411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

His and Hers, and Dream Conveniences are all The Rage In New Luxury Home Design

There was a time when the double sink was about as fancy as home design got. Being able to have your own place to brush your teeth, not have her...

on Apr 28, 2017

The Right Decking Material To Choose And How To Maintain It For Your Specific Needs

  There is no better place to create memories with your family or to entertain than the great outdoors. As an extension of your interior, a...

on Apr 27, 2017

Roofing Styles and Designs: So Many Options

If you’re building a new home and are just in the early planning stages, you may want to give some extra thought to the type of roof you want...

on Apr 25, 2017

The 4 Biggest Hidden Home Renovation Costs

Undertaking a full home renovation is a huge project – and even just restoring a few rooms in your home can cost you quite a bit of time and...

on Apr 24, 2017

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill

10 Tips To Lowering An Electricity Bill This lay out 10 different strategies you can do to help drastically lower your electricity bill so that...

on Apr 23, 2017

Late Winter Chores - More on Pruning

by Dan Eskelson on Apr 30, 2012

Hooray! - it's almost time to get off my rear and go out to prune my trees and shrubs. The only outdoor exercise I've had all winter is shoveling a bit of snow and splitting a little wood. The cure for cabin fever is in sight. For those of you who are new to the art and science of pruning, take a look at some introductory concepts at: http://clearwaterlandscapes.com/pruning.htm.  So much good is accomplished by proper pruning technique, but so much damage can be inflicted by ignorance - this is one gardening technique that you really must understand thoroughly. Or you should understand enough to know when to seek professional advice or services. Any work that requires a chain saw should be left to a professional, unless you are very adept at this work *and* understand the principles of pruning.

Ideally, all your pruning cuts are made when growth is very young, so hand shears and long-handled pruning loppers are the main tools. If you *do* have some old, neglected trees, take care not to bring them to ideal shape in one pruning session. Severely altering the root to top growth balance can shock older trees, possibly causing serious damage. I have always spread out this type of remedial pruning to two or three seasons. If you're the hardy type that doesn't mind the cold, you can prune now, as long as the temperature is above 18 degrees - below that temperature wood will be brittle, and cuts may not be clean.

A chore that often follows pruning is dormant oil application. This is absolutely the most important insect control of the entire year...and it's completely non-toxic. The oil, when applied properly to dormant trees and shrubs, suffocates over-wintering insect eggs. By eliminating the insects before they hatch, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble later on. I use a product called Crocker's Fish Oil. It not only will suffocate the insect eggs, but also will feed the plant with a natural source of nitrogen and other essential nutrients. Though not common in the "mega stores" or even most nurseries, you can order organic agriculture through the internet.

If you didn't do it in fall, now is a good time for garden "housekeeping". Clean up piles of leaves, broken branches, rotten fruit and other organic matter that may be sheltering over wintering insects. Inspect, oil and sharpen your hand tools, and inspect and perform necessary maintenance on power tools. Once the gardening season actually arrives, you won't want to be cursing at your mower, tiller or edger because it won't start. Well, I'm sure you can find some other chores at your place to keep your spirits soaring toward Spring. Some time in the next month or two, we'll realize that Spring is actually here, and there is a whole lot of things to get done.

Dan Eskelson @ Clearwater Landscapes, Inc.

Author

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

Choosing a Shade Sail for Your Outdoor Space

Shade sails are large swaths of fabric installed high above a sunny space to create shade. Since Egyptian times, shade sails have been used to make...

Garden / Landscaping

The Importance of Visiting a Show Centre

When it comes to improving a property, it is important to make sure that you are making the right changes and while professionals will be able to...

Real Estate / Finance

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and Health Effects of Air Pollution

Employers, whether building owners or tenants, have found that dissatisfaction with the indoor environment can lead to a host of employee problems,...

HVAC / Air Conditioning

Building or Remodeling a Kids Playroom - Safety First

The husband has his "man cave", the wife has her "coffee nook" and kids.... they have their own play room too. When it comes to the ideal family...

Safety / Security

How to Create a Scandinavian Style Living Room

When it comes to contemporary home design trends, there are few that can match the popularity of Scandinavian interior design. With the right...

Interior Design / Decor

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2017