You’ve got the goods for the grill and the drinks prepped, and you have the fireworks show covered. However, your Fourth of July barbecue guests need some other forms of entertainment before it gets dark enough for the real show. Here are 10 great lawn games to liven up your Fourth of July party before the fireworks.
You have seen pampas grass whether or not you know what it is. They are those enormous clumps of wide-bladed grasses that produce tall plumes in the fall. It should be called jungle grass because you can imagine walking through it in a jungle and becoming lost because the grass is significantly above your head, and it is true that the grass comes from South America. In the residential garden, pampas grass makes its home as borders or focal points, and it survives well in the Piedmont Region of the Southeast so long as you choose the right cultivar.
The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is not the tree-form of tulips (tulipa) but rather the name of a tree native to Georgia that has leaves and blooms resembling the bulbiferous flower. Its leaves have four lobes, and its April to early-May blooms are a beautiful light color of yellow with orange marks on the inside. You may not notice the blooms of a tulip tree unless the tree is fairly young or a storm has blown down some branches because these trees tend to grow to great heights. They are a tree that has been grand enough to be named the state tree of Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky, and their grandeur does not fade in Georgia.
The bee apocalypse may or may not be a myth, but one thing is for certain: it is altering the goals of some lawn owners who want to plant lawns for bees. For lawn experts who have dutifully tended pristine landscapes with trimmed turf and edged gardens, it may seem like a bee lawn apocalypse. However, a proper bee lawn is as beautiful in its own way as a beautifully manicured lawn with short grass.
When the scorching summer heat begins, lawns suffer, and even warm season grasses can need some TLC. Too much water can encourage fungal growth in the warm, stagnant climate. Too little water, and your lawn will go dormant.
Crape Myrtles are a beautiful and common sight in the South because they are hearty, low-maintenance and drought-tolerant. However, there is a lot of misinformation about how to care for these shrubs/trees that not only makes them high-maintenance but decreases disease-tolerance. Crape Myrtles can be beautiful, but they are often “murdered” by well-intentioned homeowners trying to restrict growth or encourage blooms.
You may not think it matters if you clean your tools. If they are sharp, they should work, right? However, cleaning your lawn tools not only keeps them functional for a longer amount of time, but it improves the health of your lawn.
A perfectly-edged garden does not look finished until mulch is added, but there are many types of mulch, and it can be difficult to choose one. There are many colors and textures, and if you don’t like it, it’s difficult to change. Therefore, it is worth doing a little research before you go out and buy a load of mulch for your gardens.
Most boxwood shrubs in Georgia exist near the Atlanta area because there are more formal, estate gardens there. However, boxwoods are very popular hedges all over the United States because they are easily shaped into living fences and borders, and they are evergreen. Unfortunately, many boxwoods are dying from boxwood blight.
If you have dogs running back and forth all day along the same path in your grass, or you have children dragging feet under their play structure, you have bare spots in your lawn. It’s understandable, and growing grass in those areas is nearly impossible because the soil has become so compacted. There are high-traffic grasses that may work for some of these areas, but high-traffic doesn’t begin to describe these situations. When all else fails, it might be time to look at high-traffic lawn alternatives.