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  • 5 Questions To Ask When Comparing Lawn Care Services

     5 Questions to Ask When Comparing Lawn Care Services

    5 Questions To Ask When Comparing Lawn Care Services

    It's spring and many of you are in the market for lawn care. If you are the good consumers I know you to be, you'll get a few estimates.

    The following five questions should help you zero in on the best lawn care service to hire.

  • A (Soil) Test You Shouldn't Mind Taking

    A (Soil) Test You Shouldn't Mind Taking

    Virginia Tech recommends homeowners get the soil tested for their lawns every three to four years. The purpose is to stay on top of your soil chemistry so it remains optimal for growing grass. One of the main nutrients to monitor is phosphorus, a vital macronutrient for establishing and maintaining a healthy lawn. Unfortunately, for years overuse led to contamination of our surface waters.

  • BE ON THE LOOKOUT - The Spotted Lanternflies are Afoot!

    Be On The Lookout - Spotted Lanternflies

    Early in January, I attended a seminar where one of the topics was a newly invasive pest, the Spotted Lanternfly. My initial reaction was, 'what a cool looking bug'. This only lasted until the video was shown of adults attacking a poor, unsuspecting tree. Worthy of any B-movie horror film, a handheld video camera approaches a normal looking tree. As the camera closes in, you notice the trunk seems to be moving. Then the cameraman sweeps his hand down the tree. scattering lanternflies so thick they completely cover the trunk (pause for startled crowd noise). Ick! Also, when huddled together with wings folded, you do not see the bright orange or even the cool spots. When massed together they just make a grayish brown...well...mass.

  • Early Summer Lawn Care Recommendations

    Beginning June 1st, we started Early Summer (3rd) services for our annual lawn care customers. This service includes a spot post emergent weed control, scouting for surface insect and disease problems, where applicable, applying a preventative grub treatment and a slow release fertilization.

  • Environmental Benefits of a Nice Lawn

    Deep down inside, everybody likes a nice lawn. There are some that rail against the socio-environmental implications that a nice lawn represents but at a certain gut level, even those folks would love to kick off their shoes and romp around in a thick, luxuriant stand of freshly mowed grass. If only they could do it without the guilt. Well…they can…if, that is, the lawn in question has been managed properly.

  • Fall Lawn Service

    Hands down, fall is the most important time to get your lawn into shape. No, not because of a frustrating summer swimsuit season (though it does bugs me that I can no longer pull off a two piece!).

  • Feed Your Lawn Heavily Before Winter Arrives

    Feed Your Lawn Heavily Before Winter Arrives

    It is time for the final lawn service of the year. Yes, that's the service many of you choose to skip, probably thinking it's just a marketing ploy to sell more fertilizer. Not so! While 'winterize' is probably a word made up by some marketing guru, it is also applicable to one of the most important services of the year.

  • Giant Hogweed in Virginia!

    Giant Hogweed in Virginia!

    Is Giant Hogweed's Spread to Virginia Worth all the Fear and Fuss?

    A firestorm of news reports appeared last summer after the discovery of Giant Hogweed in Clarke County, Virginia. Why so newsworthy? Well, it wasn't the inelegant name or that it posed an imminent risk to thousands of Virginians. No, I believe it made headlines because it is dangerously cool. You see, if the sap from giant hogweed got onto your skin and was exposed to sunlight, it would cause horrible blistering. If it gets in your eyes? Possible blindness. The story almost writes itself.

  • Grub Control - Timing is Everything

    With grub control...Timing is everything

     

    Most veteran homeowners are somewhat familiar with the dreaded white grub. Whether bumping into one of the nasty little fellows while digging in the garden during spring or having large portions of their lawn decimated by a herd (a pack? a swarm?) of them late in the summer, the grub is pretty high on the lawn care enemies list. While there is little disagreement on what to do with them (even the most docile pacifist when faced with a grubby little grub wants it dead) there is a right time and a wrong time to deal with them.

  • Help Us Save the Chesapeake Bay: Reducing Nutrient Enrichment

    If you were to mention "nutrient enrichment" to people in different areas of the country, I’m sure the first thing that would come to mind would vary wildly…breakfast cereal (Battle Creek MI), a new diet craze (Southern CA) but if you live in the DMV you should think of the Chesapeake Bay.

    The number one pollution problem affecting our bay is excess nutrients. Storm water carrying excess nitrogen and phosphorus rich sediments eventually end up in the Chesapeake Bay. This triggers blooms of algae growth. The thick mats of algae die and decompose, blocking out sunlight needed by bay grasses and depleting the water of dissolved oxygen needed by all aquatic animals.

  • How To Solve Your Drainage Problem … NOT!

    How to solve your Drainage Problem … NOT!

    At Bio Green, we have seen a number of poorly executed attempts at solving basic residential drainage issues over the years. With the record-setting rains we suffered throughout the Mid-Atlantic last year, I thought we should examine some of the pitfalls to avoid when trying to solve your newfound drainage problem.

  • If It Ain't Broke... It Probably Needs Adjusting

    If It Ain't Broke... It Probably Needs Adjusting

    For all the clever folks out there that have an irrigation system installed in their lawn and planting beds... when was the last time you watched it work? By watching it work I mean taking the time to go through each zone to ensure it's functioning as it should. Don't be embarrassed if the answer is 'never'.

  • July is SMART Irrigation Month

    July is SMART Irrigation Month

    July is SMART Irrigation Month

    I know that the declaration of days, weeks and months is getting pretty tired (see National Box Lunch Week) but the IA (Irrigation Association) has designated July SMART Irrigation month. No parades or Hallmark cards but an excellent time to have your sprinkler evaluated for efficiency.

  • Roots vs. Shoots

    Roots vs. Shoots

    Roots vs. Shoots

    It's an age old struggle in the lawn care world. Maintenance programs that promote root growth as opposed to promoting shoot (or leaf) growth. I know it's not exactly the Hatfields vs. McCoys when it comes to feuds or even crunchy vs. smooth when it comes to peanut butter...but for lawn care people it's a pretty big deal.

  • Some Rain Sensors are Dumb - Get SMART!

    Don't get me wrong... you never want to have an automatic sprinkler system without the minimum protection against water waste that a rain sensor provides. If you've ever seen a system running while it's pouring rain... talk about waste! My point is that SMART water saving technology has advanced so far the last few years, it's probably time the simple, hard working rain sensor is put out to pasture.

  • Sprinkler System Water Pressure - Too Much of a Good Thing

    Sprinkler System Water Pressure - Too Much of a Good Thing

    I'm not talking about the pressure of meeting a deadline or taking the last second shot. I'm talking about serious pressure. Measurable, pounds per square inch pressure... water pressure. Anyone with a nodding acquaintance with irrigation knows that sprinkler systems rely on sufficient water pressure for the heads to pop up and water properly. But what if there's too much of a good thing?

  • The Environmental Benefit of Lawns

    The Environmental Benefit of Lawns

    Up to 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots, making it very efficient in stabilizing the soil and preventing erosion. Soil erosion and runoff has been identified as the number one issue affecting the Chesapeake Bay.

  • The Importance of Virginia's DCR Green and Clean Certification

    How to Find Value when Comparing Sprinkler Estimates

    Green and Clean Initiative

    That's the name of Virginia's initiative to try and set guidelines for the effective feeding of lawns in our state that are compatible with protecting our surface waters. The program is run through the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and my company, Bio Green has been a proud participant since its inception.

  • The Mysterious Case of the Yellowing Shrub - The Suspect: Poor Drainage

    I feel safe in saying that most lawn and landscapes in our area have some problems with poor drainage. With the predominantly clay soils here in NOVA and our sometimes extremely wet weather (5.22 inches in the month of May, so far) it is almost unavoidable. Hollywood has taught us that the first step to solving a problem is admitting you have one but with drainage, you might not know.

  • The Scoop on Poop

    The Scoop on Poop

    The Scoop on Poop

    The virtues of organic fertilizer are extolled by expert and layman alike. In many cases, rightfully so. The slow release of nitrogen to minimize contamination of ground and surface waters. The addition of organic matter to the soil to improve its structure. Stimulation of microbial activity. All good stuff.

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