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Top 3 Lawn Care Equipment Every Homeowner Should Have

Top 3 Lawn Care Equipment Everyone Should Have

 

Most homeowners will find they have many more responsibilities to take care of when they purchase their first home, both inside and out. Besides indoor responsibilities like cleaning your HVAC, changing your smoke detector batteries, and general cleaning, you’ll also need to clean out the gutters, wash windows, and take care of your lawn & garden.

 

Some of these tasks require time and a little bit of elbow grease, while others will require some extra equipment. When it comes to your lawn care, here is the top three lawn care equipment everyone should have.

 

Lawn Mower

 

The biggest task you’ll have when it comes to taking care of your yard is your lawn. It is what covers the majority of your yard and can quickly get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of it. This of course means that one of the top three lawn care equipment items you should have is one of the many lawn mowers on the market. Without your lawnmower, your grass will grow and grow until it’s unmanageable. Because it is a bigger piece of equipment, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice when it comes to your lawn mower. Choose something that will last for years so you can make the most of your money. A push mower will be a good choice for smaller yards or those that have a more intricate layout. If you have a large, wide-open yard you’ll want to consider a riding lawn mower. No matter what you choose, be sure you’re regularly maintaining your lawn mower so that it makes clean cuts and keeps your lawn healthy and attractive.

 

Garden Hose

 

You may not think of it as one of the top three pieces of equipment for your lawn and garden care needs, but it is one of those handy tools that you’ll use all summer long for both yard work and various projects around the house. With the unrelenting Utah heat, it’s no suprrise that there will be dry spells when spots of your lawn will need some extra TLC. Just be sure that when you use your hose your not over watering, which can cause rot.

 

Rakes

 

They are also simple tools, but a leaf and lawn rake are one of the top three lawn care equipment pieces everyone should have. In the fall it is essential to rake up all of the fallen leaves to prevent them from covering up your lawn and blocking out oxygen and air.  A lawn rake is also crucial to keep your lawn from becoming matted and damaged.

 

If you’re not in a position to make all of some of these purchases, you can always hire a lawn care specialist to take care of your lawn and garden needs for you. From mowing to fertilizing and even pest control, My All Green can help you achieve a lush, green lawn this summer. For help with your lawn care needs, contact My All Green today!

 

Best Ways to Get Rid of Gophers and Moles

BEST WAYS TO GET RID OF GOPHERS AND MOLES

 

You’ve put a lot of time and energy into creating a lawn that is lush, full, and green.

Unfortunately, there are some critters who don’t share your vision. Gophers and moles can leave your beautiful lawn full of holes, divots, and tunnels. Needless to say, gophers and moles are not animals you want making your yard their home.

Fortunately, there are a few do-it-yourself pest control options that can help you get rid of these pesky critters. There are some less and more aggressive options for rodent control that you can try depending on your comfort level. Here are a few of the best ways to get rid of gophers and moles.   

 

Make Some Noise

 

One way to try to get rid of gophers is a pretty easy one… just make some noise! Gophers are very sensitive to loud noises so you can drive them out by adding wind chimes or even putting a radio in your yard to annoy them. Concentrate the noise near tunnel entrances to get the best effects.

 

Pet Waste

 

One way to get rid of moles is to use your pet’s waste. Much like humans, they do not like pest waste. So, after your cat or dog does their business, move their waste next to tunnel entrances and the moles will be forced to find somewhere else to call home.

 

Poisons

 

If you’re looking for a more aggressive approach, poisons are another way to take care of gophers and moles. These pests feed off of insects, grubs, and worms so by using a pesticide to kill their food source they will be forced to leave your lawn. But, to avoid them searching your yard more vigorously in search of food once their source is gone, you’ll also need to follow up with some sort of poison to repel the moles and gophers. You can also use poison to simply kill the gophers or moles. While these options can be effective, they are also the most dangerous choices. If you have young children or pets, you may want to think twice before resorting to this option.

 

If you’re really not comfortable with a do-it-yourself pest or rodent control, you may feel a little lost. If the only thing stopping you from hiring a professional is the fear of pest control costs, it’s time to do more research into local exterminator prices. There are many affordable options when it comes to pest and rodent control. And when you hire a professional company to take care of your pest control needs, you’ll be getting the expertise that is required to get rid of your pests for good.

 


If you’re looking for the best pest control company in Utah and Salt Lake County, look no further than My All Green. They use the safest and most effective products on the market, and they are applied by licensed professionals to ensure your pest problems are taken care of. When you’re ready to get rid of the gophers and moles wreaking havoc on your lawn, give My All Green a call.

 

Vegetables Vs. Fruits Garden: Which is Easier To DIY?

Fruits vs. Vegetables – Which is Easier To DIY Garden?

 

If you’re looking to start your own garden this spring, you may be wondering where to begin. Of course you have your favorite fruits and veggies to snack on, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those are the ones you can or want to garden. As you cruise the lawn & garden section of your favorite store and see all of the many seed packets for fruits and vegetables you may be wondering which is easier to DIY garden?
 
The truth is there are certain fruits and vegetables that are best left to professionals, and others that would make a great choice for a DIY garden.

 

Here are just a few to consider.

 

Vegetables Garden

 

In general there are more beginner vegetables that make a great choice for DIY gardening than there are fruits. Here are a few easy and delicious vegetable options for your garden.

 

1. Greens

 

If you enjoy sitting down to devour a big green salad you’re in luck, because salad greens are some of the easier things to DIY garden. Load up your planter box with lettuce, kale, or spinach and enjoy some truly homemade salads.

 

2. Zucchini and Summer Squash
Zucchini and summer squash also make a great choice for DIY gardeners. Once they get growing, you’ll probably end up with more than you can consume.

 

3. Bell Peppers
Cuck-full of vitamins, bell peppers are easy to grow and can be eaten plan or used in many different dishes.

 

Other easy vegetables to grow include cucumbers, radishes, green beans and peas.

 

Fruit Garden

 

1. Tomatoes
While some may still debate, technically tomatoes are a fruit and they’re one of the best and easiest fruits to grow. They require little maintenance — just some plant food, water, and plenty of sunshine and you’ll have the best tomatoes of your life.

 

2. Raspberries and Blackberries
Raspberries and blackberries are very similar, and both make a good DIY fruit. They may not be as easy as some of the vegetables, and do require proper pruning, but the delicious fruit is worth the effort.

 

3. Strawberries
Lastly, strawberries make a good DIY garden fruit. Try to find a variety that sends “runners” out and your crop will continue to grow each year!

 

One of the things you’ll want to think about as you begin your DIY garden is how to keep your garden healthy and thriving, no matter what fruit or vegetable you decide to plant. There is where knowledge of lawn and garden care comes in handy. Before you begin gardening you want to make sure you have the necessary lawn & garden equipment to meet whatever challenges you may face. You’ll also want to be knowledgeable about potential bugs in your garden. A do-it-yourself approach may work for gardening fruits and vegetables, but do-it-yourself pest control may have dire consequences on your plants and your health if done incorrectly. Instead, be sure to check out a local pest control company, My All Green, for help getting rid of bugs in your garden. They can help save your plants and offer lawn care services as well! Don’t hesitate to give them a call and get a free quote.  

 

Push vs Ride Lawn Mower

Push vs. Ride Lawn Mower

 

It’s almost that time of year when homeowners wipe the dust from their lawn mowers and get to work! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-cut grass in the summertime, but to get that wonderful scent and a healthy lawn you’re going to need to have the right kind of lawn mower.

 

If you start to shop around, you’ll soon find that there are many different varieties to choose from. There are riding lawn mowers at Lowe’s, Troy lawn mowers, several options available from Walmart lawn & garden, and even used lawn garden tractors!

 

Before deciding which brand or retailer is right, it’s a good idea to decide on which type of lawn mower will work best for you. Push vs. ride lawn mower — there are many pros and cons to both. Along with reading Troy Bilt push mower reviews, and Troy Bilt riding mowers reviews, read a little bit more about push vs. ride mowers below.

 

Push Lawn Mower

 

One of the greatest pros when it comes to push lawn mowers is that there are many affordable options. If you’re on a budget or know you’ll have other large home expenses in the near future, a push lawn mower is a great choice.


Part of your lawn mower cost consideration should also be fuel consumption. While it shouldn’t cost too much for a little extra fuel, your push lawn mower is going to take less gas than a riding lawn mower. So again, a push lawn mower may be the more affordable option.

 

As the name implies, a push lawn mower requires effort; you’re going to need to push that lawn mower over every blade of grass you want mowed. Some really enjoy the exercise and chance to get out and move. While others may find it tedious and tiresome. If you have any health concerns or are short on time, a push lawn mower may be too much work for you.

 

Push mowers are great for small yards, particularly those that have intricate gardens or features that require maneuverability.

 

Ride Lawn Mower

 

While they are more expensive and require more gasoline than a push lawn mower, you can’t deny some of the benefits of a riding lawn mower. For one, they are downright relaxing to use. Just grab a hat, pop in your headphones to listen to some tunes, and sit back and get to work. A riding lawn mower may mean that what once was chore now because a little weekly escape from other household chores.

 

If you have a wide open lawn that seems to (or actually does) go on for acres and acres, a riding lawn mower is going to be the best choice for your lawn. You’ll easily get straight lines in a fraction of the time it may have taken with a push mower.
When aren’t riding lawn mowers the best choice? If you have small spaces where it’ll be hard to fit or steep hills.

 

If neither of these sound like a great option for you when it comes to keeping your grass tidy, considering hiring a professional lawn care service to take care of your lawn for you. My All Green can handle everything from maintenance, to fertilization, to even pest control! Give them a call today.



Here's What You Should Plant This Spring

What You Should Plant This Spring

 

Watching your daffodils and tulips pop up in the spring after carefully planting them the previous fall is very exciting. You waited all winter long and now your hard work is finally paying off. Your efforts seem to be doubled as the bright colors and sunshine greet you and passerbyers after months of dark and dreary cold.

 

It’s less exciting, however, if you weren’t able to get your bulbs in the ground before the flurries flew. But not to worry! Even though spring has sprung, there are plenty of ways to add life to your garden that you can enjoy during the summer, and even fall, months. Here’s what you should plant this spring.

 

Plants and Flowers

 

One of the first things you should check when choosing which flowers to plant in the springtime is which native flowers your nearest Walmart lawn & garden center, or the local nursery carry. Because they are used to the environment, they will be more likely to do well. Annuals are also a great choice; they are less maintenance and will continue to come back year after year.

 

A few examples of great plants or flowers to add to your lawn & garden this spring are Hostas, Red Hot Pokers (which are a vibrant and interesting flower that can make dramatic changes to your garden) and Bear’s Breeches. Pansies are a great flower to plant in the spring because they love the cold weather. Bloodroot is a quaint little white flower that will give you blooms until late spring, making it a great option.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

 

Besides adding color to your landscape, spring is also a great time to plant your fruits and vegetables! April isn’t too late to get some tomatoes and peppers planted, and is a great time to plant cucumber, beets, raspberries, melon, and a variety of herbs. In fact, there are many vegetables and fruits that can be planted in the spring. If you’re looking to save a little money on your grocery budget this summer, get planting!

Lawn

 

If you’re looking to plant more seed for new or fuller lawn, fall isn’t your only option. In fact, planting in spring has it’s benefits too! This is especially true if you’re planting warm-season grasses.

 

If you’re tired of dealing with lawn problems, you may want to consider replacing part or all of your lawn with easy-to-grow ground cover. White Clover is one options, as is Creeping Jenny or Moss-Sprague, of a low-maintenance ground cover that will add new life to your lawn & garden. They are great to plant in the springtime.

 

But before giving up hope completely, give My All Green a call. Their trained professionals can help you with your lawn and garden care, giving you the break you need while giving your lawn new life. Whether it’s fertilizing treatments or just having someone help out with the lawn mowing, My All Green will help you achieve your best lawn yet!

Prime Time to Get Your Lawn Off to a Great Start This Spring

Prime Time to Get Your Lawn Off to a Great Start This Spring

 

It’s that time of year again when rainy days are signs of warm weather and life soon to come to your lawn & garden! Not only are most people anxious to see their spring bulbs pop up, but for many homeowners it’s a time to watch for those blades of grass to perk up and come back to life after a long winter season.

 

But rather than just sitting back and hoping for the best, there is plenty you can do to ensure your lawn is it’s most lush and vibrant this summer. Now is prime time to get your lawn off to a great start this spring… here’s how.

 

Clean Up

 

Before you begin doing anything with your lawn you’ll want to take some time to do a little bit of spring cleaning. Take a walk around your yard (once the ground is no longer soggy to avoid compacting the soil) and pick up any debris that may have collected there throughout the winter months. Be sure to rake up any dead leaves you may have missed before the snow started to fall. You also want to pick up any branches that may have broken and fallen from trees laden with snow. If you notice any grass problems like dead spots, be sure to rake out the dead sections as well. It is important to remove anything that may block the sunlight from reaching your lawn or allow healthy blades to begin growing.

 

Neutralize and Fertilize

 

After the debris has been cleaned up, you may want to consider testing the soil in your lawn for it’s acidity level, or pH. After winter your lawn may have too much of some nutrients and not enough of others. The way to neutralize too much or too little nutrients is with fertilizer. In fact, part of what makes spring prime time for your lawn is the administration of fertilizer! For the best lawn care you’ll want to make sure your grass has enough nitrogen to handle the rapid growth you want to see in spring.

 

Reseed

 

If you had to rake and remove a few dead spots in your lawn you’ll want to reseed your lawn to make sure you have a an even blanket of grass to enjoy this summer.

 

Call in  a Professional

 

If you had major issues with your lawn last year, or simply want to up your basic lawn care maintenance to the next level, you may want to consider hiring a company that specializes in lawn care services. My All Green specializes in both pest control and lawn care in Utah. They use the most effective and the safest products available, all administered by licensed professionals to get you the results you want. If you want a lawn that is the talk of the town, follow the above steps to get your lawn off to a great start and then give My All Green a call to ensure it stays in great condition all summer long.

 

How To Care For Succulents

How To Care For Succulents

If it’s too cold to spend time on your lawn & garden just yet, growing plants inside can be a great way to brighten any room. Besides being a great mood booster, many have air-cleaning qualities. They also provide a great outlet and creative hobby for the one caring for them. The only problem is if you’re intimidated by growing plants you may miss out on these wonderful benefits. Not to worry! Many plants are very easy to grow, especially succulents. With their many beautiful shapes, colours, and their heartiness, succulents make great plants for both beginners or for the advanced gardner. To help you get started, here’s how to care for succulents.

 

Good Drainage

 

Like any plant you put in a pot, you want to make sure your succulents have proper drainage. The pot you choose should have a hole in the bottom so that excess water can drain out. Or, you can lay them on their side after watering so that the roots don’t get too much water and begin to rot.

 

Proper Soil

 

Next, you’ll want to make sure you have the proper soil for your succulents. You want something with really good drainage. Ready-made cactus mix is great for succulents. Even better, add pumice, sharp sand, grit, or perlite to the cactus mix. Any of these additions will help to promote excellent drainage.

 

Give Them Space

 

This may be hard if you’re new to caring for plants and you are ready to give the new addition to your home lots of TLC. But the best thing you can do for your succulents is to give them some space. They do better when they are cared for, but left on their own between waterings.

 

The Right Light

 

Most succulents will do best in bright light, however because they are so tolerant they will still do well in moderate light. In front of a window is a usually a great place for your succulent. If you put your succulent in direct sunlight, just be sure to watch it closely. If it starts to get scorched, move it to another area of the house or put it behind a sheer curtain.

 

Water Thoroughly

 

You do want to water your succulent thoroughly, but you can also do this less often. You want to make sure the roots are getting a good soaking, but they should dry out between waterings. The perfect time to water is after the soil has been dry for a few days. Watering them daily is definitely going to be too often, and you’ll quickly kill your succulent.

 

If you’re ready to try adding succulents to your home try looking for a few plants at your local Walmart lawn & garden section. And as the weather gets warmer and you begin to venture outside, you’ll want to focus on your lawn.

 

Your grass may have been through a lot throughout the winter, and if you find yourself with lawn problems you may want to consider contacting a lawn care professional. My All Green can help solve any lawn problem you face, offer fertilization treatments, or take the need for lawn mowers away by handling your lawn mowing, trimming, and other necessary maintenance.

 

Contact them today to set up a plan for summer.

 

Consumer Reports - Top 3 Best Lawn Mowers

Consumer Reports – Top 3 Best Lawn Mowers


While the best time to buy a new lawn mower is at the end of the summer season as lawn and garden equipment goes on sale, early spring is the second best time to invest in a new lawn mower. Watch for deals before mid-May as stores start to stock up on lawn mowers and other lawn and garden care supplies. Whether you decide to buy new and have been watching for a deal on riding lawn mowers at Lowe’s, or maybe you’ve been watching for used riding lawn mowers on clearance, you’re probably wondering which type of lawn mower you should get.


There are many different types of of lawn mowers, each of which have their pros and cons. They will all affect any grass problems you have and your lawn care in general. Consumer Reports is a great resource for finding the best appliances, tools, and equipment. Here are their top three best riding lawn mowers.


While both a tractor and a zero-turn-radius mower are both considered riding lawn mowers, they both have different qualities that would make them right or wrong for your lawn. A tractor generally costs less than the ZTR mowers, and they’re great at bagging clippings, easy on your lawn, and more stable on hills. The ZTR mowers however are best if you’re looking for something with speed and the ability to maneuver around trees, shrubs, and any other obstacle you may come up against.


Your best bet for a tractor mower is the John Deere X350. For just over $3,000 you’ll get a comfortable seat and an easily accessible mower deck to make cleaning a cinch.


And for your ZTR you can’t go wrong with the Troy-Bilt Mustang 42. It has great cutting performance for a great price. Note that the deck is 42-inches rather than the standard 46-inch deck, but if you don’t have acres and acres to mow this shouldn’t be an issue.


If you’ve got a lot of lawn to mow you’ll want to look into a wide-deck tractor so help get as much lawn cut as possible with each pass you make. The 50-inch cutting deck on the Troy-Bilt Super Bronco 50 is a Consumer Reports best buy with a very reasonable price tag of just under $2,000.


If shopping for your own lawn mower is a bit overwhelming, let alone actually mowing the entire thing yourself all summer long, you may want to consider what your time is worth and lawn mowing prices. Often lawn care services are much more affordable than people realize, and it’ll free up your time and energy so you can spend it elsewhere. If this sounds like something that would work better for you and your family, consider the local lawn care services of My All Green. Whether you are in need of fertilization treatments, weed control, aeration, or other services, give My All Green a call today to set up a plan to achieve your best lawn this summer.  

Lawn vs Garden Fertilizer - Is There a Difference?

Lawn vs Garden Fertilizer – Is There a Difference?

January can be a long, cold month after all of the holiday festivities have come to an end. It  may leave you longing for warmer warmer weather, blooming flowers, and a freshly cut law. While too much daydreaming  may leave you a little bummed out, thoughtful planning and research during the cold months can leave you more prepared and able to approach your lawn and garden care. As you think about your lawn and garden care, it may be helpful to ask yourself if your current fertilizer routine is working for you. And when it comes to your lawn vs. garden fertilizer, is there a difference?

While both your lawn and garden need fertilizer to give the soil nutrients so that it can stay as healthy as possible, they both need different elements in different quantities, and even at different times.

Root Growth

The key to a healthy, green lawn that can withstand the heat of summer is a healthy root system. When your root system is healthy it is able to absorb even more nutrients and plenty of moisture from the soil. Phosphorus is one nutrient that can stimulate root growth in both your lawn and garden. It is also an important nutrient for garden crops, particularly root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, and potatoes. When it comes to root growth, both you lawn and garden will benefit from a fertilizer with plenty of phosphorus.

Leaf Growth

Healthy leaves are also an important way to avoid lawn problems. Each blade of grass needs to be healthy to give you that soft, green grass that you enjoy walking through barefoot. Leaf growth and health is also very important for your garden. Leafy growth helps to feed plants. Nitrogen is the nutrient that will help promote leaf growth, but should be used differently on the lawn vs. the garden. Too much nitrogen in your garden will actually slow down blossoms, which would be disappointing for flower-lovers.

Overall Health

Potassium is an element of fertilization that is needed in both your lawn and garden. Potassium in your lawn will allow each blade to absorb and better use the nitrogen that will allow for leaf growth. Potassium also helps garden plants to avoid disease and become hardier.

When To Apply

While there is no doubt that fertilizer treatments can solve your lawn and grass problems as well as your garden problems, it is important to know how to apply it. For example, if you are only going to fertilize once, the fall is the best time to give your lawn a nutrient-boost. As you’re preparing for a summer full of fresh produce, your garden will need a fertilizing treatment in the spring as plant growth starts.

Knowing just how much, when, and how to apply fertilize to your lawn and garden can be tricky. If you’re looking for the best lawn care services around, look no further than My All Green. When you need lawn & garden care they can help with their many different fertilizing treatment options.

 

Indoor Gardening 101

Indoor Gardening 101

When the plants in your yard have all died or gone to sleep for the winter, you may be craving the life and vibrant green colors of a summer garden. What better way to achieve this than with some indoor gardening! Indoor gardening is the perfect solution for solving the winter blues and keeping yourself busy when it’s too cold to venture outside. Indoor gardening may seem overwhelming, but simple and rewarding with the right knowledge and tools. Here’s your indoor gardening 101.

Light

One of the most important things to consider when beginning your indoor gardening is light. Different rooms in the house will get different amounts of light throughout the day. When deciding which plants to grow inside, carefully consider their light needs. If you are adamant about growing certain plants that need more light than they can get indoors, you may need to purchase a special light to mimic the sun’s rays.

Space

The great thing about indoor gardening is that it can take up as little or as much space as you want! If you just have a little windowsill that could use some “oomph”, you can easily garden there. Or, if you want to get more serious about your indoor gardening you can dedicate and entire table to it! Shelves also make great spots for indoor gardens.

Temperature

As far as temperatures go, your plants will be most comfortable between 65 and 75 degrees. Coincidentally, that’s about the same temperature range that you’ll be most comfortable in during the winter as well! So unless your indoor temperature varies much from that range, you won’t need to worry about the temperature.

Humidity

Your dry hands and chapped lips are just a confirmation of the lack of moisture that comes with winter weather. Heating your home doesn’t help! While the temperature in your home may be suitable for indoor gardening, usually the humidity level is not. Plants like humidity, so you’ll need to do a few things to make your home more suitable for your indoor garden.
One easy way to increase the humidity is to mist your plants daily with a spray bottle filled with water. You can also set a tray filled with lava rocks and water near your plant so that as it evaporates your plant can benefit from the moisture in the air.
If you are also suffering from the dry winter air, you may want to consider running a humidifier. Your hands, lips, and plants will thank you!

Soil

You will need good soil to begin your indoor garden. Rather than the soil from your garden or yard, look for a mix at the store designed specifically for indoor plants. It will be filled with necessary nutrients, just be sure to keep it loose and drain easily.

Plants

Lastly, you’ll need to decide what you want to grow in your indoor garden. With the right equipment, you can technically grow anything! However, there are a few plants that do especially well indoors. Herbs like basil, cilantro, rosemary, and lavender make great indoor plants. You can also grow roses, pansies, marigolds, and petunias easily too.  Don’t forget that salad greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, and citrus fruit also make good indoor plants.  

 

As summer approaches, don’t forget to call My All Green to help give your outdoor garden the nutrients it needs after a long, cold winter.