Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower

Mowing season is in full swing here in Tennessee! It's that time of year when lawn and garden enthusiasts venture back into their grassy backyards to begin the weekly ritual of giving the lawn a perfect trim. There are lots of options to consider when thinking about that perfect lawn. One of those questions you may be wondering about is what kind of lawnmower would be best for your lawn? Today I'm going to share with you what I learned about testing the Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower. (Disclaimer: Greenworks sent me this mower to test and trial so that I could share my thoughts with you.) I was a huge fan of the chainsaw Greenworks sent me last year and was very excited to test out one of their mowers. Greenworks G-Max 20 Inch Twin Force Lawn Mower The Greenworks G-Max mower is a battery powered…

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Organic Removal of Bermuda Grass

Last weekend I pulled out the tomato plants (all but three) and did the yearly Bermuda grass removal. Bermuda grass is one of the two most frustrating parts of my vegetable garden, the other being the deer. Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) grows and spreads through rhizomes (under the soil) and stolons (above the soil). Any piece of the roots or stolons left behind will regrow which makes removing Bermuda grass very difficult. To remove the Bermuda grass I use a trimmer and cut back all the grass to the ground. Then I till up the soil multiple times. After each run with the tiller I rake up the roots and stolons for collection and dump them. The remains never go in the compost bin as all it takes is one little piece of uncomposted Bermuda grass to wreak havoc later. I repeat the process until as much of the grass…

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3 Chores to Do in Fall for Spring!

It's that time of year again, time to think about spring! Yes, I said that right. Spring! Fall is almost here but if you want to maximize the potential of your garden next year fall is the best time to get some work done. The autumn leaves will be changing soon and now is the best time to get some garden preparation accomplished in the cooler weather. What preparations can you do in fall for a good spring garden? (All supplies pictured in this post were provided by Lowe's through Lowe's Creative Ideas!) Mulch in the Fall Mulching your garden beds is one of the best things you can do for your perennials and trees. Mulch insulates the soil from the cold weather can help borderline plants overwinter better. It also protects the soil from compaction and adds organic matter to the ground over time. Cover each bed with a…

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5 Plants I Really Like!

Fads come and go and garden fads do the same thing.  What I like today might be different in 10 years, 5 years, or even 1 year!  But for this Friday Five post I thought I'd tell you a little about the plants I really like right now.  While this list contains some specific plants it also contains a types of plants (some of which may only be loosely related.) Heucheras are the "in" plant of today or at least I think so!  They are an American native plant that thrives in dry shade areas.  Heucheras are perennial plants that need occasional dividing every 3-4 years.  They grow outward and eventually leave an open center section that can be covered back up with soil and encourages to grow back.  I prefer dividing them in the spring time by digging the plant up and separating the rooted sections into individual plants…

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Tips for an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Frost on the lawn This weekend brought forth a significant event, the first mowing of 2012.  It's a momentous event that means the active growing season is moving ever closer!  I know many of you probably don't enjoy mowing the lawn like I do.  It's probably a little crazy, I'll admit it, but when I'm out there mowing I get to see all the garden, come up with ideas for the garden, and I even get a little time to myself!  As a stay-at-home dad of three kids time to myself is in short supply. Overseeding the Lawn! While I enjoy mowing the lawn I'm not all that crazy about lawn care.  In fact, aside from overseeding once a year I do little else to keep my grass growing.  I don't fertilize the lawn with any chemical fertilizers nor do I use any sort of insect control.  My lawn has…

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Spring is Progressing Around the Garden

It's been warm here in TN.  Very warm. So warm that everything thinks it is indeed spring - including this gardener!  Essentially it is spring.  The weather is identical to a typical March, warm days, heavy rain showers coming through.  We've even had thunderstorms - in January.  It's been a strange month.  But just because it feels like spring, looks like spring, and smells like spring doesn't mean it IS spring.  We need to keep that idea in our heads a while longer.  Spring is coming, it's not here yet; frosts can and probably will come before our safe planting date. But no matter what logic I use to temper my planting enthusiasm that logic fails to sway the plants back into dormancy.  Buds are swelling on the fruit trees which tells me I'm going to have to protect those blossoms from cold if I want peaches and plums this…

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Shovel, Rake, and Hoe

The shovel, the rake, and the hoe.  Three tools no gardener should be without.  Ever.  They dig, they grade, and the chop the earth.  They cut roots and aid the gardener in tilling when the tiller is kaput.  While they take a little muscle to use they are capable of great deeds, such as Bermuda grass removal! Raised Bed Vegetable Garden in 2009 Can you guess what I did on Saturday?  If you guessed sipping on a margarita on a cruise ship to Bermuda you aren't anywhere close. I spent the day, yep pretty much the whole day, in the vegetable garden clearing as many Bermuda grass roots as possible. The insidious beasts had hold of a roughly 12' by 18' foot area and were threatening to invade the rest of the garden like Christmas shoppers in the stores on Black Friday.  It wasn't pretty. To remove the Bermuda grass…

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It Is Most Definitely Fall

It's no secret that this has been a challenging year for our family. My father's health issues and fight with cancer completely drained our enthusiasm and many things have suffered.  That is one reason why this fall is so welcome.  Fall represents the closing of the growing season. Winter will come soon after and gardening chores and projects will become much less frequent.  The chores and projects will never stop (I'm too addicted to gardening for that!) but the slow down will be very welcome.  Fall has always been by favorite season and the warm days and cool breezes here in Tennessee usually make for awesome autumn settings. When I was still teaching (before I became a stay at home dad) we lived in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and let me tell you that that area is one of the most beautiful places for fall scenery.  I didn't…

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Time to Blitz the Bermuda!

Every gardener has an enemy, a nemesis, an evil villain that lurks in the garden that the garden would love to eradicate. I've had an invader this year that has been more aggressive than ever before - Bermuda grass. Once it gets a foothold in the garden it is extremely hard to hold back, let alone eliminate.  Recently I attempted to use an EcoSmart non-selective herbicide on the Bermuda grass. While it browned the leaves it did very little lasting damage and the Bermuda grass came back easily within a few days.  Bermuda grass 1, Dave 0.  This weekend I began a second assault on the Bermuda grass.   It's another extension of my very successful TARP for gardening program from a while back. I laid the tarp down over the infected area in order to bake the Bermuda to a crisp.  Let's hope this works! Hopefully the heat and…

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Rambling on Lawn Grass

When sowing grass seed timing is everything. The right grass planted at the right time works wonders for a lawn, but the reverse can be true as well. Here in Tennessee we live in an a rather ambiguous area for growing grasses. The cool season grasses do great - that is until it gets hot and they turn all brown. The warm season grass like Bermuda do great too - only they turn brown in the cool fall temperatures and pretty much stay a lovely, drab carpet of brown until things warm up again. So here in Tennessee we just have to accept the fact that lawn grasses are limited and we have to work around that. Each fall I take a few steps to ensure a nice lawn in the spring. OK really I take one step I - overseed. I would like to say I do everything I'm…

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