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The time to is almost here for overseeding, but the time to call and get an estimate is NOW! Overseeding your lawn gives you a young, healthy, green lawn to look forward to in the Spring.
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Now this is a lawn in need of overseed, indeed! I know, that's my corny side coming out.
Why should you overseed?
Most mature plants start to slow down reproduction after several years. Blade grass only lives a short time, 45-60 days on average, and older grass can't reproduce quick enough to keep up with die back. Young grass, however, reproduces much faster and is able to keep up with natural die back. Therefore, having young grass is one of the best secrets to a full, green lawn. That's where overseeding comes in. (Nick Christians, PhD, Iowa State University) The practice of overseeding lawns
When to overseed?
The best time for overseeding is late summer to early fall...late August to early September, depending of the weather conditions, you can sometimes go to the end of September. Some reasons for this timing is that using cool season grasses here in the Northeast, we have a couple of months for the seeds to germinate and grass to grow before the temperature really drops and then another 1-2 months for the roots to get established before the young grass has to deal with cold temperatures. This time of year also allows the seeds to have less summer weeds to compete with.
Also, the soil is warm and the air is getting cooler, temperatures in the 60's is ideal for grass growth. In addition, there is the tendency toward more rain to keep the ground moist. Another benefit of late summer/early Fall seeding is that you get a second growing season in Spring that allows the grass to further establish itself before the hot, dry, summer begins.
All these conditions make it prime time to overseed and those seeds to successfully germinate and get established. (some info from lawn care academy.com)
What are some of those advantages you ask. Well, mulching helps keep weeds at bay by blocking sunlight and also suffocating seedlings. Mulch also attracts worms that help with aeration of the soil beneath. A lovely layer of mulch will also help retain moisture and help maintain a healthy soil temperature. Be sure never to pile mulch against the trunk of your trees. This has the potential to cause insect and disease problems.
Be sure to get a quality mulch that doesn't harbor pests such as slugs and snails and have it installed correctly so as not to make fertilizer application difficult.
Nothing makes a landscape look more "finished" than a lovely, fresh mulch application. Enjoy!
EAB is Emerald Ash Borer. We discussed the damage that these beetles do to your lovely Ash trees in the early Fall. Let me refresh your memory because May is almost here and it's time to protect your trees.
The emerald ash borer is a small, green beetle that belongs to a large family of beetles known as the buprestids, or metallic wood boring beetles. The description is apt, as many of the adult buprestids are indeed glossy, appearing as if their wing covers are made of polished metal. The emerald ash borer, with its green, iridescent wing covers, fits right in. Adult EABs are relatively slender and between 0.3 to 0.55 inches in length - small by most standards but large compared to other buprestids.
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The days are longer, we have more warm days, and although, as I look out the window, it's snowing, we're seeing less white on the ground, if any. It's that time of year when you start thinking about what you want to do on your property as Spring rolls in.
On one of those sunny warm days it's a great idea to walk your property and see what needs to be done. Do your trees and bushes need pruning? When was the last time that your shrubs and trees were fertilized to maintain their health and beauty? A good Arborist can help answer your tree care questions.
Take notice of whether or not you need to freshen the mulch in your planting beds? Do you need to reseed or fertilize your lawn? What annuals do you want to plant this year? Or, do you want to redo your flower beds completely? Planning ahead now will help you accomplish your landscape goals in the Spring.
Do you want a beautiful yard? The planning starts now.
Winter is finally starting to kick in which means wind, snow storms, and tree damage. When your trees are damaged by winter storms, clean up can be overwhelming. Sometimes trees are just damaged and should be assessed by an arborist to determine if they can be pruned or cabled and remain in good health or if they should be completely removed. Cracks can occur on the tree which oftentimes go unnoticed. An arborist has a trained eye to spot those cracks.
Never go near trees or branches that have taken down power lines. The power company must be contacted first to insure safety to homeowners and workers.
Recently, we removed this tree that brought down power lines and needed to have the remainder of the tree taken down. Power shut off wasn't necessary in this situation because the power line was disconnected at the pole and therefore also disconnected from the power source. This is not always the case. It's important to contact your power company and be directed by them first. We were able to get the tree taken down and cleaned up and put the homeowners mind at ease.
If you have any winter tree damage, we can assess it, recommend a course of action, and get the job completed to put your mind at ease as well.
Why is tree and shrub fertilization important?
In the forest, in a natural undisturbed setting, trees grow having all of the essential elements and nutrients necessary to grow strong and healthy. There is no competition with lawn root systems and where all of the leaves are removed every fall. Leaves are left on the forest floor to decay and provide a thriving environment for earthworms and soil organisms to flourish. The natural ecosystem provides a healthy environment for trees to grow healthy and beautiful. Not quite the same in the average urban and suburban home landscape.
Fertilization is a very important part of tree and shrub plant health care. A good fertilization program provides the right macro and micro nutrients and soil amendments, that aren’t being supplied naturally in the urban and suburban landscapes. It’s like eating your fruit and vegetables along with your meat and potatoes. A good fertilization program will assist the plant and can result in larger beautiful flowers and leaves, better able to withstand heat and water stress, more resistance to disease and insect attacks, produce a stronger plant that can better withstand wind and storm events, and helps the tree recover quicker when there is tree damage.
Tree and shrub fertilization should be applied in the spring or fall seasons during the year.
My name is Jim Dean
I have been a licensed Arborist for over 20 years. I have a passion for Arboriculture and would like to pass along my experiences and knowledge that I've gained over the years to you.