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.

Lawn Care Services

Lola’s Landscape offers many lawn care services, including but not limited to:

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Slice Seeding: Fully revive your damaged or weak lawn with our targeted seeding techniques.

Soil Aeration: Opening up your lawn’s soil to sunlight, air, water and nutrients is critical for plant growth.

Tree Chipping: Chopped up limbs and branches get blown into the back of our enclosed truck for a mess-less removal.

Monthly Weeding: Weeds destroy the look and health of your lawn, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible.

Give us a call for a free consultation today!

Landscaping Gifts for Father’s Day!

With Mother’s Day this weekend hopefully you have already taken care of getting your gift for your beloved mom! If not, you can still save yourself at the last second and maybe combine this Father’s Day idea as a combined gift! As Spring enters full swing, it’s a great opportunity to improve your property. If you have older parents who may not be able to perform lawn upkeep by themselves, Lola’s Landscape might be able to provide a great gift for them this Spring & Summer. Here are some ideas:

Landscaping Packages: Want to remove all the burden of yard work? Gift your loved ones a landscaping package from Lola’s. Take away all the burden of recurring yard work with our package deals. These are a favorite of our customers who keep coming back season after season.

Patio’s & Walkways: One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a home is relaxing outside on a beautiful patio. We can incorporate fire pits into the design to give you a perfect place to entertain guests or relax by yourself. A brand new patio for your parents will surely make you your parents favorite child this summer!

Tree & Shrub Care: Does your parents property have beautiful trees and shrubs they wish to maintain? Our 6 Step tree and shrub care plan would be a great gift. View a gallery of some of our work and let us know how we can help!

Interested in any of our services for your parents? Get in touch today and we’ll get a quote out to you!

Pest Control Services at Lola’s

After weeks and weeks of promising Spring weather on the Lola’s Blog, it looks like Spring is finally here to stay. It seemed like Winter wanted to linger longer than usual in Norfolk County, but no worries, it’s time to enjoy your yard and the outdoors. But what puts a damper on your beautiful yard more than annoying neighbors? Out of controls pests that cause havoc to your outdoor life. With that in mind, here is a list of our pest control services at Lola’s Landscape:

Mosquito & Tick Control: Lola’s Landscape has a 6 step spray process to reduce or eliminate mosquito’s and ticks in your Norfolk Property. The spraying starts in April and goes until the end of  summer. If you have children, pets, or just spend a lot of time of your property this mosquito and tick spray is a great idea. Norfolk County is a heavily wooded area, don’t leave anything up to chance.

Flea, Tick, & Ant Control: This is another perfect service for those Norfolk homeowners who have children and pets. If you have a dog who spends a lot of time running around your property and woods then you’ll want to do everything you can to eliminate fleas. This process only takes about 20 minutes, and we come back about 6 times throughout the Spring and Summer.

Tree Spraying: Do you have pests that destroy your landscapes trees and other plants? Then our tree spraying service is perfect for you. We have preventative solutions, to stop these insects from coming in the first place. We also provide a solution if your property has already been inundated with destructive insects.

Ready to put these pests to rest? Contact Lola’s Landscape today. Proudly serving the Norfolk County!

Spring Services at Lola’s

Although it feel like we have been saying this for a while now, the real Spring will be here soon enough in New England. At the time of writing this blog on April 6th, it has been visibly snowing for a few hours now. However, as of March 21st, it has been Spring. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to remind everyone of our Spring services at Lola’s Landscaping in Norfolk County.

Spring Brush Chipping– Get all of your tree limbs and branches that  fell down on your property over the winter taken care of in one fell swoop!

Moth Spraying- Prevent Winter & Gypsy moths with our new spraying services. These intrusive species will destroy your flora!

Total Lawn Care- Everything you need to have your lawn looking like the best on the block. Including Aeration & Slice Seeding, Overseeding, Dethatching, and Fertilizer.

Lawn Renovation–  Is your lawn destroyed from years of neglect? Are you ready to get it looking great again? A lawn renovation by Lola’s Landscaping is what you need. \

Walkways & Patios– If you don’t have a walkway or patio at your home, now is a great time to do it.

Spring Clean-Ups- Don’t want to spruce up your property by yourself this Spring? Leave the labor to us.

Mulching- Mulching your property is a yearly task that gets old quickly. Leave the shoveling and hauling to us. For a complete list of landscaping services, click here.

Ready to get your property in pristine condition this year? Contact Lola’s Landscaping in Norfolk County, Massachusetts today!

Spring Brush Chipping

Although winter seems to be lingering on like an unannounced house guest, we promise, Spring will be here soon. Bookings in Norfolk County for Spring Clean-Ups have already begun coming in. Our Spring Clean-Ups involve removing all debris from the winter, including leaves and limbs that have been scattered all over your yard. Additionally, Lola’s Landscape provides home and property owners brush chipping.

Brush Chipping in Norfolk County

Another service that is highly sought after busy Winter’s is brush chipping. Lola’s Landscape is fully equipped to handle any type of brush chipping job. If you have any sized property, large or small, you have probably run into some issues after the many storms we have encountered in February & March this year. Due to the nature of the high winds we have experienced with the storms (some areas reported winds over 50mph or more) we are expecting a higher demand for Spring clean-ups and brush chipping this year.

Schedule Brush Chipping in Norfolk County

We are available starting now to provide this service to Norfolk residents or business owners. To schedule service or inquire about this service, contact us today!

 

Prevent Winter Moths & Gypsy Moths

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!

What You Can Plant Now in Massachusetts

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!

Winter Landscaping Tips

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!

Salt vs Sanding. What’s The Difference?

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!

Salting

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.

Sanding

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