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Do-It-Yourself Precautions For Laying Your Lawn

Your success in having a lush green lawn is determined from the very beginning when you’re laying down the turf. How well you follow the instructions and pay attention to precautions is the first step to succeeding. Below are key precautions you should consider when preparing the ground and laying down your lawn.   Clearing the Ground Clearing the area where you’re going to lay your turf cannot be overemphasized. Remove any weeds, rocks, tree stumps and any form of dirt and waste on the surface. Also, organize your lawn by cutting out the edges and paths and identifying where underground pipes pass through if any. Identifying where the pipes are prevents damaging them during lawn maintenance and also helps you to do any repairs required in the future without difficulty. In case there are some remnant roots of weeds and other plants, you should spray a herbicide to kill the roots. Afterwards, ensure you remove the dead roots because they will tamper with the growth of your new turf’s roots. Be cautious because living weeds will grow along with your turf, which will affect its health and quality. Soil Preparation You should prepare the soil carefully and as required for the type of grass you plan to plant. For example, if your soil is too sandy or too acidic to sustain the tuft you’re laying, then treat the soil or use new soil. Consult your turf supplier about the grass and get a qualified person to test the soil for you before planting. Make sure you break down the soil into a fine finish. Big soil lumps will prevent root penetration, and you also risk having patches of dead parts on your lawn. It’s highly recommended you use a starter fertilizer or organic material to enrich the soil. Inquire from your turf provider, which is the best fertilizer and be sure to follow instructions on how to apply it. The Laying Process Take good care of the turf once it’s delivered to avoid damaging it or parts of it. Often the turf will be delivered in rolls, so ensure you lay the turf uniformly without leaving out any spaces between the strips. Remember that turf should not be laid on dry soil, so dampen the area before laying down your turf. Roll the strips of the turf out carefully without pulling, tearing or stretching. If a part of the […]

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3 Things Newbies Should Consider Before Visiting a Hydroponics Store

There are various reasons you may choose to move away from traditional gardening techniques and migrate to hydroponic methods. You may want a higher yielding crop in a smaller space, want to avoid certain fertilizers, or you may simple want to try the technique and compare it to others you have tried. Regardless of the reasoning, there are a few things you should consider before you visit your local hydroponics stores to begin down this path. Growing Space A mistake that some people coming into hydroponics is not judging their growing space properly. You may know what plants you want to grow and how much you want to see them produce, but having the room for that production is a totally different story. Make sure you have the measurements for the growing area, whether it’s a closet or an entire room, when you go to the store. This will help them determine what you need, and help the employees determine if there is anything you should consider before you purchase supplies. Electrical Needs One of the things that you may look over is the need for growing lamps. This is not only something to consider for the space constraints they may cause, but it is also a consideration for the amount of power you will need to operate them. You may want to have the lights on a timer. You may also want to run the lights off of a solar power options. These are all things to consider in regards to what you want and what you’ll need before going into the store. Knowing what sort of electrical needs or power source you want to use will also help the store determine what kits you may need or grow lights that may work best for your needs. Growing Media You need to know what type of growing media you may want to use. For example, some growing media like coconut fibre and cubes require no real prep. Clay media, on the other hand, requires rinsing and some mild prep work before using it as a growing media. It really depends on what you want to do and how much time you want to put into the initial set-up of your hydroponics garden. These are just a few of the things you should consider before visiting your hydroponics stores. By knowing a bit about what you want your end results […]

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Considerations When Purchasing a New Lawn Mower

When looking to purchase a new lawn mower, you need to consider features that would be most prudent to your convenience as well as your yard. As such, it is not simply about selecting the first lawn mower that catches your fancy. The good news is that you only need to consider a few things in order to narrow down your options. Here are some of the considerations to keep in mind when purchasing a new lawn mower. Would you prefer a push mower or a ride on mower? The first thing to ask yourself would be how you would like to navigate your lawn mower. Although it may seem that convenience is what will dictate this decision, it ultimately depends on the size of your lawn. For instance, a small yard will not benefit from a ride on mower, as there will not be enough space to maneuver the machine. On the other hand, a push mower may seem like an affordable option but it would prove quite a work out for a bigger space. Therefore, you need to put into consideration the size of the area that will need mowing before making a decision on what mower would be best suited for it. Would you prefer a mower that mulches or bags the debris? The second consideration you should have in mind is how you would like the mower to handle the grass that it will be cutting. Collecting cut grass by hand can be exhausting, especially right after you have mowed the lawn. If you would like the process to be convenient, then you could opt for a mower that comes with a bagger. As the grass is being cut, it is directed into the bag ready for disposal. On the other hand, if you would like the cut grass to be used to enrich the soil in your yard, then you should opt for a mulching mower. Would you prefer a reel blade or a rotary blade? The next consideration to have would be the type of blades that you would like on your mower. Reel blades are revolving blades that move around an axle. This type of blade is found on push mowers, but can also be found in both electric as well as fuel powered mowers. Reel blades offer a really trim cut on the grass, which makes them a popular option for people […]

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2 Excellent Tips For Transforming Your New Run-Down Garden

Buying a run-down home and renovating it is a popular choice for Australian home-owners. Not only does it make sense financially, often greatly increasing the value of the home, it’s also a chance to create a unique and beautiful home that suits your needs perfectly. Unfortunately, run-down homes often come with run-down gardens that may have been severely neglected for many years. Tackling a large, unruly garden may seem like it will take a great deal of work, but there are a two excellent ways that you achieve maximum results for minimal effort and expense. 1. Hire a garden bin When you’re clearing out a run-down garden a large part of the problem can be what to do with all the green waste that needs to be removed. Burning the waste can sometimes be an option, but if there are fire restrictions in your area this might not be something you can do. A simple and cost-effective solution to this problem is to hire a garden bin which is specifically for green waste. Skip bin companies can deliver the bin to your home and place it in your chosen location. Try to have it placed as near to where the gardening work will take place as possible to save time and effort when filling it with waste. Once your garden is clear and the skip bin has been filled, the company will then collect it and dispose of the contents. This will save you money on hiring an appropriate removal vehicle and also on garbage tip fees. You may also like to hire a smaller skip bin in order to dispose of any garbage that you may uncover as you clear your garden. 2. Hire a professional gardener This idea might sound contrary to keeping your garden work low cost, but it could actually save you a great deal of money and time. Instead of hiring the gardener to do the work, you simply hire them for a consultation lasting no more than an hour or two. During this time, they can provide you with professional and invaluable advice on your garden. A professional gardener will be able to help you identify the weeds, dead plants, and diseased plants which you will want to remove. They can also point out the varieties of other plants that you might like to keep in your garden and how best to care for them. […]

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