Winter can be a dangerous time. Emergency room visits escalate during the cold winter months with reports of slips, falls, strains and sprains and even broken bones skyrocketing. According to statistics, more than a million people are treated for slips and falls every year in the U.S. alone. From 1990-2006, nearly 200,000 Americans were treated for shoveling injuries. With statistics this astounding, it’s time you learned how to stay safe this winter!
Don’t let the cold, snow and sleet send you to the emergency room this winter. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from seasonal injuries:
Your home’s water lines are very susceptible to cold weather damage. That’s why it is so important to be diligent about wintertime maintenance. So how can you protect your plumbing from leaks and ruptures?
The harsh winds, snow, sleet and frigid temperatures can wreak havoc with your lawn. Even if you live in a warmer region, winter comes with increased rains, storms and wind. Be sure to protect those trees and shrubs by having the professionals at Meyers Green Services come out to trim and secure your landscaping before winter hits.
Are you ready for winter? If you’re not sure, call the experts at Meyers Green Services to help you prepare your home for the cold months ahead.
It’s an outing like no other — trudging through the tree lot in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Some people take their annual Christmas tree search very seriously; even claiming that the right tree calls out to them. Whether you scrutinize every tree on the lot or grab the first one that looks good, one thing is certain — you want one that looks good and will stay fresh all season long. Keeps this year’s holiday tree looking great until the first of the year with these simple care tips.
Not every fresh-cut tee is, well, fresh. Some lots are filled with trees that were cut weeks and weeks ago and then shipped far and wide. Unfortunately, some of these trees dry and wither long before Christmas. At Meyers Green Services, we know how to raise and cut trees that will last. When you choose one of our trees you know it’s fresh and will make it to Christmas morning.
It’s the sight of the season — cars racing down the highway with fresh cut Christmas trees tied to the tops of their roofs. But did you know that the wind whisking past can dry out your tree? Be sure to protect it by having it wrapped (or cover it with a trap).
Not ready to set up your new tree right away? Be sure to store it in a bucket of water in a cool and shady spot.
Location, location, location isn’t just about real estate. Finding the right spot for your Christmas tree is important. Sure, you may want it to sit in your front picture window. But if that means it will be in contact with the direct sun all day long, you may want to rethink where you display it. Sunlight can dry out a tree quicker than it should, and so can fluctuating temperatures. To keep your Christmas tree looking fresher longer, find a place that is temperature controlled! Keep your tree away from cool drafts found around doors and windows as well as heating vents.
Unless you cut down your tree and get it in water within a few hours, you will want to cut about ¼ inch off of the stem to help it absorb the most water. Sap can quickly seal off a tree’s vascular system, which will prevent it from getting the hydration it needs.
Warning: making an angular cut can keep your tree from drinking! Straight cuts are best!
You couldn’t live long without water and neither can your tree. Be sure to get it in a bucket of water as soon as you bring it home and once the tree is in its stand, keep the water coming. Most trees will drink about a gallon of water in the first 24 hours and one to three quarts a day after that. Never let the tree stand goes dry. Refresh its water supply every morning and evening.
So what kind of water is best? Most experts agree that cold plain water is fine. Don’t put in any additives — they can keep the tree from absorbing enough. Plus, it’s a safety issue; if you have children or pets, those additives can be dangerous! Oh, and don’t worry about the water’s temperature. There is no evidence to show that warm water is more easily absorbed.
There’s nothing like the look and smell of a live Christmas tree. At Meyers Green Services, we specialize in providing our customers with the freshest and most beautiful trees of the seasons. Stop by our lot to find one for your family.
When rainy, cold winters come along, most homeowners know that they should shut off their sprinklers — it just makes sense, right? But managing irrigation in the colder months is more complicated than that. If you don’t take the proper precautions, your sprinkler system could be permanently damaged (which also means trouble for your landscaping). Here’s what you need to know about how to winterize your irrigation for winter.
Fortunately, this is the step that most homeowners get. You don’t want your sprinklers turning on during the winter. In colder areas; the water will freeze and start destroying your plants instead of helping them. In warmer areas, winters are already rainy and adding more irrigation can waterlog and eventually kill your plants (and attract pests). In other words, winter is the time to switch off your sprinkler timers. This varies based on your setup, but most irrigation systems have an off or standby mode that you can activate in the fall to keep them from turning on. It’s best to turn the timer fully off, so it doesn’t accidentally get reactivated.
Next, you will want to shut off water access to your sprinklers. This is primarily extra insurance that your sprinklers can’t turn back on at all until you allow it. If your irrigation system is hooked up to your household water, then it should have its own panel with a set of levers or switches controlling water flow to various parts of your yard. The controls will probably be buried a couple of feet underground, close to your house, so look for the access panel there. In some cases, it may be connected to your primary water valve.
The water may be shut off, but there’s still water lingering in your pipes, and that’s bad news. If winter conditions drop below freezing, that water can freeze up. Since frozen water expands, water trapped in a tight space like against a valve or in a pipe can crack and damage materials around it. A good freeze can destroy an irrigation system. The best solution is blowing out sprinklers, but this is a job best left to a professional with the right gear and equipment. Some irrigation systems may use a manual flushing method that accomplishes the same thing.
If you have any above-ground sprinkler or drip lines, you should add insulation to protect them from the frost. Insulation tape will do the trick here, but an extra layer of mulch is usually sufficient. You should also consider buying protective enclosures for your outdoor faucets for the same reason.
If you live in a warmer area where the temperature rarely drops to freezing, you may be wondering if you still need to go to all this effort. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is — yards tend to have their own little microclimates created by wind, shade and other factors. Just because you don’t see any frost when you look out the window does not mean that the ground isn’t freezing.
If you have any additional questions, you can always call Meyers Green Services for more information, advice, or a free estimate!
Not sure when to fertilize your lawn? Many homeowners know that fertilizer is a good idea in the spring and summer when the lawn is lush and growing, but things get a little hazy when fall and winter arrive. Should you fertilize in the fall? Should you let your grass die out?
Fertilizing in fall is actually a very good idea, especially for specific grass types. Here’s what you need to know.
Cool season grasses are the grass species used in warmer climates. This type of grass tends to grow through the winter, although its growth rate typically slows down a lot (if you aren’t sure what type of grass you have, ask a professional). Cool season grasses can particularly benefit from fertilizer in the fall because they need some extra energy to keep growing over the winter when conditions can be harsher. In fact, cool season grasses often do most of their growth in the fall and may “starve” if they don’t get enough fertilizer to see them through. Wetter seasons are also the time when mold, disease and pests can become more dangerous, so fertilizing will help cool season grasses prepare for this.
Add fertilizer to warm season grasses in the early fall! If you wait too long, your grass will start a growing cycle too close to winter, and become damaged by the cold weather. But early fall is an ideal time to fertilize. Warm grasses tend to brown out and die down over winter. However, you are giving them one last, valuable growth spurt before that time, which will help your lawn look even better next spring.
Fall fertilizers tend to have plenty of potassium, which allows grass blades to reinforce their structure and become hardier. When you deal with wind, rain or snow in your area, it’s important to keep your grass as strong as possible in the winter months. Make sure that you pick out a fertilizer that’s designed for fall use!
Root growth is paramount for fall grass maintenance. Both warm and cool season grasses need strong roots to survive in winter, especially cold winters. Remember, grass can survive almost anything if the roots stay strong and undamaged by the cold. That means fall is the time to feed your grass fertilizers that they can use to build up their root systems.
Fall tends to encourage more moisture and fall mornings tend to have a lot of dew. This makes it easier for grasses to absorb fertilizers as they sink deep into the soil. It’s important for grass to get the full benefit of the fertilizers you are using! Of course, you shouldn’t fertilize when it’s too wet, which is another reason to not wait too long before this project.
Proper landscaping can pull together the look of your home, but messy landscaping can decrease your curb appeal. The fall season presents a unique struggle for homeowners who want a great looking lawn, but don’t know how to care for it properly. By avoiding these common landscaping mistakes this fall, you can ensure a beautiful lawn when spring reappears.
When the weather cools down, and trees begin to lose their leaves, many homeowners think it’s a natural decoration. However, too many leaves on your property can not only make it looked cluttered, but it also presents a real danger. Leaves become extra slippery when wet and can also obscure sidewalks and driveways from view. It’s best to rake up the falling leaves during this time of year on a regular basis.
Most homeowners don’t think about fertilizing or caring for their lawn once the summer ends even though fall lawns need just as much care. Take proper care of your lawn by cutting and fertilizing throughout the fall season. This protects your grassfrom damage during the winter months and will help ensure a luscious lawn come spring.
Always make sure you are choosing your spring flowers ahead of time. Local nurseries carry an array of flowering bulbs that you can plant with ease. Make sure you get them in the ground before everything frosts and freezes. Doing the work now means enjoying beautiful flowers in the spring without having to lift a finger.
While the fall and winter months can mean rain and snow, it is still important to ensure you’re watering things like shrubs and trees on a regular basis. Plants that aren’t watered on a regular schedule can sustain damage brought on by dehydration which can make your plants susceptible to diseases and rot. By keeping on a regular care schedule, you can ensure that your hearty plants will still be around for years to come.
Weed killer is designed to be effective when the temperature reaches above 60 degrees (Fahrenheit). When the winter months set in, you want to avoid using weed killers and pesticides when the temperatures drop. During this time, it isn’t an effective treatment and may have negative effects on plants.
Meyers Green Services knows how difficult it is to care for your lawn during the fall season properly. Between falling temperatures and busy schedules, finding time for proper landscaping can be a pain. That’s where we come in. We provide a variety of residential landscaping services that you cannot do alone or don’t know how. Contact us today for a free estimate and to learn how you can get 10% off aeration and overseed services this season.
Mowing your lawn in the rain is a horrible experience for any homeowner, and in the end, it doesn’t do much for your grass. Residential lawn mowers are not made for wet and slippery conditions; they simply aren’t quick or large enough, and the weight will cause sinking and ripping in any lawn. Homeowners who try to mow in the rain will simply end up with a soggy, muddy mess, along with these other reasons which prove you should never mow your grass in the rain.
When grass is wet, it becomes stickier and is unable to be thrown by the mower like it is when dry. The wet grass will stick and build up on the blades giving them the inability to cut correctly. Over time, if not cleaned, the grass can diminish the overall cutting ability, even when mowing a dry lawn.
Since wet grass cannot be mulched correctly, it will create clumps on the lawn that are much heavier than typical clumps left behind from mowing a dry lawn. These clumps weigh down the grass beneath them and can suffocate it. This means mowing wet grass while wet can kill patches of grass, giving you a spotty appearance that will take money and time to fix.
Mowing wet grass can also be dangerous to you and your family. Wet grass on the lawn, driveway or walkways can create an incredibly slippery surface, making it easy to trip. Because wet grass is also not easily cleaned, you will have to wait until it’s dry, meaning a possible lengthy amount of time with a slipping risk. Every year, non-professionals also get seriously injured with flying objects, burns and lacerations in sunny, dry conditions. These risks also increase in fog, rain and low visibility.
Because water weighs down grass, each blade suddenly becomes a different height from curling and bending. Since residential mowers can only do approximately one pass without sinking into the wet ground, this will lead to an uneven cut if the blade cannot cut all of these pieces easily and correctly on the first pass.
Wet grass can do more than dull your blades — it can create other types of damage to your residential mower. In particular, if wet grass is not cleaned out properly after cutting, mold has a chance of growing on your wheels, undercarriage, and blades. If this happens, not only will the mower begin to smell, but it will also be challenging and expensive to clean.
However, not all hope is lost. If you live in a rainy climate or simply have fast-growing grass that needs to be cut rain or shine, commercial mowers can do the trick. We at Meyers Green Services offer a variety of lawn care services for your residential or commercial property. Our team is used to working in any condition and aims to ensure that your lawn looks perfect after our visit. Having your lawn mowed by a professional in the rain guarantees an even cut and safe disposal of the grass without you having to do any of the work. To learn more about our services and get a free estimate contact us today. And, for a limited time, ask about how you can get 10% off aeration and overseed services.
Ahhh, the cool, crisp mornings of autumn have arrived. It’s finally time to sit back and relax. But wait! Your lawn needs some special attention right now. If you don’t take the time now to prepare it for winter, you’ll regret it next spring.
You’ve worked hard to keep your yard looking pristine all summer long. Autumn is not the time to let things slide. If you do, you may be faced with a sickly lawn in April. Fall maintenance is important in order to give your grass what it needs to absorb the oxygen and nutrients required to survive a rough winter. Plus, letting down your guard now will make all of your landscaping look tired and worn.
With so many different tasks to handle, you may be wondering what jobs are most important to keep your lawn looking good all year long. Here are some of the basics that Meyers Green Services suggest:
Taking care of your lawn is important, but don’t forget those other fall cleanup jobs:
If the long list of fall maintenance project has your overwhelmed, don’t worry. Call in the experts at Meyers Green Services for help. Our trained crews are ready to take care of all of your fall maintenance needs to ensure that your landscaping looks its best all year long. Call now and receive 10% off of your fall aeration and overseedservice!
Having a lush, green lawn is a goal that many homeowners strive for. While proper lawn care, including planting, aerating, weeding, fertilizing, overseeding, aeration, mowing and edging are essential elements for keeping your lawn looking great, choosing the right grass seed for your location is crucial to creating a beautiful lawn.
The majority of lawn grasses are classified as being either “cool season” seed, which are better adapted to northern climates, or “warm season” types best suited for southern gardens.
Lawn care professionals typically recommend only a few species of grasses for the Ohio area. The most recommended include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass. Beautiful, healthy turf usually contains a mix of different grasses, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Growing seed blends or mixtures is optimal. If one seed doesn’t do well or is affected by a disease, other varieties will take over and flourish. Foot traffic, soil type, drainage, watering methods and turf use can all affect your grass seed selection. What works for a residential lawn with active children or pets may not be the best choice for a commercial property. Choose grass varieties that are well-suited to your particular location, soil type, and your lawn’s intended use for the best-looking, easy-to maintain-lawn.
A lush green lawn gives curb appeal to your home or business and can increase the value of the property. Whether you are installing a new lawn or overseeding your current turf, regular lawn care maintenance guarantees that your grass will continue to grow, stay thick and healthy and remain weed and insect free all year long.
If you don’t have the time to install, reseed or maintain your lawn, Meyers Green Services can do all the work for you. Meyers Green Services has been your full-service Columbus, Ohio lawn expert for over a decade, offering our customers the benefit of our years of experience and employing the most up-to-date techniques in lawn care. Call us at today and mention this blog to receive 10% off of an aeration or overseeding service for your lawn. This offer won’t last long, so give us a call today to get started!
Does your lawn look more brown than green? Is it completely failing in places, leaving ugly bald spots? This is a common problem that many homeowners encounter due to a variety of factors, including insect infestation, overly compacted soil, too much shade, damage from dog urine and heavy foot traffic. However, overseeding is the solution your lawn needs to make it healthy again. Here’s what you need to know:
Lawns that start to thin or become patchy in several places need some serious maintenance. Overseeding with fresh seed will revitalize your whole lawn and return it to a beautiful uniform color and lush texture. Overseeding is the process of planting new grass seed without removing the existing lawn or the soil. In other words, you are filling in the bare or brown spots as well as increasing the durability of your current grass.
It’s important to start with the right kind of seed for your particular climate and sun exposure, and you’ll also need to consider if the lawn will be used mainly for recreation and will receive heavy traffic. If there are dead spots in your lawn where most foot traffic occurs, you may want to consider reseeding with a more durable grass. Aeration combined with overseeding can eliminate the problem of soil that has become overly compacted, so the new grass will be able to grow a larger, healthier root system to withstand drought and other problems.
The best time to overseed a lawn depends on many factors, especially the climate in your area. If you want to overseed your winter-dormant lawn with grass that will stay green through the cold months, a lawn should be overseeded in the autumn. For a great summer lawn, overseeding should be performed in the early spring. However, a lawn should not be aerated or overseeded when snow or ice is on the ground. Your local lawn services should be able to advise you of the correct time for aeration and overseeding.
A regular lawn care maintenance service will guarantee your newly overseeded lawn will continue to grow and remain weed and insect free all year long. A beautiful green lawn gives a home great curb appeal and can increase the value of the property. Even if you don’t have the time to maintain your lawn, Meyers Green Services can do all the work for you. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your beautiful lawn!
Meyers Green Services is your lawn expert to call in the Columbus, Ohio area. We can offer our customers the benefit of our many years of experience and the most up-to-date techniques in lawn care.
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When it comes to enhancing your home’s curb appeal, it’s hard to beat the value of a beautiful lawn. To achieve green turf that will be the envy of your neighborhood, your lawn requires basic lawn care such as mowing, watering and fertilizing. Additionally, in order to ensure that nutrients reach the soil below your grass, your lawn needs to be aerated. Aeration is a vital requirement to growing a healthy lawn as it allows water and air to penetrate thick turf or lawn thatch. To get rid of thatch and help your lawn grow lush and green, learn the why, how and when of aeration with this quick guide.
Aeration perforates the soil beneath your lawn with small holes that allow water, nutrients and air to penetrate to your turf’s roots, which helps them grow quicker and deeper, producing a stronger, more vigorous lawn. Over time, the soil under your grass gets compacted, meaning too many solid particles are compressed within a certain volume or space. When heavy organic debris or excess lawn thatch combines with compacted soil, your lawn’s roots are starved of the essential elements it needs to thrive. Aeration can:
Homeowners often wonder why their lawn needs to be aerated, especially if it looks healthy. If your lawn has experienced any of the following, it is a good candidate for aeration:
The best time for aerating your grass is during the growing season. Depending on your location and type of grass, homeowners with cool season grass generally aerate turf in the early spring or fall while those with warm season turf aerate in the late spring. Fall is one of the best times to aerate in the Lewis Center, OH area. The days are still long for growing and the nights are still warm enough to encourage growth and healing.
Meyers Green Services has been providing lawn care in Columbus, OH, and the surrounding areas for over a decade. We pride ourselves on maintaining beautiful lawns that enhance your landscaping. Call us today and mention our blog for a special 10% off your aeration service.