When you’re ready to have someone take over your lawn care for you, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. That requires doing a little bit of research. You may know what you want but do you have any idea what a lawn care service provides? Do they trim the hedges, and mow the lawn, do they take care of the fertilizing, and do they do the edging? What comes in your yard maintenance deal? In most cases this is going to depend upon what type of package you choose. We’ll go over three different types of packages that are available for your yard care needs in Calhoun .
This is the lowest package, offering what is considered the most needed services. So what does this include? First mowing, it’s the thing everyone dreads spending their Saturday morning doing, so in the basic lawn care package, you’ll be able to skip the Saturday ritual in favor of sleeping in, or reading the comic strip. It will keep the home owners association at bay and the neighbors happy without you having to give up the weekend. Next in line in this lawn care basics is blowing away the mess from the paths. You won’t have to worry when it rains about slipping in the muck of soaked leaves because the lawn maintenance crew will have cleared them away. Twice a month they’re going to straighten up the edges of your lawn to keep it looking neat and tidy. Then five times during the course of the year they’ll make sure your lawn stays healthy by taking care of the fertilization for you, and during the winter they’ll care for the lawn with lime. Lastly, they’ll take care of the broadleaf weeds, the peskiest of the turf weeds. So even at the lowest end of the scale, having lawn maintenance can save you time and stress.
Finally, you get the whole kit and caboodle you get the basic and garden services mentioned above as well as, pruning, of shrubs after they bloom, of hedges when they need it, generally a few times a year. As the weather turns cold, the trees will need pruning as well, and just to put the cherry on top, they’ll take away your holiday tree, just make sure to leave the tinsel off. This covers the basics of what your lawn service should be providing; also, there are sometimes special services available, for instance if you’re pretty sure your yard is headed downhill you could look into one time only services.
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Although both types of lawn grasses make for easy-care lawns, centipede grass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) and St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) differ in appearance, texture and color. Centipede grass, suitable for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, is light green and not as coarse as St. Augustine grass. St. Augustine grass, suitable in USDA zones 8 through 10, offers dense growth and a medium to dark green color. It's less cold-tolerant than any other warm season grass.
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HOLMDEL, N.J. -- Summer lawns take a beating, with scorching temperatures and outdoor games causing bare patches and brown spots, and fall is the optimal time to get it back in shape so it can be enjoyed for another season.
According an EPA national home and garden survey, homeowners spend about $40 billion to improve damaged lawns and maintain a lush appearance. Lawn Doctor, the nation's leading expert in lawn care since 1967, says homeowners can enjoy a healthier fall lawn and lay the groundwork for next summer's lawn by following a few simple steps now to save money, time and energy in the spring.
* Fertilize - This critical step feeds your lawn and helps it grow. Fertilizing also allows your lawn to store as much food as possible before going dormant for the winter. A properly fed lawn will recover more easily the following spring.
* Seed - To fill in a thin lawn or bare spots, add seed. Use a professional power seeding service for faster results and spend your personal time enjoying the cooler temperatures.
* Aerate - Aeration allows your lawn to increase its uptake of nutrients and oxygen. This is essential to revive your lawn after common summer stresses such as high temperatures and lack of moisture. Aerating also combats compaction that may have occurred from all that summer foot traffic.
* Apply grub control and check for pests - Treating for pests now is essential because they can cause damage all winter long that you won't notice until spring.
* Remove leaves at least once a week - Raking or blowing your lawn clean is vital because leaves block sunlight. A leaf-free lawn can store more food for its winter dormancy, resulting in a healthier lawn in the spring.
Fall is also a good time to pay attention to trees, shrubs and lawn equipment.
* Winterize trees and shrubs - Before temperatures drop, protect your evergreens from moisture loss by treating them with anti-desiccant material.
* Winterize your lawn mower - To store your mower safely and guarantee that it will be ready to go in the spring, winterize it. The end of mowing season is a great time to address routine maintenance and repairs.
"Lawn maintenance is easier, cheaper and more effective than repair," said Scott Frith, Lawn Doctor's Vice President of Marketing and Franchise Development. "Homeowners will thank themselves in the spring for taking these steps now."
About Lawn Doctor
For 40 years, Lawn Doctor has pioneered the nation's lawn care service industry with innovative equipment, scientifically proven fertilization and horticultural methods and personal attention to each customer's lawn through locally owned and operated franchises. Through its comprehensive website, Lawn Doctor is a top resource for lawn care information in the country. For additional care tips or franchise information, call (800) 4-LAWN-DR or visit them online at www.lawndoctor.com and www.lawndoctorfranchise.com.