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Fall planting season is your chance to renew the look of your home with new seasonal colors and textures. We asked Cassity of the Remodelaholic home improvement blog to show us how she planned her beautiful and very colorful fall garden. She has some great fall planting ideas, and some beautiful photos of her garden, too.
Whoever said you needed a backyard to grow your own garden was wrong! It’s no secret that most plants can adapt to growing in a container. Many vegetables, herbs, and even some shrubs or trees can actually thrive in buckets.
A 5-gallon bucket not only provides a low-cost solution, but also, accommodates healthy plants with big root systems or works as a great container for transporting. With so many advantages to benefit from, who doesn’t want to flex their green thumb and stay under budget? Check out all these unique ways people are using Homer Buckets for bucket gardening! Orange and green never looked better.
Above: Kathy Kimpel on Flickr shows us how growing tomato plants upside down helps keeps small pests away.
Yard clean up is a constant chore, and fallen leaves on the grass are one of the biggest yard messes. Those leaves on the lawn can result in withering or dead grass. How many leaves you get on your lawn is ultimately up to the amount of trees near it. You may have to clean them up several times throughout the season.
There are several types of spreaders you can use to fertilize your lawn. The type of fertilizer spreader and fertilizer you use will determine the proper usage settings on your spreader. Typically a fertilizer bag will come with recommended settings on the label for each type of spreader.
A walk-behind broadcast spreader is the most popular type of spreader. These are designed to cast fertilizer over a wide area of grass.
Different varieties of grass have different fertilization needs. The type of grass in your lawn will determine when to fertilize, what type of fertilizer you will use, and how much fertilizer you will need.
Warm season grasses such as Bermuda, Zoysia, Centipede, and St. Augustine need three to four pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. If you’re going to use a slow-release, high nitrogen formula, you will need to apply it every 90 to 120 days at the beginning of spring, summer, and fall. If you are going to use an all-purpose fertilizer, you will want to put it down every six to eight weeks, as these fertilizers contain less nitrogen.
Fertilizers are used to feed your lawn and keep it healthy and beautiful. When you walk into the Garden Center at your local Home Depot store, you’ll see fertilizers grouped into a few different categories.
These categories are
Most synthetic fertilizers come in granular form, and they come in different time-release formulations. These time-release formulas will give you much more control over how much and how often you feed your lawn.
All lawns require regular feeding throughout the year and fall is a great time to fertilize. This will keep your lawn protected for the winter and get it healthy and beautiful for spring. Before fertilizing, it is a good idea to check the pH balance in your soil so you can make sure it is doesn’t need an application of lime or sulphur to balance the soil. Most grasses grow best in soils that are 6.0-6.5.
There are many different fertilizer formulas available. Some of the more popular varieties have pre-emergent for weed control, insect control, or are designed for newly planted lawns.
There are three main nutrients found in fertilizer. They are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. The three numbers on the label of a fertilizer package correlate with these three nutrients and are a measure of percentage by weight of the nutrients. For instance, a common fertilizer is known as 10-10-10. This means for a 50 lb. bag of this mix, five lbs. (10%) are nitrogen, 5 lbs. (10%) are phosphorous, and 5 lbs. (10%) are potassium.
Each of these nutrients has a distinct job in feeding the lawn. Nitrogen is responsible for rapid growth and a lush, green color. Phosphorous is responsible for the health of a root system. It is for this reason that many fertilizers for established lawns may have lower phosphorous numbers. Lastly, potassium is needed for the overall health of the lawn. It aids in diseases resistance, drought tolerance, and cold protection.
Here’s an easy way to remember which areas each nutrient feeds are: just think “up, down, and all around”. Nitrogen feeds above ground, phosphorous below, and potassium helps overall.
Remember, regular feeding and care is the best regimen for keeping your grass looking its best. The Certified Nursery Consultants in the Garden Center at your local Home Depot store can help you choose the right fertilizer for your lawn.