Fall Fertilizer Tips To Set Your Calendar By

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Fall is right around the corner. That means it’s time to play football, pick out pumpkins and prep our lawns for the cold winter months ahead. Fall fertilizing can set your lawn up for success year-round, but timing does matter. Drill down on the best practices for fall fertilizer with the experts from Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care professionals since 1977. The dates of the first frost in your area will vary by region, but here’s what you generally need to know for fall lawn care.

Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Fall Fertilizing Questions:

  • Do I need to fertilize my lawn in the fall? Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is more important than any other time of the year. In fact, fertilizing your lawn in the fall can be critical to maintaining a healthy lawn, especially if you have cool season turf grasses like bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass.
  • Why does fall fertilizing matter? One key reason to fertilize your lawn in fall is the benefits you’ll gain this spring. Setting your lawn up for good health during the coldest months of the year will ensure you have a lush, green lawn come spring and summer as well as reduce your maintenance requirements after the winter thaw.
  • When should I fertilize my lawn this fall? Now that we’ve established that fall is an essential time to fertilize the lawn, a next commonly asked question is, does the exact time in fall matter? The answer is, in a word, yes. Your first fall fertilization should be in late September to early October and then apply a second treatment of fertilization in November.
  • Does time of day matter when I fertilize my lawn? And, yes, the time of day that you fertilize your lawn this fall matters as well. The best time of day to fertilize is in the morning or early evening. Both times of day help you avoid the warm daytime temperatures that can often work against the effectiveness of fertilizer.
  • Should I keep mowing in the fall? Fall fertilizing efforts will be most effective after your last mow of the season. This is the equivalent to creating a clean slate right before you add fall fertilizer. Feel free to leave a bit of grass clippings behind to help the roots of your grass.
  • Should I avoid fall fertilizing if it’s been raining a lot? Rainy fall days are not beneficial to fertilization efforts. If it has just rained, it is best to wait until things dry out to apply fertilizer to your lawn. You can, hopefully, avoid runoff by checking the weather forecast before you fertilize.
  • How much fertilizer should I use? As a rule of thumb, it is better to apply to little fertilizer than too much. Nitrogen and phosphorous are not absorbed by your lawn past a certain amount and can get washed into storm drains and watersheds if over-applied causing nutrient pollution.
  • Is there a benefit to calling in a professional to help? Yes! Many variables come into play when determining how to best fertilize your lawn this fall. An experienced lawn care professional can take into account the variables such as your region’s unique climate, your lawn’s unique makeup and your goals for your landscape. While the DIY approach is always available, a lawn care professional can set up for success this season and many to follow by eliminating trial and error.

During fall, best practices say that September is the best time to fertilize your lawn. So that means, right about now you should be taking steps to get your lawn ready for fall and winter. Even more important than the September fertilizer application is the second one that should take place at the end of October or early November.

This last application of fall lawn fertilizer before the winter can make all the difference in the health of your lawn next spring. Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants’ and lawn’s roots, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring.

The team at Spring-Green is here to help you prep your lawn for fall and winter with fertilization services and so much more. Since 1977, we’ve helped our customers care for their residential and commercial lawn care with an unwavering dedication to quality. For any of your lawn care needs, contact one of our neighborhood lawn care professionals to get started.

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Summer’s Almost Over – Get Your Garden Ready For Fall

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The Northern Hemisphere officially marks the close of summer on September 23rd this year, while most of us consider Labor Day to be the end of all things summer-related. While some of us look forward to the fall season and all approaching holidays, some are left with a feeling of concern, confusion or dread as we worry about our gardens!

Navigating the changing of the seasons, for the garden lovers among us, entails more than just pulling your favorite pea coat or scarf out of the closet. In fact, the transition from summer to fall requires some careful consideration.

If you are ready to welcome fall but worried about protecting your garden from dropping temps and changing weather conditions, no need to fret, your neighborhood lawn care professionals at Spring-Green are here with all the tips and expert guidance you need. Now, you can get to planning your fall festivities.

The Tips You Need to Get Your Garden Ready for Fall

  • Clear the way for the fall season. As we put our swimming suits away for the remainder of the year, it’s also a good time to clear out your garden. A key part of your fall garden preparation should include clearing away debris such as twigs, branches, leaves as well as dead or diseased plants. While you’re in the process of prepping your garden for fall and winter, keep in mind that you can add dead vegetable plants and annuals to your compost pile. Note: if the plants you are removing are diseased, it’s best not to add them to your composting efforts.
  • Tidy up your outdoor area. While you are outside removing dead plants and debris, take a look around at your garden area for equipment that should be stored away for colder seasons. Take a few moments to clean your equipment and place it away to protect them from the elements and have them ready for easy access when the temps begin to drop again.
  • Consider composting. Fall is the perfect time of year to add compost to your garden. Especially if you are not using mulch, your garden will benefit from two to three inches of compost on the growing beds. Composting is not only good for the environment, but it is an excellent way to set your garden up for success in fighting diseases and retaining moisture – just to name a few benefits.
  • Protect your trees before winter arrives. Fall brings festivals, pumpkins and stunning foliage, and right on the heels of fall come freezing temps. Even before the first day of winter, your garden might face cold rains and gusty winds that are especially problematic for any new trees that you have planted during the warmer seasons. Staking young trees is an excellent way to keep them safe during fall and winter, and you might even consider a breathable vinyl or fabric tree wrap to protect them from rodents that often damage bark during winter.
  • Planting in the fall, yes you can. Planting in the fall can set you up for a stunning show of spring flowers, making right now the perfect time to explore planting flower bulbs such as crocus, tulips and daffodils as well as garlic and onions. Growing zones vary but typically optimal times to plant fall in mid-October and early to mid-November. Most definitely, you’ll want to do your planting before the ground freezes and protect your planting efforts with mulch. Fall mums also keep you garden looking colorful in the fall.
  • Divide and conquer your perennials. Fall is a great time to divide and trim (not really conquer) your perennial plants. Once you’ve divided those perennials that have become overcrowded, you can transplant to places in your garden where there will be mulch to protect them during winter. For the perennial plants that have turned yellow or brown, fall marks the perfect time cut them back as you prep for colder months ahead.
  • Feed your soil. Many gardeners mistakenly think that adding nutrients to the soil is solely reserved for spring. To the contrary, fall is an excellent time to nurture your soil like manure, compost, bone meal, kelp and rock phosphate. Turning or tilling your soil at this time of year can also improve drainage before extreme weather inevitably comes our way.

Each season requires special attention for our gardens to keep them healthy, thriving and enjoyable year-round. As we make our yearly entrance into the fall season, you can grab these tips to get your garden ready for the colder months ahead.

Since 1977, our pros have been standing by to help with homeowners and business owners with their lawn care needs. Our reputation is founded on quality customer service, so we work hard to understand your needs and create a plan that exceeds your expectations. Happy fall!

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Stay Sharp: How To Keep Your Lawn Mower Blade Working Its Best

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Have you ever pondered the sharpness of your lawn mower? If so, you are not alone in your consideration of the sharpness of your mower. You can follow all the mowing tips and mowing best practices available for consumption, but with a dull blade, you won’t get too far. The pros at Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care professionals, are here with the tips you need to keep your mower blade sharp and your lawn looking sharp!

Guide To Keeping Your Lawn Mower Blades Sharp

Does a sharp mower blade really matter?

Compare the sharpness of your lawn mower blade to your razor. Your goals of a clean-shaven face would fall flat without a sharp blade, wouldn’t they? An old or dull lawn mower blade can leave your lawn looking less than amazing as well as cause damage to your grass.

If your lawn mower blades are dull and/or damaged, it can actually create long-term issues with your lawn. The dull cut can leave a torn grass blade becomes distressed and more susceptible to pests and diseases. As we work so hard to keep our lawn looking great all summer, the state of our lawn mower can actually undo all that hard work if not maintained properly.

How do I sharpen my mower blade?

Lawn mowers have a few options to sharpen lawn mower blades, ranging from a bench grinder, hand file, rotary tool or angle grinder. Your lawn mower blades can also be sharpened with a drill and sharpening stone designed for sharpening dull lawn mower blades. While every lawn mower make and model is unique, here are some guidelines to removing the blades before sharpening:

  • Some mowers allow you to sharpen the blades without removing them, which saves a lot of time.
  • Taking the blade off, however, does allow you to do a more thorough job and avoid damaging any other part of the mower.
  • Take safety precautions like disconnecting your lawn mower’s ignition wire from the spark plug or removing the battery pack before getting started. Also, drain the gas tank, so there is no chance of a fuel spill while you are sharpening the mower blades.
  • Once you have the mower blades removed, take advantage of this opportunity to clean your mower scraping away any debris that’s hard to reach when the mower is intact.
  • Once you’ve sharpened the mower’s blades, be sure to the blade using a lawn mower blade balancer. This step is important as a lawn mower blade that is out of balances can damage the motor and stress the mower.

How often should mower blades be sharpened?

A commonly-asked question is how often, “Should I sharpen my mower blades?” The answer is it depends. Factors such as the type of mower you use, the age of that mower and the condition of your mower can impact the frequency. Your sharpening frequency will also be impacted by how often you mow and how large the space you are mowing is.

A good rule of thumb would be to sharpen if you notice the grass is not cleanly cut or is uneven. Another good frame of reference is to sharpen your mower after every 20 to 25 hours of use. This could be once a year for small, personal mowers or once a quarter for those who mow large areas more frequently.

How much should I expect to spend on sharpening my mower blades?

Some good news…it doesn’t cost a lot of money to keep your mower blades sharp! If you are a do-it-yourself type, you need to invest in the cost of the sharpener or drill bit which will typically be in the ballpark of $20. Of course, you may have to factor in the value of your time, if you want to get an accurate cost.

If you choose to have a local garden shop do it for you, it will cost a bit more (most likely) but will save you time. For those of you doing the math, if you pay someone to sharpen your blade twice during the lawn mowing season, you’ll likely pay enough to cover the cost of the sharpening tool that you could use to do it yourself for years to come.

A routine check of your lawn mower’s blades is essential to keeping your lawn looking good, feeling healthy and keeping your lawn mower working at optimal levels. Sharpening your lawn mower blades is easy to do yourself or have a local professional assist you.

The professionals at Spring-Green are here to provide you tips for proper lawn mowing. Being locally owned and operated, Spring-Green is able to truly understand the lawn care needs of your area so we can create the best value and most personalized yard care programs for you!

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All The Tips To Keep Your Lawn Hydrated This Summer

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Watering the lawn is not rocket science, but it sometimes feels like there’s a hidden formula to watering the lawn that only few among us know. Add to that the deluge of summer rains, droughts and/or water restrictions and homeowners are left wishing for winter.

Wait, what, no – we love summer, but just want to keep our lawn looking hydrated until the temperatures begin to drop. So, of course, cherish the hot and sultry days of summer and enjoy a lush, green lawn that has the perfect amount of hydration with no stress or confusion! July is SMART Irrigation month, so it’s the perfect time of year to gather up all the tips to keep our lawns watered and happy.

All Your Lawn Watering Tips In One Easy Guide

  1. Best Time of Day to Water Your Lawn. Much of the complexity of lawn watering stems from myths, fallacies and rumors spread by the well-meaning homeowners among us who probably heard things from their parents, friends or, dare we say it, the internet! Let’s dispel the myths and prove (or disprove) the rumors about when to water your lawn once and for all. Here’s your answer: it depends.

    As a general rule of thumb, that you can adjust based on where you live, the best time of day to water your lawn is when temperatures are at their lowest and even better if there is dew on the lawn. So, that probably translates into before the sun’s up and before the temps start to climb in the early part of the day or later in the day when the sun is down, and temps begin to lower.
  2. Optimal Lawn Watering Frequency. Next up on the most popular lawn watering tip list is watering frequency. Of course, this answer does depend on a myriad of variables, but here are some watering guidelines you can follow to keep your lawn hydrated and looking great this summer. As a rule of thumb, two to three times per week is a good frequency for watering your lawn.

    However, if you have had a pattern of rain or a drought, this frequency might need to be adjusted. Also, keep in mind that watering your lawn regularly creates a shallow root system that allows your lawn to be more resilient during weather fluctuations as well as more resistant to resistant to disease.
  3. Length Of Time To Water. So, how long should I leave my sprinklers on? An obvious next question. Don’t worry, we’ve got that one fielded as well. Be sure to calculate your local precipitation levels, but in general, you’ll keep your lawn healthy with approximately one inch of water per week. This will vary depending on your lawn size, but could for an average lawn it might translate into three ten minute sessions per week.
  4. Tips For The Hose Versus Sprinkler. If the lawn you are caring for is very small, a hose might do the trick, but for most homeowners, the sprinkler is more effective and more convenient. By installing sprinklers that are turned on by a timer, you won’t run the risk of forgetting to water and can even set them to come on at times that you might be sleeping or otherwise busy.
  5. Lawn Watering Tips During Drought. Water shortages and drought are more common than ever before. It’s important to follow your municipality’s guidelines for water usage, but trying to keep your lawn healthy at the same time can be challenging.

In some cases, your only option may be to let your grass go dormant. But in it’s possible you can choose types of grasses that can survive tough conditions like Zoysia grass, Bermuda grass, St Augustine grass, buffalo grass, Bahia grass and Fescues.

Understanding how to water your lawn effectively can be challenging, but if you follow a few rules of thumb, your lawn should be looking green and lush all summer long. Of course, the best way to keep your lawn green and lush is the find the perfect amount of hydration to keep it moist, improve the quality of the soil and retain some of the moisture even when the temps heat up.

Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care professionals, is here to help with all your irrigation and maintenance needs. Take the guesswork out of lawn watering with the help of the pros at Spring-Green. Get a FREE QUOTE today!

Stay Safe from Fleas and Ticks This Summer

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Fleas and ticks can create a nuisance in our summer fun and contribute to minor yet annoying health problems. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialists since 1977, has compiled a guide to get you schooled up on the threats fleas and ticks pose and, most importantly, how to control these pesky intruders.

Answers To Your Frequently Asked Flea and Tick Control Questions

What exactly is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can have a combination of symptoms that can all be present or only a few. They are easily mistaken for other conditions making diagnosis challenging if a tick bite is not noticed. These symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain and more.

How is Lyme disease contracted, spread?

Lyme disease is contracted when a deer tick is infected by Lyme disease and bites a human. Lyme disease can also impact household pets.

Where do fleas come from?

In most cases, fleas come from household pets. By keeping up with your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea prevention and treatment, you’ll be more successful in keeping fleas out of your home.

Fleas may begin to thrive in heavily shaded areas of your property, crawl spaces where wildlife and feral strays might sleep or sheltered enclosures such as dog houses. Fleas tend to avoid outdoor areas with foot traffic or lots of sunlight. By clearing away debris, following vet recommendations and applying a flea treatment with the help of your lawn care professional, you can prevent fleas from disrupting your life.

How can I prevent or control ticks at my home?

  • Remove yard debris. Ticks look for dark, moist places to thrive. If your yard has debris laying around, you’ll increase your risk of ticks.
  • Get out and rake the leaves. Leaves are moist places that hold water and can develop into a tick haven. Ticks also like trees, shrubs and leaves.
  • Don’t encourage visits from deer. Where deer are, there is an increased presence of ticks. For good reason, ticks use deer as a source of transportation. If you live in an area where deer are present, avoid planting trees and foliage that attract them (and their passengers) like phlox and marigolds.
  • Check out their favorite hiding spots. Ticks are often looking for places to hide and thrive like along retaining walls, below fences and at the foundation of your home’s structures.
  • Hire a professional to handle the job. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialist, can do the heavy lifting for you when it comes to flea and tick control*.

Whenever you spend time outdoors this summer, it is a good idea to do a tick check on your body, your family members’ bodies as well as your pets. Ticks like to hide in hard to spot places like the scalp, behind the knee and in the ear. Fleas are much harder to spot, but the annoying itching typically gives their presence away.

By practicing a few do-it-yourself measures and enlisting the help of the pros at Spring-Green, you can keep your summer healthy by keeping these pests away. The Spring-Green professional flea and tick treatment* can help rid your property of infestations as well as create a barrier that keeps fleas and ticks from thriving.

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How To Mosquito-Proof Your Yard For Summer Fun

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Summer is finally here. Time to celebrate the sun, the great outdoors and the season for fun! Get ready for 4th of July festivities and lots of impromptu summer BBQ’s without the uninvited guests – mosquitoes. Mosquito control is the goal of many a homeowner. Mosquitoes are not only an itchy nuisance, but they can also carry serious diseases. The good news for this summer is we’ve got some pro tips to help you keep your yard mosquito free for ultimate outdoor enjoyment.

Summer’s Here! Grab These Tips To Ward Off Mosquitoes!

It’s just a little itchy, who cares? Mosquitoes, unfortunately, cause more than an itchy (and annoying) red bump that goes away in a few days. These summer friends carry a multitude of potentially life threatening health problems, like the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, that make mosquito control an essential goal for homeowners in areas prone to heavy mosquito activity.

You guys aren’t welcome at my house! There are many small and easy to implement steps homeowners can take to prevent mosquitoes* from overtaking their home bound summer festivities.

  • Don’t let standing water stand. Preventative steps like routinely checking your outdoor area for standing water is often overlooked but extremely helpful as mosquitoes thrive (and breed) in standing water. Standing water can pool up in potted plants, equipment that’s stored outside and storm drains – or any place that water can collect after summer rain showers.
  • Torches set the mosquito-free mood. Citronella torches and candles strategically placed where you spend most of your outdoor time can help reduce the appearance of mosquitoes during use.
  • When in doubt, set a mosquito trap. One mosquito magnet or trap has been estimated to control mosquitoes for up to an acre of property. The machine can be costly as it burns propane used to emit a stream of carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes, but can definitely provide another option for mosquito control.

My lawn can keep them away, wait what, how? If you’ve been wishing, hoping and searching for tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes, you might not have to look further than your very own garden. You can keep your yard mosquito free with some simple and beautifying tips from the pros at Spring-Green.

  • Plant mosquito-repelling plants. Many beautiful and functional plant, herb and flower choices abound that can offer the dual function of beauty as well as a repellent. Some popular choices include Marigold, Horsemint, Ageratum and Catnip. You can plant these types of plants in the ground to repel mosquitoes or grow them in planters that become mobile, allowing you to bring them to wherever you are spending time in your yard.
  • Keep your grass short. Every species of grass has a specified length that is best during different times of the year. Of course, you should always stay within those guidelines, but by keeping your grass short, you’ll also be ridding your yard of mosquitoes (at least some of them). The shorter grass offers less places for mosquitoes to breed, but keep in mind proper mowing guidelines.
  • Hire a professional. If you follow all the tips but still have a mosquito problem facing you every summer, you don’t have to retreat indoors. A simple phone call to your local lawn care professional at Spring-Green can get you loving the summer again. Have more fun outdoors without being bothered by these pesky insects. Our mosquito protection service* creates a barrier around your home to control the mosquito population and allow you to enjoy summer outdoors without worry or discomfort.

It’s summer which also means it’s mosquito breeding season, but that doesn’t mean we have to retreat indoors at the first sign of these pesky menaces. By following a few easy “best practices,” you can master mosquito control this summer to increase your fun and protect your family.

Spring-Green has been your neighborhood lawn care professional since 1977, and this summer is no exception. Count on us for all your lawn care and landscaping needs. Our professional mosquito control services create a barrier around your home that keeps pests away and keeps your family safe.

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Pollinators: Tips For Attracting More Bees + Butterflies

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As summer kicks into full gear, it’s the best time to step outside and take in the glories of nature. Spending time engulfed in your home’s outdoor oasis is even better when the garden is full of beautiful flowers and foliage to enhance our enjoyment. If your garden is full of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you already know who magical that can be.

But, did you know how important it is to attract more pollinators to your garden? In fact, strategically planting flowers and plants that attract pollinators offers countless and far-reaching benefits to, not only, your garden, but the entire ecosystem you inhabit.

Pesticides and crowded cities, along with many other reasons, have contributed to a decline in pollinators, especially bees. The ecosystem supported by bees and other pollinators is increasingly in jeopardy, but small steps can help improve this precious resource.

Everything You Need To Know About Pollinators & How To Attract Them

What are pollinators and why do they matter. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals are all considered pollinators because they travel from plant to plant carrying pollen. They interact with the plants providing genetic material that is critical to our environment. Essentially, these pollinators, most importantly bees, drink nectar from the flowers or travel with and transport needed pollen as they go from spot to spot.

A majority (in the ballpark of 75-95%) of the flowering plants in our world environment need pollinators to help them with pollination. Pollinators impact over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. It is commonly agreed that one out of every three bites of food we eat is there because of pollinators In terms of dollars and cents, pollinators and the results of their efforts generate 217 billion dollars globally.

Bees alone contribute to 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in the United States. And, as if that were not enough, pollinators support a healthy environment contributing to clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather and keep wildlife habitats safe.

Now that we’ve painted the picture of just how important these pollinators are to our ecosystems, let’s drill down on our gardening strategy to support and encourage more pollination activity.

Plants that attract pollinators. One of the most impactful action steps you can take is planting plants that attract pollinators. By choosing nectar and pollen-rich plants, you will increase the occurrence of pollination in your ecosystem. Choose wildflowers, old-fashioned varieties of flowers and local varietals of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs so nectar and pollen will be on hand throughout the growing season.

Flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

• Plants that attract butterflies include Alyssum, Aster, Bee balm, Butterfly bush, Calendula, Dianthus, Lavender, Marigold, Purple coneflower, Stonecrop, Zinnia among others.

• Plants that attract hummingbirds include Ajuga, Butterfly weed, Cardinal flower, Delphinium, Geranium, Iris, Lily, Paintbrush, Scarlet sage, Zinnia and many others.

Plants that attract bees include Perennials and Annuals, Bee balm, Bee plant, Borage, Gaillardia, Goldenrod, Marjoram, Rosemary, Wallflower, Wild rose and much more.

Keep things organic. Many commonly-used pesticides contain toxins that are detrimental to the bee population. Taking an organic and bee-friendly approach to weed prevention and pest control is safer for the environment, encourages crucial pollination from the endangered honey bee and is safer for your family.

Few things are more beautiful during summer than to relax in your backyard (or front yard) with a tall glass of iced tea and watch butterflies and hummingbirds flitting from colorful flower to colorful flower. Making this happen does so much more than just add to your own personal connection to nature; it has a serious impact on the entire environment. You can feel good knowing that you are helping to make a difference while enhancing the beauty of your home or business’s exterior.

The good news is you don’t have to take a DIY approach to creating a garden that attracts pollinators. Your local Spring-Green lawn care team is well-versed on native plants that can support pollination activity with low maintenance and a positive impact on the environment around you. Get started now and start enjoying the splendors of nature – all from the comfort of your own home!

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Seedheads Developing on Cool Season Grasses

Some customers get worried when they see little seedheads covering their lawns, usually starting around the middle of May when sunlight reaches 12 hours a day. It is a natural process of the grass to produce seed, and fertilizing and proper mowing practices will help keep the lawn healthy.

The seedheads are forming on tiny stalks that the grass plant sends up. Depending on its abundance, the seedheads can make the lawn look pale. Once the stalks are mowed, which don’t cut as easily as grass blades, they may shred and give the lawn an almost white appearance.

Seedhead development usually occurs on cool season grasses such as Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue during this time of year. Annual bluegrass (Poa Annua) produce seedheads earlier in the spring and sometimes in the fall.

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Tips For Lawns Forming Seedheads

Continue mowing at 2½ to 3 inches, but you may have to mow more often. Be sure to keep a sharp mower blade and mow high. It is not recommended to mow short or lower the mower blade to remove or reduce seedheads. It takes extra energy to produce them so your lawn may look a little pale for a couple of weeks, but it will recover. The old seed stalks will break off and will decompose into the lawn.

Unless the seedheads can ripen for about 4 months, the seed will not germinate in the lawn or, if you compost your clippings, in your compost pile. Be sure to continue your fertilization program and provide an inch of water per week as we move into the warm summer months.

Keep in mind that seedhead development is a natural process, but with proper lawn care practices you can minimize their impact. If you have any questions, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green.

Large Patch and Spring Dead Spot Symptoms Showing Now

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We are getting reports of Large Patch and Spring Dead Spot showing in lawns throughout the South and Southeast regions. These diseases were formerly called Brown Patch, a disease that affects cool-season grasses in the middle of the summer.

These diseases begin to infect turf in the fall and the symptoms show in the late spring to early summer as the lawns come out of winter dormancy. Brown Patch on cool-season grasses begins to infect the turf during periods of high heat and humidity and the symptoms immediately show on the lawn.

Large Patch Symptoms and Grasses Commonly Affected

Large Patch is mainly a disease of Centipede, Zoysia and St, Augustine lawns. Spring Dead Spot affects Bermuda grass. The infection begins to develop when soil temperatures drop to about 70 degrees in the fall. The symptoms may show in the fall, but more likely they will show during the spring of the following year, especially during cool, wet periods. The symptoms are very noticeable as these grasses start greening up.

Large patch is more likely to show up on lawns that receive excessive nitrogen fertilization in the fall and spring, have excessive thatch layers, have been overwatered or been mowed too low. Centipede grass is most susceptible to the disease, followed by Zoysia, St Augustine and Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is rarely affected by the disease and will quickly recover if it does get the disease.

Spring Dead Spot can take 3 to 5 years to become established in a new Bermuda grass lawn. If left untreated, the disease will become more severe each year. The disease attacks all parts of the plant, but does not kill it directly, but allows the plant to become more susceptible to freeze injury during the winter.

Prevention and Treatment

Following good cultural practices of proper mowing, deep and infrequent watering, proper lawn fertilization and annual core aeration will help prevent the disease from occurring. Avoid fertilizing the lawn after the middle of September and don’t fertilize until the grasses begin greening up in the spring.

There are fungicides that work very well on these diseases, but require two applications in the fall, 30 days apart, when soil temperatures drop to below 70 degrees. If you think that your lawn may have Large Patch or Spring Dead Spot, contact your local Spring-Green office to have your lawn checked. They can help develop a program that will benefit your lawn and help to prevent the re-occurrence of Large Patch.

If you have any questions, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green.

Tree Care: Benefits Of Trees In Our Environment

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Trees are a quintessential part of our global ecosystem and our own community environments for so many reasons! On Arbor Day each year, we celebrate and promote the importance of trees in our lives, but here at Spring-Green, we think about and celebrate trees all year round. In fact, we’ve made it our business, literally, to help home and business owners create the perfect landscapes full of trees to enhance all of our lives. And, we don’t stop there, tree care is important to protect that environment and your investment in it. We’re here with all the tree and shrub services and tree care tips you need to support your trees’ health and beauty. Let’s have some fun today learning more about Arbor Day and all things tree-related.

The History + Significance of Arbor Day – Arbor Day was the brainchild of Great Plains resident, J. Sterling Morton back in the late 1800s.

He and his wife moved from Michigan to the Nebraska Territory, a land absent of trees. His goal was to encourage tree-planting to beautify the environment and attract new residents to the area. 1872 marked the first Arbor Day, and it was said that one million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. Later in life, J. Sterling Morton took on the role of U. S. Secretary of Agriculture and brought Arbor Day to the federal level. Today, every state and many countries, recognize Arbor Day as a day of dedicated to encouraging tree planting.

Why Trees Are Important To Our Environment

Arbor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, but its importance is even more poignant than when it was first introduced by J. Sterling Morton way back when. Deforestation has an enormously detrimental impact on our global environment, and the effects are widespread.

Here are some of the benefits trees offer to the world around us:

Trees fight climate change. Trees battle climate change by helping to remove carbon dioxide from the air as well as releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere. For this reason, deforestation has contributed to climate change in recent years.

Trees tame stormwater. Rain is needed in our environment, but without trees, stormwater runoff can wreak havoc. Trees provide a needed benefit to our community infrastructure by shielding us from water generated during rainy periods.

Trees help with conservation. In the agricultural industry, trees can have many benefits such as improving crop yields and preserving topsoil. In addition, trees planted strategically in wetland areas can prevent erosion and even contribute to cleaner water and flood control.

Trees save on energy consumption (and costs). Summer shade, winter warmth, wind shield are all ways that can help reduce our energy consumption. Your local landscape professional can help create a strategic tree planting plan to place the right trees in the right places to save on energy costs and benefit the overall climate around you.

Like all living organisms, trees and shrubs need proper nutrients to live long, healthy lives. The proper maintenance methods can prevent against tree diseases and insect invasion, and with these tree maintenance tips you can help improve the health and beauty of your trees.

Spring-Green Tree Care Services

Arbor Day is the perfect time of the year to give some attention to trees – or, really, any day of the year is perfect for arbor care! Trees do so much to enhance our lives and protect our environment, they deserve year round attention, don’t you agree?

From cooling shade to winter wind shield to attracting birds and wildlife, they bring so much to us in the way of individual comfort. Add in how tree contribute to the holistic environment around us by purifying the air, reducing the occurrence of soil erosion, helping to clean the water and giving kids a fun place to play, and surely you understand why trees matter so much.

The Spring-Green team is working on tree care services all year long. We work with our customers to help them create beauty, improve their own personal enjoyment of their landscapes and gardens and, whenever possible save money on energy costs – all while contributing positively to the environment around them.

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!