The leaves are falling…

Fall time in Central Kentucky is like it’s own holiday.  Thanksgiving is here, Christmas is around the corner, and don’t forget about Keenland’s Fall Meet.  What else does Fall bring….Leaves, and lots of them.  The Tulip Poplars turn yellow, the Maples turn red, and the Oaks turn orange.  While the leaves are whimsical on the trees and as they start to fall, they can also be nuisance.  They pile up on the porch, litter the garden, stick to your car, and can even make homes for pests.

While many don’t want to see the Fall colors turn to grey and white drabness of winter, it is best to remove the leaves.  As leaves pile up they can smother out your grass, become home to pests, retain too much moisture leading to mold, and cause a sticky mess when they’re wet.  But there is a solution, remove them.  This can however be a daunting task.  Many stick to the good ol’ rake, tirelessly sweeping them into piles.  Then load them into bags and drag to the street for pickup.  Or perhaps you rely on technology and use your leaf blower.  Blow them into piles, then bag and drag.  Sure it helps speed it up, but it still isn’t easy.  Some will come up with shortcuts, like mowing over them with a bagging mower.  But this still proves to be time consuming as the bag fills up quickly.

So, what can be done?  Let us do it instead.  We have the equipment to handle leaves in mass that as a homeowner, you simply don’t have.  We can utilize rakes, blowers, specialized mowers, and even a large leaf vacuum to just suck them up and haul them away.

Fertilizer and How it works!

Fertilizer and How it works!

The benefits of lawn fertilizer are endless. For starters, feeding your grass will let it grow greener and thicker. Fertilizing improves the health of a lawn’s root system, making the grass more resistant to weeds and drought. When done properly, lawn feeding drastically upgrades the yard’s appearance and makes those summer barbecues all the more welcoming.

Both warm-season and cool-season grasses should be fertilized six to eight over the course of a year. A lawn’s health can affect this, though, as certain conditions may necessitate fewer fertilizer applications. Fertilizer treatments should be spaced out by at least six to eight weeks. Otherwise, the lawn risks being over-fertilized and thus susceptible to burning during hot months.

Cool-season grasses should be fertilized in early spring, late summer, and autumn. Warm-season grasses are best fed in early spring, late spring (or early summer), late summer, and autumn. It’s also helpful to have your lawn fertilized a day or two before it rains.

Water your lawn several days before having it fertilized. Irrigation will keep it hydrated before the product is applied. After your lawn is fertilized, water it again. This is one of the most important aspects of lawn feeding, as the water will wash the fertilizer into the soil—where it needs to be. Fertilizing will be a fraction as effective if you don’t water afterward. However, you don’t want to oversaturate the grass either, as over-watering can wash the product away and possibly lead to fungal issues.

If you plan on aerating this fall, schedule fertilization afterward. Aeration opens up passageways for grassroots to take in vital nutrients, which will maximize the benefits of both services.

With your spring you should also be aware of seed banks. Even if a pre-emergent is applied if it is your lawns first year with care, you may still have issues. Seed banks can occur due to weeds spreading seeds from the prior season. This allows the seed banks to be active already within the lawn. It can typically take 2 -3 seasons of weed control and fertilizer to completely diminish those banks.

Spring is the best time to get the ball rolling on fertilization. The sooner your lawn is fed, the better equipped it will be to thrive over the coming months.

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Curb Appeal

 Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a vague and generalized term. It can mean dozens of things. Ranging from window treatments and new paint, to a thick green lawn. It also includes everything in between. We will be touching on the benefits of curb appeal, and the ways we at Leisure Lawn & Landscape can help.

So what is curb appeal? Quite simply, it is the visual appeal of a home or business from roadside.It can have an abstract meaning. As some improvements are more important to some than others. Arguably the most prevalent, is turf quality. Though, largely neglected in an era of decreased property value it pays dividends. Extensive landscaping work requires an investment and regular maintenance.Establishment and upkeep of turf is always a cheaper alternative.

Not only can curb appeal create a significant boost in property value, investing in the initial visual appeal of your home or business creates a sense of pride. A sense of competence and quality is projected when great curb appeal is achieved. This can make both a home and regular professional or personal obligation all the more enjoyable.

Here at Leisure Lawn and Landscape we can accommodate the majority of your curb appeal needs. Every job, lawn and person we service is tailored to your individual needs. We have an intuitive and extensive program that will make a substantial difference to the quality of any lawn. Starting with an all inclusive pre emergent program to a winterizing application to safeguard the previous seasons investment.You will receive the season long service you should expect. Don’t forget to take advantage of the wide ranging landscaping options available as well. Pavers, flower beds, mulching and more is all available.

Snow is Coming

The first good snow of the season is jut around the corner.   Are you ready?

Stock up on salt, find the shovel from the back of the shed, and dig the winter coat out.  It won’t be long until it will be time to brave the cold, bitter wind.

Keep in mind these tips for the soon to arrive snow:

-Laying down a layer of salt before the snow starts will usually take are of the first inch of snow and prevent it from bonding with the concrete

-Rock salt is damaging to grass, plants, and even concrete.  Use a concrete safe product such as magnesium chloride and avoid letting it bounce off into the grass and landscaping

-Use a snow shovel with an ergonomic handle to help avoid back injuries.  An alternative is a SnoCaster, which is a wheeled push style plow used for small areas such as sidewalks and driveways.

-Make sure to wear shoes that have lots of traction to avoid slip and falls

-Dress is layers.  Layers traps air between the layers which acts as additional insulation.  If the temperature is extremely low, cover as much skin as possible with gloves, scarfs, and face mask.  If you experience numbness or tingling, go inside and warm up.

-While out shoveling, think about checking in with elderly or disabled neighbors.  They are more susceptible to the cold, which can cause illness or even death.

Keep these tips in mind to make your snow battles a little easier and a lot safer.

Tip of the Week: Plan for your lawn care needs now

A properly maintained lawn and landscaping starts with a plan. Develop a schedule, pick a service provider, decide what your goals are for the year. Rather you are trying to turn around a messy lawn or elevate it to the next level, it all starts with planning.

Remember to consider the weather, your budget, and your neighbors. Kentucky is known for drastic and sudden weather changes, so make sure to pick landscaping that can handle this. Also, keep in mind your budget. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it may take a few years to get your lawn and landscaping how you want it. Set realistic expectations with your budget in mind for this year. Finally, keep in mind that when you plant that 6 foot tall maple tree this year, that in the future it will grow and can be a nuisance to your neighbors. Make sure to leave a good gap between property lines, structures, and overhead power lines, to save headache, time, and money in the future.

Finally, a knowledgeable service provider that understands your goals and budget needs can make all the difference. We work with not only your vision, but your budget as well. Also, by picking a service provider, you eliminate the risk of planting the wrong thing in the wrong place, or worse, damaging your property or your neighbors. A service provider should be insured and licensed, as well as have a satisfaction guarantee, to cover these issues if they arise.

New Website

We are excited to announce our new website. It helps bring us to the year 2016 by utilizing WordPress to create a responsive and mobile friendly website. It is now easier for customers to access our site from mobile phones and tablets. It has also been designed to showcase our work more and be easier to navigate.