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Basic Lawn Care-Tips

The arrival of summer heralds a time of increased wear and tear for the average garden lawn. Children’s yard games, barbecue parties, outdoor sports and generally more activity in the garden means your lawn is set to come in for something of a beating and without a little TLC is likely to start showing more than a little worse for wear. Stomp all over any living thing and it doesn’t respond too kindly but with a little help, your lawn can remain looking great all through summer and beyond!

Fertiziler-For a lusher, healthier, faster-growing lawn you can’t beat a bit of fertilizer. Test your soil type and choose a fertilizer to compliment this for best results. Most lawns will benefit from around three to four fertilizer applications through the year, with the first around a month before the start of the growinf season to give your grass a kickstart and then up to three more with approximately a two month gap in between applications can give good results. You can either spread the fertilizer by hand if you have a smaller lawn area to cover or use a specialist spreader tool for more even coverage, using a drop spreader for small lawns or a rotary/broadcase spreader for bigger areas. After fertilizing it is generally a good idea to water-in the fertilizer or plan on adding fertilizer before an expected rainfall unless otherwise stated in the usage instructions. The important thing with fertiliser is to follow the manufacturer guidelines and not be tempted to over-do it.  An excessive application of fertiliser is not a good thing and can lead to fungus, over-growth and weakness. Keep to the guidelines and you’ll get that lush, thick green grass you wanted.

Watering-If you live in a hot climate or dry region, and particularly during the summer months then regular watering of your lawn is important. The best time to water a lawn is early in the morning or late in the afternoon to achieve the best results. Avoiding evening watering is advised as soaking grass over night can increase the risk of lawn diseases and mid-day watering when the sun is hottest increases evaporation and water wastage. Excessive watering is also something to avoid and ensure if you use a sprinkler you do actually get out there and move it around rather than allowing large puddles to form whilst other regions of the lawn area remain dry. Too much surface lying water can starve the roots of oxygen and lead to the same symptoms (leaf rolling) as lack of water.

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Unknown Facts About Home Landscape

Landscape Architecture philosophy is to create a design that naturally integrates your landscape, house and lifestyle to create a restful, serene outdoor living area for your family to enjoy for many years to come. your designers studies your site characteristics, such as size and shape of the lot, exposure (to sun, shade, wind, rain and snow), soils, slope, neighborhood, style of house, utility access and existing plants. Garden designs can range from formal to naturalistic, and from simple to complex. Landscape design drawings are designed uniquely suited to both the individual site and the expressed desires of the client. Outdoor designs are concerned with small and large site projects. Landscape plantings, however, are at their worst when new and should improve with age.

Design principles include unit, balance, transition, focalization, proportion, rhythm, repetition and simplicity. Design approach is also an important factor influencing maintenance requirements. Design the details for your landscape design that can include arbors, edgings, fences, gates, sheds, gazebos, playgrounds, pools, grills and more. Use a lot of free curves in your design which give the illusion of even more space. Do-it-yourselves must first learn the basic designing elements that underline the discipline of landscape design. One initial purpose of landscape design is to blend man’s construction (house or building) into the natural surroundings. The landscape designer should consider the color changes throughout the year when developing a landscape plan. Garden-making concerns the relationship of the human being to his natural surroundings and an awareness of the interplay between objects occupying outdoor space.

Conduct a Site Analysis to complete a survey of the customer’s property is essential. The plot plan will assist you in organizing the information from the site analysis. During the site analysis, views should be observed from inside the house to outside and from outside to inside the house. Costly and undesirable maintenance practices and the need for site modifications can be minimized of avoided by including maintenance considerations and the use of IPM throughout the planning and design phase of a landscape development project. A thorough site analysis can save you time and money. In most cases, designing for low-maintenance and utilization of IPM is quite straight forward, the same principles generally apply from site to site, and their application will not significantly increase the design and construction expenses of a project (particularly when life-cycle costs and benefits are considered).  Symmetrical balance has been overdone in residential landscape design. Asymmetrical balance is often more desirable for residential landscapes as balance is created without monotony.

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What You To Know About  Manage A Tree?

Trees can add value and beauty to your home. Central Texas has many beautiful native tree species including our trademark evergreen Live Oaks and Junipers (mistakenly called Cedars) and deciduous Pecan trees. Be sure your trees are healthy additions to your property by planting the right trees in the best place followed by sensible care. Don’t put your house at unnecessary risk with trees planted too close or prone to fall. Sensible care and management of your trees is part of home ownership, The main components of a tree are its leaves (or needles), branches, trunk and roots. The leaves are where the action is. This is where the tree converts sunlight, nutrients and water to food. The green color is characteristic of this process call photosynthesis. If your deciduous tree hasn’t budded out in early spring and spread a canopy of bright green leaves by late spring, the tree is in trouble. On evergreens, the needle color should also be green and the canopy of needles dense.

Branches keep the leaves in position and support the canopy. Strong main branches with well formed forks are key. The general rule is to remove any branches that are unproductive to the overall canopy as part of your ongoing management but be sure to understand your specific tree species’ care needs. Check your tree annually to remove any dead or damaged branches. Also remove any branches that are in contact with your roof or walls. Note: due to Oak Wilt fungus, it is very important to only prune Oak trees after June and before February and to properly paint any wounds year round.

A dominant trunk separates the trees from the bushes. Be watchful of any bark damage. Be sure to loosen any straps around trunks to avoid damage to young trees and remove them once established. Be careful with your weedwacker and other tools to avoid damage to your tree trunks. The main growing part of a tree is just inside the outer bark. A strong trunk is critical to the long term safety of your tree. Roots are the critical foundation of any tree. The roots underground can be as large as the tree above the ground. This is the trees access to water and nutrients. It also provides the stability to keep a tree standing tall. You want to be careful in digging anywhere in the drip line (think of the circle on the ground the size of the tree canopy) of a tree to avoid cutting the roots. Mulch in the drip line can save moisture and cool the roots.

Planning for Trees-A couple main ideas in planting trees: select an adapted or native species, plan for mature size and pick a tree for the long run. Austin has very strict water use restrictions during the summer. An adapted or native tree selection will have water use that is moderate. Avoid trees that require excessive watering after they are established. Care in planning tree locations based on mature size is important particularly in terms of placement around your house building, gardens, other trees, sidewalks and the driveway. Often, with a new house, the contractor puts the city required two tree saplings far too close together and with less than inspired placement. Fix this error quickly and you can relocate one of the small trees before the roots are established. Also, you want a tree to shade your house and reduce cooling costs in the summer but don’t make the mistake of planting a tree too close and risk damage to your foundation from roots or damage to your roof from large branches.

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