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  1. 4 lawn care problems solved

    Lawn doctor, yard shrink, grass therapist – whatever the name, we’re here to help!

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    A man’s best friend, yes, but not always a lawn’s best friend. Small brown patches of grass can be caused by… how do we say it… a pooch mistaking your grass for a fire hydrant. If your dog or neighbor’s dog favors the same area day after day, characteristic dead grass patches will occur. Typically a bit of nitrogen is good for grass, but at higher levels it can cause the lawn to burn.

    Solution:

    The fix? Either saturate and dilute the spot with water and let it recover, or break out the dog treats and train Fido to use a less visible bathroom.

     

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    We’ve all seen a green lawn that suffers from a bad case of the brown chickenpox. If this is your yard, and fast-appearing, fast-spreading dead spots are the symptoms, the diagnosis might be a fungus disease. Some similar turf issues can be credited to bacteria, but fungi most often takes the cake. Spores, produced by the fungi, are always part of your lawn’s soil, but when they sense any weakness, they head straight for the turf.

    Solution:

    The best bet for a lawn cure is to detect early, as the different types of fungus disease are easier to differentiate. Then you can adjust cultural practices like watering, fertilizing, and aerating. But, as always, preventative care is the most important. Maintain a healthy lawn all year round. MOWZ wants to be part of the solution.

     

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    This is one shady problem…literally. Grass has a hard time growing properly in shade covered areas. Moss, however, likes the dark. Moss alone won’t kill your grass, but its growing conditions can stop your lawn from looking its best.

    Solution:

    Acidic soil may be a reason for moss and thin grass, but if your soil’s pH is okay (see here for testing pH), let the sun shine by pruning trees or shrubs away. If shade is inevitable, try some perennials or a shade-loving groundcover like hosta, dichondra, vinca, or star jasmine.

     

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    A recent invasion of flying beetles around your yard and corresponding brown spots may point towards some creepy crawly lawn grubs. These are white, wormy critters in their larvae stage, eventually molting into flying, hard-shelled adults. Now is the perfect time to take action as summer draws to an end. These grubs usually do their worst to unsuspecting lawns in the fall, as they eat your grass from the roots up.

    Solution:

    To be sure the grubs are really the bad guys, dig up a slice of dirt near a brown patch and see if you can catch them eating in action. Depending on health of the lawn, 10+ larvae per square foot is a common measure to begin treatment. To prevent, you could attempt to pick the beetles off by hand as the first trailblazers arrive in the late summer. The best time for this is early mornings, when the beetles are slowest. The grubs thrive in moist soil, so if they’re a problem, let your lawn dry thoroughly between waterings. Replace shallow waterings with deep, infrequent ones to discourage beetles from thinking your lawn is the perfect place to raise kids.

     

    Problem:

    An unruly yard.

    Solution: 

    A MOWZ on demand lawn mowing service.

    MOWZ order button

    Sources
    http://www.planetnatural.co/organic-lawn-care-101/problems/
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20401911_20811137,00.html
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/05/how-to-fix-the-5-most-common-lawn-problems/index.html

  2. 5 Tips to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighborhood

    Tired of keeping up with the Jones’? Get out in front with a beautiful lawn. Here are 5 tips to help you achieve that lush green lawn you’ve always dreamt about them! (Once your lawn is the envy of the neighborhood, maintain in with the help of the MOWZ app!)

    1. A pH check

    For the greenest lawn, you need to find that “perfect pH”. Either use a soil test kit, or take a tablespoon-sized sample of soil from three different areas in your lawn and bring them to a garden center service to determine the pH level for you. The ideal number is somewhere between 6 and 7.2. A high pH often requires more iron sulphate or sulfur, while pelletized lime stone can aid a low pH. Your local garden center can recommend the boosters you need for a greener lawn.

     

    2. Scheduled water breaks

    Often, consistency is key. Try to water your lawn at the same time each morning. This is the time of day where water is least likely to evaporate in the heat, and winds aren’t as strong. Note that your grass only needs one inch of water per week, including rainfall. Use the tuna can trick found in our last blog. For the greenest results, stick a spade or shovel 4-6 inches into the soil to see if the water has reached that ideal depth.

     

    3. Ammonia in action

    Get your grass’s engine running with an ammonia boost. Ammonia, nitrogen in liquid form, is known to stimulate green foliage. Mix together a cup of ammonia and a cup of Epsom salts with five gallons of water, and spread it over your lawn. The combination of the nitrogen source and the magnesium sulfate from the Epson salts will react to produce thicker and greener grass. Hose down your lawn after the solution is distributed to ensure it reaches the roots.

     

    4. Aerate in autumn

    Lawn maintenance is really a year-long project, and for the greenest, lushest grass, stay with seasonal care. When fall approaches, it’s good practice to aerate your lawn. Aeration can reduce runoff by permitting better drainage within the soil, and repeating for several seasons can improve your grass type and leave your lawn more protected against droughts. The process of aeration includes cutting hundreds of small holes in your yard to loosen the soil, which allows the roots to better soak up air, nutrients, and water.

     

    5. Done at dormant

    If your emerald grass has gone brown, it’s not necessarily dead, just dormant. Proceed with caution before applying weed killer or fertilizer to the lawn in the summer. If done incorrectly, a heat-stressed lawn may burn under the conditions. If you haul your sprinkler system to and from browned areas of grass, the inconsistency of dormancy can be unhealthy. Remember to follow a watering schedule as closely as you can, as well as the importance of fertilizing in the fall.

     

    If all else fails

    You can achieve the green of your dreams with lawn paint! This idea is growing in popularity, especially in areas affected by droughts. Seek out a non-phytotoxic pigment based treatment to spray your yard, and, as they say, fake it ‘til you make it!

     

    Sources

    http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Green-Grass

    http://time.com/money/2951475/greening-up-the-grass/

    http://www.familyhandyman.com/landscaping/lawn-care/how-to-grow-greener-grass/view-all

     

  3. 4 Lawn Care Tips for Extreme Heat

    Beat the Heat! Temperatures have been skewing on the warmer side during these past summer months, and now thanks to the heat bowl that’s formed over parts of the U.S., they will continue to skyrocket. Heat bowls occur when moisture and high temps collide, and urban areas and much of the Midwest are facing the brunt of it. If you tend a lawn in this area, or if you’re just feeling the heat this summer, here is how you can protect it.

    1. Forget Fertilization

    Fertilization rarely receives a negative connotation, but think twice before over-fertilizing in extreme heat. Grass growing with the help of fertilizer mid-summer can appear tender and weak as the lawn consumes more than it can yield in the heat. If you overfeed your grass, as it grows, extra energy is required for it to flourish in hot conditions, further stressing your lawn. Excess fertilizer plus excess sun exposure can also lead to scorched spots in your yard.

    2. Minimize Traffic

    If all the neighbors come to your yard for summer socializing, the popular path may show signs of wear, especially as heat intensifies. Foot traffic on dry grass beats down the blades, preventing them from springing back. For dry, brittle lawns, consider laying stepping stones or even staking a “Keep off the Grass!” warning sign.

    3. Water Right

    Contrary to popular belief, you can overwater your lawn, even when temps are ranging in the 90s or above. If the soil in your yard remains constantly wet, the grass roots are unable to take in a sufficient amount of oxygen, leaving them weakened to disease. A rule to remember is “water deeply and infrequently.” You do not need to put out the sprinkler every day, even in high heat. A lawn only needs 1 inch of water per week, counting that week’s rainfall. A great, DIY way to gauge this is to place empty tuna cans (or measuring cups) in your yard at varying ranges away from your sprinkler. Check for an even distribution of approximately 1 inch of water, and you’ll know when to turn off the hose.

    4. Bugs of Both Kind

    Both insects and disease can be more prevalent during hot summer episodes. If a lawn is heat-stressed, common insect infestations include chinch bugs, sod webworms, armyworms, fire ants, and fleas. Fungal disease like mildew and brown patch can occur. To combat, keep nighttime watering to a minimum, and in severe cases, apply a fungicide on a mild summer day when the extreme weather has passed.

     

    MOWZ Can Take the Heat! Use the MOWZ app today because we know that maintaining year-round health of your lawn is important. Great care will prepare your grass for sweltering summers, all the way from the roots to the tips of the blades. Start now, by ordering a MOWZ app. We’ll do the mowing while you watch from your kitchen window, sipping a cool drink.

     

    http://yardcare.toro.com/maintain/how-to-maintain-the-grass-in-extreme-heat/

    http://www.todayshomeowner.com/summer-lawn-care-guide/

     

  4. A Quick Guide To Common Lawn Diseases

    Like every other living thing, lawns can get diseases. They sometimes arise and can cause untold devastation when lawns are stressed and the conditions are right. Most of these diseases occur in the summer, during extended periods of hot, humid conditions. Even the healthiest of lawns may struggle to thrive.

    In this article, we will highlight the most common lawn diseases and their causes.

     

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    Brown Patch

    Brown Patch: Mostly found in tall fescue and ryegrass, brown patches affect many cool season grasses and some species of warm season grasses. Brown patches are notable for their distinctive “smoke rings” that are sometimes visible on the outer edges. Brown patches occur during extended periods of heat and humidity, especially when nighttime temperatures remain above 68 F. Poor air circulation, overwatering, over fertilizing and lawn compactions can also make them worse.

     

    Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot: One of the most common lawn diseases, the dollar spots gets its name from the distinct pattern of dead circular patches about the size of a silver dollar. They can occur when moisture is present during the warm day/cool night patterns of spring and fall. Excessive thatch, poor drainage, overwatering and low soil fertility can all aid in bringing on dollar spots.

     

    Powdery Mildew

    Powdery Mildew

    Powdery Mildew: Often found on Kentucky bluegrass lawns located in shady areas with limited air movement, powdery mildew looks like a white dust covering the grass blades. Although it can yellow the turf over time, powdery mildew is not likely to cause widespread damage to a lawn. Extended cloudiness can bring on powdery mildew but if the problem is not weather related, conditions may need to be altered for a healthy lawn. Shade tolerant grass species are not likely to attract powdery mildew and pruning or thinning trees can improve air circulation and sunlight to the area.

     

    Fairy Ring

    Fairy Ring

    Fairy Ring: Fairy rings can present themselves as dark circles or partial circles on the lawn, and they may or may not grow mushrooms. There are many stories about digging out fairy rings but the widespread nature of the fungal spores leads to limited success trying to dig the rings up. Maintaining a lush green lawn can blend in the darker color and regular mowing can help control the presence of mushrooms.

     

    Snow Mold

    Snow Mold

    Snow Mold: Prolonged snow cover in the spring can lead to grey snow mold or pink snow mold, especially if the ground is not quite frozen. It can also occur on over fertilized lawns and under leaves left over from the fall. Snow mold damage is largely superficial and temporary; the best way to deal with it is to rake it out to help the area dry. New growth will begin and soon the damage will be gone.

     

    Red Thread

    Red Thread

    Red Thread: A common and relatively harmless lawn disease, red thread usually appears when the lawn is due for fertilizing. Chances are if red thread is present, it’s time to fertilize the lawn. Red thread is noticeable by its distinctive red hairs amongst the turf giving it a pinkish/red appearance from a distance.

    Being aware of these diseases and take care of your lawn to avoid them!

  5. 4 Sure-Fire Methods of Saying Goodbye to Dandelions

    Dandelions – not quite the bright yellow bundles of joy one would expect. These broadleaf perennial weeds bloom in the spring and fall, so heed these tips to get ahead of the weeds in the coming season.

    Remember: Act Early

    Dandelions are at their weakest immediately after they’ve flowered. Act quickly when you spot the first shock of yellow in your neat sea of green.

    4 Sure-Fire Methods:

    Poach Method: Also known as the Wicked Witch of the West method, all you need is a pot of water. Boil your water, and pour it over the infested area. Within 2-3 days the dandelion patch should be withered and wilted. This works best if the weeds only cover a small area in your lawn. For larger patches, try a different method below. Bonus: Boiling water is also effective against hawkweed, another invasive plant cousin to the dandelion.

    Rooting Method: How is a dandelion similar to the mythological Hydra monster? You can’t kill it by just chopping off the head. To rid your yard of this weed, you must dig out the whole plant, roots and all. This can be done by hand, but if playing in the dirt isn’t really your style, a dandelion digger is a specialized lawn care tool that captures weeds and roots with minimal soil disturbance. Dandelions have taproots that can grow down to a foot or more, and it’s important to reach as deep into the soil as possible.

    Mulching Method: No sunlight means no germination, no photosynthesis, and ultimately, no dandelions. Use a DIY sun block to smother the weeds by placing cardboard, newspapers, or black plastic over the problem area. Weigh the material down with bricks, stones, logs, or other heavy yard material. If you’re worried about the general aesthetic of this method, lay grass clippings down to match the rest of your lawn.

    Pickling Method: Vinegar has the acidic kick to help wipe out your weeds. The preferred strength is 20-25% acidity, which is double the amount found in the type used for household and culinary purposes. It is recommended to use the stronger vinegar found in store garden departments. To apply, brush the solution onto the foliage and let it eat away the weed. Bonus: Vinegar will not endure in surrounding soil and water, reducing pollutants.

    Remember: Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn

    Most importantly, mow, and mow often. Those dandelion buggers need to be cut down with a sharp blade before the yellow blossoms can mature into seeds. Need help with this one? Order a MOWZ service to do the dirty work.

    Sources:

    http://www.plantea.com/dandelions.htm

    http://www.weekendgardener.net/lawn-care/dandelion-control-organic-050905.htm

  6. Lawn Tips for Your Summer Vacation

    As we head into the later half of summer, the time to take a nice, relaxing vacation is growing smaller every day. Sure, plenty of people got away for the 4th of July, but many people chose to stay home and barbeque or celebrate with friends and family. If you haven’t had the opportunity to get away yet (or simply want to get away again), now is your time! So take a look at some of these tips for caring for your lawn and garden while you’re away, and use the MOWZ app to ensure you return to a yard that’s just as beautiful as when you left.

    A Few Things To Consider

    • How long will you be away?

      • If you’re going to be gone for a week or less, you won’t need nearly as much preparation, especially at this stage in the summer when the grass grows more slowly.
        • Cut your grass as normal the day before you go and water your lawn right after to make sure it stays hydrated. Leave or mulch the clippings to add moisture-retentive organic matter. It’s that simple!
      • If you plan on being gone for more than a week, you’ll want to take a few extra precautions to make sure you don’t return to a jungle of overgrown grass or even worse, a dry, burnt lawn.
        • One of the most important things to do before you leave is cut your lawn the day before you leave. You’ll want to cut it a bit shorter than normal to compensate for the time you’ll be away and unable to mow.
          • If you’re using the PLOWZ & MOWZ app, just make a note on your order that you’re going out of town and want the grass cut a little shorter, our pros will know exactly what to do.
        • Once your lawn is mowed, be sure to give it a nice, deep watering. Since you’ll be gone for a significant amount of time, you’ll want to make sure you have a plan to keep your lawn hydrated. If you’ve got a sprinkler system, or are considering some of the great ones we’ve mentioned before, make sure that you have it set to water for about an hour every 2-3 days to maintain a nice deep moisture level which promotes healthier, deeper root systems and prevents diseases.
        • When you’re mowing and watering, you should take a look around your yard to inspect for any burn spots, disease, weeds, insects, etc. You’ll want to spot spray any weeds, diseased, or insect infested areas before you go. You won’t be around to fix it if they get out of control!
    • What types of grass and plants do you have?

      • Any type of grass should fair well if you follow the above tips. Some varieties may require more or less water or may allow you to cut shorter or higher. Make sure you know your lawn well or consult our blog on the matter to ensure you’re providing the right care for your grass.
      • If you’ve got a garden or planters, you’ll want to make sure that they are watered before you leave and make sure you have a plan to keep them watered while you’re gone.
      • As we mentioned earlier, mulching your grass clippings is a great way to retain moisture for your lawn while you’re gone. Applying mulch, grass clippings, leaf mold, compost, etc will also help shade the soil of your gardens and retain water.
      • If you’ve got pots or planters, you’ll want to move them to an area that’s more shaded during the day than normal. Keep your pots and planters grouped close together to form a humid microclimate that conserves water.
    • What’s the weather forecast?

      • This might seem like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised how many people are more focused on the weather of their vacation destination than the weather back home.
      • If the forecast calls for stretches of hot or dry weather, you’ll want to make sure your lawn and plants are especially well-prepared to deal with those conditions.
        • Similarly, you’ll want to make sure that your sprinkler systems are set up to water every other day.
      • If it looks like it’s going to rain during your vacation, plan accordingly. Consider a light watering before you leave if the forecast calls for rain within the first 2-3 days of your trip.
        • If you’ve got sprinklers set up on a timer, you may need to have someone come over and manually disable them unless you have a smart sprinkler system.

    Do’s and Don’ts

    So far we’ve gone over things you should do to prepare your lawn before you go on vacation. Here’s some of the things you shouldn’t do.

     

    • Do not fertilize your lawn before you leave. It might seem like it takes a long time for grass to grow but if you fertilize your lawn before going on vacation you can expect to return to an untamed jungle.
    • Do not aerate, de-thatch, re-sod, or perform any other major renovations on your lawn before you leave. You’ll want to be around when you do any of these things to closely monitor the health of your lawn.
    • Do have a backup plan and contact back home. It’s a good idea to have a friend, relative, neighbor, or lawn care company on standby for when you leave just incase you forget anything or the forecast suddenly changes. Similarly, if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time you’ll want to have your lawn mowed while your gone, which you can do with a tap of the button in the Mowz app. You’ll also want to have someone water your lawn every few days if you don’t have a sprinkler system or turn off your sprinkler system if it’s raining.
    • Do have fun! Enjoy your vacation and forget about your lawn for a few days. It doesn’t matter if you’re going from Cleveland to Tampa for 2 weeks or Syracuse to Boston for a few days, the summer vacation window is narrowing and you deserve to relax.

     

    Have any of your own vacation lawn care tips? Share them with us on Facebook!

  7. The Coolest Places You Can a Order MOWZ From

    Wednesday marks the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that successfully landed the first 2 people in human history to land on the Moon. Since then the United States has built several space stations and ushered in a great new era of technology. People can now communicate across the world instantaneously and many of the chores and tasks that once took hours out of a person’s day have been automated, eliminated, or reduced to mere afterthoughts. With this in mind, let’s look at how lawn mowing has been simplified with the tap of a button with some of the coolest places on Earth (and beyond!) that you can order a Mowz from.

     

    1) Space

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    Italian Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on the ISS

    Since 2010 the International Space Station (ISS) has had internet access. While the connection is still quite slow compared to a normal connection on Earth, the astronauts use special laptops and tablets for basic web browsing, emailing, tweeting, etc. This means that if they happen to forget to mow their lawn or schedule their Mowz service before lift off, they can still make sure their yard looks great from space.

    2) Roller Coaster

    Order Mowz from a Roller Coaster

    We still suggest you keep your phone in your pocket while the rollercoaster is in motion!

    Because the MOWZ app makes scheduling lawn mowing service from your smartphone so easy, you can now order service in the few seconds before you spiral around an amusement park. You might want to keep your phone in your pocket while the ride is in motion, otherwise you might lose your phone and MOWZ app for a few days.

    3) Sporting Events

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    It doesn’t matter where your seats are, you can order MOWZ all the way up in the nosebleeds

    Whether you’re watching the Yankees in the Bronx or your kid’s Little League game at a park, you can quickly order a MOWZ service from anywhere. If you’re lucky enough to have your team make it to the World Series in October (the fall), we also offer leaf removal.

    4) Vacation

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    We certainly wouldn’t mind scheduling a Mowz from here!

    Vacation can actually be pretty stressful, at least the preparation part. You’ve got to pack, confirm reservations, make travel arrangements, stop your mail, board your pets, etc. By the time you finally arrive to your destination, your lawn is the last thing you’re thinking of. If you’ve forgotten to schedule your MOWZ service before you left, there’s no need to worry, you can schedule your lawn to be mowed back in Cleveland while you’re relaxing on a beach in Hawaii.

    5) Concerts

    Taylor Swift performs at Nationwide Arena during her Red Tour on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. See Dispatch.com/photos for a slide show. (Columbus Dispatch photo by Jonathan Quilter)

    Schedule your Mowz while front row at a T-Swift concert? This must be heaven.

    Who doesn’t like going out and seeing some live music? We certainly do and we understand that getting out to see your favorite band might be tough to do with your busy schedule. That’s why we made it so easy to schedule and receive top quality lawn service. Now you can free up your weekend and get to your favorite festival. If you forgot to schedule your Mowz service then you can set up recurring, weekly service right at the concert to make sure that never happens again!

    6) Bathtub

    Just make sure your hands are dry so you don't drop your phone in the water.

    Just make sure your hands are dry so you don’t drop your phone in the water!

    Baths are supposed to be for relaxing and forgetting about your responsibilities for a few minutes. However, if you’re like us, you find yourself glued to your smartphone or tablet, even in the tub. If that’s the case, you might as well set up your next MOWZ appointment so you can get back to relaxing.

    7) Bed

    Ordering Mowz as you hit the snooze button on your phone's alarm is sweet, but it's even sweeter for Plowz season.

    Ordering Mowz as you hit the snooze button on your phone’s alarm is sweet, but it’s even sweeter for PLOWZ season.

    For those of you who were lucky enough to use Plowz this winter, you know how great it is to be able to wake up, tap a button, and have your driveway plowed a few hours later. Mowz also gives you the ability to sleep a little longer. The convenience of being able to schedule from your bed could only be improved if you could do so without waking up.

    8) On The Golf Course

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    Looking at a beautifully mowed golf course will certainly cause you to think about your own yard.

    There’s few things more enjoyable than a round of golf on a beautiful, sunny day. One of the main differences between a great golf course and a not so great one comes down to the mowing and maintenance, just like your lawn! So it’s not surprising that if you’re out on the course you might be reminded to take care of your own lawn. Thankfully you can order your MOWZ service right from the green on the 10th hole before you sink a putt.

    9) Graduation

    Graduation ceremonies can be long, drawn out events. Luckily, that leaves plenty of time to order Mowz in between taking pictures.

    Graduation ceremonies can be long, drawn out events. Luckily, that leaves plenty of time to order MOWZ in between taking pictures.

    Graduation is one of the proudest moments parents share with their children. Unfortunately, they may have neglected their lawn during all the celebration. You won’t miss a single moment or photo-op to schedule your lawn service when you use a MOWZ service.

    10) Around The World

    At home or abroad, you can order Plowz & Mowz from anywhere!

    At home or abroad, you can order PLOWZ & MOWZ from anywhere!

    Traveling internationally? Just make sure you download the PLOWZ & MOWZ app before you leave. Whether you’ll be gone for a week, a month, or more, we’ll be sure to keep your lawn looking as beautiful as when you left. If you do plan on being away for a long time, you can set up recurring weekly service to guarantee it gets done every week. You’ll still get a picture confirming the work is done so you can travel at peace.

     

    So where do you think the coolest place to order a Mowz would be?

  8. The 6 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Lawn

    WE care about your lawn, because we know YOU care about it. For that reason, we spend a whole lot of time here on this blog compiling the best tips and ‘yard-hacks’ that the landscaping world has to offer. In those types of posts, we talk a lot about what to DO to your lawn to promote it’s health, with minimum effort. Well today we’re going to switch it up, slightly. We’re going to talk about what NOT to do, which can be just as important.

     

    Here are 6 things you should definitely NEVER do…

     

    1. Skip a weekly mowing. It seems harmless. It’s not. When you let your lawn go too long between lawn mows, bad things happen. Unattended grass tends to grow tall and shaggy, rather than thick and dense. As some blades grow taller, they block the sun from reaching the other blades. The longer that is allowed to happen, the greater the chances that gaps in between blades grow large enough for weeds to grow in. Additionally, the longer the grass grows, the greater the chance that when you finally get around to mowing, you end up scalping the lawn. MOWZ is always there to help! 
    2. Over fertilizing. It’s important to occasionally fertilize your lawn. It promotes it’s healthy growth and longevity. Add too much, however, and you run the risk of dehydrating the grass. Too much fertilizer, can also cause the grass to grow predictably. If it grows too fast, it can require more regular lawn mows, which makes it hard to maintain.
    3. Not knowing your lawn. Not all grass is the same, and therefore not all grass requires the same care. Take the time to do some research. Most types of grass are specific to a geographical region. Find out what kind of of grass is growing outside your front door and avoid mistakes like giving it the wrong kind of seed or seed mixture.
    4. Overwatering. Not only is it a waste of water, but pouring too much of it into your grass and soil actually puts the lawn at risk. Believe it or not, more lawns in the US are damaged by overwatering than by underwatering. The excess water increases the odds of lawn diseases, washes away fertilizer, and can cause the lawn to grow unpredictably.
    5. Bagging grass. Many believe that leaving grass clippings in the yard help contribute to thatch problems. That just isn’t true. In fact, the clippings provide a much needed source of nutrients needed by your lawn.
    6. Mowing with dull blades. Dull blades don’t provide a clean cut. Instead, they rip the grass blades apart making the lawn more susceptible to drought and disease. Worried your blades might have dulled? Don’t worry. You can always order a MOWZ while you have them sharpened.

    Take care of you lawn! If you need help, we’re standing by. Order a MOWZ service!

     

    SOURCE: http://bottomlineinc.com/the-8-worst-things-you-can-do-to-your-lawn/

  9. Thank You! Service for Service Vets

    4th of July was about a week ago, and thanks to your help in getting the words out, we were able to offer 300 free lawn mows to wounded veterans across the country!

     

    Like so many of you, we were looking forward to the 4th of July. A little over a month before the occasion, we were already making plans. We were debating whether to not to plan trip into Pennsylvania to pick up the BIG fireworks, we were assembling star spangled outfits in our minds, and we were trying to guess how many dogs and buns we’d need to feed the whole family. In the midst of all this, we were prompted to reflect on the day. Why were we getting the day off from work? As you all know, we were celebrating our nation’s independence, and the sacrifices made to defend it. We were inspired!

     

    We know the sad truth of service to country: sometimes the men and women that sign up for it sometimes come home in a worse-off condition than they left. Many sustain injuries. Some will heal, some won’t. Some are physical, others mental. Regardless the ailment, we saw this as an opportunity to help. We teamed up with TRUST VETS in Minnesota to offer 100 free lawn mows to wounded veterans over the 4th of July weekend. We turned to Facebook to get the word out. Thanks to you all, your post describing our efforts reached over 55,000 people over the 4th of July weekend. The positive encouragement on our post, not only encourages us to open up the offer from 100 lawn mows in Minneapolis/St. Paul, to 300 across all our markets, but we were also inspired to do this next year, and every year after!

     

    Thank you,

    PLOWZ & MOWZ Team

     

    Watch video provided by KARE11 in Minneapolis:

  10. 8 Reasons to Outsource Your Lawn Mowing to the Pros

    According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, studies show that most Americans value a well-kept lawn and landscape. Plus, they believe it’s also important to spend time enjoying their yards.

    Yet, it’s hard to maintain a well-kept lawn when you’re on the go all week long and your weekend schedule is maxed out. If that describes you, it may be time to hire a professional lawn mowing service to help you keep your yard looking great—even while you’re away. Here are 8 reasons why you need to hire a professional lawn mowing company to mow your yard:

    1. It saves you time: Let’s face it. You’re busy. You spend the majority of your week at your job, and your weekends are filled with activity. When do you have time to mow your lawn? You can still enjoy your yard even with a pro mowing it for you.
    2. It doesn’t need to involve a long-term contract: Don’t feel that you need to sign on the dotted line for a long-term relationship with a lawn mowing company. Instead, find a company that connects you with a mowing professional with no strings attached.
    3. A residential lawn mowing company will use only professional grade equipment: Your lawn may actually look better after it’s mowed by a pro because of the type of equipment she uses. Since she only operates the best mowers on the market, your lawn will look great.
    4. A professional lawn care company will only use the sharpest blades: One of the keys to good lawn maintenance includes mowing only with sharp blades. You get a cleaner cut with no injuries—thus, protecting your lawn grass from disease and insect infestation.
    5. A lawn service company will only mow at the right height throughout the growing season: Another smart lawn care technique includes only taking 1/3 of the grass blade off with each mow. You want your grass to be a bit longer to naturally crowd out weeds.
    6. A pro may also be available for additional lawn and landscape maintenance: You may be so busy with your life that you may opt for additional lawn and landscape maintenance services. Look for a brochure or a business card left by your mowing company to see if they provide additional services.
    7. An uber lawn mowing service is available for you when you’re traveling for work or you’re on vacation: With the PLOWZ & MOWZ app, you can schedule your yard to be mowed while you’re on vacation or on a business trip.
    8. An uber landscaping company will help you when you’re busy with other projects and want help for only one mow: Say you’re the person who loves to work on his lawn. Yet, you get busy with work projects or something else might come up where you only need help with mowing “just this time.” The PLOWZ & MOWZ app allows you to schedule a “one time mow” with no contracts or follow up needed.

    If you’re ready to take a break from your mowing chores, let us help you. With one tap to our app, you’ll be able to schedule your next mowing job.

    Source:

    National Association for Landscape Professionals, “How to Hire a Pro,” LoveYourLandscape.org.