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Can you Feel the Heat?

Maryland Weather

It’s been a crazy year for weather so far. It feels like it was warmer in March than it has been in May. However, this week is pulling in high numbered temperatures that indicate summer is around the corner. With the weather being as unstable as its been, we are noticing some winter weeds lasting further into the year than normal. Insect and disease activity are just now starting to pick up. Every year Mother Nature provides us with new challenges, this year being no different. Continue reading Can you Feel the Heat?

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Pre-emergents for Weed Control

The days are getting longer, and spring has finally sprung.

Weeds have become an increasingly frustrating sight, taking control of your beautiful yard and garden. Broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions, plantain, and clover, have reared their ugly heads. The broadleaf weeds will be treated with the Late Spring Application once the weeds start actively growing. It is important to get the pre-emergent crabgrass control down before the crabgrass germinates. Continue reading Pre-emergents for Weed Control

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What’s New At Royal Greens

Customer Assistant Website:

This isn’t really a new feature but it is a great one. For about 4 years now, customers have been able to access their account online through our website. On our website, you simply click on customer login and you will be taken to a completely secure website that allows you access to your account. From here you can pay your bill securely, look at past services, look at future services, request service calls, sign up for beneficial services, see what technicians have recommended on your property and much, much more. It is the most convenient way to monitor your account and keep up to date on all goings-on.

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Winter Injury to Trees and Shrubs in Frederick

WINTER INJURY TO TREES AND SHRUBS

Winter Desiccation:

Because of the prolonged and climatic conditions this winter we are already starting to see many signs of winter injury on Trees and Shrubs.

Winter Desiccation will probably be the most common damage we will see this spring. Desiccation occurs when the water leaves the plants faster than it is taken up. During severely cold periods the ground may freeze to a depth below the extent of the root system, which cuts off the supply of the water. Although the damage mostly occurs on evergreens, it can damage deciduous plants also. The actual severity of the damage can vary greatly depending on many factors such as plant variety, location, wind and sun exposure.

The least severe damage caused by desiccation is generally referred to as Winterburn. This is the browning or scorched leaf tips on evergreen foliage. Browning usually occurs from the needle/leaf tip downward. In mild cases when the branches or woody tissue has not been damaged, new growth will push out the damaged leaves/needles. Typically after the spring flush of new growth, the plant will recover.

In severe cases with damage to the branches, the dead parts of the plant will have to be removed. In some situations, removal of the plant is the best option.

There are several things that can be done to help reduce the risk of winter desiccation to your plants.

  • Select hardy plants from the start. Avoid planting out of their hardiness zone.
  • If we have a dry fall, give your plants a good watering before winter.
  • Make sure all plants have at least 2 inches of mulch around them.
  • If you have certain plants that are more susceptible to desiccation, put up temporary wind blocks.
  • Keep your plants will fertilized.
  • An Anti-desiccant can be sprayed to prevent water loss. More than one application will be necessary to achieve winter long protection.

If you are seeing signs of winter desiccation on your plants now, we would recommend waiting to see how severe the damage is before doing anything. If the leaves/needles are just burned, you will see signs of new growth emerging from the branches. If the is the case let Mother Nature take her course. If you didn’t fertilize your plants in the fall, you should fertilize them now. If you are not seeing any new growth on the branches and the branches are dried out and break easily, you will have to prune the dead plant material back until you hit green live tissue. Again if you didn’t fertilize in the fall, do so now. If the plant is severely damaged and you think it will take a long time to recover and/or it will be a continuing problem, removal may be your best option.

Snow and Ice Breakage:

Heavy snow and ice storms can cause damage to branches by bending and breaking them. Multi-stemmed plants are most prone to damage. Many hardwoods, especially maples and Bradford pears, are susceptible to breakage. Properly pruned trees will reduce the risk of injury. If the snow and ice has less area to collect, it will reduce the weight of the snow and ice.

Girdling by Animals:

Another common problem is girdling from mice and rabbits from their feeding on the bark of the plants. Usually the damage occurs in long periods of snow cover when the food supplies get low. To prevent damage, maintain a weed and grass area at least 2 feet in radius around your plants. You can also wrap the trunks or branches with wire mesh. Make sure it goes below ground level and up to 2-3 feet in height. The mesh should be removed in the spring. If your plant has been completely girdled around the base, it will die.

If you have any concerns or questions about your plant material, please contact us.

Hope everyone has a great spring!

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Why You Should Aerate Your Lawn This Fall in Frederick

If you haven’t taken advantage of an aeration service in Frederick yet, you may not be all too familiar with the process. Technically speaking, aeration is a natural occurrence that involves an air exchange between the soil and the surrounding atmosphere. Aeration is performed using mechanical means of extracting small plugs of thatch and soil to assist in improving natural soil aeration. This process is commonly referred to as “core aeration”, but you may have also heard the term soil cultivation. Either way, this process is very beneficial for lawns experiencing stress. Read on to learn more about why this should be implemented into your lawn care routine this upcoming fall season!

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How to Revitalize Your Lawn After a Long, Hot Summer in Frederick

Revitalizing a lawn after a long, hot summer is one of the biggest aspects of effective fall lawn care in Frederick, MD. Those whose lawns have been burned out by insects, lawn diseases, and hot weather are likely to be looking for a remedy. With fall rapidly approaching, this presents the perfect restoration opportunity to repair those damaged areas since weeds are fewer, and the air is cooler. We discuss a few helpful tips that should help breathe some life into a damaged, worn-down lawn.

Inspect Your Lawn for Signs of Damage

It is not hard to detect a lawn that is suffering; damaged or unhealthy grass will feel soft and spongy and will not look green and vibrant. If your lawn is responding poorly to watering, chances are it is damaged. If you notice the following visible signs, your lawn may be crying out for help:

  • Excessive thatch
  • Excessive weeds, crabgrass, and dandelions
  • More than 20% of the lawn is bare

Much like modern-day medicine, before implementing a treatment plan, you must first determine the symptoms your lawn is experiencing. From there, you will be able to figure out the most effective treatment. Between the hot weather and lack of moisture that summer brings, most lawns can benefit from aerating and seeding in the fall.

Prepare Your Lawn Prior to Seeding

If you have made the decision to perform your own seeding services without the help of a professional, there are a few precautions you should take. Prior to seeding your lawn, make sure you:

  1. Eliminate weeds and excess thatch
  2. Apply 6-8 inches of water to the soil
  3. Aerate the sseedbed3-5 times prior to planting
  4. Spread fertilizer throughout any damaged areas

Seed Your Lawn Properly

Proper seeding is one of the best-kept secrets in revitalizing a damaged lawn after the summer. You should divide the area to be seeded into a few sections to promote seeding in different directions. This ensures the soil is being infiltrated at various angles. Overlap about halfway through the process. Once the seed has been applied, irrigate the lawn in order to promote soil and seed contact. Water twice a day, but don’t let it get soggy – over-watering is not good for your lawn.

We aren’t going to lie- it can be hard to get your lawn back on track after summer, especially if you are not a professional. The quickest and most efficient thing you can do is hire a lawn care company that knows what they’re doing. Royal Greens offers aeration and seeding services in Frederick, MD that will invigorate your lawn and bring it back to life in just a few short visits. Don’t bother wasting your precious time with this tedious lawn care task, let us take that burden off your shoulders.

Contact us today to learn more about lawn care in Frederick!

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Tips for Summer Weed Control in Ellicott City, MD

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to controlling weeds is that weeds love conditions that a healthy lawn does not.  The perfect environment for weeds is soil that is too moist or dry, or thin spots and underfed grass. If you want to maintain a healthy lawn, you will have to incorporate weed control into your routine Ellicott City, MD lawn care efforts. You can follow these helpful hints to ensure your lawn stays green, healthy, and weed-free!

Maintain Higher Mower Settings

Cropping your grass to ground length won’t help you get rid of weeds. In fact, if you cut your lawn short, you are just rolling out a big green welcome mat for weeds. Longer grass grows sturdier roots. A thicker, higher lawn can help keep weeds at bay.

Your Lawn Needs Nutrients

Your lawn is in need of a feeding in the spring, summer, and fall. There are many excellent products out there that can accomplish the task of providing nutrients and fending of weeds. Feeding your lawn will help it grow into a lush and beautiful yard without any nasty weeds.

Provide Appropriate Hydration

One universal truth that everyone has been taught regarding lawn care is that lawns need water. This is true to a certain extent – however – it is important to note that too much water or too little water can be a problem. Your lawn should have an extensive watering about one or two times a week at most. Frequent watering in small spurts should be avoided because it is not helpful for lawns, and it encourages weed growth.

Get Rid of Existing Weeds

If you’ve got an all-out war going on in your yard and the weeds seem to be victorious, you may need to take more aggressive measures with a pre-emergent product in the spring or a weed killer and grass feeder combo throughout the growing season. You may also pull weeds out directly with your hands, but if you do, you have to be sure you remove the weeds with their roots. If you do not remove the roots, they will just grow back and resurface in a few weeks.

Sometimes the idea of lawn care can seem daunting. The truth of the matter is maintaining a healthy lawn requires a great deal of time and effort. Royal Greens’ lawn care services can help those with busy schedules who don’t have the time to handle every aspect of their lawn care.

 

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How to Control Fleas and Ticks in Your Yard in Frederick, MD

Frederick flea and tick control efforts include much more than simply spraying insect control to kill these pests. There are many different strategies that homeowners can use to prevent these blood-sucking insects from invading their yards and homes. The experts at Royal Greens will discuss some simple tips to help keep your family and pets safe from these potentially harmful insects!

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