Summer Pest Control Tips

Nothing puts a halt to summer fun like swarming mosquitos around a swimming pool or a line of ants marching across an outdoor picnic. Keep the critters at bay with the following pest control tips:

For the Home

  • One of the first lines of defense for your home is checking for entryways. Repair holes in window screens, caulk gaps around windows and doors and make sure your thresholds are flush with the door slab to keep pests from sneaking in underneath.
  • Coffee grounds make an excellent deterrent since most insects can’t stand the scent. Sprinkle it around the perimeter of your home to keep pests from finding their way inside.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and tidy to avoid attracting ants, cockroaches, and other indoor nuisances. Take the garbage out regularly, wipe down the countertops, sweep the floor, and always keep food out of sight.
  • Carefully inspect hotel rooms and vacation rentals to avoid a bedbug infestation. Pull back the bedsheets and mattress cover and check for excrement and/or small bloodstains, which can signal bedbugs. Treat immediately to avoid bringing these pests back to your home.
  • If there are toys that belong outside, then keep them outside and vice versa with inside toys.

For the Yard

  • Mosquitos are attracted to standing water, so inspect your yard often for culprits, like leaks around the A/C unit and drain pipes. Get rid of stagnant water in flowerpots, buckets, and all toys and furniture kept outside.
  • A well-maintained yard will keep it from becoming a breeding ground for pests like snakes and mice. Trim trees and bushes beside the house, do away with weeds and overgrowth and clear any debris since this is where snakes tend to hide while looking for rodents.
  • Don’t toss the meat into your outside trash bin until the day before or day of garbage pickup. The combination of summer heat and rotting meat will bring many unwanted pests into your yard.
  • Store firewood away from your home to keep termites from entering. The minimum distance is five feet, but you’ll decrease your chance of termite infestation even more if you store it farther away and preferably in a metal rack off the ground.

Even though there are numerous pest repellents available on the market today, there are certain situations that require a professional. Do your homework, and if the task seems too overwhelming or complex, don’t be afraid to hire a pest control service. Lola’s Landscape has decades of experience in pest control, lawn care, landscape design, and more to have your yard in it’s the best condition in time for summer! Give us a call for your consultation today at 774-248-4584

What Does it Mean to Aerate Your Lawn?

Aerating your lawn is an essential part of lawn care. Aerating should be done several times throughout the year and especially between seasons. This can be done yourself, but like most landscaping, it should be done consistently at regular intervals throughout the year. Hiring a professional lawn care service is the best way to ensure that the lawn is cared for in a way that keeps it healthy all year long.

What does it mean to aerate your lawn? Aerating your lawn provides nutrients to the roots. When you aerate, it means that you are giving your lawn oxygen and access to sources for fertilizer. Aerating is done by rolling hollow spikes across the lawn so that it creates small holes throughout the surface of your grass.

What Does Aerating Do?

Aerating is done to help your lawn get nutrients throughout the square footage of your grass. When you put holes in the grass, it allows the roots better access to oxygen and water. Also, if done with fertilizer, nutrients have direct access to the roots of your lawn.

Signs That You Need to Aerate Your Lawn

If you have dry or dead lawn places, it may be time to aerate. Aerating can bring your dying lawn back to life. Also, if the seasons are changing, this is a great time to aerate before extreme changes affect your grass.

How to Aerate

The most natural way to aerate is by hiring landscaping professionals who take care of your whole yard to aerate at intervals throughout the year. If you do it yourself, you will need a rolling aerator that has hollow spikes attached. Simply roll over your whole lawn with the device.

Hiring professionals to aerate your lawn makes a lot of sense. It can slip people’s minds and requires a large device that you only need once or twice a year. To schedule your lawn aeration with Lola’s Landscape, contact us today at (774) 248-4584.

Lawn Maintenance in Norfolk County

Lawn mowing is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy lawn. You may think, “Lawn mowing is an important step in the process of maintaining my lawn? That can’t be!”  Well, folks, there is more to mowing your lawn than just going around with a lawn mower!

There are steps you need to follow in order to keep your yard healthy and prosperous! We understand that it can be difficult to follow all these steps because of your busy schedule; that’s where Lola’s Landscape comes into play! We will mow your lawn the proper way; the way that will help develop a healthy, more green looking grass!

When we mow your lawn, we keep two things in mind: the height and the frequency.

The height of your grass can be the difference between having a healthy grass versus having a yard invested with weeds and insects! We will cut your grass at about two – three inches tall. If you cut your grass shorter than two inches, the sun’s rays won’t be able to hit the blades of the grass, which stops the process of photosynthesis.

The frequency will vary from client to client; depending how fast your grass grows, will obviously determine how often we have to mow your grass. You don’t want your grass growing over three inches! If you let your grass grow too tall, and decide to mow it all at once, you will cause excessive buildup of clippings, and you can actually cause physiological shock to your grass!

As stated above, if you don’t cut your grass properly, the process of photosynthesis will be stopped; without this process you will see a huge outbreak of ugly weeds!

Who knew that so much went into mowing your lawn?! Hopefully, you are a little wiser to what really goes into mowing your lawn! If you are one of the man people who don’t have the time to complete all these steps, please give Lola’s Landscape a call today at 774-248-4584! We are looking forward to helping you maintain a healthy yard!

Below is a list of towns and cities we serve around Norfolk County:

  • Franklin
  • Millis
  • Bellingham
  • Medway
  • Norfolk
  • Holliston
  • Sherborn
  • Wrentham
  • Foxborough
  • Walpole