Secrets for a Well-Maintained Lawn

(Family Features) Growing a healthy, appealing lawn isn’t about doing one thing right; it’s about doing a combination of things right. Different aspects of lawn maintenance, whether it’s watering, fertilizing or mowing, are interrelated. If you complete one task incorrectly – or skip it entirely – you may increase problems with insects, diseases, and weeds. To help you on your way to manicuring a well-maintained lawn, BioAdvanced lawn and garden expert Lance Walheim recommends these steps: Grow the Right Grass Different grasses grow in different areas of the country. Warm-season grasses, including bahiagrass, Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and zoysia, …

6 sure-fire tips that save time and labor on yard work and gardening

(BPT) – It’s summertime, and you’ll want to spend many sun-drenched hours in the great outdoors. But while Mother Nature is flourishing, it feels like you’re wasting too many precious summer afternoons and evenings doing chores in the yard and garden. Give some of these labor-saving tips a try so you have more time for your favorite summer activities. 1. Get organized Nothing wastes time like having to search around for misplaced trowels, seed packets and garden rakes. It’s worth the time and effort to create a zone in your garage or shed that’s just for gardening and yard care …

Easy ways to create your personalized garden

(BPT) – All around the country, first-time gardeners and seasoned pros are jumping into the growing season. No matter where you live, whether it’s in an apartment in the heart of the city or a house with a spacious backyard, vegetable and herb gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby that is easy to enjoy. What makes vegetable and herb gardening such a popular pastime is that each person can make their own space to fit their needs. Whether you’re into growing the most unique plants, a foodie looking for exciting new veggies, or just want more green in your life, …

Permeable Pavers Create Eco-Friendly Outdoor Spaces

In Nashville and beyond, permeable pavers are giving homeowners new reasons to go green. These environmentally friendly products can be spotted around town, and they’re frequently used for driveway hardscaping. But driveways aren’t the only settings where these pavers are taking off in popularity – their durability, price advantages, and even safety benefits mean they have a lot to offer. Permeable pavers are a terrific option for patios, garden spaces, and even less conventional areas like condos’ outdoor spaces. Willow Branch Outdoor Living installed Belgard’s Acqua-Bric permeable paver in Fossil color between condo buildings at Mason Rowhouse for water drainage benefits. There …

3 Ways to set the stage for the perfect summer soiree

(BPT) – The backyard barbecue is a staple of the American summer. Long days filled with sun, fun, family and friends are what make lifelong memories. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your next barbecue, so you, too, can create memories you won’t soon forget. However, before you fire up the grill, you will want to ensure your backyard is prepped and ready to host your friends and family. Here are three tips to help you create the perfect setting for your patio party: 1. Lay the groundwork The first step to setting any stage is to …

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Spaces

(Family Features) Over time, the appearance and function of any outdoor space can dull due to combinations of heat, precipitation, and use. With some careful attention, you can quickly spruce up your outdoor living areas and get them back in great working order for patio season.           Take Care of Textiles Outdoor textiles often take a beating from the elements. Freshen up often-overlooked things like outdoor rugs, lawn furniture cushions, pillows, and umbrellas. A thorough vacuuming may be adequate to remove leaves, bugs or dirt. However, if stubborn spots persist and a deeper cleaning is needed, …

Fill Your Home with Fresh Cut Flowers

To fill your home with fresh flowers this year, plant a cutting garden. The National Garden Bureau reports that part of the fun and excitement of gardening is enjoying the beauty of the flowers. Plan this year to design your own cutting garden for one of a kind bouquets directly from your garden. Planning Your Cutting Flower Bed When planning, remember this is a cutting garden. How many times have you admired a flower in your garden but didn’t cut it and bring it inside because you didn’t want to spoil the look of your garden outside? That’s why the …

Spring into Lawn and Garden Care

(Family Features) If cooler weather has you longing for sunny days outdoors, take heart. Once spring rolls around, you can safely begin the annual cleanup to prepare your yard for months of warm-weather enjoyment. Start by evaluating your lawn. Look for bald spots where grass has grown sparsely and needs reseeding, or uneven areas that may need to be filled and leveled. Before you take steps to correct any problems, you’ll need a clean slate. Clear the yard of any leaves, rocks or sticks that may have accumulated then cut the grass as short as you can. Use a thatching …

Rooftop decks for every style

(BPT) – Fresh air, great views and capitalizing on unused space — it’s no wonder rooftop decks are a hot trend for suburban homes and urban apartment complexes alike. Once reserved for the urban elite, rooftop decks are popping up all over the country as an attractive option that offers a mixture of space savings and an unrivaled view. The magic of rooftop decks is they take advantage of what was formerly unused space — the top of a building or the flat roof over part of a home — and reclaim it for a unique entertaining area or a …

Simple strategies to stay on trend in your garden

Life is just better with the perfect accessories, isn’t it? A modern space looks amazing with a bright rug and your favorite piece of art. At work, strategically placed plants and family photos breathe life into any cubicle. Accessories enhance your home and add personality. But what about your outdoor living space? A beautiful garden is easy to create and can fit into any size footprint. Gardening with a variety of textures and colors brings an instant wow factor. Best of all, you don’t have to commit to a single trend. You can change trends with the seasons, adding bold, …