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Spring Yard Prep: Experts Weigh in on Getting Your Yard Summer-Ready

Spring Yard Prep: Experts Weigh in on Getting Your Yard Summer-Ready

   With summer right around the corner, we’re looking forward to warm weather, backyard BBQs, and afternoons spent relaxing on the patio with a great book. But it’s hard to relax if your outdoor space isn’t properly prepared. You may have gotten away with neglecting your yard all winter, but with sunny days ahead of us, it’s time to get on your spring yard prep and give it the attention it deserves. From lawn care basics to landscaping and aesthetics, there’s a lot that goes into creating a beautiful outdoor space for you and your guests to enjoy this summer. To better understand what you actually need to do this spring to prepare your yard, we asked lawn experts and landscapers for their best tips, tricks, and advice on maintaining a beautiful and healthy yard.   You should be raking your lawn in the spring It’s just as important to rake your lawn in the spring as it is in the fall. Bolton Lawn Care says, “If you didn’t clean up leaves from your lawn in the fall, it’s imperative to clean them up in the spring. Leaves, if left on the lawn, will kill any grass you try to grow, and are a breeding ground for pests and lawn funguses.”    Since “grass is king for summertime gatherings,” as Green Team says, you’ll want to begin your spring yard prep by raking thoroughly to remove any thatch build up and to identify any potential areas of your lawn that may need special attention or treatments, such as overseeding.  Lawn mowing tips: mowing your lawn just right Mowing...
Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

Spring Lawn Pest Control Spotlight: The Early Bloomer, Common Chickweed.

  For most, the thought of Spring conjures “Disney-Like” images of sunsets and flocking birds. For the pest control worker, these images are horribly obscured with the matted weeds and and slimy grubs.  Spring is the season when everything comes alive, especially the unwanted pests of the lawn. Here we will talk about one of the earliest weeds to show up in early Spring, the Common Chickweed.   General Description Chickweed is commonly described as a “winter annual”, due to it’s ability to thrive, and even flower, during the cold Winter temperatures. In normal conditions this plant will flower 4-5 weeks after emergence in Spring.  These flowers will bloom from Spring until Fall, and can not be suppressed with simple mowing. It reproduces by seed spread during summer.  It’s growth pattern is low, prostrate in patches.  It grows best along sidewalks, bed edges, and curbs. The most distinctive characteristic of Chckweed is the pattern of its flower petals.  There are 5 flower petals, with deep notches that give it the false appearance of having 10 separate petals.  Also, it’s leaves are particularly shiny compared to other plants.  Although the leaves of it’s cousin, Mouse Ear Chickweed, are hairy.   Control & Treatment As a reminder, Chickweed is a very hardy annual that spreads by seed.  By far the most effective control of chickweed is a thorough pre-emergent strategy.  This pre-emergent strategy would include applications in November and April to beat any seed possible germination.  Cultural practices that promote Chickweed growth include moist, poor draining soil and heavily shaded turf. Proper water management, shade plant selection, and proper mowing will...
Lawn Care vs. Landscaping: What’s The Difference?

Lawn Care vs. Landscaping: What’s The Difference?

  Some people may not know the difference between a landscaper and a lawn care professional, and that is probably because most people use the two terms interchangeably. In fact, when dealing with lawn care services and landscaping services, most companies offer both. So are there companies that offer just lawn care services? Sure. There are companies that just offer services that would fall under one of the three categories: lawn care, lawn maintenance, and landscaping. You can think about lawn care as improving on the existing yard without dramatically changing its layout or structure. A lawn care company will fertilize, replace sod, perform pest control, and seed. They do other things, but these are just a few examples. A lawn maintenance company also takes care of the existing yard, but by mowing, trimming, and weed eating. To muddy the waters even further, most lawn care companies perform both sets of services. So should lawn care include lawn maintenance and vice versa? The best person to answer that question is you. If your company falls strictly under lawn care, then you have a lawn care company. If you only mow, trim, and weed eat, then consider yourself a lawn maintenance company. Landscaping, on the other hand, can be characterized by the transformation of an outdoor space either by planting, construction, or rearranging. If you fall into this category, then you have probably planted hundreds of plants, shrubs, and/or trees, while knowing the common and Latin names of them all. Most professions within landscaping require at the very least, ample experience within the green industry. Some even require an array of...
Fungal Diseases That Can Damage Your Lawn During & After Winter

Fungal Diseases That Can Damage Your Lawn During & After Winter

Although Winter can be tough on us as humans, it can also have severe consequences for your lawn.  The layer of snow and ice laying on top of your grass during Winter creates a haven for fungus to thrive, despite the frigid temperatures.  Once the Spring thaw-out begins, things begin to cascade into even more dire circumstances for diseases to develop and regenerate.  Here we discuss two common Winter lawn diseases and how to treat and prevent them.  To learn about some other lawn problems we suggest you read our post here : 6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them   Gray Snow Mold This disease appears in temperatures between 32-45 degrees F.  It is caused by snow cover over wet, unfrozen ground.  Usually following snow melt in late Winter, you can start to see signs of this fungus take over your lawn.  From far you will notice patches of dead, bleached colored areas, up to several feet in diameter.  It can sometimes be mistaken for patches of road salt due to the time of it’s emergence. Getting a closer look can help you to really determine if you have this fungus starting to take over your lawn. Upon closer inspection you should see water-soaked, matted circular areas.  These areas will be covered with gray fungal “thread-like” structures.  This is the fruiting bodies of the disease, and help it to spread. If you happen to come upon this disease during a drier period you will notice grass blades are brittle and gray to silver in color. Learn more here about How To Revive Your Lawn After Winter...
The Proper Height For Mowing Your Lawn.

The Proper Height For Mowing Your Lawn.

  The single most difficult Lawn Care topic to instill on clients is What is The Proper Height to Mow a Lawn. While it is common to Grass cut down to dirt to hide weeds, what this does to your Lawn’s overall health is an abolishment. Here are 5 quick tips to proper grass cutting height and a short desription of their benefits. Mow grass no more 1/3 of its current height. Cutting the Grass plant to agressiveley stresses it and causes it too go dormant in an effort to repair itself. Mow frequently.  Bi-weekly or longer mowing allows grass to grow too long and is a risk for thatch formation. Heights between 2-4 inches will help the Grass retain more moisture, give more sahde to the soil, and “choke” our more weeds. A properly maintained mower with sharp blades will allow for a cleaner cut, causing less stress on the blades of grass Mulching the clippings is always reccomended over bagging as the recycled organic material feeds the soil with nitrogen and other nutrients. Get Your Lawn Cut at the Proper Height by a Professional Call (860)222-7171, email us, or Click the Booking Button below. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]...