If you're like me, it's been almost impossible the past few weeks to open the news, read an email, or even have a conversation without being reminded of the coronavirus. Now that the World Health Organization has officially labeled the outbreak as a pandemic, it's looking like COVID-19 will continue to dominate the news for the near future. As you strive to stay healthy and deal with these uncertain times, here are a few tips for keeping busy around your home and yard- just in case you find yourself unable (or unwilling!) to leave your house for a bit.
Spring is in the air! It's time to plant grass!
Actually, it's not.
[Did you hear the sound of that record scratching?!]
To clarify- you can definitely plant grass in the spring, but you may not get the long term results you're hoping for. The best time to plant cool season grasses (fescue) in the fall. The cooler temperatures we have during the fall months allow the grass to germinate, establish, and build strong roots through the winter.
When grass seed is planted in the spring, however, your new lawn can’t catch a break before the summer heat kicks in. The grass seed will look great and fill in well, but because the roots aren't fully established, the heat will stress the new fescue plants. The density of the grass will then fall off during the summer, and patchy areas can form, requiring more seed.
Growing a lawn takes time, so don't give up when you don't see immediate results. If you're starting from scratch, be ready for it to take 18-24 months to fully establish. If you already have some existing healthy turf, expect about a year to get it built up. Here are some ways to ensure that when springtime comes, your yard is looking its best.
How do you KILL bagworms?
What are they?
Bagworms are actually a type of moth. They create a very distinct spindle-shaped bag which resembles a small pine cone. Bagworm eggs will overwinter in these bags attached to branches by a silk thread. There can be well over 500 eggs inside a single bag! So what factors cause bagworms to show up in your landscaping, and how can you get rid of bagworms for good? We have a few suggestions...
About Easton Outdoors
We started out as the neighborhood lawn boys – a group of high school friends trying to make some pocket change. It soon became more. We realized how much we enjoyed landscaping. Over the years, we've transformed hundreds of properties, beautified countless landscapes, and made many homeowners proud. This has become our passion!