Tips & Tricks

Lawn tips

  • • aerating your lawn releases compaction allowing water, air and nutrients to absorb into the roots. Best done in the spring or fall.

  • • dethatching your lawn removes the build up of dead grass and roots that surface, blanketing water and air from penetrating to the roots. Best done in the spring.

  • • overseeding your lawn ensures a thick green lawn that is less susceptible to weed infestation.Applying grass seed in mid spring or late summer is ideal. An annual overseeding is proactive in maintaining a weed free lawn.

  • • mowing the lawn to a height of 2.5-3 inch height helps maintain a deep healthy root system and also shades the surface keeping it cool and able to retain moisture. Mowing should be frequently so no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is being cut.

  • • watering your lawn deeply and infrequently encourages a deep root system that is drought tolerant. Your lawn needs at least a half inch of water twice per week, in the morning or evening. This prevents evaporation before penetration.

  • • soaker hoses and drip irrigation are the most effecient way to water your gardens. Providing water directly to the surface, minimizing evaporation.

Garden Beds

Working organic matter (compost) into your gardens, results in healthier plants. Placing a plant in the right place (exposure, soil type, drainage) is essential to a plants health and longevity. Adding native plants to your garden is the best choice, since they are use to our climate Sandy soils drain and heat up quickly. Compost improves soil structure as it adds essential nutrients. Clay soil are heavy and compact. This restricts root growth and moisture and air penetration from reaching the root zone. By adding compost, infiltration of air and water is improved.

    Adding mulch to your gardens

  • • reduces evaporation/retains moisture
  • • keeps soil temperatures cooler
  • • slows weed production
  • • reduces the amount of watering
  • • prevents erosion & runoff