Gardening season is here! The sun is shining and it is time to break out your gardening gloves. Potting soil is the first essential item you will need to get started. Did you know you can make it right from home? Making your own potting soil is fun and cost-effective. Not only is it cheaper than buying pre-made, but you can customize your potting soil to make sure your plants have the specific nutrients they need to grow. Potting Soil Ingredients With just a few ingredients found at many home improvement or gardening stores, you can make customized potting soil for your garden. You can use ground soil as a base for your homemade potting soil, but horticulturists found in the mid-1990s that peat moss was a much more ideal soil base for encouraging plant growth. Peat moss is excellent at water retention and aeration. You can replace peat moss or add multiple base ingredients such...
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 ...
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...
the amateur gardener, composting may seem an unattractive idea – perhaps it
brings to mind buzzing flies, muck, and manure. But composting is not a filthy
or even particularly smelly pastime. In fact, it can be done with little mess
and malodor, and the benefits of introducing this eco-friendly habit to your
household and garden are endless.Composting
turns typical household trash into rich, fertile nutrition for your garden
resulting in higher-quality plants. If you grow your own produce, you will have
healthier food for your family, or simply higher-quality lawns for your
property. And it is great for the environment too, helping to reduce landfill
waste and harmful carbon dioxide emissions.Getting
started with composting is not complicated – all you need is a container for
your compost heap and a square of space on your property. A simple recycling
container or a plastic bin will suffice, dr...
In order to save money and eat higher-quality food,
many people are turning to growing their own vegetables. I am certainly part of
that group! I look forward to this time of year but honestly, the considerable
water use has always bothered me (and my bank account!). Like me, you are probably irrigating your yard with
drinking water, since the same water that comes out of your kitchen faucet also
comes out of your hose. But do your plants need drinking water? It turns out
that most plants are actually perfectly happy with gently used water from showers,
bathtubs, laundry and sinks: say hello to greywater!Greywater (also “graywater") is water that has
been used for washing dishes, laundering clothes, or bathing. Essentially, any
water other than toilet wastes that drains from a household is considered greywater.Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease,
hair, and certain household clean...