Fall Perennial Transplanting and Dividing

Writtey by Elisa on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:54 pm. Posted in fall landscaping service, fall transplanting, garden landscaping, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, perennial dividing, perennial transplanting

Fall is the perfect time of year for sprucing up your perennial garden by dividing and transplanting.  The heat of summer has passed, the chances of rain have returned and there is still plenty of time for plants to recover from being moved before the ground freezes. The rule of thumb for deciding which perennials to transplant or divide is based on bloom time.  Late summer and fall bloomers are suited for moving in the spring while spring and early summer flowering perennials can be transplanted in fall. Many perennials perform their best as younger or recently rejuvenated plants, so a good rule of thumb is to divide perennials every few years to keep them at their healthiest.

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There are signs that can tell you it’s time to divide your perennials. When all the growth appears on the outer edges, its time to divide. When it doesn’t bloom as well as it used to and or the blooms are smaller than usual, its time to divide. These indicators are symptoms of overcrowded roots. Transplanting can also be a good solution when you have the desire to change the look of your garden or if you’ve discovered that the perennial needs a different growing environment. An additional reason for dividing perennials is to increase the number of plants that you have in your garden or to share your perennials with family and friends. Whether transplanting or dividing you should give the plants about 6 weeks before the first hard freeze occurs in your garden so they can be settled in to their new home and ready for winter. One important task that KW Landscaping always does when it transplants and divides is backfill with fresh aged compost to insure a happy plant in its new home.

KW Landscaping knows their plants. Allow us to help you reorganize and restore your garden this fall. Please email us with any questions and to schedule a consultation.

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KW Landscaping is beginning their Fall tree hugging treatment

Writtey by Elisa on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 2:35 pm. Posted in deep root feeding, fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, lawn care, tree fertilizing

Have you fed your trees this year? KW Landscaping is beginning their Fall tree hugging treatment, Deep Root Feeding. This treatment is best done in the fall while the soil is still warm and the nights are cool which allows the tree to build its root structure. By fertilizing in the fall, some of the nutrients will have a chance to be absorbed by the roots and will already be in the ground when the roots resume functioning in the spring.

Trees are often planted in poor quality soil. Deep Root Feeding (DRF) adds nutrients to the soil that the tree needs to be the healthiest tree possible. In natural forest environments, soil nutrients are constantly replenished by decaying organic matter from leaves and needles, but sometimes even they need a boost. In urban settings, we surround our trees with concrete or grass, which limits the amount of essential nutrients available to sustain a healthy tree. By limiting and removing the organic matter, we are stopping nature’s natural supply of food to our trees.

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Lawn fertilizers you may apply don’t make it to the roots of the tree because they are absorbed by grass roots. Deep Root Feeding injects water and nutrients into the soil, directly into your tree’s root zone. The root zone is typically no deeper than 12 inches, and is where the tree absorbs most of the nutrients. To feed a tree, we place a specialized probe 8 to 12 inches into the soil, injecting organic nutrients into the soil. The probe is then spun at each injection point to make sure nutrients are spread to all the roots. We continue inserting the probe and injecting organic nutrients every two feet in a circle pattern around the drip line of the tree and a few spots inside the drip line to hit those inner roots, offering the tree nutrients that it needs to grow.

KW Landscaping uses an organic fertilizer specifically blended for trees. Besides containing nitrogen, potash, and iron, the blend also contains seaweed which enhances the rapid development of a healthy root system. KW’s blend also contains over 15 species of Endo and Ecto Mycorrhizae and Mycorrhizae Helper Bacteria that trees need for increased feeder root mass, longevity and mobilization of nutrients.

Email KW Landscaping to learn more and schedule your Trees’ Fall Deep Root Feeding Treatment.

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Fall Lawn Renovation – It’s not too Late – Schedule Now

Writtey by Elisa on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 7:37 pm. Posted in aerating service, fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, lawn care, maryland aeration, maryland fall lawn care, overseeding, topdressing

It’s not too late to book your Fall Lawn Renovation with KW Landscaping but time is running out. September 2nd  – September 26th is the ideal time to help your lawn recover from summer. Aerating, overseeding and topdressing with compost are all important lawn chores to be done in September. KW Landscaping would be happy to try to accommodate your home’s lawn but please contact us now to get this scheduled.

September is the best time for the Maryland region to get your lawn healthy. The soil temperatures are still really warm which allow the grass seed to germinate faster. The days are cooler which is the preferable growing conditions for Maryland cool season grasses and not weeds like crabgrass.

Aerating, topdressing and overseeding lawns consisting of Cool season grasses should be done in September. There are many reasons for this. With fall germination, the young grass will have two or three months to become better established before temperatures drop too low and growth stops. Next spring, the young plants will have another few months to develop deeper roots before the summer heat sets in. This is the primary reason, but there are also other reasons for overseeding lawns in the fall. Below are a few:

  •  Overseeding lawns in fall reduces or eliminates competition from summer weedy grasses, such as crabgrass and other weeds.
  •  Soil temperatures are still warm in the fall, which is necessary for seed germination, while the cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth.
  •  Rain amounts and soil moisture is generally better in the fall.
  •  Overseeding lawns in the fall gives the grass a head start. The roots have become established before winter, which greatly reduces crop loss should you have a hot, dry spring.
  •  An even compost coating will help to maintain a rich green lawn color through the winter because of the organic matter in the compost

Contact KW Landscaping for more information and to schedule your service.

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KW Landscaping’s Fall Lawn Renovation season has officially begun

Writtey by Elisa on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:03 am. Posted in aerating service, fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, lawn care, maryland aeration, maryland fall lawn care, overseeding, topdressing

KW Landscaping’s Fall Lawn Renovation season has officially begun but it’s not too late to book your service.  September 2nd  – September 26th is the ideal time to help your lawn recover from summer. Aerating, overseeding and topdressing with compost are all important lawn chores to be done in September. Here is an overview of this renovating lawn service:

 

Aerating your lawn reduces soil compaction for better root growth and air/water/nutrient absorption.  Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excessive lawn thatch buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. In short, aeration makes your lawn greener and happier.

 

Overseeding is one of the most important tasks involved in growing a healthy, lush lawn. While fertilizing your lawn is important, grass plants slow down their rates of reproduction after a few years. Over time, lawns that have not been overseeded will grow thin and unhealthy, making it much easier for weeds to overtake the lawn. Overseeding lawns consisting of Cool season grasses should be done in September. There are many reasons for this. With fall germination, the young grass will have two or three months to become better established before temperatures drop too low and growth stops. Next spring, the young plants will have another few months to develop deeper roots before the summer heat sets in.

 

Topdressing with compost corrects several problems at their source and allows for healthy soil and grass. KW Landscaping’s topdressing machines allows for an even coat atop the lawn versus the wheel barrow and shovel method of application which will not produce an even coating. The compost application will help to maintain a rich green lawn color through the winter because of the organic matter in the compost. September is the best time for the Maryland region to get your lawn healthy. The soil temperatures are still really warm which allow the grass seed to germinate faster. The days are cooler which is the preferable growing conditions for Maryland cool season grasses.

 

Contact KW Landscaping for more information and to schedule your service.

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Why Topdress with Compost?

Writtey by Elisa on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 1:09 am. Posted in fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, lawn care, maryland fall lawn care, organic garden, topdressing

September is right around the corner and KW Landscaping INC will be kicking off our fall lawn renovation season (September 2nd – September 26th). This is the ideal time to help your lawn recover from summer. Aerating, overseeding and topdressing with compost are all important lawn chores to be done in September. Contact KW to get your lawn scheduled.

WHAT IS TOPDRESSING?

Topdressing is the direct application of a layer of compost and/or other organic matter onto grass. The thickness of this layer varies according to need but KW Landscaping generally applies a thickness of approximately 1/4 inch.

Why Topdress with Compost?

Topdressing your lawn with compost offers several advantages over other fertilizing and grass- maintenance methods.

Fertilization
Compost is the only slow-releasing soil amendment containing all of the necessary nutrients to maintain balanced levels of vital nutrients such as nitrogen, iron, copper and phosphorus.

Soil Structure
Soil structure is critical when growing strong, healthy, green grass. As an integral part of the soil-air-water-grass relationship, a well-structured soil will better retain water and fertilizing elements. Compost improves the structure of every type of soil—whether silt, sand, or clay. The intake of compost allows soil to be more porous with better drainage, while furthering the transfer of gases and the development of new roots.

Microbial Activity
Microbial activity is particularly important for growing and maintaining healthy grass. Excessive use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers weaken the microbial activity, in addition to acidifying the soil. The application of compost stimulates microbial activity in the soil and balances the levels of nutrients.

Thatch Decomposition
The microorganisms present in compost will transform the thatch (the layer of dead plant material in the grass) into an organic matter that will be absorbed by the lawn.

Neutral pH
The organic matter contained in compost (around 60 percent) acts as a reserve, holding micronutrients until they are needed by the plants, and allowing a more balanced pH level.
In summary, the beneficial results of compost topdressing make it the first step in a professional, complete, and ecologically responsible lawn care maintenance program. Topdressing with compost corrects several problems at their source and allows for healthy soil and grass. KW Landscaping’s topdressing machines allows for an even coat atop the lawn versus the wheel barrow and shovel method of application which will not produce an even coating. The compost application will help to maintain a rich green lawn color through the winter because of the organic matter in the compost. September is the best time for the Maryland region to get your lawn healthy. The soil temperatures are still really warm which allow the grass seed to germinate faster. The days are cooler which is the preferable growing conditions for Maryland cool season grasses. Contact KW Landscaping for more information and to schedule your service.

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Why should you overseed your lawn?

Writtey by Elisa on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 10:12 pm. Posted in fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, lawn care, maryland fall lawn care, organic garden, overseeding

As we approach the end of summer KW Landscaping INC will be kicking off our fall lawn renovation season (September 2nd – September 26th). This is the ideal time to help your lawn recover from summer. Aerating, overseeding and topdressing with compost are all important lawn chores to be done in September. Contact KW to get your lawn scheduled.

Why should you overseed your lawn?

The weather can be tough on lawns. Lack of water, too much heat and traffic, and other problems can make it look worn and thin. You can bring it back to life by overseeding. Overseeding is one of the most important tasks involved in growing a healthy, lush lawn. While fertilizing your lawn is important, grass plants slow down their rates of reproduction after a few years. Over time, lawns that have not been overseeded will grow thin and unhealthy, making it much easier for weeds to overtake the lawn. Since a blade of grass lives only an average of 45 to 60 days, production of new tillers must continually outpace the dieback of older leaves. Young grass will produce tillers faster than older grass. Therefore, one of the most important secrets to maintaining a healthy, thick lawn is to make sure your grass is young. The practice of overseeding lawns is the easiest way of Keeping grass young.

When is the Right Time for Overseeding Lawns?

Overseeding lawns consisting of Cool season grasses should be done in September. There are many reasons for this. With fall germination, the young grass will have two or three months to become better established before temperatures drop too low and growth stops. Next spring, the young plants will have another few months to develop deeper roots before the summer heat sets in. This is the primary reason, but there are also other reasons for overseeding lawns in the fall. Below are a few:

  •  Overseeding lawns in fall reduces or eliminates competition from summer weedy grasses, such as crabgrass and other weeds.
  •  Soil temperatures are still warm in the fall, which is necessary for seed germination, while the cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth.
  •  Rain amounts and soil moisture is generally better in the fall.
  •  Overseeding lawns in the fall gives the grass a head start. The roots have become established before winter, which greatly reduces crop loss should you have a hot, dry spring.

Two things that KW does different than other service providers when it comes to overseeding;

The crews will use blends of seed for sunny areas and blends of seed for Shady areas; not the same seed for both Sun and Shade as all seed is not created equal. Seed produced for Sunny Areas will thin in shady areas and Seed produced for Shady areas will burn in Sunny Areas. Feel confidant that KW will use the right seed for your yards environment. If you have a sunny front yard and a shady backyard, you will get two different types of seed.

The amount of seed we use is double what is recommended by University of Maryland (Go Terps!!!). They recommend 4lbs per thousand square feet, while I have seen advertisements from others only using 3lbs per thousand. KW’s Crews use 8lbs per thousand square feet to sow a thicker lawn.

September is the best time for the Maryland region to get your lawn healthy. The soil temperatures are still really warm which allow the grass seed to germinate faster. The days are cooler which is the preferable growing conditions for Maryland cool season grasses and not weeds like crabgrass. Contact KW Landscaping for more information and to schedule your service.

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Why Aerate Your Lawn?

Writtey by Elisa on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 4:31 pm. Posted in aerating service, fall landscaping service, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Management, lawn care, maryland aeration, maryland fall lawn care, organic garden

In 2 short weeks, KW Landscaping INC will kick off our fall lawn renovation season (September 2nd – September 26th). This is the ideal time to help your lawn recover from summer. Aerating, overseeding and topdressing with compost are all important lawn chores to be done in September. Contact KW to get your lawn scheduled.

Why should you aerate your lawn?

Aerating your lawn reduces soil compaction for better root growth and air/water/nutrient absorption.  Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excessive lawn thatch buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. In short, aeration makes your lawn greener and happier.

September is the best time for the Maryland region to get your lawn healthy. The soil temperatures are still really warm which allow the grass seed to germinate faster. The days are cooler which is the preferable growing conditions for Maryland cool season grasses and not weeds like crabgrass. Contact KW Landscaping for more information and to schedule your service.

Here is a great illustration that shows the benefits of aeration.

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