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Preparing your lawn and landscape for Spring

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 5:24 PM Comments comments (130)
As we get closer to spring, making the proper preparations can mean the difference between a low-maintenance, manageable lawn and landscape, or a never ending battle all season long.  Things you should be thinking about and planning for now are:

1.  Weed control for your landscape beds (both pre and post-emerge herbicides and bed cultivation)
2.  Dormant trimming for your shrubs and trees
3.  Crabgrass control for your turf

Cultivation of your current mulch in your landscape beds is always a good idea midway throughout the winter.  This exposes young root systems of any weeds or undesirable plants that may have germinated just before the start of winter that would emerge through that fresh layer of mulch that is installed in the early spring.  If exposed, the young root systems will die with any exposure to frost. 

A granular pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to the freshly cultivated mulch to help keep weeds from germinating once the weather begins to change.  Granular pre-emergent herbicide should also be applied to rock beds as weeds can germinate in the sediment below the aggregate layer of rock on top.  

Shrubs and trees should also be dormant trimmed midway through the winter.  Dormant trimming helps you to re-gain the shape and re-size those shrubs and trees that may be too overgrown for your landscape.  This practice can help save you from having to allocate dollars to replace overgrown shrubs which can be a major expense.

Crabgrass control in your turf is best handled on a pre-emerge basis and is usually done around the end of February or early part of March depending on climate.  Crabgrass begins to germinate once soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Farenheit so the timing of your application is definitely important.  Most spring fertilizers also contain prodiamine, which is the active ingredient that is most effective in the pre-emergent control of crabgrass.  Crabgrass seeds are already embedded in the soil from the previous season and the prodiamine creates a protective blanket that prevents the seeds from germination.  The protection from the application is good for 5-6 months but factors such as excessive rainfall, humidity, and extreme heat can dilute the prodiamine content in the soil prematurely.  If this happens, it is usually in the months of July, August, and September and post emergent herbicides designed specifically to kill the crabgrass are used to erradicate the problem once it germinates.  

If the above mentioned services are something that you would like to explore, please feel free to give us a call as we would love the opportunity to give you a quote!  We are state licensed applicators for the pre and post emergent herbicides and have years of experience with dormant trimming.

We also provide mowing services, landscape maintenance and design, hardscape installation such as retaining walls, patios, natural stone, and pool landscapes.  

We look forward to working with you!

Turf Management Through Cross-Mowing

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 8:31 AM Comments comments (123)
Maintaining a healthy lawn is not just limited to applying adequate amounts of fertilizer and weed control products, but also in the mowing process.  Mowing the lawn at the appropriate height and frequency is also an extremely important step in maintaining a thick, healthy turfbed. 

The rule of a third is a great management tool in determining the setting of your mower deck. In the spring, turf tends to grow at a much quicker rate as it comes out of dormancy.  It is not uncommon to have to mow twice in a seven day interval in order to keep the lawn under control.  When judging what height setting to place your mower deck at, keep the rule of a third in mind.  For example, If the lawn is 6" tall, simply set your mower deck to a height equivalent of 4" or to where the top 2" of the lawn will be mowed off.  Most residential mowers have settings all the way up to 6".  This will ensure that you are not "scalping" the lawn by taking too much of the grass plant off at one time.  It will also help keep the clippings from "piling" in the lawn.  If you do experience piling, simply take a blower around and scatter each pile.  The clippings are full of nitrogen and potassium and regenerate nutrients back into the soil to continuously feed your lawn in between treatments.

Cross-mowing (aka cross cutting) is another great lawn management tool.  This process involves variation of your mower direction each time you mow your lawn.  This prevents the soil from rutting and also prevents putting too much directional traffic on parts of your lawn where the tires of your mower go over it.  Sometimes it is not possible to cross-mow depending on the amount of space you are working with but it is advisable to practice this where you have the space to do it.  Variating up to three directions is usually sufficient to allow the turf to recover after the traffic goes across it and to keep the soil from rutting.  If your mower leaves stripes, this also leaves a beautiful checkerboard pattern in your lawn!

We at Total Quality Lawncare and Lanscaping practice both of these methods--give us a call for your free no-obligation quote for a professionally maintained lawn!  We would love the opportunity to work with you!

Spring Crabgrass Prevention

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 8:11 AM Comments comments (100)
Good Morning Everyone!

Crabgrass will be an epidemic over the next several seasons due to the wet summer we had in 2015.  Crabgrass is an annual, warm season grass that can be hard to control if not done at the appropriate time.  It can begin the germination process once soil temperatures reach 55 degrees in our region.  The most optimal way to prevent crabgrass is before it starts--meaning that the application of a good pre-emergent herbicide combined with your spring fertilizer can help prevent crabgrass from germinating and taking over your lawn.  A good pre-emergent herbicide can have up to a 10 month longevity period, meaning that it can provide up to 10 months of protection and withstand up to 15 inches of rain before being diluted. 

Please feel free to contact Total Quality Lawncare and Landscaping for your free, no-obligation quote to help keep your lawn free of crabgrass today!


2016 Lawn and Landscape Season

Posted on January 23, 2016 at 8:16 AM Comments comments (128)
The 2016 Lawn and Landscape Season is right around the corner!

Total Quality Lawncare and Landscaping, LLC is accepting new customers for the following divisions:

1.  Turf Maintenance (Commercial Mowing and Residential Mowing)
2.  Turf maintenance (annual fertilizer / weed control program)
3.  Landscaping

Our annual fertilizer / weed control program is a seven step program comprised of 11 treatments that includes aeration/over-seeding in the fall.  We offer a pre-payment option for our program that saves the customer 10% over the entire year if pre-paid up front.  This can be equivalent to a free treatment!  Call today to find out how you can take advantage of the savings!

We are also taking deposits for our 2016 Landscape Schedule.  Whether you are looking for a retaining wall, routine maintenance, mulch application, paver patio, etc, give us a call for your no-obligation estimate.  We would love the opportunity to help you invest in your home or business!

Broadleaf weeds

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 6:19 AM Comments comments (104)
In 2012, expect a high number of broadleaf weeds to appear in even the healthiest of lawns.  Reasoning for this is that the ground never stayed frozen for a long period of time over the winter.  Herbicide applications at specific intervals as directed by the manufacturer on the product label will help keep these weeds at bay and under control.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for a quote!

Spring is around the corner!

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM Comments comments (104)
It's getting to be that time of year again everyone!  Time to start the spring clean-up process!  A good cultivation to your mulch beds will help loosen that old compacted mulch and allow nutrients and moisture to better reach your plants root system.  A good pre-emergent herbicide/fertilizer combo also helps to feed the roots and keep weeds out.  You should be applying or have your first app of fertilizer with crabgrass preventer around the first of March.  Please don't hesitate to contact us for pricing on your spring clean-up and fertilizer program for the year!

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