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Pest Control Chronicles: 3 Grassy Weeds That Are Likely To Haunt Your Lawn This Summer.

Pest Control Chronicles: 3 Grassy Weeds That Are Likely To Haunt Your Lawn This Summer.

Grassy weeds in your lawn are the most difficult pests to identify and control.  For the average homeowner, telling them apart is near impossible, and getting rid of weeds like crabgrass is usually an even harder task.  Here we will talk about some common lawn killing weeds in the northeast and what you can do to control them.   CRABGRASS The most problematic of all lawn weeds, crabgrass can be more easily identified than other grassy weeds.  Crabgrass is an annual weed, which spreads from last year’s seeds.  It can be identified by its purplish-red stems near the soil, and its finger-like projections that give it its name. To control this weed you must use an aggressive pre-emergent plan that should include half-applications in Fall and then again in Spring. Read more on Crabgrass Here:https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/22/reminder-your-time-to-prevent-crabgrass-ends-soon/ Goosegrass Goosegrass is another summer annual that will emerge around the same time as Crabgrass.  The difference in appearance will be that it only grows in tufts, bunches with a single tap root, and has bleached stems that are often flattened to the ground. Seedheads will resemble a zipper-like pattern and gives it an easy way to make an identification.  Goosegrass needs to be treated like crabgrass, with an aggressive pre-emergent strategy and proper watering. Very dry and compacted soil is preferable to this weed, so keeping your soil in a healthy condition can help deter Goosegrass growth. Read about another common lawn weed here: https://greenteamct.com/spring-lawn-pest-control-spotlight-the-early-bloomer-common-chickweed     Yellow Nutsedge It is almost amazing how common this weed is in lawns, yet how overlooked it can be.  Nutsedge can blend well with preferable grasses...
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 undoubtedly 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 as 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 as 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...
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...
Lawn Care Service Clinton CT Featured Yard

Lawn Care Service Clinton CT Featured Yard

Our Current lawn Care Maintenance feature is located in the heart of Clinton, on Cow Hill Road.  The road us locals use to avoid route one between Madison and the outlets, contains some Clinton’s best green landscapes in CT.  It’s always an honor to provide lawn maintenance services on a target area for local traffic, as it is a way to showcase our work to the demographics that really matter. This lawn has about 3/4 acre total of grass, on mostly level ground.  We have provided weekly lawn mowing services at this residence for most of the 2017 season.  It is a lush, green northeast seed mixture of fescues and rye grasses.  These type of grasses are very heat tolerant, and can thrive with little water.  With this in mind, even a weekly grass cutting would bear enough mulched clippings to feed the lawn again naturally. One unique challenge in this landscaping journey are the large, beautiful cherry trees and evergreen shrubs methodically placed throughout.  With large drip lines and low hanging branches, extra time trimming where the mower couldn’t reach was essential for a completely manicured look.  The trees provided a shady retreat for natures wonders, creating encounters with frogs, snakes, and other critters.  ...
Lawn Life Support Complete Year Round Yard Care Plan

Lawn Life Support Complete Year Round Yard Care Plan

We are now introducing our Complete Lawn Care Maintenance Plan Called “Lawn Life Support“.  It’s comparable to a comprehensive healthcare plan, for your yard. With a busy work, life, and family schedule; Lawn Care is sometimes overlooked and difficult to prioritize.  We have developed a Full Service to obtain a perfect Green Lawn, without the hassle of worrying about each task separately.  This Lawn Care Contract is Priced to save you time, money, and worry.  Priced at just a few dollars more than normal Grass Mowing Costs, in 12 monthly installments.  An don’t worry, while you are contributing to your Lawn’s Health during the cold months, Lawn Life Support includes Snow Removal Services as well.  Mowing Grass cut to healthy height at regular intervals, as often as weekly.  During the cooler months of Spring and Fall, lengths will be longer, and mowing more frequently.  During the hot months Grass will be kept shorter to allow for water absorption, and cut less frequently to avoid stress. Trimming & Pruning Grass edges trimmed after every mowing. Sidewalks and beds edged monthly. Small bushes, shrubs, and trees keep at healthy levels with regular trimming.   Fertilization & Weed Control 4 Step Fertilizer Program at 2-3 month intervals.  Early Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass control, Late Spring Weed & Feed, Summer Lawn Food, and Fall Fertilizer with “Wintergaurd”. Round Up selective Weed Control sprayed as needed for spot control.  Garden and Shrub beds hand Weeded, Preen application for maintainence.   Oerseeding & Aeration Keeping your turf replenished with regular application of new seed maintains a thicker, denser lawn, and chokes out weeds.  Aeration pulls...