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How Short Should I Cut My Grass

How Short Should I Cut My Grass

Have you ever been in a neighbor’s yard and heard the question, “How short should I cut my grass?” This question has been asked and debated at backyard barbecues dating back to the first lawns. Although everyone has an opinion, there is fact-based knowledge to back the length you cut your lawn to keep it at its healthiest. Most people set the blade on the mower height, start it up, and mow their lawn without another thought. Then there’s the die-hard, my lawn has to be perfect, type of person. They will likely have an opinion on the proper height of a freshly cut lawn. If you are unsure what kind of grass you have, call 410 Lawn Guy. We can let you know what type of grass you have and how high to cut your lawn. Because multiple grass varieties thrive differently depending on the height of the cut, it’s essential to know your grass type. Why Does It Matter How Short I Cut My Grass A healthy lawn needs mowing regularly. Unfortunately, for the healthiest lawn, the mowing schedule will vary based on weather and the type of grass. Suppose you cut your grass too short in anticipation

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How Much Should You Be Watering Your Lawn

How Much Should You Be Watering Your Lawn

Watering your lawn and plants pose the question, how much and how often should you give them a drink to keep them healthy? It’s tricky to factor in rain, heat, and your irrigation system. You also need to consider the time of day, how often to water, and which plants will need some extra tender, loving care. Your landscaping is one of the first things people notice when they pull up to your house. Keeping it healthy, vibrant, and lovely to look at is a good investment. When you pull up to your home at the end of a long day, a well-maintained lawn and planter beds will bring a smile to your face. Curb appeal has value even if you’re not putting your house on the market. Finding the right balance for watering lawns and plants is essential. If you need a professional opinion or a company to take this task off your hands, call 410 Lawn Guy. We’ll keep your yard in top shape, so you don’t have to. Setting an Irrigation Clock for Watering Your  Lawn and Plants If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you’ll want to set your irrigation clock to

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No Mow May

No Mow May

If No Mow May is a new phrase for you, you’re not alone. At 410 Lawn Guy, we want to rescue you from yard work and keep your lawn in top shape. We’re also interested in doing our part for the planet. That’s where No Mow May comes in. There are simple things we can do to help with conservation initiatives. Although the general concept is not to mow your lawn during the month of May, that may not work for everyone. However, you can exercise other options to help Mother Earth. Benefits of No Mow May Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Appleton, Wisconsin started No Mow May two years ago. After the homeowners signed up for the initiative, they waived the ordinance requiring homeowners to maintain their lawns to increase bee and other pollinator populations. Not only can you help the planet, but you can slack off on the mowing and feel good about seeing dandelions and clover flowers popping up on your lawn. Bees are starting to come out of hibernation. Giving them a bit of a kickstart will help the much-needed bee population thrive. Is the Bee Population a Serious Problem? At 410 Lawn Guy, we want

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Sprinkler System Repair

Sprinkler System Repair

You just turned on your sprinkler system, and water is shooting out of several areas, but not in a good way. It’s time for a sprinkler system repair. There are many reasons your irrigation system can fail. If the winter was exceptionally rugged, your pipes might be paying the price. If tackling a sprinkler system repair isn’t in your wheelhouse, call 410 Lawn Guy. We’ll send out a professional technician to assess your issues, make recommendations and give you an estimate. How Do I Troubleshoot a Sprinkler System Repair Troubleshooting your irrigation system can be complicated. Who installed the system? Was it you? The previous owner? Or did someone hire an unlicensed company? If the answer to those three questions is yes, you need to go another route. How large is your lawn? How many zones do you have? You need to check each zone separately to ensure you maintain a beautiful lawn and planter beds. Each area needs to have water applied evenly over the lawn areas. Overwatering, as well as underwatering, can kill a lawn and those beautiful flowers you just planted. Signs You Need Sprinkler System Repairs Here are some signs that will point to needing repairs:

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Spring Lawn Start-Up Questions

Spring Lawn Start-Up Questions

Spring has sprung, and you need to get your spring lawn start-up questions answered. Having a beautiful lawn is the first thing people see when they pull up to your house. 410 Lawn Guy can take care of bringing your yard to life and keeping it in stellar shape all season long. Several things need to happen to awaken your lawn and encourage healthy growth. Whether you are a DIY person or prefer to let the professionals take care of it, we’re here to give you the information you need to see to it that those blades of grass are happy and vibrant. Let’s Answer Your Spring Lawn Start-Up Questions Before you jump out there and start mowing your lawn, there are several things you should do to ensure the results are going to get your spring lawn off to a good start. Your mower has been hibernating and will need some tender loving care to get it spring-ready. Take it to a sunny spot and inspect it while it gets a chance to take the chill off. Trying to start a cold motor can be problematic. By giving the fluids a chance to warm up, you’ll have a better

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Snow Removal Solved

Snow Removal Solved

Snow removal can be a hassle. We’re in the dead of winter, and it’s okay to admit you’re sort of over it. Like you, we’re itching to get back out there, get our hands in the dirt, and help you get your lawn looking its best. But first? Snow. (Insert eye-rolls here). Although 410 Lawn Guy cares for your lawn and beyond in the warmer months, we want you to be safe and healthy during these winter months as well. And part of that means removing the snow in your driveway with efficiency. Shoveling Suppose you have a good old fashioned shovel and aren’t interested in investing in a snow blower. In that case, we applaud your gritty work ethic. Shoveling is a great way to clear a small driveway not buried in several inches of heavy, wet snow. Depending on the type of snow and how much has fallen, you can opt to do small sections in layers or push your shovel along the concrete, acting as a manual snow plow. This obviously won’t work for heavy snow. A plastic, wide shovel is your best bet for clearing a driveway so that the shovel won’t catch on the concrete.

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Planting Indoors to Prepare for Spring

Planting Indoors to Prepare for Spring

Tips to Plan For Your 2022 Vegetable Garden Start planting indoors to prepare for Spring. Planting your own vegetables and feeding them to your family is a pretty rewarding experience. More and more people are returning to this practice in their backyards. In fact, vegetable gardening hasn’t gained this much popularity since the Victory Gardens of the early and mid-1900s. Leave it to a global pandemic to push people to be more self-sufficient and frugal. Whether you’re looking for a stress-relieving hobby or you want to start saving money on groceries, growing your own vegetables is an accomplishment that will make you proud of your efforts. The great thing about gardening is you can do it year-round. Even in the winter months near the D.C. area, when we can’t plant outdoors, we can be indoors getting our seeds started (as we stare out the window, wringing our hands, waiting for spring…). Since we have a shorter growing season than warmer climates, starting seeds indoors is a wise choice to give plants a head start. How to Plant Indoors to Prepare for Spring Do your research on what seeds you’d like to plant. There is more variety when it comes to

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Preplanning Your Spring Flowerbeds

Preplanning Your Spring Flowerbeds

Though it’s still cold here in the Washington, D.C. area, spring will be here before we know it. To help you with warm thoughts during these chilly days, consider taking some time to pre-plan your spring flowerbeds. Determine Your Budget While it’s easy to let your mind run wild, it’s time to be realistic. Installing flowerbeds and completing landscaping projects take time, but they can also cost a substantial amount of money. This is especially true if you don’t pre-plan your budget. Before planning out your flowerbeds, determine how much you can spend on the project. If you’re planning on DIYing this project, you’ll have more room in your budget for plants, mulch, soil, and tools you might need. If you’re going to hire the pros—like the ones at 410 Lawn Guy in Gambrills, Maryland—your budget may need to be larger and won’t stretch as far. Plan Out Your Flowerbeds Now that you’ve got your budget laid out, it’s time to plan out your flowerbeds. Do you have a goal for your beds, like adding more curb appeal to your home, upgrading your existing beds, or adding in brand new raised beds? Whatever you decide, now is the time to

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The Downside to a Warm Winter?

The Downside to a Warm Winter?

Though we just got hit with several inches of snow in most parts of Maryland, it actually has been a warm winter in the last few years past. While snow lovers may relish the first real snowfall in recent memory, others are burrowing under blankets just waiting for spring to come. Whether you love a warm winter or wish for colder days, mild winters like we’ve become used to having can wreak havoc on the coming seasons. Here are some downsides to a warm winter and why we should be happy each year when the cold filters in. Early and Persistent Pests Have you noticed what feels like an overabundance of itchy pests, like mosquitos, ticks, and fleas, these last few summers? Mild winter weather could be the cause. Freezing winter temps usually keep bugs at bay, killing them off, so they have to wait until spring to thaw and multiply. A warm-weather season allows bugs to continue breeding without a break, bringing more pests and bringing them out earlier in the summer. This could also mean trouble for your plants, with pests getting to them when they’re young and delaying their growth cycles. Plant Cycles Thrown Off If pests

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Winter Lawn Checklist

Winter Lawn Checklist

It’s winter! That means you it’s time to take care of your winter lawn. You can forget about your lawn for a few months, right? Well, at 410 Lawn Guy, we’d have to disagree with you there. Your yard needs to be maintained all year round if you want to make the most of it during the spring and summer months. We’ve compiled a winter lawn checklist to help you out during the next few months. Of course, your lawn maintenance will depend on the climate, too, so we’ve organized the blog by both hot and cold seasonal temperatures. By undertaking these tasks, you should be able to maintain a lawn that thrives all year round! Read ahead for our blog on your winter lawn checklist by 410 Lawn Guy. Winter Checklist for Snow Climates If you live in the northern United States or Canada, chances are your winter is full of cold temperatures and snow. These freezing temperatures can be incredibly challenging for your lawn, so it’s essential to understand what tasks you need to do to maintain your yard all year round. Follow this checklist for a winter lawn in colder climates: Remove your dead leaves by either

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Should You Rake or Mulch Leaves?

Should You Rake or Mulch Leaves?

Rake or Mulch Leaves? That is the Question Should you rake or mulch your leaves? Which is better? It’s coming up to the end of the year. For many of us, it’s time to look ahead and prepare for what 2022 will bring. This is especially true for those that take pride in and love gardening – the promise of Spring and all that it entails is an exciting thought. One of the ways that many gardeners prep for Spring is either by mulching or raking up the leaves in their backyard. However, these processes are up for debate about what’s more effective and better for the yard. This blog by 410 Lawn Guy will help you understand what method you should use for your final yard cleanup of the year. The Pros of Mulching Leaves There are plenty of pros for mulching leaves for your final cleanup of the year. Mulching is good for the soil because it breaks down and boosts the quality of the soil. When the leaves break down, they release critical gases and elements that can benefit the lawn in the long run. It’s also much faster than raking, plus less physically demanding. So, if

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Pruning Bushes and Trees

Pruning Bushes and Trees

Pruning bushes and trees in your yard has a few benefits. It improves the plant’s health, helps you control growth, reduces potential hazards, and it allows you to train the plant to your desired form. Pruning also promotes air circulation and allows foliage to dry faster, which keeps diseases at bay. What tools are best for the job, and when should you cut your trees and shrubs back in Maryland? We’re glad you asked. The Best Tree and Shrub Pruning Tools The size of the job will determine which tools work best. Pruning shears typically work great for branches that are ½ inch in diameter or smaller. But if you have branches up to 2 inches thick, lopping shears are better suited for the job. If you have tall trees or bushes, pole pruners allow you to get the hard-to-reach limbs, though they come with a learning curve and can be dangerous if you aren’t familiar with them. A pruning saw is the best choice for more significant limbs and comes in several blade shapes. For the largest jobs, a chain saw will work best, but be sure to use safety glasses and wear protective clothing while using it. This

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Drip Irrigation – Pros and Cons

Drip Irrigation – Pros and Cons

Drip irrigation is a watering system that works well in gardens. In contrast, a sprinkler system is better suited for lawns and large landscaped areas. Also called localized irrigation, micro-irrigation, or trickle irrigation, drip irrigation drips water at low rates through a plastic piping system. It focuses on the roots of each plant rather than the entire area. Is this system the way to go for your lawn and garden needs? Consider these pros and cons of drip irrigation before deciding. Pros of Drip Irrigation Water Conservation With a drip irrigation system, water travels through pipes into drippers, called micro-sprinklers or emitters. The drippers release a slow trickle of water at the soil surface, allowing the water to absorb more effectively into the soil and the plants’ roots. You also lose much less water to evaporation and runoff. This system is highly effective at targeted garden watering. It can save up to 50% more water than using a sprinkler or other water method. More Control With this system, you can place pipes and drippers right where you want to water. Sprinkler systems don’t allow for targeted watering, instead watering the entire area the sprinkler reaches. While this is great if

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Now is the Time to Prep for Spring

Now is the Time to Prep for Spring

It’s fall. We will forgive you for thinking that now is the time to relax and cut back on the work in your yard. We are approaching winter, and the busy summer season is finally dwindling. However, now is the time to prep for spring! If you want your lawn and garden to be flourishing by the time April rolls around, it’s essential to do the prep work now. Here, we lay out what to do over fall and winter – so that your garden reaches its full potential in 2022. Prep for Spring – Harvest Existing Plants If you have any plants, vegetables, or fruit that need harvesting, get this done first. Make sure that any dead or dying plants are disposed of or composted. Rake and Layer Your Garden Spend some time raking your garden. Try and rake through all plant leaves so that your garden and soil are exposed. This step is especially important if you have plants that showed signs of any mildew. You want your plants to have the best chance of growth for the spring season, so get rid of any plants that showed signs of disease or decay so that it hopefully doesn’t

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Best Landscaping Ideas for 2022

Best Landscaping Ideas for 2022

It’s time to look ahead for the best landscaping ideas in 2022. Due to lockdowns and a new normal, gardening and landscaping saw a surge in popularity during 2020 and 2021. It shows no signs of slowing down as we enter the new year. In fact, this new normal is being seen right throughout the garden trends and ideas for 2022! This blog will outline what landscaping ideas to look out for in 2022. A Mix of Interior and Exterior This new normal is all about functionality and ease of living, and it’s no different for landscaping in 2022, either. Outdoor entertainment spaces are becoming highly popular in 2022, as well as peripheral buildings and functional spaces within your garden. So, if you’ve been thinking about building that She-Shed, installing the BBQ, creating that outside kitchen, or finally creating the terrace of your dreams – now is the time to do it. Bring your interior outside and entertain your guests in your beautiful outdoor area. Embrace the Wild Look for wild gardens and meadows to storm the landscaping trends for 2022. A fun trend for 2022 – replicating an English meadow – full of wildflowers, untamed, and free. This trend

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Aerating and Overseeding

Aerating and Overseeding

Do you want to rejuvenate your lawn? Overseeding and aeration are some of the best methods to get your yard into fantastic shape. This blog will explain what each process is and how each procedure is beneficial to your lawn. If you follow these tips, you’ll have the yard of your dreams while increasing your curb appeal. What is Aerating? Aerating your lawn means introducing air into the soil. It works by using a core aerator, which creates plugs into the soil of your grass. These plugs remain on the surface of your lawn until they are broken down naturally over a few weeks. What are the Benefits of Aerating? Aerating your lawn comes with many benefits. These include: The breakdown of thatch. Thick thatch can block water and fertilizer, which then inhibits grass growth. Aerating breaks this thick layer down, meaning that it is easier for your grass to grow. Aerating reduces soil compaction. A compact soil can stop root growth, which would then negatively affect how well your grass grows. Finally, it creates healthier roots. It does this because it provides the necessary air to the root system of your lawn. When paired with overseeding, aerating creates the

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Armyworms

Armyworms

Armyworms are a pest for any homeowner. This aggressive parasite can often appear in plague-like proportions and wreak havoc over your healthy, fresh lawn every summer. These worm infestations can threaten any yard if left untreated, so it’s best to understand how to treat them and how to maintain a healthy lawn all year round. This blog will explain all about the threat of armyworms and what you can do as a homeowner to protect your property and curb value. What Are Armyworms? Armyworms are actually not a worm at all. They are a caterpillar that is the most prevalent on grass and turf in the summer months. They prefer only to eat healthy grass, so if your lawn is healthy and well-maintained, it’s best to look out for these worms in the summer. They are prone to repeat infestations, so any form of pest maintenance will be ongoing. What Damage do They Cause? They can cause a lot of damage to healthy turf. They work in very large numbers to eat away at the green leaf in yards and gardens. Large numbers exist because moth parents lay up to 500 eggs in one sitting – multiply that by seven

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Common Grass Types in Maryland

Common Grass Types in Maryland

One of the best ways to have a healthy lawn in Maryland is planting perennial common grass types native to the area. While some grasses are nicer to look at or feel better underfoot, invasive or introduced grasses can wreak havoc on the native pollinators and plants. Maryland Common Grass Types If you live in Maryland and need to plant grass in your yard, consider some of these grasses: Broomsedge bluestem Little bluestem Prairie cordgrass Saltmeadow cordgrass Smooth cordgrass Eastern bottlebrush grass Red fescue Eastern gamagrass Eastern blue-eyed grass Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass Mudplantain grassleaf Indiangrass Coastal panicgrass Blue sedge Pennsylvania sedge Upright sedge Switchgrass Canada wildrye Virginia wildrye Indian woodoats These Maryland grasses bloom between June and October. You can choose one type for your entire yard or mix them up to add interest and texture to your landscape. Maryland Invasive and Introduced Grasses According to the Maryland State Archives, the following grasses are considered invasive and introduced. If you are looking to help local pollinators thrive, especially if you have fruits or vegetables growing, avoid using these grass types: Bamboo Wavyleaf basketgrass Japanese silver grass Japanese stilt grass Johnson grass Pampas grass Reed canary grass Japanese knotwood Chinese lespedeza

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Dead Trees in Your Yard?

Dead Trees in Your Yard?

Do you have trees in your yard that have seen better days? Worried they might be dead trees, posing a risk to your home or your neighbor’s if they fall? You can’t always tell a dead tree by looking at it, and sometimes, a tree may look dead but isn’t. If you’re trying to figure out if you have dead trees in your yard before calling in the professionals to take them down, here are some tips to help. Identifying a Dying or Dead Tree in Your Yard If you catch it soon enough, a sick or dying tree may be able to be saved. But a dead tree poses a real risk to you and your home, especially large trees that could cause extensive damage. Some telltale signs of a dead tree include: Peeling bark Trunk cracks or splits Mushrooms growing near the base Several branches without living buds If you have a tree in your yard with these signs, it’s past saving, and you should remove it. However, there’s a simple test you can use if you still aren’t sure about the health of your trees. Using your fingernail or a small knife, scratch a few of the

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Pretty Perennials Add Lasting Beauty

Pretty Perennials Add Lasting Beauty

Adding perennials to your garden is a great way to incorporate lasting color with less maintenance. Annuals may have a more extended bloom season than some perennials, but they won’t come back next year, requiring you to replant your garden each season. When choosing perennials for your Maryland garden, there are a few things to consider to make your landscaping efforts provide curb appeal and a wow factor. Hardiness Zone Depending on where you live in Maryland, you could be in one of five hardiness zones: 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b The hardiness zone you live in is based on frost dates and weather patterns. Zones five and six are hardy down to -20 degrees, while zones seven and eight are only hardy down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Knowing which zone you are in can help you select the right perennials to flourish best in your zone. The hardiness zone also determines the best time to plant for the best results. Sun Tolerance Plants need sunlight to survive, but each perennial has its own amount of sun tolerance. A perennial requiring outdoor shade would burn up and die in full sun, and a perennial needing full sun won’t grow in

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