Grow a Lawn Tips

images-7We begin with suggestions for how to plan a landscape and lawn, including sketching out a map of how you will use the space available. You’ll want to consider what activities you expect to take place on your lawn and plan accordingly.

We’ll show you how movement enhances every lawn and landscape. Follow these tips and plan for the movement of light, wind, water and traffic across your lawn. We’ll also show you how lawn accents can attract visitors and add charm to the landscape.

Plant and grass selection is as important as any other step in creating your lawn. You’ll want to select grasses, foliage, ground cover and other plants that suit your climate and soil conditions. Our recommendations for grass selection will put you on the right track in selecting for soil moisture, light availability, and expected growth heights. You may want to use various ornamental grasses to accentuate your lawn — we’ll show you how.

With your planning done and plant selections complete, you’ll need to choose the method you’ll use to start your lawn. We’ve

Garden Cleanup Tips

unduhan-5As gardeners, we never want the gardening season to come to an end. But, in most of North America, we must welcome the coming cold months by preparing our gardens for winter. Follow the tips below for a few good basic steps in preparing your beloved garden for the coming chill:

* Dig up tender bulbs for storage until next year

* As perennials quit blooming or die back, trim the dead foliage. You can compost the healthy trimmings to continue the cycle of nature.

* But, some perennials, if left alone, look great as winter interest and/or provide winter food for wildlife.

* Clean away any and all diseased plants and dropped leaves. It will make next year’s gardening that much easier.

* If you live in an area with cold winters but not much snow as protection, mulching in the fall will protect your plant investments.

* Vegetable gardens are best completely cleared up to prevent any disease or pest overwintering.

* Move your indoor foliage plants back inside before even the first light frost.

* And, don’t forget your gardening tools. A thorough cleaning and sharpening now will save

Learn more about grass

unduhan-6What is grass ?

Before we get into the peculiar world of lawn care, let’s cover some basics. What exactly is grass?

Grass is the common name for the Gramineae family of plants. With more than 9,000 known species, this family is one of the largest on Earth.

Grass is extremely important to most people’s lives, whether they know it or not. For one thing, grass is a major food source all over the world. Rice, corn and oats come from grass plants, for example, and most livestock animals feed primarily on grasses. In some parts of the world, people use grass plants in construction (bamboo is a grass, for example), and wherever it grows, grass plays a vital role in curbing erosion. Grass is also used to make sugar, liquor, bread and plastics, among many other things.

Grasses have a very simple structure, and a very simple way of life. You can better grasp what grass needs when you understand how it actually functions in the world.

At the

What is the dofferent of grass seeds

Many homeowners purchase grass seed based on price or by recognized brand. This assumes all grass seed varieties are the same. We know this is not true. Because of this, our breeders work to create a superior grass seed. They breed for deeper green color, tolerance to drought conditions, disease resistance, resistance to insects, and the ability to withstand heavy foot traffic. Over 30 new varieties are introduced each year.

All Greenview Fairway Formula Grass Seed Mixtures and Blends contain only 100% top rated varieties of cool season grasses. Other mixtures or blends may contain one or two top rated seeds making up a small portion of the total mix.

As the cost of the seed is a very small portion of the total cost of any seeding job, be sure to choose the best seed varieties available

The most important factor in selecting turfgrass seed for your site is which species (or mix of species) best fits your climate, site use, and intended maintenance level. This is important whether you are deciding on the initial selection for athletic fields, home lawns, or commercial sites; or renovating your existing turf to add newer improved

What is The Wimbledon’s grass

A few of the past Wimbledon champions watching this year’s tournament would disagree, but big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic reckons grass courts do not allow for great tennis.

Raonic and compatriot Eugenie Bouchard, a fan of the grass, both advanced to the third round on Thursday, in what is now a regular strong showing at grand slams by Canadian players.

Boasting a game that looks tailor-made for the silky All England Club lawns, a monstrous first serve and clubbing groundstrokes, 23-year-old Raonic slammed the surface despite progressing further in the tournament than ever before.

“I don’t think, really, that’s it’s a surface anybody can say they play their best tennis on,” Raonic, who beat American Jack Sock 6-3 6-4 6-4, told reporters.

“I think it’s a matter of playing less worse than you do on other surfaces.”

Seasoned Wimbledon watchers would disagree, pointing rightly to the sublime entertainment served up by the likes of past masters John McEnroe and Boris Becker – both three-time champions here – and this year’s fourth seed Roger Federer, who is gunning for an

What is the cool season of grasses

Greenview Fairway Formula Grass Seed are cool season grass varieties intended for the northern two thirds of the United States and portions of the transition zone. Cool Season grass regions will generally correspond with plant heat zones 1 through 8 on the AHS zone map. If you are unsure if you are in a cool season grass region, contact your local state extension agency and they will be able to recommend the best grass seed variety for your zone.

Following is a list of cool season grasses types:

Cool Season Grasses:

  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Fescue (Creeping Red Fescue, Chewings Fescue, Sheeps Fescue, Hard Fescue, and Tall Fescue* )
  • Ryegrass (Perennial and Annual)

* Tall Fescue is considered both a cool and warm season grass

Cool season grasses are typically found in the following states:

  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia

Warm Season Of Grass

If you reside in the south or transition zone where warm season grasses are dominant, you already know choosing a variety and maintaining it can be challenging.  The warm season grasses are commonly started vegetatively in the lawn as sod or stolons and require good soil to get a good start.  Unlike the cool season grasses, warm season grasses grow best with temperatures between 80 to 95 degrees F.

As most warm season grasses will turn brown with the arrival of cooler temperatures, it is common to overseed (also called winter overseeding) with ryegrass each fall.  The ryegrass helps the lawn maintain a green color during the winter months and then go dormant in the heat of summer when the warm season grasses are at their best.

When considering a warm season grass, consider the features that are important to you in the grass characteristics and the type of “use” your lawn will experience.  Below is a chart of the different warm season grasses and inherent characteristics of each variety.

Properties Of Selected Warm Season Grasses.
FEATURE BUFFALO CENTIPEDE COMMON BERMUDA HYBRID BERMUDA ST AUGUSTINE TALL FESCUE ZOYSIA
Drought tolerance High Low to medium Medium to high Low to medium Medium Low Medium to high
Traffic tolerance Medium to high Low High Medium to high Low Medium High
Shade tolerance Low Medium to high Low Low to medium High High Medium

The Important of Quality Grass

Just as different varieties of corn and tomatoes perform differently and have different characteristics, so it is with grass seed. All grass seed is not created equal. Not only are there many different species or kinds of turfgrass available for use in home lawns, each species has literally hundreds and hundreds of different individual varieties. Each variety has been bred or selected for different characteristics – primarily in the never-ending search to find the toughest, greenest, most bug- and disease-resistant types for golf courses and athletic fields.

Scientists and researchers field-test thousands of grass seed varieties every year at universities and trial plots all across the United States and Canada. The results are published online so that seed companies can keep up to date on the latest, greatest introductions and home gardeners can tap into the same useful information that the pros use. These results are published free to the public by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program at www.ntep.org. Once at that site, you can research types by your own state or by the species of grass seed.

What the NTEP tests reveal

If you think grass is grass, a

Grass Seed Label Tips

Key to diagram:

  1. Grass seed product name.
  2. Pure grass seed. The percentage by weight of grass seed that is in the bag.
  3. Other crop seed. The percentage by weight other than the pure grass species or varieties labeled, but not considered as weed seeds. If “other crop seed” is over 5% of total weight, they must be listed by name.
  4. Weed seed. The percentage by weight of weed seeds in this lot.
  5. Inert matter. The percentage by weight of material that will not grow.
  6. Noxious weeds. If the product contains seeds that are considered noxious weeds as defined by your state these would be listed on the tag.
  7. Address. The address of the company providing the grass seed.
  8. Origin. State in which the grass seed was grown.
  9. Lot number. Each lot of grass seed is uniquely numbered. This number appears on all documents so that it can be traced back to its origin.
  10. Test date. Actual month and year this lot of grass seed was tested for germination.
  11. Germination. The percentage of pure grass seed that will germinate in a controlled lab.

Planting grass seed Step Tips

If you’re like most people, recent hot weather has left your lawn screaming for attention. Now is the perfect time to assess your lawn trouble spots and think about seeding this fall to ensure a beautiful lawn when spring arrives.

When planting grass seed in the fall, time the seeding to allow the grass seed to fully germinate before freezing temperatures arrive in your region. It’s also important to take into account any weed controls you may have applied and allow an adequate wait period before seeding, as noted on the weed control product label.

Whether seeding a new lawn section or repairing a spot on an existing lawn, it is relatively easy to achieve success – simply follow these five steps for best results:

Step 1 – Buy the best grass seed

To get the best results, it’s vital to start with good seed. To find a top quality grass seed, look for seed which is independently evaluated by the National Turf Evaluation Program (NTEP). The NTEP rating on grass seeds ensures you are purchasing grass seeds that have been specifically bred for superior green grass color, disease and insect resistance

You must know about lawn in the spring

When seeding a brand new lawn, spring offers one of the best opportunities to get things started. The most important step for seeding is properly preparing the seedbed. Proper seedbed preparation is essential for good seed to soil contact. In short, the seed must be in contact with the soil for the seed to germinate and grow.

Seed as early in the spring as the weather and soil conditions allow. This will give the seed the most time to germinate, grow and become established before the beginning of hot summer weather.

To establish new grass on bare soil the following steps are suggested:

  1. Control all existing vegetation on the site using a non-selective herbicide (weed killer) and remove it once it dies off by mowing and collecting the debris. Be sure to read the herbicide package carefully and follow any recommendation for wait time before seeding.
  2. Next, rough grade the site. Make sure desired drainage is taken into account when grading, so water will not collect in low areas.
  3. Till the soil to a depth of 2 or 3 inches, breaking up the largest clumps of soil so they are golf ball size

Choose The Right Grass Seed Tips

Grass is grass, right? It’s all thin and green, so why not go with the cheapest bag you can find?  The truth is, all grass is not the same. Just as different varieties of tomatoes and trees have drastically different characteristics, lawn grasses also have different traits and preferences. Even within the same type of grass are variations that can make the difference between a lawn that dies from fungal disease or cold temperature vs. one that thrives in the same environment.

Cool-season grasses, such as this lawn of young fescue, are
typically finer in texture than most warm-season grasses.

Most home market grass seed options tend to lean toward bargain varieties because seed-shoppers generally don’t realize there’s a performance difference. Buyers beware – as bargain varieties are often the poorest performers in university turf grass studies and are more prone to bugs, diseases, weather stresses and short life span. Discerning homeowners can buy many of the same superior varieties used by golf courses, public parks and athletic fields and reap the same advantages with some guidance. It’s important to view your lawn as a long-term investment when choosing the right seed, versus feeling you are

Reel Mowers Work

Although starting a garden can seem intimidating, once your garden is on its way, you’ll really enjoy caring for it and observing its unique development. With a bit of tender loving care, regular maintenance, and more plants, your garden will reward your efforts.

A garden is a busy place, with many things to see at once, so it’s astonishing how one small dead plant will stand out in a healthy flower border. Keeping order involves getting rid of messy tidbits such as flowers gone to seed and yellowed leaves, preventing or removing weeds, training or staking tall or climbing plants, and nipping and cutting for overall plant shape, tidiness, and health.

You walk outside on a bright summer day, close your eyes and let the sounds of the season wash over you: birdsong, buzzing bees and the roar of lawn-mower engines. It wasn’t always this way. Believe it or not, there was a time when cutting your grass didn’t involve driving or pushing a small, gas-belching engine back and forth across your property.

The first lawn mowers were manual reel mowers, also known as cylinder mowers. All a person had to do was push one

Mow About The Lawn Tips

Some people fantasize about the perfect lawn. They dream about push mowers, perk up at the smell of fresh-cut grass and tune into The Golf Channel just to see the landscaping. But perhaps you don’t live for yard work. Maybe you’re a new homeowner staring out the window at a front-yard jungle. The time has certainly come to mow the lawn. How exactly do you pull that off?

Our love affair with a fresh-cut lawn is a relatively new development. For much of history, people remained preoccupied with avoiding starvation andplague. Foot traffic and grazing domestic animalskept the area cleared directly around a home, but the rest of the property was often used for gardening or left for wild plant life. In much of the world, this is still very much the case.

But in the Western world, a well-kept yard has become the rave. The invention of the manual reel mower in 1830 made it possible for regular people to emulate the elegant grounds they saw surrounding palaces and mansions. Today, lawns in the United States alone cover a total of 25 million acres of land [source: EPA].

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How to Plan For Your Garden

Key Planning Tips

Start Small. If you decide to plant up some new areas this year, start small so that you can test for success and appearance. You can always make it bigger next year.

Consider water access. If you are planting an area far from a water source, figure out how you are going to get water there. If a long hose isn’t practical, you may have to carry water there, or plan on carrying the plants (assuming they are in containers) to the water source.

Try something new each year. If something in a seed catalog or in the garden center captures your imagination – try it. Starting on a small scale and a new spot, you can test the plant without a lot of expense or disappointment if it doesn’t please or doesn’t succeed.

Go for variety. Even within the confines of a color family you can achieve a pleasing mixture of different flower forms, heights and textures. While large displays of a single flower can be awesome, too much of a good thing can be boring.

Keep a “cookbook.” In a notebook, write down which classes and varieties you planted where. Often you can just tape a plant label to a