January 2020 Post
5 Tips to Keep Your Lawn Gorgeous This Winter
Though the winter is the time of year where the least activity is happening in your yard, there are still a few things you can do to improve the quality of your turf for next season. Also, never forget to make sure your irrigation systems are turned off before, for pipes can freeze.
The 5 Tips
I. For cool season grasses, apply a fertilizer in late fall or early winter before the first freeze. This will allow a consistent sharing of nutrients underground throughout the winter, especially potassium and other root-focused fertilizers.
2. Keep your lawn clean. Clearing your yard of debris like toys, sticks, and other objects that could create dead spots after long periods of time or especially after a snow will help ensure an even and strong yard in the spring.
3. Minimize foot traffic. People, or even worse cars, will lessen the vibrancy of ground cover through consistent ware and tear, especially in the same area.
4. Keep leaves removed. In early winter, leaves have a tendency to rain down (and reign!). Though some mulching of leaves will help with fertilization, ensure they are chopped up well. If not removed in a timely manner, moist leaves will reduce sunlight and kill grass especially new grass. Also, it can introduce moldy and mossy environments if not cared for.
5. If you have a problem with voles or moles, who thrive on grass roots as they tunnel under the surface, consider an outdoor cat! Also outdoor natural barriers and pest repellents can help in keeping voles and moles out of your yard.
Aeration, fertilizing, and overseeding are the most important things you can do for the next season’s luscious lawn, but keeping an eye out during the winter months is helpful to ensuring a vibrant property all year long.
December 2019 Post
'Tis the Season!
As we all know, December is a month that should be filled with quality family time, love, and joy. I remember growing up we always had a live tree, which would fill the house with the amazing smell of pine and that brought such a cheerful warmth into the home each year. Now with Christmas right around the corner, it is time to get busy setting up all the decorations. But don’t worry, we are here to help you with the most important part; the Christmas tree!
Raise the Tree is a breathtaking Christmas tree lot that offers an exciting experience for the whole family. We provide wreaths, garland, and the most gorgeous premium fraser fir trees, varying from 6 feet to 12 feet in size. You and your kids can come take a look around and pick out your favorite tree, which we will deliver straight to your home in the following few days. Also, for your enjoyment and to make the outting more memorable we invite you to join us for free s’mores and hot chocolate as well! The property will be decorated festively and we encourage you to take all the selfies you can while you warm up by the firepit. Just don’t forget to hashtag us on facebook and instagram @ #raisethetree!
Our Knoxville lot will be located at 305 S Northshore drive 37919 and our Maryville lot will be located at 222 W Church ave. 37801. Both properties will be opening on November 29th and will be open M-F from 3:30PM-7PM, Saturday from 11AM-8PM, and Sunday from 1PM-7PM. We will also have a popup lot at Farragut High School on December 1st from 11AM-8PM. Please feel free to join us at any of these locations as we would be delighted to have you! Merry Christmas and Happy holidays!
November 2019 Post
No Rake November
It’s that time of year again, the leaves are covering your lawn but there are more on the trees. You’re trying to decide whether it is time to rake them and bag them up now or if you should wait until the rest of them come down as well. Well, the truth is that there is an easier answer, easier physically, easier financially, and easier time wise as well.
Mulching your leaves is an excellent alternative to raking. Believe it or not, this is basically a natural fertilizer because the leaves hold many valuable nutrients that the grass will benefit from over the winter. MSU studies actually found that homeowners will decrease dandelions and crabgrass almost 100% after mulching fall leaves for just three years. Also, it is a great choice because the leaves are bio-degradable and will be completely decomposed by the spring, leaving you with a flawless lawn and no leaves to worry about cleaning up. It is fairly simple to go about too; you can use a regular push mower, although there are specially made blades if you are interested, change it to its highest setting and simply run over the leaves two times. This will leave you with a freshly mulched spread of leaves for the lawn and one less thing on your to-do list.
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season coming up we love a good easy life hack. We wish you all a wonderful season full of love and family time!
October 2019 Post
October Optical Sensations
Now I think we can all agree that it has been a long, hot summer this year; with that unexpected 3 weeks of drought rolling in at the end of September. But luckily for us, it appears as though fall is finally starting to grace us with her much appreciated presence.
With all the incredible colors coming in and the leaves starting to rustle and fall, now is the time to start thinking of the best ways to utilize and appreciate your great outdoor area! Now weather we’re talking about roasting marshmallows over a fire pit with your family on a warm fall evening while listening to the cicadas call or simply showing off your gorgeous garden and making the whole neighborhood jealous is up to you to decide.
One thing you may not know is that the chillier weather does not necessarily mean that all flowers are going to lay dormant, there is actually a long list of blooms that thrive in the fall. Such as chinese bellflowers, celosia, goldenrod, iberis, chrysanthemums, and pansies just to name a few. Not just flowers though, turfgrass, spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season vegetables, perennials, trees, and shrubs can all be effectively planted in the fall. Because the soil is still warm from summer it allows the roots to grow at a healthy rate until the soil freezes over in the winter.
The good news is that whatever you choose to do, we will be right by your side to make sure it is a giant success! Seeds of Change has a wonderful team of landscaping and hardscaping designers standing by to answer any questions you may have about how to achieve the most beautiful property around!
We wish you the most beautiful Autumn season, filled with family, love, and happiness!
September 2019 Post
Remember September Aeration
So what is aeration and why is it so important?
Aeration is the process in which several small holes are punctured into the compacted soil which allows for the water, air, and nutrients to get deeper down into the earth. This procedure is most successful when paired with fertilizer, new seed, and lime, which helps to balance the PH levels in the soil. This helps the roots of the current and new grass to grow stronger and will guarantee a lush, green yard for the next season. Fall is the best time to think about aeration and over seeding. This timing allows for the new seed to start to grow in the healthy environment which you have just provided without being overpowered by the intense heat of the mid-summer sun.
Most yards would benefit from being aerated, but you should definitely give it a go if yours is heavily used, such as families that spend a lot of time outside. Also, it is a great thing to look into if your grass was established by sod originally. The soil that comes with the sod is often finer than the soil previously on the property and the layering of the two can cause drainage problems which can lead to heavy compaction and poor root development. Aeration breaks up that tough soil and helps it all blend together which allows the water to make its way through, being much more evenly distributed.
Call us today to schedule your Fall aeration service!
August 2019 Post
August may feel as though fall is starting to roll in. Halloween and fall decor as far as the eye can see. But the truth of the matter is that here in Tennessee, it’s almost just as hot in August as it was in July. So continuing to water your lawn and apply fertilizer is the right move here for a healthy lawn. This is also majorly important because most trees and shrubs are now setting flower and fruit buds for next season and you want those to stay nurtured, as a lack of water now will actually reduce the coming seasons crop. Using mulch as a cover is a smart move as well since it helps to conserve moisture as well as keeping the ground cooler.
Now, let’s talk about late season planting options. There are actually a large variety of choices for this month. This is the time to grow your pansies, beets, carrots, spinach, turnips, lettuce, cabbage, and Swiss chard seed in a sturdy, good quality pot. After the seedlings develop leaves it will be okay to transplant them into individual pots. To care for them you will need to feed them with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Grow. They also make water-soluble fertilizers specifically for your sprinkler so it can be one less thing to worry about remembering. By late September or early October they should be ready to be transplanted into the garden.
We wish you all happy growing!
July 2019 Post
Time for flowers and fireworks!
Brown patch disease presents itself as brown and yellow spots that appear on your lawn and can be anywhere from 6 inches to several feet in diameter. It can be a very big issue in the mid to late summer season. Especially when the weather is hot and sticky as it is most likely to rear its ugly head when the weather is 80 degrees or above and not dropping lower than 70 degrees at night.
While there are several different types of conditions that cause dry, dead grass patches to appear in your otherwise lovely lawn during the summer, this one is especially common among tall fescue and other cool-season grasses. It comes from a fungus called rhizoctonia that can be present in the soil of your grass for quite some time before popping up during the summer. The main causes of this disease include excessive nitrogen, which can come from using to much fertilizer, and also from overwatering.
The best ways to avoid brown patch is to water in the morning allowing your plants the entire day to soak it up in the sunshine instead of molding by being still being wet at nightfall. Aerating your lawn will also help improve circulation which will keep your lawn nice and healthy. If you are struggling with brown patches already you may want to have a fungicide applied which can help the grass get rid of the rhizoctonia.
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