Should I Choose Seed or Sod for My Lawn?

by Lynn on September 10, 2014

Everyone loves a green and gorgeous lawn. When it is time to either start or fix your lawn you have lots of decisions to make. One major option to consider is if you should choose seed or sod?  There are a few factors you will want to consider before making the choice.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both seed and sod.

Here are some of the advantages of grass seed:

-less expensive than sod

- installs much quicker

-may be more viable option in shady areas

-seed blends may be better for difficult to grow areas

Here are some of the disadvantages of grass seed:

-seed cannot be used immediately

-requires attention while growing

-can develop weeds and patchy bare areas

-can be difficult to grow in areas where erosion is a problem

-can only be planted at certain times of the year

Here are some of the advantages of sod:

-usable lawn much quicker

-few if any weeds

-no risk of erosion

-wider range of appropriate planting times

Here are some of the disadvantages of sod:

-more expensive to buy and install

-must be ordered through a local sod farm or professional landscaper

-can be difficult to grow in very shady areas.

Proper preparation and care is important whether you choose grass seed or sod. If you are unsure the best option for your yard consult a professional landscaper.

 

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Fix Your Leaky Garden Hose

by Lynn on September 3, 2014

Have you every hooked up the garden hose only to find more water is coming from the spigot than the end of the hose? Don’t throw away your hose fixing a leaky hose is easier than you think.

Here is how to make a simple, inexpensive repair to get your hose back in working order:

What you need:

Coupling
Mender
Knife
Tape
Washer

If the leak is from the spigot:

If your hose is leaking from the spigot it is usually the washer that has dried out or deteriorated with age.  Simply remove the old washer, and pop in a new washer. If the hose is still leaking, try replacing the coupling.

If your hose has a small leak:

Clean and dry the area of the leak in the hose. Use common electrical tape or specially designed hose repair tape to mend the leak. Overlap the tape while wrapping it around the hose.

If your hose has a large leak:

A large leak is a little more difficult to repair. Cut out the damaged section of the hose and replace it with a mender. Use a sharp blade and straight cuts on the hose. Take the removed portion of the hose with you when purchasing the replacement because parts differ by manufacturer.

Follow these steps:

Clean and dry the hose.

Rub soap on the area you’re repairing. This will make it more pliable and easier to work with.

Carefully cut out the damaged portion of the hose with a sharp knife and leave the ends as square as possible.

Loosen the screws on both sides of the replacement coupler.

Fully insert the cut end of each section of hose into one side of the clamp mender.

Evenly tighten the screws until the clamp is tight.

Attach the hose to a sprinkler or nozzle, and turn on the water to test the connection. If water leaks out, tighten the connection until water no longer leaks.

 

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Getting Rid of Student Loans

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