5 Plants That Are Hazardous to Your Home

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no — it’s bamboo taking over your entire yard! Although you may think that all plants are made to grace your property, some will cause more harm than provide good. If you have a green thumb or want to spruce up your landscape a bit, here are some plants you should think about avoiding before planting them:

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Number 1: Bamboo

Starting with the most obvious choice, bamboo can be completely detrimental to your property’s wellbeing. Although this thick, green screen can add instant privacy to any outdoor space, it will begin to slowly take over your entire property. Unlike ripping a flower or shrub out of the ground, bamboo is a bit more difficult to maintain and get rid of.

Number 2: Wisteria

The beautiful purple hues of wisteria can be a stunning sight to see, especially if they’re slowly engulfing the trees within your yard. If you’re in love with the look of this photogenic wonder, then it’s pertinent to obtain the correct kind of wisteria. American wisteria is a gardener’s dream come true, since it’s not as aggressive as traditional wisteria and is must easier to maintain.

Number 3: Russian Olive

Creating gorgeous visuals that are reminiscent of an oil painting, the Russian Olive tree is truly a sight to see! Although this green wonder will add to the visual appeal of any landscape, it will create a monstrosity amongst your garden. In fact, the Russian Olive tree is known as a detrimental food source for birds and will leave seeds everywhere — causing this tree to sprout rapidly throughout your property.

Number 4: Japanese Silver Grass

Deemed to look delicate in nature, the Japanese Silver Grass is actually the complete opposite. In addition to taking up a large amount of space within a designated planted area, just like bamboo, this beachy looking plant will begin to spread like wildfire amongst your property. It will be nearly impossible to get rid of every single offspring of this plant — buyer beware.

Number 5: English Ivy

With stunning shades of light and deep green, English Ivy is known to take over any space it comes in contact with. Most notably seen on the brickwork of homes across the world, English Ivy is quite a monstrosity when it comes to maintenance —- it’s tough to try and stop its growth. If you have the time to maintain this high maintenance plant, then it’s worth growing it. If you’re crunched for time, then we suggest planting a plant that require less work.

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3 Shrubs That Love Shade

Looking to add some character to your property? Instead of planting the same flowers year after year, try some flowered shrubs instead! With a minimal need for sunlight (if any is needed at all) and maintenance, they’re the perfect option for those who are always on the go. Additionally: these shrubs are a great match for difficult properties that don’t receive that much sunlight — it’s a win-win situation for many homeowners. Without further ado, here are some excellent flowered shrubs that will make your dreams become a reality:

Daphne Odora

Known to provide strikingly beautiful blooms throughout warmer seasons, the Daphne Odora is one of the longest living tenants in a shaded environment. Besides having buds that emit pink and red hued blooms, these incredible flowered shrubs also provide a beautiful scent in addition to being photogenic. If you’re looking for elegant simplicity, with some added sensory bonuses, then the low-growing Daphne Odora is the perfect choice for you!

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Kerria Japonica

With a stunning presentation of simple, delicate flowers, the Kerria Japonica resembles a work of art in the world of nature. Known to start blooming in late April, this flowered shrub lives a life of pure luxury residing in both partial and full shaded environments. Despite being a fan of shade and living a simple life, this flowered shrub performs much better when it’s pruned each year in the spring (early summer the latest). It’s a floral shrub dream come true for many, since this is exactly the punch of color many strive to add to their properties.

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Hydrangea Quercifolia

Looking like the definition of a dream, these flowered shrubs hold elegant eggshell colored blooms at the end of their branches. Within the realm of being a member of the hydrangea family, this specific plant amounts to being large and in charge — taking over any area it’s grown in. Don’t be alarmed, though, because this shrub is easy to manage and maintain.

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3 Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening is known as one of the world’s oldest and most notable hobbies. With endless choices of plants to choose from, the craft can be considered a major creative outlet for some. Although creating a garden is quite simple, the task of maintaining your garden may be a challenge — especially if it’s your first. Before you decide to pick up another hobby, here are some common gardening mistakes you should avoid:

Gardening is known as one of the world’s oldest and most notable hobbies. With endless choices of plants to choose from, the craft can be considered a major creative outlet for some. Although creating a garden is quite simple, the task of maintaining your garden may be a challenge — especially if it’s your first. Before you decide to pick up another hobby, here are some common gardening mistakes you should avoid: Overwatering Your Plants Although plants need a healthy amount of sunlight and water to maintain their youthful appearance, there is a chance you could be overwatering your plants. Always make sure you’re providing your plants with a generous dousing of water, and not letting them take a soapless bath. If you have potted plants, make sure there are holes at the bottom of the planter so excess water can drain out effectively.  Ruining With Pruning Pruning will help keep a plant’s desired appearance and will also leave room for new growth. Although the common belief is to prune your foliage in the fall, it’s actually best to only prune the plant before that. Since the main objective of pruning is to encourage new growth, the plant will start to go dormant in the fall — since the summer sun will no longer be present. If anything, the fall should be the time to clean up loose foliage, and not trim it. Crowded Flower Beds Did you hate that feeling of being trapped in a crowded elevator? Plants know the feeling all too well and loathe it too. One of the biggest mistakes when gardening is placing plants too close to eacher in flower beds. Since plants begin to spread their roots underground, roots will begin to shoot into other flowers’ roots, causing a plant catastrophe. The next time you’re planning on planting an array of colorful flowers, make sure they’re planted with some breathing room between their other floral neighbors.  Turf Unlimited is a full-service lawn care provider, offering a wide variety of lawn care, fertilization, and pest and weed control services to the Massachusetts or New Hampshire area. For more information about our services call 888-649-9919 and schedule your free, in-home estimate today.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Overwatering Your Plants

Although plants need a healthy amount of sunlight and water to maintain their youthful appearance, there is a chance you could be overwatering your plants. Always make sure you’re providing your plants with a generous dousing of water, and not letting them take a soapless bath. If you have potted plants, make sure there are holes at the bottom of the planter so excess water can drain out effectively.

Ruining With Pruning

Pruning will help keep a plant’s desired appearance and will also leave room for new growth. Although the common belief is to prune your foliage in the fall, it’s actually best to only prune the plant before that. Since the main objective of pruning is to encourage new growth, the plant will start to go dormant in the fall — since the summer sun will no longer be present. If anything, the fall should be the time to clean up loose foliage, and not trim it.

Crowded Flower Beds

Did you hate that feeling of being trapped in a crowded elevator? Plants know the feeling all too well and loathe it too. One of the biggest mistakes when gardening is placing plants too close to eacher in flower beds. Since plants begin to spread their roots underground, roots will begin to shoot into other flowers’ roots, causing a plant catastrophe. The next time you’re planning on planting an array of colorful flowers, make sure they’re planted with some breathing room between their other floral neighbors.

 
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4 Types of High Maintenance Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue, and high maintenance gardens are a dream come true! Starting a garden can be a tricky task for those who are new to the craft. The possibilities for plants can be endless, with many beautiful choices roaming the aisles of home and garden stores. However, for those who like a challenge, there are some flowers that provide beautiful blooms at the cost of some weekly TLC. If you’re up for an adventure, here are some high maintenance flowers you should choose:

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Lilies

Deemed to be the most timeless flowers under the sun, these beauties need some of your utmost attention when moving into your soil. Unlike most flowers, lilies need to be watered freely and the soil at their roots must be kept moist constantly. If you neglect lilies for a few days (and rain is absent from the forecast), then they will wilt to their untimely death.

Dahlias

With a beautiful deep bloom, dahlias rock the most stunning complexion on any landscape. Usually in hues of dark pink and purple, these flowers are truly a statement. When taking care of Dahlias, it’s pertinent to plant these showstoppers in moderately warm soil and place them in direct sunlight. In addition, Dahlias can’t be covered in mulch like other flowers, since their eight week growth will come to a screeching halt.

Roses

Usually gifted under romantic circumstances, roses are truly a gift to the soil of any garden. Typically grown in a shade of a passionate red, these photogenic wonders must obtain at least six hours of sunlight daily. When it comes to watering roses, their roots must be watered twice a week to maximize their potential growth. It may seem strenuous, but the final product will make it worth it.

Tulips

Owning up to the most interesting shape in the floral community, tulips are known for their bright punches of yellow and red. When planting tulips, it’s essential to nestle them in the soil during the fall. Most importantly: tulips must not be watered daily, unless rain is scarce. Taking care of tulips is a bit simpler on the maintenance spectrum, but it’s important to monitor their growing progress.

 

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Curb Appeal for Any Home

Do you ever feel as if your home needs a facelift? When a home begins to look a little outdated or worn out, designing a new landscape can breathe new life back into your property. After all: a home is a visual representation of how you present yourself to others. Why look drab when you can look fab? Here are some simple curb appeal tips for any home:

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Paint the Door

One of the first features people notice on a home is the front door. From the knob to the material, doors can have a unique personality of their own. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to replace your door, simply remove it off the hinges and paint it. By painting your door a bright, cheery color will illuminate your home’s smile!

Add Some Mulch

Are your flower beds dull, dreary and filled with weeds? Breathe some life back into the soil with some mulch! Available at many home improvement stores by the bag, it’s very simple to place within your flowerbeds. In addition, some types of mulch will also prevent the growth of future weeds within your garden.

Plant Colorful Flowers

Depending on your home’s decorative theme, planting some vibrant flowers (such as Gerber Daisies) will liven up your home’s curb appeal and give it some flair. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even install a bird bath within your garden, too. It will bring the wildlife and smiles to your home’s front door!

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August Backyard Decorating Tips

Picture this: you’ve planned the most extravagant barbeque in your backyard this weekend, and invited ten of your closest friends. Now that you have stocked up on food, paper goods and liters of soda, you’re prepared to take on the masses — but your backyard’s appearance could state otherwise. Despite August being deemed the unofficial last month of summer (it’s actually September 22), it’s never too late to jazz up your backyard’s appearance!

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Install a Water Fountain

Besides being a staple of most hotels and parks, a water fountain is a wonderful attribute to add to your backyard. Unlike traditional fountains, at-home fountains are as simple to assemble as piecing together a new coffee table! With a variety of options, this little aquatic wonder will bring life to any outdoor space.

Reconstruct Your Flower Beds

Has the foliage around your property lost its signature flair? With a few new additions to your flower beds, this will be an easy solution to fix! To start: pick up some plants that will add a spark, such as gerber daisies, and plant them. To complete the transformation, place some mulch around the flower bed to give a fuller, more visually appealing appearance.

Create an Outdoor Living Room

Yes, you read that right — create a comfortable outdoor living space within your backyard. Start with an outdoor rug of your choice and lay that down within the center. Next, start piecing together odds and ends of outdoor furniture to replicate a living room. Finally, add some small decorative touches such as outdoor pillows and a serving tray.

 

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5 Plants That Need Little to No Care

Roses are red, violets are blue, and that plant will turn brown if you don’t take care of it. Of course, that’s not how the saying goes, but that’s exactly what leads to most plant-based deaths. Fortunately, in a world of Daffodils and other high-maintenance plants, there are some plants that don’t require your assistance often — or ever. Here are five of the most popular low-maintenance plants for your property:

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Marigold

Adorning a cloak of bright orange and yellow hues, the Marigold is the most popular self-sustaining plant. This little wonder only needs to be planted once, and the rest is history. You’ll also be able to enjoy its stunning fiery complexion in the autumn.

Rosemary

No, we’re not talking about your friend — we’re talking about the perennial herb! Just like the Marigold, Rosemary only needs to be planted once and then lightly trimed as you please to collect fresh herbs for cooking. The beautiful hues and fragrance of this plant will be on full display in the spring.

Forsythia

With a burst of bright yellow, this bush beams with pure joy! This prominent perennial (returns yearly) is simple to plant and admire. When the warm rays of sunshine disappear from the climate, the Forsythia turns a stunning shade of emerald green. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Dusty Miller

Bearing the name of a fictitious celebrity, the Dusty Miller is truly unique. Classified as an annual (once a year), this plant with leaf-like foliage looks as if it were dusted in snow. It’s the perfect low-maintenance plant to change up the scenery of your flowerbeds!

Creeping Juniper

Sounding like the name of a low-budget horror film, this low-hovering shrub is the perfect element to any property. Bearing gorgeous textured branches, this perennial covers a majority of the ground and is a great way to visually change up a property.

 

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How to Care for Your Lawn During a Drought

Summertime is the season to show off your lawn’s most prestigious feature: a green smile. No, your lawn isn’t actually smiling, but the bright green hue is reminiscent of happiness. Unfortunately, sometimes summer leads to an unhappy lawn. Thanks to possible drought, the color can fade to a dark brown. Before you panic, check out these simple steps to save a drought induced lawn:

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Step 1: Assess the Color

First and foremost, get on the ground and check the detail of your lawn’s color. If a lawn looks brown, it may not be dead — it could just be dormant, waiting for rain. A dormant lawn will have leaves of grass that are green on top, brown in the middle, and off-white at the roots. If a lawn is dead, the entire leaf of grass will be brown. Always check the status first to properly help your lawn.

Step 2: Brush and Puncture

For the next step, it’s essential to brush your lawn’s “hair” and puncture holes for more water absorption. First: run a de-thatcher over your lawn to remove any excess/dead debris that may be suffocating the lawn. Next: take an aerator and re-run over the entire lawn to create holes throughout — this will open up the soil to make room for more water absorption.

Step 3: Mow, Mow, Mow

A common mistake for a dormant/dead lawn is that people stop mowing the lawn. Continuing the mowing process regularly will make room for new growth, once your lawn is ready to replenish itself. Additionally: don’t clean up — keep all grass clipping on the lawn to act as seeds in the regrowth process. Once done: keep off the grass to prevent additional damage.

Aftermath:

When the drought ceases, don’t stop the TLC of your lawn — continue onward. In this stage of the game, it will be crucial to water your lawn on a daily basis, use the appropriate fertilizer, and eliminate weeds safely. Once these steps are completely done, you can return to your regularly scheduled lawn care routine.

 

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5 Pairs of Plants to Avoid Grouping Together

In order to have a flourishing garden, companion planting is something you need to practice. This is the process of planting crops together that will help each other grow. However, not all plants are meant to be planted near each other, some pairings can actually hinder growth — or even lead to both plants’ deaths!

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  1. Onions & Peas – Any form of onions, shallots, or garlic should be planted on the opposite side of the garden if you’re also growing any type of peas or beans. Unfortunately, any variety in the onion family can stunt the growth of your newly grown peas and beans.
  2. Potatoes & Tomatoes – Not only do these crops sound alike, but they also have other similarities. They both have a common enemy in blights (a plant disease caused by a fungi). If one single plant contracts this disease, it can wipe out all of the plants if they’re planted next to each other.
  3. Beans & Peppers – Like potatoes and tomatoes, beans and peppers share a common enemy in anthracnose (another plant disease caused by a fungi). Planting them together can increase the chances of you losing all of your crops, compared to only half if they were separated.
  4. Black Walnuts & Tomatoes – For those with black walnut trees on their properties, make sure your garden is nowhere near this trouble making plant. This tree emits a chemical called juglone via its roots, which is quite toxic to other deep-rooted plants. Tomatoes can be at serious risk, so consider using planters or raised beds.
  5. Broccoli & Lettuce – Broccoli plants are known for leaving behind residue that can hinder the growth of other plants. Growing lettuce next to broccoli or in the spot where broccoli was grown in the past can prevent lettuce from fully maturing.

Companion planting should be practiced by all gardeners, but every plant has that one rival it should steer clear of.

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Can You Cut the Grass While It’s Wet?

Do you finally have time to mow the lawn, but you’re not sure if you should because it just stopped raining? For those looking to have the best lawn possible, postpone this mowing session until the grass has dried. There are a few reasons why you should wait to break out your trusty lawnmower.

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Wet Grass is Difficult to Mow

When your lawn is wet, the blades of grass will become slick and difficult to slice through. As a result, there will be rugged cuts with some blades even slipping by the blade, remaining completely uncut. It would take roughly two or three passes on a wet day to achieve what could be done on a normal sunny day.

Post Cut Cleanings Are Needed

Many blades of grass will stick to your mower after they’ve been cut. You will need to clean your mower of these clingy clippings to prevent damage to your equipment. When machinery stays moist, mold can begin to grow within a day or two. If the mower is constantly exposed to moisture for extended periods of time, rust will begin to form. Anytime a mower passes over a wet lawn, make sure it is cleaned off and wiped down.

There Are Some Possible Dangers

First things first, if you have an electric mower — DO NOT mow the lawn while it’s wet. Ruining your lawn equipment and electrocution are both possible, especially when using extension cords. Another danger is the act of walking across the wet lawn as the risk of falling greatly increases. Falling to the ground can put you at risk for coming into contact with the mower or allow it to get away from you, possibly hurting someone or something else.

If you’re about to mow your lawn as soon as it stops raining, you may want to reconsider doing so for a few hours.

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Lawn & Garden Tips for Early Summer

Summer is here and boy is it beautiful out! Now that the warm sun is shining down, your lawn and plants will continue to grow, making your property as beautiful as ever. However, the maintenance you need to provide your lawn and garden now is different from when you first started back in early spring.

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Implement Pest Management

While your landscape might be a part of your property, it’s still a part of nature and the surrounding environment. With that being said, your landscape will see its fair share of wildlife, insects, and bugs. While some are harmless, there will be a handful of pests that will harm and ruin your landscape. Ticks, termites, mosquitoes, ants, and beetle larvae are just a few pests you might need to consider getting pest management services for.

Keep on Weeding

Killing weeds is something you have to focus on during the early spring so they can be prevented from growing during the summer. However, if you have failed to do this (or your own weed control application failed you), it’s not too late! Since weeds are persistent and need to be tended to consistently, it’s best to use a weed control service that is knowledgeable in the types of weeds and lawns in your local area.

Best Planting Practices

  • Now that the warm weather is consistent, it’s time to bring any houseplants you have left to the outside. Make sure each houseplant receives adequate sunlight AND shade as these types of plants need a combination of both for optimal growth.
  • For those with multiple perennials in their garden, rather than filling any open gaps with mulch, opt for some interesting annuals to plant. This will allow your garden to look fuller, more vibrant, and allow you to try out different types of flowers to see which you like best!
  • Certain types of vegetables like lettuce, kale, turnips, and radishes are all known to grow quite fast. Sow these crops multiple times throughout the summer to maximize the amount of homegrown vegetables you can have.

With summer finally underway, make sure you’re doing a select few things for a healthy lawn and garden.

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Maintenance Tips for Your Perennial Garden

Perennial plants are a staple in every garden due to the fact that they don’t require to be re-planted year after year. While perennials do require the least amount of work each spring, you still need to maintain them throughout the summer so they can continue to grow. Show your perennial plants some love this summer by…

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Deadheading Flowers

A wide variety of flowers bloom in the spring and some will begin to look dead as the summer begins. In order to continue their growth, these dead flowers and stems will need to be cut off — a process known as deadheading. Cutting off these dead flowers will allow the plant to focus its energy on growing new flowers, roots, and setting new seed for future seasons.

Pinching Shoots

Plants will sometimes produce soft shoots that need to be removed. Using your hand, pinch off this soft shoot only at the tip (or further down depending on how soft the shoot is). Once removed, new shoots will begin to grow below the pinched shoot. This piece of garden maintenance will cause your plants to become bigger, bushier, and more beautiful than ever!

Cutting Back Completely

For the spring perennials in your garden, many will benefit from being decapitated completely. Shocking, we know! When you cut off the flower of of a spring perennial completely, you’ll help it live longer for the coming years. This hard cut is similar to pruning in the fall, a sharp and angled cut at the stem.

Perennial plants should be included in all gardens due to the minimal maintenance they need year round.

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Landscaping Trends for Summer 2017

Summer is officially here which means your lawn and property should be a beautiful masterpiece by now (or at least on its way) For those who aren’t close to having the masterpiece they desire (or to those who just moved into their new home), make sure you’re doing these things. Otherwise, you’ll be known as the house on the block with the bad lawn and boring property — yikes!

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Focus on the Front

In the past, more than two-thirds of landscaping projects took place in the backyard. Now, roughly 44 percent of projects take place in the front yard. Out of all the projects and things to add in front yards, the top three include adding shrubs, perennials, and beds/borders. These simple additions will help boost curb appeal, thus boosting property value (talk about a win-win)!

Adding Low Maintenance Plants

Did you know only one in five homeowners will hire landscapers to maintain their properties? Since a majority of homeowners take it upon themselves to provide maintenance to their lawns and gardens, they want plants that require as little maintenance as possible. The perfect plants and flowers to add to your property are ones that attract native bees, butterflies, and predatory bugs that eat garden pests. Find out which plants do this in your area and you’ll have access to free pollination and protection!

Watering & Lighting Systems

Lawns need to be equipped with the right systems in order for them to be healthy and to of course — look fabulous! First things first, all lawns (especially the really big ones) should have the proper irrigation systems. Consult your local sprinkler system company to see what your lawn will need to be green, full, and luscious. Lawns should also be equipped with landscape lighting to illuminate walkways and highlight certain aspects of your property when the sun goes down. A beautiful property should be appreciated 24/7, not just during the day!

Summer is here to stay and if you’re still working on making your property all it can be for this year, adopt these trends.

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5 Tools to Help Loosen Up Soil

Have you decided to add some new plants to your garden recently? Before you go ahead and begin planting, make sure the soil is loose and ready to be planted in. The easiest way to loosen up your garden’s soil is by using one of these many gardening tools.

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1. Hoes

One of the most popular tools for preparing your soil is the garden hoe. This tool will allow you to loosen, cultivate, and weed the soil on your property. Depending on your needs, the hoe comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and models (oscillating, warren, collinear).

2. Pickaxe

For those with a property that is filled with rocky, clumpy soil and tree roots that are all over the place, a pickaxe can help you break everything up. Any large clod, rock, or obstruction in your way can easily be demolished a simple swing from the hoe-like blade on this garden tool.

3. Rake

Everyone probably has a plastic or wooden rake already in their garage or shed, which is not only great for collecting leaves but also for spreading lightweight mulch around. However, there are also steel rakes designed to break up soil, leveling out the ground, and even constructing raised beds.

4. Spade/Shovel

A spade is basically a squared-off shovel that is thin enough to be considered a blade. It does a great job with cutting through sod, any obstructions, and loosening the soil. Like a shovel, the spade can also be used for cutting into hard ground, digging, and creating new beds and borders.

5. Trowel

This specialized hand-shovel is perfect for gardeners with small gardens or who are loosening soil in a particular spot. Once the soil is ready for planting, you can use the trowel to dig small holes to place the seeds, bulbs, or young plants. You can also use this small hand-shovel to dig up and remove unwanted weeds.

A master gardener should always have the right tools available at all times, and these tools are perfect for prepping your soil for planting.

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Why You Need to Plant Flowers in Your Vegetable Garden

Do you want to know the secret for what can make your vegetable garden look beautiful with strong and healthy plants? The answer is as simple as planting flowers in your vegetable garden — not in a separate area.

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Benefits of Combining Gardens

At first, it might make sense to have separate flower and vegetable gardens. However, when you combine them to make one unified garden, the flowers will help your vegetable plants grow and prevent them from being eaten. Flowers attract native bees that will help pollinate your vegetable plants to make them produce bigger and better crops. Certain flowers will also attract predatory insects that will eat those pesky garden pests.

Tips for Planting Flowers

  1. Compatible Bloom Times – Flowers and vegetables should bloom at the same time for optimal results. If your crops bloom before your flowers, they won’t receive any growth benefits. Plant a wide array of flowers to ensure flowers are always blooming.
  2. Shape for Bees – The shape of a flower will determine what type of wildlife will visit your garden. Choose a composite-shaped flower to attract bees, like daisies, sunflowers, and zinnias.
  3. Strategic Planning – Avoid planting all of your flowers on one side of the garden and your vegetables on the other. Instead, plant each variety in opposite rows so they’re always next to each other. You can even use flowers as a border to the garden or to separate groupings of vegetable plants.
  4. Flower Height – Always choose flowers that are shorter than your veggie crops. You want your vegetables to have as much sunlight as possible, so choose a flower that is tall enough to receive sunlight, but not taller than your veggies.

Any advanced gardener knows that planting flowers throughout your vegetable garden is a veteran move that pays dividends.

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5 Plants That Will Attract Birds

Having a luscious garden, a well-groomed lawn, and spectacular trees is a goal for many homeowners. However, if you’re looking to bring even more nature to your landscape, there’s one thing you need — wildlife. Rather than attracting pesky pests that can ruin your property, plant these specific plants to attract nothing but the nicest of birds.

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  1. Bee Balm – With multiple shades of red and purple to choose from, bee balm is a beautiful flower you should consider planting. Not only is this flower a sight to see in its own right, it will also attract hummingbirds and a variety of butterflies. It can grow to roughly four feet tall and will begin flowering its nectar-filled blossoms by midsummer.
  2. Coreopsis – Another nectar-filled flower to attract hummingbirds and butterflies is the Coreopsis flower. This variety will also produce seeds that will attract the local sparrows, finches, and chickadees! Opt for the drought-tolerant species and plant it in direct sunlight for optimal growth.
  3. Yarrow – These tiny flowers grow in small bunches that will almost resemble a tiny bouquet. Many species of songbird prefer these flowers because of the seeds they produce. As an added bonus, hummingbirds and butterflies will also migrate toward these miniature flowers.
  4. Black-Eyed Susan – These miniature sunflower look-alikes are a dream flower for most species of birds. Planting this species of flower in full sun (or sun with slight shade) will help attract a variety of birds including house finches, chickadees, and American goldfinches.
  5. Pine – While you don’t want to plant pine trees right next to your garden, you can plant them in different areas of your property for a gorgeous evergreen tree. The leaves (needles) will remain on the tree with the same color year-round and are the perfect trees for birds to nest in. Plant these trees anytime between the spring and fall seasons.

For those who are one with Mother Nature, consider these flowers and plants to include on your property this season.

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Landscaping Mistakes You Should Avoid

You might not be a professional landscaper, but your goal is to have the best looking property on the block. With the right lawn care services and knowledge of what not to do, this goal is easily feasible. Here’s what you need to avoid doing:

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Overcrowding Your Garden

A garden with too much going on can be a nightmare to maintain, look at, and it can even inhibit the growth of some plants. Avoid planting too many rows of plants, flowers, and trees. You want to give each plant enough room to grow, breathe, and not get tangled up with a neighboring plant. Think about your garden from last season and make adjustments for more or less depending on how much space was available. This also goes for trees, bushes, and shrubbery when you plant them in a row.

Not Taking Into Account Sunlight

Some plants need constant and direct sunlight, while others don’t need as much. Placing plants where you think they look best isn’t the only thing you should keep in mind. Categorize all of the plants you plan to use based on how much sunlight they require, then map out the best areas for these plants on your property. Failing to do this could leave you with withered plants that won’t make it halfway through the summer due to a lack of adequate sunlight.

Watering Too Frequently

Every plant and type of grass will need to be watered at different frequencies. It’s important to do your research and create a watering plan for the specific types of plants and grass you currently have on your landscape. Watering your greenery properly is important for healthy root growth, as too shallow of roots can cause the plants to dry out more easily. While you will have to water your garden by hand, you can use a sprinkler system to set a customized schedule for your lawn.

Maintaining your landscape is a constant project throughout the spring and summer, but it’s easy to do as long as you avoid these common mistakes.

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How Trees Can Increase a Property’s Value

Have you ever looked at a home and stood in awe of a large, beautiful tree in the front yard? As you tell yourself how great it looks, realtors will be marking up the price of this property. Having the right trees put in the right places can significantly increase the value of the property where it resides.

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How Much Does the Value Rise?

Having well-groomed trees, plants, and landscaping can increase property value up to 15 percent. While this is great for residential properties, businesses can also benefit from an abundance of greenery. Streets filled with trees will usually cause drivers to slow down to take a better look at the businesses in the area. These businesses will attract more customers, apartments will rent at a faster rate, and those tenants will stay for longer periods of time. More green will equate to more green in your pocket.

The “Portland Tree” Study

In Portland, Oregon, trees that were grown in the front yard of homes added roughly $9,000 in additional property value. Sellers would receive an increased sale price as well as selling the house two days faster than the average. Trees along local roads were also a factor in increasing the value of local homes. The city of Portland experienced an increase of $45 million in total property value due to the trees on properties, throughout neighborhoods, and on local streets.

Helping Your Home

Smaller trees can break during high wind storms, however, larger trees can do a great job at blocking the wind. Having a large tree next to your home can block incoming wind and cut the speeds down by half by the time the wind touches the house. Large trees can also provide natural shade which can equate to energy savings due to your home not heating up as much during the warm weather months.

The simple addition of a tree (or a few) can significantly increase the property value of your home or business.

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5 Plants to Help Fend Off Mosquitoes

Nothing’s worse than trying to enjoy a lovely barbecue outside and having a swarm of mosquitoes trying to eat you alive! You should be able to relax and eat your grilled food without having to swat your hands around or smack your skin because you think you got the little sucker. However, if you incorporate these five plants in your garden, mosquitoes will steer clear of your property.

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  1. Basil – Not only should you being growing basil for its amazing flavor and scent, but it can do wonders in mosquito control. The essential oils basil produces is toxic to mosquito larvae. Therefore, basil plants should be planted near any areas of water (mosquito breeding grounds).
  2. Lavender – This pleasant smelling plant does an amazing job of keeping away mosquitoes, flies, and moths. Simply plant a few lavender plants in your yard and allow the wind to take care of the rest. If you’re looking for a natural mosquito repellent for your skin, simply rub a few lavender flowers directly onto your skin.
  3. Peppermint – The essential oils within peppermint is a known insect killer. It does an amazing job repelling pests like mosquitoes, rodents, ants, and many more. Peppermint not only repels adult mosquitoes, it can also kill their larvae and eggs.
  4. Sage/Rosemary – For those who are going to sit around a fire pit in the backyard or on the patio, collect some sage or rosemary from your garden. When these plants are burned, the scent will act as a repellent for many insects — especially mosquitoes. However, once you step away from the fire and smoke, you will not be protected as well.
  5. Citrosum – The most popular mosquito repelling plant is the citrosum plant, also known as the “mosquito plant.” Citrosum has a strong citronella scent that is known to repel mosquitoes. Like lavender, you can take the leaves of the citrosum plant and rub them on your skin for an effective repellent.

Don’t let a swarm of mosquitoes ruin your backyard barbecue — utilize your garden to help keep them away from your property.

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4 Trees to Help Increase Curb Appeal

Is your property missing a set of magnificent trees or that one large statement tree in the front yard? For those looking to plant new trees on their property, choose wisely. There are some species of tree that will increase the curb appeal of your home — and even the value!

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  1. Sugar Maple – Have you recently had an ash or elm tree that was cut down due to disease or you’re just looking to fill up free space on your property? Add to this empty space in your yard by planting a gorgeous sugar maple tree. The fall foliage will look spectacular on your property as the leaves will turn a stunning shade of red during this season. Naturally, you’ll also have access to sap if you are looking to make your own syrup.
  2. Blue Spruce – A nice tree to have at the front of a driveway is the blue spruce. Just make sure you give this tree enough room to grow as it can reach an upwards of 75 feet tall and 20 feet wide at full maturity. If deer are a common problem near your property, this tree is perfect because they won’t be able to eat the leafage from it. However, birds will be more than happy to make their nests in its many branches.
  3. Northern Red Oak – Are you looking for a tree that provides shade, longevity, and is an attraction for wild animals? The northern red oak can supply you with all of these! The red oak will mature at 150 years old and can live past 300 years of age! Its acorns will also feed nearby birds, squirrels, and deer — so this tree is definitely for the animal lovers out there. Like the sugar maple, the red oak will provide ample shade and a red foliage in the fall.
  4. Eastern Red Cedar – If you have a larger property that receives a ton of sun, the eastern red cedar will thrive. These trees are great for providing a windbreak to protect your home. Anyone who places feeders in their garden to attract birds will love this tree because birds love to build their nests in this dense evergreen foliage.

Along with your well-maintained lawn and garden, trees are another piece of your property that can help increase your home’s curb appeal.

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How You Should Be Watering Your Garden This Spring

Are you new to gardening or want to brush up on the best gardening practices? In order to have a healthy garden that flourishes like the ones in the magazines, you should know the proper way to water it. Knowing the right way to water your garden will provide you with the best results come the beginning of summer.

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What Time You Should Water

The optimal time to water your garden (and lawn) is in the early morning between 4:00 am and 10:00 am. Watering in the middle of the day is not ideal because the sun and heat will quickly evaporate most of the water before it has a chance to be absorbed by the plants’ roots. Watering too late in the evening should only be done if there has been a recent drought. Otherwise, fungus and foliage diseases can begin to grow.

How Often You Should Water

Every plant will need to be watered differently, but you should still see if the soil is too dry or not. Pick up a handful of soil that’s at least six inches underground and squeeze it together. If you can’t create a small ball of soil that sticks together, it’s too dry and should be watered. When the soil isn’t sticking together, it means half of the available water in the soil is depleted and should be replenished.

How Much You Should Water

Again, you should always research the types of plants you have because some do require more or less water than others. For general purposes, you want to make sure the soil is wet for at least an entire foot. This will encourage the roots to grow deeper, which is needed for healthy growth and to endure droughts. Not watering enough at one time will cause roots to be shallow, resulting in them drying out more frequently.

In order for your garden to flourish this spring and summer, you want to make sure that you’re watering your garden the right way.

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5 Plants That Can Poison Your Pet

Do you let your dog outside to run around in the backyard during the spring and summer? Maybe you’re a cat owner and you let your little feline roam free for a few hours per day? Unfortunately, there are a few hidden dangers hiding on your property that can poison your pets — and they happen to be the plants in your garden.

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  • Tulips – The bulbs of tulips contain allergenic lactones that are extremely toxic. Simply chewing on the bulbs will result in an irritated esophagus and mouth tissue. After being ingested, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive drooling, increased heart rate, and abnormal breathing can be experienced by your pet.
  • Amaryllis – Like tulips, ingesting the bulbs of the amaryllis plant can cause vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive drooling, tremors, as well as low blood pressure. This is thanks to lycorine and phenanthridine alkaloids that are found in the bulbs (smaller amounts are also found in the stems and leaves).
  • Lilies – Tiger and Daylilies are two species of lilies that are commonly found in gardens across the country. Ingesting even a small amount of this flower can cause kidney failure. Other species like Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies contain oxalate crystals that can irritate the mouth tissue, tongue, and esophagus.
  • Azaleas – Toxic components can be found in the leaves, flowers, and nectar of the azalea plant. When bees feed on this plant, they will create “mad honey” that have these toxic components infused with the honey. Ingestion of the honey or any piece of the plant will result in excessive drooling, diarrhea, low blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats.
  • Chrysanthemums – Toxins within chrysanthemums include sesquiterpenes, lactones, pyrethrins, etc. Once this plant has been ingested, hypersalivation, dermatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, and a lack of coordination can be experienced. Different species and sizes react differently to this plant, but it’s best to bring your pet to the vet just in case.

Planting a variety of flowers and plants throughout your property is encouraged, however, be cautious of these five plants if you are a pet owner.

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The Right Way to Water Your Lawn

How often do you water your lawn? Are you watering your lawn enough? What do you use to water your lawn? These are common questions you might be asking yourself throughout the spring and summer when you see that your lawn isn’t as green as it should be. When watering your lawn, make sure you…

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Water in the Morning

The best time of day to water your lawn is in the early morning between 4:00 am and 10:00 am. Watering in the middle of the day isn’t good because the sun will evaporate the water too quickly. On the other hand, watering at night will allow the water to sit for long periods of time, thus creating lawn disease and fungus. Therefore, set a timer for your sprinkler system for early morning. For those who don’t have a sprinkler system, manually water your lawn in early mornings on the weekends.

Water Twice Per Week

If you’re currently watering your lawn every single day for short periods of time — stop! Overwatering your lawn like this can lead to lawn disease and shallow roots. Watering less frequently will encourage the roots of your lawn to grow deeper (which is what you want). You want the roots of your lawn to be at least six inches deep, and watering less frequently can help attain this depth. The optimal watering frequency is once every three to seven days.

Water Using Pulsating Sprinklers

According to professionals, built-in sprinkler systems are the best options for watering your lawn. If you plan on staying in your home for years to come, installing a new sprinkler system is worth the investment. For those without the luxury of these sprinkler systems, you can use a pulsating sprinkler that is connected to your garden hose. The water will shoot out on a horizontal angle, which can cut through the wind for a more efficient watering.

The lawn that surrounds your home needs to be watered in a specific way, otherwise, the grass will definitely be greener on the other side!

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End of April Tips for Your Lawn & Garden

April is coming to a close and this season’s lawns and gardens are officially beginning to grow and bloom. Now that all of the spring prep has been taken care of, it’s time to move onto the next stage of lawn care and gardening. Here are a few tips you should follow during the end of April and beginning of May.

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Prune Summer Shrubs
At the end of winter, you were out in your yard pruning away most of your plants and shrubs. However, if you have any summer shrubs like the hydrangea, butterfly bush, summersweet, or summer flowering spirea, now is the time to prune them. Pruning now will lead to intense stem growth during the summer and early fall when they begin to flower.

Check the Soil
By now you are champing at the bit to move some of your plants and bulbs from their planters to the outdoor garden. Before you can do that you must first check the soil to see if it is dry enough. You don’t want to dig and work your soil while it’s wet because it will eventually dry into hard chunks. Test your soil by grabbing a handful and squeezing it together. If the soil easily crumbles you can begin tilling; if the soil doesn’t crumble then you should wait a few more days and try again.

Stimulate the Lawn
Grab your lawn rake (not the garden rake) and begin raking the lawn to remove dead grass blades and other debris. Doing this quick and easy chore will help stimulate your lawn for faster growth during the spring and summer months. If your lawn sustained some damage and possible snow mold this past winter, raking it can help it recover and get back on track for healthy growth this season.

The month of May is fastly approaching, so make sure you accomplish these lawn and garden tips before the growing season really gets going!

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3 Safe Ways to Keep Deer Away From Your Garden

From afar, deer are beautiful creatures that look just as peaceful as they do harmless. Unfortunately, they only look harmless and are a common pest in neighborhoods throughout the country. Before this tick-infested mammal eats all of the plants in your garden, make sure you try these preventative methods.

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Add More Plants
When you’re planning the blueprint for your garden, make sure you include two types of plants to scatter throughout your property. Lavender will deter deer from coming near your prized plants and vegetables because its scent is too strong. The aroma will remain on their legs, interfering with their ability to sense predators and to sniff out food they like to eat. Marigolds are another plant to consider as deer do not view them as a pleasant plant to eat.

Stink It Up
If you’re not looking to plant lavender or marigolds in your garden, opt to go the smelly route. Mix together 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of organic dish soap, and water in a gallon jug. Pour some of this into a spray bottle and give your plants a shower of “stinky-ness.” This concoction won’t hurt your plants, but it may make them smell less flower-like. To avoid smelling this scent in the hot sun, spray down your plants after the sun goes down.

Turn the Volume to 11
Deer are easily frightened creatures and you can use this to your advantage. Since you won’t be patrolling your property 24/7, you’ll need a small security system to do the job for you. Simply string some empty cans, pie tins, or CDs around the area of plants and flowers you would like to protect. The movement and sounds of these objects are unfamiliar to deer and will more than likely scare them away.

Having a family of beautiful deer in your yard may seem like a positive – until they start eating every plant in your garden.

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What You Need to Be Doing to Your Backyard

How impressed were you with your lawn and garden from last year? If the answer is “not very”, then it’s time to step up your yard game. Spring into summer with these five things you need to be doing in your backyard!

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  1. Pickup Seeds – Get in the car, buckle your seatbelt, and head on down to your local nursery to pick up this year’s crop of seeds. Pick out your favorite annual flowers, vegetables, and plants. If you’re looking to have early bloomers in your garden this year, be sure to incorporate your favorite perennials.
  2. Start Planting Your Veggies – For all of the vegetables that you plan on planting this season, now is the time to start sowing them indoors. Plant them in their separate pots, place them by a window that gets a large amount of sunlight, and remember to water them regularly. This way they can get a head start before eventually transferring them into your garden.
  3. Water, Water, Water! – Congratulations — you’ve planted your first set of flowers, plants, and vegetables! Once they’re in the ground, be sure to water them, allowing the water to fully soak in, and then water them again so the soil is completely saturated with water.
  4. Aeration – Between the mounds of snow that were piled on your lawn this past winter and the kids running around endlessly for hours, there are some areas of your lawn where the grass is compacted. Your lawn will need to be aerated, which involves piercing small holes into the ground. This will allow your lawn to breathe and take in the necessary oxygen, nutrients, and water it needs in order to grow.
  5. Weed Control – In order for your lawn to be free from weeds this year, this issue must be addressed before the growing season gets underway. Proper weed treatment should be done before the first one decides to sprout its ugly head. For those trying to tackle their weed problems during the summer months — what were you doing all spring?

Spring is the season where you need to get all of your lawn and garden preparation and maintenance done now so you can enjoy the summer!

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How You Should Be Preparing Your Vegetable Garden

The time has finally come for you to get your hands dirty and begin preparation for this year’s vegetable garden! In order for you to reap the most of what you sow, you need to have your strategy and all of your tools ready to go.

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Pot Preparation
If you’re the type of gardener to plant your vegetables and herbs in planter pots instead of in the ground, then you’ll need to get them ready. Make sure you wash and scrub each one with hot, soapy water. There could be harmful bacteria from last season on them that could cause this season’s crop to die before any veggies are fully grown. If any of your pots are broken or cracked, give them a toss in the trash and get yourself some new ones.

Organize Your Seeds
Whether you have a lot of seeds from last year or you just stopped at the nursery, make sure they’re organized and ready to plant. You don’t want to open up your storage container to find a mess of seeds and envelopes scattered throughout. Once everything is categorized, plan out which planters will receive what seed, or which area of the garden will be designated for certain seeds.

Sparkling Glass
For those who use a greenhouse or glass structure to house their plants, make sure the glass is as clean as can be. The cleaner the glass, the more efficient the structure will be. Cloudy windows filled with dirt and plant growth can limit the amount of sunshine the plants receive. Carefully wash and scrub the glass with soapy water and a sponge (be wary of using a hose with high pressure).

Growing your own vegetables is equally rewarding as it is delicious, so make sure you prepared for this year’s crop.

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When Do I Fertilize My Lawn?

This year you plan on having a lawn that puts all of your neighbors’ lawns to shame. However, last year’s lawn was a bit patchy and brown — so what does a person do? The first step in getting your lawn to resemble Fenway Park is to fertilize it at the perfect time.

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Know Your Grass Type
Before you head down to the store to grab some fertilizer, find out which type of grass is currently underneath your feet. You will normally have either cool-season or warm season grass. Those with cool-season grass will notice their lawn turning brown during the summer months while those with warm season grass will notice their lawn turning brown during the cooler months of the year. However, there are homeowners who will have a combination of the two types of grasses.

Fertilizing at the Right Time

  • Cool-Season Grasses – Since this type of grass will grow mostly during spring and fall, you will need to fertilize in the beginning of these seasons. Of the one to two pounds (per 1,000 square feet) of nitrogen-rich fertilizer you need to apply each year, spread out a majority of it during the fall before temperatures drop below 60 degrees. The remaining fertilizer can be spread in early spring before temperatures rise above 70 degrees.
  • Warm-Season Grasses – Since this type of grass grows mostly during the late spring and summer, you will need to fertilize in the early spring as the grass begins to turn green again and then again at the end of summer. Of the three to four pounds (per 1,000 square feet) of nitrogen-rich fertilizer you need to apply each year, spread half before temperatures reach over 80 degrees and the second half after the highest temperatures of the summer have passed.

Making sure you fertilize your lawn at the perfect time can mean the difference between a good and a GREAT looking lawn!

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5 Gardening Tips for an Organic Herb Garden

Do you picture yourself as half gardener, half amateur chef? A great way to channel both of your hobbies is to grow yourself an organic herb garden. This way you’ll be able to keep your thumb green and your dishes flavorful!

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Decide What Tastes Best – Before you create your organic garden, do some research on which herbs are the tastiest according to you! Opt for herbs that are not only your favorite but those that taste the best when they’re freshly picked. Some herbs include basil, mint, and cilantro — yum!
Seeds vs Plants – Next up is deciding if you want to purchase seeds or plants that are just beginning to sprout. If you only want a small organic garden with maybe one plant per herb, go ahead and purchase the baby plants. However, if you’re planning on a bigger garden, it’s cheaper to go the seed route.
The Right Type of Soil – Creating your organic garden by planting all of the seeds and plants in the garden out back can be risky. A normal garden might have soil that becomes too compacted which can hinder herb growth. Instead, purchase organic potting mix to give your herbs the best chance for proper growth (spend on the right soil, skip on the fancy containers).
Cut and Plant Often – Many herbs like basil and cilantro will die after they flower. To make sure you always have a steady inflow of these herbs, plant new seeds every couple of weeks. While the new seeds grow, cut the tips of the shoots frequently so they can grow and remain productive for as long as possible.
Save, Save, Save – When you finally call it quits for planting new seeds for the season, hold onto all of the extras. Seeds purchased in packets can usually last up to two years so they’ll be fine to plant next year. Seeds that have recently set from a plant in your garden can be collected and placed in envelopes. Just mark the date you collected them and store them in a dry, dark room at room temperature.

After you’ve taken care of your lawn and garden, spend some time on a small garden that can be used to satisfy your taste buds!

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5 Lawn Prep Tips to Help Your Lawn Grow This Spring

Now that the temperatures are starting to warm up and the rain is plentiful, it’s time to focus on the growth of your lawn. It’s obvious that you desperately want that lush, thick, deep green lawn that you see in commercials and magazines. In order to try and achieve this type of lawn, adopt these tips to help prep your lawn for the growing season.

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  1. Finish Pruning – Now that we’re on the verge of the growing season, finish up any last minute pruning. Remove and prune any dead tree branches, plants, and pick up any broken off twigs and leaves that sit atop your lawn.
  2. Dethatching – Once the bulk of the mess is removed from your lawn, grab your lawn rake and begin removing any dead grass and lawn clippings. Dethatching your lawn will allow any new grass seed to grow properly while also preventing fungus growth.
  3. Give It Some Air – If there are any areas of your lawn that experience heavy foot traffic or were stuck underneath mounds of snow this past winter, they will need to be aerated. Using an aerator will remove small portions of the lawn to allow for air, water, and nutrients to reach the lawn’s roots.
  4. Fight Weeds Now – Weeds are the most annoying part of trying to grow and maintain your lawn. If your lawn usually sees a large amount of weeds throughout the spring and summer months, then you’ll need to start fighting them early on. Lay out a pre-emergent weed killer NOW so you don’t have to deal with weeds later.
  5. Tune-Up – Lawn maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your lawn stays healthy throughout the year. So before you have to start mowing, weed whacking, and trimming, make sure your tools are good to go. Sharpen all of the blades, change out the oil, and have a professional give the motor-run tools a tune-up.

In order for your lawn to grow into the healthy one you envision in your mind, start all of your preparation NOW!

Turf Unlimited is a full service lawn care provider, offering a wide variety of lawn care, fertilization, and pest and weed control services to the Massachusetts or New Hampshire area. For more information about our services call 888-649-9919 and schedule your free, in-home estimate today.

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