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Aeration and Overseeding 
Aeration is the process of pulling small plugs from the ground and then redepositing them on the surface.  By doing this will allow air, moisture, and nutrients (fertilizers) to penetrate into the ground or thatch layer and give bacteria a chance to break down thatch and dead plant roots.  Aeration will also allow water to penetrate the ground easier during rainfalls thus reducing the amount of water runoff into our streams and rivers.
Generally we aerate the lawn once (twice if needed) in each direction and then address bare areas a little more aggressively with a second or third time.  After aeration it may be necessary to apply a high quality grass mix and fertilizer specific to your site over the top.  No paper mulch or straw is used.  Ground must be moist with no standing water.  April, May, June, September, October is the preferred time period.
Overseeding should be done on older or thin turf, (thick turf may not require overseeding.)  Overseeding provides the latest in seed technology with more drought and disease resistant varieties.  For best results, overseeding should be done in September, thus providing the longest time period before the next seasons drought. 
Edging Walks, Drive, Curb, & Bricks
Edging is the process of cutting off excessive growth from plants (grass) which overhang onto concrete walks, drives, curbs, and brick edging.  Keeping these areas edged will help keep your property looking its best while making other services just a little easier to do.  As an example, if I'm only allowed to edge once per year I will choose to do it later in the season, this will make snow removal a little easier to do and will prevent weeds like crabgrass from going to seed along these areas.  We will be happy to edge your areas as often as you would like.
Lawn Treatments
Lawn treatments is the process of fertilizing and controlling weeds and pests in your turf.  Our programs are simple, you can create your own program and tell us how many applications you would like and we'll provide them or you can choose one of our most common programs listed below.  Some applications are limited per season by law.  Our applicators are state certified and licensed to provide these services to you.
     Program # 1
  • Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control          applied in April  
  • Broadleaf Liquid Weed Control         applied in May  
  • Granular Fertilizer                              applied in September  

    Program # 2
  • Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control       applied in April  
  • Season LongGrub / Insect Control    varies by product used, currently end of June
  • Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control       applied in June
  • Granular Fertilizer                                 applied in September
  • Broadleaf Liquid Weed Control        applied in October


Pre-emergent Crabgrass Control is a granular fertilizer used to help prevent weed growth and thicken turf. 
Granular Fertilizer is used in place of crabgrass control when spot seeding is needed and as a fall fertilizer.
Broadleaf Liquid Weed Control is used to kill up to 95% of your existing broadleaf weeds.  Some weeds like Ground Ivy, Violet, and Clover may require more than one application to reach a 90% kill.  Weeds may take a month to disappear.
Grub / Insect Control is used as a preventative against turf damage from grubs and certain insects, recommended only when a problem may exist.
Shrub Pruning
There are several times of year that shrub pruning can occur, the best time to prune depends on what kind of shrubs you have and what's going on at your property.  It is sometimes better to prune than not to prune. 
How we prune depends on the plant, some plants can only be hand pruned while others can be power pruned.  For power pruned plants we will go over each plant twice, the first time involves cutting off the bulk of the plants new growth, than we rake that to the side.  After the second pass with the power pruner your plant is now neatly shaped and all debris is then hauled away.
Early Spring Pruning is usually incorporated with a spring clean-up and may involve pruning out broken branches in shrubs created from snow piles, leftover perennials that were not cut out in fall like ornamental grasses, sedum, and hydrangea flowers.  Mass shrub pruning is not recommended in the spring due to excessive sap loss and possible insect attraction from pruning.
Late Spring Pruning usually involves pruning earlier blooming plants like lilacs.  Sometimes pruning these in summer or fall may deter them from blooming in the next season. 
Summer Pruning is when we go nuts pruning and shaping the majority of your shrubs and only leaving shrubs that bloom in early spring or fall.  If requested, we will dead head your flowers at this time, like hostas and lilies.
Fall Pruning is another good time to prune your shrubs, if you had a summer pruning than this pruning probably won't take too long.  We will quickly go over and remove any new growth that was put on since summer, usually we don't even have to pick up the debris because it is so minute.  We will also cut off your perennials at this time if requested.
As shrubs age, they tend to take longer to prune.  Example, spireas need to be thinned out every 2-3 years by cleaning out all the dead, this takes a little more time but is very beneficial to the health and look of the plant in the future.  Others require a renewal prune which involves removing 1/3 of the plants largest stalks each year.  Still others may need to be completely cut off at ground level and let be reborn.  Keeping your plants looking good from year to year is our job.  If your not happy with how one of your plants is performing, just ask us and maybe we can help resolve the issue.  Although 9 times out of 10 the main culprit is lack of sunlight.
Weed Control in Landscape Beds
To control weeds in landscape beds we offer a monthly or every other month maintenance package.  Most of our weed control is performed chemically due to the cost effectiveness of this process.  Mechanically pulling weeds at times may be incorporated.  In an effort to put less chemicals in our environment we use the minimum concentration needed to kill most weeds, as a result it may take longer for weeds to die and disappear in cooler weather.
Weed Trees, Cut and Treat Stumps
Often we find weed trees on a property growing against a foundation, in a shrub, or some other unwanted location.  We will gladly cut these trees off and treat their stumps so they no longer come back.  If a weed tree is really big, you may want to call a regular tree pruning company first, especially if it's in a dangerous position or needs to be limbed.
Wood Mulches
These tend to be high maintenance and will need topdressing every couple years.  We will be happly to add one inch to four inches of new mulch to your beds.  Many varieties of mulch are available with the cheapest being bulk cedar or hardwood available at most garden centers.