Rain X Change
We have been working with Aquascape as a vendor for several years and they have always been at the forefront in providing water feature concepts. Recently they introduced their rain harvesting system, which captures rain water and repurposes it into water features and storage for use in the garden. Attached is a brochure that describes the system. It is a sustainable option that could easily be introduced into anyone’s yard.
Healthy turf offers a number of positive environmental benefits such as preventing erosion, inhibiting runoff, water filtration and it cools the area around it, allows for safe sport and play activities, and increases a home’s value. There are three primary cultural practices that we employ in order to keep turf looking its best: mowing, fertilization and watering.
Unlike many other plants turf grasses thrive when cut on a regular basis. When mowing, a good rule of thumb is to never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. It is also a good idea to set the mower deck to a height no shorter than 2-1/2”, in fact, we set our mowers at 3-1/2”. Taller turf height stimulates denser growth and will shade out weeds.
Turf grasses benefit from regular fertilization as fertilizers provide beneficial macronutrients like Nitrogen and Potassium, many secondary nutrients like Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur, as well as micronutrients like Iron, Copper and Boron. We typically recommend fertilizing most lawns three times per season (May, September, October) during the active growing season.
Turf grasses require regular watering especially during establishment and long dry spells. Clear indicators of dry turf are when foot prints remain visible after being walked upon or when the color of the turf becomes more of a blue green . Turf grasses usually use about an inch of water per week. Water cools the turf as well as aid in growth and maintenance. It is a good idea to water in early morning, as late afternoon or evening watering can encourage disease.