Sometimes folks like us are needed for major projects in your yard, but sometimes, it simply makes more sense to do things yourself. And sometimes, it’s more fun that way! But just like anything else in life, it’s important that you take all the necessary safety precautions before doing your day to day landscaping work. Here are four of some of the most commonly asked questions we get regarding this topic, and what you can do to keep safe.
Sometimes it can be a little tough to see your favorite shrubs or trees dealing with the hefty load of snow after a big storm. Sometimes it looks like they’re right on the cusp of breaking even – and oftentimes our instinct is to want to shake the snow off and release our beloved plants of their burden.
No one likes it when their lawn is overrun by things like crabgrass. It can take even the most beautiful turf and pollute it, hurt it and adversely affect even its simple aesthetics. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the way you can combat crab grass and prevent it from overrunning your lawn this summer.
Yes—we said it. It’s never too early to begin talking about ticks.
If you live in New England, we’re sure you’ve heard that ticks are not only an incredible nuisance to have to deal with and worry about, but they also come with a serious health risk of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme.
The two main types of ticks that we should be concerned with in New England are Blacklegged “Deer” Ticks and American Dog Ticks. It’s a well known fact that Deer Ticks are the ones we are worried about when it comes to contracting a tick-borne disease. They also happen to be the ones that are extremely difficult to spot due to their miniscule size.
So the general rule of thumb here in tree land is that pruning isn’t always good for your trees during the dormant month, but we’re a little more agnostic to that way of thinking than most.
While your tree doesn’t grow as much during this time period – and the thought of pruning a tree could be considered damaging – it can actually afford you with a lot of opportunity to promote long-term growth and health in your trees.
Why do we think this way? For a few reasons, of which we’ll share with you today:
The late winter months are always a great time to double check your yard and see which branches need some sprucing up. Knowing that it’s time to trim, it’s important to make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job.
As veterans of the tree business, we know a thing or two about the best kinds of tools that will be the most helpful for you to have on hand. And with the holiday’s right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to invest in some quality materials to treat yourself— or a lawn-care savvy person in your life.
Here’s our top three must-haves for the old tool shed:
They say that sometimes fact is crazier than fiction and in the case of the caterpillar, that's certainly the case. Everyone read the "Very Hungry Caterpillar" as a kid—it's a classic. In that story, a caterpillar gets ready to be a butterfly by, well...eating everything in sight. Leaves, cake, sausage, fruit—you name it and he ate it.
If there's one thing that's true from the book, it's that caterpillars like to eat a lot, and more often than not, their favorite tasty treats are the leaves on your favorite trees. Even worse, they tend to be communal eaters, and infestations can happen almost overnight.
Even though some of us have been conditioned to have a soft spot for caterpillars (and there's nothing wrong with that!), too much of a good thing can be bad. So, here's the three types of caterpillars you should be on the lookout for:
Ivy has a lot of positive connotations with it in popular culture, particularly for the classic look it can give to certain settings. We even think of great universities when we think of Ivy. But the truth of it is – that while it might look good – it’s almost always something that in the case of a tree – can cause a lot of damage in both the short and long term to your plants.
We know that if there is anything people look forward to – even more than the holidays – it’s raking leaves. Nothing beats sweating your face off in weather that’s too cold to not wear a jacket but hot enough to make you too hot quickly. Everyone loves it when they rake a wondrous pile of leaves that can be systematically disposed of only for their kids to come barreling through and knock all of that hard work back all over the yard. Heck – we all know there isn’t a more romantic time in the world than the sweet nothings you scream into your spouse’s face as you fumble awkwardly trying to put leaves into bags they don’t want to go into.
Japanese Beetles area common problem in the late summer/early fall. If you’re
noticing that your trees’ leaves are getting thinner than normal, chances are that
Japanese beetles are having a feast at your trees’ expense.
The good news is there are a number of ways in which you can combat these pests –
and that’s what we’re here to discuss today. Let’s jump right in.
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