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Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Backyard Party Tips

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. With the warm weather and 16 hours of daylight to enjoy, many of us want to spend our days enjoying cool refreshments at a backyard party. Though this is the perfect time to have a party, there’s one thing that can put a damper on the festivities – an unattractive lawn. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or kid’s birthday party, your backyard should be aesthetically pleasing so here are some tips to achieve a party-worthy backyard.

Mow the lawn

A great backyard party starts with a great lawn so break out the lawn mower and cut the grass. This is a given, but sometimes we neglect our backyards and focus on the front lawn since it’s what our neighbors and visitors see daily.

Remove Weeds

If you‘ve ignored your backyard for months, you may have to tackle weeds that popped up in the spring. One weed can ruin a beautiful yard so rid yourself of them now before they continue to grow and spread.

Mulch

Mulch increases the health of your lawn and garden and discourages weeds. There are a number of mulching methods from grass clippings to organic mulch and wood chips. Different mulching methods provide different benefits for your yard so do your research before choosing a mulching method.

Take care of your trees

Prune dead, damaged, and diseased branches. Pruning promotes healthy trees so by removing dead or damaged branches you are preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can also encourage growth in sparse areas of a tree or restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Clean up walks and driveways

An edger can add the perfect finishing touch to your yard. Use an edger around walkways and driveways, as well as along your patio or other concrete areas in your backyard, for crisp lines and borders that outline your yard perfectly.

Add color

If you plan your party enough time in advance, you’ll have time to plant some flowers. Flowers aren’t a must, but there’s no denying they enhance the look and feel of your yard.

Decorate

In the midst of tending to your lawn, don’t forget to make your party special for your guests. Why host a party without providing a party look and feel? Make sure there are enough food, tables, chairs, and entertainment for each of your attendees.

It’s hard to stay indoors with long days and warm weather upon us. A party is a great reason to improve your backyard landscape. However, whether or not you’re hosting a party, make sure you don’t neglect your backyard. Use our tips to create a beautiful backyard space, even if you’re the only one looking at it.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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How to Prune and Care for Trees

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Fall is in full effect with its shorter days, cooler temperatures, and colorful leaves. With these leaves falling at a rapid rate, it’s no secret that it’s time to rake, blow, or mulch them. While removing leaves is an obvious chore for Fall, this season you should also consider taking care of the trees that these leaves fell from. Fall is the perfect time to prune your trees to remove stems or branches that are dead or damaged.

Why prune trees?

Pruning promotes healthy trees, and by removing dead or damaged branches, you’re preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can stimulate growth in sparse areas of a tree, and can also restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Pruning can increase air and sunlight while providing more food and water for the tree. Pruning to eliminate crossing branches is a great way to prevent damage as a result of the branches rubbing against each other.

When to prune?

Fall is the perfect time to remove bad limbs, but late winter and early spring are also acceptable times to prune, just before the tree begins to open its buds. You should remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches as soon as possible, which means pruning can be done anytime, just avoid pruning during dry, hot periods and extreme cold.

What tools to use?

Hand prunersHand pruners cut like scissors. One blade slides past another blade resulting in a neat and clean cut. Hand pruners are able to cut wood ½ to ¾ inch diameter.

LoppersLoppers, like hand pruners, cut like scissors and are designed with larger blades and longer handles. These lightweight tools are able to cut wood ¾ to 1 ½ inch diameter.

Pole sawsPole saws enable you to reach tall branches. They allow for extended reach with a long handle and can cut wood up to 3-inch diameter.

How to prune?

Before removing any limbs or branches, map out what portions need to be pruned.

The act of pruning wounds trees, but when done properly, pruning helps trees. When done wrong, pruning harms them.Trees never heal their wounds. When branches are cut off, they are gone forever. While trees do not heal, they do seal their wounds. When pruned properly, a callus grows, starting at the edge and growing in until it covers the cut.

Inside the tree, a chemical boundary is formed around the wounded area that compartmentalizes the wound, eliminating the chance of decay forming from the wound. Flush cuts and leaving a stub are examples of improper pruning and will cause wounds that will not callus or limit decay. The tree will begin to rot in these areas.

How to Prune and Care for Trees

When pruning, avoid damaging the branch collar and branch bark ridge. The branch collar is a swelling that forms around the base of the branch, and the branch bark ridge is slightly raised, dark bark that forms where the branch and trunk tissue meet.

These are the areas that contain the chemicals needed for callus growth and the compartmentalization that protects the wound.

When pruning large branches, three or four cuts will be necessary to avoid tearing the branch collar and bark. Make the first cut on the underside of the branch about 18 inches from the trunk. Make the second cut an inch further out on the branch.

The third cut can be made by cutting down through the branch, detaching it. If there is a possibility of tearing the bark on the branch underside, make an undercut and then saw through the branch. Finally, be sure not to take away too much of the tree at any one time.

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Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.


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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Leaves: “I Didn’t Fall, I was Pushed!”

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The days are getting shorter, the leaves are bursting with colors, and many of us are preparing our lawn and garden for the winter slumber. As gusts of wind swirl about our landscape, a multitude of colorful leaves fall to the ground. Contrary to most people’s belief, the wind has little to do with leaves “falling” off the tree. The tree actually cuts and pushes leaves off the tree!

We just began preparing for the cold months ahead, while our trees started this preparation at the beginning of spring. During spring growth, a separation layer called the abscission is formed at the base of each leaf and branch.

During the summer, this layer helps send water to the leaves and food back to the tree. All summer excess food is made and stored as starch until it is needed for the winter months. The shorter and cooler days of autumn trigger a hormone that sends a chemical message to every leaf; stop food production, it’s time to go.

Once this message is received, the abscission cells begin to swell where the leaf and stem meet. Within a few days or weeks, a bumpy line is developed that reduces the flow of water and food between the leaf and stem, leaving glucose and waste products trapped in the leaf.

Without fresh water to renew the leaves, chlorophyll begins to disappear. Little by little leaves are actually pushed away or off the branch!

Once those leaves hit the ground, you’ll want to remove them before snow hits the ground. When it comes to leaf cleanup, there are a few options: rake the leaves, save the leaves for mulch, or use a leaf blower.

So how do we get those beautiful colors?

Think back to your grade school science class when we learned about photosynthesis. In short, plants take in sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water. Plants produce glucose as food for energy and growing.

A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen and gives plants their green color. When the chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, the bright green slowly fades away.

Now is when we begin to see the beautiful yellow and orange colors that have been in the leaves all summer, hiding under the green chlorophyll. The bright reds and purples we see in leaves are from the glucose that is trapped in the leaves. After photosynthesis stops, the glucose is turned to red. The deep brown colors are made from waste that is left in the leaves.

The combinations of all these colors give us the amazing autumn view. As we all know, Michigan is one of the best places in the world to see the burst of autumn colors.

Generally, the brightest autumn colors are seen when we have a dry late summer and bright sunny autumn days.

You can track the fall colors by going to www.michigan.org.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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Mulching Tips For May

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We are in the midst of the heaviest growing season of the year for your lawn. There has been a decent amount of rain and the temperatures are starting to rise, making for ideal grass growing conditions. These conditions make lawns healthier and beautiful, but they can also make it difficult to keep up with mowing as it seems like your lawn needs to be cut every other day. This can be particularly challenging for those of us who mulch our grass. The heavy, thick grass can make a mulched up mess if it is not mowed properly, here are some tips to utilize mulch and deal with these difficult conditions:

Mulching Tip #1 – Mow when the grass is dry. Grass stores a lot of water naturally and even more when it is growing this quickly, so try to avoid mowing when the morning dew is on the ground or soon after rain. This can cause mulched clippings to clump up and not disperse evenly.

Mulching Tip #2 – Only cut 1 inch of the grass blade off at a time. This will keep the clippings at a size that can be easily decomposed and returned as nutrients. If the length of the lawn gets away from you, it is okay to mow 1 inch off and then take another inch off immediately after – the size of the clippings is a bigger issue than the total volume.

Mulching Tip #3 - Mow at a slightly higher height. As the weather warms up, it is recommended to keep your grass a little higher to make it less susceptible to problems from heat or lack of water.

Mulching Tip #4 – Maintain a sharp mower blade. This is a common recommendation in our articles, but it is really helpful to have a sharp mower blade to cleanly cut the lawn instead of jaggedly tear it.

Mulching Tip #5 - Remove old mulch when re-mulching. If you’re considering re-mulching beds or other areas, remove some of the old mulch first. Some may mulch three to four times, so it’s recommended to remove some of the mulch that has built up over time.

Mulching Tip #6 - Try organic mulch. Organic mulches include leaves, wood chips, softwood bark, hardwood, and pine needles. These mulches provide nutrients, and improve soil structure and quality.

Mulching Tip #7 – Don’t forget your trees. Place an even layer of mulch around the trunk of your trees. This will cover the soil around the trees’ roots, improve the soil as it decays, discourage foot traffic and power tools. Make sure you spread mulch evenly without piling it against the bark, which can lead to rot and disease.

These tips will help you with mulching throughout the spring and summer. Mulching is tremendously beneficial to the health of your lawn and can be done all season long.

 

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
info@weingartz.com

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