We are gearing up to start our aeration and overseeding this year. Our plan is to be coming through the week of September 11th. If you haven’t already done so but would like to call us about being put on the route this year, there is still time. This year we are going to be trying some new equipment that does not pull a plug like usual. This piece of equipment uses tines that penetrate into the soil and loosens the soil beneath the grass without bringing up the traditional plug.
For the people who have chosen to have their lawns overseeded as well, this machine handles that too. The seed drops down from the container and into the holes that are made so there is immediate seed/soil contact. We are excited to try out this piece of equipment and are expecting great results.
I have been asked why aeration and overseeding are important to do. The main benefit of aeration is to reduce soil compaction which can result in thicker, more drought tolerant turf. By loosening the soil, you make it easier for the roots to push deeper into the soil. Overseeding should be done on yards that are looking thin or show severe stress from Summer drought. This helps thicken up the turf as well. Thicker turf in turn makes it harder for weeds to get a start in your lawn. If you have any question on either of these services, please just let us know.
We’ve been seeing a lot of bagworms this summer. So, what is a bagworm? It is the larval stage of a moth native to Pennsylvania that is reported to feed on over 100 different plants. On pine trees, its cone-shaped bags are often mistaken for cones, which go unnoticed until the infestation is severe. Bagworms spread slow because the female is unable to fly, however, bagworms can be windblown or crawl to other host plants. Mature larvae usually attach their bags to trees by wrapping extra silk, which does not decay rapidly. This band of silk may girdle the branch as it grows, resulting in dead branches.
If you are seeing bagworms in any of your trees and need some help getting rid of them, please give us a call and we can help you eradicate the pests.
Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!
Wow, as I write this, I look outside and see lots of snow coming down and covering the ground. It is December, after all, and it is time for that pesky white stuff to invade.
Since it’s that time of year, we would like to remind you all that we offer snow services for both our residential and commercial customers. If you would like to be on our regular plow lists, all you have to do is call and we will make sure you can get out and on your way on those cold January mornings. Until then, stay warm and enjoy some hot cocoa.