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!

If you have a rental property the idea of landscaping has probably crossed your mind at some point. You may have thought about doing the work yourself but become overwhelmed at the idea of taking on the extra work project. Or maybe you have multiple properties and this is just not an option for you. This is where a landscaping company comes in and the many reasons as to why you should hire one for your rental property.

 

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Time Management –

When hiring a landscaping company it ensures that your property is kept up and is always looking the best that it can. It can be a lot of work to maintain a garden, especially if your rental property comes with a lot of land. You may not have the time to maintain the property and your renter’s may not be willing to take the time to do it right either. Lets be honest here, in most cases renters won’t take as good of care as a home owner, and we all know what happens to our west coast foliage left un-attended. A landscaping company takes this pressure away from you.

 

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Preventative Maintenance –

Not only saving you time but money.  As a tenant may not take the same care as a homeowner would, often things get left un-done or unattended to.  Over grown or rotting foliage can promote an issue with pests.  Falling leaves can clog water ways and gutters that have the potential to back up on the home owner and cause damage. A landscape company would be able to alert you to these potential issues before they become a costly repair.  Especially important if you are managing properties out of town.

 

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Happy Neighbours –

Having a well maintained garden and yard also helps to keep your neighbours happy too. No one likes to live next to a property that is not maintained to same standard as theirs, so if your property isn’t well taken care of your neighbours may start to complain. With your landscaping company maintaining the property this will help to prevent your neighbours from becoming unhappy.

 

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Security –

Security is a BIG positive to hiring a landscaping company. It will allow you to have an extra set of eyes on your property. This can help to make sure that your property is still in top shape whether your property is currently vacant or has renters living in it. With busy schedules it can be tough to find the time to check up on your property and that’s where a landscaping company can benefit you. An extra set of eyes to notify you of anything that might be suspect happening in your rental property can ultimately save you a lot of grief.  Acting as a deterrent to those renters that have less than good intentions with your property, sometimes by just letting potential renters know that landscapers will be on site weekly, will filter out un-desireable tenants.

 

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Having a great looking yard can also help to increase the amount of your rent. You can work the costs of your landscaping into the rent as most renters will be willing to pay more to live in a good looking property over a run down looking one.

Hiring a landscaping company has many benefits and these are just a few of them. Paying that little bit extra a month to have your property maintained by professionals can only benefit you and your rental property in the long run.

Call us for a Free Quote on your Rental Property Maintenance.  Landscape Away