Lawncare – All around the house http://allaroundthe.house for all your home needs Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:05:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/allaroundthe.house/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-AllaroundtheHouse-1-2.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Lawncare – All around the house http://allaroundthe.house 32 32 129978467 5 Tips to Keep Your Lawn from Turning Brown http://allaroundthe.house/brown-lawn/ http://allaroundthe.house/brown-lawn/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2018 13:26:40 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=3020

Maintaining a lawn can be rewarding, but also frustrating at the same time. During drought or with the summer heat, you might see your neighbor’s lawn looking greener and lusher than yours despite your everyday struggle. For this particular project, we do not only focus on watering tips but also on steps that are mostly […]

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Maintaining a lawn can be rewarding, but also frustrating at the same time. During drought or with the summer heat, you might see your neighbor’s lawn looking greener and lusher than yours despite your everyday struggle. For this particular project, we do not only focus on watering tips but also on steps that are mostly cheap but can get the job done of keeping your lawn from turning brown.

 

 

5 Tips to keep your lawn from turning brown

#1. You need to mow with the season

As homeowners we do know that the ideal height to set lawn mowers is at 2 inches, this height will give just enough clippings to serve as protection, natural fertilizer, and give that cushion feel when you step on the grass. But during the dry season, the lawn should be cut in a height of 3 inches to block more sunlight and cover the soil from direct heat and too much evaporation. With higher grass, the soil is given just enough shade aiding in water retention, which in turn gives you a longer interval on watering and save a lot more money.

#2. Give water on schedule

Brown patches in your lawn can be caused by not having enough water in the root system, when these patches appear your lawn is basically telling you its thirsty. On another side, a brown lawn can also mean the grass is dormant, and not necessarily dead. If you do come home from a holiday and find your lawn mostly brown, before watering set a schedule which you would strictly follow. If you are not disciplined, watering on a poor interval can just add damage to the grass and would not really help them as you’re just adding stress to their dormancy. Make sure to set things on schedule and follow through.

#3. Look at the shading pattern

When part of the lawn is starting to turn patchy, it can also be caused by too much shading. Depending on your grass variant, there are grasses that do not do well on shaded areas and will only thrive on where direct sunlight is present. If you have a lot of trees or bushes extending their branches and stems, make sure to ask your gardener which grass variant is a feasible option. To help these patches turn back to green grass, regularly cut the branches of your tree where too much sun is being blocked. This will help light pass thru and reach the soil of your lawn.

#4. Do a health check of the lawn area

Apart from shaded areas and insufficient water, brown patches can also be a product of insects growing in your grass. Grubs, ants, and termites might create shelter on your lawn resulting in brown patches. Take a closer look and inspect the perimeters if there is any sign of insect growth, if there is then buy an insecticide specific to the insects growing in your lawn. Make sure to only spray or cure the area where they are settling as improper application of insecticides can damage your lawn further.

#5. Do not panic

When grass is turning brown, we become like parents who want to fix everything and make them live again. But the key to preserving the green is to not panic, and determine the cause first before action. Most homeowners think putting fertilizer, minerals, or even weed control is the best way to counteract the brown patches but it is really not the cure. A heat-stressed lawn when subjected to these chemicals can cause additional stress and ultimately leave your grass dying. As mentioned earlier, even watering when not done properly and on schedule can kill a lawn, so keep those fertilizers stored and use them for another time.

The actual key to preventing your lawn from turning brown is to have patience and be disciplined with its maintenance. Three basic things prevail: soil, water, and sunlight, but these three are not sufficient if the owner is not vigilant of the harmony the grass needs to grow healthy. We hope you enjoyed reading our article and that these tips help you in maintaining a green front yard in the summer. Please do not forget to share this article, and of course leave a comment down below if you have anything to share.

 

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How to Kill Crabgrass in the Spring http://allaroundthe.house/crabgrass-control-tips/ http://allaroundthe.house/crabgrass-control-tips/#comments Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:51:14 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2941

Each year, frustrated home and land owners seek out conventional ways to defeat stubborn weeds that detract from the beauty of a lush, green lawn. Perhaps the most common and notorious of these weeds is crabgrass, a summer annual weed that spreads quickly during an ideal warm environment. Menacing crabgrass can quickly turn a thriving […]

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Each year, frustrated home and land owners seek out conventional ways to defeat stubborn weeds that detract from the beauty of a lush, green lawn. Perhaps the most common and notorious of these weeds is crabgrass, a summer annual weed that spreads quickly during an ideal warm environment. Menacing crabgrass can quickly turn a thriving green lawn into an unattractive quandary. Because no one wants to spend the summer on their hands and knees pulling unruly weeds up by the roots, it is best to vanquish them before they become obstinately embedded. Crabgrass germinates early in the Spring for many parts of the country causing the weed to grow out of control before it is ever treated. Though it may seem to be an inevitably perpetual problem, crabgrass is easily conquered with the proper tools, timing and diligence to carry out the task.

The Problem with Crabgrass

Crabgrass grows in a “crab-like” shape that branches out into many sections, choking out healthy grass and devaluing the beauty and hard work that goes into a flawless lawn. Some crabgrass can grow as high as 36 inches – though most remain under a foot tall. This summer weed can usually be found growing in areas of low grass growth or in overly dry ground. In addition to being an eye sore, some gardeners may find that it has a tendency to stifle young plants from growing to fruition.

Killing Crabgrass

There are many crabgrass killers on the market that are capable of stopping crabgrass in its tracks if they are used properly. Because crabgrass germinates early in the Spring, it is best tackled before it has a chance to set in the ground and take root. For this, use a pre-emergent herbicide that is applied when the first seedlings begin to germinate. Pre-emergent herbicides kill crabgrass by acting as barrier against newly sprouting weeds.

Check Out: Guide to Vegetation Killers to learn more about pre-emergent herbicides

There are several types of pre-emergent herbicides that include liquids, granules, organic and synthetic. Regardless of the type chosen, a pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to the ground when the temperature of the soil reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit for numerous consecutive days. It is important to avoid aerating the yard after it has been treated for crabgrass, as this could render the herbicide void.

 

Other ways to challenge the weed include keeping grass mowed at a length of at least two inches, pulling plants that evade the herbicide, heavily overseeding the grass, and applying fertilizer to encourage a dense lawn. If the window for pre-emergent herbicidal treatment has past, a post-emergent herbicide crabgrass killer can be applied while the crabgrass plants are very small.

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4 Alternative Lawn Options http://allaroundthe.house/alternative-lawn/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:35:31 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2614 An alternative lawn is a great low maintenance option

Turf lawns are a tradition that extends back to the Middle Ages in Europe where such a lawn was a status symbol. A properly kept lawn required extensive watering and the care of many hands. Today a turf lawn is still a status symbol that many homeowners aspire to, and it still requires work, water, […]

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An alternative lawn is a great low maintenance option

Turf lawns are a tradition that extends back to the Middle Ages in Europe where such a lawn was a status symbol. A properly kept lawn required extensive watering and the care of many hands. Today a turf lawn is still a status symbol that many homeowners aspire to, and it still requires work, water, and money.

In the days of rising energy and water prices and economic depression, many homeowners are seeking alternatives to the eternally thirsty grass lawn.

4 Alternative Lawn Options


A low maintanence lawn option with flowers
Clover Lawn

Consider Clover Lawns

One low maintenance lawn alternative is the clover lawn. White clover, also known as Dutch clover or Dutch white clover, grows to two to eight inches in height, reducing the need for mowing. It is drought resistant with a deep root system and stays green even in the heat of summer with minimal water. Almost any soil type is suitable for growing clover and as a nitrogen fixing plant, it improves the soil as it grows rather than needing fertilization. Since clover chokes out most weeds, no herbicides are necessary. Clover won’t stand up to heavy foot traffic as well as a traditional turf lawn, but it will feel luxurious under bare feet, and if mixed with grass or another grass alternative it will resist heavier traffic. However, it does resist those unsightly brown spots common in yards with dogs.


sedge is a native grass alternative for low maintanence lawn
Sedge Lawn

Sedge: A Native Alternative Grass

Another alternative is sedge. With over 2,000 varieties of this grass-like plant, there is one for every occasion. The types that most accurately mimic a turf lawn come in varieties suited for every environment found in the continental United States. Sedges grow well in sun and shade and rapidly fill in their allotted space. They tolerate light to moderate foot traffic, are soft underfoot, and only need mowing two or three times a year. Expensive herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are unnecessary as sedges are hardy plants that will quickly choke out the competition.

 

 


Want to learn more about low maintenance landscaping? Check out our Guide

An alternative lawn option is irish moss, no mowing required
Irish Moss

 

 

Irish Moss for Wet Environments

In moister climates, Irish moss provides a soft, weed resistant ground cover. This moss-like plant has long been used as an accent between pavers and in Japanese-inspired gardens, but in the right environment it makes an excellent lawn. A delight underfoot, Irish moss is a rich green that sprouts white, star-shaped flowers from time to time. At one to two inches tall it never needs mowing.

 


for a low traffic area, consider an herbal lawn
Corsican mint

Herbal Lawns

For light traffic lawns, there are a number of herbs that will create a sensory delight when walked on. Creeping thyme, Corsican mint, chamomile, and oregano, to name a few, are all low, creeping plants that will provide a good ground cover. Rather than being mowed, these lawns can be harvested for seasoning, teas, and sachets. However, herbs are less drought tolerant, requiring regular watering to maintain plant health.

Initial expense of these alternatives includes purchase of plants and the work to remove the lawn and install the new plants; however, once they have grown in they can be savored for many years with a minimum of effort and expense.

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How to Reduce Mowing Time http://allaroundthe.house/no-mow-lawn/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:26:08 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2550 a reduction in mowing time will save you time

While having a beautiful, green lawn seems to be the ideal goal for most householders, it actually creates a great deal of work and cost in fertilizing, mowing, and watering. While it is possible to install an automatic watering system, there is no way to get automatic mowing – unless you hire someone else to […]

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a reduction in mowing time will save you time

While having a beautiful, green lawn seems to be the ideal goal for most householders, it actually creates a great deal of work and cost in fertilizing, mowing, and watering. While it is possible to install an automatic watering system, there is no way to get automatic mowing – unless you hire someone else to do it or use a robotic lawnmower..

Creating large gardens will reduce the lawn area, but much use should be made of perennial plants and mulching or the time saved in mowing will be spent in maintaining the gardens. Don’t plant anything that needs pruning, renewing or much of anything else in the garden. Go for shrubs of all sizes, groundcovers and even bulbs that come up year after year.

Check out our Guide to Low Maintenance Landscaping to learn more beyond the grass.

Replace Lawn With Another Surface

A beautiful walkway will enhance your landscapeReplace much of the lawn with a hard surface. This could be some form of decking against the back of the house; a gravel courtyard area; a fishpond surrounded by cement, tiles or artificial turf, or a barbeque and entertaining area made from wood chips, gravel or flagstones.

Replace the lawn with water – in the form of a large lily pond or a swimming pool. The swimming pool can be surrounded by decking and/or artificial grass. This may be rather more expensive than a small fishpond, but it will add value and create a wonderful – and safe – place for the kids to play. Pools also create coolness in the environment.

Make paths; the addition of paths meandering through your lawn will certainly create interest. And if they also divide the lawn into sections, mowing will be easier – and reduced slightly, depending on how many paths there are. Making them wider than usual will take away more lawn without taking away from the space.

Check out 3 Walkway Options for a Beautiful Landscape

Growing larger trees will prevent the lawn from growing as quickly because grass needs sunlight to grow well. However, bare patches can look unsightly so pebbles may need to be added underneath the trees.

 

the proper grasses will grow slow reducing mowing timeRe-Sow the Lawn

Replace the lawn with a no-mow grass. Replacing the lawn altogether with a different kind of grass can also be a solution to reduce mowing time. No-mow grasses include sheep and other kinds of fescue. These grasses do need mowing but only around three times per year. They are slow growers, but do not grow as tall as other turf grass.

If planting a no-mow mixture on a slope a grass blanket may need to be put down so that rain does not wash the fine seed to the bottom of the slope before it can germinate. This will soon rot down into the soil. No-mow mixes can be sown over the top of other turf and will eventually crowd it out.

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Dealing with Grubs in Lawns – Treat in Late June http://allaroundthe.house/grub-treatment/ Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:25:11 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2482 grubs are killing my lawn

White grubs, the larval stage of Japanese or June beetles, damage and kill lawns by eating grass roots. Infected lawns show brown, irregularly shaped patches that appear in summer and early fall. Severely damaged areas can be picked up whole, as the grass no longer has roots to hold it into the soil. More About […]

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grubs are killing my lawn

White grubs, the larval stage of Japanese or June beetles, damage and kill lawns by eating grass roots. Infected lawns show brown, irregularly shaped patches that appear in summer and early fall. Severely damaged areas can be picked up whole, as the grass no longer has roots to hold it into the soil.

More About Grubs

According to Michael Merchant, Texas A&M extension service entomologist, all of the common warm season grasses – Bermuda grass, zoysia, St. Augustine and buffalo grass – are vulnerable to attacks by white grubs. Infestations some years are worse than others are. Neil Sperry, author of “The Complete Guide to Texas Gardening” (Taylor publishing, 1991) describes these damaging grubs as about one-half inch long, curled into crescent shape with white bodies and brown heads.

In May or June, the adult beetles emerge from the soil usually after heavy rains or irrigation in search of a mate. Light attracts males and they may be found under porch lights or around lighted windows. The active period for the beetles lasts several weeks in May and June before the female digs a 2 to 5 inch hole into the turf and lays between 30 and 40 eggs. The eggs hatch in approximately two weeks.

brown spots in your lawn may be caused by grubsGrubs pass through three larval life-stages. The first two life stages last about three weeks each followed by the third stage that continues until the adult emerges the following spring. The third stage does the majority of lawn damage because the hungry grubs continue eating grass roots until cold weather when grubs are dormant.

Treating Grubs in Lawns

More than four or five grubs per square foot of lawn require treatment. Confirm that the lawn has grubs by pulling up a small section of grass and checking for grubs. The irregular patches and lack of vigorous growth caused by grub damage looks similar to brown patch in St. Augustine. However, the treatment for white grubs is different.

If a lawn has grubs, treating at the right time is essential. In the past, diazinon and Dursban were recommended chemical treatments applied in mid- to late July. However, these products are no longer available to home gardeners after the Environmental Protection Agency remove chlorpyrifos from the market. Today, treatment today for lawn grubs uses products containing Imidacloprid or halofenozide.

Check product labels and apply according to package directions. Imidacloprid controls all larval stages whereas halofenozide only kills grubs in stages one and two of their life cycle. Because of the way these chemicals control grubs, late June and early July are the best time to apply them.

After treating a lawn for grubs, water the grass thoroughly to get the chemical down to the root zone. If a lawn has more than ½ an inch of thatch buildup, remove or de-thatch before applying chemicals.

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Clear Your Lawn of Clutter http://allaroundthe.house/simple-easy-spring-lawn-care/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:58:25 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2453 My lawn needs revitalized

When you think of clutter, no one thinks of their yard. Clutter seems to be any man made objects that are strewn in and outside the home. Not having a clutter free lawn, can be keeping you from reaching your dreams because they are sucking the energy out of your life. Weeding the lawn is […]

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My lawn needs revitalized

When you think of clutter, no one thinks of their yard. Clutter seems to be any man made objects that are strewn in and outside the home. Not having a clutter free lawn, can be keeping you from reaching your dreams because they are sucking the energy out of your life.

Weeding the lawn is the number one spring garden tip, costing no money and requires a minimum amount of time and energy. Clear the clutter in the landscaping to keep your plants and trees healthy.

Lawn Care Tips

  • how to clean up your lawnWeed your landscaping on a regular basis. Remove weeds that are invading on the space of your flowers, bushes and trees.
  • Aerate the soil in the garden to allow the stagnant chi(invisible energy) to escape and to allow for fresh chi to enter the soil.
  • Cut tree branches that are overgrown and thin out shrubs. The best time is in the late fall when the leaves have fallen or early spring before the buds appear.
  • Touch the plants and remove leaves that are looking ill so they do not affect the rest of the plant or other plants.
  • The natural landscape should have some order.
  • Have trellis for the climbing plants.
  • Clean out the garbage on a regular basis. Do not leave newspapers, candy wrappers hidden in the garden.
  • After you remove the clutter from the landscape, water the plants. Ideal times are before 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm. The most preferable time is in the morning.
  • Get the garden clutter free to allow fresh, revitalizing chi to enter the home and your life. Before the chi enters your front door it must first flow through the garden and it will add to its strength if the garden is healthy and strong.
  • Remove dandelion weeds from the garden and lawn.

Dandelion Removal

weeds hurt your landscaping dreamsDandelions are a symbol of wealth according to the Feng Shui principles. The next time you see your lawn full of dandelions be thankful for the abundance you are about to receive instead of being annoyed by the weed.

Use a dandelion tool or a flat end screwdriver to remove the dandelions by the roots. As you take each dandelion out of the ground visualize your bank account increasing. The size of the dandelion symbolizes if you put a big or small deposit into your bank account.

Do not place any poison on the dandelions as they are destroying the dandelion as well as the groundwater and upsetting the balance of the ecosystem. Children and pets cannot play on the grass because chemical residues are left behind and their small exploring hands will bring the toxins to their bodies and leave the residue on toys and much more.

Dandelion Symbols

Dandelions that are easy to get out of the ground with a tool represent how easy money flows into your home. It means you are willing to pay for quality and do not fear if you will have enough for tomorrow.

Dandelions that are difficult to get out of the ground represent your fear of money. As you gain a few dollars you hold onto it fearing tomorrow will be a rainy day. You have to work harder for a few extra dollars because you fear you will lack money.

The next time you are digging out dandelions, ask yourself if you hold onto money out of fear or are sensibly generous knowing tomorrow will provide.

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It might be time to aerate. http://allaroundthe.house/might-time-aerate/ http://allaroundthe.house/might-time-aerate/#comments Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:09:30 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2370 what to do if your soil is compacted

Are there tracks in the lawn?  Are there tons of weeds despite a good fertilizer with weed prevention?  Are pests becoming a problem?  Is water pooling in the lawn after heavy rains?  Are there bare spots that you haven’t been able to help?  The soil might have compacted, and it might just take a little […]

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what to do if your soil is compacted

Are there tracks in the lawn?  Are there tons of weeds despite a good fertilizer with weed prevention?  Are pests becoming a problem?  Is water pooling in the lawn after heavy rains?  Are there bare spots that you haven’t been able to help?  The soil might have compacted, and it might just take a little aerating to make the lawn thrive.  If the lawn is primarily clay soil or it’s a dry area, you’ll need to aerate more frequently.  There’s a simple and pretty unscientific way to tell when it’s time to aerate.  Grab a stick.  If the soil is difficult to penetrate with the stick, you should aerate.

 

Make your lawn beautiful easilyYou should choose a nice, clear day to aerate.  If the soil is wet, you will have a huge mess and a lot of explaining to do as to how your lawn repair caused more damage.  You’re also going to get compacted soil much more quickly if it’s wet.  If it’s too dry, you won’t be able to penetrate the soil with an aerator.  Pay attention to the weather.  You should have nice weather for as long as possible (a week at least) after you aerate for maximum benefits.

 

If you don’t yet have an aerator attachment for your mowers, you can rent one.  It is recommended that you should rent them before you buy one anyway.  There are different types of aerators with different features, and the best way to determine which you prefer is to try them out.  Aerators with spreaders allow the plugs (or cores) of soil to be spread throughout the lawn.  It’s fine to leave them, but they should be raked to make the lawn look better right away.  If you have a clay soil yard or live in a dry area, you want longer spikes on your aerator.  You also want more spikes to play the odds.  The more spikes you have, the more likely at least some will penetrate harder, dryer soils.  In particularly dry areas, it’s a good idea to water a day or two before aeration, just to promote penetration.  Then simply mow in the same pattern you were going to mow anyway, with the aerator attached.

Thatching your lawn before aerating is useful for building a healthy lawn, check out this post to learn more about dethatching the lawn.

 

Aerating a lawn allows air, water, and nutrients to get to the roots of the grass.  It allows earthworms to move about.  Other good little organisms that take care of pests and naturally fertilize the lawn will thrive.  You’ll also break through some weed roots, and the healthier lawn will have a better fighting chance against the weeds.  You’ll have fewer problems with flooding, and the lawn will be more drought-tolerant.  Bare spots will fill in much better.

 

Right after aerating is the perfect time to overseed if you are trying to repair bare spots or filling in during fall for a green winter lawn.  By core aerating the lawn, you’ve perfectly prepared the soil to thrive on the seeds.  This should be done as soon as possible after aerating, and it’s best to remove the pulled plugs from the lawn if you’re going to seed.  It’s also a great time for water to get deep into the soil in dry areas, so watering after aeration is preferable.  If it’s fertilization time, it’s also a good idea to aerate first if it’s needed.

 

mechanical core aeration is quickIn hot, dry climates, you might need to aerate in summer, fall, and at the beginning of spring, depending on how dry the winter was.  Cooler weather grasses are better aerated early in fall.  They are too fragile and will recover more slowly if aerated in the summer, and fall is the perfect time to prepare them for winter.  If the soil is heavy with clay, you might need to aerate more often.  It’s a good idea to keep your stick (knife, screwdriver, etc) handy to check if the soil has compacted.

 

Aerating will save you time and money watering in the summer as your lawn will be better able to withstand drought, and you will be thrilled with your healthier, fuller lawns.  It’s well worth investing in a good aerator.

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Most eco-friendly lawn mowers http://allaroundthe.house/eco-friendly-lawn-mowers/ http://allaroundthe.house/eco-friendly-lawn-mowers/#comments Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:25:38 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2303

So, you want to be more environmentally friendly? Ever think about the fact that your gas lawn mower generates carbon monoxide and your electric lawn mower requires carbon to be generated in the creation of electricity. What if you could mow your lawn without generating any carbon footprint and get exercise at the same time? […]

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So, you want to be more environmentally friendly? Ever think about the fact that your gas lawn mower generates carbon monoxide and your electric lawn mower requires carbon to be generated in the creation of electricity. What if you could mow your lawn without generating any carbon footprint and get exercise at the same time? Old school push reel mowers are the answer for eco friendly lawn mowers.

Yes, whether you call them push reel mowers , push mowers, old fashioned mowers, or just manual mowers, they are making a big comeback for the eco conscience home owner.

Consider some of the benefits push reel mowers provide.

They’re Green. Gas powered lawn mowers are a major contributor to emissions. The engines on most gas mowers are very basic and contribute to pollution. Once a push reel mower is manufactured, the pollution it produces is gone. Push reel mowers provide clean pollution free mowing. (they also produce low noise pollution)

They’re Economical. I never thought mowing my lawn was an expensive task, until gas hit $4 a gallon. I used to be able to fill my gas can with pocket change, now I use my credit card. Push reel mowers run on a renewable resource, you! Push reel mowers are available under $100 and need very little maintenance and always start on the firs pull or, push if you will.

They give a free workout. We have spent so many years trying to make things easier for ourselves that we now have it to easy and have to pay to get a good work out. Push reel mowers will give you a nice low impact work out at your own pace.

Your lawn will love it. A good sharp reel mower will leave your lawn in beautiful shape. If you wear your old steel golf spikes, you will can aerate your lawn at the same. Speaking of golf, many golf courses use a form of a reel mower to keep their grass in top shape.

Below are 5 areas where a reel mower is not the best solution for everyone

  1. Yard Size. Most push reel mowers can cover up to 2500 square feet without too much trouble. If your yard is much larger than that, you may want to consider a powered mower, and perhaps even one that’s self-propelled or a riding mower.
  2. How often You Mow. If you mow less than once every 2 weeks, then your lawn will be taller than what’s manageable with a reel mower; especially in the late-Spring and early-Summer time. Most reel mowers can handle up to 2″ fairly well; some can even handle as high as 3″ or more. If you routinely wait until your grass is higher than 2″ you could be making more work for yourself with a push reel mower.
  3. Yard layout. If your yard is on a hilly terrain then it’s even more work to go back up the hill on each pass. One way to mitigate this layout would be to cut horizontally instead of vertically, so you don’t have to go up the hill each time, just across it.
  4. Trees. If you have trees in your yard whose branches cover most of the yard, you may have quite a few fallen twigs, sticks and branches to contend with. That would mean adding the extra work of picking up as many sticks as possible before you begin cutting. Whereas powered mowers can cut through most twigs and small sticks easily; those items will quickly stop a reel mower in it’s tracks. Which would add to the total cutting time because you would have to clean the debris from the blades each time they got stuck.
  5. Weather conditions. If your grass is wet, it will make cutting a bit more difficult. Depending on just how wet the lawn is, the wheels could simply slide across the grass which would not allow the blades to rotate properly.
Decided a push reel mower isn’t for you? Check out our post Most Inexpensive Lawn Mowers

Still searching for the most friendly eco-friendly lawn mowers? Check out our recommendations below:

 

GreenWorks 25052 16-Inch Reel Lawn Mower

We’ll say it again – our whole production will never launch ounces of carbon as exhaust into the air. 4 Season Assurance – Dual Conventional. When looking for garden resources, we know you’re considering about high quality. You’re looking for something that will get the job done and get you returning to relaxing on the weekends. That’s why GreenWorks supports every device with a full four-year warranty – we know our items carry out at the biggest level and will always be efficient. GreenWorks the best high quality goods are produced to last. That’s why we back again our products with a guarantee that’s twice the industry standard. We’ll provide all the power you need without damaging the air or pushing you to keep transporting your gas can to the closest place (especially in the middle of a job). No more tune-ups or servicing. No more pollutants. Fifty-four thousand People in the U.S. mow their lawn every weekend, according to the EPA, using 800 thousand gallons of gas annually. Along the way, property owners leak more than 17 thousand gallons of gas while refueling. That’s equal to the 1989 Exxon Valdez catastrophe. You are going to shift beyond awkward, dangerous gas-powered lawnmowers. It’s here we are at GreenWorks to be your garden resources for life.

 

American Lawn Mower 1304-14 14-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower

American Lawnmowers reel mowers offer real advantages. All it takes to start a reel mower is a little manual force. There’s no cable to pull. No key to remember. No engine also indicates low maintenance. No gas, oil or ignition connects to blunder with. No running to the gas station or shop to get supplies or parts. This American reel lawn mower is simple and ready to operate when you are. You push, it cuts. Whenever.

American reel lawnmowers don’t have engines which indicates they don’t produce pollutants or create disturbance. Just the clean, silent cut of the reel mower. Mow your lawn without disrupting the serenity in the area. The only sound a reel mower will create is a fulfilling silent cut as the mower reduces the height of lawn. American lawnmowers are light and portable and simple to advance. Due to do convenience of reel lawnmowers they perform every efforts and are simple to service. Pushing a reel mower is a healthy solution for you and your lawn.

Specs:

  • 14-inch cutting size,;
  • 5 knife reel, with heat treated blades to stay sharp longer;
  • durable 10-inch blend wheels;
  • Height flexible from 1-inch to 1-3/4-inch;
  • Lightweight and simple to maneuver .

 

Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

This traditional Scotts push reel lawn mower gives you the fuel savings of a manual mower and the extensive cutting dimensions of a powered mower. Its unique back wheel design helps move and improve ability to maneuver in tight spots.

  • Drive Force, Engine None,
  • Cutting Size in. 1-3,
  • Knife Type 5-blade, 5-spider football shaped reel with full bearing movement,
  • Rear Wheel Size in. 6 wheels,
  • Cutting Width in. 20, Dimensions L x W x H in. 28 x 18 x 11,
  • Front Wheel Size 20in
  • Rear Wheel Size. 9in.
  • 9-position QuickSnap height adjusters for easy-to-use reducing options

 

Cutting dimension comes close to a powered mower along with 1in.-3in. height range, which is unheard of in other push reel mowers

5-blade football bearing reel has the optimal number of rotor blades for simplicity of use and superior reducing.

Resilient heat-treated rotor blades Welded reel bonnet defends low plants and vegetation. Comfortable cycle handle with foam grip

This unit is Light, maneuverable, economical. The Scotts 2000-20 Classic push reel lawn mower manages dense yards without difficulty and provides a quiet, pollution-free solution for any lawn. The mower’s double monitoring wheels and ultra-sharp steel rotor blades make easy, accurate cutting and efficient function. Powered by you, the mower has an extensive cutting path for a push reel mower and quick-snap height adjusters that keep you in complete control of your lawn height.

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Knowing how to overseed your lawn, at the right time, is ideal for building a healthy, green, lush lawn. This post explains the reasons for overseeding, along with how to do it.

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One of the largely overlooked procedures for a great looking lawn is the need to overseed your lawn, Commonly the public believes fertilizer is sufficient to keep their lawn thick and free of weeds.

Top 3 Reasons to Overseed Your Lawn

Overseeding to reduce weeds:

Overseeding to reduce weeds is one of the easiest and most natural ways to reduce weeds in your lawn. Grass seeds germinate and grow earlier than most of the weeds do in the spring. If you overseed your lawn in the fall the new grass will crowd out most of the weeds attempting to grow in your lawn. This means that you no longer need to worry about pre-emergent weed killers or other weed removal methods. Simply apply a new layer of grass seed in the fall and spring will find you with a fuller, greener, weed free lawn.

Overseeding your lawn to reduce thin spots:

Seeding your lawn in the spring or fall can help to fill in any areas where the grass is thin. If you fertilize your lawn and apply a plant food such as Soil Booster Blend a week before you overseed it will allow time for the soil to absorb the nutrients without burning the new grass as it emerges. Some people recommend overseeding in the fall as this also reduces the weeds in your lawn, but it is just as effective if you overseed in the spring. Plus you get to enjoy the fuller, thicker lawn immediately instead of having to wait for spring to see the result. Just be sure to allow grass to remain at least 3 inches long after mowing, this allows the new grass to develop a nice deep root systems that will ensure healthy grass for years to come.

Overseeding your lawn to fill in bare patches:

Seeding your lawn to fill in bare patches can be done in two ways. Some people prefer to overseed only the area where bare patches have occurred. Other people see this as a good time to go over the whole yard with a new layer of seed. Either method can benefit your lawn. If the rest of your lawn is full and weed free then you may want to consider just filling in the bare area with a patch kit like, Lawn Patch Repair Kit. However, if you have noticed a general thinning of your lawn in general you may want to overseed the whole lawn.

Just like other matter, grass gets worn out. It needs to be rejuvenated every few years to make up for the natural deceleration of the turf’s reproduction process. Overseeding is not complicated and the payback outweighs the investment of time required to achieve a lush thick lawn.

Overseeding your lawn adds an additional great benefit. The modern varieties of seed you can acquire now, are more disease tolerant than the grass you already maintain,

An ideal lawn ought to be like fresh sod. If you look at newly laid sod, you may have noticed when you pull the grass blades apart you have difficulty visualizing the soil. This is how your lawn should look. If you look and you can see the soil without difficulty or maybe you can notice it from the deck, you need to overseed your lawn.

 

Check out this post on lawn soil preparation to learn what to do before overseeding

 

Follow these simple steps for a thick lush lawn:

  1. Choose the correct season to overseed. Early fall while the air is cool and the soil is still temperate, is optimal for overseeding.
  2. Purchase quality grass seed. Seed which is less than 1/2 percent of weed seeds.
  3. Scalp the existing lawn. Set your mower to the lowest setting and mow the lawn to 1/2 inch or shorter to make sure you get the best possible seed to soil connection.
  4. Now you need to thatch the lawn of all grass clippings from mowing. Grass seed germinates when it is in contact with the soil, make sure you rake all of the clippings.
  5. Aerate the lawn, either yourself or hire someone to do it, as that allows the seed to work itself deeper into the soil.
  6. The largely imperative part of an overseed lawn is the watering. Once you start the watering process the seed needs to stay wet for the following 2 weeks. The area will possibly need to be watered twice daily for the seed to fully germinate. If the seed dries you could lose up to 30 percent germination.

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Most Inexpensive Lawn Mowers http://allaroundthe.house/most-inexpensive-lawn-mowers/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:48:16 +0000 http://allaroundthe.house/?p=2278

A lawn mower can be a substantial investment for most home owners, just like everything else about owning a home. But there is no reason, if you have a small yard that you must invest hundreds into a lawn mower. The most inexpensive lawn mower is a corded model, that is ideally suited for mowing […]

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A lawn mower can be a substantial investment for most home owners, just like everything else about owning a home. But there is no reason, if you have a small yard that you must invest hundreds into a lawn mower. The most inexpensive lawn mower is a corded model, that is ideally suited for mowing small yards.

For many, the idea of using a corded one seems absurd, so we decided to try and change the skeptics minds through a better understanding of electric corded mowers.

For starters, an electric corded lawn mower is one of the easiest ways anyone can pitch in to help the environment. Not many people realize, using a gas powered one gives off dangerous toxins into the environment that are part of the pollution problem that is destroying the planet. For smaller properties, investing in an electric lawn mower is a great way to do your part to save the earth.

Only maintenance your electric mower will ever need is the blade to be sharpened. Make sure you know how to sharpen a lawn mower blade

If you are one of the many people that think an electric mower is lacking in performance and or power, we have some information that should change your mind. Electric ones are perfect for cutting lawns up to an acre in size with the same effectiveness as a gas powered earth destroying mower. Many are easier to maneuver than a gas powered one simply because they are substantially lighter in weight.

Is the price your only reason for not doing your part for the environment? When they first came out, they were on the pricey side because they were new. However, nowadays you can find one for very close to the same price as a gas powered.

So we just helped you throw that excuse out the window. The next popular excuse is the maintenance aspect of the electric mowers. Don’t worry, you don’t have to do nearly as much maintenance on an electric mower as you do on a gas one. For the most part, you only need to plug it in, sharpen the blades as needed and that’s it.

The final popular excuse we have found for avoiding electric corded lawn mowers is the cord. Everyone seems to think it is nearly impossible to mow a lawn with a cord attached to you. We are here to let you know, if you can vacuum a rug in your house you can mow your lawn with a corded lawn mower. The cord typically isn’t a problem after the second or so time you mow your lawn. It does take a little getting used to, but it is well worth it once you see how great these machines can be.

So, now you understand that a corded electric lawn mower is suitable for the lawn, and the best part they are cheaper! Don’t invest heavily into something you don’t need.

 

Most Inexpensive Lawn Mowers

BLACK+DECKER EM1500 15-Inch Corded Mower with Edge Max

Designed for excellent performance and attached power cord for practical yard care, the BLACK+DECKER EM1500 corded lawnmowers with Edge Max starts easily with just a push of a button, providing a smart, no-mess alternative to gas powered lawnmowers. You’ll save your time by eliminating the disappointment of pull cables, the hassle of combining gas and oil, trips to the gas station, and engine maintenance. Featuring a 10 amp motor and 15 inches light-weight outdoor deck, the EM1500 has a reducing size range of 1 inches to 3 inches, plus a practical single handle size modification increases or decreases height of all four tires at the same time. The durable, light and portable aluminum deck never rusts and is easy to clean. For practical storage space, the mower’s handle folds down so it fits nicely in small spaces in storage sheds or car ports. Part of the BLACK+DECKER Advantage Max family, this 15-inch mower’s tires are placed in-line with the mower blade, providing up-to-the-edge mowing along fencing and landscape boundaries. Ideal for yards up to 3,750 sq ft, the EM1500 also features PowerDrive technology, which offers high-torque cutting of tall and wet lawn. To help keep electrical cables tangle free, a cable wrap system is installed on the Lawnmowers for practical management and storage space of cables. A cable holder slips along the Mower’s handle to prevent the cable from getting in the way or underfoot.

 

GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp Corded 20-Inch Lawn Mower

Powerful 12 Amp engine for getting the job done ;

  • Robust metal 20″ cutting deck provides highest performance and durability;
  • 3-in-1 function provides several choices for lawn cuttings from rear bagging, cutting release and mulching abilities for flexible needs;
  • Single lever 7-position size modification provides variety of cutting size from 1 1/2″ to 3 3/4″ for the best cut on all kinds of grass;
  • Wider 10″ back tires and 7″ front tires makes it simple to maneuver around uneven terrain and around your flower beds
  • 12 Amp Electric Motor delivers enough power to cut through the toughest grass
  • Weight:  56 lbs.

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