Hints to preventing lawn fungus…..

All lawns have their ups and downs, just like their owners. For part of the year your lawn can look just great but all at once have a fungus. Why? Who knows! But there are some steps you can take to help prevent fungus.

1.  Recognize that your lawn has a fungus
Fungus comes in many different colors: Red, Gray, and Pink. If you notice these colors coming into your lawn, sure enough you have a fungus. How the fungus acts and develops can depend on your soil, the type of grass you have, the weather conditions and your own lawn care habits.
2.  What can you do to prevent fungus?
You can take some preventive steps by using a fertilizer that contains a systemic fungicide that is absorbed into the grass. For best results, spread the fertilizer in the spring and also in the fall.
3.  Nitrogen can feed your fungus
Too much nitrogen applied to your grass and plants can be an aid to a good dose of fungus. Know how much fertilizer you are putting down. Read the bag for the content information: 12 – 12 – 12 means you are putting down 12% Nitrogen, 12% Phosphorous and 12% Potassium. Talk to your garden center for more information. You might also want to take a soil sample to and have it tested to help you and the nursery to understand your fertilizer needs.
4.  Water at the right time of day
Water your lawn in the morning to ensure some evaporation. When you water at night, there is very little evaporation, thus aiding the start of both fungus and mold
5.  Yard maintenance counts
Periodic year maintenance is key to a good-looking landscape and yard. Some tips include:
• Pick-up of the leaves, sticks and other debris from the yard
• Prune your shrubs, plants, and trees allowing for new growth                 and to let the sunlight in
• Keep the blades of your mower and pruning equipment sharp
• Yard aeration on an annual basis to loosen up the soil and allow            it to breath
• Develop a lawn feed-and-watering schedule to ensure a healthy          root system

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. prides itself in providing unique design/build Outdoor Living Spaces to the Cecil and Harford counties that enhance the value of our clients’ homes and businesses. From design, thru construction, till the dark of night turns on the lighting system, we provide living spaces that will meet and exceed your expectations. And we are not done when the project is complete. We can continue by maintaining that outdoor space and the remainder of your entire property with lawn maintenance that will keep it beautiful year round. Contact us to learn more about how you we can help you to make the right landscape investment while enhancing the value of your home.
Phone – 410.378.8668
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How potted plants can change your landscape….

Adding flowers, shrubs, and small trees to your landscape can change the entire look of your home and greatly add to your curb appeal. But don’t forget about potted plants as a quick and easy way to change the look of your landscape for the different seasons, holidays, or just to please you.Porch Potted Plants

Most small trees and shrubs, and most all flowers can be potted giving you the ability to move the plants around to several locations, as much as you like, which can be a lot of fun. Potting the plants is much like planting and include:
Tropical Large Plants• Selecting Pots – You should choose pots that are big enough for the plants you have selected and their root balls but small enough to easily be moved around.
• Make sure the pots have drain holes in the bottom.
• Put some small pebbles or stones in the bottom for water and   drainage.
• Soil Selection – Use a good potting soil and your results will be much better. Do not pack the soil down into the pot. Let the natural weight of the soil work for you and the plant.
• Placing the Pots – You can use the pots in many different ways, Large Potted Plantsincluding:
o Around the pool, around and on the deck,  o Around and on the patio, around the sidewalks
o Flanking the font or side steps, flanking he front door
o At the driveway entrance, around the mailbox
o At the entrance to your backyard
o In different locations in the garden

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their flowering, mulching, and spring clean-up needs with helpful hints and tips. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations. When considering your Landscape, Hardscape or Lawn Maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.
Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

What should my mowing schedule be???

Maintaining your lawn and the related times you mow your grass depends on many factors.  How much time do you have to spend? What lawn-care appearance is pleasing to your eye?  Do you want it mowed professionally?  What time of the year is it?

A well-maintained lawn can greatly change the appearance of your property, but if you’re not a so-called “green-thumb” person, caring for your lawn can be intimidating and a not-so-pleasant experience that borders on being a hassle.

1-Grass1. What type of grass do you have in your yard?
Often times your mowing schedule will be dictated by the type of grass in your yard.  All grasses do not grow at the same speed. Some grasses grow differently depending on the type of soil you have and the amount of rain fall.  So, your sister who lives across town could have the same type of grass, but her soil type is different, and she mows her grass once a week and you are mowing yours every 4 days. Know what type of grass you have in your yard.

Tractor Mowing2. Know what type of soil you have and related fertilizer you need.
In order to keep your lawn green, vibrant, and healthy your lawn will need fertilizer.  The best way to know what type of plant food you need for your lawn is to have your soil tested.  Your lawn-care store will have an inexpensive kit you can buy.  Once you know your lawn’s chemistry, ask your nursery to give you a balanced fertilizer that has the correct amount of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to feed your yard and make it healthy all year long.

3. Do you stop mowing your lawn once summer is over?           Depending on where you live in this great country dictates how often and for how long you mow your grass.  Here in Maryland, we are blessed with four distinct seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall.  All four seasons call for different mowing schedules.
Mowing Grass• Springtime – The sun and warmer temperatures brings on the growing season.  More often than not, we have more than enough rainy weather to make everything pop out of the ground.  This might call for you to be more aggressive with your mowing schedule, possibly every 4 or 5 days.
• Summertime – The heat is upon us and sometimes the rains are lacking, which could call for a slow down on the mowing schedule, possibly every 6 to 7 days
• Fall Schedule – The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler and the grass growth may be slowing, but the mowing season is not over yet.  Stay on top of your mowing schedule with an “as needed” schedule, possibly every 8 to 10 days
• Wintertime – The days are short and the nights are long, but some grasses are still growing.  Keep an eye on your lawn as there could be spots that continue to grow and need to be mowed.  Often times this might mean your lawn needs mowed every 15 to 20 days to keep it trimmed, neat, and clean.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their lawn care, mulching, spring clean-up and grass mowing needs with helpful hints and tips. From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations.  When considering your Landscape, Hardscape or Lawn Maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com

So, you have a dog and they create waste….

Dogs are a lot of fun and great companions for all ages.  They like to play outside, run around for exercise, and protect you in time of need.  Addressing your dog’s natural needs and keeping your landscape and yard looking good can both be accomplished with just a bit of training.

Bull Dog Picture1. Walking is good!  Walking your dog several times a day is something that does both of you a lot of good. This can train and adjust the dogs timing for relieving himself.  Make sure you have doggie bags or some other means to pick up the mess they will leave behind.

2. Location, Location, Location – Nothing could be better than to have your dog relieve himself in the same out-of-the-way location most every time.  This can be a place you make behind the garage, in the back yard, or in an area designated by your neighborhood association.  The issue is to find the right place and to keep repeating where you take your dog.  He will soon remember where he is to go and what he is to do.

3. Pick it up and dispose of it – If you want your yard and landscapes to look good and be an outdoor area to enjoy, you and your neighbors do not want to be walking through the messes of your animals.  You can pick it up with a plastic bag, a pooper scooper, or with a small shovel, but pick it up.  There are those who throw it on the garden (your choice) and some who dispose of it in the trash.  But to have a good looking yard, you do not want the mess to lay in the yard.

4. Urine yellow patches – Your dog is going to urinate and that pee  Dog Picturehas a lot of nitrogen in it that will cause brown spots around the yard.  One solution is to water down the spot area when he goes. This will neutralize the spot and spread the nitrogen.  This even works after the fact when you first notice the brown spot; just spray a little H2O and the spot will quickly repair itself.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their landscaping needs, helpful hints and questions.  Taking care of your dog’s needs is your responsibility and taking care of your lawn’s brown spots can be ours.  From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations.  When considering your Landscape, Hardscape or Lawn Maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668

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Trees can last for a life time – They can also die!

Trees when well-kept and properly taken care of can last generations.  But sometimes they die.  There are many things that can happen to trees. Below are just a few to watch for and possible solutions. Tree Picture

1. Excessive Winds – High winds will damage your tree’s limbs and could uproot your tree if you have not taken care of by trimming and thinning the tree.  Safely trimming a tree right is not easy and should be done by a trusted tree service.

2. Fertilizing – Trees need fertilizer when planted to give them that jump-start on growing and for setting the root system.  Check the soil condition to be sure what kind of nutrients are needed and feed them accordingly.  Watch the health and growth cycle of the tree; if a problem occurs, check back with your nursery for help.

3. All Kinds of Pest – There are so many you need a dictionary to name them all.  When you see pests around the tree, take notice of the kind.  If you don’t know the type, take a picture and check online or call an arborist.

4. Fungus & Diseases – Check on your trees from time to time and watch for changes.  Many diseases are specific to the tree type. Know the types of trees you have and type of diseases they are prone to have.  There are sprays for most all diseases. Check the lawn & garden store for help.

2-Trees5. Damage to the Root System – Roots are for taking in nutrients and water to keep the tree alive and healthy.  Make sure the roots are not growing up, too shallow, toward the house or toward your water/sewer system.  That could be expensive.

6. Watering – With an under-watered tree, you will notice the leaves wilting and very dry leaves.  The ground will be dry and sometimes the branches will be very brittle.  With an over-watered tree, you will notice wilting and discolored leaves, but you will also notice algae and mushroom growth at the base of the tree.

7. Unawareness – When buying trees, make sure you tell the nursery what you are trying to accomplish and where you will be planting the tree.  Know how long it will be in the sunlight, the soil condition, water conditions, topography of your site, and ask your nursery for help and their recommendation.

Swan Creek Landscaping, Inc. helps homeowners and businesses in Cecil and Harford Counties with all of their landscaping needs, helpful hints, and questions.  From design, to construction, to maintaining your property year round, we will provide you with a landscaping experience that will exceed your expectations.  When considering your Landscape, Hardscape, or Lawn Maintenance needs, please give us a call for a free consultation on how we can turn your visions and our experience into an outdoor living experience you and your family will appreciate.

Phone – 410.378.8668
Website: http://www.SwanCreekLandscaping.com