Tips of the Month
September Tip: Transplanting Plants and Shrubs. What you should know….
Who wants to make a big move during the intense heat? Certainly not us…nor do plants or shrubs. That is why transplanting during Fall’s cooler temperatures is ideal.
When it comes to moving a plant or shrub you need to take into account the amount of sunlight and space it will need and if its new location will meet those requirements. If, for example, a shrub needs lots of sunlight and room, you don’t want to relocate it to tiny area where it will receive little sunshine.
Prepare the new area first by digging a hole in the new location that is 2x as wide and deep enough to accommodate the plant or shrub root ball. This step is important so that you can quickly move the plant or shrub into its new home thereby minimizing the amount of time the roots are exposed to drying elements.
Remove the plant or shrub to be transplanted with great care by digging an area wide and deep enough to be able to remove it with minimal damage to the root system.
Water, water, water…even though the temperatures are cooler in the Fall, don’t forget to water the relocated the plants and shrubs so they can take root.
Important Note: If you have never transplanted a plant or shrub, ask someone who has done this successfully to help you. If this sounds like fun but too much work, then call Northeast Landscape Contractors. Transplanting is just another one of our specialties!
August Tip: Three Great Solutions for a Green Healthy Lawn!
1) Core Aeration with Overseeding – When soil is compacted or hard, it is difficult for oxygen, water, nutrients and grass seed to penetrate the soil. To reduce this compaction, we use a lawn aerator machine to remove plugs of soil and thatch from your lawn. We then overseed the area with premium grass seed. Core Aeration when combined with Overseeding provides two important benefits. First, the process allows premium grass seed, water, nutrients and oxygen to combine deep into the soil…the ideal environment for seed germination. Second, the plugs of soil left from the Core Aeration process breaks down and forms a gentle bedding for additional seed to take root. This service solution promotes a greener, healthier lawn.
2) Overseeding with Composting – Compost is simply manufactured organic material rich with nutrients. Because of its rich nutrient composition, it is an excellent soil conditioner. When added to Overseeding, compost provides a nutrient-rich environment to the seeds which aids in the germination process. Northeast Landscape uses only quality compost which provides a greener, healthier lawn by adding much needed biology to the soil.
3) Core Aeration, Overseeding and Composting– The best of the best lawn solution! Overseeding a lawn is simply broadcasting premium grass seed over a specific area. When combined with Core Aeration and Composting, your new seed will grow and thrive making your lawn look beautiful, healthy and green! Northeast Landscape highly recommends this solution to achieve optimal results.
With Fall just around the corner, now is the time to start planning the repair of your drought damaged lawn or the installation of a new lush lawn. Mother Nature only gives us six weeks to get this done, so it’s critical to take advantage of this mid-August thru September time frame
July Tip: You spend a lot of money each year keeping your lawn looking perfect. It’s beautiful, lush and green. But then one day you get up and notice something amiss. You’re not quite sure so you put on your glasses and see several yellow, thinning grass patches. What's happening? Depending on time of the year, you could have a Grub issue.
White grubs are considered to be the most harmful turf insect pests in the U.S. In short, white grubs are the larval stage of scarab beetles which live in the ground and feed off the root hairs of grass. Since late summer and early fall is when you’re most likely to notice the damaging effects of grubs, the best time to eliminate grubs is early Summer (now) just when they hatch. This is exactly the time when Northeast Landscape Contractors specialists will be proactively applying Grub treatment to customers’ lawns who have our lawn maintenance care program. Call us today to find out more about our Grub Treatment service.
June Tip: Just like the human body, a lawn needs nutrients and water to stay healthy.
Fertilizers deliver critical nutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to our lawns, shrubs and trees. They also enhance the soil by helping with moisture retention and aeration. Fertilizers come in either a liquid or a slow-release (dry) granular form. High quality, slow-release granular fertilizer is the preferred choice by professional landscapers like Northeast Landscape Contractors.
As we head into the Summer months, our yards need more water. But when is the best time to water your lawn and how much? Water your lawn early in the morning. Midday watering will be less effective because of evaporation. Evening and night watering can create an environment friendly to fungus which will damage your lawn. An inch of water per week is the rule of thumb when it comes to how much a lawn needs.
One thing to be mindful of is to not overdo it. Over fertilizing and over watering can be harmful to grass, plants and shrubs. Moderation is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and this is also true when it comes to maintaining your yard.
If you have questions, Northeast Landscape Contractors can answer them. We have been helping homeowners of the Merrimack Valley since 1988. Call or email us anytime.
May Tip: The tick population is on the rise. To protect yourself and your loved ones from being bitten by a tick, known carriers of Lyme disease, there are a number of preventative measures you can take. Keep your lawn maintained on a regular basis including: clearing tall grass, removing leaf litter and pruning low lying brush. Also, consider tick reducing pesticides applied by a licensed applicator. At Northeast Landscape Contractors, we can help you create a safer outdoor environment. Not only are we landscape professionals, we are licensed to apply pesticides per strict safety standards.
April Tip: With spring around the corner, it's time to start planning. Now is a good time to apply a pre-emergent weed killer to get a jump start on weed growth so they don't pester you for the rest of the season!