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Prepare for Winter

Hi Everyone!

Right now it's your last chance to prepare your property for winter, and to protect that curb appeal you’ve worked so hard to create. Your landscape is an investment in your property.

Here are a few tips on how to help your beautiful landscape survive the winter.

Spread Mulch and Fertilize:

Spread 2 to 3 inches of fresh mulch around shrubs and trees. We use brown hardwood root mulch. Some customers prefer black or red. Also what's important for your lawn is to  install a winter fertilizer to the lawn. It will help come Spring time. If you properly prepare the lawn during the fall, it will be fine until the warm days of spring arrive once more. Make sure you fertilize and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season. 

 Get Rid Of Dead And Dying:

Fall is the time to neaten your landscaping before putting it to bed for the winter. Remove dead annuals. Lightly prune dead and dying branches from shrubs and trees. Carefully remove dried blossoms from hydrangea, but don’t remove dead-looking stalks, where new buds will form in spring. 

Take Care Of Your Shrubs and Trees:

Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate and pricey shrubs. Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap. As snow and ice build up on limbs and branches, they break under the heavy load. Hemlock, White Pine and other hedges will get out of hand if not pruned every 2-5 years. Professional pruning before winter starts gives you the opportunity to take care of your shrubs and trees before Mother Nature will.  

Take Care Of Your Driveway:

It's important to get your driveway sealed before winter. This keeps water from getting in the cracks of the asphalt and causing deterioration. Sealing one's driveway before winter is critical to prolonging your driveway's life.

 

Follows these tips and your property will be in good shape come next Spring!

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Fall Clean Up/Winter Lawn Maintenance

Fall Clean Up/Winter Lawn MaintenanceIt’s about that time of year again! The leaves will be changing, and falling! The days are becoming shorter, nights are cooler! It’s time to do your fall clean up and get your property ready for the winter season.

When we think of fall clean up, first thing that comes to mind is raking and blowing leaves off your property. Main reason for this is it keeps your outdoor space clean, but it also is a good idea if you do not want to stain your walkway or patio. Another very important reason, which some may not know, is some leaves are acidic, and when wet, can kill your lawn if left piled up for too long.

And speaking of your lawn, once you’ve raked and blown the property clear of debris and leaves, it’s vital that you fertilize it. This will give the lawn and its roots a boost to grow in the Spring. This is also the best time for seeding, as the cooler weather prevents any weeds to grow.

You may also want to prune your trees and shrubs. It’s during this time of year when they begin to go into their dormant stage. Pruning will ensure that next year’s growth is healthy.

And remember to check your gutters and down spouts! Leaves can get inside clogging your draining system, creating a bad situation. You will definitely want to remove any debris inside them before the winter freeze.

Well, I hope these tips were helpful! Talk to you soon!

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We really dig working in your yard."

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Lawn and Landscaping Tips-Rockland, NY

LAWN AND LANDSCAPING TIPS-ROCKLAND, NYHey guys!

So summer has been in full swing and it can be a challenging season with respect to keeping your lawn and landscape in check. The heat and humidity can really put a damper on plants, trees and lawns. Therefore, it’s essential to implement a good watering routine as well as visually monitoring your landscape.

Evaluate your lawn and plants and look for early signs of dehydration, which can come in the form of wilting. Plants and shrubs in need of TLC may also have yellowish or browning of leaves, a white puss-like film on branches, or stems keeling over. Lawns in need may have slow growth, brown, dry patches or curling of grass blades.

Of course the best way to keep your lawn and plants hydrated, healthy and looking their best is of course to water them. So here are a few helpful tips on the proper way to water during this hot season:

Water early in the morning. The morning is when its most cool, and allows for the water to run down into the soil, reaching the roots and leaving less water lost due to evaporation.

Water plants at the root, not the leaves. Not only can the leaves burn while the sun is out, but many disease need moisture to thrive.

Remove weeds. Weeds compete with water and nutrients. Consider a pesticide program to combat weeds.

Mulch planting beds. This will keep moisture in and keep weeds out.

Don’t let the summer heat get to you. There are viable solutions to keeping your plants and lawn healthy and beautiful all season long!

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We really dig working in your yard."

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Snow Mold

SNOW MOLDHello everyone!

Well, winter has been upon us for a couple months now and we’ve been getting snow/ice storms on what seems to be a weekly basis. Lucky for us we aren’t in the Boston area, where they have gotten about 7 feet of snow! I guess we shouldn’t complain too much, huh?

While it may not be on everyone’s mind, now is a good time to start thinking about a disease that may be affecting your lawn right now. It’s called snow mold. It’s labeled as the first lawn disease of the year. Snow mold can infect just about any type of grass and is caused when there is an extended period of snow cover on the ground. After the snow melts, your lawn will appear to have circles and patches of dead matted grass that are yellow, gray or even pink (yes, it really has a pink color).

There are preventative measures you can take to avoid snow mold, which include following a pesticide program during the Spring, Summer and Fall months. Winterizing your lawn in the Fall just before the first snowfall is key as well as mowing the lawn late in the season so the grass doesn’t lay over on itself and having a Fall clean up.

As temperatures rise with the approach of Spring, snow mold most likely goes away on its own. However, if you find this is not the case, you may need to rake the area carefully, apply a fungicide and/or reseed any bare spots.

Hope this was helpful!

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We really dig working in your yard." 

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Early Spring Lawn Care

EARLY SPRING LAWN CARESpring is here!

Well, folks, it’s finally spring and I’m sure a lot of you are beginning to think about bringing your yard back to life, so bring your “spring cleaning” outdoors!

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a good idea to start assessing your lawn.  During the winter, chemical changes can alter the soil’s pH and create the invasion of weeds.  That being said, it’s important that you remove any weeds or debris that may have accumulated over the winter.  Raking your lawn will help remove any matted dead grass or branches.

With the temperatures rising and the sun shining, some may want to begin fertilizing their lawns, but March is not the time for fertilizing.  You should typically wait until the lawn has grown in and has been mowed a few times.  It’s best to wait until April or May.

Early spring is also a popular time to seed your lawn.  You may want to put the seed down as soon as possible so the seed can germinate.  You can start by filling in bare or thin spots to encourage a thick lawn.  And most importantly, make sure to feed and water your lawn.  Grass that is fed and watered will be able to withstand periods of heat throughout the summer months.

I hope these quick tips help your grass get a fresh start this spring!

Michael

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We Really Dig Working in Your Yard."

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Deer Population Leads to Plant Destruction

Hey there,

Spotting a deer used to be a rare sight to see.   Nowadays, deer can be seen right in our backyards.

The destruction of landscape plants by deer has become widespread in Rockland County.  Newly developed homes and commercial properties have greatly destroyed the habitats of these animals.  Because of this, deer have adapted to suburban life and their population has grown, which increases the demand for food.  Landscape plants now have become the primary source of food for deer and this has caused many problems for gardeners.

Realizing that no plant is deer proof, there are a few ways that you can avoid having deer destroy your garden.  One way may be to place deer repellants.  Deer repellants work through taste and scent.  This is effective because it can leave a foul taste in the deer’s mouth.  Also, alternate between different brands of deer repellant.  As the deer grow, they become accustomed to the taste of the repellant and it becomes less effective.

If you are starting a landscape design, you can choose plants that deer are less likely to eat, like those that have thorns or fuzz on them.  If you choose plants that deer are more likely to eat, then I suggest using a fence or additional protection to keep them from destroying your garden.

I know the increased population of deer has caused much aggravation for many gardeners, but if you keep these tips in mind I’m sure it will help with the success of your garden!

Michael

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We Really Dig Working in Your Yard." 

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Buyer Beware – Drainage Contractors

Hello again,

I’ve seen a lot of bad business practices aimed at deceiving the general public but one that strikes close to home is one involving drainage contractors. Have you ever called for an emergency estimate for a drainage job only to be bombarded with high prices and too much information? This is a growing trend in general contracting, friends.

In hopes of getting rush jobs many drainage contractors are going out of their way to come to customer’s homes with lots of equipment, corroded pipes, samples of drainage solutions, statistics, reports and readouts well beyond what’s called for. They attempt to scare the customer into making an even quicker decision in hopes that the customer will ignore their outrageous prices.

Sometimes they’ll even tell the customer of special deals they can get if only they hurry and make their decision. The truth? Our jobs are usually 30% to 40% less than their discounted rates! Not just saying this to advertise my company. Other companies are jacking up their prices for “emergency jobs.”

So please remember that while a problem may seem very real (and big) to you when it’s happening, it may not be as earth shattering as some drainage contractors make it out to be. Consider this next time before agreeing to anything!

Michael

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We Really Dig Working in Your Yard." ™

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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Michael L. Naclerio and I’ve been working as a general contractor for over 25 years specializing in landscaping design and drainage solutions.

My company has a dedicated and hard working staff that tend to such issues in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen County in New York and New Jersey. I’m fully licensed in both states and, while I may not have the largest company out there, I specialize in providing quality service with a keen eye to detail.

It is with pleasure that I invite you to check out my company’s website. We’ve been working hard to keep the site up to date with photos and interactive presentations of past and present jobs. Check us out on the web today @ www.nacleriolandscaping.com

For more information regarding the blog please feel free to check out the “About” section. Or feel free to use the links on the side of the blog to visit my social networking sites where you can connect with past and present customers in a friendly online environment.

Thanks for visiting,

Michael

Michael L. Naclerio, Inc.

"We Really Dig Working in Your Yard." ™

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