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3 Tips For A Successful Franklin Lawn After Coming Off Of 2 Consecutive Dry Growing Seasons In A Row

dry-growing-season.jpgIn Franklin, you can have a successful lawn (even coming off a dry growing season) by following three simple tips. First, you should select from turf varieties and place plants in your yard that are known to be drought resistant. The next thing you should do is learn about and apply water conservation practices. Finally, increase the efficiency of your irrigation by controlling irrigation water ponding, surface water run-off, and leaching. Following these tips, or getting the help of a landscape professional to do these things for you, will give you a beautiful lawn.

Fine leaf fescues, tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and Perennial ryegrass are all turf varieties that have a good reputation for high drought resistance. These types of grasses have developed physiological adaptations to perform well in a dry growing season. Choosing from among these types of grass delays or prevents stress to your turf and will help maintain yard health during drought conditions.

As we look toward the future, the demand for water for drinking, agriculture, commercial, and residential use is likely to increase. The supply remains about the same, so it is a good idea for all of us to think about responsible conservation practices. Limitations on watering your grass is one of many restrictions put in place when authorities notice ongoing dry season conditions.

Having your soil texture and composition evaluated by a landscape professional can help when you need to know how much and how often you need to water your lawn. They are also able to help you with water ponding, run-off and leaching issues.

A dry growing season (or perhaps more than one consecutive dry period) may negatively affect your lawn. Practicing these three simple steps can help toward your successful and healthy lawn in Franklin.

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How to water your new lawn; North Attleboro Landscaper

How to water your new lawn

Landscape Maintenance Tips:  Guide for cool season grasses -
A new seed bed must be kept moist in order for the grass seed to germinate.  This means watering 2-3 times daily.  IF THE SEED BED IS ALLOWED TO DRY OUT JUST ONCE YOU CAN LOSE UP TO 30% OF YOUR SEED GERMINATION.  What this means is if you are watering once a day with a garden hose it is not enough.  Water is the key element in the success or failure of your new lawn.
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  1. Water new seed bed 2-3 times a day to keep soil moist.
  2. Once grass seed has germinated DO NOT STOP WATERING.  Now the seed is a young seedling with a growing leaf area to support with a very small root system to draw water with. 
  3. Now that your grass seed has germinated and is about 2" tall you should increase the watering time to a minimum of 30 minutes 3-4 times per week.  This will cause the root system to grow down in search of water rather that up towards the surface where the moisture is after light watering.
  4. The best time of day to water your lawn is the morning.  This will provide moisture for the grass plants well into the day when they are under the most stress from the midday temperatures and drying sun.  Also evening watering creates extremely high nightime humidity and optimum conditions for many fungus diseases.
NOTE:  Here are some general germination times for different grass seed species.  These are under optimum conditions and are affected by temperature and moisture.  These are to give you an idea of the amount of time before you see any germination.  Many people will get discouraged and stop watering before the seed has had enough time to germinate.
Kentucky Bluegrass -  21 days
Tall Fescue - 16 - 18 days
Fine Fescue - 14 days
Ryegrass (annual, perennial and turf type) - 5 -7 days

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, lawn care, overseeding, lawn maintenance, Landscape tips

North Attleboro Landscaper; Lawn Mower tracks in my lawn?

Hi Folks,

I have taken 3 calls this week from concerning customers about their Lawns in North Attleboro.  The calls were similiar in the fact that they all were seeing the lawn mowers were causing tracking in the lawn.  This is often mistaken as a chemical burn by your lawn care company.

Cool season grasses (like we have in New England) prefer cool temperatures.  When the soil temperatures spike like they have in the last two weeks the lawns shut down (if we are not keeping the soil cool with regular watering) and become dormant.  Extended dormancy or drought could damage the turf, but most lawns will recover when the rain and cooler temperatures return.

Good article describing the tracking due to heat stress. Heat Stressheat stress resized 600


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What to look for this Spring? North Attleboro Lawn Care

What to look for this Spring? North Attleboro Lawn Care

New England Winters can be Harsh!  Here are three thing I suggest you look for as the snow receeds.  As a Landscape professional I keep my ever seeking eyes searching for problem areas and things we can do to head problems off at the pass..  Here is what I look for:

 1. Bare areas in your turf;  Understanding that a dense turf is a happy turf is the most important factor to reducing pesticide use and having a lawn that is more resilient to problems.  Recognizing and combating this early in the spring will save you some headaches (crabgrass).  If areas of turf have been damaged by plows or excessive moisture, shade or age realize that unwanted weeds will encroach these areas and begin it takeover.  Knowing your trouble areas will help you craft a successful Lawn Care plan for 2014. 

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2. Opportunities to add color and density in your gardens; While the leaves are still off and the gardens are waiting to take off, take some time to evaluate how you would like it to look throughout all the seasons (including winter!).  Could you add some color?  Winter interest? Wind block?  How about some more evergreens to create the look you are trying to obtain..  maybe it is just filing some gaps of an existing garden by adding a plant or two!  Have fun and create a plan with your landscape professional to keep your landscape in top shape. 

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3. How could you incorporate containers and seasonal interest;  Are you keeping with the trends? Adding some containers to your front steps or around you patio/sitting areas has become a hot new way to expand the asthetics of your landscape spaces?  Using seasonal colors and themes looks great and keeps you festive and fresh.  Consider changing them out 4 times seasonally to maximize color and interest.

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Landscaping; North Attleboro 10 Tips

Hi Folks,

Feeling the economy slowly rebounding and the housing market beginning to improve, new homeowners are once again on the move.  Being in a new town or neighborhood is an opportunity for a new start.  When selecting who will be maintaining and improving your landscaping can be a tough job as there are many companies floating around with there eyes on your property.

I would like to share with those who are in need of a Lawn and Landscape Professional an article that was written by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).  This dedicated staff is hell bent on improving the professionalism of our industry and advocating for its members.

In an effort to share this content more locally I am writing this for those in need of a North Attleboro Landscape Company and hoping this can guide you through the process.

Article:  10 STEPS TO HIRING A QUALIFIED LANDSCAPE PROFESSIONAL

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Tags: lawn care, Lawn Mowing, Landscaping

Lawn Mowing New Turf - Over-seeding

Friends, 

A colleague shared this article which helps decide when to start back up mowing after your Lawn has been Aerated and Over-seeded.

This article was written by one of the extension educators @ UMASS Amherst, Jason Lanier.

http://extension.umass.edu/turf/management-updates/mowing-new-turf

Aeration

Tags: Landscape Maintenance, North Attleboro Landscape Maintenance, lawn care, Aeration, lawn maintenance, Mowing Service, Lawn Mowing

Lawn Irrigation

Lawn irrigationQuick post on turf irrigation and some things to consider as our Landscapes suffer from extreme weather.

Please these techniques on landscape and lawn irrigation.  Good article on a relevant topic turf irrigation during our mini heat wave.

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North Attleboro Lawn Care; Are you seeing Red?

North Attleboro Lawn Care;  Are you seeing RED thread?

 

As I visit properties and walk lawns I am noticing red thread in most lawns the last few days.  It is easily identified by the pink fungus that has grown on the leaf blades.  Noticeable without magnification these areas are typically in 4-8” rings.  The lawn can have an appearance of dry conditions or drying out, but this is not the case.

 

What you need to know:

 

  1. In most cases with residential lawns you do not need to apply a fungicide.

  2. Fertility is the key.  A good fertilizing with nitrogen will push the diseases out.

  3. This is caused by low fertility, and weather conditions.

  4. Do not water at night.  In fact, give the lawn a chance to dry out.

I have included this link that has some great information about this fungal foliar disease.

http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/BP/BP-104-W.pdf

 

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Are you seeing this weed?: North Attleboro Landscaper

Lawn Care Tip: Bittercress in lawns and Landscapes

 

Have you noticed this unusual plant populating your lawns and Landscapes this spring?  I have noticed a significant amount this year over years past.  Weather playing a part?  I think so.  This unusual weather pattern has triggered different pests this spring that we are not used to working with.

 

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This winter annual weed is called bittercress.   Most prolific from late fall through early spring.  This weed is most problematic in propagation and overwintering. Despite being a winter annual, bittercress will germinate and grow throughout the year due to the cool environment provided by daily overhead irrigation. Plants form a small mounded clump generally 4 to 8 inches tall and wide.  However, during warm summer months, bittercress generally grow much smaller.  Often, many seedlings germinate in a small area so that they appear as a large, dense mat.

 

How to manage:  A typical season bittercress is hardly noticeable and fades away with the warm temperatures.  I would recommend mowing, hoeing or hand pulling these plants.  This will prevent the plant from spreading its seeds (catch it before it flowers) and becoming a larger problem.  This will control the plant without the need of chemical interference.

 

Ultimately, having a thick lush turf will be control enough for this weed and should consider aerating, topdressing and seeding these areas heavily later this summer.

 

As if the presence of bittercress weren't enough by itself, it also is a home for aphid

 

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, North Attleboro Landscape Maintenance, lawn care, Aeration, overseeding, lawn maintenance, Organic lawn care

The Secret to Crabgrass control: North Attleboro Landscaper

The Secret to Crabgrass control:

 

 

Ever receive one of the Postcards from a Lawn care company and there is an amazing lush lawn on the front?  Do you get the impression that by hiring them you will have a beautiful lawn like the picture?

16 years in the business has taught me that it is simply not that simple.  There are several key factors that need to be addressed above and beyond the treatments you sign up for….

The lawn treatments are only 40% of the solution.  Many variable can take away the effectiveness of a good pre-emergent product i.e. timing, watering, weather, lawn thickness, soil, PH, history of the lawn.

The Secret!  A thick lawn is the best control of Crabgrass.  A properly timed and maintained lawn needs regimented seeding to out-compete crabgrass and weed infestation.  If the lawn has any bare areas the crabgrass will eventually fill in those areas and mutliply.  Eliminated those bare areas are essential to the future success of your lawn. 

A thick lawn is the solution to many lawn problems and should be a main priority to those seeking a “postcard lawn”.

 

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Tags: Landscape Maintenance, lawn care, Aeration, Lawn Mowing