I Have Brown Spots in My Yard. Is My Grass Dead?

When people imagine how their summer lawn will appear, they mostly think of a lush, green, uniform yard that’s freshly mowed. Unfortunately, those summer dreams don’t always live up to reality. Summer often means that parts of your lawn will turn brown due to weather, insects, or disease. When this happens, home and business owners will call us and ask if their grass has died and must be replaced, or if steps can be taken to refresh their lawn. Continue reading

3 Insider Watering Tips for Healthy Landscape Plants Year Round

 

If we were to ask for your secrets to healthy living you might point to diet, exercise and rest or sleep.

While there are countless other variables, such as vitamin supplements or spending quality time with family and friends, diet, exercise and rest are the basics that most of us try to keep in balance.

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4 Ways your Plant Bed Affects your Overall Plant’s Health

Plant beds create a professional, welcoming look for your property and provide curb appeal that enhances the value or your home or business.

However, just like the other features of your property, beds must be tended to regularly to keep your plants healthy and growing, and looking cultivated and well-tended. Beds that are struggling will appear yellowed, brown, or collapsing because they are not receiving the proper amount of water, nutrients, and/or fertilizer. Continue reading

What Every Homeowner Needs To Know About Lawn and Landscaping Soils

 

Soil health is one of the little understood aspects of residential landscapes for a very simple reason. Everything is happening quietly beneath the surface.

In fact, just as plant professionals go to the soil to get to the root of plant problems, you may wish to check in periodically too.

A homeowner look at landscaping soil

Just like a physician, a plant horticulturist will not make a diagnosis just from what they see on the surface. He or she will literally go deeper to discover more about air, water, food, and shelter – the essential needs of every living creature.

Understanding the basics of lawn and landscape soils will equip you to make informed choices for the trees and shrubs at your home. Continue reading

Spring Tips to Bring Out the Best in Your Pittsburgh Landscape

 

The rising temperatures in the spring means that cabin fever is over and all of your neighbors will be coming outside to work in their yards and gardens. While mowing and fertilizing your lawn probably isn’t the first thing you’ll tackle, we have some ideas that are so quick and easy that even those with allergies won’t mind heading outdoors!

Remember that it’s never too early to plan for your container gardens if you want to get the most from your pots.

If you plan to have company over for early spring holidays like Easter, we suggest early spring annual bloomers like pansies in your pots. They can take the cold too, so you won’t need to move them indoors during a cold snap after the event.

You can also plant to incorporate herbs in your pots, not just for color, but to enjoy! Fresh herbs can be used in everything from refreshing summer cocktails to savory home-cooked meals. Friends also love to receive fresh herbs as a gift! Some of the tastiest and easiest herbs to grow include basil, mint, rosemary, and sage.

When you bring your containers out early, you’re going to be the talk of the neighborhood because you’ll have the opportunity to do 4 or more complete color change outs throughout each season.

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3 Simple Tips to Control Weeds in Your Pittsburgh Lawn

 

Imagine your kids playing Frisbee, your friends coming over for a BBQ, and the family dog running around in your backyard.  What does your lawn look like?  Is it lush, green and weed free?

Lawns create a peaceful place full of natural beauty that immediately affects your mood. It’s not uncommon to be brought into a tranquil and happy space when walking barefoot through a beautiful lawn.

Frisbee Dog BackyardGreen, weed-free lawns benefit our environment too. In the summer, your lawn is busy absorbing the sun’s heat

helping to keep you cool. A healthy lawn also reduces weed pollen in the air helping you to breathe easier during allergy season.

The American dream of a weed-free lawn is achievable and Dream Greener is here to help with the following tips on how to control weeds in your Pittsburgh lawn.

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3 Reasons to Prune Shrubs in Late Winter

 

Throughout the year, there are a few reasons to prune shrubs such as to maintain the size, improve its appearance, or remove dead wood.  All of these purposes are beneficial to keep a plant healthy year after year.

However, late winter is a wonderful window of opportunity where many trees and shrubs are dormant so we can prepare them for vigorous spring growth.

In Pittsburgh, we are in USDA plant hardiness zone 6 which means that winter can come earlier than normal or stay later than normal. Keep this in mind when timing your winter pruning and when in doubt, ask a Pittsburgh landscaping professional for guidance.USDA Zone Map

There are three types of winter pruning including: Rejuvenation, Reduction, and Corrective pruning.

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How to Care for a New Construction Lawn in Pittsburgh

It you have recently built a new home, you’re excited about settling into your new place as soon as possible. New construction means that you have made an investment in your home and property. It also means your property is going show the signs of construction equipment and materials, and many people will be moving throughout your yard. This compacts the soil and damages existing grass, and the damage will prevent a healthy new lawn from growing. You will need to hire a Pittsburgh lawn care and maintenance company to transform your property into a valued investment. Continue reading

Benefits of Core Aeration and Over Seeding

Your fall/spring lawn care should include several important elements, including aeration, overseeding, and composting.

In the fall, it’s important to ensure that your grass roots are healthy and growing, and that your grass has enough nutrients to withstand through a long – and possibly very cold – winter. Dream Greener offers double aeration, overseeding, and composting services to the southwestern Pennsylvania area.  Continue reading