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By Greenskeeper Staff 29 Aug, 2017
Winter might be the time of year when your lawn goes dormant, but that does not mean you should neglect it in the fall. In fact, two essential lawn maintenance to-dos on your fall list should be Aeration and Seeding . Early fall is prime time for both tasks. Doing so ensures that your lawn comes back next season looking healthy, vibrant, and ready to take on wet weather, weeds, pests, and more.

The Benefits of Aeration for Lawn Maintenance
Aeration is a naturally occurring process on your lawn. It is when the air exchanges between the atmosphere and soil. When you remove small plugs from the soil, your lawn naturally improves its aeration process.

By aerating your lawn, you can enjoy:
  • Improved air circulation from the soil and atmosphere
  • Reduced water pooling, runoff, and mushroom growth
  • Better fertilizer uptake and utilization
  • Better water absorption
  • Fewer thatch breakdowns
  • Improved cushioning and resilience to weight
  • Stronger roots in the turf grass

When the soil beneath your grass is too compact, it cannot establish a healthy root system. Water and fertilizer cannot reach the roots, which means you are wasting your time and money on both. Eventually, your lawn grows slower, starts to thin out, and could even stop growing entirely. Aeration will alleviate these issues.

What About Fall Seeding?
Another important aspect of fall lawn maintenance is seeding. Seeding in the fall ensures your lawn is ready by spring. Ideally, seeding should happen from mid-August to mid-October. Even if you miss that window, your lawn care professional could help seed up until the ground freezes.

At GREENSKEEPER , we offer lawn maintenance packages , but also one-time services. While you might hire us for weed control and fertilizing, do not forget about our aeration, seeding and seasonal services too.

We can come out and aerate your lawn so that it is healthy and ready for spring. Also, for a plush green lawn this spring, have our expert team come out and perform a fall seeding session too. You can add these services to your existing plan as a one-time service. If you are a DELUXE Service plan member, aeration is part of your fall service automatically.

Call GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 to inquire about our lawn maintenance services for the fall season. To reach us online, fill out our contact form , and we'll connect with you within the next business day to set up a no-obligation appointment.
By Greenskeeper Staff 15 Aug, 2017
The unusually wet spring and summer this year have left your lawn green and gorgeous. Sadly, this has also brought out an abundance of crabgrass. Crabgrass is one of those unwanted growths that can make even the healthiest lawn look un-manicured and sloppy. If you have noticed extra crabgrass this season, there is nothing to worry about. With the right lawn maintenance system in place, it will go away, and you can reclaim your yard.

What is Crabgrass and How Can You Get Rid of It?
Crabgrass is an annual grass weed that can spread thousands of seeds in a single lifespan. The weed is tough, aggressive, and tends to thrive on more stressed areas of the lawn. If any area of your yard has sun damage, thin patches, or dryness, you may notice that crabgrass is more abundant in those areas. Luckily, there are ways to rid your lawn of crabgrass. So even though crabgrass is worse than usual this year, that doesn’t mean you must live with this unsightly weed on your lawn.

If you see too much crabgrass, consider implementing this lawn care advice:
  1. No Vacancies Allowed!  Never leave any space for crabgrass to move in. Instead, it must feel unwelcome by having a thick, plush lawn that is healthy throughout the warm season. That means mowing your lawn at the right height, fertilizing, and watering deep.
  2. Bring in the Pros!  Sometimes you need a backup team. Even a healthy lawn requires crabgrass killer. Ideally, you want to eradicate crabgrass with a post-emergent when it is 3 to 4 inches tall, which is typically when you see it on the lawn.
  3. REPEAT, Don’t Wait Too Long!  Crabgrass will continue to thrive if you do not keep up with your lawn maintenance or take care of it when it emerges. Once crabgrass is allowed to grow, it spreads seeds, thus allowing more plants to grow on your lawn too.
At GREENSKEEPER , our team uses the best products to eradicate crabgrass and other lawn offenders. Choose between our DELUXE Service Program or the ECONOMY Service Program for expert lawn maintenance. Both plans address crabgrass with pre-emergent and post-emergent formulas. Also, with over 50 years in business, our expert team knows how to handle the common pests on Pennsylvania lawns!

Call GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 to inquire about our lawn maintenance programs . Click to fill out our online form  and we'll contact you to set up a no-obligation appointment within the next business day!
By Greenskeeper Staff 02 Aug, 2017
This year’s spring and summer seasons have been unseasonably wet. While it is great for the state’s water resources, it is not ideal for lawn maintenance. With all the wetness, you might have noticed that your lawn and garden are seeing more weeds than usual.

Luckily, those weeds appearing in your lawn do not have to be such a huge challenge. With the right lawn care tips and regular visits from the GREENSKEEPER professional lawncare team , you can tackle those weeds with ease!

3 Essential Lawn Care Tips for Controlling Weeds in Wet, Rainy Weather
All a weed needs are soil and moisture to thrive. The longer you neglect the weeds on your lawn, the faster they will grow and spread. With the wet spring and summer this year, you might notice that weeds are growing at a rapid pace. Act early and keep on top of them! And you don’t have to do it alone – our crew is in your neighborhood already, so give us a call.

So, what’s the secret to controlling weeds in prolonged wet weather?
  • Timing:  Post-emergent weed control is best for these situations. Most products have specific height recommendations for weeds, such as 4-6 inches. The taller the weeds are, the less efficient your weed control products will be.
  • Know the Population :  Certain weeds grow in distinct seasons and regions. Before you attempt to take on your weed problem, you must check what type of weeds you are dealing with. 
  • Ongoing Weed Control:  Weed control is most effective when it is ongoing. Do not expect to lay down a pre-emergent in the early spring and then not see a single weed throughout the season. Instead, you must do spot weeding, use a weed control base, and keep the rest of your lawn healthy.
Maintaining a weed-free lawn or garden is an ongoing task. By creating a schedule that tackles your lawn each season, you are less likely to be bothered with excessive weeds even with torrential rains.

At GREENSKEEPER , our lawn maintenance team is more than aware of the excess rain and how it is affecting our clients’ lawns. With our DELUXE Service Program , you receive six applications throughout spring, summer and into fall, each of which addresses that season’s weeds. We also offer spot weeding to catch any pesky weeds still growing on your lawn after the treatment.

Our professional lawn care services will keep your lawn green and plush and your garden free from unsightly weeds. We have been creating gorgeous landscapes for over 50 years right here in Pennsylvania.

Call GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 to learn more about our lawn care maintenance plans. Or click to submit our online form and we'll contact you to set up a no-obligation appointment within the next business day!
By Greenskeeper Staff 22 Mar, 2017
As the winter months come to a close, we are all waiting for the happy sights and sounds of spring.  Birds chirping merrily, kids laughing while they play in the yard or even the mechanical hum of the lawnmower can uplift our spirits.  Many of our customers across Pennsylvania sign on for our yearly lawn care services so they can make the most of a healthy lawn right through the warm season.

If you have not hired a professional lawn service, don’t wait for the weeds and bugs to come out and take control of your lawn. If you want to try our services for the first time, sign on for the Spring Service right away. We will apply a slow-release fertilizer and treatments for pre-emergent crabgrass control and weed control. Click to contact us today or call 215-938-8440.  
By Greenskeeper Staff 07 Mar, 2017
The winter is almost gone and you’re looking forward to your beautiful, green lawn. In order to enjoy your lawn from spring, up until the fall, you need to start early with weed control measures. Rather than stress-out over a lawn overgrown with weeds - crabgrass in particular - take timely steps before those weeds really take root!
By Greenskeeper Staff 07 Dec, 2016
Grubs are an unpleasant, unsightly and difficult lawn care issue to deal with. Once the little bugs start to hatch, it can seem like you have already lost the battle. They eat away at your grass roots, leaving your lawn with brown areas that can be easily pulled up. Fortunately, with assistance from an experienced lawn care company and the right combination of lawn services, you can ease the problem.

No grubs yet, but want to avoid them altogether? Consider GREENSKEEPER’s Deluxe Service Program for preventative treatments, consistent lawn care maintenance, and seasonal assessments to keep your yard healthy and beautiful.

 Steps to Combat Your Grub Problem this Summer

Grubs should be treated before they do any damage. If you discover them early enough in the year, a preventative treatment should be applied. If you see damage in the fall, you will need a fast-acting, curative treatment.

The best offense is a good defense when it comes to grubs, so take these easy proactive steps:

• Over-seed: Beetles aren’t fans of thick grass, so over-seeding during the fall months will help make your yard less attractive to a beetle looking for somewhere to lay eggs.
• Fertilize: In the fall and spring, be sure to fertilize your lawn. When preparing for the winter in the late fall, place a layer of dead leaves over the surface of your grass.
• Preventative treatment: Contact the team at GREENSKEEPER to get ahead of the problem before it begins. Treatments are available to deter the grubs from laying their eggs on your property.

If your lawn is looking worse for wear after beetles have hatched, you may need restorative work completed to get it back to its former glory. Water the areas that have been affected to give the damaged roots a fighting chance, and reseed areas that are particularly bare. Even out the soil levels before reseeding, or contact the team at GREENSKEEPER for proven, effective lawn services.

GREENSKEEPER offers trusted lawn care and has been serving the residents of Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. Rely on our experience and reputation for lawn care that includes everything from seeding and aeration to fungus treatments and grub control. Whether you are facing a stubborn grub issue or want to keep your lawn looking its best for the rest of the season, we can provide sound advice and expert services to suit your needs. Check out our wide range of lawncare services or reach our team today to find the option that is right for you.

Call GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 to find the solution to your lawn’s grub problem. You can also fill out our online form and we'll get back to you within the next business day to book a no-obligation appointment.
By Greenskeeper Staff 09 Nov, 2016
The Best Time to Aerate and Seed Your Lawn
Revitalize Your Lawn this Fall with Aeration Services from GREENSKEEPER

Aerating your lawn can have a big impact on the strength, growth, and appearance of your front and back yard. The grass will grow taller, stronger, and deeper with properly completed aeration. But when is it best to have your aeration service completed?

The best time for an aeration service is during the fall. During this time, your grass is growing fast, so it will benefit the most from an influx of oxygen, nutrients and water.

Aeration allows the roots of your grass to get quicker access and increased benefits from fertilizers, water, and oxygen. In addition, it increases the effectiveness and results seen from over-seeding. After a long, hot summer, fall is the perfect time to schedule your aeration and seeding service from GREENSKEEPER.

Book Your Aeration Service to Solve Your Lawn Troubles
We have covered the ‘When?’ but what about ‘Why?’

 Aeration can provide the perfect solution for:

• Compacted Soil – If your property sees a lot of foot traffic or has become your children’s favorite place to play, the soil underneath the turf may become compacted, making it difficult for vital nutrients to reach the roots.
• Draining Issues – You may notice flooding after rainfall or that your lawn has taken on a ‘spongy’ feel. Discuss the signs and symptoms you have noticed with our lawn care professionals to determine if aeration may help restore the health of your grass.
• Drought Damage – Dry, brown, crunchy grass can often be salvaged with a professional aeration treatment that can revitalize grass from the roots up.
• Thatch – This layer between green grass above ground and the root system underground can cause problems if left to grow too big, unattended, for too long. Comprised of leaves, stems and roots, it can help as long as it does not exceed ½ to ¾ of an inch. Aeration can break up thatch that has become too thick and is obstructing sunlight, oxygen, fertilizer and other important factors from reaching the roots and smaller blades of grass.
• Seeding Dead Areas – Seedlings have a better chance of taking root and effectively regenerating the dead areas of your lawn if seeding is completed after aeration. Seeds can be deposited directly into the soil, instead of on top of existing turf, and will have their own space to take root.

Whether you are experiencing the concerns outlined above or have a more unique, persistent or challenging lawn care issue, GREENSKEEPER can help. We have been providing trusted and thorough lawn care services to home and business owners in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. Turn to us for your aeration services or schedule your comprehensive seasonal lawn care treatments. From Fall Services to Winter Services , we have your grass covered at every stage of the year.

Contact GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 to schedule your lawn’s aeration and seeding service or to find out more about our seasonal services. You can also fill out our online form and we'll respond within the next business day to book a no-obligation appointment.
By Greenskeeper Staff 05 Oct, 2016
Each season brings with it unique challenges and joys. Don’t forget that your lawn has to face them all, too! As the end of the summer season approaches, your lawn may be looking its best or may be showing the signs of many long and hot days. Either way, it is important to make a few simple preparations to help your grass stay strong with the dropping autumn temperatures and falling leaves.

Follow the steps below or contact GREENSKEEPER to let the professionals handle your late summer lawn care services. Our staff is friendly and experienced, offering efficient services to target your lawn’s unique attributes and challenges. Let us get your yard ready for the fall.

3 Ways to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall

1. Leave it longer: Increase the trimming length on your lawn mower. Lower temperatures should be met with taller blades of grass. The taller grass will allow deeper roots to form, giving access to more nutrients for your lawn to face the colder temperatures.

2. Book aeration services: Creating small holes in your lawn, a process known as aeration, allows water and essential nutrients to reach deep in your soil. The end of summer is the perfect time for a treatment. You can take the task on by yourself or hire professionals from GREENSKEEPER for a quick, convenient and affordable lawn treatment.

3. Start seeding: Keep your lawn thick to defend it from grubs, weeds and other grass-killing invaders. Seed late in the season for the best results. After your aeration service is the ideal time, as the seeds can fall into the small holes and grooves and make their way deep into the soil.

Don’t have a green thumb, or don’t have time to keep up with seasonal maintenance? Don’t let your lawn suffer as a result! Consider GREENSKEEPER’s Deluxe Service Program to keep your grass looking great through each season. With convenient advance scheduling and more than 50 years of lawn care services to our name, it is easy to see why so many people in Pennsylvania rely on our team. Take a look at our variety of lawncare services to find what you need or contact us to learn more about how we can make your yard look as gorgeous as your home this fall.

Contact GREENSKEEPER at 215-938-8440 or fill out our online form to learn more about seasonal lawn care services. We'll contact you within the next business day to inquire about your lawn care concerns and book a no-obligation appointment.
By Greenskeeper Staff 03 Aug, 2016
As the evenings grow shorter but the days remain hot, your grass may not be looking as lush as it did at the beginning of the summer season. As weather patterns change, our lawn care habits must also adapt. With this summer drawing to a close, consider taking some simple steps to ensure your lawn remains healthy and green. A little extra care and consideration now can help your lawn make it through to next summer in good health.

If your schedule doesn’t allow the time to adapt your late summer lawn care habits, let GREENSKEEPER’s experienced team take care of your yard. We provide efficient and affordable solutions for all your lawn care concerns with a maintenance plan that suits your lifestyle, budget and property requirements. From summer to winter and back again, rely on our knowledgeable team and our Deluxe Service Program for comprehensive lawn care services.

3 Easy Tips for Late Summer Lawn Care

1. Look for signs of distress: By late summer, any troubles with your lawn are likely to be quite obvious. Do a quick inspection to see if seasonal bugs, disease or a lack of water or sunlight has had a negative impact on your lawn. Consider planting shrubs, trees or putting up an umbrella or overhang for areas that are suffering from overexposure to the sun. Not sure what signs to look for? Contact GREENSKEEPER for an assessment and to get the proper treatment to make your lawn look great.

2. Consider shrubs and plants: Not big on caring for grass, or want to keep your surroundings looking lush throughout the fall season? Start looking for plants that can add texture and color to your yard. It’s never too late to get out your gardening gear, so consider planting some hearty fall plants that will brighten your yard until the winter.

3. Be proactive: Treatments are available to protect your lawn next summer from infestations, thinning grass and other unsightly issues. There is a wide variety of proven methods and treatment types available, so talk to your lawn care expert to find the right one for you.

GREENSKEEPER has been providing residents of Pennsylvania with greener, healthier, more beautiful lawns for over 50 years. With the right services at convenient times and affordable packages, we are here to care for your lawn. Talk to us today about late summer lawn care or to get specialized lawn treatments to keep your grass free from fungus, infestations and other diseases next season. Hire us for comprehensive lawncare services to see how we can help you maintain and enhance the look of your property.

Call GREENSKEEPER today at 215-938-8440 or fill out our online form for your seasonal lawn care services. Submit your form now to receive a call within the next business day and set up a no-obligation appointment.
By Greenskeeper Staff 22 Jul, 2016

Long, hot summer days can leave your lawn crunchy and rough. Big summer storms can also lead to an oversaturated, muddy and waterlogged yard. These and other factors mean that summer presents a unique set of challenges when caring for your property. There are some simple techniques that can make it easier to look after your lawn and garden. The lawn care professionals at GREENSKEEPER have put together this handy summer lawn watering guide. Have more questions about specific lawn care techniques for your yard? Contact our friendly team today for additional tips and ask us about a variety of lawn care service packages to meet your needs.

 

Best Practices for Lawn Care: Summer Watering Guide

 

• One inch, one week: Your lawn requires an inch of water each and every week. If the heat is extreme, more water should be provided to compensate for the loss of moisture. A rain gauge can give you an accurate and easy measurement to help you take into account rainy days.


• Deep and infrequent: It may not be the most obvious care tip, but a deep and infrequent watering schedule is more beneficial for your lawn than shallow, daily watering. The roots of your grass will become more tolerant to droughts with this approach.


• Morning watering: Water your lawn in the morning. The earlier the better, as your lawn will get the benefits of the water before it evaporates at mid-day. A morning watering pattern also limits fungal growth.


• Let it be: If a bit of negligence has left your lawn turning dry and brown, it has gone dormant. Do not try to save it with an abundance of water. Let it be until the cooler fall weather arrives, when the temperature change should help bring it back to life.

 

GREENSKEEPER offers a variety of   lawn services   for every season. Whether you require specialized treatment for a stubborn lawn care issue or need assistance maintaining your lawn all year long, our team of experienced professionals can help. We have been caring for Pennsylvania properties for more than 50 years and would love to bring our expert services to your lawn. Contact our team today to book your summer lawn care service. Also consider planning ahead and book your fall  seeding service   and  aeration service.

 Contact GREENSKEEPER today to learn more about how we can make your lawn healthy and attractive. Call us at 215-938-8440 or fill out our online form.   We'll get back to you within the next business day to schedule your no-obligation appointment.

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