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Top Lawn Mowers of 2018

Top Lawn Mowers of 2018

 

Buying a new lawn mower can be daunting with all the options out there. There are many factors to consider that may make the task seem intimidating. Do you go with a gas or electric? Push or self-propelled? Front, rear, or all-wheel drive? The options go on. But don’t be discouraged! Today, we’re sharing some of the top-rated lawn mowers of 2018 to make your decision a little easier.

 

When buying a new lawn mower, consider the needs of your lawn. Each mower has different benefits to consider. For example, if your lawn has a lot of slopes you may want to consider a mower that is easy to maneuver. Or if you are mowing a hill, you may want a lighter weight machine. Front wheel drive is helpful for more leveled lawns, whereas a rear wheel drive would give you needed traction for a surface filled with hills and slopes. All-wheel drive would be a benefit for both level and hilly terrain.

 

Troy-Bilt TB220 159cc 21-inch FWD

 

If you aren’t looking to spend too much but still have a high-quality mower, this is a great value for your dollar. This is a lightweight mower with a tri-action cutting system—meaning it does mulching, bagging, and discharge. The self-propelled is recommended but there is also a push mower option as well. There is a 2-year warranty with this model.

 

Snapper P2185020

 

This self-propelled machine is described as quiet and durable. The Snapper is a rear-wheel drive with 10” rear wheels for great traction.

 

Honda HRX217K5VKA

 

The Honda (made by the car company) has a 5-year warranty. It also comes with multiple speeds and rear-wheel drive. This is a gas-powered model that is rated as one of the most maneuverable.

 

Husqvarna 7021P Push Lawn Mower

 

This Swedish mower has 3 in 1 cutting abilities—mulch, collection, or side discharge. This model comes with 12” rear-wheels to boost control, traction, and maneuverability. It is a compact machine with a soft grip and a folding function for easy storage.

There are a few other unique options as you consider your next lawn mower. If push and self-propel mowers aren’t for you, look into the hover mower or robotic mower. The hover mower can move side to side, as well as backward and forwards. Making it easier to get into difficult places. The robotic lawn mower work is a pre-programmed machine that works with a sensor to cut your grass on its own.  

 

Trimming Your Own Bushes 101

Trimming Your Own Bushes 101

When it comes to gardening and yard care, most people have heard of pruning. The process of removing superfluous branches and matter, pruning is sometimes shrouded in mystery. When are you supposed to prune? How do you prune? How do you know how much to remove? While the topiary gardens of England are evidence that pruning can literally be an art form, a few pointers can help the novice gardener care for their shrubs.

 

The Basics

The simplest thing to remember when it comes to pruning is that it is always beneficial to a plant to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches or stems. Dead, decaying matter attracts insects and leaves the plant more susceptible to developing diseases. No matter what plant or variety, pruning off these visibly dead pieces will only benefit the plant.
Another place to begin with pruning is to remove any branches that cross, as well as any water sprouts or suckers, which are growths on the trunks, side branches, and from the ground. This is essentially an aesthetic approach, using visual cues to determine what needs to go in order to promote healthy growth.
Finally, any gardener or landscaper will stress the importance of clean tools. Particularly when removing dead and diseased branches, scrub tools and dip them in bleach to sterilize them. This helps to prevent spreading disease between different plants.

 

Tailor Pruning to the Plant

Beyond these basics, it is most helpful to identify exactly what plant you are pruning. This is because plants differ in their growth patterns, and what works for one type is detrimental for another. For example, many hydrangea varieties bloom on old wood. If you prune them in winter or early spring, you’ll remove the buds and prevent the plant from flowering. In contrast, it is best to prune forsythia in late spring, just after they bloom. Some plants are most encouraged to bloom and grow when the oldest shoots are cut all the way to the ground. A little knowledge of the plant you’re working with can go a long way in determining the best approach to take.

 

Choose the Right Time

Besides the general season in which you prune, it’s also important to take into consideration the recent weather patterns. Avoid pruning during drought and heat waves, as this creates unnecessary stress for the plants. Likewise, prune in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the newly cut ends of branches becoming scorched by the hot sun. Wait 48 hours after rain to prune, to allow plants to dry out and avoid fungal diseases.

When pruning, make cuts just above leaf nodes, or buds. This will encourage new growth, and in most cases, the plant will branch into two stems at the cut, creating a fuller, more bushy plant. Aim for a 45 degree angle on the cut, facing away from the bud, and use sharp shears or bypass hand pruners. Making a clean cut helps prevent disease and will heal more quickly.

If you need help trimming your bushes or tackling your yard care contact us today for a free quote!

 

How To Prevent Dandelions

 

With their bright yellow flowers and jagged leaves, dandelions are some of the most recognizable lawn pests. Although most consider them a weed, dandelion was introduced to North America by European settlers who valued their nutritional and medicinal properties. Dandelion grows easily in many conditions but prefers direct sunlight and good drainage.

 

The best prevention against weeds like dandelion is a healthy lawn.

 

Mowing grass “high”, at a height of 2 to 3 inches helps the grass plants to remain healthy and vigorous. It also prevents weeds from getting as much sunlight as they need to grow.

 

Mulching your lawn with grass clippings is another way to nourish the lawn, while at the same time preventing weed seed from germinating. A healthy lawn care routine includes aerating and fertilizing during appropriate times of the year.

 

Finally, don’t leave any bare patches in your lawn. Take the opportunity in the fall to overseed any of these areas of your grass, as weeds will take advantage of bare spots to germinate and take over.

 

For dandelions that have already appeared in your lawn, there are several things to try.

 

First, you can pull them by hand. Dandelions are broadleaf perennials with a deep taproot that can reach anywhere from 10 inches to 3 feet in length. Before pulling the weeds, water your lawn to moisten the soil and help it loosen. For each plant, use a screwdriver or forked weeding tool to create a hole directly alongside the taproot. You can use the tool to wiggle and loosen the taproot, and give it a gentle tug to see if it will give. If it does, carefully pull the weed out, being sure to remove the entire taproot. Any piece of the taproot left in the soil will regenerate and create more dandelions. Do not allow dandelions to form puffballs and spread seed; cut off any flowers as they form to prevent them going to seed.

 

Another method is to spray dandelions to kill them. Possible applications are vinegar, Weed-B-Gone (active ingredient 2,4-D), or Round-Up (active ingredient glyphosate). The herbicidal element of vinegar is acetic acid, which is generally quite low in household vinegar–around 5%. Boiling it can help concentrate the acetic acid and give it more effectiveness. If you use any of these applications, it’s important to know when and how to apply them. Vinegar and Round-Up should both be applied directly to the leaves of the dandelion. They are non-selective and will kill any grass they touch. Weed-B-Gone specifically targets broadleaf plants, not affecting grass, which makes it a popular choice for lawns. Before applying, don’t mow for 2-3 days beforehand, to ensure the largest surface area for herbicide application. It’s best to wait for 2-3 days to mow after applying so that the dandelion leaves have time to absorb the herbicide. Fall is the best time to spray, as dandelion leaves are gathering nutrients to deliver to the taproot before overwintering in the ground. Applying herbicide at this time ensures that the leaves will carry the herbicide down to the roots right along with the nutrients, killing the whole plant.

 

If you just can’t seem to kick your dandelion problem give us at All Green Pest Control a call!

 

Ladybugs: Are They Good Or Bad?

Ladybugs: Are They Good Or Bad?

 

Long considered to be a symbol of good luck, ladybugs are one of the more popular insects. The superstition goes that if a ladybug lands on you, count its spots and you will know the number of months you will have good luck. In the garden, ladybugs are great natural pest control. There is some confusion, however, as to whether ladybugs are always good or bad. The main reason for this confusion is that there is a second species of beetle that looks very similar to the ladybug but isn’t quite as nice.

 

The Imposter

 

The Asian Lady Beetle (harmonia axyridis) also has a reddish-orange shell with spots and is the same shape and size as a ladybug. The color of these look-alikes can range from a light tan to a red, and it can be almost impossible to tell them apart from ladybugs. The defining feature is that the Asian Lady Beetle has a white “M” or “W” marking below its head. Introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help control aphids and scale, the Asian Lady Beetles have since spread to most parts of the country. While they do indeed feed upon these harmful insects, they have several detracting features. Much more aggressive than native ladybugs, the Asian Lady Beetle will bite and can be toxic to dogs. The insect will also invade homes during the winter months, and can leave behind a foul odor if disturbed, as well as a yellow fluid that can stain walls and surfaces. Some people may also have an allergic reaction to these insects, ranging from hay fever to conjunctivitis (“pink eye”) to hives. If you have an Asian Lady Beetle infestation give us a call and we can get it taken care of for you! 

 

The Garden Friend

 

Ladybugs, also known as lady beetles or ladybird beetles, live outdoors and are completely harmless. Docile in nature, these insects are not aggressive and do not bite. Their red coloring is a warning symbol to birds and other predators that they are toxic to eat, but they pose no threat to humans. A single ladybug can consume up to 50 to 60 aphids in a day and may eat up to 5,000 of these pests in its lifetime. Besides aphids, ladybugs will eat a range of other soft-bodied insects, such as mealybugs, leafhoppers, and mites. Unlike the Asian Lady Beetle, native ladybugs do not overwinter in homes. Instead, they hibernate in leaf litter, tree bark, and other natural crevices.

 

How to Invite Ladybugs to Your Garden

 

While ladybugs can be purchased to release in your yard, some insect experts discourage the practice, as it can introduce parasites to your yard. As most ladybugs sold for release in the home garden are wild-caught, they may have parasites from that area. These parasites will then infect the native ladybugs in your yard. Unless you are willing to pay a bit more for ladybugs raised in an insect farm, it’s best to attract the helpful bugs to your yard naturally. Avoiding the use of pesticides is one step, as is providing plenty of pollen, which is another food source for adult ladybugs. It is also important to recognize ladybugs in each of their stages of development, from egg to larvae, to adult, as the immature insects may actually eat more aphids.

 

 

How To Maintain Your Lawn In Extreme Summer Heat

How To Maintain Your Lawn in Extreme Heat


It’s officially summer and the heat is here in full force. You’re not the only one who can wilt in the heat–your lawn can feel it, too! With a little know-how, you can counteract the summer heat damage to your lawn and keep it a nice, lush green. Here are 5 Do’s and Don’ts for summer lawn care:


Don’t Over-Water


When you see brown patches in your lawn, it’s tempting to start watering like crazy to prevent it from dying. Overwatering is a common mistake when it comes to lawn-care, however. Too much water can leave a lawn oxygen-deprived and susceptible to disease. Remember that a lawn in average weather only requires 1 inch of water per week, including rainfall. If you have a programmed sprinkler system, make sure to follow the weather and don’t water after it has rained. “Smart” sprinkler gauges can track this for you, making it easy to be water-wise, and saving you money on your water usage. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning, allowing water to soak deep into the soil before the heat of the day evaporates it.


Do Keep Mower Blades Sharp


Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to the sharpness of their lawnmower blades, but this can have a big impact on your lawn! Sharp blades effectively cut the grass, causing less damage. Dull blades tear the plants, which causes more damage and takes longer to heal. If the tips of your grass blades turn brown and dry, it’s a sure sign that your blades are too dull. There are online tutorials for how to sharpen your blades yourself, or you can take your mower to a local lawnmower maintenance business.


Don’t Mow Your Grass Too Short


Remember, the grass is a living plant, and it needs the energy to grow. Cutting the plant too short decreases its ability to create energy. Letting the grass grow longer allows it to deepen its roots, drawing up more moisture from the soil. Additionally, leaving the grass longer helps shade the soil and keep less moisture from evaporating in the heat. The ideal summer height for Kentucky Bluegrass and Fescue (the two most common types of Utah lawns) is 2-2.5 inches, but you should wait until it reaches 3-3.75 inches before mowing. In extreme heat, increase these amounts by half an inch to protect the plant. A good rule of thumb is to never cut more than ⅓ of the plant. The best time to mow is after watering the lawn or rainfall, though you’ll want to let the plant dry a little to avoid clumping on your mower.


Do Limit Foot Traffic


If your grass looks dry or yellow, give it some time to heal by keeping foot traffic off it. Walking on stressed grass will distress it even more, causing it to die off.


Don’t Fertilize In The Summer Heat


If your lawn is looking brown and patchy, don’t be tempted to fertilize it mid-summer. Fertilizing stimulates growth, and this takes a great deal of energy. Lawns are already stressed in the heat, and expending more energy on new growth will only create more stress. Too much fertilizer combined with sun exposure can also scorch your lawn, creating more dry, brown patches, rather than decreasing them. Instead, wait until Fall to feed your lawn, when it is vigorous and healthy.


Do Enjoy Your Lush, Healthy Lawn


Your beautiful green carpet will be the envy of all your neighbors, and a cool retreat to soak up the summer rays!



The 3 Best Fruit Trees To Have In Your Yard

3 Best Fruit Trees To Have In Your Yard

 

Planting trees in your yard can be a big commitment. Depending on the type and size they can make a big impact on your budget, and depending on the type of tree they can make an even bigger impact in your yard.


Besides offering shade, privacy, and beauty, you can also get trees to produce a sweet snack. That’s right, fruit trees! But choosing the right fruit tree can be a little overwhelming. Will it survive in your yard? Will it require lots of pruning and other care?


Which type of fruit will grow best? Here are a few gardening ideas to help you find the three best fruit trees to have in your yard.

 

#1. Apple

 

Who doesn’t love a juicy, crunchy apple? Imagine going out to your yard and picking an apple to eat, rather than having to drive to the store to get one! Apple trees can grow in almost any soil, just make sure it is well-drained and has plenty of sun. When it comes to gardening for beginners, an apple tree is a great choice because it is so easy to grow. It’s also a great choice in Utah because it handles summer droughts very well. You can buy them in the standard size which will grow to about 25 feet tall and wide, a semi-dwarf (10-20 feet) and a dwarf size which will only be up to eight feet tall and wide. A gardening tip… the smaller trees bear fruit at a young age so choose a dwarf or semi-dwarf if you want those apples sooner.

 

#2: Apricot

 

Beginner gardeners may become overwhelmed with pruning, which makes an Apricot tree the perfect choice. Apricot trees are best left unpruned to avoid disease or only pruned a little bit every year or so. They’re hardy trees that don’t like very rainy weather, making them perfect for the dry, Utah climate. They’re less needy than other fruit trees. They are the low-maintenance fruit tree that is also a very attractive choice for your yard!

 

#3: Plums

 

Another reliable fruit tree option for your yard are plum trees. They are hardy, less prone to disease, and need less watering than many others. They may not grow as much fruit as other trees, but this can be a bonus if you’re worried about being overwhelmed with the amount of fruit you have on hand. There are also many varieties to choose from so you can get a unique look and flavor that will do well in your specific zone.

 

For more gardening tips be sure to check with local companies who know the ins and outs of lawn care. My All Green specializes in both lawn care and pest control. Make My All Green your one-stop shop when it comes to creating a beautiful yard that is free from pests.   

 
 

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 lawnmower 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 a 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.