Prepare Your Snowblower For Winter

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! 

Fall Landscaping Ideas

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.

Fall Mulching

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.

 

Fall Lawn Care Tips

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.

 
Clear Debris:

 
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!

Winter Services for Norfolk County

This morning many people across New England woke up to frost on their lawns, and maybe even a frozen windshield. With that in mind, we figured it would be a good time to go over some of our winter services for customers in Norfolk County.

Snow Plowing:

Lola’s Landscape is a professional snow plowing company. Not some guy who picked up a plow for the first time and decided it was an easy way to make money. We have the proper equipment and know the right way to plow without causing any damage to your property.

For large Nor’earsters, where snow piles up relentlessly over multiple hours, we offer emergency snow plowing services.

Salting & Sanding Services:

For large commercial properties, we can provide salting services to prevent ice buildup during the winter. If you have a property with a lot of foot traffic, contact us to help prevent slips and falls!

Sanding wont help melt ice, but will provide more traction for car and foot traffic.

To get an estimate of the costs associated with our services, we will come by to provide a free quote which is based off the size of the area that needs to be serviced. To schedule a time to get your quote, call us at 774-248-4585 or use our simple contact form and will we contact you!

Lola’s Landscape Firewood Service

Although Summer seems to be lingering in New England this year, with temperatures hitting the mid 80’s in many parts of Massachusetts this week, we know winter is right around the corner. October begins early next week and according to U.S climate data the average daily low temperature is 47 degrees in October and 38 degrees in November in Massachusetts. For homes that rely on firewood to provide heat during the late Fall and Winter months, it’s time to get ready for the cold spells that are right around the corner. On top of our quality lawn care and landscaping services, Lola’s Landscape also provides firewood drop offs for homes in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

Norfolk County Firewood Prices

As of the 2017 Fall & Winter Season Lola’s Landscape prices for delivery for firewood in Norfolk County are:
• ½ Cord Delivered $200
• 1 Cord Delivered $325
• 2 Cord Delivered $625
• 3 Cord Delivered $900

Please note deliver is free to the following towns: Franklin, Medway, Bellingham, Wrentham, & Norfolk.
$25 Delivery Charge to Blackstone, Mendon, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, & Foxboro

To schedule your drop off service, or inquire about our firewood service, contact us here! 

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Use a Lawn Renovation to Increase Your Homes Value

“How can we increase the value of our home?” That’s a question that comes up many times by homeowners when they are getting ready for a move in a year or two. The common responses usually are home additions, bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, and finishing the basement. When homeowners think about the outside of their house, a new deck or painting the house come to mind to improve curb appeal.

One of the most cost-efficient ways to improve your home’s value and curb appeal is a lawn renovation. At Lola’s Landscape our lawn renovation is a series of steps that combine dethatching, aeration, slice seeding, and if needed adding some loam into areas on the lawn. After those steps are completed we heavily seed and fertilize the lawn to rejuvenate the health of your yard. This process helps bring your lawn back to life, and sets your property apart from others that are not as cared for. Look at these before and after photos to see a lawn that had a lawn renovation done to it:

 

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In addition to lawn renovation Lola’s Landscape provides other services that can improve curb appeal and your home’s value. These services include:

Contact Lola’s Landscape today to learn how we can improve the overall look and value of your property!

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Why Mosquito Control is Important For Franklin Residents

Mosquitoes, nobody like them. They are pesky and can ruin a great outdoor activity, not to even mention the itchy bites mosquitoes cause. Not only do mosquitos bother humans, they can cause issues for pets and surrounding Massachusetts wild life thanks to blood transferred pathogens.Mosquito

Not only are mosquitoes annoying, they can cause a serious threat to public health. Believe it or not, international travel has increased the diseases introduced the US in recent years. Mosquitos can carry scary diseases such as west nile and dengue, which can seriously harm or cause death to humans and pets.

Mosquito Control in Franklin, Norfolk, & Wrentham MA

Mosquito control experts around MA and New England have a few methods that can effectively and safely counter dangerous mosquito populations. Known as Integrated Mosquito Management (or IMM for short), this includes a few steps in the process.

Surveillance:  Traps are used to identify what species of mosquitoes are breeding in the specific areas and find out if this is a potential of disease risks.

Source Reduction: This step ensures there are limited, if any breeding areas for the mosquitoes in or around populated areas. This could mean removing any standing water like dumping unused bird baths, cleaning out gutters, or taking care of unused pools. While this might not be entirely possible to remove all standing water from an area, even removing a little can help.

Larvicide: If source reduction fails or is tough to achieve, larviciding is necessary. Essentially this step in the process is intended to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching into adult mosquitoes. Consult a mosquito control expert to help identify which mosquito control method would be suit the area you are trying to address.

Adulticide: This method if intended to rid areas of adult mosquitoes. Even with larvicide it is impossible to eradicate all of the larvae so to control adult mosquitoes there is the application of adulticides to keep population levels down.

Management: Once all other steps have been completed, there is still work to be done to ensure that the mosquito control methods are successful in removing risk. Mosquitoes have a keen ability to adapt and over the course of the summer it is possible for mosquitoes to develop resistance to pesticides. Monitoring the possible resistance to different chemicals and keeping in touch with your nearby mosquito control experts to ensure populations are not returning to your property is critical.

An integrated mosquito management program is integral to the success of keeping the mosquito population down in your area.

If you have any questions regarding mosquito control or mosquito spraying in the Norfolk County area Lola’s Landscape has the experienced staff and equipment to safely reduce the mosquito population on your property, keeping your family safe and allowing you to fully enjoy your summer. Fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call anytime to get started today (774) 248-4584.

Give Your Lawn A Facelift Just in Time For The Nice Weather

With summer just around the corner in the Norfolk area, many residents and businesses are preparing their yards and properties for outdoor activities, gatherings, and parties. While it’s great to have a clean and well maintained yard, you can really wow guests this summer by hiring an experienced company to provide landscape design for your yard. The best part is that you can save time, and ensure the job gets done right every time by hiring a lawn care professional near you.professionally maintained lawn

Here at Lola’s Landscape we offer expert lawn care services, here are a few of the benefits of giving your lawn a facelift just in time for the nice Massachusetts weather this upcoming summer.

  • Lola’s Landscape has the lawn care expertise:  Keeping and caring for a healthy lawn takes a little bit more knowledge than your average homeowner may have. Many people may look to the internet or the local home improvement store for lawn-care tips and tricks but still lack the skills of a professional. This is where the experts at Lola’s Landscape come in handy. We have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide you with that lush, green lawn you’ve been longing for to really wow family and friends this summer.
  • Professional lawn care and landscaping adds value to your Norfolk home: At some point, most people intend to sell their home at one point or another. If that time is nearing close, hiring a professional lawn care company will help increase the value of your home. The yard and outdoor area is one of the first things a potential homebuyer sees when viewing a home, and the appearance will have a big impact on first impressions. By having a healthy and well maintained lawn, it can help sway potential home buyers in the right direction.
  • Lola’s can stop underlying lawn problems before they start: We ensure all of our lawn care professionals are trained to find a potential problem with your lawn before it escalates. Lawn care professionals are trained to spot a problem before it starts. Lola’s training and experience allows us to spot signs of diseases, pests, weeds, and improper maintenance that the untrained eye might not notice. Stopping these problems before they start will save you money, time and your beautiful lawn.
  • Lola’s will help save you time, so you can enjoy the weather: Maintaining  a beautiful, green lawn require a lot of time and dedication. Researching and planning the steps to maintain your lawn takes a lot of time, add in the physical work and you’ve spent hours working on your lawn instead of enjoying it. One of the many benefits of hiring Lola’s Landscape is that it will save you precious time. Experienced lawn professionals will create and maintain a beautiful lawn, while you can spend your time relaxing and entertaining during the beautiful Norfolk, Franklin and Wrentham, MA summers.

If you would like a quote on Lola’s Landscape lawn care and lawn maintenance services in the Norfolk area, fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call at 774-248-4584 today!

April is Here! Get Lola’s Six-Step Spray Service to Control Mosquitos & Ticks!

New Englanders rejoice, the warmer weather is on the horizon! This means barbecue’s, bonfires and spending a lot more time in the great outdoors of Massachusetts. The one downside to the great weather and good times are mosquitos and ticks. Not only are they annoying, but they can pose a threat to you and your families health. If you are in the Franklin or Norfolk area Lola’s Landscape has your solution!

Lola’s Six-Step Tick & Mosquito Spray Service

Starting in April, Lola’s Landscape begins following the 6 time spray schedule to help with mosquito and tick prevention for your yard or property. After April the schedule follows as:

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

In order to keep your entire yard tick and mosquito-free Lola’s will come once per month over the late spring and summer and use our fully licensed and insured pesticide spray to help you take back your yard this summer!

Our spray help you enjoy the outdoors without worrying about being eaten alive by pesky mosquitoes and ticks, keeping your family and pets safe and un-bothered this summer. If you have any pets or children, the strain and danger caused by ticks can cause unnecessary stress.

Don’t put your family or yourself in danger this summer! Norfolk, Franklin, Millis & surrounding areas are notorious for being heavily wooded areas, where ticks and mosquitos thrive. If you want to enjoy your property to it’s fullest potential without pesky ticks or mosquitos, you should give Lola’s a call today! Our spray will help eliminate and contain ticks, allowing you and your family to enjoy the summer, tick-free and unbothered by pesky mosquitos.

Get Ahead of The Game With an Early Spring Cleanup!

The Massachusetts area has been showing signs of warmer weather even earlier in the year these past few weeks. This means that you may want to take care of your spring cleanup for your property even earlier than you’re used to this spring season. Luckily, Lola’s Landscape has just the right solution for your property providing early spring cleanups for your home or business in the Franklin, Norfolk, and the Walpole, MA areas.

Yard and home

With snow in the Norfolk county more or less completely gone, you will notice a lot of debris and extra stuff that was covered by the snow in your yard. March is a great time to take a look at your yard and see what your next action will be to get your property restored to it’s full summer glory.

Here are a few things you might want to put on a checklist for an upcoming early spring cleanup:

  1. Prune Dead Branches- It’s almost guaranteed that a few branches will not survive the harsh New England winter on your surrounding trees and shrubs. In order to keep the trees and shrubs on your property healthy, Lola’s offers pruning services for your yard.
  2. Perennial Care- All old perennials will be cleaned and removed that we’re not taken care of the previous fall. Others will be cut back and split when necessary to promote healthy growth. This will also allow room to be made for new plants and an overall fresh setup in your yard.
  3. Mulching- Lola’s Landscape offer mulching services as a part of the spring cleanup package for Norfolk County residents. Mulching allows to hinder the growth of weeds in in problem areas and provide a nice clean looking area around your home an yards. We offer many different variations of mulch to match your needs!
  4. Dethatching- While this usually takes place during the later spring, Lola’s can provide this service as soon as the weather permits for Norfolk county residents. This process allows the soil in your yard and garden areas grow promoting healthy plants, grass, and flowers to give you a picture perfect yard just in time for the nice weather.

Why not get ahead of the game get your spring cleanup out of the way early? Weather permitting, Lola’s Landscape now offers early spring cleanups for folks in the Norfolk, Franklin, and Walpole, MA areas, as well as the surround towns! For a quote or more information on Lola’s spring cleanup service give us a ring at (774) 248-4584 or fill out the contact form located on this page to send a message!