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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

Tips for making your own lily pond

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 22, 2014 7:30:00 AM

making-a-lily-pondTranquility is often found through calm and soothing waters, which is why at-home ponds, in any size, are a great add-on to a backyard. Most lily ponds can be made using materials you already have, which makes for an easy DIY project that can offer aesthetics and relaxing features. Go all out with freshly purchased wood, or use leftover scraps for a rustic look -- whatever style best fits your preferences.

If you’re not the handy type, ask your local landscaping company about putting one in for you.

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Topics: Lawn Care, landscape

How to stay prepared for winter snow

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

preparing-for-winter-snowIn just a few short weeks, Mother Nature will take a serious turn for the cold – celebrating her inner Jack Frost. It’s an adjustment that brings us days of snow and nights of some very freezing temperatures. Even though it takes place every year, it still manages to catch us off guard. Which is why, when planning for any amount of snow, it’s best to stay at least one step ahead of the weather. For many, this means stocking up on shovels, salt, and maybe even a snow blower in order to keep sidewalks safe during even the heaviest of winter storms.

Another good option, is to hire someone else to take charge of snow removal, whether it be day, night, or in the middle of a holiday weekend. These packages are generally available (ask your local landscaping company about what they have to offer for the winter months) in all sizes, and allow homeowners to live a worry-free winter even in record amounts of snow.

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Topics: Snow, Lawn Care, winter

What are your leaves telling you?

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 20, 2014 8:30:00 AM

examining-leavesNature lovers inspect plants year-round and can glean insights from how they are growing. When it’s summer, they check the rain patterns; when it’s winter, they look to see what the coming months will hold; in spring and fall, they compare and see just how accurate their predictions have become. The rest of us, however, tend to take for granted just how telling plants can be. By taking a few minutes to really look at plants in nature, we can actually determine changes in weather patterns far before they begin to take place.

For example, the inner seed of persimmons, when broken into, can communicate whether the following winter will be wet or dry. Leaves are also telling, and can fall more quickly in the onset of an early freeze. Apple trees will flourish the season following a hard or early winter, and so on.

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Topics: Lawn Care, tree

Upcycled planter ideas for the garden

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

upcycled-planter-ideasWhen looking for a simple way to personalize your yard, the art of DIY can be a great tactic. Not only can DIY best practices provide for a unique look, but they allow you to save money while creating said look. Upcycling containers, for instance, offers an Earth-friendly form of recycling without breaking the bank.

Best of all, virtually anything can be used to form these new-fangled planter devices. Put succulents in a run-down bench, place flowers in a pair of old boots (which can easily be moved throughout the yard or indoors, for a simple way to rearrange), or incorporate perennials in old metal containers. These containers can be grouped together for a growing or eclectic look, or left alone for a gift or simple way to upgrade the office. They also provide a winter-safe option for Midwestern states that frequently experience heavy freezes, such as Kansas or Missouri.

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Topics: Flowers, Lawn Care, landscape

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