Homeowners often face the dilemma of when to draw the line between doing it themselves and hiring a professional. Sometimes the consequences of DIY are unforeseen, until you’re looking at a dead lawn a week later. Other times DIY can save you money, and provide a great learning experience. On the other hand, hiring a professional for lawn care gives you more free time. Here we look at the pros and cons of each: What are the benefits to DIY lawn care? Doing projects yourself brings the satisfaction of the […]
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If there is one thing I have learned over the last 39 years of being in lawn care is that weather predictions are just that, predictions, and you never know if it’s going to rain, snow, get hot or cold until it’s actually happening. I did a search on the possible forecasts for this winter and they range from one extreme to the other and all things in between. Is spring coming early this year? Maybe, maybe not, we will just have to wait and see. At this time of […]
For many parts of the country, February can be a trying time. The sky is gray, the ground is a sea of slush, and spring can’t come soon enough. But imagine being able to look out your window and see some bright pops of color—brilliant oranges, sunny yellows, resplendent purples and pinks. While it might not have the same power to shake off those winter blues as, say, a Netflix binge followed by ice cream-induced hibernation, every little bit helps. Depending on where you live, there are a number of […]
“The field is important to football the way a microphone is important to Adele. You don’t notice it if it works. It can ruin everything if it doesn’t.” – Tommy Tomlinson, ESPN The Magazine This year, the Patriots and the Falcons will duke it out at NRG Stadium in Houston, a field that—gasp!—uses artificial turf. Doing anything on artificial turf sounds as strange to us as a vegan in a meatpacking plant, but despite our reservations we’ll be watching the whole thing. And trying not to pay too much attention […]
During the spring, I travel across the US to conduct training seminars for our great Field Staff and Customer Service Professionals in many of the states where Spring-Green does business. I started off in Columbia, SC, working with teams from North and South Carolina along with a team from Alabama. All of these locations started their lawn care year or are getting ready to start within the next week. It may be early February, but if the weather is good, as it has been, these operations are getting a jump […]
Building a backyard rink in the winter is a great way to get your family outside and having fun on the ice. But when spring rolls around, will your lawn have paid the price? To prevent long term lawn damage, we’ve put together a few tips for building a lawn-friendly ice rink. There are two options when it comes to creating a rink: Pack down the snow Use a plastic liner Although most people resort to a plastic liner (a WHITE one is essential!), we think that the foot method, […]
I recently received a picture from our location in Opelika, AL of an entire Bermuda grass lawn entering dormancy. Each year, as the temperatures drop, this is what happens to most warm season grasses when exposed to freezing temperatures. They take on this almost camouflage-look to them. Except for parts of Florida, most warm season grasses enter into a dormant state during the winter. They will turn brown and do not green-up until next spring through early summer. Even though the grass turns brown, there are still broadleaf weeds and annual […]
Before you ask . . . no, we are not suggesting that instead of walking on your grass you invest in a Marty McFly-style hoverboard. (But if you do own one of those, please send us pictures.) Winter is a great season, isn’t it? It’s the time of year when we don’t give a second thought to how healthy our grass is underneath all that snow (or, lately, ice). It goes dormant in the fall, awakens from its slumber in the spring, and then we start the taking-care-of-the-lawn seasons. Easy, […]
Many people think that those who work in lawn care have nothing to do in the winter. In actuality, winter is a very busy time for those who work in the lawn care industry. Some of our southern franchise locations have already started performing applications to control weeds that have germinated and are applying products to prevent new ones from germinating. Granted, the far north franchise locations may not be making any applications, but there is still a good deal of work to get done before the start of their lawn care […]
Think because your lawn is buried in snow you can’t be taking care of it? Think again! It’s time to get out that shovel and clear your entire yard from snow, then delicately prune each blade of grass to prepare for spring… No, not really. But as you gaze out at the sea of white and daydream about the smell of grass clippings or the feel of your hands in the dirt, there are a few winter tasks you can tackle right now to take care of your lawn—even if […]