How Can I Prevent Fire Pit Damage On My Lawn?

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Everyone loves to sit around the fire at night. It’s great for ambiance, cuddling, and roasting marshmallows. The fire pit can raise some questions for the savvy homeowner who wants to make sure of the best practices and avoid damaging their outdoor experience. If you’ve been pondering the idea of a fire pit but felt unsure about the safety that comes with it, Spring-Green has you covered. 

Commonly Asked Questions About Fire Pit Damage

Can I put my fire pit on my grass? If you want to use portable fire pits on grass, you can. You must follow some easy workarounds to protect your grass and to keep it healthy.. A big concern when using your backyard fire pit is heat stress. This can happen as a result of hot dry conditions in the hottest days of summer as the sun’s rays weaken your lawn’s ability to thrive. Fire pits on your grass can create the same issue if you don’t protect it. Another issue is ghost prints which are when the grass is not recovering quickly from pressure. To avoid heat stress and ghost prints lightly mist the grass surrounding the fire pit with water. Be sure to reapply frequently as the water evaporates. 

Do I need to put something underneath my fire pit? Patio slabs are the best surfaces to place your fire pit on. Why? They are flat, stable, and will absorb any heat from the fire pit. They are an excellent option to protect your lawn from becoming scorched. The flat surface also reduces the risk of the grass below it being crushed in the fire pit. Heat shields are another good option if a patio slab doesn’t work. Heat shields can be used on your grass, wooden decks, concrete surfaces, and many other surfaces. Heat shields are portable and easy to assemble. You just place one under the fire pit on a flat surface, and light your fire without worry. 

What are the safety steps I should be paying attention to? Anytime you are burning something, you should definitely use safety precautions. Be sure to check your surroundings before you light your fire. Loose branches, debris, and leaf piles can become problematic if too close to your outdoor fire. In addition, the following are some safety protocols to keep in mind when using backyard fire pits.   

  • Keep things on the level. Make sure the spot you choose for your fire pit is on level ground to avoid the risk of it tipping over. 
  • Stay with it. Never leave any fire pit unattended, in case something unexpected happens. Be sure to extinguish the fire before going to bed in the evening. 
  • Pay attention to the family. Keep close supervision of your children and pets in the vicinity of fire pits. This is extremely important on grassed areas as children are playing near the fire. 
  • Keep water handy just in case. Have water handy in case something goes wrong with your fire. A bucket of water or a hose is good to have on hand just in case. 
  • Light the fire, but safely. Don’t use lighter fluid or other chemicals to light your fire, as things can get out of control quickly. 
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Having a fire pit in your backyard is a perfect way to increase your enjoyment after hours in the beautiful outdoors. Just by following a few best practices, there’s no reason you can’t use your portable fire pit and still protect your lawn and be safe. Just take a little extra time and follow the necessary precautions to avoid damage and keep your family safe.   

Spring-Green, the lawn care specialist since 1977, is here to support you as you amp up your outdoor enjoyment. Our team of professional lawn care technicians can help you protect your lawn from fire pit damage in addition to all of our other services including lawn care, pest control, and tree and shrub services. 

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How Do You Plant A Tree?

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Trees bring so much beauty to your yard with the added benefits of shade and improvement to air quality around you. If planting trees is on your agenda, you are on to something good. Your neighborhood lawn care experts at Spring-Green have the guide you need to get it done. Let’s go! 

What are the benefits of adding a tree to my lawn?

  • Helping to reduce air pollution 
  • Increasing the absorption of carbon dioxide 
  • Reducing electricity costs as they help to cool down areas of your home 
  • Reducing rain runoff 
  • Providing shade that reduces sun damage 
  • Offering protection from wind damage and bad weather 
  • Attracting birds, wildlife, and pollinators 
  • Hiding less attractive areas of our homes 
  • Increasing the value of the real estate 
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How can I plant a tree by myself?

  • Prepare the proper planting hole. Preparing the hole for planting is the first and most important step in your tree planting endeavor. Make your tree planting hole three times wider than the current root mass. Don’t place your tree in the hole so deep that any part of that flare is covered with soil. The truth is, even nurseries sometimes put plants in containers too deeply. Here are a few quick tips. 
  • Check out the height. Plant higher than the soil level because the soil will settle and lower quickly. It’s important to do this so that the roots stay covered and avoid issues like root rot or disease. 
  • Keep an eye on the roots. The roots of your tree should not be root-bound. You’ll need to break up the pattern or your tree could have serious problems such as disease or at the very least not growing to optimal levels.   
  • Don’t believe the hype about amending the soil. Recent research shows that amending holes is not a good idea when planting trees. Amending the soil has the long-term effect is a smaller root system, reduced growth, and a less hardy tree. 
  • Eliminate air pockets. Be sure to eliminate air pockets that may naturally occur by your newly planted tree. You can spray water into the hole after backfilling halfway to provide needed moisture and help to eliminate air pockets that could otherwise result in dead roots or worse. 
  • Add mulch. Starting about two inches from the trunk (leave this area exposed), place approximately two inches of organic matter such as mulch to help retain much-needed moisture as well as to help keep roots cooler near the surface 
  • Water well. The single most important thing to pay attention to after you plant the tree in your yard is watering. Keeping the soil around the tree well-hydrated sets it up to establish roots and thrive.   
  • Skip fertilizer. You might be tempted to add fertilizer to the soil surrounding your tree, but don’t. Do not use fertilizer, potting soil, or chemicals on your newly planted trees as they can have the opposite effect, sometimes killing young trees. 

Trees are often referred to as the lungs of the earth for good reason. They bring life to our yards and air to our worlds. Mature trees make our home more beautiful (and worth more). Whether you are planting one small tree or a grove of big trees, Spring-Green is here for you. At Spring-Green, we partner with organizations like the Arbor Day foundation to populate our communities with over 110,000 trees per year. So not only do we help plant them, we help you take care of them too. You can learn all about our Tree Care services by Contacting Spring-Green today! 

How Can I Prepare My Lawn For A Memorial Day Party?

Memorial Day is the kickoff of summer. It’s time for backyard barbecues, pool openings, and yard games. If your thoughts are turning toward summer weekends, your first step should be yard prep.  Spring-Green, is the go-to lawn care source for neighborhoods since 1977. We have the tips you need to kick things off this Memorial Day and set your yard up for an epic season of summer fun.

How can I get my lawn ready for Memorial Day?

Choose The Best Fertilizer – All lawns need nutrients to thrive. Your lawn needs three key ingredients – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Lawns need more nitrogen than anything else. The question of how much your lawn needs is determined by the type of grass, the conditions of the soil, and a few other factors.  By working with a Spring-Green Lawn Care professional, they can help you determine the right combination of nutrients to keep your grass healthy and green for the big Memorial Day party.  

Cut Your Grass To A Healthy Length –   The best practice for lawn height is 2 ½ inches, but can vary depending on the climate you live in. In the summer months, you might opt to adjust based on sun impact or rain impact. A word of warning – there is a lawn-mowing myth that says the shorter you mow grass, the less often you’ll have to cut it, which seems to make perfect sense. However, it is slightly misguided. What it saves you in time mowing, it will often make up for in time correcting problems. Why? Grass that’s cut too short can be at risk for weed invasion, drought, and damage from the hot summer sun. 


How can I protect my lawn during the Memorial Day party?

  • Party Prep Tips – Before the Memorial Day party kicks off, you’ll want to give your outdoor space a once over. You’ll want to rope off areas that you need to keep protected. For example, if you have an area of grass that is struggling to stay green or recently seeded, you may want to put up temporary fencing to keep your house guests from undoing your work. Done tastefully, your guests will most likely not even notice that they are being told to keep off certain parts of your lawn.  
  • Treat your lawn in advance – Certain lawn treatments can help to keep your lawn safe in advance of your guests’ arrival to your home. You can make sure your lawn is party-ready by watering it appropriately in advance of the partygoers. Following best practices as outlined above, mow your lawn before the guests come over. Trimming your shrubs or trees in advance will spruce things up as well as keep your guests safe. 
  • Areas to set up – You may have plans for lawn games or need to set up a larger seated area to accommodate guests. Be sure to pay attention to where you set these stations up so as not to damage new grass or delicate flower gardens. 
  • Lawn-friendly entertainment ideas – While the slip and slide or a baseball game can bring the fun to your Memorial Day gathering, but it can be hard on your lawn. You might opt for more lawn-friendly games such as cornhole, giant tic toe sets, or ring tosses. 

Spring-Green is the perfect resource to help homeowners set their outdoor areas up for the perfect Memorial Day weekend party. Kickoff the summer with a plush and healthy lawn that will set your summer up for success. To learn more about the services Spring-Green offers, follow the link below.  

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Outdoor Lighting For Your Yard

Lighting sets the mood in both your indoor and outdoor spaces. With spring here and summer coming, we are bound to be spending more time outside while the sun is down. With your backyard being the backdrop for group gatherings, family meals, and late-night conversations wouldn’t you want to ensure it looks its best? Spring-Green has the tips and ideas you need to make your yard the oasis you deserve.   

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How To Make Great Outdoor Lighting?

  • Light Up Your Seating Area – Set the mood with string lights hung around your seating area. This is an easy and inexpensive way to add ambiance to your area without the hassle. If do not have anything overhead to string your lights too, you can stick flag poles in the ground around your area and string them from there.   
  • Light Up Focus Pieces – Do you have a pond, birdbath, or statue that you want to highlight during all times of the day? Use a spotlight or solar lights that flip on when the sun goes down. This is a great way to take notice of the features you put hard work into placing.   
  • Light Up With Solar – You can opt for energy-friendly lighting light solar lights. Solar offers a variety of colors, styles, and mounting options. You can get solar lights are your local hardware or dollar store. Simple, easy, and you don’t have to worry about finding batteries or an outlet!  
  • Light Up For Safety – Outdoor lighting can do more than add a little flair. Path lighting, not only, makes your garden and home inviting to visitors, it also helps with your safety. Steps, uneven paths, and dark spaces can become instantly safer when they are lit up appropriately. You can even make your home safer from intruders. Try using a spotlight to keep your outdoor areas visible and well-lit to deter unwanted guests.  

Outdoor lighting can spruce up your exterior space. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and the great news is you can do most of it yourself. If you are unsure of what type of lighting is right for your home, ask your lawn care experts at Spring-Green. Spring-Green has been the go-to brand for quality lawn care services since 1977. We specialize in helping our community love their homes and the neighborhoods they live in. Contact Spring-Green Today!  

Top Tools You Need For Your Lawn Work This Spring

 

Spring is finally here and the time to get out into the yard is upon us. Yard work requires the right tools to keep your lawn beautiful and healthy all spring and summer long. If you are about to head out and unlock the garden shed, you’ll need to check your tool inventory to ensure you have everything you need. It might be time to update your lawn care tools. These tips will help you grow healthier plants and lawn, but having the right equipment will make the work easier.

Everything You Need To Know About Your Spring Tools

Most-needed spring lawn care tools –

  • Garden Trowel and Fork – The garden trowel and fork are essential tools for your garden. They are used to turn the soil and loosen weeds as well as for digging in the soil and for planting new seeds or bulbs.
  • Pruning Shears and Loppers – Pruning shears and loppers are key tools to keep on hand for your spring gardening. Shear help with cutting and trimming branches and stems. The pruning shears are handheld tools for working on the branches of bushes and plants, a perfect tool for trimming thicker branches on bushes and trees.
  • Shovel – If you are working on an outdoor garden, it’s imperative that you add a shovel to your toolkit. From digging into the soil to plant new flowers to lifting sod to moving soil or fertilizer from one place to another – the shovel is essential.  
  • Wheelbarrow – The wheelbarrow is a workhorse for your yard. You’ll use it to move around soil, compost, or mulch. It can carry your other tools and help you work more efficiently.
  • Hoe and Rake Garden Tools – The hoe tool and garden rake are two yard tools that your spring garden can’t do without. They will be essential for helping you prepare your garden beds and getting spring grounds ready for the next season.  The hoe tool will help to remove weeds and prepare the soil, while the hoe can help create a thriving environment to grow.
  • Watering Equipment – No yard tool kit is complete without tools to water your lawn and garden. Of course, a hose and watering can are basics but you could go on to install a sprinkler system and possibly use a power washing tool for hard surfaces in the outdoor landscape.  
  • Blower – A blower can become your best friend for quick and easy clean up after cutting the grass and during leaf-heavy times of the year. Of course, the range of power varies as does the price, and your unique need will need to match the type of blower you invest in. But, think all the heavy lifting it will save you – not to mention time.
  • Trimmer – A cordless, battery-powered string trimmer is a great option for your spring tool arsenal. It allows you to quickly and easily tidy up the edges and can be picked up at an affordable price.
  • Aerator – An aerator is tops on the list of essential tools for spring. This key tool will help your efforts to fertilize and water your yard become more effective. There are plenty of aerator choices available, it will come down to assessing your space, your goals, and of course, your budget.  
  • Lawn mower – It seems obvious to say that your lawn mower is at the center of your lawn tools for this spring. If your mower has been sitting idle for winter, it is a good time to pull it out now and give it a once over. I may need some servicing or repairs to help support you during the warm season. This could mean checking oil levels, spark plugs, or sharpening blades for optimum performance.
  • Handy helpers – Gardening and yard work can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be hard work. You can increase your comfort and efficiency by seeking out the little tools to make life easier.
  • Knee pads – You might find a knee pad to support your sore knees as you kneel down to pull weeds regularly is needed.
    • A wagon to pull supplies from one side of the yard to the other can also alleviate some of the heavy liftings.
    • Breathable garden gloves are a perfect way to protect sensitive hands while working with the soil, weeds, and plants.
    • Protection for the skin from bugs and the sun is also important. Large brim hats, UV protective clothing, and bug repellants will help make life easier and keep you healthy.

Of course, there is always yard work and lawn care to be done, but you don’t have to go it alone. Since 1977, Spring-Green has helped local businesses and homeowners with quality lawn care services from small projects to complete overhauls to routine maintenance. Our team of experienced professionals is standing by ready to do the hard work for you.

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What Flowers Are Right For My Garden?

 

As we approach the warmer weather, a burning question comes to the forefront of many homeowners’ minds. Trying to understand what flowers are right for your garden can be overwhelming, but, not to worry, Spring-Green has all the answers you need. Even for those who think they have a “brown thumb,” we have the tips you need to ensure your flower gardens’ success. From understanding your geographic zone to exploring perennials and other popular flowers, we’ve compiled the guide you need to create a vibrant and thriving garden. So, let’s get started!

Frequently Asked Questions About Flowers:

What are the best flowers for your zone? The United States is broken down into zones that are helpful in determining which flowers will thrive in your garden’s location related to climate, soil, and seasonal patterns. By choosing plants, trees, and flowers that match your climate and your soil, you will set yourself up for success. Be sure to consider how much sun and rainwater the area you plan to plant in will receive.

What about perennials? Perennial flowers are a popular option and a garden must-have with so many types to choose from. Here is a brief overview of everything you need to know to find the perfect perennials for your garden.

  • First, what are perennial flowers? Perennials flowers come back year after year blooming on their own. They typically live for two years or more due to their far-reaching roots which extends their lifespan and creates less upkeep for the gardener. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and most of them can withstand any climate.
  • Popular types of perennials:
    • Blanket Flower – The blanket flower produces flowers that look like daisies that come in shades of orange, dark red, and yellow.
    • Pineapple Sage – Pineapple sage gets its name for its pineapple scent. This perennial features red flowers and leafy stems that thrive in full sunlight.
    • Shasta Daisy – Blooming in late spring to fall, the Shasta daisy looks like a traditional daisy and brings two to three-foot foliage that lasts year-round.
    • May Night Sage – May Night Sage blooms indigo flowers and lush green foliage even in cooler climates.

What are the best flowers for beginning gardeners? Beginning gardeners can make choices that support their inexperience. The good news is there are so many options to consider. Spring-Green provided some good choices for the beginning gardener – of course, taking your zone into consideration too.

  • Sunflowers – The sunflower with giant flower heads and lots of branches. A gold halo circles each center disk, too. Although each flower is slightly different in coloration, all are pollen-free. This variety tops out at up to six feet high.
  • Zinnia – Zinnias can be found in almost any color except blue. The flowers are similar to daisies or dahlias. They require a lot of sun and much air circulation to survive.
  • Marigolds – Marigolds are hearty and easy as long as there is a lot of sun. Yellow, red, and gold brighten your garden all summer long. Some varieties are tall and others are much more compact.
  • Pansies – Pansies bring a bright array of colors to your garden even when the temps are cold in spring and fall.

What flowers bloom all year round? Flowers like Coneflower, Bluestar, Barrenwort, and Sedum are all plants that bloom flowers the entire year-round. Having a beautiful garden the entire year can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. Depending on the zone in which you live, your options can be limited during colder months. By following best practices for your area, you can, however, have a beautiful garden 365 days each year.

Tips for Planting Flowers:

  • Sun – Your flowers will need the sun. Be sure to consider the right mix of sun that your choice of flowers will need.
  • Soil – Your flowers will also need healthy soil to thrive. Soil tests and fortifications may be required to support your garden’s good health.
  • Water – You may need to install a sprinkler system to keep your flowers hydrated and support their bloom. It is important to understand the balance.

Spring-Green is your neighborhood lawn care team and can help you with all your lawn care needs ranging from maintenance to lawn care that will enhance your outdoor living space.

How To Add Curb Appeal To Your Home

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It’s a commonly used term – curb appeal. Many homeowners want it or are unsure if they have it. Most of all, they want to know how to get it. That’s why Spring-Green is here with the answers to questions we most commonly get about curb appeal. After all, we have been in the lawn care and landscaping game since 1977.   

Frequently Asked Questions About Curb Appeal

  • What is curb appeal? Curb appeal is like a first impression. It’s an invitation to your guests (or potential buyers) that good things await inside. It’s also a way to keep your neighborhood looking handsome and enhance your enjoyment of the exterior of your home.  
  • Does curb appeal affect home value? In a word, yes. According to multiple studies, it’s been concluded that homes with high curb appeal tend to sell for an estimated 7-14% more than similar houses with an uninviting exterior. With a few low-budget improvements you can increase the price your home sells for, it’s that simple.  
  • What are the quickest ways to add curb appeal? Of course, you can make huge improvements to the curb appeal of your home, but even with a few simple improvements, things can look dramatically better. Simple maintenance like weeding the lawn, trimming the shrubs, and ensuring that the lawn is free of dead spots will get things spruced up in no time.   

How Can I Add Curb Appeal To My Home?

  • Flowers and plants are one of the most common ways to add curb appeal, and it works. Fresh greenery and flowers, whether planted in the ground or in pots and window gardens, in key spots add a lot of flair.   
  • Your front door brings curb appeal with the possibility for a splash of color or a design with flair. From conservative to industrial to cottage-style, you can add a style to the exterior of your home with a unique or freshly-painted door.   
  • Exterior lighting can also help take your curb appeal to the next level. A well-placed sconce or hanging pendant can bring some flair and fun. With a quick look around your property after the sun goes down, you’ll be able to identify many places where lighting can add appeal, call attention to focal points and light pathways – not to mention, the added benefit of security.  
  • Your mailbox is part of your outdoor look, don’t forget. A stylish or refreshed mailbox can make a noticeable difference to your home’s curb appeal. Of course, the sky’s the limit, but even on a budget, you can find a mailbox that spruces things up.   
  • Have your house numbers been there since your home was built way back when? It might be time to modernize the look of your home by replacing those old tattered numbers with something fresh and new.    
  • A good power wash will make a world of difference as well. These are relatively inexpensive options to rent or buy. Use your power washer to get rid of dirt, grime, and mold on your porch, walkway, and driveway.   

What Are Tips To Maintaining My Homes Curb Appeal?

  • Clean up – Remove debris, cobwebs, and trash.  
  • Clean your gutters – inside out.  
  • Hide electrical fixtures – Use paint of coverings to disguise any unsightly electrical boxes.   
  • Take care of your lawn – Keeping the grass mowed, weed-free, and well-watered. 

You may know Spring-Green as the neighborhood lawn care specialists but they can help you with your curb appeal goals as well. With decades of expertise and a professional team of service professionals, Spring-Green can help you get the exterior of your home spruced up and looking great – whether you are preparing to sell or simply enjoy your space.  

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How To Tell If My Lawn Is Unhealthy

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Spring and summer are just around the corner. Homeowners everywhere will soon be looking to their lawns to make their house stand out in the neighborhood. The key to all this warm weather fun is a healthy lawn. So, how do you know if your lawn is healthy or not? And, more importantly, if there is an issue, how do you recognize it and act quickly to correct it?  

Spring-Green has over forty years of expertise in lawn care. That is why we have compiled an easy list of ways to check in on the health of your lawn. Start with these tips and be sure to check in with us if you need some support to get that lawn in good shape before your first spring/summer barbecue.  

How Can I Tell If My Lawn Is Unhealthy?

Lawn problems can move quickly throughout your green lawn and create a big, expensive problem while seriously affecting your lawn’s health. Understanding the common lawn diseases and how to spot them early can help you nip problems in the bud. Following are the most common signs of an unhealthy lawn:  

  • Dry lawn – Your lawn must be properly hydrated to stay healthy. Look for signs of dehydration of your lawn and address them before they escalate. You can also insert a screwdriver into the soil. (If it goes smoothly into the ground, your soil is properly hydrated.)  
  • Bluish-green Color – If you notice a blue-green color in your lawn, this is a sign it needs water.   
  • Insect invasion – Insects such as white grubs, armyworms, sod webworms, and chinch bugs can destroy your lawn. Keeping an eye out for bugs and eaten grasses can be essential to preventing a full-scale invasion.  
  • Weeds – It’s important to make sure your lawn doesn’t get overrun by weeds that will compete for nutrients, space, water, and sunlight. If you notice small patches of weeds, it may be normal but keep a close eye for areas that seem to be getting out of control.  
  • Compacted Soil – If your soil is highly-trafficked, it can become compacted and hard. This can create a problem as nutrients and water won’t be able to seep through the soil to reach the plant’s roots. Watch for this issue in areas that cars or foot traffic pass over frequently on your lawn.  
  • Thinning Lawn – A bare spot in the yard is an obvious sign of an unhealthy lawn. Thinning lawn can be a sign of a larger problem and should be addressed promptly.  
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What Can I Do To Keep My Lawn Healthy?

  • Aerating – If you have cool-season grasses, early fall or early spring are the best times for aerating. For warm-season grasses common to southern lawns, the best time for aerating is late spring or very early summer. When aeration coincides with active growth, grasses recover quickly and fill in areas where aerator equipment exposes soil. Overly dry soil can be tough to aerate, so moisture eases the process.   
     
  • Watering – One test to see if your lawn is properly watered is the footprint test. If the lawn wilt when you walk through it, this is your sign that you need to water it. It’s also important to understand the requirements of your unique lawn specifics, your region, and the condition of your lawn.  
     
  • Fertilizing – Fertilizing can also help get your lawn healthy and keep it that way. Your fertilizer protocol should be catered to fit your lawn’s unique needs, but here are some best practices. If your grass has bare spots, you may need to use a fertilizing agent with a high phosphorus content because this mineral stimulates seedling and root development. If your grass is suffering from extremely dry conditions, a potassium-rich fertilizer may be a better choice since it promotes tolerance against disease and drought.  

When Do I Need To Call In A Lawn Care Pro?

When things get out of hand, you can always call in the professionals to take on the heavy lifting if your lawn appears to be unhealthy. You can even call the pros in to help with preventative care and maintenance to help stop problems in their tracks before they happen.  Spring-Green has been the go-to resource for quality lawn care since 1977. Our team of experienced lawn care professionals can help diagnose and address your lawn’s problems.    

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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.  

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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.   

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