Monthly Archives: January 2019

Indoor Gardening

Dreaming of green grass and warm temperatures already? Believe us, you are not alone in wishing spring would get here fast! If the winter seems to be dragging and the winter blues have set in, we suggest doing some indoor gardening that will not only lift your spirits but also get you ready to hit the ground running once spring has sprung!

Whether you are looking to grow food for your family or just add some life to your indoor space, an indoor garden can be just the solution you are seeking. Here are some things to consider when setting up your own garden this winter.

Space

The first thing to consider when setting up your garden is how much space you have available. Are you short on space? Can you only grow a few pots of herbs on your kitchen windowsill? Or perhaps you have a larger space where you can begin some of your plantings early? Plan out how you want to use the space.

Lighting

As we all know, plants need sunlight and water to complete photosynthesis. Make sure your garden has access to sunlight during the day. Depending upon the type of plantings, you will need to adjust when and how much sunlight.

Temperature and Humidity

When setting up your indoor garden, make sure the temperature is within 10 degrees on either side of 65-75°F. That is best for most plants. In addition, winter weather tends to be dry. Add some moisture to the air by misting the plants and leaving a bit of water in the area of the plants to allow for evaporation. If you can access a humidifier, even better!

Growing Medium

How are you growing these plants? Are you using planting soil or trying some form of hydroponics? Whatever your choice, be sure the soil is rich in nutrients and free of pests or pesticides.

What are you growing this winter? Let us know how your indoor gardens work out and what they look like come spring when you have the opportunity to transplant them to the outdoors. As always, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.

Deer Dilemmas

The biggest threat to your lawn and gardens sometimes are not the pests that can ravage the area but, rather, the wildlife that can habitually eat away at your beautiful lawn and plantings. One such animal that we hear about often is the deer population damaging the landscaping of homes in our region. Let’s take a closer look at this deer dilemma and what you can do to protect your yard.

According to agricultural research, there were an estimated 500,000 white-tailed deer in the United States at the turn of the century. The most recent estimate is that their population has grown to over 25 million. That is a huge increase! That means that you are not mistaken to believe that you are seeing more and more deer in your region. This population explosion means that homeowners need to get savvy about how to avoid deer damage to their property.

There are many actions you can take to make your yard less attractive to deer, but the first step you will want to take is to be certain that deer are the problem and not some other wildlife. Check for deer prints or deer droppings in your yard. You may even spot a deer munching on your plantings. If you are uncertain, contact an expert that can tell you exactly what kind of animal is harming your lawn and garden.

Take Action

Once you have identified that deer are, in fact, the problem you can take action.

  • Fencing – Deer can jump, so if you are fencing in an area where the deer tend to graze, be sure that the fence is high enough, at least 6-feet tall.
  • Choose Deer-Resistant Plantings – Foxgloves, carnations, poppies, and lavender are all examples of plants that deer will naturally avoid. Plant these around your yard as a natural deterrent.
  • Loud or Sudden Noises – Deer are easily startled by loud noises. Wind chimes, a dog’s bark, and even a bell can scare off the invaders. Some homeowners set up a noise alarm that can deter the deer from setting up camp in your yard.

Do you have a deer problem? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.

Prevent Lawn Damage this Winter

Now that winter is here in full force, most of us tend to forget about our lawns. After all, once it is under a layer of snow we tend to forget what we don’t see. The “Out of sight, out of mind” mentality is true even when it comes to lawn care. Unfortunately, there are threats to your lawn even during the dead of winter. Read on to find out how to prevent lawn damage this winter.

Salt Damage

Ice, snow, and frozen precipitation mean heavy use of deicing solutions this winter. While these products are great for making your driveway, stairs, and walkways safe for passage, they do tend to harm the grass that is beneath the snow. As piles of snow get shoveled or plowed on to the grassy surfaces, the salt begins to work its way down to the frozen lawn. You will want to be careful where you pile salt-laden snow or plant salt-tolerant grass options such as perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, red fescue, wheatgrass, alkali grass, and bermudagrass.

Snow Mold

Under the layer of snow, the fungus can attack your lawn this winter. As spring approaches and the snow dissipates, you may notice circular straw-colored patches. We suggest raking affected areas to promote drying and stop fungal growth and avoiding excessive application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall.

Crown Hydration

During the late winter months, there tends to be frequent thawing and refreezing of the snow and landscape. This process of rapid freezing after a thaw causes ice to form inside the crowns of the grass. This will then cause either rupture of cell membranes or drawing of moisture out of the cells, killing the plant.

Human Mistakes

Some damage caused to lawns is not caused by Mother Nature but, rather, by the homeowners themselves who have left out items on the grass that will cause wilting or even death to that grassy area. For example, some homeowners park a car on their lawn during winter parking bans or pile the patio furniture in a location for safekeeping. The weight of the items will suffocate the grass beneath. This will cause the area to be bare in the spring. To avoid this, try to leave the grassy areas alone and uncovered during the winter.

Avoid these scenarios this winter and keep your lawn healthy to start the spring off on the right foot. As always, any questions, call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733 and visit our website.