5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

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It’s the best time of year for fall fanatics! Preparing for fall is such a drastic change from spring and summer that many see it as a breath of fresh air after the hot summer months. With many favorites that everyone can identify, it’s fun to see fall home projects start popping up in your neighborhood. Preparing for fall is actually fairly easy, and there are a ton of ways to make sure you’re all ready by the time cool weather is here to stay and fall is well underway!

Clear Out the Gutters

As the weather starts to get cooler, it’s common for leaves to start falling, pointing to the start of the fall season. If the leaves don’t get removed, they can clog gutters and lead to serious roof damage. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with water coming into the house, it’s likely that panels are damaged. Take a look, and you might notice the gutters are too full of fall leaves.

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Don’t put away your mower or weed whacker without draining it of the fuel needed to keep it running. Any leftover fuel can damage the equipment and give you problems come spring when it’s time to get things back out again.

Prepare for Winter, Even if it Seems Early

It’s not necessarily going to snow in October but getting ready now means you’re prepared for anything that winter might throw your way. Plus, you’re likely making room by storing things from summer, so take some initiative and stock up on salt, as well as fuel for the snowblower.

Fertilize for Fall

Grass goes through something fierce during the fall and winter. Taking time to fertilize now will make a difference when things thaw out after winter and spring show a lawn that’s weathered the weather. Taking time to fertilize now gives your grass the strength it needs to handle snow, freezing temps, and even the random heat rushes we get late in September and into October sometimes.

Check Your HVAC Now Before Issues Pop Up Later

As you transition from air conditioning to heating sooner than later, make sure to get your HVAC serviced. This could be as simple as something being replaced or renewed, and really not cause much of a headache. It helps to be proactive here because when temps start dropping hard, you don’t want to be left without heat.

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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Top 5 Summer Lawn Care Tips

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Lawn care takes up to about 70 hours per household during the three hot summer months. If you’re going to put forth the effort to take care of your lawn and make sure it looks presentable, why not do it the right way? Below are a few mistakes most homeowners make when it comes to their yards and the tips we’ve come up with to help you avoid them!

Timing is Key

Watering your lawn in the summer is the most important thing you can do, but remember watering is more effective in the morning than any other time of the day. John Deere experts say any time before 10 A.M. is ideal when watering your lawn. This will prevent your grass from being wet for too long, but the bulk of the moisture also won’t just evaporate, maximizing the amount of water your lawn gets. Grass left wet overnight promotes fungal growth, in turn killing your lawn.

Don’t Over-Mow

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the summer is over-mowing their lawn. Many people unwittingly cut their grass far too short: every time you mow, you should only cut about ⅓ of the grass length. While cutting it short means, you don’t have to mow as often. You’re killing your grass so it won’t be green and luscious anymore. Cutting more grass can cause a build-up of clippings that take longer to decompose and stunt grass growth. Allowing your grass to grow longer promotes healthy growth, for greener, denser grass, and a better-looking lawn.

Mix It Up

Instead of mowing in the same up-and-down, back-and-forth pattern every time, switch it up! Go diagonally, crosshatch, anything you can come up with. The wear-and-tear of mowing the same way every time is detrimental to grass health. From the weight of the mower to the accumulation excess of clippings, mixing up the way you mow will be very beneficial to your grass.

Keep Your Blades Sharp

Like shaving, a dull blade can be very harmful. Dull blades cut the grass unevenly, unlike a sharp blade that creates even, clean cuts. This creates potential entryways for disease or fungus to enter the blades of grass and infect your lawn. Manufacturers of lawnmowers suggest sharpening their blades after about 10 hours of use for the most effective cutting. It is essential to use the sharpest blades you can while maintaining care of your lawn in the summer.

Solve Next Season’s Issues Now

While you may not realize it, your grass goes through cycles just as the seasons do and all of your hard work now may not show results until the next season, if not the following year. So, prepare your summer lawn for the seasons to come as well as for the later summer. Many summer pests come out at the end of the summer season like chinch bugs, mole crickets, and ants, which are all more likely to come out with the hotter climates. Every homeowner has their way of dealing with pests in their lawns; whether it’s chemicals or natural solutions, it’s essential to take care of these issues sooner rather than later. Brown spots, thinning grass, and chewed blades are all signs of pests in your lawn, and that means it’s time to take care of these issues.

Tips To Keep Your Lawn Fresh

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Every homeowner dreams of a lush green lawn, but keeping your lawn in tip-top shape 365 days out of the year can be a big job. Here are a few tips on how to keep your lawn looking fresh all year long.

Fertilizer: Fertilizing your lawn a few times a year can go a long way. It’s good to fertilize once in the spring, then again in midsummer with a food blend higher in nitrogen than other elements. Fertilizing too much can mean too much growth, by reducing the amount of fertilizer you can save time and energy.  It is best to fertilize after mowing and when the grass is dry to help it stick to the blades

Take Care of your Lawn Mower: Mowing your lawn regularly is important to keep it looking full and lush all year long. In order to do so, you need to keep your lawn mower in good condition. Make sure to drain gasoline and oil from your lawnmower when you are done using it. Any gasoline that stays in the tank for over a year can gum up your carburetor.

Watering: It is best to water your lawn in the early hours of the morning. This gives the lawn an opportunity to dry before nightfall when many types of fungus are most active. This is also usually a non-peak time for water supply. It is better to water well a couple of times a week than lightly daily. Deep soaking encourages deep roots growth while light watering encourages roots to stay close to the surface of the soil making your lawn susceptible to heat and drought.

Repair Brown Spots: Many times your pets can cause unwanted brown spots on your lawns. There is a high nitrogen content in pet urine which causes it to burn the grass. It is best to water these areas well within 8 hours to help dilute the high nitrogen levels. If these spots go untreated then you will need to repair them to help get your green grass back.

5 Weekend Projects to Increase the Value of your Home

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The work week can get insanely busy. There’s no limit to what work might ask of you, and worst of all, when you finally get home, your energy is likely on empty. For most homeowners, the best time to get a project done is going to be the weekend but given the short amount of time available on Saturday and Sunday, its best to plan to maximize that time as efficiently as possible. Here are 5-weekend projects that increase the value of your home in the most noticeable way possible.

Landscaping

Nothing says more about your home than the look of the outside. A messy landscaping job can likely point to a messy interior, and that’s a major turn off should you ever decide to try and sell the home. Adding mulch and some plants around a mailbox could even be enough to increase the perspective value of your home, and larger projects only provide a larger return on investments.

Renovate the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most highly noticeable changes that you can make to a home. The countertops alone could help boost the value of your home by a few thousand dollars. Not to mention, when selling a home, it is a huge buyer’s hotspot to check and see what condition the kitchen is in. Make the improvements now, for your sake, and the possibility of a sale in the future.

Make it Energy Efficient

Your home is likely losing value due to outdated heating and cooling tools. Not only could the actual system need an update, but the various things that keep cool and hot air in the house like windows and installation might need a tune-up too. A consultation could point you in the right direction and get your value up exponentially.

Have a Flexible Floor Plan

A flexible floor plan allows you to make any room in the house whatever you may want it to be. That ability to choose the layout is a big improvement over feeling like each room is already determined for you. If you ever choose to sell this could be a huge factor.

Update Technology

This one is just as much for you as it is your home. Updating things to provide a smart home technology experience is a great way to make home life easier. A Nest thermostat or Philips Hue lighting system could really make it feel like you are living in the future.

These changes make your home’s value skyrocket, and they’re easy to knock out in a weekend!

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.

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!

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!

Grub Control in MA

What are grubs? Why are they bad for your lawn?

There are numerous different species of that causes serious damage to your lawn. Grubs aggressively eat your lawn’s roots and grass plants, they can be found in the soil beneath the thatch layer of your lawn. If your lawn is left untreated, grubs can cause substantial damage that can require you to replace your entire lawn.  Grubs eat throughout the summer and lay their eggs which hatch between August and September.

Do not wait until the end of the summer season to do grub control, now is the perfect time to regain your lawn back. Lola’s Landscape offers grub control services to residents in Norfolk County.  We will monitor for white grubs and will take proper steps in maintaining your lawn.

For a free quote or questions regarding control contact Lola’s Landscape today.

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Lawn Care for Spring 2015

Spring is finally here, the worst winter in years is finally over! After that cold and snowy winter, your lawn is probably in rough shape and in need of some maintenance! Not to worry, Lola’s Landscape has the experience to provide just the right amount of lawn care to replenish your yard after a long winter.

We offer a variety of services, when combined, can help produce a healthy, green and beautiful lawn. Some of these lawn care services include:

These services are just the remedy your lawn needs after a crazy cold and snowy winter! Combined, these care services can help produce a beautiful, and most importantly, healthy grass.

Our lawn care services help to provide the nutrients your soil was missing during the winter; a soil that gets the right amount of nutrients is strong enough to produce a healthy lawn that can fight off diseases and insect invasions.

These lawn services, along with rain water and sunlight during the spring, will help produce a strong soil. Remember, a strong and healthy soil produces green grass!

Fora free lawn care estimate, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.