Spring is the Perfect Time to Start Your Maintenance Projects

3/29/2017

As the weather starts to warm up, the conditions are ideal for getting started on lawn maintenance and spring landscaping. To ensure that your property looks great in the months ahead, you’ll need to prepare your grass, gardens and patios as soon as the final frost is over. Here are a few reasons why now is the best time to begin your spring projects: Favorable conditions. The cool days of early spring are perfect for prepping your property and planning out your big projects. While rain showers may keep you from starting anything too ambitious, you can still design your landscaping and hardscaping plans and purchase materials. Get the tools that you’ll need, start seeds for a vegetable garden, and get your hose hooked up outside. Once the long, hot days of summer set in, you’ll have missed the chance to enjoy the more pleasant weather conditions that spring offers. Getting acclimated. Planting in the spring after the last cold front of winter gives your plants the opportunity to acclimate to the environment. Once you get them in the ground, it will take some time and care to help them thrive. Follow the care guidelines closely, as each plant has it’s own requirements in terms of water and sunlight needed. Plenty of options. Local nurseries and hardware stores with garden centers will start to get seasonal plants in stock. It’s the perfect time to browse the options that are best suited for your region. Take a trip to the nursery to get a better idea of what you’d like to plant in your garden this year. If you’re interested in a complete landscape makeover, contact The Ohio Valley Group to get a free...

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Is Your Lawn Happy?

6/4/2015

When I think of lawns, I think of bare feet, slip-n-slides and four leaf clovers.  I think of lawn chairs, cold lemonade, small children and puppies. I think about hammocks gently rocking in the wind and the click-click of a sprinkler. The scent of freshly cut grass is intoxicating and is the essence of summer. This year’s erratic weather combining the fourth wettest June on record followed by a heat wave with tropical-like humidity, has been brutal on lawns [as well as shrubs and trees].  The weather this season is causing many lawns to look like a teenager with acne–breaking out with random brown patches [which are actually a fungal growth].  Some lawns appear zombie-like, suffering from slime mold.  Slime mold can also be found in landscape beds [where it looks like a yellow blob of dog vomit].  Dollar spot sounds like a good deal until you realize it is actually a fungal disease that makes your lawn look like a green shirt covered in bleach stains.  Red thread sounds pretty until your lawn looks like a Christmas ornament. However, all is not lost.  There is time to repair the damage – and still enjoy your lawn.  In fact, August is a great time to address the problems that are now evident in lawns, trees and shrubs.   Many times, lawn repair is all that is necessary to remedy any of the lawn issues. When disease has run rampant, however, re-seeding a lawn is likely the best remedy.  The best time for re-seeding is generally August through October.   Another secret weapon to achieving a healthy lawn is aerification.  Aerification is a method of loosening up compacted soil by removing plugs of soil, allowing water penetration and the exchange of air in the soil with fresh air and water.  It also helps break up thatch and improves the uptake and utilization of fertilizer applications. Trees and shrubs are also under tremendous stress from this year’s weather conditions.  You may have noticed some yellowing of the leaves and excessive leaf drop. This is caused by excessive moisture in the soil. One of the most effective methods to rejuvenate stressed trees and shrubs is vertical mulching.  Vertical mulching opens up poor soils to get air and fertilizer to the roots.  It...

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