Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Too close a cut damages the grass, encourages weed growth and calls for too-frequent mowing. It's never about how short the grass is but how neat and trim the lawn looks when finished. Grass varieties grown in cooler climes should be 3 inches long or longer; warm-climate grasses, such as Bermuda and centipede grasses, can be cut a bit shorter, to around 1 1/2 inches.
Let your mower "design" the yard. Once you start the mower rolling, do not back up or make, "turns so tight they require slowing down." When you finish, look around for any areas of uncut grass. "The trick is to eliminate the little corners, peninsulas and island of grass," "Those patches are time-waster areas." What to do then? Don't mow those patches; replace with ground covers or mulch.
Start mowing in the most visible area of the property, like the front lawn. The most efficient way is to mow is to choose a specific area and mow in a circular motion from the edges toward the center. Mowing back and forth in rows is also acceptable.
Let no single bush or tree be an island in your yard. If there's something planted in the middle of the lawn that makes mowing hard, like a large bush with overarching branches, We recommend ripping out the grass under the bush. Create a garden bed or plant some more bushes. Use mulch to create a large, even shape that's easy to mow around. "Don't drop plants into your yard".
Be aware of your terrain, especially any steep slopes. These are areas that can cause accidents. People have lost toes by mowing the wrong way. Where the ground goes downhill, mow back and forth across the grade.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
The less toxic chemicals are used, the less toxic chemicals seep into our water to later contaminate all life including ourselves. We owe it to our future generations to engage in such practices and salvage what is remaining of our world.
But what does this all mean for your Lawn. Unfortunately Organic Lawn Care is not for the lazy. You will need to substitute synthetic fertilizers and pesticides chicken manure and plant fibers and the results are in many cases disappointing. It may take a while for this movement to take hold in India, one reason is that organic lawn products are probably not available. We however wanted to raise awareness of this practice with this article.
I end by posting a ORGANIC LAWN 101, Courtesy of Scott Meyer editor of Organic Gardening magazine.
- Get Soil Test
This shows what fertilizers and soil amendments, such as limestone, you need. Tests can be done by pros or with do-it-yourself kits available in stores and online at sites such as www.gardensalive.com (Anytime)
- Control Weeds
Clean up debris and apply organic corn gluten herbicide, such as Cockadoodle DOO Weed Control or WeedBan (www.purebarnyard.com, (www.extremelygreen.com). Safe for kids and pets, but not when seeding new grass. (Early spring & late summer)
Non-synthetic organic brands can be found in gardening centers and most home improvement chains, including Home Depot and Lowe's. Look for a seal from Organic Materials Review Institute. Follow directions. (Early and late spring, late summer or early fall)
- Mow and Water
Keep grass on the high side -- 2.5 to 3 inches -- to fight weeds. Don't cut lawn while it's wet, and leave clippings to feed the soil. Rake out clumps. Lawns need about one inch of water a week. Water early -- 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. is best -- and for concentrated periods. Light sprinkling fosters weak roots.
- Feed Turf
Nutrients like compost tea sprays, liquid seaweed and grub deterrents may build soil's biology and fight pests. Some brands can be found at www.gardensalive.com and www.extremelygreen.com. (See directions for best application times)
When nights are cool, grass grows best. That's the best time to over-seed lawn and fill in any bare spots. (Fall)
Friday, June 5, 2009
Over the past month, I've trimmed my grass four times, sliced firewood with a chainsaw, torn up lawn to reseed and weed-whacked my overgrown two-acre property.
And I haven't used a single drop of gasoline.
It's shaping up to be the summer of the "alternative energy" outdoor power tools. From battery mowers and garden cultivators to a new propane-propelled string trimmer, manufacturers and retailers are rolling out consumer machines that run on gas substitutes and boast lower emissions and fewer maintenance headaches.
Right now, Ariens Co. of Brillion, Wis., is introducing its $3,299 "AMP Rider" electric-motor mower that works off rechargeable lead-acid batteries and never needs an oil-change. Valley City, Ohio-based MTD Products Inc.'s Troy-Bilt brand just launched a $169 seven-pound lithium-ion battery trimmer it says can run up to 45 minutes on a single charge. And Vergennes, Vt.-based Country Home Products Inc., known for its futuristic Neuton brand battery push mower, just added four new tools with interchangeable nickel-cadmium batteries to its lineup, including a $109 chainsaw.
Meantime, home-improvement retailers are allocating more shelf space for these eco-machines, lured by slowing sales of gas models and robust interest in alternative-fuel models. At Home Depot Inc., 2008 was a record year, with double-digit sales growth, for non-gas outdoor equipment.
Two factors are driving the trend, says Wesley Neece, Home Depot senior merchant for lawn and garden: the greening of America and lingering caution about rising gas prices. Home Depot sells a range of items from corded and battery-powered push mowers to a trimmer just out from Los Angeles-based Lehr Inc. that's fueled by a small 16.4-ounce propane canister. Home Depot is just beginning to sell the Ariens battery AMP Rider online.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Lona Lawn Mowers founder, Alexander Mathew was recently featured in the news. This was related to the opening of his Art Gallery - Alexander's Art Gallery. The Art Gallery features a unique collection of art from original paintings from foreign painters to reproduction of famous paintings. Also featured in the collection are exotic African Masks, collected by Mr Alexander while working as a teacher in Nigeria. The News article was featured in the Indian Express.
Paper cutting of the article is attached.