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05 Mar Posted by in Land Clearing, Sod | Comments Off on Spring Cleaning Benefits to your Garden

Spring Cleaning Benefits to your Garden

Fall LanscapingIf you own a house and have a yard, you will want to make sure you keep it looking great. If not, you can have a problem when spring rolls around, and you want to go out and enjoy your yard. With this in mind, here are three reasons why you should make sure to clean your yard and maintain it before spring.

Lawn

First and foremost, if you have a lawn, you will not want to see what it looks like after a harsh winter. However, with some residential lawn maintenance, you can easily remove the dead patches of grass and make your yard look great again. Yes, residential lawn clearing is one of the most cost-effective ways to make sure your yard looks great.

Get started on planning

Now, if you are on top of your yard maintenance, you can easily plant your flowers and other items the right day they need to be planted. By removing old plants and any materials related to planting, you can easily sneak out into your yard and plant your bulbs, flowers or fruits and vegetables. Then, when summer rolls around, you will not regret your decision.

Other things to combat

Once spring rolls around, you will have to deal with excessive rain, bugs and other creatures. If you don’t take care of your routine spring cleaning early or on time, you are going to be busy in your yard. Simply put, if you have to kill bugs, deal with the rain and do spring cleaning all at once, you are going to have too much work on your hands.

If you have a house and want a nice yard, make sure you clean it up before spring starts. Then, you will have a yard that is the envy of all your neighbors.

10 Dec Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Five Tips for Lawn Drainage

Five Tips for Lawn Drainage

grass seedPoor lawn drainage can be more than just a nuisance: It can cause some serious problems, including damaging your home’s foundation. Here are five tips to improve your drainage.

Install a rain garden

If your lawn drainage problem is simply one of too much rainwater on your lawn, a rain garden can help. Rain gardens collect and slow some runoff and allow it to slowly soak into the soil. This can keep water from draining into places you don’t want it to.

Change topography

Your yard should slope away from your home, and if it doesn’t, it can cause drainage problems. If this is your issue, you need to change the topography. You can do this by moving around dirt or bringing more in to recontour your yard. You may need to hire a residential clearing company to do this.

Maintain your yard

A minor drainage problem may simply be caused by poor lawn maintenance. If you have lots of leaves and brush lying around, especially near your home’s foundation, it can impede drainage. Proper yard maintenance involves mowing your lawn regularly and keeping leaves and brush picked up.

Check your soil

A lawn drainage problem could be caused by too much clay in your soil, which makes it less permeable and impedes drainage. If you test your soil and find there is too much clay, you can add gypsum and/or limestone to your soil to break up the clay or add organic matter, such as composted leaves, to change the soil’s makeup.

Install a drainage system

If you have a serious drainage problem, one that can’t be solved by the aforementioned methods, you may have to install a drainage system, such as a French drain or yard drain, to divert the water out of your yard and away from your home.

11 Sep Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Sod, Sod, Sod – What Type is Best for Your Yard – 5 Tips

Sod, Sod, Sod – What Type is Best for Your Yard – 5 Tips

sodDepending upon the size of your yard, the lawn can be one of the biggest investments you make in your home. Here are 5 things to consider before making that investment.

Climate

In an area with cold winters and hot summers, bluegrass, ryegrass, bentgrass and fescues are all good choices. If you live in an area where temperatures are warm year ’round, your best choices are Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede or Carpetgrass.

Soil Type

What type of soil you are working with is an important consideration. If you are fortunate enough to have fertile, loamy soil, any type of grass will thrive. If you are dealing with sandy soil that doesn’t hold water as well, Bahia may be your best option. Centipede will grow in areas with acidic soil.

Sun Exposure

When choosing sod, it is vital that you know what type of sun exposure your lawn area has. If you are dealing with a northern exposure or an area of shade choose St. Augustine, Centipede, or a fescue-type sod. For areas of intense sunlight a better choice would be Bermuda or Zoysia.

Use

How will you use your lawn area? Most grasses will take some foot-traffic, but if your yard will be used as a children’s play area or for frequent entertaining, Bermuda or Zoysia are your best options.

Upkeep

How much time do you have to devote to yard maintenance? Centipede is a slow grower, so requires less time, while Bermuda has a fast growth rate and requires regular applications of fertilizer. For those with moderate amounts of time for lawn care chores, fescue is a good choice as it has a moderate growth rate.
Taking your time to choose the right sod will pay off in a beautiful lawn for years to come.

28 Aug Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on 4 Helpful Tips on What to Do When Your Lawn is Suffering From Too Much Shade

4 Helpful Tips on What to Do When Your Lawn is Suffering From Too Much Shade

fall outdoorIf the trees and plants in your lawn provide a little much shade during the day, chances are your grass will not grow. All grass types need at least three to four hours of sunlight each day to look healthy and lush. Here are four quick tips to help you grow grass in your shady yard:

1. Increase the amount of sunlight in your yard by pruning back trees and plants. Not only will your yard look neat and tidy, your grass will have a greater chance of getting the proper amount of sunlight. If possible, remove some trees and plants that contribute too much shade.

2. Remove grass cuttings during lawn maintenance to allow more sunlight to penetrate the soil. The same goes for leaves that fall during cool autumn months. Even though grass grows much slower during autumn and winter, it’s still growing. Maximize sun exposure as much as possible all year long to maintain a full lawn.

3. Limit watering when performing lawn care on your lawn. Since moisture buildup can occur in shady areas with limited sunlight, watering a shady lawn can cause mold growth, which can kill the grass. Instead, water on overly hot days or during times of minimal rainfall. Water deeply to reach the roots and then walk away. This will encourage grass to grow, but not mold

4. Choose a shade tolerant grass such as Red Creeping Fescue, St. Augustine, Rough Bluegrass, or Perennial Ryegrass. These grasses still require sunlight, but are far more tolerant to shady spots than other grass types.

Fertilizers with a high concentration of phosphorous help roots grow healthy and strong. When reseeding your lawn, look for a good seed mix such as Scotts Turf Builder Deep Shade Mix or Pennington Sun and Shade Mix.

21 Aug Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Keep your lawn green during a drought

Keep your lawn green during a drought

Unhealthy grassMuch of the country has been experiencing drought conditions for several years now. This lack of water can make lawn maintenance difficult. For a lot of people, the American dream is a house with a green lawn and a white picket fence. With drought water restrictions being enacted, the green lawn part of that dream is quickly fading to brown. However, it is possible to practice good lawn care during these times. Here are 5 tips for keeping your lawn green and healthy when you can’t water every day.

1. If possible, consider planting native grasses. Grass that is acclimated to your location already will grow well without much help from you.

2. Aerate your lawn and amending the top soil with compost to improve soil quality and allow your grass to develop stronger roots.

3. Keep grass longer to encourage deeper roots and shade the surface of the soil during especially sunny days. Set your mower to 2 1/2 – 3 inches and leave the clippings on the lawn.

4. Water long and slow on the days you can. Make sure you’re not watering at too high of a volume – all the water should absorb into the soil rather than running off into the street. Water long enough so that after 24-36 hours the soil is moist to a depth of 6-8 inches, then don’t water again until the grass begins to show signs of needing water. Shallow, frequent watering does not help the grass grow deep, strong roots.

5. Water in the morning before the heat of the day. This allows most of the water to make it to the soil rather than evaporating in the sun. Use a sprinkler that keeps the water as low as possible.

26 Jun Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Brown Spots on Your Lawn? Learn How to Rid Them Immediately

Brown Spots on Your Lawn? Learn How to Rid Them Immediately

 

Unhealthy grassIf you have ever walked out onto your lawn and noticed patches of brown spots, you were probably taken aback. These spots make your grass appear ugly and discolored from the rest of it. The patches of brown are there for a reason and to rid your lawn of them, you must figure out what is causing the spots and then address them accordingly.

 

What Causes Brown Spots?

 

There are many different reasons why brown spots will show up on your lawn. One of the first major reasons is because of a lack of proper lawn maintenance. If you are not watering your lawn properly and taking care of it, your lawn will die and become brown.

 

Other causes include:

 

  • Chemicals.
  • Dull mower blades.
  • Animal waste.
  • Poor soil.
  • Roots.
  • Erosion.
  • Drought.
  • Disease.
  • Pests.

 

How to Get Rid of Brown Spots

 

One of the first things you will need to do is identify why you have brown spots in the first place. If you are unsure of why they are there, you will find yourself constantly treating your yard without any results.

 

Below are some of the things you can do to improve and rid brown spots from your lawn.

 

Short Grass

 

You want to make sure that you are always mowing your lawn and keeping the grass short. The longer the blades of grass, the more humidity that becomes trapped between the blades and when this happens fungus can grow and deteriorate your grass.

 

Avoid Nitrogen

 

Avoid using nitrogen fertilizer on your yard as this promotes fungus growth. The fungus enjoys the nitrogen and feeds off of it, thus spreading to more areas of your yard.

 

Water

 

Make sure you are watering your yard on a regular basis. Without the proper water, grass will die and leave brown spots on the lawn. If you do not have a sprinkler system equipped, make sure you get out into the yard and water your lawn until all of it has received water.

 

Pest Control

 

If your lawn is suffering from pests, talk with your local landscaping company to find out what type of pest control you can use to rid the bugs. As long as the insects and pests remain, your lawn will continue to turn brown.

 

Keep Up with Maintenance

 

It is important to keep up with your lawn maintenance. If you are unable to handle your lawn care yourself, you should hire a company that can come out to your home and do it for you. Without the proper care, your lawn will begin to turn brown and then deteriorate until all of the lawn is brown.

 

Remember, do not get discouraged and try to combat the problem as best as possible and when you can no longer handle it, call a professional.

 

06 Jun Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on Your Guide to Properly Caring for Your Sod

Your Guide to Properly Caring for Your Sod

grass seedIf you recently improved your landscape and had sod laid down, you now need to know how to take care of it. Sod can be finicky and will need extra attention when you first have it installed. Lawn maintenance is important to keep your yard green and beautiful. Without the proper maintenance for your sod, you will end up with brown spots, dead grass, and more.

Water Your Yard

Many homeowners do not necessarily understand the importance of watering their grass. A sprinkler system can help you keep your lawn properly watered; however, if you do not have one, you should manually water your yard.

If your grass is not getting enough water, it will die and you may notice brown patches start to form. It is hard to undue the process once it has already been started and you may need to get more new sod. To avoid this, you can water your yard up to 20 minutes, twice a day for the first two weeks after installation. After the first two weeks, it is important to increase watering time and decrease how many times you water.

Fertilize Your Sod

It is important to keep your yard fertilized. Once the sod has been placed, it will be fertilized and then you will need to follow up with it. The fertilizer provides the essential nutrients that your grass and soil need to grow. Once your grass is growing properly and is healthy, fertilizing can typically be done once a month.

Additional Maintenance

You want to make sure that you are controlling any weeds that sprout in your yard. You should hand pick any that you see and you can also use an herbicide to remove any of them that are small or reoccurring.

Keep your yard mowed and never allow it to grow out of control. A healthy lawn should be cut regularly once the blades of grass hit three inches.

Enjoy Your Lawn

You can decorate your yard and enjoy your beautiful, green lawn. Proper lawn maintenance is important for the health of your yard and without it, you will notice your grass dies off and does not stay rich and colorful.

 

29 May Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on When is Excavation Needed?

When is Excavation Needed?

ExcavationOften, when owning a piece of property for a business or a home site, it’s necessary to excavate the land to finish a project. While true, it’s not always necessary, and a home or business owner needs to consider his or her situation and proceed wisely. With this in mind, here are three times a home excavation is needed.

Vegetation: When there is vegetation in the way, a homeowner will need to hire a professional to clean up the site and remove the trees or shrubs. Not only that, when clearing the site for a new house, it’s necessary for the professional excavator to remove the roots. Otherwise, if a homeowner leaves this intact, he or she will deal with problems later when the roots break through the cement.

Unstable ground: Other times, a home or business owner will want to build a place on unstable ground. Often, this happens in busy cities where there isn’t much free room to put in a new structure. To start, one will need to hire a surveyor who can look at the situation and determine the best course of action. Then, one can proceed and hire an excavator who can level out the lot and make it possible to put up the new structure.

City requires it: In some areas, the city will require a builder to excavate the land. While not always the case, it’s something that many must deal with. Not only will the landowner need to hire a professional, but he or she will need the city to inspect the site and ensure the work is done properly.

It’s common for landowners to hire an excavator to help with the process. Luckily, when finding a qualified one, a homeowner can ensure his or her house is set up the way he or she wants.

22 May Posted by in Blog, Sod | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Trees for Your Yard

How to Choose the Right Trees for Your Yard

Fall LanscapingThe right landscaping can give your home the outdoor appeal you’ve been looking for. If you’re thinking of adding some trees to your yard, there are a few elements that you should consider before making your final selections. Read on to learn about the criteria you should use to choose the right trees for your yard.

Size

The size tree you place in your yard depends on the purpose of the tree and how much room you have to plant. Short and wide trees need a large footprint, while short and skinny trees are good for small areas. Medium and large trees are good choices for areas of the yard where you want more shade. Don’t forget to consider vertical space (such as roof and power lines) as well as horizontal space when you’re evaluating your tree needs.

Climate

Depending on where you live, some trees grow better than others. Consult a local garden center or another resource to learn what trees do best in your region. Temperature, precipitation, frost, and natural pests are all important climate-related criteria to consider when choosing a tree.

Purpose

The reason why you want to plant a tree will inform the type of tree you select. For example, certain trees are the best choices if you’re looking for shade or privacy, while you might instead be driven to choose a tree based on the beautiful flowers it blooms.

Taking these three factors into account when you are selecting trees for your yard can make a big difference in the way your finished yard looks as well as your enjoyment of the tree.

 

15 May Posted by in Sod | Comments Off on 5 Essential Lawn Care Tasks for the Summer

5 Essential Lawn Care Tasks for the Summer

grass seedAs a home gardener, you will be responsible for certain tasks to keep your lawn in tip-top shape. This is especially the case in the summer, when the weather grows even hotter and drier. The lawn is under more stress in the summer due to extreme heat and times of drought, so you will have different responsibilities toward keeping it healthy. Here are the essential tasks for managing your lawn during the summer.

Watering

Of course, watering is a must. You will want to administer at least one inch of water each week and even more if the heat is extreme. It is best to water your lawn during the early morning hours between four and seven. Watering at least an inch per week during these early hours will ensure that the roots of your grass will be adequately moist to survive the summer.

Weeding

Controlling weeds is always important, but it is even more so during the summer. Eliminating weeds as soon as you see them will prevent them from spreading and doing harm to your lawn. Look out for patchy bits of lawn or roots that appear unhealthy and remove them.

Mowing

Mow your lawn more often than usual during the summer. Two times per week might be necessary depending on the weather conditions in your region. It is best to keep your grass taller so that the roots will be deeper and healthier as well as better able to tolerate drought. The longer grasses also help to prevent growth of weeds.

Fertilizing

The best time to fertilize your lawn during the summer is in June. Administering fertilizer after mowing is also the best course of action because the grass will be dry. You will also have to choose the appropriate type of fertilizer for your particular soil, which requires a soil analysis to determine.

General Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your lawn is also a must during the summer. Clean up any debris or fallen leaves and aerate your lawn when necessary. Keeping the landscape clean will ensure that your lawn stays absolutely beautiful and healthy.