5 Stage Fertilization Service
Early Spring Application
Step 1 lays the foundation needed for a great lawn:
This fertilization treatment is applied during the early spring to replenish nutrients that were lost over the winter. It will also help turf to recover from winter stresses and regain its color. This step also involves the application of a crabgrass preventatives. By applying this to your lawn at the correct time in the early spring we can greatly reduce the occurrence of crabgrass. As soon as the weather permits, Make a Difference Landscaping will apply needed weed controls all as part of your program.
Late Spring Application
Step 2 ensures that your grass is strong enough to defend itself when weeds and insects try to take hold during the summer season.
We use a custom fast release fertilizer, as to ensure your lawn has the needed nutrients to keep strong and resist the stress of summer. Weeds will do their best to gain a foothold while lawn is at its weakest with heat and drought issues we will apply controls as needed all as part of your program. Surface insect controls will protect your grass from insects like chinch bugs and sod webworms, which will destroy patches of lawn during the hottest part of the summer.
Step 3 gives needed nutrients in a slow release form as to ensure your lawn is slowly fed while temperatures are at their most damaging.
We use a balanced, non-burning fertilizer, which is a slow-release formula designed to give your lawn needed nutrients without damaging turf during hot, humid weather. We are still on the lookout for weeds and insects while lawn is at its weakest with heat and drought issues pests will do their best to take gain a foothold in your landscape. We will apply controls as needed all as part of your program.
Step 4 promotes germination and recovery as your lawn attempts to recover from summer heat.
This fertilizer is used to enhance your turfs natural germination processes while temperatures are perfect for establishing turf in the fall. Yes we are still spraying weeds even though they are minimal this time of year but when necessary we will apply controls as needed all as part of your program.
Step 5 promotes winter root development while helping to defend against winter disease
Custom blended dormant winter fertilizer. Treatments up to 75% slow release as to ensure there is plenty of nutrients through our New England Winters, includes nutrients for root system development and disease resistance. It also prepares grass for a quick green up as soon spring comes and weather allows.
Soils are classified as acidic, alkaline, or neutral depending on the soil pH. A soil pH of 7 is considered neutral, while soil pH below 7 is known as acidic, and above 7 is known as alkaline.
Typical soil pH in Southern New Hampshire is considered acidic and ranges from 5.0 to 6.8 on average. General maintenance and lawn care will also lower these levels by as much as a point every season. Typical cool season turfgrasses, such as Kentucky Blue grass and Perennial Rye prefer a soil pH of 6.5 to 7.1. In order to help get the soil pH to the desired range, lime can be applied in the spring or fall.
Lime helps “sweeten” the soil. This will help bring the soil pH closer to the desired range. The benefits of this are to improve lawn color and density and increase root development. A correct soil pH will free up soil nutrients and greatly increase the response of fertilizers and other products that we use on your lawn to keep it healthy and green. Make a Difference Landscaping uses a high-grade calcium based pelletized lime to assure a uniform and concentrated coverage, which gives maximum response to this product.
New England homes are subject to extensive and devastating damage from various types of white grubs, including May/June Beetles, masked chafers, oriental beetles, and Japanese beetles. Also several species of our local wildlife i.e. crows and skunks will feed almost daily causing yet even more damage once they realize there is an available food source.
Grubs are the larvae of before mentioned pests. In their adult form, they lay their eggs in the lawn from early to late summer, depending on the type of species. These eggs typically hatch from mid-August through October, leaving the larvae to feed on the roots of the grass plants. Grub larvae are dirty, white and soft bodied and can usually be found on their sides in a C-shaped pattern right under the grass surface in the soil.
With heavy infestations, grubs can destroy grass roots causing them to turn brown. A distinguishing characteristic of grub damage is the affected area can be “rolled back like a carpet.” Often these brown areas are missed or mistaken by the homeowner as “drought damage” after a hot, dry summer. Left untreated, the damage will continue and grass will not recover in these areas.
Make a Difference Landscaping offers a guaranteed grub control application to prevent this damage. The product will be applied typically from mid-June to early August before the grubs hatch in the lawn. With this material in place, grubs will not be able to feed on the lawn and cause damage. When properly applied within this time frame, one application a year is all that is needed to protect your investment in your lawn. We also completely guarantee your lawn against any grub damage once our products are applied.
Core Aerating every fall is an important part of having a healthy lawn. Core aeration is the process of perforating the soil mechanically, which removes small plugs of soil and thatch. Aeration is important to allow water, air, and nutrients to more easily reach the roots of your turf, loosens compacted soil, and helps to reduce thatch. This will help the lawn develop stronger and deeper root systems, thus allowing a stronger and more durable lawn.
Core Aeration is done by running an aerator across your lawn. The aerator will pull “plugs” out of the soil which are typically 1” to 1 ½” deep and are spaced approximately 4” apart. The plugs will remain on the lawn and should not be raked up. This is important for the lawn because the decomposing plugs increase microbial soil activity, which helps to reduce thatch.
Turf will greatly benefit from aeration yearly. Additionally, lawns with compacted soil in newer developments, and lawns with high traffic from children and pets, should definitely be aerated. After a very hot and dry summer, there is no better thing for a lawn than a core aeration. Overseeding should always be done with core aeration, giving the seed a much better probability of germination.
We will use a high-quality grass seed that is chosen specifically for your property. We feel it is imperative to make sure the seed chosen will thrive in your environment. With this extra step we have a much better chance of keeping your lawn vigorous and healthy by introducing new and stronger varieties of grass that thrive at your property.
The best time to overseed is in the fall, when more moisture, coupled with cooler weather, allows for optimal growth for the spring growing season. Combining fall overseeding with aeration and lime will give you excellent results.
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Flea and Tick Service
Having an enjoyable and healthy outdoor living space not only means that your property looks beautiful, but that it’s also safe for you, your family, pets, guests, employees, or customers.
Make a Difference Landscaping offers a flea and tick control program to give home and business owners peace of mind. This program targets all native species of ticks, as well as fleas.
In the past decade, New England has seen an alarming increase in the populations of both deer and dog ticks. In fact, between 2004 and 2016, the number of Lyme Disease cases (caused by infected tick bites) in the state rose by 300% percent. New Hampshire residents have long known the risks of contracting diseases like Lyme and West Nile from a tick or mosquito bite, but a recent report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s even more to worry about.
The CDC is now tracking 16 of these “vector-borne diseases” and says the number of cases has tripled between 2004 and 2016.
Our Flea and Tick Control program will include surveying your yard for areas that may be harboring ticks, such as rock and mulch borders and the lawn areas around your home.
Then, our technicians will apply a combination of granular and liquid control options to target the different life stages of these pests from spring to fall. We will offer several flea and tick control choices depending on your yard and property.
Tree and Shrub Program
Make a Difference Landscaping offers a professional ornamental tree and shrub application program that concentrates on the beauty and health of these eye-catching additions.
Depending on your yard’s square footage and perimeter shape, as well as your home’s location on your property, ornamental trees and shrubs can add drama, color, and style to your yard. However, as your landscape evolves, your plants and vegetation will also grow and change each season, requiring regular maintenance. Each new season introduces threats, including disease, insects, and weather, that can damage or destroy your trees and shrubs.
Protect Your Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
Make a Difference Landscaping’s regular landscape tree and shrub maintenance program provides the tools that are needed for the health of your vegetation. During each season, our experienced, licensed technicians monitor and treat insect and disease activity on all plants covered by our maintenance program. We also provide precisely formulated fertilization for improved plant growth, bloom potential and general vigor.
Dormant Oil. Benefits: This treatment provides control of overwintering insects and egg masses such as scale and mites.
Insect/Disease Control. Benefits: This provides mid-summer season protection against insects such as Japanese beetles, weevils, mites, lace bugs, etc., and diseases such as leaf spots and powdery mildew.
Insect/Disease Control. Benefits: This provides late-season protection against insects such as scale, lace bugs, webworms, etc., and diseases such as leaf spots.
Deep Root Fertilization. Benefits: This provides a balanced macronutrient and micronutrient fertilizer to the plants and root system, which helps to enhance plant vigor and health, and prepares it for the winter season.