Category Archive

Below you'll find a list of all posts that have been categorized as “Maintenance”

“Goodnight Irene……

...... goodnight Irene.  I'll see you in my dreams."  Huddie Ledbetter   Irene just as she made landfall in the CarolinasHurricane Irene has now come and gone in the Northeast, but her aftermath will be with us for months to come.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are dealing with flooding and personal loss, and our deepest sympathies ...

Heat stress and recovery

One of the most common questions we have been hearing the last few weeks is, "Why does my lawn look so terrible, and how are you planning on fixing it?"  As much as those of us in the lawn maintenance industry like to feel in control of the animal known as your lawn, the reality is, there are some things ...

We shall by morning inherit the Earth

Spring and early Summer here in Wyckoff, NJ has been wetter than usual.  While not at record levels, the excess rain and cool temperatures bring about the eternal problem of fungus on the lawn.  Some of the most common fungi we see in this area are red thread, leaf spot, and mushrooms.   Red thread fungus (Laetisaria fuciformis) occurs after periods ...

One Man’s Weed…

viola sororia...is another man's wildflower.   It all depends upon your perspective.  Simply put, a weed is "a plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden."  That doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad plant; it just means that it showed up someplace it shouldn't have -- usually in our beautiful grass ...

Strange things in the lawn are a lesson for us all

Grass seedlings can strike fear in the hearts of new lawn owners.It has only happened to me twice in the 28 years I have been in this business, but because of it, I smile every spring.  Those of us who grew up with a lawn and whose dads spent the weekends mowing it forget that there are lots of people ...

Addicted to Annuals and Perennials in New Jersey

Annuals bring beauty all summer long. Mother's Day is right around the corner, and the nurseries are stocked full with annual flowers.  Here at Horizon Landscape, Debbie is busy keeping her list up to date preparing for our yearly order.  The varieties and colors or annuals are seemingly endless, but the time to buy them is relatively short.   Why ...

A Perennial Dilemma

Perennials are wonderful gifts of nature - you plant them today, sit back, and enjoy them for years.  If planned properly, a perennial garden will bloom from April through November.  So, let's say you've planted your very first beautifully planned perennial garden last year.  The winter has now passed, there's spring in the air and in your step, and you ...

Springtime “Snow” Cover

So, spring is arriving.  The weather is warmer, the birds are back, the trees are beginning to bud, and my lawn is.........white? A winter of record snowfall and sustained freezing temperatures has created the perfect setting for spring "snow", otherwise known as snow mold.  Unfortunately, no lawn is immune - even the lushest lawns at the end of last season ...