How to Maintain the Land for Your Tiny House

Posted by Molli McGee on Thu, Nov, 15, 2018 @ 12:11 PM
guest post from tiny HOUSE society

tinyhouse on Corona Tools blogLiving in a tiny home, or any home for that matter, involves more than just the structure itself. It’s also important to consider the land the home sits on. For those of you who haven’t heard of tiny houses, they are typically no more than 500 square feet and can be built on a trailer or foundations (something that can play an important role in your landscaping). Let’s take a look at some aspects of maintaining the land for your tiny home that you’ll need to consider; as well as tools you might want to have on hand to do the job right! (image Source - Unsplash )


Corona_Tools_RazorTOOTH_SawDeciding how best to access your tiny home is an important, and often left-too-late part of the process. Particularly in the case of a tiny house on wheels, having enough space cleared to drive your home in and out on a trailer is a must. The clearing process will likely include pruning back trees and bushes that could obstruct the path of your tiny home.

A great tool you’ll want in your arsenal is the RazorTOOTH Saw to help cut down any overgrown branches. Another key reason to prune trees around your tiny home is to encourage the health of the trees themselves. If you’re interested in keeping your tiny house more private, keeping those trees trimmed of dead branches is important.

NEED PRUNING TIPS? Download Corona's FREE Principles of Pruning and Principles of Planting guides.

Underground Connections

Laying pipes is another crucial aspect of tiny living for any tiny homeowner who plans to have more permanent amenities. While you could pay someone to do the work for you, you sure can’t beat the sense of accomplishment that comes with putting in the work yourself. Here’s where owning the right shovel comes into play. The right shovel can mean the difference between a great job or a passable one. Since tiny living is all about quality over quantity, we chose the Trench Digging Shovel for all of our trench-digging needs.

ComfortGEL cultivator on Corona ToolsGardening 

For many tiny homeowners, self-sufficient and sustainable ways of living are extremely important. Whether you’re interested in a flower garden or a crop of vegetables, owning the right tools can make it an enjoyable process. Before planting seeds, it’s important to prime the soil to ensure the success of the crop. Corona's lightweight Cultivator will help you get your earth prepped for all the veggies and flowers you could ever want. All you need now is a green thumb.

The Takeaway

As mentioned previously, tiny living is about more than just the house itself--it’s also about the land you put it on. After you find a home for your tiny home, using the best tools on the market to help maintain that home is the next step. Ensuring that the land for your tiny house is properly prepared is an important part of owning a home that suits your needs.

About Molli McGee

Molli Headshot1 copyMolli is a U.S. citizen currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. Aside from writing about tiny houses, Molli loves to be at the beach and eat food (often at the same time). As an avid surfer and beach-goer, she does her best to promote a sustainable way of living on

Topics: gardening, Landscaping, landscape tools

Fans Wish List for Garden and Landscape Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sun, Nov, 30, 2014 @ 17:11 PM

With over 700 tools in the Corona catalog, it’s hard to pick just one favorite.  So we asked the folks who like Corona Tools on Facebook and Twitter to help us out.  We were impressed with the many choices made by our garden and landscape friends.  So we’ve put together a list of the top tools on this year’s wish list based on their selections.  If you or someone on your shopping list is in need of garden and landscape tools, these are the most sought after Corona tools for 2014!  And starting 12/1-12/5 you can shop on the Corona website and save big for the holidays.  Check out the tools that top this year’s fan favorites and get your special discount codes that will have you singing joy to the world!

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All-Steel Shovels

Our ad says it best; Corona all-steel shovels are tougher than the hell you put them through. They are made from aerospace-grade steel and built for heavy duty digging and prying. Weighing in at 6 to 9 pounds, these sharpened shovel heads can penetrate the soil, cut through roots and give you extra leverage strength with a shovel handle that won’t break. For someone like Wayne J., who digs in hard packed areas with clay and gravel, Corona all-steel will last, season after season! ($80-$120)


all steel on Corona Tools

Hand Pruners

When it comes to Corona hand pruners, our friends had many different needs. Pat C. wants the Forged Dual Cut Bypass pruners while Kate H loves Corona’s Forged Aluminum Bypass Pruners. And ComfortGEL hand pruners and snips are some of the most comfortable and well-loved tools for folks with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. ($14-$52)

 forged aluminium pruners on corona


Corona loppers come in quite a wide range of sizes, cutting capacities, handle type and blade technology. Debra K. is looking for Dual Cut bypass loppers (SL 7180) with its specially designed hook and blade that helps make cutting limbs up to 2” in diameter much easier. Valerie-Jean B. wants the ComfortGEL+ Extendable handle loppers for extra reach and comfort while pruning. With over 50 types of loppers to choose from there is sure to be one that is just right for your gardener or landscaper. ($26-$182)

 Bypass lopper on Corona Tools

Hedge Shears

For gardeners like Pricilla N., it’s about keeping vines and hedges trimmed. Corona hedge shears always up to the task with a wide variety of blade lengths, handle styles and grips to choose from. Like the ComfortGEL+ extendable handle shears that help maintain privacy hedges and shrubs. Reach the higher limbs and vines by extending the handles to the length you need. For maximum sharpness and durability, our forged blades, like Dual Cut Hedge Shears, blades are a great choice  that are ready to go to work for you when you need them, season after season! ($22-$78) 

 Extendable Handle Hedge Shears on Corona Tools

Pruning Saws

If you are gardeners like Daniel G. and Kelle B., a Corona Razor Tooth saw earns the top spot on their Corona tool wish list! Hand saws like the Corona Quick Saw, are a must for professional aborists but you can bet that when you are working in the garden and landscape, a pruning saw will come in handy on larger limbs. Corona’s special tooth pattern is designed to keep the cutting channel free from saw dust debris. That means you can power through cuts in seconds saving you time and wear and tear on your body. And many Corona saws have a replaceable blade option so your saw is sharp and ready to go, season after season. ($27-$65)

 Razor Tooth saw on Corona Tools
Tree Pruners

One of the most expensive aspects of maintaining your garden and landscape is caring for your trees. While larger trees are typically best maintained by certified arborists, smaller ornamental and fruit trees can be managed by knowledgeable DIY homeowners. Mia M., and Davie E., have their sights on Corona tree pruners with an extendable pole and saw blade attachment. Tree pruners make the job safer by keeping both feet on the ground. And a healthy, well pruned tree offers many benefits to every homeowner and neighbor. ($61-$340)

 TP 6870 Tree pruner of Corona Tools
BONUS - Stocking Stuffers

Still don’t know what to get for your favorite gardener or landscaper. How about some incredible tools that are inexpensive and make great stocking stuffers? Barbara K. and Dana P., both love extendable handle garden tools ($12) for their versatility and convenience. Lisa S., and Debra G., would love to see ComfortGEL hand tools ($10-12) like the transplanter or weeder with comfortable grips and stainless steel tool heads. Other fan favorites include; Stainless Steel Snips ($11) great for harvesting herbs and deadheading flowers, Corona Tool Sharpener ($10) to keep pruner and lopper blades at maximum sharpness, and these great scissors and snips that are ideal for indoor plants and small container gardens.

 Corona Garden Hand Tools

hydroponic snips on corona tools

That is this year’s short list of Corona Tools’ Fan Favorites! Do you have a favorite on your wish list? Tell us in the comments below.



Limited Time Discounts on Your Favorite Corona Tools 

Whether you have a gardener or landscaper on your list this year or you just want to stock up on Corona tools for the 2015, now is the time! Between 12/1-12/5, you can shop on our website and save 20%* on the listed prices and get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Use code WISHLIST14 to receive your 20% discount and 50FREESHIP on orders subtotals of $50 or more


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Topics: Corona Tools, gardening, Landscaping, tools

National Landscape Architecture Month on #Landscapechat w CoronaTools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Apr, 15, 2014 @ 17:04 PM

2014 National Landscape Architecture Month (NLAM) is celebrated by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with the theme of Career Discovery and a focus on underrepresented minorities. The U.S. population will be much more racially and ethnically diverse by 2060, according to projections by the U.S. Census Bureau. NLAM 2014 will spur a countrywide movement, teaching children, young adults, and even teachers just how artfully landscape architects design their world. From community parks to residential design, there’s a field out there for any ambitious student, regardless of their background.'re Invited to Tweet 

The live chat begins Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscaping peeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011.  

Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat guest hosts, @landarchitects PR + Communications Coordinator, Phillip Stamper-Halpin, and @Land8 Director, Andrew Spiering for this week's topic: 2014 National Landscape Architecture Month.

Discussion Overview

There are seven take-aways from this week's #Landscapechat

  • Your Path - ASLA staff redesigned the Career Discovery website. On this beautifully designed, interactive webpage, future landscape architects can take a tour of the profession and watch as OLIN’s Columbus Circle project in New York City goes from design, to construction, to the beautiful public space it is today. 
  • Local Events - From Earth Day celebrations, to lecture series, to walking tours of the city, landscape architects from across the country are going out in their communities to raise awareness and excitement for landscape architecture. Find out what’s happening near you at 
  • Social Media - ASLA has started an extensive social media campaign relating to NLAM, called “30 Days of NLAM” – each day features a new challenge for ASLA’s Facebook and Twitter followers to perform. Join the conversation and see what today’s challenge is by checking out our pages or #NLAM. 
  • Career Discovery Packets - To reinforce the theme of Career Discovery with an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, ASLA has redesigned their middle/high school Career Discovery packets. Focusing on sharp content with a visual design, these new handouts give a succinct overview of the profession while urging students to explore ASLA’s other resources. 
  • NLAM Pledge - Landscape architecture students and professionals alike are taking the NLAM pledge to hand-deliver these new Career Discovery packets into local middle and high schools and informing them about the profession before they get into college. 
  • NBM Programs - Celebrate NLAM at the National Building Museum in DC through two featured events. On April 6th, the World Premiere of Evan Mather’s film From Sea to Shining Sea took more than 100 of local residents on a cross-country tour of the American landscape. On April 23rd, NBM will host a lecture, Reed Hilderbrand and the Legacy of Dan Kiley as part of their Spotlight on Design series. 
  • Tools for Teachers - K-12 teachers seeking ways to bring landscape architecture into the classroom should check out ASLA’s new education hub, Tools for Teachers.  It is loaded with fun, free classroom activities that will inspire lesson plans and start classroom dialogues about landscape architecture. It includes links to all of ASLA’s educational resources. 

Join the Conversation

Don't miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome ASLA and Labd8 to #Landscapechat! Just sign in to Twitter and search for #landscapechat.  Just tweet with using the hashtag and you will be part of the conversation.

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the complete replay on Nurph or on our Storify transcript; both are available 24/7 following the Live Chat, which will include all the information and links shared during the discussion.

If you're considering a carreer in landscape architecture or never considered it but want to learn some great reasons why you should, this is the place to be to learn more and chat live on with the industry leaders on #Landscapechat!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, landscape, Landscaping, urban landscape, ASLA, National Landscape Architect Month, NLAM

Planning Your Landscape Business 2014 Strategy

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jan, 22, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Corona Tools landscapechat PLANET logoIt's the middle of winter and much of the country is experiencing sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice storms. Unless you're in Southern California or Florida, these are aren't the ideal conditions for landscapers to be out working unless it's to shovel snow. During the winter months is a great time to ramp up your business strategies before it's time to get outside and the folks at PLANET have what you need to take your landscaping business to the next level.

Corona Tools LandscapechatJoin @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Lisa Schaumann, director of public relations @PLANET2005 as we talk about upcoming events and resources that can help kick off the new year with some fresh insights for your business and benefit from all the great resources that PLANET has to offer.

The live #landscapechat begins 1/22/14 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011!

Discussion Overview

Some of the key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat include;

workshops 200x200Upcoming PLANET Events: Discover what national and regional events are coming up this winter that can help shape your 2014 strategies.

Online PLANET Resources: Learn what resources are available on the PLANET website for members and non-menbers.

Provide Your Feedback: During the live session you will have the opportunity to share what matters to you and what resources you'd like to see from PLANET.

Join the Conversation

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic as we help motivate and inspire your business strategies! It's easy to join the conversation via Twitter just by signing in to the #landscapechat Nurph! You can follow the conversation and share with the community and Nurph will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets.

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. Nurph will also have a replay of the complete chat available 24/7!

Come share with us and energize your 2014 business strategy and spend your Polar Vortex down time learning createive ways to build your business live on #landscapechat!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, landscape, Landscaping

Corona Tools Welcomes Rodale Institute to Landscapechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Jan, 14, 2014 @ 17:01 PM

Rodale Institute Joins Landscapechat

CoronaTools landscapechat RodaleWhat do call it when you cross people who are passionate about organic principles and sustainability, with a 333-acre farm in Kutztown, PA? Why the Rodale Institute, of course!

For more than 60 years the Rodale Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture. Not only do they share their findings with farmers and scientists from around the world, they will share some of what they do, on this week’s #landscapechat community.

Chat LIVE on Twitter

Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Aaron Kinsman, media relations specialist @RodaleInstitute as we introduce them to chat and how their research projects are working to provide organic and sustainable landscapes everywhere.

The live chat begins 1/15/14 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011!

Discussion Overview

Some of the key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat include;

CoronaTools landscapechatRodale Institute Overview: Understand the principles that the institute was founded on and why the organization was formed. 

Sharing Research Findings: Hear about some of the ways they share their extensive research finding with the world based on tried and true, organic and sustainable policies. 

Research Projects: Learn what projects are in the works and how they can be applied to the green industry. 

Excellence in Leadership: Rodale shares it’s insight on the team that helps make the institute an authority on organic and sustainable best-practices.

Join the Conversation

Don’t miss out on this exciting topic as we welcome the Rodale Institute to the #landscapechat community! It's easy to join the conversation via Twitter by searching for the #landscapechat hashtag.

If you do miss the chat, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great introduction and we look forward to chatting with you live on #landscapechat!

Topics: #Landscapechat, landscape, Landscaping, sustainability

Landscape Lights Are Bright in 2014 on #Landscapechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jan, 03, 2014 @ 14:01 PM

Corona Tools Lighting landscapechat The new year is starting off shiny and bright on landscapechat's updated format and topics for 2014.  Landscape lighting is an important element in any landscape, not just for aesthetics but for safety, security and enjoying your landscape during the day and night.  Whether you are homeowner or landscape lighting professional, this week’s chat offers something for everyone.

Join @CoronaTools and #landscapechat co-partner, Brian Horn, managing editor at GIE Media, Inc. Lawn & Landscape Magazine @LawnLandscape, as we shed some light on this illuminating topic.  Also joining the conversation is Andrew Coleman, outdoor lighting designer of Omaha-based, McKay Landscape Lighting @McKayLighting. The live chat begins 1/8/14 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with green industry experts and fellow landscape tweeps each week to discuss all things related to landscape, since 2011!

Some of the key takeaways that will be covered during the live chat include;

Importance of Lighting in Landscape: With more people enjoying their outdoor surrounding for relaxing and entertaining, we’ll cover the why’s and how’s for using landscape lighting. Corona Tools Lighting Landscapechat LL logo
Benefits of Landscape Lighting:  Landscape lighting adds beauty and interest to any landscape as well as increases safety and detours theft and break-ins  Corona Tools Lighting Landscapechat M logo
Latest Trends in Outdoor Lighting: Discover new trends in landscape lighting technologies and the industry outlook.  
Adding Lighting to Your Landscape: Understanding the ins and outs for adding landscape lighting to new and existing landscape designs.  Even on small budgets!  
Landscape Lighting Professionals: Learn about what it takes to be a lighting professional and what you should know when hiring them.  


Don’t miss out on this enlightening topic from these green industry experts!  It's easy to join the conversation via Twitter and search for the #landscapechat hashtag. If you do miss the chat, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion.

Come share with us on this great event and we look forward to chatting with you live on #landscapechat!

Landscape lighting photo is courtesy of McKay Landscape Lighting

Topics: #Landscapechat, trends, Landscaping

Homes For Our Troops hosts #landscapechat on 9/11

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Sep, 06, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Corona tools 911Some might argue that for everything bad, something good happens.  It's not an easy task when you think about those early morning events of 9/11/01.  So many Americans died that day, while countless others were affected in some way from the horrific images that unfolded in the media.  While many of Americans had eventually went on with their lives, there were brave men and women that went overseas to face the terror and protect those of us here at home.  In the process many soldiers lost their lives and for those fortunate to come home, many were severely wounded.

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives

That's were this post begins for us at Corona.  Recently I got a call from Ahmed Hassan, celebrity landscaper from the DIY Network and HGTV Magazine.  He told me about a few projects that he was working on in our "backyard" and needed some landscaping tools.  He explained that he partnered with Volvo Rents, building houses for soldiers who were severely injured during their service in the military.  While I never served in the military, I have the utmost respect for those brave men and women who sacrifice their lives so that I can live the American dream.  Of course, I wanted to do what I could to support their efforts.  

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Ahmed and Volvo Rents partnered together in support of the founding organization, Homes For Our Troops on 3 projects here in Southern California, 1 in Temecula and 2 in El Cajon.  On each of the sites, they will construct a home from the ground up complete with finished landscape.  The homes are built with the soldier in mind throughout the process and the only thing they need to do is take the keys, move in and enjoy their new home.

Getting the Word Out on #Landscapechat

Upon learning more about the organization and what their supporter do for our injured servicemen, I couldn't help wanting to spread the word.  I wanted to let others know how they are giving back to those who have sacraficed so much for others.  Since Ahmed and landscaping was going to be involved I thought it would make a really great topic on our weekly  #landscapechat.  I called our partner Colleen at ValleyCrest, to see what was available on chat calendar.  She thought it was a great idea and said we had only open Wednesday slot available...September 11th.

Homes For Our Troops logoThrough the grace of Twitter, Volvo Rents, Ahmed Hassan, Homes For Our Troops and our chat partner ValleyCrest, we've pulled together what I believe to be one of those "something good" moments on a day that is typically seen as a sad, solemn and horrific day in recent American history.

You're Invited to the Chat

What makes it even more special, is that we get to share these great works with everyone who wants to attend the chat.  We'll be hosting a special 90 minute chat, beginning at 10:30AM PST on 9/11.  You can log on to the #landscapechat Twubs and watch the conversation unfold live.

We'll give some background on those participating, the projects we are working on, the people involved, and ways for you to volunteer at a future Homes For Our Troops projects.  And yes, you can even give a shoutout directly to Ahmed, just by logging in with your Twitter account and joining the conversation using the #landscapechat hastag.  We invite you to come ask questions to the panel, get details of the projects, and be part of the #landscapechat community on 9/11. 

Something Bad, Something Good

I'm not sure if this proves the theory about "from everything bad, comes with something good".  But one thing I do know, being able to give back in some way to soldiers who have sacrificed so much...well, suffice it to say, that's about as good as it gets.

How about you?  Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and don't forget to mark you calendar and join us for the live chat!

Images courtesy of Ahmed Hassan, Volvo Rents, Homes For Our Troops 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Landscapechat, Landscaping

Phytophthora - Coming to Trees Near You?

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sat, Aug, 10, 2013 @ 18:08 PM

cherry tree crown PhytophthoraHealthy, mature trees provide many benefits to residential and public spaces, season after season. They provide summer shade, fall color to your landscape and improve your property’s value. Now imagine your landscape with a beautiful tree, that seemingly overnight, turns into the one you see pictured here.

Phytophthora can wreck havoc on a tree and without detection and treatment can lead to your beloved tree’s demise.  This week on #treechat, Jason Miller aka @DendriticCare, will join us and share a bit about this serious soil-borne disease. As a Registered Consulting Arborist and ISA board-certified master arborist, Jason takes a look at the disease and its affect on trees.  From detection to treatment, he’ll help shed some light on this growing problem affecting healthy trees.

The live chat begins 8/13/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together each week with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

Detection – understand the signs a tree has been affected with Phytophthora

Prevention – review the steps homeowners and property managers can take to help prevent infection

Treatment – learn about effective treatment plans and options

Bring your questions and chat with the tree expert to help protect your trees health!

Participating on Treechat

Joining treechat is easy for anyone on Twitter to join! Just follow the conversation over and tweet from our new Twubs #treechat. Come share with us on this great topic and we look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! If you miss the live chat, you can still access the transcript on Corona Tools' Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

Already have questions about the topic? Share with us in the comments below then join us for the live chat!

Image of cherry tree infected with Phytophthora courtesy of Jason Miller, Tree Resolutions



Topics: #treechat, tree care, Landscaping

Podcasting for Tree Care and Green Industry on #treechat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jul, 15, 2013 @ 20:07 PM

podcast iconOn this week’s #treechat we are gearing up for what looks like an exciting chat topic. We’re getting social this week for #SocialTuesday with an otherwise overlooked opportunity in digital media.  As a business owner or professional organization in tree care or green industry, it’s getting harder to get someone’s attention.  It’s like you’re trying to get your message out there and your audience is a moving target. They’re busy and constantly on the go.  There’s email and social networks to help amplify your voice but you have to hope they hear you. What if, your audience sought YOU out?  And wanted to listen to your message?

Podcasting is hardly a new form of digital media but this form of communication is still in its infancy!  It's set to take off as the most accessed communications tool in 2014.   We’ll be discussing podcasting with our guest host, Chris VanCleave aka @RedneckRosarian, moderator and host of #rosechat  and Rose Chat Radio on Blog Talk Radio Network.  The live chat begins 7/16/13 at 11AM PST via Twitter, where we come together with industry experts and fellow tree tweeps each week to discuss all things related to trees and tree care, since 2010!

Topic Discussion Overview

Some of the main discussion points that will be covered during the live chat include;

  • Podcasting 101 – learn some of basics for getting started and why you should
  • Tools of the Trade – understand what are the tools and resources you will need to create a successful podcast
  • Building Your Audience – if you make it doesn’t mean they will come…gain some insight into growing your subscriber’s list
  • Podcast Dos & Don’ts  - discover what works and what doesn’t before planning out your podcast
  • Win Podcast Help – ready to get started but not sure where to start?  Why not ask the expert during the chat?  Chris also offered to consult with the most active participant during the chat!

Participating on Treechat

PodcastWithHeadPhones 273x300If you’ve ever thought about doing podcasting and never knew where to start, this is a great opportunity to learn more from an expert!  Just follow the conversation over and tweet from our new Twubs #treechat. Come share with us on this great topic and look forward to sharing with you on the live chat! We hope you will join us for the live chat, however if you do miss it, you can still access on Corona Tools' Storify. It will be posted following the chat and includes all the information, links and resources shared during the discussion so you don't miss a thing!

Who knows, after sitting in on the chat you may be inspired to start your own podcast channel.  And start reaching your audience and customers virtually anywhere any where they go.  On the computer, on smart devices, or in their car…it’s like having YOU on demand 24/7! Do you have an opinion already about the topic? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Topics: #treechat, tree care, Landscaping, business

5 Tips to Beat Summer Heat in Your Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Wed, Jul, 03, 2013 @ 14:07 PM

As Americans prepare to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend, many of us will enjoy fireworks and cookouts in parks and backyards.  It also means that summer is here and temperatures are on the rise.  Folks out in the western states are hitting record highs so early in the season.  And excessive rains are causing severe flooding in the East.  Regardless of where you are, the summer heat and sun is sure to wreak havoc in your garden this season.

Here are a few things you can do to help keep your garden growing, even in the harshest summer conditions.

Corona tools mulchSpread a Layer of Mulch – a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch helps the soil retain moisture and helps reduce the rate of evaporation.  It also helps to suppresses weed growth which if allowed to grow, take up precious water and nutrients from your plants.  Natural mulches will also break down over time and provide nutients back into the soil.   DON'T FORGET: When it comes to your trees, avoid piling mulch up around the base of the tree and trunk.  I can damage your tree by inviting fungus or unwatned pests.  Better to mulch out than up!

Convert Spray System to Drip – The key to proper watering is a slow and steady drip that has time to penetrate the soil.  Over head sprinkler system have come a long way in being more efficient but are still prone to evaporation and excess run off.  Converting a planter with a drip system can be quick and inexpensive.  You'll see the return on you investment in your monthly water bill too.  Less water and healthier plants, even in the hot summer months.  For more information, check out the EPA WaterSense website

corona tools wateringWater Early Mornings – a good long soak in the early morning hours allows more water to absorb in the soil and minimize water evaporation.  Avoid watering in the afternoon or hottest parts of the day as the majority will evaporate quickly and never penetrate the soil or reach the plant's roots. Another reason early mornings are best is the air is typically calm with less wind.  Spray from sprinklers is more likely to water your lawn instead of being carried off to your neighbor's! 

Set Lawn Mower to Highest Setting – If you have a lawn, keeping your grass taller is better for its overall health.  Taller grass will help it retain moisture in the soil during extreme temperature and heat.  Think of it as a thick blanket on top the lawn's root system.  It protects the soil from the hot mid-day sun, will require less water to keep it green and saves you some green in your utility bill too.

corona tools nativeUse Native Plants – Natives and adaptive plants can survive on less water or tolerate excessive rains and humidity.  And these days your choices are not limited to cacti or succulents either. Your local garden centers offer a wide selection of native plants.  Just look for lables that state low water or thrive in the local climate.  Your county extension can provide you with a list of natives for your area.  

There you have it, 5 easy ways to help beat the summer heat in your garden this summer.  What other things do you do to help plants survive in your garden when it's hot?  Share it with us in the comments below!

Topics: landscape, gardening, Landscaping, Summer

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