10 Tools To Make Your Yard Standout During The Fall

Now that the summer months are behind us and the crisp fall days have come, you can relax and enjoy in the yard and garden. Unfortunately, as the leaves fall, they tend to cover everywhere, which may be annoying.

 

This is the time of year when tidying up one’s yard is customary. However, if you have the proper equipment, you may do a few quick works on your yard chores. We have compiled a list of 10 items to help you make your yard the envy of the neighborhood this fall.

 

Garden Gloves

While doing autumn yard cleaning tasks like raking and trimming, ensure your hands are protected. Wear a quality pair of gloves if you’re working in the garden. A wide variety of outdoor gloves are available, all of which will make it simpler for you to work in the yard while also ensuring that your hands are more comfortable.

 

Gardening Rake

We can trace the history of rakes back to the beginning of time. Still, a garden rake is ideal for fall yard cleaning. The rakes on the market have been improved and changed over the years to make picking up leaves and other waste quicker and easier.

 

The tines of a typical leaf rake are made of lightweight metal. Using one of these rakes can speed up the process of collecting leaves. In addition, the rakes’ tines are bendy, so they’re simple to use.

Leaf Blower

Sometimes you have to put some effort into sweeping leaves. Leaf blowers are simple to operate and strong enough to get the job done, but they’re also loud and may inhibit your friendships with your neighbor.

 

Electric and battery-powered leaf blowers are quieter than gas models, with lower-pitched noise. In addition, they don’t have the stench or need maintenance like gasoline engines.

 

Brooms

Yard work necessitates using various tools, one of which is an old-fashioned push broom made of durable materials. It will significantly assist in clearing out gutters, sweeping up dirt and other debris that a rake can’t manage, and collecting stray leaves that may have accumulated on roads, stairs, and sidewalks.

 

Shovel

A gardening shovel is required to transfer trash into a trash sack, cart, or composting bin. This task will be easier if you have a gardening shovel. The fact that they are designed to pick up and scoop heavy, wet debris makes them far more sturdy than rakes, even though they serve the same job.

 

Wheelbarrow

If you’re planning on doing any fall yard work, you can use a wheelbarrow for more than one purpose. The act of raking or shoveling leaves, transporting them to a compost pile, and transporting other equipment throughout the yard. This is the best means of transportation available to you.

Leaf Scoop

Plastic leaf scoops are an option if you don’t need a shovel or your back isn’t fit enough to handle the strain of shoveling leaves.

 

These bulky plastic scoops transform your hands into oversized paws, perfect for raking and hauling leaves. You may use them to shift leaves into leaf bags, or you can use them to toss leaves at your younger brother.

 

Gardening Tarp

Using a tarp to transfer leaves from one-yard area to another is the most efficient method. Spread the tarp and collect your leaves by raking or shoveling them onto it.

 

You can fold the tarp in half, grab the folded corners, and pull the leaf-filled tarp to wherever you need it. Rolling up a tarp may create a duct that you can use to collect leaves in bags efficiently.

 

Leaves Bags

You’ll need a location to deposit your collected debris now that fall season is here. While a compost bin is one solution, there may be instances when you either don’t have the space for one or have too much waste to put in it.

 

So instead, you can clean up everything quickly and easily with big leaf bags, ideally biodegradable ones. The excellent ones can withstand as many branches and leaves as you can stuff in.

 

Pruners

Disease-ridden plants, such as peony or lilac stems with powdery mildew or tomato stems with early blight, should have their leaves, stems, and branches removed in the fall. Use sharp pruning shears and disinfect them with denatured alcohol between cuts to prevent the spread of illness while removing dead or diseased branches in the autumn.

 

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However, if you do your yard work in the fall using high-quality equipment, you can provide outstanding service swiftly and effectively besides standard manual and mechanical equipment. In addition, Lola’s Landscape can provide further information about the resources available this season if you contact them immediately.

 

 

How to Prepare Your Home Landscape for Fall

With the fall season coming fast, it’s time to start preparing your lawn for cooler weather. If you live in an area with harsh winters, you’ll want to make sure your outdoor space is ready to withstand low temperatures and lots of cold precipitation. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your home landscape for fall.

  1. Clean It Up

When preparing your landscape for fall, the first thing you’ll want to do is get rid of any dead foliage and debris. Plants, twigs, large branches, and leaves should all be removed to give your lawn a nice clean base for growth when spring comes. Don’t be afraid to cut back grass, bushes, tree branches, and dead annuals or perennials. Then, keep raking those leaves up all autumn long!

  1. Mow

You’re probably tired of mowing the lawn after the summer growing season, but you’ll have to do it one last time before winter. Set the cutting height at about 2-2.5 inches. This will help your lawn grow nice and thick when the weather warms up again.

  1. Mulch

Fall is a great time to lay a fresh layer of mulch around the yard. You can use various mulch types, like bark, sawdust, compost, or even shredded leaves. Spread your chosen mulch around the bases of your trees, shrubs, and other plants in layers two or three inches thick. This mulch will give your plants extended nutrients during the winter and will serve to insulate the soil and roots and prevent it from freezing or frosting over. Additionally, mulch will help your plants keep in moisture.

Consult with professional landscapers if you’re not sure what type of mulch is best for your landscaping needs this fall.

  1. Plant

Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. With the soil still warm from the retained summer heat and the air cooling down, roots are stimulated to grow deeper into the ground, giving your new plants a great foundation for more growth in the springtime. This root growth will happen all season long so that by wintertime when the ground freezes, the roots are already well established and feeding the rest of the plant nutrients from the soil. There are even autumn flowers and winter trees that will thrive during these cooler months.

  1. Clean the House

You can save the interior of your house for spring cleaning, but a good cleaning of the exterior is a perfect activity for fall. Pay attention to the windows and siding and remove any mold, algae, or debris with warm water, soap, and sponge. For resistant staining, you may opt for a pressure washer as your cleaning tool. Next, make sure to clean out the gutters to allow full drainage of upcoming wet weather. If you have trees that hang over the house, you’ll need to clean out the gutters throughout the fall season to prevent winter ice dams.

If you’re ready to get your home landscape autumn-ready, the experts at Lola’s Landscape are ready to help! Whether you’re looking for tips, advice, or service, our landscaping professionals are ready to

Everything You Need to Know About Fall Lawn Care

Most of the rewards from lawn care happen in the spring and summer, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your yard during the rest of the year. As we enter into autumn, now is a great time to prepare your lawn to be as lush and lovely in the coming spring. Not sure how? Here is everything you need to know about fall lawn care, from the experts at Lola’s Landscaping.

Watering

There may be more rain in the autumn, depending on where you live, so there should be plenty of moisture for your lawn throughout the season. However, it’s still important to keep tabs on just how much water your lawn is getting. By using a rain gauge, make sure that your lawn is getting at least an inch of water a week. If it isn’t, you’ll need to water it yourself.

Aeration

Heat stress is a summertime lawn problem that is a major cause of brown or thinning patches of grass. The process of aeration can help stop or prevent this. Using a special tool, you can pull up some of the over-compacted soil, allowing nutrients to reach the roots. Fall is a perfect time to aerate; leaving it until spring means the grass will have missed out on a ton of nutrients and water that would have kept it healthy over the winter.

Raking

This may be an unpopular fall chore, but raking your lawn often is one of the best ways to keep your lawn healthy in autumn. Fallen leaves that are left all season prevent the grass beneath from taking in sunlight. The autumn moisture can get trapped under the fallen leaves, too, encouraging the growth of molds and fungus that could ruin your lawn. Aim for raking once a week throughout the season, taking care to remove any leaves that have blown into your yard.

Seeding

If your lawn has had some burning or thinning spots after the summer heat, the beginning of fall is a good time to reseed. When you do this, don’t forget that seeds need to touch the soil to start sprouting, which can be difficult to achieve. If you’re finding it difficult to touch up all the patches thoroughly, you might want to consider power seeding, a process that ensures the seeds make it into the soil.

Lawncare in Franklin, MA

If you’re looking to up your lawn game, fall is a great time to take a few steps in the right direction! For best results, hire a landscaping professional to assess your yard’s needs and the direction you want to take it in. Lola’s Landscape creates custom lawncare packages for every home and ensures your lawn turns out better than ever before! For a consultation for your home or business, please get in touch today!  

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!

Lola’s Landscape

We proudly serve the Norfolk County in Massachusetts for all their lawn care needs. Our team is highly knowledgeable and highly experienced in all areas of landscaping. Contact us now or visit our website to learn more about our services!

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.