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Preparing your lawn and landscape for Spring

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 5:24 PM Comments comments (103)
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!

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!