Home Décor ! Inside and Outside

lawnTrying to Grow a Lawn in Sandy soil

  • Sandy soil lacks the organic material it needs to support healthy growth, so  you have got to provide some Nutrient-rich  compost which  is the best additive. Peat moss, which is less expensive, improves the  texture of the soil but does not add as many nutrients. Top soil has a good  texture but the fewest nutrients.

  • You’ll choose your grass based on what kind of climate you live in. There are  two categories of grass: cool-season and warm-season.

    Cool-season grasses do best in colder climates. These grasses stay at least  somewhat green even through cold winters, though they might go dormant (turn  brown) in hot weather if they’re not watered.

    Warm-season grasses do best in warm climates; these grasses go dormant in the  cold but thrive in hot, humid summers.

  • Fescue is your best bet in for a cool-season grass. There are several  different kinds of fescue: Look for tall fescue, which may be sold in a mix that  includes red fescue or creeping fescue. Tall fescue is a low-maintenance,  slow-growing grass, so you should not have to mow a lot. It can even handle a  little shade, though no grass will do well in deep  shade.

  • For warm-season grass, you have two main options. The most common choice is  zoysia, sometimes called zoysiagrass. Once established, zoysia forms a thick mat  that discourages weeds. It is drought tolerant, which means it will go brown but  not die during extended dry spells. It also is salt tolerant and does well near  the beach. It can handle some shade.

    Centipede grass does well in sandy, somewhat acidic soil, such as the soil  found in the southeastern United States. (The southwestern United States has  more alkaline soil.) Like zoysia, centipede forms weed-deterring mats, but it is  less shade-tolerant than zoysia.

Read more:  What Grass Grows Best in Sand? | eHow http://www.ehow.com/about_5463065_grass-grows-sand.html#ixzz2V4l5B1uy

The information that I wrote came from HGTV website. I have sandy soil and I am going to try the ideas that they have mentioned and I will take pictures for you to see the before a lawn and hopefully after a lawn.

Cynthia

 

Gardening when the soil is not good !

 

diy-garden_ahahBuilding a raised garden box in your home landscape solves the worrisome problem  of how to amend the soil to make it acceptable for gardening.

A garden box  filled with a high-quality mixture of soil and compost provides nutrients and  water drainage for an ideal growing environment.

Raised garden boxes are a  simple structure than you can construct as an afternoon project. The  above-ground garden bed keeps the soil warmer and has fewer problems with grass  and weeds that often invade a standard garden.

Read more:  How to Build a Raised Garden Box | eHow http://www.ehow.com/how_2289458_build-raised-garden-box.html#ixzz2W2BdKRyn

 

Stop! Don’t Chop Crepe Myrtles!

Just because your neighbors butcher their crepe myrtles doesn’t mean you should too. Here’s how to fix past mistakes and prune them right.

 

 How Colors effect our mood Something to Think about when decorating !

 

 

Red
Red is the hot, crazy girl of colors, evoking powerful emotions such as fear, anger and passion.

Blue

Need to chill out after a stressful day?  “Psychologically, blue is the opposite of red — it lowers blood pressure,” says Harrington. “Red picks you up and blue takes you down, but not down to depression level.” That may be because if you look to nature, such as the sky and the ocean, blue conveys tranquility.

Green
From grass to leaves to other verdant vegetation, the color green is closely linked to the environment, which can put you in a relaxed or refreshed mood. “There is some tentative evidence emerging in the literature showing that green is relaxing because it is associated with growth and nature,” says Elliot.

“Green ranges from old traditional English libraries in a dark hunter green where you can sit down, concentrate and read to a spring-like yellow-based green, which symbolizes new birth or new growth ,” explains Harrington.

Yellow
Yellow carries both positive and negative connotations — from sunshine, which conveys a joyous, happy mood to a drab feeling depending on the shade. However yellow is an inviting color.”

Orange 
This highly popular color marries the sunniness of yellow with red’s depth. In fact, orange is the perfect substitute if you’re not comfortable with red. But the color is by no means ho-hum — orange evokes action. “Orange is much more of a casual, active color—“Orange is said to stimulate enthusiasm and creativity,” says Mai. “It symbolizes vitality and endurance.” The rich color is associated with royalty and luxury, according to Mai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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