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What to do With Your Lawn as Summer Turns to Autumn.

 

In a couple of weeks, fall will officially be upon us. This leaves us with a couple of questions. What should I do with my lawn?  Well, Let’s take a look.

As far as lawns go, winter care is simple. There are a few solid things you can do to ensure healthy growth and lush greenery for the next Spring.

  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure that you’re mowing regularly throughout the fall. Once you get closer to the end of the year make sure you put the blades on your mower to the lowest setting. This way, you’ll have less brown grass causing an eyesore during the winter and, more importantly the winter sun will be able to reach the lowest point or “crown” of the grass. In this way, you will be certain to take full advantage of the short winter days.
  2. Once the weather gets cooler and the grass doesn’t grow as quickly you’ll want to take advantage of the opportunity to aerate and fertilize your lawn. Aerating, if you are unfamiliar is the act of punching holes in the ground to allow the fertilizer, water, and air to reach the root system of your lawn during the harsh winter. You can rent a walk behind aerator for a fairly cheap price per day and finish the project in as little as a few hours. Afterwards, make sure to fertilize the grass. While a lawn will almost always benefit from fertilizer the fall is an especially good time. This will give your yard the nutrients it needs to sustain itself through the winter and grow spectacularly through the following spring.
  3. Always make sure to rake the leaves off the lawn as Autumn marches ever forward into Winter. This will allow your grass to receive as much of the aforementioned limited sunshine as it can and row healthy and strong.
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How Often Should I Water My Plants?

 

It seems that every time we go out on a job, this question always seems to pop up, and for good reason! No one wants the plants that they have just put in to die. However, the question is a tad bit more complicated than it would seem on the surface. In order to truly figure out how often you should be watering, first ask yourself a series of short questions.

  1. Is it in a pot or is in the ground?
  2. Is it a succulent or drought tolerant plant? (such as a cactus)
  3. Do I have several different types of plants together?

Once you have determined what plant types you have and how many, we can begin the process of watering correctly so as to not drown them.

A good “shoot from the hip” rule is to check the dirt with your finger, usually about an inch down is all you need. If the soil is dry, go ahead and water it. Be aware that potted plants will dry out before plants in a bed.

Another factor to keep in mind is soil direction when it comes to the beds. If a bed is situated on a hill. Then it will dry out a lot faster than a flat bed would because water travels the path of least resistance. So, if you have yet to plant it might not be a terrible Idea to plant your succulents higher than your other types. That being said, gardening is an art not a science. If you pay attention to the plants and watch the leaves and stems, they will tell you what they want. Nothing here is terribly difficult it simply takes a little fore thought. And “plant speak” Happy watering!

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Late Spring to Early Summer advice

 

Spring has been in the air for a while, and summer is quickly arriving. Many will begin to look out towards their yards and gardens with a feeling of excitement,

Here at Girmann’s we know how it feels to begin a project at home and we’d like to help you out with as much information as we can to get your yard, garden, or prized Rose bushes looking their best this summer!

1. Before planting new greenery, make sure to check the soil

Just as a house can only be sturdy if it has a good foundation, so too must a plant be kept in fertile soil so its root base will remain firm and strong. Be aware that not every plant will have the same soil requirements and usually a google search will help you in determining what steps to take to ensure optimal color and vibrancy. In addition to the soil itself, always make sure that the plant you have chosen will receive the amount of sunlight it needs in order to thrive. Not every plant wants direct sunshine all day, and some plants will wither without it.  Always be aware of the needs of your chosen plants.

2.  Now is a good time to tackle those hedges.

Around this time, and into early June is a good time to begin cutting away at any hedges you might have on your property such as boxwood or holly. Should you need help with this, try using a few pieces of twine or string to guide your hand and ensure that you don’t begin trimming to aggressively or gouging out the plant. Any kind of trimmer will do, however you will be surprised at how much better a hand pruner will make the bush look if you have the time and the gumption. Go slow, until you get the hang of it and you will reward yourself with beautiful and manicured bushes that will make the neighbors green with envy.

3.  Make sure to Water any new plants that you put into the ground regularly

New plants will take a little while to really dig into the soil, so in order to make sure that you don’t end up with a bunch of dead plants and wasted money make sure that you give them a good drink often, especially into the hotter months. A few moments a day will really save you a lot of time and heartache in the long run.

4. Now is the time to begin laying down pine needles or mulch

While there isn’t an inherently wrong time to put down mulch or pine needles, early spring is a great time to do the job. It isn’t overly hot yet, so you won’t exhaust yourself carrying heavy bags or wheelbarrows, and you have a good several months until the autumn begins to cover the work with its yearly shedding. These two things definitely make this time of year ideal in my book! When laying mulch remember to get it at least 3 inches thick. this will ensure a good round cover and if you happen to have pets, they wont be able to leave bare spots as easily. For pine needles lay as many as you think it will take to make the area look good to you. Some people like thicker coverage, some thinner. It’s all about what makes your yard feel like home to you.

 

There you have it! a few quick tips to make the planting season go a little easier on you. We hope we’ve given you folks some useful tips and we wish you a happy season full of color.