Soil health is one of the little understood aspects of residential landscapes for a very simple reason. Everything is happening quietly beneath the surface.
In fact, just as plant professionals go to the soil to get to the root of plant problems, you may wish to check in periodically too.
Just like a physician, a plant horticulturist will not make a diagnosis just from what they see on the surface. He or she will literally go deeper to discover more about air, water, food, and shelter – the essential needs of every living creature.
Understanding the basics of lawn and landscape soils will equip you to make informed choices for the trees and shrubs at your home. Continue reading
The rising temperatures in the spring means that cabin fever is over and all of your neighbors will be coming outside to work in their yards and gardens. While mowing and fertilizing your lawn probably isn’t the first thing you’ll tackle, we have some ideas that are so quick and easy that even those with allergies won’t mind heading outdoors!
Remember that it’s never too early to plan for your container gardens if you want to get the most from your pots.
If you plan to have company over for early spring holidays like Easter, we suggest early spring annual bloomers like pansies in your pots. They can take the cold too, so you won’t need to move them indoors during a cold snap after the event.
You can also plant to incorporate herbs in your pots, not just for color, but to enjoy! Fresh herbs can be used in everything from refreshing summer cocktails to savory home-cooked meals. Friends also love to receive fresh herbs as a gift! Some of the tastiest and easiest herbs to grow include basil, mint, rosemary, and sage.
When you bring your containers out early, you’re going to be the talk of the neighborhood because you’ll have the opportunity to do 4 or more complete color change outs throughout each season.
Imagine your kids playing Frisbee, your friends coming over for a BBQ, and the family dog running around in your backyard. What does your lawn look like? Is it lush, green and weed free?
Lawns create a peaceful place full of natural beauty that immediately affects your mood. It’s not uncommon to be brought into a tranquil and happy space when walking barefoot through a beautiful lawn.
Green, weed-free lawns benefit our environment too. In the summer, your lawn is busy absorbing the sun’s heat
helping to keep you cool. A healthy lawn also reduces weed pollen in the air helping you to breathe easier during allergy season.
The American dream of a weed-free lawn is achievable and Dream Greener is here to help with the following tips on how to control weeds in your Pittsburgh lawn.