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The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

  The Great American Lawn. To some, it’s a manicured masterpiece the equal of anything found at the finest golf course. See our top 10 tips for a perfect lawn. To others, it’s simply a soft, green spot for the kids to play on. However, if your turf isn’t looking so great, there’s no better time than spring to start improving it. Dry up snow mold One thing to look for after winter is snow mold, a cold-season fungus that causes gray-colored circles or patches where there had been snow. If you see snow mold, rake the lawn to loosen matted grass and allow the grass to dry out. You may need to overseed the area to encourage grass to fill in. Get rid of leftover deicing salt Also, if you live where winters are cold, grass near sidewalks and driveways may suffer damage from deicing salt. You can apply a thin layer of pelletized or granular gypsum—a naturally occurring mineral used as a soil conditioner—to replace the salt with calcium and sulfur. Water thoroughly. To minimize damage in the future, consider using sand or cat litter instead of salt. Remove thatch and aerate Spring is the time for a good, stiff raking to remove thatch—a dead layer of debris that slowly builds up at the base of grass. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to aerate. You can get together with the neighbors and rent a gas-powered unit for the day. Or aerate by hand with a manual core aerator. This loosens up the ground, allowing oxygen and water to better penetrate to the roots. Overseed After aeration,...
Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

After all the effort you put into prepping your new lawn, don’t blow it with mowing mistakes. Watch the video above and read below to learn how to mow for better grass: Use sharp blades. Dull blades hack off rather than cut grass tops. The damaged tips will give your yard a brown tinge. Skip the grass catcher. Mulching blades chop up the grass clippings before they fall. Once there, they’ll give up their nutrients to nourish the grass and help keep moisture in the soil. Don’t cut wet grass. Wet grass will not only carpet the underside of your mower deck; the thick clumps left all over your yard will suffocate the grass below it. Cut tall grass twice. The rule of thumb is to never mow more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Those long shafts of grass will lie on top of your lawn like hay for weeks. If the lawn has gotten away from you, mow it twice, starting high and dropping the mower deck for the second pass. Cut at the right height. Every variety of grass has an ideal cutting height. Cutting too short is a mis-take. You’re robbing the grass of its food source: the grass blades, which are the plants’ food-manufacturing facility. Taller grass also shades the ground, slowing weed growth and water loss from the soil. To find the ideal mowing height for your grass varieties, search for “mowing heights” at pennington.com. Consider a zero-turn mower. When it’s time to upgrade from a push mower to a rider, or replace a rider, consider a zero-turn model. Zero-turns were once...
12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book.

12 Month Organic Gardening Plan, Free E-Book.

Any long-time organic gardener knows that organic gardening is not just a summer activity! There are many chores and tasks to stay on top of a healthy, organic garden all year round. One benefit of working on it during the colder months is that it makes gardening in the warmer months less stressful and more enjoyable. 12 Month Guide to Organic Gardening | Green Team Lawn Care Here is an overview of a year’s worth of chores. Every month, we will have a detailed post of things to do, all loosely based on USDA Zone 5. Check this map for your zone, and adjust your chores as needed. Always consult your local County Extension office and reputable nurseries for regional and local specifics. February Get more detailed with your plan. Be ready for planting time. Order seeds and plants Clean and sharpen your tool – repair or replace as necessary Prune fruit trees before the buds swell Propagate houseplants as the days lengthen, and fertilize at half strength March March calls for more maintenance. Don’t forget to enjoy the first spring flowering bulbs! Finish pruning fruit trees early in the month Remove mulch from and prune your roses Make a compost pile Start cleaning the yard if the snow is gone Rake the lawn to remove the thatch layer Clean up last year’s debris Add compost to beds April April showers bring May flowers, whereas your hard work this month will bring a bountiful harvest for summer and fall. Deadhead the flowers of early blooming shrubs and bulbs Ensure your irrigation system is working – replace or repair what...
Tips & Advice for Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Tips & Advice for Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Image via Pexels Water Scarcity in the United States Despite what many people think, water scarcity is a real problem in the United States. Half of the country suffers from a drought at any given moment. Rivers and lakes all around the country are at risk for running dry due to pollution, demands, and various other factors. Meanwhile cities from Los Angeles to Miami are water stressed, meaning residents have to limit their usage. In LA, high temperatures and reduced rainfall created the worst drought for the area in 1,200 years. In Miami, rising sea levels leak into wells and contaminate fresh water supplies used for things such as bathing and drinking. Even if you don’t live in a water scarce area, limiting your water usage has several benefits: Minimizes the negative effects of drought should one happen Saves money Preserves valuable drinking water Keeps water available for recreation Builds safe and beautiful communities An easy way to reduce your water consumption is through landscaping. Your traditional English lawn was not designed with the current ecological climate in mind. The amount of water it takes to keep grass green and lush is downright wasteful. Plus, the pesticides and fertilizers you use get washed away and pose a risk of contaminating your area’s water supply. That’s why, in this day and age, it is much smarter to opt out of having a lawn in favor of an yard landscaped with native and water-saving plants. So break out your gardening gloves and sun hat– we have the best tips for eco-friendly landscaping. Eco-Friendly Landscaping If you truly want your yard to...
Mosquito Medic To The Rescue!

Mosquito Medic To The Rescue!

Take back your yard and protect your family and pets from dangerous blood borne diseases. Mosquito Medic Services provide comfort and peace of mind with complete Mosquito Control. According to the Center For Disease Control, climate change has caused an exponential increase in mosquito populations. As a result emergency rooms and physicians have reported marked increases in rare diseases like West Nile and Malaria. West Nile is known to be most prevalent right here in Connecticut. Protect Your Family Today Call Mosquito Medic Dispatch today at (860) 222-7171 or visit GreenTeamCT.com for an on scene evaluation and treatment plan. First application special $39 with monthly treatment...