Whenever starting a new lawn from seed, it is highly recommended to cover all improved bare soil/seed planted areas with germination blanket for best results. Seed germination blanket is a bio-degradable, wood fiber stranded mat-like material that is sold by the roll (4′ or 8′ wide x 150’+/- long) and often times includes nylon netting for strength. Use germination blanket to cover any/all large seed planted bare soil areas. For smaller lawn repairs (+/- 10 square feet), a simple peat moss covering is still preferred.
Here are a few reasons why you should use seed germination blanket when planting a new lawn from seed.
- Protect newly planted seed from blowing wind, feeding birds and even heavy rain down pours.
- Steel staples (4″ to 6″ long) provide secure attachment of blanket to soil below.
- Reduce air-borne weed seed from ever contacting soil.
- Great soil erosion protection (prior to grass establishment in particular).
- Achieve fantastic seed germination rates!
- Clean overall appearance.
- New grass grows directly through blanket covering, no need to remove.
- Retains water to further aid in seed germination/plant root development.
- Unwanted debris can be easily blown off blanket covering with little chance of seed disturbance.
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Anyone that has had a run-in with thistle around their yard knows how tough this broadleaf weed is and how difficult it is to completely eradicate. With it’s deep and wide spreading root mass and sharp pointed prickly foliage, it will not pull out of the ground easily (or completely) without a fight. The only effective and proven way we have found to completely kill mature thistle (in particular) is by applying a selective or non-selective (site dependent) systemic herbicide directly to it’s foliage. Often times several spot herbicide applications are needed over the course of many growing seasons (3 to 5 years) to completely kill thistle found growing in a regularly maintained lawn (in particular).
Tips on controlling and keeping thistle out of your lawn and landscape.
- Thistle can have a biennial or perennial life cycle (specific thistle variety dependent)
- Never plant a new lawn or create new gardens without first completely eliminating any/all resilient thistle plants first.
- When applying a systemic herbicide, allow plenty of time (4-8 weeks) for the liquid herbicide (selective or non-selective – site dependent) to translocate through the entire plant (from foliage to root mass) thus ensuring a complete kill.
- It is much easier to chemically eradicate thistle when there are no other desirable plants (manicured turf grass, ground cover, vegetables, etc.) located in close proximity to the unwanted weed.
- Always eradicate thistle found in lawn areas AND adjacent plant bed spaces. Since thistle spreads by seed, rhizome and/or cut root segments (variety of thistle dependent) it will continue to spread anywhere it can unless totally eliminated.
- Thistle seed can remain viable in the soil for up to 20 years!!
- If you have a bird feeder in your yard, try to avoid using bird feed that includes thistle seed.
- Continue to monitor your property for young thistle plants and try to manually remove them whenever possible. If manual removal is no longer a feasible option, spot treat them with a systemic selective (lawn areas) or non-selective (areas where no other desirable vegetation is located) herbicide before the plant is allowed to flower and set seed.
- Canada thistle (in particular) is considered to be a noxious perennial weed in Illinois and should be controlled by the land owner whenever found (Illinois Noxious Weed Law – 505 ILCS 100/)
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Posted in Lawn Care, New Ideas for a Better Service
Tagged Arlington Heights, Biennial Life Cycle, Broadleaf weed, Chemical Control, Chicago, Lawn and Landscape, manual removal, Non-Chemical Control, non-selective herbicide, Noxious Weed, Pacocha Landscaping Services, Perennial Life Cycle, Selective Herbicide, Systemic Herbicide, Thistle
When installing an extended underground downspout or sump pump drain, it is always a good idea to direct excess discharged water away from your foundation and into a water safe area several feet away (open lawn area, french drain, dry well, etc.).
A great way to finish off the open outlet point of a buried corrugated or PVC drain pipe (directed to an open lawn area – in particular) is with a pop-up drainage emitter cover. Unlike a standard round grate type drain cover which may allow soil and small debris to flow back into the buried pipe, a pop-up emitter is a clean looking alternative that remains closed until passing water pressure forces it open. They blend nicely into any lawn area (green color) and are the perfect outlet cover for any 3″ to 6″ diameter buried drain pipe installation.
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If I have to name one tree as my favorite, it has to be a European Tri-Color Beech.
They are such beautiful trees with their colorful variegated leaves (sometimes pink-white-purple-green or rose colored) which make it a complete stand-out in the landscape. They like part shade and do not fare well in full sun exposed areas. Try to avoid mid-day sun (in particular) when deciding where to plant. Due to their somewhat shallow root system, slightly moist well drained soil becomes critical to their long term survival. They are slow growing trees, but try to give them adequate space to grow and spread out a bit (Max 30′ height – Max 20′ spread). Be sure to purchase from a reputable nursery for the best quality plant possible.
If you can find just the right spot in your landscape, I highly recommend planting a European Tri-Color Beech tree!
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One way or another, if you are the proud owner of property that happens to include a lawn, you need to understand that it will require a certain level of on-going mechanical care in order for it to be healthy and survive for the long term.
We are asked many times a year from new potential clients (in particular) whether or not our company provides bi-weekly lawn mowing service (once every two weeks), and the answer is simply NO. Your lawn needs to be maintained/mowed/cleared of debris at least once a week when it’s actively growing for best results. If you wait too long (2 weeks or more) you will likely end up cutting away too much of the new top growth (well beyond 1/3 of grass plant – recommended limit per mowing) which translates into the plant placing all of it’s remaining energy into top side leaf recovery and not critical root development. Just by looking at a lawn from the curb, I can tell whether or not it is being properly mechanically maintained on a routine basis. A lawn THAT IS NOT MAINTAINED ON A ROUTINE BASIS is usually light green in color, has heavy broadleaf weed populations (dandelion, clover and creeping charlie especially – sometimes even thistle), they are thin and contain multiple bare spots from past injuries and/or stress.When a lawn has a shallow/inadequate root mass it suffers in so many ways. The grass plant needs to develop a substantial root zone in order for it to survive the occasional challenge from extended periods of drought, weed seed competition for any/all bare soil, compacted soil from foot traffic, disease, insect invasion, cutting too short, fallen leaves left atop/smothering lawn, etc.
The bottom line is maintain your lawn properly all season long for a great, healthy stand of turfgrass that you can be proud of.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or if we can help in any way. Thank you and have a great day!
Posted in Landscape Maintenance, Lawn Care
Tagged 1/3 Rule, Arlington Heights, Chicago, Grass, Lawn, Lawn Mowing, Mechanical Maintenance, Pacocha Landscaping Services, Root Development, Soil Compaction, Weekly Service
We just had quite the winter weather experience here in the Chicago area. Weather forecasters were predicting anywhere from 5-10 inches of snow for our area. Over the past 3 or 4 days, all we heard from the major news networks was to prepare for a major winter storm that was heading our way (high winds, heavy snow, etc.). Ok, fine by us. We are ready, let’s do it!! We’ll, fast forward 12 hours and we had basically no accumulated snow on paved surfaces (barely a trace in a few areas), temperatures remained slightly above freezing and the forecasters proved to be entirely wrong yet again. Of course, no big deal either way. However, a day in the life of a snow management professional is one that has no guarantee.
Our customers rely on us to make trusted service related decisions while “babysitting” winter weather from November thru early April. Our clients expect prompt service all winter long and whenever the need arises.
Snow Management Professionals take NO WINTER VACATIONS!
Whether we experience a fast moving ice storm overnight or a multi-day blizzard, we are expected to be properly equipped, ready and able to act in a very timely manner.
On behalf of our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc., we would like to thank our valued clients for yet another wonderful winter season and we look forward to earning your business well into the future!
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Depending on actual pavement and ambient temperatures (+/- 32 degrees) at time of application, you can effectively melt light snow and ice (up to 1″+/-) within a very short period of time. With just a single application, calcium chloride is very effective at eliminating the formation of ice on pedestrian and vehicle traversed pavement.
Calcium chloride is not perfect, but it is considered to be the finest form of deicing material available (in it’s pure granular pellet form – in particular) due to it’s ability to easily melt snow and ice at very low temperatures (-25F). It also creates relatively low environmental stress to nearby plants, lawns, etc. (compared to sodium chloride – rock salt) and can be purchased in small or large quantities at a relatively fair price. A 50lb. bag of calcium chloride normally comes in a very durable plastic bag that can be rolled closed for long term storage (as/if needed). As long as the calcium chloride material remains dry (stored in it’s original plastic bag if possible and not left open to attract moisture from the atmosphere), it will remain active, granular and ready to spread whenever the need arises.
Manually spreading calcium chloride by hand (directly from plastic bag or a 5 gallon plastic bucket wearing PVC coated gloves) is the preferred approach for small paved areas. However, large area applications will require the use of a walk behind rotary/drop type spreader or a vehicle mounted material spreader for best results.
Areas best served by the melting power of calcium chloride are:
- Small Parking Lots
- Entry Ways
- Loading Docks
- Frozen Gutters and Downspouts
- Brick, Cured Concrete, Asphalt, etc.
Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. to learn more about our ice melt application programs and other snow related services.
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It has been our great pleasure helping so many wonderful people in 2015. We thank you for the opportunity and would like to wish you and your family a healthy and happy new year!
May 2016 be your best year yet!!
From your friends at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc.