Homeowners who trim their own shrubs and hedges need a few basic tools: clippers or shears, loppers, a manual saw, powered hedge trimmers, and a powered pole saw. Buy the cheaper manual tools first, then add the more costly powered tools when the budget allows.
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.
Advanced string trimming techniques are necessary when tackling heavy-duty projects such as overgrown yards and angled banks and ditches. Implementing strategies such as cutting from the top down or adopting a wide stance with a full cutting arc result in successfully completed tough trim jobs.
The Florida homeowners August landscaping to-do list varies by plant category and may include fertilizing, trimming, and pest control. Use our blog to guide you in providing mid-summer care of the plants in your garden beds and on your property.
A healthy tree may not always stay healthy. Examine the trees on your property for signs of developing weakness or illness: dead branches, codominant stems, cavities, decay, and root problems. Take corrective measures to keep trees from falling and causing injury and damage.
Got shade? There are plenty of great plants that thrive in areas receiving little or no sunlight. Remember that light conditions change over the hours and by season, though. Observe how light shifts during the day and the year and install plants accordingly.
Rain gardens provide a solution to the problem of runoff-transported pollutants in streams and ponds. Native plants that grow in rain gardens put down deep roots that act as filters, removing 90% of the chemicals carried by runoff from roofs, driveways, and lawns.
March 20 is the first day of spring. Is your landscaping ready? Important outdoor spring-preparation tasks include purchasing a pre-emergent herbicide treatment for your lawn, selectively pruning, cleaning out planting beds, checking irrigation system components, and servicing lawn care equipment.
Floridians who practice water-wise landscaping will need less irrigation during the low-rain months of the year. Water-wise landscaping involves installing plants that thrive in natural conditions, reducing the need for watering and for fertilizer and pesticides that can pollute nearby ponds and lakes.