Grass can die for a number of reasons. Cold winter weather, dog urine, disease and insects are some common problems leading to dead grass. A few solutions are available.
For most grass types, raking away excessive levels of dead grass in dead spots less than 2 feet will allow the grass to grow back. For insect or disease control, you may need to add herbicide or other corrective solutions to kill intruders.
Planting sod in dead spots will provide an instant correction for dead spots. You can plant seed in the dead spot after clearing and preparing the soil but growth will take much longer than sod.
Find out how or why dead spots occur in your lawn prior to correcting them. This preventive maintenance allows you to find permanent solutions if you are constantly repairing dead spots.
Prepare the area. Ensure there is enough room for the tree to fall. Clear away anything the tree could fall on.
Determine which direction the tree naturally leans. Ideally, you want the tree to fall in this direction.
Make the undercut. This V-cut should be at a 90-degree angle and one-fourth the depth of the tree. Make the cut on the side of the tree in the direction it is leaning. The undercut will come together when the tree falls.
Begin the backcut. Make this cut about two inches higher than the "V" of the undercut on the opposite side of the tree.
Choose two escape routes. As soon as the tree starts to fall, turn off the chainsaw and hurry down one of the routes. Get away from the base of the tree as it falls.
Remove the limbs once the tree is on the ground. Start with the branches at the bottom of the tree and move up. Stand on the opposite side of the tree and cut the branches on the other side of the trunk. Then cut up the remaining log.
Decide what to do with the stump. You have many options including digging it up, letting it decay or making it part of your landscape.
Cut off flower tops back to the first leaf node or new bud growth. Do this right as they begin to wilt and die on plants such as petunias, lilies and cone flowers.
Cut off dead flowers near the bottom of the stem with hand clippers on plants, such as hostas, bleeding hearts and amaryllis, that do not grow additional flowers on the same stalks. Do this as soon as the single or group of flowers die.
Limit your deadheading on flowers that have attractive seeds, such as autumn joys and purple emperors, which adorn the garden in the fall and winter. Also, if you’re not sure if your plants will flower a second times and you want to collect the seeds or allow the seeds to spread, then only deadhead 50 percent of the flowers and take note for next year.