Easy Vegetables & Herbs That You Should be Planting

Easy Vegetables and Herbs That You Should Be Planting

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So, you want to plant a vegetable garden but you’re not sure what grows best in the climate you live in. After doing some research you find that some vegetables and herbs require different growing conditions than your geographic location permits. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find varieties that grow quickly in a vegetable garden where you live.

Here are some vegetables & herbs that are easy to grow in your garden:

•Green Beans – Full of Vitamin A, C, and K as well as manganese, potassium, iron, folate, and fiber, this vegetable is among the more complex that are easy to grow.
• Beets – Vibrant in color and delicious cooked and served raw, beets are low calorie and full of folate.
•Carrots – Crunchy and satisfying when eaten raw or cooked, carrots support healthy vision, skin, and immune systems.
•Cucumbers – Made of predominantly water, cucumbers add crunch to salads and help hydrate the body.
•Mint – A great flavor enhancer, mint soothes an upset stomach and takes the pain out of headaches.
•Parsley – In addition to making dishes look healthy and attractive, parsley also freshens your breath.
•Cilantro – Oily yet extremely flavorful, cilantro elevates the flavor profile of many foods and is very easy to grow in your vegetable garden.

Growing your own vegetables and herbs in a vegetable garden is a very satisfying task. If you haven’t developed a green thumb, now is the time to do so. Not only will you benefit from having fresh food on hand whenever you need it, you’ll also see a significant difference in the amount of money you spend on produce going forward. That, and you’ll have the distinct honor of knowing where your food came from and how it was grown, in your very own vegetable garden.

Olympic Lawn & Landscape is your local source for plant care tips. For more information, call (816) 875-9645 in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area.

Your Spring Garden Checklist

Your Spring Garden Checklist

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The weather warms and green things begin to poke above the soil. Spring has come, and you need a step-by-step garden checklist so you can tackle all important jobs required to prepare your beds for flowers all year long. Not only will these jobs on the garden checklist make your garden look better after a long winter’s rest, they will also help your plants grow healthy and strong.

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Spring Flowers for Your Garden

Spring Flowers for Your Garden

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Spring is almost here, and that means that we’ll get to finally see some color in our landscapes and gardens with the additions of our favorite annuals and perennials. We love the spring at Olympic Lawn and Landscape and thought it would be fun and informative to put together a list of spring flowers for our readers to plan and enjoy. Here it is:

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Preparing Your Yard for Spring

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It’s almost that time of year!  That time when the landscape of brown, dead grass and barren tree limbs transforms into a beautiful display of fresh budding leaves, pink and white flowers and healthy, renewed green grass. Spring is almost here! While we know spring won’t “officially” be here until March, it’s never too early to get your spring landscaping in place! By taking a few steps early in the season, you can help create a beautiful, healthy yard for the upcoming season.

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Feeding Your Lawn the Proper Fuel: How to Keep It Green

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Too many homeowners experience lawn envy when they look at their neighbors’ yards. The reality is that anyone can achieve a lush, green yard without spending a lot of time. The secret is to focus your lawn’s needs.picnic basket on green lawn

Test the Soil

Even yards located in the same neighborhood can have very different soil. Accordingly, the lawn food your neighbor uses may not be right for yours. With a soil test kit, which you can find at any garden center, you can quickly and affordably discover which nutrients your lawn needs and which ones you should hold back on. Perhaps the most important component of these soil pH test kits is that they tell you how much nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is currently in your lawn. These are the main nutrients in fertilizers, and getting the right balance is important.

Find a Good Fertilizer

When you choose a fertilizer for your lawn, you’ll need to look at the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in each formulation. These are listed as three numbers, such as 20-10-10 or 20-5-10. Each of these numbers represents the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in the fertilizer, and the ingredients are always listed in the same order. If your soil pH test kit showed that your lawn was particularly low on phosphorus, then you’d definitely want the 20-10-10 fertilizer.

How Often to Fertilize

Many fertilizers come in granule form and feature slow release technology, which means that it’s not necessary to fertilize as often. Lawn fertilizer is also available in liquid form. These can be effective, though it can be tricky to achieve an even application.

Let the Professionals Handle the Work

While it’s true that any lawn has the potential to be lush and green, sometimes it’s just not a task that homeowners want to take on. Fortunately, a professional lawn care company has all the tools, technology and know-how to make any yard look worthy of an award.

Ready to learn about our lawn care services? Call (816) 875-9296 or contact an Expert.

Late-Winter Pruning

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Only a few weeks left until pruning time begins. Why not assess your plants now and get a head start with some early pruning tips!

Why Prune?

Pruning may not be fun, but it can actually lengthen the life of your plants. Proper pruning can help mature a plant to its fullest potential. Giving your plant the most ideal situation for growth is also ideal for you because it increases your properties curb appeal. And this time of year is ideal for pruning.

Late-Winter Pruning

Pruning should begin in late-winter to avoid any winter injury to the plant. The ideal time to prune is just before spring growth is set to begin. Depending on your location, late February to early April are the best months for winter pruning.

Like all plants most of the life-giving energy is stored in the root system or at the base of the trunk or shrub, pruning the upper portion of a tree or a plant will not take away any energy the tree has stored up.

Fruit Trees

While it is healthy to do some winter pruning to almost all of your trees and plants it is actually very wise to prune any trees or plants that bear fruit. Pruning early helps the fruit bearing plants and trees to produce better shoots when they are ready to blossom in the spring. Strong sturdy shoots produce healthy fruit.


It is also very important for leafy shrubs as well as spruces and firs to be pruned just before spring. These vibrant green plants can often grow wildly during their active season. Thinning out these plants during their dormant season will help control their growth when spring arrives.

How to Prune

The first step in pruning is to come up with a pruning plan. A pruning plan will allow you to make wise cuts instead of and leaving your plants bare. To begin your plan remove all dead parts first, then evaluate if other pruning cuts need to be made for new growth.

Once you begin to prune make sharp quick cuts. Jagged cuts are not good on the plant. After removing dead branches or leaves evaluate if there are any tree limbs that rub together, if so, they will also need to be pruned.

It is best to make lateral cuts that are about 1/4 inch above a bud.

Pruning Tools

Pruning, looping and hedge shears are all important to have during the pruning process. A good pair of shears can last a long time.

Each shear has a specific function as it relates to your plants. For instance, Pruning shears work better for smaller plants, looping shears are good for hard to reach smaller branches and hedge shears are used best on hedge work.

Another good tool to have on hand is a saw. A saw can help you cut off larger branches that shears are unable to cut. Depending on the size of the branch, a hand saw or chain saw should do the trick.

Keep all tools sharp to make better cuts. Dull tools will create jagged rough cuts. Again, all cuts should be clean.

Start preparing to prune today! Not only will it highlight your landscaping design, your plants will thank you!

Make Your Lawn One for the Books

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Owning a beautiful, well kept lawn is something to be proud of, and it is not that difficult. Take a few steps toward making your lawn better, and soon the neighbors will be in envy of your luscious greens.

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1. Be aware of when your lawn needs water. Overwatering can be harmful to your lawn. Get to know what kind of grass you have and don’t forget to add in environmental factors such as temperature, humidity and wind, so that you can care for your lawn properly.

2. Spend some time to help your grass’ roots grow deeper. If you water deeply and only when necessary, your roots in your grass will grow deeper. If you only water a thin layer, you are actually helping weeds form.

3. The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning. Watering your lawn between 4 A.M. and 9 A.M. reduces water loss. In between these times, the temperature is cool and the wind is calm. High temperatures cause water to evaporate, and the water will not ever reach your lawn.

4. Make sure your sprinklers are watering your lawn, not the driveway. A small adjustment can make a world of difference in a patch of grass that you might be missing. It is your sprinklers’ job to water the lawn, not the driveway or sidewalk.

5. Be aware of a run off. Make sure you are not overwatering to the point that water is running off of the your lawn and into the street. You will also save money by reducing the amount of water your sprinkler system produces.

6. When it’s raining, turn off the sprinkler system. You can buy a rain sensor that automatically turns off the sprinklers when it is raining. If you expect it to rain later in the day, it is a good idea to go ahead and turn off your watering.

7. Invest in a rain barrel. A rain barrel collects and stores water from your gutters. When you are watering your gardens and landscapes, you can use your rain barrel for more than enough water.

8. Spend extra time on areas that have problems. If you see an area that needs extra attention, take special care of it by watering it by hand.  Shady areas are examples of spots that can require special attention. Another way to take care of these areas is to get a separate sprinkler system.

With over 8 years of experience, Olympic Lawn & Landscape provides home and business owners with the quality lawn and landscape care they need for healthy and beautiful outdoor environments. We specialize in landscape curbing and continue to bring your current landscape ideas to life or design a unique new layout specifically for your space.



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