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Archive for February, 2015

Maintaining Hardscaping In the Winter

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

winter hardscapng maintenanceWhen you think of your patio and hardscaping wear and tear, what time of the year do you think of? Spring showers, summer storms, or all the leaves of autumn might come to mind. It might surprise you to learn then that the majority of the damage done to your hardscaping happens in the winter. The changes in temperature, the moisture, chemicals, and less then delicate treatment of your patio makes for most of the wear and tear it will experience during the year. However, there are things you can do to protect your patio and hardscaping.

Snow and Ice

You might think to yourself, “what help does clearing the snow and ice provide? It’s just water; it’s not doing anything to hurt my hardscaping.” And water isn’t harmful on its own. Not in its solid state. Not in its liquid state. There is a problem, however, when it switches between the states of solid and liquid. When water is liquid, it can get into the pores and cracks of your hardscaping. (more…)

Plan Your Landscaping Now so You can get to Work Come Spring

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

plan your landscaping nowYour yard is a flat plain of snow now, but are you dreaming of a warm spring with beautiful flowers, blossoming trees, and handsome hardscaping? Get on the way to making your dream a reality, plan your landscaping now so you can get to work come spring!

Make a Grid of Your Property

Before you even start your planning you need to take a measurement of your property. If you’ve had a survey of your property done you can use those numbers, if not you can generally find it as a matter of public record. Sometimes you can find the information on your plot’s dimensions online, other times you may have to go to the courthouse or city hall to find the information. (more…)

Reasons to Prune in the Winter

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Reasons to Prune in the WinterThe cold, wind and snow make working outside during the winter miserable. However, some landscaping work still needs to be done, in particular pruning. That’s why the Atlantic Maintenance Group has a guide detailing the important reasons to prune in the winter.

It Makes Pruning Easier

The first of our reasons to prune in the winter is that the lack of leaves makes identifying limbs that need to be cut down, and cutting them down, a much easier job in the winter.  When the tree’s full of leaves, it can be difficult to spot trouble branches. Those branches that are loose, diseased, broken, or are otherwise dangerous to the tree and your property are obscured during the spring, summer, and fall. However, with the all the leaves gone it’s much easier to spot limbs that can be a problem. The leaves gone also make it easier to get close enough to prune them.

It’s Beneficial to the Tree’s Health

Another one of the reasons to prune in the winter is because it’s beneficial to the tree’s health.  The first way it’s beneficial to the tree’s health is that in pruning you can target and remove limbs that are diseased, insect ridden, or broken that might harm the tree later. The second way that it improves the tree’s health is by making it more energy efficient. Tree’s are dormant in the winter and store their energy in their roots. Strategically pruning limbs that are diseased, dead, dying, overhang your home, or limbs that are wasteful, removes limbs that would wastefully take energy in the spring. This energy instead goes to spurring growth on the remaining limbs and in the direction you want the tree to grow. The best time to prune is in the late winter, while the tree is dormant, but its close enough to spring that you can ensure the wounds from pruning will be covered over with growth soon.

It Protects your Property and Family

The final of our reasons to prune in the winter, and perhaps the most important, is that it protects your property and family. Pruning in general removes limbs that are potentially hazardous to the tree and the things around it. But in the winter the combination of cold, snow, ice, and heavy winds make trees especially dangerous to the people and property around them. The cold makes tree limb’s more brittle, the snow and ice add weight, and finally the wind blowing puts stress on the limbs. All of these factors can increase the chance of limbs breaking and falling on your house, if not the entire tree.

The Atlantic Maintenance Group Will Help

Pruning should be done by professional arborists. Call The Atlantic Maintenance Group. The Atlantic Maintenance Group offers a wide variety of commercial tree services to help you keep your trees and shrubs beautiful and healthy. Our experienced arborists and Maryland certified tree experts can diagnose, remove and or treat the necessary problems to help protect your plants and help ensure safety on your property. If you’re unsure about what to prune, or would like a highly qualified professional to manage the task for you, put down those shears and call The Atlantic Maintenance Group at 410-768-4720 or contact us via our website today.

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Snow Mold and Your Lawn this Winter

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Snow MoldWith the snowstorms and snow-melts that we have recently experienced in Maryland you may have noticed gray or straw colored circles of matted grass in your lawn.  These spots may be the result of snow mold.

What is Snow Mold?

There are actually two types of snow mold, gray snow mold and pink snow mold, caused by two different funguses, but they share some similar characteristics. Both start growing in winter, under the cover of snow at near freezing temperatures, but may continue spreading and growing after a snow melt up to a certain temperature, and as long as the grass is wet. And the symptoms of both are the appearance of gray circles of matted grass on the lawn. There are differences however.

Gray snow mold is caused by the fungus Typhula spp. Gray mold is gray or white in appearance and only attacks the blades of the grass.  Gray mold may form sclerotia, the hard dry spherical structures that gray mold forms when it goes dormant, on infected grass. Sclerotia can be identified as small roughly spherical gray beads. Gray mold grows between temperatures of 32°F to 45°F or until the ground dries.

Pink snow mold is caused by Microdochium nivalis and infects the blades and roots of grass. Pink mold is identifiable as white or pink in color. Because it attacks the roots as well the blades of the grass it’s more damaging then gray mold. Pink mold also grows in a wider temperature range, from 32°F to 60°F.

How Can You Treat or Prevent Snow Mold?

Unfortunately, the only single fungicide for treating snow mold, PCNB, has been blocked for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency. A mixture of other fungicides can be prepared for treatment; however, it’s not economically practical for residential homeowners to prepare this blend. Unless you hire a lawn care service like the Atlantic Maintenance Group, you can only wait for the temperatures to warm, and for the snow mold to return to its dormant state. The best you can do is to gently rake patches of grass that have been infected by the snow mold. The grass where there was gray snow mold will green again, albeit slower then the rest of your lawn. The areas that had pink snow mold might need to be reseeded, due to the fact that pink snow mold can damage the grasses roots.

Fortunately, snow mold is preventable. Be careful about nitrogen fertilizer you use on your lawn in the spring, summer, and fall. Using too much can help snow mold grow. Keep mowing the lawn and bagging, or raking, the clippings until it is too cold for the grass to grow. Raking leaves and keeping the thatch layer short both can help prevent snow mold. Before winter a fungicide may be sprayed in October and November as a preventative measure before the winter begins.  And finally during the winter, spreading the snow drifts evenly, so that they don’t clump, can help alleviate the appearance of snow mold.

Have Snow Mold? Atlantic Maintenance Group Can Help

If you have snow mold or have any other winter lawn care questions the Atlantic Maintenance Group can help. Atlantic Maintenance Group is a full service landscaping company, providing maintenance, design and construction, as well as snow removal, asphalt and concrete services. We are your source for complete landscape and facility maintenance for commercial and residential properties throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. We are a self-performing landscaping company, meaning we don’t hire subcontractors, and senior management is involved with every project. Our highly trained team of professionals receives constant, ongoing education on the latest industry trends, updates and safety measures. This ensures we can deliver outstanding customer service and results to our clients, regardless of the size of your job.

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