Lawns

Five Steps to Your Own Backyard Meadow

Five Steps to Your Own Backyard Meadow

Let the weeds go wild and enjoy a colorful meadow in your own backyard

Scraping Topsoil: Why Your Lawn and Garden Won’t Grow

Scraping Topsoil: Why Your Lawn and Garden Won’t Grow

For years developers have been scraping the topsoil (8-12 inches) from properties and selling it to sod farms. It’s another way that land can be monetized and topsoil is a valuable commodity that contains minerals and nutrients from years of plant and animal decomposition. Nutrient rich topsoil can make or […]

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

Fixing a Spotty Lawn with 1 Step Complete

A couple months ago I checked out the NexGen grass seed lab and the Pennington Seed factory in Oregon and received some valuable information on lawn care as well as a hands-on look at their 1 Step Complete combo mulch seed fertilizer product. I couldn’t wait to get home to […]

Spring Giveaway: Cordless Outdoor Power Tools from Black & Decker

Spring Giveaway: Cordless Outdoor Power Tools from Black & Decker

Spring is here which means it’s time to get your yard back in shape. Instead of fixing up your old gas trimmer or or dull hedger, enter to Win a new Black & Decker cordless 36V trimmer or hedge trimmer. Black & Decker invited us to test both tools and […]

Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment

Kick Gas with Black & Decker 36V Outdoor Power Equipment

Cordless power tools continue to advance in performance and it finally looks like outdoor power equipment which has long been dominated by gas is finally catching up. Black & Decker invited us out to Tempe, AZ to check out their latest yard tools that have been upgraded to the 36V […]

Seed For Yourself: A Visit to the Grass Seed Capital of the World

Seed For Yourself: A Visit to the Grass Seed Capital of the World

I knew very little about grass seed before my visit last week to NexGen Turf Research. I’ve recently laid sod and tried my best to keep it alive and green but unfortunately it has decided not to cooperate and has gone spotty and brown in some areas. After receiving the […]

How to Lay Sod Grass In Time for Spring

How to Lay Sod Grass In Time for Spring

Our lawn has been in rough shape for quite awhile. It’s not a large plot, about 10×12, but it adds some nice color to our backyard. The rest of our yard surface is concrete which we’ve covered with an outdoor rug and furniture but we want to keep the lawn […]

DuPont WeedFree Landscape Fabric is Going in the Sandbox

DuPont WeedFree Landscape Fabric is Going in the Sandbox

We got tipped to a new product from DuPont that promises to eliminate the problem of weeds in our garden. Their WeedFree Premium landscape fabric supposedly provides a strong defense against weeds and helps promote healthy plants and shrubs. It’s made of spun-bonded polypropylene which creates a breathable barrier that […]

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

I’m about to make a strong statement: I hate summer. Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time outside, swimming, dining al fresco, going to the lake. But Kansas City (and much of the country) is in the middle of a loooong heat wave, and I’m fed up. If […]

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

Husqvarna has been on my radar since grade school. Not the outdoor power equipment, but the motorcross bikes. Growing up in the Southwest, we all rode bikes or three-wheelers in the desert and the bike of choice was typically a Honda or Suzuki, but I always gravitated to the brand […]

Chainsaws and Flooring: C&H Heads to NC for Husqvarna and Shaw Floors Events

Chainsaws and Flooring: C&H Heads to NC for Husqvarna and Shaw Floors Events

This week we’re covering two great events that we didn’t want to miss this week. I’m spending two days at the Husqvarna Research and Development facility in Charlotte, NC, learning about their latest products and testing chainsaws, trimmers, blowers and mowers. Katy is just down the road in Asheville, NC […]

John Deere Unites Landscaping Artists In Virtual Lawnscape Community

John Deere Unites Landscaping Artists In Virtual Lawnscape Community

Are you THAT type of landscaper? You know … the one who’s not just satisfied with a tidy, mowed yard, but who takes landscaping to the next level? With a new feature on John Deere’s Facebook page, you now have a community to call home! The recently launched Lawnscaping page […]

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mower Not Working? Try This Simple Tip

Mowing season is upon us! Sure, sometimes yard work is labor-intensive, but there’s nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. If you haven’t already taken your lawnmower for its first spin of 2011, you just might encounter a problem when you try to start the mower. Never fear–we have […]

Aerate Your Lawn For Better Growth

Aerate Your Lawn For Better Growth

One of our favorite things about spring is how everything suddenly becomes green. Have you noticed that? It seems like one day you’ll notice small buds on the trees, and then a few days later, BAM – green everywhere! And that includes lawns–doesn’t a lush, green yard add a certain […]

Natural Born Weed Killers

Natural Born Weed Killers

It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If you’re not high on chemicals and toxic weed killers there are a few natural weed killer remedies that you […]

Expert Tips On Starting A Lawn

Expert Tips On Starting A Lawn

Here in the Ohio contingent of Charles & Hudson, we’re looking at rehabbing both our front and back yards — because in a former life they were actually small urban farms instead of lush green space. While we’re all for urban farming, we’re hoping to create lawns so that our […]

Spring Giveaway: Black & Decker Rechargeable Mower

Spring Giveaway: Black & Decker Rechargeable Mower

Spring has officially arrived and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll care for your lawn. Should you stick with your loud and dirty gas-powered mower or would you considered a cleaner alternative? This weeks Giveaway is a Black & Decker Cordless Rechargeable Mower that is a smart, no-mess, […]

John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

John Deere Riding Mowers at Home Depot

Last month we visited one of the John Deere plants near Augusta, Georgia and were the first to check out their new lineup of utility tractors, zero-turn mowers and riding mowers. These tractors and riding mowers are targeted to the residential consumer or hobby farmer and since we have almost […]

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

Our tour of the John Deere manufacturing facility in Augusta, GA was amazing and testing the latest tractors and riding mowers was definitely the highlight. Our photos and videos from the event have been getting a lot of attention so we wanted to share a bit more detail regarding some […]

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

We’ve had a ton of interest in our John Deere tractor articles so we thought we should provide even more detail on their newest utility tractors. We’ll start with the base model from their new 1-series the 1023E sub-compact tractor. Features The 1023E is built for the homeowner but that […]

New John Deere Utility Tractors

New John Deere Utility Tractors

The highlight of our John Deere factory tour was the introduction of a new lineup of sub-compact utility tractors that will replace their current 2305 model. The new series 1 tractors include the 1023E and 1026R. Functionality and versatility are the same on both tractors but the 1026R has more […]