Importance of Dethatching

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Spring is almost over, time to schedule a time for our fall lawn care services before the slots fill up! One of the most important lawn care services that we provide is dethatching and your lawn will appreciate it!

Dethatching

What is dethatching? Dethatching is the process of removing dead grass, leaves and other debris from your lawn; we usually combine this service with our fall cleanup services.

This pile of dead material can really do some damage to the roots and soil of your grass; it blocks out the sun and rainwater, making your soil weak and vulnerable. When your soil is weak, it is susceptible to insects and diseases, which can cause some serious damage to your grass and soil.

When we remove the dead debris from your lawn, your soil can absorb all the rainwater and sunlight it needs to survive!

Why Lola’s Landscaping?

We offer our dethatching services in both the fall and spring; during the spring we have an intense seven-step program to help your lawn rejuvenate after a long winter. In the fall it is important to get rid of those wet leaves, sticks and dead grass from your soil!

For more information or to schedule a time to schedule our lawn care services, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-7584.

Pest Proofing Your Home This Spring

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Every year, people struggle to keep invaders out of their homes. We’re talking about unwanted pests that infest households everywhere. Before calling in an exterminator, do some quick and easy prevention methods without spending some big bucks on some exterminator.

Roof

Checking the roof of your home may consume a huge amount of your time but take the time to carefully check every inch of it. Quickly address any potential entrances for pests such as loose shingles or some parts of your roof may be pulling away from the mainframe. In addition to this, examine all vents and the entire roof for gaps that could be easy access to pests.

Attic

Attics are usually the favorite place for mice, squirrels, or raccoons to invade. If you do find them in there, make sure you set up a trap then seal off the entrances.

Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most used areas in your household. Make sure you regularly wash everything such as the bedding, curtains, and mattress covers. Be on the lookout for bugs on your mattress, headboard, or bedframe when replacing your sheets.

Porch

Pests can thrive from dead or damaged leaves stuck in your porch. If you have pots, check them and make sure you water them to flush out the insects out before bringing them inside. Also, make sure to scrub the entire pot before bringing it inside as spiders sometimes lay eggs on the bottom of pots. Best way to make sure your porch or lawn is clean is by hiring professionals!

Windows

Windows can also be easy access for pests to get inside your home. Make sure that you check all the screens for damages and immediately fix any openings to keep out all the pests such as mosquitos, stinkbugs, etc.

Walls

It is important to check the walls of your home as it may not only be access to pests but also a sign of a much larger problem, such as a damaged foundation. If you see any damages or any visible mud tunnels, have a professional fix it immediately.

Floors

Make it a point to check your floor every time you clean and vacuum your home. Vacuum every floor surface and inspect the underside of furniture for pests that can easily make their way to and from your carpet.

How to Prevent Tick Bites from Happening

 

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The great outdoors is a beautiful place, but it also has a lot of ugly pests, insects and other organisms that can make your outdoor experience miserable. Ticks are one example of the sort of outdoor menace that can do a whole lot of damage given the opportunity to bite you. These small bloodsucking parasitic arthropods can cause vector-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, tularemia, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis. If you live in a region where ticks are a problem, here are some ways to prevent bites from happening.

What to Do Before Heading Outdoors

  • Be aware of where ticks abound. Some of the places where ticks live include areas where there’s grass, bush and wood. They can even be found on animals as well. If you are doing outdoor activities like gardening or picnicking, you are possibly putting yourself in a position to come in contact with ticks.
  • If it is tick season, before heading out, treat your clothes, footwear and camping gear with permethrin-containing products. A product with at least 0.5 permethrin is ideal and can offer protection even after a few wash cycles.
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents that contain ingredients like DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone could come in handy to keep ticks at bay.

What to Do When Outdoors

  • Limit skin exposure when outdoors by inserting your pant hems into your socks.
  • When trekking or hiking, remain on well-worn paths away from tall grass, leaf litter, and bushy areas, and walk in the center of paths.

What to Do When it’s Time to Get Indoors

  • Perform a tick check of your clothing since they can be transferred into the house on your clothes. Remove any tick found and then toss the clothes in your dryer and set it on high heat to tumble for a period of 10 minutes to kill any remaining ticks.
  • Wash dirty clothes in hot water, which will kill the ticks.
  • Don’t forget the check your gear as well, along with your pets since ticks can attach themselves to them.
  • It’s best to do a full-body tick check and shower in the first two hours of getting indoors, in order to prevent being bit, which could increase your risk of developing a tick-borne disease.

A tick bite is not something that you want to happen to you step outside. However, it can happen when doing some kind of outdoor activity in areas where there are tall grass and bush. Preventing tick bites requires you to be self-aware and vigilant. The last thing you want is to develop a tick-borne disease.

If you are looking for a company in Franklin, MA, that offers pest control solutions and lawn care, contact Lola’s Landscape now or head on over to our website to view all our services.

Pests You Should Worry About This Season

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Spring season welcomes everyone, unfortunately, this includes pests. Warmer days call everyone to go out but as we do so, we must keep our homes protected from pest invasions. Read more below on what kind of pests you should worry about this season.

  1. Mosquitoes

Gone are the days of snow and cold air, but with the warmer weather with us, mosquitos also celebrate. Spring marks the start of mosquito season so you better make sure that you are protected! Buy mosquito repellants, whether natural or chemicals or creams for your body.

  1. Termites

Arguably, one of the most destructive kinds of pests out there, termites can do a lot of damage in a home’s infrastructure if left unprotected. As they are usually hidden in the ground, wooden furniture, or stacks of old paper, it is best to err on the side of caution and put preventative pest solutions in your home.

  1. Ticks

Warmer weather is an invitation to pests, especially ticks, to come out in the open. You may be inclined to go on an adventure out in the woods because of the perfect weather but be sure to check yourself before going home as ticks might be on your clothing or belongings.

As we get deeper into Spring season, make sure that your home is protected to any kind of pest invasion. Lola’s Landscaping offers lawn care solutions including pest control in and out of your house. Let us help you get your home protected this season, call us now or head on over to our website to learn more!

Pest Control Myths and Facts

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If you’re someone dealing with unwanted visitors in your home (predictably the kind with antennas, fur, and/or many legs) you might be tempted to do some quick searching on the matter.

You hear it often: don’t believe everything you read on the internet and, its good advice. With so much false information floating around, it’s easy to be misled into believing some of the following pest control myths.

Soap is An Effective Mouse Repellent

First, let’s get something clear-mice are highly intelligent rodents. Some people even believe they could have the same thinking capacities as dogs! If you see a mouse in your home, it’s time to call in a professional; mice do not live alone.

Many people believe that strong smelling soap is a natural deterrent for mice. Could this technique really work on an intelligent and crafty animal like this?

Turns out you won’t have to spare that last bar of Irish Spring after all as this is just another one of those internet urban legends.

The most effective way to keep mice away is to make sure they have no access to your food. It’s also important to block and seal points of entry-this includes any spaces around the wall panels and cracks in the walls or flooring.

The Exterminator Will Only Spray Harsh Chemicals

For people with children and animals in the home, it’s more than reasonable to be wary of chemicals. Exterminators understand and share these concerns-it’s why they do their best to get the job done with the least amount of toxic substances.

There are many options exterminators can choose from to stop pests from coming into your home. To ensure safety and health concerns, they will choose the best option based on your unique situation. This may include setting traps, blocking pest entryways, or targeting very specific areas for treatment.

You Can Get Rid of Pests Yourself

Everyone has that one person in their family-the one that insists on doing everything themselves in order to save money (and to score some bragging rights). However, pest control is an important area of work to leave to the professionals. Missing an important step or piece to the puzzle could mean serious damage to your house or health.

Pest control experts have important knowledge on the animals and insects invading your home. Not only can they spot the differences in types of animals and insects, but they know their behaviors and habitats.

Hopefully, these busted myths will help you in dealing with any pest control issues you may have. The most valuable advice is to always refer to a pest control specialist. If you have further questions or uncertainties: give your local pest control business a call.

Help Wanted!

Spring has arrived and we need all the help we could get! Lola’s Landscaping is looking to expand its team by adding full-time general landscape laborers. If you are interested in applying, please contact us through our email or through our phone!

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We are excited to meet you and have you join us in our awesome team!

Debunking Common Landscaping Myths

 

It is no secret that maintaining a lawn isn’t that easy. Most people, especially if you don’t have a green thumb, would just rather stray away from maintaining their lawn before they ruin it. But maybe you’re just following some wrong information and misconceptions about landscaping, leading to you being unsuccessful in maintaining your lawn. Read more about the common myths and misconceptions associated with landscaping below.

  1. Spring is the best time to plant

People have this misconception that spring time is the best time to plant seeds. It may not be wrong, but this is not entirely true. Not all plants should be planted during this season as they can adapt more to the weather and temperature during the fall season.

  1. Water new plants every day

We all need water to survive but another misconception that we want to straighten is about new plants. New plants don’t necessarily need more amounts of water than the not-so-new ones. Overwatering plants would actually bring more damage than help to these new plants.

  1. Remove clippings

A common misconception is that grass clippings should be removed after mowing your lawn. These clippings are mostly just water and don’t take much time to decompose. Clippings actually benefit your lawn since it helps your fertilizers even more.

  1. Cutting grass extra short

Cutting your grass short would seem a pretty good idea to make it low-maintenance. But this is entirely a misconception. The shorter the grass, the faster it grows. This means that dialing down to the lowest setting will actually increase the amount of maintenance your lawn requires. The ideal height for most lawns is about two to three inches.

  1. Water your Lawn at Night

It’s common sense, right? Heat + water = evaporation. When you water your lawn during the day, more water would evaporate rather than get absorbed by your lawn. Hence, you water your lawn at night. This is actually much worse since watering it at night would increase the risk of mold and mildew as the water sits on your lawn for more than long enough and may also lead to more disease.

 

Landscaping is hard for anybody, which is why leaving it to the professionals like Lola’s Landscaping would be better! Our team of experts are highly trained and can provide you with different solutions for all your landscaping needs. Call us now or visit our website to learn more.

5 Ways to Find Your Ideal General Contractor

No matter how you slice it, home renovations are stressful. During almost every project, at least one thing doesn’t go according to plan, leading to issues for homeowners and contractors alike. Selecting the best contractor to oversee your next project, however major or minor it may be, is absolutely critical to making sure you have a positive experience. As you continue reading this article, you will discover five important steps you can take to find the ideal general contractor for you.

  1. Credentials are essential 


    Good contractors have valid credentials. This means they carry the necessary business licenses for the area in which they operate, they have all of the correct insurance policies, and they are actually certified in any specializations they claim to have. If a specific contractor’s credentials don’t measure up, he or she shouldn’t even make it onto your shortlist.

  2. Referrals can help you make your decision


    Sometimes, especially if you’ve narrowed it down to just a couple of options, getting referrals from people you trust can be the deciding factor in which contractor you actually hire. Knowing that your friends and family trust a particular professional is likely to sway you in his or her direction for good reason. Therefore, you should never hesitate to ask around for recommendations.

  3. Spend time researching


    Even though you’re probably chomping at the bit for your renovation to get going, conducting research ahead of time is extremely important for multiple reasons. Not only will it allow you to see what kinds of reviews other people in your area are leaving about the contractors you’re considering, but it will give you the opportunity to find out if any of the professionals have areas of specialization that will be beneficial during your remodeling job.

  4. Consider the environment


    As people become more aware of the negative impact that construction and home renovation can have on the natural environment, many of them are making a concerted effort to use green building materials. If this is a priority for you, make sure you find a local contractor who shares your concern about sustainability.

  5. Always look at a portfolio


    All quality contractors maintain portfolios of their work. It doesn’t matter if the gallery is online or in a traditional paper format as long as it showcases projects you love. Furthermore, reputable professionals are always willing to answer questions about their past jobs openly and honestly. Don’t hire anyone who is cagey with his or her responses to legitimate inquiries.

There will probably be snags along the way during your residential renovation job, but by following these tips, you should be able to pick a contractor who is perfect for your project. He or she will provide you with assistance and assurance every step of the way, even when you feel like your house is never going to be done. As your local contractor, Lola’s landscape cares for you and your house. We understand your worries and concerns and we try our best to make you feel at ease, that is why we are here to answer your questions. Call us now or visit our website to learn more about our services

 

Parking Lot, Sidewalk, & Driveway Cleanup For A Safe Winter

As all the leaves fall from the trees and we finish fall cleanups, our thoughts naturally turn to winter and the coming snowfall.  Ice and snow bring with them their own separate cleanup demands, but prevention is just as important as cleaning up after the snow hits the ground.  Whether you own a business with a parking lot and sidewalk that requires maintenance, or your residential driveway is in need of some attention, Lola’s Landscape provides winter cleanup services to fit your needs.

Salting and sanding any paved areas you have will go a long way towards keeping you and others safe.  Ice accumulation on pavement is extremely slippery, and can be a hazard for your home or business. There are also liability issues that go along with failing to properly clear your public surfaces of snow and ice, and no one wants to deal with a personal injury lawsuit.  Salting your parking lot and sidewalk helps prevent ice from forming in the first place, as well as melting ice that has already formed. This will keep customers, employees, and yourself safe as more intense winter weather approaches New England. Sand does not melt any ice, but does provide extra traction for tires and shoes as people move around.  These two services together help provide the best environment for foot and car traffic, and gives you peace of mind.

One heavy snowfall can make any snow removal job seem overwhelming, but Lola’s is here to help!  We offer snow blowing, plowing, and shoveling services to quickly clean up accumulated snow that makes getting in and out of your home or business a hassle.  We can clear any walkways, stairs, decks, driveways, parking lots, porches, or yards that need attention.

Snow plowing and removal is critical to maintaining a functional business and being able to safely get in and out of your home.  Removing this snow can be time consuming and difficult, so we offer emergency snow removal. Lola’s will come plow your driveway or business parking lot in the middle of the night so you have a clear path to work in the morning, or your employees have somewhere to park.

We take the stress and hassle out of any snow removal and winter preparedness job so you can go about your day without disruption.  Our team is standing by to help you with any winter cleanup job you need! Call Adam at 774-248-4584 or contact us online to schedule your winter service today.

4 Warning Signs That Your Tree Requires Removal

Many homeowners can attest to the natural beauty that their trees add to their property. When trees begin to die, however, they can become a danger to both you, your neighbors, and your home and vehicle.

Here are four signs of a dying tree you should look out for:

1) Root Damage

Common signs of root damage you can observe first hand are undersized leaves and thinning foliage. An arborist can help make the call as to whether the damage is fixable, or if the tree needs to go. Unfortunately, root damage is very common, especially as a result of construction. If your home is fairly new, it’s possible that the tree’s roots underwent repeated compacting effect even as various trucks attempted to avoid damaging the tree itself.

2) Dead Crown

The East Coast has dealing with several different tree pests and diseases that have been ravaging forests lately. The Emerald Ash Borer is a pest of epic proportions, having killed more than 50 million ash trees in America since 2002. These insects drill into the trees, feeding on the wood and ultimately killing the tree. After infection, trees die within a handful of years—and one of the tell-tale signs is a dead crown (the top of the tree, which is usually the healthiest part). Dead crowns can also be a sign of other serious problems, such as drought and bad soil composition. No matter the cause, these trees need to be removed right away.

3) Fungus Growth

You may remember childhood tales of the fairy ring, when mushrooms grow in a circle where the fairies have danced. There’s nothing cute about fungal growth on your trees, though. Mushrooms growing directly on your tree or next to the roots can indicate that your tree is rotting—fungus feeds on decay. A tree specialist can help you determine if the tree can be treated, or the damage is too extensive to be fixed.

4) Uneven Growth

In a forest, trees tend to grow straight up. In a yard with little competition for the sun’s light, however, trees tend to spread out more. This can contribute to an overburdened canopy that actually weakens your tree’s overall structure—these are often the first trees to lose heavy limbs during a storm. A tree specialist can advise you as to whether these trees are likely to be a hazard, or if they can be proactively pruned in order to encourage safer and healthier growth.

 

Trees can be a valuable addition to your property, but it’s important to remember that, at the end of the day, they are living structures and require care and upkeep just like anything else. A professional tree inspection from Lola’s Landsacpe can help you make sure your trees are around for many years to come.