Friday, October 20, 2017

Growing Beautiful Plants Organically

Growing organic plants is easy, even if you’re a beginner. However, keeping your garden fresh and capable of producing natural, healthy plants all year round can be somewhat of a challenge. If you want to start, and try out your luck with it, however, the following tips should help you:

• First prepare your bed about 3 weeks before you plant your first seeds. Introduce material from your compost pile, then rake the surface of your garden. For the next three weeks, remove the weeds that come up, until your soil is ready for planting your first crop.

• Water the soil lightly before, rather than after planting your first seeds. Make sure it’s moist but not too wet.

• Sow the seeds into a trench, or place 2-3 individual seeds in each planting hole.

• Cover the seeds with soil, then press the soil gently from above to make sure the seeds have good contact with it. Some seeds, such as lettuce or dill, will require sunlight to sprout, so just sprinkle them lightly with soil.

• Continue sprinkling water on the bed as soon as it dries up. Repeat this task until your plants have finally sprouted.

 Organic gardening can be extremely fun and rewarding. Also, knowing that none of the fruit and vegetables that come out of your organic garden have been touched by harmful chemicals will help you make far better choices for your health and nutrition.

 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Keeping Your Dog from Ruining the Grass

Unlike cats, dogs are animals that have to go outside to “take care of business,” and unless you have a well-trained dog, that can become a big problem when it comes to your humble back yard grass. Dog urine is uncommonly rich in nitrates that actually burn through your grass. It leaves yellow, dried up patches behind that remain unsightly and can be harder to deal with later on. So how do you keep your dog from ruining your grass?

One of the simplest and most straightforward ways to achieve this is to train your dogs to pee in a grass-free area of your yard. This can include patches of dirt and soil found behind your shed, or in other areas that aren’t directly visible by visitors or neighbors.

To train your dog, accompany him outside, and get his attention when he chooses a patch of grass to go potty. You can then guide him to an area of your choosing. Dogs are smart, so just by repeating this action a few times, you’ll already get your dog to finish his business in a location of your choosing.

You can also use citrus spray to deter your dog from ruining your lawn. Just spray some on the areas where he normally goes, and that should do the trick. Finally, pee posts containing dog-enticing pheromones can give you the best chance to train your dog to pee precisely in the place you want him to.

Let's face it no matter how hard we try to train our dogs they still may go on the grass. When they do go on the grass and make brown spots you can simply use Revive Dog Spot Treatment.

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How to Keep a Green Lawn

A lot of people across the US are complaining that they can’t keep a green lawn all summer. This is largely because of intense sunlight, but also because grass may require different type of care in different areas – especially considering the many types of grass there are out there.

If you want to care for your lawn properly, you’ll have to learn more, not about how much work you should put into it, but about the timing of your work.

Proper cutting, fertilizing, watering and aerating is the key to having a beautiful lawn for most of the year. The trick is to perform all these tasks at the right time. How do you do that? It’s quite simple:

1. Adjust grass height according to the time of the year. For the start of summer, use a 1-1/2 inch cutting height, then increase by half an inch during the heat of the summer, and decrease it back near the end. For warm-climate grasses you should keep the height about ½ of an inch shorter.

2. Make sure your grass gets about 1 to 2 inches of water each week, either from you or naturally. Use deep watering to help it develop deeper roots.

3. Make sure to mow only the top 1/3 of the grass, then avoid raking up the clippings so that they can decompose quickly and give your grass the amount of nitrogen it needs.

Using these simple tips, and making sure you time your organic lawn fertilizing periods well, you can achieve that awesome green lawn you’ve always wanted throughout the entire summer.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How Fertilization Can Help Your Lawn This Fall

Red tree with green lawn

September is upon us and that means it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your lawn and garden this fall. One of our most important tips on how to make grass green and healthy is to make sure you fertilize your lawn in the fall. Here’s some key points on how fall fertilization can benefit your lawn:

Fall fertilization: Why it’s too important to pass over

With the start of September comes one of the most popular seasons of all: fall.

“From a horticultural standpoint, it’s the best time to feed your lawn and make sure the nutrient levels are at their optimum growing conditions,” says Chuck Whealton, region manager with Ruppert Landscape’s landscape management division. “It’s also the best time to do lawn renovation. So, if you’re doing some overseeding of those areas, the best time to get germination of new grass is in the fall as well.”

Whealton explains that with cool-season grasses, fall is an especially important time to fertilize for the following reasons:

• Soil temperatures are relatively warm

• Air temperatures are beginning to cool down

• Typically, precipitation is better and more common in the fall

• It gives grass the opportunity to use the nutrients it’s stored to grow root systems better

• Increases cold hardiness

• Helps grass store energy reserves in the way of carbohydrates

Why fall fertilization is important

Fall fertilization is one of the most important aspects of good lawn health, but many people may be tempted to opt out of it to save a little bit of cash.

According to Whealton, this could end up costing them more than it would have to do the initial fertilizing.

“A good offense is better and usually less expensive than defense,” Whealton says. “Something is going to grow there, and we’d rather it be what we want, the desirable turf, than weeds. Once you have weeds, then you have to kill the weeds. We would rather play offense and create a healthy, good standing turf than to have to constantly be battling with herbicides and weed control.”

Whealton also recommends encouraging good cultural approaches to lawn care, such as establishing good mowing heights and frequencies, introducing new varieties of seed or turf, aerating, monitoring pH levels, optimizing nutrient levels and adding in organic materials from time to time.

Read the full article at totallandscapecare.com

 

 

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Green Lawns and Urban Landscapes Are Well Worth the Cost

Here at Revive, we’re all about saving water with our organic liquid fertilizer while making lawns green across the U.S. A study conducted by the Colorado State University research team recently analyzed the impact of urban and residential landscaping on the environment. Weighing the costs and benefits, this study concluded that even though landscaping costs Colorado a bit of money and valuable water, our green spaces are well worth what it takes to maintain them. Here’s some more information on their ground-breaking study:Water droplets on grass

CSU research quantifies the value of urban landscapes

This study, for the first time, has quantified the return on investment (ROI) of the water used for landscapes given the significant environmental, economic and social benefits our green spaces provide. It reports that Colorado landscapes use only 3% of available water consumed in Colorado.

The team found landscape benefits which fall into three major categories:

• Environmental: carbon sequestration, reduce air pollution, create oxygen, reduce heat island effect, improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.

• Societal: increase property values and reduce crime.

• Public health: stress relief, fitness and child development.

The study demonstrates that urban landscapes should not be the sole target of water utilities during drought or regarded as easily replacement or disposable. Eliminating landscape water by turning off the spigot or offering “cash for grass” rebates is a short-term fix that creates complex, long-term problems.

A key takeaway from the study is that while any effort at drought management requires plans that save water, those plans should not threaten the viability of landscaped areas. Maintaining healthy landscapes does come at some cost, but the unintended consequences and costs of sacrificing landscapes during drought outweigh the benefits.

The CSU researchers concluded that when considering the ecological, economic and sociological benefits provided by landscaped areas, the use of a mere 3% of Colorado’s total water to maintain them is a legitimate allocation of water resources.

Read the full article at alcc.com

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How a Green Lawn Can Help Keep You Cool

Feet in grass

Having a healthy lawn is about way more than curb appeal and impressing your neighbors. During the summer, a luscious lawn can be a refuge for hot feet and paws. With Colorado getting the most sunlight out of all the states, it’s crucial to keep your lawn healthy all year by using only the best lawn fertilizer. Here’s some statistics and facts about the many important ways green turf helps cool down our climate:

Temperature Modification

We've all had the pleasant experience of walking barefoot in the yard and feeling how cool the grass is underfoot. That's not an illusion. Turfgrass plays an important part in controlling our climate.

Grassed surfaces reduce temperature extremes by absorbing the sun's heat during the day and releasing it slowly in the evening, thus moderating temperature.

Grass plants absorb some solar radiation to fuel the photosynthesis process.

The irregular surface of lawn areas also scatters light and radiation, greatly reducing glare.

Turf cools itself and its surroundings by the evapotranspiration process. Each grass blade acts as an evaporative cooler.

An acre of turf on a summer day will lose about 2,400 gallons of water through evaporation and transpiration to the atmosphere. Roughly 50% of the sun's heat striking the turf may be eliminated through this transpirational cooling process.

The cooling properties of turf are so effective that temperatures over turfed surfaces on a sunny summer day will be 10 - 14 degrees cooler than over concrete or asphalt. Or to put it another way, consider the fact that on a block of eight average homes, the front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning!

Research studies revealed overall temperature of urban areas may be as much as 9 to 12°F (5 to 7 °C) warmer than that of nearby rural areas.

Through the cooling process of transpiration, turfgrasses dissipate high levels of radiant heat in urban areas.

Read the full article at thelawninstitute.org

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How To Help Your Flooded Lawn and Garden

All across the U.S., rainfall has been increasing. While some areas are actually flooding, other areas are experiencing more water than typically expected during the summer. A little extra water in addition to organic lawn care are usually good solutions in maintaining a green lawn, but too much water can be harmful to your plants. Here are some tips to follow if your garden is being flooded this summer:

What to Do for Waterlogged or Flooded Gardens

We have less control over our plants during prolonged periods of rain or flooding, than during drought. Unless they are in moveable containers, there is little we can do except wait for the weather to change. Then it is time to take stock of how your garden held up.



If your soil is waterlogged, chances are good your plants are showing signs of stress - or soon will be. The waterlogged and flooded soil has insufficient amounts of oxygen in it, for the plant roots to take up and release water or release excess carbon dioxide.

Plants may paradoxically look like they are wilting, but it is not because of too little water, it is because they can no longer access the available water. This leads to root rot and death. While we may not be able to prevent flooding, we should at least be on the alert for signs our plants are struggling. Start by watching for these signals.

Symptoms of Water Damaged Plants

Symptoms of water damage can look just like many other plant problems. Symptoms are generally first apparent on the leaves, although trees and shrubs may not exhibit symptoms for a year or more. Signs you plants have been damaged by waterlogged soil include:

• Stunting

• Yellowing leaves

• Twisting leaves

• Dropping leaves

• Soft, spongy areas at the base of the leaf

• Wilting despite plenty of water

• Roots turning dark, often with a rotting odor.

• Lack of flowers or fruits

• Shoot dieback

Several factors determine how much damage is done to plants by flooding, including how long the soil is waterlogged, whether it is fresh or salt water, the time of year and the type and age of the plant.
Flooding during warm weather is more damaging to plants because they are actively respiring and need more oxygen than during cold weather.

A short-term period of soggy soil probably won't cause much damage. It is prolonged periods of flooded soil that cause problems. Although some plants, like willows, bald cypress, flag iris and other bog plants, can adapt to long periods of flood waters, most plants cannot; some can handle as little as a few days.

Read the full article at thespruce.com

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