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Different Types of Mulch and Why It's Good for Your Garden

Garden Mulch: The Benefits and Different Types of Garden MulchGarden mulch can enhance the look of your garden and help keep your garden healthy. Placing mulch in your garden can also save you time by decreasing the need for watering, applying herbicides and pulling weeds. A healthy vegetable and fruit garden always begins with healthy soil. Healthy soil can be accomplished through mulching. Mulch Benefits:* Helps moderate the soil temperature.* Enhances the growth of fruit and vegetables planted.* Retains moisture during dry weather, which reduces the need for watering.* Reduces weed growth.* Natural mulches can improve the structure of the soil. As mulch decays, the material becomes topsoil, while adding nutrients into the soil.* Enhances the beauty of the exterior of your home by adding color and uniformity.* Can prevent trees and shrubs from getting damaged by lawn equipment. Types of MulchThere are two categories of mulch: living and non-living. Living mulch is made from natural matter, such as bark, woo...


10 Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

Taking care of your lawn and garden is just as important as taking care of your roof in terms of resale. An attractive landscape can increase the value of your home and add curb appeal. Maintaining your lawn and garden properly can save money and time. Eco-friendly, or "green," landscaping habits can help the environment and decrease the amount of hazardous chemicals around your home. Did you know that the average suburban lawn uses six times the hazardous chemicals per acre as conventional farming does? Learn how to avoid chemical use below.Tip 1: Water EfficientlyWater during strategically planned times only. The best time to water is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering in the afternoon is inefficient since water is lost due to evaporation and wind. The second-best time to water is between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Running an irrigation system excessively can waste a lot of water. Just one hour can use up to 250 gallons of water. Tip 2: Install an Irrigation SystemConsider the installation of a sprinkler or irrigat...


Spring Lawn Care Tips

Start the spring off right with good lawn care and your lawn will thank you by growing green and beautiful during the spring and summer seasons. Spring lawn care is important in that it is the time when you can catch, diagnose, and fix any grass problems such as crabgrass. The good news is that spring lawn care can be completed in 5 simple steps. Make sure you follow these steps each year when spring rolls out and your lawn will start looking better and better each year!1. Clean up the LawnCleaning the lawn of any debris is the first step in spring lawn care. This step includes raking any leftover leaves, branches, twigs, etc. This will really help to ensure a problem free first cutting.2. Distribute Remaining SnowIf any piles of snow have accumulated and not melted then you will need to get the shovel out and break he snow pile apart. Simply spread the snow around the lawn in areas where there is lots of sun. This is an important step as the snow pile could cause the grass underneath to develop and grow slow...


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