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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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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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Starting an Herb Garden

Starting an Herb Garden

Are you a foodie?  If you are unfamiliar with the term “foodie”, it means someone who relishes in the flavor of food.  It is someone who doesn’t just eat because they have to nourish their body, but someone who loves the taste of food and can easily distinguish the good from the not so good.

One easy trick that just about anybody can do to enhance a wonderful variety of flavor to their meals is to prepare your foods using fresh herbs.  Remarkably, fresh herbs are very simple to grow right in your own yard, flower bed, plant container, or even on your windowsill.

An herb is described as a type of plant that is used for culinary purposes, fragrances, or medicinal purposes.  In the culinary world, an herb usually refers to the flowering or leafy green part of the plant.  Herbs are pretty easy to grow, even for the inexperienced gardener.  Herbs are also pretty hardy plants once they have become established.

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Using Everyday Items in Your Garden

Using Everyday Items in Your Garden

Whether you are an experienced gardener, a novice, or somewhere in between, there may be some ideas of “shortcuts” or creative ideas that you may not have thought of before that can be resources for your gardening plans.  Below are several ideas that may be useful to you as the growing season approaches us.

If you are planning to grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables from seeds, you will need small containers to place the seeds in to begin the growing process.  Home supply stores have a variety of container choices for you to purchase; however, another idea is to use egg shells.  Egg shells are the perfect size in which to place a bit of dirt and your plant seeds.  They also come in their own egg containers, which will provide for a handy storage place.

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Welcome to The Garden Center

Welcome to The Garden Center

Welcome to our new blog all about lawn and garden care.  We hope this will be your go-to source of information about how to care for your outdoor space.  If you have any specific interests in what you’d like to read about, please let us know here!

While we are working on getting our site up and running, check out this video about how to fix a patchy, weedy lawn: