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seasonal yard maintenance

spring cleanup

    An initial spring cleanup should be performed every year to remove leftover leaves from the fall or debris from the winter out of the beds and thatch from the year before out of the lawn. “Dethatching” your lawn refers to the mechanical removal of the layer of dead turf grass tissue known as “thatch” from your lawn. Thatch is bad for your grass, as it keeps water and nutrients from seeping down to the grassroots. Preventing thatch buildup is not nearly as big a part of lawn care as mowing is, but its importance to the long-term health of your grass should not be overlooked. The spring cleanup allows the property to begin with a healthy lawn and a maintained appearance that is easier to upkeep throughout the year.

a breakdown of the benifits of core lawn aeration

lawn aeration

    Lawn aeration is the process of removing cores of grass and soil from the lawn with a specialized core aeration machine. The removed cores leave openings that allow air, water, sun, fertilizer and new seed to better reach the soil and nurture your lawn. It also decompresses the soil allowing the current root structure to expand and make the lawn more resistant to traffic as well as weeds and disease. Fertilization and over seeding are services that are commonly completed at the same time as aeration to achieve best results for a lush, green, weed free lawn.

yearly lawn service 

    A yearly lawn service will provide you with a yard you can be proud of while saving you the time and labor of the constant necessary maintenance to maintain that appearance. Weekly lawn service includes mowing grass and line trimming along any beds, lawn edges, trees or any other objects in the yard. All driveways, porches, patios, and sidewalks will have the loose clippings blown off back into the lawn. Weekly lawn maintenance leaves you with a well-manicured appearance to bring the most out of the beauty of your home. Along with weekly mowing, you will also receive once a month in bed weed control. A post-emergent herbicide will be applied through a spray application to all weeds in beds, sidewalk cracks and along garage doors. Twice a year you will also receive pruning to all shrubs and bushes along with any trees under 12' in height. (Larger trees can be trimmed but are not covered by a yearly service) All trimmings will be cleaned and removed from the property at the time of the pruning. Spring and fall cleanups are also included in the yearly lawn service. The structured maintenance of your yard will increase the overall aesthetic appeal of the property an leave your neighbors wowed.

fertilizer program

   Fertilizing is a 4 step process. The first step is a granule phosphorus-free 36-0-4 formula Crabgrass Preventer and Fertilizer that is applied to the lawn during the spring months between April and May, depending on the climate for that spring. This first step helps to prevent crabgrass and other grassy weeds from beginning the germination process while also feeding the lawn to promote grass growth. The second and third steps are a granule phosphorus-free 30-0-3 formula Lawn Fertilizer that is applied to the lawn during the summer months between June and July and again between the months of August and September. These second and third steps deliver a long lasting feeding for the lawn while helping to prevent “burn out” for a stronger, greener lawn during the hot and dry summer season. The fourth step is a granule phosphorus-free 24-0-12 formula Winterizer that is applied to the lawn during the fall months between October and November. This fourth step helps to protect lawns from winter stress and promote a vigorous root development while encouraging earlier spring green up.

broadleaf weed control

   Broadleaf weed control is a granular phosphorus-free 29-0-3 formula that is applied to the lawn during the summer months between May and September. This weed control kills over 175 different species of weeds including dandelions, clover, spurge and other broadleaf weeds. This application will be done 1-2 times a year, depending on the severity of the broadleaf weed control problem that year. Broadleaf weed control is an important part of the process to maintain a clean, green, weed-free lawn.

fall cleanup

    A fall cleanup will start when the leaves begin to fall and continue until the end of the year, on average, 2-4 cleanups per year. Fallen leaves often harbor diseases, if left they can become a breeding ground for insects and fungi. The removal of leaves is vital in the fall as your lawn relies on the sunlight to reach it so that it may store the energy in its roots to help make it through the winter. Fallen leaves will be blown out of any beds and off of driveways, sidewalks or any other hard surfaces. The leaves will be collected and either placed on the terrace for city removal or they will be removed by Ecovalley if city removal is not available. Allowing leaves to remain on the lawn through the winter can result in damages to the lawn so proper leaf removal is important.

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