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LEAF DISPOSAL OPTIONS

Each fall, it seems as though everyone has a different opinion on the best way to dispose of leaves. Is it quicker to bag or to mulch? What should you do if there is no city-mandated leaf pickup? Should you shred leaves before hauling them away? Because every yard and leaf removal situation is different, no one method is correct. There are, however, various factors that will help you determine which leaf disposal method is best for you.

How to Dispose of Leaves: Mulching

When dealing with light leaf coverage, consider mulching leaves with your lawn mower. Simply mow your lawn as you normally would, shredding leaves as you go. Along with grass clippings, finely-chopped leaves will naturally decompose, allowing nutrients to reach your soil and improve the health of your lawn. Be sure to keep up with leaves as they fall, or you may end up with dense leaf piles that contribute to thatch and do not break down as easily. If this is the case, you may prefer one of the alternative cleanup methods mentioned below.

How to Dispose of Leaves: Curbside Pickup

Many towns and cities offer curbside leaf pickup during fall months, making leaf removal and disposal easy for residents. Research your town's guidelines to learn if seasonal leaf pickup is available in your area—if it is, blow leaves onto a large tarp. Drag the tarp to the curb, then wait for your local collection service to show up and take the leaves away, OR call Bell's Landscape Services, Inc. we offer Leaf Pickup Curbside, easy and economical solution.

How to Dispose of Leaves: Bagging

For areas that do not offer open curbside pickup, bagging is a popular and eco-friendly alternative. Using a blower or rake, gather leaves into piles and dispose into paper lawn and leaf compost bags (you can also gather leaves using the vacuum function on certain mowers or blowers. Unlike plastic trash bags, compost bags will decompose over time (along with any organic debris you put inside of them). You can also maximize bag space by shredding leaves before disposing of them, compacting yard debris down to a fraction of its original size.

How to Dispose of Leaves: Compost

If you're looking for a way to speed up leaf decomposition in your own yard, you may choose to add shredded leaves to your compost bin. Use leaves over time as needed to mulch your flower beds for the winter, or fertilize your gardens in the spring.

Gear Up for Spring - Tips to Prepare

As we enter the final leg of winter and gear up for spring, there are many things on our to-do lists that are best taken care of before mowing season. For those still dealing with the occasional snowfall, however, it can be difficult to find a starting place when it comes to spring lawn preparation. In this article, we explain how to keep your lawn healthy before and during the spring thaw.


 

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #1 – Clear Debris

After a long, stormy winter, it's normal to find some extra sticks and leaves lying around your lawn. As snow melts and uncovers more debris, save yourself some mowing struggles by picking up loose objects as you find them. That way, once warmer weather rolls around, you'll have less mess to clean before starting up your lawn tractor for the season.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #2 – Move Snow Piles

Help snow thaw a little more quickly and evenly by moving it around. Pushing snow into a thinned-out layer will not only help it melt faster than snow in large piles, it will also allow more sunlight to get through to your lawn and help jump-start grass health.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #3 – Keep Off the Grass

When the ground is blanketed in snow, it's important to remember that foot or vehicle traffic can quickly cause damage to your lawn. In addition to disfiguring soggy ground, applying unnecessary pressure can tear grass that is weak from saturation. This breakage can keep grass from growing back, causing the need to re-seed.

To discourage yourself and others from traveling across snow-covered grass, make sure to regularly clear walkways and paths.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #4 – Remember Your Trees

While it can be easy to focus solely on your lawn during seasonal transitions, you should never forget about your trees. Even evergreens can fall suspect to the powers of winter weather, but regularly clearing snow from tree limbs with a broom or leaf blower can help prevent broken branches due to added weight. This is also a good time to trim overgrown or broken branches, as dormant trees are more resilient than trees that are busy bearing flowers and leaves during warmer months .

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #5 – Stock Up On Seasonal Materials

As you wait for spring to arrive in all its glory, utilize any downtime to stock up on spring essentials like seeds. Having everything you need on hand will let you get to work faster since you won't be scrambling for lawn care essentials at the last minute.

Spring Lawn Preparation Tip #6 – Don't Jump the Gun

When the first sunny, snowless day of the season rolls around, don't be too quick to jump into yard work. Although the ground may finally be visible, the soil is likely to hold significant amounts of water from melted snow and spring rain. Hold off on watering until the ground has dried out completely, and be careful to not walk or maneuver heavy equipment on top of wet ground where grass and soil could be damaged.

FALL LAWN CARE TIPS

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Michigan had a hot summer and many lawns have suffered. Fall is a good time to help the lawn become healthy for next spring. A good application of Fall Fertilizer will help strengthen the root system of your lawn along with a core aeration. The Core Aeration pulls plugs from the

Lawn area and allows for the fertilizer ( lawn food) to get right into the lawns system. Afterwards, if you have sparse areas fall is a great time to reseed the lawn. It is important to have seed to soil contact when reseeding. So you will need to lightly rake the bare areas and get to the soil, and it will not hurt to

Apply some additional topsoil, seed and tamp it in. If the area that's sparse or damaged is large, you may want to think about cutting the area out and re=sodding, that will give you instant lawn. A small amount of mulched leaves will enhance the nutrients in the lawn, but too many leaves can be damaging.

Always keep in mind that the lawn is a living perennial plant, and needs proper care as such.

RECENT FROST MAY CAUSE TURF TO BURN, BUT DO NOT BE ALARMED

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As a result of the Mays freezing temperatures, your lawn and plants may look injured, but it is only temporary.  The systems mimic foliar/ turf burn from a fertilizer or pesticide application.   It looks like the tips are burnt or discolored.   You may expierence different patterns on your lawn.  These patterns are usually in the heat of summer caused by drought but is actually frost burn.  It also appears that Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescure mixture is displaying a greater freeze damage than just Bluegrass, at some observations it has looked like someone sprayed Roundup on the lawn.    Because there was a rapid warmth period and the turf was growing quickly the new tender growth was injured when the temperatures fell.    It can be a slow comeback, but it will rebound, do not worry, be patient.

SPRING LANDSCAPE TIPS: 2013

SPRING  LANDSCAPE TIPS: 2013

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Whether you are a Do-It-Yourself, or Hire a Contractor person, below you will find tips to Help bring your landscape alive for the Summer. 

1. Prune your trees and Shrubs, cleanout the dead and winter damaged branches.

2. Fertilize trees and shrubs as necessary. Inspect for insects and disease, and treat as soon as possible.

3. Apply Pre-Emergent weed control over entire lawn.  Inspect  for insects and disease.  It is a good practice to Aerate the lawn.  This will strengthen the lawn root structure.  

4. Begin routine maintenance;  Mow, trim, edge the lawn areas.  Water as necessary.Remove weeds from planted bed area, Apply Pre-Emergent, and install Mulch in bed areas

5. After the last Frost, you can begin installing Perennials, herbs and annual flowers. Along with giving them a good dose of fertilizer.Turn on the Irrigation System and check for leaks and broken heads. Monitor your system so you don’t over irrigate

All this is part of a good Spring Cleanup,  on the way to enjoying a Great Summer

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