Tips

Lawn and Garden Tips for Your Landscape

Lawn and Garden TipsHow would you like to have a beautiful yard? Taking care of a lawn or garden can be hard work, but what you receive is much more rewarding. Browse through our lawn and garden tips below to help with your landscape.  

Deer

Are you having problems with deer?  Here are a few suggestions.

Weed Control

 

Lawn Maintenancesusey enjoys the lawn

  • Aeration is the air exchange between the soil and the atmosphere. Core Aeration is used to help improve aeration in the soil.
  • Controlling Crabgrass in Your Lawn
  • Core aeration is the process in which a machine is used to remove small cores of soil from the lawn. By opening up the soil, it permits free movement of water, fertilizer, and air. Additionally, by relieving soil compaction, it encourages more vigorous root growth and allows them to grow to a greater depth.
  • Dethatching -  is the process by which a machine is used to mechanically remove the thatch layer from the lawn. Dethatching will remove the thatch layer with minimum uprooting of healthy grass plants.
  • Fertilization = food. It is one of the most essential parts of a turfgrass management program. Proper fertilization improves turfgrass vigor and quality.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - is a logical system of insect and disease control that works with the environment.  IPM relies on knowledge of pest and host and utilizes cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical controls to limit damage in an economical and environmentally sound manner.
  • Liming - Most soils in Maryland tend to be acidic. Lime is applied to help bring up the pH.  Lawns generally prefer a neutral to slightly acidic soil pH (7.0 to 6.0). Proper pH of soils increase turfgrass vigor, improve rooting, and help to improve the turf-grasses ability to absorb nutrients from the soil.
  • Liquid Aeration - is an alternative to mechanical aeration.  These products are uniquely formulated to help reduce crusting, loosens up hard clay soils, aggregates sandy soil, and allows water and oxygen to better reach plant roots by reducing the surface tension between the water and the soil.
  • Thatch is the layer of dead and decaying plant tissue located between the soil surface and the green vegetation. Dethatching is the process by which a machine is used to remove excess thatch from the soil.
  • Watering Established and Newly Seeded Lawns
  • Weed Management of Lawns - April Lawn Tip

Yard Maintenance

  • Why use Mulch?  Mulching is one of the most important ways to protect and maintain healthy landscape plants, shrubs, and flowers.  Mulch helps to prevent weeds, add to the nutrient base of the soil, increase the ability of your soil to hold water and moisture in your garden beds, helps the roots maintain an even temperature, protects soil from erosion, and adds to the aesthetic appearance of your landscape.
Ornamental Pests Ornamental Diseases Ornamentals Pest Control Poison Ivy Seasonal and Indoor Plants Soil & Composting

Structural Pests

  • Ants - Most ants live outdoors, however, some may nest in or near structures and become a nuisance.
  • Pest Needs - Pests need food, water, shelter, and a place to breed.  Understanding the specific needs of individual pests will help with the identification and control of these pests.
  • Mosquitoes are in the same group of insects as flies.  They have one pair of wings and undergo complete metamorphosis.
  Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Gardening