Monthly Archives: December 2012

prunning 2Pruning plants involves cutting certain areas of the branch, leaves, or stems to redirect its growth. Although it is most commonly associated with avid gardeners, it is also practiced among lawn landscapers as well. Pruning offers many benefits in the care of trees, shrubs, and perennials to promote growth. It also removes dead wood and other dying parts, which prevent pests from invading and infesting the garden.

Other benefits include:

  • Stimulates growth. When you remove the growing tip of a branch, the buds along the branch can sprout, due to a hormone secreted by the growing tip of plants that keeps buds from sprouting. When you remove the tip, this hormone action is stopped. Doing this has proven to create fuller plants.
  • Controls the size. Pruning to control the size of plants is typically done to younger and older trees and shrubs, as opposed to growing plants. Some plants will respond better to pruning than others; for instance, evergreens are fairly difficult to prune, save for the boxwood and yew varieties. Be careful when pruning shrubs that bloom in the spring, as you may end up cutting off flowers for the next spring if you prune anytime other than right when they bloom.
  • Controls the shape. Sometimes, shrubs may be shaped to create a visual aesthetic or to control growth of particularly wily plants. Topiary, which is a decorative pruning technique, can be used to shape trees and shrubs into interesting forms. This is especially used with weeping plants, which may contain stray branches that sprout up instead of down.
  • Rejuvenates the shrub. Some shrubs, like lilacs, azaleas, and forsythias, respond well to renewal pruning, which is a removal of 1/3 of the branches every year. Doing this helps remove older, less healthy growth and stimulates new growth in the shrubs.
  • Promotes air movement. Some plants, like roses, can benefit from pruning in order to deter fungal and bacterial diseases that thrive within humid, clumped areas. Pruning opens up “holes” in the canopy (top of the tree or shrub) and allows air to move throughout the leaves.
  • There are generally three reasons why pruning is done:
    • Sculpting for decorative reasons
    • Shaping to build strength and resistance against changing or extreme weather conditions
    • Keeping plants healthy

    Generally speaking, you shouldn’t prune unless you have to. Most plants are able to grow perfectly fine without the help of gardening shears. However, high maintenance plants, such as rose bushes or fruit trees, will require more attention when pruning.

     

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You may be scratching your head.  Is there really a right way and a wrong way to water your lawn?  Definitely!  Lawn watering practices are one of the easiest ways to ensure that your turf is happy and healthy, stress-free and unbothered by pests and insects.  Save yourself a lot of time and money by properly caring for your lawn from day one.

This is the number one rule of lawn watering.  Deep watering (about one inch of water, one or two times a week) is much better for your plants than shallow, frequent watering.  Frequent watering leads to shallow roots, which will impact the ability of your lawn to survive drought conditions.  If you do not know how much you water your lawn, try this:  Put out several straight-sided containers around your lawn.  Measure the amount of time it takes to accumulate one inch of water.  If any of the containers have different amounts, you may need to calibrate your irrigation system or adjust where you place your sprinkler so that all areas of the lawn get the same amount of water.

You can use a watering schedule of sorts, but you will need to change it as the seasons and weather conditions change.  Grass does not need the same amount of water when it is growing as it does when it is dormant.  Obviously, if it rains several inches in one week, you will not need to provide the lawn with supplemental water.  If it just sprinkles a little bit, the lawn will still need extra water.  The amount of water needed also depends upon the species of grass that makes up your lawn and the type of soil beneath the turf.  Sandy soils will drain faster that soils with a high clay content, and may need to be watered more frequently.  The most important part of healthy lawn care is monitoring the weather conditions and growth patterns of your lawn and adjusting the water accordingly.

There are a couple of reasons why more is not better when it comes to watering your lawn.  While water is essential for plant health and growth, too much can lead to rapid and weak growth.  Watering too much is a waste because once the soil is saturated, excess water will drain off into the ground water system.  If a soil remains saturated, lawns can suffer from lack of oxygen, which is equally as bad as suffering from drought. Overwatering is wasteful and expensive.  To avoid wasting water and spreading diseases, water in the morning while the air is coolest, and while the grass blades have a chance to dry during the day.  Watch your irrigation system to ensure that you are not watering the driveway, house or sidewalks.  Also, you should not water your flower beds at the same time that you water your turf, as turf and flowers have different water requirements.  If you consider your watering setup a “one irrigation head fits all” system, neither your lawn or your flowers will be happy. Proper lawn watering technique ends with one outcome:  a healthy, lush, green lawn.

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Early March in Waukesha or Walworth counties  is a great time to think about scheduling your lawn aerating service for spring.You can aerate any time but spring might be the best.  Over the previous summer, the lawn will have been subjected to a lot of traffic, causing compaction,and with the lack of rain last summer it made it even tougher on our lawns.  Soil compaction leads to a variety of other problems, if not alleviated, so it is best to alleviate compaction as early as possible in the year.  Aerating will also take care of any thatch buildup problem your lawn might be suffering from.  A little bit of thatch is fine.  Too much thatch can lead to many of the same problems that soil compaction causes.

Lawn aerating is helpful for the health of the grass, but it is also stressful because it disrupts the roots and the regular growing habit of the grass plant. Aerating in the spring, when the lawn is actively growing, gives the lawn a chance to recover more quickly than aerating during the summer or late fall when the lawn is not growing as quickly.  If you didn’t get a chance to aerate the lawn in the fall, the spring is, obviously, the next best choice! The spaces opened up by aeration will allow you to keep your lawn healthy all summer long.  Air, water and fertilizer will penetrate the soil more easily after aeration, ensuring an overall healthier lawn.

Aerating can help correct certain problems in the lawn, and avoid others.  Take care of this garden task in the spring to avoid these problems:

  • Fungal diseases. Aeration won’t completely eliminate these problems, but better air and water movement in the soil will reduce them.
  • Thatch buildup. An inch or so of thatch is ok.  More than that, and you provide a home for fungal, bacterial and insect pests.
  • Weeds. Weeds sprout when lawn grass is unhealthy and unable to out-grow or out-compete the weeds.  Overall improvement in health of the grass will keep weed problems to a minimum.

A few steps to take before aerating are,

  1. First, mow your lawn to about ½ of the normal mowing height.  For example, if you usually mow your lawn to a height of three inches, set the deck at 1 ½ inches.
  2. Give the lawn at least one inch of water a couple of days in a row, a couple of days before you aerate.
  3. Aerate using a punch-core aerator.  These actually remove little cores of soil.
  4. After aeration, water to break up the cores of soil.
  5. Top dress with a light layer of compost or lightweight topsoil.
  6. Keep the lawn watered well-at least one inch a week-until it starts to fill in. Aerating is both helpful and stressful for the lawn, so good care after aeration is important.

You can call Jenic lawn care to complete your lawn aerating for you(thats us), or do it yourself.  It should be a priority at least once a year.

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There are many reasons why lawn patches occurs,and bald spots are not limited to Waukesha or Walworth counties,my dad has a small one but this wint help him. These  bald spots or lawn patches are identified by their worn-down appearance, dried grass, and exposed soil. This tends to occur on areas where the grass experiences heavy foot traffic, such as parks and other public areas. In some cases, fungus may cause a section of the lawn to die, or pets may relieve themselves, causing dog spots.

Fixing lawn patches is not only beneficial to the look of your lawn, but also for its health and the health of the plants. In situations where diseases have forms, remedying the lawn patch is vital to ensure that your lawn survives and will continue to thrive.

 

In our are the best time to fix them is  mid-spring or early fall, as this is when cooler-season grass is at its best growing period.

If you plan on fixing patches on your own, here are the materials and steps you should take there are plenty of good hardware stores in Waukesha or Walworhth counties you can pick this stuff at:

Materials needed:

  • Soil, compost, or topsoil
  • Hard rake
  • Grass seed
  • Wheat straw
  • Garden hose
  • Sprinkler
  • Hand spreader
  • Steps:
    1. Use a hard rake to spread soil or compost to cover the lawn patch with a ½-inch thick layer.
    2. Take a hand spreader and sprinkle grass seed evenly over the affected area, while overlapping with grass edges not covered by soil.
    3. Sprinkle wheat straw over the freshly seeded spot to help it stay moist until it sprouts. Grass seeds need to stay moisturized in order to sprout.
    4. Water the area twice a day for 10 minutes until the grass grows to about an inch tall. Then scale it back and water three times a week for 10 minutes.Overseeding is a term used to describe a lawn care technique that spreads new grass seed to overhaul the entire lawn rather than a portion of it. It is useful if you have numerous lawn patches around the lawn or are looking to switch your grass type before the upcoming season. Overseeding your lawn with a cool-season grass, such as annual ryegrass, can help you attain a green lawn year-round. For cooler climates, overseed in the fall with cool season grass as the temperatures drop.To do this, mow the lawn down as close as you can without actually scalping the roots. Take a rotary spreader and spread the grass seed to cover the entire lawn. Water daily until it sprouts, then scale back to watering twice a week. You should begin to see the grass blades poke through and eventually sprout across the entire lawn.

      These are tips to do it your self ,but if you would like and live in Walworth or Waukesha counties call us for a free quote .

Spring lawn care in Waukesha or Walworth counties has its own challenges compared to warm weather climates.Like other regions in the U.S., Waukesha and Walworth counties experience various weather conditions. It’s not uncommon for people living in the here to experience heavy snowfall in the winter and scorching temperatures during the summer. These conditions can make it difficult for homeowners in the Waukesha and Walworth to properly care for their lawns. However, with a bit of preparation during the spring, homeowners can have healthy lawns year round.

If you are doing your own lawn make sure your ready before the snow melts.

Spring lawn care in Waukesha and Walworth  begins before the snow thaws. While you’re awaiting the end of winter, you can prepare for spring by servicing your mower. Mower maintenance can include the following:

  • Sharpening or replacing mower blades
  • Changing the air filter and the oil
  • Replacing the spark plugs
  • Installing a new oil filter
  • Draining the engine stabilizer
  • Adding a fresh tank of gas

In addition to servicing one’s mower, lawn care experts also recommend checking the chemical cabinet. If you don’t have one, this is the best time to purchase one because you’ll be using it throughout the year. When searching for a chemical cabinet, keep in mind that chemicals should be stored in a locked metal cabinet. When assessing the contents of your cabinet, make sure to throw out expired products.

After the snow melts and the ground thaws .

It’s important to refrain from mowing the lawn until the snow has completely melted.Believe it or not people do this every year. This is because mowing can damage the frozen grass. Experts also recommend that homeowners resist walking on their wet lawns because footprints may compact the soil, causing larger lawn problems like thatch and drainage issues.

Check for snow mold once the snow melts and the ground thaws. If you notice snow mold on your lawn, rake it up and throw it away. Although it’s best to remove snow mold as soon as possible, you can wait for snow mold to go away on its own once the weather warms up.

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide once the ground has thawed and drained. This type of herbicide prevents weeds from sprouting. If you decide to use a granular pre-emergent product, make sure that you water the lawn thoroughly after application.

You’ll want to test the soil’s pH level before applying fertilizer. Doing this will ensure the health of your plants because soil pH affects nutrient uptake. If the pH is poorly balanced, the lawn grass will be unable to benefit from fertilizer. Fortunately, you can solve a pH problem by adding either lime or sulfur. For soil with a pH level that is too low (below 6.0), applying lime will raise its level. If the pH level is too high (above 7.5), you can lower it by using aluminum sulfate.

 

Once the grass starts growing

Your lawn should receive its first fertilizer treatment only after it starts to actively grow. Typically, spring fertilizer treatments are either balanced (10-10-10) or are slightly higher in nitrogen (15-10-10 or 15-0-0). Non-phosphate fertilizers-those containing zero phosphate- have become more common because phosphate can cause problems with water quality when it drains out of the soil.

It’s time to mow once the lawn begins to grow. For the first two or three mowings, remember to keep the mower blade high for your lawn’s grass type. This will help reduce damage caused by mowing. To prevent weeds from spreading, keep an eye out for lawn weeds. If necessary, use post-emergent herbicide to get rid of weeds. You can also prevent weeds from spreading by either using roundup or digging them up. This will help reduce the likelihood that the weed will flower and set seeds.

It can be quite challenging to care for a lawn, especially in the Waukesha or Walworth counties . For this reason, many homeowners may seek assistance from a professional lawn care company that possesses more knowledge about the region.

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This summers drought was rough on our lawns.All through Walworth and Waukesha counties. Even though we did get rain later in the summer every lawn is going to have some dead areas.The good news is that these dead patches were likely undesirable species of grass, areas with very poor soil underneath, or weakened by another stress before or during the drought.

This spring you will have to repair these areas. Kentucky bluegrass has underground stems called rhizomes which can regenerate new plants. If you have a dead patch of lawn now, it is likely that the size of the dead area will be substantially smaller (or even gone) by spring.

Kentucky blue grass   is the most common lawn grass in Wisconsin and an excellent choice for re-planting dead areas. Kentucky bluegrass is likely the best option for drought tolerance. It will turn brown faster than most other species, but can remain alive in that state for up to 60 days. In addition, it has underground stems which have the potential to generate new grass plants and fill in dead spots. Kentucky bluegrass is fairly difficult to establish from seed because it takes up to three weeks to germinate. To avoid the chance of an unsuccessful establishment by seed, sodding is a great option.

Tall fescue has potential to become a useful lawn grass in Wisconsin. It will not tolerate poorly drained areas where ice accumulates in the winter. However, it can retain a green color longer than any other lawn grass. That said, when tall fescue loses its green color it does not have much time left and requires irrigation for survival. Another drawback of tall fescue its relatively wide leaf blade, which will look like a weed if planted in patches into an already established lawn. If tall fescue is desired, it should be planted or sodded across the entire lawn, and not used to fill in patches.

Perennial ryegrass  is an almost ubiquitous component of many lawn seed blends. It has poor cold tolerance and not well adapted to drought conditions. It is included in mixtures because it germinates in less than a week and provides a fast green cover. I recommend avoiding planting perennial ryegrass or keeping it a minor component 15% or less of a seed blend.

Fine fescue  (including red fescue, hard fescue, sheeps fescue, and Chewings fescue) – these closely related species have a strong reputation for being drought tolerant, however, this grass has a tendency to form thatch, which results in the growing point (or crown) rising above the soil surface. When this happens, fine fescue has a poor chance of surviving an extended period of dry weather. I have seen more dead fine fescue because of this year’s drought than any other turf type . Because of these observations, I do not recommend planting fine fescue in areas that were killed by the drought. This is a dramatic departure from previous recommendations, but based on things I have seen . Fine fescue remains a good choice for turf professionals who can control and manage the thatch production associated with these grasses. It is also a good a good choice for heavily shaded sites.

Annual ryegrass is another common component of (usually inexpensive) lawn seed mixtures. It is selected for its rapid establishment and vigorous growth. However, it has poor cold tolerance. Do not plant annual ryegrass, as it is unlikely to survive the winter.

Seeding or Sod , Seeding will cost less, but has a smaller success rate and takes a great deal more labor and care for success. If you have time (up to four weeks) and ability to care for newly seeded grass, purchasing seed is the way to go. If your time and ability are limited, sod is a great choice. Sod can be placed anytime when the ground is not frozen. However, regardless of renovation method, proper soil preparation is key.

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