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Lawn Maintenance Guide

Lawn Maintenance Guide

The trees and flowers are blooming, the bees and birds are humming and creating nests for their families, and the outdoor surroundings seem to be beckoning for people to come outside and stay awhile.  It’s that time of year when people everywhere are planting flowers, filling their bird feeders, trimming their bushes, and mowing their lawns.  It can be a pleasure for some who love to work outdoors, but it can also be a chore for some, too.  With some easy routine steps and regular maintenance of your lawn, you can alleviate some of the pressure of the looming task of taking care of your yard.

We spoke with the experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care who offer the best lawn care services Birmingham AL has to offer.  They gave us several ideas that can be useful for anyone who takes care of a yard regularly.  Although caring for a yard does take some time and commitment, with regular care, your yard can prosper. 

The first thing to consider is that you need to derive a schedule for your yard.  Plan a schedule for mowing, weeding, fertilizing, or even watering your lawn.  It may be helpful to create a list of things to do weekly, monthly, semiannually, or annually.  For example, mowing, edging, and weeding would be activities to do on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule; while aerating your lawn is something usually done on an annual basis.

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Garden Vegetable Recipes

Garden Vegetable Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to try your expertise (or luck) growing your favorite vegetables in your own home garden.  A grower can experience such a confidence with growing their own vegetables that are healthy, beautiful, and nutritious to eat.  Below you will find a variety of recipes that contain some very popular summer vegetables.  These recipes may fill you with some yummy delights or may spark your own interest in trying a variation of the listed ingredients.  Either way, may you enjoy the products of your own garden throughout the warm, summer months and beyond.

The first recipe is a delectable tomato sauce that is especially tasty when served with Italian-themed dishes, such as lasagna, tortellini, or meatball subs.  It also pairs well with baked potatoes, egg dishes, or even on top of salads.

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The Remarkable Camellia Plant

The Remarkable Camellia Plant

If you have spent any time touring around the deep south portions of the U.S. during the winter months, you undoubtably have noticed the full, bright colors of the iconic Camellia plant.  Typically available in flowering colors of red, white, and pink, the Camellia plant stands out during drab cool days of winter as some of the most beautiful colors around.  For this reason, the Camellia flower is often referred to as the “rose of winter”.  Loved and honored so much for its beauty, the Camellia was named the state flower within the great state of Alabama.

The Camellia plant is relatively easy to grow.  There are hundreds of varieties of Camellias, ranging in different sizes, colors, and shapes.  The Camellia plant is often planted as an ornamental plant that mixes well in landscaping borders and natural areas within one’s yard.  They tend to thrive in shaded areas that have good, moist soil and are regularly sheltered from strong winds and cold temperatures.  Camellias typically bloom from October until May, with their peak season ranging from January to February.  These shrubs provide wonderful, peaceful color as each New Year begins to form.

Although one probably believes that the Camellia plant is original to the United States’ southern states, it actually originated in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.  This evergreen shrub offers hardy, strong leaves that blend in nicely with the south’s surroundings all year-round.  While the flowers are blooming during the cool months, this shrub offers exquisite, colorful spots among an otherwise bland backdrop.  As previously mentioned, the plant usually has blooms that are red, white, and pink; however, there are also varieties of purple, orange, and multi-colored flowers.

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Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

This post is sponsored by Brick Mason Atlanta, a company that provides the best outdoor kitchens, retaining walls, patios, and brick mailboxes Atlanta has to offer.

Many homeowners have walked to their brick mailboxes and noticed flyers that advertise outdoor kitchens.  Perhaps you have wondered if an outdoor kitchen is something you would like to have on your own property.  The photos on the brochures usually look perfect, inviting, and entertaining; however, an outdoor kitchen space may not be the right choice for every homeowner.  Before investing in an outdoor kitchen for yourself, there are many considerations that should be dwelled upon.  Continue reading for some thoughtful ideas.

Perhaps the first consideration should include the types of foods that you believe you would enjoy cooking outdoors.  Do you enjoy cooking burgers, vegetables, or sauces?  Are there items you would enjoy cooking outdoors that need more complex cooking surfaces than an ordinary, backyard grill?  A fully stocked outdoor kitchen can include just about any appliance that you would have in an indoor kitchen, including; a grill, range, oven, refrigerator, sink, and dishwasher.  You may even include more specialty items, such as; a pizza oven, warming drawer, side burners, ice makers, and a wine/beer cooler.  Options are vast to the number of items that you can add to an outdoor kitchen.  You will just need to decide which items are right for your needs and your environment.

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Fire Pit Types and Considerations

Fire Pit Types and Considerations

fire pit

Have you been searching for a new addition for your yard that can provide a bit of outdoor entertainment and will enhance a cozy environment for friends and family to gather?  Perhaps an outdoor fire pit is the answer.  Many homeowners are adding fire pits that serve as a central location for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company.  An outdoor fire pit adds just the right amount of ambience for folks to enjoy and relax in the warm setting.  An outdoor fire pit can also help to reduce the number of flying insects that can be bothersome during relaxing summer evenings and can provide a flame for yummy s’more creations, or can knock off the chill of cooler nights spent outdoors.

There are two main types of outdoor fire pits: wood-burning fire pits and gas-burning fire pits.  Before purchasing a fire pit, you may wish to check out our list of factors to consider regarding the different types of fire pits.  Below you will find a list of six different considerations on fire pit types and their uses.

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Leaf Removal

Leaf Removal

The time of year will soon be arriving when the days become shorter and the temperatures become cooler.  Soon the leaves on the trees will fade from vibrant green to a myriad of oranges and reds, before they float to the ground and cover the grasses.  This is also the time of year when many of us will spend hours raking the leaves into piles and figuring out a way to dispose of them, before they smother our grasses and turn our lawns brown.  Perhaps we can help with a few ideas of the best way to deal with the massive loads of leaves that will soon become an issue.

You have probably seen people bent over large leaf bags shoveling piles of leaves into the bags that are positioned on the ground.  Although this may seem like a frivolous investment to some consumers, the purchase of a leaf bag holder can give you years of simple pleasure and can help save your back from unwanted pain.  You can find leaf bag holders at most home and garden supply stores, as well as a multitude of them online.  They range in price from about $12.00 to $40.00, and they are available in a variety of styles.  Most of them are collapsible; therefore, they will not take up much space during the off season when you aren’t using it.  Some owners find that they are very useful for other purposes besides holding leaves, though.  They can be useful for collecting trash around the house or for storage, too.  Whichever leaf bag holder you may choose, one thing is for sure, and that is that you will be surprised how much easier it is to place leaves inside an open leaf bag versus shoveling them into a flat bag on the ground.

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Fall Lawn Preparation

Fall Lawn Preparation

The hot, hazy days of Summer are slowly fading away, and will soon turn into the cool, crisp days of Fall.  Plants, flowers, and gardens will soon shrivel up and perish when chilly mornings become the new normal.  When these cool days arise, it is a great time to inspect your outdoor surroundings and decide what maintenance you need to perform in order to prepare your yard for the cool season ahead.

The Fall season is a great time to clean up your lawn a little by disposing of yard waste you no longer need, and to think ahead for preparation of next year’s Spring season.  There are several things that you can do now that will improve the look and function of your lawn throughout the coming Winter and Spring.  Some ideas are listed below.

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All About Crepe Myrtles

All About Crepe Myrtles

If you have spent any time driving around the southern part of the United States, then undoubtedly, you have seen the iconic crepe myrtle bushes in all their splendid colors.  Perhaps you have seen these beauties, and just didn’t know what they were called.  For those of you that fall into this category, you could use the computer support Birmingham AL has to offer, or you could just continue reading this informative article.

The crepe myrtle, coincidentally also spelled crape myrtle by some, is one of the most brilliant shrubs in the South.  It could be mistaken for a full-fledged tree, as some varieties reach heights of 25 feet or more, but it is classified as a shrub.

In addition to having very distinctive, speckled bark on its’ trunk and branches, the crepe myrtle blooms blossom in a variety of flashy, gorgeous colors, including; white, purple, red, pink, and fuchsia.  If you have your eyes trained to look for them, the crepe myrtles can be located in southern towns everywhere.  You can easily spot them in shopping center parking lots, along roads and highways, on school grounds, hospital grounds, business center grounds, and in neighborhoods galore.  They are a subtle shrub, due to their delicate branches, but their blooms put on quite a show for those that pay attention.

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Pickling Garden Vegetables

Pickling Garden Vegetables

Have you had a successful season producing healthy vegetables in your backyard garden?  If you find yourself overloaded with a variety of homegrown vegetables, then one way to preserve them throughout the rest of the year is to “pickle” them.  After the warm weather begins to cool, bring all of your garden vegetables indoors and get ready to prepare them for the long, cool months ahead.

Pickling vegetables began thousands of years ago.  It began as a way to preserve foods safely for long periods of time.  The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch word “pekel”.  The translation means “sharp in taste”.  Vinegar is usually the main ingredient of the liquid that pickled items are stored in, along with spices such as: salt, black pepper, garlic, mustard seed, cinnamon, or cloves.

There are a multitude of vegetables that can be preserved by pickling that you may have right from your garden.  Although cucumbers are the main vegetable that people think of when they think of “pickles”, other vegetables that are also delicious when pickled include: beets, zucchini, carrots, asparagus, and okra.  Pickling is a process of fermentation, and with a little bit of effort, can preserve your garden selections for many months to come.

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Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses

The White House in Washington, DC is home to a beautiful, well-known Rose Garden.  It is located just outside the Oval Office and the West Wing.  Originally established in 1913 by Ellen Wilson, wife of President Woodrow Wilson, it has provided a peaceful setting for residents and guests for over a century. 

Have you ever visited a flower garden and experienced the peace, serenity, and beauty of the surrounding flowers and wondered if you could create something similar in your own backyard?  The answer is yes.  Rose and flower gardens are not always the easiest environments to maintain, but their radiance and attractiveness is incomparable to anything else.

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