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The 3 Critical Lawn Care Tips All Homeowners Need To Know About

Has your lawn been looking dry, ragged, or unruly lately? If your lawn isn’t in the best shape but you’re not sure how to nurture it back to health, you may want to brush up on your essential lawn care skills. Taking care of your lawn may be simpler than you realize – simply follow these three critical care tips to get back on the right path.

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1. Keep Your Lawn Well-Watered To Ensure a Green Appearance

If your lawn has appeared unusually brown or dry in recent weeks, it may need some watering. Part of looking after your lawn turf Kissimmee FL is monitoring the lawn’s hydration status to ensure a consistently green appearance. You may be able to install sprinklers to automatically water your lawn.

2. Pull Out Weeds and Clear Out Debris Every Fall

Weeds and yard debris can present a serious problem for keeping your lawn in good health. Before winter weather hits, it’s important to take the time to prep your lawn. This means you may have to:

  • Rake the leaves throughout the fall
  • Pull out any and all garden weeds
  • Clear out fallen tree branches and other debris
  • Remove yard decorations before the first snowfall

3. Consider Putting In Some Landscaping

After you’ve taken care of the lawn care basics, you may want to go a step further and improve the look of your yard by putting in some landscaping. For instance, you may choose to clear out part of your lawn for:

  • Mulch
  • Stone walkways
  • Wooden arches
  • Flower patches
  • Mini fruit and vegetable gardens

When your lawn is looking dull or dry, going back to basics could help you nurture the turf back to health. Make sure you keep the lawn well-watered, pull out weeds, clear out debris, and consider putting in landscaping to bring your lawn back to a vibrant and healthy appearance.

Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my list of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play with block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. It is a hospital simulation game where you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients against the virus. 

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016, around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I’m still hooked, until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror-comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

It is the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. Hopefully, I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

The next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and a simple hobby like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but, they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you? What are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities do you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state? 

Pocket Vegetable Garden

Hubby is so excited about growing a mini vegetable garden. He started with the sili labuyo plant (chili pepper) which I bought from Halamanan sa Pasig last month. I also purchased from them three Bacularis plants which are known for their air-purifying quality.

He got inspired by the siling labuyo plant that he decided to also plant tomato seeds, spring onion stalk, more sili seeds, and later kinchay or Chinese celery.

Update: We have already picked at least eight ripened chilis. Their so small but spicy.

We’ve got tomatoes growing right here. I’m excited about this project. We’ve been planning to have our vegetable garden for so long and it is slowly being realized this year.

Update: The young onion (upper right corner) and the celery (lower right side) died. The tomatoes grew a bit.

Planting is one of the small things that made hubby and me happy these days. It’s something that eases off our stress and worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger and simple activity like this is beneficial to both our mental and emotional health

My certified plantito hubby. 😀 This batch (of the plant) will serve as a fence right outside our window to secure it from irresponsible neighbors who leave their garbage and whatnot on the sidewalk.