In most regions, maintaining a lush, green lawn through summer depend entirely on watering. Refine your irrigation skills and use of the lawn watering to learn what you can do to prevent brown patches from cropping up in your yard.
How often should I water my lawn?
A very general rule of thumb is to provide lawns with 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, from irrigation or rainfall. A good way to check moisture penetration is to probe the soil with a screwdriver or similar object.
How often you water will vary based on where you live and what type of soil you have. In order to conserve water and give grass just what it needs, it’ll help you to understand the factors that influence irrigation frequency.
Different grass types require different amounts of water. For example:
A healthy lawn of tall fescue has a deep root system and the highest drought tolerance of cool-season turf types. Kentucky bluegrass consistently goes dormant during drought, reviving when rainfall resumes.
Warm-season grasses, such as zoysia, St. Augustine, bermudagrass, and centipede, thrive in warm conditions, developing deep root systems that make them better able to withstand drought. In general, warm-season grasses require 20 percent less water than cool-season types.
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If you live in Houston probably you have to deal with Patio drainage problems. Improper drainage can ruin not only a nice summer day for relaxing or barbecuing, but can lead to severe water damage on your patio if not dealt with. It is important to be able to identify causes of poor water drainage and troubleshoot them.
Here are some basic problems along with a few ideas for solutions
* Planning for Drainage ProblemsThe best way to troubleshoot drainage problems is to plan for them before they happen. Drainage systems are much easier to put in when installing your patio. Also, in addition to an actual drainage system, you can create a patio drainage slope. In this case, water can be made to run right off your patio because the surface is slightly angled, so you don’t have an unsightly drainage system in the middle of your patio.
* Putting Drainage in an Existing PatioSome people are lucky in that their patios are small enough or sit just right that water simply never pools on top. However, if you have a patio with no drainage system and water does start to pool, you need to think about putting a drainage system in as soon as possible. This is best done by a professional, but it’s possible to handle on your own.
You will need tools to cut into your patio, which may be problematic if your patio is concrete. Essentially, you’ll need to take note of where water is pooling on your patio and cut out a channel for it to flow into and follow off your patio. The channel can be filled with gravel for a nicer appearance, or you can use a half pipe covered by a grate.
* Drainage Problems with a Current Drainage SystemIt isn’t uncommon for a drainage system to occasionally become clogged up over time and for water to drain more and more poorly until it stops draining at all. Whenever you notice that the water is draining less than normal, it is time to clean out your drainage system. Because it is usually caused by chunks of outdoor debris carried in with the pooling water, you’ll probably have to actually open up your drainage system to clean it out. This is especially for patio drainage systems utilizing piping and a cover grate.
Gravel will actually become clogged much faster, since it usually has even less room for debris to flow through, but at the same time it can be easier to clean out that other drainage systems. Simply remove all the gravel and spread it out on a hard surface, such as your patio or driveway. Then, take your hose and give the gravel a good spray down to remove the worse of any dirt and other debris. If possible, use a pressure washer, which will also make your gravel look more clean and less unsightly. Anything not washed immediately away by the hose or pressure washer is likely large enough to be spotted easily and removed by hand. You’ll also want to spray out the trench where your gravel sits. Once that’s done, simply deposit your gravel back in your drainage system and you’re good to go.
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The devices and implements used for fighting plant enemies are of two sorts:
Simpler devices for protecting newly-set plants, such as tomatoes or cabbage, from the cut-worm, are stiff, tin, cardboard or tar paper collars, which are made several inches high and large enough to be put around the stem and penetrate an inch or so into the soil.
Fof applying poison powders, the home gardener should supply himself with a powder gun. If one must be restricted to a single implement, however, it will be best to get one of the hand-power, compressed-air sprayers. These are used for applying wet sprays, and should be supplied with one of the several forms of mist-making nozzles, the non-cloggable automatic type being the best. For more extensive work a barrel pump, mounted on wheels, will be desirable, but one of the above will do a great deal of work in little time. Extension rods for use in spraying trees and vines may be obtained for either.
For operations on a very small scale a good hand-syringe may be used, but as a general thing it will be best to invest a few dollars more and get a small tank sprayer, as this throws a continuous stream or spray and holds a much larger amount of the spraying solution. Whatever type is procured, get a brass machine it will out-wear three or four of those made of cheaper metal, which succumbs very quickly to the, corroding action of the strong poisons and chemicals used in them.
Of implements for harvesting, beside the spade, prong-hoe and spading- fork, very few are used in the small garden, as most of them need not only long rows to be economically used, but horse- power also. The onion harvester attachment for the double wheel hoe, may be used with advantage in loosening onions, beets, turnips, etc., from the soil or for cutting spinach. Running the hand- plow close on either side of carrots, parsnips and other deep-growing vegetables will aid materially in getting them out. For fruit picking, with tall trees, the wire-fingered fruit-picker, secured to the end of a long handle, will be of great assistance, but with the modern method of using low-headed trees it will not be needed.
Another class of garden implements are those used in pruning but where this is attended to properly from the start, a good sharp jack-knife and a pair of pruning shears will easily handle all the work of the kind necessary.
Still another sort of garden device is that used for supporting the plants; such as stakes, trellises, wires, etc. Altogether too little attention usually is given these, as with proper care in storing over winter they will not only last for years, but add greatly to the convenience of cultivation and to the neat appearance of the garden.
As a final word to the intending purchaser of garden tools, I would say: first thoroughly investigate the different sorts available, and when buying, do not forget that a good tool or a well-made machine will be giving you satisfactory use long, long after the price is forgotten, while a poor one is a constant source of discomfort. Get good tools, and take good care of them. And let me repeat that a few dollars a year, judiciously spent, for tools afterward well cared for, will soon give you a very complete set, and add to your garden profit and pleasure.
If you're thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to
consider is what type of garden you will have. There are many different
choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can
narrow it down. But by narrowing it down, you'll make the gardening
experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are
similar, then it shouldn't be very hard to care for them all. So here are
some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.
If you're just looking for something to look nice in your yard, you'll
want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flower.
Perennial flowers are flowers which stay healthy year-round. They're
basically weeds because of their hardiness, only nice looking. Different
areas and climates have different flowers which are considered perennials.
If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a
list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life. These usually
only require work in the planting stage - after that, the flower take care
of themselves. The only downside to this is that you don't have any
product to show for it.
Another choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden. These
usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but
can be much more rewarding. No matter what time of the year it is, you can
usually find one vegetable that is still prospering. That way you can have
your garden be giving you produce almost every day of the year! When
starting a vegetable garden, you should build it with the thought in mind
that you will be adding more types of veggies in later. This will help
your expandability. Once all your current crops are out of season, you
won't be stuck with almost nowhere to put the new crops. A vegetable
garden is ideal for someone who wants some produce, but doesn't want to
devote every waking hour to perfecting their garden (see below.)
One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.
It's definitely the most high-maintenance. When growing fruits, many more
pests will be attracted due to the sweetness. You not only have to deal
with having just the right dirt and fertilizer, you have to deal with
choosing a pesticide that won't kill whoever eats the fruits. Your fruit
garden will probably not produce year-round. The soil needs to be just
right for the plants to grow, and putting in another crop during its
off-season could be disastrous to its growth process. If you're willing to
put lots of work into maintaining a garden, then a fruit garden could be a
good choice for you.
So now that I've outlined some of the main garden types that people
choose, I hope you can make a good decision. Basically, the garden type
comes down to what kind of product you want, and how much work you want
to put into it. If you're looking for no product with no work, go with a
flower garden. If you want lots of delicious product, but you are willing
to spend hours in your garden each day, then go for a fruit garden. Just
make sure you don't get into something you can't handle!