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Are You Killing Your Lawn by Cutting it Too Short?

Are You Killing Your Lawn by Cutting it Too Short?

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.

Why does it hurt your lawn to cut it too closely?

A Noblesville, IN home lawn dying from being cut too short.

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.

How tall should your grass be during the growing season?

Stand-up mower cutting a lawn in Westfield, IN.

The prescribed height of grass blades varies by the...

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The 6 Most Popular Spring Annual Flowers in Noblesville, IN

The 6 Most Popular Spring Annual Flowers in Noblesville, IN

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.

1. Begonias flourish in full to partial sun.

Red, blooming begonia flowers near Noblesville, IN.

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.

2. Impatiens provide vibrant, beautiful blooms.

Bright pink impatien flowers in bloom at a Carmel, IN home.

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.

3. Geraniums have long stems and stand out in your landscaping.

Close up photo of bright red geranium blooms near Westfield, IN.

With blooms of salmon, purple, red, and pink, the...

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3 Bare Necessity Tasks For Spring Lawn & Landscape Care

3 Bare Necessity Tasks For Spring Lawn & Landscape Care

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.

Establish a proper mowing schedule.

Lawn being mowed in Noblesville, IN.

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.

Apply the first treatment of fertilization and pre-emergent weed control.

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...

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Why It's Time to Schedule a Spring Yard Cleanup

Why It's Time to Schedule a Spring Yard Cleanup

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.

Our landscapers remove natural debris that has accumulated over the winter.

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:

  • Eliminate burrowing spots for rodents and other pests
  • Allow water, nutrients, and sunlight to better reach your lawn
  • Reduce the chances of diseases infiltrating your lawn

As part of your spring yard cleanup, we give your lawn a fresh mow after it has exited dormancy.

Lawn mowing services in Carmel, IN.

Once your lawn has exited dormancy,...

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Our Top 3 Lawn Mowing & Maintenance Practices for 2020

Our Top 3 Lawn Mowing & Maintenance Practices for 2020

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.

1. We don't skip out on any part of the lawn maintenance process.

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.

2. We ensure our lawn mowers always have sharp blades.

If you mow your lawn with a...

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4 Ways Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Property

4 Ways Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Property

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.

1. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams to form.

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. 

2. Clogged gutters may compromise your property's foundation.

A clogged gutter in need of a cleaning in Noblesville, IN.

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...

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Why Your Mulch Should Be Refreshed in Spring

Why Your Mulch Should Be Refreshed in Spring

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.

1. Mulch helps restore your landscape beds' aesthetic appeal.

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.

2. Mulch will help you save money on your water bill.

Installing mulch in a landscape bed in Noblesville, IN.

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.

As ...

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Pet-Friendly Landscape Plants You Should Know About in Carmel, IN

Pet-Friendly Landscape Plants You Should Know About in Carmel, IN

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.

1) Your dog or cat will love pet-friendly sunflowers.

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.

2) Petunias make for good groundcover in a pet-friendly landscape.

Dog in Noblesville, IN, playing in a flower bed.

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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4 Reasons to Apply a Fall Fertilizer Treatment

4 Reasons to Apply a Fall Fertilizer Treatment

Fall is fast approaching, and although your lawn is about to stop growing and go dormant for the winter, it still needs proper care to keep it healthy. Contrary to what most homeowners believe, the best time to fertilize your lawn is in fall–not spring! Your lawn needs fertilizer in the fall to prepare it for the winter, promote faster recovery in spring, and improve its health and appearance once spring returns.

Here are four reasons why you need to apply a fall fertilizer treatment to your lawn in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and the surrounding areas.

1. Fall Provides the Perfect Environment for Maximum Nutrient Absorption

It’s important to fertilize your lawn in the fall and spring; however, fall is by far the most important time of year to fertilize your lawn as it provides the perfect environment your grass needs to absorb nutrients. Summer heat is stressful on your lawn and dries out your soil; fall’s cooler temperatures and morning dew provide a stress-free setting and moisture needed to help your turf absorb the applied fertilizer. Applying fertilizer in the fall gives your grass plenty of time to break down and absorb the food from your fertilizer, and make it available for use throughout the winter months.

2. Prepares Your Lawn for the Winter

This lawn in Carmel, IN is prepared for winter with a fall fertilizer treatment.

Unlike spring fertilizer, a fall fertilizer, or winterizer as it’s commonly called, does not encourage fall growth of grass. Instead, it helps your lawn...

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4 Reasons Your Lawn Needs Aeration & Overseeding

4 Reasons Your Lawn Needs Aeration & Overseeding

Routine lawn maintenance goes a long way in creating a thicker, healthier lawn. Aeration and overseeding are great for promoting a healthier, fuller, and greener lawn.

When these two services are performed properly and in a timely manner, almost any lawn can benefit from aeration and overseeding. Here are four reasons why your lawn in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and the surrounding areas needs core aeration and overseeding.

1. Aeration & Overseeding Promote a Healthy Lawn

Plugs from a recently aerated lawn in Carmel, IN.

Aerating and overseeding your lawn promotes its health and builds resistance to disease and weeds. Grass roots need air, water, and nutrients to grow thick, deep and strong. Over time soil becomes compacted, inhibiting the flow of nutrients getting to your lawn’s roots. Core aeration loosens and breaks up compacted soil, allowing maximum air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deep down into your lawn’s soil and root system.

Overseeding your lawn allows new grass varieties to be introduced to your lawn that will aid in resisting diseases, pest infestation, and weeds. Overseeding fills in bare or thin areas and thickens your turf, making your lawn better-suited to crowd out weeds. Fewer weeds mean a healthier, greener lawn.

2. Overseeding & Aerating Enhance Seed Germination

Aeration and overseeding enhance seed germination by providing access to the deeper parts of your soil. When you seed your lawn, a lot of seed is wasted on top and never...

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