The Right Lawn Care Supplies Make for a Healthy Lawn
Taking care of a lawn is not extremely complex. The simple tasks of mowing and trimming the yard are so routine that everybody who has property does it or has a service take care of it. Even the next level of taking care of weeds and providing for the other needs for your lawn is entirely achievable by the average home owner with the purchase of affordable supplies that are available at any corner garden or hardware store in season.
Even during the off seasons of fall and winter, you may find yourself laying in supplies of pre-emergent to spread on your lawn and water in. This is a specially developed formula that can go a long way to keep down the amount of weeds and encourage grass growth in the spring. By watering pre-emergent into the soil, the chemicals will retard the ability of weeds from germinating from seeds in the soil. When spring comes then, the weeds cannot even get a start and you have stopped the propagation of weeds from year to year. Pre-emergent that you put out in the early spring also encourages growth in your grass so your lawn gets a good start when springtime begins the cycle of growth.
If you are starting to plan your purchase and storage of chemical supplies for your lawn, you have some decisions to make. You can get some good deals buying in bulk but you will have a storage issues. You really don’t want to leave bags of open fertilizer and weed killer outside to expose to the elements. That can ruin your stock which defeats your purpose. But if you have a secure shed that can hold a dozen or so large bags of various chemicals, you can buy in bulk. Most lawn care chemicals do not have a serious shelf life so a big bag or several big bags can last for years as you use out of them as needed.
The summer brings the need for weed killers and/or fertilizers and what you need to put out may change by the month. You may need broadleaf weed killer one month and crabgrass killer the next. Other chemicals that may be needed to control pests such as insecticides, grub control supplies to discourage moles and ant or termite control chemicals all might need to be stored as you go.
Similarly, the types of fertilizers you put out may change throughout the growing season depending on where your turf is each month. In late winter or early spring, weed and feed works well so you don’t have alternate weed killer and fertilizer. As the growing season takes off, you will want fertilizer that encourages rapid growth and thickening of your yard so new sprouts do well and existing grass turns your yard into a think lush grass carpet. Then as the summer continues, fertilizers that cause the grass to become greener are appropriate.
Learning the cycles of your lawn from late winter through the spring growth through a busy summer and then into the fall and winter months as well is a big part of knowing in advance what supplies you will need. If you can buy and store them as you go, more power to you. But just having a good annual schedule of supplies means you will be stocking up in time for each need and that means your maintenance will be on time and effective throughout the life of your yard.
The Right Lawn Care Supplies Make for a Healthy Lawn
Having a Great Yard is Easy with the Right Lawn Care Equipment
In any big project, having the right tools is key to your success. This is certainly true when you set out to have a really great lawn. There is a basic set of equipment that you need to work with virtually every week as you perform the maintenance not only to make your yard healthy, green and growing but to trim it so it looks great and gives your home that “curb appeal” that is so valuable. While the tools of the trade of an expert lawn keeper are not exotic, you do want to invest in quality because you are going to be using them a lot.
The backbone of any good yard equipment garage is a reliable and versatile lawnmower. Now the style and size of mower you will need is entirely dependent what kind of mowing challenges you have ahead of you. But no one tool will have more scope of work to do than this machine in that your lawnmower routinely covers every square foot of the yard. So the impact of this important piece of equipment is pretty powerful when you stop and think about it.
For most average sized yards, your standard push mower is a good choice. But there are a lot of choices in brands and extras you can choose from. Now in the current environment of fuel economy, its easy to take a second look at electric lawn mowers and other alternatives like that. They are viable alternatives but you must take into account that you don’t want to have to drag a power cord around the yard. And the alternative is to mount a heavy battery on the mower, which is cumbersome. Overall, the regular gas using mower is the most efficient and well developed type that will last the longest. And it doesn’t use that much gas if you keep it in good repair.
Of course, for a large yard or acreage, you will probably look at a riding lawnmower or some form of tractor. But even in push mowers, there are various mechanisms for assisted pulling. Many of them work with gear systems so the engine turns the wheels for you. The problem with these types of mowers is maneuverability. If you need to turn and move the mower around quite a lot, you will constantly be disengaging the gears to take over the controls. And if you are always doing that, it was not really worth the extra expense those mowers bring with them to have a feature that just gets in the way.
Along with a good mower, you will need a reliable trimmer to take care of the areas where the mower will not reach. You should look to stock some saws that you can use easily to take care of low hanging branches or things that fall to the lawn if you have a lot of large trees on property. A spreader is a handy tool to keep because applying weed killer and fertilizer is ritual you will repeat several times each year. Along with these basics, you should build a good supply or hoses and watering equipment and even a shovel or two and some rakes to keep the yard trim and free of debris year round. With this arsenal of tools, you can keep your yard looking good spring, summer, fall and winter and then turn around and do it all over again next year.
Being Smart in the Use of Any Lawn Care Product
If you walk out in your garage, you probably have dozens of bottles of different products you may have bought over the years for your yard. The lawn products industry does a good job of convincing us that we need to spray something on our yard for just about any yard related correction we need to make. And the outcome is you often find yourself overrun with half used bottles of everything from broadleaf weed killer to sprays to kill grubs that might (or might not) be eating the roots of your grass and attracting moles.
This is not to say that these various products are not effective because they may very well do exactly what their labels say they will do. But no product can replace your judgment and wise decision making about how to use different products so you not only do what is best for your lawn but do so in an environmentally responsible way. Being smart in what products to use on your lawn and how to use them just makes sense and if you have a plan for each potential problem, you may not have to buy so many lawn chemicals which will make your garage easier to manage as well.
A good example is weed control. The purpose of weed control is twofold. First, you want to get rid of weeds because they look terrible in your lawn and you don’t want your yard to degenerate into a wild field. Secondly, you want to discourage weeds so they don’t crowd out your grass and take away valuable water, nutrients and sunlight from the vegetable life you want to see thrive on your property.
The chemical approach to handling weeds then is to kill them. Broadleaf weed killers are good for some of the problem weeds because they cause the weeds to wither and die which leaves room for healthy grass to spread and grow into the available space. However, whenever you spray a liquid weed killer on your lawn, the potential for damage to the root systems of trees or that the toxins will kill desirable non-grass plants like flowers or bushes is a real concern.
So one way to head off the problem before it starts is to do your lawn treatment in the early fall and then the late winter by putting out a pre-emergent product which does not kill weeds. Instead is simply prevents germination of weed seeds that are lying dormant in the ground. When the weeds cannot germinate and grow into mature plants, that gives your grass the chance to grow and spread with the aid of the limited application of fertilizers. This is smart weed control and an approach that takes care of the problem before it really takes over your yard.
You can use some common sense and wise advice from your local expert gardeners that you can find working at one of the better greenhouses in your community to devise a smart plan for handling just about any lawn related problem. You may still find yourself using chemical products to get a problem area under control. But by being smart before you buy, you are using the right chemicals and not just anything that you find that will only clutter up your garage even further.