New Lawn Service fixes dead grass Problem

What do you do when the greenest things in your lawn are weeds? Jerry Cunningham wonders the same thing, so Gardening by the Yard host Paul James comes to the rescue with answers. The overall approach: Choke the weeds out not with chemicals, but by creating a new lush lawn of healthy grass. http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/index.html

Choose the Best Grass

Jerry’s yard is full of mature trees, which help shade his landscape. Fescue would be a great option for him, because it does well in partially shaded areas. The grass will require a bit more watering than Jerry’s current lawn, but he’ll get better results.

Paul suggests Jerry use a mixture of fescue — two types of tall fescue and also a creeping red fescue, which is extremely shade tolerant; in areas of complete shade, the red fescue will help fill in the bare spots.

Let Air In

Aerating the soil brings oxygen to the soil and helps water seep farther down, which encourages more growth. Although there are aerating machines on the market, they’re noisy, smelly and a little too much for an average size lawn. Paul suggests a manual tool instead.

Sow Seed Correctly

When spreading seeds, it’s important to make sure you don’t throw too much into adjacent beds. Work side to side, and then work back over the same area at right angles to the original. You can either throw the seed out by hand or use a tool that helps relieve strain on your wrist. You can have too much of a good thing. Applying too much seed can create competition for the moisture and nutrients that feel the lawn.  Moberlylawncare.com is a good example of a company that follows these steps.

 

Top-Dress With Compost

Top-dressings — such as a cow-manure/alfalfa mix — are underused in lawn care (such as after you’ve sown grass seed). Too bad, because they’re full of organic matter that activates soil.

Note: Cow manure, like grass seed, can be overdone. A little will go a long way for the freshly laid seeds, so layer no more than 1/4 inch over the lawn. If you have any leftover, feed other trees and plants in your landscape.

Tip: Paul uses this handy perforated shovel to sift the compost over an area. The shovel is also good for working in water gardens.

Fertilize the New Lawn

Paul suggests an all-natural, bio-solid fertilizer for Moberly’s  new lawn mowng service . Because it’s all-natural, he won’t have to wait for the grass to germinate to use it. After a few weeks in the lawn, the fertilizer will break down and enter the root zone of the grass.

Another thing about bio-solid fertilizers is that they contain iron — an element that will help Jerry “green-up” his lawn. And it’s very versatile, so he can use it to fertilize garden beds, trees, shrubs and flowers.

Repeat fertilization twice a year — once in the spring, once in the fall.

mowing lawn Keep It Watered

Last but not least, Jerry gets one of the most critical lessons, and that’s in watering. As his fescue germinates over the next 10 days or so, Jerry will need to water the lawn lightly once or twice a day so the seeds stay moist. The best time is in the early morning or at night.

Once the grass is up and has been mowed, he’ll need to switch to deep soaking. This encourages newly formed roots to reach down into the soil in search of moisture. One good option for deep soaking is an oscillating sprinkler — it does all the work.

Lawn mowing and landscaping tools

A beautiful lawn is never an accident. And among all of the strategies for grass care that make a lawn look its best, mowing properly is one of the most important. Keeping your lawn a cut above the rest is really very simple. Just remember these basic rules, and you’ll be well on your way to having a picture-perfect lawn. These rules are followed at Harlan lawn care of Moberly Mo.

Tip #1: “Grasscycling” Helps Fertilize Your Lawn

“Should I catch my clippings when I mow?” No! It’s almost never a good idea to collect clippings from your lawn for several good reasons. Clippings return a lot of nutrients to the lawn and help with fertilizing. They also do not add to thatch, and there’s no more room for them in landfills anyway.

Clippings “recycle” as much as 15% of all the food value of the lawn fertilizer applied. This means a lawn that “grasscycles” can be greener and better fed than one where clippings are removed. And because clippings have such high water content, they break down quickly and return both mositure and lawn fertilizing nutrients to the soil fast. Letting your clippings lie taps into the natural cycle of nature, and saves you time and effort during routine lawn fertilization. Moberly MO.  actually has a city wide collection place.  At Moberly’s city website you can learn about it, http://www.moberlymo.org/

Tip #2: Make Sure You’re Controlling Thatch Build-Up

Thatch is the layer of living and dead roots and stems that form on top of the soil. A small amount of thatch is a good thing, but when thatch builds up faster than the soil can break it down, all sorts of lawn maintenance problems start to crop up. The misunderstanding is that grass clippings add to this thatch. This just isn’t true. Thatch is made up mostly of roots and stems, not grass blades. Bagging the clippings does not reduce thatch build-up. Core aeration will help control thatch for more than baggind grass clippings. www.http://harlanlawncare.com

Tip #3: Mow Your Grass High

The first guideline for growing grass is mowing high. A lawn kept clipped at the correct height is able to stay greener, helps with weed control, conserves water by shading the soil, and has more food producing ability. Weed and crabgrass seeds need plenty of sun and heat to sprout. Because of this, taller grass is one of the best methods of weed prevention you can use. Shading the soil by mowing higher also reduces water loss from evaporation.

Cutting Too Short Or Too Much Off At Once Is Scalping

When you set the blade too low, you may remove most of the food producing parts of the plant. The result is a brown lawn that takes weeks and weeks to recover. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawn

Tip #4: Don’t Mow Too Much – But Make Sure You’re Mowing Enough

Mowing at the right frequency is the second grass care rule to keeping your lawn in top condition. Lawns grow at very different rates from season to season. Turf grass produces much more top growth during the spring and fall, and your mowing schedule should match the growth of your lawn. During periods of heavy growth, once a week may not be enough, while every ten days might be fine during the summer.

The key to mowing frequency is to never remove more than 1/3 of the total blade height in a single mowing.

Tip #5: Maintain a healthy lawn by sharpening and balancing your mower blade

We receive grass care inquiries every year about lawns that look brown even after periods of rain and cooler weather. In almost every case, this is the result of a dull mower blade shredding the tips of the grass. When a blade is dull, it rips the turf instead of cutting cleanly. The ripped tips then bleach out and turn brown, giving the whole lawn a tan or brown cast. Having the blade sharpened and balanced once per year is usually not enough especially on larger properties. To keep your grass growing strong, you should touch up your blade edge with a file or have it re-sharpened 2 to 3 times per year.

Remember: always disconnect the spark plug anytime you put your hands into the blade area.

By following these easy grass and lawn care rules, you’ll always keep your lawn on the cutting edge.

Things to remember when cutting grass:

  • The common perception that clippings add to thatch has been disproved by university research.
  • Grass clippings left on the lawn return up to 15% of the nutrients applied in lawn fertilizer.
  • Up to 10% of landfill space has been used by grass clippings, and we’re running out of space.
  • Mow the turf high. Set the mower on one of the highest settings. Never remove more than 1/3 of the blade height at a time.
  • Mow more often during periods of heavy grass growth.
  • Keep the blade sharp for a clean cut.
  • Never handle the blade without disconnecting the spark plug wire

Tanning in salons Columbia Missouri

The Columbia mo has more tanning salons than McDonald’s restaurants or CVS pharmacies, University of Miami cancer researchers find.

Florida, despite its Sunshine State nickname, boasts more indoor tanning facilities than CVS pharmacies or even McDonald’s restaurants, according to a new report by University of Miami doctors studying whether skin cancer can be traced to geographic areas.

“We were shocked,” said Dr. Robert Kirsner, a UM Miller School of Medicine dermatology professor. “Even in the Sunshine State, where we get plenty of exposure, the beds are proliferating.”

Kirsner has been working with colleagues to see whether melanoma can be linked to specific areas in Florida, which has the country’s second-highest rate of melanoma.

Although the doctors say they will need more research before they can determine whether the proliferation  of the tanning salons in columbia missouri,  are a contributing factor in the cancer clusters, they wrote a letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association to raise the issue because previous research shows links between skin cancer and the use of tanning beds.

Indoor tanning has been linked to melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer development in many studies, especially for people who tan before the age of 35. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have both declared ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds and sun lamps as known carcinogens.

The UM researchers determined the number of registered Florida tanning facilities from Florida Department of Health data, then compared the number. to the number of other common Florida businesses. They found that c has more than 1,261 tanning facilities, 868 McDonald’s restaurants and columbia mo  has 3 CVS pharmacies. The state has a tanning salon for every 15,113 people — about one every 50 square miles.

spray tan in columbia mo

spray tan in columbia mo

Kirsner said the proliferation of indoor tanning locations was most disturbing because young people are the biggest users. Forty percent of teenage girls use indoor tanning, and the incidence of melanoma in young women and girls has more than doubled in the last 30 years, according to the report.

“We found 100 facilities associated with college dormitories and residences. Many of the facilities are associated with wellness centers and health spas, when it’s quite the opposite. They’re a health detriment,” Kirsner said.

While most of the data around indoor tanning has focused on white populations, the researchers found previously that in certain ZIP codes of Miami-Dade, the death rates from melanoma were higher due to later diagnoses of the disease. The outcomes were linked to disparities such as living in poverty. “While there’s no doubt the incidence of melanoma is higher in white populations, blacks and Hispanics — if they get the cancer — have higher mortality because they’re diagnosed later,” Kirsner said.

Nationally, more than a million people a day use tanning salons in columbia missouri, and nearly 70 percent are white women aged 16 to 29, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Several states this year, including Illinois, Texas, Nevada, New Jersey and Connecticut, passed regulations prohibiting the use of tanning facilities by minors.

State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, a Democrat from Hollywood, proposed legislation this year in Florida that would have banned the use of tanning beds for children under 16, and required parental consent for those from 16 to 18 years old. The bill died in committee.

Kirsner and his colleagues believe there is ample research to warrant age limits on tanning bed use in Florida and restrictions on marketing tactics such as complimentary tanning sessions.

This story was produced in partnership with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

10 things to use when buying a used container!

 

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The-field-used-shipping- container

Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas.  On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.A couple years ago, he built a tiny house, which is powered by 270 watts of solar and four 100-watt small wind turbines.  Now, Wells’ current project is the construction of a live/work space made from four 20-foot shipping containers.  Wells hopes to finish his 1,600 square-foot space for less than $20,000 and has some helpful pointers for others looking to take on a container project.

In mostly Wells’ words, here are 10 things to consider if you’re thinking about used shipping containers in your next project:

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1. Even with all the hype, containers are difficult to obtain and expensive to ship long distances. If you live close to a major port city and have a really big truck and trailer, it’s much easier and far cheaper to get them.

2. Don’t bother with those websites that have you fill out your info and up to four suppliers will contact you with competitive prices – THEY WON’T!

3. The price for a 20′ shipping container (not including delivery) can range from $2500 to $4000. You can stick build a building with the same amount of square footage, that is just as water tight and structurally sound using traditional construction methods for less than the cost of a shipping container – it just won’t weigh as much.

4. Containers provide an extremely secure storage structure which requires a blow torch or dynamite to break into, and they are too heavy to walk off with.

5. If possible, get delivery by tilt bed roll off truck. Otherwise you need a small crane or huge forklift to move and position them – or at least 50 really strong men.  Watch your fingers!  A 20′ shipping container weighs almost 5000 lbs.

6. Rust is the only natural predator that can harm a shipping container, so don’t scrimp on a good paint job.

7. These metal monsters become ovens or freezers depending on the outside temperature, really good insulation and ventilation is a MUST!