Lawn Care Questions
Q: How tall should my grass be when I mow?
A: Your mower should be at set to cut the grass to 3” at the lowest. The goal of when you mow should be cutting off the top third of each blade of grass.
Q: How often should I water my lawn?
A: Supplying your lawn with 1” of water per week is sufficient. If your step on the grass and it bounces back, you are don’t need to water it again. There is such a thing as over-watering.
Q: When should I cut the grass?
A: To be certain that you’re mowing at the proper time increments, wait until your grass has grown long enough that if you were to mow it to the height you’d like (longer means stronger root system), you will be mowing off the top third of your grass.
Q: Why do I need more than one or two service visits year for lawn care?
A: Just like people need checkups, so does your lawn. Making sure you stay on top of your lawn’s health will help you be able to enjoy your landscaping rather than stress over it.
Q: Should I bag my grass clippings after I mow?
A: Allowing your grass clippings to remain on your lawn and decompose is the best thing to do for your lawn’s health. By mowing only the top third off of your grass and leaving it, you are not going to weigh down the lawn as you would if the clippings were too long. By letting your clippings stay, you’re allowing the nutrients to go back into the soil and replenish the nutrient supply going to the still-growing lawn.
All About Flowers
Q: When and how should I divide my perennials?
A: The best time to lift and divide many perennial flowers is late July through September. By doing it at this time, you are allowing them to develop more solid root systems before it’s too cold.
Q: When should I plant my bulbs?
A: In the Midwest, it’s necessary to have your bulbs in the ground for several weeks before the ground freezes in order for them to develop proper roots. This means in late August and September, your bulbs should be completely planted. This will help you make sure that they are developed enough to survive the winter and bloom in the spring.
Q: Why do I have to replant tulips if they’re supposed to be perennials?
A: Tulips are tricky. Sometimes they survive, and sometimes they don’t. Because they are such a finicky flower, it’s important to do what you can to help them survive; but if they don’t, there’s no need to worry about your gardening skills – sometimes they just don’t work out. Try, try again.
Q: Why do I need to build a raised bed?
A: By having a raised flowerbed, you are helping provide better drainage for your flowers. This improves the quality of the soil by keeping it from getting too compacted by heavy, stagnant water. Having a good foundation (good soil) will make the entire gardening process easier, healthier, and much more satisfying.
Q: Why should I plant multiple kinds of flowers at once?
A: By growing more than one type of flower at once, you will be able to more easily avoid an empty-looking flower garden. Different types of flowers have different seasons, and by having flowers from various seasons together, not only will they not compete with one another for sun and nutrients, but you can keep flowers blooming for more than just one season.
Q: What does it cost to get a landscaping pond?
A: There’s not a specific set price for any pond. Size, shape, features, depth, and various other factors affect the price of each landscaping or fishpond. Planning on spending about what you might for a hot tub if you’re starting from scratch is a good measure.
Q: Can I have a landscape pond and leave the fish out?
A: You don’t have to have anything you don’t want; but by keeping fish in your pond, you are helping to balance the ecosystem. If you leave them out, it actually can create more work on your part because Mother Nature knows how to keep ecosystems naturally balanced; for example, do you know of any lakes or ponds that are completely devoid of aquatic life? The fish aren’t much upkeep and actually help out.
Q: Do I have to use a de-icer in the winter?
A: Using a de-icer helps to keep a hole in your pond’s ice in the winter will allow oxygen to enter and gasses that could be harmful to your aquatic life to exit. If anything was missed during your fall cleanup, it decomposes and needs a place to be released from the water.
Q: Why do I need to bring in some of my pond plant life during the winter?
A: For hardier plants, it’s okay to stay in the pond over the winter, but sub-tropical and tropical plants may need to be brought in during the winter because most are biologically not capable of handling extreme weather changes or extreme cold. By bringing them in for the winter, you’re saving your wallet from shelling out cash for new plants when spring comes.
Q: Why do I need to winterize my pond during fall?
A: By cleaning out your pond before the winter sets, you are removing leaves and other various and sundry items that could decompose over the winter and harm your aquatic life. Also, by removing extra “things” from your pond, you are reducing the amount of unhealthy sludge and other buildup from becoming too great and damaging either your filtration system or the ecosystem of the pond.