How To Manage all those Leaves?

Autumn leaves start out beautiful but eventually turn into a sore spot. Fall clean-up of leaves becomes a chore and an eyesore. Now is the time to dig in and get them cleaned up. How do we take on the perilous task I have been chasing leaves around my yard for about four weeks now. We had a very late frost, most of the leaves had fallen beforehand. I use a combination of tools to combat this influx of dead leaves. My tool kit consists of a bagger attached to the garden tractor, handheld blower, a large and small metal leaf rakes, and a leaf shredder. Don't forget a sturdy pair of gloves.
   Leaf Racking Options: Attach a bagging system to your lawn mower. If you have a large property like we do, with several mature maple trees or a bad back like me. (back fusion) A leaf bagger will make this all the more enjoyable. Keep in mind the leaves have to be dry, or they will clog up the mower and the bagger. The gas or electric handheld blowers are obviously a welcomed addition to my arsenal. I use the rakes only in tight spots around the house and flower beds where I can not get them with the blower. Last but not least the leaf shredder, grind up the leaves for compost. The most beneficial aspect of this labor-intensive chore. Besides the weather, this time of year is wonderful, not too hot not to cold. I really enjoy it.
   What to do with all those leaves? Just think of those leaves as garden fertilizer. Leaf mold, or semi-rotting leaves, are high in nutrients, a year or so from now I will be tilling this nutrient into the soil. The bottom of the pile will be ready, for a soil amendment or mulch.
   I use a leaf shredder to break down the leaves before composting. The leaves must be dry to shred, moisten them shortly after shredding or the wind might carry them away. Unshredded leaves will clump together and form a dense layer on the ground and will not let water pass through as much as shredded leaves. Combing dry leaves with green garden waste will speed up the composting process.
   If you are city dweller you will deal with your leaves with rake and tarp to transport the leaves. Which rake to chose from? Bamboo, plastic, or a metal rake?
   Bamboo and plastic rakes are just fine for dry leaves. Usually the cheapest. You might get two or three years out of them. They only perform well on dry leaves and not so much on wet compacted leaves,  They are light and easy to maneuver. Unless you keep them out of the elements they will not last very long.
   Steel rakes: By far the best for your buck. The thing to look for in a good rake, the rake head should be at least 20-24 inches wide. The tines are closely spaced and slightly curved in order to break up the damp leaves. The handle whether it be wood or metal, nice to have one with a cushioned or foam handle for comfort and less fatigue. Check to see how it is attached to the handle. Make sure it is fastened securely not just stapled on. spot welded or a band clamp will give you years of dependable service.
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Fall Planting Beneficial Start For Next Year

Just wait, you can't put the tools away yet? Fall is the time when most of us pack up our tools, clean and stored properly. However: we fail, to realize fall is the best time to grow some vegetable and plants that thrive well during this time of year. There are many different plants, vegetables, and perennials that are planted in the fall. To the avid gardener, there is nothing more rewarding than planting different varieties all year and enjoy the pleasure of fall planting.
   First and foremost, I love this time of year-not to hot not to cold and your plants love also, no stress from the heat. If you take the time to plant hardy perennials during the 50-degree weather they can focus on root development. Don't be surprised if you don't see much happening to the plant. The real work is underground. The plants are developing feeder roots. These are the roots that will be ready to bring water and nutrients to the top of the plant in the spring and give your garden a good head start. Make sure you give the plants ample time to adjust to the soil. You should allow six to eight weeks for trees and shrubs and four to six weeks for perennials and ornamental grass. A good rule of thumb is to plant by the end of August.
    The cooler daytime temperatures and mild nights you can reduce the amount of water. When planting in the fall make sure the plant gets a good drink all the way to the bottom of the roots. Then keep an eye on them and water as needed. Not too much and not too little. Always plant in a well-drained area. Overwatering or the lack of drainage can cause many problems.
   No need to fertilize until spring! How easy is that? Fertilizing this late in the year could stimulate a flush of tender growth that will not have time to harden before winter. As cold weather arrives the roots could get damaged by the cold temperatures. Stop fertilizing all your plants by September 1. This allows the plant's plenty of time to comfortably harden off and enter the dormant stage for winter.         
   Most garden centers and nurseries will have plants for sale at discounted prices this time of year. Be sure to look over the plants carefully for signs of pest or disease damage, and don't buy anything that looks unhealthy or improperly cared for. Also, put some mulch around the roots. The mulch will help maintain even soil temperatures and resist root heaving that occurs after repetitive freezing and thawing of the ground

What To Do With All Those Leaves?

Fall is now upon us time for some yard clean-up. It is that time of year when we begin cleaning up our yards and preparing for winter. Let's break it down to into different categories. The areas that need attention are trees and shrubs, the lawn, and vegetable and flower gardens.
   Fall clean-up consists of raking up leaves, I do not care to bag leaves and wait for the garbage man to pick them up. Your best investment would be a bagger for your riding lawn mower. I use all of the lawn waste for composting. My mower/bagger has a set of mulching blades, they rip and shred the leaves for composting               
   Here I am talking about composting again? Ther is a lot more to care for. Trees and shrubs need to be trimmed back in the fall, depending on the type of plant. If your trees are more than 10 to 15 feet tall, it's best to not take the risk of doing the job yourself.  Look for someone qualified to do the work for you. This is also a good time to remove any dead branches.
   Lawns need several kinds of care during the fall months. There are several leaf collection devices on the market today.  Push baggers and baggers for your lawnmower. After you get the leaves cleaned up for the last time. It is time to fertilize the lawn with a fall lawn application. Visit your local nursery for the right application.
   The last area that will require some attention is your garden and flower beds. Your work here will depend on the types of plants you are working with. In the case of annuals, especially annual vegetable plants, it's best to remove the plants entirely at the end of the growing season. Some vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes, if left in the soil, can transmit fungal diseases into the soil and create lots of problems the next summer. Once the plants are removed, now is a good time to till, add fertilizers, such as organic matter or other soil amendments. Finish the area off with a thick layer of compost from the year before.
   Leaf shredders save time and help your garden. An electric or gas leaf shredder is designed for this task and does it well. Before you rush off to the hardware store and buy one, look online for leaf shredder reviews and do some research. Is the leaf shredder large enough to handle the volume of leaves you would like shred. can it handle small twigs and debris?  How dependable is it? Make sure the leaves are dry. This will help to prevent clogging in the machine.
   Finally, remember that the leaf shredder can be used year round, not just for fall clean-up. In the spring you can use it clean up debris from a storm or the pruning of trees and small bushes, or shrubs. n the summer you can use it for cleaning up weed and debris from your gardens like old tomato plants and corn husks.

Lawn and Garden Tractors

Compare the different types of riding lawn mowers you can choose which one is right to maintain your yard and garden. You might consider a rider for 1/2 acre and more. You've already done the difficult stuff. Seeding. Watering. Fertilizing. Now the fun begins...
harvesting your hard work while getting a sun-tan There's no reason to outsource your lawn mowing if you purchase the proper equipment in the first place.basically, there are three types of lawn mowers designed to efficiently cut grass.
   The size of your lawn is a factor in choosing a riding mower. More powerful mowers with larger cut widths handle large areas more efficiently and allow you to spend less time mowing. You should also consider the type of terrain — whether it's level or hilly — and the obstacles — such as trees and flower beds — you need to work around. If your lawn is 1/2 acre or smaller, consider a push mower.
In addition to different size mowers, you can choose between different types and find a machine that works best for your landscape and the type of work you need to do.                                                       

   Walk-Behind MowersWalk Behind Lawn Mowers
Ideal for small- to mid-sized suburban lawns, walk-behind mowers come in a variety of flavors: reel, electric, cordless or gas-powered.

Whether you're looking for eco-friendliness or comfort and convenience, there's a style to meet your needs.
   Riding MowersRiding Mowers
If you've got a larger property or just don't want to walk, a riding lawnmower is a terrific choice. With cutting widths ranging from 26" - 66", you can cut a lot of grass in a little time.

There are four different styles of riding mowers: rear engine riders, lawn, and garden tractors, and zero turn mowers.

Tow-Behind MowersTow Behind Mower
Whether you're mowing the fairways of a golf course or taming the wild brambles of an overgrown field, a tow-behind mower is a perfect companion to your existing ATV or tractor.

Towable mowers come in several styles: gang reel mowers, trail mowers, and trail cutters.

Lawn tractors have a traditional design and operate with a steering wheel. They work well for lawns from 1/2 acre to 2 acres or more. With optional attachments, you can bag clippings and leaves, haul landscaping materials, spread seed and — with some models —
areate, dethatch, and remove snow.

ZTR mowers, also known as zero-turn mowers can navigate a variety of obstacles; these mowers feature front caster wheels that pivot at sharper angles than lawn or garden tractors. You control a typical ZTR with a pair of lap bars or levers rather than a steering wheel, although some models do feature a traditional steering wheel. While a ZTR mower doesn't handle the variety of tasks a tractor does, it has a higher forward speed for open areas and can cut closely around flower beds, trees, and landscaping.

Many riding mowers can help you maintain your landscape not only during mowing season but year-round. Lawn tractors and garden tractors use a wider range of attachments than ZTR mowers, but capabilities vary by model. Make sure you know what a mower can handle before you make your purchase. Here are some ideas to make the most of your riding mower:
Take care of your landscape in the spring by rolling out uneven spots, spreading fertilizer, hauling plants and mulch and bagging early growth. If you have a warm-season lawn, aerate the soil, dethatch the turf and spread seed.
During summer, bag clippings when the grass grows too tall and mulch the rest of the time. Add a canopy for shade while you mow.
Rejuvenate your yard in the fall by sweeping leaves, spreading fertilizer and — in cool-season lawns — aerating, dethatching and spreading seed.
Haul away winter debris and clear snow from sidewalks and driveways.

All types of riding mowers require regular maintenance to run correctly and efficiently. See How to Maintain a Riding Mower for an idea of some of the procedures you need to follow to keep a riding mower in top shape.
Part of maintaining a mower is fueling it properly. Follow the manufacturer's requirements and read Fueling Power Equipment for tips on keeping your machine running properly.

Greenhouses By Design

Greenhouse design   

Hoop Design- Why not just build a PVC hoop greenhouse right over your garden? This method can ensure that you keep your plants a little longer than winter allows.This method can be easily built and taken down, Which is really nice for gardeners who want to extend their growing season.

Wood Framed greenhouse-You can buy cedar framed greenhouse kit and build it where ever you would like. With this design, you are guaranteed that it will fit right into your garden environment. Wood is an attractive design for any for the household.

Lean- to Greenhouses-This style is incredibly affordable and quick to assemble. This design is great to put on the south side of your house or garage for that matter. They create heat. Although they are somewhat small, they are ideal for the beginner and novice just the same.

Victorian Style Greenhouse-This design is by far the most popular. If you would like to create the perfect growing environment for your plants. This design will look great in any yard.This design is available in wood and aluminum. no matter which one you choose it will look beautiful in any location.
Greenhouses are available in many different styles and sizes. no matter how big or small there is a size and
style for everyone.
 Let us Talk About the basics of How they Work
Planting-Greenhouses are ideal for starting seed. You would plant seeds in flats. They will be off the ground at waist height in order for you to monitor their progress. Keeping the soil warm and moist.
   Use a good soil mixture of !/3 compost 1/3 garden soil and 1/3 sand it must be fine textured and crumbly. Plant according to the seed packet instructions.
Misting-When the temperature rises the humidity drops, if it drops below 30% it will suck the moisture out of the leaves of the plants.Misting systems are ideal in order to combat this situation. This system allows you to increase germination, growth rate, control disease, and plant stress. You need to keep the humidity level at 90%.
  Greenhouse Fogging-Because of the damp environment can cause mold and disease. This method allows the plants to pl air and moister through their leaves. With this system, your plants will be healthier, and propagation and germination will be improved.
  Lighting-It seems like there are a million choices when it comes to lighting, including incandescent grow bulbs, high output T5, standard T12 fluorescent horticultural tubes, and high-intensity HID grow lights. just to name a few. Adding extra lighting will give you stronger and healthier seed starts. The plants will mature faster and will be more vigorous, plant health will extremely benifices improve. You will see the benefits to increase the health, strength, growth rate and yield to your plants.
  Watering-Make sure that you give your plants the correct amount of water. with freshly planted seedlings give them a light misting at first. Make sure that the soil is damp, keep it damp but not soggy. If you see moss you are watering too much. Plants in a greenhouse will not need as much watering due to the humidity in the air.
  Fertilizer-Soil mixtures today contain the nutrients for the initial stages of plant growth. As the nutrients deplete you will need to supplement them with a balanced blend of nutrients - You need to monitor the temperature carefully and consistently. Temperature -  Check the temperature at plant height. your greenhouse must not go above 80 degrees. To control this situation you must have ventilation fan at both ends. This will allow you to regulate the temperature greenhouse design

Composting For The First Time

             Composting For The First Time                 

   Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into to established soil known as compost. Anything that was once living will decompose.  a  composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. The process of natural decomposition is very important to one type of waste disposal. Composting is a form of waste disposal where organic waste decomposes naturally under oxygen-rich conditions. Although all waste will eventually decompose, only certain waste items are considered compostable and should a  to compost containers. Food waste, such as banana peels, coffee grinds, and eggshells, are great items to compost. Adding meat products to compost should be avoided because as it decomposes, it will attract The material animals and will smell very badly. In addition to reducing waste, the process of composting also creates a usable product. The final compost, humus, is nutrient-rich and can be used to amend poor soils and fertilize gardens instead of using chemical fertilizers. The added compost also helps the soil retain water and therefore can improve growing conditions.                                                                                               
    Autumn is also considered by some as the best time to start composting as the tidying and cleaning up of the garden in readiness for winter provides plenty of material, and hopefully, the bin will have time get into its stride before the worst of the cold weather.

Autumn  is recommended to apply compost as a mulch it can be applied both to   established beds and around specimen plants. Compost can also be used as a mulch to top dress the lawn in the autumn when people are less likely to worry about the look of the lawn.

Whether starting a new bin or operating an existing one getting it decomposing well throughout the autumn and early winter, if the weather is kind, will help to provide a good crop of compost in the spring.

To help speed the composting process it is a good idea to increase the surface area of waste added to the bin in the autumn, even if it is not usually shredded for the rest of the year.  If the material is soft, and a shredder is not available, it can be put on the lawn and run over with the lawnmower.

As there is likely to be a lot of material available at this time of year if it is not practical to start a second bin, store it in a covered pile. It is important to keep the pile dry, as dry material will heat up in a bin more quickly than wet. Material being saved in the autumn for use as bulking agent in food composting e.g. sawdust or composted wood chip used should also be kept dry. (I keep mine in plastic dustbins)

 September is the time to compost the dead (or dying) summer flowers, material from the last of the summer vegetables,  including the plants themselves beans, artichokes, tomatoes and peppers and those cropping during the autumn squashes, leeks, and main crop potatoes.

In October, any remaining summer crops can be composted along with potato and beet tops. Any remaining bean or pea vines can be chopped up into little pieces for composting. Be careful not to put any plant with diseases into your compost, this will carry over to the next growing season.
                                                                                                             Conventional Compost Bin: used for cold composting, such as the plastic bins  provided under  local Council schemes and  wide range of bins available for purchase on the internet including wooden bins Wooden Compost bins different types of conventional plastic bin Plastic Compost ,  tumbler bins which are turned to aerate the contents Tumbler Composters and even metal bins Metal Compost Bins . Most of these bins are used for cold composting and do not produce enough heat to kill germs, in addition, they often lack a base which allows access to rats and other vermin as well as beneficial composting organisms. We have several types on our website. Check them out at we will be glad you did.

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