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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...
Revive Your Lawn With Our Spring Detox Complete Lawn Service.

Revive Your Lawn With Our Spring Detox Complete Lawn Service.

Complete Spring Lawn Care Service, One Low Price. We are now introducing our Complete Spring Lawn Care Maintenance Service Called “Spring Detox“.  It’s just what the doctor ordered for your lawns revival from winter’s coma. Spring Detox includes all the essentials to take dormant turf and bring it back to life for Spring.  First it starts with a lawn assessment to determine fertilizer and soil therapy needs.  Then we do a first “scalp” mowing along with a dethatching service.  We then reinvigorate your soil with core plug aeration and spring fertilizer.  But no spring lawn care schedule is complete without the big daddy of them all, crabgrass control.  We will add crabgrass granular herbicide to prevent germination in late spring. All this for one low price of $289, any size yard!  Spots are limited so use one of our convenient buttons below to book your service completely online. Learn More Total Spring Lawn Care Here’s what’s included in our exclusive Spring Detox package Soil Test Soil assessment to determine pH and nutrient content.  This allows us to develop the right care plan for your lawns Spring Detox First Mowing The first spring mowing, often reffered to as the initial “scalp”, will expose the soil and break up some initial thatch material.. This will expose the soil and prepare it to take in sunlight, water, and fertilizer. Fertilization/Weed Control Spring fertilizer formulated for bringing dormant grass back to it’s green non-injured state.  Granular Crabgrass herbicide for persistence in Springs unpredictable weather conditions. Aeration Aeration pulls plugs from the turf, allowing the soil to maintain natural air pockets for optimal root growth...
Spring Gardening Tips. It’s Never Too Early To Make Plans.

Spring Gardening Tips. It’s Never Too Early To Make Plans.

Planning – Plan planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, and wind; consider distance from water source – Test for soil types and pH levels before major planting Chores and Maintenance – Carefully remove winter mulches from planting beds – Dig beds in preparation for spring planting as soon as earth is friable – Add compost in four to six inch layers and work into planting bed soil – Remove protective cover from evergreens – Reset frost-heaved plants – Apply horticultural oil sprays to dormant trees and shrubs before buds open and if there is no danger of night frost – As ground becomes workable, de-thatch lawn; fill in low spots with soil; fertilize established lawns Planting – Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, weather and soil conditions permitting – Sow seeds of annuals and vegetables indoors that require 10 to 12 weeks before transplanting – Sow radish and lettuce seeds directly into the vegetable garden – Plant cold weather vegetables like spinach, peas, lettuce, and broccoli as soon as soil is workable – Plant and transplant perennials – Divide and transplant summer-blooming perennials – Soak mail order bare-root plants before planting – Plant roses Pruning/Fertilizing – Prune all plant material to remove any diseased, dead, weak, or crossing branches – Complete tree pruning before new growth begins – Prune late-flowering shrubs such as buddleia and Hydrangea paniculata but wait until after flowering on early-flowering shrubs like forsythia, Hydrangea macrophylla, rhododendron, and syringa – Wait to prune evergreens, hedges, and other shrubs until late spring into early summer – Prune all fruit trees before growth begins – Prune hybrid tea...