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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

3 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Yard In The Heat Of The Summer

by Eugene Jones

Excessive heat can take a toll on your yard. Here are a few tips that will help you keep your yard looking great even in the heat of summer.

Water Deeply

Don't water your yard every day for a short period of time. Instead, water your yard every two or three days, and water it deeply when you do. To water your yard deeply you need to run the water long enough for it to penetrate a couple of inches down into the soil. When the water is able to penetrate deeply into the soil, instead of just getting the surface wet, your grass will develop stronger roots.

When you only water for a short time, your grass develops a short root system and comes to rely on being watered every day to get the moisture it needs to survive. When you water deeply, your grass develops deep, long roots and is able to get by without being watered every day. This makes your grass stronger and will allow your grass to more easily make it through those really hot spells.

Set your sprinklers to run for longer periods of times, a couple of times a week. 

Pay Special Attention To Brown Spots

If you notice that a particular area of your grass is turning brown, it is most likely because that area of your lawn is not getting the water that it needs. Water brown spots in your yard by hand, and try to figure out why that area is not getting enough water. Often times, brown areas are caused by broken or obstructed sprinkler heads; if you fix the issue with your sprinkler, the brown spot should disappear. Until the grass is restored, help it out be hand watering those areas deeply more frequently than you water the rest of your grass.

Keep Your Yard Aerated

Over time, as you use your lawn, the soil can get really compacted. When the soil in your yard gets really compacted, it is harder for water to penetrate the ground and reach the roots of your grass.

You can prevent soil compaction by aerating your yard; it is a good idea to do this at least once in the early spring and once in the late summer. If you notice that your lawn is particularly dry even though you are watering it frequently, that is another good time and sign that your yard needs to be aerated. 

You can purchase or rent a hand-operated aerator tool from your local home improvement store; you walk the tool over your yard,and it creates small punctures in the soil that allow it to breathe easier and that allow water to soak into the soil more freely. After you use the tool, water your yard