Friday, August 20, 2010
You want to make sure that you water your lawn long enough to have an effect, but not so long that it gets soggy. Applying water faster than the soil can absorb it can lead to run off and wasted water. Keep in mind that light, frequent watering encourages shallow roots. On the flip side, excessive watering keeps the root system saturated with water and is harmful to the lawn. Roots need a balance of water and air to function and grow properly. We recommend watering 2-3x a week for at least an hour, rather than everyday for only 20 minutes or everyday for several hours.
What about time of day? The best time for lawn irrigation is in the early morning hours. Watering in late afternoon or late morning may be detrimental if it extends the time the lawn is naturally wet from dew. Avoid watering during the day to prevent immediate evaporation and even scalding the lawn on very hot days.
If your lawn has burned and you don't have a sprinkler system, don't worry. Fall is the best time to aerate and seed your lawn. Check back for our next blog about just that topic!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
We are pleased to welcome Justin Littlehale to the TGK team as our new Commercial Account Manager. Justin found his way into the green industry after working at an office job, where sitting inside looking out wasn't good enough! He quit his desk job and started his own landscape company which he ran for the last 10 years.
Justin brings a new skill set to The GroundsKeeper - he is ICPI certified. The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) is the North American trade association representing the interlocking concrete paving industry. We are excited about the skills, training and ideas Justin will bring to our hardscape & enhancements services. He also has his Massachusetts Pesticide license.
According to Justin, his favorite parts of his job are the ability to work outside with nature, and the instant gratification he gets when he leaves a property at the end of the day.
Justin lives in Brockton with his wife Christina and they are expecting their first child in August.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The very first TGK blog was about certifications, but what do all of those letters (MLP, MCA, MCLP) really mean? Read on to find out why hiring certified technicians is important to your landscape:
Monday, July 12, 2010
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Friday, June 18, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
We are often asked about what to do in the yard during each summer month. Now that June is upon us, here are the things you should be focused on getting done!
- Do an irrigation run-through and adjust the controller as needed
- Keep an eye out for mildew, black spot, and insect damage on shrubs and trees. Treat any signs of disease early.
- Round 2 of turf application
- If you mow your own lawn, remember to raise your mowing height to 3.5" when the hot weather arrives to prevent burning as long as possible
- Keep deadheading flowers for regrowth. Once a bloom dies, the plant will devote energy to seed production unless you remove the spent flower.
- Plant hanging baskets, window boxes and containers to add color
- Finish planting new trees and shrubs
- It's too late to plant grass seed - wait until the fall
- Cut back browned foliage of bulbs
- If you start pruning any of your shrubs or trees, you'll have to prune at least 1 more time this summer. Wait until next month, if you can.
- Water as necessary
- Weed and fertilize annuals, perennials & rose beds
- Keep up with the weeds!
We hope you are enjoying your summer! If you need any help with your yard or have any questions, let us know!