5 Tips for Overseeding

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Fall is right around the corner which means now is the time to start thinking about making improvements to your lawn. Many homeowners think spring is the time to spread grass seed and make other outdoor improvements, but it turns out that’s a common misconception. Overseeding in the fall gives the seeds time to take root, increasing their chances of survival into the next year. These 5 tips can be used to improve your overseeding success even more!

Pace the Lawn

Pacing your lawn is the quickest and easiest way to measure it. One pace is roughly 3 feet. Count your paces across the length and width of your lawn, then multiply the values to find the total area. Now that you know how big the lawn is, you’ll know how much grass seed you need to purchase.

Cut the Grass

Before you can begin overseeding, you’ll need to cut the grass already in your lawn. Mow the grass shorter than you normally would to give the seeds you spread the best chance of properly rooting. Any areas of the lawn that don’t have grass to cut should be roughed up so the seeds have loosened dirt to grow into.

Spreading the Seed

Now that your lawn is ready for the grass seed, you can begin the spreading and planting process. Purchase a spinning seed spreader. A hand-cranked spinner is sufficient for most lawns. Cover the lawn with grass seed, focusing primarily on bare or thin areas of grass. You can spread additional seeds by hand if there’s an area you really want to target.

Keep it Moist

You’ll need to regularly water your new grass seeds to encourage growth. The ground should be moist, but not too wet. If the ground becomes dry or baked at any point, the seeds will not be able to grow. Pay close attention to the weather predictions for the first week or so after planting. You should notice growth around 5-7 days after overseeding. If you aren’t noticing growth, increase the amount of water you’re using.

Cutting the New Grass

You should let your new grass grow to a height of 3-4 inches before you begin to cut it. When you do cut it, don’t cut it as short as you cut the rest of your well-established lawn.

Overseeding your lawn is a great way to improve the external appearance of your home. The process will take some patience and dedication to water your new seeds, but all of your hard work is bound to pay off!

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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.

What Do I Get With A Fall Clean Up?

Have you looked out at your lawn recently? Now that most of the leaves have fallen you may be wondering how you will be able to clean that mess up in time for winter.

It is important to remove the leaves and debris in your yard before the harsh New England winter hits. Living in New England we can expect lots of snow each year and if you do not remove your leaves in the fall, come spring your lawn may be ruined.

But tackling a sea of fallen leaves by yourself can seem like a nearly impossible task. That is where the Lola’s Landscape crew comes in. We offer full service fall clean ups throughout Norfolk County.

Getting a professional cleanup is more than raking the leaves in your yard. We will come to your home or business and completely remove all leaves and other debris from your lawn and shrubs. We will also remove any old perennial tops, to make room for their new bud in the Spring!

Our fall clean-up services start around mid-October and extend through November and into early December.

If you have any questions about the cost, and the time frame of the cleaning project, give us a call at 774-248-4584. We will gladly go over any questions or concerns you may have regarding the clean up project. We look forward to working with you on your next clean up job, or any other landscape job!

Last Minute Lawn Cleanups!

Fall is officially over, but since the snow has held off, we are still offering our fall cleanup services! But hurry, there are only a few weeks left, before the first snow fall of the season! To schedule a cleanup appointment, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

Usually our lawn cleanups only last until December, but this year we are extending into the New Year; you don’t want leaves, twigs and other debris to sit on your lawn through the winter season, into spring.

When your lawn is unattended going into winter, your lawn and its soil will be in weak shape come spring time; not to mention, picking up damp leaves is no fun!

Did you know damp and dead leaves lead to insects and various lawn diseases? When insects and diseases invade your soil, you’re looking at paying a huge sum of money to repair the damage to your grass, and most importantly, your soil!

Here are some of the services we offer during our fall cleanup services:

There are just a few weeks left to take advantage of our lawn cleanup services! Our services will help create a strong lawn and soil that are durable enough to withstand a brutal New England winter!

For more information, or to schedule a free estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

 

Fall Lawn Care Services

It’s almost the end of our Fall Cleanup & Lawn Care services! But you still have a few more weeks to make an appointment, call Lola’s Landscape at 774-248-4584!! Our fall services usually last until early December, but judging by the cold weather we’re already experiencing, the season might be cut short!

You need to get your lawn healthy and strong enough to survive the cold winter that is ahead of us!

We provide a number of services that will help your soil and grass grow healthy enough to survive the frigid winter; services include:

The main thing to remember is to keep your soil strong and healthy! A strong soil can fight off diseases and insect invasions!

You also want to get rid of those leaves; you don’t want leaves to stay on your lawn through winter, because no one likes wet, dead leaves in their yard! Also, dead and damp leaves attract diseases and insects; so if you do not pickup your leaves during the fall, come spring time, your soil and the grass will be completely destroyed by insects, who just love dark and damp places!

It’s not too late to make an appointment for our lawn care services! Pleas call Lola’s Landscape today, at 774-248-4584! Let us help you prepare you lawn for a long and cold winter!

Fall Cleanups in Medfield MA

If you’re in the Medfield MA area, it’s time to schedule your fall cleanup with Lola’s Landscape! Don’t hesitate, spots are filling up fast! To schedule an appointment or for a free estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

What are some of the services you can sign up for?

Well, first and foremost, and probably the most obvious service is our leaf and debris pickup. We will remove all leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other messy debris from your yard, and we can even back it for you too. Don’t be the neighbor, who does not pick up his or her leaves, and instead allows the wind to blow over all the debris onto your neighbors’ clean lawn! Nobody likes a messy neighbor!

Leaving leaves through winter is a recipe for disaster; have fun picking up those dead, wet leaves in the spring! Also, wet dead leaves attract diseases and insects; once your lawn is infected with insects and diseases, don’t even think your lawn will be nice and green and healthy! It won’t and it’ll cost you more money to remove the disease and insects to remedy the health of your grass.

Fertilizing can also be included in the Fall cleanup service. Fertilizer will help give your soil the nutrients it needs to be strong enough to last the winter.

Aeration will help loosen up your compacted soil; after a summer long of kids playing in the backyard and other foot traffic, your soil becomes very compacted. When it’s compacted, it can’t get the sunlight, water and other nutrients it needs to survive and thrive.

One last example of our fall cleanup services is lawn mowing. Fall is the last time you will cut your lawn, so we will give it a good trim; we usually mow the lawn twice in the fall, once in early October and then again in November.

For more information about our fall services, or for a free estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your lawn needs this fall.

Fall Cleanups in Millis MA

It’s that time of year again, time to schedule your fall cleanup services with Lola’s Landscape today! If you’re in the Millis MA area, schedule a cleanup today before all the slots are filled!

Fall cleanups will help prepare your lawn for the cold and long winter that is ahead of us!

Below, you will find some of the services we will provide:

  • Leave Pickup: One of the more obvious, but still important, service is picking up leaves, twigs and other debris that has fallen from trees. A lot of people really don’t understand the damage leaves can cause if they aren’t dealt with quickly! First off, you don’t want to be THAT neighbor who doesn’t pick up their leaves, and whose same leaves are blown over by the wind to their neighbors’ clean lawn! Also, and more importantly, old, dead and wet leaves is an invitation for diseases and insects; diseases and insects will destroy your lawn!
  • Fertilizing: Fertilizer will help give your soil the nutrients it needs to fight off diseases and insects, and to survive and thrive through winter. It’s time to prepare your lawn for the long winter season
  • Aeration: Aerating your soil will loosen it up so that it can get the sun, water and nutrients it needs to survive. Over time, mostly through foot traffic, your soil becomes compacted, and when it’s compacted parts of your soil are missing out on important nutrients.
  • Mow your Lawn: During the fall time, we recommend mowing your lawn once in October, and then again at the end of the fall, for one last cut before the winter. Your grass will grow faster and longer during the fall.

These are just some of the fall cleanup services we provide to our customers in the Millis MA area. For more information, or for a free estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.

Fall Lawn Care Tips in Norfolk County MA

Each region in the United States have their own fall lawn care regiment; here at Lola’s Landscape, we follow a strict fall lawn care system that will help our clients maintain a fresh and healthy lawn!

Take a look at just a few of the services we will be providing during our fall cleanup and lawn care services for the Norfolk County MA area:

  1. Fertilizing: It’s important to fertilize your lawn, at least once a year; if you’re only interested in fertilizing your lawn once, you should have us do it in the fall! We recommend fertilizing once in early fall and again during the end of the autumn season.
  2. Lawn Mowing: As the temperature starts to cool down, your grass will start to grow faster; we recommend having us mow your lawn on a regular basis.
  3. Pick em’ up: It’s important for the health and the look of your leaves if you pick up the fallen leaves and twigs. Wet and old leaves will attract insects that will feed on your grass from now until the spring, causing some serious damage to your grass!
  4. Overseeding: Fall is the ideal time for our overseeding services and products because, as we mentioned before, grass grows quicker and better in cold temperatures.
  5. Perennial Weeds: You don’t need them, so let us get rid of them for you! These weeds, are mostly dandelions, should be sprayed and removed by fall so that a new bud can grow for the spring.
  6. Aerating: Aeration will help loosen that compacted soil of yours; after a summer full of BBQs and children playing in your backyard, the soil is severely compacted; compacted soil means your soil is not getting the nutrients from sun and water it needs to grow healthy. Without a healthy soil, your grass will be eaten alive by insects and diseases.

For more information about fall lawn care, or to schedule a fall cleanup, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584. We are looking forward to helping you maintain a healthier lawn during the fall season.

Fall Cleanup Tips

Fall is here, and we are officially taking on reservations for our signature fall clean up services! If you’re in the Norfolk County area, feel free to call Lola’s Landscape at 774-248-4584 to make a reservation today; hurry slots fill up fast!

The summer was hot, and the hot rays can cause some damage to both your grass and the soil; the fall is really the time to “put your lawn to bed”. Just like a squirrel stocks up on nuts for the winter season, you need to feed your lawn the right nutrients during the fall to prepare it for the spring season.

Here are some of the ways we can help you care for your lawn during the fall season:

  1. Feed you lawn with much needed nutrients; fertilizing your lawn will help create a strong and healthy roots. Fertilizing will replenish your lawn’s roots with the nutrients it lost during the hot, humid summer.
  2. Don’t forget to water you lawn! Be sure to water you lawn and plants early in the day to avoid evaporation.
  3. Help your soil breath with our aeration services! Foot traffic and debris can really smother your soil; aeration will loosen up the soil so that all parts will receive the water and sunlight they need to thrive.
  4. Be sure to level the ground and to fill in ruts; dethatching will loosen up the soil by removing all of that excess debris.
  5. Remove those leaves! Removing leaves is a pain to most, but we view it as an essential part of the fall cleanup service! Removing leaves and twigs is essential so your soil and lawn can breath; if you leave leaves covering your lawn, they become wet and heavy, and can cause some serious damage to your lawn. Don’t forget, insects and diseases love dark and moist environments.
  6. Mow your lawn. After all the leaves and debris are removed, it’s time to mow your lawn; this will be the last cut of the season, and it will be a short one, since you won’t mow your lawn again until spring.

This is our fall cleanup services in a nutshell! For a more extended list of our fall services, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584; don’t forget to schedule a head of time because slots fill up fast!

 

Fall Cleanup Season

As we move deeper into Fall, it’s almost that time of year again, fall cleanup time!

Depending on the weather, and as you know, being from New England the weather is very unpredictable, we usually begin our fall cleanup services in mid October. These services will extend into late November and sometimes even early December.

During this service we will remove leaves, pine needles, twigs, branches, and other debris from your grass, patio, and bushes. We will even remove the old perennial tops that are still left from summer, to leave room for the new buds that will come in the spring.

If this is your first fall in Massachusetts, the amount of leaves and debris on your yard can be a little overwhelming; it’s still overwhelming for those residents who live in the state their whole lives! But not to worry, that’s why there are landscapers!

Our landscapers have no fear when it comes to picking up leaves and other nasty debris! We will not only pick up the leaves, but we will also bag them for you too; just let us know if you need our bagging services beforehand!

If you wait until spring to remove leaves from your lawn, it is going to be a nightmare! There is nothing worse than trying to pickup wet leaves; not to mention the harm you’re doing to your grass by leaving these dead, wet leaves on your lawn!

To schedule our fall cleanup services, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.