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Below is a list of helpful tips to improve your landscape setting, along with new legislation and news reguarding the 'Green Industry'.

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Clover

Posted by B & B Maintenance on April 1, 2009 at 4:55 PM
Clover is a reseeding, cool season annual plant. It is a member of the legume family, meaning that the plant can convert atmospheric Nitrogen to a form that the plant can take up and use for growth. It thrives in soils with low fertility and can compete with the grasses that were selected for low fertility growing conditions (Centipede and Fescue)....
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Letting The Soil Breathe

Posted by B & B Maintenance on April 1, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Aeration punches holes through the thatch layer and removes small plugs of soil. This increases the surface area of the lawn, and promotes exchange of gases with the atmosphere. This in turn promotes the population of aerobic microbes in the soil, who need oxygen as they break down organic material in the soil.

April is National Lawn Care Month

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 27, 2009 at 8:58 PM

As spring arrives, 30 million acres of turf across the nation is turning green and growing.PLANET observes the importance of lawns and their aesthetic and environmental benefits during National Lawn Care Month each April.

  • Well-cared-for lawns can significantly increase your clients property values. A healthy lawn is of utmost importance to our environment. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four. Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight h...
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Tips on Choosing a Lawn Care Service

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 27, 2009 at 6:43 PM

U.S. homeowners are turning to green industry professionals in record numbers, spending $11.6 billion on their lawns in 2003, up 12 percent from 2002, according to a national Harris Survey. These same homeowners projected that they’d spend even more on their lawns in 2004. (Green industry services include lawn care, landscape design/construction/installation, landscape management, and tree care.) “These are impressive numbers, and year after year, lawn care and landscape mainte...

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*NEW* Suffolk County Fertilizer Nitrogen Pollution Reduction Policy

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Seeking to minimize the environmental damage from nitrogen fertilizers, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced three upcoming free training courses for professional landscapers who apply fertilizers.

""Fertilizers account for 56 percent of nitrogen pollution emanating from residential properties," said Levy. "It is a more cost-effective approach to prevent nitrogen pollution at the source, rather than spending millions to remediate ou...

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Don�t Add Lime Without a Soil Analysis!

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 22, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Many lawn care tip sheets tell you to add lime once a year. If your grass is actively growing and responding to fertilizer applications, you don´t need to add anything at all. Lime raises soil pH. In some soil conditions, raising pH can cause Iron deficiency problems. With some types of grass, adding lime to your lawn can serious damage or even kill it. Unless you have had your soil analyzed and the results recommend the addition of lime, don´t do it.

Letting The Soil Breath

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 22, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Aeration punches holes through the thatch layer and removes small plugs of soil. This increases the surface area of the lawn, and promotes exchange of gases with the atmosphere. This in turn promotes the population of aerobic microbes in the soil, who need oxygen as they break down organic material in the soil.

New Seed Lawn - Fall or Spring?

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Plant cool season grasses, such as fescue, rye and bluegrass, in the fall. You can plant these in the spring, but the young plants will be ill-suited to deal with the harsh, hot weather of summer. You´ll lose a significant portion of your new grass to heat and drought stress. You´ll be right back out there in fall, overseeding again and wondering why you went through all that trouble.

Plant warm season grasses, like St. Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia, in sp...

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Getting Your Soil Analyzed

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 7, 2009 at 11:23 PM

One of the most important steps in establishing and caring for a lawn is finding out what the soil conditions are. If your soil is low in vital nutrients or has a chemical imbalance, your grass will not perform up to your expectations. Having the soil analyzed is easy. Just give us a call and we will help in correcting any problems detected in the analysis.

An Ounce of Prevention...

Posted by B & B Maintenance on March 3, 2009 at 12:32 PM
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saw goes. Preventing weeds means developing a dense mat of healthy turf. Promoting that thick, green, weed-free carpet is really easy--all you have to do is make sure the lawn is watered, mowed and fertilized properly. Have the soil analyzed at least once every three years, and head off chemical and nutrient problems before they show up in sparse turf.

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