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26 Mar 2017

5 Tips That Will Always Keep Your Trees Healthy

A damaged tree is not only dangerous but looks ugly on your garden or compound. This is why you have to always make sure you have healthy trees around your home. You can either call a professional tree service provider (US!!) or do it yourself. So here is a look at the 5 tips to keep your trees healthy and looking good.

Trimming

Apart from just adding beauty, removing old or dead branches and growth will also give room for new branches to grow and make your tree look vibrant. If properly done, tree trimming makes your tree look greener, lusher and healthier. But make sure not to remove too much of the dead or unruly matter. This may stunt growth.

Know when to maintain

You will notice that those neighbors who always have cleaned yards do it most of the time. Well, the secret is knowing when to maintain the trees in your yard. For instance, September and November are the most beneficial months to do a yearly check-up on your tree. At this time, trees stop growing because they near winter months.

Spacing

This is one of the most crucial tree service tips for those who have too many. When you have many trees, some will tend to block the sunlight from others. Trees need to enjoy the sunlight to be healthy. In the case of mature trees, you should consider calling a tree removal professional.

Water effectively

Most people assume that mature trees will always thrive in existing soil and moisture conditions. However, this may not happen when there is an extended drought. So to always have healthy trees in your yard, you should water effectively so that they can be more resilient when the drought is extreme.

Protect the bark

A tree is only healthy because its back is still intact. This acts like the armor and damaging it makes it easy for bacterial or fungal infection. When attacked by infections, the tree will eventually start rotting from the inside. You can protect the back by diverting a stream of water from directly hitting the trunk, pruning out branches that rub against the bark or steering the mower and other lawn equipment away from the trunk.

 

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12 Mar 2017
7 Signs Your Lawn Needs Professional Landscaping Help

7 Signs Your Lawn Needs Professional Landscaping Help

Has your lawn seen better days? Maybe your landscape needs some serious help? If so, you probably could benefit from hiring a professional landscaping service. They will give you a helping hand to get your lawn to its full potential. If this doesn’t convince you that your lawn needs help, here are 7 signs that might help change your mind.

Seven Signs You Need a Landscaping Service

  1. Your grass is brown: If your beautiful green lawn changed to brown, chances are you are doing something wrong. Landscaping Expert can help bring that grass back to life. This is your best bet to get your green luscious lawn back.
  1. Your landscape is overgrown: If your shrubs and trees are overgrown, it’s time to do something about them. Grooming your Landscape will help improve its health and longevity.
  1. Your landscape is outdated: If it’s been years since you have changed your landscape design, you might want to rethink your yard’s look.
  1. The winter has not been kind: If your landscape is ravaged by the cold from the winter month’s, it’s time to hire a few landscaping experts. They can help bring it back from the brink.
  1. You hear complaints from your neighbors: When your neighbors start complaining about your lawn, it’s a sure sign that you need to do something fast.
  1. You have a very large lawn: If your lawn is more than a half-acre, maintaining it by yourself might be tiresome. Larger lawns can be a real hassle to take care of. You will need commercial sized equipment to help as well.
  1. You are overrun with pests: If you have pests such as rodents and insects invading your landscape, you will need some major help getting rid of them.

Hire Landscaping Experts Today

Now that you know your lawn needs some professional help, why not hire someone today? With spring just right around the corner, meeting your lawn care needs early is smart.  This will allow you to enjoy your yard all season long!

26 Jan 2017
5 Signs You Should Invest In Landscaping

5 Signs You Should Invest In Landscaping

When you look at your home and the surrounding yard, is landscaping the last thought that comes into your head?

Here are five signs that you need to consider a professional landscape design and lawn service, and fast!

I’m Sure There Was Grass Here, Once…..

Your garden has been to the school of hard knocks and graduated. The kids and the pets have had their way with what was once your lawn, and it shows. Endless games of touch football feet dragging from the swing, bones buried and dug up again by Rover – all these happy times have not led to a happy looking lawn.

If your lawn has seen much better days – time to call in a lawn care service to bring back its previous good looks.

Yours Is The Garden The Neighbors Talk About – But Not In A Good Way

If you find that your neighbors walk past your garden and avert their eyes, if they drop heavy hints about keeping up standards in the neighborhood, if, in fact, yours is the ugliest garden in the area – then you need professional landscaping help.

You Just Don’t Like To Spend Time Outside

Do your garden and lawn reproach you every time you look at them? Would you rather sit inside on the couch than outside on a lounger – even when the weather is great? If your lawn is an embarrassment to you, why not get help – it’s what lawn care professionals do!

Your Dad Tries To Fix Your Lawn

When your dad visits, does he head for the garage and get out the lawn mower. Does he give you advice on lawn fertilizer, weeding, edging, drainage, watering? How much longer are you going to put up with being shamed by your dad?

The Realtor Shakes Her Head And Sucks Air Through Her Teeth

If you’re thinking of selling your home, does the realtor give you a stern lecture about curb appeal, and how a beautiful lawn adds to the value of a home – and an ugly garden detracts?

If any of these apply to you, then it’s time to think about turning your embarrassing garden and lawn into a lovely asset. A landscaper can advise on how best to get the most out of your space – including creating play areas for rough and tumble, if your family is still young. They’ll advise on landscape design, on lawn care, and they can recommend a lawn service professional to take care of the needs of your grass areas on a regular basis.

So don’t let your lawn and garden let your home down! Call in the lawn experts today, and start enjoying your outdoor space again.

12 Jan 2017
Why it’s Important to Help Your Lawn Recover

Why it’s Important to Help Your Lawn Recover

Droughts can cause a lot of damage to your beautiful lush green lawns, and this damage is often permanent. Even winters can cause the grass to become dormant. As the rainy season approaches a lot of the turf will recover, but if the damage is too severe, you may need to renovate your lawn completely. As a result, it’s important that you are proactive in taking measures to help your lawn recover.

How to help your lawn recover?

These simple steps are all that you need to do to keep your lawn healthy.

  • Remove patches of dead lawn: Remove dead or damaged patches, so that you can lose the damaged area and proceed with recovery measures.
  • Seeding: Reseeding will save you the trouble of having to renovate your lawn completely. It’s an inexpensive way to help your recover to its original lush green state.
  • Return to routine maintenance: Just like you keep your body in shape by regular exercise and diet, help your lawn recover by consistent watering, mowing, and aeration.
  • Remove the grass, sand and pebbles – These hinder the growth of the grasses. It’s a good idea to vacuum these up – stop only when you hear no stone being sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. This will help grasses grow more quickly and freely.
  • Mow the Grass – During winters, mow the grass short – this will ensure that your lawn has a better chance of surviving the harsh winter conditions.

When Should You start With Lawn Recovery

Ideally, waiting for the drought to be over, so that you can then start with recovery measures isn’t in the best interests of your lawn, because that puts it at the risk of permanent damage. Although some states do not allow for water being used for lawns in the drought season, if you can still irrigate your lawn, you can get it on the path to recovery. Feeding your lawn now will help you in the long run.

If you still wait for a long time, the lawn will use up all the nutrients, and the damage keeps getting worse and renovation becomes a huge task. Gardening can become a whole lot more fun, if you can take care of your lawn the right way.

 

26 Dec 2016
Are your plants and lawn prepared for Winter?

Prepare Your Plants and Lawn for The Winter Months

The colder months are upon us and winter lawn care is something that every homeowner should be practicing. Preparing plants for the harsh winter months will help them survive and thrive when the weather is warmer. Today we are going to learn some seasonal lawn care tips that will help you get ready for old man winter.

Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for The Winter

Winter lawn care can be tricky if you don’t know where to begin. During the winter months, homeowners are often challenged by the weather. Below are some tips that can make things a bit easier.

  • Aeration: One of the best things you could do for your lawn during the winter months is aeration. An aeration tool will poke small holes all over your lawn. This will allow water and nutrients to penetrate the ground and make it to the root system.
  • Fertilization: Winter lawn care would not be complete without fertilization. Giving your lawn a treatment of fertilizer will help your grass stay greener longer. After aeration is complete make sure to spread a balanced fertilizer on the lawn and give it a good watering.
  • Mulching: Those leaves that are built-up on your lawn needs to be removed. But instead of going through the pains of raking leaves, why not mulch them into the lawn? By using a mulching blade on your lawnmower, you will remove the need for raking and provide additional nutrients for your grass.

Preparing Plants for The Winter

Many plants simply won’t make it through the winter without some help. Today we are going to learn some landscaping tips that will help you protect your plants from wintertime frost.

  • Bring them indoors: If possible bring sensitive plants indoors before the first frost. This protects them from getting burned and prolongs their life.
  • Provide ground cover: Some plants will do well even when the temperature has dropped below freezing. But to help them out, make sure to add a generous layer of mulch to provide ample ground cover.
  • Prune those woody perennials and trees: Before the weather outside gets too cold to work in do some pruning. Prune woody perennials and trees back to allow for new growth during the spring.
12 Dec 2016
Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

If you think winter is an excuse to get lazy and do nothing about your lawn, think again. The winter season is the perfect time to show your lawn some tender loving care, and to prepare for a beautiful, lush spring. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already covered and stored your lawn mower, and put your overpriced garden gloves away for the winter. Here are some winter season tips to ensure that your yard looks like a million dollars in the springtime.

Use the Colder Months for Fertilizing

The most popular lawn grasses are cool season varieties like Bermuda and Bluegrass, and the best time to fertilize these is early winter. After the harsh winds have set in, but before the first freeze takes hold, fertilize your lawn vigorously. Your soil is depleted and dry following the hot summer months, so don’t let it languish in the winter winds. The nutrients you replace in the soil early in the winter will feed your lawn’s roots, even under snow and ice. Come spring, your healthy green lawn will be the envy of your neighbors. You can tell them your secret is keeping a green thumb under your winter mitts.

Keep Your Lawn Cropped, Clean and Clear for the Winter

You must avoid the temptation to stop manicuring your lawn as winter approaches, because overgrown and unkempt grass is a sure invitation to field mice and other rodents. Mice build nests all over your yard, and they uproot your lawn to do it. Mow your lawn as short as possible just before Old Man Winter arrives, and lawn care in the spring will be a breeze.

Likewise, get all objects off your lawn before you start your hibernation, including toys, lawn furniture and sporting equipment. Make it a point to conduct weekly checks in the dead of winter, because any items left on your grass can create large bald spots. Even a light object sitting on the lawn will discolor your grass, at the least.

Follow these tips and tricks for seasonal lawn care, and stopping giving your lawn the cold shoulder in winter!

16 Nov 2016
Kids Will Be Kids: How to Child Proof Your Lawn 101

Kids Will Be Kids: How to Child Proof Your Lawn 101

Lawn care can be a bit tricky when you have children. You want your lawn to be perfect, but kids will be kids. So how can you treat your lawn and keep it in top condition when you have children that want to run, jump, and play in the grass, basically making a child proof lawn?

Here’s where to start…

Don’t neglect the lawn care basics.

First thing first, if you want a beautiful green lawn regardless of if you have children or not you should implement the lawn care basics and best practices.

  • Watering regularly but not over-watering.
  • Keeping your lawn trimmed to a reasonable height.
  • Spraying for pests if you notice any problem areas.

Now it’s no secret, the best lawn care tactic, if you have children or grandchildren, is to keep them off of your lawn as much as possible. Definitely hard to do, but you could try giving them indoor activities or take them to the park. That might work sometimes, but it’s almost unavoidable. The children will one day have a play date with your lawn. So it’s an absolute must that you take steps to child-proof it.

How to child proof your lawn.

Shockingly, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is stay a bit vigilant and continue to treat your lawn with care.

Here are a few tips:

  • In the summertime children love to have fun in the sun. So on more than a few occasions your yard might be host to a Slip-n-Slide, an inflatable pool, or other summertime yard toys. To keep this from becoming a disaster for your lawn make sure you move the yard toys to a new location daily to keep the grass beneath them from turning brown.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Make sure you let the children know to treat your lawn with care. That means no digging and stomping on the grass or plants.
  • If possible install a clear walking path within the yard to decrease the amount of foot traffic on your lawn.
  • Designate an area in your yard for the children to play and make sure they stay within their play area.

And once again keep watering, feeding, and taking care of your lawn as you would if you didn’t have children. If you follow these tips, your lawn will always be in top condition regardless of if the kids play in it from time to time or not. Enjoy!

26 Oct 2016
How Much Is Too Much Water For Your Lawn

How Much Is Too Much. The Secret Watered Lawn.

How much water is too much water when it comes to your lawn? What’s the correct water amount that will keep your lawn healthy and give it that perfect green luster?

Rarely will a person put too little water. Most often they will apply too much water (yes even the gardeners we pay thousands of dollars to each year.)

With that in mind, it’s a must that you have knowledge of the right amount of water that will give you that perfect green lawn.

After reading this article, you will no doubt have the lawn care knowledge to achieve that goal. So, let’s get into it by first exploring some of the negative effects over-watering can have on your grass.

How can over-watering impact your lawn?

If you’re applying too much water to your lawn, there are a few warning signs you might notice. Let’s start with this one…

*Fungus: Over-watering keeps grass wet which promotes fungal growth. If you notice mushrooms or reddish/orange grass (which is a symptom of rust fungus) you’re probably over-watering.

*Weeds: In particular crabgrass and yellow nutsedge, both are a lawn care nightmare. Both are known to thrive in over-watered areas that are too damp for healthy grass to grow.

*Insects and Pests: When you over-water your grass grows what’s known as thatch. Which is basically just partially decomposed plant material that forms a dense mat on the soil surface. This stuff is a breeding ground for insects and pests. What’s even worse, the thatch often provides a habitat for them to hide from pesticide!

Now that we know some of the signs and symptoms of over-watering let’s get to the matter at hand.

How much water is too much water for your lawn?

When it comes to watering your lawn, less is often more.

You don’t need to water your grass for 10-15 minutes every day. So turn off the sprinkler and put away the water hose. For most lawns, all that’s needed is one deep watering, once per week. Depending on how big your lawn is a deep watering session will take between 1-3 hours. During a deep watering session, the goal is to lay down 1 inch of water on your lawn. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you use a sprinkler system, you can measure how long it takes for your system to put out an inch of water by placing coffee cans in the yard and measuring periodically until the can has filled with an inch of water. Getting your sprinkler amount right is mandatory if you want a healthy lawn.

Conclusion

I don’t think many would disagree with this statement. One thing you fall in love with when you become a homeowner is your lawn. You want the blades just right, the grass the perfect green, the landscape free of brown spots and insects. Indeed, for many of us, our lawns are somewhat of a trophy. If you want that trophy to shine bright and beautiful, be sure to not over-water!

 

14 Oct 2016
3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

With the winter nearby, you might not have a lot of time to think about your lawn. Lawn care isn’t easy after all. You might feel that you do not need to take care of your lawn as the grass grows more slowly during the fall. However, it’s exactly now that plants need more care, as they are preparing for the hard winter ahead by absorbing more energy, moisture, and nutrients than before. If you want a green lawn, these Fall Tips are some of them that you need to follow.

1. Do not stop mowing

However, do no trim more than one third of the grass blades at one go. Your lawn needs to get at least an inch of water every week and continue to remove any dead leaves that you would find.

Mowing the lawn from time to time, especially those patches where you can see or where you suspect any weed growth. Keep cutting to the right height to get the best results when it comes to lawn care.

2. It’s time to aerate the soil

Aerating the lawn will mean that your plants get more fertilizers and oxygen that they will need to power themselves during winters. This will also prevent the soil from being covered with thatch. The plants would be able to get more water, oxygen and nutrients from the soil helping them deal with the upcoming winter.

Fertilize your lawn this Fall. This is because while the grass leaves tend to grow more slowly now, the grass roots do grow more quickly and they need food.

3. Grow a thick lawn

Growing thick patches of grass and other plants in your lawn can actually help counter weed infestations. These thick grass and plants will outnumber the weed seeds or weed plants as the case may be. They will prevent the weed from sucking away the important resources needed by your essential plants.

A periodic but infrequent dosage of weedicides in your lawn is important. Despite the best of the measures taken by lawn owners, sometimes weeds find their way into the lawn. Weedicides can help kill off weed plants and seeds.

These simple lawn care tips will help ensure that you have a green lawn.

27 Jul 2013

Make Your Next Lawn Mowing Experience a Success!

Nothing compares to the smell or look of freshly cut grass in your yard. For decades, freshly mowed grass has been something homeowners pride themselves on. The regular mowing of your lawn oxygenates the air you breathe and also helps prevent infestation by ticks and chiggers. Still, achieving a green, well-cut lawn can often be easier said than done.

Here are a few tips to help you with your next mowing:

  • Follow the 1/3 rule—Some grasses are not meant to be cut short. If you are unsure of how short to cut your grass, it is safe to never cut more than a 1/3 of the grass blade length when mowing. If you are repeatedly cutting your lawn too close, your grass will undergo a lot of stress and turn brown, which makes grass even more vulnerable to disease and pests!

  • Wait for dry grass—Always be sure to mow when the grass blades are dry.

  • Change the pattern each time you mow—Every time you cut your grass, there is a grain in the blade that leans in the direction you are mowing. Changing the pattern of direction can give more attractive, upright growth to your grass.

  • Leave clippings on your lawn—The clippings allow nutrients and nitrogen to go back into the soil, feeding your lawn. If the clippings are forming clumps or the grass is longer, you can remove them.

  • For shaded areas of your lawn, keep the grass higher—By not mowing the grass as short here, the grass will not have to compete as much with tree roots for nutrients and water.

  • Hot, dry weather—It is best not to mow your lawn as often in this climate. Also, keep cool season grasses at a taller height.

  • Check your mower blades regularly—It is important that your mower blades are sharp and balanced. This can go a long way in keeping pests at bay. Also, the your grass will be able to heal faster in between mowing!

While mowing the lawn is something that most people can do without any training, always make sure to read your lawn mower instructions manual and follow the safety precautions for operating your lawn mower safely. Keeping this tips in mind will help you get the most out of your lawn mowing efforts, giving you a yard that will be the envy of your neighbords.