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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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