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Big green care news for Lake Sunapee

Published by mrgrass on January 22nd, 2014 - in Lawn Care Companies

Our quality of life is directly enhanced by shades of green in lawns, tree and shrubs, and by the vibrant blues reflected in our lakes and rivers.  Waterways are vital resources which are protected in many ways by strict federal and state laws, as they are in New Hampshire.  Our lakes and ponds are often surrounded by homes and landscapes where usage of products in and around these homes that can threaten the health of our waterways.  It’s important to strike a balance between protecting, enhancing and enjoying our property with protecting our environment.

Lake Sunapee lawn view
Lake Sunapee in NH is an example of a clean lake used as a water supply and is home to many year round and summer residents who enjoy boating, swimming, or simply taking in the views.  Given the proximity of the lake to hundreds of homes, landscapes have sprung up to add color and privacy between houses.  While the colors and textures of lawns, flowers and shrubs are delightful, the diseases, ticks, weeds, and other noxious pests are not!  In fact, landscapes worth thousands of dollars or more are continually damaged, losing their intended value and use.  After all, who travels hours to stay a weekend or longer only to sit lakeside to view crabgrass, weeds, or ticks crawling in the mulch?  Not a “feel good” experience to say the least.
This brings me to the good news about caring for and improving the lawns and landscapes of lakeside homes around Lake Sunapee NH.  Chippers is now the only legally authorized green care company to treat for ornamental, tree, and lawn issues in and around the Lake Sunapee as it pertains to EPA approved pesticides (many are organic but stilled registered by the EPA).  While we have been able to use other products in the past, our newly obtained permit authorizes us to treat much closer to the water, utilizing techniques and new products which are in high demand around Lake Sunapee as it relates to ornamental, tree, and turf pests. We are very proud of this permit issued by the NH Department of Agriculture and other departments as it is a direct reflection of Chippers advanced product choices and field expertise.

Lake Sunapee NH
An important fact: any company or person treating for lawn, tree, or ornamental pests in or around Lake Sunapee must be licensed at the appropriate level and cannot treat within 250ft of the lake itself without a special permit, essentially excluding many lakeside homes.  Even homeowners who don’t require a license at their own residence must adhere to the 250ft distance. Chippers is now able to operate within that 250ft restricted area.
Our precise use of organic and traditional products around this vital water resource extends to each and every client’s landscape, exemplifying our commitment to the environment while providing new and existing clients with the results they expect.
For more information just call or email anytime.

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Lawn renovation from start to finish

A recent lawn evaluation in Vermont actually became a lawn renovation.  The lawn had not been cared for in some time and was overgrown with various weeds.  The client wanted to reclaim the lawn and improve the view off the end of the lawn by removing some low growing brush and saplings.  The first order of business was to start with a clean slate by spraying the existing lawn area to destroy the vegetation.  We then had the soil tilled to provide a seed bed after determining the consistency was appropriate.  In fact, we did not have to add any additional loam after tilling but simply raked out and removed the dead vegetation prior to seeding.  The attached pictures in this blog post start with the sprayed vegetation, followed by the removed brush and the completely tilled and seeded lawn.  The final picture shows the established lawn about seven weeks later. Quite a transformation and the client was thrilled.

We sprayed the existing lawn which consisted of weeds and assorted plants.

We sprayed the existing lawn which consisted of weeds and assorted plants.

Lawn is now tilled and seeded.

Lawn is now tilled and seeded plus the view has been enhanced by removal of brush at the bank level.

The final product, enjoy.

The final product

Although most lawns can be improved “as is” without this kind of renovation technique, Chippers has the ability to diagnose and renovate lawns from small to large.  Due to widespread insect, weather (hurricane Irene), and disease damage over the past few years, we have been involved in many more lawn restoration projects than in the past.  If you think your lawn is in need of assistance, have us take a look and we can determine if your lawn needs a complete face lift or simply a little love in the form of lawn treatments.  Fall and spring are ideal times for these projects. If you don’t have the time this fall plan ahead and get your lawn projects lined up for next spring.

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My lawn has white and brown patches this spring

 

I bet your lawn does look strange this spring, the result of unusually dry and sunny conditions.  I have seen grass dormant and just not growing because it has not had enough moisture. I have seen snow mold patches just sitting amongst healthy turf.  I have seen stressed out turf with sun scald blended in with drought stress from excessively nice weather.  I have seen rock walls heating up the soil and causing brown dormancy typical of late June or July.  What is going on?  I bet you wish this spring was more “normal” but instead, your usually plush green spring carpet is sitting idle or has patchy oddities mixed in.

When in doubt, go back to the basics of proper watering and mowing, even if it is mid-May.  Even if the weather is cool, sunny dry weather will cause just as much harm and unseen stress to grass as a July day at the beach.  Picture fresh new leaves emerging and they are delicate, like a house plant being brought out onto the porch after winter.  Days of sunny, dry weather and wind cause an excessive drying effect and stress load on the lawn.  Your lawn has just starting coming out of dormancy and is looking for an abundant supply of water, but none is to be found.  The bright sunny days and warming soil stimulate new leaf blades but the water is not in enough supply and any new growth becomes stressed.  This type of problem will manifest itself with slowed growth, light browning, or a fast shock of sun scald where patches of grass appear with white tips or half wilted leaf blades.  I have included a picture taken recently to illustrate what this spring’s weather has done to a normally healthy, vibrant lawn.

Sunny dry weather can cause all kinds of lawn problems

Short mowing, below 2”, places unreasonable and terrible stress on a lawn already setup to turn brown, even in May, yes – even in spring!  You must mow at 3” whenever possible to promote deeper rooting and a better food manufacturing area, otherwise known as grass blades, to enhance long-term density.  Watering in a cool, dry spring is very important – especially on sandy soils. 

Now is the time to wait for rain and hope that the dreams of green come true and the summer of 2012 was just a one-time nightmare.  Stay tuned because no one knows what 2013 will bring; good or bad. 

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