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Happy Saint Patricks Day MONTH!!!

Posted in 1 by cdenhartog on March 13, 2010
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The first true sign of spring is a St Patricks Day Parade! Be wearing the green at local events to remind Mother Nature to turn our Lawns and Landscapes green!

Fact or Fiction: Late Summer and Early Fall is the Best Time to Sow Seed

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on August 28, 2009
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Believe it or not, late summer and early fall is the best time to sow seed.  Most people tend to think that the best time to sow seed is late fall or early spring.  This is not the case! 

Here are the Facts!

Fact:  Higher temperatures speed up seed germination.  Therefore, in the late summer or early fall, the soil temperatures are higher.  Why is this so great?  You will get renewed lawn in less time and will reduce the chance of unwanted weeds sprouting up. 

Fact:  Waiting until spring leaves room for competition!  Spring weeds will be fighting their way to the surface smothering your grass.  When you seed in the late summer or early fall, your new grass has time to become established before winter, allowing you to apply weed and crabgrass controls in the spring. 

Four Steps for Seeding Success

1. Plant good seed and plant it early.  The best times are generally from mid-August to early October.  This will depend on the type of grass seed you have.

2. Fertilize and water, water, water!  Start fertilizing right away.  Water the seedbed lightly once or twice a day. 

3. Feed regularly and start mowing!  Feed regularly through the fall.  Fertilize with a balanced starter fertilizer.  As soon as the grass starts sprouting, mow through the fall.

4. Mow on a short setting before winter.  Give your grass one final feeding.  During the winter, the grass will keep growing and store energy.

So, when someone asks you, “Is it fact or fiction on whether growing in the late summer and early fall is best?”  You will now be able to tell them.  That is a big FACT!  The time is just about right! In a couple more weeks, you can start sowing seed to ensure a beautiful lawn come spring.

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Got Rabbits? Nature Friendly “Bugs” Control

Posted in Plant Health Care by cdenhartog on August 8, 2009

Everybody likes cute, furry and fuzzy rabbits, and kids are especially fond of Bugs Bunny, but they’re not so fun, or friendly, when you find them demolishing your garden. In addition to a potential explosion of the fuzzy, hoppy animals in your yard, rabbits can literally decimate your garden, as well as damage trees and shrubs. Rabbits are attracted to, and will eat, just about anything that is green, though they prefer new growth on young plants.
Dealing with rabbits may provide homeowners with some challenges, but several, nature friendly control options are available to help prevent rabbits from destroying your yard. Because rabbits are especially fond of veggies, try protecting vegetable gardens with chicken wire or rabbit fencing. Home Depot, Agway and most Hardware stores carry it.  Make sure the fencing sinks a couple of inches below the soil surface to prevent them from digging under the fence.
Another option is to utilize a repellent. Garlic sprays, hot pepper sprays, and fish emulsion are popular anti-rabbit techniques that serve gardeners well. However, some repellents aren’t completely effective, especially if rabbits have already become accustomed to dining on specific vegetables in your garden. Damp, rainy climates may weaken such solutions.
Most homeowners are hesitant to hurt or kill rabbits, but in severe circumstances, you may want to consider an electric fence. Such fencing is often an effective deterrent that may give the rabbit a bit of a startle, but won’t kill it. Whichever technique or strategy you decide to protect your garden, ensure the safety of household pets and small children when choosing your options.

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Five Most Common Vegetable Garden Diseases

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on August 1, 2009
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Actually, dozens of diseases may afflict a vegetable garden, but fungus, bacterial,  viral and environmental factors that cause root rot are the most common to vegetable gardens planted across the United States. Diseases caused by fungus are among the most prevalent to plague vegetable garden planters and growers, and can turn a once thriving and flourishing garden into a disaster.

The five top vegetable diseases include:

• Mildew- a fungus that thrives in damp environments. Damaged plants usually display yellow or light green leaves, and whitish growth on the underside of leaves. Cauliflower, cucumbers, radishes, spinach and beans are especially susceptible to mildew.

• Blight – fungus that causes irregular dark spots on older leaves. Potatoes and celery are especially vulnerable to blight.

• Leaf Spot – another fungus disease that attacks leads. Leads appear dotted with small spots. Black dots appear in the center of these spots. The most susceptible plants include tomatoes, parsley and blackberries.

• Black Rot – a bacterial disease commonly found in wet weather locations. Seeds turn yellow and older plants develop which shaped yellow regions and margins that eventually kill the leaves. The most susceptible plants to Black Rot included Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collards, turnips and Chinese cabbage.

• Blossom End Rot – caused by drought, irregular watering and calcium imbalances, this disease causes malformed blossom ends of fruits and leathery tomatoes and peppers.

Before planting your vegetable garden read up on common vegetable garden diseases and do what you can to protect the health and development of your garden to ensure a bountiful harvest.

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Lawn Care-Fertilizing Basics

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on July 24, 2009
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A beautiful, vigorous and green lawn doesn’t happen by accident. It takes diligence to encourage lush lawn growth and maintenance is the key. Following a few simple steps a couple times of year will ensure that your yard and lawn is one of the best on the block.

Lawn fertilizers are designed to feed your lawn. Such fertilizers can be synthetic or organic in nature, depending on your preference. However, before grabbing just any old fertilizer off the shelf of your local garden supply store, take the time to test your soil. Testing the soil is the only sure way to determine exactly what your lawn needs for optimal growth.

Lawn fertilizers generally come pre-combined to provide a balance of these essential nutrients. Three major nutrients required by lawns include nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These nutrients (N-P-K) are labeled in the number combinations such as 10-20-10, which represents percentages by weight of these three ingredients. So, if you buy a package of lawn fertilizer designated by 10-20-10, you’re getting a lawn fertilizer with a 10% nitrogen, 20% phosphorus, and 10% potassium ratio. Nitrogen is essential for growth and development and that lush, dark green color. Phosphorus is important for redevelopment and enhances bloom size and flowering ability. Potassium is essential for protecting plants against disease and enhances tolerance to cold and drought.

Fertilize your lawn in the spring, usually around mid-May, and again in the late fall or after grass stops growing, but before the ground freezes. Due diligence, a little bit of research and regular maintenance will ensure that your lawn is healthy, lush, and green year-round.

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Weed Control – Every Gardener’s Nightmare

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on July 17, 2009
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Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, those darned weeds just keep coming back. What’s a homeowner to do? Whether you have weeds in your garden, your lawn or even your entire yard, weeding is a time consuming chore that causes a great deal of frustration and expense. However, there are a few steps that you can take to reduce your weeding time, or the necessity of weeding, every spring.
Many people use chemical weed sprays, but this isn’t always such a good idea because the spray inevitably gets on the lawn, or onto your vegetables or other plants and shrubs, damaging and even sometimes destroying them. They are time consuming to apply and sometimes require endless mixing and measuring.
The best way to deal with weeds and weed control is to stay one step ahead of the mess.
* Be vigilant. When you see new weeds sprouting, pull them out by the root before they have a chance to seed or flower. This will help cut down on new growth.
* Apply gravel or some other ground cover. Weeds, like any other living plant, need sunshine to grow and flourish. Take away the sunshine, you’ll take away the weeds.
* Cover bare soil surrounding shrubs with plastic. Black plastic is an inexpensive yet very effective barrier to weeds.
Be consistent and persistent when pulling weeds. Often, it may take a season or two to eradicate erratic weed growth. Stick with it! Your efforts will pay off in the long run.

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Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on July 11, 2009

We all want a beautiful yard, but let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the time to spend all weekend mowing, watering, and pruning, thinning and otherwise beautifying our lawns, shrubs and flowerbeds. One of the best methods of benefitting from a gorgeous yard and not spending every spare minute of our lives taking care of it is to plan low maintenance landscaping.

Low maintenance designing not only gives homeowners more time to really enjoy their yards, but is often very user-friendly, drought resistant and easy on the eyes. Some of the best things any homeowner can do to plan low maintenance landscaping is to remember these key factors:

· Drought resistance coniferous shrubs and flowers are ideal. Choose perennial instead of annual flowering varieties such as hydrangea, or ornamental grasses in selections that offer a variety of color and growth year round, whether they’re flowering or not.

· Choose easy-care ground covers such as mulch, decorative stone, or rocks to add to landscaping interest that cuts down mowing demands for sprawling lawns.

· Use railroad ties or paving stones as planter boxes or dividers to add visual appeal to your yard and keeping plants, lawns and ground cover where it belongs, saving you trimming time.

· Choose shrubs or trees that don’t drop all their leaves in the fall. This will help save time endlessly raking up piles of leaves and disposing of them every fall.

Drought resistant plants are extremely low maintenance. Choose more of these for your landscaping needs. Mother Earth, and your water bill, will appreciate you for it.

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Doggone Urine Spots!

Posted in 1 by cdenhartog on July 3, 2009
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You’ve worked hard for your beautiful green lawn, and the last thing you need is a lawn damaged by those straw-colored spots caused by your dog’s urine. Your dog can turn your gorgeous green lawn into an eyesore in less time than you could ever imagine. Why is it that every time your dog urinates on the lawn, it turns yellow?

Basically, dog urine is very acidic. Female dog urine is especially so and can ruin a good lawn in a matter of weeks. Those neat round yellow spots that now mar the surface of your lawn are ugly and embarrassing, so what can you do about it?
Finding a product that can reduce the appearance of those straw-colored stains on your lawn isn’t always easy, so try using natural remedies first. Saturate the spot with water as soon as you can to help dilute the acid. Take your time with this. If you don’t apply the right amount of water you may end up with dark green spots instead of yellow spots, and that might not look much better.

Or, section off a small corner of the yard for Bowser to do his or her business. Line the area with mulch, sand or small rocks for easier clean-up. Training your dog to use one area for elimination takes dedication and consistency but can be done.

Another method is to sprinkle lime in the areas the dog typically urinates. Lime will raise the pH of the lawn and prevent acid in the urine from leaving those unsightly spots.

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Dandelion Disasters

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on June 26, 2009
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Sure, kids have fun with dandelions, making wishes with the flighty puffs that seem so much fun to watch. Yes, the perfectly formed yellow flowers are pretty, but not scattered throughout your lawn. Actually dandelions might be considered the perfect weed, if there is such as thing, because of its beauty, tenacity, and yes, its ability to completely destroy your lawn.

What can you do about dandelion weeds? For many, spotting and pulling by hand is an adequate barrier to further growth, but who has time every day to inspect lawns for signs of growth? Most dandelion weeds start dark, jagged leaved weeds that need a screwdriver to get beneath the root (called taproots, which can be found as deep as ten inches) and pull it out.

Other homeowners resort to standard chemical weed killers, and some are specifically designed for dandelions, but remember that other plants (and surrounding lawn areas) may be affected by such use.

Another option is to douse the dandelion plant in pure vinegar, which will do the trick and kill the weed, but like most chemical sprays, vinegar will also kill grass too. Left unattended, dandelions can literally take over a lawn, turning it into a field of yellow dreams – well not exactly, but then can and often do choke lawns with their immense and deep root growth, robbing your lawn of water, nutrients and fertilizers.

So, for occasional dandelion weeds, pulling is the best option, though this can be time consuming. For those who opt for chemical barriers, choose products that are specially designed for dandelion growth, but watch your trigger finger to avoid spraying everything in sight.

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MOW WITH A SHARP BLADE 

Posted in Lawn Care by cdenhartog on June 23, 2009
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Lawn mower blades should be kept razor sharp. A sharp blade makes a clean precise cut of each grass blade. A sharp clean cut will seal quickly and resist disease attack. A dull blade chews and frays grass blades resulting in a gray appearance and greater vulnerability of turf to diseases. A crisp cut is also easier to achieve on a dry lawn than a wet one.

We receive calls every year about lawns that look brown even after periods of rain and cooler weather. In almost every case, this is the result of a dull mower blade shredding the tips of the grass. When a blade is dull, it rips the turf instead of cutting cleanly. The ripped tips then bleach out and turn brown, giving the whole lawn a tan or brown cast.

See our Helpful Tips on our website or feel free to call our office on any questions you may have.

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