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To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Summer Tips | Comments Off on To Mulch or Not to Mulch?

What is mulch? In the case of mulching lawn mowers, the mulch consists of grass clippings from the mowed grass. The clippings are cut into fine pieces that fall easily to the soil surface. There, they can be rapidly broken down by soil microorganisms, which release nutrients from the mulched plant material back into the soil. Why use Mulch?  Mulching enhances the health and growth of the turf by reducing evaporation of moisture from the lawn and keeping soil temperature cooler. In addition, it has been estimated that mulched clippings, which are 85 percent water and five percent nitrogen, can provide up to 25 percent of fertilizer needs for an average lawn. Mulching keeps grass clippings out of landfills. According to the EPA, yard trimmings make up approximately 13 percent (or 28 million tons) of the national waste stream. Grass clippings account for two thirds of all yard waste. Mulching takes less time than bagging, because you don’t have to stop to empty the bag. If you live in a municipality that charges extra fees to landfill yard waste, mulching will also save you money. How do I Avoid Clumps of Mulch? Clumps are ugly, and when left on the surface of the grass and can damage the plant underneath. Mowing regularly and leaving fewer and smaller clippings is key as smaller clippings fall more rapidly to the soil surface and are less likely to clump. We suggest mowing with a sharp blade on a setting of 2 ½” to 3”. Does mulching promote thatch? Some people may be reluctant to mulch grass clippings because they do not want to promote the buildup of thatch.  Thatch is formed when the roots, stems, leaves and other parts of the grass build up faster than they decompose.  Mulching grass clippings does not contribute to the buildup of thatch; proper mowing, irrigation and proper fertilization, and in particular, avoiding over-fertilization, will help keep thatch accumulation down. For more information, check out our top tips on Fall lawn...

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Best Way to Shovel Driveway this Winter

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Winterization | Comments Off on Best Way to Shovel Driveway this Winter

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow. 1. The best way to shovel driveway starts by picking the right shovel.  A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow; putting less strain on your body.  2.  Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed. It’ll be easier to move if your body is more warmed up than cold. 3.  Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your heart. people have been known to strain themselves by going too hard right away.  Pace yourself and take breaks as needed! 4.  Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly; stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body.  Bend from the  knees (not the back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow.  Avoid twisting movements (if you need to move the snow to one side reposition your feet to face the direction the snow will be going). 5.  Most importantly — listen to your body.  Stop if you feel pain, we are just a phone call away. Rest assured that the best way to shovel driveway this Winter is by contacting Ultra Lawn for a free estimate. The Easy Alternative to Shoveling Snow: Now, if you don’t want to clear it yourself -or you don’t think you can- there’s one last alternative! Almost all neighborhoods have that one entrepreneurial kid who’ll do it for a few bucks. Another option is to simply ask a neighbor that might be willing to hep out. Whatever you decide to do , it’s best you don’t wait too long to get everything cleared up. If Winter hits hard and there’s no one around, rest assured Ultra Lawn can help you out....

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Smartest Snow Shoveling Tips for 2019

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Winterization | Comments Off on Smartest Snow Shoveling Tips for 2019

It happens every winter in this part of the country… snow falls, usually leaving piles of it to clear from your sidewalks and driveway. Why not think about the following snow shoveling tips before you grab your shovel after a major snowfall: Scooping up heavy piles of that snow is hard work for your back muscles. Impatience or overenthusiasm can cause you to pull a muscle or suffer from nagging backaches. Shoveling “pros” recommend that homeowners use curved shovels versus flat ones (they retain snow more effectively) and select a shovel that is of reasonable weight. Make sure that as you’re lifting your snow-filled shovel, you’re bending your knees. Don’t twist your back and toss the snow over your shoulder. That movement, when repeated continuously, will promote backaches. Ongoing research has shown an increase in the number of fatal heart attacks among snow shovelers after heavy snowfalls. This rise may be due to the sudden demand that shoveling places on an individual’s heart as snow shoveling may cause a quick increase in heart rate and blood pressure. One study determined that after only two minutes of shoveling, sedentary men’s’ heart rates rose to levels higher than those normally recommended during aerobic exercise. Shoveling can be made more difficult by the weather. Cold air makes it harder to work and breathe, which adds some extra strain on the body.  Additionally, there is the risk for hypothermia if one is not dressed correctly for the weather conditions. Who should think twice about our recommended snow shoveling tips? Anyone who has already had a heart attack. Individuals with a history of heart disease. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. Smokers. Individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle. For more smart Winter tips, check out our Winterization...

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Smartest Snow Safety Tips for 2019

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Winterization | Comments Off on Smartest Snow Safety Tips for 2019

Winter is a time of year when hazards, both natural and man-made, can place you at risk in a moment of forgetfulness. Even you, the infallible homeowner — queen of the castle, king of the tool belt — may be taking risks of which you’re not even aware. That;s why we’ve put together the top snow safety tips for 2019! Beware of Black ice: You may have heard the term “black ice” to describe that near-invisible sheen covering your front step and walkway. “Black ice” is a poor term to describe something you can’t see until you slide and break a leg on it or even hit your head on a hard surface after taking a fall. Even worse, those spots place seniors at risk for very serious injury, including a broken hip. If you’re unsure about whether or not the sidewalk is slippery, walk slowly and cautiously with your feet pointing outward. This position actually helps you brace yourself better, and it helps protect you to some degree in the event that you slip and fall.  Also, proceed with caution when walking across your front yard; it may be frozen, which will cause you to slip and fall faster than you can say “ouch.” Here are some winterization tips that may help with slippery sidewalks! Top Snow safety Tips: The National Safety Council recommends taking the following precautions on potentially slippery surfaces: · Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or boots outside. Instead, wear flat shoes with slip resistant soles or rain/snow boots; both of these provide you with some degree of traction. · As stated above, take short, flat steps. The heels and soles of your shoes keep contact with the ground as long as possible, providing you with maximum surface contact. · Before heading indoors, shake your umbrella outdoors; and once inside, remove your shoes. Snow and ice often stick to the soles of shoes and will melt almost immediately as your shoes begin to warm up. The result is a slippery surface and the risk of a...

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3 Questions To Ask Snow Removal Contractors

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Snow Clearing, Winterization | Comments Off on 3 Questions To Ask Snow Removal Contractors

Asking the right questions to snow removal contractors can make a big difference. It can be the difference between elation and disaster for homeowners and business owners alike. Going with the ‘lowest bid’ hardly gets the job done anymore. It’s now time to consider the “price” verses the “value” of the service. Before contracting with your next snow plowing company, ask them these questions – and get verifiable answers that make sense. Does the company have insurance (General liability insurance specifically covering snow removal operations)? How long has the firm been operating? How will the company communicate with you & how will you be billed? Not all snow removal companies are created equal! We feel that if you ask snow removal contractors these questions, and diligently verify each of answer, you’ ll decide to do business with Ultra Lawn. Sound like a big statement? That’s because IT IS! Schedule a day for our experienced property maintenance estimator to come to your business/home. We’ll perform a complete and thorough estimate at no cost or obligation to you. In addition, our estimate will include everything necessary for you to make an informed and proper decision. Our estimators will work on your timeline, being available to stop by your business or home during the day, at night or on the weekends at your convenience. We’ll contact you within 24 hours once we receive your quote request. Additionally, feel free to call us at one of the numbers listed below for immediate assistance. Remember, our snow removal contractors are here for you. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you! Contact us today for a Free, No Obligation...

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