How to keep weeds and other pests off your lawn

WEED FREE CAN SAVE MONEY   A well fed and well watered thick lawn will crowd out weeds and be less susceptible to damage from pests and disease. Our bodies require fuel and adequate nutrition to function properly and fight off infection well so do our plants. In the first part of a two-week series I am sharing some tips on how to manage some of the problems that most commonly affect our lawns. Everyone has to battle some of the common problems I will talk about below but we can try to limit the problems with prevention. Last week I talked about how to keep the grass-green on your side of the fence and this week I want to talk about those pests that like to invade our grass such as the ever famous weeds. I have worked on many properties over the years and have dealt with each of the following problems multiple times. While it can be frustrating to look out your window and see a blotchy, sick looking lawn there are ways to repair without having to cost you an arm and leg. Preventative maintenance and proper care will get you a lot further in your […]

How to keep the grass green on your side of the fence

GO GREEN THIS SUMMER   A lawn full of beautiful green grass that is free of weeds is something that many people strive for, while others are just happy to see green, even if it is a combination of weeds and grass. To the left is a backyard photo of a lawn that I’ve maintained with my business for the past 5 years. As you can see in my photo above the grass is green and lush and well-maintained. Now that you’ve started your spring garden in containers it’s time to think about your lawn. I follow all the tips I will be sharing with you today and throughout the next few months so make sure you are subscribed here so you don’t miss any of my upcoming landscaping and gardening posts. Spring clean-up has begun and whether you are ready for it you should prepare for some hard work with beautiful results. I’ll be sure and try to help you save some of your hard-earned money this season rather than waste it on playing guessing games around your property. To maintain a healthy green lawn maintenance needs to begin as soon as the snow has melted and the ground […]

How to start your spring garden using odd containers

TIME TO GET YOUR GARDEN READY   Now that spring is around the corner it’s time to get your green thumb ready to start your summer garden. Growing your own garden is rewarding because it can save you a good chunk of money in your grocery budget. Another bonus is that you get to sit down in the comfort of your home and enjoy putting food on your table that you had a hand in growing.   Growing your own food is like printing your own money—Ron Finley   Start your garden seeds   My favourite time of year is coming where I get to start working on landscaping projects for my customers and to get my own vegetable garden ready. Looking outside today it is extremely hard to believe that spring is on its way, but it will be here soon enough. Around this time every year my Spring fever starts to kick in and I can`t wait to see the beautiful green grass that is hiding under the dreaded snow. As long as Old Man winter keeps making his presence known I will just have to deal with it and wait but in the meantime I’ll get started […]

Organic: How to grow your own pot potatoes

Potatoes In A Nutshell And A Recycling Bin! It’s easy to grow your own pot potatoes and you don’t have to use a traditional barrel, pot or pail you can do what I did. Pot growing potatoes is a great way to still have home-grown organic potatoes even if you are short on space to garden. Growing my own potatoes in a blue recycle bin this year was a new and fun experience for me. Having a horticulture background, potato plants are nothing new to me but finally having some time to dedicate to my garden, I want to grow as much as I can in as little space possible. As my property does not have a traditional in ground garden and is nowhere near ready for one, I used as many containers as I could, even for potatoes this summer. How to grow potatoes in a pot or container Propagation of potatoes can be done either by true seeds, planting a piece of an actual potato (also referred to as planting by seed)  or by rooting a cutting from a potato plant. All of these methods can be done at home using little space, while saving you some money in your […]

Backyard to your kitchen: Tips for growing a Fall garden

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Fall Garden   As the summer progresses and our gardens flourish, it’s time to starting planning what to plant if you would like a Fall garden. Many plants such as lettuce, carrots and onions can be grown in a spring garden but truly thrive as cool weather crops, particularly in the flavour department. Preparing for your Fall garden is much the same as what you would do in the spring, with a few other things to consider.   Planting time   A Fall garden typically planted in July and August. In the spring when we plant our gardens we are worried about planting to early and losing our precious plants to the last frost. With a Fall garden you need to make sure you do not plant too late. You now need to factor in when you can expect the first killer frost. Across various regions in Canada, the average first killer frost is anywhere from mid-August to early November. This date is important when you are deciding when you should be planting your fall gardens. The number of days until maturity (ready to harvest) is on the back of most seed packs and plant identification […]

Green landscaping with optional goat rental

By: Katrina Boost Curb Appeal The Smart Way I was recently asked by a Canadian Budget Binder fan to help give her property a bit of a face lift by landscaping her property. First thing we looked at were some ways to save money by reclaiming items for her property that wasn’t going to cost her a fortune. After getting to know a little about her and her life, I was determined to do the best job I could and to try and save as much money as we could. I’ll get to the goat part….. at the end. This story has a happy ending for the homeowner and for me as landscaping is a passion of mine. Use existing materials A common mistake made by many is having too many plants in a single garden, and/or not planted in the most desirable locations. I have lost count of how many plants we moved from poor locations to use in a newly created garden. Take a look around your property and see what supplies you may already have. Throughout the front and back of the property were a good pile of rocks. We brought them all to the front of […]

Free Plants And Easy Ways To Save Money On Gardening

By: Katrina Are there easy ways to save money on gardening? Yes! While I am not saying to stay away from garden centres  as they give you a large selection of plants to choose from,  there are a few easy ways to save money on buying plants. It is possible to get free plants or at a fraction of the cost but you have to get creative and maybe get your hands dirty but it’s always worth it since the cost of plants can get pricey. Why would people give away free plants? Unless someone grew annuals from seed and have more than they need you are more likely to find a great deal on perennials. Growing from seed is a far more cost effective way to save money in the garden but not everyone has a green thumb like I would for example. I love growing plants and seeds are fairly inexpensive if you compare them to the ready-made plants at the nursery or garden centres in town. If you take a look around your neighbourhood I bet you will see many plants that come up year after year and seem to sprout up in different spots as well as they multiply. If you are an […]

Protect Your Investment: Planting Tips For Your Vegetable Garden

Growing your own plants or buying them from a garden centre is an investment of your time and money which you certainly don’t want to see wasted. By protecting your investment and taking proper steps towards keeping your plants healthy and strong you can ensure that your hard work will bring you the vegetable garden you deserve! It’s seems like spring is finally here to stay and I have some planting tips for your garden to help keep your vegetables and herbs on track, healthy and happy! Waking up and seeing green grass makes me very happy and very eager to want to get working outside! Just a couple more weeks and I’m going to be ready to start planting my garden. When we started this series we began with my garden growing guide sharing tips about how to start a garden and preparing the soil. Now it’s time to take it to the next level and that’s making sure you take the proper care of your vegetable garden. Whether you are growing a garden bed or a container garden there are a few things to  keep in mind when planting your garden that will contribute to the overall success of your […]

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