Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon What causes four leaf clovers and how to find a four leaf clover

What causes four leaf clovers and how to find a four leaf clover

Image by icefront By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Ah, the four leaf clover…so much to be said about this misfit of nature. Some people look all their lives for that lucky four leaf clover without success, while others (like me and my kids) could find them all day long. But exactly what causes four leaf clovers, why are they considered so lucky, and how do you successfully go about finding four leaf clovers? Read on to find out. About Four Leaf Clovers Before you begin your search…

postheadericon Bellis daisy lawn alternative: using english daisies for lawns

Bellis daisy lawn alternative: using english daisies for lawns

Image by RuudMorijn By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Traditionally, English daisy (Bellis perennis) has been considered an enemy of neat, carefully manicured lawns. These days, ideas about the function of lawns are changing and homeowners are realizing the many benefits of using English daisies for lawns. English daisy ground covers are easy to grow, environmentally friendly, and don’t require the extensive investment of money and time required by a traditional turf lawn. In fact, this lovely lawn alternative has become a staple ingredient in many flowering…

postheadericon Fertilizer for lawns – what type of lawn fertilizer to use

Fertilizer for lawns – what type of lawn fertilizer to use

Image by Dole08 By Bonnie L. Grant A healthy, green lawn is a joy to sink bare feet into and complements the landscape. The best fertilizer for grass will promote healthy turf and minimize weed and pest issues with a thick mat that resists these problems. There are many types of lawn fertilizer on the market or you can use home-grown methods to enhance the vigor of your grass. Choosing the right food for lawns begins with understanding grass fertilizer numbers and knowing your soil and sod type. Grass Fertilizer…

postheadericon Tips for choosing lawn edging

Tips for choosing lawn edging

Image by Bryan Lever By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Lawn edging serves many purposes. Regardless of the landscape there is lawn edging that will match the needs with which it requires. Choosing one that complements the home will not only enhance its appearance but also increase its value. Selecting the right lawn edging for beds, borders, walkways, etc. will significantly reduce lawn maintenance, such as mowing or weeding. By keeping the grass in the lawn and out of garden beds, edging reduces the amount of time spent…

postheadericon Alternatives to grass: learn about lawn alternatives in cold climates

Alternatives to grass: learn about lawn alternatives in cold climates

Image by Chris Steer By Jackie Carroll Maintaining a lawn is a lot of work, and when you add up the cost of water, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides you’ll find that it is also expensive. Read on to find out about cold area grass alternatives that are easy on your budget and your time. Alternatives to Grass Ground covers and other lawn alternatives in cold climates are easier to care for and more environmentally friendly than traditional lawns. When you replace your lawn with plants that don’t need mowing, you…

postheadericon Green carpet lawn alternative: learn about herniaria lawn care

Green carpet lawn alternative: learn about herniaria lawn care

Image by Michael Becker By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener A lush, manicured lawn is a point of pride for many homeowners, but that bright green turf comes at a cost. A typical lawn uses thousands of gallons of water every season, in addition to many hours of hard labor spent mowing and controlling weeds. Fertilizer, needed to maintain that healthy, emerald green lawn, poses considerable harm to the environment as it leaches into the groundwater. As a result, many gardeners are giving up traditional, resource-robbing lawns…

postheadericon Lawn care for sedum: how to grow sedum in my lawn

Lawn care for sedum: how to grow sedum in my lawn

Image by AlexStepanov By Bonnie L. Grant After a season of fertilizing, mowing, raking, thatching, edging and vetting various problems, the average homeowner may be ready to throw in the towel on traditional turf grass. There are many other easy care options available. It just depends upon the look and feel you want out of your landscape and the uses to which it is put. Lightly trafficked areas can have sedum as a lawn. It is adaptable, low maintenance and fast growing. Pros and Cons of Sedum Lawn Substitute Sedums…

postheadericon Mazus lawn alternative: tips for growing a mazus lawn

Mazus lawn alternative: tips for growing a mazus lawn

Image by SB_Johnny By Amy Grant If you are looking for a low maintenance plant that tolerates moderate to light traffic, look no further than growing a mazus (Mazus reptans) lawn. In what areas can you use mazus as a lawn substitute and how do you take care of mazus lawns? Read on to learn more. Why Choose Mazus as a Lawn Substitute? Lawn substitutes are chosen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are just sick and tired of all the work it takes to maintain a lawn that rivals…

postheadericon Dymondia lawn care – tips on using dymondia as a grass substitute

Dymondia lawn care – tips on using dymondia as a grass substitute

Image by Daderot By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Drought is a serious concern across much of the United States, and many homeowners are looking for attractive, low-maintenance lawn substitutes. Dymondia (Dymondia margaretae), also known as silver carpet, is worth considering if you live in a warm climate – using dymondia as a grass substitute is suitable in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b through 11. Dymondia Lawn Alternative Native to South Africa, Dymondia consists of low-growing mats of narrow, greyish-green leaves with fuzzy white undersides that give…

postheadericon Moss as lawn substitute: how to grow a moss lawn

Moss as lawn substitute: how to grow a moss lawn

Image by kamnuan By Bonnie L. Grant In some areas of the country, moss in the lawn is the homeowner’s nemesis. It takes over turf grass and leaves unsightly brown patches in summer when it goes dormant. For the rest of us, moss can be a great alternative to that high maintenance grass. Using moss as lawn provides wonderful springy groundcover which can be walked on moderately, a no mow alternative and rich, deep color and texture. It might be a good choice for your lawn needs. Learn how to…