Now that spring is on the horizon, it’s time to start planning projects for when your lawn and garden wake from their long winter slumber. For me, spring means mower maintenance, mulching my garden beds, applying a good pre-emergent to the lawn, and edging my lawn and garden beds. If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your curb appeal and cut your yardwork time this season, consider mow over lawn edging. It is a lower-maintenance alternative to traditional edging styles, and every time you mow you’ll thank yourself for installing it in your yard.Read More
Fertilizer Numbers for Lawn Grass (explained)
So, you’re out shopping for your lawn again, and you notice three numbers on each bag of fertilizer you see on the shelf. In today’s article I’ll unpack what these numbers tell you about each fertilizer product, how each of these three macronutrients can benefit your lawn, seasonal considerations, and much more to choose the best lawn fertilizer for your property … by the numbers. Keep reading to read my guide to fertilizer numbers for lawn grass – what they mean, and how to choose the right fertilizer for your yard to thrive.Read More
How to Level a Sloping Lawn (and why you should)
A sloping lawn can be a big landscape problem. If you don’t deal with it in the right way or take too long, you can end up with soil erosion and flooding (because of poor drainage). And of course, a sloping lawn is an aesthetic issue for many homeowners. But leveling a sloping lawn is a tricky (and sometimes expensive) task. Today, I’m going to explain how to level a sloping lawn and share some things you’ll need to know before taking on this project.Read More
How to Plant Clover in Existing Lawn Areas
Did you know that clover can revitalize your existing grass lawn? I’ve added clover to difficult areas of my own property with great success, so if you want to learn how to plant clover in existing lawn areas where traditional turfgrass struggles, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to discover my guide to planting clover on your property.Read More
Is 15-15-15 Fertilizer Good for Lawns?
Maybe you’ve seen 15-15-15 fertilizer while out shopping for your lawn care supplies. These three numbers refer to its NPK ratio (its ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). 15-15-15 fertilizer is balanced in its content, which seems good … but should you use it? Is 15-15-15 fertilizer good for lawns, or are you better off with a different type of fertilizer for your grass?Read More
Does Liquid Aeration Work? (Aerify Plus Review)
As you know if you’ve read any of my articles, I’m a huge proponent of aerating your lawn. More specifically, I recommend core aeration, and it’s something I typically do just before overseeding my cool season lawn in the fall. I think this combination of projects is one of the fastest ways to transform your lawn into the thick, lush carpet of green we are all trying to achieve. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably come across liquid aeration products that claim to be just as good at loosening compact and clay soils. So does liquid aeration work? And if so, what can you expect from this “low-impact” alternative to mechanical turf aeration. This fall I tried Aerify Plus from Nature’s Lawn & Garden, Inc. to find out.Read More
What’s the Best Time to Overseed a Lawn in the Northeast?
If you’re looking for a way to improve the thickness and quality of your lawn without having to kill it and start from scratch, then overseeding is the technique for you. Overseeding your lawn can also help to inhibit weed growth. When you overseed, you will notice a wonderful improvement in your lawn’s color and density. In this article, I will go over when the best time to overseed a lawn in Northeast states is.Read More
How Long Does Pre-Emergent Last?
Applying pre-emergent weed control or a fertilizer with pre-emergent herbicide in the spring to combat annual weeds such as crabgrass can be a great, low-effort way to improve your lawn. But how long does pre emergent last, and will you need to re-apply it for a full season of annual weed control?Read More
How to Grade a Yard by Hand (steps & tools you’ll need)
Many times the idea of regrading a yard can be intimidating, but if you have a smaller yard or simply want to regrade a certain area of your yard to improve drainage, it’s a project you can do without renting heavy equipment. Today I’ll explain how to grade a yard by hand so you can skip the tool rentals and save some money.Read More
What Makes Your Grass Green?
If you’re a homeowner new to lawncare, or you’re hoping to revitalize a tired lawn you’ve been mowing for years, you may be wondering how you can create a dark green, lush lawn. What makes your grass green is surprisingly simple – a series of steps that anyone can complete on their own with minimal investment.Read More