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Monthly Archives: February 2017

All about Coontail

MECHANICAL CONTROL

There are typically two ways of controlling Coontail or Coontail Moss, it can be done via manual control mechanism or by chemical control options,
Manual option of removal includes cutting and raking from within the pond. The plant’s tendency is such that it can regrow from the remaining roots or spill over seeds.

Another option is to use pond Dye which is usually used to restrict sunlight from entering directly inside the pond. The reason of controlling sunlight being that the photosynthesis will not occur and hence the growth will also be shunned.

CHEMICAL CONTROL

Use of herbicides and chemicals is yet another effective medium to curb the growth of Coontail or hornwort. Read some of these tips to control the growth of Coontail:

Use of a seasoned herbicide like Aquacide Pellets will curb the growth of Coontail and other common pond weeds that can be troublesome.

1. Use a comprehensive contact herbicide, that can instantly kill Coontail. Also, it’s important to note that one may have to repeat procedure of the treatment as it does not stay in the water body. Hence, multiple application is a must.

2. Another effective herbicide is Clipper, it actions fast and controls rough hostile and nuisance plants.

CHEMICAL APPLICATION FOR BEST RESULTS

Before applying chemicals, one must follow certain set rules for the treatment of weeds and algae.

• Divide your pond in sections and treat it one at a time. First apply herbicides in half of the pond’s bottom and then in the second half of the pond area. During hot and humid temperature, and while treating substantial growth of plants, remember to treat only ¼ of the pond at a time and wait until 15 days before reapplying it. This helps in reducing the risk of fish loss during extreme humid and hot weather conditions or while treating the heavy growth of plants.

• You will notice that the weeds have changed their colour to brown and once they die, pull these plants with the help of a weed cutter & rake and remove as much dead material as possible. This process will help prevent build-up of dead plant stock and muck.
• Think proactively and keep the muck at bay- Include chemicals which can make your pond look great at all times.

Solar Landscaping Lights

You will also save money by using solar lighting. The cost of the lights themselves is comparable to the electrical fixtures, but you don’t have to buy extra supplies like wires or conduit to install them. Plus if you are not handy with electrical work, you would be forced to hire a professional with electrical lights. This is not the case with the solar variety. Simply stick them in the ground and you are done.

If you are pondering adding outdoor lighting to your landscape but have been put off by the expense and hassle, you should look into solar lights. There is no need for running wires to them or even replacing batteries. The sun’s rays will take care of charging them every day and they will run all night long. They can really add a new look to your yard, especially if you do any entertaining at night. They provide a safe means for your guests to walk around marvelling at the hard work you’ve put in. And with the additional savings over electrical lights it is a win-win situation.

The biggest advantage to using solar lights over more traditional electrical lights is ease of installation. You don’t have to hire an electrician to hook everything up. Simply place the lights wherever you want to and let the sun charge them for you. By the time night rolls around your yard will be aglow in light. It really is that simple.

Another advantage to having solar lighting is portability. You can easily move them from one area to the other, and even bring them inside during harsh weather. You can quickly and conveniently move the lighting to reflect any changes to your landscape design. This is virtually impossible with electrical lights as you would have to rerun all the wires.

Landscape Maintenance

First the shovel, it is necessary for turning the soil, digging holes for new plantings or any other garden job that involves creating large or small holes. Secondly are the rakes. Both shovels and rakes come in different sizes. A small rake is needed for maintaining neat flower beds by raking dead leaves from around delicate flowers and small bushes. A large rake will be needed for the huge job of clearing the multitude of leaves from the lawn that descend in the fall. Thirdly are trowels. Trowels are available with long or short handles. A hand trowel will have a short handle suitable for planting small flowers or vegetables plants. A larger trowel with a long handle is great for creating beds.

Landscape maintenance equipment used for pruning is also very necessary and should be readily available. Shears are great for shaping a hedge and keeping it looking neat and tidy. Pruners are needed during the time of the year that you want to severely trim back trees. This is especially important for fruit trees to bear a good crop of fruit in their next cycle.

A garden wagon or wheelbarrow is great for moving trees, bushes, sod, large landscape rocks or fertilizer from area to another. You can mix a small amount of cement in a wheelbarrow for those small repair jobs around the patio or yard. These are available in various sizes also. This tool has saved my back on more than one occasion.

Finally, the lawnmower, this is a basic piece of landscape maintenance equipment that every home has and is used for maintaining a beautiful lawn. Again, the lawnmower comes in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your lot. We own a ride-on lawnmower because we have over an acre of green area to maintain. Most lawnmowers come with different attachments that can be used to cut lawn, pick up leaves, and mulching jobs.

Ways Care For a Lawn

1) Fertilizers- Do you eat food everyday, same is true with lawn. Apart from direct sunlight and water, fertilizers are great way to feed you lawn with healthy diet to give an extraordinary look

2) Mowing- Very important for a lush look. A Lawn mower is a great tool for this purpose. The real secret of using a lawn mower is the height of the blade that will be used while mowing.

3) Watering- The frequency of watering will greatly affect the final outlook of the lawn surface. Automatic lawn sprinklers are used to automate the process of watering with great results.

4) Aerating the soil- Due to frequent use of lawn by pets, children, etc. the soil that holds the lawn gets compacted beyond limits, that’s why lawn care experts always recommend aeration of lawn soil to help the growth of lawn.

5) Amount of direct sunlight the lawn surface receives- This aspect is not a must but can have some degree of effect. You just have to look for the path of sun travel in your local area. Where does direct sunlight come from in your garden. As the day passes away the degree and intensity of sunlight changes. Does your lawn remain in shade all the times of the day? This can happen if the sunlight is getting obstructed by tall trees or even home building structure.