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.

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 remaining leaves out of your landscaping

-Make sure you lower your mowing height for the final mowing of the season.

-Winterize your underground sprinkler system. (We can refer a contractor if needed.)

-Take in your garden hoses, rain gauge, portable basketball hoops with water in the base, and anything that could gather water and freeze.

-Take in or cover your patio furniture and gas grill.

-Check your garage for anything that you may need over the winter or that could freeze.

-Clean your lawn mower, sharpen the blade, and add a fuel stabilizer for winter.

-Find your snow blower and make sure it starts. If it needs attention, be proactive-do it now before the repair shops are overwhelmed!

Controlling the Bee Population Early

As spring warms, bee activity will begin to pick up. Paper wasps will begin their nest building activities. We have begun to see the European paper wasp and our native paper wasp on their small, newly constructed, nests this past week. These are the queens working hard to build their nests so that they can start laying eggs.  […]

Lawn Mowing Height

Mowing is one of the most important cultural practices performed in lawn maintenance. Regardless of whether the lawn is fertilized, irrigated , in sun or shade, proper mowing practices are essential if a high quality lawn is to develop. Properly mowed lawns will have fewer weed populations, better moisture stress tolerance and generally better quality […]

Turfgrass Seedheads

Seedheads are starting to appear in big numbers in lawns this week This is a normal occurrence that happens every May across Michigan. Most of the common turfgrasses found in lawns produce seedheads including Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and of course Poa annua (otherwise known as annual bluegrass). Seedheads not only detract from the appearance […]

Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance

It’s time to put away your snow blower and shovel and dig out the lawn mower! Now is a great time for some lawn mower maintenance. Follow these 6 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 […]

Growing grass in the shade

  The reason turf performs so poorly in shaded are-as is because of a of lack of sunlight. Grass is like most other plants, it does best with an abundance of sunlight present. Densely shaded areas are often characterized by: 1) Thin, patchy areas of grass 2) Bare soil 3) Tree roots 4) Moss 5) […]

Dethatching Your Lawn

Every spring we are asked by our customers if they should power rake or dethatch their lawns. It seems like the logical thing to do, after all, we clean out our cars and basements– shouldn’t we also clean thatch out of our lawns? The answer to that question is usually “no.” Thatch, as defined by Dr. […]

Getting rid of Moss

Moss is a nuisance in a lawn and people often want to know how to get rid of it. However, before you control your moss, it’s important to understand why it is present. Moss loves shade, moisture, and poorly drained or compacted soil. It will tend to creep into areas where grass has weakened and […]

How do I get rid of these moles!!

In the spring and fall, we receive many questions from customer who are having problems with moles. Moles have huge appetites and can eat up to one third of their body weight in food per day. Their diet consists mainly of grubs, earthworms and other adult and larval insects. We have heard many interesting stories […]