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Child and Pet Safety standard

Whether you have a two legged bundle of joy or a four legged furry friend or both, we love them immensely and want to keep them happy, healthy and safe. We want to give them (and us) a beautiful green lawn to play in, but are often concerned about child and pet safety and the effects from lawn care. With new advances in product development and application methods, lawn care may be safer than you think, when following all of the important safety recommendations. Fertilizer Many homeowners call us with concern about granules of fertilizer on their lawn, and ask if their children or pets need to stay off the lawn until those granules have broken down completely. The answer ...

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Chemical Drought standard

During the winter, lawn care is the last thing on most peoples’ minds, especially when there is inclement weather in the forecast. Ice melt & salt products are important to apply to sidewalks and driveways to prevent slips & falls; however, it is important to keep these products out of the lawn and landscaping to prevent chemical drought. Safety First and foremost, always be sure to follow precautionary procedures in case of inclement weather by applying ice melt or salt to any surfaces that require it. Chemical drought is a nuisance but should not be used as a deciding factor of whether or not to apply these items. Personal safety is much more important than a few spots that may ...

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Armyworms standard

They attack without notice, move in army formation from one host to the next, and damage plants very quickly. Armyworms are insects that exist every year, but occasionally cause a devastating infestation. What are Armyworms? The Fall Armyworm is a caterpillar that is roughly 1.5-2 inches long. The armyworm travels in an army and will move from one food source, deplete it, then move onto another. This caterpillar is usually a grey, dull green, or dull yellow color and has stripes the length of its body. The armyworm is native to eastern and central North America, as well as South America and is unable to survive freezing winters. The armyworm moth will migrate to Illinois in April or May to ...

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Landscape Weeds standard

There is nothing peskier when finishing up planting new flowers or shrubs than having to go back through and pull weeds from the landscape beds. The nuisance of landscape bed weeds can be unsightly as well as damaging to the plants and shrubs that you are trying to grow. Luckily, there are a few things that can be done to ease the burden of these landscape weeds and possibly prevent them all together. Landscape Mulch One of the easiest ways to combat weeds within landscape beds is to install mulch or other filler item such as rock. Landscape mulch has multiple benefits to protect and promote the life of the plants within the beds, as well as add color and ...

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Fall Colors standard

Every fall, the trees begin to change colors and turn beautiful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. This color change makes for beautiful scenery for a weekend drive. While many enjoy the masterpiece that Mother Nature has created, most do not know why this change occurs. How the Colors Change There is still quite a bit of mystery behind the changing of the colors, but scientists do know that there are three factors that assist in the change. Those factors are pigment, weather, and the length of darkness. Darkness During the longer and cooler fall nights a biochemical process in the leaf takes place. During the spring and summer when days are longer, photosynthesis is in full force creating ...

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Choosing a Lawn Care Company standard

When deciding on a lawn care program for your lawn, one of the toughest battles can be choosing the company to hire. With the right amount of research, selecting the best company for your needs will be worth the time, money, and will greatly benefit the lawn. Start Shopping Early One of the most important steps when choosing a lawn care company is to start choosing early. The winter months are a great time to start your research, ask friends and family, as well as contact lawn care companies to ask any questions you may have. While estimates may not be able to be conducted right away in the winter months, it will at least get your name onto the schedule ...

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Spring Lawn Care Tips standard

Spring is the time of year that homeowners are finally able to get back onto their lawns to do some work and enjoy them. Following the proper spring lawn care tips is essential for having a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the year. Cool Season Grasses Grasses such as fescue, bluegrass, and rye will start greening up and growing. This is the time when proper maintenance and lawn care practices are essential, especially to help prepare for the dormant summer months when the lawn will endure most of its stress. Warm Season Grasses Warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia will start their green up and growing season in the late spring, usually in April or May depending on ...

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Summer Lawn Care Tips standard

Summer is a critical time of the year for lawns. Heat and drought contribute greatly to the stress the lawn faces. Following a few summer lawn care tips can help ensure the lawn is more enjoyable and stays green a little longer, if not all throughout summer. Fertilization & Weed Control Synthetic fertilizers will burn a lawn during the summer heat. It is recommended that the only fertilizer that goes onto a lawn during the summer months is organic fertilizer. Weed control can also burn a lawn easily during the summer months. When the temperatures increase, a little bit of weed control can go a long way. Lawn care technicians are trained to only spot spray weeds during this time ...

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Fall Lawn Care Tips standard

Fall is one of the best times of year for lawn care. The weeds are at a minimum, the grass is green and growing, and new life can be introduced into the lawn. Fall is the time of year to repair a stressed lawn and prepare it for winter. Fertilization & Weed Control Fertilizer in the fall and late fall are crucial for the lawn. A fall fertilizer helps repair a lawn from the stressors it endured over summer while a late fall or winter fertilization will strengthen the root system and build carbohydrates to prepare for the dormant winter months. Mowing Mowing will pick up a little during the fall compared to over summer. It is important to keep ...

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Traditional Lawn Care or Organic Lawn Care standard

When deciding on a lawn care program for your lawn, one of the first questions to consider is traditional lawn care or organic lawn care. They are both similar in many ways but each also has their own unique benefits. Traditional Lawn Care Traditional lawn care uses synthetic fertilizers and herbicides to control weeds. Traditional lawn care is a less expensive option to homeowners as well as better with the short-term effects of weed control and color. The traditional season usually begins with pre-emergent fertilizer. Pre-emergent herbicide is bound with synthetic fertilizer and once watered in, creates a barrier to prevent the germination of crabgrass and other weeds. This is one benefit of having the traditional program, as pre-emergent is ...

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