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Fall Lawn Care Facts. “When Should I Clean My Leaves”

Fall Lawn Care Facts. “When Should I Clean My Leaves”

Now that we are well into Fall, we are also well into Fall Lawn Care season.  Leaf Removal is among the most important of Lawn Care Services which you must keep at the lead off spot in your Yard Maintenance lineup. It’s too often we find ourselves at a new client for a Spring Clean, and find last seasons leaves creating a Lawn Killing layer like a bad dental checkup. Here we will get into the juicy details on why leaf removal is so important to maintaining a greener lawn. While this may not be the easiest material to keep you away from that overdone reality TV show, you may someday find yourself wondering why all those trucks are picking up leaves in your neighborhood this Fall. Check out this article: 7 Lawn Care Musts For Your Fall Lawn What Do Leaves Do To Lawns? The three crucial elements that must be kept in check for a healthy lawn are pH, moisture, and sunlight.  Leaves are efficient little thieves of all of these three facets.  Here we will describe the ideal environment for each respective element, and how leaves affect them negatively.  pH:  Refers to the acidity of a soil.  The ideal condition for a Green Lawn is right around 6.5 on the pH scale.  This is essentially a neutral condition; not too acidic and not to basic.  Leaves that decompose into the top soil layer create a dangerously acidic environment.  This type of soil doesn’t nurture desired grasses, is prime for weeds, and robs the soil of essential nutrients. Moisture: Grass, like any other plant, requires adequate ,...
Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-Seeding in Fall.

Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-Seeding in Fall.

Over-Seeding in Fall to Fill Bare Spots, and Thicken Your Turf For Fall Due to the stress of summer, your now brown, dormant grass is probably struggling to re-establish itself among the crowd of weeds that has taken charge of your lawn.  As the turf cools down in Fall, weeds begin to find even more favorable conditions make their control your landscape for Fall.  Here is a quick rundown of Lawn Overseeding Methods, why it is important, when is the best time to apply Grass Seed, and some information on Grass Seed types for an effective Lawn Care & maintenance plan.  Don’t forget to contact us and ask about our Fall only Seed special for just $89!   New Lawn Seeding & Overseeding Methods Laying down Grass Seed to rejuvenate your Lawn can be done by hand or with machines. We’ve provided a basic overview of the most common over-seeding methods and notes on their effectiveness. Spreading by Hand: While using the old left and rights is a very cost-effective procedure, it can produce uneven results due to the lack of spread control.  Using a rake afterwards can help the seed to make soil contact, but this method is less useful than machines that force the seed into the soil. Using a Broadcast Spreader:  This method would likely produce the most even results as spreaders are inherently pretty accurate with spread ratios, even more than machines in some cases.  The same restriction for deep soil contact that exists for hand spreading would be a downfall of this method. Using a Gas Powered Seeding Machine: This method is by far the...
6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

An Eroding Slope Problem: “Our beautiful backyard slope was washing down onto our patio with every rain. It was only a matter of time before the whole hill came tumbling down.” Reader Solution: “We built a dry creek bed on the slope, and it fills dramatically during a rainstorm. It’s a beautiful addition to our landscape, and it seems to be solving our erosion problem.” Carolyn Rogers Expert Input “A dry creek bed can work well to control erosion,” says landscape architect Susan Jacobson, “if there’s a place for the water to go such as a sandy area somewhere else on your property.” In its simplest form, a dry creek bed is simply a gully or trough filled with rocks that directs the flow of water to prevent erosion. To control larger volumes of water, pin landscape fabric in the gully and mortar the rocks into place. Constructing the creek bed with rocks of several different sizes gives it a natural look and maximizes its water-carrying abilities. Also: Check Out These 7 Organic Lawn Tips For You Try This Season But Jacobson says building a dry creek bed won’t work in every situation. “You’ll create a bigger problem (and a potentially illegal situation) if you direct the water into the street or into your neighbor’s yard. And if the slope is too steep, you might just end up with the rocks tumbling down the hill as well.” To control erosion on a steep slope or when there’s no reasonable place for the water to flow, consider these suggestions: Terrace the slope with boulders, stone retaining walls or landscape timbers to gradually flatten...
6 Tips For Preparing Garden Beds For Mulch.

6 Tips For Preparing Garden Beds For Mulch.

Mulch is a very useful product when used in your shrub, annual, or flower beds. It retains moisture for plant roots, blocks weed growth, and is just plain better looking than dirt. Properly preparing your beds for Mulch Installation ensures the best outcome for weed management and the cleanest looking final product. 1. Pruning As part of a complete bed cleanup and mulch project you should always get your shrubs and trees nice and tidy for the growing season. Pruning as the initial part of the process is important because the clippings will become a mess that will hamper your efforts at later steps. All plants have different pruning requirements and recommendations. For example, Hydrangeas should be cut down to no more than 2-3 leaf buds, and second year deadwood should be completely removed. Make sure to research the pruning style for your particular plants before causing damage. 2. Weeding As last season’s mulch has undoubtably broken down over winter, weeds have inevitably taken over your garden oasis. This step is the most crucial in the Mulching process. Removing established broadleaf weeds as far to the root as possible will give your new mulch its best chance to do its thing. Hand Weeding: Most surface dwelling annual grasses and ground cover weeds can be pretty easily removed by hand. Weeding Tool: Metal tools such a weeding spade can help to create more force to remove deeply rooted perennial weeds such as dandelions and crabgrass. Weed Whacking: In large open areas very saturated with taller weeds, using a gas powered trimmer can make quicker work of removing unwanted green from...