How to Save On Your Valuable Resources When Landscaping

When watering your plants or yard, you could unknowingly be wasting valuable resources such as time, water, and money when you don’t have to.

The good news is that there are a few ways to conserve these resources without making too make changes to your maintenance routine, which we will be talking about today in this article.

Lawn Care

Determine whether or not your lawn needs water by walking on it while looking closely at the grass blades. If the blades spring back, it’s best to hold off on watering. If you see footprints instead, give it some water via sprinkler unless rain is forecasted.

Make sure the water is being absorbed into the grass. If the water begins to run off in one direction or puddles begin to appear, you are probably adding water too fast.

Flower Beds

When it comes to shrubs and plants like perennials and annuals, only water the roots as opposed to the entire plant. This will help with reducing evaporation and preventing fungal disease.

When choosing plants in the first place, learn which plants will best adapt to the climate, soil type, and amount of sun exposure on your home, as these are the plants that will adapt the best and require the least amount of work.

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How to Construct Landscape Edging

From natural stone, to molded cement, to pavers, landscape edging can be a great way to spruce up your landscaping and add some curb appeal to your home or business.

Not only does landscape edging look great, it keeps your mulch or grass in place and can visually shape your beds of landscaping. The good news is that you don’t need a professional landscaper to add this kind of touch to your yard, and there are easy ways to complete the task yourself, even if you don’t have any skills.

Here are some of the materials and tools you will need to get started:

  • Shovel
  • Chisel
  • Spray paint
  • Garden hose
  • Sand (* Be sure to get enough to create a 1 inch base for the trench you dig for your edging)
  • Landscape edging material
  • Hammer
  • Gardening gloves

From here, you can watch the video below for instructions or keep on reading. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, and you can even add your own creative touch for a more personalized project.

Instructions

Step #1: Prepare the Area

Using your garden hose, line out the perimeter of the area you plan to edge. Once you have found the right positioning, use the spray paint to trace the area along the hose. Continue reading

5 Basic Gardening & Landscaping Tips That Every Pro Should Know

Becoming a good landscaper or gardener comes with knowing a few basic principles in order to set a firm foundation.

These principles allow you to visualize a project in your mind and fill out the entire process all the way to the end when you get to finally enjoy your work of art. When you can spot the best places for plants to thrive, you know that you are truly developing the professional eye.

Here at the 5 basic principles that every landscaper or gardener should be strongly familiar with. The best place to start a landscaping endeavor is your own home, so you don’t have to worry about messing anything up while you are still learning.

 

#1.) Consider the entire space of a yard and brainstorm all the possibilities.

When looking at a yard, it’s best to take every angle into consideration. Brainstorming different ideas and solutions will give you different perspectives, and more options which is good for when you start working on other people’s homes.

Now is the best time to work on changing the features you don’t like, and a great way to test your remodeling skills.

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Video Tutorial: How to Build a Garden on a Slope

Garden beds are beautiful but when you have a slope where you want to put them, it may seem impossible to find a way to make it work. The good news is that there are many ways to actually make a garden bed sit well on a slope, with a little time invested and creativity.

But is it really worth it to install a garden bed on a slope? The answer to that is up to you however, we will say that it can have an advantage. When garden beds a South-facing, it provides them with better growing conditions and the ideal amount of exposure, not to mention can make it easier for water to flow through instead of drowning your beds.

When water does flow through it can remove valuable soil and other amendments, which is why garden beds are a great solution. Even better, they hold up well, require hardly any maintenance, and can last for years. Using stakes or other flimsier tools are ok for temporary solutions but can rot over time due to weather conditions. The following video will show you the easiest way to install a garden bed when you are dealing with a slope.

It doesn’t take a professional to make good-looking garden beds for slopes and in fact, is a project that can be done alone.

This is a cheap and easy way to add a little color to your yard and hone your landscaping skills for other projects. This may be a task that takes a little more time for beginners, but with the video tutorial there should be a clear layout of the exact steps that need to be taken and what materials to use.

We hope that you can utilize this video to build a sloped garden bed of your own and will have fun while doing it. After all, landscaping should be fun. If not, you may be better off hiring a professional.

Keep on the lookout for a part 2 to this post where we plan to provide an actual written out tutorial with more detailed instructions – coming to a computer near you within a week or two.

5 Simple Tips for Getting Started With Lawn Mowing

If you have never had the chance to mow a lawn before, you may be hesitant to get started. The idea of mowing may seem easy however, there are a few factors to take into consideration before actually starting the mowing.

In this article we will discuss the ways to easily get started mowing within a reasonable amount of time. So locate a lawnmower and let’s get ready to begin.

1.) Decide the Best Time You Should Cut

The best time for mowing is during the morning after the dew has dried from the grass. Pair this with a cut every two weeks for optimal lawn care.

Also, you want to keep your grass “high”, meaning only removing a third off the top at a time.

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