When Do I Start Planning My Spring Landscaping Goals?


If you have big dreams for your landscape this spring/summer, now is a great time to map out what you want. While you may not know where to begin with your spring landscape preparations, you can rest assured knowing that Spring-Green is on the scene. We have compiled a mini guide to help you in your spring planning endeavors. 

What do I need to know about spring planning?

Start with the basics. There are certain universal and fundamental activities that you can take to prep your outdoor area for the upcoming warm seasons. Depending on the zone you are in, it might be too cold to do some of the things on this list. However, you can get prepared with materials, spot checks, and set dates on the calendar to begin as soon as temps drop.

Inspect. Take a walk around your property and check out the state of your trees and shrubs while looking for signs of damage or illness. You may need to remove some items that did not survive winter or trim back branches that are broken or damaged.  

Test. If you haven’t tested your soil in a few years, it’s time. Checking every two to three years for the proper pH balance and mix of nutrients can set you up for success in the springtime. Soil testing kits are usually available at your local nursery or your lawn care service can usually help with that. 

Fertilize. Now that you know the condition of your lawn, you are in a good spot to determine whether to fertilize or not too.  What you learned from your testing of the soil conditions can help you determine what you need to do regarding fertilizing. Here are some best practices to help you along the way. 

  • Choose a fertilizer that matches your needs based on your soil test. 
  • Make sure the timing matches the type of grass you have. Not all grasses should be fertilized in the spring. 
  • Choose a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer to increase nutrient absorption.  
  • Follow instructions on how to use the fertilizer you choose for best results. 
  • Don’t overlook your trees and shrubs that can benefit from proper fertilization too. 
     

Weed. When the time is right, weeding is on the agenda for your springtime lawn prep. Start by raking and clearing debris then working on removing weeds.

Mulch. Spring is a great time to add a layer of mulch in your plant beds and around your trees at about an inch-thick layer to retain moisture in the soil, keep roots cool in the summer, and insulate them in the winter. 

Water. Well, maybe not yet. Get ready to water by inspecting your sprinkler system so it’s ready to go when the time is right.  


How do I avoid common landscaping mistakes? 

Planting things that are not good for your soil and climate. Be sure to select grasses, plants, flowers, trees, and shrubs that match your environment. A common mistake is to choose plants that will not thrive (or survive) in your zone. 
 

Starting without a plan. Jumping into your spring landscaping project without a plan can waste your time and your money. Layout your entire idea and what it will entail before you start for better chances of success. 
 

Not researching local pests. From rabbits to squirrels to insects, your local pests are attracted to certain plants and flowers. Avoiding their favorites or protecting your new garden from pests is a key step not to overlook. 
 

Ignoring attention to timing. Understanding when to plant, when to trim back and when to fertilize or water are essentials to helping your landscape thrive. 

Since 1977, Spring-Green has helped residents and businesses achieve their springtime landscaping goals – no matter how big or small. From routine, quality lawn care to creating lush landscapes, the pros at Spring-Green have you covered.  

Get started today with a free estimate. 

How Can I Build A DIY Fire Pit For My Backyard?


Fire pits nowadays are all the rage when it comes to backyard additions. From afternoon barbeques to after dusk evening s’mores surrounded by the warm fire.  Fire pits can provide good functionality and a pleasant gathering space for your backyard that will endure all year round. Also, many realtors suggest that adding a backyard fit pit can increase the value of your home. Your friends at Spring-Green wanted to put together this how-to, do it yourself guide so you can build and enjoy your backyard fire pit for years to come without the potential burn! 

What materials and tools do I need?

To build a fire pit that will last for many years to come, it all starts with the right tools and quality materials. Fire pits for your backyard can range from the most expensive to the most budget-friendly options, but these will be the basic tools and materials you will need to get started.  

Tools Needed:                                                                   

  • tape measure  
  • stake  
  • trowel  
  • hand tamper  
  • shovel   
  • level  

Materials Needed:   

  • twine or string  
  • ready-mix concrete  
  • stone pavers  
  • gravel  
  • spray paint (optional)  

When purchasing the pavers for the wall of your fire pit, aim for pavers that are sturdy like retaining wall bricks, natural stone, or concrete pavers. Many home improvement stores often carry bricks specifically designed for fire pits. Keep in mind also that price points for materials will differ depending on your budget for your fire pit project.   

How do I plan out my Fire Pit for structure and safety?

Once you have all your materials and tools gathered, it is time to begin building your backyard fire pit. But first, you need to do a little planning and safety preparation.  

  • Consider in planning your fire pit location that you have the proper space for it in your back yard and that it is accessible. Ideally, your fire pit should be built and sit on a patch of level ground in an open area of the yard that’s at least 15 feet from other residences and at least 10 feet from property lines avoiding flammable structures such as wooden sheds, bushes, and trees. Also, make sure your fire pit location is not close to any gas lines.  
  • Check with your local fire codes and HOA to ensure you able to have a fire pit on your property and be able to burn. Some city codes and HOA’s restrict the use of fire pits whether it be gas or wood-burning so check with your local office to make sure you can build safely and efficiently.  
  • Research quality and efficient fuel supply equipment and emissions for your fire pit. Gas options may take longer to install but are fuel options to consider given they emit no smoke, sparks, or embers, and leave no ashes to clean up. Wood-burning fire pits do not require any gas lines but can emit a decent amount of smoke, sparks, and embers, require ash removal and make larger flames fires more difficult to extinguish.   
  • Invest in fire safety gear for your fire pit such as a fire blanket or fire extinguisher.  

Where do I start?

Now that you have your plans, best practices, tools, and materials together. Here is a step by step guide on how to safely and efficiently build your backyard fire pit to enjoy for years to come.  

Step 1 – Build the foundation of the fire pit.  

  • To begin your foundation, locate the middle spot for your fire pit and insert a stake in the ground where the center of the pit will be placed. Mark the circumference of the circle by attaching a string to the stake, measuring out half the length of your circumference, and tie the end of your string to a can of spray paint. Walk around the stake, using the string, and spray paint the circle which will be the circumference of your fire pit.   
  • Dig the space out to a depth of approximately 6″. Repeat the same method as above to mark an inner circle of approximately 12″ in from the outside circle. This inner circle will be the edge of the fire pit wall.   
  • Once you do this, use a large shovel to dig out the grass inside the circle.  Then amp down the dirt with a hand tamper and use a level to ensure that your foundation will be level to begin building the foundation the stones will sit upon.  
  • Mix concrete with water until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter. Lay the wet concrete in between the two circles so it is level with the ground. Ensure that you leave the center area free of concrete to allow for proper drainage and build up the concrete until it is about 1-1/2″ below ground level. Smooth the surface with a trowel then let dry for 24 hours.  

Step 2 – Build the outer walls of your fire pit.  

  • Once your foundation is set, it’s time to lay the stones or pavers for your fire pit. Mix mortar and then shovel about 2″ of it on top of the concrete base. Work in small sections which lay the stones on the mortar. Once your first few levels of stones are laid on the outer edge of your fire pit, lay your fire bricks to form the inner wall of your fire pit.  

Step 3 – Build the inner fire brick wall of your fire pit.  

  • To build the inner fire brick wall for your fire pit start with making sure to level each brick, fill the gaps in between with wet mortar, and scrape away any excess. Also, be sure to measure the inside and outside edges of the inner wall periodically to maintain proper wall thickness and circular shape.  
  •  Raise the bricks (against the inside circle) and the pavers (against the outside circle) while also filling in gaps between with stones and mortar as the wall grows taller. Also, if you stagger the seams of the pavers and inner bricks this will make the fire pit more stable, safe, and secure.  

Step 4 – Finishing touches to your fire pit.  

  • To finish off your fire pit after the outer and inner walls have been constructed you can leave open for an interior pit to hold your fire, or you can fill it with gravel or pebble stones and an inner steel ring. Utilizing a steel ring as the inner part of your fire pit will not only preserve the looks but also the structural integrity of your fire pit that will last for years to come.  

A fire pit is a great addition to any backyard. Fire pits can not only provide added value to your home but can also provide a comforting ambiance and a great gathering area to your backyard. As a homeowner, building a DIY fire pit can be budget-friendly with safety in mind. Since 1977, Spring-Green is the dedicated professionals to help you with all your lawn and landscaping needs.   

Contact a Spring-Green Pro today to get started.  

How Do I Build An Igloo?


The igloo was originally a place for protection from the elements for those living in frigid regions of the Canadian tundra. Igloo is the American Indian Inuit word for “snow house.” Hundreds of years ago, the Inuits had little access to materials to build a shelter so they began to use one of the few resources they had – ice. The igloo became a way for hunters to survive the frigid winters in areas that included eastern Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, and parts of Canada.  

How Have Igloos Changed Today? 

Modern-day igloos – Less about protection from the cold and more about design, architecture, and fun. Modern-day igloos don’t stop at a simple design. Ice bars, intricate ice structures, and mixed media art pieces can all be created by working with snow and taking advantage of below-freezing temps to make beautiful exhibits.   

How Do Igloos Work?

How igloos work – A common question for those interested in igloos is, “how do they keep you warm?” The coldest air settles at the door near the floor, which is below the surface of the surrounding snow outside, while the warmer air rises. So, the inside of the igloo will include a raised sleeping platform that while still cold at 30 to 40 degree Fahrenheit, it is better than the alternative exposed to the elements and colder temperatures.   


How Do I Get Started Building An Igloo?

Your step-by-step guide to building an igloo:  

  • Make sure you have enough snow. It’s a common misstep to underestimate how much snow is required to build an igloo. Most igloo experts (yes, there are igloo experts) estimate that you’ll need around a foot of snow to make your icy abode.  
  • Choose your snow-type wisely. The type of snow matters. The top powder won’t work. You’ll need the denser stuff that lies below the top layer to build a proper igloo.  
  • Start with a big circle. The foundation starts with a circle that is under ten feet in diameter, recommended.   
  • Use a mold to create bricks. Use a box or a mold of some kind to create bricks that are approximately three feet long, 15 inches high, and about eight inches thick. These sizes can be reduced for smaller igloos.  
  • Start building your igloo. Take your bricks and place them in your circle, reducing the size as you get higher. The continuous spiral should be on a slant that rises higher as you circle. You may need to use sticks or boards to prop up the bricks until it gets high enough.  
  • Add your form and function. Your igloo won’t be complete without a vent to allow airflow and a door to enter through and close to keep your body heat inside.   
  • Lock it down with ice. Ice is stronger than snow, so be sure to hose down your igloo when the temps are cold enough to help turn the water into ice.  

Arctic cultures such as the Eskimo and the Inuit are credited with the engineering marvel that we know as the igloo. And, in today’s world as temps rise due to global warming, creating ice houses may be limited in scope. Whether you are creating an igloo for utility and relief from the cold or for a fun winter day’s project, this guide should help you get started. You can count on Spring-Green for the tips and tools you need to get through the coldest days of winter and beyond. Our team of pros is standing by to help with quality lawn care services, pest control services, and tree and shrubbery care.  

Contact Spring-Green today.  

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Right From Your Front Yard

No matter how detailed the list, things fall through and you forget that special someone’s gift. At Spring-Green, we know preparing for the holidays can be stressful and time-consuming. Make your life easier with these last-minute gift ideas, using tree limbs from your front yard. Those fallen branches you meant to clean up before guests arrive, can be turned in to one of the most memorable gifts you can give all year. There are endless possibilities when it comes to creating thoughtful holiday gifts from nature. Here are Spring-Green’s ideas for a last-minute holiday gift.

What gifts can I make last minute for the holidays?

The Holiday Ornament – Create a cherished memory for years to come with a wooden holiday ornament. Find a broken or dead branch thick enough to slice into a sliver the size of your palm. Be safe and take an object to create a small hole at the top. Tie a decorative string through the hole. Once cut to the perfect size, seal the wood with varnish, epoxy, or paint of your choosing. From here, you can add a photo, phrase, or a unique design. Your options are limitless; your creativity should not be defined. 

The Holiday Frame – Memories deserve to be captured and framed. So, why not turn that into a gift? You can start by collecting a variety of fallen limbs and twigs. Once you have collected the wooden piece you will use, it is time to break them. Start by drawing the desired shape of the frame on a piece of paper. Begin to snap your branches/twigs to form a pattern that matches your frame shape. With the frame being shaped out, you can start hot gluing all the pieces together. Once your pieces are all put together, you can paint, glitter, or even stain your frame to your liking.   

The Holiday Candle Holder – Grab a holiday candle and make it a budget-friendly gift with a little holiday spirit. Take your twigs/limbs and break them all to a similar height as your candle. Take your hot glue gun and begin gluing the sticks to the outside of the candle jar. Once you have created a nice base, fill in any empty spots with smaller sticks. Finish off your design with a festive ribbon or string!  



Regardless of how you celebrate, the holidays are a special time. In all the hustle and bustle of preparing for family, gathering gifts, or buying food it is easy to forget a thing or two. Celebrate your holiday season with a few handmade gifts that are budget-friendly and with a purpose in mind. At Spring-Green, we understand what it means to give with a purpose in mind. We tailor our services to the needs of your specific lawn. No more trial and error, we create a program just for you. Learn more about our services by going to Spring-Green.com.   

Why Are My Tree Branches Falling off?

 

Have you noticed your trees are losing branches? Are more limbs collecting in your yard than normal? If so, you might be wondering if it is time to start worrying about the health of your trees. There are many reasons that tree branches fall. Some indicate a problem. Some don’t. Here are the questions you should be asking about your trees.   

Q&As about your tree’s health  

Why do healthy trees lose branches? 

Not every tree that loses a few branches has an issue. Trees shed branches for many reasons that are not linked to illness. Typically, sudden branch breakage is the tree’s response to hot, dry environments. However, tree branches may break off even if they are very healthy. This is normal for larger trees that branches extend further than the trunk can support.   

How can I tell if my trees have an issue? 

If your trees are clearly sick, it can be difficult to determine the prognosis of the falling tree branches. Things to consider when investigating your tree’s health are drought stress, extremely dry soil, tissue shrinkage, disease, and internal cracks. Your tree may be shrinking as a form of protection. It’s a good idea to inspect your trees on a regular basis, checking for discoloration, mold, and unhealthy moss. 

What are the dangers of falling branches?  

Falling branches can damage to your property as well as cause problems on the lawn if left too long. It is important to clear branches that hang over valuable/important structures such as buildings, vehicles, power lines, and lodging areas. Falling branches are the result of many insurance claims due to improper care of their tree branches.   

How can I prevent falling branches?

Check the roots – Often, the cause of branches falling off the tree is related to the root system. Roots that move and slip when branches are trying to stand up to heavy winds can cause even huge trees/branches to fall. Poor roots are often the cause of poor planting, crowded infrastructure, and hidden root damage. Healthy roots are the key to a healthy tree. Unfortunately, roots are hidden, making it difficult for the average homeowner to gauge root health.   

Trim regularly – Keeping your trees healthy with regular trimming. Your regularly trimmed trees will be less likely to have branches break off unexpectedly and cause property damage or other problems.

One of the best ways to care for your trees is to enlist the services of professionals. A quality lawn care service can help customize a tree care plan that protects the life of your trees and prevents unexpected branch dropping. Spring-Green has been the go-to neighborhood lawn care team since 1977. Taking care of your trees is an area we specialize in. We can help you monitor the health of your trees, including preventing branches from falling and damaging your property.   

Contact Spring-Green today to get started.  

Prepare and Protect Your Lawn This Trick-or-Treating Season

 

With Halloween quickly approaching, Spring-Green wants to provide a helpful guide to navigate the upcoming trick-or-treaters. These tips will help you to prep and protect your lawn while still enjoying all the costumes, candy, and fun! 

Why do I need to protect my lawn?  

The cooling temperatures that move in for the fall season tend to alter the durability of your lawn. This causes the grass to go dormant, halts the growing process, and turns the lawn a brownish color.  The Farmer’s Almanac predicts certain areas in the United States will begin to see an increase in precipitation as fall progresses. The already seasonally fragile lawn beings to soften as the temperatures grow colder. This shift can make any homeowner shiver with the thought of trick-or-treaters walking all over the now tender lawn. 

Before you become the neighbor who screams, “Get off my lawn,” Spring-Green wants to help you prevent a collection of mud holes, deep tracks, thinning grass, and dirt patches before they happen.    

Decorate your lawn with a purpose for Halloween 

Halloween Décor – Decorating your lawn with a purpose is a great way to direct traffic. Inflatables help keep others out of a certain area of your lawn. However, if left in one spot for too long, they can damage your already tender lawn by leaving patches of dead grass in its wake.  By using large yard signs to guide the way, you can minimize the damage and prepare the path properly. Signs with smaller stakes are easy to place and do minimal damage to your lawn. 

Rope Maze – Create a rope maze using yarn and stakes to guide the way. This will be fun for the kids and will minimize the damage done to your lawn. To capitalize on this idea, create the maze over your driveway to ensure the trick-or-treaters should never touch the grass.  

Light The Way – Lots of dollar stores sell Halloween themed solar lighting. By placing these along the walk-up or even up the driveway, you can direct traffic to the candy. This is a budget-friendly way to create an ambiance in your yard while still maintaining a path the trick-or-treaters.  

Plastic Chait Mats – If you have a smaller section of grass that tends to get stepped on, try placing a hard desk chair mat over it. This helps absorb the impact and protects soft spots from little trick-or-treater feet.  

Protect your lawn ahead of Trick-or-Treaters 

Having trick-or-treaters walking all over your tender fall lawn can put shivers down any homeowner’s spine. Prepping your lawn and home for trick-or-treats is key to helping keep people off your lawn.  Your lawn is an important part of your home. Spring-Green is here to help you make sure your lawn stays lush throughout the changing seasons.  Since 1977, Spring-Green is dedicated to helping you with your lawn and garden needs throughout all the changing seasons. 

Don’t let the potential damage to your lawn keep you from all your trick-or-treating fun!  

Contact a Spring-Green Pro today to get started. 

How To Test The pH Of Your Soil

As homeowners you may hear the call to test the pH level of your soil quite often. It may seem like a great concept, but many questions swirl around putting a pH test into action. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care experts, have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions our customers have asked us over the years in relation to testing the pH levels of their soil and all things related.

  1. What is pH? The pH level measures how acidic or how alkaline a substance is. The test of pH shows the amount of hydrogen atoms that carry a positive charge. A higher concentration of hydrogen ions makes it is more acidic, while a lower concentration of hydrogen ions, the more alkaline the sample is.
  2. Why test soil pH level? We often get asked why it matters. An accurate and balanced soil pH is critical for optimal plant and lawn growth. Testing the pH of your soil will also help you determine what type of grass to choose and which plants and shrubs to add to your outdoor landscape. Your pH results will also provide direction on fertilizer and foods are needed to support a healthy lawn.
  3. What is a good pH level? The answer is, it depends. As a general rule of thumb, acidic substances fall between pH 0 and pH 7, while alkaline or basic substances fall between pH 7 and pH 14 on the pH scale. The most pH neutral that can be achieved is pH 7 – neither acidic nor alkaline. The answer to which pH level is best comes down to what you want to plant. Some plants thrive in acidic soil while others thrive in more alkaline environments. If your soil’s pH doesn’t match the needs of the plants and grasses that you desire, you’ll have to work to adjust it accordingly.
  4. What are the benefits of good pH levels? If your soil’s pH levels are too acidic or too alkaline, nutrients can have a hard time dissolving in water and reaching your grass or plants’ roots. Out of balance soil pH levels impacts your lawn’s ability to take in the nutrients present in the soil. Measuring the soil’s pH first can help you determine this foundational issue that won’t improve with fertilizer treatment.  
  5. How do I test the pH in my soil? A soil test kit will let you know if the soil has a low or high pH, or if it suffers from a nutritional issue. You can use a store-bought test or contact your Spring-Green lawn care professionals for a deeper level of testing that provides test results and recommendations. There many types of tests available to test your soil’s pH, including test strips, chemical test kits, digital pocket testers and portable meters.
  6. How do I fix a problem with my soil’s pH? Irrigating the soil frequently can help lower the pH if it is too high as well – without watering too much, of course. Rainfall also affects soil pH. Be sure to keep local weather in mind as set up your watering plans. Application of fertilizers containing ammonium or urea can help to increase the acidity of your soil.  To make soils less acidic (or more alkaline), ground agricultural limestone can be added to the soil. The finer the limestone particles, the more rapidly it becomes effective.
  7. How can Spring-Green help? The pros at Spring-Green can help you determine what your target pH level should be based on your goals and provide the plan to get there. Beyond just an initial consultation, Spring-Green supports your lawn care goals from start to finish.

Spring-Green has been the go-to for American homeowners who want to have healthy lawns and quality service from trusted local professionals. That’s how we got the name – your neighborhood lawn care experts! Our team can guide you on the perfect grasses, shrubs, and plants for your unique corner of the world – including, developing an assessment and plan for your soil’s pH levels!

Contact Spring-Green today to learn more!

How To Paw Proof Your Yard

The world has many outside playtimes and that is not excluding our furry friends. With more lawn renovation than ever before, it is important to tackle the need of paw proofing your yard.  Harsh chemicals, poisonous plants, faded yellow spots, and so much more remain a threat to your family’s well-being. However, Spring-Green is here to share their best practices and insider tips for your lawn, your pets, and you – not necessarily in that order. Not to worry, your professional lawn care team at Spring Green is here with the answers to all the most frequently asked questions about your pets and your lawn.

Pet Proofing Your Yard FAQs

  • What harmful chemicals should I avoid if I have pets? As a new pet owner, it should already be habitual for you to check your household cleaner. However, it is easy to forget about those outdoor cleaners as well. Be sure to check for harmful chemicals in products that you use to fertilize or de-weed your lawn, shrubs, and trees.
  • How do I create dog-proof patios and porches? Pet proofing may be needed for those nosey pets.  Placing fencing to keep your dogs from going into areas of your yard design for your personal leisure or a growing garden is a great pet proofing tactic.
  • Should I create specified dog pee spots? Dogs and cats tend to be creatures of habit. You can save yourself time and reduce the chance of damage to your lawn or hardscapes by creating pee areas. Training your pets to use that a specific area can only be beneficial. This practice will also reduce or eliminate the chance of you or a houseguest unexpectedly stepping in dog waste.
  • What to do if my dogs like digging holes? If your dog is a naughty digger, it can wreak havoc on your lawn.  There are a few tricks to try to reduce the digging, including walking your dog at least twice daily to help them burn off energy. Provide them with toys to keep them occupied and reduce the time they spend alone. You may also be able to work on some simple commands with your dog and use them when you catch them beginning to dig. You may also have to block off the area that your dog is prone to dig in if your dog is persistent.
  • What are dog-approved plants? Plant toxicity awareness is important for pet owners. You might be growing poisonous plants without even knowing it. If you have dogs, cats, or children, it benefits you to learn more about poisonous plants, and if possible, remove them from your yard. The ASCPA makes it easy with its poisonous plant cheat sheet.
  • What are the best remedies for yellow spots? Preventing yellow spots in your lawn from dog urination might require some creative moves on your part. You may consider installing a tougher type of grass that can withstand wear and tear and, well, pee. Clover lawns may be a consideration to help prevent the yellow staining. Diluting dog urine, if you spot it in time, is another option to preventing those unsightly yellow spots.
  • What lawn care practices should I follow to protect my pets? Pets love rolling around in the grass and taking naps in shady spots of your lawn, but hidden in the tall grass are more ticks and fleas. Be sure to keep your grass mowed and trim to your pets’ chances of picking up ticks and fleas.
  • Should I put up a barrier around my pool? Most likely, yes. Every dog is different. Some love the water; some despise it. At the very least, you should train your dog on how to get out of the pool if it were to fall in. An even better option – put a safety fence around the pool to ensure no issues occur when you’re not home or not paying attention.

Taking care of that special family member may take a few more steps, but it is well worth it.  At Spring-Green, we understand that lawn care is a vital part to your children and pet’s safety. That is why we know how to help you create a lush and entertaining yard that is free from toxins and hazards as well as provide the tips you need to keep your pets from damaging it. Of course, dog training is not in our wheelhouse, but we’ve got the lawn care tips and service locked down. Just ask one of our professional and knowledgeable technicians for information.

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What to Know When Renovating Your Lawn

Many savvy homeowners are taking their lawncare into their own hands. Whether you’re renovating your yard to sale your home or want a healthier, greener lawn, Spring-Green has the knowledge you need to make it a success. From timing to tips to weed control, we’ll guide you through the details.

  • What are the benefits of renovating my lawn? By renovating your lawn, you are not only increasing your property value, but reducing the risk of soil erosion, groundwater impact, and helping improve the environment. For many of us today, being outside is the perfect vacation from indoors. Enjoy it more in a newly renovated yard.
  • When should I renovate my lawn? Timing matters. If you live in a colder climate, your lawn renovation should start before the winter goes into full force. If you live in a more tropical climate, you should wait until the rainy season has subsided. A good rule of thumb is to renovate your lawn at least, 45 days before the first frost
  • What will it cost to renovate my lawn? Setting a budget in any project is important. When working on your lawn, there are many DIY options to give you the results you desire but it can cost. Many products for lawn renovation can be picked up at your local home store. But be careful because using low cost products or seed may cost you more in the long run because you have to retreat or reseed due to failure of the initial application.
  • Should I outsource the work?  If renovating your lawn is not in your skillset, do not worry, Spring-Green has you covered.  Spring-Green works with you to achieve your lawn goals. They tailor their fertilization and weed prevention process to your specific lawns needs.

Step-by-step Tips for Renovating Your Lawn

  1. Dethatching – If you have thatch, you’ll need to clear it away. Thatching rakes may be needed if you have a severe thatch problem. By removing the thatch, you’ll be clearing space for the new grass roots to thrive in a healthier environment.
  2. Aerating – Aeration is creating tiny openings in the lawn that lets air, nutrients and water to reach down into the roots of the grass. This is an important step to help your new lawn flourish. Be sure to extract “plugs” that are two to three inches long to get the best results. Aeration should be done when soil is moist – not overly saturated and not completely dry. Be sure to make this service a part of your regular maintenance program. Good thing Spring-Green Lawn Care can aerate for you to help keep up maintenance.
  3. Seeding – The first step is to decide on what type of seed you want. Of course, you’ll want to take into consideration what works best for region and your soil conditions. Be sure to avoid the common mistake of not overseeding. Once you’ve done the dethatching and aerating, it’s time to seed using a hand spreader or lawn spreader for larger areas of the lawn.  It’s also suggested to use a Starter fertilizer to be used in conjunction with seeding.
  4. Weed Control – Controlling weeds is a top priority for your lawn renovation. Clear out the existing weeds and overgrowth and then set your strategy to keep them at bay. Start by applying quality fertilizer. This can be done while seeding or a few weeks after. You’ll need to do manual weeding until your new lawn has been mowed approximately three times, after which you can begin to use herbicides and weed killers.
  5. Watering – It’s mission-critical to keep your lawn hydrated during the lawn renovation process. Several light waterings throughout each day will be required to ensure the new seeds germinate. Once your new lawn is established, you can use the rule of thumb of about one inch of water per week. Be sure to factor in local rainfall numbers to this equation.
  6. Mowing – Once your new lawn has grown to a height of approximately two and a half inches to three and a half inches, you can begin mowing it. Be sure to remove only about one-third of vegetation each time you mow.

If it’s time for a lawn renovation, you’ll be set up for success with these tips from the lawn care experts at Spring Green. And, of course, if you need our help onsite – we’re here. Spring-Green has many specialties and services custom made for their community. With our core aeration process, we can open up your lawn by allowing more air, water, and nutrients to reach the spots that need it most. Our lawn fertilization and weed control process is tailor made to your area and environment. Here at Spring-Green, we even help maintain your irrigation system. So. before you begin your lawn renovation, reach out to Spring-Green for our expert advice and professional services. We’re here to help you get your lawn looking beautiful again. Contact us today or visit our website!

Which Grassy Weed is in My Lawn?

It is not uncommon for a customer to believe they have crabgrass in their lawn, when in fact, they may have one of several perennial uncontrollable grassy weeds growing in their lawn.  The difficulty is telling which grassy weed is present.  Without getting into a lot of detail, here are a few simple clues to tell which grassy weed may be growing in your lawn.

  • Crabgrass:  This annual grassy weed grows flat to the ground and it looks like it has been stepped on.  Its growth habit resembles the spokes of a wheel.  The leaf blades are light green in color.  The center of the plant may be tinged with purple, but not always so.  As the seed head develops, its shape resembles a bird’s foot.  It is usually found along driveways, sidewalks, and street edges. Since there are two species of crabgrass that grows in the Midwest – Large and Hairy, there may be hairs growing on the plants as well.
  • Coarse Fescue:  This perennial grassy weed is often called crabgrass as it seems to grow better in the summer and can be more noticeable during summer heat and drought conditions.  It will grow in isolated patches throughout a lawn or in areas that are drier.  Identifying characteristics of this plant include a clump-growth habit, prominent veins on the leaf blade and the leaf edge or margin is serrated.  If you run your finger down along the edge, it will feel sharp, like a serrated knife. 
    Improved varieties of this turfgrass have been cultivated due to its ability to withstand more heat and drought than traditional cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.  The improved cultivars often referred to as turf-type tall fescue, can be found in many seed mixes that are sold throughout the Midwest. 
  • Quackgrass:  This is another common perennial grassy weed that usually grows in large patches.  The leaf blades are a lighter color than of other cool-season grasses and the blades are sharply pointed at the tip.  In order to properly identify this grass, you need to pull up a plant so that you can see the sheath (stem) and where the leaf blade meets the stem.  If you look closely where the leaf blade meets the sheath, you will see two little growths that resemble little fingers wrapping around the sheath.  These are called auricles and they are the main identifying characteristic of quackgrass.
    One other identifying characteristic of quackgrass is its root system of aggressively growing rhizomes that can grow for many feet underground before surfacing.  Even if you were successful removing much of the root system, even a small section left behind can develop into a new grassy weed.

There are control measures for these weeds, but coarse fescue and quackgrass require the use of non-selective weed control products that contain glyphosate and then reseeding the area once the plants have died.  This is best done in late summer and early fall. 

Crabgrass begins to die when temperatures start to cool, and the amount of sunlight reduces in the late summer and early fall. There are weed control products that can be applied to crabgrass before it gets too old.  The best way to prevent crabgrass in the future is to apply a crabgrass preventer in the spring and, above all else, mow at a height of 3 inches all season long. 

If you think you may have a problem with these grassy weeds, contact Spring-Green so that we can provide proper recommendations to help your lawn improve.