Landscaping Tips

Q: What is pruned in the fall?

garden and bush pruning tips

A: Pruning is an important part of plant and shrub care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health. Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping. You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant. Anytime is a good time to prune away dead growth, broken or diseased limbs, and suckers as undesired growth drains energy from the plant.

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Q: Can you provide us with some tips on mowing our lawn?

mowing and lawn care tips

A: Nothing is more important to the health of your lawn than proper mowing. There are five simple rules that will make a big difference. –  Cut your lawn to a height of about 7.5 cms. (3 inches). This is especially important in the heat of the summer and for shade lawns. This longer height encourages deep root growth and creates shade that inhibits weed seed germination. The shade from taller grass is very important. Studies have shown that a dense grass canopy mowed at 7.5 cms. can control crabgrass populations by 80%. Short mowing

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Q: What is de-thatching and its purpose?

A: De-thatching is a process that removes thatch from a lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead and decaying organic matter located where the grass emerges from the ground. If it becomes too thick, it will not break down and forms a dense layer that tends to be impermeable to water. [singlepic id=204 w=320 h=240 float=right]A thin layer of decomposing plant material in a lawn is considered healthy as it protects the crown of the grass and helps control the temperature of the grass. This thin layer is sometimes called the “mat”. Thatch – not

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How to Take Care of New Sod

Watering Schedule: Your new lawn/sod will require plenty of water in the first few days.  Water the sod as soon as possible after it is installed.  Then water thoroughly on a daily basis for one week.  Reduce watering to three times a week the next week and then once a week thereafter.  Being thorough means at least one (1) inch (or 25mm.) of water at each and every watering.  Reduction in watering or irrigation frequency is to encourage deep, healthy rooting. Frequent, light watering results in shallow roots.  Water evenly and slowly so that the

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Q: What is Pruning; why is it necessary and when do I prune?

pruning services ottawa

A:  Pruning is an important part of plant and shrub care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health.  Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping.   You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant.  Pruning also improves air flow through the plant and can encourage better branch distribution which results in a healthier, more vigorous plant that is more disease tolerant.  Post-bloom pruning maximizes the blooms for the following season. 

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All About Soil Testing

Harmony Gardens Landscaping offers complete basic soil testing for their lawn and flowerbed customers. We test pH (acidity/alkalinity), N (nitrogen), P (phosphorous), K (potassium) to individualize lawn and flowerbed care programs to meet specific needs. We also offer just pH testing to assess acidity and alkalinity of soil to determine if there is a need to adjust. This can be very important in weed control as well as grass health. All plants need food nutrients for healthy growth. Nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium play a vital role in plant growth just as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and

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Q: Do I need to fertilize my lawn? If, so when should this be done?

lawn fertilization ottawa

A: Healthy soil provides nourishment to grow healthy grass. The soil itself needs to replenish its nutrients so it can continue to keep your lawn healthy. Keeping your soil healthy with the addition of the necessary nutritional elements is called fertilization. All fertilizers provide three main nutrients for the grass, which are listed by percentage weight on fertilizer packages. These are: nitrogen (N) which is necessary for stem and leaf growth; phosphorous (P) which promotes root, fruit and flower growth; and potassium (K) which assists other nutrients to function well within the plant. The ratio

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Q: What is over-seeding? Why is it important to lawn care? When and with what?

overseeding lawn services and tips

Jeannette Cross answers your questions about over-seeding, why it’s important, and when and how to go about properly over-seeding your lawn in her Ask an Expert series. A: Over-seeding is applying a suitable blend of grass seeds to an existing lawn to replenish grass cover to create thick grass that will crowd out weeds. In the spring one should check for dying grass and repair it with over-seeding and top dressing. Weed seeds are very opportunistic and will establish themselves wherever bare soil exists. Top dressing is the addition of organic material such as compost

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Ten Steps to Healthy Gardening for You and the Environment

steps to create a natural garden

Step #1 Educate Yourself and Know your Property: Know what pests are prevalent in your area before choosing plant varieties. Think about your willingness to maintain your chosen plants as some varieties need more care than others. Know your soil type and pH. Know your garden’s water characteristics. Consider companion planting. Know your garden’s exposure to wind, sun, shade and affects of winter. Know your zone hardiness. Know what is a garden friend and what is a garden foe.

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Q: How can I create healthy, good quality soil for my flowerbeds?

creating healthy soil for plants and gardens

A: Healthy soil provides the water, air and nutrients needed to grow healthy plants. All soils can be improved with the addition of certain materials, a process that is often referred to as “amending” the soil. A soil amendment is different than a fertilizer as it changes the structure of the soil and possibly its pH, but may or may not add to its nutrient content. Fertilizers add to nutrient content. Soil structure is an important part of healthy soil as it influences water flow, nutrient uptake and air flow all of which are necessary

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