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If you mow your lawn, but are not doing it correctly or routinely, then you may be contributing to the turf's ultimate demise. Routine, precise mowing techniques help your lawn thrive and without them, your grass can weaken, which in turn makes it much more susceptible to the threats of fungal lawn disease or harmful insect invasions.
At Spider Lawn & Landscape, our lawn mowing experts have determined the ideal mowing heights for each type of cool-season grass that we have in Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, and nearby areas of Indiana. Learn about how you should mow Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine fescue.
If your lawn is made up of Kentucky bluegrass, then it needs to be kept at certain heights during the growing season. In spring and fall, make sure the grass blades are around 2.5 to 3 inches in height, while the summer height should be an inch taller at 3 to 3.5 inches.
The difference in height can be attributed to the fact that cool-season grasses grow faster in spring and fall, whereas the growth slows somewhat in the summer.
When mowing perennial ryegrass, you need to make sure the grass is about 2 to 2.5 inches in height. This keeps it from getting too short. In summer, consider adding a half inch in height so that the grass will be just tall enough to...
When you hire a lawn service to handle everything your yard needs, there are certain critical questions that you should ask before you sign a contract. Learn about three of these questions when you're looking for a lawn service company in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and nearby cities in Indiana.
One of the first things you need to do as a property owner is to ensure that anyone who comes to do any work on your property is properly licensed and insured. For insurance, that means they need general liability and workers' comp. Have the lawn company show you proof of insurance so that you know they are telling the truth.
If a company does not have insurance and a worker is injured while at your property, you could end up facing liability issues for their injury. Avoid all of that by hiring a lawn service company with the right coverage.
Many people think that all they need is a company that mows their lawn, but there are many other services you will need throughout the year such as:
Fertilization, weed control, aeration, and overseeding are all vital to the health of your grass, so if you want a healthy and vibrant lawn, you will need a company that can provide those as...
At Spider Lawn & Landscape, we love mowing lawns, but we know that for many people, it is not their favorite thing to do. In fact, a lot of those people tend to mow their lawns as short as possible to avoid mowing the grass more frequently. However, this is not a good practice to start, because cutting your lawn too short can end up killing the grass.
Learn how you can irreparably harm and even kill your lawn in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and nearby Indiana areas by cutting it too short during the growing season.
In order for your grass to effectively absorb nutrients, the blades have to be kept at a certain height. When they are too short, the grass is harmed by the heat of the sun and is exposed to too much sunlight. Additionally, the shorter grass then allots more energy toward growing the blades instead of creating a deeper root system.
In turn, this weakens your grass, blades, roots, and the overall structure of the lawn. A weakened lawn will then be much more susceptible to catching lawn diseases or falling victim to insect infestations. It also will not be able to fight off weeds and can be overtaken by those invasive plants.
Lawn disease, insects, and weeds all have the potential to quickly kill off your lawn, destroying the hard work you put in to cultivating it.
The prescribed height of grass blades varies by the...
Now that spring fever is in full force in Noblesville, IN, and the surrounding areas, you are probably wondering how to freshen up your landscape beds. One easy way to do this is to install annual flowers. Annual flowers last for one season, but their blooms will stay for several months so long as they are watered properly and planted in the right areas.
At Spider Lawn & Landscape, we install annual flowers and seasonal color across the Noblesville area. Check out our guide to six of the most popular annual flowers in Indiana, including what colors they bloom in and where to plant them in your yard.
Wax begonias are gorgeous and grow quickly, making them a great ground cover choice. These flowers flourish in full to partial sun, but excessive heat can stress them. They bloom in red, pink, or white. An added perk is that they do naturally repel deer, which helps keep them away from your landscaping.
Impatiens are a classic choice for spring annual flower planting because they do provide vibrant and beautiful blooms in purple, red, fuchsia, and other colors. These flowers need partial to full shade in order to grow well. There is a variety of impatiens called sunpatiens that do well in sunlight if you need bright colors in a sunny area of your yard.
With blooms of salmon, purple, red, and pink, the...
When the growing season begins, it's vital to get your lawn and landscaping maintenance routine established. Grass and plants need to be regularly maintained throughout the growing season to ensure that they grow properly.
Learn about three of the bare necessities that your lawn and landscape need in Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel, and other nearby areas in Indiana.
One of the most important factors in lawn health is a proper mowing schedule. Typically, the Indiana growing season begins in late March or early April and lasts until late October or early November. During that time, it's vital to mow at routine intervals, such as weekly or bi-weekly mowing. Hiring a professional mowing company such as Spider Lawn & Landscape ensures your lawn will always be mowed on the same routine basis. We always follow best practices for lawn mowing and maintenance and all of our mowing visits include string-trimming, edging, and blowing.
Along with proper lawn mowing, your grass in Carmel also needs nutrients and weed control treatments. In spring, we begin applying custom fertilizer that we create based on the results of your soil test. That test shows us where your lawn may be lacking in nutrients so we can compensate for that in your fertilization.
A pre-emergent weed control treatment will help curb the appearance of weeds in your...
Once the winter season is over, you need to prepare your yard for spring and summer growth. There are many crucial aspects of a spring yard cleanup, and doing them all on your own can be stressful and arduous.
Here at Spider Lawn & Landscape, we give your yard the head start it needs to achieve optimal growth and look its best by performing a thorough spring cleanup. We serve both homes and businesses located in and around Carmel, Noblesville, and Westfield, IN.
Yard cleanups offer a variety of aesthetic and health benefits that you'll want to take advantage of. Check out some of the reasons why you need to schedule your yard's cleanup for the spring.
Natural debris tends to accumulate during the winter, as wind, snow, or ice can knock down branches and any remaining leaves. Our landscapers remove items like dead leaves, twigs, branches, and plants from your yard and haul it away. We always complete a thorough job to ensure your yard is free of unwanted waste.
By picking up all of the natural debris from your yard during a spring cleanup, we:
Once your lawn has exited dormancy,...
Because our lawn mowing and maintenance schedule will begin in a little more than a month, we thought it would be a good time to discuss some of our top lawn mowing and maintenance practices.
Here at Spider Lawn & Landscape, our lawn mowing services begin in late March and run through late October or early November depending on the year's weather conditions. We mow both residential and commercial lawns in Westfield, Carmel, and Westfield, IN.
As you prepare to recruit our lawn mowing and maintenance services, here are three practices we implement to keep your residential or commercial lawn in pristine condition.
Some homeowners will mow their lawns themselves but fail to perform the rest of the lawn maintenance process. When you recruit our team, we won't skip out on any of the essential components of lawn maintenance. You'll receive comprehensive string-trimming and edging services in addition to regular lawn mowing visits.
Edging and string-trimming give your residential or commercial landscape a manicured look.
Our team shows up on every scheduled visit to complete a thorough job. Plus, we complete each visit by cleaning up after ourselves. We blow grass clippings back onto your grass to provide it with additional nutrients that will help it grow green and lush.
If you mow your lawn with a...
Failing to clean your property's gutters can result in costly damages including a damaged roof and unstable foundation. Not only do these issues decrease the value of your property, but they also compromise the safety of your residents and visitors. With the right professional gutter cleaning service, you can improve your property's physical appearance and preserve its structural integrity.
As part of our yard cleanups, we offer gutter cleaning services for residential and commercial clients in Westfield, Carmel, and Noblesville, IN.
Learn four different ways clogged gutters can damage your property and why you should get them cleaned.
Clogged gutters block running water from exiting your roof. When excess water pools on your roof in freezing temperatures, the water freezes and creates ice dams.
Ice dams can tear shingles off your roof, weaken gutters, and cause further water pooling.
Functioning gutters' main job is to direct flowing water away from the foundation of your property. A clog in your gutters will result in water pouring over your gutters' sides. Because the water isn't being directed properly, it will be more likely to pool around your foundation. This kind of pooling water may result in cracks to form in your foundation, which can lead to its eventual...
Mulch is a surefire way to help your native plants thrive. It acts as a fertilizer, keeps pests at bay, and helps your plants recover from a long winter.
Here at Spider Lawn & Landscape, we install mulch and other ground covers all year-round, except in winter, for your property in Westfield, Noblesville, and Carmel, IN. While our team is available to replenish mulch in the summer and fall, the most popular time to do so is in the spring.
Below, you can check out three reasons why your mulch should be refreshed in spring.
After a bare winter, spring is the perfect time to liven up your landscape beds. Through our mulch installation services, our team restores your landscape beds' aesthetic appeal.
Some of our most common mulch options include shredded hardwood and dyed mulch. We help you choose the type of mulch that best matches your landscape's layout.
Mulch is a great way to polish your landscape's look after the suppressed growth that winter may have brought.
Mulch undoubtedly offers great visual benefits. It also has notable functional advantages that some landscape owners may be unaware of.
Mulch is known for its ability to retain a significant amount of moisture. It minimizes evaporation by blocking the soil's access to the sun. Mulch also does a great job of preventing water runoff.
If you are the proud owner of a cat or dog, you want to keep them as safe as possible while still offering them the freedom to explore your property. If you reside in Carmel or nearby cities such as Westfield and Noblesville, IN, be sure to check out the following four plants that are safe for dogs and cats.
Sunflower seeds aren't just for humans! They are safe to eat for dogs and cats. Dogs, in particular, have been known to like the nutty taste that sunflower seeds provide. Even though we don't typically eat the rest of a sunflower, the entire plant is completely non-toxic. If your dog or cat wants to chew on or eat all of a sunflower's components, they can do so without worrying you!
Most types of sunflowers bloom annually, meaning they won't grow back in the next growing season. However, we can help maintain their bright bloom during the year so your pets can freely enjoy this plant's flowers, leaves, seeds, and stems.
These pretty flowers are inviting to a curious house pet. They bloom for months on end and come in a variety of colors. All parts of a petunia are safe for consumption by dogs and cats, so you are free to use them as a bedding plant or groundcover for your pet-friendly landscape.
To ensure they look their best, most petunias require regular fertilizer and watering....
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