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Proper Spring Watering

Ensure your turf, trees, and shrubs are getting enough water this spring.

April is usually a month full of precipitation, but 2012 has been different. With very little rain, much of our region has been bordering on drought conditions. This does not bode well for plant and turf health, as ample water is necessary this time of year to ensure healthy growth in our landscape. Without enough rain water, you’ll need to take it upon yourself to keep your spring wateringsoil, turf, and plants watered.

If you have an irrigation system, with or without rain sensors, you may feel as though you are covered and you do not need to do any extra watering. This may be the case for your turf; however, most irrigation systems are not set up to water your trees and shrubs. A common misconception among homeowners with irrigation systems is that their whole landscape is covered – this is often untrue, so be sure you’re trees and shrubs are being watered too.

The general rule of thumb is to make sure your turf, shrubs, and trees get at least one inch of water each week. In an average spring we can get an inch or more of rain each week, but this spring has been different so be sure you're watering your landscape. Failure to water your landscape can lead to long-term health issues in your trees, shrubs, and lawn. Stressed trees and shrubs will be more susceptible to insect and disease infestation,and internal damage.

Take advantage of our free consultations and learn more about tree and turf health care from a Carpenter Costin pro.


watering tips for lawn and trees

Make sure you're watering this spring to keep your landscape green and healthy.

Fertilize Your Lawn Now For Great Results in the Spring

Fall lawn fertilization will help give your lawn what it needs to thrive next spring.

Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is one of the simplest forms of turf management there is. Effective, off the shelf fertilizers are readily available at your local hardware store, and will get your lawn the nutrients it needs. Invest in an inexpensive spreader, or borrow one from a friend, and broadcast the fertilizer across your entire lawn.

Fall turf fertilization provides your lawn with the nutrients and food needed to develop a strong root system, and improve the health and appeal of your lawn through the winter. Fertilizing will help ensure your lawn starts off on the right foot come spring time. Even if you don't decide to use any other fall lawn care practices, such as core aeration or slice seeding, be sure you apply fertilizer because it is so easy to do, and is extremely beneficial to your turf.

Our turf management programs include fall fertilization; however, we also provide target fertilization treatments. Our lawn care pros highly recommend turf fertilization in both the spring and fall, and can provide target treatments at this time. To request a fall fertilization, or to speak with a lawn care pro, click the button below or call 877-308-8733.


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Warm Fall is Extending Lawn Care Season

Beautiful, warm weather is bringing many people joy and happiness, as the summer-like high temps are great for outdoor activities. However, this weather also brings an extended growing and lawn care season. Care for your turf now, before its too late!

In previous posts, we've stressed the importance of fall lawn care. Caring for your lawn in the fall should not be neglected, as this is the prime time for root development. For a healthy, lush lawn in the spring, it is necessary to invest time now.

Despite some chilly temperatures last week, the past few days have been spectacular, picture perfect fall days. This extension of the warm weather season means that you now have more time to care for your lawn! Be sure to combine cultural practices with lawn treatments to ensure your turf is in the best shape possible before winter.

Fall lawn care tactics that should not be ignored include:

Take advantage of this nice weather while it is still here and care for your lawn now; because before you know it, you'll be sporting a heavy coat and winter hat. Investing in your turf this fall will ensure a much healthier and better looking lawn come spring time.

Interested in improving your lawn, but not sure what to do or how to do it? Have a Carpenter Costin turf expert come out for a free consultation.



Grub Damage in New England

If you're noticing areas of your lawn that have been mysteriously ripped up or damaged, it may be because you have an abundance of grubs in your turf.

Grubs are beetle larvae that hatch in your soil and feed on the roots of your turf. Though the damage caused by grubs can be significant, it is usually the animals looking to eat the grubs, such as skunks and racoons, that cause the most damage. The sharp claws of skunks and racoons can easily dig through your turf and soil while searching for skunks. This action can leave your lawn looking like it has been roto-tilled.

Earlier in the summer, we sent out a notification about the abundance of European & Masked Chafers, and Japanese Beetles. These chafers and beetles have mated and their larvae are now active in many lawns across New England. Due to the significant number of larvae, or grubs, damage is especially high this year. However, the threat is diminishing. As the temperature drops, the larvae will either pupate and leave the soil, or they'll tunnel down even further to withstand the cold winter.skunk damage digging grubs

We are being called to many lawns that have been damaged by animals digging for grubs. As our Technical Services Manager and Turf Expert, Paul Miller, mentioned earlier in the year, "Grubs are the shrimp cocktail for skunks, racoons, and crows." These animals will devastate your turf in their quest for grubs, and unfortunately it leads to a substantial investment in sodding, seeding, and lawn repair.

Considering the amount of damage caused by grubs this year, we highly recommend factoring preventative grub treatments into your future pest management and lawn care programs. It is too late now to use preventative measures, but plan on preventing grubs with a treatment early next summer. Preventative treatments can save you from the huge headache and investment associated with a lawn renovation.

When evaluating your pest management program for next year, seriously consider adding the preventative grub treatment. Our lawn care pros are always available to discuss your pest management or lawn health care needs. Request a free consultation to determine the right plan for you.


skunk grub damage

Skunks, racoons, crows, and many other animals and birds love to feast on grubs. They will literally tear your lawn apart looking for the tasty grubs.

Slice Seed Your Lawn for Thick, Healthy Turf Year Round

Slice seeding during the fall helps to promote a healthy, great looking lawn throughout all of the seasons.

A slice seeder is a mechanism that creates small slices or slits in your turf to helpslice seeding improve the water, mineral, and air flow in your soil, and help relieve soil compaction. Couple these slices with the broadcast of new seed, and you'll be well on your way to developing a dense, lush lawn this fall.

The increase of organic material, water, and air in your turf will help speed up seed germination and promote optimal root development.

It is best to slice seed in the fall, especially if you experienced drought-like or dry conditions over the summer. Cultural practices, like slice seeding, will efficiently repair a lawn that was damaged over the summer. With the fairly warm day time temperatures we experience in late summer/fall, and cooler, wet nights that come in September and October, slice seeding your lawn now can truly improve the short-term and long-term appeal of your turf.

Your lawn can benefit from fall cultural practices. Don't miss out on a free lawn care consultation with a Carpenter Costin pro. Click the button below to arrange a free meeting with a turf care pro.




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