How do you know which landscaping chores to do yourself and which to hire out? Look at your level of interest, available time, physical ability, and budget. Compare the cost of new equipment with the cost of lawn care services. Assess the information to decide who will do what tasks.
Winter brings relief from lawn mowing and opens time for other landscaping tasks. Now leaves must be raked, beds cleaned out and mulch refreshed. It’s also a good time of year to plant rye grass and examine trees for mistletoe.
Run an edger around beds and trees and along the sides of driveways and sidewalks to cut away encroaching grass and produce clean, finished, lines. Stick edgers and walk-behind edgers are powered by gas, battery, or electricity and cost from $100 to $800.
String-trimming neatens up the ragged edges of lawn that a mower can’t access. It also levels weeds in beds and around trees. In this blog, we cover string-trimming basics: setting up the tool, operation fundamentals, and the standard pattern to follow.
Do you know the proper cutting height for your type of lawn turf? What to do with grass clippings? How often to sharpen mower blades? We answer those questions and others in this short blog on the best ways to care for your lawn.
Grass grows quickly in the summer, so most Florida homeowners don’t have the luxury of taking several weeks to repair an inoperable lawn mower. Fortunately, routine maintenance both reduces the number of mechanical issues that arise and ensures that your mower stays in tip-top condition for the whole mowing season.
Chinch bugs and tropical sod webworms are warm-weather threats to the health of your grass, but each can be treated with early detection and chemical application to keep their damage to a minimum. Know what to look for to keep your lawn thriving this summer.
The three most common summer fungal turf diseases in Florida are Take All Root Rot, Gray Leaf Spot, and Fairy Ring Fungus. The most destructive is the first, although all three diseases can kill grass. They can be managed with cultural and chemical controls.
Homeowners who handle their own lawn care need eight basic tools. These tools, ranging from a hand-held trowel to a mechanized lawn mower, enable homeowners to produce beautiful, healthy yards with neat lines, shaped hedges, and thriving plants.