Add Curb Appeal to Your Home with Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese-Maple-Tree-MarylandAre you looking for the perfect way to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home this spring? Well, look no further. The answer is right in front of you. Well, it is in the picture to the right. Japanese Maple Trees (Acer palmatum). These beautiful trees can be the perfect accent piece for your yard.

“Japanese maples are an excellent choice for the beginning gardener, as they are essentially carefree once established,” said William B. Shell, an expert on growing Japanese maple trees. “They offer year-round interest with their ever-changing beauty.”

The Japanese Maple Tree is notorious for its ever-changing nature. Some of these trees – which range from 2-30 feet tall and come in various forms, including weeping, rounded, dwarf, mounding, upright, or cascading – leaf out in a beautiful red in spring, change to green in the summer, and transform to yellows and oranges in the fall. Others stay red from spring to fall. Either way, and no matter what form you choose, Japanese Maple Trees offer an aesthetic appeal unmatched by other trees. And with so many forms to choose from, you are sure to find a Japanese Maple Tree that will fit your needs, your landscape, and your budget.

Best of all, Japanese Maple Trees are very easy to grow and maintain when properly planted.

  1. Soil: Most any garden soil is suitable for these trees, as long as the soul drains well. Otherwise, you may start to notice browning on the tips of the leaves. This is a sure sign that your soil is not well drained and too soggy for the Japanese Maple. Fix the drainage issue ASAP.
  2. Sun: These trees grow well in sun or shade, but prefer an environment with filtered sunlight.
  3. Watering: Young trees should be watered consistently during the first 2 or 3 years after planting. It is also important to water these trees during prolonged periods of dry, hot weather. Water problems during the first few years is the number one killer of young Japanese Maple Trees.

Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, Maryland: Your Source for Japanese Maple Trees

Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater features a large selection of garden supplies, flowers, fertilizers, soil, mulch, and the equipment you need to care for your beloved garden. We also have tons of Japanese Maple Trees in stock.

If you have any other questions, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

Weed Control Continued: Controlling Annoying Weeds in the Yard

Spring Dandelion Weeds

As a homeowner, you know just how annoying weeds can be. Not only are they an eyesore on your front lawn, but they can also be expensive to get rid of. That is, unless you have the right chemical. Every year, homeowners waste too much money trying to kill weeds with the wrong chemical.

First and foremost, you need to know what type of weeds you are dealing with. There are two classes of weeds: broadleaf and grassy. A lot of weed killers (herbicides) are termed selective, meaning that perennial weeds are at risk but not lawn grasses. These herbicides are available as both a liquid, which is the most effective and the easiest to use, or granular.

What is the Best Weed Killer on the Market?

The best of these “lawn weed killers” available is Weed Beater Ultra produced by Bonide. Why is Weed Beater Ultra so good? Well, while other weed killers do not reach maximum effectiveness until the temperature is above 60 degrees, Weed Beater Ultra works down to 45 degrees. This means that you, as a homeowner, can attack weeds earlier, while it is still cold outside, when they are young and most vulnerable.

Additional benefits of Weed Beater Ultra include:

  1. Rain fastACE_Feb11_WeedBeater
  2. Shows results in hours
  3. Kills weeds down to the root
  4. Kills the broadest range of broadleaf weeds out there
  5. Allows you to plant grass seed after just two weeks

Plus, Weed Beater Ultra is recognized and recommended by more garden radio show hosts than any other brand of weed killer.

Liquid Weed Control Products vs. Granular Weed Control Products

  1. Liquid Weed Control Products: Applications of liquid weed control products range from Ready to Spray (RTS), where you just screw the bottle onto the end of the hose, to Ready to Use (RTU), the hand held trigger spray, to concentrate, which requires the use of a pump-up (compression) sprayer or hose end mixer. Weed Beater Ultra from Bonide is offered in each style.
  2. Granular Weed Control Products: Application of granular weed control products  are best applied by a lawn spreader that you can walk behind or hold in your hand and crank. However, for granular weed and feed products to actually work, you must cut the grass first, wet the grass, spread the weed and feed around the yard, and make sure you apply granular weed killer on a fairly windless day. The weed killer must “stick” to the grass for a minimum of 24 hours to 48 hours in order to imbibe the flesh of the blade. If the granule fails to stick to the weed, it will NOT kill the weed. Weed killer lying on the soil does nothing for weed control, it is just money wasted.

Ace knows that Maryland Homeowners love their Lawns!

At Ace Hardware & Hearth in Glen Burnie and Pasadena, Maryland and Ace Home & Leisure in Edgewater, we take special care in selecting the lawn products that will perform best on Maryland lawns. Our experts will help you determine the right products for your unique needs.

Check back next week as we take a deeper look at controlling tough weeds and weeds in flower beds, around shrubs and in vegetable gardens.

In the meantime, if you have any other questions about Weed Control and Lawn Care, our experts are here to help. Please visit AceHardwareAndHearth.com today to locate the Ace Hardware nearest you! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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