Typical Tree Problems in Winter

The cold weather is once again upon us in Maryland. Now is the time to make sure all your outdoor landscape needs are complete or scheduled before Old Man Winter brings ice and snow to our area. Don’t forget your trees! Yes, getting the leaves up and the fall clean-up is important, but you need to be sure you check the trees in your yard or landscape area. Maryland is the host for a wide variety of different tree types. Some are hardy and some more delicate. But even the best tree can have issues when the harsh winter weather hits. We’ve put together some of the typical issues that your trees may face in the Maryland area.

Ice and snow can be a big problem for many trees. After a heavy snowfall or ice storm tree branches can become damaged by the weight of the snow and ice causing them to crack or break. Before fall arrives ensure your trees are properly pruned to reduce the chances of limbs falling or possibly bringing an entire tree down from the weight of snow and ice. If you are not sure ask a landscape expert to inspect your trees before the ice and snow season arrives.

Another danger for trees in Maryland is root and trunk damage. Ensure the proper amount of mulch is around your trees. Remember you don’t want the mulch piled too high or right up against the trees trunk. Also, make sure the water drains properly around your trees. If water tends to pool around your trees you need to discuss having the grading addressed by a landscape company. Too much water can cause root rot and deterioration.  Your trees need healthy roots to support them standing strong and absorbing nutrients.

Wind is another concern for trees during the winter months. Storms bring powerful winds and coupled with cold temperatures can cause serious damage to trees. Ensure proper pruning is performed in the fall to remove unhealthy branches or branches that can damage your home or other structures.

American Landscaping Inc. landscape experts are knowledgeable about the local trees and able to quickly identify potential problems for the trees in your landscape. If you are looking for advice on what to do winterize your landscape or need help with your trees call our office to schedule your free evaluation and estimate.  American Landscaping Inc. provides service for residential and commercial customers.

The Importance of Removing Leaves from the Lawn

Fall Landscaping in Maryland

It is fall and that time of year again when the leaves begin to fall.  Some people have asked, “Why do I have to remove the leaves from the lawn?” Colorful red and yellow leaves from maples, dogwoods, and other trees may look nice and you may love the sound of the crunching underfoot when walking across your lawn but those leaves piling up are not doing your lawn any good. As a matter of fact, they are smothering the grass. The grass needs to breathe! Air is important to allow the grass to dry off from the morning dew. A pile of leaves left on the grass will smother the grass if left too long. Grass is still growing in the fall. Even if you can’t see the changing height of the blades the roots are growing and need sunlight. Leaves lying on the grass form a barrier that blocks water and nutrients from air and sunlight from getting to the soil level and to the root system. Grass revitalizes itself in the cooler fall season.

How to get leaves up

There is no real rule of thumb.  If you like the vigorous exercise, use a rake. It will get the job done by removing the leaves and at the same time will help remove and loosen some of the thatch that may have built up during the growing season. If you have recently seeded your lawn rakes can damage the new seedlings and great care must be taken to not destroy your newly planted grass seed.

Most landscape companies use leaf blowers and rakes for tricky areas. The key is to get the leaves off the grass and allow the turf to breathe.

Leaves can be ground up and used as mulch in beds. If you have a lot of leaves get them up. Use a bag on a mower or blow them into piles and remove them from the turf. Compost your leaves and use them in flower beds next season.

It is also common courtesy to pick up your leaves so your neighbors don’t have to.  They don’t want your leaves blowing into their yards. Not to mention leaves can be dangerous. Wet leaves can cause someone to slip and fall. Picking up the leaves from the landscape also provides a nice clean look. It’s all about curb appeal and if you get those leaves up your landscaping and grass will look nice all winter long!


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

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We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.

Fall Planting Bulb Tips for a Colorful Spring

American Landscaping Fall Bulb Planting

With a little planning, you can plant flowering bulbs to provide spectacular color in the spring. Bulbs are a great and easy way to breathe new life into your landscape in the spring.  If you are considering planting bulbs here are few tips to get the job done now.

Ornamental bulbous plants or also called bulbs are unique plants that can lose their upper greenery during harsh conditions such as cold winter weather or the drought of the summer heat. The bulb will store its nutrients in its main root system (the bulb) which allows it to survive these harsh conditions in a dormant state. Bulbs such as tulips and daffodils typically produce vibrant colors in early spring and can be used in just about any landscape.

Spring blooming bulbs should be planted in October and November when the soil temperatures have cooled. When choosing bulbs look for plump firm bulbs. Bulbs that are soft or mushy or have mold growing on them are the ones you should avoid.  Most bulbs do best in full sun receiving at least 4-6 hours of sun a day. Fertile soil that is well drained is best. It is important that you choose the right locations for your bulbs or even the healthiest bulbs will fail.

Make sure you plant the bulbs at the right depth. A good rule of thumb is to place each bulb into a hole that is two to three times deeper than the bulb is tall. If you have a three-inch bulb place it in a hole six to nine inches deep. Remember this is the rule of thumb some bulbs may have exceptions so check the planting guidelines. Your landscape expert will know and be able to make sure your plantings are placed at the proper depth. Next, make sure you place the bulb in the right orientation in the ground. The bulb will have a pointed end this should be pointed up if you can’t tell which end is pointed look for roots and they should be at the bottom.

Make sure the soil is full of organic matter. Plant the bulbs in holes with some of this soil to ensure great blooms. Another good idea is to place mulch over your planted bulb beds to prevent weeds from stealing important nutrients in the spring blooming period. The last step is to water well. Bulbs are plants and it is important that you water the planted areas well to encourage the bulbs to send out and quickly establish good roots. The water will help remove pockets of air sometimes trapped during planting.

Plan your bulb plantings carefully. Many times, bulbs look best when they are planted in big groups or in non-uniformed patterns throughout the landscape area. Place taller bulbs in the back with shorter growing bulbs towards the front.

A little work in the fall is rewarded with an abundant array of beautiful flowers in the spring.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard & Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to do a Final Fall Fertilization

When the air is cooler turf lawns begin to grow a little slower it may seem like the lawn care is over and winding down for the season. It’s not! Now is the time to get your final fertilization done before it’s too late!  Under Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law fertilizer is prohibited between November 15 and March 1.  American Landscaping Inc. is ready to help and can handle your final fall fertilization for you.

We’ve put together a short checklist you should complete this fall to prepare your lawn for the winter for a better lawn next spring. Act fast you only have a short window to get it done.

  1. Aeration is a process that should be done now. American Landscaping experts will use an aerator machine to remove plugs of soil from your lawn which allows for air and water to get into the soil. This allows for better drainage and root development. It’s a good rule of thumb to aerate every fall for best results.
  2. Thatch control should be addressed. Fall is the time to removed heavy amounts of thatch build up in your yard. Get the thatch thinned out which can choke your turf. Our experts can help you determine if you have heavy thatch build up and how to address it for next year’s spring growing season.
  3. Fertilize your lawn now for the last time before it’s too late. Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn which allows for the grass roots to grow and store nutrients for the winter months and which in turn will allow your lawn to flourish in the spring.
  4. Reminder… get those leaves off the grass. Don’t allow the leaves to stay on the lawn very long. Accumulation of leaves block air, sunshine and rain from reaching the grass and can kill the grass if left for the long winter.

Following the points above now will ensure that grass in your landscape will be off to a good start next year. Contact American Landscaping Inc. today and we can inspect your lawn and provide a fall maintenance plan that is right for your landscape situation. Each yard, commercial landscape or property are different and the right plan in the fall can lead to a great green lawn in the spring and summer.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.

Fall – Now is the Time for Lawn Maintenance

Fall – Now is the Time for Lawn Maintenance

As we quickly approach the fall season and the days become shorter and temperatures are cooling now is the best time of the year for your turf.  TLC during the fall prepares your grass to get ready for the dormant winter season in Maryland. Proper care and maintenance at this time of the year will allow your turf to thrive in the spring.

Each turf landscape area is affected by environmental changes and is different. The first step is to perform a soil test to check the pH level of the soil and its nutrients. A soil test is the best way to determine exactly what is needed and allow you or your landscape expert to provide the right solution.

Fall is also the time of year to core aerate.  Core aerators remove plugs of soil from the turf allowing oxygen, water, and nutrients to get into the ground and help loosen compacted soil for better root health.  New root growth will occur which in turn results in a stronger healthier lawn.

The fall season is also the time to sow new grass seeds but don’t wait much longer.  Seeding should be done by October 15th for best results.  Following a good aeration treatment spreading seed will help thicken lawns and build a solid base for a great turf area in the spring. If you have troubled grass areas that just haven’t done well during the summer months now is the time to plant new seed to address and fix these less than desirable areas.

These procedures are key to maintaining a beautiful turf landscape or to build a new one. Getting the job done now is vital to take advantage of the cool, wet weather which gives the newly sowed seeds the best chance to germinate and grow a strong root system.

At American Landscaping Inc, we are landscape experts in dealing with turf issues as well as any landscape concern you may have. We can assist you with your lawn renovation project and ensure the turf fall maintenance steps are performed properly resulting in the best possible outcome. We service residential as well as commercial properties.

Done right in the fall you will reap the benefits in the spring.  Remember to raise your mower blades to 3 ½”-4” during the growing season because cutting your lawn shorter will undo all your efforts to achieving a lush lawn.


American Landscaping Inc.

(301) 384-4486

www.MarylandLandscaping.net

We serve clients in Montgomery, Prince Georges, Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, throughout the Washington, DC metro area including the following cities and communities:

Ashton MD | Sandy Spring, MD | Barnesville, MD | Beltsville, MD | Bethesda, MD | Brookeville, MD |Burtonsville, MD | Cabin John, MD | Calverton, MD | Chevy Chase, MD | Clarksville, MD | Colesville, MD | College Park, MD | Columbia, MD | Damascus, MD | Friendship Heights, MD | Gaithersburg, MD | Germantown, MD | Glen Echo, MD | Hyattsville, MD |  Kensington, MD | Laytonsville, MD | Laurel MD | Montgomery Village, MD | North Bethesda, MD | Kensington, MD | North Potomac, MD | Olney, MD | Poolesville, MD | Potomac, MD | Riverdale, MD | Rockville, MD | Savage, MD | Scaggsville, MD | Silver Spring, MD |Somerset, MD | Spencerville, MD | Oakmont, MD | Takoma Park, MD | Wheaton, MD | West Laurel MD | White Oak, MD | Berwyn Heights, MD | Cloverly, MD | Glenwood, MD | Lanham, MD |  Landover, MD | Fulton, MD | Washington D.C.