Monthly Archives: May 2018

Decorate With Black Bamboo

When it comes to decorating with this versatile material, black bamboo raises the bar on style. The sable color and natural form has a look of exotic elegance. Evoking scenes of luxury, it adds a layer of sophistication to homes, both indoors and out. No matter what the decorative style of a home, including accents or furnishings crafted from the glossy black canes adds an international flair to the design, as if the furnishings were collected carefully over time through extensive travel.

While black bamboo poles have the look of rare and expensive ebony wood, they are far less costly. Affordable, they can be used without restraint to make the most of their striking appearance. As a bundle displayed in a large vase, they make a strong design statement that adds style, depth and texture to a room’s decor. They can be used to create distinctive frames for black and white photographs. These poles can quickly transform a simple mirror into a handsome accent.

Professional decorators and landscapers value the color black as a design element. Black adds weight, mass, depth and gravitas to both interiors and exteriors. When the color is available in a natural material, it becomes even more useful in design. Indoors, the inky color adds a feeling of weight and durability to a coffee table crafted with bamboo poles and a glass top. Outdoors, using black outdoor bamboo fencing will make a yard or garden appear larger than it is, while adding a note of modern style to the scene.

Natural elements, such as canes, grasses, wood and stone, are valuable design elements as well. They can be used to give rooms the exotic feel of a tropical jungle or to create the serene mood of the seaside at sunset. Both indoor and outdoors spaces are always more effective when the goal is to create an environment that best suits those who inhabit them. Using natural, renewable materials like black bamboo is an affordable way to establish atmosphere with style.

About Maintenance Yard for Spring

Fertilizing: Depending on climate, the time between February and April is one of the key times you should be “feeding” your lawn each year. Spring fertilizing helps strengthen roots before the heavy growing period that is just around the corner.

Try and figure out which kind of weeds (like crabgrass) you struggled with the previous year and find a weed-and-feed that is best suited to your needs.

Weeds: When the soil reaches 55F degrees and stays there for a few days your old pal crabgrass can start to creep up.

You’ll want to think about a pre-emergent herbicide. There are a number of options – Tupersan, Dithopyr, and Pendimethalin – with each ranging in terms of cost. Keep in mind that some of those will impact when you are able to plant seed, if that is part of your plan this season.

This is also the time for attacking dandelions when they start to arrive. Whether you spray or tackle them by hand, make sure to get them take care of before they produce seeds.

Raking/Mowing: It sounds like a no-brainer, but cleaning up your lawn in the spring is important to get rid of dead grass and other debris. When your lawn is both thawed and dry, spend some time either with your rake or your bagging mower. Put that mower down to a lower setting and get rid of all the excess yards waste. If you do a good job bagging now you should be able to mulch the rest of the year.

Seeding: Fall is the best time for overseeding, but you may now be noticing pets and/or kids have created a number of unsightly bare spots.

If you go this route, one option is to apply a “starter” fertilizer to those spots. A month or so later you’ll want to follow that up with a nitrogen fertilizer. Keep in mind, however, that you won’t get the same results as you will if you wait until the fall.

The majority of yard projects can be handled on your own without any outside assistance. But if you have physical limitations or find you are unable to get the desired results, a good idea is to seek out a trained professional.

Push Lawn Mowers

Easy operation and maintenance

A push lawn mower works with a very simple concept and technology and hence there are very little maintenance issues. The only things that you must check out from time to time are the blades. Towards the bottom side you will find that more than 4 to 5 rotary cutting blades are installed. As the mower wheels rotate these blades rotate to cut the underlying grass and vegetation. If you are buying a push lawn mower asks the sales agent to provide a detailed instruction regarding how to check the blades and find out whether the edge is fine or not. In case the edge is lost which normally happens after regular usage, the blades have to be removed and sharpened. Sharpening the blades is no big deal. You can use a mechanical file to do it manually or use an automatic abrasive wheel. But you must be aware of how to take out the blades and again fit them in their proper position. The blades have a specific alignment and for the mower to work flawlessly the alignment must be maintained. Learning about blade maintenance will save you from unnecessary frustration of waiting for the service technician. It is beneficial in the long run too as you will save a lot of time and money. Another aspect of maintenance is regular cleaning which can be done easily. Periodic cleaning will help remove the corrosive elements.

Hassle free gardening

So ultimately what you achieve is hassle free gardening. No noise from those heavy engines or handling long cables of electric lawn mowers. Huge quantities of fuel are burnt in operating lawn mowers. The energy burden of lawn mowers is rising alarmingly. By using push lawn mowers we can contribute in lowering the load on precious energy resources. Several reputed companies have released advanced models which require very little efforts for the operation. The costs of these mowers are considerably less compared to other varieties.

Cutting Grass or Shredding

Regardless of how sharp you keep you mower blade, every time you mow the grass the blade is put through a period of “shock” from the cutting. When a blade of grass is severed, the remaining grass plant must go through a period of healing to seal the cut. A sharp blade cuts cleanly through the grass and leaves a nice, straight slice, which minimizes the shock to the plant and the time required for healing. On the other hand, a dull blade will basically shred the grass. Even though the grass is “cut,” it’s shredded, ripped, and severely torn, which causes the grass plant to endure an extended period of healing and water loss. Not to mention, a greater risk of becoming infected or infested with microbes or insects. A grass plant that endures a nice, clean slice is far less likely to suffer prolonged damage or disease.

If you’re handy with tools and know your way around a mower, sharpening your own blade isn’t that difficult. Many retail locations sell a sharpening grinding stone designed specifically for mower blades. You can also purchase a tool that will hold the blade in place when you are removing the bolt that secures the blade to the engine shaft. Use a permanent marker or awl to mark the bottom of the blade before you remove it. And, safety first, which means always removing the spark plug wire from the spark plug before doing anything under or around the mower!

Once you have sharpened the blade, put a touch of oil on the bolt threads and refasten the blade securely to the shaft. After the first mow with the newly sharpened blade, recheck the bolt to ensure it is securely tight. Also, if you’ve sharpened the blade several times, make sure you check the balance of the blade. An unbalanced blade can cause damage to the mower and possible injury to the user. If a blade can no longer be sharpened and retain balance purchase a new blade – better safe than sorry!

Your owner’s manual should have instruction on proper maintenance, and even if you can’t find your manual, a quick check of the internet with make and model of your mower in hand will get you to a manufacturer’s website. If you don’t feel comfortable with sharpening your own blade that’s quite okay – the dealer where you purchased your mower may provide this type of service, and there are many professional companies in our area that will perform this work for you. Regardless of which works best for you, a sharp blade always works best for your lawn! By maintaining a sharp blade your blades of grass will benefit tremendously! This will also reduce the amount of maintenance needed for a beautiful lawn. Choose a lawn care company that uses green products for your other lawn needs.