What To Expect From Your Lawn Care Service

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What should you expect from your lawn care company throughout the year? It seems like a fairly simple question, you expect that they will make your lawn green and weed-free. Caring for your lawn requires more than just fertilizer and weed control, it is based on a partnership between you and your lawn care company to make sure that your lawn stays healthy throughout the year. This partnership requires more than just an occasional lawn treatment.

What you should expect from your lawn care company:

Summary of Current Lawn Conditions

Your lawn care technician should provide you with information on what he/she observed while serving your lawn. Is there a disease active on your lawn or an insect problem that may be causing damage? Are you mowing at the correct height and providing the right amount of water to keep your lawn green and growing? There is more to caring for your lawn than just fertilizing it.

Information on Additional Available Services

What other services does the company offer that may enhance your outdoor experience? Depending on the state, does the company offer perimeter pest control services to keep nuisance pest from entering your home? Do they offer a mosquito control service or provide control for flea and ticks? Many homeowners have invested a good deal of money on landscaping their home. Does your company offer pest control services for your landscape plants? Or, offer root feeding to help landscape plants grow better? Do they offer core aeration services? If you live in an area where overseeding is an option, is this service available to you? Of course, if there is a current insect or disease problem, do they offer a control program? Do they also offer preventative applications as well?

Convenient Payment Options

Does your company offer convenient payment options, such as pre-paying for the year at a discounted amount? Online payment seems to be the most popular option now, so be sure to ask if they offer that method of payment.

Effective Communication

Can you call your lawn care company and speak to a person or do you have to leave a message? Speaking to a representative of the company is the best options, but if you leave a message, do you receive a return call? Can you send them an e-mail? Being able to effectively communicate with your lawn care company without having to jump through hoops to speak to someone is not what you want to do.

Guaranteed Service

Is there a written guarantee with the program you purchased? Is it a money back guarantee? What is the procedure if you are not satisfied with the results? How long will it take to have a follow-up service? Is there a charge for re-applications? Be sure the company with whom you are working stands behind their products and services.

Licensed and Trained Applicators

Are the people who make applications on your lawn properly licensed and properly trained to make safe and effective applications? Is there continuing education available to the lawn service technicians so that they can provide you with the best and most up-to-date information on caring for your lawn? You need to trust the people who service your lawn and feel comfortable that they are doing the best job possible.

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These are the most common questions that you need to ask your lawn care company. I am happy to say that the people who work for Spring-Green are properly trained and licensed and receive on-going education, through our online training Learning Management System called Spring-Green University. You will find that Spring-Green people are some of the best there is available in the lawn care industry.

Consider Spring-Green for all your lawn care needs this year, or simply call to ask some questions. Contact your local Spring-Green Lawn Care professional today! 

How to Build a Backyard Skating Rink without Damaging Your Lawn

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Building a backyard rink in the winter is a great way to get your family outside and having fun on the ice. But when spring rolls around, will your lawn have paid the price? To prevent long term lawn damage, we’ve put together a few tips for building a lawn-friendly ice rink.

There are two options when it comes to creating a rink:

  • Pack down the snow
  • Use a plastic liner

Although most people resort to a plastic liner (a WHITE one is essential!), we think that the foot method, although a little more time-consuming, is much less impactful on your lawn come spring. No matter which method you use, it’s important to measure off the area of your lawn that you want to convert to a rink. After measuring, we recommend building a sturdy wooden frame along the perimeter that is at least 5 inches tall to create the rink.

If you live in a heavily wooded area, try to center the rink so that it doesn’t have many tree limbs over it. When leaves and sticks fall on the ice they attract warmth and cause holes to form in the ice if they aren’t cleared off.

How to Build an Ice Rink without a Liner

This method is one that requires a bit more patience, but if you do it correctly, come spring, it’ll be like nothing ever happened to your lawn! The first step is to wait until there is snow and freezing temperatures well into the forecast. For most northerners, that’s right around the end of December or in January.

Measure out where you want your rink to go, then get your heavy boots on and stomp down on the snow. This is a great family activity that goes much faster with a few sets of feet stomping the snow down. Stomp until there are no holes or ridges and it looks smooth and tightly packed. Spray water over the stomped area as you go. It’s important to spray the water, don’t just dump a hose on it, because the stomped snow can’t stand up under a lot of pressure at first. We recommend spraying the rink daily, especially at night so that it will freeze. As soon as it’s frozen and shiny enough, lace-up the skates and get out there!

Although this method can be a little more labor intensive, the water will be absorbed back into the lawn when the first spring thaw rolls around, leaving no blemish behind!

How to Build an Ice Rink with a Liner

If you are setting the rink up before the first frost (which we recommend!), the step is to rake the rink area so that the liner won’t be ripped by any leftover sticks. We should note here that it’s very important that you use a white liner and not a black or blue liner. A white liner will deflect warmth and cut down on lawn damage, whereas a black or blue liner will attract heat from the sun and melt the rink.

After you’ve put the liner in place, leave it as is. Leaving time between set-up and the first frost will allow the grass to go dormant. Once it’s consistently below freezing temperatures, it’s time to fill the ice rink with water. With a liner, we recommend filling the rink all at once. Once it freezes, you can go over it with a squeegee.

Caring for Your Lawn

After skating season has come and gone, and the ice skates are packed away, it’s time to consider caring for your lawn. Regular fertilization and weed control can help your grass grow thicker, greener and tougher – even after a harsh winter with plenty of outdoor fun. Contact your local Spring-Green to find a lawn care package that’s right for your lawn and budget.

The Importance of Regular Lawn Care Service

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It’s a relatively common misconception that after several years of yard service, a lawn can become “numb” to the care and results become stagnant. It’s not necessarily a question of a lawn becoming unresponsive after several years with a professional lawn care service. Rather, it may be that results are not as dramatic or impressive as they were when service first started.

Our goal as a lawn care service is to get your lawn to a point where it is green, healthy and consistently looks good. We’ve done our job if the lawn’s appearance is healthy and doesn’t change much from month to month.

Lawns respond to whatever inputs you provide. Lawns themselves are not naturally occurring by default. So they need to be maintained to thrive and stay alive. If you choose to stop lawn service to let your lawn “rest” a year, the density will start to decline and the root system will diminish. Also, weeds, damaging insects, and lawn diseases can increase.

Turfgrasses grow best in well-drained soils that are rich in nutrients and organic content. Most home lawns do not have the best soil for turf to grow and thrive. Lawns need additional food, water and proper maintenance practices to make up for the poor soil on which they are expected to grow. That is why we recommend such additional services as core aeration to help root systems expand.

Careful fertilization, mowing, watering and reseeding decisions need to be made in order to maintain a lawn, and are determined by the type of turf you have and the weather conditions your particular lawn faces.

A healthy lawn, well-maintained by a lawn care service, will recover faster from the effects of adverse weather conditions as well as attacks from insect and disease infestations. If a lawn remains fallow for a year, it is less likely to have the ability to come back from these pressures. Therefore, you should continue with regularly scheduled applications of fertilizer on your lawn every year.

Contact your local Spring-Green lawn care service provider to discuss which lawn care services are right for your yard.

Who Is Tired Of Mowing Their Lawn Every Four Days?

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With all the rain that many parts of the country have received so far this year, mowing once a week is pretty much out of the question. I live in the Chicagoland area and it seems like we have received rain about every other day since March. This is making my lawn grow so fast that I am mowing almost every four days. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to get all the rain. In my 35 plus years in lawn care service, I have been through enough droughts that I never complain about rain, even when we receive excess amounts.

Many people don’t have the opportunity to mow but once a week. This can be a problem when the grass grows higher than normal. The key to having a green lawn, above anything else, is to mow high. Even when your lawn gets real long, if you mow high, it will retain most of its green color. You will notice from the picture to the right that the area that was just mowed still has a nice green color.

What about all the clippings that remain behind after mowing? Hopefully, you are not bagging the clippings. By bagging the clippings, you are robbing beneficial nutrients from your lawn. Most modern-day mowers do a fairly good job chopping up the grass blades, but occasionally, there may be some clipping clumps left behind. This is especially true if the grass was a little wet when you mowed and the clippings seem to stick to the wheels of the mower until a point when they will slough off. What I do is try to throw those clumps on to an area that has not been mowed yet and chop them up. If there are a lot of clipping clumps left behind after mowing, you may have to mow in a perpendicular direction to chop them up even more.  Your other choice is to rake them up, which does not seem like much of a choice to me.

Think about it this way; mowing your lawn gives you some exercise, so it is to your benefit to mow a little more often. Your lawn will also appreciate it as well.

Why Does My Lawn Have a Disease and My Neighbor’s Lawn Doesn’t?

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I have heard this question many times since I have been in the lawn care industry. A customer’s lawn develops a disease and their neighbor’s lawn looks fine. Both lawns were put in the same time, have received the same basic care, but the neighbor does not have a lawn care service. Is the disease the result of the applications that were applied to the lawn?

In answering this question, the first thing to understand is how a disease develops. You have probably heard of the fire triangle. In order for a fire to develop, you need three basic components – fuel, heat and oxygen. If one of the three is removed, the fire is extinguished. When we discuss disease development, we call it the Disease Triangle. The three components are environment, host and pathogen.

When we say environment, we include weather conditions and temperature, but we also include any aspect that can affect the growing conditions of the plant, including plant selection and placement, mowing, watering and lawn fertilization. The pathogen is the disease causing agent, such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. Most every disease-causing agent may be present in the home lawn environment. They are part of nature and can survive for many years. The host plant is the tree, shrub or grass growing in the home landscape. In order for a lawn disease to develop, the environment has to exist for a long enough time for the pathogen to develop and infect the host plant.

Getting back to the original question, the reason why the disease developed in the lawn was that the right environment existed for a long enough time for the pathogen to develop and infect the host plant. Even though the lawn next to your lawn does not have a disease, it has the potential to develop it at some future time when conditions are right.

Treating lawn disease such as brown patch disease, red thread disease and spring dead spot disease usually requires improving the growing conditions of the lawn. This may mean changing watering habits, increasing mowing height, adjusting fertilization requirements, adding a soil amendment, core aerating to improve root development and/or overseeding to introduce disease resistant varieties of grass into the lawn.

There are disease control materials available to treat most lawn diseases, but the control is usually temporary and the disease often comes back. That is why Spring-Green often recommends improving the growing conditions as the best approach. In some locations, due to intense environmental stresses, a disease control material may be the best choice.