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New green-friendly organization teaches you about Earth

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

green-friendly-organizationWhether you’re a landscaping guru or an average Joe just looking to maintain a more environmentally-friendly yard, there are several options you can explore. You can make your own compost, and even water in the morning rather than during the hottest time of the day.

If you need help learning these Earth-friendly options, check out Planet Professional Landcare Network. Those of all levels of expertise can join forces in their fight toward greener lawn care. Members are welcome to attend events, discuss tactics, or simply gain insight from the organization’s website. Members have already joined from across the nation, hailing from Missouri, the entire Midwest, and beyond.

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Topics: Midwest, Lawn Care, landscape

Perks to making your own scarecrow

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 29, 2014 7:30:00 AM

making-a-scarecrowWith Halloween around the corner, many homeowners are looking to decorate their houses in traditional fall fare. From carved pumpkins, to stuffed orange bags, to fake cobwebs, porches all over will soon host these spooky add-ons.

One October favorite, the scarecrow, can easily be made at home to create a more festive look. Best of all, it requires little outside supplies.

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Topics: Lawn Care, landscape

Fall plant favorites: Mum’s the word

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 28, 2014 8:00:00 AM

fall-mumsWhile summer is full of bright and colorful blooms, fall offers more subdued versions of native plants, without skimping on scent or beauty. From leaves that slip into orange, reds, purples, and yellow hues, to wildflowers that save themselves specifically for later months, there are plenty of fall favorites to go around, but perhaps none that are as popular as the mum.

Available in all types of colors (and sizes), the mum has long since been a traditional way to decorate our porches and tables throughout October and November. When looking at their full, gorgeous flowers, it’s not hard to see why. These flower buds come full of color, and offer homeowners the flexibility to place them in or outside of the home -- adding scent and décor to wherever they may be placed. However, when freezing temperatures start to take over, mums should be moved inside.

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Topics: Flowers, plants, fall, landscape

How to keep your yard pet-friendly

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 27, 2014 8:30:00 AM

pet-friendly-yardsWhether you own pets or see neighbors and other passerbys with their pets, you know that animals are a part of outdoor life. Dogs enjoy walks and even cats appreciate the opportunity to mosey out into the fresh air every now and then. But just because your yard is a favorite place for them to explore doesn’t mean animals don’t have an impact on your lawn. Or leave messes.

Pets and and the great outdoors CAN coexhist -- just look to simple, yet proven hacks. For instance, when hosting at least one cat, consider putting them in a collar with a bell. That way, neighborhood birds have a solid warning before they can be attacked. You can also place coffee grounds in certain plants that you don’t want feline friends digging into, which also works great inside the home.

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Topics: Lawn Care

Should you have your soil tested?

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM

testing-your-soilThroughout the years, soil composition can change. It’s a natural process that occurs from weather, erosion, and different plants that have grown within it. Using fertilizers or other topical add-ons can also affect soil.

But why does soil makeup matter? Different substances within our soils can greatly affect the way plants are able to grow, and which plants might flourish better than others. It can even change the colors of certain flowers, depending on acidity or basic levels.

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Topics: Lawn Care, Soil

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