Winter is in full swing, and with it the challenge of keeping walkways clear of snow and ice. Whenever salts or other de-icing chemicals are used to assist in the ice removal, special caution should be taken to reduce the damage these agents can cause to the surrounding vegetation. Salts are toxic to plants when they dissolve in water because sodium ions replace the phosphorous and potassium in the soil. Rock salt also absorbs the water in the soil, taking it from the roots. This causes stress and dehydration for the roots of surrounding foliage. Salt also reduces the cold hardiness of plants making them even more susceptible to frost damage.
Growing vegetables in the winter may not be something that normally crosses your mind, especially in colder climates like northern Utah. However, many people don’t realize their garden, if cared for correctly, could yield produce until Halloween, or possibly even Thanksgiving, without much extra effort.
Some people may love a fresh layer of new snow, with its serene covering of winter’s dormant lawns, coating everything in a beautiful and fluffy white blanket. But to others, the freshly fallen snow means another chore that needs to be done, the removal of the snow from driveways and sidewalks. When snow and ice removal is not done quickly or properly, it can lead to a hazardous slip-and-fall situation, especially if grandma comes to visit. The snow itself, along with its associated removal, can potentially damage asphalt, concrete, pavers, and other hard surfaces.
While many people grow their favorite herbs outside in the warmer months, then cut and dry the herbs for use during the winter, there are times when the dried herbs just won’t do the trick. When you are in the kitchen, cooking up one of your grandmother’s old recipes, there is nothing like using fresh herbs to add depth to the dish. Running to the grocery store to get fresh herbs can be inconvenient and expensive.
Winterizing your sprinkler system must be done before the first freeze every year. Winterizing a system eliminates the potential for water to freeze in the sprinkler lines and valves. Water left in the lines and valves could freeze and cause them to split, which may go unnoticed until you turn on the sprinklers in the spring, only to see gurgling water fountains in the middle of the lawn.
Unless you live in the tropics, having a year-round garden is probably out of the question. For those of you who live in the lovely land of seasons, one great way to grow in the off-season is by building a terrarium.
An important part of creating a beautiful landscape design is incorporating the right types of lighting. Not only will proper lighting allow you to enjoy your landscaping into the night hours, it can also help transform a great design into something truly breathtaking.
When you have the desire to create a beautiful garden, one of the most important ingredients is the soil. When you have a beautiful, rich, and healthy soil, your plants, flowers and vegetables will thrive. However, if there’s something off with your soil, you’ll find there is always something lacking in the way the your plants, flowers, and vegetables grow.
As you start the process of clearing out your garden this fall, it’s good to remember that what you do to your soil during the fall can have a big impact on your garden the following year. If you want to increase the health and quality of your plants, flowers, and vegetables, take some time to prep your soil in the fall.
There are a lot of reasons you may want to include a retaining wall in your landscape design. A retaining wall is a great way to enclose a garden, level a steep slope, or prevent harmful soil erosion. A retaining wall can also create an inviting place for people to stop and rest. Whatever your reason, it’s important to keep several factors in mind when you’re building a retaining wall to ensure it’s accomplishing its purposes. These tips will help you make sure your retaining wall is built correctly.