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If you're really serious about getting your lawn to look healthier and more lush, there's just one kind of choice to make – you need to look for the best lawn fertilizer you can find. If you're doing everything that a lawn actually needs in terms of watering it and so on and you still can't get those brown patches to turn green, fertilization is practically your only child way forward.

If you're not really familiar with how lawns and fertilization work, it may seem like a pretty simple deal – you just go down to the store, pick up a sack of the best lawn fertilizer that they have, and let your grass have it, right?

Well, you do have a part of that right, in that applying fertilizer isn't rocket science – you just have to grab handfuls and sprinkle them about. However, more often than not, doing that doesn't really bring you results. Mainly because you probably bought the wrong fertilizer.

The thing is, there is no one best lawn fertilizer that they have. It depends on what kind of grass you have, what kind of soil you have, and so on. They make fertilizer in different kinds of ways to suit different requirements. The most common thing that regular fertilizer does is to replenish your soil’s supply of nitrogen.

If nitrogen is not the problem your soil has though, this particular kind of fertilizers won’t really do you much good. It's possible that the problem in your particular lawn is the lack of a certain kind of mineral, whatever that might be. You do need to study your soil and your grass and ask an expert about how best to rejuvenate either.

How do you take get your soil in to be analyzed? Usually, a cooperative extension program, if you find it in your area, might be able to do it for you. You can also search on Internet for a lab near you that'll do soil sample analyses. Once they give you a report, you'll be able to show it to the gardening store to ask for the right kind fertilizer.

Yes, this doesn't sound like the kind of thing you've been brought up to believe gardening is all about. But it's a great way to get the best results with the least effort possible. Done this way, you may even be able to go with organic fertilizer or even compost. If you could learn what exactly it is that your soil is lacking in, you could help keep your soil healthy with the least amount of additives possible.

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Posted by Locke
Published 6th May 2015
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You may not need to put as much research into a riding lawnmower as you would into a car purchase; but it does need a bit of thought.

For instance, did you know that 2011 lawnmowers were better than any 2010 model in their ability to run without polluting? The EPA revised its standards for 2011. The dealers probably still have quite a few older models lying around, mixed in with newer models. You really need to look closely at the riding lawnmower model you plan to buy, to make sure that it is manufactured to meet the new standards.

In some countries where the laws aren't as strict as they should be, car dealers will routinely disconnect the odometer on a car, use it as much as they want to offer test drives, and then give it a good clean, and put it back up for sale, without breathing a word to anyone. While that cannot happen when you buy a car here, it certainly can happen when you buy a riding lawn mower. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 1st Dec 2014
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Starting a garden that'll give you vegetables for your kitchen – it's one of the most rewarding pastimes you could pick up. And it can give you health and wealth both at the same time. Not to mention, growing something can be such a beautiful act of creation. It can make you feel closer to God's earth (of course, if one were to mention this to Jack Nicholson's character in As Good As It Gets…).

If starting a garden for you kitchen seems like a great idea, you'll probably need a little advice to get you on your way.

The first thing you want to consider of course, is what you want to plant. It has to be something that you would love to eat, and it has to be something that grows in your area. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 29th Nov 2014
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A faulty lawnmower can act in baffling ways and can completely ruin a nice Saturday afternoon that you planned on spending mowing the lawn in a nice quiet (quiet?) fashion. Well, if you could learn a few basic lawnmower repair techniques, you could easily take care of most of the small problems that are known to occur, and you wouldn't waste any time or money.

Of course, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong with an engine – even a small one. We can't cover everything, of course. But we can certainly look at some of the more common problems. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 29th Nov 2014
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You may think of the raised bed garden as something that you use in an urban area to grow vegetables in a small space, or a way to grow food when the ground soil is poor. However, these can be a thing of beauty if you use them to plant and grow your own flowers. Landscaping is a great way to pass the time and also to raise the value of your property. Raised beds can help you add a whole new dimension to your landscaping projects and can give a new look to your garden in general. They are more work but they are also amazing to look at. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 18th Nov 2014
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You may think of the raised bed garden as something that you use in an urban area to grow vegetables in a small space, or a way to grow food when the ground soil is poor. However, these can be a thing of beauty if you use them to plant and grow your own flowers. Landscaping is a great way to pass the time and also to raise the value of your property. Raised beds can help you add a whole new dimension to your landscaping projects and can give a new look to your garden in general. They are more work but they are also amazing to look at. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 31st Jul 2014
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Mowing your front yard with a cordless lawn mower gives a real opportunity for you to embrace eco-friendly ways, if you were looking for one that is. The Black & Decker SPCM1936 19-inch, 36-volt cordless mower, with its very efficient design, will enable you to mow your yard without using gas. The variable operating speeds let you select how fast – or slow – you want to go, and, under good conditions you’ll be able to mow up to one-third of an acre of grass with the power-pack supplied. The design of the blade has been significantly improved from earlier models, so that it cuts grass more efficiently together with an improved time between charges. The Black & Decker SPCM1936 cordless lawn mower features a rust-resistant polymer cutting deck, which is lightweight and makes for quick cleaning. Push-button selection allows you to select between mulching, bagging, or rear discharge of the clippings. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 15th Apr 2014
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wpid-c7999953-0093-42eb-8a8f-6d944ea17e7d.jpgSome people like the endless green of a simple lawn. This can be beautiful and peaceful. However, if you have a small lawn or your lawn needs something extra, you should think of things to add pep, beauty, and color. There are a lot of things that you can do, one of which is to come up with lawn edging ideas. There are some tried and true things that you can do, or you can think up things on your own. Think about overall look and upkeep when you make your choice, as well as what you find aesthetically pleasing. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 22nd Dec 2013
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DSC02845If you have a yard that sits on a slope ratherĀ thanĀ a nice piece of flat ground then don’t worry, you are not alone. There are many people who live on slopes, hills, and have other odd landscaping challenges so don’t despair – for I have some advice on how to tackle the issue and get the most out of your backyard space.

First off, you’ll be glad to learn that there are great landscaping ideas for slopes and other oddities that can look just as good, if not better, than what you can do with a flat lawn. Some are actually so nice that you’ll be thankful you can actually take advantage of a nice slope in your garden. So,instead of mowing those tricky sloping areas, dress them up with some great and amazing ideas. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 14th Oct 2013
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happy gardenerGardening is a hands-on hobby. If you are a gardener, chances are you want to do it all yourself. You want to get your hands in the soil, plant the seeds and watch over their growth, and then, finally, cut the flowers or harvest the vegetables when they are grown. If you used to garden and are just starting again after many years, here are some tips to get you excited about gardening again. Click to continue »

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Posted by Locke
Published 4th Oct 2013
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