The Secret to Hands Off Gardening

hands off gardeningThe weather is finally warm and welcoming, beckoning you to step outside and enjoy your natural surroundings. Many people take that first look at their outdoor space and are suddenly overwhelmed by how distressed their empty garden beds appear. And, of course, there’s always that one perfect neighbor who’s new blossoms are already sprouting among a perfectly green and lush lawn.
Depressing, for sure. You barely have the time to keep up with work, family, and household chores. How can you possibly find the time to spend hours keeping up with a high maintenance garden?

Do not despair! We have a few very useful tips that will help you sow the beautiful garden you want, but minimize the amount of time you spend working on it’s upkeep.


Tip 1 – No More Tilling
The amount of time wasted tilling your garden can be mind boggling. The “no-tilling” method is achieved by taking measures that will stop you from continuously disturbing the soil. Which means very little weeding or shovel work.

Sounds good, right?

Elements such as manure, lime, peat, and organic fertilizer are just added to the top layer, and over time saturate the soil below with regular watering.
One way to reduce cost while maintaining an organic methodology to gardening is to use mulch that is readily available. Lawn clippings are an excellent source for free garden mulch, particularly if they are fresh. Fresh lawn clippings contain an good amount of nitrogen, which is incredibly useful for any of your plants that do not produce fruit.

Tip 2 – Mulch is Your Friend

Tired of spending valuable time watering your beds? The answer is to use mulch, and use it vigorously. Spreading a healthy amount of mulch around and over your garden plants will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend watering and weeding your beds.

As for getting that lush green lawn, that’s where Green Machine Lawn Care comes in. Give us a call today to set up a free consultation, and you’re sure to have the lawn that makes your neighbors green with envy.

spring lawn careThere’s a lot of information available on how to care for your lawn during the Spring season, but there are also things you should avoid doing as well.

Unfortunately, a lot of people have a preconceived notion that certain activities should only be done during specific times of the year. Also, many people may have a tendency to over due particular tasks, and understanding that “less is more” can make a huge difference in your lawn’s overall health.

Only Rake in Fall

As the weather grows colder and the beautiful NEPA foliage begins to turn to wintry shades of brown, having your rake handy is second nature for many homeowners. But don’t just take to raking during the Fall. One of the best ways to care for your lawn in the Spring is to search out any dead and decaying foliage that may be remaining on your lawn and in your flower beds. Many trees continue to shed their dead leaves well after you’ve raked for the last time in the Fall season, and these leftovers could very well be harboring unwanted fungus that could potentially harm your lawn.

Raking during the Spring also gives you the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your lawn. Familiarizing yourself with your lawn will help you to recognize any issues that may have been revealed after the last frost has melted away. In particular, you should be looking carefully for any matted patches of grass. This occurrence is often referred to as “snow mold” and the matted area is likely to prevent new grass from sprouting. A light raking during the Spring is an easy way to remedy this problem and give your new grass room to grow.



Ignore Soil Compaction

Depending on the amount of traffic that you have through your yard, there is the possibility that soil may become compacted. There are several ways to recognize this, from discovering obvious compaction to finding patches of moss growing on your lawn. Many people treat the moss they find like any other weed that might be contaminating your lawn, however, moss is actually a good indicator that there is an underlying condition of soil compaction.

Aerating your soil is the best way to solve your compaction problem, but it is recommended that the aeration process be conducted during the fall months. Discovering the problem in Spring, however, will help you make a plan to aerate months in advance and give you the preparation time you need.

Over Fertilizing

If you’ve been caring for your lawn regularly, you likely understand the importance of fertilizing. There are many options available on the market today, or you can join the many others who are choosing to fertilize their lawns organically. Making your own organic fertilize is quite easy, and you can follow the helpful tips in our post “Easy Compost in 30 Days.”
It is extremely important to remember that a light application of fertilize is preferred during the Spring months, as heavier fertilizing is suggested for Fall in preparation of Winter. By applying too much fertilizer during Spring, you could very likely making your lawn more susceptible to disease, and causing in more harm than good.

Do you have any other suggestions for our “What Not To Do” in Spring list? If so, please leave your ideas below!