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The “Winter That Wasn’t”. And what it means for your lawn.

The “Winter That Wasn’t”. And what it means for your lawn.

Low snowfall, lots of rain, and flash freezes Another winter of weirdly unpredictable weather. We have yet to even plow a residential driveway, due to snowfall amounts less than 3 inches. With Spring approaching on the horizon, it is time to create your checklist for Spring Lawn Care services. Here are a few of the important, and sometimes overlooked, things to put into your lawn maintenance plan starting in April.     Dethatching Though there wasn’t much snow to speak of, we had a lot of moisture this season. Actually, according to the NOAA, it was the 3rd wettest year on record for our region. This coupled with flash freezes still allows for an intertwined dead layer of grass and weeds to create a layer of thatch on grass areas. Dethatching with an inverted rake or power rake system removes this thatch layer. This allows the soil to be ready to receive sunlight, water, and nutrients more readily come Spring. It also discourages insect pests from hatching that normally thrive in this thatch layer.     Crabgrass Control Crabgrass is the king of New England weeds. By far the hardest to control. And by far the most ignored until it’s too late. Crabgrass control starts early April, and your window of opportunity is short-lived. This is because Crabgrass is an annual weed that spreads by seed. For this reason, the only way to stop it is to use a powerful pre-emergent herbicide before germination. Waiting until late spring to kill established crabgrass is futile, and often harms desirable grass more than anything.   Mulching By now most of last...
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...
Reminder.  Your time to prevent Crabgrass ends soon.

Reminder. Your time to prevent Crabgrass ends soon.

Crabgrass is among the most elusive of Lawn and Garden Weeds. Many home owners spend time and money spraying patches of Crabgrass with Round Up in May and June, just to see it return in days.  Other homeowners will call and complain that a Fertilizer Company sprayed their lawn 4 times last year, but the crabgrass never got put in check as promised.  I am here to let you in on an important secret.  Crabgrass control is possible.   Timing, Timing, Timing…   There is only one way to truly rid your lawn of nasty Crabgrass, that’s to never let it get there in the first place.  Once the seeds of this weed have germinated and sprouted, you are in for a losing battle until the next cool season.  Applying Pre-emergent Weed Preventer very early in spring and late fall stops the germination process early, and allows your favorable grass seeds to flourish.  I have always gotten strange looks in March when I was applying Crabgrass control to my lawn, while others were still worrying about snow piles.  Most importantly to realize also is that your window of opportunity is very short lived, as seen in this “borrowed”graphic from Lowes.       Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn Ya! Let’s do Lawn Care Season Differently this time.  Call, email us, or Click the Booking Button below.  We will be stopping Crabgrass in its tracks during the next few weeks, so get on the list and make crabgrass a thing of the past.  Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass control starts at just $49.  This special deal ends April 25th, along with your opportunity to finally have a #CrabGrassWin....