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Tips & Advices
What are the advantages of an irrigation system?
Irrigation system advantages:
Lowers water bill and maintenance time with scheduled watering
Evenly distributes water
Irrigation system disadvantages:
Professionally installed systems cost between $3,000-$4,000 for a quarter-acre lot.
Some do-it-yourself systems cost up to $1,500 but are difficult to install.
You may need to call a professional electrician and plumber, adding $300-$600 to your project.
When is a good time to replant plants?
Some plants can stand up to the cold weather, like kale or pansies. These can be planted in the autumn or early winter. Other plants need to wait until the soil is warm and ready. Plant perennial flowers in mid-autumn or mid-spring. If you're planting from seed or sprout, you can generally find information about planting conditions on the package.
What are the pros and cons to artificial grass?
Why get artificial grass?
Cuts down on lawn maintenance
It's environmentally friendly since there’s no need to water.
Artificial grasses may be more attractive than real grass in drought-stricken areas.
Why stick to the real deal?
Artificial grass has a high upfront cost - $15 to $20 per square foot.
It can be difficult to install.
Inexpensive options might look unnatural.
It gets hot in the sun.
What is the best way to get rid of lawn pests?
First, determine which pests you're dealing with. Mounds or tunnels indicate moles or voles. Apply castor oil to your lawn; they'll find another digging spot.
Determine which bugs you have by pouring a bucket of soapy water onto the lawn. The bugs will surface so you can identify them. Milky spore and nematodes keep grubs and other bugs at bay. Insecticidal soap also works.
The best way to prevent pests is with good yard maintenance. Certain bugs prefer overwatered lawns or yards with thatches. Regular mowing, watering, and dethatching discourage pests from moving in.
Does a lawn need fertilizer?
Fertilizer isn't always necessary, but it can keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. Use fertilizer with slow release nitrogen so it doesn't encourage weeds to grow. Keep in mind that overfertilizing can spur weed growth. However, under-fertilizing can result in weak grass, which gives weeds more space to take root.