How to Kill Quackgrass and Crabgrass

 

quackgrass weed

Maintaining a beautiful lawn is tough work, especially when weeds continually try to invade your lawn. Two of the most invasive weeds for lawns are quackgrass and crabgrass – if your lawn becomes infested with these weeds, they can quickly take over your yard. Both weeds are difficult to eradicate without harming your grass and…

Firebush Plant – Add a Burst of Color to Your Landscaping

 

Firebush Plant

Looking for a way to add some red highlights to your landscape design? If you live in a warm region like Florida, Texas or one of the other Gulf Coast states, the firebush plant may be an excellent choice for adding color to your yard. Red is the fire; bush is the plant type. Together,…

How to Kill Onion Grass Weed in Your Yard

 

onion grass weed

Weeds are undesirable plants that tend to be very hearty and invasive. Onion grass is one of the weeds that can spread quicky through your yard and take water and nutrients away from your lawn and other plants. To control onion grass, you need to be vigilant in your efforts and make sure this weed…

When to Fertilize Hydrangeas and Other Hydrangea Care

 

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are flourishing shrubs with gorgeous, colorful blooms that can enhance your yard and landscaping. These bushes come in a wide variety and can add stunning pink, purple and blue colors to your outdoor area in spring and summer. While these beautiful bushes may look difficult to grow, hydrangea care is easier than you might…

How to Get Rid of Gnats Outside and Inside Your Home

 

Gnats

Gnats are annoying little insects that can become a nuisance in your backyard and inside your home. Not only do some gnats bite, but their constant buzzing around your eyes and ears can interfere with time spent relaxing on your patio or deck. Gnats can also invade your home – there are many types of…

How to Protect Plants from Frost

 

a flower covered in frost

Plants have a high water content flowing through their leaves, stems and blooms. While trees and cold-season plants may be able to withstand freezing temperatures in maturity, most warm-season plants can be severely damaged or even killed from an overnight frost. Gardeners and even houseplant lovers need to be aware of the dangers of frost…

What Kills Weeds Permanently?

 

Frustrated man looking at new weeds on his lawn and wondering what kills weeds permanently.

One of the most frustrating aspects of landscaping is weed control. Dandelions, crab grass and other unwanted vegetation can overtake your yard and garden, as well as sprout up between concrete slabs. Some herbicides, chemical and natural options, can temporarily abate weeds and grass, but what kills weeds permanently? Here are some of your options…

Dethatching Lawn Equipment: What is a Dethatcher?

 

A person using removing lawn thatch.

Thatch is the layer of dead grass and debris that can accumulate over the roots of your lawn’s grass. When thatch becomes too thick, it can suffocate your grass roots and keep water, air and nutrients from penetrating the soil. Dethatching your lawn can break up a thick thatch layer to aerate soil and allow…

How Much Topsoil Do I Need?

 

hands with topsoil

If you are starting a gardening or landscaping project, one of the supplies you may need is topsoil. A quality topsoil can be used to add nutrients to the existing soil, or be used to fill raised garden beds or planters. If you are planning a large garden or adding new sod or seed to…

Tips on How to Clean Composite Decking

 

Composite Decking

Composite decking is a popular option for building decks that are low-maintenance and durable. Unlike wood decks that require routine staining, painting and extensive cleaning to keep maintained, composite decking only requires light upkeep to maintain a beautiful appearance. There are different types of composite decking, such as the Trex® composite decking, that may have…