Mowing, mowing, mowing.
By Karen Ruth
It's that time of year when we are mowing, mowing, mowing. Remember to mow long (3 inches), don't cut off more than one-third of the height of the grass each time, and use a mulching mower (instead of bagging) to return valuable nutrients to your lawn. Also, follow this great advice from Cool Springs Press book Small Engines and Outdoor Power Equipment. Continue Reading »
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De-code the chemistry of your fertilizer label
Ah, chemistry: you fascinating subject, you. When it comes to this frontier of science, some of us are regular Marie Curies, while others of us are pleased with remembering the difference between H2O and H₂. No matter where you reside on the chemistry spectrum, gardening doesn't have to be a confounding science, especially when it comes to fertilizer. Thanks to author Toby Bost, author of Carolinas Getting Started Garden Guide, you can de-code the chemical details of your fertilizer and give your garden exactly what (and how much) it needs. Continue Reading »
Why not copy King Louis XIV?
I have a dog and also have really dense, clay soil in my yard. These two factors have made me a huge fan of planters of any sort. The worst the dog can do is lift his leg on the planter or sometimes chew a few flowers off, and I have 100% control over the potting soil that goes into the planter. Here's a planter style featured in the Black & Decker Complete Guide to Outdoor Carpentry that can really spruce up your yard regardless of your pet or soil conditions. Continue Reading »
Growing living soil--and healthy gardens--is a very doable practice
The statement "your garden's only as healthy as your soil" makes a lot of sense, doesn't it? You wouldn't build a house on a weak foundation, and your garden deserves the same care in order to be its very best. Growing healthy, vital soil is important for you, your garden, and the ecosystem, but that doesn't mean it's difficult to do. In fact, thanks to Elizabeth Murphy, author of Building Soil, creating living soil that's chock-full of organic matter is a straightforward process which can be distilled into the following top ten principles. Continue Reading »