a fall routine.

Using Color In Garden Design

Using Color In Garden Design

Color is very much a matter of taste in the garden design as anywhere else. Some people want their garden to be a riot of reds and bright colors; others prefer a more subtle approach of misty blues and pinks in association with silver leaves. Others again will find the variety of colors provided by foliage alone is all the color they need.

Color is not a finite thing. It is affected by all sorts of things, including the other colors surrounding it, the quality of the light shining on it and the texture of the flower or leaf itself. Colors also appear different in different climates. In Mediterranean areas, the harsh overhead sun creates hard contrast and shadowes. Bright colors are necessary or they will not be noticed at all. The more intense the light, the more saturated the color needs to be.

Woodland & Windbreaks In Your Garden

Woodland & Windbreaks In Your Garden

A woodland area can be one of the most attractive parts of a garden, with the graceful shape and colors. A woodland edge provides a rich natural habitat for wildlife and may attract hedgehogs, bats and a range of other creatures. you can re-create this sort of environment even on a small scale to bring a great diversity of creatures into a garden. A woodland area should consist of several layers of vegetation, including tall trees, smaller trees and a lower tier of shrubs. Under these can be planted ground cover plants and early bulbs.

In a small garden, where large trees such as English oak (Quercus ruber) and beech (Fagus sylvatica) would not be appropriate, plant hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorn (Crataegus) or bird cherry (Prunus padus), all of which will support wildlife.

How Do You Start Your Garden Design?

How Do You Start Your Garden Design?

There’s an old saying that states something like – “Getting started is half finished”. And so many times you’ll find this to be true as you see do it yourself landscapers struggle to find their initial design idea. However, once they establish a framework of necessary design elements, it usually goes pretty smooth from there.

It’s not surprising that the most common landscape design question that you get is – “where do I begin?” or “how do I start my design?”. We know it can be difficult. And especially if you don’t have a vision for your design. So where do you begin? How do you start your landscape or garden design?