Archive | April, 2016

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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