Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

Maintaining Your Lawn As You Age: Get Tips for Lawn Care & Maintenance


Guest Post By: Alex Kelly

Tips for Lawn Care and Maintenance As You Get Older

 None of us likes to admit it, but as we get older, it takes more energy to do the things we used to do like heading out for a long run or maintaining the lawn. If you’re starting to feel worn down and sore after a day with your walk-behind lawn mower, it may be time to consider a riding mower so you can spend less time and energy mowing and more time on the things that matter. When you have teenagers at home, you may choose to pass off the responsibility of mowing the lawn to them (around age 16 is recommended to be safe). But by the time you’re an empty-nester and some gray hairs are starting to show, you should be thinking about how you’ll manage your lawn care in the future.   (more…)

Concrete Sprinkler Donuts

Sprinkler donuts have been around for many years, typically better known in the state of Florida. Ever since  riding lawn mowers came into the picture, their has been a need to help protect our pop-up sprinkler heads.Concrete Donuts

Years past, concrete donuts were the only choice one had to help protect their sprinkler heads, then Orbit came out with their plastic sprinkler donut version of the concrete sprinkler donuts.

Both products have their advantages and disadvantages. (more…)

“Sprinklers” Pop-up Sprinkler Heads

Rotor and spray head sprinklers are often  referred to as pop up sprinklers. They both come in a variety of sizes from many different manufactures.  Some manufactures even make  commercial grades which are often installed by an irrigation professional, usually when a new lawn sprinkler system is being first installed.pop up sprinklers

Between many, the debate of how much better the commercial grade sprinklers are over their equivalent home owner models will always remain in a deep debate. (more…)

Defending Your Backyard Oasis

Guest Post By:  Colin T. Regan

As residential fence builder, I can’t tell you how nice it is working time and time again in someone’s beautifully-manicured yard. Although some are prettier than others, I treat every yard as if it were my own when building.039

One thing that’s always plagued me when I go in to build a fence, is that most of the time I see some of the flowers of plants have been mistreated. This usually has nothing to do with the homeowner themselves, but to do with outside elements effecting their flowerbeds and landscaping. (more…)

New Jersey Landscapers Now Can Change Your Lawn

viewGuest Post by: Sean Kim


Landscaping is of the finest art that one can make in New Jersey Be it a designer or the one who implements. This provides satisfaction to both the people. Landscaping gives a new rise to the amazing structure of the house and makes it breathe taking. People who are involved in making their lives colorful and beautiful can go with the landscaping part. Maintaining a landscape is pretty difficult. One needs proper peace of mind and concentration to do the landscaping over the garden. There are two places where the landscaping can be done, one is the front yard and other is the backyard. Front yard is mostly designed for beauty purposes while the backyard is mostly designed for any constructive production of vegetables and all. (more…)

How to Maintain your Automatic Sprinkler System

Guest Post by:  Rachael Jones

Many homeowners use permanent, automatic sprinkler systems to irrigate their lawns, flower beds, and miscellaneous plants. While these systems are installed to provide the homeowner minimal maintenance, it is pertinent to conduct routine maintenance and repairs to fix any damages and component failure that may have taken place.
Do not wait until you notice a problem to maintain your sprinkler system. Prompt maintenance of your system prevents loss and damage to your property, and catches any issues before your automatic sprinkler system begins wasting water. Identifying the exact problem can prevent additional issues for homeowners. Some issues are easily fixable; however, they must be properly identified.
The basic issues that are commonly discovered when checking automatic sprinkler systems include:
• Pipe leaks and breaks
• Obstructed / clogged sprinklers
• Leaking sprinklers (more…)

How to Maintain a Healthy Lawn During a Drought?

Guest Post by: Tony Carlisle

Drought can kill your grass and leave your lawn brown and bare. A sprinkler system makes it easy to water your grass, but you can drastically reduce water use and protect your turf by taking steps to make your lawn resistant to drought. Fortunately, the changes you need to make are both simple and effective.

Choose the Right Grass
If you live in an area that is prone to drought, then you should start by choosing the right grass. Engineered to survive with less water, species like Buffalo grass and fescues are excellent for surviving extended dry periods. Where other turf species need a full inch of water every week, these species can survive on about half that amount. If the conditions are too extreme, the grass may turn brown as it goes dormant to survive. The grass is not dead, and it will recover its healthy green color with watering. (more…)

The importance of growing a hearty lawn to prevent pest from ruining it

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“Luis Alberto Simauchi Jr. works for Do My Own Pest Control in Norcross, GA. He is an enthusiast of all things garden & lawn care and take particular interest in pest management methods for landscaping projects.

As it turns out, having a healthy and robust lawn does not invite pest to come visit your lawn but in fact, a healthy lawn is a great deterrent for lawn pest. Much in the same way that maintaining healthy immune system through proper diet and exercise is the best deterrent for illness in the body; a healthy lawn does not leave much space for malicious lawn critters to take a foothold on your prized green grass. The idea here is to use natural methods of pest control and what is at hand to avoid the use of harmful chemicals to try and rid yourself of lawn pests. (more…)

Landscaping before selling your house

If you are considering putting your house on the market you should look into landscaping and what it can do for the appraisal value of your home and property. Landscaping has a reputation for increasing property value by five percent in some cases and up to eleven percent in exceptional cases.

Landscaping your property is not likely something you can just get up one morning and do just because your house is on the market. If you are going to be selling your house within the year there aren’t as many options unless your yard is pretty well landscaped already.

Watering your Green Lawn

If you want to keep your lawn green and respectable looking you will undoubtedly have to pass through seasons of brown ugly lawns first. This is due to the learning that usually comes the hard way as well as to nature’s reaction to the average family’s budgeted water bill. (more…)