Monthly Archives: March 2015

Dandelions Are Pretty…….But Not In Your Lawn

Dandelions, like some other perennial weeds, such as sweet violet, are pretty when they’re growing where you want them to.  This isn’t the case when they’ve taken root in the middle of your lawn.

Dandelions

What do we know about the dandelion?

  • The dandelion is photosensitive; its flower opens in the morning and closes at night.
  • Dandelions have the longest flowering season of any plant.
  • Dandelion is used as an ingredient in some wines and root beer.
  • The entire dandelion is edible.  They are high in Vitamins A, C and K, Calcium and Iron.
  • On a breezy day, dandelion seeds can be transported miles from where they originated.
  • The dandelion does not need to be pollinated to form seeds.
  • Dandelions are known for their herbal remedies.
  • The dandelion’s bright yellow color is used for making dye.
  • A good dandelion tea is used for its calming effects.
  • The dandelion can reach a height of up to 17 inches.
  • We can get rid of them for you with our weed control program.

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For information on Weed Control, Lawn Fertilization, or any of our other services, please visit our website –http://www.deertickguard.com/

What is Thatch?

Spring and Fall are the times of year that you may hear the word “Thatch” being used quite often in reference to your lawn  But what is thatch exactly?

Thatch is a layer of grass stems, roots, clippings, and other organic debris that settles on the ground and builds up faster than it is being broken down. It develops beneath the soil, so you cannot see it.  Some thatch (1/2″ or less) is good because it provides insulation from extreme temperatures and changes in soil conditions. Too much thatch can choke your lawn, preventing vital nutrients, water and oxygen from reaching your lawn’s root system; this leaves your lawn susceptible to disease, drought and lawn pests.

How can you breakdown thatch and relieve soil compaction?

You can have your lawn either Dethatched or have an Aeration service.

Lawn Dethatching, which is usually done in the Spring, can be either performed by hand raking, or by running a power raking machine over your lawn. The power raking machine has vertical blades that will cut into your lawn, breaking up the thatch, which can then be raked and removed.

An Aeration service, which is usually performed in the Fall, is the process of using a machine to pull 1/2″ wide ‘plugs’ of soil from the lawn. These plugs are typically 2.75″ deep and spaced about 6″ apart.  When combined with an over-seeding service, it gives the seed direct contact with the soil, which is ideal for germination.

Protecting your Plants, Valuable.   Protecting your Family, Priceless!

Call us today to get your property on our schedule for a Dethatching or Aeration service.

For more information on this or any of our services, please visit our website – http://www.deertickguard.com/

De-Icing Products and Your Lawn

Winter is coming to an end, which means warmer temperatures and melting snow.  The melting snow may reveal an unwelcome surprise: lawn damage from de-icing products. De-icers that have made their way onto your lawn can burn it, leaving brown patches bordering the street, driveway and walkways where the products are used.

What are de-icing products?  De-icing products are chemical agents, such as rock salt, calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, which are used to melt snow and ice, making their removal much easier.

How do the de-icing products get onto the lawn?  They are applied to your lawn by town plows when they’re treating the roads, or by you when you’re applying the products to your driveway and walkway.  They’re also get onto the lawn by the plows when they push the salty snow onto your property, or by you when you snow blow or shovel the snow and throw it onto your lawn.

Can the damage be repaired?  The damage can be repaired, but the smaller amount of de-icers that are on the lawn, the less severe the damage will be. Unfortunately, you won’t know the extent of the damage until the lawns start greening up in the Spring.

Minor lawn damage will most likely recover on its own as the de-icers are flushed out by melting snow and spring rains.  In a severe case, the damaged areas may need to be raked out and reseeded.

Protecting your Plants, Valuable. Protecting your Family, Priceless!

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