This time of year (as well as spring time) reveals an issue common to so many lots in the area…poor drainage, saturated lawns etc… In this instance, the engineer from Bodine Construction saw the drain system and basically gives his two bits on the issue and what should be done. I was somewhat surprised as he spoke that it wasn’t about Bodine Construction saying something to get a job.
This was a suggested to me by an inspector in treating moss on pavement. I think killing the moss prior to power washing creates less effort when power washing. I’ve done it on my brick walls and seems to work well. I look forward to hearing how it works for you.
Source: Seattle Times
Around this time of year, annuals and perennials in containers and hanging baskets can become leggy with flowers only at the end of long branches. At the same time, overly rambunctious growers can overwhelm neighboring plants, crowding or even suffocating them for lack of light and air. (More)
Goat rental for land clearing takes green construction to a new level. Goat rentals are becoming very popular with construction companies, real estate agents, and survey crews.
When you rent a herd of goats to clear land you don’t need to dispose of the debris. You get the job done without noisy machinery. And when you rent goats you don’t need to apply for land clearing permits. Goats can easily clear land on steep hillsides and rough terrain. This all saves you time and money. For more information, go to Rent-A-Ruminant.
Here’s some information from Scotts about managing dandelions and other broad leef weeds in your yard.
Now would be a good time to think about thatching and aerating your lawn.
- Aeration prevents soil compaction
- Allows air, water, & fertilizer access to the roots
- Reduces runoff & improves drainage
- Promotes healthy, thick, green grass
Core aeration should be performed in the spring and/or fall. Aerating improves your lawn’s health and beauty, optimizes root development, and reduces thatch and associated problems. It also deepens your lawn’s root system for greater resistance to disease, insects, drought, and heat stress. Fertilizing and Over-seeding is often performed in conjunction with core aeration, allowing the fertilizer and seeds to penetrate deep into the soil.
- Rids your lawn of unwanted moss
- Increases the availability of nutrients
- Helps prevent fertilizer and pesticide run-off
- Enhances oxygen levels in the soil
- Increases your lawn’s resistance to disease
- Increases your lawn’s drought tolerance
- Promotes a lush green law
In Western Washington we deal with moss, which seems to grow everywhere and spread quickly. It’s time to “de-thatch” or rather “De-Moss” if you have visible moss growing in your lawn (get it out before it takes over). Also, many lawns have a layer of thatch and dead grass built into them. Your lawn needs thatching if you take your finger and point it down into your lawn and have trouble touching the dirt because of the thatch layer built up. After thatching is a great time to over-seed because there is now room for the new grass to grow and thrive.