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Choosing A Garden Shed? Don’t Make These 5 Common Mistakes!

By Allysun Tillsley

Choosing a new shed for your garden should be a simple matter. On the face of it, it would appear as easy as measuring the available space, visiting your local garden centre, choosing one you like and placing an order.

Sure, I’m not about to suggest that buying a shed should be complicated! However, I’ve worked in the outdoor retail industry for many years, and have seen countless examples of costly mistakes made when people fail to pay attention to some basic considerations.

I’ve chosen what I believe are the top 5 common mistakes people make when choosing a garden shed. I’ll share them here with you in the hope that you don’t make the same mistakes too.

1. Buying the wrong size

The first thing that most people get wrong is buying the wrong size shed. Don’t believe me? You’d be surprised! In your local garden centre a shed might look the perfect size for your garden, but it’s important not to overlook the size of the shed in relation to the size of space you have available.

There’s nothing worse than finding out only when the shed arrives that it’s far too big for your garden.

Measure your available space very carefully before you buy. It goes without saying that you should have at least space for the shed’s actual dimensions, but do also consider leaving space for access to the doors, leaving plenty of space to swing the doors right open, with ample room to move large garden tools in and out easily.

Moreover, if you intend to modify the interior of the shed with additional shelving, do bear that in mind when considering how much storage space you’ll need. Your lawnmower will have significantly less room for manoeuvre when closed in by 2 feet of shelving on either side!

2. Not considering positioning

When choosing a garden shed, what is often overlooked is the position you want the shed to be in the garden, in relation to everything else in there. Will there be enough distance from surrounding hedges, fences, flower beds and washing lines, for example?

Don’t forget that you’ll still need to be able to move around the outside of the shed to carry out maintenance on the shed over the years. It’s almost impossible to treat a wooden shed, for example, if it’s positioned so close to the garden wall that there’s no room to paint it.

3. Choosing an inappropriate material

The choice of materials for garden sheds are fairly straightforward. You generally have a choice of either metal, plastic or wood.

However, don’t forget that the most common option, wood, is the one that demands the most upkeep! A wooden shed will swell or shrink in the cold and heat, so it is important to treat the wood every year without fail to keep it in top form for the all year round weather conditions.

Also it’s important to remember that if you plan on putting up shelves and hooks inside the shed, make sure the wood is thick enough beforehand. I’ve seen many people skimp and save money on cheap, thin-walled sheds, and then be disappointed that they can’t make the additional interior modifications they had in mind at the time.

4. Forgetting to ask about a warranty

Does your shed choice come with any warranty? A lot of the big DIY chains offer a two year warranty on their sheds. However, it’s not unheard of for many independent suppliers and online stores to simply not mention warranty at all. I’m not suggesting that means that there isn’t one supplied. However, please do ask the question before buying your shed and be very clear on your rights to return and a refund. If there isn’t a warranty, walk away. At least you’ll know upfront, rather than finding out the hard way a year down the line when the walls begin to crack.

5. Paying the wrong price

Cost is often given highest priority when choosing a new shed. Certainly it pays to have a budget in mind before beginning to look around.

However, at the risk of stating the obvious, it really does pay to shop around. If you find a shed you like in a major DIY store, for example, it’s always a good idea to compare it to your local garden centre, and also online, to see if you can find a similar product and make a saving. These savings can often be considerable, and you’ll kick yourself if you find out after the purchase.

I personally saved a great deal recently on almost exactly the same shed, simply by visiting a smaller, local specialist shed merchant, as opposed to accepting the price at my local garden centre. What’s more, the service was friendly and product knowledge more in-depth too – a result!

Don’t forget that a local garden centre or specialist merchant will often have much more knowledge of their sheds and they won’t compromise on quality. Of course, doesn’t always mean better, and it’s worth bearing in mind that paying a little extra now could result in years of extra use and enjoyment of your new garden shed.

While a garden shed is probably the most functional garden furniture purchase you’ll make, it’s nonetheless important to get it right. Avoid these 5 of the most common mistakes I’ve seen people make over the years and look forward to happy shed ownership for years to come.

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Things to Consider When Buying a Snow Blower

By Steve Goeringer

Snow season is here and it’s time to be prepared for clearing driveways and shoveling out cars and taking care of your sidewalks. Maybe this year you’ve decided its time to get a snow blower to make the job a bit easier. Or, maybe it’s time to upgrade from the older one you’ve been using the past several years. Either way, there are LOTS of snow blowers out there. Which ones are the best and how do you choose? I’m getting a snow blower this year, and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned. I use snow blower and snow thrower equivalently — there is no intended difference in meaning between the two phrases.

The first thing I needed to figure out is what the difference is between single-stage and two-stage snow blowers. I kept thinking it had something to do with the engine and I just couldn’t figure out how a single-cycle motor worked. (Really? Yeah, really.)

It made so much more sense once I realized that the difference was in how they moved snow. A single-stage snow blower relies on the action of the auger to blow the snow. The auger is the nasty, cork-screw shaped blade mechanism in the front of the snow thrower. The auger on the single-stage blowers may be metal, metal tipped with rubber, or even completely made of rubber.

So, then, what’s a two-stage snow blower? This adds an additional mechanism in the back of the snow thrower called an impeller. This is designed to suck up the snow delivered by the augers and chuck it out the chute.

One key difference between single-stage and two-stage blowers is the speed of the auger. A single-stage blower relies on the auger to blow the snow, so it has to move pretty fast. The result is gearing that trades torque for speed. Consequently, single-stage blowers perform best on dry snow. Two-stage blowers’ auger just needs to get the snow moved to the center impeller which is moving at seriously high speed. It both breaks up the packed snow delivered to it from the auger and gets the snow moving up and out the discharge chute really well. So, two-stage blowers will work well for both dry and wet snow.

There are several features you should consider before you buy. These include:

  • Controls – The complexity and user friendliness of snow blower controls can vary a great deal. Make sure you’re comfortable with being able to safely operate the snow thrower before you purchase it.
  • Starting – Gas-powered snow blowers will either have a pull start or an electric start. From what I can tell, this can cost $60-100 on your more cost effective snow throwers. More expensive two-stage snow blowers may just have this included and the price is harder to figure out. However, electric start does make starting the snow thrower on cold, windy days a much less daunting task.
  • Lights – Some higher end models may come with a built in light. This is convenient, but may not be as good as where a good head lamp on a head harness over your hat.
  • Discharge chute – The chutes can be directed, and may have a control for the height (distance) of the discharge. They may be directly controlled with levers on the chute, or they may be remotely controlled from the back of the blower.
  • Size – Big moves more snow, but may also be harder to turn. Make sure you’re comfortable with the height of the handle and your ability to turn it – they can be quite heavy.
  • Clearing paddleNEVER STICK YOUR HAND INTO THE AUGER, THE IMPELLER, OR THE DISCHAGE CHUTE. I read someplace during my research that over 3000 people are injured every year by sticking their hands in the snow blower. If the snow thrower clogs up, TURN IT OFF, and then use the plastic paddle that came with the blower. Can’t find it or it didn’t have one? Use a broom stick — but don’t stick your hands in there.
  • Speeds – Self-propelled snow blowers may have only one speed; others may have several. It’s nice to have a few speeds, but you really don’t need more than five.

I live in Colorado. Almost all my neighbors have snow blowers. I’ve bought snow throwers for family members who live in the mountains. So, you might be surprised when I start this blog off asking you this simple question: Do you NEED a snow blower? I ask because several of the snow throwers I’ve bought were used ones that either weren’t used or were too much for the original buyers’ needs. So, I think it’s an important question to ask yourself before you buy. I want you to buy something that is going to bring you satisfaction and get used by YOU — I don’t want you to get something you’ll be selling at a garage sale in three years.

I think whether you need a snow blower comes down to a few very key things: how much snow do you get, what type of snow, how much sun you get, how often does it snow, how much real estate you have to clear, and what physical condition are you in. According to the NOAA, Denver gets around 60″ of snow a year, usually fairly dry (we get only 15″ of precipitation a year). That’s five feet. However, the average snowfall per snowfall month is less than 13″. Most of our storms are well under that much snow and we have sun shine 70% of the year. So, for me, a light duty snow thrower should be sufficient. However, we do get the odd 36-48″ storm. Is it worth spending $500, $1000, or even $1500 to deal with the big storms we get sometimes three times a year but other years not at all?

I think this is where physical condition comes in. Shoveling snow is definitely hard work. It could be considered aerobic if you stick with it. However, is it good exercise? Probably not the best. You are at a very unnatural position as you lift several pounds of snow. Over and over and over. And then you are tossing it from that position, and sometimes even twisting at the same time. Maybe it’s not that good of exercise.

So, I guess the question of should you get a snow blower comes down to how many hours a year do you shovel snow at a rate that is safe for your physical condition. This needs to be balanced against what you can afford and what value you put on your time and health.

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Which Snow Blower Is the Best One For Your Needs?

By Trevor Courquin

Do you live in an area which has enough snow each year that you constantly have to shovel it from your driveway and walkways? If so you will know what a back breaking and time consuming job it can be using a shovel. You will of course have thought about buying a snow blower or snow thrower as they are properly called. Or you already have a snow thrower but now need to replace it because it is broken, worn out or you perhaps need a larger more powerful one or maybe a smaller easier to handle model. Snow blowers don’t actually blow the snow which is why their proper name is “snow thrower”. Snow is ejected at speed from the chute or out of the front of the machine either by the speed of the auger or on a two stage machine, by an impeller inside the output chute.

So What Snow Blower are Available to Suite Your Needs?

There are four types of snow blower or thrower which will be of use to most domestic property owners. Starting with the smallest and going up in size, these are as follows:-

  • Electric snow shovels. Small electric machines similar in size to a shovel with around a 12-inch cutting width and usually of 7 to 9 amps in power
  • Electric snow blowers. Larger electric machines usually with wheels and around 18 inches cutting width of 12 to 15 amps
  • Gas powered single stage snow blowers. Larger than the electric machines and with bigger wheels. Snow is ejected through the chute by speed of the auger blade
  • Gas powered two stage snow blowers. Top end domestic machines, two stage snow blowers cut through the snow the same as other machines, but the snow is then ejected from the chute by an impeller inside the output chute rather than by the speed of the auger

and, for clearing really large areas such a long driveway

  • Snow blowers and plow attachments. Attachments for garden tractors and even for on-road utility vehicles

What Job is each Type of Snow Blower Best For?

  • Electric Snow Shovel. An electric powered snow shovel is great for clearing small areas, steps, decks and patios. They are light weight and very easy to move around. They are limited to being able to clear snow up to about 150 feet maximum away from the electrical outlet and no more than about 4 to 6 inches of fresh light snow in one pass
  • Electric Powered Snow Blowers. Electric powered snow blowers tend to be of around 18-inches cutting width and usually have a power rating of between 12 and 15 amps. These electric machines are good for clearing larger areas of snow up to the size of a 3 car driveway and accompanying sidewalks. They tend to be rated to be able to clear up to 10 inches of snow at a time but 4 to 6-inches depth of snow is more realistic. They are limited to being able to clear snow up to about 150 feet maximum from the electrical outlet.
  • Gas Powered Single Stage Snow Blowers. Gas powered single stage snow throwers are usually 21 to 24-inches and are rated to clear around 12-inches of snow at a time but most are happy with removing 6 to 8 inches in one pass. Single stage gas blowers tend to be powered by 4-cycle engines nowadays rather than 2-cycle engines, thus eliminating the need for adding oil to the gas. 4-cycle engines are also quieter than 2-cycle engines and also tend to have more torque which means that they cope better with tougher conditions. Single stage snow throwers tend to require the operator to push them as the wheels aren’t driven but saying that, they do drag themselves along by the cutting action of the auger.
  • Gas Powered Two Stage Snow Blowers. These are the top end machines for clearing areas around domestic properties. These blowers are sized from 24 to 33-inch cutting width and are self-propelled with up to 6 forward speeds and reverse. Two stage snow throwers are also able to cope better with wet snow as it is driven from the chute by a secondary impeller and are also able to clear snow of up to 24-inches in-depth. These two stage snow throwers are large in size which means that they aren’t as flexible to use as smaller single stage or electric machines and they also need substantial storage space.
  • Larger Snow Blowers – Attachments. Attachments such as snow throwers and snow plows are available for garden tractors and for utility vehicles.

Which Type of Snow Blower is the Best One for Your Property?

This will depend on the amount of snow you normally have and how large the area is that you need to clear. So, the larger the area, the larger, more powerful the snow blower you will need. After all, you don’t want to be clearing the snow all day as there are better things you could be doing.

  • Steps, Decking, Patio, Paths etc. Really the only option for these smaller areas is a normal shovel or an electric powered snow shovel.
  • Small Sized Area – 3 Cars plus Walkways. If you have a small driveway for up to two cars, plus side walks around the house then an electric shovel may do but I suggest an electric powered snow blower of around 18-inches would be more ideal. A driveway of more than two cars and you definitely need an electric snow blower and not an electric shovel. As with an electric lawn mower, the electric cord can be a problem and so care is needed when using the blower not to cut the cord.
  • Medium Sized Area – 2 to 5 Car Driveway plus Walkways. If you can get electricity to the limit of where you need to clear the snow then I suggest an electric powered snow thrower would be ideal as there is no gas required, no starting problems, easier to store than a gas blower, easier to handle and when you want to use it you just get it out, plug it in and off you go. A gas powered single stage machine will do a similar job to an electric one and you will be able to clear snow where there is no access to electricity within 150 feet. I suggest a single stage gas powered machine will be useful for a driveway which will take up to five cars plus walkways.
  • Large Sized Area – Larger Than 5 car Driveway. If you have an area larger than 5 cars or experience regular heavy snow falls then you will need a gas powered two stage blower. Remember also that two stage snow throwers have driven wheels and up to 6 forward speeds plus reverse, and so are easier on your muscles, back and lungs than electric or single stage machines where the auger is what drags you through the snow.
  • Massive Sized Area – Long Driveway, Large Parking Area etc. If you have a very large such as a long driveway or parking for ten plus cars and own a lawn tractor, ATV or compact tractor then attachments are available to enable you to clear the snow from the comfort of the seat of any of these vehicles. Attachments are also available for on road utility vehicles such as a pick up truck but unless your property is miles from the main road then you won’t need to consider these.

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Basic Garden Planning For the Beginner

By Ian SG Smith

Successful garden planning involves a proper balance between taste and utility. If the garden is to be satisfactory and give lasting pleasure it must be well fitted for the purpose (or purposes, for there may well be several) for which it is required and also be pleasing to the eye. One garden maker may wish to devote most space to flowers, a second to fruit, a third to vegetables. It may be essential to have a place for the baby to crawl with safety, for children to romp or for the washing to be aired. Some gardeners are interested in only a few types of plant, whereas others seek for maximum variety in the available space. It may even be that plants themselves are not a prime consideration, but rather design, which can be largely an architectural matter. Good gardens can be made to suit each of these needs or one garden may be divided into several sections, each with its own purpose or style. The really important point is to be quite clear at the outset what that purpose or style is and to plan accordingly.

In a garden intended for family use a lawn is usually highly desirable, though if space is very limited it may have to be replaced by paving, if only because small areas of grass simply will not withstand the wear of many feet. But where there are small children it may be wise to avoid gravel and cobbles, which can cause nasty cuts, and also bricks, which can be dangerously slippery in wet weather. Non-slip paving slabs laid quite level on a bed of concrete are usually the best substitute for a lawn.

Gardens, or garden features planned exclusively for decoration may be conceived as patterns or as pictures. The former are called formal gardens since they are usually more or less symmetrical and based on regular shapes such as rectangles, circles and ovals. Picture gardens, by contrast, are nearly always informal, based on irregular curves and balanced, but not symmetrical, shapes. One type of planning may lead to the other, perhaps a formal terrace or patio near to the house looking out on to an informal garden beyond. It is in some ways easier to design a formal rather than an informal garden since its pattern is revealed clearly on a paper plan, whereas the picture garden is very much more a three dimensional affair requiring a perspective drawing for clear depiction. Planting can be used to emphasise the pattern of a formal garden and to create the shapes, vistas and focal points in a picture garden.

Water can be introduced into either style of garden, fountains in a formal garden or cascades in an informal setting, presenting no difficulty if the water is constantly recirculated by an electrically operated pump and proper provision is made for a mains electric supply in the original planning.

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Garden Sheds Are Great For Storage

By Florin Ciobanu

Garden sheds can make an excellent storage facility for a person who simply has no extra room inside his or her house. You can buy cheap, plastic-sided ones from major garden supply retailers if you don’t already have one. It’s relatively easy to set up, looks nice, and can withstand moderate amounts of rain, heat, snow, etc.

You should remember that there are many models of garden sheds, as well as lots of different manufacturers. Some are better than others. Prior to purchasing one, review the information on the box, and look at the price. Although it isn’t always this way, generally I have found that the old adage “it’s worth what you paid for it” is usually true.

The only other alternative to pre-built garden sheds is the do it yourself method. If you are new to construction, I wouldn’t recommend this hammer and nail option. If you are a person who has experience with construction work, it may work for you. But, investing in a new pre-built garden shed eliminates error and frees up your time. I highly suggest it.

There are so many ways you can utilize these little structures. Clearly they are designed for serving as storage sheds for lawn garden reasons. They are perfect for storing and protecting all your lawn implements, your snow blower, and your sports equipment since they keep out the rain and snow. Some configurations of garden sun houses sheds lend themselves to use as greenhouses for the plantings you plan to put in the ground when springtime comes.

There are other ways to use these structures that may be less obvious. One of the options that you may consider is a child’s playhouse, after all what kid doesn’t want to have their own clubhouse in their own yard? While it may be a little bit on the expensive side for a clubhouse, the upside is that you can rest assured that the structure is safe and soundly constructed. This is so much better and more reliable than those wobbly, unstable clubhouses that we all built in the backyard tree when we were kids.

A second potential use is basic storage. Are you preparing for a garage sale? Are you planning to move and have no where to put all those boxes? A garden shed will meet your needs: it keeps things safe, dry, and out of sight. You can even lock the door for extra peace of mind. Basically, the uses of garden sheds are limited only by your own imagination.

Need storage space outdoors? Garden sheds are the answer. They are attractive, durable, easy to assemble, and are available at any major garden supply store. There are many different brands and makes, and not all sheds are created equal. They are typically designed to be storage sheds for lawn garden purposes. They are perfect for storing and protecting all your yard implements and gardening tools year-round. Some configurations of garden sun houses sheds even lend themselves to becoming greenhouses or children’s playhouses in the warmer months! There are a limitless number of ways to use your garden shed.

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Managing Your Lawn & Garden Weeds

By Alf Tuley

Fighting with weeds is an age old problem. You may never actually win the war with weeds but you can try to bring them under control. When you start a new garden plot, try to make sure that it is already as weed free as possible.

You want to always get that soil off on the right foot. You might need to spray the plot with Roundup weed killer or some type chemical. Allow it to set for the amount of time it says in the instructions. When the time is up you will be ready to seed.

You want to start off with a seed that is as weed free as it can possibly be. Granted, this seed is going to cost more money but do not get tempted to use a cheaper seed. They are cheaper because they are not weed free. Therefore, they will be in a race with your backyard to see if they can produce more weeds than plant life. In the end, you will work harder and spend more money. That does not sound like a good trade off to me. You will spend more weekends and more money trying to get rid of all those weeds that you could have avoided. Bottom line, use the good seeds from the start, your wallet and your back will appreciate it.

If you have a garden area or perhaps a small lawn area, you can lay down weed control fabric. All this really is, to make it simple, is lightweight pieces of cloth that works to reduce weeds. They block the sunlight and heat from reaching the soil. They also form a blanket that will deter some weeds from getting through.

Weed control fabrics come in different widths and come in big rolls. Just measure what you think you will need and go. Once you have laid your weed control fabric down you may then lay down your weed free soil. After the weed free soil, you can plant the weed free seeds.

Now, if you already have a lawn and garden and are trying to fight weeds, you can use a pre emergent herbicide. This is a weed killer that kills the weeds when they are seeds, before they grow. If you do these things it will help you in two ways. First, you won’t be spending all of your weekends pulling weeds that have grown wild and taken over. Second, it will keep the weed population down. They will have very little opportunity to grown underground because you have taken the proper measures to prevent it.

There are many types of weeds to deal with. Regardless of what some people may tell you, it does help to pull weeds. You just have to make sure you pull them out by the roots. It will help to keep the population down. It’s all about the care, work ethic and consistency. It’s about spending a little more up front to help you a little down the road. As long as you follow the simple weed free directions, and don’t get tempted, you will spend more time enjoying your yard and garden, then breaking your back pulling weeds that could have been avoided.

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Tips For Better Lawn Garden Care

By Mike Ramidden

If you want to be sure that the landscape around your home is beautiful and in the best possible condition, then you will want to be sure that you properly take care of the lawn garden portions of your landscape design. It is very important that correct maintenance of the lawn is carried out so that they not only stay attractive but also healthy. In most cases, the lawns are the most expansive and first noticed areas of the overall landscape.

Watering the lawn and garden is one of the most important parts of good grass maintenance. In some parts of the country, there is enough rainfall so that the roots are properly supplied with moisture. But even in what would be considered soggy areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, there are periods or dry weather and no rain. When this happens, it is vital to the survival of the lawns that they be properly watered.

The first sign of an impending drought condition of the lawn garden area of your landscaping is a change in color. The grass in lawns that are suffering from insufficient moisture will start to lose their intense greenness and will soon turn to a straw color, or even brown if the lack of moisture persists.

The best time of day to water a lawn or garden is during the coolest part of the day. This means that turning on the grass sprinkler early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set is best. Garden lawn experts also say that the rotary sprinklers provide the best coverage if you don’t have a built in sprinkler system for your lawn maintenance.

In most cases, it is best to water your grass just once a week, unless the weather is extremely hot or dry. When doing your weekly watering, you can place an empty tuna can on the grass and let the water run until it is filled up.

This will help you know when you have watered enough to give the deep roots enough moisture without over watering. Watering in this way will also help your lawns develop a deep root system which will also help them survive periods of drought.

Another aspect of lawn and garden maintenance is proper fertilization and weed control. Good basic maintenance techniques will go a long way in keeping the lawns of your home and garden healthy, thriving and with few weeds.

Spring is the best time to fertilize lawns as this is when the grass is “waking up” and will need the extra nutrients from the fertilizer to assure healthy growth. The best garden lawn fertilizers will have a combination of nitrogen, phosphates and potash.

In addition to a “spring feeding” of your lawn garden, you can also boost the health and vitality of the grass in your lawns with a second round of fertilization during the summer. This will help assure that your grass is healthy enough to help push out the weeds that might try to take root and you can also use a fertilizer that combines a weed-killer to control these unwanted plants.

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Essential Tools for Lawn Garden Care and Maintenance While on a Budget

By Judson Burdon

If you are planning to start a beautiful home garden, there are several things you must know in terms of your lawn garden care and maintenance. Since you are interested in taking care of your lawn on your own, there are several tools and pieces of equipment that you will need to invest money in. At the same time, you have to make sure that you buy the appropriate tools for the size of your garden.

Lawnmower: One of the most important things you need to invest money in is a good lawnmower. You will need to choose the right mower because if you just go for the one that looks better and performs the job faster, you will end up spending lots of money. When choosing a lawnmower, you have to remember that there is an extensive range and variety of mowers and sizes that they come in. Aside from this, they also have different prices which can fit just about any budget. The most common lawnmowers include:

  • Riding Mowers
  • Gas Push Mowers
  • Electric and Gas Hover Mowers
  • Electric and Gas Rotary Mowers
  • Manual and Electric Roller Mowers
  • Manual Side Wheel Mowers

If you do not have the budget for a new lawnmower, you can look for a secondhand mower which is still in good condition on eBay or Craigslist. It does not matter how it looks, as long as it performs a good job for your lawn garden care.

Edge Trimmer: Also called a strimmer, this tool will help you tidy up your lawn’s edges. The ideal trimmer that you should get is a powered trimmer which can be run by gas or electricity. However, if you do not have the budget for this, you can still opt for edging shears to keep everything neat and tidy.

Wire Rake: Another essential tool you need for your lawn garden care and maintenance is a wire rake. This will help you clear up your lawn from the leaves that have fallen as well as the other types of debris that may affect the look of your lawn.

Garden Fork: Another important tool you will need for your lawn maintenance is a garden fork. This is a good tool to use especially if you need to aerate the soil. Aerating means letting air enter the soil beneath your lawn. As you delve deeper into your lawn care, you will get to know how important aerating your lawn is.

Hose Reel and a Sprinkler: Before installing any hose reel or sprinklers in your lawn, make sure that your local laws permit it. As soon as you have verified this information, you can start looking for a sprinkler. There are lots of these available in your neighboring hardware specialty shops. They also come in different types and price ranges.

The above mentioned tools are just a few of the essentials that you will need for your lawn garden care and maintenance. As soon as you start becoming more serious about the task, you can then invest your money in other tools. Just remember that you always have an option!

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Proper Care and Feeding For Your Lawn Garden

By Korbin Newlyn

When it comes to ensuring that the landscape that surrounds you home is in perfect condition, one of the main factors that needs to be handled is the lawn garden area. It is crucial that right kind of maintenance is completed on a regular basis to maintain the back as well as the front lawn and to keep the garden healthy and appearing at it’s best, because in in the majority of instances, the lawn is the most prominent and most visible facet of a property .

Watering and Moisture

Watering the lawn and garden is one of the most crucial elements of solid lawn maintenance. In some sections of the country, where there is enough rain, the roots are well supplied with water. But even in what may be considered waterlogged areas, such as the Pacific Northwest, there are periods of excessively dry weather and no rain. When this occurs, it is critical for the survival of lawns they are properly watered.

The early sign of your lawn, garden are in a state of drought, is when the grass begins to show some subtle changes in color. First, you will notice the change in color from a deep green to that of a lighter green. As the problem worsens, the lawn can start taking even on a straw-colored and finally turn brown if the moisture problem is not corrected.

The most ideal time of day to water a lawn or garden is while the temperature is at it’s coolest of the day. This means that starting the lawn sprinkler very early in the morning or evening after sunset is the most ideal time. Experts in lawn garden also point out that the rotary sprinklers furnish better coverage if you do not have a sprinkler system that is built into your lawn for maintenance.

In the majority of cases, it is best to water your lawn only one time a week, unless the weather is very hot or very dry. When you are completing your weekly watering chores, you can put an empty tuna can on the grass and let the water run into it until it is completely filled. This will assist you in knowing when you have watered enough to give the roots the right amount of moisture while not over watering. By watering with this type of method it will also help your lawn to develop a root system that is deep and that will also help them to survive longer periods of drought.

Feeding Your Lawn With Fertilizer

Another facet of maintaining your lawn and garden is the use of proper fertilizer as well as weed control. Proper fundamental maintenance methods and practices will go a long way in keeping the lawns of your garden and home healthy, flourishing and with as few weeds as possible. Spring is the most ideal time to fertilize lawns as that is the time when the grass is “waking up” and will require the additional nutrients that are contained in the fertilizer to ensure a healthy rate of growth. The best garden lawn fertilizers will be a combination of nitrogen, phosphate as well as potash.

The majority of the time, it is wise to follow up the Spring fertilizing of your lawn garden with an additional round of fertilization in the summer. Also, It is a good idea to use a mixture of fertilizers containing herbicides made to kill weeds to help keep these weeds at a minimum. A properly fed and flourishing healthy lawn helps you get beautiful lawns that surround your house and garden during the growing season.

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