When people call in the spring and say that they have crabgrass growing in their lawns already, you can be skeptical. Crabgrass is rarely seen here in Hamilton, Burlington Oakville Ontario until June. In April, you may find skeletons of old crabgrass plants that have died over the winter. Often the dead grass disintegrates and disappears. Especially in front yards where they get walked on or shoveled with the snow.
Here are some photos of some crabgrass skeletons from a backyard.
There are no easy solutions to a crabgrass problem. But crabgrass is most often found in weak areas of the lawn. So by getting your lawn healthier by seeding or by having a professional lawn care program can go a long way to reducing crabgrass
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How to Determine If You Need a Lawn Care Professional
Author: Grant Eckert
Lawn care is simply mowing the lawn and raking the leaves, right? Who needs help with that? Lawn care is much more than that and even the mowing alone can keep a person busy during a good growing season. So, the real question becomes: "How do I know when I need a lawn care professional?"
The first and easiest indicator is the condition of your lawn. If your lawn is "getting away from you" and you simply can't keep up, a lawn care professional may be able to help. Many people work long hours at their job and by the time they make it home, mowing the lawn is the last thing on their mind. Even with newer riding lawnmowers, a decently sized lawn can still take an hour or more to mow, time that could be spent with the family or doing other odd jobs around the house.
Of course, lawn mowing is not the only concern in the lawn care arena. The overall condition of the grass is important, too. If your grass is spotty or simply not growing in areas, you may need some lawn care help. If you don't know, or care to know, the difference between Kentucky Blue Grass and Annual Ryegrass or the differences in cool season grasses and warm season grasses, you may want to get a professional to come help you select the proper grass for your particular lawn. They will have the experience and knowledge to know what type of grass is best suited for your soil content and shade level.
These professionals can also help you determine your lawn's water needs. They may be able to help you design and set up a watering system that will improve the lawn. A good sprinkler system can help keep a lawn hydrated, even during those sweltering summer months. Of course, it is also important not to drown a lawn. This is where a professional can help you by setting up a good watering schedule.
Although many lawn care professionals do not specialize in landscaping, they may be able to offer valuable insight in the selection and placement or various items on the lawn. They may be able to offer guidance on what particular plants will work well with the current structure of the lawn. They will be able to work with you to enhance the overall look and feel of the lawn by the addition of strategically placed plants and structures. They may even be able to tell you which plants will improve, or hurt, the pH of the soil you are working with, thereby preserving the beauty of the lawn.
Lawn care professionals are also very helpful when dealing with weed infestations. They often know and have available many solutions to counter the weeds. They can often stop the infestation before it gets out of hand. Bringing the lawn back to its original condition will be the goal. Nothing hurts a lawn quicker than an influx of weeds taking over. A good lawn care company can come in and take the lawn back.
Weeds are not the only dangerous infestations that may occur. Animals and insects can destroy a lawn. Knowing how to prevent this from occurring, or stopping it quickly when it does, can save a lot of stress on you and the lawn. Many times these critters go unnoticed until it is too late. Once they get a hold on the lawn, they do not want to let go. It takes some serious interventions to drive them out and reclaim the lawn. That is where the experience of lawn care professionals comes in handy. They usually have the knowledge and equipment necessary to get the job done.
Finally, there is the convenience factor. Sometimes it is nice to just relax, knowing your lawn is being taken care of. If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, or if you have several properties, you don't have to worry about the lawn. A lawn care professional will be there to take care of it and keep it green and lush. You can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful lawn without the labour.
When deciding if a lawn care professional is needed, it is important to look at your lawn. If you have a lush, green lawn that would rival most professional sports arenas, and you enjoy spending hours mowing, then you probably do not need one. If, like most people, you struggle to find the time to keep the grass cut, let alone lush and green, then you might want to consult with a lawn care company. See what they have to offer and decide if it is right for you. A lawn care professional can make the difference between a mediocre lawn and a "Wow the neighborhood" lawn.
Grant Eckert is a freelance writer who writes about topics pertaining to home maintenance such as Lawn Service | Lawn Services
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The Holiday season has quietly slipped out the back door and it's back to the ongoing task of preparing for the next lawn care season. Even though the grass is covered with a white woolly blanket of snow, it's time to prepare for getting ready for next year, (sorry strike that out, it is next year).
Southern Ontario has had a fair sprinkling of fresh snow in the last few days. And although they are predicting a couple of days of extremely cold nights, the forecast is also calling for temperatures to rise to 10 degrees early next week.
The old body is trying to keep healthy in spite of the ups and downs of the thermometer, the wind chill factors and the depth of the snow. And the snow shovel goes up and down or maybe back and forth. The old ticker's heart rate also goes up when the shovelling is tough and slows down when the arms need to rest. All this exertion can lead to seasonal colds and flu's which in turn often turn into coughing and sneezing.
Some of our competitors will be on the phone soon, calling and bothering homeowners about their lawns. Turf King Hamilton does not telemarket the general public. Your privacy and respect are important to us. We want to treat you as we would like to be treated - and we don't like to be called by telemarketers at suppertime.
Last month the CRTC announced that Bell will administer the Do-Not-Call list for Canada . While this list was announced a while ago, the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly but things should be in place by next fall.
In the meantime, if someone does call you, and you want a second opinion on your lawn, please give us a call.
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