Edging and trimming are the final touches to a well groomed yard. It’s comparable to trimming around the ears and sideburns followed by shaving your neck during a haircut. My sister use to cut my hair all through elementary and high school. Once she was half way through my hair cut and her boyfriend walked in and proposed. She was so excited, I walked around for an hour with an unfinished haircut waiting for her to calm down. It looked terrible. Your lawn shouldn’t have to wait for those final touches either. Your lawn will have that curb side appeal when edged and trimmed regularly.
The dog days of summer are fun for us and our pets, but veterinarians at VRCC Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital (www.vrcc.com) say there are a few injury symptoms to watch for in your dogs as the summer continues and with the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
My lawn maintenance articles usually reflect what I’m dealing with at the time I sit down to write them. This month is no different. A neglected shade tree in my back yard is in need of some seriously expensive work beyond my abilities and wallet due to its size and the danger it presents to my property. With that being said, I’m no arborist but have learned a few guidelines about trimming shade trees any homeowner can apply to smaller trees not requiring a professional. Trimming a shade tree properly will strengthen the tree, increase its longevity, and have eye appeal as it matures.
When I was in high school working for my brother-in-law’s lawn service in Ann Arbor, MI, he sent my crew to mow a yard on Bird Road. When we arrived we quickly mowed and trimmed the front yard and then continued to the back. The gate was nearly impossible to push open inward because the grass was nearly 3 feet tall. The grass had seeded and resembled a wheat field.The occupant renting the home maintained the front yard all season but never mowed the back. Since the homeowners were returning from their summer trip she thought it was a good idea to bale the back. Forty man hours later and a pyramid size pile of grass in the back corner probably is still decomposing to this day.
Whether it’s dog urine or rabbit regurgitation, there is a way to fix those dead patches. Cut the dead patch out with a flat shovel in the shape of a square instead of a complicated puzzle piece. Place this piece on a new piece of sod and line up two sides perfectly. Cut the other two sides of the square to match with your flat shovel. If needed, add a handful or two of good top soil to the cut out area, smooth it out and place your new piece of sod in the spot. Fit all four sides tightly. Try to make it as level with the existing lawn as possible. Water daily by hand for a few weeks until rooted in and growing. Do not let the new sod patches dry out.
Lawns have three basic needs - fertilizer, water and sun. However, lawns will do better with rich fertile soil beneath them, something Colorado soil lacks. With water restrictions in the news this spring, I recommend top dressing in combination with an organic fertilizing program to create a soil teaming with life, nutrients and water.
In preparation for March Madness, basketball fanatics take the time and energy to strategically fill in NCAA basketball brackets and invest a little money for the fun of it. March Madness also involves beating the mad-rush on lawn mower repair shops and investing in your equipment to keep them running strong for years to come. For some, having the most beautiful lawn on the block is similar to being in a competitive tournament with neighbors. March is a good month to start your well thought out lawn maintenance plan to achieve your goals for a beautiful healthy lawn and finish in the winners bracket.
Doing the same lawn maintenance procedures year after year with the hope of getting better results is not logical. Routine that produces poor results needs to be changed. Developing a new maintenance plan to produce a beautiful lawn involves thinking logically about what grass requires to thrive and how existing soil conditions can be improved.
Growing up as a PK (Preacher’s Kid) in the small farming community of Chebanse, Illinois, I often listened to adult conversations when members of my dad’s congregation stopped by the parsonage to visit. One conversation, I remember, taught me how to mow straight lines and now inspires me to suggest to you a New Year’s Lawn Resolution.
It’s no secret that living organisms need water. Mites that might be in your soil beneath your lawn are no exception to the rule. During very dry winters, mites can easily obtain the moisture they require through consuming the roots of your grass. Imagine how this can destroy the potential for a beautiful healthy lawn come spring time. The solution is simple - water your lawn occasionally during dry winters.
An essential understanding of the soil beneath a lawn determines what maintenance procedures to continue on with or to change. Parts of the soil have an impact on the whole lawn. Analyzing aeration plugs can help you to identify those parts (most likely missing) and guide you to formulate an effective maintenance plan for your lawn next season. Creating a balanced soil structure and food web that will aide in sustaining a lawn while conserving resources is the ideal outcome to any lawn maintenance program.
October is the month to wrap up the lawn season and put the grass to rest well fed and watered. Lawn customers often ask what they should do to their lawns at the end of the season. Here are a few questions most frequently asked.
With the record breaking heatwave hopefully behind us, this is the month to restore our lawns to their former condition and prepare for a growth spurt this autumn. Lush healthy lawns late in the season is our best defense against a potentially harsh winter.
Thinking about a new roof for your home? Then think "FRESH." That's the advice national color expert Kate Smith recommends for homeowners considering a new roof.
Remember as a child putting on your swimsuit and running through the sprinklers on hot summer days? I remember attaching a circular sprinkler made of copper to the end of a hose that blasted thin streams of water about 20’ into the air. Occasionally, my father would tell us to move the sprinkler to another area of the lawn when it became soggy. We had so much fun staying cool jumping through the water only to warm up again by lying down on the hot sidewalk.
So many decking materials in stores today ... which one to choose? If a beautiful, usable, long-lasting deck is your goal -- and you'd like to do your part to protect the environment -- then the choice is obvious: real, natural, authentic wood.
The best vacations lift us out of the frenzy of our lives, whisking us off to faraway places that relax and rejuvenate us.
Over time a pet who is routinely using a patch of grass as his personal potty will damage that stretch of lawn. The behavior of canines plus the chemical components of the urine contribute to the brown, dead patches synonymous with dog waste. But there are ways to mitigate the problem.
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau Housing Survey indicate that homeowners annually spend billions of dollars improving outdoor living areas.
In the fall of 1989, I moved into my first home in Castle Rock. It had sat vacant for the entire summer as a HUD home. The sprinklers were turned off and nobody fertilized or cared for the lawn. The lawn was a barren wasteland the following spring. I did everything to nurture the few grass shoots that survived. I even washed my car on the front lawn to maximize the use of the water. A few days after washing my car the grass noticeably began to grow and start filling in.
From flowers to landscaping rocks, Fido the dog and Fluffy the cat are back in the swing of outdoor living with Colorado’s lawn, landscaping and gardening season. While making your home beautiful is a benefit, this season brings a lot of dangers to your dogs and cats. The veterinarians at Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (www.vrcc.com) say if you know the dangers now, you can make good choices as you work in the yard and garden and keep your furry friends safe through the Spring.
Summer weather can be harsh on a lawn. Even the most lawn-conscious homeowner can be helpless against a summer heat wave.
How do you determine if your lawn is doing well? Do you base your decision on the shade of green?
Every year, each spring brings me to France to check in on the latest nuances of container gardening and annual beds.
Many people see the words “ancient grains” and think they refer to trendy restaurant fare. That’s partly true; ancient grains are featured as side dishes and bakery goods in many fine restaurants. The online marketplace is also littered with marketing of ancient grains in new food products.
Out with the hot; in with the cool. Helping homeowners understand attic ventilation is priority when we replace roofs.
As a young child, I watched and learned from my father as he researched and started a new and unusual hobby about every two years. His interests became mine, and I always wanted to help him or do things myself. As a parent, I now realize his next project always started because I had taken over the hobby at hand and was in his way.
Do you sometimes feel that lawn care is taking over your life? And depleting your pocketbook? If so, you might want to consider shrinking your yard.
Bob Hardie can explain the disposition of any tree or shrub to the most confused homosapien.
Growing hops is not just a beer-brewer’s hobby. More and more, gardeners nationwide are growing hops simply because they are attractive and interesting plants. Brewers use only the cone-shaped flowers that grow on the vines—or “bines” as they are commonly referred to—to add bitterness and aroma to their beers. Gardeners use both the flowers and the vines for garden décor projects as well as home remedies. The bines make a gorgeous back-yard teepee or trellis cover as well.
It was fourteen years ago but I remember it well. It began as a classic gorgeous sunny Colorado spring day but by noon, the clouds had rolled in and within a few hours a heavy downpour had commenced with, of course, the obligatory hail.
This is the time of year when we get to dream about our gardens as we peek out the windows to combat cabin fever. Fortunately, there are always improvements, changes and additions to be imagined for your garden, from the simplest new plant to more grand renovations.
We’ve all been there before. You walk into a nail salon, make friends with the nail girl and end up walking out with leopard print acrylics that are way too long. Ok, well maybe you haven’t been there, but we’ve all been talked into a sale that we have regretted at some point.
I grew up in Parker, when Parker Road (Highway 83) was only two lanes, and there was only a single traffic light in town, located at Main Street and Parker Road. I love the town and my husband, Kurt, and I have chosen to remain here, raise our children, build our family and our businesses.
Several years ago, a lawn service customer of mine told me about a neighbor he once knew who annually had a large pile of fertile, composted soil delivered to her house following an aeration. She labored for several days spreading a thin layer all over her lawn filling in the aeration holes.
As the days grow longer and warmer, our thoughts naturally turn to spending more time outdoors in beautiful Colorado.
This year, transform your outdoor area into a family retreat with an "out-of-the-box" vision, careful planning and the appropriate tools.
One of the best things about the dawn of spring and the return of warmer weather is the chance to get out of the house and get some fresh air. For homeowners, this is the perfect opportunity to assess any damage the previous months did to yards and develop a plan restore properties.
Most homeowners aspire toward having their own, beautiful lawn. It is often the centerpiece of a completed landscape, and can serve as a beautiful focal point in a home's overall curb appeal.
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Articles designated with this are written by staff reporters with Colorado Community Media. Disclaimer: the opinions presented in all other columns are the authors’ own and should not be considered the official opinion of CCM.