Given the many things to consider when it comes to sustaining a lush landscape homeowners are seeking new ways to simplify their lawn and garden maintenance techniques.
Below are five quick tips that take the guesswork out of warm weather chores and make any home flourish with "more beauty less beasts."
1. Decoding soil DNA: The best gauge for fertilization requirements of your landscape is through a soil test. These tests are used to evaluate the condition and levels of nutrients in the soil especially pH which determines how well plants are able to draw the nutrients they need from the soil. Home soil test kits are available at most lawn and garden retailers or homeowners can contact their local Department of Agriculture for more information.
2. Fertilizer frequency factors: During periods of drought it is important not to over-fertilize as this can result in unhealthy or burnt-looking plants. The frequency of fertilization depends on climate plant type and the fertilizer. A pre-measured ready-to-use fertilizer such as the Pennington Smart Feed Sprayer System ensures efficient feeding proper nutrition and vigorous plant growth. The benefit: better results with bigger blooms and produce when compared to unfed plants. The system also saves time minimizes water usage and removes guesswork.
3. Select the right plants: One of the best defenses against problem insects is a strong well-maintained plant. When designing your landscape select plants that are less prone to insect problems. For example native plants tend to be more pest-resistant if planted where the sun and soil are right for them.
4. Go on the offensive: While weeds grow year-round pest activity in many ways correlates with temperature. In general as temperatures increase so does insect feeding and insect populations in and around the home. Combat insects and weeds with a simple versatile tool such as the Amdro PowerFlex Pest & Weed System. With no mixing measuring or cleaning required this all-in-one system allows homeowners to reclaim their properties both indoors and outdoors.
5. Protect beneficial species: Within every landscape and garden are pest predators that are beneficial to the health of plants - either by feeding on problem pests or by helping with soil aeration and drainage. Examples include earthworms spiders ladybugs and praying mantises. Attract beneficial insects to your landscape with plants that provide nectar pollen and other food sources.