It’s that time again to review the condition of your lawn equipment and tools. The winter is a good time to take care of this chore as the tools are not in use and can be sent away for repair as needed. Here are some of the tools that you may use and some maintenance that you may want to consider for the winter or early spring. Enjoy our blog on tool review.
Rakes, shovels, and clippers are often overlooked tools. These should be cleaned and stored every winter in a dry, clean space. During the winter, you may want to inspect these for rust or signs of wear and tear. Invest in new tools or send for repairs during these months of lawn dormancy.
Hand-push and ride-on mowers also need maintenance. Check the blades, spark plugs and clean out the air filter yearly. The oil should be changed regularly and completely emptied during the winter. Depending upon the size of your lawn, this tool is probably the central figure in your arsenal of tools. Be sure to clean the undercarriage after each use and spray off grass clippings after each mowing.
Trimmers and Edgers
These two tools, whether electric or gas powered, need regular maintenance as well. Blades, strings, spark plugs, and exteriors need to be maintained regularly. These tools can make the edging around the flower bed and trees look crisp and clean.
Spreaders can evenly make sure seed or fertilizer is spread throughout your lawn. If you fertilize or spread seed with a rotary spreader you will want to wash this tool out after each use as well.
Leaf blowers are exceptionally important in the early spring and fall to rid the yard of leaves and debris. This tool should be examined every year and stored in a dry place every winter.
Do you have questions about your tools? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.
Believe it or not, spring is really just a few short weeks away. The time to start thinking about your plan for your lawn and garden is now. Last fall, did you notice thinning or brown patches around your lawn? Is your grass as thick and lush as you would like? Now is the time to think about hydroseeding or reseeding your yard. Here are some ideas to consider.
Hydroseeding is is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed and mulch. It is sprayed on by a lawn care professional and can cover a large area and areas that are prone to erosion such as hillsides or on sloping lawns. Growing results are often quick with high germination rates producing grass growth in about a week and mowing maintenance beginning around 3 to 4 weeks from the date of application. The mulch included in the slurry helps retain water in the ground, accelerating germination. Hydroseeding is the fastest, most cost-effective, and highest quality method of seeding lawn, landscape, and erosion control practices.
Grass seeding either by hand or using a rotary seeder is another method that many homeowners use. This method is best done in the spring, summer, or fall. There needs to be a watering source nearby and possibly a covering of straw over the seeds to avoid having birds eat the seeds. While this method is probably the most affordable method, it does take the longest to germinate. Homeowners should see full grass growing within a couple of months.
Another option that tends to be fairly expensive, but allows for instant gratification, is sod. Once laid it needs water and a chance to attach to your soil. Then all you need to do is enjoy the thick, lush lawn. Do you have questions about hydroseeding, seeding, or sod for your lawn? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.
Winter is the season of snow, freezing rain, and slushy roads. In order to keep the public safe, de-icing materials are used on our highways and roadways. Many homeowners also use these chemicals on paths, steps, and driveways on their property. While they do make driving and walking safer, the chemicals in these de-icers can damage lawns and plantings as the ingredients seep into the ground. Read on to follow some simple steps to avoid lawn damage due to deicing and road chemicals.
- Don’t pile up snow in the same locations. It is common for homeowners to have a routine of where snow is piled in their yard. Try to spread it around for each storm if at all possible to keep the same areas from getting a high concentration of snow and chemicals.
- Create a barrier out of netting or plastic that can keep snow and ice melt from blowing or drifting on to your lawn.
- Remove the snow as it falls so it does not have a chance to freeze. This way you will need less deicer.
- Keep sewer drains open and free of snow so that the melting snow has somewhere to go rather than just in your lawn.
- Use a salt alternative such as kitty litter or sand from your town’s DPW. Choose a deicing agent that is safe for landscapes. These products are healthier for the environment and allow for traction on icy areas.
- Only use what you need. Many homeowners go with the idea that, “More is better.” This is not true when it comes to deicing materials. Only use enough to get the ice to melt, then remove excess through sweeping into a trash bin.
- As the spring approaches and the sunny days get milder, try watering down the salt content with water. Make sure it is during a mild spell so the water does not refreeze.
Questions about your lawn and deicing chemicals? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.
While we all hunker down for the winter, it can be fun to watch some of the wildlife as they, too, try to stay warm and make it through the storms and temperature changes. If you have wildlife that like to visit your yard, there are some actions that you may want to take to both enjoy watching the critters and keep your lawn and garden safe. Continue reading to find out more about winter wildlife and what they may mean for your yard.
Some common animals that may find your yard appealing during the winter months include deer, coyotes, birds, and animals who may have awoken prematurely from their slumber due to an increase in temperature. These could include skunks, raccoons, gophers, and moles.
As you watch from the window, you may consider helping these creatures by putting out food so they have some sustenance. However, one of the main warnings from the Mass Gov website about feeding these animals is that it does way more harm than good. Environmental and wildlife experts say, “While people have good intentions, supplemental feeding of wildlife typically does more harm than good.”
Here are a few of the reasons why this is not a good practice:
- Feeding wildlife tends to congregate them in one area making the spread of disease more rampant and allows for predators to more easily find their prey.
- Feeding wildlife can attract them to a certain yard or area where grass and plantings can be trampled and eaten as well.
- Competition over food being put out can cause aggression between wildlife.
- Wildlife may need to travel distances to get to your yard, wasting energy and potentially crossing roads that will put them in further danger.
If you find that you have any of these wildlife in your area, watch and enjoy but allow them to do their instinctual thing and survive the way they know how. If the wildlife is destroying your yard, you may want to install barriers to protect your bushes and plantings.
We all know about mowing, raking, and feeding our lawns, especially in the spring and summer. But did you know that lawn care is a year-round activity? In order for your lawn and plantings to look healthy and strong, there are actions that homeowners should be taking during each season. Let’s take a closer look at how to care for your lawn throughout all four seasons.
This is the time of year to prep for the upcoming growing season. Before planting, be sure to check when the expected last freeze will be as you do not want to start too early and lose your plantings to one last cold night. During the weeks before you can begin mowing, you may want to do the following tasks:
- Clean up the yard by raking out leftover leaves from the fall.
- Sharpen mower blades.
- Repair or tune up other yard equipment like trimmers and aerators.
- This may be a good time to aerate your lawn and allow for the nutrients, water, and oxygen that the roots need to reach their target.
- Fertilize in the early spring.
- Dethatch any areas of the lawn that look thick with dead grass.
Now that the growing season is in full swing, you will want to maintain the yard with some common activities that may be needed weekly such as mowing, trimming back bushes and edging the perimeter of your lawn. Water regularly depending upon the needs of your grass and the climate in your region. In addition to these weekend activities we also suggest:
- Summer fertilization if not done before this point.
- Treatment for grubs and other pests who may be making their way into the lawn.
This is a season highlighted by continued mowing, trimming, edging, watering, and feeding the lawn. The largest activity is keeping the grass from being choked by the falling leaves. Keep the lawn clear so that the lawn can continue to absorb any fertilizer, water, and nutrients. The winter is when these ingredients will be needed to survive.
You may think your job is done during this season but there are a few things to complete before heading indoors.
- Clean off the lawn. This includes patio furniture, swings, hammocks, garden gnomes, and other items that will kill the grass.
- Keep the de-icing products off your lawn as much as possible throughout the winter.
- Clean and store all equipment. This may include having lawn equipment tuned up or repaired.
- Have irrigation systems professionally shut down and blown out.
Wondering if you are doing the right thing for your lawn? Call Pro-Tech Lawn Care at (603) 382-9644 or Toll-Free: (800) 313-4733, and visit our website.