Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon Lawn weed identification: common lawn weeds

Lawn weed identification: common lawn weeds

Image by cliff1066™ By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Weeds are a common occurrence in most lawns and gardens. While many of them are quite familiar, there may be some that are not. Learning about some of the most common types of weeds can make it easier to eliminate them from the landscape. Identify Weed Types In order to identify weed types and bring them under control, it’s important to understand how they grow. Like other plants, weeds can be annual or perennial. Annual weeds are less troublesome…

postheadericon Managing bermuda grass: learn how to kill bermuda grass in lawns

Managing bermuda grass: learn how to kill bermuda grass in lawns

Image by gosheshe By Bonnie L. Grant Bermuda grass is an aggressive warm season turfgrass and fodder. It can become invasive and infest other turfgrasses, most notably zoysia grass and tall fescue. The usual herbicides may be toxic to the wanted species, so managing Bermuda grass when it invades the lawn takes some special steps. Controlling Bermuda grass in flower beds is a little easier, but the tenacious roots require deep removal or the plant will simply reestablish itself. Read on to learn some tips on how to get rid…

postheadericon Grow a white clover lawn – using clover as a grass substitute

Grow a white clover lawn – using clover as a grass substitute

Image by Till Westermayer By Heather Rhoades In today’s more environmentally conscious world, some people are looking for an alternative to the traditional grass lawn and wonder if they can use white clover as a grass substitute. It is possible to grow a white clover lawn, but there are some things to consider before you launch head first into having a white clover yard. Let’s take a look at issues of using a white clover lawn substitute and how to replace your lawn with clover once you are aware of…

postheadericon Non plant alternatives to lawn grass

Non plant alternatives to lawn grass

Image by Marc Majcher By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Maybe you’re looking for something a bit outside of the box, or perhaps you have little time or patience for maintaining and mowing a lawn. Whether you’re a busy homeowner looking for something easier or just someone wanting to make a statement, there are many low-maintenance and low-cost alternatives to traditional grass that will accomplish your needs. What are Some Non Plant Alternatives to Grass? Lawn alternatives don’t have to be limited to plants. Hard surfaces such as…

postheadericon Liriope lawn substitute – tips for growing lilyturf lawns

Liriope lawn substitute – tips for growing lilyturf lawns

Image by odyphoto By Bonnie L. Grant A beautifully manicured lawn sets off the rest of the landscape with its rich green tones and soft, velvety texture. However, getting and keeping that lawn perfect can be quite a chore. Turf grass requires mowing, fertilizing and watering to keep it at its peak appearance. An easier groundcover might be liriope as a lawn. Growing lilyturf lawns provides an easy care, low maintenance, vigorous source of turf that has year around appeal. Using Liriope as Lawn Liriope (commonly referred to as monkey…

postheadericon Sedge lawn substitute: tips for growing native sedge lawns

Sedge lawn substitute: tips for growing native sedge lawns

Image by StudioBarcelona By Bonnie L. Grant If you are looking for a water miser of a plant to save on those summer utility bills, look no further than sedge. A sedge grass lawn uses a lot less water than turf grass and is adaptable to many sites and climates. There are numerous species in the Carex family that work beautifully as a sedge lawn alternative. Sedge as a lawn is lush with color and movement, and it’s low maintenance. It might be the perfect plant for a minimalist approach…

postheadericon Your weedy lawn is a good thing

Your weedy lawn is a good thing

Image by Anne Hornyak By Heather Rhoades The next time your neighbor with the emerald green lawn casts a look down their nose at your less than perfect lawn, don’t feel bad. The fact of the matter is that your weedy lawn is doing more for your garden, the environment and your wallet than the supposedly "perfect" lawn your neighbor maintains. Why Weeds in the Lawn Can Be Helpful One of the major benefits of having a weedy lawn is that many weeds in your lawn attract butterflies and caterpillars….

postheadericon Meadow lawn alternative: learn about planting a meadow lawn

Meadow lawn alternative: learn about planting a meadow lawn

Image by grase By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener A meadow lawn alternative is an option for homeowners who are tired of the labor involved in maintaining a traditional lawn, or for those who are concerned about the considerable environmental impact of watering, fertilizing and weed control. Planting a meadow lawn is a lot of hard work initially, but once established, it requires very little upkeep. Turning lawns into meadows provides shelter for wildlife, attracts butterflies and native bees, preserves native plants and nourishes the soil. Turning…

postheadericon Installing sod: instructions on how to lay sod

Installing sod: instructions on how to lay sod

Image by Sage Ross By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Installing sod is a popular way to establish a new lawn. When installed properly and following proper sod laying instructions, this type of lawn can enhance the home, adding beauty the surrounding landscape. Laying sod can be done nearly anytime; however, it is usually better when installed in spring or fall. Read on to learn more about how to lay sod. How Much Does Sod Cost? One of the biggest questions when thinking about installing sod is "how…

postheadericon So you want your grass to grow

So you want your grass to grow

Image by Ian T. McFarland By Jessica Marley Having a beautiful lush green lawn is a wonderful accent to your home and living space, and it can really make a difference in the appearance of your home. We would all like to have that first prize-winning lawn, but it is not always easy to achieve. For those of us who can’t afford professional lawn maintenance, it may take some time and effort to get the desired results. Understanding Your Lawn In order to take the proper care of the lawn,…