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Laying Sod: A Few Rookie Mistakes to Avoid

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When it comes to landscaping supply runs, it’s important to start from the bottom up. In other words, start with the base for your lawn! Countless homeowners lay sod for their lawn, but the key is doing it right. Are you laying your sod down correctly? Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth, here are a few big mistakes you need to avoid. Overlapping Rolls It might be tempting to overlap your rolls of sod for full coverage, but the end result will only be a lumpy, uneven lawn. Instead of giving in to the temptation, make sure you’re laying your sod side by side with no gaps. Doing this will ensure full, even coverage from your sod. Mowing the Lawn Too Soon If long grass drives you insane, sod might not be the best option for you. Rather than cutting your lawn right away and potentially damaging your sod, it’s imperative that you wait at least two to three weeks before cutting the grass. This will allow it adequate time to root properly. Forgetting to Roll After your sod has been laid, you should go over it with a lawn roller. Not doing so could result in uneven growth, as well as hinder the grass’s ability to root. And if you want a particularly even lawn, rolling is an excellent strategy. Failing to Prep Your Soil When you lay great sod on poor soil for gardening, you’re not going to see the results you want. In order to create the best environment for sod to take root and flourish, it’s important that you till your soil, remove any crushed shell or other debris, and ensure your fill dirt has plenty of organic material in it. Not Watering Your Sod Sod is still living, breathing grass! And being a living thing, it needs water in order to root and grow properly. If there’s one landscaping tip you need to keep in mind for sod, it’s hydration. In addition, you should ensure that your soil is prepped and properly watered before laying sod down. Soil stores approximately 0.01% of all water on Earth, which isn’t necessarily enough on its own to foster good sod growth. Laying sod is an excellent way to build the base for your future landscaping projects. But before you lay it down, make sure you’re not making any of these...

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How to Select the Best Type of Mulch for Your Garden

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Of all the gardening supplies you need to help your landscaping flourish, mulch is one of the most important. But do you know how to pick the best mulch for your garden? Here’s a short guide to help you figure it out. Shredded Hardwood This is an excellent landscaping option for gardens on slopes and in flood-prone areas. Not only does it create a gorgeous natural look, it’s highly absorbent and works for multiple lawn purposes. Many homeowners even use this material for backyard paths. Cocoa Mulch Not only does this mulch provide a dark, rich color for your gardens, the addition of chopped cocoa bean hulls actually gives it a wonderfully sweet smell for the first few weeks it’s in your garden. Scent aside, this mulch can last one to three years and provides excellent coverage. But something to remember: cocoa is harmful to dogs, so this isn’t a good option for pet owners. Straw Straw is a popular choice for vegetable gardeners, as it provides excellent coverage and often prevents weeds from growing, with proper care. Straw can be spread up to six inches thick and should be tilled under when winter arrives. It might be a bit of work, but straw is still a good choice if you prize your vegetables. Wood Chips When laid over fill soil for gardening, fresh wood chips can make an excellent mulch. Not only do they provide a classic landscaping look, they’re incredibly hearty and can last up to four years with minimal maintenance. Living Mulch Healthy soil contains approximately 45% minerals, 25% water, and 5% organic matter. When you plant living mulch, you’re ensuring your bigger plants receive all of those benefits. This can help maintain the integrity of your plant beds while providing aesthetically pleasing appearance without the need for additional fill dirt. Whether you opt for a dark, sweet mulch or a living one, make sure you’re taking your garden into account. What are you trying to grow and where are you located? The gardening supplies and landscape supply store runs should always coincide with the goals you have for your own...

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Landscaping Could Net You a ROI of 150%!

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Landscaping Could Net You a ROI of 150%!

Landscaping is one of the best ways to improve your home’s value. Spending as little as 5% of your home value on landscaping can net you an ROI (return on investment) as much as 150%. It can also increase your home’s resale value by 14%, which is a lot of return for a little time, effort, and money. There are many things you can do with landscaping. You can fill the gaps between bushes with eye-catching materials, like crushed shells from the sea, or interesting designs made of crushed concrete. You could have a few gardens full of colorful flowers that lead up to your door, accenting your path. And so much more. To help you get an idea of what to do, here is a list of three things that you could do improve the value, and the price, of your home: Choose Native Plants One thing that many gardeners don’t seem to consider doing is picking plants that are native to their region. Exotic and colorful plants may be nice, but they’re expensive, and they often don’t have the ability to grow or live very long in the new region they’re planted. There are a lot of benefits to selecting native plants.Like the fact that they’ll require less water and grooming, or attention, than exotic plants from other regions. They’re used to the climate, and already have a feel, so to speak, of how to survive and grow. That’ll keep costs down for and gardener. They’ll also be more able to adapt to the fill dirt and topsoil.   Consider Adding Seating An idea that most don’t really think about doing in their gardens, not seeing the point perhaps, but seating can add a unique aesthetic. It gives it a more professional appeal and also allows you to sit or lay in your garden and just relax while reading a book.   Plant Lavender Lavender is a pleasant-smelling flower that also acts as a bug repellent. Just dig up some soil, plant it in, use some fill dirt, and there you have it. A natural repellent for all those pesky mosquitoes. It’s also relatively low maintenance, and only requires watering a few times a week or two, if you don’t have regular rainfall. So, grab your gardening supplies, buy some good quality fill dirt, and get find some plants that are both appealing, and native. It’ll increase the look of your yard, and the price of your home. If you have any gardening tips, leave them in the comments section...

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