Articles in: lawn care

Spring Lawn Care Tips for Proud Lawn Owners

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

When it comes to lawn care, it might help to think of it in the same way as caring for a small child. After waking from its long winter nap, your lawn will be hungry. It will need regular attention. And if it’s neglected for too long, your lawn may get quite unruly and eventually go to seed.

It’s difficult to know what is best when it comes to feeding your lawn to ensure proper growth and development. That’s because there are so many different lawn fertilizers on the market. And the nutritional information on the packing can be as difficult to understand as new math. Don’t even get us started on organic lawn care.

So, to shed some light on this subject, we asked Rick from The Home Depot Forums for help.

In this video, he explains the product numbering system and how it relates to choosing the right fertilizer for your lawn. He also talks about the importance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for healthy, thriving plant life. Soils often lack one or more of these components, making the addition of fertilizer necessary.

After watching this video, you’ll be able to choose a fertilizer with the proper formula to help you raise healthier lawns, flowers, plants and trees.

The best time to apply fertilizer to your lawn will vary depending on your location. But you can visit our new and improved Garden Club at any time for answers to your fertilizer questions and all things garden-related.

 

We have more DIY, home improvement and gardening videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Garden Club Q&A: Athletic Field Maintenance

Posted by: on November 26th, 2012 | Make A Comment
A baseball sits on the grass of a baseball diamond infield

Image by David Lee/Shutterstock

 

Q: I am taking care of a high school baseball infield grass. I need to fertilize the lawn and reseed a few spots. Could you steer me in the right direction as to fertilizer and lawn seeds?

— Garden Club reader Monte

A: No, Monte; thank you. Well-maintained turf is a critical component of baseball that most don’t appreciate until they play on a patchy or dying field. Conscientious athletic field maintenance can make the game all the better for both players and fans.

For spot reseeding, you’ll probably do best to try and match the variety of grass already growing on the field. We’ve recently published two articles that might help you identify the grass that’s already there — one on cool-season grasses, and the other on warm-season grasses. Which you should look for will depend mostly on what part of the country you’re in. Cool-season grasses are more frequently used in cooler northern states, while warm-season grasses predominate in the warmer south. Bermuda grass and bluegrass are preferred by many, since they perform well on fields without built-in irrigation and generally make for low-maintenance turf.

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Gardening Q&A: How to Control Poa Annua?

Posted by: on November 12th, 2012 | 3 Comments

A hand holding a sprig of poa annua

 

Reader Marie recently asked:

Q: What can I use to control poa in my bermuda sod?

A: While many people might first think of Power of Attorney when they see a reference to poa, Marie is asking about a species of turfgrass called Poa annua. You might know it better as annual bluegrass. While poa is technically a turfgrass, its aggressiveness in taking over the less grassy portions of some lawns leads many to treat it as an invasive weed. And since each plant can produce multiple generations of seed each season, controlling unwanted poa can make securing power of attorney look like a walk in the park.

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Four Things to Know About Fall Lawn Care

Posted by: on October 29th, 2012 | 2 Comments
A Brinly-Hardy aerator/spreader-- a great tool for fall lawn care

A Brinly-Hardy aerator/spreader– a great tool for fall lawn care


Q: “I live in upstate New York (Albany) and was wondering the proper steps for fall lawn care. Specifically, I’ve read the benefits of dethatching, aerating, over-seeding and fertilizing, but I don’t know the proper order in which to do these things. Also, I’ll need to mow one more time, so where do I put that in the mix.”


 

Kevin, or “juiceman”, recently posted this question to our Garden Club Forums, a great place to pose questions for expert advice on gardening, lawn care and outdoor living.

A: Home Depot associate Grow2girl provided us with the proper order: 1) mow, 2) dethatch, 3) aerate, 4) over-seed and 5) fertilize. Looks like juiceman had it right! Here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

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Preparing Your Lawn and Garden for the Fall

Posted by: on September 18th, 2012 | 2 Comments

What you do in fall will have a big impact on your lawn and garden in the spring.

In just over two minutes, this video will give you a complete list of everything you can do in the autumn to ensure your lawn will be green and healthy when the weather warms up again, and how to plant your garden to give your home curb appeal all through the season.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Honda Lawn Mowers: 21-inch Self-Propelled Gas Lawn Mower

Posted by: on July 24th, 2012 | Make A Comment

 

Looking for an easy-to-start, fuel-efficient, low emission walk-behind mower able to cut grass so finely that it virtually disappears when mulched?

Watch as Gabriel from The Home Depot explains the many features and options of the Honda 21-inch variable speed, self-propelled, walk-behind gas lawn mower. We’re talking an absolute lawn-manicuring machine here able to perform effortlessly over a variety of terrains. And it’s backed by a 3-year residential warranty. This is why Honda lawn mowers are some of the best you can buy.

Just check out the video and see for yourself why this may be the machine to tackle your lawn maintenance needs.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

From the Forums: A No Messing Around Way to Get Rid of Invasive Plants

Posted by: on June 15th, 2012 | 16 Comments

A drawing of a Home Depot associate considering a giant invasive plant

 

Getting rid of an unwanted plant can be a real headache, especially if it’s an invasive species that’s put down some deep roots. The invasive bush or vine can turn into a monster seemingly over night and really mess up your lawn or garden. This was a topic that came up recently on our Community Forums, and that’s where we learned two similar ways to get rid of your invasive plants– one simple, but slow, the other a bit more elaborate, but swift and decisive.

This was all prompted by Apron Blog reader Lana, who had a problem with honeysuckle. She said that the bushes were trying to take over her backyard, and she wasn’t sure how to get rid of it.

One way to handle this–simple, but slow– is to follow the vine back to its starting point and cut the stem off there. Then pour herbicide into the fresh cut, being very careful not to spill any on other plants around it. You’ll have to do the cut and pour thing several times, possibly even over more than one growing season, before you’ve eradicated the honeysuckle or other invasive plant. But you’ll eventually prevail against the pesky plant that’s taking over your garden.

But Forums associate CoachDave described a way to get the job done once and for all in one go. It’s a little more complicated than what we just described, but this works in a few days, and it doesn’t harm the surrounding plants.

Here’s the no messing around method of getting rid of  invasive plants, with Dave’s own illustrations:

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Home Depot Associates Take Scotts Snap Spreader for a Spin

Posted by: on June 12th, 2012 | One Comment

Laurie Britton with the Scotts Snap Spreader

Our customers rely on The Home Depot for the best products, services and know-how.  And when it comes to know-how, no one beats Home Depot associates. Our customers shop our stores because they respect our associates’ opinions on the products that we sell.

We gave some department supervisors the opportunity to test out one of our new products for spring–the Scotts Snap Spreader and Snap-Pacs of Insect Killer and Weed and Feed. The supervisors, most with many years of outdoor garden experience, used it on their own lawns.

Check out some of their comments:

“Easy to use, no heavy lifting, easy to store and push. It’s great for customers who have physical limitations.” – Laurie Britton, Store #4145 in Norristown, PA.

“After using this at home, I was impressed and sold on it.”  – Christine Putman, Store #3006 in Independence, MO.

“There was no guesswork. Very simple to load and use.” – LaMarcus Edwards, Store #3608 in Charlotte, NC.

“I loved the ability to just snap and go!  No mixing, pouring or measuring.” – Kris Watkins, Store #1548 in Broomfield, CO.

The first hand experience they had with the spreader resulted in advice to Home Depot customers:

  • This product is designed for yards of 4,000 square feet or smaller. If your yard is larger than that, ask a Home Depot associate about other options.
  • Based on the impressive first year sales, Scotts is planning to add Snap-Pacs for lime and other spreader products, but for now, if you’re using lime, you’ll need a traditional spreader.
  • It is imperative that your lawn is wet before applying the product.

It’s this kind of hands-on test that keeps our Home Depot associates up-to-date on the new products we carry. And it’s why you can count on The Home Depot for the best advice and recommendations to make your home improvement and lawn care projects easy and cost-effective.

Lawn Care: How to Sharpen Your Lawn Mower Blade

Posted by: on June 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments

How dull does the blade in your razor have to get before you stop shaving with it? Chances are, not very. A dull blade causes nicks and skin irritation – an altogether unpleasant experience. Change to a new, sharper blade, and your skin practically throws you a party in return.

Lawns aren’t much different in that regard. Grass responds differently to a sharp, clean shave than it does to a ragged cut. A dull blade may do the job of trimming off the tops of grass leaves, but it does so by essentially chewing its way across your yard. This is why it’s good to know how to sharpen your lawn mower blade. When it comes to lawn mower maintenance, this might be the most important task of all.

 

You may have noticed that you’re more prone to illness when you’re stressed out. To the best of our knowledge, the emotional life of grass is pretty limited, but grass is a plant, and plants respond to physical crises in much the same way that humans and animals do – often by getting sick.

To avoid giving your lawn the sort of nervous breakdown that could make it susceptible to disease, keep an eye out for dulling mower blades. If you discover that your blade has gone dull, take the following steps to give it back its edge.

How to sharpen your lawn mower blade

Skill level: Intermediate

Time needed: 30-60 minutes

Tools needed:

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New Ryobi 40-Volt Line Looks as Good as it Performs

Posted by: on June 7th, 2012 | One Comment

The Ryobi 40 Volt Outdoor Series

 

When you mowed the grass as a teenager, chances are that you didn’t feel all that cool–no matter how loud you cranked that Prince tape in your Walkman. The new line of Ryobi 40-Volt Lithium-Ion outdoor tools completely changes the equation. The compact, neon, lightweight MowerString TrimmerChain SawHedge Trimmer and Blower are tools you (or your dad) will actually want to be seen using.

These tool are now available online at homedepot.com and at your local Home Depot store.

We got to take the new line out for a test drive, and here are six reasons we’re digging these tools:

The Interchangeable Battery is Quite Clever

Use one 40-volt rechargeable battery to power all of the tools in the line.  That means you won’t waste oil or other fuel and you’ll be keeping more batteries out of the landfills, a definite plus for the environment.  There are no tangled chords to mess around with, either.

The lithium-ion battery runs for the maximum amount of time for a rechargeable—and it holds a charge up to four times longer. Just mash the Check Your Charge button right on the battery to see where you stand. We found that the battery held out for quite sometime when we tackled a majorly overgrown lawn.

An Apron blogger mows with the Ryobi 40V Mower

Battery-Powered Tools are Quieter

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