Planting and Gardening Tips – Tools You Need

Spring! It is just around the corner, you can almost smell it. Well,  that may not quite be true.  However, if you are like me you are already thinking about what you need to do to get ready to begin planting grass seed in spring, as in this spring. When the cold dark days of January get me down, I love to pull out some grass seed catalogues and think about what kind of grass seed might strengthen my lawn this spring.

Since nothing feels better on a warm summer night then to walk barefoot across a lush cool lawn, I tend to plan early what I can do when planting grass seed in spring to make that summer sensation a reality.

Problems Planting Grass Seed in Spring

While it is true that fall is the best time to plant grass seed, so that it has the fall moisture and can mature protected from the heat, spring can work as well. Also, many of us like to consider planting grass seed in spring because we are doing other garden prep. But there are a few things you need to consider when planning to do that spring planting.

  1. Plant as early as possible so that the grass can be mature by the time the heat hits.
  2. Watch to be sure it has lots of water, as early heat can kill seedlings at critical times
  3. Keep an eye out for crab grass and other competitive plants, that also come up in the spring
  4. If getting close to summer, rye grass can be planted for temporary cover and turned under for seeding in the fall.

As you can see, there are a few tricks to pay attention to when planting grass seed in spring. The usual tips about not planting grass seed too deep applies in the spring as well as the fall. Remember that grass seeds germinate at around 60 degrees, so you need to be sure the soil temp is ready for you to plant. If you do, plant your seeds when the soil hits 50 with some fertilizer you should have a great lawn come this summer.

How to take care of your garden

We all love our lawns, even on those days we feel guilty with the amount of water we use to keep them beautiful and green. But on a hot day, there is nothing more refreshing to the eyes than a swath of cool green lawn. You need to have some basic gardening tools including shears, shovels, hand gloves and loppers for pruning.

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Watch for these Problems
But sometimes when we look at our lawns we see, despite all our careful care and watering, a few bald spots. Heck – you may even see a few more bald spots than Uncle Hector of the amazing comb-over! And unlike Uncle Hector, you can’t just “comb-over” from the healthy green stuff growing all around that bald spot. You are going to need to do something, and it will involve planting grass seed along with some care to keep those tender little darlings from wilting before they grow strong enough to become a part of that wonderful expanse of lawn. I will give you a few tips about doing this as well as some tips on when to plant and the best ways to approach planting grass seed.

Combating Brown Spots
There are times when the spots outnumber the lawn and it is time for more drastic measures. This might be a good time to really think about the kind of lawn you have and if you need to be planting grass seed to change it to something that will thrive. There are many varieties available. If you are in a southern climate, planting Bermuda Grass Seed might be a good choice. If you are in a northern climate with cool seasons, planting fescue grass seed would be a better choice. Many people prefer a winter seasonal grass such as winter rye grass, which grows a lush winter lawn and is renewed each fall. If you are looking for a native grass that can withstand any weather, buffalo grass seed is an amazing choice. You only need to be planting grass seed once, and the runners take over, giving a strong durable lawn.

Planning is Always Good
Sometimes we take those lawns for granted, thinking they will just take care of themselves. But a little planning when you are planting grass seed, and in the end it will more than pay you back for the work. Your pleasure every time you walk across that lawn will grow because you know you helped to make it the beauty it is today.

Why You need to do pruning

Remove dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insect & decay organisms from entering the tree. Increase the number and quality of fruit, flowers and foliage- Pruning at the right time and in the right places can increase the number of shoots produced by the plant thus increasing yield. Pruning young and medium-sized trees can help minimize this problem by encouraging trees to grow with strong branch structure. As mentioned above, pruning affects the appearance of a tree. Thin a dense canopy on a tree to increase air and sunlight, resulting in fewer disease problems.

  • Pruning is done to remove parts of the plant that are not longer useful.
  • Risk on mature trees can be managed with appropriate pruning on trees close to potential targets such as buildings, pedestrian walks, and picnic areas.
  • By cutting off dead limbs or removing sections of the tree that are growing faster than others, you’re giving your tree a whole new look.
  • Remove suckers & water sprouts to eliminate weak wood and provide more food and water for the tree.
  • There are many reasons why these parts might no longer benefit the plant.
  • Recent research clearly shows that appropriate pruning can reduce likelihood of trees failing in wind.

Basically, it’s like a haircut for your tree. Eliminate crossing branches to prevent damage caused by their rubbing against each other. Some reasons are functional and will improve the health of the plant. Proper pruning encourages strong growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health, and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree. Good grooming is beneficial to trees, since it enhances the shape of the tree. Weak or narrow crotches split apart as the tree grows older. Other reasons are purely aesthetic and will enhance or change the look of the plant. Pruning at the right time and in the right way is critical, since it is possible to kill a healthy tree through neglect or over-pruning. This is especially important for trees that you’ve planted for the sole purpose of adding aesthetic appeal.

Remove these crotches to eliminate breaking and tearing of wood. Old flowers and fruit should also be removed as they may become unsightly. Essentially, pruning should enhance the trees natural shape. Understanding plant growth is vitally important in growing crops for maximizing food production – if different pruning techniques could increase yield, that would certainly be good! The research suggests that for a shoot tip to be active, it must be able to export auxin into the main stem.

Pruning faded flowers (dead heading) enables the plants to put more energy into growth versus making seeds. Trees may be trimmed into artistic shapes, or might be just minimally maintained as they find their own way in the landscape. But if substantial amounts of auxin already exist in the main stem, export from an additional shoot tip cannot be established. By pruning plants regularly you can control size and appearance without having to prune extensively. Whichever style you prefer, make sure pruning is regularly incorporated into your landscaping schedule so that broken, dead or dying branches are removed. Late fall is a good time to evaluate deciduous plants after the leaves have fallen.

Choosing the loppers for your garden

Loppers come in a variety of different lengths, ranging from 15 inches to up to 32 inches and even longer. With so many models and variations in can be daunting (and a waste of money) to purchase loppers only to find they last 5 minutes and promptly sent to landfill or you’ve spent too much for something that a cheaper sets of loppers could of handled. Whether it’s cutting back dead and diseased plants and trees, preventing bushes and shrubs from encroaching on other plants, or deadheading old flowers to ensure regrowth next year – your garden relies on these maintenance tasks to maintain the balance. Features a single straight blade that uses a splitting action to cut down on a stem or branch. Length greatly influences leverage for the longer the handle, the more leverage you have making it easier to cut thicker branches or stems.

  • Firstly you need to determine what it is you are likely to be cutting and branch diameters.
  • You can also create new plants by taking cuttings from more established trees or bushes – either keeping them for another area of your garden or gifting them to green-fingered friends and family.
  • Similar to anvil pruners, but features a mechanism that cuts in stages.
  • These can be heavy, so pick a length you can comfortably work with.
  • The Fiskars bypass Lopper is a perfect choice for cutting overgrown grasses in the garden.
  • Remember, you may have to hold a chainsaw or lopper for a long period, so make sure you’ll be comfortable doing so.

Works well for people who have problems with wrist strain. Anvil loppers have a blade that slices to the center of the fat lower base, contacting that base at the completion of the cut. They have highly sharp and well designed steel blades that are designed to provide cleaner cuts for a clean and green garden. You need to get the balance right – while a light saw will be more manoeuvrable, if it is underpowered it will take much longer to get the job done than one that is a bit larger.

Type Of Cutting Blades
Acts like scissors with two curved blades that make a nice, clean cut. These are less precise and clean-cutting but exert higher force, and so are used for thick dead wood or less precise cutting. The blades can be replaceable and can cut branches up to 1-1/2-inches in diameter. Like any product, there are many factors that go into making a good tree lopper. Works well on green and growing stems. If you are going to be buying loppers online, then it is always good to check out the manufacturer’s website as well as the site that is selling them. While trimming, gardeners should keep their wrists straight and use gloves to prevent sharp thorns from stabbing their hands and blisters from forming. And, depending on your own personal tree trimming needs, what’s considered the perfect tool for you may not be for another. Anvil loppers and pruners tend to crush the material that is being cut and are used where cleanliness of cut is not as important as removal. The manufacturer’s sites, generally, will have more information regarding the dimensions of the loppers.

Anvil vs Bypass Lopper
With the lopper, grasp the branch with the chopping section. But in order for a tree lopper to perform its basic duty of removing branches, there are a few key features that are must haves. This occurs when cutting dead material or making preparatory cuts – those cuts that occur before the final cut is made. Make sure you have as much information as possible about the weight of the loppers and about the grip size. After shifting the branch into the jaws as far as possible, gardeners should press the handles together.

For example, in some cases you shorten a branch before removing it. If you know you have either very big hands or very small hands, it is well worth finding out about the diameter of the grips to make sure that they are comfortable for you to use. Gardeners must avoid cutting with the device’s tips as they can bend. The preparatory cuts are those that reduce the branch’s length before making the final cut. Add a drop of maintenance oil to the pivot point, gears and spring of your pruning tool.

Make sure to open and close the blades a few times to ensure the oil is distributed evenly. Sharpen the blades. Find the beveled edge and push a file away from you down the length of the blade, lifting and repeating as necessary. Don’t forget that while bypass pruners only have one beveled edge, the blades of anvil pruners tend to be beveled on both sides so you’ll have to repeat this step for each side.