Poison Ivy in ALL the wrong places…………………………….

Poison Ivy found growing up a brick wall
Poison Ivy growing up a utility pole

Over the years we have been very fortunate to provide lawn and landscape related services at thousands of area properties.  Based on routine and somewhat unexpected customer demand, we have become a local source frequently called upon to properly identify and recommend effective poison ivy removal strategies (short and long term).

Poison Ivy found growing up a tree located near residential front entry
Poison Ivy growing through walls and exiting roof of a back yard shed

Besides being found just about everywhere in a landscape setting, we find that poison ivy is very comfortable growing vertically.  Very comfortable!!  In fact, if left alone over time, poison ivy loves growing directly up mature trees, wooden utility poles, fences and even walls of houses (usually intertwined with other desirable climbing vines – in particular).

Poison Ivy found growing through a wood fence

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any poison ivy related concern you may have.  We stand ready and able to help any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

Take a look at that Forsythia over there, it’s trying to tell you something………..

Spring is finally here!!

A sure sign that spring has finally arrived is when the forsythia bushes bloom and take on an awesome yellow color.  Even though the forsythia’s great vibrant yellow color only lasts a few short weeks, here are a few lawn and landscape related special events that it’s bloom usually signifies.

  • Soil temperatures are beginning to warm above 50 degrees+
  • Cool season turf grasses are finally beginning to grow.
  • Perennial broadleaf weeds, especially dandelions, are coming out of dormancy and are springing back to life!
  • Crabgrass seed will begin germinating in open, bare soil areas in the very near future.  Try to apply a grassy weed preventer at this time.
  • The odds of accumulating snow and/or sub-freezing temperatures are becoming less likely to occur from this point forward.  Winter is over!!
  • Lawn and landscape clean-ups, dethatching and core aeration should be well underway.
  • Irrigation systems are being opened/turned-on for the season.
  • Even though turf grass seed should be ideally planted in the late summer/early fall for best results, if planting in the spring, now would be the time to do so (next 4 weeks +/-).

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any lawn or landscape related improvement project you would like completed.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great spring and summer season!

What exactly is mechanical slit-seeding?

Slit-seeding is a mechanical process of rebuilding a thinning lawn by planting premium site-specific grass seed directly into the soil, through an existing stand of turf grass, by way of specialized machine.  Here is a brief video of a slit-seeding machine planting grass seed in a residential yard.

 

 

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have or to schedule lawn renovation services at your property.  Thank you for visiting and have a great day!

Never be without your straps and chains!

Whenever the need arises to move heavy material or equipment, you need to be sure to safely secure your payload to the transport vehicle of choice.  A properly secured load will not only ensure your own well-being, but the safety of everyone else that happens to be sharing the road with you that day.

A successful delivery begins and ends with a secure payload!

Here are a few basics to keep in mind the next time you need to transport something large or heavy.

  • Have plenty of heavy duty ratcheting straps, transport chain and ratcheting chain binders (payload dependent) to secure the load to the transport vehicle.  The more readily available – the better!
  • Be sure the vehicle or trailer used to transport the item(s) is up to the task (adequate braking ability, sturdy loading platform, available vehicle payload weight rating is adequate, multiple tie-down points available, etc.)
  • Whenever possible, try to keep the majority of weight down low to avoid tipping or load shift while in transit.
  • Before strapping or chaining down an item, be sure to remove any/all delicate, poorly fastened or already loose items that can easily fall off or become damaged while in transport.
  • Plan your delivery route to avoid unnecessary diversions.
  • If inexperienced, try to schedule large deliveries when the weather is cooperating and in your favor.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions, comments or ideas as to how we can further improve our service offering.  We thank you for visiting our site and wish you a great day!

3 Proven Ways to Increase Commercial Snow Removal Quality and Reliability!

After spending the last 25 years in the business of commercial snow removal, even to this day, we continue to learn and find new ways to tweak our operational techniques and further improve the level of service we provide for our clients.  Here are 3 readily available resources that if used, will help a snow removal contractor increase efficiency, improve quality and ideally, stay a few steps ahead of the storm.

1). Skid-Steer Loader: Very reliable, extra maneuverable and can clear a lot of snow in a hurry! Regardless of the brand of skid-steer  (Bobcat, Cat, New Holland, etc.), these machines run on either wheels or tracks and can quickly attach to just about any snow removal attachment ever created (universal attachment mounting plate used across all manufacturer’s machines).  Couple a sectional containment plow/snow pusher (8′ to 12′ wide) to a highly maneuverable piece of equipment like a skid-steer loader and you have a winning combination for just about any snow clearing operation!

 

2). Industrial Snow Pusher Shovel:  Simple, durable and excellent scraping ability.  These “Snow Plow/Snow Pusher” shovels are constructed almost entirely of polyethylene/fiberglass and perform flawlessly!  With only a minimal initial investment ($25-$80 each), these snow shovels come in a variety of sizes ranging from 12″ to 48″ wide and can be easily refurbished (if ever needed) with parts available direct from the manufacturer.  These shovels are especially great for clearing snow from somewhat delicate surfaces that are prone to scratching and damage from normal steel edged snow shovels (wood decks, brick pavement, stone, outdoor carpet, stamped concrete, etc.).

3). Mobile Storage Containers:  Large or small sizes readily available, own or rent, super secure and can be delivered just about anywhere.These strategically placed, on-site, all steel containers have truly revolutionized the way ice melt materials (bagged and bulk) and snow removal equipment can be stored, secured and maintained to achieve a constant state of readiness.

Please be sure to contact our team at Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any snow and ice management service need you may have.  We remain ready and able to assist any way we can.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

So what are you anyway ………….. a contractor or a mechanic?

My answer is BOTH!  Well, sort of anyway.

Being a contractor in the landscape and snow industry means you have the honor of working with fantastic people, spend your days in the great outdoors and are surrounded by, and rely heavily on equipment.  Whether complex vehicles or simple machines, the need for work producing equipment in the contracting industry is just about mandatory.

In my opinion, an aspiring contractor today must strive to continually learn (at the very least) the “inner-workings” of the various pieces of equipment used daily so that a reliable and cost-effective service can be consistently delivered to it’s customer.

If you happen to be interested in how plants grow and keeping machinery in great running condition, take a look at the landscape and snow management industry as a career.

You will never have a dull work day ever again!

Thank you for visiting our site and as always, please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for all your lawn, landscape and snow management needs.  Have a great day!

Ideas to relieve standing water from your lawn and landscape

If proper site drainage is lacking at your property and continuous rains routinely cause the ground to become fully saturated, standing water will almost certainly occur.

Especially across low lying lawn and poorly drained plant bed areas, if surface water is left to stagnate for long periods of time, non-tolerant plants may fall victim to the negative effects of excessive soil moisture (root decay/wet-feet).

Here are a few ways to relieve standing water at your property.

  • Redirect existing roof downspouts and/or sump pump outlet pipes to flow toward alternate non-problematic areas (if possible).
  • Raise the soil grade within low-lying flood prone areas.
  • Install an underground drainage system to properly relocate, store and/or further improve the natural process of ground water percolation.
  • Replace impermeable paved surfaces with porous materials.
  • Fine tune your irrigation system to prevent over watering (soil type and natural rainfall frequency dependent).
  • If you suspect a neighboring property is the direct cause of your drainage problem, begin a direct discussion with it’s owner and/or the local government to find a beneficial solution.
  • If poor drainage cannot be improved for whatever reason, consider planting species that can tolerate wet soil conditions.

Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any questions you may have.  We greatly appreciate your time and look forward to being of assistance to you in the very near future.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

A tree that has no equal – the majestic Bur Oak!

Bur Oak Deeply Furrowed Bark

There is one very special oak tree that I just love seeing in my day-to-day travels, the Bur oak.

Wow…. what a beautiful and majestic tree!

The Bur oak is from the white oak family of hard wood trees and can live well over 200 years.  It’s bark is deeply furrowed and acorns sport a very unique hairy cap.

When you find a Bur oak acorn on the ground, look up.  Take a look at one of the most beautiful oak trees you will find in our area.  Young, smaller sized wild growing Bur oak trees are difficult to transplant due to their very substantial tap root, but if you can wait a few years and have a few viable acorns you can plant your very own oak tree from seed.

The tree can grow well over 70 feet tall and is ideally suited to grow in a vast open area.  However, with that said, we have a few clients that have several very substantial Bur oak’s that are happily growing right alongside their homes and driveways.  Whether the trees came before the house or the house before the trees, I don’t know, but what I do know is that their landscapes are truly one-of-a-kind.

In my opinion, these substantial trees add so much character to a landscape that their is simply no comparison. If you are fortunate enough to have towering mature Bur oaks growing on your property, consider yourself very lucky.  Besides having to clean up occasional acorns and an abundance of leaves in the fall you will find no better shade tree.  If you have the foresight and space available on your property, be sure to look into planting your very own Bur oak tree.  Your kids and grandchildren will be very grateful you did.

Bur Oak Acorns

Please be sure to consider Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. for your lawn, landscape and snow management needs.  Thank you for visiting our site and have a great day!

How to Identify an Oak Tree

The first step to begin identification of an oak tree is to determine whether the tree is from the white or red oak family of trees.  You can identify which group your oak tree belongs to by looking at it’s leaves, acorns and it’s bark.

Red Oak Group Characteristics:

  • Leaves have pointed tips
  • Acorns are round in shape and have a flattened overlapping/scaled cap
  • Bark is fairly dark in color and often appears as ridged/furrowed
  • Fast growing
  • Members of the red oak group of trees include – Northern red oak, Black oak, Pin oak, Shingle oak, Red oak, etc.
Red Oak Tree Leaves and Acorns
Red Oak Tree Bark
Red Oak Tree Acorns

White Oak Group Characteristics:

  • Leaves are rounded at tip of each lobe
  • Acorns are oval/elongated and have a bumpy faced cap that is usually 1/3 or so it’s overall length
  • Bark often appears to be light colored and scaly in appearance
  • Slow growing
  • Members of the white oak group of trees include – Bur oak, Post oak, Swamp White oak, Eastern White oak, etc.
White Oak Tree Leaves and Acorns
White Oak Tree Bark
White Oak Tree Acorns

Oak trees are fantastic hardwood trees that can live for hundreds of years and provide awesome shade for all to enjoy.  Please be sure to contact Pacocha Landscaping Services, Inc. with any comments, questions or service requests you may have.  We greatly appreciate your visit to our site and look forward to being of service to you.  Have a great day!

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