Thanksgiving is based around giving thanks for our family, friends, homes, jobs and all of our blessings. There really is no better name for this holiday than Thanksgiving!
Pilgrims had a good harvest and were thankful that they had made it to the New World and were actually surviving and prospering. So, in order to celebrate all of their gifts and good luck the Pilgrims decided to have a harvest festival and a day of thanks.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? We are thankful for all of our wonderful customers and another amazing year!
Virginia Green Lawn Care will soon begin taking soil samples from lawns on our Estate Lawn Care Program to send off to the lab for testing. If you are a customer on our seven application Premium Lawn Care Program, and would like a soil test performed, we would be happy to provide one for only $39.00. Please contact our office and let us know that you would like this service, we will send a technician out to pull the sample, and once the results are received we will email a copy of the lab report along with an analysis.
One of the easiest ways to help promote a healthy lawn is to practice proper mowing habits. The ideal mowing height for Tall Fescue is 3.5-4 inches. As most homeowner lawn mowers do not cut higher than this, Virginia Green Lawn Care recommends always keeping the mower deck at the highest possible setting. Check the mowing height by placing in ruler in the lawn and measure the grass plants from the soil to the tip of the leaf blade.
Reasons to Not Mow Fescue Too Short
- Tall Fescue is a “bunch-type” grass
- It cannot spread laterally
- Mowing tall promotes a thicker lawn
- Taller shoots equates to deeper roots
- More leaf material results in better photosynthesis, allowing the plant to fully mature and drive more roots into the soil
- A tall, thick lawn will help reduce weed competition
Dull Lawn Mower Blades Cause Brown Grass
It’s also important to be sure the lawn mower has a sharp blade. Mowing with a dull blade will result in “torn” leaf blades. This causes the lawn to have a tan or brownish tint. It can also stress the grass plants, which may lead to further issues. Start each season with a freshly sharpened blade. Monitor the sharpness often and sharpen or replace the blade as needed.
Consistent Spring and Fall Mowing is Key
Tall fescue is a cool-season grass. This means most of the growth occurs over the spring and fall months. Mowing frequency will need to increase during these times of the year. It’s important to mow often enough to ensure that no more than one-third of the grass blade is removed at one time. Cutting too much leaf material at once can damage the plant. Conversely, fescue will not be growing as rapidly during the summer. Therefore, mowing frequency should be reduced to an “as needed” basis at this time. Mowing too often in the summer can cause unnecessary stress that can damage the lawn.
Dull Mower Blades
Proper mowing of a tall fescue lawn is one of the most important, and easiest, ways to promote healthy turf. Be sure to set the mower deck at the highest setting, utilize a sharp mower blade, and practice proper mowing frequency depending on the time of year.
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Contact Virginia Green online or call one of our local offices (Charlottesville 434-975-0100, Richmond 804-285-6200, Williamsburg 757-258-1788) for more lawn care expert advice and/or to develop a maintenance plan that’s best for your lawn.
Want to learn more about fescue lawn maintenance? Check out some of our previous posts.
Here at Virginia Green, we are applying winter treatments now to prevent spring lawn insects. There aren’t many pests in our landscape that are active in the winter, but we can take steps now to reduce their activity in the spring.
Removing Leaves Helps Prevent Lawn Pests
I always recommend for homeowners wanting to rid their trees and shrubs of pest insects, is to clean the beds. High weed populations and thick leaf litter provide ample habitat for overwintering insects and their eggs. Weeding the beds and removing the leaf litter once it has fallen from your deciduous plants can have a noticeable impact on plant pest populations come spring.
Kill Pests With Horticultural Oil
One of the ways we keep bugs off of our customer’s plant material in the winter is to apply horticultural oil on susceptible plants. Our target with this application is over-wintering insects, sucking insects and scales that hang out on the undersides of leaves and on the branches of trees and shrubs. The oil suffocates active insect populations and can desiccate egg masses, reducing their viability. Because of some plant species sensitivity to oil, we are sure to inspect and properly identify those species that are susceptible to the targeted pest and treat them accordingly.
Questions and Scheduling Treatment
Please feel free to contact one of our plant health care specialists should you have any other questions or concerns about treating your plants in the winter. Want to learn more about our tree & shrub program, get a free quote and more information online, or call one of our local offices: (804)285-6200 in Richmond, (757)258-1788 in Williamsburg, and (434) 975-0100 in Charlottesville.
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Halloween is right around the corner and there is many ways you can spruce up your lawn and bushes to get in the spirit! There are many decorations available on the market, but here are a few ideas that you can do on a budget.
What you need: Old toilet paper rolls, scissors, glow sticks. This is a cheap and easy way to bring a little excitement into your bushes. The only thing you need to buy for this trick to work is cheap little glow in the dark sticks. You can pick these up at any dollar store or decoration store for a couple bucks. Next, take an old toilet paper roll. Everyone has these brown cardboard rolls, just make sure you clean off any toilet paper that might have stuck to it. Now you can cut two eyes into the cardboard. Be creative on shape and size. They can be just plain circles, slanted eyes or triangles, up to you! Slide the glow stick into the tube and there you have it. Glowing eyes! Now stick these in your bushes to give you neighbors a freight.
What you need: Sheet of Styrofoam, serrated knife, acrylic paint, spray paint, paintbrushes. This is a fun craft for the whole family! You can make your own little graveyard in your front yard. The first step to making a tombstone is to cut out the shape of the tombstone from the Styrofoam. A large sheet of Styrofoam could get you 3-4 nice size tombstones. With the same knife, carve the name and information onto the Styrofoam, such as ‘RIP’ or ‘Dracula’, whatever you can come up with! Once you have the design all carved out, spray paint your tombstone a gray of your choice. When the paint has dried, use black paint with paintbrushes to paint in the carved out spaces. This will really bring out the words and design. You just made a homemade tombstones. Place them in your lawn and build your cemetery.
What you need: Pipe cleaners, toothpick, small pumpkins, scissors, black paper, craft glue. You can place these little spider pumpkins the all over your yard. Scary? Not so much, but a cute and crafty way to get in the spirit. All you need to do is bend 8 pipe cleaners in half to form the spider legs. Then, bend the very end of the pipe cleaner a little bit to form a tiny foot. Next, using the toothpick, poke four holes into each side of the pumpkin to slide the pipe cleans into. Now just cut eyes and a mouth into the black paper and glue them on the front. Now you have a pumpkin spiders! Repeat this for as many spiders as you like to place around your property.
These are just some simple Halloween ideas to make your home more festive. Have fun with your decorations. Halloween is a great holiday for the whole family and these DIY projects can be a fun family activity. From everyone here at Virginia Green, have a happy and safe Halloween!
To learn more about how to improve the overall look, feel, and durability of your lawn this Fall contact contact Virginia Green at 804-285-6200. We offer comprehensive lawn care services to that keep your lawn looking it’s best all year long.
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A majestic oak (Quercus spp.) shade tree in your yard inevitably results in a bumper crop of acorns in late summer through fall. This adds up to a major mess on your lawn, in flower beds and on walkways. Acorns mean winter food for squirrels and other animals, which means they attract these nuisance foragers to your yard. There are several fairly easy ways to get rid of acorns in your garden, which vary in practicality depending on the amount of acorns and yard size.
- Spread tarps on the ground around the tree trunk and below the tree canopy; use as many as needed to completely cover the drip line below the canopy. Grab the oak tree with two hands and shake it hard to encourage acorns to drop off the branches and onto the tarps below. Smack the branches with a long stick, if needed. Wrap up the acorns inside of the tarp and dispose of them in your compost bin or green materials waste bin. This method works best with smaller oak trees, but you might be able to throw a rope over branches of large trees to shake the acorns off the branches.
- Rake the acorns into a large pile, using a broom rake that has thin, flexible tines. Scoop up the acorns with a flat shovel for disposal. Alternatively, rake the acorns onto a tarp and gather them in the tarp for disposal. Repeat this process about once weekly through fall to keep up with the acorns.
- Push a nut roller, sometimes called an acorn picker, across the lawn to pick up the acorns and toss them into a collection basket. This machine looks similar to a push reel lawn mower, but instead of blades, it has a large roller with grips that pick up the acorns and toss them into the basket. Alternatively, attach a lawn sweeper a lawn tractor; large brushes pick up debris and toss it into a catch bag. Acorns are heavier than leaves and grass clippings, so it might take several passes with a lawn sweeper.
- Vacuum the acorns, using a wet-dry shop vacuum with a wide hose attachment, about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter, depending on the acorn sizes. The efficiency of this method varies greatly depending on the power of the vacuum and the size and weight of the acorns. Alternatively, use a leaf blower that converts to a vacuum and collects debris in a bag. Avoid leaf blowers that vacuum and mulch lawn debris.
- Drive over the acorns with a lawn and leaf vacuum hitched to a lawn tractor if you already have one for vacuuming leaves. These large machines can cost thousands of dollars and aren’t likely to be worth the cost just to vacuum up acorns.
As I ride through neighborhoods in the Richmond area, I always notice and can pick out a Virginia Green Lawn. What makes Virginia Green’s lawns so dense and green? It’s simple really. The partnership we create with our clients goes above and beyond to ensure you to will have a Virginia Green Lawn.
Every Step Counts
We start with a comprehensive lawn analysis. One of our highly trained and skilled salesman will arrive on your lawn and evaluate its needs. If you’re starting from scratch, or an old pro at lawn maintenance, we will let you know what we can offer. From the very beginning, we go above and beyond to communicate and build a partnership that will yield beautiful results.
From your very first service you will see the passion we have for lawn care. Your highly trained and experienced technician will be on hand the day of service to answer any questions you may have. Any needs not able to be met by our technician will be addressed by our top notch agronomy staff. Whether you would like to meet on your lawn or have us come take a look and call you back with our findings, it can be done. Need aeration and over seeding in the fall? We have the best seed in the state. Have a question about your trees and shrubs? We have you covered with our horticulturalist on staff.
The quality of our work is impeccable. All our technicians and staff are registered. With our extensive knowledge of the best products in the industry and always being on the cutting edge, your lawn will prosper and explode into a lush, green, thick stand of Virginia Green Grass.
As our partnership continues to grow, we will continue to advise you on any measures that can be taken to further illuminate your landscape. With just a phone call, email or letter we will be there to do anything we can to help you in this process.
The secret is out! Your partnership with Virginia Green will have your lawn looking amazing. If the grass is always greener, you know who to call. Help us help you make your lawn Virginia Green.
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This month our technicians will treat lawns and landscaping with the second application of the year as weather permits. Lawn care application #2 is a liquid application of both pre and post-emergent weed control along with fertilizer. This application will control and remaining winter weeds and continue to build a pre-emergent barrier to keep weeds and crabgrass from appearing in the spring.
Tree and shrub application #1 consists of a balanced ten-month fertilizer and micro-nutrient package specific for plants and small trees. This application is applied to the root system of the ornamentals.
Our annual prepayment discount offer continues through February 21st, 2014. Customers who wish to prepay for programs will receive a 7% discount. Payments can be made by check or all major credit cards. Don’t miss out on this money saving offer!
This month our technicians will continue to pull soil samples. Customers on our Premium Lawn Care program may request a soil sampling for only $35.00 by contacting our office. Results and analysis will be emailed to customers.
Our technicians will continue to treat lawns and landscaping with the first application of the year as weather permits. Lawn care application #1 is a liquid application of both pre and post-emergent weed control along with fertilizer. This application will control any remaining winter weeds and begin building a pre-emergent barrier to keep weeds and crabgrass from appearing in the spring.
Tree and shrub application #1 consists of Horticultural oil for over-wintering insects, sucking insects, and scales. This application is applied as a liquid to targeted woody ornamental shrubs and flowering trees less than 25 feet in height.
As we begin 2014 we have extended our annual prepayment discount offer to our customers who wish to prepay for the year for a 7% discount. Payments can be made by check or all major credit cards. This offer extends until February 21st, 2014.
During this month our technicians will complete the soil sampling for all of our customers on the Estate Lawn Care program. Customers on the Premium Lawn Care program may request a soil sampling for only $35.00 by contacting our office. Results and analysis will be emailed to customers.
Weather permitting we will begin treating lawns by mid-month. The first application of the year is a liquid application of both pre and post-emergent weed control along with fertilizer. This application will control any remaining winter weeds and begin building a pre-emergent barrier to keep weeds and crabgrass from appearing in the spring.
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