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Lawn Disease and How to Prevent It

Maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to avoid disease outbreak in turf grass. Your lawn requires optimal amounts of water and fertilizer, aerated, well-drained soil, and the right mowing system. If these factors are missing or in excess, the grass can become stressed and more susceptible to disease. Selecting a grass species that is adapted to the local climate and following through with proper maintenance are steps that can be taken to avoid severe lawn disease.

Many common diseases are active under specific environmental conditions that affect the lawn for a short time. When the weather is more favorable, the lawn will often recover so long as cultural practices are followed. If conditions and practices that favor disease continue, it can result in long-term damage to your lawn, and that can be difficult to recover from.

If you have a lawn that’s suffering from injury, identifying the cause will help you know how best to treat it. This can be difficult as diseases aren’t always the primary reason. Diseases typically start off as small patches or spots of drying grass that spread over time. If this damage is sudden and widespread, it’s possible pests or insects, weeds or too much or too little water or fertilizer can be contributing to the problem. Your grass could be damaged from dog urine, herbicides or other chemicals, poor drainage, competing for vegetation or thatch.

Nearly all lawn diseases result from pathogenic fungi that infect blades, stems, or roots of the grass. These diseases have identifying symptoms, usually including leaf spots, white, powdery growth, thin, open grass, and small to vast areas of discolored or dying lawn. Rotted crowns and roots, yellow leaves, stunting and wilting are other signs of affected lawn areas.

The most common causes of discolored lawns are from irrigation problems. Ensuring even water coverage, and that the grass isn’t getting too much or too little water is key.

To prevent lawn diseases, use cultural practices to promote your grass to grow with a good recuperative ability. Irrigation, fertilization, mowing, soil cultivation, and thatch removal are good cultural practices to do to help prevent diseases.

If you’re looking for experienced professionals with the tools to maintain your lawn and help fight off lawn disease, give ProScapes a call at (603) 635-4005.

Why Landscaping is a Smart Business Investment

Business owners already spend so much, it’s hard to justify the expense of landscaping past the minimum Modern commercial building located in industrial parkfor appearances and to meet regulations. But what if upgraded curb-side appeal could increase your foot traffic or property value? A professional landscaping company like ProScapes can help you create a long-term plan to make your landscaping into an investment.

Landscaping for a business is a fast and affordable way to transform your curb appeal. Clients and employees can enjoy the landscaping from the outside and the inside. Upgraded landscaping increases your property value and makes your business more attractive to the eye.

  • Having a professional design can give a positive image of your business to your customers. Color attracts the eye and encourages people to visit and linger. Combining the right design with the right amount of color to create the appropriate look for your business is not only beneficial for your customers, but for your employees as well.
  • Have your landscape mirror your business so that it can create the appropriate mood with customers. For example, a business dedicated to therapeutic work, or a spa can have a soothing landscape. A business that is supposed to be exciting can benefit from a breathtaking landscape.
  • Sustainability is everywhere, and it doesn’t hurt to use environmentally friendly materials. Planting a drought-tolerant landscape that minimizes watering requirements, or native foliage that will need less care can reduce maintenance costs. There are hardscape choices you can use that can infiltrate water while still being functional spaces. Green landscapes reduce air, soil, and water pollution and make healthy recreational areas.
  • Since flowers and shrubs die, mulch decays and grassy areas get worn out; most commercial landscapes are recycled every few years. You can create a landscape that is durable, sustainable, and longer lasting to save time, money, and labor in the long run.

Maintaining your landscape by professionals will ensure your landscaping receives the best attention so your business can continue to benefit. At ProScapes, we provide services for every season to ensure your lawn looks well-kept and professional.

Call ProScapes at (603) 635-4005 for your expert landscaping needs.

Reason You Need Regular Lawn Maintenance

When your yard looks great, and all the pieces come together nicely, maintaining your yard will keep yourhorticulture lawn garden mower device at green plants and trees healthy, and help everything to thrive in the warm months. Here at ProScapes, we know what steps need to be taken to maintain your lawn so you can get the most out of it.

There are some major components to lawn maintenance.

  • Appropriately watering your lawn, so the grass doesn’t dry out and change from green to brown.
  • Mowing helps build a thicker, heavier lawn by reducing the workload on grass plant’s root systems. The bigger the plant, the more water, and nutrients it needs. When the culm is smaller, it’s easier on the root system.
  • Fertilizing will add nutrients to the soil to provide to your grass.
  • Aerating helps keep your lawn healthy. It opens up compacted soil so oxygen can reach microbes which break down organic matter.
  • De-thatching is done by removing thatch material with a rake or a power de-thatcher. Thatch material is what collects around the base of grass plants. A small amount helps conserve water by blocking evaporation, but a heavy build up keeps water and air from reaching the soil.
  • Weeds pop up in any lawn and weeding is an ongoing process. If a lot of weeds pop up, your grass is weaker than it should be.

Maintaining your lawn and keeping it healthy helps keep a healthy environment. Lawns filter pollutants from rainwater. Grass is an excellent groundcover; it’s more efficient at preventing erosion than bare soil. It reduces storm water runoff, absorbs and filters rainfall, and counterbalances hard, urban surfaces. Grass absorbs as much carbon dioxide as trees, cuts down on noise and air pollution, and dissipates heat to reduce the temperature. Grass and plants preserve nature and protect our natural resources.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and can offer natural shade strategies for your home to reduce a household’s energy consumption. Trees increase curb appeal and increase your property value.

The professionals at ProScapes have the experience and tools to maintain your lawn. Give us a call at (603) 635-4005.

Unlikely Benefits of Trees in Your Landscape Design

Our climate doesn’t just affect the temperatures outside; it also affects the temperature and comfort of our Fence Installation - 2homes. Your home can be made cooler or warmer than you’d like depending on the amount of sun that comes through your windows, and the air and ground temperature. Landscaping from ProScapes can go a long way towards increasing the comfort of your home by planting trees.

Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling. A well-designed landscape provides energy savings that can return your initial investment within a few years. If you shade an air conditioner, it can increase the air conditioner’s efficiency. A well-planted landscape can reduce an unshaded home’s summer air-conditioning costs. Houses with windbreaks placed on the side where the wind is coming will have less fuel consumption than unprotected homes. The solar heat that is absorbed through windows and roofs increases cooling costs; incorporating shade can help reduce that solar heat.

Knowing what landscape shade strategies work best in your climate is necessary before throwing trees in your yard. There are many trees available in appropriate sizes and shapes for almost any shade application. Some trees can block solar heat, and trees that provide continuous shade, and trees that block heavy winds.

A slow growing tree may require many years of growth before it shades your roof, but it will generally live longer than a fast-growing tree. Slow growing trees have deeper roots and stronger branches, so they are less prone to breaking during windstorms or heavy snow loads. These kinds of trees can also be more drought resistant.

Trees do need to be planted far enough away from the home so that the root system doesn’t damage the foundation when it matures, and so branches don’t damage the roof as they grow.

Other plants can be used to help with energy efficiency. Vines, for example, also shade walls. Using plant species that are adapted to your local climate is the best way to go. Native species don’t need as much maintenance when they are established, and they also avoid dangers of invasive species.

Are you interested in providing your home with some options to cut cooling and heating costs? Give ProScapes at (603) 635-4005 to discuss your options.

Common Weeds Found In NH

Weeds are a nuisance and typically unsightly. There are many different types of weeds, many of which Retaining_Wall_-_Windhamgrow in different areas of the country. They have different characteristics, some being ugly, some that sprout flowers. Weeds can put a damper on any lawn and here are a few commonly found in landscaping for Hudson, NH homes.

White Clover

A common weed is White Clover. It has white flower-like tops, but the flowers don’t have traditional petals. Instead, they are pointy looking and make a round formation at the head of the plant. They typically have three distinctive clover leaves, or four if you’re lucky.

Dandelions

Dandelions grow everywhere and have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant. They have yellow blossoms. After flowering, they develop a round cluster of seed cases that form a characteristic puffball. While considered a weed, every part of it can be used for food, medicine, and dye.

Yarrow

Yarrow has small white, pink or red flowers attached to stalks. It is used in herbal medicine and used as an additive to some liquors.

Witchgrass

An unsightly weed with many small buds on think projections coming out of a stalk. This plant can become a tumbleweed when conditions become dry. The little buds and projections attached to them break off from the main part of the plant.

Quackgrass

A form of grass, but not typically something you want in your lawn. It can be quite tall with chutes coming out of the top. This grass grows pretty much everywhere except for Arizona and Florida. It even grows as far north as the Arctic.

Goosegrass 

This grass has thick stalks and long leaves, and it can grow tall and stand out against your lawn. The only place it doesn’t grow is the Pacific Northwest.

Moneywort

A common weed that stays low to the ground, so it isn’t always easy to notice. It has dark, rounded leaves and can flower yellow flowers.

Mallow

Mallow grows everywhere except for Florida. It can grow low to the ground with larger leaves with jagged edges.

Speedwell

Restricted to the east coast to the north of Virginia, this plant has flowers and is sometimes planted as an ornamental plant.

Fortunately, there are experts out there who can help you handle your common weed problem. ProScapes has the years of experience and tools you want when hiring a landscaping company.

Give us a call at (603) 635-4005.