Myth vs. Reality on caring for your lawn.

Myths vs. Reality: How to Get Your Lawn in Top Shape this Spring

Have you ever wondered when the right time to apply fertilizer to your yard is or whether it’s ok to cut the grass really short?

To help homeowners get their spring and summer lawn care off to a great start and to celebrate National Lawn Care Month in April, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers these myth-busting tips.

Myth #1: You can water your lawn and landscape any time of day.

Reality: Water is a valuable resource; make every drop count! Watering the lawn in the early mornings or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation. It’s the best time for water to penetrate deep into the soil.

Myth #2: It’s ok to cut the grass very short.

Reality: Most landscape professionals advise against cutting more than one-third of the grass leaf at a time. Mowing at a finished cut height of 3 to 3.5 inches throughout the summer is generally recommended. The lawn will need less water, will be more resistant to weeds and will have a deeper, greener color. Use a sharp mower blade to prevent tearing grass blades. A crisp and clean cut will help prevent a “brown tip” appearance.

Myth #3: It’s best to water your lawn every day.

Reality: Watering your lawn every three days is better than daily watering. Deep, rather than shallow watering of your lawn is recommended to nurture the roots. An inch of water to 12 inches of soil is the preferred ratio for watering actively growing grass.

Myth #4: If you want to replace your lawn, you should do it in the spring when plants get ready to bloom.

Reality: The best time to sow seed is in the late summer and early fall when the temperatures are more consistent and when highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, are at the end of their life cycle.
Myth #5: Early spring is the best time to fertilize the lawn.

Reality: Since different species of grass prefer nutrients at different times of the year, be sure to use the correct fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time, and in the right place. A slow-release fertilizer allows for more even and consistent feeding over a longer period of time than a quick-release fertilizer. And, remember to use fertilizers responsibly by cleaning up any that lands on streets, sidewalks or driveways where they can be washed into lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

Myth #6: A garden hose is more cost efficient than installing an irrigation system.

Reality: Many landscape professionals recommend installing an irrigation system with smart controllers which have sensors that water when needed. Smart irrigation can offer a cost savings of 15–20 percent on water bills. Converting irrigation spray nozzles from sprinklers to rotating nozzles will spread heavy droplets of water at a slower pace, which makes them more targeted and effective.

Myth #7: You have to irrigate to have a healthy and beautiful lawn.

Reality: Grasses are built to endure long periods of drought by entering a state of dormancy.. When temperatures and moisture levels are at their extreme, the growing point of the grass plant, the crown, will shut off the grass blades, turning them brow. In almost all instances, once the heat and drought stresses have gone, the crowns will begin to send up new shoots. There’s nothing wrong with irrigating to avoid dormancy, but “embracing the brown” for a couple of weeks in the summer is just fine too.

For a FREE Estimate on any of our lawn services, tick and mosquito control or grub prevention, call today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Our Office is CLOSED TODAY

Just a reminder that our office will be CLOSED today Monday April 3rd for an all-day comepany meeting. We will be open tomorrow at 8am.

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Our Office Will Be CLOSED MONDAY APRIL 3rd For An All-Day Meeting

Our annual company meeting is being held on Monday April 3rd. This is a chance to introduce new employees to the company, go over safety procedures (priority) and make sure we are ready to provide our customers the BEST possible service. Our own employees do presentations to share information about their specialties and departments to be sure everyone is familiar with all of our services. Talk about a great way to get to know your fellow employees. This really makes us feel like a team and not just some service company. We feel our customers deserve the best team possible. Personally, I think because Ford’s Hometown Services is a family owned & run business, they want our team to feel like family and in turn treat our customers like family. If you are being bugged, call us 1-800-649-9992.

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Shh, Iggy is sleeping


 

 

 

 

 

 

I caught Iggy sleeping today. Usually as soon as you walk by he opens his eyes. Must have had a big night last night!

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Do you see large slow-moving flies around your windows?

CLUSTER FLY 

The adult cluster fly will enter into homes to over winter.  In suburbs, older country homes become more vulnerable to the invasion.  As the winter warms into spring, these large sluggish flies appear mostly around windows to look for a lighted escape route.  They enter your living quarters through window rope pulley holes, overhead lighting, vents, and access points from your attic.  Large gatherings (clusters) can be seen on the sunny side of your house during the warm days of spring.  These flies are of no immediate threat to humans.

The eggs are laid in the soil and hatch in three days.  The newly emerged larvae (maggot) will penetrate earthworms and feed for 13-22 days and then pupate.  The pupae stage is 11-14 days before adulthood.  Control of these insects begins with preventing entry by interior caulking and physical barriers such as insect screening.  Insect light traps can help control and catch the adults.  Rarely is professional spraying necessary as these insects do not live very long indoors, but sometimes professional spraying is necessary. This is a pest problem you can anticipate each year, however with the proper procedures mentioned above alleviation is possible.

Flies bugging you? Are mice a pain in the attic? Call Today 1-800-649-9992

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Should You Plant Grass Seed in the Spring?

What is Wrong with Spring Seeding? 

Spring seeding disadvantages

  • Increased crabgrass
  • Ground is cold
  • Slower germination (8 weeks to maturity)
  • Entering heat stress of summer
  • Increased watering for a longer period of time (cost & labor)
  • Increased broad-leaf weeds
  • Less effective crabgrass pre-emergent control
  • Broad-leaf weeds cannot be sprayed until grass has matured
  • Fertilizing treatments of nitrogen uneven to existing lawn
  • Result can and most likely will be impaired
  • Higher cost due to crabgrass pre-emergent control

Most towns currently have some water ban in effect so the necessary watering to get the seed established may be impossible.

Fall seeding advantages

      • Crabgrass being an annual dies off (no competition)
      • Intended seeded areas are now exposed for seeding due to effective  crabgrass treatment in the spring, and broadleaf control throughout year
      • Soil is warm
      • Quicker germination (4 weeks to maturity)
      • Less watering (less cost and labor)
      • Coming out of the heat stress of summer
      • Lower price due to Pre-emergent no longer needed
      • Better results

Contact us  today or call us at 800-649-9992 for your free estimate with on-site analysis (our price is based on square footage).

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My dog shaming daily calendar for March 15th

It says , “my name is Jasmine, today I learned mousetraps are not puppy toys, Ouch”

p.s. Now I won’t even go in the kitchen and I love food!

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My dog shaming daily calander for March 15th

It says , “my name is Jasmine, today I learned mousetraps are not puppy toys, Ouch”

p.s. Now I won’t even go in the kitchen and I love food!

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Our Office Will Be Closed Tomorrow-Tuesday March 14

This message is to inform everyone that our office will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday March 14th due to the forecast for heavy snow throughout the day.  We feel it’s best, as we care about everyone’s safety.  Have a pest and weed-free day! 

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Carpenter Ants will be on the move very soon!

Carpenter Ants can be black or combination of red and black or red and brown. Workers vary in size and can range from ¼ to ½ inch and the queens range from ½ to 5/8ths.     These ants are an important part of recycling and composting wood in their natural setting, but are destructive and unsettling when they invade our homes and businesses. Most carpenter ant queens start a nest in decayed or water-damaged wood that is softened by fungus. Normally, we find a major nest containing thousands of ants and smaller satellite colonies containing fewer ants. These satellite colonies can be found anywhere. The presence of winged ants (a swarming) indicates a mature colony close by.

Our Pest Management Professionals are experts in eradicating carpenter ants. They will ask questions to try to deduce where the ants may have set up the primary nest. Their questions may include: Have you had any water leaks or water problems in general? How many ants do you see and in what area do you see the most? Do you see ants every spring or do you see any with wings? Our professional will also look for conducive conditions such as mulch up against the foundation, excessive leaf litter, woodpiles and scrap wood, bushes and trees which touch the home and any earth-to-wood contact.  If ants are seen, the technician may put carpenter ant bait down. The ants will pick up this “food” and head back to the nest to feed the queen and the young. These clues will hopefully lead to where the problem is and the discovery of where the nesting sites are.  If you are a do-it yourself person and continue to have ants yearly, you may be causing a small problem to become a big one. Are you beeing bugged, something annoying in your attic? Contact us at info@fordshometown.com or 1-800-649-9992.

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