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27 Jul 2013

Make Your Next Lawn Mowing Experience a Success!

Nothing compares to the smell or look of freshly cut grass in your yard. For decades, freshly mowed grass has been something homeowners pride themselves on. The regular mowing of your lawn oxygenates the air you breathe and also helps prevent infestation by ticks and chiggers. Still, achieving a green, well-cut lawn can often be easier said than done.

Here are a few tips to help you with your next mowing:

  • Follow the 1/3 rule—Some grasses are not meant to be cut short. If you are unsure of how short to cut your grass, it is safe to never cut more than a 1/3 of the grass blade length when mowing. If you are repeatedly cutting your lawn too close, your grass will undergo a lot of stress and turn brown, which makes grass even more vulnerable to disease and pests!

  • Wait for dry grass—Always be sure to mow when the grass blades are dry.

  • Change the pattern each time you mow—Every time you cut your grass, there is a grain in the blade that leans in the direction you are mowing. Changing the pattern of direction can give more attractive, upright growth to your grass.

  • Leave clippings on your lawn—The clippings allow nutrients and nitrogen to go back into the soil, feeding your lawn. If the clippings are forming clumps or the grass is longer, you can remove them.

  • For shaded areas of your lawn, keep the grass higher—By not mowing the grass as short here, the grass will not have to compete as much with tree roots for nutrients and water.

  • Hot, dry weather—It is best not to mow your lawn as often in this climate. Also, keep cool season grasses at a taller height.

  • Check your mower blades regularly—It is important that your mower blades are sharp and balanced. This can go a long way in keeping pests at bay. Also, the your grass will be able to heal faster in between mowing!

While mowing the lawn is something that most people can do without any training, always make sure to read your lawn mower instructions manual and follow the safety precautions for operating your lawn mower safely. Keeping this tips in mind will help you get the most out of your lawn mowing efforts, giving you a yard that will be the envy of your neighbords.

22 Jul 2013

Easy Tips to Care for Your Lawn

Nothing is more refreshing to look at in the morning than lush green grass on your lawn and nothing gives more of a welcoming feeling to your home. Caring for your lawn doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, however.

Here are few easy tips for achieving a beautiful lawn:

  • Perform a soil test—A well cared for lawn starts with a good foundation first. The quality of the soil in your yard makes a world of difference in the nourishment of your grass. You can either purchase soil test kit from your local lawn and garden center or the Cooperative Extension in most states will perform a soil test for free. This way, you will have more of an understanding about what nutrients to add to your soil.

  • Types of Grasses—There are different types of grasses that do well in certain climates. In many parts of America, tall fescue or Bermuda grasses are perfect choices. In more subtropical areas, St. Augustine grass is ideal.

  • Ask a neighbor–It never hurts to get advice from a neighbor whose lawn you’ve been admiring lately. They can let you know about different seeds, fertilizers, and watering schedules that would be appropriate for your lawn.

  • Fertilizing and seeding your lawn—This is always done during the cooler months of spring and fall. In the South, you would fertilize and seed during February and April during the spring and October and November for the fall. If you live in the north, you would do this during April to the early part of June for spring and September to early October during fall time.

  • Watering your lawn—The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. There is very little evaporation in the morning air, and this allows for any airborne disease spores on the grass to be washed away. In the summertime, it is best to water deeply and then wait until the grass looks or feels dry again. You can also just water the “hot spots” of your lawn.

As you can see, there are plenty of steps that you can take to help improve the overall health of your lawn. While these are all effective ways of making your yard look more aesthetically pleasing, they can be time consuming and nothing beats the professional touch of an experienced landscaping contractor.

14 Jul 2013
lakeland landscaping

Make An Impression With An Impressive Landscape

Your yard is more than just a patch of grass. In many cases, it is the first impression visitors get of you and your family. It is your face to the world, displaying your tastes and personality.

We at Creative Edge Landscape understand the importance of a beautifully landscaped yard and what it can mean for you. Whether it’s a place of escape or a showcase, here are some tips you can follow to make your yard a living statement:

  • Provide year-round interest. Make sure there’s something of interest going on in your yard in each of the four seasons. It doesn’t always have to be a flowering plant. It could be the color of the foliage or the shape of a bare tree.

  • Use annuals as a supplement to perennial plantings. Perennials only bloom so long, but annuals can be added as their color grows.

  • Layer your flowerbeds. Plant them with the tallest in back, then mid-height to shortest.

  • Use hardscape to give your yard a more finished look. This can be achieved by incorporating walkways, fencing, patios and decks, or walls in the overall design.

  • Think about installing a water feature – a fountain, pond, or waterfall – as a focal point.

  • Use drought-resistant plants to decrease the worry of summertime wilt. Even with Florida’s afternoon and evening thunderstorms, summer can be a challenge to many plants.

  • Fit the plant to the space. Take care in selecting the right plant that won’t overwhelm the area where it is planted.

If you need help with any of these recommendations or for other landscaping help, turn to the professionals at Creative Edge Landscape . We have been serving the Lakeland area since 2002 and have since expanded to include Lakeland Heights, Tampa, Hillsborough and Polk counties, Kathleen, and the surrounding areas.

Contact us for free estimates at (863) 812-5968 in Lakeland or (863) 603-8608 in the Kathleen area.