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Plant fall trees for successful spring growth

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

planting-fall-treesAll tree lovers know that trees can be planted year-round. Unlike flowers, bushes, or other plants that require more maintenance, trees are a hearty fare that can survive virtually any season. In some cases, there may be exceptions associated with extreme moisture changes and heavy winds. However, choosing to plant trees throughout the fall versus any other season will allow them to create a stronger root system simply due to the milder climate.

Fall offers more moisture and cooler temperatures, both of which are imperative to seedling tree growth. Also, because there aren’t many obstacles coming from Mother Nature, they’ll be able to grow stronger and deeper into the ground, which will keep them better in place for future weather events.

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Topics: Lawn Care, tree, fall

How to control weeds in newly-planted grass

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Oct 1, 2014 7:30:00 AM

how-to-control-weedsYards have long-since been victims to sprouting weeds. When you plant a new lawn, it requires integrating the grass seed into the soil. This process can unearth weed seeds that had been dormant and allow them to sprout. (Using cheap grass seed with weeds in the mix can also cause weeds to pop up in newly seeded lawns. Seed mixes from big box stores fall into this category.)

So how do you keep weeds at bay when caring for a new lawn? When the seedlings are young, you may have to tolerate some weeds, or pull them by hand. Once the grass reaches 3 inches, you can mow the first time. After the second mowing, you can begin to apply labor saving products to control weeds.

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Topics: Weeds, Lawn Care, Kansas City

Should you be concerned about the emerald ash borer?

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

emerald-ash-borer-guideThe following is an excerpt from our new ebook, Protecting Your Trees: What You Need to Know About the Emerald Ash Borer. To download the full guide, click here.

The ash borer threat is real. Typically the size of a penny head and bullet shaped, the emerald ash borer (often abbreviated to EAB) is an invasive species of beetle boring in ash trees across the United States. There are an estimated 8 billion ash trees in the United States, of which the EAB has already destroyed between 150 million and 200 million. It is estimated that in about eleven years, the EAB can effectively wipe out an entire population of ash trees in a small- to medium-sized town. Our ebook will tell you what you need to know about the EAB, as well as how to prevent and manage an EAB infestation.

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Topics: Pests, Lawn Care, tress

Increase your yard’s appeal with flowerbeds

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM

using-flowerbedsDepending on the size of your lawn, activities such as watering, mowing and weed-pulling can sometimes result in your spending up to several hours every week on maintaining your lawn. While your yard may be your pride and joy, it’s easy to understand that you may want to take steps to cut back on the workload (hiring it out, for instance) so you can devote more time to simply enjoying and spending more time in your yard with friends and family.

Gardening and lawn-care experts say that using flowerbeds is a great option -- one that not only adds visual appeal, but reduces the amount of work and time required to maintain one’s yard.

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Topics: Flowers, Lawn Care

Lawns and plants predicted to survive summer bugs

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 25, 2014 8:00:00 AM

lawns-may-survive-summer-bugsBugs and worms have long-since been a threat to the integrity of one’s lawn, but not every year has been quite as intense as the summer of 2014. Thanks to an onset of armyworms, Kansas homeowners have been fighting to keep their yards in top condition. Caterpillars and catalpa worms have also been making heavy appearances; however, experts are saying despite those large numbers, trees and lawns should make a solid comeback.

Some might need a little extra help from plant protection products, while others are expected to kick the bug habit all on their own. Additionally, lawns that have been dried out by worms can be watered back to life, and the upcoming cooler season will help do away with a large majority of the pesky population.

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Topics: Pests, lawn, Lawn Care, plants, Wichita

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