Month: January 2014

Will My Lawn Come Back after the Snow and the Salt of Winter?

It is certainly a question landscapers and snow removal companies deal with as the winter months start to set in…will the snow plow ruin my lawn. As a company that deals with both the landscaping (warmer months) and plowing (colder months), we will give you the synopsis of what to expect!

The dirty truth about snow plowing:

salt-damage

The good news for home owners:

Grass is amazingly resilient when cared for properly throughout the year.  For example, if a plow has done damage, as in the picture above, one thing you can do to be proactive is check and see if the sod is still there, replace it as you would if you were laying new sod.  Take care to fill the space properly or the new soil will depress over time and you’ll end up with a noticeable low spot in your lawn.  Flood the area with water and lay the sod so it sits high in comparison to the surrounding area.

If there is no sod nearby to replace the lawn damage, you can try taking a piece from a healthier, remote section that isn’t as aesthetically important.  This lets you avoid the near impossible task that comes along with getting new sod: matching the rest of the lawn in shape and color.

If you have dirt driveway it’s important to rake off the lawn as soon as the snow melts and it starts to get warmer so you don’t interrupt the new growth of grass in the Spring.

If your grass suffers from salt damage (usually around the edges, as seen below) in the early Spring, flood the affected area to wash the salt or ice-melter off the grass and leach it through the soil away from the grass root area. After two or three heavy waterings, plant seed and apply fertilizer to speed up recovery. Unless the salt levels are unusually heavy, this procedure will correct the condition and you won’t need to replace the soil.

damaged-lawn

Lastly, if you are fortunate not to deal with large amounts of snow you may still deal with frost.  For more on frost damage, no one really says it better than Lawn Dawg.

Finding a Better Solution for Green Waste in Landscaping

When you hire a lawn service in Grand Rapids, MI, you are able to put out of your mind a number of things such as maintaining your lawn equipment, purchasing topsoil, fertilizer, and mulch, and disposing yard waste.  Your lawn service does all of this for you.  But have you ever wondered what your yard service company does with that lawn waste?  Over the course of one season one property can produce truckloads full of grass clippings, branches, roots, and other dead plant materials.  Where does it all go?

In the past PROCARE disposed of its green waste by loading 40-yard dumpsters to be hauled away.  This was expensive, energy intensive, and wasteful, so when PROCARE moved to a larger site, we did a significant amount of research in order to find a better solution for our green waste.

Currently all of our tree service wood chips and landscape management pruning materials are mixed and piled for the entire season. In the spring of the year we hire a firm to bring in a large tub grinder which turns our chips, waste logs, tree trimmings and pruning debris into wonderful mulch. We sell it as PROCARE Arbor Mulch to our customers. The mulch has an attractive color and consistent size that clings together well. This is important during rain storms that can wash out other products. This all natural product decomposes into a good growing medium for our landscape plants.

The rest of our green waste such as ornamental grass tops, perennial tops, grass clipping and fall leaves are piled. The compost is turned regularly until decomposition is complete. The last step is to put the soil through a screener to filter out unwanted stones and debris. The final product is excellent topsoil to be used by our landscape department.

If you have questions about lawn care, tree service or mulching, contact Dirk at PROCARE today!

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