5 Reasons why your Lawn is uneven

11169625_364799970381069_1455459520887603383_oManeuvering over the lumps and bumps when mowing the lawn can become very frustrating most of the time. A level lawn has many advantages including having a great look and making for easier maintenance.

If your garden has water logging and drainage issues, grading and leveling the lawn can help in directing the flow of water away from your house or property while allowing for the absorption of more water into the soil thus adding the required nutrients.

Why is your Lawn Uneven?

Your lawn can become uneven or rather bumpy as a result of several reasons. Here are some of the reasons:

  •         Waterlogging.

During winter, surface water tends to settle on the lawn. The weather during the winter months usually contributes to the developing of bumps and lumps in your lawn. You shouldn’t allow any surface water to settle on your lawn since it will result in long term damage. Ensure your lawn has a proper drainage that allows water to flow away.

  •         Animals

Animals play a greater role in causing bumps and lumps in your lawn. If your neighborhood is full of cats or pesky foxes, then this can cause unevenness to your lawn. Pesky foxes are always moving up and down looking for food. They are most likely to stray into your garden especially when your lawn is most vulnerable. Laying a chicken wire against the soil (before sowing) can help prevent cats from walking against the garden. Alternatively, you may cover the sand pit any time it is not in use.

  •         Kids

Your lawn will experience too much pressure when your kids keep playing in the garden when the soil is a little bit soft. First, this affects the health of the grass and may result in long term issues.

  •         Night crawlers

Your lawn will always have those giant earth worms that shift almost twenty tones of soil per acre from underground to the surface each year. This can become a real nuisance especially when you want a perfect lawn without bumps and lumps. Ensure the soil PH level is low to keep them away.

  •         Soil Settlement

The composition of your lawn can be affected by things that occur under the soil surface such as piping, rocks, and other debris. To deal with this problem, you need to excavate the area that is affected and break up the rubble that is causing lumps and bumps on the surface.

Before starting the leveling process, you need to thoroughly check your lawn to determine whether there are any drainage problems and how much of it will require leveling. At times, the problem could be damaged water pipes or drainage problems.

The importance of fertilizing trees around your home

starktrepep-tree_lgGrowth, whether of trees or plants, needs something enhancing called nourishment. Regardless of age, the plant poses, whether it’s a 50-year-old veteran or just a new sapling, nourishment or fertilizing plays a vital role in the development of growing things.

The branches need to be stronger than expecting condition so I would like to share some tips in this regard just to give you an idea how can you get through the procedure of making the trees stronger.

When using any particular fertilizer consider having granular one due to being very popular and result oriented. The tree in your garden has its own requirement of a specific fertilizer and you may be unaware in this regard, so why you shouldn’t consult the local garden supply store?

The merchant dealing in fertilizers is the only man who can help you choose the right brand for your particular tree.

The best place for applying the fertilizer is the soil surrounds your tree. So, make a circle around the tree using any marker and then start fertilizing the area marked around your tree. From the top of your tree, often excess moisture falls making a place on the ground people refer it as the drip line.

This is the exact location where you have to spread the fertilizer. Don’t be near the tree’s trunk instead stay two or three feet away when fertilizing to avoid harmful ingredients reaching your body.

No more than once in a year is necessary when it comes to fertilizer the young trees.

Harvesting Vegetables In Your Garden

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The whole family will usually volunteer to help harvest even if only one or two has actually helped during the growing season.

It’s important that you harvest your vegetables as soon as they are ready instead of letting them stay out in the sun. Many vegetables will rapidly deteriorate if left out after ripening losing flavor. They will also become too mushy and tender losing their appeal entirely.

There are some plants that can be left out after they have ripened or even harvested before they are fully ripe. The following are a list of typical harvest times for vegetables that are commonly grown in organic gardens.

Make sure you check your garden constantly around harvest time since some vegetables will ripen virtually overnight. Even after you have brought in a large crop keep checking your garden because some vegetables simply produce more vegetables after the first crop is removed.

Beets

Harvest beets when they are between 1 ¼ and 2 inches in diameter and leaves are 4 to 6 inches long. Remember the beet tops can be eaten too!

Snap Beans

Harvest snap beans when the pods are firm and snap easily and the seeds are still undeveloped.

Harvesting Your Organic VegetablesCarrots

Harvest carrots when they are crisp and between ½ to 1 inch in diameter. Younger carrots are tenderer but older carrots are often sweeter so you can leave them until the first frost. If you like younger carrots pick them as soon as they are big enough and plant more for a fresh crop.

Corn

Harvest corn when the silk begins to turn dark and shrivels. This is usually about 20 days after the first silk strands appear but sometimes sooner so keep your eyes peeled.

Cucumbers

Harvest cucumbers when they are between 2 and 8 inches long depending on your personal preferences. They are best for eating when they are dark green, firm, and crisp. Once the cucumbers are removed more will develop in their place so keep an eye on them.

Eggplant

Harvest eggplant when they are between 6 to 8 inches long and glossy with a deep color. Use either pruning shears or a knife to cut the fruit from the plant.

Garlic

Harvest garlic when the tops of the bulbs begin turn yellow and dry out. The bulbs must be put on screens to dry and once they have dried trim the roots close to the bulbs and remove the loose outer sheaths before storing.

Spring Onions

Harvest spring onions and leeks in the fall by loosening the soil, pulling up the roots, and cutting off the roots.

Lettuce

Harvest lettuce 50 to 60 days after planting. They can often be harvested before when they are small but they will reach their maximum size in 60 days.

Okra

Harvest okra pods when they are immature and tender. Do not let the pods become more than 3 inches long. After you pick the pods more will grow and must be harvested every day.

Onions

Harvest onions after the tops have fallen down. After digging them up let the onions air dry for two days before storing.

Peppers

Harvest peppers when they are mature they can be picked at any size or allowed to ripen more to produce a stronger taste.

Potatoes

Harvest large potatoes once the vine has died using a spading fork. The potatoes are usually four to six inches below the soil and must be handled gently to avoid bruising and spoiling.

Pumpkins

Harvest pumpkins only after they have fully ripened on vines and pick them before the first heavy freeze. The rind should be hard and have a solid color.

Radishes

Harvest radishes from the time that they are the size of large marbles and do not let them get larger than 1 inch in diameter.

Squash

Harvest squash when the plant is between 6 and 8 inches in diameter. They are usually ready to pick 4 to 8 weeks after the plant flowers.

Turnips

Harvest turnips when the roots are between 2 and 3 inches in diameter and the tops are between 4 to 6 inches long. The tops can be eaten too.

Instructions on harvesting vegetables might seem silly but if you don’t harvest your vegetables during the correct time frame you’ll be unable to use them later. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste.

Pay careful attention to when you plant your vegetables and check them often close to harvest time.

Basic Herb Gardening Tips

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Planning an plant garden could be fun and rewarding. Herbal treatments will be in use for hundreds of years for culinary, medicinal and aromatic reasons. For decades tribal leaders and healers passed on the herbal secrets. Many modern medications come with an plant base.

Modern herbalist mix medicinal plant for his or her clients. Many herbal healthcare specialists also mix aromatic herbal treatments for beauty reasons. But, obviously, the culinary plant remains the most broadly used. You are able to be a kitchen garden enthusiast by growing an plant garden in your kitchen area on the sunny windowsill.For that discussion of herbal gardening today we’ll plant the herbal treatments based in the Elizabethan Era and thus frequently pointed out in William Shakespeare’s works. The plants selected is going to be culinary herbal treatments, medicinal herbal treatments and aromatic herbal treatments, all to see the aromas and tastes of this time. Herbal gardening is wonderful because the herbal treatments could be grown in a number of ways.

Planning an plant garden within the ground will help you to cultivate a conventional kitchen plant garden outdoors. Or for those who have only a little space, become an internal kitchen garden enthusiast and plant your herbal treatments on the windowsill or perhaps in a window box.When planning your plant garden keep in mind that the herbal treatments need well drained soil, they hate wet ft. Test out your soil for that plant garden making sure it’s alkaline.

All Herbal treatments for kettler garden furniture need a minimum of six hrs of sunlight.When Elizabethans grown aromatic herbal treatments, culinary herbal treatments and medicinal herbal treatments they used whether shaped rectangular or square designs. The Elizabethans were very formal and felt their plant gardens ought to be too. Their herbal gardens had pathways, as walking with the garden would be a popular pastime. They’d no TV’S! If you’re planting your herbal garden near an outdoor patio, consider adding a walking path on your own.

The pathways with cantilever parasols will prove to add character for you herbal garden.In planning an plant garden take directly into consideration the growing habits of each plant. Plant the taller more busy herbal treatments at the back of your garden, the small, compact ones right in front. Most herbal treatments are perennials meaning they’ll re-grow every year. The herbal treatments that should be grown yearly should use a place within the plant garden that’s easy to get at. Give each plant lots of space to develop. The herbal treatments need air flow to avoid mold.

This stage of planning an plant garden is important since when the plants become mature they don’t enjoy being moved.Whenever you plant an plant garden, you may either begin with seed products or get small plants out of your nursery. The nursery plants can give a better possibility of becoming successful within the plant garden. When utilizing seed products, plan in advance since the seed products might need to grow for many several weeks before they will be ready to plant in to the plant garden. Particularly if you really are a beginner, I would suggest while using small plants in the garden center.Visit a trustworthy nursery to buy you herbal treatments. Inspect your herbal treatments carefully to make certain they’re healthy. One infected plant can ruin all of your herbal garden.

While using the small herbal treatments on the nursery you’ll have the ability to harvest your herbal treatments much sooner. Whenever you go ahead and take herbal treatments to be grown within the herbal garden, lightly take away the plant in the pot and release the soil round the roots. Put the plant within the place you’ve selected or even the container that you’ve prepared. Cover all the roots with soil and lightly tamp lower. Give your brand-new herbal treatments lots of water checking the moisture every day. Never allow the soil dry up try not to help make your herbal treatments roots too wet. For those who are planting a container garden keep in mind that the grime inside a container will dry up more rapidly then your ground. You will probably find the herbal treatments will droop for a few days.

Do not worry that’s shock however they will recover.After you have learned the herbal treatments growth designs you can begin pinching off to obtain a bushier plant. Whenever you begin, have a journal for the plant garden to help keep track of every herbal treatments talents and weak points. Once you become familiar with your plant garden you’ll have the ability to tell once the plants need attention.Over the centuries herbal treatments have developed into very sturdy plants. When you herbal garden is made it’ll need hardly any care. To carry moisture for that plant longer, mulch round the plants. This is an excellent garden tip whether you plant the herbal treatments in container gardens or perhaps in the ground.Herbal treatments are natural insect repellents but when you need to treat for unwanted pests ensure you make use of a non-toxic treatment since you’ll be eating your harvest.

Why Scag Mowers Are The Most Popular

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Scag mowers are the biggest sellers and the ones I see most often locally. A friend who has his own lawn care business bought a Turf Tiger a few years ago and could not be happier with it. Why is that?

Scag Power Equipment is currently the largest independent commercial mower manufacturer in the U.S. The company started in 1983 in Mayville, Wisconsin. They had one gear-driven riding model back then. Now they make over 50 models.

What makes them so popular is they are sturdy, durable and much more user-friendly then other brands. They have lots of safety features, too.

Productivity is the biggest reason Scag mowers are so popular. Whether you are lawn mowing in New Braunfels, or commercial mowing in Chicago, you can mow taller grass faster because of the air-flow, baffling and ultra-high blade tip speeds. Higher horsepower and engine torque also speed up the amount of work you can do in a day. Adjustable seats, large foot pedals and ergonomic handles protect the operator from machine-induced fatigue which gets work done faster and prevents accidents. The more you can get done the more you earn. It’s as simple as that.

The only big complaint about the productivity of a Scag mower is fuel tank capacity. The Turf Tiger holds 10 gallons. This means more frequent refills compared to some other brands, but 10 gallons will mow a lot of residential lawns. If you are mowing mostly residential lawns, fuel tank capacity is not a big issue.

Sturdy, durable construction from high quality parts are another reason this brand is popular. When your mower goes down, your business is down. Scag understands that and manufactures mowers that have the lowest down-time record on the market. Preventive maintenance is vital to preventing down-time. I have read and heard that Scag makes doing maintenance as painless as possible. The ztr cutting decks are shaft-driven so there are no belts to break. If you have a non-ztr model be sure to keep belts on hand. The spindles can be greased. Oil changes are easy to perform.

Only two Scag mower models are not zero-turn radius or ztr models. They are designed with a low center of gravity for stability on steep hills. If you mow where their is a significant risk of a mower roll-over, the SW walk-behind and STHM three wheel front mount rider are the mowers of choice. Even though all Scag riding mowers come with a roll-over protection system (ROPS), if you work in areas where roll-over is a serious risk, you should use a mower designed for that terrain.

List of Scag mower models
Riding mowers in order of largest to smallest:

Turf Tiger
Wildcat
Tiger Cub
Freedom Z
Walk-Behind Scag ztr mower models:

SWZU – Ultra Hydro Walk Behind
SWZ – Hydro Walk Behind
Non-ztr models:

STHM – Three-Wheel Rider
SW – Fixed Deck Belt-Drive
Scag doesn’t offer a stand-on “surfer” type model. They do have an attachment for the walk-behinds that will allow you to stand on the rear of the mower while operating it.

Safety
Scag is an industry leader in mower safety, both in engineering in safety features and operator safety instruction. They recommend reading the entire owners manual before operating the mower, but I can tell you from personal experience the only people who do that are required to by corporate franchise rules. Independent owners and operators will peruse the manual to find what they cannot figure out on their own, but they are not going to sit down and read a manual cover-to-cover.

Scag has an instructional DVD entitled “Tips for Safe Operation of Your Scag Zero-Turn Mower”. Safety training in video format along with a written safety manual are often more easily mastered quickly than reading a text-based safety manual alone. Experienced operators will often tell you they only refer to the owners/safety manual when they have questions, but if a safety DVD is available most all of them will watch it.

Scag also has an operational safety guidelines bullet list on their website which can be used as a checklist. You can copy and paste it to a word processor document and print it out to give to each crew member. Making safety easy to implement makes it work and Scag makes it easy.

I do not currently own a commercial lawn mower and I am seriously looking for one. I am still using my residential push mower and it is hard work with a capital HW. I will be writing about different brands of mowers and why one brand might be chosen over another brand. Most brands sport some benefit or feature over others that may make it the best choice for you.

Scag mowers are the most popular but may not be the best choice for your needs. After writing about several brands I plan to do a mower comparison article to help you (and me) choose the right mower.