Have you looked outside lately and seen your neighbors getting their yards ready and wondered what you should be doing? The spring is good time for a yard clean up and its needed to accomplish a beautiful yard. Here are some easy steps to help you.
It's the season for outdoor soirees. And before you go crazy purchasing new decorations for all the parties you plan to have, take a look in your backyard. Some of those accessories can actually double as decor!
When I was a kid my grandpa was the gardener, and I would toddle around with him looking at the plants, smelling the plants, and picking the plants...even when I wasn't supposed to. I never knew how much he taught me until I started my own garden. So, here are a few tips from grandpa through me.
For a garden, the two most important elements are soil and location. You've heard it said by stereotypical developers that it's all about" Location, Location, Location." In this case, that's very true. The success or failure of your little green friends is quite heavily dependent upon where they sit.
It sounds almost un-American ... is there such a thing as too much lawn in a culture that glorifies riding lawn mowers and robotic grass trimmers? The overwhelming feeling about lawns seems to be "the more the better". And if they're more uniform than your wall-to-wall carpeting, even better.
Well, Evelyn Hadden, an award-winning gardening author and speak, is on a quest to change that. I came across her Web site, LessLawn.com, a few weeks ago...
Ah, yes. The playhouse. That place where our first nesting desires, those urges to love were we live, were born. I had two: one in that storage area under the stairs in the basement, and an outdoor crow's nest with swings and the requisite "Members Only" sign. There were, of course, no members, but that's the sorta thing a clubhouse should have, is it not?
Here we go. Build your own lawn aerating sandals and take a laps around the yard to open up the thatch, let the air, water and sun in there. Better yet, make a few pairs for your your kids and pay them a quarter to stomp around out in the yard. You'll be treating your lawn, employing your kids, saving money on the rental fees and avoiding those suspicious little earth plugs scattered about the yard.
Don't you just love the look of a patterned grass on a baseball field? This year, since our Twins christened a new and gorgeous outdoor ball field, we will be able to experience this work of vegetal art in person. And now, thanks to the Lawn Stryper, we can get the same look in our yards. Basically, the Lawn Stryper is a dealie that you attach to the back of your walk-behind mower and it
This penthouse apartment renovation, conducted by Design Systems, is located in Shenzhen, China and features a terrace that has an undulating lawn. Hard to mow? Probably, but it certainly does make one rethink the flat lawns found in the 'burbs.
Summer water needs lead to shortages in some places, and increased water bills everywhere. Beyond bigger investments like rain barrels (which really aren't that expensive or inconvenient) and gray water systems, here's few tips from CasaSugar to better use water in your lawn and garden.
- Raise your mower's blade. Apparently, longer grass needs less water.
- Don't water unless the soil is dry 1 1/2 inches down
- Water your garden early
This Instructable got me thinking: in the era of resource-watching and water rationing, are automated sprinkler systems more responsible, as its organized and at the right time, or wasteful, as they can water when not necessary, etc? Are lawn sprinklers EVER okay anymore? Is is different for produce gardens?
I recently was given several boxes of ball-point pens, so here's the first of several projects towards their re-use.
1 20oz plastic bottle with cap
1 universal male hose attachment (about $1.25 at the hardware store)
15 used ball point pens
Plumbing contact adhesive and sealant (such as Plumbing Amazing Goop)
3/8” drill bit
5/8” (or other) spade bit
Calipers or measuring tape
Total Cost: $4.49...
What a brilliant idea. And apparently, all sorts of people have imagined a bicycle/lawnmower combo, and had the skills to make one.
Treehugger has assembled a fine collection:
This is the time of year when your neighbors can exercise their god-given right to be tacky, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.
The Snow Globe Phenomenon
This pimple popped up down the street from me, and although I wouldn’t necessarily choose to erect one in my yard, there’s something about it that makes me smile when I drive by. It probably has something to do with the ever-constant swirling snow inside, which will cease to be...