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3 Benefits of Organic Fertilizers for Your Garden

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Growing your own garden can be a wonderful way to provide yourself and your family with fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In order to encourage them to thrive and grow, however, you might be thinking about using a fertilizer. There are a lot of commercial fertilizers on the market that you can use, but it’s an even better option to look for organic fertilizers that do not include any harsh chemicals. These are a few reasons why. 1. Protect Your Plants First of all, you should think about how chemical fertilizers can damage your plants. In some cases, these fertilizers can be very strong and can “burn” or otherwise damage your plants, particularly when they are small and are just starting to grow. Choosing a natural fertilizer is a good way to encourage growth without using harsh chemicals that can cause damage. 2. Keep Yourself Safe Another benefit of using organic fertilizers is the fact that it can help you keep yourself and your family safe. First of all, if you aren’t careful, you could expose yourself or your loved ones to dangerous chemicals while actually working in your garden and using these fertilizers. Then, as your plants grow, you have to think about how the fertilizers might have affected your fruits, vegetables, and herbs and whether or not they are safe for you and your family to eat. These aren’t things that you have to worry about if you use organic fertilizers as a means of helping your plants grow. 3. Think About the Environment Lastly, when it comes to your garden, you have to think about how it affects the world around you. Taking advantage of your natural resources and growing your own foods can be a wonderful thing, but if you use the wrong fertilizers and other chemicals, such as pesticides, you have to think about how it will affect the environment. Using harsh chemicals can harm other plants, and you also have to worry about the chemicals seeping into the groundwater supply. If you choose natural fertilizers, however, you can help protect the environment from these things and can feel good about the way that you grow your garden. As you can see, there are a few benefits of using organic fertilizers in your home garden. If you are looking for a way to help encourage your plants to grow, consider looking into natural corn fertilizer and other organic fertilizers like those from Nature Safe for these reasons and...

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Keep Your Lawn Shed in Order: Protect Your Heavy-Duty Yard Equipment

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If you’ve got a large property and own a bunch of landscaping machines (lawnmowers, tractors, and wood chippers), then you’ve got to make sure that your lawn shed is in order. Just because you have a roof over your machines and tools doesn’t mean that it will protect them. A rotten roof, a bad entrance, or an ill-equipped space is going to lead to a dangerous situation in which your machines will become susceptible to damage. Below is a list of what to do to make sure your lawn shed is equipped to handle any problems that might arise and allow your machines and tools to be in good shape. Shingle Check: Prevent Having to Get a New Roof You want to make sure that the roof shingles are not in bad shape. Bad shingles lead to leaks that will hit the plywood underlayment. This will require a total roof repair. The contractors won’t simply be able to re-shingle; they will need to tear up the plywood and shingles and maybe even replace some studs. Not only is this expensive, but a leak in the roof will let water into the shed and possibly cause rust to your machines. So you want to check your roof shingles every year. You should climb up on a ladder or hire a handy man to do it for you if you’re not comfortable walking on the roof. A Smooth Entryway Another aspect of your shed that you need to consider is the entryway. You are going to be moving your lawnmower in and out frequently during the summer and spring, and you don’t want to bump it on an uneven entrance. Likewise, when you’re moving large machines such as wood chippers or mulchers, you don’t want to have to bang them while moving them over the lip of the entrance. If your shed doesn’t already have a sloped entrance, you might want to purchase a wedge-shaped entrance ramp. These should be made out of pressure-treated wood or a synthetic material. This is so the ramps don’t rot while on the ground. The ramps can line up flush with the entryway and allow you to easily roll the tractor, lawnmower, or woodchipper into the shed. Fire Extinguisher You should always keep a fire extinguisher located on the inside wall. It should be located at eye level, not on the ground. You don’t want to have to search for the fire extinguisher in a frantic moment when you need it most. There are lots of potential fire hazards inside your shed. A shed is filled with machines, which leak oil on floor. You might also store hay bales, cedar woodchips, or other flammable materials. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that you have a large fire extinguisher on hand. Talk to a company such as Echo Fire Protection for more information about fire...

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Transplanting A Sapling? Don’t Make These Mistakes

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When trees are only a year or two old, they can be transplanted with a high chance of success. Whether you obtain a sapling from a local nursery or you have dug one up from one location and wish to plant it in another, it’s important to realize that the act of replanting such a tree is not quite as simple as just sticking it in the ground. Throughout the process, you’ll want to avoid these mistakes, which can threaten the life of the tree or inhibit its future growth. Mistake #1: Digging too narrow a hole. The roots of the young tree have an easier time expanding through looser soil than through hard, compact soil. If you dig too narrow a hole, the roots will be forced to grow into the hard surrounding soil quite soon after planting, which will put strain on the tree and perhaps even inhibit its survival. Aim to dig a hole that’s about twice as wide as the tree’s root ball. This way, the roots have plenty of soft soil to grow through while the tree is first getting re-established. By the time the roots reach the harder surrounding soil, the tree will be bigger, stronger, and more up to the challenge. Mistake #2: Piling dirt (or mulch) up against the trunk. If you push soil or mulch up too far around the tree’s trunk, this will trap moisture near the trunk and cause it to rot away. When you fill in the hole the tree is placed in, only put the soil up as high as the “ball” where the roots meet the trunk. If you choose to mulch around the tree, start your mulch circle a few inches out away from the tree’s trunk so the mulch does not come into contact with the trunk at all. Mistake #3: Overwatering. Yes, you want to water the tree in after you plant it, and you want to keep the soil moist while the tree is young and still establishing roots. But you never want to completely soak the soil. Small, young tree roots are quite easy to drown, and too much water can also cause them to rot. Get into the habit of picking up a handful of soil from beneath the tree before you water it. If the soil is moist and still clumps together in your hand, you don’t need to water that day. If the soil is loose and falls between your fingers, you need to water. If you avoid the mistakes above, you’ll have a greater chance of success when transplanting any young tree. For tree transplanting, contact a company such as Gold Creek Tree Farms,...

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Why Choose Sod?

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If you have built a new home, or just have a bad lawn, you should consider laying a new sod lawn. Although you initially pay more for this method, the benefits of having a healthy, mature lawn installed is worth the investment.  Speed and Ease Growing your own lawn from seed is a long and often frustrating business. You will spend at least a year coaxing your lawn to grow while fighting off birds and other animal life. You will also be following a strict watering schedule, one that can limit your travels and other interests. You have to keep your seed moist until it germinates and establishes a healthy sea of green. Basically, your new lawn will “own” you for weeks and maybe longer. Ordering sod for your lawn means you will have a healthy, mature lawn in a matter of minutes. In as little as three weeks, you will be able to fully use your lawn.  Other Advantages You can have your lawn installed anytime that the ground is not frozen. In addition, once you have the sod laid, your ground will stop eroding, a definite problem when you are relying on seed. You also avoid weed problems. When you grow a lawn from grass seed, you cannot keep out the other seeds that will intrude on your efforts. While you are nurturing your new lawn, you are also helping weeds to grow.   Ecologically Sound In addition to all of its other advantages, using sod for a new lawn also saves on water usage. You will want to give your new sod about one inch of water daily for two weeks. After that, you can cut back to whatever your local area requires to keep the lawn healthy. In fact, once your lawn is well-established, you can allow it to go dormant in the hot months, eliminating the need to water at all. You will use much more water when starting your lawn from seed because the seed must be kept moist until it germinates and beyond, which can be a problem, especially in areas that are currently drought-stricken. When you need to establish a new lawn, sod, from a place like B & B Hoffman Sod Farms, has many advantages over seed. You will get your new lawn much more quickly and with less effort. Instead of waiting for a year or more, you will be able to fully enjoy your lawn in weeks. You will also stop your yard erosion immediately upon installing the sod. When you consider how much water and labor you will save, the cost of sod is worth the...

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Do Electric Lawn Mowers Make Sense For Regular Yard Maintenance?

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Electric lawn mowers are very popular these days but does that mean you need to ditch your perfectly good gas powered one? While it is more convenient because there will be no more running out of gas or oil halfway through the job, electric mowers are more expensive so that initial outlay of cash might not be a wise investment. If you are on the fence in regards to whether or not you should purchase an electric lawn mower, it can be helpful to take a closer look at what it can offer you. Electric Mowers In addition to never having to worry about keeping that little red gas can full, an electric mower also doesn’t have spark plugs, fuel filters, or oil to worry about. Since they don’t consume fossil fuel, no carbon monoxide and dioxide is emitted, making them environmentally friendly. Furthermore, if it seems like you are always up mowing your lawn at the break of dawn, the neighbors will be happy with your electric mower since they are much quieter than a traditional gasoline model. It is important to note if you have a very dense, thick lawn, an electric mower might not be able to handle the job. One important thing to remember is that you must be very careful never to mow when the grass is wet, and take extra precautions to avoid any standing puddles or other damp areas while the mower is plugged in, as electricity and water are never a good mix. Cordless Electric Mowers For those folks who don’t have access to conveniently located exterior electrical outlets, are concerned about running over the electrical cord while the mower is operational, or have a postage stamp sized yard, a cordless electric mower is very practical. They combine all the same benefits of no gas, oil or spark plugs with the convenience of never having to worry about destroying the cord if you run over it, or wasting time flipping it from side to side depending on your turning radius. A cordless mower will run approximately an hour on one charge depending on the thickness of the grass, so it only wouldn’t be a practical investment if you have a yard that is big enough to require more than an hour to charge. Bottom line, electric lawn mowers are a good option for regular yard maintenance as long as your grass isn’t too dense, you have more landscaping, patio and pool area than actual acreage, and, for a corded model, you check first to ensure there are conveniently located electrical outlets.  For more help with lawn care, contact a company like Valley Green...

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The Advantages Of Using Propane Gas In Your Home

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With the cold weather months right around the corner, many homeowners may be looking for a better way to heat their homes. In recent years, many people have switched from using electrical heating sources to heating with propane gas. Propane gas is not only an excellent choice for heating your home, but it can also be used to provide power to some appliances that you use everyday. These are some of the advantages of using propane gas in your home. Clean, Even Heat  Propane gas keeps your home warm and comfortable all winter long. If you have a propane gas furnace in your home that is connected to your vent system, you can be sure that all rooms in your home will be equally warm. Propane is also one of the cleanest fossil fuels used for heating purposes. It produces less carbon monoxide and toxins when burned. It is even more environmentally friendly than burning coal or wood to heat your home because it has no odor and does not produce ashes that may pollute the air inside your home. More Affordable  Propane gas is also more affordable than other types of heating sources. In the last several years, many homeowners have watched as the cost of electricity has skyrocketed. Heating your home with propane gas can reduce your heating costs as much as 50%. Faster Heating  Because propane is a type of gas, it heats up very quickly. This means that less propane is needed to gain the same level of heating as with electricity. Power Outages  If a power outage occurs, your home will still be warm and cozy. If your home uses only electric heat, a power outage can leave you scrambling to find back up heat in the winter. However, if you are heating with propane gas, a power outage has no effect on it and your home will remain just as warm as usual. Propane Powered Appliances  There are several different appliances that can also be powered by propane gas. These include propane cook stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters and space heaters. You can also keep your pool at a comfortable temperature during the spring and summer with a propane powered pool heater. Propane powered generators are also readily available should you need to keep electric only appliances working if the power goes out. With the many advantages that propane has to offer, it makes perfect sense to use it for your main source of heating and cooking in your home. You may find that the money you save on your electric bill will nearly pay for the cost of the propane. For more information, talk to a company like Avery Oil And...

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Growing A Thick Hearty Grass For Livestock: Grass Varieties That Keep Your Animals Full And Healthy

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Keeping animals fed during the warmer months is fairly easy. You just have to know what kind of grass to plant in the fields to keep your animals full and healthy. If you live in the Gulf Coast region, there are a number of grass varieties that grow thick, tall and luscious fields of grass, perfect for grazing livestock. You can start with just seeding the fields in the cooler months and rotating your livestock around to give the grass a chance to grow, or you can purchase sod that would take root quickly and feed your animals within a couple of weeks. Here are some grass varieties that fare quite well in the Gulf Coast, Southeastern and Southwestern coastal regions and will be excellent food for your animals. St Augustine Grass St Augustine grass is a very thick, lush type of grass that thrives in hot and humid climates. It was originally planted on islands south of Florida’s coast, but made its way up into the states with farmers that settled here. It grows rapidly and has no problem with growing in marshy wet areas either. Thanks to the efforts of agriculturalists and horticulturalists, there are more than a dozen sub-varieties of this grass that can grow in just about any type of soil. Kentucky Bluegrass Also known as “meadow grass,” this grass can grow to nearly three feet, providing a substantial meal for your livestock. (When it reaches its full height, the tips of the grass turn blue, which is where the moniker “bluegrass” comes from.) It has to be planted in well-drained soil, but it will grow every bit as thick and lush as St Augustine grass if given adequate time. It is drought and heat resistant, and unlike St Augustine grass, it will still grow in partial shade. Bermuda Grass So named for its broad leaves and tropical origins, Bermuda grass is similar in appearance and growing nature to St Augustine grass but has its differences. Bermuda grass tends to grow like a weed grass—fast, short and spreading quickly. If you need to fill one or more of your fields with grass to feed your livestock and you need to do it in the shortest amount of time possible, bypass growing the Bermuda grass from seeds (which is still quicker than the previously mentioned types of grass) and put down Bermuda grass sod. Your animals can happily graze on it in about a week, give or take a few sunny, high temp days. For more information on different grass types, check out websites...

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