There’s something in the air…

What it is exactly, I can tell you precisely, it’s fresh air you can breathe outside, especially after a nice refreshing rain. You know what I’m talking about. But does your child know it too? With the fast evolution of the tech side of life, soon we might find our kids knowing only the technical side of life and none of what’s outside.

Let’s try to avoid that and get our kids outside already in a young age. Parents who have planted together with their kids are all in favor of it and can recommend it to other parents as well. According to a survey conducted by Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company, 99% of all parents surveyed see nature as an important educational tool for their children, 98% felt that planting is a great way to get their kids outside and 97% say that planting is a great summer activity for their child.

And if that’s all true, after all, the information does come from parents, who have already tried it with their child, why shouldn’t you take your child outside and start planting together? You can find some gardening tips to help you with that at www.miraclegro.com

Once you get to it, make sure you choose the soil that is full of nutrients, you can also use Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix for that.

The perfect yard with no work

For some yard and garden care is a hobby; for others is it a passion; and for many it is simply something to be good enough at to enjoy your house or compliment your house.  No matter what level of interest you have in your yard most everyone would agree on two things:

  1. It would be nice to have a perfect or near perfect looking yard you can be proud of any enjoy
  2. It would be nice to have less work to keep it looking perfect

What if I told you I have found the perfect combination of both?  Would you be interested in always loving the look of your yard as well as your neighborhood combined with little to no continual maintenance?

Ironically many of us have seen the near perfect yard and just didnt realize we did.  Close your eyes and imagine a pristine, landscaped, perfect yard – Can you see it?  If you imaged something that looks a lot like a PGA Tour Golf Course then you and I are on the same page.  The PGA Village Verano in Port Saint Lucie offers just that.  The combination of perfect yard, incredible views AND a chance to be a member and play on one of the premiere golf courses in the world.

These are all brand new, eco-friendly houses with brand new appliances.

Not only do they have a premiere golf course but they also have Talvera Wellness Center which has everything from physical conditioning, to athletics, even to training classes to help you live a better life.

The perfect yard and maybe the perfect life is within your grasp.  Maybe this is just the change you were looking for.

Are you ready for a lawn care revolution?

If you own a garden, you know how time-consuming it can be to take care of your lawn. You also know that a nice lawn is a great welcome to your visitors as well as a great playground for your kids. And let’s not forget the most beautiful lawn competitions in certain neighborhoods.

Independent of the reason you want to have a nice lawn, the steps to take to keep it green, soft and beautiful, are still the same.

Experts say that you should fertilize your lawn 3 or 4 times a year. Depending on the size of it, it might take you quite a bit of time to do it. Plus making sure the appropriate amount of fertilizer would be spread equally everywhere. While we can’t help you with everything, we can make your job just a bit easier. Try Scotts Snap Spreader System. It’s easy to use – the spreader’s Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader. The system automatically sets the proper flow rate making sure your fertilizer will be spread equally and in right amounts everywhere.

You don’t want to see the product on the sidewalks or anywhere else where it shouldn’t be. With a simple EdgeGuard feature you don’t have a problem with that anymore either. Plus you don’t have to worry about the mess, the spreader stays clean even after you have removed the Snap Pac – the automatic activation of the Snap Pac’s self-seal feature upon its removal takes care of that.

It’s easy, it’s clean and in addition to fertilizing your grass, you can also spread other products with it. Be it grass seed, insect killer or anything else.

Don’t forget to see the instruction videos below.

Artificial grass lawn instead

At first this might seem contradictory. That is because schools generally consider
cutting costs before spending more money on major land developments. However,
schools that spend a small amount to have their yards reconstructed with
artificial grass will help save them financially in the future, and here are a
few ways these fake lawns can help.

First of all having an artificial turf installed in one’s school will save them on maintenance costs year round. This is because artificial grass does not require any maintenance. There is no need to water, soil, or reseed the lawn.

There is also no need for fungus or pest control. Schools have high maintenance costs due to the large number of people who attend! With people constantly using their property, schools to quickly develop problems with pest control, mold, and fungus. These can be detrimental to a child’s health.  However, having an artificial lawn installed will help reduce the chances of bug infestation ruing any chance for further fungal development out in the school yard.

Finding artificial turf is easy online, and there are a variety of websites that provide wholesale artificial turf to their larger consumers. Also buying this fake grass in bulk can further save schools money, and they might even be able to provide further discounts for public schools in need.

It is thanks to these long term savings on maintenance costs and hazard preventions that can really help a financially struggling school and that can help preserve the jobs of staff members and teachers alike.!  Therefore, having artificial grass is not only a need! for schools, but a must for all who attend!

Artificial Grass Can Cost Less Than You Think

Fake turf doesn’t look so fake anymore.  In fact, more and more people are using a fake! lawn as grass for their backyards!

How can that be?  Isn’t artificial grass expensive?

It doesn’t have to be!

Artificial grass offers a ton of benefits, but the biggest one is price.  Whether you have a small yard or a giant park to worry about, artificial grass can fit into your budget.

And, it’s not like real grass is free.  After all, when you consider watering, mowing, and fertilizing, real grass can be awfully expensive!

However, artificial grass is a one-time cost.  Sure, you will have to pay for the materials and installation.  But once your artificial grass is in, the expense ! is done.  You never have to maintain it, so you never have to spring for a professional landscaping company, lawn tools, or even the money it would take to water it!

Guest Posting by Bobby Quill

Plattsmouth School Board Considers Artificial Turf

Guest Posting by Bobby Quill

While many academic institutions across the country have already embraced artificial turf, others are discussing the idea and looking into artificial grass prices. The Journal reports that Plattsmouth Board of Education members heard advice from coaches and community members last month regarding a notion to install artificial turf on the Plattsmouth High School football field.

The group’s monthly workshop last month was attended by mostly members who approved the idea of replacing the field’s natural grass surface with artificial grass. According to the article, the board has spent the last few months collecting data and input from local citizens and researching artificial turf manufacturers.

 “The benefits of something like AstroTurf would be astronomical for our band program,” the PHS band instructor Zac Konrad told the paper. “I wanted to come here to tell you that this isn’t just an athletics issue. I’m really excited about the possibilities if this happens. It would help our marching band a lot to have a field to practice on every day.”

Just like residential artificial grass, the new surface would help the school save money on water and maintenance bills.

A Gardening Carnival – July 30, 2008

Welcome to the July 30, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

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flowers

AdmirableIndia.com presents Trip to Ooty: Day 2: Part 1: Ooty Lake – Boat House and Thread garden, Ooty posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

gardening

Jason Isbell presents Needs for a Butterfly Garden posted at Tired Garden.

Amy L. presents Four Secrets to Growing Indoor Miniature Roses posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Every year, thousands of people purchase miniature roses, only to have them die in a few months.”

Ty Cee presents Pinoy Horticulture posted at Pinoy Horticulture, saying, “Pinoy Horticulutre provides information about the activities of horticulture societies and plant enthusiasts in the Philippines”

Laura Williams presents Around the Homestead Today… posted at Laura Williams’ Musings, saying, “Gardening and Canning. We grow and herb garden in addition to a grapes, cherry trees, blueberry bushes, and a traditional garden. We stil have 6 cranberry bushes, 7 plum trees, and 2 fig trees to plant this season.”

Louise Manning presents Woodland birds under threat posted at The Human Imprint.

valereee presents No dirt under your nails? No tomatoes for you! posted at Cincinnati Locavore, saying, “Don’t like to garden? Hire a gardener!”

Jdebosdari presents Dead and Dying Yew Trees and Hedges posted at Ashridge Trees, saying, “Yew (taxus) hedging sometimes causes trouble in the summer after it is planted. Here are a few reasons why and suggestions as to how to help it establish”

Alison presents Help! Tomato 911! posted at Green Me, saying, “Hello experienced tomato gardeners! I need your help pronto or I may have complete crop failure!”

Deanna Caswell presents How to Compost posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

herbs

Gwen Mangelson presents Calendula HERB OF THE YEAR 2008~ posted at Paper Expressions.

lawn care

Sarah presents Caring for Your Lawn in the Winter | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Even though your grass doesn’t need much attention during the winter, it’s still important to follow some basic seasonal lawn care guidelines ”

Sarah presents Diagnosing and Managing Brown Spots on Your Lawn | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “If there are brown spots on your lawn, repairing them and preventing them from returning can be an exercise in frustration.”

organic gardening

Jamie McIntosh presents Control Carpenter Bees posted at Suite101: Organic Gardens blog, saying, “No one likes carpenter bees drilling into their decks and homes. However, these insects have an important role in your organic garden.”

Candice Brokenshire presents Harry Hopkins – Motivational Landscaper posted at The Red Barn Cooperative.

Teri presents My Work as an Environmental Biologist posted at Teri’s Organic Garden, saying, “My work as an environmental biologist working with 2 amazing grants – the Public Seed Initiative and the Organic Seed Partnership – both grants involve organic vegetable farming issues and ways to solve them.”

Fiona Lohrenz presents Going Organic…Why We Should! posted at Child Care Only.

vegetables

Chris presents 3 Steps to the Perfect Vegetable Garden (Part Two) posted at Smith Family Garden.

:: Suzanne :: presents works for me? tomato posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Dave Trenholm presents Growing Potatoes In Straw posted at Alberta Home Gardening.

valereee presents Garlic Mustard Dill Pickle Relish posted at Cincinnati Locavore, saying, “Those first early cukes are perfect for pickle relish!”

Condo Blues presents How to Grow Upside Down Tomato Plants posted at Condo Blues, saying, “How to plant an upsidedown tomato planter.”

Katrina Cain presents Did You Know That Raw Runner Beans Are Toxic? posted at Were You Wondering….

Miscellaneous

Matt DiChiara presents Alleviating Sick Building Syndrome with Plants in Your Apartment | MyNewPlace Blog posted at MyNewPlace Blog.

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Treating And Preventing Mosquito Bites posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Ahh, summer. The sun is warm, the water is cool, the flowers are blooming, and unfortunately, the bugs are biting. The worst offender of them all is the mosquito, carrier of pain, itching and possible diseases like West Nile. Here’s how to treat and further prevent bites”

AdmirableIndia.com presents Bangalore to Mysore on Bike: Day 1: Part 2: Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Brindavan gardens and Krishnarajasagara or KRS dam posted at AdmirableIndia.com.

GrannyJ presents Deadly symmetry posted at Walking Prescott, saying, “Because I live in the dry Southwest on the side of a hill, most of my in-the-ground plants tend to be wildflowers. sometimes they are not the easiest to get growing!”

Sean presents JAPANESE GARDENS – KILDARE – IRELAND posted at MY SECRET IRELAND, saying, “One of the most beautiful places in Ireland for the Gardening community.”

GrrlScientist presents Introduced Parasite Suspected of Killing Wild Bumblebees in Canada posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A mysterious decline in North American bumblebee populations is apparently the result of “spillover” of pathogen-infected commercial bumblebees, Bombus species, from agricultural greenhouses where tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are commonly grown in huge quantities. Includes images and data.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on August 27, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival – June 25, 2008

Welcome to the June 25, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

carnival-ride.JPGTiffany Washko presents Freedom Gardens – Grow Your Own Food posted at Natural Family Living Blog.

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Y-2K Hippie: 06/19/08 posted at Knitting, horses, and my family., saying, “Just posted about some of the things I made with my parents when they came to visit me. We picked wild blackberries and made a berry berry jam, made cheese, and shampoo with soapwort.”

gardening

Matthew Sauer presents Garden Update: Bio-diversity? posted at Play the Dad? Be the Dad!, saying, “It is my first year with a vegetable garden of my own , working on keeping track of what I learn as I go through the process. Growing up on the inside and the outside.”

Sam presents The Secret Lives of Bees. Honey, Health and Harvests ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, “The Secret Lives of Bees. About one-third of the human food supply depends on bee pollination. We also use honey and bee pollen as natural food products to promote wellness. Bees are beneficial for everyone. Bees, we can’t do without them.”

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Cheap Gardening posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby for many, and the end result yields plenty of food, flowers and foliage. But it does not have to be expensive. Here are ways to save while gardening”

Nancy Canyon presents The Beginnings of My Community Garden posted at The Community Gardener, saying, “I have a community garden in Fairhaven and I’m writing about gardening by myself, now that I’m a single woman again. And a grandmother. The blog is humerous, and also I’ve been gardening all my life, so it’s full of info too.”

Adam Berry presents How to Extend The Life of Garden Tools posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “some tips on how to extend the lifespan of your garden tools”

Sarah presents Ridding Your Lawn of Gophers, Moles and Other Rodents | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “If you’ve ever turned your ankle in a gopher hole, you know that these animal pests can be hazardous as well as make your lawn look unsightly.”

Amy L. presents Creating a Butterfly Garden posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “A great way to bring butterflies closer to your home is with the construction of a garden that includes plants known to attract butterflies.”

James presents Gardening For A Sustainable Planet posted at Ways To Simplify.

Jeff Tincher presents Get Out And Do Some Gardening, It’s Good For The Body and Soul | West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home. posted at West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home., saying, “The benefits of gardening and how it works to exercise your body.”

herbs

nimuae905@yahoo.com presents Tips for Growing Herbs Indoors posted at The Herb Gardener, saying, “Keeping herbs indoors is easier if you understand the two of the most important aspects of living in a pot – light and water.”

kids gardening

Mother Hen presents Squash Eatin’ Squid posted at Mother Hen.

landscape

Elizabeth Harrin presents SmartDraw 2008: planning the garden posted at A Girl’s Guide to Managing Projects, saying, “This is a review of a piece of software that will give you the opportunity to plan out your garden before you take the plunge: great for landscapers.”

lawn care

Raimondo Solari presents Inexpensive, Eco-Friendly Green Lawn Care posted at Garden Gab, saying, “With the availability of water becoming a scarce resource and lawns being one of the top culprits of sucking up valuable water, it’s time to try and keep an “eco-friendly” lawn that will still look good and yet not thirst so much.”

organic gardening

Melanie Rimmer presents Jungle Clearance – Before and After posted at Bean-Sprouts, saying, “How to clear a large weedy area without weedkiller and without backbreaking digging.”

patio furniture

Amy L. presents Which Mattress Is Best For You? posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Every year, thousands of people purchase mattresses, only to find that their new mattresses are as uncomfortable as the old ones.”

vegetables

:: Suzanne :: presents garden update posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Tiffany Ludwig presents Not a Crock-Pot Recipe posted at Loving the Low-Carb Lifestyle, saying, “A great recipe for lasagna using what’s in your garden.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on July 30, 2008

PODCAST: How to Effectively Water Your Lawn

podcast.jpgIn this week’s podcast, we are focusing on how to effectively water your lawn. We all want a lush, green lawn, but let’s face it, how do you achieve that without watering too little or watering too much? Today I will answer those questions so that you can find that balance that is right for your lawn so it will be healthy.

Using the steps that I provide you with will help to ensure that the root system of your lawn is as healthy as it can be. This will provide you with a lush, healthy lawn, all season long.

If you have a question for us here at Her Gardening Blog, please leave a comment below the podcast. We will be happy to answer your questions and build an entire weekly podcast around them. Enjoy!

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PODCAST: How to Plant a New Lawn From Seed

podcast.jpgIn this week’s podcast, we are focusing on how to plant a new lawn from seed. By following the steps I give to you, you will be sure to have that lush, green, healthy lawn you have been dreaming about.

A healthy and great start to your new lawn will be extremely beneficial and help you to have the lawn you desire. You can choose seed that is drought tolerant and you can manage the watering so that a deep root system is established. By doing these things in the beginning, you will train the lawn to stay green with even less water. And that will give you the best of both worlds…water conservation and a lush, green lawn to play on.

If you have a question for us here at Her Gardening Blog, please leave a comment below the podcast. We will be happy to answer your questions and build an entire weekly podcast around them. Enjoy!

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