If you enjoy working in your yard and garden then you have come to the right place.I share with you tips on growing flowers and herbs, designing specialty gardens, and ideas on ways to improve your curb appeal, Also product reviews and recommendations.
Now that my
garden has grown in I am aware of the plants and flowering shrubs that did not
survive the bitter cold winter. Today I made a list of what I needed and shopped online for the replacement flowers for my gardens.
I needed to replace my daisy gardens and bought at
Michiganbulb.com a mixture of Green Envy coneflower, Black-Eyed Susans, Every
blooming purple coneflower and crazy Shasta daisies. These flowers will be planted
in my wildflower garden back by my serviceberry shrubs.
Also from Michiganbulb.com I was able to replace the bee balm. I bought 12 plants that were on sale. The bee balm will bloom in early summer and
continue to bloom until fall. This plant
is fast growing, perfect for borders that are close to dog kennel. The entire
plant; leaves and flowers have potent mint fragrance plus it grows to 3 feet
with similar spread.
As for shrubs the oak leaf hydrangea was replaced with an
elderberry black lace sambucus. This shrub will produce pretty flower blooms in
the spring followed by edible fruit in the late summer. I am glad I was able to
find the plants at greenwoodnursery.com as they were exactly what I was looking
for as all will attract wildlife to my yard
Now all I need is some red cardinal flowers for the moist
soil around the pond where nothing else will grow.
I am looking forward to my replacement plant deliveries and look forward to spedign time in the garden. I am so happy the winter season is over and I am looking forward to an enjoyable summer season.
Note: I was able to buy many plants with a coupon that I had gotten from Michigan Bulb and thus saved greatly. Had I shopped locally I would have paid more. When I receive the plants I will post again to let you know the quality of plants and will share photographs.
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I don’t like emissions, fumes and the smell of gas makes me
sick; headaches and upset stomach. So I
told my husband that this year we were going to buy an earth friendly lawn
mower and searched online at Amazon.com and Sears.com.
I narrowed down my search to two Greenworks cordless
battery operated lawn mowers. Prices were comparable at both online store, however amazon.com you could pick the mower up at your local Sears or have it shipped, that was extra. Amazon.com offered free shipping on these greenworks lawn mowers.
MY LAWN MOWER COMPARISON
Greenworks model 25222 24-volts cordless 20 inch Lawn Mower
Greenworks 25302 40-volt G-max cordless Lithium-Ion 20 inch
two in one
twin force lawn mower
One has a 40 Volt lithium-ion battery which is desirable but
this 50 pound mower is not self propelled and I don’t like the idea of walking behind
and pushing it up the slopes in my yard.
The other greenworks mower is cordless self propelled with a 24 volt
sealed acid battery.
Both lawn mowers have the dual blade that not only cuts the
grass but also mulches and feeds into an attached bag. I like this feature because
it saves time and energy; I no longer after to rake to remove the cut grass
from the lawn, instead I can remove the bag and then add the clippings to the
mowers are good for the environment because there is no gas emission,
fumes, potential hazard of gas spillage into the soil, and no noise; you cut
the grass in peace and quiet.
The 40 volt has lithium-Ion battery and the other has a sealed
The 24 volt model offers self propelled allows you to cut
the grass without becoming exhausted
Battery life differs but if you have a small to medium sized
yard you will be able to get it cut with one battery charge.
I am certain that when I present my cordless battery charged
lawn mowers to my husband that he will agree that the self propelled is the
right mower with extra battery is the right choice for us.
Normally the lawn is my husband’s job but this year it has
become my job. Today when I look out at
the lawn I viewed a few green patches, but other than that the lawn looks like there
is a lot of thatch build up around the roots.
I decided to aerate the lawn to
punch holes into the soil so that oxygen, hydration and fertilizer can get to
the grass roots.
There are a couple ways to aerate your lawn, for small yards
you can wear aerator sandals and walk across your lawn in the same way in which
you would mow your lawn.
I personally like the lawn aerator rake because it gets rid
of the excess thatch and also loosens the soil around the grass roots.
For larger yards you
may want to look into buying Agri-Fab spike aerator push. This aerator looks like a push mower however
the blades will loosen the soil up to 2.5 inches. Then there are self-propelled units that you can
hook up behind your lawn tractor. These aerating
attachments are great especially for the homeowner with large lawns.
Clean up after you aerate your lawn with a rake, then plant
grass seed or fertilize your lawn.
Before you can grow a lush green lawn I
recommend that you know what type of soil you have. Grass seed is formulated to grow in specific
soil types and if you want a lawn that will be admired by all then test your
Choose grass seed blend for combination lawn; sun and shade
would recommend that you buy a soil test kit to check the nitrogen, phosphorus
and potassium pH levels.I you can buy
and inexpensive kit at amazon.com, or any garden center; Lowes and Home Depot
also sell soil test kits.
Know that if your soils pH is 6.0 to 7.0 then you are in good shape because you have the perfect soil for growing a lush green lawn. When you know your pH level you will be able to shop for the right grass seed for your lawn.
While shopping at our neighborhood yard sale I found some
capstone at a yard sale and then my brother gave me some cypress mulch. I knew immediately that I had the makings of
a practical and inexpensive garden path.
When it comes to creating garden paths in my yard I tend to
design paths that are practical and cost effective. I do not have a lot of money to invest in
garden hardscapes so I tend to make best with what I have or buy inexpensive
materials from yard sale finds.
The capstone path would be located adjacent to my side steps
and then would wind around my black-eyed
Susan flowers, ornamental grasses and herb garden beds, thus providing me
with easy access to gardens without walking on the grass. It would also put an end to dirty shoes
tracking mud or dirt indoors.
When planning a garden project I prefer to design by drawing
the path out and then work with my husband in the preparation and
Husbands to do list:
Remove the grass with lawn trimmer
Level the soil
Lay out the stones for easy stepping
Remove the dirt so he can set the stone into the space so that it is even with the soil.
When husband completed the layout for the stepping stone path
I then filled in around the stones with cypress mulch.
The finished recyled capstone and cypress mulch path looks
wonderful, even my neighbor likes the mulch surrounding the stepping stones. You do not have to use the stone steps, you
can create an easy garden path with using the mulch only.
Total out of pocked expense was $10.00: 14 capstones for $10.00 plus cypress mulch was given to me. View other landscape post by Sgolis here