Growing for a sustainable tomorrow.

Smartplanters,  a simple to the point approach for quick reference on questions pertaining to your growing needs.  For the DIY Home owner or commercial contractor. Lawn Care, Landscape, Garden, irrigation and equipment.

Deep water culture system

Deep water culture system

A deep water culture system is a great way to get started in hydroponics.  Allowing you to learn the ecosystems of plant growth.

A simple DIY project.  Have this setup on a old wheelbarrow.  Allowing me to roll the system inside until it’s warm enough at night to leave them out.

 

Salad Box

Salad Box

Working on articles reviewing home hydroponic systems.

Caution, Winter/spring over-seeding and pre-emergent don’t go together!

For some areas spring seems to be here early!  We’re already seeing temperatures in the 70°s and it’s February.  The caveat is mother nature has a way of balancing things out.

Sharpen your blades

Crab grass starts to germinate when the soil temperature reaches around 57° at one inch depth. Hint, Look for Forsythia bushes.

Forsythia bush

Forsythia bush

Now’s a good time for your first application of pre-emergent herbicide if you haven’t already put some down?  Weeds will be an issue for many this year due to last season’s drought.   Here in the transition zone, south/east/Tennessee, we’ll be applying three rounds of pre-emergent.  I.e Stonewall 19-0-7, Dimension 13-0-5, than back to Stonewall with a lower nitrogen formula.   Avoid high nitrogen fertilizer as summer approaches!

Dimension 13-0-5 Pre-Emergent and fertilizer

Dimension 13-0-5 Pre-Emergent and fertilizer

It’s not too early to work on getting your you lawn and landscape in shape.  Pruning rosesCutting back ornamental grasses, along with Monkey grass.

Monkey Grass liriope

Monkey Grass liriope

Monkey grass can be cut back in many ways.  Hedge trimmer, sheers, even a mower on it’s highest setting if the area is safe.   On steep hills a weed eater might be a good tool to use.

Caring for Houseplants during winter

Caring for Houseplants during winter

Caring for houseplants during the winter months with a few simple steps.

A few adjustments can ease the stress on your houseplants.  If possible, move your plants to gain the most sun exposure.  Avoid placing them too close to heating vents.  Don’t place them too close to the window either.  Cleaning your windows helps let more light in. Gently wiping any dust off the leafs is a good idea too. You can add artificial light if needed.  Fluorescent bulbs are cheaper than grow lights and are usually sufficient for short term.  Don’t place the lamp too close.  About a foot away is good.  Read more.

Tips for cutting back ornamental landscape grass.

A great way to learn more about plants is by attending and participating in a plant swap meet. Look for such venues in your area.   Some folks are happy to give away plants so they don’t have to take them back home and plant them.  Also check out your local college extensions for events.

Hydroponics Greenhouse

Hydroponics Greenhouse

Have plans to start a page dedicated to hydroponics.  It’s a fascinating science!

“In the lawn care business: It’s not how many clients you can get. It’s about keeping the ones you already have.”

A healthy lawn requires work and knowing when to act.  Smartplanters Lawn & Landscape page  covers some of the  basics of maintaining a healthy lawn.  You’ll find lawn tips on aeration, watering, fertilizing, mowing, and much more.

Broadcast spreader bag of pre-emergent

Broadcast spreader bag of pre-emergent

Eventually your turf will require some additional attention.  On the  turf-products page you’ll find definitions for pesticides.  Also have several common products to help manage your lawn and landscape.