2015 Early Spring Newsletter

Early Spring Newsletter

Stop Annual Grasses Before They Start

Annual grasses like crabgrass are extremely aggressive. Without treatment, they’ll thin and choke out your good grass as they compete for growing space in your lawn. In just a few years, you could be left with little or no healthy turf.

A short life span enables annual grasses to mature quickly, appearing in your lawn without any warning. Though post-emergent herbicides are available to treat annual grasses after they sprout, prevention is recommended in order to keep your lawn thick and healthy.

Early spring is the ideal time to take preventative measures. By applying pre-emergent herbicides, we can help to eliminate the chances of annual grasses establishing a foothold in your lawn this growing season.

How pre-emergents work

Pre-emergent herbicides literally form a barrier in the top inch of your soil which blocks annual grass seeds from sprouting. As the seeds germinate, they are immediately killed off by the herbicide. Young seedlings that have sprouted before the pre-emergent was applied are eliminated as well.

Once is not enough

There will always be annual grass seeds in your lawn. In fact, crabgrass seeds can remain in your soil for up to 30 years before sprouting. Annual grass seeds can also be blown into your yard from miles away in windy conditions. For these reasons, yearly applications of pre-emergent herbicides are necessary for maximum prevention and control.

Planning on seeding this season?

Pre-emergent herbicides prevent all types of seed from germinating, so it’s a good idea to wait six to eight weeds after an application before planting any new grass seed.

Spring-Blooming Trees for a Livelier Landscape

Spring-flowering trees will not only add color and life to your landscape, but they’ll increase your property value as well. Plus, they’ll provide shade, screening and noise control as they grow.

Some of the more popular spring-blooming trees include:

  • Cherry
  • Crabapple
  • Crape myrtle
  • Dogwood
  • Fringetree
  • Hawthorn
  • Magnolia
  • Plum
  • Redbud
  • Serviceberry
  • Tulip
  • Lilac

By planting now, you can look forward to a beautiful spring-flowering display for years to come. Give us a call for more information on the spring-blooming tree varieties that will grow best in your area.


Did you know that approximately 25% of all medications prescribed in the United States are derived from plants? For example, the rosy periwinkle which grows in Madagascar, has been used to stop childhood leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease. Now that’s strong medicine!

Building a New Deck?
Consider going synthetic

Environmental concerns are on the rise, and many people are turning to synthetic wood as an environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood construction materials. In fact, homeowners across the country are now using synthetic rather than natural wood to build their decks.

Synthetic wood is generally made from recycled plastic, vinyl, or a mixture of recycled plastic and sawdust. A variety of colors is usually available if you’re interested in creating a look that is less natural.

A deck constructed from synthetic wood will last longer than a natural wooden deck, and cleaning and sealing won’t be necessary. If this is the year you’ll be adding a new deck to your property, synthetic wood may be just right for your needs.