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    Rutting in lawn caused by over-watering – TCPalm - September 4, 2017 by admin

    Carol Cloud Bailey, Special to TCPalm Published 6:30 a.m. ET Sept. 3, 2017

    Over-irrigation makes the soil wet and more susceptible to rutting. Runoff is one of the indications of over-irrigation. The algae against the curb in the road is a sign that water stands in this location often.(Photo: CAROL CLOUD BAILEY/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)

    Lawns work hard. Turf grasses slow erosion, moderate rain, keep the soil in place (less tracking of sand into the house), provide a place for recreation and relaxation, and cool the air. But, they are also expensive in terms of needed inputs of labor, fertilizer, and water. One of the main tenets of a Florida-Friendly landscape is to reduce turf. Is turf good or bad? As for many things, Id say some of both. Where there is a need for an open space, then turf works.

    However, turf does require regular maintenance. The most commonly overlooked or mismanaged aspects of lawn maintenance include proper mowing and irrigation. The results of poor care in these areas often result in weak lawns full of weeds and ruts.

    Automatic irrigation systems make it easy to use too much water. It is easy to allow the system to run on whatever program as long as the grass is somewhat green. A full check for good coveragethe water from one head should reach the next head, rate is the run time sufficient to put out the amount needed or too much, and frequency, is a needed monthly chore.

    Over-irrigation can result in wet soils. In addition to making the grass more susceptible to insects, diseases and weed infestation, wet soils are prone to rutting from lawn mowers of other vehicles. The first step to fixing the problem is to evaluate the irrigation system and adjust as needed.

    However, once ruts occur, repairs are often needed. The seemingly simple answer is to fill the rut with soil. The problem with this solution is that it causes more problems. The sod underneath the additional soil often dies creating a layer that makes water movement in the soil slower, compaction is relieved, and if the soil is different from the original, long term issues can occur with differing irrigation and nutrient needs.

    Shallow ruts, from 2 to 4 inches deep can be repaired by the use of a pitchfork or other implement with tines. Use the tines to lift the rut and allow the soil to settle from time and water. This process helps reduce compaction.

    Deeper ruts require more. Use a sharp spade or sod cutter to lift the sod out of and around the rut and then use a spade to loosen the soil including the soil that was pushed out of the rut. Regrade so the area is level or slightly higher than the surrounding area, it will settle over time. Reinstall the turf or use new sod. Treat the area as newly installed sod, but use a temporary irrigation line to avoid over-watering the entire zone.

    Turf in the right place, managed well, and in small quantities can be a good thing.

    Carol Cloud Bailey is a Landscape Counselor & Horticulturist. Send questions tocarol@yard-doc.comor visitwww.yard-doc.comfor more information.

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    How to Landscape a Front Yard | eHow - June 14, 2016 by admin

    Choose plants in scale with the size of your home. Boxwoods look fine in a knot garden but seem Lilliputian in the front yard of a grand colonial home.

    Consider potential maintenance problems before you select plantings. You may like the appeal of a shaped hedge until you have to get the clippers out every two weeks. Also, consider the mature height of a deciduous tree planted too close to a home, leading to clogged gutters.

    Select trees and shrubs to enhance a pleasing view or to block an unsightly one. If you decide to plant a privacy hedge to screen a neighbor's front yard, choose a mixed planting for your hedge. If one specimen dies, you can replace it without creating an odd gap between young and old plants.

    Dull the harsh edges of your home's foundation with natural, flowing curves. You can situate masses of plants at each corner of your home, planting the tallest shrubs closest to the foundation, followed by successively smaller plants.

    Include strategic splashes of color and fragrance to welcome friends and family. Rather than let fragrance waft down the street with the wind, plant a small stand of hyacinths by your front door where visitors can enjoy the color and scent.

    Reduce the effects of wind and weather with trees. Homeowners in rural settings use windbreaks frequently, but suburban dwellers can also plant a row of evergreens on the side of the yard with prevailing winds. Deciduous trees can block summer heat and allow winter sun to shine through bare branches.

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    Lisa’s Landscape & Design | Saving the Planet One Yard at … - August 6, 2015 by admin

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    Replace your boring sod with a Texas friendly, low water, low maintenance garden that adds value to your home and life.

    Landscapes in Austin can be tricky as we are in an evolution of environmental change and a desperate need for water conservation and sustainable gardens. If you are in the market for a landscape design in the greater Austin area, especially Xeriscape low water, low maintenance design and installation, than that is my specialty and I would be delighted to work with you on your project. But before you call anyone there are some things you need to consider.

    The first thing to consider when planning a landscape installation is how long you plan to live in your home. If you are there for a good long time, or you want it to suit you no matter how long you plan to be there, then have at it. If you are considering a move in the next few years. I suggest you read up on how to stage your home for sale before you start.

    The nextimportantconsideration is your budget. If the sky is the limit, then good for you, enjoy the ride and what designer would not love to have an endless budget to play with. (I have had the opportunity and its delightful ) Though most people are not in that position and new landscapes are pricier than people think because materials like stone, mulch, plants and trees add up quickly and quality labor comes at a price. You would not go to a second rate dentist who has a general idea how to fix your problem, and you should not cut corners when it comes to your precious plants and expensive stone work. I pride myself in assisting the customer to make the most of the money they have to spend and it is important for your landscaper/designer to understand the value of your dollar no matter your income. Certain materials cost what they cost and there are no substitutes, but it is the designers job to create clever alternatives that can save you money and give you the ultimate results you are looking for. If your landscape professional is spending most of your time trying to sell you upgrades, they may not be servingyour best interest.

    Be sure you are hiring a professional with a native and adapted plant knowledge. Proper plant selection, layout, plantingtechniques and soil knowledge aresomethingthat comes with experience. The wrong plant selection can destroy the bestexecuted design.

    This is what a xeriscape, low water, low maintenance garden looks like!

    Be sure the plants your designer is choosing are the plants that belong in our area, not just the least expensive plants they found to make a profit. Always choose low water, low maintenance plants and trees. Austin is in a serious drought with no relief in sight and water friendly landscapes can be lush and beautiful. The less maintenance for you (through proper plant placement) the greater your reward from the landscape.

    Something a lot of people neglect to consider is the maintenance that goes along with the garden your designer has created for you. Your designer should ask questions about your life, ages of yourchildren, pets how much time you travel with work or for play and how often you want to be in the garden doing maintenance. My goal is to give you a garden that requires real work every Spring and Fall, not every week or every month. This is achieved by choosing the right plants for the space and by placing the plants with enough room from sidewalks, patios and each other, so that they do not require trimming. River rock sidewalks and creek beds require a weekly weeding. River rock is not a no maintenance solution, this is a no water situation and your designer/installer needs to tell you these things so your expectations are met.

    Another important consideration is to be realistic about what are your priorities and what are your dreams for this project. If a budget has to be met, it is important to keep your needs in check. If you must establish some shade before you can enjoy your space, then obviously some trees or a covered patio are a priority or all the flowers in the world will not encourage you to spend time outside. If you need a patio to grill and entertain, then solutions need to be made to give you the space of your dreams with the budget of your reality. Alternative materials can be used to create all sorts of fabulous spaces that you may not have considered and that is again, where your designer/installer should shine.

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    Landscaping Dubai: Creative & Well Implemented Landscaping - July 3, 2015 by admin

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