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Can Too Much Rain Hurt Your Lawn?

By Extra Mile | Sep 18, 2020

Yellowing grass blades, flooded spots and brown patches—all of these describe how too much rain affects your lawn. Lawns need about one inch of water per week. The tricky thing is, that includes water you give your lawn and rainwater. Even if you haven’t run the sprinkler in a while, a week or two of heavy rain could give your lawn way more water than it needs. Here’s what to keep in mind when it comes to heavy rain and your lawn.

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Aerating and Fertilizing

By Extra Mile | Sep 14, 2020

Think of aerating and fertilizing your lawn like going to the dentist. Just like your teeth, your lawn needs daily care, like watering and sunshine. About twice a year, though, your lawn (and teeth) need some help from professionals. Aerating and fertilizing is that twice-a-year “deep clean” to ensure your lawn stays in tip-top shape.  Aeration is a lawn treatment that pulls out “cores” or small plugs of grass and topsoil to create a small hole. With this hole, lawns can absorb more nutrients and water, and roots have more oxygen and room to grow. This is why fertilizing typically accompanies aeration. Read on to answer more common questions about when and how to aerate and fertilize your lawn.

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Fall Landscaping Tips Pt. 2

By Extra Mile | Sep 11, 2020

Put the Landscape Tools to Bed: Proper cleaning and storage of lawn and garden tools, sprinklers and hoses will prolong their life and make yours easier come spring. Don’t forget to empty and clean irrigation lines so they don’t freeze and damage pipes.

No Clean Up Fall Clean-Up: Fall is a busy time, and you may not get around to every chore. Weekends quickly fill up with sports, activities and errands. And beautiful fall weather means road trips for fall leaf peeping. If you don’t get around to all the fall chores, take heart, the No Clean Up Fall Clean-Up is a beneficial practice. Sometimes, waiting until late winter or early spring is better for tidying up your landscape.

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Fall Landscaping Tips Pt. 1

By Extra Mile | Sep 7, 2020

Fall is one of the most magical times to be outside. Summer’s heat has come and gone and left your landscape glowing. But just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean your work is done. These simple tasks are on every pro landscaper’s to-do list this fall. Cross off these tasks before winter to ensure your lawn and garden jump back into shape come spring.

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6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants to Keep Pests Away

By Extra Mile | Sep 4, 2020

Summer means it’s time to fire up the grill and invite friends over for a barbecue, but it seems like unexpected guests always crash the party. No, not your in-laws — we’re talking about pesky bugs and insects. There are ways to keep mosquitoes and other insects away besides drowning yourself in bug spray. For a more green approach, try growing some mosquito and insect-repelling plants around your yard.

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Ground Covers: Enhancing Commercial Landscapes

By Extra Mile | Aug 31, 2020

In the landscaping world, ground covers refer to the typically perennial, low-lying plants that spread and creep across sections of your grounds. They provide visible appeal with minimal maintenance. Similar to mulch, ground cover plants provide a cost-effective means to cover the soil, creating interest, and finishing the design look of any landscape. These dependable and hardworking plants come in a wide variety of color and texture choices and solve a variety of landscaping challenges.

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Create a Hummingbird Haven

By Extra Mile | Aug 28, 2020

It’s easy to imagine the word “flitter” was coined while the word’s creator was observing a hummingbird. Hours can melt away watching these super compact marvels of biological engineering carry on their busy lives. They hover, dive, and fly backwards, sipping nectar from flowers and aggressively—amusingly so due to their small size—driving off competing hummingbirds. The namesake hum of their wings and the sun glinting off their iridescent feathers are a joy to eyes and ears, one that can be enjoyed regularly if a flower garden is planned with their comfort in mind. Here are some tips to bring hummingbirds calling.

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Five Great Shade Trees To Beat The Heat

By Extra Mile | Aug 24, 2020

On July 13, Washington, D.C. hit its 17th consecutive day above 90 degrees. The following week was no better with a heat advisory in effect from Maine to South Carolina. Casey Trees, a D.C. based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital, says air temperatures in cities, particularly after sunset, can be as much as 22˚ F warmer than the air in neighboring, less developed regions. This urban heat island effect, as landscapers know, is driven by asphalt, concrete, and other hardscapes that retain and amplify heat. But more than just being uncomfortable, excessive heat is a serious health risk that often disproportionately affects those in underserved neighborhoods with less tree canopy.

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How To Get Rid Of Dandelions In Your Lawn

By Extra Mile | Aug 21, 2020

Dandelions are the king of the lawn jungle.  The name dandelion means, “Tooth of the lion” referring to the tooth-like leaves on the base of the plant.  Dandelions are the most recognized lawn weed because they are so easy to find with their bright yellow flower and grey puffballs, and they seem to be all over the place!  Remember, April showers bring May flowers, yes a bunch of dandelions.  What can we do to get rid of “the king” of lawn weeds?

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