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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Safety Tips For Tree And Stump Removal

5/7/2015

Taking down a tree on your property can be a dangerous job that is best left to the professionals. A professional tree removal service has the right equipment and skills to get the job done correctly. Here are some essential tree and stump removal safety tips to keep in mind: Equipment Experience. Having experience with tree removal equipment like chainsaws and wood chippers is absolutely essential for safety. These are extremely dangerous tools that must be handled with care and operated by a trained professional. Accidents can happen when these items are not used properly, or when the operator becomes distracted, even if only for a moment. This is one of the most important tree removal tips for property owners to keep in mind. Electrical Lines. A big concern when removing tree limbs are power lines in the area. Some trees are so large that the limbs may extend up around power lines, creating a precarious situation when it comes time to remove those limbs and branches. If a limb should come loose and hit an electrical line, it can be deadly. If the removal equipment comes into contact with a live electrical line, it can actually electrocute the operator. A professional service knows to handle tree limb removal safely around power lines to reduce risk of accidents and injuries. Maintain Awareness. Tree removal is a job that requires one’s full attention at every step. In order to stay safe, one must stay alert and aware. This applies not only to the individual who is cutting the tree limbs, but also to those who are assisting from the ground. Falling branches and limbs can be deadly, so it is critical that everyone is paying attention during each step of the removal process. Stump Safety. Tree stumps should be removed because they pose a risk to anyone walking on the property. The stump can be a trip hazard, which could become a liability for property owners. That’s why it is very important to get the stump removed safely. Follow these safety tips to ensure that a tree removal goes as smoothly and safely as possible. Always call in the professionals to take care of large or rotting trees on your property. With the right equipment and skills, any tree can be removed...

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