Reel push mowers are an underrated tool for lawn maintenance. Although the reel push mower was a popular invention at the time, it was quickly outranked and forgotten after the gas mower’s invention. The lawn mower was invented in 1830 and started being produced in the United States in 1868. At the time, the reel push mower was certainly a better alternative to using shears or a scythe to cut grass, but when the gas mower came along, the reel push mower lost popularity. However, reel push mowers still have their place in the world and have many benefits over a gas mower. Why Use a Reel Push Mower? Reel push mowers have plenty of enticing benefits, such as quietness, low maintenance needs, and eco-friendly results. Gas mowers are noisy and you have to take neighbors into consideration when cutting the grass. With a reel push mower, you can enjoy being outdoors more by hearing ...
Spring is here, but your lawn might not know it!Frost and cold winter weather can leave your lawn with something to be desired. Your grass may have grown in patchy and foliage debris might have built up.Ensuring your lawn is prepared in the spring will make for a stress-free summer. With the proper care and maintenance, you will be enjoying your lush green lawn soon enough!Clearing Your LawnThe first step in a beautiful lawn is performing damage control. A few leaves on the lawn could be a good thing for the soil, but too much will suffocate it and stunt its growth. Begin by raking the yard thoroughly – this will also help to control thatch (dead grass or roots that have built up) and snow mold. You can spot snow mold if your grass becomes matted and loses it color. After your lawn is cleaned up on the surface, check below ground for the soil pH level. The pH level may vary depending on what type of ...
Summer is drawing to a close... Your garden might be looking a little barren in the days leading to autumn, but just because the seasons are in transition does not mean your garden has to come to a standstill.Here are five easy ways to perk your garden up as a last hurrah before the coming chilly months!1. Plant MumsChrysanthemums, or “mums,” are a timeless fall classic, beloved for their colorful blooms that match autumn’s fiery foliage. Mums are the perfect transition plant from summer to fall and they are easy to care for. Plant your mums in containers or in an area where they will have well-draining soil and partial sunlight, and water them frequently. Nothing screams fall like a beautiful assortment of welcoming mums!Mums are often not expected to last through the winter, and provide short-lived color to garden beds, porches, or patios. But if you are determined to have your mums survive to ...
Is your yard overwhelmed by excess weeds or brush?Why not enlist a friendly goat or two to help you? It might sound bizarre, but local communities and even corporations such as Google are doing it!Rent A Goat is just one example of a goat landscaping company. Blogger Erin Spain hired a team of goats based in Atlanta, Georgia called Get Your Goat Rentals. There are other companies out there as well – more than most would think! So why goats? It turns out there are numerous benefits to hiring our hooved friends to do landscaping for you. Here are a few of them.Goats are eco-friendly. When you hire a goat to trim your unwanted vegetation, you are not using harmful chemicals or pesticides or gas-powered mowers. Goats naturally fertilize your lawn as they graze, which is an added bonus! A good example from the heart of our nation is when the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., hired goats to clean...
When you hear vertical mulching, what
comes to mind? Vertical
gardening is a hip style of gardening that people are doing
more often now, so why not apply this thinking to your lawn? Vertical mulching
is an easy way to improve the soil quality of your lawn and help trees with
roots that might be compacted.Sometimes when you have a lot of traffic on your
lawn or you over-till your soil, roots of trees can become compacted. Compacted
roots occur when the soil
gets so tightly pressed together that there are not enough air
bubbles for roots to breathe and grow properly. When this happens, a tree’s
roots will start to die. The best way to prevent this is to aerate your soil
through a process called vertical mulching.Those familiar with composting
already know how important aeration is for living things. Without enough air
circulation, essential nutrients and water
cannot make it through the soil to nurtur...