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Many people started growing plants to fill an empty corner in their yards. Stores often have a wide variety of trees to choose from. It’s not an easy decision. One option you might want to consider is growing bonsai trees. Bonsais can make a beautiful display. Growing them is also a fun and relaxing hobby. There are no special powers required to make a bonsai, just a bit of knowledge and enough time to care for them. Here are some tips from a bonsai enthusiast to get you started!

Tip 1: How to keep your tree mini

Scissors are the secret weapon to turn a tree into a miniature version of its potential. The trick to keeping the tree small is to continually cut back shoots as they grow. As a general rule, let a shoot grow to four or five sets of leaves and then cut it back to two. Each time you cut back a shoot, there is a good chance it will branch into two. Wait until those two shoots grow out and then cut them back to two sets of leaves. Do that again and again and soon there’ll be lots of little branches. Just keep in mind that to mimic real trees, you should aim for shorter node lengths (the distance between branch off points) the closer you get to the outside of the tree.

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Tip 2: Sunbathe and rotate sides

As tempting as it may be to keep a bonsai inside so it can be shown off to guests, most species flourish with lots of sun.They can be displayed inside for a day or two here and there, but make their home in a sunny spot in the yard. For even growth, rotate the tree every few weeks so that sun gets on all sides. Otherwise, one side may look healthy while the other side looks sparse.

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Tip 3: Read the soil

Bonsai soil dries up pretty quickly. There’s only so much water a small pot can hold. It may only take a few hot, dry days without water for a bonsai to wither and die, taking with it years of work and a piece of your heart. The key is to water the bonsai after the soil has mostly dried up but before It’s completely dry. Never let the soil completely dry out or it won’t last long. But allowing it to dry out a bit is necessary to prevent root rot, which is fungi growing in the root system. Root rot can occur when the soil is constantly damp. Watering daily is probably a reasonable place to start but try and read the soil rather than sticking to a strict time-based watering schedule.

Tip 4: Repot and trim the roots every year

Roots can quickly outgrow a small pot. If the roots take up too much space, there won’t be enough room for the soil and the tree won’t be able to absorb enough nutrients. To make sure there is enough room for the roots to grow, repot the tree every year and trim off about a third of the root mass during each repot. Mix in some slow release fertiliser into well drained soil and you’re ready for another season. The time to repot deciduous trees is when the leaf buds swell before buds open. For evergreens, research the specific variety to find the recommended time to repot.

Tip 5: Let your bonsai grow in free spirit

The quickest way to an old looking bonsai is to develop a nice thick trunk and to grow lots and lots of little branches at the outside of the tree. Having lots of little branches also helps make the leaves smaller too. The way to thicken the trunk is to let the tree grow. So let the top of the tree or a particular branch you want to thicken grow long. Yeah, it’ll look funny for a while, but you can chop it back after it thickens up.

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Tip 6: Be patient with the growth

After getting a bonsai, you may find yourself racing outside every few hours to see if it looks old yet. It’s going to take a while. Try and enjoy the process. Photo journalling is a great way to see progress over time. It won’t be until looking back over old photos that you realise how much they’ve grown and developed.

Tip 7:Get tooled up

To get started, you’ll probably need bonsai scissors, a branch cutter, some cut paste and some wire (a selection ranging from 1mm to 5mm in thickness). It’s worth going for quality. Japanese manufactured bonsai equipment is highly regarded. Although you can probably get away with using normal scissors for a little while, the benefits of bonsai scissors are the clean cuts especially on the roots during repotting. A clean cut will be more likely to generate new root branches. And a clean branch cut with quality branch cutters will heal over faster and more attractively.

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Tip 8: Find some buddies

If you want to get into this bonsai thing, why not join a group or attend some classes to learn more? Discussing with others is a great way to learn and get solutions for problems in your area. Also, since bonsais are so needy, it can be hard to leave them on their own for any length of time which means it’s difficult to get away. A bonsai buddy may be willing to care for your bonsais while you tick off those travel goals.

So now you have another option to fill up that vacant patch of yard. If you could imagine yourself crafting some beautiful miniature trees and you have the ability to give them the attention and care they need, why not grow a bonsai? If you are interested in knowing other options for renovating your garden, connect with a local gardener or local arborist for more information.

Author Bio

Andrew works at Oneflare as an Android Developer He loves writing, mountain bike riding, and surfing. Oneflare is Australia’s fastest growing online marketplace connecting consumers with experts within the home improvement and services categories.

Australians love the great outdoors, but it’s all too easy to neglect our outdoor spaces when we think about rejuvenating the design of our home. We tell ourselves, it’s too big a job, no one sees the backyard anyway, and besides, it’s too expensive.

But an outdoor renovation can breathe new life into your home like nothing else, so we talked to Steve Jovcevski, property expert at financial comparison site Mozo.com.au, to get some top tips on refreshing your outdoor spaces – without sending you broke. Here’s what he had to say:

Assign the space a purpose

If you’re working to a budget, the first thing to do is sit down and think through what you want to achieve with your outdoor space. Will you be hosting big groups of people? Relaxing on your own? There’s no point spending a bundle on beautiful lawn furniture that you have to pack away every time family comes over because the kids want to play backyard cricket.

Choosing a centre piece for your outdoor area – say a classic BBQ – and then working out from that is a good way to create a cohesive, useful space. Decide what you want to use the space for, then make sure all your effort – and money – is going toward that purpose.

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Keep up with maintenance

Another easy thing that will give your outdoor areas an immediate boost is making sure you keep everything – from lawn, to garden beds, through to outdoor furniture or decks – well maintained. A nice neat lawn that’s mowed and watered regularly looks a thousand times better than one that’s been neglected, and old patio furniture can often be rejuvenated with a good scrub down and a bit of elbow grease.

Make an escape from the weather

One key way to make your outdoor space more useful and versatile is by putting up some kind of cover to keep it safe from the weather. This doesn’t have to be a full-blown pergola – a fabric sail can work just as well to keep the hot Aussie sun off and transform your backyard into an oasis.

It’s important to make sure your design elements all compliment each other and unify the space, and getting this major element right can help you with the design and tone of the rest of your outdoor entertaining area.

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Light up your life

When it comes to fairy lights, I find people either love them or hate them, but there’s a reason they’ve been a hot trend lately – if you often entertain at night, stringing fairy lights above an outdoor seating area is a quick, relatively cheap way to add a touch of magic to your backyard.

It’s a good idea to plan out where you’ll place the lights before you start, and as you do, keep in mind that the more lights you have, the more expensive it will be to buy and then run them. And remember – if you’re leaving them up permanently, make sure they’re not too exposed to the elements. Stringing them up under a pergola is a good way to keep lights dry.

Get creative with outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture is one aspect of home design that I think you can really afford to get creative with. So instead of heading out to IKEA with a shopping list, think about DIY options, like repurposing old cinder blocks, tree stumps, or barrels as seating and tables.

The beauty of using these objects – aside from giving new life to what might have otherwise ended up as rubbish – is that you really get the chance to put your own style into it. It can be as rustic or luxurious, colourful or elegant, eclectic or streamlined as you want to make it.

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Opt for remnant stone

Hardscaping – putting in features like retaining walls, walkways and edging – can be one of the most expensive parts of sprucing up your outdoor areas. If you like the quaint, cottage-y look, one way to refresh your hardscaping while keeping a handle on your budget is to use stone leftovers that you can get cheap at building supply auctions.

This look isn’t for everyone though – so before you go ahead, make sure remnant stone will suit the overall look of the space. If the rest of your exterior design is ultra-sleek and modern, it’s going to look pretty out of place. A nice, modern alternative that might suit your look better is a green wall.

Look underfoot

The design of a great outdoor space often starts at the bottom. Choosing the right paving material can make a big difference to both the look of your space and your budget. Generally, crushed rock or gravel is a less expensive option than traditional pavers, and with the right styling, can look just as good – just don’t forget to lay weed mat first. Polished concrete is another good, low-cost and low-maintenance option that I personally favour.

If you prefer traditional pavers, think about interspersing them with grassy areas to cut back on the amount of expensive material you’ll need.

Steve is Mozo’s property investment and lending expert. With an extensive knowledge of home loan products and property trends, Steve is full of practical tips to help first homebuyers, refinancers or investors build and get the most out of their property portfolio.

Many of us buy a home with the hope of hosting friends and family for BBQs, family events and big holidays like Christmas. Unfortunately, this may not be possible for every home, especially if your backyard isn’t very large, or you don’t have a patio. A clever way to get around this is to repurpose the space you already have. A carport makes for the perfect multipurpose space: you can use the entirety of a carport or part of it to create an incredible entertaining area for your friends and family. Whether you no longer need your carport, or have space in your home for a carport but not an entire patio, there are a range of ways of repurposing your carport to turn it into an outdoor entertainment area.

Repurposing your carport is an affordable outdoor entertaining solution, as you will not have to build a deck or put up any new structures. Additionally, guests will absolutely love being able to enjoy the outdoors while still having a roof over their heads. If your carport is situated close to the kitchen or dining areas, you can easily leave the doors open and create a seamless entertaining experience between the spaces.

So what are you waiting for? Keep on reading to get inspiration for all the ways you could use your carport to entertain!

Barbeque Area

One of the simplest and most popular ways to repurpose your carport is to turn it into a BBQ area. Of course, the BBQ itself is the centre piece of this arrangement. Next, you have to arrange seating and tables. If you’re working with a smaller space, simply add some deck chairs and a small table.

If you’re lucky enough to have a much larger space available to you, invest in an entire dining table with chairs, and maybe even some fun outdoor swing chairs to really personalise the space, as well as a statement BBQ.

Dining Area

If your carport is accessible from the kitchen, you have a great opportunity to turn your carport into an outdoor dining area. By simply providing a dining table and chairs, you will be able to seamlessly integrate your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Guests will be able to mingle indoors or outdoors at their own leisure, and you will be able to easily bring out meals from the kitchen or top up drinks. This provides with the perfect summer entertaining area that is large enough to host all your extended family for Christmas.

Bar

Whether you’re working with a smaller carport or want to add an extra touch to your outdoor dining area, consider transforming your carport into a bar. For this, all you need to do is attach some shelving to display your liquor bottles.

Integrating an outdoor cooler will make it easier to enjoy your drinks outside. Also consider adding bar stools or bench space around the perimeter of your carport, so that guests can mingle and relax over drinks.

Games Room

Carports can also be surprisingly good for turning into a games room or recreational space. Adding a ping pong table, foosball table or basketball hoop instantly gives you a space within your home to play games, dispel some stress and give your guests something fun to do when visiting.

Porch

Some homes may not have the benefit of a porch, or any kind of outdoor area that allows you to simply sit back and enjoy the fresh air. Carports prove to be a highly flexible solution, as you can use part of it or the whole carport to turn into a porch.

Decorate with some warm and homely finishes, add some comfortable rocking chairs, bean bags and a side table, and you instantly have a cosy way to enjoy the outdoors.

Integrated Lounge and Dining Area

If you have a lot of backyard space, a large carport or an existing patio area, you will be able to create an incredible outdoor entertainment space. Add a dining table, BBQ, lounges and smaller tables to create an integrated outdoor lounge and dining area where guests can mingle, grab a drink, talk to each other and sit down for a meal. This is particularly great for large parties, where you can set up different zones so that all guests can enjoy something different at any given time.

For all of the above suggestions, make sure to use plenty of plants to create a retreat-like feel for your outdoor entertaining area. The right lighting will also make a huge difference to the ambience of your outdoor entertaining area. Fairy lights, festoon lights or standing lampposts are all great options, depending on the feel you are going for.

If you have a carport that is not being used to its full potential, try turning it into an outdoor entertaining area! With the addition of a few pieces of furniture, you can transform your space.

Author Bio:

Harry Caesar is an avid, Melbourne-based blog writer who is fond of writing on various industry niches and has composed write-ups on a variety of topics in his journey so far. The content he delivers is rich with his insightful opinions, thorough research and useful information.

With the warmer weather finally gracing us with its presence, there’s nothing we can’t do… especially when it comes to all the long, gorgeous summer get-togethers. For some reason, parties seem to be more fun when they’re thrown in the backyard and the easier-to-clean-up aspect doesn’t hurt, either!

Let us tell you a secret

Backyard parties are meant to be cozy and casual, social and fun. Anything that even reminds of those stuffy and formal events that are not only expensive but too stressful to organize (aren’t we all stressed enough, already!) shouldn’t even cross your mind. Instead, focus on the lazy awesome summer jams that will leave you with a smile on your face and so many memories you won’t even be able to count! Essentially, your motto should be: The more casual, the better. Remember that.

In the spirit of what you’ve just read, we’re giving you a few awesome ideas to count on for an unforgettable bash!

Spread the word

To actually have people come to your gathering, you need to make sure they’re informed that there is a gathering, at all… right? Right.

When coming up with the body of invitations: a) be chill and humorous about the content; b) include these four things:

Where should they appear: My place, you know it. In case you don’t… why don’t you? Anyhow, here’s the address: (fill the address in).
When they’ll be eating: The food will be served from 5 to 8. Don’t be late or I’ll give your intended portion to the neighbor’s dog. What they should be wearing: I’ll be flipping burgers, you wear flip-flops. Please don’t show up all formal – sounds about right
What you’ll do if it rains: I hope it won’t rain but if it does, I don’t have a plan. I guess we’ll all scotch inside!

Oh, and – make sure you send out the invitations at least two weeks ahead and have them RSV Ped; these days everyone’s so busy so ensuring your desired guests will pop up is essential. When sending the invites, do it via email, social platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) or standard mail.

Pick the backyard theme

If you’re one of the creative souls, you’ll enjoy coming up with a party theme for this summer get-together. Although choosing a theme may sound like a hassle, it actually isn’t. Knowing what style you’ll be going with helps you choose decorations in a much easier way as well as the entire vibe of the event. If, however, you aren’t that keen on theme-picking, go with a traditional yard-decorating: Christmas lights hanging from the trees, pretty paper lanterns, comfy pillows to sit on, a drinks stand and a buffet. Décor is always best done in a Bohemian and funky manner; eclectic is the way to go so no reason to worry about table accessories and matching plates. Jars can serve as glasses, a wooden cutting board can be used for food servings and paper plates may just save you. It’s all cool!

Choose smart music

Always go with songs that have a universal appeal — oldies, retro favorites, hop jazz, chill, instrumental, jazz, beach and summer pop music. Keep the volume moderate so you guys can actually talk… and keep the neighbors happy.

Plan a simple menu

If you feel like barbecuing, then barbecue. It’s simple, it’s easy and it’s fun! You may gather a few of your friends to come earlier and start the grill – you’ll get a chance to chit chat before everyone gets there and you won’t die trying to do everything yourself! If, however, you are into something fancier, then go with that. Our advice though is to choose the simplest version possible.

P.S. Here’s a fun idea: why not ask everyone to bring something to eat and drink? This may actually be amazing, especially if you’ve got a multicultural gang around! If everyone brings something from their culture, you’ll have a wonderful feast together and learn a little bit about each other’s heritage. Plus, along with the food – you’re getting a theme, too!

If you’re among those individuals who are blessed with a lovely outdoor area, then you should do everything you can to bring its décor to perfection. This is the area where you can truly unwind, soak up the sunshine and retreat from the hustle and bustle of an urban city.

Use Fabrics to Accentuate

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When it comes to the most popular outdoor fabrics, get ready to embrace damask, jacquard and linen. If you want to create an atmosphere of elegance and glamour, then you should opt for jacquard – the intricate patterns in different shades of red will give an impression of royal refinement. Damask is a better option if you’re going for a monochromatic look with elaborate patterns. Another among fabrics that radiate luxury is linen that you should use to create a simple, but elegant ambient in your patio. Regardless of the fabric you choose, you should opt for colours that are calming and relaxing, for example, snorkel blue, fiesta, peach eco and limpet shell. The best thing is that these fabrics contribute to an overall tone and ambient; you can use them as accents by layering, hanging outdoor curtains and placing decorative pillows.

Avoid Cluttering Your Outdoor Haven

Don’t give in to clutter, but make sure to keep your outdoor area clean and organised. This is particularly important if you have a small patio, so you don’t need useless items that will take up a lot of space and make you feel cramped. Instead, try to merge style and functionality – you can obtain a lovely seat that has a storage compartment. This is a perfect place for putting aside your blankets and pillows when you go inside. Another practical solution is opting for a beautiful outdoor coffee table with drawers for storing magazines, or mosquito repellent.

Be Eco-Friendly

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Having a personal outdoor area is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. By forming a connection with natural life, our awareness of the importance of preserving our environment increases and we’re a step closer to protecting it. There are small eco-friendly options for your outdoor area that can make significant changes. Instead of buying new furniture, be creative and reuse the old one. You can easily transform an old bench into a new piece by simply reassembling or painting it, but make sure to use UV-proof and solvent-free colours to minimise air pollution. If there’s a harbour in your vicinity, you can easily obtain old ship sails, recycle them and use them for outdoor furniture. Since the fabric is weather-resistant, you don’t have to worry about it when it rains.

Bring Indoors Out

The idea of bringing indoors out will make your outdoor area completely unique and stylish. You can start by opting for comfortable and luxurious indoor furniture that will reflect your interior design. By adding some accent elements, you can really make a décor statement; for example, you can use a beautiful rug as a focal point in your outdoor haven. You can blend indoors and outdoors by using the same fabrics, patterns and colour schemes or opting for the same theme.

Outdoor Furniture Options

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If outdoor furniture is more to your taste, you’ll be happy to hear that there are many different options that will create a relaxed atmosphere. The classic choice when it comes to material is wood that you can use in combination with iron, resin, teak and stainless steel. You shouldn’t forget to include a lovely wooden dining set, since there’s nothing better than having lunch with your family outside while enjoying a beautiful day. Principles that you should also consider when furnishing your outdoor area are multi-functionality and flexibility – opt for ottomans that can also be used as side tables for the former, and multiple seating options that you can separate or group as you wish for the latter.

The outdoor area deserves as much attention as the indoors, so transform yours by trying out some of these outdoor trends. Just don’t forget to be creative and eco-friendly!

During summer we spend most of our days outside, hanging out with people or just chilling by ourselves. This is also the time of summer parties and any way you look at it, patio is the perfect place for such events. To make the experience even more comfortable and enjoyable, we can upgrade our patio in many simple ways. When thinking about what you could do to improve the look of your patio, you should choose something that will look nice, be functional and safe, and preferably affordable and low-maintenance. Here are a few of our favourite ideas.

Plants

Although this one is rather obvious, getting plants for your patio should always be your number one task. If you don’t have space to make patio planter pockets, then the easiest way to bring plants in is in container gardens. These can range from small plants to real young trees, like lemon or orange tree, growing in a big flower pot. The best thing about them is that you can keep them indoors all year round and simply take them out to the patio when the weather is warm enough.
Patio plants

Floor cushions

Since you will spend a lot of time on your deck, you want it to be comfy and accommodate many people. In addition to getting soft cushions for your outdoors furniture, you can go a step further and get some floor cushions or even big floor cushion couches, in the Oriental style. Kids will love it and it is a perfect way to relax and chill out outside. Alternatively, you can get a thick rug and put some standard cushions on it, or get a few lazy bags.
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Hammocks

There probably isn’t a single person who dislikes hammocks. There is just something so inviting and special about them. You don’t need to go to a tropical beach in Thailand to enjoy all the pleasures of a hammock, you can set them up on your patio. There are many versions to choose from – from standard hammock, chair hammock for one person, to hanging chairs. There are even hanging tents if you plan on sleeping outside.
Hammock

Wreaths

Decorative wreaths are a great way to improve the esthetics of your deck. You can make them out of many different kinds of materials, but those made from flowers and branches will look most natural and fit into the outdoors setting perfectly. Luckily, flowers are abundant in summer, so you can use roses or flowers from shrubs like Dogwood, Hydrangeas, Lilacs, Ninebarks and Spireas. DIY wreaths can also be made from old clothes and rags woven into a nice decorative circle, from burlap, old bandanas and cardboard. They can be colored, wrapped in yarn and decorated with small toys and things like cocktail umbrellas.
Wreath

Stones

Arranging stones in decorative patterns on the ground can really create a beautiful setting. You can make various combinations and floor paintings with stones in different colours and sizes. If you don’t mind putting in some extra effort, you can come up with mosaic pathways that will simply look magical.

Stones

All of these simple ideas will transform your patio deck into the coolest place to be this summer, and all you need to add is some music and soft lighting and you are all set for your summer party season. Use it well!

Summer in Canada has almost come and in Calgary the season can be a short one. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful, elegant and usable outdoor space to make the most of the sunny summer days and nights.

Whether you have a large yard, wood deck, stone patio or balcony, consider what you really want to be doing in that space. Is it for entertaining, playtime with the kids, feet up with book in hand or all of the above.

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Outdoor Furniture

Gone are the days of the simple white plastic lawn chair. Today’s choices for outdoor dining and seating are limitless. From wood to fabric, consider your needs and how much maintenance you are willing to put into your purchase.

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Any type of patio furniture will last longer with routine care. During cold weather seasons, when the patio is no longer in use, store your patio furniture in a garage, basement or garden shed. If you don’t have a place to store your patio furniture over the winter use a cover or tarp. It will make it last longer as the elements will damage it over time. Calgary winters will not be kind to furniture left to the elements.

During warm weather, wash seat cushions once a month with one part bleach to 10 parts warm water. And a few drops of dish detergent to the mix and let sun dry if possible. If you have wrought iron, wash and wax it a few times a year. For wood, use a gentle solution like Murphy’s Wood Soap to keep clean then oil if necessary.

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If you plan on buying cushions for your outdoor furniture set also make sure that they have a high UV rating and ventilation slits to avoid sun and moisture damage. Mildew-resistant acrylic fabric is long-lasting.

Outdoor Cooking

The backyard barbeque that your Dad used to grill bratwurst and steak has had a major upgrade. Old black charcoal blocks have been replaced with clean lines, sleek looks and superior aesthetics.

Barbeques are no longer just for cooking. Just as kitchen appliances are now more than utilitarian devices, the barbeque can add a great deal to the look and aesthetics of you outdoor space. So, with the seemingly endless options for grills don’t forget to incorporate one early on in your backyard planning.

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Outdoor Accents

And just because it’s the great outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t add beautiful accents and art to make your space even more beautiful. Hang some art. Add some decorative touches. There doesn’t need to be a distinction between inside and outside elegance.

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Author bio:

Ana Cummings, of ANA Interiors is the only IDRC and CDECA multiple award winning show home designer in Calgary. Her work is internationally published and her studio offers full service interior design and decorating that specializes in original unable-to-leave spaces. Ana is a graduate of Mount Royal University, a member of the Calgary Design Group (CDG), Interior Décor Resources Canada (IDRC), and interim President of the Canadian Decorators’ Association Alberta Chapter (CDECA).

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The smell and the sight of freshly cut neat grass is a paradise for any homeowner’s senses. It’s not an exaggeration. If you are a fan of minimal landscaping approach, then a simple lawn will do the trick. The fans of lavish landscaping, stop here, this is not a place for you. You reader, who is redoing your lawn for the first time, there are some, mind you, easy things you can do. In order for you to have a great overview of what is needed to keep your backyard and front yard grass under control, we compiled some elementary tips. Let’s start.

Following lawn care tips and mowing regularly

The colours of grass

First step to consider is, of course, the type of grass. Since you’ll be growing from scratch, you will need to consider pros and cons for every grass type. One of the things beginners need to know is to determine the region they live in and buy the grass they feel would fit nicely into their lawn. Some of the types of grass that “enjoy” cooler climate are: Bluegrass, Fine fescue, Perennial ryegrass, & Tall fescue. On the other side, there are those who fall into the category of “warmer” grasses. People in this region should opt for either one of these: Zoysia, Centipede, Bahia, Common Bermuda, & Hybrid Bermuda. Keep in mind the function of your lawn. If you plan on having family activities, then you need a more resistant type so that it doesn’t wear or tear to fast. Kentucky bluegrass, for example, is a great choice for “active” lawns. It is durable and it can self mend.

From soil sprout thee, I command!

This is a really important step, so think carefully how to approach it. Setting the soil is the key component for a successful grass growth. Don’t forget to test the soil. You can get a soil test kit from local experts (cheaper) or you can have them do the gathering of samples. It might take some time to get through this step, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run. You’ll know exactly what to spend on and how much. Next thing you need to take care of is weeds. You need to make a thorough inspection and banish every single trace of it. This process often includes stripping the land of the top surface, usually six inches (roughly 15 centimetres) will do the trick.  Then it’s time to fertilise the ground. Naturally, there isn’t one way to do this, so inform yourself of different composting techniques.

Preparing the perfect soil for your lawn

The best haircut

One thing you should never ever do is cut your grass the shortest you can. Why? It can stress out the grass and make it weaker. Basically, you’ll end up destroying all the effort you put into it. It’s way better to cut it often and a bit longer.

We are great believers in doing everything with your own two hands, so that you can feel the process. However, when it comes to maintenance tips, cut your losses (literally) and use a lawn mower. Why? Go through these advantages and find out:

  • Ease of use – You can have many benefits starting from accommodations to attachments, if you choose ride on lawn mowers. But one of the most important advantages is ease of use. Especially If you cannot strain your body to push things or stand for long. You can drive it like a car sitting comfortably while cutting the grass as per requirement. It is not just that these mowers reduce your physical strength, but these mowers also help you to cut the grasses in an even manner.
  • Easy to start – The ride on lawn mowers are started like a car. Therefore, you do not have to use your body strength to pull chord to start your lawn mowers.
  • Sun shade design – You may be sensitive to sun exposure and so, you feel really exhausted while choosing push lawn mowers under sun. These models can come with sun shade designs where you can rest and relax.
  • Work with precision – If you have ride on lawn mowers, you can cut large trees and shrubs with ease and precision on the first pass. They also come with several attachments which collect the fallen leaves of the trees and turn them into manure through their grinding features.

Apart from the above-mentioned features, you also need to keep comfort features in mind when purchasing ride on lawn mowers. A few important comfort features found in these lawn mowers are:

  • Cup holder
  • Lumbar support
  • Rubber foot pads
  • High back seat
  • Extended leg room
  • Armrests

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The fountain of life

Again, depending on the region you are in, i.e. the amount of rainwater your soil can receive, you will need to water your lawn in order to keep a steady grass grow. What also plays an important role is the soil type. Not every grass requires the same amount of water. Don’t over-do it but also, if you don’t water it regularly it will wither. At the very beginning, be sure to water your grass on a daily basis. As for the watering schedule, the best time to do it is in the morning. Doing it in the evening just won’t cut it, since you will be left with mildew and fungus.

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These are just some basic tips. There are even some special grasses that require special watering schedule or a very particular soil type in order to succeed. Take into consideration what you read here and always go a step further with your research.

On a hot summer day, your lawn gets thirsty just like you do. While you can grab an ice cold glass water on your own, your grass needs a little help. This is where watering and irrigation come into play. You need a convenient and efficient way to water it, and automatic sprinklers are a great option. There are many advantages to lawn sprinklers, least not of which is its cost-effective addition to your gardening regime.

Watering & Irrigation

One of the best reasons for installing automatic sprinklers is that they’re more efficient at watering than you are. How often have you set the garden hose out with a sprinkler head on it, and forgotten all about it? Hour after you realize your mistake, you find one spot has a puddle and the rest of the lawn is desert-dry. It’s equally frustrating with a watering can. Not sure of how much each flower needs, you can end up making several time consuming trips from the tap. After a few back and forths, you can forget which section got what, leaving you wondering just how much water each of the flowers had.

Watering and Irrigation
A sprinkler system, on the other hand, knows exactly how much water has been used so it can ensure that your lawn gets just the right amount of water. They are equipped with measuring system that keeps track of how long it’s been on. It also has sensors that can tell if enough rain has fallen to penetrate the intricate system of roots. It’s best to program them to turn on for an hour once a week as this schedule will encourage the roots to grow deeper and limit weed growth. Whenever you set your sprinklers, your lawn will always get the right amount of water for healthy, bright green grass.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Automatic sprinklers also help to conserve water. You can put them on a timer, and you can set them to water at night, when evaporation is minimized because the air is cooler. In times of droughts and water restrictions, you can adjust them to use less water. Sprinklers can also be targeted to specific areas, so that little or no water is wasted on walks or patios. That’s because the sprinkler from EZ Lawnare fitted with an adjustable rotor head that revolves as it discharges water, giving the lawn maximum coverage for the amount of water used. To learn more about how a sprinkler system can help you save money, you should definitelly check the internet and read online comments and critiques. You can easily find some better deals on the Internet than in your local stores and home centers, so, stoping by www.ezlawnsprinklers.ca is a good start.
Automatic Sprinkler Systems

A sprinkler system can be a great time and money saver, and also make the neighbors think you work on your yard all day. That’s a mean feat when you consider how harsh the summer can be for your lawn. Stop watering the old fashioned way – which is to say, the wrong way. Install an irrigation system and see your lawn flourishes.

Ask any gardener or homeowner who keeps to their garden about their least favorite gardening chore, and the answer will mostly be – weeding. There is a whole industry of herbicides that offer only short-term solutions. Once the effect subsides, weeds keep growing back again and again. What remains is hand weeding, as a safe and environmentally friendly alternative. These tips and tricks will show you how to weed easier and stop weeds from coming back.

Give it an early start

Weeding early in spring has multiple benefits. To start with, weeds are smaller and have weaker roots, making them easier to pull out. Also, the soil is wet, which makes it even easier. Removing weeds with root is important because certain species spread by rhizomes or tubers, instead by seeds. If you remove the weeds early, your plants will develop leaves that will shade the soil, making it difficult for weeds to grow back again.

Cut deep

When the soil dries out, pulling the weeds out complete with the root is near to impossible. Your best ally is a hawkbill linoleum or carpet knife. The hooked tip cuts deep in a single pulling motion, making the whole chore faster. In addition, linoleum knife is perfect for removing grass when you need to create a planting bed. If you don’t have time for full-scale weeding, you can at least prevent them from spreading by plucking the weed flower heads.

Choke the weed

Spreading 3 to 4 inches of mulch will smother all weeds, with no need for manual plucking or cutting. Make your own mulch by collecting wood chips, straw, leaves, pine needles or compost. Find out what mulch works best in neutralizing the pH in your soil. You don’t want to end up with alkaline or acidic garden because of the wrong mulch type. If you spread the mulch in autumn, the next year will be weed-free.

Weed harvest

If you have an acute weed infestation, the only way to deal with them is to clip them all. The key is having the right weeding tools that make clipping the leafy part of the plant easy. Repeated clipping doesn’t disturb the soil, but it depletes the weeds’ energy and causes them to whither. You can use a hoe, shears, a hand scythe or a specialized weeding tool.

No weed, no cry

Another green technique that is effective in fighting weeds is to leave them almost no space to grow. Plant the ground cover plants like rye, buckwheat or clover twice as close, and Uncle Weed soon won’t have enough place to hang his own hat. In addition, these plants will attract pollinating insects and restore valuable nutrients into the soil, helping you protect your organic garden.

Dark times

Weeds are plant like any other, and they need sunlight to survive. That means they can be killed by denying them their sunlight. Sheets of wet newspaper, packing cardboards, old carpets or drapes are all equally effective. You can mask the light-blocking mat with mulch, so it doesn’t mar your garden appearance.