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You wanted to be the rock star the one to rock the curb appeal of your home. You planned. Purchased. Maybe you even began digging up the dirt. Your aching muscles and sweat brought pride in the work at hand. Now, life is closing in, and you are overwhelmed by what needs done. Can we share a secret with you? You can still be that rock star. One-day landscape makeovers raise you to stardom. Whether you are staring at a blank slate of a yard or are part way through the project, a flower bed or zero maintenance bed system installation, or patio makeover makes it all look good in less than 12 hours. Need more convincing? You Get Mess to Dressed in 12 Hours HGTV and DIY tempt us to believe that curb appeal can be boosted within an hour show. While this proves a stretch, your mess of a yard or bland curb get guest-ready in just one day (not the weeks required by full landscape projects). Start in the morning, host a BBQ by nightfall. Full landscaping projects on your own or hired mean inconvenience
As your lawn prepares to hibernate beneath a blanket of lake effect snow, important care tasks need to be completed. While the cooler Northeast Ohio fall temperatures and rains (maybe even a few snowflakes) drive you indoors, giving a bit more attention to your grass before the snow officially flies promises a greener, healthier lawn in the spring. Check out these five lawn care tips to finish out the season. Feed Your Lawn Squirrels hide nuts away. Bears fill up on berries. Similarly, your lawn needs to store food away to prepare for the winter. Fertilizing grass before it stops growing gives your lawn its winter nutrients and nourishes roots. Even if you fertilize all spring and summer, this application proves the most effective. Give Your Grass a Drink While fall tends to be wet, note the amounts of rainfall, and water as needed until temperatures fall below freezing. Harsh winter winds prove to dry to lawns. These last drinks every two to three weeks prove vital to ensuring your
The fall brings a burst of color to Northeast Ohio and a fading energy for lawn maintenance. After all, the mowing, weeding, and gardening of the summer draw to a close with the harvest. Smells of pumpkin and visions of football games bring you indoors. Right? While you are close to being able to squirrel away and forget your lawn until next spring, you are not there yet. A fall clean up proves essential to your lawns health and ability to survive the harsh winter predicted in Cleveland this year. Why is a good lawn clean up so important in the fall? Seeds Can Root The fall proves the ideal time to seed worn or bare spots in your yard. However, without good soil contact, seeds cannot root. Natural debris such as dead plants and falling leaves create a layer over the ground. This thatch prevents seed from reaching the soil and taking root. Even the highest qualitylawn-specific seed is no match for thatch. A fall clean up gives seeds room to root for a lusher lawn. Grass Can Breathe Thatch
Getting air, water, and nutrients to the roots of your Northeast Ohio lawn helps it thrive. When roots are nourished, they grow more deeply and produce a more vibrant, vigorous lawn. You may think this process happens naturally. After all, dirt is porous. But the truth is that the clay-based soils of this area are not easy to penetrate. Plus the vibrant fall leaves and colorful summer blooms eventually create heavy layers of thatch on lawns. Mowers and other vehicles, childrens playing feet, as well as backyard parties also compact the soil leaving it unable to breathe. Your lawn requires help to catch its breath. However, dont pull out the keep off lawn signs. Your yard is not only meant to look good but to host your familys activities. Aeration perforates the soil to break the surface and allow needed elements to reach the grasses roots. Why aerate mylawn? Aerating your lawn offers the following benefits. Your grass can breathe. In other words, aeration alleviates soil compaction.
If youve never power washed your home before, you may want to consider doing so now. As a homeowner, you know property maintenance is important and so is potentially raising the value of your home. Power washing has many benefits for both your home as well as your health. There are tons of different benefits and facts you should know about power washing before you decide to do it and weve laid out a few of those below. Seven Things You Should Know about Power Washing: 1. A power washer is much stronger than a garden hose. Sometimes people will think that placing their thumb over the end of a garden hose can have the same effect as using a power washer. This is not true. A garden hose will not have the same power or be able to dislodge the same amount of grime that a power washer can. A power washer has 80 times the force of a garden hose. 2. You cannot power wash everything. Power washing is best for youre the exterior of your home, driveways, patios, pool decks, concrete
Ah, summertime! Warm weather, lots of sunshineits that time of year that you get the DIY fever. So many projects, so little time. But if youre thinking about taking on the DIY project of sealing your own patio or drivewaythink again. This is a job best left to a professional. Heres why: Most DIYers attempt to do this job with a roller, which does not work well for application of the latex- or oil-based sealer material. You will probably end up better covered than your drivewayyoull have little specs of material all over yourself by the time youre through. Driveway repairs and sealcoating are best left to professionals like us. We have actually responded to many calls to come fix a DIY driveway. How many DIY projects have you had where you thought youd save money, but you actually end up spending way more when all is said and done? The price of hiring a professional is actually very reasonable. DIYers think theyre saving money, but you will spend hundreds on sealer, pre-sealer for cracks,
Concrete may be one of the most trusted flooring options, but even the best cant endure the test of time. After providing a solid footing for years and probably decades, concrete will eventually show signs of aging. The erosion will cause it to sink, lowering the overall level of the surface. The good news is there is more than one way to restore the surface back to its formal glory Polyurethane Concrete Raising and Mudjacking are both techniques used to repair settled concrete by lifting the surface back to its prior position. The core processes are very similar, but there are several advantages of using Polyurethane over Mudjacking despite the higher cost. In order to understand what makes it better, one needs to know the difference between both the techniques. What Is Mudjacking? Mudjacking is the method of fixing sunken concrete by injecting slurry consisting of mud, sand, cement and limestone beneath a concrete slab to lift and level it. Several holes of about an inch or two are
Many people would find it hard to believe that the core of a healthy lawn begins with a good sharp mower blade. Dull mower blades do not cut your grass so much as the force of the blade will tear and damage your grass. This is bad for both your grass and your mower. The duller your blade the harder the mowing job is on the mower itself and the more fuel it needs to consume to do the job. Torn grass blades become weaker and more prone to disease as the breaks in the plants allow a larger point of entry into the plant for infection. The ragged torn look will make your lawn look less appealing and if your blade is dull you might even tear whole tufts of grass out of the lawn itself. The ragged edges of torn grass will yellow and die to give your yard a less than green look. Dull mowings can result in damage to your grass that can even be confused for mold growth. Sharp mower blades, on the other hand, are an essential to maintaining a good healthy lawn. When your mowers blades are sharp
Controlling Weed Growth in Your Garden Do you have a problem with weeds always sprouting up in your garden? There is nothing more frustrating than watching your beautiful flowers and plants come into bloom, only to be suffocated by weeds that grow and take over your landscaping. Today we are going to be taking a look at using pre-emergent law care methods so that you can stop the growth of weeds before they get started. First, lets take a look at how most people normally handle weeds growing around their property. How You May Be Handling Weeds Now Most of us wait until weeds start growing rapidly before we start to do something about it. That usually means that we are taking out the hand shovels to dig out those nagging weeds, and probably getting out your herbicides to kill them off. What if there was a better way to handle getting rid of weeds? What if you started using a method of treatment that kept weeds from growing? Pre-Emergent Lawn Care So, what is pre-emergent lawn