Have you experienced the wrath of winter and gypsy moths in previous years? If so, Lola’s Landscape is here to help! We have recently purchased a 200 gallon spray machine to combat these pests! We have both pesticide and organic options to fit anyone’s needs. If you are unaware about these moths and what they do to your property, read on!
What Are Winter & Gypsy Moths
Winter and gypsy moths are invasive insects that destroy trees. The came into the United States from Canada and are most commonly observed in the late fall, early winter. However, they start their life cycle in the Spring as a caterpillar. March and April is when these eggs begin to hatch, with each female being able to lay upwards of 150 eggs. The caterpillars work their way into the tree buds and leaves to feed. Massachusetts is a prime breeding ground for these creatures.
Book Your Spraying in Norfolk County Today
Late March all the way up through May is a good time to spray for Winter and Gypsy moths. The pricing of this service depends on the size of your property. If you are looking for a quote, contact us online today!
Today is one of those typical February days that we get here in Massachusetts. The weather all of a sudden turns warm, snow and ice start to melt, and everyone is yearning for Spring. While the weather is a welcome occurrence, its important not to get to far ahead of ourselves. Any New Englander can recall on a mild February that ended up with harsh snow storm filled March. However, you can use this time to think about your garden! If you are planning to maintain a garden, you can actually use late February, and early March to plant the following vegetables:
Broccoli: Broccoli can be planted in Massachusetts in late February and early March. This window closes in March, as April will be too late to plant broccoli for a successful harvest.
Cabbage: Cabbage, specifically summer Cabbage (the green kind) can also be planted in late February or Early March. This is a great addition to any garden, as its a delicious base layer to summer salads!
Cauliflower: A third veggie that can now start planting for a successful harvest is Cauliflower. Cauliflower is part of the broccoli family of vegetables, so it makes sense you can plant it now for a good harvest.
Onions: One of the most versatile vegetables for cooking is also very versatile when it comes to times you can plant it. A 3- month stretch from January to March is the perfect time for planting onions in Massachusetts.
Are you looking to have an area added to your yard where you can plant your own vegetables for your home garden? Lola’s Landscaping provides custom landscaping solutions. We can work with you to develop a home garden of your dreams.
Contact us today to get your project started!
The most common thought when you hear “winter in New England”, is usually snowstorms, cold weather, ice, and bad commutes. However, at Lola’s Landscape, we know that a winter can still provide opportunities to take care of your lawn to help get your ready for a green Spring. In the random days in December, January, February, where the weather gets warmer and 30 degrees starts to feel like 60, take advantage of the break and do a few of these winter landscaping maintenance tips!
Clean Up Debris- During warming period in the winter is a perfect time to get a head start on your Spring cleaning of your yard. Many twigs and limbs will inevitably break and clutter your lawn during the Winter. Take care of it now and you will have a head start on the spring cleaning!
Trim Low Hanging Limbs & Bushes- This tip goes hand and hand with the prior one. During the winter the snow and ice will cause damage to your bushes and trees that line your property. Take some time during warmer days to find these sagging or snapped limps and take them down now.
Get Your Equipment Ready- This one kills two birds with one stone. Getting a little stir crazy during the winter? Experiencing cabin fever? Go out to your garage or shed and perform some T.L.C to your landscaping equipment. It will give you something to do during the winter and have you ready to hit the ground running in the Spring. While everyone else in the neighborhood is repairing their equipment, you’ll have a head stop to the best looking lawn in the neighborhood.
Another thing you can do this winter is to browse our landscaping packages for the Spring and Summer!
This morning brought another few inches of snow in some Massachusetts Counties. Lola’s Landscape is available to provide snow removal services to residents of Norfolk County. This service is for both commercial and residential accounts. Additionally, we provide salting & services for those accounts that require it. We often get asked what the difference between salting and sanding. Hopefully this blog post clears up some confusion!
Salt, or “rock salt” is made up of sodium chloride, or table salt. It usually comes in the shape of large chucky crystals. Salt lowers the freezing point of water, so salt is spread on roads, walkways, and driveways to prevent them from getting icy or to melt ice that has already formed.
It works in temps above 12 degrees, but can be harsh on grass and shrubs. An experienced snow removal contractor will be careful where they are applying salt.
As we mentioned above, salt melt ice, sanding surfaced does not. Sand is laid down on commercial parking lots, driveways, & walkways to provide traction for vehicles and pedestrians themselves.
Contact Lola’s Landscape
Lola’s Landscape provides snow removal services in Norfolk County. These services include snow removal, snow blowing, as well as salting & sanding. To receive a quote on snow removal, or any of our winter services, contact us here, or call us at 774-248-4584
At Lola’s Landscaping in Norfolk County we are continuing to see clients inquire about snow removal services. With last week’s blizzard dropping over a 18 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts, snow removal companies are in high demand. If you you are in the market for a snow removal team still for the winter, consider these questions before you sign a contract.
How Long Have You Been in Business?- Now days its very easy to claim you run a “snow removal business”. Strap on a plow to your truck and send our some flyers and boom, you can appear to be legitimate. When it comes to snow removal though, you want a trusted company with years of business under their belt.
Pre-plow Plan– Pardon the alliteration on this one folks. When you are about to sign a snow removal contract, you should ask them what they do before the first snowfall. They should access your property for any potential problems and create a plan on how to deal with them. Discuss the plan with homeowners or business owners about what to do with cars that will be there as well.
Documentation- What type of documentation do they provide? If you are billed by the amount of snowfall are they tracking this? Do the document the hours they were at your location for? Hopefully you never have a billing dispute, but you’ll want to make sure you have documentation from your plow company.
Do They Have Insurance Coverage- This one is self explanatory. Snow plows will be working around your home, cars, and other property. Verify the insurance they carry.
If you are still looking for a plow company this winter, contact Lola’s Landscape today!
At Lola’s Landscaping, we are expert snowplowers. We provide snowplowing for both commercial and residential properties and our drivers are fully insured and know the best practices and tips for safe and practical snowplowing techniques. If you are starting out snowplowing yourself, take some of these tips from the expert snowplowers in Norfolk County.
When Transporting a Snowplow: You should angle the blade to the right, doing this will reduce the chance of catching a curb or snowbank and risking pulling your truck into it.
Do Not Go Faster Than 40 MPH When Transporting A Plow
Do Not Go Faster Than 14 MPH When Plowing
If Its Yours First Time Plowing An Area: Talk with the property owner about any objects of landscaping materials that could be hidden by snow. This will prevent damage to your plow and the homeowners property.
When Plowing on Dirt & Gravel: Lower the plow shoes. This will prevent scraping away the ground surface.
Be Weary of your Transmission Temperature: A common transmission issue is caused by the overheating of your transmission due to plowing. You might want to invest in a transmission temperature reader.
These are just a few basic tips when it comes to the art of snowplowing. If you are looking for snowplowing in Norfolk County this winter, contact us at Lola’s Landscaping.
Although October, November, & the beginning of December have been very busy at Lola’s Landscaping, we still have firewood available! Orders have been coming in fast for homeowners in Norfolk Country, so we encourage you to get your order in as soon as possible for the Winter if you intend to order from Lola’s.
We offer “seasoned firewood” which means the wood has been dried to a moisture content of less than 20%. This ensures a solid and thorough burn from your wood.
For those who live in Norfolk County the following represents the cost we offer for delivery of your fire wood:
Seasoned Firewood Prices
- 1/2 Cord delivered $200
- 1 Cord Delivered $325
- 2 Cord Delivered $625
- 3 Cord Deliverd $900
- Free Delivery to Franklin, Medway, Bellingham, Wrentham, and Norfolk
- $25 Delivery Charge to Blackstone, Mendon, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, and Foxborough
To order your delivery of firewood, contact us here.
Former Poet Laureate, Donald Hall once said “November in New England is for putting Fall to sleep”. We agree with this statement. November is also a time that we have seen the first snowfall of the year. That means by now you have probably gotten your winter clothes out and have started preparing for snow. One thing that is often overlooked to prepare for winter, is very important, and that is your snowblower. Make sure to follow these steps this winter to ensure you wont be stuck shoveling with the heavy stuff starts to fall in December and beyond:
Gas Lawnmowers- If you have a gas powered lawnmower, hopefully you removed the fuel when you put it away for good last Spring. If not, use a siphon or turkey baster to remove old fuel. Fill the tank with gas and top it off with a fuel stabilizer that can be found at your local hardware store.
Check Your Tires- Nothing is worse than getting ready to use your snowblower, only to realize you have flat tires. Make sure your snowblower’s tires are properly inflated to the manufactures recommenced PSI.
Mechanical Aspects- Make sure your spark plug is working properly. It is cheap to replace a sparkplug, and you’ll be sorry if you didn’t take the time to do it prior to the first snow fall. Also, take a look at the various belts on your snowblower just like you would your car. If you see any that are frayed, you’ll want to replace those, as they could break with the first heavy snow.
If you have gotten rid of your snowblower all together recently, or have just decided, “the heck with it”, when it comes to snow removal, get in touch with Lola’s Landscape. We offer both commercial and residential snow removal programs!
The first frost of late Fall is approaching! Maybe you made some big investments into your lawn and property this summer. If so, great! Improving your property is great for the value of your home and adds an enjoyable aspect to living in your home. But just because summer is over and jack frost is on his way, doesn’t mean you cant continue to make improvements to your lawn. Check out some of these fall landscaping tips for details!
Wrap Your Delicate Shrubs
Ice, snow, and wind. These are all elements of a New England winter that as residents we can deal with. But for your delicate shrubs, these can be deadly. You’ll want to protect your shrubs by wrapping them in the winter. You can also hide small plants under plastic buckets to help them make it to spring. Burlap is the material you’ll want to use for your shrubs.
Fall Plant & Tree Sales
If you have recently gotten into landscaping or gardening you may not know about this tip. Almost every home and garden center has big fall sales. This is a great time to take advantage of cost savings and beautify your property at the same time. You can still plant trees and shrubs from fall until the ground freezes! Act now before its too late.
When most people think of mulching, they think of Spring. But a little known fact that is that Fall mulching can be better for plants than spring mulching. It helps protect the roots from frost so that they can retain moisture during a cold winter.
Keep Mowing Your Lawn
You should keep mowing you lawn until it stops growing. Yes, this means withstanding some colder temperatures to ensure your lawn is as healthy as possible. If you have longer grass during snowfall, the grass will get packed down and you can end up with snow mold.
Winters coming! You know it, I know it, we all know it. The mornings are starting to get colder, frost can be seen starting to accumulate in the morning. Leaves are beginning to fall and jack frost will be making an appearance in the coming weeks. At Lola’s Landscaping, lawns are part of our passion. Make sure you take these steps to give your lawn the best opportunity to flourish in the Spring.
Wind and rain will cause havoc on your property. They will knock down leaves, tree limbs, branches and more. If this material is left on your lawn to rot over the winter, come spring instead of a nice green lawn, you could have brown spots. Clearing debris gives your lawn a fresh slate to grow again.
Aerate Your Lawn:
This can be done by yourself or you can hire a professional landscaper to do it. Aerating your lawn improves drainage and will get your lawn ready for the next step.
Top Dress Your Lawn:
In areas where grass is sparse, prepare for speeding by spreading a a half inch layer of aged compost. Next spread fertilizer using a rotary spreader.
Lastly, you’ll want to consider overseeing your lawn in the Fall to prepare for Winter and Spring. Other steps to make sure you do is to keep on mowing your lawn and clear out all weeds before Winter.
By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to having the best-looking lawn in the Spring Time. If you’d like the professionals at Lola’s Landscape to handle this for you, use our contact form to get in touch with us!