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Red, White, Blue… and Green. The History of Landscaping in America.

Red, White, Blue… and Green. The History of Landscaping in America.

We celebrate the independence of the greatest country on earth this week. One freedom we may take for granted is the autonomy we have for the layout and decoration of our properties. During initial times of settlements, our lots would have been functional agricultural plots for family sustenance and community trading. As we moved away from reliance on agriculture, our farm plots were blank slates for landscaping pioneers, such as Thomas Jefferson. ” A beautifully landscaped country for the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth”– Unknown The Forefathers of American Landscaping Reference: Thomas Jefferson Landscape Architect by Nichols and Griswold Thomas Jefferson Known as the original father of Landscape architecture in America, he helped the profession grow into a highly sought after trade during Colonial times. He was known for using masonry as his base or building block to landscape design. He was also known however to never restrict himself to one style or practice and for incorporating unique worldly designs and cultivars. His affinity for landscaping could be noted by his timeline for building Monticello, as he was structuring, propagating, and planting designs on its land 2 years before even beginning construction. He even wrote a guide called “Garden Book” to share his ideas on things like grafting cherry trees and more. Source: https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/thomas-jeffersons-landscape-architecture/ Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. – Photo courtesy of OlmstedMD.org The McMillan Plan Even though the location of our nation’s Capitol was established by George Washington in 1791, substantial landscape planning hadn’t been established until 1910. Republican Senator James McMillan from Michigan headed a commission consisting of several well-known...
The Return of The Summer Fungus Season Approaches.  Learn What to Look For, How to Prevent it, and how to Treat it After Emergence.

The Return of The Summer Fungus Season Approaches. Learn What to Look For, How to Prevent it, and how to Treat it After Emergence.

With the Summer heat comes opportunity for famous weeds such as Crabgrass and Nutdsedge. But little talked about are the fungal diseases that can erupt and destroy all of Spring’s efforts at a lush lawn. These diseases are many times confused with other issues, mainly drought, and often go untamed. Learning some of the most common Summer fungus diseases can help you have a leg up during one of the most stressful seasons for your lawn. TrendingGive Your Lawn A New Start This Fall. Fall Lawn Decon Returns This October. Summer Patch Appears as yellow-colored circular patched about 2-20 inches in diameter. Summer patch can also appear as crescent patterns or rings. Up close black fungal threads can be seen at the roots. Summer patch is caused by hot days, above 85 degrees F, and wet conditions. Symptoms appear in late Summer, and persist on poorly drained compacted soils. Low mowing height and high soil pH levels also favor the development of this disease. Aerating to reduce soil compaction, planting shade trees and plants & adjusting soil pH below 6.5 can help alleviate the symptoms of Summer Patch. Related Read:https://greenteamct.com/2019/01/08/fungal-diseases-that-can-damage-your-lawn-during-after-winter/ Brown Patch Another disease that is closely related to close mowing heights and hot temperatures.  It appears as circular patches up to several feet across, that fade to light brown in color.  Gray smoke rings may be observed in the early morning, along with tan lesions on leaf blades.  High Nitrogen Levels increase its severity, as well as prolonged rainy weather.  Aerating compacted soil to aid in drainage, improving circulation, and decreasing Nitrogen use can aid in correcting this...
7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

You’ve decided this is the year to go au naturel—with your lawn care! It’ll take a little work and patience, but you can ditch the chemicals and still have healthy, green grass. Here are seven organic lawn care tips from the pros to help you make the switch this spring. 1 / 7 Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Know Your Soil This spring, have your yard’s soil tested by a local extension service, often affiliated with a state university, or a commercial soil testing service. Search “soil testing” for option near you. The test results will help you determine your soil’s pH level, the right seed for your lawn and will also help you deal with weeds. Weeds are indicators of soil conditions, according to Organic Plant Care, LLC, a full-service lawn care company in New Jersey. “Correct soil conditions and the weeds often disappear.” kurhan/Shutterstock Only Mow When Necessary When it comes to mowing, make sure your lawnmower’s blade is sharp. Next, Natural Lawn of America, a leader in organic lawn care, says you should only mow when needed. That’s because once the weather heats up, your grass may go dormant and require little to no mowing at all. When you do mow, don’t cut it too short and mow during the cooler hours, later in the day. 3 / 7 Petrychenko Anton/Shutterstock Be Smart About Watering A big part of organic lawn care includes doing the right thing at the right time, and that includes watering. Briggs and Stratton, maker of power lawn tools, notes you should only water early in the day, preferably before 9 a.m. Start with a target of just 1 inch...
Announcing the Return of Lawn Life Support.  Complete Lawn Care Plans, One Flat Rate.

Announcing the Return of Lawn Life Support. Complete Lawn Care Plans, One Flat Rate.

We are now re-introducing our Complete Lawn Care Maintenance Plan Called “Lawn Life Support“.  It’s comparable to a comprehensive healthcare plan, for your yard. With a busy work, life, and family schedule; Lawn Care is sometimes overlooked and difficult to prioritize.  We have developed a Full Service to obtain a perfect Green Lawn, without the hassle of worrying about each task separately. This Lawn Care Contract is Priced to save you time, money, and worry.  Priced at just a few dollars more than normal Lawn Treatment costs, in convenient, equal monthly installments.  Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter Email Address Subscribe Lawn Triage If starting Lawn Life Support in early Spring, your lawn will benefit from a full spectrum soil anlysis.  We will send your soil samples to UCONN for a detailed nutrient and composition report.  With this we will custom tailor your lawn’s care plan from Spring to Fall and send you the full report. Fertilization & Weed Control 4 Step Fertilizer Program at 2-3 month intervals.  Early Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass control, Late Spring Weed & Feed, Summer Lawn Food, and Fall Fertilizer with “Winterguard”. Round Up selective Weed Control sprayed as needed for spot control.  Garden and Shrub beds hand Weeded, Preen application for maintenance. Fall Aeration & Overseeding Keeping your turf replenished with regular application of new seed maintains a thicker, denser lawn, and chokes out weeds.  Aeration pulls plugs from the turf, allowing the soil to maintain natural air pockets for optimal root growth and drainage. Spring and Fall Services as needed. Spring Dethatching Removes dead layer of organic material, including old grass and weeds. ...
3 Reasons Why You Still May Have Grubs, Even After Applying Grub Killer Products.

3 Reasons Why You Still May Have Grubs, Even After Applying Grub Killer Products.

It is usually around September that we get an influx of calls regarding Grub destruction to the lawn, where grub killer was already applied by the homeowner this season. Many factors go into successful Grub suppression. The most important is knowing its life cycle. Mastering the life cycle of numerous Grub types is a professional applicator’s biggest challenge during licensing preparations. Without this knowledge, you run the risk of spreading product of the wrong type at the wrong time, or even treating for the completely wrong problem. Here we discuss why Grubs may still linger after a homeowner application, and why professional treatments are usually the only effective option. TrendingHow to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas. Life Cycle Timing Grubs have a very unique life cycle from most other insects. There are two generations that will appear at two different times of the year. Temperatures affect these cycles and can move pupation timing off when making treatment decisions. In Spring you are targeting overwintering larvae before they grow into adult Beatles and emerge. These will be the generation to lay eggs for the next round of feeding Larvae in the Fall. By Fall you battling against emerging Larvae buried deep in the soil. Read more on the life cycle of Grubs here: https://www.lebanonturf.com/education-center/insect-pests/white-grubs Product Availability Timing of Grub treatments will determine the type of product used. Some products are more preventative, and some more curative in formulation. Using the right product at the right time can mean achieving complete control of Grubs, or be an absolute miss. Curative products are used after full infection and aim to...
How to Properly Mulch Around Trees.  Mulch “Volca- NO’s” May Be Slowly Killing Your Trees.

How to Properly Mulch Around Trees. Mulch “Volca- NO’s” May Be Slowly Killing Your Trees.

Soring bed and tree mulching is essential to getting your Landscape ready for the growing season. Mulch controls weeds, retains moisture for plant roots, and adds eye catching aestethics to your property. You may see many trees along your travels with a mound of mulch at the base, this practice is very damaging and not reccomended. Here we will discuss why this is bad practice and the correct way to mulch around trees. Give Your Lawn A New Start This Fall. Fall Lawn Decon Returns This October.How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.How to Find Out if You Have Yellow Nutsedge in Your Lawn, and Get Rid of it.It’s Time to Stage an Intervention With Your Lawn. Rehab in as Little as 4 Treatments. Why Mulch Mounds Are Bad In the past it is has been common place to place mulch high against tree trunks in an attempt to get as much moisture to its trunk as possible. Over time it has been discovered that this practice does just the opposite and causes problems with root growth. Here are some common issues caused by mulch volcanoes: Root Rot from excessive moistureMold and Fungus growth from poor drainagePromotes Insect pest infiltrationWorks against natural drip line and causes root girdling TrendingHow to Find Out if You Have Yellow Nutsedge in Your Lawn, and Get Rid of it. Proper Tree Mulching Mulching around trees can be beneficial in preventing weed growth and promoting healthy roots. Improper mulching can however work against these goals as described above. Here are so aimple tips to properly mulch around trees: Mulch no more than...