A tale as old as time, true as it can be ... insects, weeds and poor fertilization are the beasts that take away from the beauty of plants and flowers in our lawns, gardens and even homes. To maintain a home and landscape your neighbors envy, interiors and exteriors should remain pest-free, and plants should be fed with the proper nutrients to stay healthy all-season-long.
Given the many things to consider when it comes to sustaining a lush landscape, homeowners are seeking new ways to simplify their lawn and garden maintenance techniques.
Trusted brands Amdro and Pennington have developed five quick tips that take the guesswork out of warm weather chores and make any home flourish with "more beauty, less beasts."
1. Decoding soil DNA: The best gauge for fertilization requirements of your landscape is through a soil test. These tests are used to evaluate the condition and levels of nutrients in the soil, especially pH, which determines how well plants are able to draw the nutrients they need from the soil. Home soil test kits are available at most lawn and garden retailers or homeowners can contact their local Department of Agriculture for more information.
2. Fertilizer frequency factors: During periods of drought, it is important not to over-fertilize as this can result in unhealthy or burnt-looking plants. The frequency of fertilization depends on climate, plant type and the fertilizer. A pre-measured, ready-to-use fertilizer, such as the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System, ensures efficient feeding, proper nutrition and vigorous plant growth. The benefit: better results with bigger blooms and produce, when compared to unfed plants. The system also saves time, minimizes water usage and removes guesswork.
3. Select the right plants: One of the best defenses against problem insects is a strong, well-maintained plant. When designing your landscape, select plants that are less prone to insect problems. For example, native plants tend to be more pest-resistant, if planted where the sun and soil are right for them.
4. Go on the offensive: While weeds grow year-round, pest activity in many ways correlates with temperature. In general, as temperatures increase, so does insect feeding and insect populations in and around the home. Combat insects and weeds with a simple, versatile tool, such as the Amdro PowerFlex Pest & Weed System. With no mixing, measuring or cleaning required, this all-in-one system allows homeowners to reclaim their properties, both indoors and outdoors.
5. Protect beneficial species: Within every landscape and garden are pest predators that are beneficial to the health of plants - either by feeding on problem pests or by helping with soil aeration and drainage. Examples include earthworms, spiders, ladybugs and praying mantises. Attract beneficial insects to your landscape with plants that provide nectar, pollen and other food sources.
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The days are getting longer, the grass is growing and yard work season has begun. Many Edmonton homeowners strive to have the best lawn in the neighborhood, but the task ahead can often feel daunting and time-consuming.
Although yard work can be overwhelming at times, the steps to a great-looking lawn are easier than you think. To get started, here are a few tips for giving your Edmonton yard that finished look:
Yard work can feel easier and even enjoyable when using the right lawn care tools for the job. One of the quickest ways to give your lawn a manicured look is using a string trimmer. It can handle everything from cutting down weeds to trimming around trees to cleaning up grass under decks. String trimmers are the most versatile tool every Edmonton homeowner should have in their shed.
Lawn mowers can maneuver around obstacles and larger plants, but it's usually hard to get into tight spaces. A string trimmer can get into places a lawn mower can't reach and really give your lawn that polished look.
A really good gas string trimmer can help make life in the yard that much easier. There's no need to mix oil and gas, and some trimmers can quickly convert into multiple tools with the attachments.
Making your lawn stand out as the beauty of the block will take some work, but the end result will be worth the effort. Your neighbours will be green with envy!
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Making a vegetable garden is more than just creating a planting bed in the ground and then picking up plants or seeds. Starting with the right soil is key to healthy crops and a beautiful garden environment.
Growing vegetables in a raised bed is the easiest way to create this perfect soil, as it is full of nutrients and the healthy microbes that your plants need to grow. However, raised beds may not be practical for your space. Here are a few easy tips to help you create your own backyard plot:
First, pick a sunny spot in the lawn where the grass is healthiest. This is an excellent indicator that the soil and the location are right for vegetables. Next, aggressively turn the soil with a pitchfork, removing the largest clumps of grass and weeds as you go.
Some of this plant material is important to keep in the soil because it will add nutrients as it naturally composts under the ground. To ensure that the weeds don't continue to grow, cover your plant bed with seven layers of newspaper. This will naturally break down in time with the elements, but until then, it acts as a fantastic weed barrier. Cover the newspaper with three inches of compost or manure rich top soil and then follow that up with two inches of chemical-free mulch. By creating this 'layer cake' on top of the existing soil you are effectively preparing the soil for spring planting. Leave your vegetable plot alone for at least three months, preferably during the rainiest part of spring.
Once the warm weather arrives, it's time to cultivate. Most vegetable roots grow 6 to 8 inches deep and this is how deep you need to turn your soil. The mulch, newspaper and compost are all the amendments you're going to need to grow big and healthy plants. You need to remember to keep this soil clean by staying away from chemical pesticides and toxic insecticides. Change your gas and oil power tools for battery-operated alternatives.
One of the most popular gardening tools for this year is a battery-operated cultivator from Black & Decker, the 20V MAX* Lithium option. Not only is it easy to use, but the company offers a recycling program for the batteries. Since plants act as a sponge, absorbing chemicals and toxins as they grow, keeping batteries out of landfill is a no-brainer. Who wants any of that on the dinner table?
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