Month: June 2011

Caring for Your Lawn

While your lawn looks great right now, it probably will not stay that way without some thinking ahead. You have a lawn care company (or you) apply fertilizer, weed, and insect control. You properly mow your lawn with a sharp blade. That’s great! However, there is one thing that is more essential to maintaining that lush green appearance – and that is water.

While you might have more than adequate rains up to a point, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security that you are covered for very long. A healthy, green, bluegrass blade is 85% water, and hot, dry conditions can dry out the lawn’s roots in days. A lawn needs 1” of water a week, whether by rain or mechanical watering. If you let watering go until the grass starts to go dormant, it is next to impossible to play catch up.

Remember, in the turf, excess rain does not build up a reserve that can be used later. So, be aware of climatic conditions, and give your lawn one inch of water a week.

Posted by Stacey Krejci in Helpful Tips, Lawn

Caring for Your Hanging Basket

Keeping your hanging basket watered correctly is the most important thing you can do to keep it healthy and beautiful. When you first get the hanging basket home, get to know it. Check it every day, morning and evening, for the first week. Touch the soil, and lift the basket from the bottom. This will help you determine if it needs water.

If your hanging basket is a heavy drinker (it requires water every other day even if cloudy and cool), stay ahead of the watering. Don’t wait until it dries out, especially in hot, dry weather. Water it before it is completely dry. If your basket is drying out more slowly, do not automatically water it daily unless it is very hot and dry outside. Too much water for too long will damage the roots.

Finally, if you purchase your basket from a reputable garden center, the basket should have been planted with a premium potting mix, making the job of keeping your basket properly watered easier.

Remember, first get to know it!

Posted by Stacey Krejci in Gardening, Helpful Tips