Brian Hudelson: Depends on where you’re located. In a place like Madison, where I live, we have city places where you can drop off yard waste and they will commercially compost it. So, that’s a great way, I think in an urban setting, to get rid of the material. If you’re in a more rural setting, you might have the option to burn the material. That’s not necessarily a great, environmentally friendly method, but it’s certainly something that you can do. Sometimes I recommend that people bury the material. So, dig just a shallow trench, but make sure that the material is covered with a thin layer of soil, so that none of the plant material is exposed to the air, and then if you’re interested in home composting, you can actually get a compost bin and you can compost the material. The thing with compositing is that you need to make sure that the pile heats properly. So, 135, 145, 40 degrees Fahrenheit and that you turn it routinely and it’s that combination of the heat and the decay of the plant material that will get rid of disease-causing organisms.
How high should you cut the grass when you mow? Well, there is a general rule of thumb for determining what the grass height should be on your lawn. An optimal height for a cool-season grass generally is about 2 1/2 inches. And at each mowing, you should only be removing about the top 1/3 of the grass blade. Consequently, a good time to mow lawns is when your grass is about 3 2/3 inches high.
Set your mower at the highest preferred setting for your grass type and only cut the top 1/3 of the grass blades at any one time, even if this means you have to mow again after several days. This is because longer grass blades can grow and support more roots and develop a deeper root system that is better able to find water and nutrients in the soil. Cutting too aggressively, also called “scalping the lawn,” forces grass plants to focus their energy on regrowing their blades, not deepening their roots. Scalping the lawn also makes your lawn more prone to weeds. Taller grass blades shade the soil and keep it cooler, helping prevent weed seeds from sprouting. Plus, there are lifestyle benefits: Taller grass is softer to walk on and helps cushion falls better than short grass.
Before you forget your gardening successes and failures, now’s the time to log them in your gardening journal. If you don’t keep a formal gardening journal, just write up your notes and store them where you’ll find them. Write down what worked well and what didn’t, and what plants you hope to acquire and try next year. Now’s the time to jot down a quick garden sketch and note where you planted those spring bulbs, too. Nothing is worse than happily digging in the spring garden to plant a few pansies, only to realize you’ve dug up your prize tulips bulbs!
Brian Hudelson: Depends on where you’re located. In a place like Madison, where I live, we have city places where you can drop off yard waste and they will commercially compost it. So, that’s a great way, I think in an urban setting, to get rid of the material. If you’re in a more rural setting, you might have the option to burn the material. That’s not necessarily a great, environmentally friendly method, but it’s certainly something that you can do. Sometimes I recommend that people bury the material. So, dig just a shallow trench, but make sure that the material is covered with a thin layer of soil, so that none of the plant material is exposed to the air, and then if you’re interested in home composting, you can actually get a compost bin and you can compost the material. The thing with compositing is that you need to make sure that the pile heats properly. So, 135, 145, 40 degrees Fahrenheit and that you turn it routinely and it’s that combination of the heat and the decay of the plant material that will get rid of disease-causing organisms.
Paying for single visits certainly has its place, such as upkeep while you're on vacation, but you're not going to get the best value by hiring a Dallas lawn service company in a piecemeal fashion. Even homeowners who set out thinking of lawn service as a single-shot deal would be wise to get a quote for monthly or annual service. If you're on the fence, discussing a trial period with your Dallas lawn service company may also be a viable option.
It is especially recommended that you stick to this rule of thumb in fall (and, to a lesser degree, in spring, but see below). In summer, meanwhile, if can't remember the measurements, err on the side of mowing at a greater height. It is not a bad idea, in fact, to choose one of the higher settings on your lawn mower wheels when the weather starts getting really hot, and just mow at that height until we approach the fall season and the weather starts to cool off a bit.
Hardscapes add appeal and value to your outdoor living space. It’s landscaping that uses hard materials such as pavers and stone. There’s no limit to hardscape ideas, from patio to paths to driveways and stone benches. You might need to buy retaining wall blocks when you start up your project to even off your land and prevent erosion. Get a fire pit kit to add a warm and inviting focal point to your hardscape design. Spend time with friends and family in the new outdoor space you built, a cost-effective extension of your home 
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