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6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

An Eroding Slope Problem: “Our beautiful backyard slope was washing down onto our patio with every rain. It was only a matter of time before the whole hill came tumbling down.” Reader Solution: “We built a dry creek bed on the slope, and it fills dramatically during a rainstorm. It’s a beautiful addition to our landscape, and it seems to be solving our erosion problem.” Carolyn Rogers Expert Input “A dry creek bed can work well to control erosion,” says landscape architect Susan Jacobson, “if there’s a place for the water to go such as a sandy area somewhere else on your property.” In its simplest form, a dry creek bed is simply a gully or trough filled with rocks that directs the flow of water to prevent erosion. To control larger volumes of water, pin landscape fabric in the gully and mortar the rocks into place. Constructing the creek bed with rocks of several different sizes gives it a natural look and maximizes its water-carrying abilities. Also: Check Out These 7 Organic Lawn Tips For You Try This Season But Jacobson says building a dry creek bed won’t work in every situation. “You’ll create a bigger problem (and a potentially illegal situation) if you direct the water into the street or into your neighbor’s yard. And if the slope is too steep, you might just end up with the rocks tumbling down the hill as well.” To control erosion on a steep slope or when there’s no reasonable place for the water to flow, consider these suggestions: Terrace the slope with boulders, stone retaining walls or landscape timbers to gradually flatten...
Landscape Design Journals: White Rock For Dark Spots

Landscape Design Journals: White Rock For Dark Spots

Here we feature a Landscape Design and Installation project in Westbrook, CT.  Taking an ignored, dark area of a lawn and turning it into a bright centerpiece.   Assessment & Diagnosis A retired Army General and his Wife had recently moved to Westbrook, CT and claimed to us “This is it!” “Our final home, and we want the lawn to look beautiful!”.  “Yes, sir!” we exclaimed, in the spirit of fresh boot camp arrivals. After cleaning all the leaves and debris it was apparent that this area was not only neglected and baron, but it was also at the very forefront of their landscape.  This did not bod well for curb appeal, and did not fit well with the other tightly manicured greens surrounding them.  This area was encompassed by tall trees, and did not even show signs of having any grass growth for years. There were also concerns on the slope and direction of the terrain.  All drainage led directly to this area, in almost a purposeful “catch basin” manner.  Allowing this situation to continue would have been a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.   Treatment Plan Corrective measures were taken to control runoff and drainage, brighten up this area, and make sure it would be a long lasting solution. After designing the layout and deciding on 3/4″ White Rounded Marble for material, the following steps were taken: Create & Cut bed outline with mechanical edger Dig & remove 3″ layer and dispose of on site Create straight deep edges for retention Double Layer of Landscape fabric Apply landscape material in the form of White Marble Use...
This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

You want your lawn to look good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it comes to lawn care, there is a right and wrong way to mow the grass. Conquer Edges First First, take care of your yard’s edges. To do this, Cardinal Lawns, a full-service lawn and landscape company in Ohio, recommends taking two passes around the outside edges (three if your yard is surrounded by a fence). By doing this first, you’ll have room to turn the mower around, which will make the job go faster with less hassle. Pick a Pattern One of the most common and easiest patterns to mow the grass is with stripes. You’ll do one pass, then make a 180-degree turn to make the next pass, slightly overlapping the first pass. Do this until the lawn is mowed. Cardinal Lawns recommends alternating directions each time you mow, so if you mow vertically one week, go in a horizontal pattern the next. Lawn experts note circling is probably the easiest and most efficient pattern when mowing your lawn. After mowing the edges, just keep making passes in a circular pattern until you make your way to the middle of the yard. This is an efficient method for most lawns, as it cuts down on all the sharp turns you’d make if you mow in rows. Mix it Up No matter what pattern you chose, mix it up each week. This will prevent grass from growing in one direction, which not only makes your lawn less attractive but it makes mowing more difficult. Helpful Reminders When you’re ready to...