February 20, 2013
As we approach warmer weather, it may be time to start thinking about creating and maintaining a healthy lawn. Although it’s still early for activities, planning your spring lawn care can start now. Here are some steps to take towards preparing your yard for spring.
Begin by using a rake to remove debris, sticks, and leaves. This will remove any accumulations of dead grass and loosen the surface of the soil, encouraging healthy air flow. Be sure to wait until the soil in your lawn has dried out for the most part before raking. Raking on a soggy surface can be detrimental to your grass.
Identify areas in your lawn with dead grass or weak grass growth. It is helpful to mix the grass seed with new, healthy soil before sprinkling in your lawn. Remember, of course, to water this area to help faster growth. Hydroseeding is also an option but can be costly. This would be more for a very large area where hand seeding isn’t an option.
Depending on the temperature outside, you may not need to fertilize if you did in the fall. This usually only needs to be done twice a year. If you fertilized last fall, wait until late April-May. If not, we recommend waiting until after the first three mowings.
It’s best to only water when your lawn needs it, and with a lot of water. If you water deep, the roots will extend deeper into the soil instead of staying at the top for only light watering. However, in the case of fresh grass seed, water this often and lightly. You only want to dampen the seeds and not wash them away. Also, keep in mind your grass type when it comes to watering.
By taking these steps to planning ahead for spring lawn care, you should find your lawn easy to maintain. Ready for an upgrade? Contact us for all of your landscaping needs.
February 1, 2013
Looking to install a laminate flooring on your own? Follow these eight simple steps.
- Get your laminate, prepare it for installation – Purchase about 10 percent more laminate flooring than needed because you’ll waste some just from cutting the pieces out. 48-72 hours before installation, you should stack the laminate flooring in your home flat on the floor. This will allow it to become assimilated to the temperature and humidity in your home to prevent mistakes.
- Clean and prepare your floor – You should clean the subfloor to remove dirt and debris. We have found nails from previous installations underneath the old lamination before. Make sure you remove all base molding (if you have any).
- Install the Vapor Barrier – Lay down the vapor barrier a row at a time. Read the instructions about whether or not you need to overlap the vapor barrier and some need to go up against each other.
- Trim the door jambs – make sure the new flooring is able to slide underneath the door jambs.
- Install first row of laminate – Lay the planks parallel to the longest wall. Install a 1/2″ spacer against the wall between the laminate so the floor is able to expand or contract without warping or buckling. The base molding will cover these spacers eventually. Place the spacers every foot or so along the wall.
- Install the rest of the flooring – Make sure the pieces of flooring fit together, leaving no gaps. The subsequent rows should have staggered joints to make sure the planks are not uniform (which can make them weaker, and look weird).
- Install the last plank – You will need to trim the last plank to have it fit. Measure the gap between the last plank and the wall. Trace the amount needed to be removed from the last plank to make a cut.
- Install the thresholds and base molding – Install thresholds where the end of the flooring meets doors. Remove the spacers from against the walls and install base moldings to cover up the gaps left for expansion.
When looking to make renovations to your home, give Total Renovation Group a call at (913) 451-7800 or contact us on our website,