Winter is coming. Are you ready?
Here at Green Touch lawn care and tree removal, we want to help you get ready for winter. We’ve seen firsthand just how much damage can be caused by neglected limbs and trunks. Dead limbs aren’t just bad for your trees, they can cause lasting damage to your roof and put automobiles and people at risk as well.
If you aren’t sure whether your trees are ready for winter, take a walk around the perimeter of your house and take a look:
Do you have any limbs hanging down or rubbing against the roof? Dead branches rubbing against shingles can cause lasting damage. Rain and snow leaking into your attic or crawlspace can cause mold, mildew, and even wood rot. Not to mention the damage to your winter insulation – a potential financial disaster.
Do your trees have any dead sections of trunk or rotten limbs? Dead sections put a huge strain on your trees, forcing them to divert limited winter resources from the healthy parts of the tree as they try to repair (often incurable) damage. Plus, even if they aren’t touching the house, dead branches can easily drop in high winds or under the weight of fresh snow, endangering automobiles, people, and blocking exits. Removal can be expensive, and, at certain high-volume times of the year, leave you stranded for hours or days.
Here’s the thing: dead, rotting limbs and branches aren’t only a hazard to your home. Dropped limbs can land on power lines and other utilities, knocking out power to your home and your neighbors’ during the coldest time of the year. Damage like that puts children and the elderly at risk, and electrical fires and loose live wires are major hazards.
That’s why we recommend a proactive approach. Keep an eye on the health of your trees, no matter where they’re located on the property. And be proactive about caring for their health – damage can usually be minimized by having someone come out to look sooner rather than later.
Addressing these risky situations before they cause damage is almost always the more affordable and convenient option. By carefully trimming away the dead limbs and trunk sections, you won’t just be protecting your home and personal property. You’ll also be removing an unnecessary strain on the tree’s limited winter resources, and, by next spring, they’ll be healthier than before, with lusher, fuller leaves and buds.
If you are concerned about the health of your trees, and want to protect yourself from unexpected damages and expense this winter, please feel free to get in touch with one of our customer service representatives in Lawrence or Topeka, KS for a quote, or set up a time for one of our experienced lawn and tree care experts to come out and walk your property. We’ll talk to you about your options, and help you develop a plan of action that’s customized for your property – and your budget.
Simple Steps To Keep Your Lawn Healthy Year-Round
Although some (okay, most) of us don't want to admit it -- winter is just around the corner, and that means it is time to make some necessary preparations when it comes to your grass, lawn, and/or landscaping. Failing to make a few key adjustments can leave your lawn dry, wilted, and sometimes growing unwanted fungi. Avoid these common mistakes for a lawn that looks great year-round, even during and immediately after winter.
Mistake #1: You Don't Water Grass In The Winter
Yes, Kansas and other Midwestern U.S. states are likely to get some (if not quite a bit of) snow. That doesn't mean you should neglect to water your lawn all winter. When it is possible to water your lawn -- i.e. when it's not covered in a thick blanket of snow -- you need to do it. Lawn care services reveal that grass needs approximately one-and-a-half to two inches of water all year, even during winter months. Homeowners can use sprinklers to automatically water lawns at set times -- and a set amount -- each day.
If you use a sprinkler, don't forget to winterize lawn sprinkler systems. Without taking this crucial step, underground irrigation systems may freeze and crack and become unusable. The process can be a safety hazard (the most common method involves compressed air and potential flying debris), so it is often wise to hire lawn care companies and leave it to the professionals. Every year, U.S. households spend $30 billion on lawn care; winterizing sprinklers is a relatively cost-effective service and accounts for just a small portion of that.
Mistake #2: You Let Melted Ice And Snow, Dead Leaves, And Other Debris Pile Up All Winter Long
Putting off clearing away debris until the end of the winter is another critical mistake. One of the best lawn care tips is to stay on top of any ice and snow, dirt, dead leaves, and debris removal -- and year-round, too. If you neglect to do it, bugs, insect, mold, and fungi may grow in and/or under the wet, soggy patches left behind. Moreover, it may trap or block water that would otherwise go to your lawn and trees, leaving you with dead grass and dead tree removal costs in the spring.
Don't make common lawn care mistakes and pay for it. Water grass year-round, winterize lawn sprinkler systems, and always pick up dirt, leaves, and debris, especially if it's cold and wet outside.
Professional Lawn Services Can Put Up Your Holiday Decorations For You
Every year, U.S. families spend as much as $30 billion on lawn and landscaping services. Relatively few Americans realize that lawn care is not limited to watering and fertilizing grass and plants, dead tree removal, and sprinkler system repair. In fact, some of the best lawn care companies can help you with some surprising things -- like putting up your holiday lights and decorations. Why should you consider professional lawn care services for your holiday decorating needs?
Keeping Up With The Joneses Takes A Lot Of Time
Just about everyone is familiar with the newest movie version of Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas and the house-decorating contest between the Who family and their neighbor, Martha May. The contest is, undoubtedly, supposed to make us laugh -- and perhaps because there is an element of truth to it. Simply put, you don't want your Christmas decorations to look like a lone, twinkling candle next your neighbors' inspired winter wonderland. The solution is simple: hire a professional to do it.
Professionals can work wonders in just a few short hours. Holiday lights will neatly and beautifully wrap around your roof, railing, and/or windows, and you personally will not have to spend valuable time untangling wires and desperately searching for extension cords.
All Lights And Holiday Decorations Will Be Safe And Sound
Holiday lights cause more fires than you think. Installing holiday lights and other holiday decorations incorrectly can be dangerous. (You should never, for example, use indoor-only lights outdoors or attach lights with fasteners that may tear or damage wires, like staples.) Professionals will see to it that they use exactly the right lights and decorations (ones that are specified for and safe for outdoor use), and they use the right tools and equipment to get the job done in the first place, too.
While They're There, You Can Ask Companies To Make This Quick, Winter-Time Fix
An efficient sprinkler system can water specific portions of your yard at specific times. In addition to upgrades and sprinkler system repair, homeowners should also carefully winterize lawn sprinkler systems. This will prevent systems from freezing or breaking during chilly (and sometimes frigid) winter mornings.
Lawn care doesn't necessarily have to be 100% straightforward. The same companies who help you keep a perfectly manicured lawn can also help you design and maintain an enviable holiday light and decorations display!
There are a few things you can do weekly to improve the look of your lawn and prevent the need for recovery work to get a damaged lawn back in prime condition. Follow these tips and best practices for a greener, healthier lawn!
A healthy lawn requires a Spring feed that’s rich in nitrogen and supplemented with phosphates and potash. One feed a year isn’t enough, however – if your lawn is looking a bit poor, a Summer feed rich in nitrogen fertilizer should help out. In the fall, your feed should focus more on phosphates and potash, possibly supplemented with a worm killer and disease preventative.
Watering Your Lawn
Spring showers are usually enough to keep your lawn well-watered, but occasional dry spells in late spring and summer can sometimes rear their heads. Signs of drought include color change from green to straw or brown. When you water your lawn, do it early or late in the day when it is the coolest, and preferably with a rotary sprinkler. Watering your lawn once a week should be sufficient unless it is extremely hot and dry.
A well-established lawn laid with good quality seed and turf requires good lawn care management to keep it healthy. Appropriate mowing at the correct height, and watering at the first hints of a dry spell are both good practices. You can fight off weeds with scarifying, which also promotes lawn growth. Using good fertilizer helps control weeds and keeps the grass strong. Worm casts usually invite weed seeds, so wom control is also a necessity.
Mowing Your Lawn
In order to keep your lawn looking attractive and eye-catching, you should mow regularly from March to October with sharp blades that aren’t set too low. The best time to mow is when the grass is dry, to reduce clogging. Move the mower in a constant direction at a steady pace, and resist the urge to move it back and forth like a vacuum. When new grass reaches 2” or 3” in height, the top 2 inches can be carefully mowed.
Call a Professional
Following these tips and best practices will help keep your lawn green and healthy. For best results, contact the professionals at Greentouch Lawn & Tree – they’ll make sure your lawn is the envy of all your neighbors!
Why Are Californians Switching Out Grass For Carpeting?
It's safe to say that no one is particularly enthused by the prospect of a dying, parched lawn. That's the reality that a growing number of California residents, however, are having to face. In fact, as the California drought rages on, some homeowners are even going so far as to rip up their grass -- and their lawn with it. Long Beach resident Rick Blankenship, 51, now cares for a relatively low maintenance lawn, with a natural-looking ground cover and some willow and magnolia trees for shade.
What Is A Ground Cover? Are Lawns On Their Way Out?
Professional lawn care services explain exactly what a ground cover is, and, well, it's pretty much a glorified rug. Ground covers are available in a number of different colors and textures, all meant to mimic the appearance of well-kept grass. Thanks to the lingering drought, several water and/or lawn care companies are even offering thousands of dollars' worth of incentives to homeowners willing to make the switch.
While some herald the ground covers as cost-efficient and easy to maintain, others are a little dismayed by the trend. For some, a grassy -- and more importantly natural -- lawn is the perfect place for children to play. Using a ground cover takes away from the lawn's appeal, to some homeowners.
Is There Another Way To Save Drought-Ridden Lawns?
Unfortunately, installing a sprinkler system and calling it a day isn't going to do much. If you are looking for a more natural solution, start by fixing any problem areas, e.g. you'll need a quote for dead tree removal. Dead trees in particular may not only affect the livelihood of grass and surrounding plants; they may also pose a safety hazard. Once you have a clean slate, consider replacing some grassy areas (or all grassy areas) with drought-resistant plants and flowers. Even after installing a sprinkler system that is fairly basic, drought-resistant foliage will flourish even in the worst conditions.
How many billions of gallons of water are used to upkeep our lawns? The answer is seven billion. This water, moreover, is never a guarantee. If you live in a relatively hot climate, consider drought-resistant flowers and plants for a natural and low-maintenance lawn.