When should you begin mowing your lawn?

Every spring, before the grass, turns green and starts to grow, mow the lawn. The lawn receives its signal to begin growing when the old, dead tips are cut off. The sooner your lawn begins to grow, the more effectively you can crowd out weeds before they emerge.

How frequently should I mow?

The norm is to mow your lawn once a week, but some lawns require more frequent maintenance. Some lawns, which grow more slowly, might only require cutting every ten or two weeks. Never remove more than one-third of the grass blade at a time. Any more could endanger the grass. Instead of considering when the lawn was last mowed, think how long it is.

Mowing Advice

Blades should always be sharp. Instead of cutting the grass blades, dull mower blades often rip them. Every broken blade provides a path for disease and stresses the lawn. Avoid mowing a lawn when it’s wet if at all possible to avoid the same issue. If you attempt to mow a wet lawn, you’ll create ruts and the grass will start to lean over, making it challenging to get a good cut.

Feel free to leave the clippings after mowing as long as your lawn is healthy and there are no thatch issues. Mulching is beneficial, but it is not required. Your lawn won’t be harmed if the clippings aren’t too much. In a short amount of time, the clippings will decompose and supply nitrogen to your lawn.

Let it Develop

Your lawn’s root system will extend the longer you allow it to grow (in terms of length, not necessarily time). Your lawn will be healthier and more resilient to stress if its root system is longer. Less watering is required for lawns that are more resilient to drought and stress. Additionally, studies have shown that by limiting the amount of sunlight that weed seeds receive, the number of weeds in the lawn can be decreased by allowing the grass to grow to a length of 212 to 3 inches. Longer blades also provide more surface area for photosynthesis, which gives the grass more energy and food to sustain life. Make the season’s final cut the shortest one possible. The likelihood of matting, which contributes to winter kill damage, is decreased by cutting the lawn short for the winter.

Don’t have time to mow your lawn or maintain it? Call Lola’s Landscape for your seasonal package deal that best suits your home. Learn more today!

Summer Lawn Concerns

We put forth a lot of effort every year to maintain our lawns healthily and appeal. One of the key reasons is that our families and friends may enjoy themselves while spending time outside. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who believe that summer is the best season to admire a lovely yard. During the warmest season, dangerous pests are also at their height. Here are some of the most prevalent risks in our area, along with recommendations for dealing with them.

Aphids

Because these bugs are so minute, the damage they wreak will almost probably be visible before you notice them. Flowers, leaves, or stems sprouting in strange twisted forms are frequently the first symptom. Honeydew, the sticky fluid they leave behind that progressively becomes black, is another hint. They usually occur in big bunches, so you’ll probably notice them everywhere once you notice them.

 

However, even large groups of them rate quite low in terms of potential devastation. They’re also a popular meal for ladybugs and other beneficial insects you’d like to have in your yard. Nonetheless, their sheer numbers may be disconcerting. With a few well-aimed sprays from a hose, you can impede their activity. If you want to get rid of them completely, you should go to a lawn care business like Arbor-Nomics.

Armyworms

 

These worms have voracious appetites and may eat a whole garden in a surprising amount of time. Fortunately, birds are also eager for armyworms; in fact, an increase in the number of winged visitors to your yard might be one of the earliest symptoms of an armyworm infestation.

Birds may be able to solve the problem for you, depending on the amount of the infestation. If not, you may fight back by picking them up one by one and placing them in a soapy water container. Many individuals become tired of this before they cure the problem, so that a lawn service business can be your best choice. Arbor-Nomics’ Silver Plus, Gold Plus, and Platinum plans all contain two armyworm prevention treatments.

Fire Ants

 

As far as we can determine, fire ants are born with a sour attitude that only worsens with time. If someone upsets one of their characteristic mounds, they quickly protect it with stings that are first extremely painful but quickly decrease into acute itching. Serious instances are uncommon, but they do happen, especially in those who are allergic to their venom. Fire ants may kill a large animal or an adult human in large enough quantities; assaults kill approximately a dozen Americans each year.

Because there are so many distinct kinds of fire ants, each with its size and look, identifying them by sight can be difficult. Contact Lola’s Landscape for a consultation on taking proper care of your lawn!

 

 

How to Treat Your Lawn After Snow Melts 

Winters are soon going to be over in most parts of the country which means it’s time for the lush green grass to flourish once again. You should always prepare your lawn before the winter arrives but taking care of the lawn after the snow melts is also a very sound strategy. To properly treat your lawn once the snow melts, you need to keep the following things in mind:

Wait for Thawing

Do not start your lawn care routine immediately after the first sign of snow melting. Being aggressive at this stage means you will damage your landscape, and it could result in rough patches being created in the law. Wait for the entire lawn to thaw completely, and then you can start your lawn care routine.

Remove, Repair and Weed

There is a very good chance of natural debris buried inside the snow layers. Take a rake to the grass and the bases of bushes and plants to clear away the remnants of any fallen branches. If possible, remove complete patches of weeds that you have missed during the first snowfall. Animals, salt, and many other external factors can wreak havoc on your lawn during the snow season, and the issues only reveal themselves once all the snow has melted. You might see some ugly holes and rough patches once the snow has melted, and to fix them, use sand or compost and mix it with the new soil, allowing the plants’ roots to catch the fresh ground and regenerate the lawn.

Check for Snow Mold

Snow mold occurs when a thick blanket of snow falls on susceptible grasses before it has the chance to freeze. You can identify it by the pink or gray spots that linger after the snow has completely melted. Sweeping the affected area with a coarser broom or a rake can loosen up the affected areas, and if the damage is too extensive, you can replace damaged spots with new sod.

Fertilize

Last but not the least, you should fortify the strength of your lawn by fertilizing it after all the snow has melted away. There are many different brands of fertilizers available in the market that are specially designed to be used after the snow melts. Choose the one based on your soil’s PH and other factors and fertilize away.

10 Landscaping Must Dos to Help Your Plants Survive the Colder Season

Do you worry that your plants will be at the mercy of the cold season? A change in temperature means a difference in the environment for your plants. The colder season brings harsh temperatures to plants, and if you do nothing to protect them, you may not have come spring. You have to consider some landscaping strategies to help your plants survive the colder season. Here is a look at ten landscaping MUST Dos to give your plants a chance to live through the winter. 

  1. Be Proactive With Your Landscaping

The first line of defense is taking the necessary steps to prevent winter from getting the better of your plants. You have to be practice with your landscaping approach. The actions you take or neglect to take now will impact the survival of your plants in the bitter cold. If you want your plant to around come spring, strategize and figure out ways to keep your plants healthy and alive.

  1. Stick to Hardiness Zone

Knowing and sticking with plants that are best suited for your area’s hardiness zone is key. Hardiness differs from plant to plant, and not all can survive cold temperatures. Beauty fades, and if you refuse to plant by zone, no matter how beautiful your plants were before the cold ushered in, they will be far less appealing when the winter rolls out. If you live in zone 4 but love zone 7-9 plants, don’t risk it. 

  1. Lay Mulch

It may not be something you have ever considered, but mulch landscaping in winter is a good defensive measure to protect your plants from cold temperatures. It’s effective at preventing repeated freezing and thawing of soil that results in plants heaving. After ground freezing begins, lay 3-4 inches of mulch, three to four inches of mulch, careful not to apply a lot near the plants’ stems and trunks. 

  1. Dig Up Tender Plants

Come fall, dig up tender plants that are not hardy enough to survive the harsh cold temperatures. If you intend on using the plants after the cold season has ended, dig up and store them for the winter. Tender plants like cannas and elephant ears are examples of tender plants that should be dug out ahead of ground freeze, ideally after a hard frost. Remove dahlia tubers two weeks after the first hard frost.

  1. Adequately Water Plants Into Fall and Winter

Some plants can take a beating in the frigid winter temperatures. Some plants’ water reserves can deplete if not adequately watered into fall and winter. This depletion can place plants, like evergreens, at risk of winter burn and death when the freeze sets in and the plant roots cannot absorb water. 

  1. Wrap Plants

If you have young plants, they lack the thickness to survive the winter on their own. As such, they require a bit more care to ensure their survival. Maple, ash, and linden trees have thin barks, making them more likely to suffer frost cracking and sunscald. Protect your plants by wrapping them from bottom to top using burlap or thick paper tree wrap. If the tree starts showing signs of growth, which could happen later in winter or early spring, remove the covering. 

  1. Cover Roses

Tender roses should not be left out in the cold of winter. Grafted roses, in particular, should get some added TLC because the rootstock below ground isn’t sufficiently hardy to withstand the cold, like the plant growing above does. A simple solution is covering the graft just below the soil line with a cone-shaped mound of soil that’s 6-8 inches. Once a sign of growth appears-usually in spring-remove it.  

  1. Keep Salt De-Icers Away From Landscaping

Winter carries snow with it, and many homeowners typically pull out their bag of de-icer to keep their sidewalk and driveway safe for pedestrians. Salt is detrimental to grass and plants. When salt is absorbed through the root and leaves of plants, it robs their cells of moisture and dries out their tissue. Try alternatives like sand or calcium or potassium-based de-icer. Pay attention to not overusing the de-icer.

  1. Prune The Right Time

Fall is the right time to prune your trees and shrubs before the bitter cold sets in. If you want to remain with beautiful plants in spring, pruning spring-flowering plants during the fall is crucial. Flowerless plants in spring aren’t quite appealing or aesthetically pleasing, so you have to prune certain plants, shrubs, and flowers at the right time. Spring-flowering plants, such as lilacs, should be pruned immediately after they flower, while summer-flowering perennial hibiscus should be pruned in the spring.

  1. Rake Leaves in Fall

If you want to keep your grass alive, do not neglect to rake your grass in the fall. The key is ensuring that sunlight reaches your grass, and leaves can often form a dense mat covering that acts as a barrier against sunlight. The leaf covering can suffocate the grass, so much so that when autumn rain showers and milder temperatures trigger growth, it is hindered. 

Helping your plants to survive the colder season may take some know-how, and at Lola’s Landscape, we can take on your landscaping project and get your plants ready to thrive during the winter. We have the knowledge and skills in lawn and plant care that you can depend on. Give us a call today, and let us be your landscaping specialist. 

Summer Lawn Care for Commercial Properties

Summer lawns are beautiful and see a lot of activity. People are out playing sports, conducting social interactions, concerts, and a lot of other activities. As someone responsible for maintaining a commercial lawn, there are many things to keep in mind. We have prepared a list of things that will help you better care for a commercial property.

Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts of a Summer lawn that you should keep in mind if you are responsible for maintaining a commercial lawn.

●      Mow Higher – 

A lawn should be mowed at no less than 3″ during the summer. The taller height will help shade the competing weeds and encourage the grass to take deeper roots. If you cut the grass too short, it will result in the turf burning up due to the lack of water and summer heat.

●      Easy on the Food – Minimum fertilizers should be used during the summers. Unless your lawn gets watered from an automatic irrigation system, fertilizers can burn a summer lawn. Excessive amounts of nitrogen coupled with little rain can cause the grass to become brittle and dry.

●      Lawns Get Thirsty– Water is crucial to the health of your lawn in the summers. Properly established lawns need at least 1.5″ water per week( for about 20-30 minutes and a minimum of three times). If you have an irrigation system in place, make sure the water settings are adjusted accordingly for the summer months. 

●      Weeding Your Lawn– Grass thrives in the summer, and so do other weeds. These competing weeds can rob your grass of vital nutrients. It’s important to rid your lawn of these weeds to ensure that your grass maintains its health.

●      Put Pups in a Park – Pet poop contains high ammonia levels, which essentially means setting your lawn on fire. Brown patches that result from pet defecation are not going to repair themselves. If your lawn gets a lot of furry visitors, it is time for you to designate a specific area for these pets to do their business. 

Apart from looking good, a well-maintained commercial lawn can increase a property’s value by about 15%. That is no small increment in the value, and for this reason alone, many people keep their commercial lawns in such great shape. 

If you need more help with your domestic or commercial lawn, we are at your service. Please get in touch with us and let us see how we can help you maintain your lawn in a more efficient manner.  

Winter Landscaping Tips You Need To Start Now

When you hear the word landscaping, you’re probably picturing blooming flowers in spring and summer or even the changing colors during autumn, but landscaping is an art form that can be used all year round. Taking a little extra time to plan during the warmer months and then adding some key features as temperatures begin to drop will allow you to have a gorgeous yard even on the coldest days. Try some of these simple tips to start your winter landscaping today!

Repurpose Summer Containers

Finding an adorable flower container for spring and summer is always exciting, so why let it go to waste in the winter? Flower boxes and pots of all types can be repurposed in the winter with some hearty spruces and evergreens. Rhododendron, miniature spruce, and holly are among the most popular winter plants that can go in a smaller container. Not every container can withstand cold temperatures, so double-check the recommended care instructions before leaving your container out to repurpose it!

Utilize Hardscaping

When fewer blooming plants are creating a gorgeous landscape, allow your hardscaping to shine! An arbor, garden statue, trellis, and so many other types of hardscaping materials will look especially gorgeous when they’re the primary focus during the winter months. Look for areas in your landscaping design during spring and summer that need a little more structure, then incorporate hardscaping that you’ll be able to love year-round!

Find Winter Plants That Keep Their Fruit

There are plenty of trees and shrubs that keep their fruit through the winter. A vibrant berry against a snowy white background will create a gorgeous and festive landscape that’s simple yet beautifully unexpected. Crabapple trees and holly berries are the most commonly seen winter fruit plants, but there’s plenty more to choose from depending on your location and how cold the winter gets.

Embrace Evergreens

When designing a new flower bed, plan to put one or two evergreens in a central location. They create a great colorful addition during the warmer months and can stand alone to keep the bed looking vibrant in the winter. Evergreens come in more than just green too! There are yellows, blues, reds, and a variety of green shades to choose from.

Landscaping in the winter takes a little time to get the hang of, but once you get it, your yard will look better than ever! Contact a local landscaping expert for some professional advice if you’re unsure where to start.

How to Keep Your Grass Green All Year!

Having a lawn with healthy, green grass can make the difference in enjoying your outdoor living space, or avoiding it altogether! There are several easy ways to help maintain your green grass. Here are some tips from the experts at Lola’s Landscape to help you enjoy a green lawn all year round!

Be sure to choose a grass variety that works best in your yard

You may or may not be aware there are various types of grass. Different types of grass will grow best under particular conditions. There are types that thrive the best in cooler temperatures, and others that need more sunlight. A helpful tip for success is to determine the correct type of sod and figure out which varieties are appropriate for your area, and furthermore receive information about various types to help make a final variety of grass.

Test your soil

You should use a soil test kit to test your soil for things like nitrogen, phosphorus, and pH levels. Knowing this will help you discover any deficiencies that could possibly hinder you from attaining a healthy green lawn. There are certain products that can be added to boost your soil if it is missing key nutrients, thus creating an ideal environment for healthy grass. Mulching, leaving grass clippings on your lawn, keeps your soil moist and prevents weed growth as an environmentally friendly way to care for your grass if you do not want to use chemicals on your lawn.

Water thoroughly, but do not overwater

A common mistake among homeowners is overwatering the lawn. If you are starting a lawn from the seed you will water it often because it will need time to germinate and sprout. If you are starting from sod , be sure you do not overwater the lawn.

It is advised that you water your lawn deeply a few times a week to encourage deep root growth.

Watering lightly daily encourages the roots to stay close to the soil which makes your lawn more vulnerable to heat and in a time of a drought. Also, it is best to water early in the morning, and try not to water the lawn at night, or you may experience prolonged moisture which may cause disease.

Do not mow the lawn too short

Mowing a lawn too short actually causes the lawn to become unhealthy, and causes more maintenance in the long run. Mowing the lawn the day after watering helps your lawn heal.

Aerate your lawn in the Spring and Fall

Aeration, the process of penetrating small holes on the surface of your lawn, allows water, nutrients, and air access to the roots and also creates better draining to prevent runoff.

For the best results for a healthy green lawn, hire a landscaping professional who can guide you to the best grass and plan of care for your lawn. For landscaping near Franklin, MA, call Lola’s Landscape today!

How to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

Sometimes it can feel like winter drags on forever, but a beautiful New England spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to get your yard & landscape ready for the warmer weather and make sure things bloom when they’re supposed to! Check out these tips from Lola’s Landscape and give us a call at 774-248-4584 for all of your landscaping needs this spring.

Eliminate Debris

Even if you had a great fall clean up this past year, there is certain to be some debris accumulated on your lawn from the winter weather. Before planting or fertilizing anything, you will want to get rid of any stray leaves, sticks, and branches lying around. If left on your lawn, debris will prevent the absorption of fertilizer and nutrients into the soil and can also damage your lawnmower.

Rake & Weed

The second phase of the spring clean up is raking & weeding over your lawn. Raking will pull out any dead grass taking up space on your lawn. If you do not pull up weeds by their root, they will only continue to grow & spread throughout where your grass should be. This will result in you regularly mowing over weeds and crabgrass in the nicer weather, instead of a healthy green lawn!

Seed & Fertilize

The next step to preparing your lawn for the warmer weather is to lay the foundation for growth. Sprinkle a layer of grass seed over your lawn to optimize grass growth for the spring, as well a layer of nutrient-dense fertilizer for grass & plant health. If you are looking to maximize grass growth, speak with a professional about the benefits of overseeding vs. slice seeding.

Add Mulch & Decor

The final step to perfecting your spring landscape design is to add mulch, seasonal bloomers, and other finishing touches to make your cleaned up space come alive! This is the step where you can incorporate your favorite flowers, shrubbery, and mulch preferences to create the lawn of your dreams.

Hiring a Landscape Professional

If you don’t have the time this spring for a full cleanup, seeding, and fertilizing, make it easier on yourself by hiring a landscaping professional. Your yard will be your oasis this spring and summer by letting Lola’s Landscape take care of it for you! Give us a call today at 774-248-4584 so we can add you to our spring schedule now!

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.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional is the best way to make sure your landscaping needs are taken care of this winter – and, as a matter of fact, all year round! Professional landscapers have the proper equipment on hand and they know how to use it to get the job done efficiently. For your landscape needs in the Norfolk, MA area, call Lola’s Landscape! 

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

family having fun during fall

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.

Drain Lawn Care Equipment of Fluids

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.