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Tilling—the practice of turning over soil in preparation for planting crops— is an integral part of the garden landscape that is a rite of spring (or fall) for many farmers and home gardeners. For the latter, tiling is most often done before planting vegetables; however it can also be done in advance of planting perennial beds and lawns. There are many benefits to tilling: it loosens, aerates and warms the soil. You have to be careful though not to over-till, as too much tilling can lead to soil erosion.

Is Your Garden Soil Dry and Warm Enough for Tilling?

Whenever you decide to till, you must first make sure that the soil is both dry enough and warm enough to till. If you do till soil that is neither dry enough nor warm enough, you may do more harm than good to your garden landscape. To check the soil for dryness, pick up a handful [...]

Garden ideas

With our smartphones and tablets now capable of so much, as well as the wealth of apps out there that take advantage our devices’ capabilities, it can be easy to lose sight of those parts of our lives that mobile technology can enrich or make easier. Gardening in particular is an area that we don’t often associate with mobile technology. Getting down and dirty in the garden is often a time when we want to, and, for the sake of our devices, need to put our phones away. Our phones and tablets, however, can be a helpful tool in the garden. While maybe not quite as indispensable as a trowel or a watering can (or your Orec Brush Cutter!), there are a cornucopia of terrific apps out there that can inspire us with new garden ideas and can help give us the tools we need to make those garden ideas a part of our gardens.

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What is Goldenrod?

Goldenrod is any group of plants mainly of the genus Solidago of the composite family. These plants are identified by their clusters of normally yellow flower heads which bloom in late summer or early autumn. Most species of Goldenrod are native to North America and are prevalent along the eastern seaboard and in the prairies of the Midwestern plains. There are some types of goldenrod that are harmless but the most notable species of goldenrod are invasive and need to eradicated. Which is the best brush cutter to remove this pesky plant? If your yard is being invaded by goldenrod, we highly recommend using Orec’s Cyclone Flail Mower as soon as possible.

There are quite a few different species of Goldenrod, with some of the most common being Canada (S. Canadensis), Showy (S. Speciosa), Blue Stemmed (S. Caesia), Gray(S. Nemoralis) and Sweet Goldenrod (S. Odora).

It’s important to note [...]

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The Basics of Mulch and Mulching

Mulch is material that is spread around or over a plant in order to enrich the surrounding soil. Thus when we mulch a given plant or area with a professional mulcher mower, we are applying that material to that plant or area. Even when we are using a brush cutter such as Orec’s Cyclone Walk Behind Flail Brush Mower that cuts grass into clippings, we are mulching the area with those grass clippings. It is often said that mulching is integral to keeping your yard and the plants therein healthy, but why exactly is this the case?

Different Types of Mulching Materials

Mulch material can be either organic or inorganic. Inorganic mulches include gravel, plastic sheets and landscape cloths. Organic mulches can be such materials as leaves, hay and straw, pine needles and grass clippings. In general, Organic mulches may give your lawn or garden a more natural look [...]

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Q: What Organic Methods Can I Use to Control Crabgrass?
Crabgrass or Digitaria is a warm season annual that reproduces by seed. The two types of crabgrass that are commonly found are large crabgrass and smooth crabgrass. Large crabgrass has blue-green leaves and can grow up to 3 feet in height. In contrast, smooth crabgrass features leaves with a purplish tinge and will grow to no more than 15 inches. Although they may look quite different, both species of crabgrass can be quite aggressive and can easily take over a lawn, especially in hot, dry conditions. If you want to get rid of Crabgrass before it takes over, and you don’t want to use chemicals, a walk behind brush cutter may be the perfect option.

While pre-emergent herbicides (herbicides that kill weeds before their seeds emerge) are the most common way of killing crabgrass, many people prefer to use more organic means of [...]

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