Are you mowing your lawn at the right time?

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If you’re an early riser and enjoy completing your chores early on a Saturday morning, you may want to hold off on the lawn mowing. We’ve outlined the best times of day to mow your lawn and why.

Early morning

Grass can be wet because of dew, causing your mower to get clogged up. You can rip up grass more easily when it is wet, but lawn disease is more likely to spread when your blades and the lawn are wet. If your turf is too wet, your mower may also leave tracks. So morning is out.

Mid morning

This is a great time of day to mow your lawn, since the dew and irrigation will have dried and the heat hasn’t yet set in. Yes for mid morning!

Midday

When the sun is at its peak, mowing can cause your lawn stress. This is also the time of day your grass is busy photosynthesizing and trying to keep in moisture. So midday is also out.

Late afternoon

Again, temperatures will have cooled down, so this is also a great time to mow your lawn. It will also have time to recover before nightfall. Procrastinators, rejoice!

Evening

Your lawn needs time to recover before nightfall, so mowing your lawn at this time may cause it damage through fungus and turf diseases. Thankfully you don’t need to worry about disturbing neighbours because evening is not a good time to mow your lawn.

Sustainable Gardening For Healthy Living

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The more we learn about the damage we are inflicting on Mother Earth, the more we want to change our everyday habits. You probably have switched to organic gardening practices, getting rid of chemical herbicides and pesticides, but how can you contribute to a healthier garden and cleaner living?

Here are some tips to help you navigate sustainable gardening and preserve, conserve and regenerate the environment:

  • Use native plants. They are adapted to the micro-climate in your area and often require less maintenance than exotic species.
  • Provide a habitat for wildlife and pollinators by planting native flowers.
  • Collecting rainwater in a barrel is a great way to utilize a renewable resource that nature provides.
  • Compost fruit and vegetable scraps, along with tree leaves to add nutrients to your soil and enrich its health while reducing waste.
  • Choose low voltage and energy-efficient LED bulbs for your landscaping lighting.
  • When building paths, fences or decks, look for recycled, reused or eco-friendly materials.
  • Get involved. Join local organizations, attend a sustainability talk, spread the word.

Low-water landscaping tips for the summer

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Photo by Sandy KoepkeSummer is here! If you’re thinking about doing a landscape makeover and want to look into a low-water alternative, here are a few ideas to help you plan a lush garden that can thrive with very little water.

To minimize water waste, place plants in groups according to their light and water needs.

  • Take advantage of the latest trend in succulents and add some semprevivum to your garden.
  • Choose a variety of plants native to your area or drought-tolerant plants such as catmint, lantana, veronica, sedum or Russian sage.
  • Add a dry streambed using rocks to line a trench and create the look and feel of a water feature but with no water at all!
  • Go for lawnless landscaping, using poured-in-place concrete pavers for a modern look.
  • Add a non-plant focal point such as a Japanese-style bridge, a large rock or stepping stones.
  • And don’t forget to add carefully positioned directional lighting.  
LOW WATER LANDSCAPE GARDENS

Who said a water conservation garden has to be reduced to a cactus and gravel? Visit your local garden store for more ideas, and don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative!