Spring is almost here. What does your lawn look like?

Hello everyone,

Today we are going to talk grass. Now is the time to sow your grass seed. Very early spring or fall is usually the best time. I do not recommend planting grass seed in the summer due to the high heat or winter due to extreme cold.

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About now you might be thinking what kind of grass seed should I buy? Before you go buy your grass seed take a walk around your property and really take a good look at your lawn. What type of grass do you have now? Not sure? take a picture on your phone to bring with you to the local lawn and garden retailer or home improvement store. You can also ask your neighbor, you know the one who has lived in the neighborhood a while and has the perfect lawn.

Are you looking to just fill in a few patches that died? Really look at your lawn and try to determine why did those spots die? Is this in a high traffic area? There are companies that sell special high traffic area grass seeds. If you have lots of trees and lots or bare spots under trees you probably need seeds that grow best in the shade. Do you have patches that look scorched? If you have a lawn that gets mostly full sun, you should probably look for terms like full sun, or drought resistant, heat tolerant.

There are companies that make combination sun and shade seed mix. These usually cost a bit more but if your lawn is fairly equal parts this might be the best option for you. The point is before you spend money to buy seeds and your labor involved in sowing them, You really want to know what kind of seeds will grow best for your yard.

Okay so you’ve looked at your grass or lack thereof, talked to neighbor perfect lawn, and now you are at the home improvement store. You will see there are many types of grasses, Some have thick blades some thinner some are lighter green some darker green. Pull out your phone look at your lawn and remember to look for the best match for the area you need sun, shade, or mix. Don’t buy Kentucky Blue grass if you have a light green lawn. Try to match as best you can. Keep this in mind especially if you are just planning to sow a few patches and want it to look nice with the rest of the lawn.

You have found the seeds you want but wait don’t run home just yet. Do you have straw to lay over your newly planted seeds if not get some otherwise you’ll have spent good money on seed to feed for the local birds. Do you have a sprinkler and long enough garden hose? if so great if not go get things things. Once you get home read the directions for sowing your seeds and follow them. They usually say to rake the area to prep the soil for the seeds don’t skip this step. Also they usually say to make sure you water your new seeds everyday at least until you see them sprout so be prepared to do this. Do not plant your seeds and then go on vacation.

With some planning prep and old fashioned work, You can make your dreams of a lush lawn come true.

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More about deck building and planning

Hello Everyone,

I found some deck planning sites for all of you who are building your own deck or thinking about building your own deck. The links below have 2 FREE programs 1 pay program that can help you with the planning part, some even have material list breakdowns for you to use. When looking at deck plans you may want to keep in mind if your budget does not allow for your dream deck currently you can build a basic deck and add on later.




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Things you should think about when building a deck

There are many things to think about when you have decided to take on a deck building project. I myself have built wood decks, composite decks, repaired decks and done demolition of decks. Here I will go over a few things to think about that people sometimes skim over and later regret.


1) Budget – This is important it will determine your material, wood vs composite which is more expensive but requires less maintenance. It will also help you decide the size as you may want a full wrap around deck but your budget may only allow a 14 x 20ft deck. 2) Tools – Do you have the tools you will need if not are they in your budget? Are you prepared to purchase or rent them. 3) Time – This is largely dependent on the size of the deck your building. Word of warning weather does not always cooperate. I do NOT recommend  using power tools in the rain EVER. Even if the wife want the new deck done by labor day. 4) Plan it out – Do research. Many home improvement stores have departments that can help you with this. There are also programs you can purchase that can help you design your deck. 5) Prep the work space – Clear any obstacles that could get in your way. The kids bikes, the grill etc Its no fun trying to untangle your extension cord from around your 3 year old’s big wheel. 6) Make sure you have a dry level space to have your wood materials delivered. – If you have a covered space like a garage or carport that is best.   You do not want your wood to become warped it will make it harder for you to work with. 7) I personally recommend using deck screws and not nails. Yes they cost more and will take longer to build, however in 2 or 3 years you won’t be tripping over nail heads. Be optimist, you can do it. Good luck and measure twice cut once. Share

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