Mulching Leaves

The days of raking and bagging leaves should be over for almost everyone. Studies have shown that homeowners have successfully mulched more than 6 inches of leaves back into their lawn. Mulching leaves will chop them into very small pieces; often into dust. From a distance or after substantial rain, you’ll never know your leaves were mulched. Mulched leaves, like grass clippings, are high in nutrients and organic matter and are good to return to the soil. There are a few keys to making mulching work;

First, make sure your lawn mower blade is sharp. Without a sharp blade, mulching leaves will be a difficult process.

Second, If you have a thick layer of leaves, move your mowing height up to keep your mower from working too hard.

Third, try to mulch your leaves when they are dry. Wet leaves tend to turn into a paste rather than dust.

Following these tips will save you hours of work this fall.

Click here to read what Rebecca Finneran from MSU has to say about mulching leaves.

Annual Bluegrass going to seed

Every spring, while many grass varieties are just waking up, one variety of grass is already standing out. It is an unwanted and difficult-to-control grass called Annual Bluegrass. (Not to be confused with a good grass called Kentucky Bluegrass.)  Right now it is producing seedheads and sticks out in lawns.  For a few weeks every spring, annual bluegrass goes to seed before other varieties.  The seeds it produces help this grass to spread and make it difficult to control as the seeds drop into the soil.

If you ever want to try to control this aggressively spreading grass, this short timeframe when it goes to seed is the time to do it.   We recommend digging out the clumps of annual bluegrass, adding a thin layer of dirt and fresh grass seed.  Be careful when removing this grass not to spread the seeds and to properly dispose of the removed clumps.

Maple Tree Seedlings

The Maple Tree seedlings are back in full force this spring.  The warm spring weather has caused them to arrive early this year. Many customers ask if our lawn care applications will control Maple Tree seedlings. The answer is yes, but there is an easier way. Maple Tree seedlings aren’t mowing-tolerant. Once the leaves are mowed […]

Kent County Health Department warns about early, heavy tick season

The Spring is on the horizon! However, according to the Kent County Health Department, that means so is a heavy flea and tick season.   Kent County Health Department recommends using tick-repelling bug sprays, wearing layers and carefully checking for ticks before going back inside. Select the link below for the full news story: Heavy Tick […]

Preparing your lawn and landscape for winter

Now that fall has arrived and your lawn growth has slowed, it’s time to turn your attention to winterizing your property. Here is a checklist of things that need to be done before winter arrives: -Prepare for your last leaf cleanups:-Clean any remaining leaves from the roof-Clean the leaves out of your gutters-Get all the […]

Moles vs Voles

Many people often mistake voles for moles. Moles make underground tunnels while voles make above-ground runaways. Moles eat earthworms, grubs, and insects whereas voles gnaw at the base of trees and shrubs and eat plants, especially grass and flower bulbs. During the winter, voles will tunnel under the snow and create winding trails about 2 […]

Top reasons why reseeding fails

#4- Seeding too heavy- Most people put down grass seed way too heavy.   More is better, right?  Not with seeding.  When seeding too heavily, you get lots of small grass plants too close together without enough space for their roots to grow.  As a result, most of the plants die, and you are left with […]

How to check your mowing height

There is one free and easy change that you can make to improve the health of your lawn.  Are you ready to do it? For a great lawn, you must mow your grass at the proper height. For the summer months, your grass should be mowed at 3.5 inches.  Grass that is mowed below 3 inches […]

Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

Spring is a great time for some lawn mower maintenance. Follow these 5 steps and you will be ready to mow!   Change the oil. This is one of the most important steps. Also, check the oil periodically during the season to make sure it’s at the correct level. Check the air filter. The air […]