Why would I order lawn service when there is still snow on the ground? If I had a nickel for every time I heard that in my career, I could retire. As you know, time seems to fly; we are distracted with many other obligations that usually take precedence over buying lawn service. So, why should a homeowner act now? The first issue is timing. February is upon us [...]
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So the snow has arrived, and winter is upon us. No more mosquitoes right? Where have they gone? Did they migrate south for the winter? Maybe heading down to the beaches in Florida, while you are enjoying the outdoor activities like skiing, or sled riding. Understand where mosquitoes go! Mosquitoes are cold-blooded insects. This means their body temperatures are determined by the outside temps. So when temperatures reach a [...]
Knowing if you have snow mold New England winters can be a friend or foe depending on who you are. For myself, I love the snow as it means skiing, building a snowman with my young ones, and cozying up by a nice warm fire with a good book. Snow to grasses can cause Grey Snow Mold (Typhula blight). The disease occurs when there is snow on lawns for [...]
Growing a greener garden I often get asked, how do I grow a more productive garden? The answer isn't that simple. There are a lot of factors that go into growing a greener, more sustainable garden. The first step is identifying where the garden will grow the best. This location should have plenty of sunlight and good drainage. The next thing I like to look for is if there [...]
Mowing for a beautiful green lawn What is the proper height to mow my lawn? When should I mow my lawn? These are just a few of the questions often asked to lawn care professionals. The answers can vary by grass types, weather and characteristics of your turf. Mowing lawns is one of the most basic cultural practices that can be performed on lawns. Mowing heights and frequency of [...]
What is thatch? Thatch is a layer of living and dead stems, roots, leaves, and other organic matter which accumulates between the soil and turf. Thatch is a natural component of the growing turf and is beneficial as long as it doesn’t get too thick. Excessive thatch that is more than ½ inch to ¾ inch can prevent necessary water, air and fertilizer movement to the roots. Poor thatch [...]
We are all familiar with the Blacklegged Tick (Deer Ticks) and the Lyme disease that they carry. We have seen an increase in populations over the past several years and it doesn’t seem to slow down. Now there is a new tick emerging in our neck of the woods. Lone Star Tick In 2017 we saw a new tick in the area that is becoming more popular in these [...]