Lime and Moss Control

Spring is approaching, time to prepare! It’s easy to let our minds grow dormant over the cold winter season, which in turn allows us to forget about our lawns and gardens for the moment. But now, as the snow is melting and the weather turns warmer, it’s time to turn our attention back to our yards. Moss will have found an easy time to sneak in over the season, and your soil may be lacking in the calcium it needs to flourish properly, which is why now is a great time to look into spreading garden lime onto your garden and lawns.

Agricultural lime, more commonly known as garden lime, is a soil additive that is created by grinding down limestone, and is very high in calcium. Garden lime’s primary purpose is to assist with high acidity levels found in the soil by increasing the soil’s pH balance. By doing so, it also allows for calcium and magnesium to find access to the plants, which helps them grow and flourish.
Some tips on figuring out whether or not your soil actually needs lime is by conducting a soil pH test, or by paying attention to the other kinds of plants that are growing in the area. Plants such as heather, rhododendrons, and camellias will flourish in soils that have high acidity, whereas legumes will have a much more difficult time growing. By applying lime to your garden soil, it will also increase the work-ability of the soil. However, not only is lime beneficial to your plants and garden, it also can play a major role in revitalizing your lawn after a long winter.

We all know how easy it is to become indifferent towards your lawn over the winter, which also makes it easy for moss to get a head start on you. Thankfully, if moss has completely overtaken your lawn already, early spring is the perfect time to get started on it’s removal!

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Much like the plants that were earlier discussed, moss either thrives, or ceases in certain conditions. When grass is over watered, frequently in the shade, not aerated or de-thatched often enough, this creates the perfect environment for moss to grow and spread like wildfire. There are many tactics to go about moss removal; including aerating, de-thatching, seeding thin areas, and fertilizing – but often times, the most effective strategy is simply to lime the grass. When the acidic soil starts to control the amount of nutrients and calcium that finds it’s way into your grass, it leaves little loopholes for the moss to sneak in. Just as you would with your garden, test the soil’s pH balance to address it’s acidity level. If the pH is below 6, the soil is acidic. Purchase a lime that is calcium-based, and spread it on your lawn twice each growing season for best results.

If winter has managed to get a few steps ahead of you this season, fear not! Early spring is the perfect time to get started on preparing your lawn and garden for your best growing season yet. For questions, quotes, and estimates, please contact Landscape Away and we would be happy to assist you in your Springtime garden endeavors!

Free Time!

What does time mean to you?  It means a little something different to each of us in terms of how we use it and want to spend it. Time can be measured in money, we have all heard the term “time equals money” and there is some truth to that. It can be measured in the most literal way by the ticking of the clock. One of the most meaningful ways to measure time is through moments, moments with family, moments doing things that ad value to our lives, moments enjoying life and moments carved out of your day to share with someone you love.

 
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So when I get that call to come out and quote on a job what I often really hear is “can you come out and show us how we can spend more time doing things that matter most to us.” There are only so many hours in the day, with work, kids, family and other obligations taking up most of the day it becomes difficult to find that time that is so important to each of us to spend doing meaningful activities that ad value to our lives.

 

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It is part of the reason I love what I do. Besides the love of working out doors and creating beautiful spaces, I am so rewarded at the end of the day knowing that someone came home after a long days work and was able to sit on the deck and share some time with family, loved ones & friends in a yard or garden that Landscape Away looks after. Knowing that my clients got to spend a little more time doing what they love because we took care of the yard that day is a great feeling.

 

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Call us for a quote, you will be surprised at how affordable our services are. Best of all included in our services is Free Time to spend anyway you like.

Landscape Away.