by admin ~ August 11th, 2013
With all of the debates concerning environmental health, many more homeowners are trying to help. A number of land owners are using certain types of grass to go green. It’s called a low-mow lawn. Most people wish they could spend more time enjoying their lawn, and they don’t want to spend their entire lifetime mowing the grass.
A few of the green options that are available to homeowners are ornamental grass, low-mow grass and moss alternatives. Some homeowners are even Continue reading »
by admin ~ June 14th, 2013
It is easy to take advantage of the growing season by starting your garden indoors. Vegetable, fruit and flower plants can be started, hardened off and planted just as temperatures become optimum for growing. It is possible to harvest two or more full crops during each season using this method; this does depend on the growing season for each plant.
Growing your own food is one of the many ways you can join the green revolution. When you plant your garden, install drip irrigation to conserve water. A control panel with a moisture sensor will ensure your plants receive water when it is needed; no water will be delivered when it is raining. Use a solar-powered control panel to conserve your home’s energy. You can also choose the best energy rates between companies by checking out www.texasenergycompanies.net.
To begin your garden inside, choose varieties that grow best in your zone. You can look up your growing zone online; many garden seed producers also offer maps showing your area. The growing zone is listed with each seed variety. Use a seed starting medium and seed starting trays. Moisten the medium for a couple of days before planting any seeds. Be sure the trays are deep enough for the seeds you choose; place in a warm window sill for a day or two.
Plant the seeds according to the packet instructions. It can sometimes help to place the seeds in the refrigerator for a week or more prior to planting. This mimics a winter cycle; when the seeds are introduced into the warm starter, they begin to grow. Place the plastic cover on top and set the trays on the window sill or on a rack near a sunny window. The seeds should receive a few hours of sun each day. Monitor the temperature to ensure the seedlings do not get too hot.
When the seedlings are a half-inch tall, begin to raise the plastic top to allow air to get to the plants. Every couple of days, raise the lids until you can take them off. When the plants are two or three inches high and the night temperatures are above 50 degrees, set them outside for a few hours a day. This is the hardening-off process. When the seedlings can tolerate being outside for 24 hours a day, plant them in prepared beds. Place mulch around the plants to help keep the soil moist, reduce weeds and help roots stay healthy.
by admin ~ June 13th, 2013
When considering what to put in your home landscape plan, it is important to take into account a variety of factors that pertain to the success of failure of the plants you want to add. If you live in a climate that does not provide high amounts of rain, you can choose plants that require significantly less water. Choosing these breeds of plants can also help your lawn stay drought-resistant.
The lavender plant needs well-drained soil and is drought-resistant. However, it does need full Continue reading »
by admin ~ April 10th, 2013
Summers in parts of the United States can be brutal. In the last few years, significant drought has accompanied the high heat making conditions even worse. These conditions make it difficult for gardeners and landscapers to find the right plants and grasses that will grow and thrive in these adverse conditions. In order to keep the lawn and garden looking their best in the summer, some plants are superior choices.
The butter daisy is a beautiful, yellow flower that can grow up to 24 inches in height. Continue reading »
by admin ~ April 9th, 2013
If you are a home owner, then you probably have at least some amount of property surrounding your home that constitutes a lawn. And if you care about the exterior appearance and overall curb appeal of your home, then you probably put the effort in to make sure that your lawn looks its best at all times. But have you ever stopped to think about the detrimental effects that all of those lawn chemicals have on the environment?
Pesticides and chemical Continue reading »
by admin ~ April 6th, 2013
The resources and energy that many home and property owners require to care for and manage their lawn can be putting a considerable strain on their budget as well as the energy resources that would be better spent on other matters. Finding a greener and more sustainable alternative to a conventional lawn or outdoor campus can allow property owners and managers to enjoy considerable savings while at the same time ensuring that your property is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly one. Making Continue reading »
by admin ~ April 2nd, 2013
These days, high energy costs are enough to lead some home owners to taking drastic measures as a way of conserving energy and saving money. However, the truth is that saving energy does not have to lead to drastic lifestyle changes; in fact, there are some quick and simple things that you can try as a way of cutting down on your outdoor energy costs.
For starters, consider saving on outdoor electricity by making sure that Continue reading »
by admin ~ March 30th, 2013
Water conservation has become a focal point when it comes to saving the environment. Conserving water can be incredibly easy, and there are a number of tips available that you can use to help do your part for the environment.
Leaking pipes and faucets are one of the main ways in which water is wasted. A worn faucet can leak up to 20 gallons over the course of a day. Toilets can even leak as well, which results in flushing away extra water.
Many of us have heard the Continue reading »