HOW TO APPLY A PREEMERGENT

Granular products are the most common type found in everyone’s local garden department. (In my opinion, it is unfortunate that they are usually combined with fertilizer. It is better to specialize when working on an issue of this nature.) These can be spread by hand just as you would throw out chicken feed. (Well, maybe you’ve seen them do it in a movie!)

hand-held spreader works great to cover a medium sized area, as it throws out the product quite evenly as you turn the crank. For extremely large lawns, a push-type lawn spreader is best, the same type that many people have for applying fertilizer. Most products will specify on the label or have on-line instructions for what the setting should be on different units. Be aware that the cranking speed and walking speed will greatly affect the rate of dispersal and the distance the granules are thrown by a “broadcast” type spreader.

Only a drop-type spreader confines the pre emergent lawn to a well-defined area. Broadcast type spreaders can fling out an herbicide in a dangerous manner, getting into areas where you don’t want or don’t need the protection.

Safety Tip: If you find yourself dealing with this as a likely issue, and need to keep it out of a flower bed where you want to plant seeds or annuals, have someone walk along with you and hold a large sheet of cardboard or heavy tarp that can deflect the granules so they spread into the desired area only.

If you have a relatively small area that needs to be treated, especially just a few bare spots here and there, some manufacturers of lawn and garden products offer a shaker can or shaker bag that is quite handy. You may be able to create one from a coffee can, by drilling properly sized holes in the top.

APPLICATION: In all cases, the intent is NOT to cover the ground completely. You just want an even, consistent dispersal. In a square inch, you might only need a couple of granules, since typical application rates allow 1 pound to cover from 200 − 500 square feet. (Before you start:Read the Label Again! Calculate how large is your area! Plan your approach!)

Some brands offer a Liquid Preemergent in either a ready-to-use-spray bottle that attaches to your hose, or a concentrate to mix in your own tank sprayer. These are very convenient —  a very quick way to apply the product to a large area. They are often more economical as well.

Be especially cautious, however, if the lawn area that you spray abuts any location where you will be planting soon. And even though it is liquid, it will not work if it remains on the grass blades.

Whichever method you select, it is imperative that you water the product adequately to get it into the top soil layer and to know that “when to apply pre emergent“. This does not have to be done immediately, but within the time indicated on the label, usually 1-3 days. Waiting too long exposes the chemical to light and/or heat that will diminish its potency.

You can irrigate the lawn area, or allow rain to water it in, as long as it will be a sufficient amount. In most cases, you need not worry about using too much water. The exception is with the organic corn gluten pre-emergent which can get over-diluted, unlike the chemical products.

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Lawn Care In Winter – Tips On Caring For Winter Lawns

Without mowing or weeding, winter is a good duration for Lawn Care Birmingham AL.  It does not mean that you can leave your lawn thoroughly. By following some simple steps along with winter maintenance you can prepare your lawn for spring and make your lawn more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how to care your lawn in winter.

Lawn Service Birmingham AL removal services is the most important and provides the most active methods in winter. When the first freeze is approaching, it effects on the sharpness of the blade of your mower on every single mowing. It reduces your lawn to a shorter length, and protect your grass from being used as the shelter by animals in it in the cold winter. Before the first frost, inflate your lawn to eliminate compaction. After that do the fertilization on your lawn. While low activity on the grass, the fertilizer will be planted between the leaves and gradually bless and feed them throughout the year.

Be sure to move and fertilize the lawn. Your lineal movements will give you the clear straight lines of healthy grass in the spring.

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The simple tip for winter Lawn Care Birmingham after taking these steps is to clean the fallen leaves and remove anything from the grass, such as tools, toys or branches. As the weather progresses, new branches and fallen leaves will be removed. The weight of these items during the winter can kill your lawn or can damage.

For the same reason, people do not stop walking in the grass. Keep roads and curb clear on snow and ice to prevent people from taking lawn shortcuts. Do not park a vehicle in the winter Lawn Service, as it can cause serious damage.

Salt can eliminate many of the benefits of winter lawn care. Do not kick or bend the snow over your lawn and try to use the smallest value of salt in the neighborhood. If you need salt, choose mixtures based on calcium chloride, lower than sodium chloride.

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We are constantly posting current jobs that we take on to allow anyone to see the fantastic quality work that we always provide to each and every clients big or small. Always feel free to comment or reach out to us for any questions you may have.

 

Annual Rye grass Plant Information

The grass shown in the picture above is annual ryegrass. There’s more than one kind of rye; in fact, three different types of grasses contain “rye” in their names. It’s easy to be fooled, and part of the purpose of this article is to distinguish between the three types. Along the way I’ll discuss the various purposes to which these plants are put.

Understanding the Differences Between the Three Kinds of Rye

When the use of common names engenders confusion, it’s helpful to turn to the scientific names of the plants for some clarity.

Here are the botanical monikers for the three grasses in question (along with their most commonly-used common names):

  1. Lolium multiflorum (annual ryegrass)
  2. Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass)
  3. Secale cereale (winter rye)

Note, however, that, when speaking informally, people sometimes refer to the first two, as well, as ” winter rye.” That’s all the more reason to insist on the use of the botanical name when a positive ID is called for.

In addition to Lolium multiflorum, also in the annual camp is Secale cereale. So that’s one important difference to observe between the three: namely, that two have an annual life cycle, while one is a perennial.

Another noteworthy difference is that winter rye (Secale cereale), unlike the other two, is a grain. Thus another common name for it: “cereal rye.” So think of this one in the way that you would think of wheat or a similar grain, not a lawn pros. Another difference — which should now come as no surprise to you — is that winter rye is a more robust plant than either annual ryegrass or perennial ryegrass.

Despite these differences, they all share one thing (besides having similar names): they are cool-season grasses.

Now that we’ve explored some of the major differences between these three grasses, let’s examine some of their uses.

Uses for Annual Ryegrass

The best-known use for annual ryegrass is in overseeding lawns, specifically, in overseeding lawns that are composed of warm-season grasses in the South.

When the warm-season grass goes dormant in these lawns during the months of cooler temperatures, overseeding with a cool-season counterpart (annual ryegrass) provides a way to enjoy a green expanse for a longer duration. By the time this annual grass dies out, the weather will have become suitable again for the warm-season grass to take over.

Annual ryegrass is also used in emergencies to cover bare ground. An example would be to fight erosion in a pinch. The seed is cheap, so people sometimes turn to this grass when they can’t afford a better option. As Alabama Lawn Pros, LLC‘s points out, “Annual Ryegrass is often used as a nurse crop or as a temporary turf to quickly fill in bare areas due to its rapid germination.”

I can testify to that rapid germination. As an experiment, I sowed seeds of creeping red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and annual ryegrass in small containers on August 21. By August 25, the annual ryegrass had already germinated. The next one (the fescue) did not germinate until August 28; the Kentucky bluegrass germinated shortly thereafter. Even after germination, the three patches were markedly different, with the annual ryegrass being by far the thickest and tallest of the three.

This vigor is a double-edged sword, unhappily.

Its tolerance of a variety of conditions and its ability to reseed quickly mean that annual ryegrass is potentially an invasive plant. If you decide to use it as a temporary measure to solve a landscaping problem and don’t want it to spread, try to keep it from going to seed by mowing faithfully until it runs through its natural life cycle and dies out.

Uses for Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is used extensively in lawns. It is commonly found as one of the constituents of a grass seed mix. Such mixes are composed on the principle that a weak point of one type of grass (lack of shade tolerance, for example) in the mix can be offset by a strong point of another. In the case of perennial ryegrass, a strong point is that it holds up well to foot traffic.

Like annual ryegrass, another strength of perennial ryegrass is that its seed germinates rapidly.

As Kelly Burke observes, “Perennial ryegrass is considered a nurse grass because it is often included in grass seed blends mainly for its ability to germinate quickly and provide shade and protection to the other grass species like Kentucky bluegrass which can take up to three weeks to get started.” As a weak point, Kelly cites its clumping growth habit, a result of which is that “it can sometimes appear patchy”. Perennial ryegrass is different in this respect from many lawn grasses, which possess the ability to spread via stolons or rhizomes, allowing them to fill in better.

Uses for Winter Rye

Winter rye is perhaps the best known of these three grasses to the general public. That’s because it is enjoyed as an edible not only by livestock, but also by people. Its grain is used for the flour that gives us rye bread (deli, anyone?). Others will be more familiar with the use of the grain in producing whiskey.

Here I’ll concern myself with the use of winter rye as a “cover crop.” If you’re not familiar with that term, please read my introduction to the benefits of cover crops.

One of those benefits is weed control, which winter rye excels at due to that horticultural super power known as “allelopathy,” i.e., the ability to inhibit the germination of the seeds of competing plants. The potential drawback, as mentioned by the Lawn Maintenance Birmingham AL, is that “allelopathic compounds may suppress germination of small-seeded vegetable crops as well if they are planted shortly after the incorporation of cereal rye residue.”

Nonetheless, winter rye, managed properly, is very effective as a cover crop, boasting good cold-hardiness, a deep root system (to prevent erosion and loosen the soil), and good drought tolerance compared to other cereals.

Lawn Care Birmingham AL used to sow winter rye seed in fall. The exact time for sowing will depend on your region (ask your local extension), but the idea is to get your cover crop established before winter settles in. All you have to do thereafter for a while is wait for winter to end and let the cover crop do its job of “covering for you” until spring returns.

In spring, I would mow the winter rye, then use a garden tiller to turn it under. Some gardeners, rather than rototiller every last bit of this biomass underground, save some to use on top of the ground as a mulch, in which case you’re essentially growing your own mulch. How cool is that?

Either way, the real question becomes, When do I mow my winter rye? If you don’t want your cover crop to outstay its welcome, the timing for mowing is critical, because you face the challenge of something termed “grow-back.”

Why does winter rye sometimes grow back if it’s an annual? Well, it’s important to review just what the annual life cycle consists of. Essentially, a cold-hardy annual such as winter rye will keep growing until it achieves its goal in life, which is to bear flowers so that it can produce seeds. So if you mow too soon, it may make a comeback and put on more growth in an attempt once again to bloom — which you don’t want. On the other hand, if you wait too long to mow, the plants will, indeed, go to seed and live on through a second generation. You don’t want that, either.

A Goldilocks solution is called for (mowing not too early, not too late). While you can often get away with mowing at a height of 12-18 inches (this is what the University of Vermont recommends) without experiencing grow-back, a surer way is to keep an eye out for flowering and mow at that time.

Winter Lawn Care Tips For Greener Spring

Winter is when most people spend the least amount of time thinking about their lawns. In the Columbia, each lawn mower is tucked away for a long winter’s nap, and their owners are thinking more about upcoming snowfalls than starting up their lawn maintenance routines again next spring. While Jack Frost is still nipping at your nose, here are a few helpful lawn care service habits to remember now and in the year ahead.

Fertilizing in winter

Late fall or early winter is the best time to fertilize cool season grasses such as rescues, rye grasses and bluegrass’s. A thorough lawn fertilization using the proper product gives a healthy advantage. Just as animals need to store food for hibernation, your lawn needs to fill up for survival during dormancy. Many nutrients can be lost from the soil during the hot summer months and the fall growing season. Once the snow falls, the fertilizer will remain in the soil and feed your lawn’s roots all winter long. You can also use the professional Lawn Care Birmingham AL services to take care of your lawn in or earlier winter.

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Mowing strategies

During the last month of fall, gradually lower the cutting base of your lawn mower each time you mow until you reach a turf length of 2 to 2-½ inches in height. Slowly cutting your grass shorter will allow it to winter well without the shock of cutting it low all at once. According to the Lawn Care Birmingham shorter grass helps protect the newer, more fragile growth appearing late in the growing season. Lawns left too tall make tempting homes for field mice and other burrowing animals looking for a warm dwelling under the insulating protection of snow. Large portions of lawns can be damaged and dead spots are likely to appear where grasses are pulled for building nests and structures, or where burrowing of holes and tunnels occur.

Keep it clean

It is easy to overlook items on the lawn after temperatures drop, and you spend less time outdoors. Accidentally overlooked objects left resting during cold weather or under snow accumulation can leave turf thin, stunted or bare. Removing items such as lawn furniture, toys, logs, branches and leaves can save a lot of time repairing damage later. Your final mow is a great time to check for these items. Fallen leaves can be easily turned into healthy, natural mulch with a few passes of your Birmingham Lawn Care, saving you from back-breaking raking, bagging and removal. As winter progresses, occasionally bundle up for some fresh air and walk around your lawn, keeping gentle watch for new items that may appear and need relocating or other attention. A few minutes of prevention can save hours of more costly repairs later.

Avoid excessive lawn traffic

Grass is relatively resilient, but it will have a difficult time recovering if a path becomes well-worn. Your shorter-cut, brown-colored, dormant grass can be quite vulnerable to heavy use and foot traffic. Encourage people and pets to rotate frequent areas of use often, so patterns do not become concentrated. Keep sidewalks cleared of ice and snow, so you and your guests won’t be tempted to cut across the yard very often. Use a salt-free alternative to melt icy walk areas near contact with turf to avoid salt damage. Just say NO to parking a truck or a car on your lawn. Even the smallest vehicle will leave impressions in the soil and kill off the grass that is underneath the tires. Using the lawn as a parking lot is the fastest way to kill the good grass and make room for crabgrass and other types of weeds. For these all you can hire the Lawn Mowing professionals so to make your lawn beautiful and to prevent it from being damage.

Other factors

The weight from heavy snowfalls and piled-up snow from plowing or play can cause soil compaction. Compaction depletes healthy soil by impeding air, moisture and nutrients from reaching roots, and preventing earthworms and other healthy microbes from thriving. A late fall or spring core aeration can greatly benefit most lawns once per year.

Winter-prepared lawn

Proper fall lawn preparation is time well spent to help ensure a beautiful, lush yard once spring rolls around again — even through the harshest winter. When the north wind is ready for spring break, the snow will once again melt away to reveal what is green and eager to get growing!

How to Care for the Lawn in Winter

In most parts of the country, lawn grass goes dormant in the winter. In the south, cool-season rye grass is often over seeded into the turf to maintain a lawn. In the north, it’s too cold for any grass to grow, so we wait patiently for spring, sometimes under snow cover, sometimes not. However, lawn care doesn’t quite end in the winter. Try these tricks to keep your yard healthy.

Fertilize

Apply fertilizer with a spreader.

As you move the machine back and forth over the grass, grip the handle like a trigger, it releases pellets when you “shoot.” Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Apply only the Lawn Care Birmingham AL‘s or your local lawn professional’s recommended amount. Be careful because too much fertilizer can burn your grass.

Aerate the Lawn

Lawn Service Birmingham AL will suggest you to provide some extra air for grassroots by aerating your lawn. Use a spade to take out spikes of soil across your lawn to make holes for planting seeds. If your lawn is large, you might want to rent a motorized aerator or a manual one.

Spread Cool-Weather Grass Seed

Purchase grass seed that says “cool season” or “cool weather” on the package, such as most fescues. You can sprinkle the seed over the lawn with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer. Try to spread the seed evenly so you won’t have clumps of grass later.

Rake and Water the Lawn

Drag a rake for the Lawn Maintenance Birmingham AL to break up soil clumps and cover the seeds a bit.

Water the lawn with the garden hose spray. After that, keep the soil moist, don’t let it dry out.

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More Winterizing Tips

  • Clean it up by DIY or hire your local Lawn Care Birmingham experts. It is extremely important not to leave debris, leaves, or toys out on the lawn. These things can smother the grass, create disease conditions, and invite insects, mice, and other damaging pests.
  • Lower the height of your mower by a notch or two the last couple of times you mow. Excessively long grass can smother itself, cause disease, and is at risk of damage from freezing and thawing conditions. However, do not cut the grass so short that you scalp it, thus exposing the crown of the plant to extreme conditions.
  • Be aware of traffic. Under snow cover or exposed to the elements, dormant grass will tolerate a moderate amount of traffic, but a heavily worn path will be slower to green up in the spring and cause compaction.
  • Monitor weather conditions. Turf is very resilient and can tolerate an extreme winter, but certain conditions can be harmful in the long term. It might be worthwhile to chip away a little-exposed ice in a low spot if you know a winter storm or deep freeze is approaching.

Winters can often be unpredictable and may put your Landscape into some extreme conditions during the course of the season. The best thing to do is make sure the grass has hardened off, once you’ve “put the lawn to bed” properly, you can focus on keeping your sidewalks clear and building snowmen. Just remember to keep an eye on the weather.

5 Landscape and Lawn Care Trends to Pay Attention in 2018

Heading into the new year is always a great time to take stock of where you are and where you want to be. If you’re a homeowner or commercial property manager, one aspect of your life you’re likely to consider is how your property looks and whether or not that matches the image you want people to see.

If that strikes a chord with you, you’ll want to take just a few moments to learn about the following lawn care and landscaping trends that are going to be popular in 2018. Maybe there’s an idea or two in this list that can inspire your next outdoor project!

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1. Meditation gardens

What used to be a practice exclusive to the far east is now routinely recommended by the local Lawn Care Birmingham AL: meditation as a form of stress relief and relaxation. With studies proving the power of meditation to reduce stress, improve mood, and promote general well being, it’s no wonder millions of homeowners are looking into turning a portion of their property into a permanent retreat where they can go to practice mindfulness.

These beautiful oases from the hubbub of modern life can be as simple as a small fenced area with Fertilization and a water element, or as complex and otherworldly as your imagination can conceive. The only rules are: no electronics, and use your indoor voice.

2. Extending the inside out

Many homeowners are seeking a more seamless transition from their inner to their outer sanctuaries, and builders are delivering the goods with indoor/outdoor flooring that looks and functions equally well in both locations.

Various types of natural stone, tile, and concrete can work well for these kinds of transitional spaces. Combined with French doors and a well-designed patio or deck area, these simple, functional flooring choices can greatly expand the look and feel of your living space.

3. More color and more variety

While minimalism and simplicity have been trendy for years now — and they certainly still have their place — many homeowners and property managers alike are enjoying the vibrant beauty of a lush landscape bursting with a variety of trees, bushes, and flowering shrubs.

The key, in most cases, is wise selection of plants based on the level of maintenance you’re willing and able to provide. If you can’t commit to a significant weekly workload, your best bet is to identify the lowest maintenance plants that thrive best in your region and fill empty spaces with plenty of those. Of course, hiring a lawn pros service can open up your options, so don’t give up on higher-maintenance plants right off the bat.

4. Fountains and waterfalls

While water elements like waterfalls and fountains have been a beloved addition to outdoor spaces for centuries, they’ve become especially popular on the commercial side in recent years. This trend is likely to continue through 2018.

The real value of fountains in retail spaces or outside your commercial building’s entrance is the effect they can have on customers and employees alike: running water just naturally relaxes the body and soothes the mind. It also provides a comfortable source of low key white noise that can drown out harsher sounds like traffic or the crying of cranky toddlers who don’t want to be out shopping anymore.

Combined with judiciously chosen greenery and well-maintained walkways, a water element can do wonders for the look and feel of your commercial property.

5. A well-manicured lawn

A classic that never goes out of style. It doesn’t matter if your property is huge or tiny, if the lawn is artfully cared for, or just fills the space between the road and your door… if it’s neat, clean, and green, then it’s guaranteed to be a trendy landscaping in 2018 and beyond.

6 Christmas Decor Ideas to Try on Your Home and Lawn this Season

So, now is a great time to start planning ahead to make sure you have everything you need to structure and carry out an effective maintenance schedule for your Trussville, AL lawn. Here’s what you need to know to create a fall schedule and get to work:

The growing season is starting to slow down

While we still see sunshine and rain throughout most of the fall and the temperatures stay warm enough to support most local plant growth through November, your grass isn’t going to grow as quickly in the fall as it did throughout the spring and summer months.

As a result, you’re likely going to need to Lawn Care Birmingham AL, which is good because there are other valuable lawn care tasks you can use that time to accomplish.

Your watering schedule should also begin to taper off as days get shorter and temperatures drop. With the first few months of fall also being prime time for tropical storms, it’s possible you won’t need to water much at all depending on how much rain the area receives.

Additionally, naturally slower growth in the fall is your lawn’s way of winding down for the winter when a healthy lawn goes dormant. So, it’s important not to artificially hinder or stop this process by over-fertilizing the grass in the fall. While it could help your grass maintain a bright green color through the holidays, you will likely regret it next spring when, instead of coming back to life, your lawn is brown, flat, or dead.

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Focus on the soil

Since the grass is growing less, it gives you an opportunity to put some more focus on your lawn’s soil. This can be done in a few different ways:

  1. Stay vigilant against fungal outbreaks – The cool, wet conditions of the fall are optimal for some common species of lawn fungus (like Large Patch and Leaf Spot) to flourish and contact to your local Lawn Service Birmingham AL for better care at right time. Learn how to identify these lawn diseases before they get too strong a foothold in your lawn.
  2. Balance the soil’s pH – While maintaining a healthy soil pH balance is important year-round, fall is an especially good time to actively test and treat the soil because the dormant months ahead offer a chance for the soil to balance out fully and for dormant plant roots to fully absorb the resulting nutrients.
  3. Apply a “winterizer” – Lawn Care Birmingham AL professionals will often apply a treatment to the soil in the late fall to protect vulnerable plant roots. This treatment restores carbohydrates and grows the root system in preparation for surviving a potentially harsh winter.

Clean up fallen leaves

It’s commonly understood that fallen leaves provide a beneficial layer of insulation and source of nutrients for grass that can help your lawn survive the winter. While there’s some truth to that, it can be taken too far.

If your lawn includes a large number of deciduous trees and a thick blanket of dead leaves covers areas of the yard, it’s probably doing more harm than good. These thick layers of organic waste can effectively smother the grass and make it harder for the grass to prepare for winter dormancy, making it weaker in the spring.

Pine needles are more prevalent in the fall, and they make excellent mulch. Rake them up and use them in your vegetable garden, flower garden, and shrub beds.

Apply dormant oil

Dormant oil is a simple and effective way to protect plants from many common insects and diseases that will often attack during the dormant winter months when some of the plant’s natural defenses may be less effective. Therefore, it’s a perfect project for rounding out your lawn maintenance schedule late in the fall.

By applying a thin coating of dormant oil to trees and shrubs, you can manage scale, aphids, mites, and other soft-bodied insects that can do a lot of damage to these plants during the late fall and early winter. It can also cut down on powdery mildews and other diseases that aphids tend to spread.

While you’re likely to being mowing less, as you can see, there’s no shortage of activity required by your lawn in the cooler fall months. Most of our customers maintain professional lawn maintenance straight through the fall to be sure they’re their lawns will stay healthy, lush, and vibrant until natural winter dormancy, and bloom healthy again in the spring.

If you’d like to discuss having professionals maintain your Pensacola lawn care this fall, contact lawn pros today.

Top Snow Removal Tips for Homes & Driveways

We have moved from town to a rural area in a cold weather since two years ago and we have the serious winter experience to share with you here.

Even though our first winter was smooth and only had about a month of snow on the ground, and when heavy snow was started we had managed the low temperature in our inner-property and sustained our life smoothly for two months. We are pleased to report that we had enjoyed that snow season because of our good planning care and snow has not disturbed us.

Read this full article to know about our stunning experience.

Use a solid plow to clear the snow

In our first winter we did not have a snowplow or any other tool to remove the Snow and do the Lawn Care Birmingham AL, but somehow got lucky. Actually our neighbors had previously realized that what was important for snow plowing, they also had helped us which was nice.

But the last winter was completely different from the first one. We had deep snow everywhere in our lawn and tracks. We had consumed our huge time to remove the snow which was really very hard.

What happens in the snow is really perfect to get rid of it as quickly as possible in areas to be careful. Otherwise, the temperature will rise, dissolve the snow in a disaster and even freeze it and replace your property in an ice rink.

We know people who have fallen snow in their driveway up to three meters, then the rain comes, making it impossible for the snow to be removed from their own equipment. If you have resources (or meaning to find) to get rid of the snow right away, do it and your future self will be grateful!

Even if they can be an investment in advance, they are destined to spend many years and benefit from many families (maybe you can get more money by plowing with neighbors!).

Have the snowmobile easy to push

One of the best tools on our winter site is our snowmobile. Kate really grew up in a place where snow in the winter could be 10 feet deep, and it’s a tool used by locals!

Lawn Service Birmingham AL is easy to push when the snow is beautiful and fluffy and makes snowy areas bigger. I think these will be perfect for cleaning small ramps, paths, sidewalks or other small areas where snow is not required. Before we get a snow plow, we clean up our long journey, but need more than one hour of repetitive work: a great exercise if you think it’s “soft” in the winter!

Have a nice snow blower or snow blower

Even with a snowman and a snow plow it is important to have a kick that is good for making snow. While we try to get rid of things before the snow comes, sometimes we need to remove things like hoses or pipes. Teams and scouts are not good at such practices because they are not very accurate.

You can use a shovel of this type that is perfect for pushing the dried snow, but if the snow is too wet or cold, you may need to use a professional lawn service. Again … when snows, the key is to do it early and often, so that the snow has no chance to develop or melt. Nothing worse than removing wet and heavy snow!

Keep plenty of salt in your hand

Depending on the winter, it may be a good idea to have large salt cubes available. Although we keep our entrance and the sidewalks, sometimes the temperatures are hot, the sow gradually melts and then freeze again in the form of ice.

It creates a good ice rink in the driveway, but you can imagine it’s a great way to get to your back (yes, it happened more than once). Do yourself a favor and keep some salt around if things are so uncertain. Ideally, you must remove the snow before you have the opportunity to change in an ice rink, but sometimes it is not possible.

Plan ahead to unload the super snow

Another thing that’s not easy to think until late is when you can throw the excess snow that has been removed. In urban areas it may be more difficult, but we are lucky that we have a great amount of space in our properties. We have many different places where we throw our snow, but they are both far from the traffic of the car on the site. Snow accumulations can grow pretty much in winter, so plan wisely. I said that, on this weekend we got 30 “snow for two days, and we had snow fast where it fit! Finally we pushed a lot of snow for our further pile of wood fuel (we have plans for next year’s pile) to avoid it Do what we say … unlike us!

Keep ice cream in your car

If you are used to living in a cold climate, this is probably a good idea for you, but it was not my first year that I lived in a place that really came back! The windshield ice is not good. Because we live in the grid (we are not obliged to public facilities) we have solar energy and it is important to keep solar panels clean. Ice crabs work well on it, so Professional Birmingham Lawn Care can remove ice without damaging them, and so we continue to get the free energy from the sun. Ice cores are often two-sided: a knife and a brush. The blade is perfect for ice cream and the brush is good for snow powder … our favorite because the temperature is cold!

Put Stacks With Oprit Depending on the amount of snow you’ve got and how your driveway is in your land, it might be a good idea to install the driveway at bets like this one! Jesse’s uncle was really surprised at us by putting reflectors along our entrance, and they were splendid in the snow because we could see where the edge of the entrance was over.

Remove the snow quickly

The best way to remove the snow, which we can really offer, is to eliminate the snow quickly and frequently. There is nothing worse than having snowballs in areas where it is not supposed to be when the temperature rises.  Snowplows and snow scoops are also working well, but not when the snow is on the ground to be removed. It is best to plow only a few centimeters at a time, which should be managed in most climates. Once we get a decent snow, we will work to clear the driveway, clear the trails, clear the snow from our outer terrace and clean the snow from the outside of the stairs. This prevents the snow from being completely governed, so it does not accumulate and does not stay in time! do not be lazy

Have a solid and live winter dress in your hands

Since lawn pros is part of our lives in winter months, we are definitely investing in high-quality winter clothing. We do not want to limit our clothes, but to invest in things that help us improve our work.

Extra tip: Remove the snow during the coldest days to avoid the stress and to work smarter, not harder.

Do not remove the snow when it’s hot outside, even if it means you need to clean the snow at night or in the morning!  We are often in the dark snow and it is surprising we really enjoyed it! It’s a good move to winter when we’re busy with our company all day.

In summary

In the end, avoiding all the suggestions, we always go back to the idea of ​​quickly and frequently removing snow. If you do this as soon as snow, it should not be too fast for you unless you’re in snowboarding style like the last weekend! We hope you find these snow removal and Lawn Maintenance tips useful and if you have anything you want to share.

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How to Make a Beautiful Lawn in Winter

Beautiful Winter Lawns

Having a great looking lawn in winter is often thought of as an impossibility for many people, yet as we drive around town we can’t help but notice that for many other lawn owners, the concept is merely a myth. The proof is seen in lush green carpets of lawn at a time when many other lawns are in a state of decline, lacking in color, bare patches and thinning out of the thatch layer.

So what’s the secret of Lawn Care Birmingham AL, what are these miraculous gardeners doing in winter that we are not, that can produce results of such diversity?

Why Winter Is A Problem For Lawns

For most lawn owners in USA, we grow Warm Season Grasses for use as our lawns, which means in warmer weather, the grasses thrive, and as the weather cools, they go into a state of very slowed growth or in some cases, a state of semi-hibernation.

According to the Lawn Service Birmingham AL Without the rapid and regular growth associated with warmer weather, grasses will lose their dark green color, and will become slower to re-grow and repair damage. As the position of the sun changes in the sky and increases shade, and when combined with lower daylight hours and a reduction in direct sunlight and lower soil temperatures, lawns will generally be at their most vulnerable and unable to repair or maintain good health as well as they can in warmer times.

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The Secret To A Beautiful Lawn In Winter

A beautiful lawn in Winter is created in Autumn, PRIOR to the onset of Winter.

That’s the secret! And it’s very simple.

Once Winter arrives, there is very little if anything much at all that can be done to bring a lawn to good health, or to maintain it there if the grass wasn’t already in maximum health prior to Winter arriving. Birmingham Lawn Care can give you a amazing lawn care services and make your lawn and garden very beautiful.

The Steps To Increasing Lawn Health In Autumn

Realize and be aware of the importance of the lead-up to Winter as being the only time to create a beautiful Winter lawn and act accordingly.

Increase Mowing Heights

As daylight hours decrease so does the ability of lawns to photosynthesis, by increasing mowing heights and leaving more green leaf we increase the food supply to the grass. This step is essential, and taking the mower up a notch or two should suffice.

Decrease Watering as Air and Soil Temperatures Decrease

Over watering at this time of year can increase the possibility of turf diseases or rotting of the thatch layer.

Treat Winter grass

If we had Winter grass last year, we’ll have it again this year too, and its continuing existence can choke the root system of our lawn throughout the year. Winter grass must be treated when it’s young, and the very best time to treat it is pre-emergent. That means knowing that Winter grass will soon emerge and killing it before it is even seen. Winter grass can be treated pre-emergent from May.

Fertilize Correctly

This means having a plan for fertilizing at the right times with the right fertilizers. Put down a high quality lawn pros Winter Fertilizer in May prior to Winter arriving. The next application of Winter fertilizer should be in July, 8 weeks later. Apply to manufacturers recommendations. Winter fertilizers contain higher levels of Iron which is essential for good lawn health through Winter.

Kill Winter Weeds

Generally broad leaf weeds will become more prominent in Winter as conditions for their survival improve, and as the ability for the lawn to fight against them decreases, best to treat them as early as possible before they spread.

Pruning

Overgrown trees and bushes may increase their shade levels in Winter, and by the time we notice that our lawn has started dying in affected areas, it can be too late to repair the damage. So it’s best to plan ahead and prune trees and other bushes in Autumn.

Winter Lawn Care and Late Fall Tips

In most parts of the country, the grass is inactive or growing slowly in the fall and winter, but it is still a good time to do some basic Lawn Care Birmingham AL maintenance work. No matter where you live, you can take steps to prepare your grass for spring.

Caring for the South

Winter lawn care is a fact of life in the south. Hot-season grasses become dormant and turn brown in the coldest areas of the Lawn Service Birmingham AL. If you want a green grass in winter, the annual rasp ace is overlooked in October. Water the lawn three times a day until it is at least one centimeter long. Cut once a month during the winter.

In the warmer regions of the grass will remain green and grow as you water it. Mow the lawn with your knife ½ to 1 in. Higher in winter than in summer.

All southern lawns benefit from additional watering in winter. Give the herb 1/2 to 1 in. Water per week, unless it rains.

Care for the Middle East and Northeast

In warmer areas of the Midwest and Northeast, the lawn will look better during the cooler fall and spring weather. Last frozen in October in preparation for winter. Cut the grass every two weeks until it stops growing, which can be as late as November. Then cut the last time with the mower 2 in.

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What you do in winter around the grass can affect health in spring and summer. Before the snow falls, use the effort to mark the edges of your ramp and sidewalks so that you plow when plowed, not the lawn. According to the Lawn Maintenance Birmingham AL slide the walkways first and then scatter the fusing chemicals so you do not flush the chemicals in the lawn, which will damage the grass. You can also use sand or trash instead of chemicals. Finally, wait for the snow to melt and drain the ground to walk on the lawn. If you walk on a soft grass, it compresses the soil that will damage the grass.

Look after the Mid-Atlantic

The Peoria area is a transition area for lawn care and Alabama Weed Identification. If your lawn is mainly planted with fresh season herbs like Kentucky bluegrass, fescue or eternal rogras, it stays green and will grow during winter. However, it does not have to fertilize after October. When the grass begins to see raggedy, it mows. Herbs planted with warm climate grasses fall asleep and turn brown in winter. You can enjoy Bermuda grass seeds and zoysia grass with annual rye grass. The water sows lawns once a week in winter. Once a month during the winter unsorted lawn. Sleeping does not mean death unless the water all winter!

The grass may look like it does not matter, but it still lives. Make it good in winter and you will be rewarded with lush green growth in spring.