During the summer and spring, many people can be seen spending a lot of time outside, trying to make their homes look as beautiful as they can. They spend hours planting flowers, pulling weeds and landscaping their front yards. And there is a chance that you do all of this as well.
But, did you know that there are some common mistakes that people make, and that these mistakes could result in attracting a couple of unwanted pests to your home?
However, there is no reason to worry because all that you need are some small, simple changes in order to ensure that rodents and insects are kept away from your home at all times.
Use Some Mulch
Almost any (if note every) nursery or store that sells products for home improvement has a lot of mulch bags available for you to buy, and they are usually available in assorted colors. Wood chips is usually used for making this mulch. If you want to add some curb appeal to your home, then using some mulch is the way to go, and its price is relatively low as well.
Unfortunately, wood mulch is an attraction for many different pests, including termites and carpenter ants. Termites and carpenter ants are known for causing a lot of damage, which can sometimes be measured in thousands of dollars, so you definitely want to keep them away. In order to decrease the chance of pests, instead of using wood mulch, you can use rubber mulch. Not only does the rubber mulch match its wooden counterpart in weed control and appearance, but it also significantly decreases the chance of insects.
Proximity of the Plants
If you take a close look at any shrub or brush in your garden, it is very likely that are going to see a few bugs scurrying along the branches or hiding between the leaves. These insects see plants as shelters and good food sources. Remember not to plant them too close to your home, because if you do, you may find some unwanted insects climbing their way through the windows.
Carefully Choose What to Plant
When choosing what to plant, a lot of people simply pick something that they like based off of appearance alone. But, it is important to remember that there are some herbs and ornamental flowers that can repel insects.
Geraniums are brightly colored flowers that do their part in repelling leafhoppers, mosquitoes and Japanese beetles. They last from spring to early fall, and they come in different colors.
Marigolds are good for repelling aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. They are not hard to grow and they can also be used for keeping the worms away from the tomato plants when planted near them.
Rosemary can be used to repel many different kinds of insects that can cause harm to your garden. It can be planted in the ground or in containers and it can be used for seasoning meat and vegetables. Rosemary can also be burned in order to keep mosquitoes away.
Even though these tips can help decrease the pest activity inside and outside of your home, it is likely that the problem will not be entirely solved. And that is where the professionals come in. Hiring a professional is always a good idea.
Here at Safari Lawn Care we can help design a great looking and highly functional landscape. Our lawn and tree fertilization and weed control will ensure you get the best looking vegetation possible. While our pest control treatment will keep your lawn and trees bug and insect free.
Growing and keeping a lush, dark green lawn in Boise is something of an art. Homeowners take this seriously and I have a lot of great information on it to share. It is not just when the sun is shining that you need to pay extra attention to keeping your lawn in top shape, it is a year round commitment.
Your green lawn journey starts with your soil and the type of seed you choose for the area that you live in, and then moves on to fertilizers and other maintenance such as weed prevention and when you water it during the day and for how long. If you want that bare foot comfortable feeling in your lawn, then these steps are the best for you to follow.
It starts with the choice of the right type of grass. Not all of them are the same shade of green and not all dark green grasses grow in all climates. Good examples of a vibrant green grass is Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.
Lawn Maintenance always starts at the very beginning. Choosing the right seed is key to a healthy lawn.
Types of Grass seeds
Location is important in choosing the type of grass you want for your lawnThe US is divided into three general zones. In the upper half of the US, cool-season grasses will thrive. “Cool Season” means that temperatures drop below freezing in the winter. Hee in Boise we fall into this region and these grass varieties tend to do very well, Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Fine Fescue.
The states from southern California all the way to the Carolina’s are transitional grass states. These states need a mix of cool and warm season grasses, but cool season grasses thrive more in this zone.
The southern part of the US is a warm season grass zone. Warm season grasses need hot summers and mild winters to survive. These include the varieties Bahia, Common Bermuda, Hybrid Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia.
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Here are some simple steps homeowners everywhere can take to make their lawn barefoot friendly. Like all living things that spring from dirt, grass needs to breath. To help with this, don’t let debris like old leaves, sticks, and other buildup cover the grass. Only help air down into the soil when it is damp.
Feed Your Lawn
Also like other living things, grass needs food. Grass responds well to fertilizer during the growing season of early spring, of course this is not a uniform time frame, be sure to know the growing season of the area you live! If your grass starts turning a lighter color, add nitrogen to restore the vibrant green.
Mowing your Lawn
When hair gets split ends, it is unhealthy, the same is true for grass, and similar to cutting split ends, you only want to cut 1/3 of the blade of grass or less. Lawn scalping is the term for cutting grass too short. If your grass is too short it is much more likely to show areas of disease and weeds. The sparse and weak short grass allows much more dirt to be exposed. That provides fertile ground for weed seed. More sunlight on the exposed dirt will encourage weeds to grow faster.
There are some preventative measures you can take to keep weeds from growing aside from avoiding lawn scalping. This can be accomplished by using a pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass and weeds by preventing their seeds from sprouting in the lawn. The best time to use one of these products is in the early spring. For safety, it is important to follow package directions for whatever brand you decide on.
Maintain Lawn Equipment
Like dull scissors would mangle hair, a dull blade on your mower would also damage the grass so it is important to make sure your lawn mower blade stays sharp for even cuts. Brown areas will result from a lawn cut with a dull blade. The size of your lawn and how often you mow will determine how much blade sharpening needs to happen. The general rule is that the blade will need to be replaced once per mowing season. A good way to determine this is to take a look at your grass after mowing, if it is shredded or frayed, the blade needs help.
Watering your grass
Watering your lawn right is very important. Instead of frequent watering, water a long time, once a day. This is best accomplished in the morning. The cooler morning air and less intense sunlight, allow the maximum amount of water to reach the roots of the grass and the soil to stay damp for more time.
These are just some quick tips on how you can easily maintain a great lawn.
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When it's emerald green and healthy, your lawn is that element of your homes landscape that usually makes the first impression on visitors. Its charm and beauty is what marks out your home as a huge center of attraction. But when invaded by pest, there is no doubt that it will look quite the opposite.
But the hard part usually has to do with how to combat these pests in a classic rivalry and come out the hero without paying through your nose for it.
Obviously, the only way this can happen is if you know the what pests your up against.
The best time to treat your lawn
To get the best results, it is often recommended to treat your lawn between May until September.
Below are some of the most common lawn pests and how to prevent and treat them.
One reason you should avoid fire ants by all means, is because they are colonial. You don’t want to experience the excruciating pain from their sting. They can turn your lawn into theirs if you give them any chance. Even worse, your lawn will become a danger zone for both people and pets.
You will need a special chemical to get rid of them. In certain cases, you may need to hire a company to completely get rid of them
Just as mosquitoes can attack your health, they can also make your lawn a scary area when you leave them hanging around. Get rid of stagnant water around your lawn as they easily breed in such places.
If they refuse to go, then you should consider hiring a lawn care company to keep them in check.
Grubs are very dangerous pest to lawns. They are larvae of Chafer or Japanese beetle that target and feed on the turf grass roots, usually during spring, summer and early fall.
Even worse, grubs are food for birds and badgers, and as such these creatures can mess up your lawn just to feed on them. This is why you must prevent them at all cost, and act very fast the first instance you notice them.
Whenever you notice some brown patches or wilted grass blades, then it is possible your lawn is under attack by grubs. The easiest way to control them is with nematode treatment.
If you notice your lawn is having a lot of damaged thin grass, especially during spring, then it is possible that leatherjackets are at work. Yellow colored patches might also be an indicator.
Leatherjacket is a bug or more specifically, crane larvae, which eat up the turf roots and stems. Like Grubs, they can be controlled by applying biological nematodes.
You can also apply predator control by allowing birds to feed on them. However, this method puts your lawn at risk, as the birds will probably do a lot of tearing, scratching and digging just to get the bugs.
Chinch bugs are tiny dangerous insects that shouldn't be allowed to wander on your lawn. While feeding on grass blades, they secrete a substance that causes the grass to stop absorbing water. They are most likely to be found at the grass stems.
The common sign that your lawn is being attacked by chinch bugs is when you notice slight traces of purple coloring on the patches of the turf. Eventually these patches become limp and flaccid, with more color changes to yellow and then to brown.
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Lawn care companies are everywhere. They are as many as the bugs in a garden. They come in various forms from those operating with old trucks and trailers, as well as unreliable and outdated equipment, to those with shiny new trucks and equipment as well smart looking workers.
Surprisingly, some of these odd looking companies with old trucks and equipment often provide a great service, while some of the sophisticated guys hardly get the job done.
So, how do you really know which Boise lawn care company is best for you?
Although it's not usually easy considering the huge number of options out there, but the search will become much easier once you know what to look out for.
So, whether it's your first time hiring a lawn company or you are just looking for another service to replace your current provider, below are the four basic things to look out for in order to find the right company.
Focus on Lawn Care quality not price.
Some people often miss out because they always want to do it cheap. They become so focused on getting the cheapest service that they lose sight of what they are actually paying for. So when you are evaluating a potential lawn service company, make sure they can actually do the job, even if it will cost you a couple more bucks.
Of course, this doesn't not mean you should throw your money to any expensive lawn company you come across. High prices do not always mean high quality service. Once a company has a good proven track record, then you can be sure they are worth your money, whether cheap or expensive.
One easy way to know about a company’s reputation is by reading reviews and complaints about the company online
Work with the same Lawn Care technician.
In order to ensure there are no lapses and that your lawn is adequately cared for, it is preferable to have the same technician visiting all the time. This will also allow you to build a strong relationship with the person. However, changes do occur. In such cases, you will be notified by the lawn company.
So make sure the company you are hiring can provide the same technician for your lawn the majority of the time. And if you're not satisfied, you can always request a new technician.
Make sure the Lawn Service is guaranteed.
A guarantee is one way to know to know you can always rely on your lawn company no matter what changes your lawn undergoes. So, make sure you choose a company that offers a guarantee on the lawn services provided.
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The heat of summer can mean death for your lawn or it could be the best time to enjoy its greenness depending on how you look after it.
In the Boise area, regular watering is needed to keep the lawn healthy and green. As a result, most homeowners go as far as watering their lawns under the intense heat of the sun during mid-day; a routine they believe will preserve their precious lawns from the scorching summer sun and keep away the brown patches from showing up. Unknown to them, they are damaging their lawns even though it appears they are doing the right thing.
Although, the sun is hot and you need to water to moderate the temperature of your lawn, even the heat is also needed for it to survive. Therefore, you have to know when to do the watering and how to go about it. So, here are 5 tips to help you keep a green lush lawn throughout this summer.
Know how deep to go
Try to keep the moisture depth at approximately 3-4 inches from the soil surface. Any less than this will stress endanger the lawn, as the grass will struggle to get water, while any more of this will lead to logging and waste of water.
A good way you can find out the depth of water in the soil is by digging a narrow hole or inserting a screw driver or any thin metal rod and feeling for moisture. Do this at different parts of the lawn. It is expected that the shaded areas will have more moisture since they don't get much heat.
Know when to water
At the beginning, we mentioned how many homeowners water their lawns in the mid-day. However, doing this is a waste of time, as the water will quickly evaporate even before it gets absorbed by the soil. Night time is also not the best because, photosynthesis occurs when there is enough light.
As a result, the best time to water your lawn is in the morning. Because the plant will be able to effectively make use of the water it is getting.
Train your lawn
You don't need to be "too hard-working" in order to maintain a healthy lawn. In fact, frequent watering will only soak the root which can prevent it from growing deep. Such a lawn will not have strong grasses and as such can be easily preyed and uprooted.
Instead of watering day and night, it is advisable to train your lawn by giving it three to four times weekly, preferably in the morning. Over time, this will help build a healthy green lawn with a deep root system. Also, make sure the lawn is well fed with the proper nutrients through a fertilization schedule.
Avoid run off
When watering your lawn, always give time for the soil to absorb the water. If any area starts to run off and you feel the area hasn't taken enough yet, just turn off the sprinkler. Give some time for water to soak in well, say 15 minutes, and then water again. Ensure every part of the lawn gets their own share of water; do not focus on just one area. Also, try to keep the sprinkler away from the path to avoid wastage.
Keep the area aerated
Just like any living organism, lawns also need air (oxygen) to survive. So, as you go about watering your lawn all summer, also make sure to keep it aerated. You can rent a machine for this or hire a local lawn service which should be able to help you out.
Get rid of the weeds early whenever you notice them, you can just pull them out. Although, you can always use a weed killer, controlling them at the early stages is healthier for your lawn.
Finally, you now know how to water your lawn the right way. It’s not rocket science; no special training; no need to hire someone to do it for you- the simple tips above should help you do a good job.
If your family is like mine, you're very familiar with spring and fall cleaning. It's the time when you take care of all the nitty gritty stuff that builds up over the months, like emptying the bug cemetery accumulating in the light fixtures and evicting the dust bunnies under beds and in corners. Yard care is another place where a little extra TLC from season to season will really go a long way to help your lawn or garden stay in prime shape for the coming months. Here are a few tips to get you in your green thumb groove.
Spring Yard Clean-Ups
Spring is the time of year when life begins to awaken from a long hibernation. This season starts in March most years but depending on weather, you may have to wait a bit longer. Take this time to clear your yard of debris that have gathered over the winter such as dead leaves, fallen twigs and branches and expired annuals or perennials to make way for new growth. If you wish, you can start a compost with the leaves, cuttings and expired foliage.
As you begin to unwrap the burlap from your plants check their condition as well as that of the lawn. You may notice a few patches of grass have gone to the brown side; this may be for a few reasons, all of them very common due to the unpredictability of the weather. For instance, dormant seeding in the fall followed by an early winter snow could lead to what's known as snow mold. Be sure to till and aerate your lawn very well, as well as using a fertilizer rich in phosphorus to facilitate new seed growth.
This is also a great time to re-assess the layout of your yard. Are you happy with the placement and proportion of the borders and flowerbeds or is it time to change up the landscape
Fall Yard Clean-Ups
Leaves transforming into bursts of crimson red, lemony yellow and saffron orange remind us that the season of unending raking is upon us.
As you are preparing your home for the cold to come, begin by clearing out gutters with a hose or other specialty tool. Clear your lawn of clutter, adding leaves, perennial vegetation and twigs to compost as before. As you rake don’t worry about collecting every last leaf; a little ground cover can act as insulation in the winter. Rim your trees and plants with another layer of phosphorus-rich fertilizer and trim the grass as low as possible.
After trimming, empty the gas tank on your lawnmower. This is also a good time to do a little tune-up on it as well as your snow blower. Drain and store hoses and while you're at it, be sure to drain irrigation pipes and fixtures to prevent freezing. Put tools and appliances you'll need in the winter in an easy-to-find place. Check to make sure your shovels are sturdy and ready for the long winter to come.
The last step is to fix yourself a steaming cup of apple cider and relax on the porch as you admire your efforts!
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There’s no denying that a beautiful green lawn offers more than just a pleasing landscape to gaze your eyes on; it also gives you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. But, what if your lawn is less than lush? Maybe you've experienced a bout of fungus or mold; maybe droughts are slowly turning your grass brown and dry, or maybe you have patches where there is no grass at all! The good news is that with a little focus, time and effort, you can tackle just about any yard lamentation or even start from scratch. Here are a few tips for helping you get back in the green.
The first step is to assess when to do what. With one day’s effort followed by care and maintenance, you can easily get your lawn back on-schedule for unending green goodness. However, it’s important to pick the right day! For instance, fall is a great time for aerating and dressing your lawn for the growth to come, while spring is all about de-thatching and renewing. It's important to know when to do what so that you don't end up creating more work for yourself in the long run. If you’re prepping your lawn for winter, a core aerator is great. It allows oxygen, nutrients and seed to reach all the way down to the soil. Remember to store clippings, twigs (under ½ inch) and other vegetation in compost, turning once every two weeks.
After a good coring, or thatching if you're looking at springtime planning, it's always a good idea to get a soil test. Soil tests can determine which minerals are already present (or sorely lacking) in your area. This is the best way to determine which fertilizer to employ. Generally speaking, you want to add fertilizer with high phosphorus content which is may be mixed in along with nitrogen, calcium and/or potassium. These macronutrients will really give your seeds the boost they need to grow. When you're ready, load fertilizer into a spreader, checking to make sure the dispersion setting is correct for the task and simply distribute evenly on your lawn. For something different, try bone meal!
Once you do begin to experience new growth in your lawn, you'll want to be sure you’re ready to keep weeds at-bay. Crabgrass is a common foe of the field, and there are many seed blends that have a little crabgrass deterrent already added in. For spot treatment, grab a spade and manually remove the weed, making sure to dislodge the whole root and throwing it into a bag to prevent re-growth. These definitely don't belong in the compost! You can also use weed killer which is available at most grocery and home stores.
Now that we've got the foundation for a great yard established, the hard work is over. At this point all you have to do is maintain as needed and water weekly, avoiding the hottest part of the day. As the sun cools but before it’s about to set, apply water evenly using whatever hose or irrigation rig works best for your yard. For best results you should aim for an inch of water every week, breaking up watering sessions over the course of the week. Keep it up and you should have the lawn you've always dreamed of in no time!
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Save yourself the hassle and ensure a healthy vibrant lawn and landscape.
Lawns and plants not only look good, they are one of our important arms against increasing pollution. Plants also help in improving the overall health of human beings. Planting new shrubs and trees is not a difficult task. Some of the main things that are important in taking care of plants include:
Once plants and shrubs are planted, the next step is to look after and take good care of them. Following are the steps of plants’ aftercare:
Too much water can also cause rotting of roots, and it can create same condition for plants as drought can.
To overcome these problems, you can use any of the watering aids, such as irrigation tubes and watering bags.
Pruning of Trees and Shrubs
Pruning of trees and shrubs is an easy job which only takes a few minutes, but have is extremely important for plants. Unfortunately, this easy task is mostly neglected by most of the people. Many people think that pruning is a black art, difficult to do, and does not reward as much as it should. But the truth is, by performing pruning, you can get healthier plants and more flowers.
Following are some simple and easy to do plant pruning techniques. Once you master them, you can treat your plants well.
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