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The following list is a collective of Tips and Tricks from the professionals at Akron Canton Lawn Care, Family, Friends and Colleagues through out the Lawn Care and Landscaping industry. We hope you enjoy the information! If you have your own Tip or Trick and would like us to add it to the list, please feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Tip #1 Pre-Emergents are the key to controlling any Weeds or Annual grasses like crabgrass that are extremely aggressive in Canton Ohio. Without any treatment, they will thin and then choke out your good grass as they compete for growing area in your lawn. In just a few years, you could be left with little or no healthy turf. A short life span enables annual grasses to mature quickly, appearing in your grass without any warning. Though post-emergent herbicides are available to treat annual grasses after they sprout, preventing them from appearing in the first place is the best way to keep your lawn thick and healthy. Early spring is the ideal time to take preventative measures by applying pre-emergents.  

Tip #2 While pruning, trimming and thinning can certainly be done any time of the year, most trees and hedges respond best if they’re pruned, trimmed or thinned in the fall or winter (while they’re dormant) in Massillon OH.

Tip #3 Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effects of seventy two tons of air conditioning, which is enough for 16 average houses in Akron Ohio.

Tip #4 Give some thought to what kind of annual or perennial flowers you would like to plant in the spring during the winter to help with the winter blues in Richfield Ohio. The spring collection catalogs are arriving daily in the mailboxes to help make selections. Plenty of colorful, beautiful brilliant, vibrant flowers to choose from.

Tip #5 Our educated professionals at Akron Canton Lawn Care to keep up to date on the latest treatments in Copley OH, so they can keep your property looking its best while using only whats needed when and where it’s needed for good overall plant health. 330-933-2222

Tip #6 It is important to remember that what we do to the soil now could affect our entire grass, plant, shrub or tree growing season in the future. The soils health does matter.

Tip #7 In Bath Township OH treatment of fleas and ticks is critical to help alleviate the transmissions of virus and disease. Call Akron Canton Lawn Care today for a free estimate for all you lawn and pest needs or visit our website at: http://akroncantonlawncare.com/

Tip #8 Clean gutters & down spouts are not just for appearance, but are necessary to remove rain water away from around your houses foundation and other critical areas on your property.

Tip #9 Sharp blades while cutting the grass is important to leave a clean cut and not damage the grass. The same applies for when pruning your shrubs in Canal Fulton Ohio.

Tip #10 A healthy lawn in Fairlawn Ohio that is weed free and has the proper amount of fertilizer applied to it is very important to our local environment and the waterways. Plus it makes time spent in the lawn more enjoyable and adds value to your home.

Tip #11 Grass and other plants take in carbon dioxide from the air, plus water from their roots and turn them into oxygen. This is why feeding the lawn helps the grass receive the proper nutrients and to also keeps the weeds under control.

Tip #12 Keeping grass cut at the proper height in Canton OH helps the grass retain water to keep it healthier even in harsh drought conditions.

Tip #13 Annual grasses like crabgrass are an extremely aggressive weed. Without treatment, they’ll thin and choke out your good grass as they compete for growing space in your lawn.

Tip #14 One of the most beneficial things that you can do to help is aerating your yard. Aeration is achieved by using a gas powered machine that removes thousands of deep plugs of soil from your lawn that has become compacted over time. Aeration should be done every year to achieve the best results and to promote a healthy green lawn in Jackson Township OH.

Tip #15 The leaves look beautiful on the lawn with all the brilliant colors in the fall in Cuyahoga Falls OH but think twice before you allow all the leaves to accumulate on your grass or landscaping plants. If leaves are not removed, the blankets of leaves can suffocate your grass or your plants in the landscape beds. Leaves block them from getting the sunlight, water and nutrients that they need to survive. A good rule of thumb is that if you cant’s see the grass or plants through the leaves, then the grass can not grow or the plants will die due to lack of oxygen.

Tip #16 Before sending your live Christmas trees to the trash in Tallmadge OH, remember that it can find new life after the holidays are over. The trees can be recycled into a variety of uses, including mulch, compost and wildlife habitats. Mulching, chipping or composting Christmas trees after the holidays is a wise alternative to just throwing them in landfills and uses up no space at the landfill. Everyone who uses a live-cut Christmas tree should really consider recycling them.

Tip #17 A dense vegetative cover of turfgrass on your lawn reduces pollution and runoff. If your grass is thin and sickly, pollution and runoff from a lawn increases dramatically. A healthy thick lawn is better at controlling pollution that can affect water quality in streams and rivers in Portage Lakes Ohio and surrounding areas.

Tip #18 When mowing your lawn in Coventry Twp OH you should only remove 1/3 or less of the grass blade to keep the grass healthy. Removing more than this can promote disease and weeds in your lawn.

Tip #19 Beautiful well maintained lawns and landscape can add as much as 20% to the value of your property in Portage Lakes OH. This is very important if you are considering or have your home on the market for sale.

Tip #20 Common Dandelion is a weed perennial that overwinters as a small rosette of leaves. Seedlings grow from a taproot and begin to emerge in early spring when soil temperatures reach 50 degrees. For early season control of weeds that overwintered, apply a weed control to the turf early in the spring when temperatures are still cool.

Tip #21 Properly mowing, watering and fertilizing lawns encourages healthy growth and minimizes thin turf and weeds in your lawn in North Canton OH.

Tip #22 Having your lawn mower in Kent OH maintained properly year round is very important for homeowners or mowing contractors . Having the blades run at the proper speed makes a clean cut on the lawn and does not clump grass in the yard. If something leaks from the lawnmower it could do irreversible damage to the soil and grass. Remember hiring a company with commercial equipment with professional practices with their equipment is important.

Tip #23 By diagnosing and treating problems right the first time in the lawn and not using extra chemicals is critical. That why hiring a professional lawn care providers in Akron OH can be the right solution for your lawn without taking any chances.

Tip #24 Spring Clean-ups of your lawn and landscaping beds should be completed before the first lawn care treatment you receive. So that while raking and cleaning of the lawn the barrier for Crabgrass Protection is not broken.

Tip #25 Organic mulch helps the soil bank moisture for the plants to use during times of drought or dry spells here in North Canton OH. Organic mulch also helps to keep weed seeds from germinating in the soil.

Tip #26 Proper Tree, Shrub and lawn care requires watering during times of dry spells or drought in Hudson OH. All plants including flowers, shrubs, grass and trees need proper moisture to survive and thrive. Long deep watering in times of drought in Hudson OH can be critical for your landscapes health or even survival.

Tip #27 All shrubs need trimming and pruning throughout their life in Doylestown Ohio. Not only does it keep them healthy it will make your home, office or commercial property stand out from the rest. A shrub left to grow and neglected is like planting a garden and not weeding or watering!

Tip #28 Here are some Benefits of Aeration in Stow Ohio: 1. Improved appearance and health of your lawn. 2. Relieves soil compaction to help reduce run off of rain water and fertilizer. 3. Helps to break down thatch 4. Stimulates roots of the grass to grow deeper to help during dry spells and helps keep the grass healthy. 5. Allow the grass to recover faster after a dry spell or summer stress. 6. Allows the lawn to receive the most benefit from lawn applications.

Tip #29 Lawn Seeding is needed on each lawn in New Franklin OH each year as there is always some grass dying out from age, disease, drought damage or lack of sunlight and moisture.

Tip #30 The myth of the best time to replace the lawn is in the spring, as plants get ready to bloom. Sowing seeds in the spring sets one up for potential problems, as heat sets in during the summer months and weeds compete for space. The best time to sow seeds is in the fall when the temperatures are more consistent and highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, have gone dormant for the year.  

Tip #31 Most types of turfgrass grows best in slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6 and 7. If your soil pH is below 5.5 your lawn will not grow well. Do not expect an extra application of fertilizer to help because highly acidic soil can’t absorb nutrients effectively. To Raise you pH a lime application is best to apply between fall and early spring.

Tip #32 For your last mow of the season in Fairlawn OH residents you should always mow your grass a little shorter to help against disease across the winter.

Tip #33 Researches are finding now that fall fertilization programs are creating additional benefits that can carry well into next year. Ohio State University recent studies show overall turfgrass physiological health is improved for the following season with a fall Fertilizer application vs. turf that is untreated at the end of the growing season. Fall fertilization also helps turf recover faster from summer stress, maintaining a green turf color into early winter while providing quick green-up in the spring. Fall Fertilization also can help the turf grow deeper roots during the spring according to J. Copeland.

Tip #34 In the Spring in Copley OH if you have snow mold in your grass in areas after a hard Winter. A light raking of the affected areas will help the grass recover.

Tip #35 The best time to start any lawn treatment program in Richfield OH is any time! Why wait and allow the weeds to grow and mature? Why not give the lawn the nutrients it requires to thrive.

Tip #36 The best time of year to take a soil sample from your yard in Massillon OH is in the spring. This time of year gives you the most accurate reading of your soil.

Tip #37 Leaf Cleanup should be done multiple times to allow the grass and the shrubs in your landscape beds to receive the proper amount of sunlight and oxygen to live and survive here in Jackson Township OH. It also takes longer to cleanup leaves when you have to deal with a greater volume of leaves down on the lawn.

Tip #38 Making Your Best Impression! If you’re thinking about selling your home in the future in Wadsworth Ohio, keep in mind that curb appeal can make or break the deal. The majority of potential buyers will decide whether or not they want to look inside your house based on what they see when they drive by your home. If it’s not pretty outside they will think it will not be well kept on the inside.

Tip #39 When winter sets in please remember to set out fresh water daily for the wildlife and make sure you do not leave the pets outdoors to long on cold, windy days. When the snows arrives in Barberton OH the birds will need help to find food so provide a little food and shovel the snow off areas of the lawn so the birds can scratch around.

Tip #40 Watering is a delicate balance in Akron Ohio. Too much water means the plants can not breathe well and too little water and the plants will wilt and die. Plants cannot and will not thrive or even survive if they are stressed for water. There will be times that all plants will require watering during times of drought. If plants are left to die then the value that they added to the property are lost and then your will have the added cost of replacing them. It is far more cost effective to water then it is to remove and replace plants that were not watered. Lawns require 1” of water a week and plants require about an 1” of water a week applied slowly so there is not much runoff. Proper watering allows your investments to grow!

Tip #41 When selecting a tree or shrub put some thought to given area you want the tree or shrub planted in and what you want from it. Doing research about the particular plant or getting advice from your local nursery in Canton Ohio is always a good idea.

Tip #42 If your shrubs at your home, office or commercial property need shrub trimming do it before the heavy snows of winter. It can break and damage shrubs that are overgrown and have heavy branches drooping.

Tip #43 How do you know Spring will return in Barberton OH? Take a minute and go look at the trees and shrubs in your yard and look for the buds at the end of the branches. That is our guarantee of another Spring!

Tip #44 Fall Mulching in Springfield Township OH helps keep the freezing temperatures from freezing out the roots of many trees, shrubs and perennial flowers.

Tip #45 The benefits of human interaction with plants, trees, flowers and grass are well studied and documented. Research has found that people find stress relief and healing when interacting with nature or even when just viewing nature on a computer screen or through a window. Children with ADHD seem to focus better after being outdoors (Harvard Health Publications). Workers are also more productive when working in environments with plants and cognitive function is improved.

Tip #46 In Norton OH annual grass seeds can also be blown into your yard from miles away in windy conditions. For these reasons, yearly applications of pre-emergents are necessary for maximum prevention and control.

Tip #47 The first reason a tree should be removed is if it is a undesirable tree that you will spend all of your free time cleaning up the debris off the lawn that will fall in high winds or in snow and ice.

Tip #48 Weed Control in your landscaping beds is a must for a great landscape all season long here in Bath OH. You should not let the weeds grow and flourish and go to head. When the weed goes to seed there will be thousands more weed seeds deposited into your lawn and landscape beds here in Bath OH.  

Tip #49 For a successful Lawn Treatment Program we recommend Grub Control to stop the damage to your lawn from Skunks, Raccoons, Moles and Voles in your lawn in Green Ohio.

Tip #50 When deciding on a new Landscape Design or a Landscape Renovation the most important step is your budget. With a realistic budget a Landscape Design can be designed to match a clients budget without additional charges or any time delays.

Tip #51 Mulching landscape beds in Wadsworth OH will help maintain a more even soil temperature throughout the year.

Tip #52 How you prune will determine the future growth patterns of your trees and shrubs in Uniontown Ohio. So make sure to have the knowledge of proper pruning before starting.

Tip #53 Always check the ends of your downspouts and drainage ditches to make sure no debris are blocking the flow of water in New Franklin OH. This will ensure the spring rains will have adequate run off away from your home and property.

Tip #54 For a healthy thick green lawn fertilizing & watering are some of the ways to help your lawn. Proper mowing height, sharp mower blades, Aeration & Overseeding of the lawn to help thicken the lawn up in areas that are thin or have died out.  

Tip #55 Looking to attract Butterflies to your house? Choose nectar-rich, colorful, fragrant plants for your butterfly garden such as lilac, cone flowers, lavender and even the butterfly bush. Butterflies like the sun so always pick a sunny spot for your butterfly gardens in Norton OH.

Tip #56 In Fairlawn Ohio butterflies love to sunbathe so install flat stones or rocks to attract the butterflies so they stop and warm their wings while they are on the warm rocks or stones. Butterflies are cold blooded and need to warm their wings to fly around.

Tip #57 For a successful landscape project it all starts with a Landscape Design in Silver Lake OH. This allows for all the steps in the landscape project to be taken in the proper order to save time and the client money. You would not build a house without having a set of plans, so why try to build any landscape with out a landscape design.

Tip #58 Landscapes work hard in enhancing any living or working environments. Consider that your lawn, trees flowers, and hedges clean and filter water and air, produce a tremendous amount of oxygen, provide natural air conditioning in the summer and add to your homes insulation in the winter. The turf and trees at your property also absorb sound very efficiently to create more peaceful surroundings.

Tip #59 Your home and office Curb Appeal is important in Copley OH. Is your lawn being mowed with no visible weeds? Have the leaves been raked? Are any tree limbs near or touching your home or office? Are overgrown trees or shrubs blocking a striking architectural features from your view? You will be surprised at what a difference a little lawn maintenance and pruning can make for your curb appeal.

Tip #60 Biting and stinging insects are found less often in lawns that are free of blooming weeds in Bath Twp Ohio.  

Tip #61 On hot, dry days of summer it is essential that all trees and shrubs that were planted the same season or the season before to receive water each week to keep the trees and shrubs nourished. In a few short hot, humid, dry days in Munroe Falls OH your trees and shrubs could die and not recover. Protect your investment with proper watering and allow your trees and shrubs to thrive and survive summer!

Tip #62 Remember for the best results for scorching days of 90 degrees your annual flowers will need a little boost of water to help allow the annuals to set a great root system. Also every 3rd watering with Miracle-Gro will give your annuals and perennials an extra boost of flowering buds in Louisville OH.

Tip #63 It is a good idea to put supports around your tall and fast growing perennials in Silver Lake Ohio. This will keep the perennials from being damaged. If they are hanging over other plants and not allowing the other plants the thrive and survive or if they are laying over the lawn and not allowing the grass to receive enough light.

Tip #64 If you decide to have a tree planted at your property remember the mature size of the tree so you select the “Right Tree for the Right Place”. You also need to remember that the tree will need to be watered weekly for the first year to have great success. If you do nothing the tree will suffer.

Tip #65 The Fall Season in Wadsworth OH is the best time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and perennials. Plus you will be rewarded next Spring with all your hard work.

Tip #66 Weed control in the landscape beds and the lawn is essential for a beautiful lawn and landscape beds in Coventry Township OH. If weeds are left to go to seed in your lawn they will move by the wind, cats, birds to your landscape beds creating a bigger problem as there is less competition for the soil for the weeds to flourish in the flower beds. The weeds in the beds will take water and nutrients away from your landscape. In turn making the landscape plants suffer and possibly even die.  

Tip #67 If Japanese Beatles go untreated in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio they can cause major damage to your landscape at your property.

Tip #68 Rose Bush pruning is an easy way to help keep your Rose bushes blooming and looking their best all season long when pruned properly here Tallmadge Ohio. Remove all suckers down at the root of the Rose Bush. Pruning off all dead or diseased canes is also helpful to the Rose Bush.

Tip #69 Key to success with Butterfly Bushes is to plant in full sun in your landscape beds so that they receive at least 8 hours of direct sunlight and planted in well-drained soil. Did you know soils heavy in clay can lead to root rot? Prune only in spring, after new growth has appeared on its stems.

Tip #70 The use of landscape fabric can be used in the wrong way in flower beds and cause problems with your trees and shrubs in Springfield Twp OH. You must make sure the soil is properly prepared, fabric is installed face side up and is properly overlapped to the next piece.  

Tip #71 Crabgrass is an annual weed that loves warm weather and thrives almost everywhere. Crabgrass Preventer is the best course of action in the spring by preventing the crabgrass seed from taking root. Scalping edges of the sidewalks, curbs, asphalt driveways, walkways and roads is the easiest place for crabgrass to grow and flourish.

Tip #72 A common mistake is that aeration can only be done in Spring or Fall in Stow OH because that is when the ground is soft enough. With professional equipment lawn aeration can be done anytime of the year.

Tip #73 A lawn that is brown in a dry summer is dying is a myth. With high summer temperatures and lack of moisture grass will go into dormancy and is not dead. The lawn is just waiting for moisture to green up again in Clinton OH.

Tip #74 Did you know that scalping your grass has no benefit for your lawn and can help kill your grass? When you scalp your grass, you stress the grass and it is easier for weeds to germinate because the sun can reach the soil and allow the weeds to grow.  

Tip #75 New grass seed can be disturbed by dogs walking on the wet soil and rough housing on new young grass in Munroe Falls OH. Dogs can’t pee on the new grass as this will hinder growth of new grass seed and cause bare spots in germination. Caution should be used when you clean up dog waste as this will disturb the soil and remove the new grass seed with the dog waste.   

Tip #76 Flea and Ticks like moist environments as well as cool shady areas also. A Flea & Tick Control Programs on your lawn can help allow your pets to enjoy life and not carry Fleas and Ticks!

Tip #77 Choosing the right grass seed in Canton OH is very important for your lawn. Your climate zone will effect how the grass grows and thrives and should be considered when selecting a grass seed to make a lawn the best it can be

Tip #78 Did you know that lawns are the largest carbon washer in the U.S. and that by caring for your lawn properly you help clean the the air? With a green, healthy lawn that helps suck up and remove greenhouses gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Grass helps sequesters carbon dioxide so well, that is outweighs the carbon used for maintaining your lawn by as much as seven-fold. This is why it helps to have healthy and thick grass to help clean the air we all breath here in Green Ohio and surrounding areas.

Tip #79 When thinking of purchasing a new home in Jackson Township OH take the time to look at the entire property and the neighboring properties as well. The trees growing in and over the property line from the neighbors can cause a host of problems for your lawn and landscape.

Tip #80 Did you know that grass in Massillon Ohio help dissipates heat island effect caused by the asphalt, hardscapes, sidewalks and concrete? Lawns can be up to 20 degrees cooler than bare soil and can also be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt or other hard surfaces. So yes having grass does help the environment. Grass is great and helps clean the air and also helps to keep our topsoil from washing away!

Tip #81 Lawn Weed Control is still possible to get those Dandelions out of your lawn all season long even if you missed them in the Spring time.

Tip #82 In North Canton Ohio grass slows down the flow of water and if the soil is not compacted will absorb the runoff and can bank the water for later use by the grass and plants. Grass will also clean the impurities and dust as it flows through the grass. Rainwater filtered through a Healthy lawn can be 10 times less acidic than water running off hard surfaces.

Tip #83 Watering fast and lightly will only allow the water to run off and never soak into the soil and not benefit the roots of the trees, grass or shrubs in Medina Ohio.

Tip #84 Trees and Shrubs should be checked for insects so that the tree or shrub does not suffer from infestation of insects in Barberton Ohio.

Tip #85 Mowing your lawn in a different direction frequently in Northeast Ohio is healthy for the grass to be pushed in a different direction. Mowing in a different pattern also helps the soil not become compacted.

Tip #86 When planting a tree, shrub or flower always dig your hole twice the size of the container you received it in. You do not want compacted soil around your new plant. Promotes plenty of oxygen and water for your new plant.

Tip #87 Many winters in Clinton OH will damage the flowers on hydrangeas. Hydrangeas set their flower buds the season before. They are prone to damage in our harsh winters. You can protect them by wrapping burlap or any other suitable fabric around them across the winter and stuffing them full of leaves. This insulates them from cold temperatures and damage to the flower buds that can happen.

Tip #88 Most flowering shrubs and hedges should be pruned immediately after they are done flowering during the season. This way you do not remove the flowering buds set for next year later in the season.

Tip #89 When planting shrubs, flowers or trees in Akron Ohio you should tease or ruff up the roots of the new plant before planting. This prevents root wrap and helps the plants root into its new surroundings.

Tip #90 Always make sure your lawn mower blades are balanced. If unbalanced they can damage your mower and leave an uneven cut on your lawn in Hinckley Ohio.

Tip #91 Mulching or discharging grass when mowing is much healthier for your grass. It replenishes nutrients to your lawn instead of hauling them away. Mulching also helps keep the the moisture in the soil for your grass also.

Tip #92 Newly seeded grass in Richfield Ohio needs 2 to 4 weeks to get established after germination before you should mow it for the first time. The blades are tender and easily damage. The foot and mower traffic could compact the soil, especially if the soil is moist. Mow when the grass is 1 inch taller than recommended regular mowing height.

Tip #93 Before operating a lawn mower in Cuyahoga Falls OH always put on appropriate clothing, footwear and your sunscreen. Wear eye and hearing protection and any other safety equipment the manufacturer specifies.

Tip #94 In Hudson Ohio make sure your exterior faucets are turned off in the interior of your home with a shutoff valve before temperatures reach at or below freezing to avoid damage. They now make “frost proof exterior faucets” that do not need turned off in the interior for the winter.

Tip #95 If you have a dog that spends anytime in your yard, your lawn will show it, Large yellow and dead spots in your lawn will show. The nitrogen in dog urine is the culprit. Encourage your dog to use just one spot in the yard. Make a gravel or mulch area where your dog can do his business without spotting the lawn. Yard training your dog in the same way you house trained him. Walk him out to the area you want him to use and use treats to reward good behavior.

Tip #96 When mowing in Louisville Ohio on slopes with a lawn mower use extreme caution and never refuel a mower engine when it is running or hot.

Tip #97 For proper lawn care always make sure your mower deck is clean before mowing. Keeping it clean produces the best result cutting the grass. When it is not clean the mower loses suction and holds moisture against the steel which promotes rust.

Tip #98 Ground cover perennial plants in your flower beds can be a great living mulch. They retain water like traditional mulch and save you money over the years not needing to constantly purchase new mulch.

Tip #99 The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning because the sun will help dry the grass. Night time watering can result in prolonged moisture on the blades, which can open the door for some diseases in Stow OH.

Tip #100 Hydrangea shrub flowers can be pink, purple or blue in Hudson OH. When the soil is acidic they are blue, neutral they are purple and in alkaline they are pink. You can change the pH of your soil to get the color you like best.

Tip #101 Splitting bulbs like tulips, daffodils, crocus and other flowering bulbs promotes good health. It also promotes more flowers and you can enjoy flowering bulbs in more places in your gardens. It is recommended to be done every 5-10 years depending on the growth habits of the particular bulbs.

Tip #102 The best time to treat for grubs is from mid June to mid August in Akron Ohio.

Tip #103 Over watering your lawn in Massillon Ohio can damage your lawn, landscaping and even your home. Make sure you use proper water management and if you see an issue correct it right away.

Tip #104 Some of the benefits of humic acid lawn applications include: correcting ph levels, increases nutrient uptake, better soil structure, decreases toxins, enhances fertilizers and water retention.

Tip #105 Different grass species require different weed control and fertilizer for best results. It is always best to identify your species before beginning any treatment in Ellet OH.

Tip #106 Organic fertilizers are great products and compare to traditional fertilizers. The only draw back is that it cost generally more per pound and requires more pounds of product per lawn.

Tip #107 Top dressing in Wadsworth Ohio has numerous benefits such as, smoothing the lawn surface, improving drainage, controlling thatch and adds rich new top soil to the lawn.

Tip #108 When planting trees it is important to remember that large roots will develop. As the roots grow they could cause damage to your foundation or other hard surfaces on your property in Canal Fulton OH. Be sure to consider the trees mature size before planting.

Tip #109 Hydroseeding is a great option for new construction homes or in areas of a lawn that would be difficult to keep watered. It requires less water to grow.

Tip #110 Chinch bugs will damage your turf very rapidly with groupings as large as 200 insects per square foot. Chinch bug damage occurs from early July to late August and should be treated right away in Uniontown OH.

Tip #111 River rock flower beds can look very appealing in Canton Ohio. They also have other attributes such as: permanent installation, no decomposition and can deter weeds better than many other options.

 

Tip #112 Installing Purple Martin houses on your property can help dramatically reduce the population of unwanted insects in Doylestown Ohio. Plus they can be very entertaining to watch. They are known for their speed and agility.

Tip #113 Composting is not only great for the environment, but is an excellent way to recycle kitchen and yard waste. Compost creates nutrient rich soil for your garden in Medina Ohio.

Tip #114 Mushrooms in your lawn are not a bad sign in Hudson Ohio. Mushrooms are an identifier of organic matter in the soil and actually indicate a healthy lawn.

 

Tip #115 Yellow Nutsedge is invasive weed in Tallmadge Ohio. If left unchecked it can quickly take over a lawn. It spreads 3 ways by tubers, rhizomes and seed.

Tip #116 Over fertilizing your lawn can be very unhealthy for the grass in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. Over fertilizing can even burn or kill the lawn.

Tip #117 How to spot mole and vole damage in the lawn? Look for volcano shaped swellings in your lawn. Ridges or surface tunnels are also an indicator of mole activity. Voles on the other hand are herbivores so look for damage to your lawn or landscape.

Tip #118 Perimeter sprays help reduce insects from invading your home. They should be applied multiple times per season to act as a sufficient barrier in Fairlawn OH.

Tip #119 Dandelions spread so quickly in a lawn because each plant can produce more than 2000 seeds in a season. They have a life cycle of up to 13 years if untreated and the seeds can remain dormant in the soil for 5 years in Hartville Ohio.

Tip #120 You should edge your flower beds in Medina Ohio because it prevents grass and weeds from entering the bed, makes maintenance much easier, keeps soil or mulch from washing into the lawn and looks great.

Tip #121 Soil testing is a great way to determine nutrient content, composition, ph level and acidity in Green Ohio. All of these factors are important to having a healthy lawn.

Tip #122 Winterizer lawn applications are important because they help the grass grow larger stronger roots than any other application. They help the turf store food for winter survival also.

Tip #123 It is important to mulch you planting beds to assist in the retention of moisture and moderation of soil temperatures. Mulch prevents and suppresses existing weeds to help keep your landscape happy and healthy in Copley OH.

Tip #124 Dollar spot is a lawn disease caused by a fungal pathogen. It occurs from early Spring to late Fall in Brimfield Ohio and is most active under high humidity conditions. It appears as round brown or yellowish circular spots the size of a silver dollar. Best way to treat it is good cultural practices.

Tip #125 Aphids are tiny green bugs that can be difficult to see. If you notice misshapen or curled yellowing leaves. Be sure to check the underside of the leaves. This is where aphids love to hide. They can be controlled simply with a solution of soapy water.

Tip #126 English Ivy can be a great ground cover especially for open hillsides that would be difficult to maintain otherwise. English Ivy is very dense and does a great job suppressing weeds, but remain cautious when plating it near structures or other landscaping.

Tip #127 If you have shrubs on your property in Jackson Township planted near side walks or intersections where visibility is a concern, proper maintenance is a must. Always check with city/local guidelines when planting near a public right of way and follow the cities suggested maintenance or pruning procedures.

Tip #128 Some common landscaping plants can be poisonous to domesticated animals. If you have pets that may munch on your landscaping be sure to check if new or existing plants or shrubs could be toxic. Three common toxic plants found in many Ohio landscapes are; Tulips, Azaleas and Lilies.

Tip #129 Most lawn grasses require 4 to 6 hours of direct sun to survive New Fanklin OH. Some shade grass types will grow in 4 hours of filtered sunlight. Keep this in mind when choosing a grass species for your lawn.

Tip #130 Grubs if untreated will develop into Japanese Beetles. These Beetles will then begin to feed on your landscape plants. Japanese Beetles are the most damaging species of beetle in Ohio.

Tip #131 Sod webworms like to feed on the foliage of turf grasses causing unsightly damage to the plant. Webworm damage is typically more sever in turf that is either injured by drought stress or improper mowing heights. Webworms must be treated during the larva stage and once they have grown into moths treatments is impossible.

Tip #132 When choosing to add vining species of plants to your landscape responsible placement is a must! Keep all vining plants confined to arbors or a trellis and away from structures, power lines and trees in Kent OH.

Tip #133 Recent improvements to Organic insecticides have made the nearly as effective as their synthetic counterparts. Organic is always a preferred choice when treating fruit or vegetable bearing crops. We feel for this reason organic insecticides certainly deserve a second look.

Tip #134 Fairy ring is identified as dark green circles found in your turfgrass. Is caused by decaying organic matter such as old tree stumps or roots. Controlling Fairy Ring in Fairlawn Ohio is a difficult task and the primary ways to improve this condition is core aeration or removing the sod and re-cultivating the area for several weeks prior to reseeding.

Tip #135 Weed control and fertilizer products have certain guidelines which must be followed when applying. Not following these guidelines can have a devastating effect on your lawn and the surrounding environment in Hinckley Ohio.

Tip #136 Spacing landscaping properly insures years of aesthetically pleasing landscapes Bath Township OH. What looks good now may now look good in 5, 10 or 15 years down the road. Always follow the planting instructions provided, if a plant spacing is not given you can always check with your local nursery.

Tip #137 How to identify poison ivy in Stow OH? When identifying poison ivy look for leaves that grow in groups of 3 and are pointed at their tip. Poison Ivy leaves are green through out the growing season and turn reddish-orange in the fall. Poison Ivy can grow both as a vine or a shrub.

Tip #138 The benefit of slow release fertilizer is that it gradually gives the plant nutrients as it breaks down. Other fertilizer that release rapidly can give the plant unhealthy surge growth causing damage to the turf.

Tip #139 In Northeast Ohio pinwheels can actually run off moles and voles! The spinning of the pinwheel creates a vibration that is an irritant to the animal making an unpleasant living environment for them. Place a pinwheel with a hollow rod near the mole or voles dwelling. A small windmill can also produce the same effect.

Tip #140 Why get rid of grubs? Grubs themselves cause significant damage to your turf. They also attract certain mammals that diets primarily consist of grub larva. Moles, skunks and raccoons  will dig in your lawn looking for their dinner and cause more harm to the turf. Not to mention grubs will develop into beetles that can the cause damage to your landscape plants.

Tip #141 The prevention of mosquito with out chemicals is possible by eliminating standing water on your property in Clinton OH, keep landscapes and trees pruned (they love shade!) and the clean up of debris such as leaf and wood piles. You can also plant lavender, sage, lemon grass or marigolds as they are a natural repellent. Also sprinkling used coffee grounds can act as a deterrent and may even kill mosquito larvae.

Tip #142 Wild violets are one of the most difficult noxious weeds to eliminate from a lawn in Mogadore Ohio. Wild violets are immune to pre-emergents and take many post emergent weed control applications to completely eradicate this invasive species from your turf. Once this plant has established itself in your lawn it can be a very lengthy battle to get it out.

Tip #143 A suggestion of deer resistant plants to add to your landscape; Bayberry, Boxwood, False Cypress, Ginkgo, Spruce, Lambs Ear and Daffodils.

Tip #144 You should apply pre-emergents to your planting beds to cut down on the weeding later in the year. A good pre-emergent barrier will suppress the germination of new seedlings for the upcoming growing season in Barberton Ohio.

Tip #145 How to preserve hydrangea blooms? The most simplistic and effective way we have found to preserve hard wood hydrangea blooms would be; once you have selected the perfect bloom and removed it from the plant place your cuttings in a bucket or vase with the steams resting in about an inch of water. Place your container of blooms in a cool, dry place away from any sunlight. Once the cuttings have absorbed the water (this typically takes about a week) remove the cuttings from your container and cut them to your desired length. Voila! Perfectly dried hydrangea blooms.

Tip #146 Slit seeding is a process using a machine with knife blades, making slits in your lawn. This allows grass seed to drop in below the surface of the ground, helping with germination. The best times of the year to slit seed would be in either the Spring or Fall in Norton Ohio.

Tip #147 Ground Ivy also known as Creeping Charlie can be hard to eradicate from your lawn and rivals dandelions as the most unsightly weed in the lawn. Spreading very quickly it will grow and cover your lawn like a mat.  One of the reasons it can be so difficult when trying to remove this plant by pulling it, is that each node left behind will turn into an new plant.

Tip #148 When left untreated or improperly treated certain noxious turf weeds, insects or disease can become devastating to your lawn. If treating the lawn yourself is not an option or if you have attempted treatment and not had success you can and should contact a professional. At Akron Canton Lawn Care we can happily assist you with any and all of your lawn care needs.

Tip #149 Early detection for disease in trees and shrubs is a must in North Canton. Some diseases spread rapidly and can not only effect your landscape but those around you. Proper diagnosis of the infestation of bugs or disease is imperative for proper treatment. Trees and shrubs will almost always present early signs of stress from infestation such as loss of or thinning of leaves and shedding of bark. If you are unsure why your tree looks unhealthy you should always contact a local arborist for advice.

Tip #150 Billbugs in Turfgrass- they will always appear in late August . Billbugs burrow down through the grasses steam toward the crown and roots of the plant. They will kill the crown and may even kill the entire plant. If left untreated they can become a heavy infestation that will eventually result in turf death. To diagnose billbug damage simply grasp the stems of the grass and pull upward if the stalks break easily and the steams are hollow and full of a saw dust like material the culprit is Billbugs.

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