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Four Tips for a Weed Free Lawn

Maintaining a beautiful Naperville landscape is no easy job, but it can sure be rewarding! To ensure you have a happy, healthy, beautiful lawn, you need to eliminate weeds. The less weeds you have, the better, and ultimately, your goal should be no weeds at all.

The following five tips will help you create a weed-free lawn that your neighbors envy. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to get rid of weeds in your lawn once and for all!

Tips For Ending Weed Problems In Your Naperville Landscape

1. Weeds don’t like well fed lawns – If you can manage to have a healthy and thick lawn, it will help crowd out weeds, making it hard for them to grow. Adding nutrients and regular fertilizing helps grass grow and chokes out weeds.

2. Keep your grass tall – Besides having a thick lawn, if you allow it to grow a little more than normal, it will also help to reduce weeds. Taller grass helps to prevent weeds from getting enough sun. Keeping your grass a little longer, can also help to prevent lawn diseases, such as fungus, and can prevent some insects from breeding.

3. Strike early in spring – Naperville landscaping requires early weeding to prevent spreading later on. Early preparation will get you ahead of the curve, before the weeds’ seeds spread.

4. Aerate in the fall – Aerating your lawn (also known as lawn core aeration) go a long way towards improving your soil and lawn. The aeration process creates thousands of small holes in through your grass and into your soil; enabling your grass’ roots to spread and continue growing. We recommended you perform lawn aeration during fall because it enables your lawn to recover before the following spring and summer, looking better than ever before!

Every lawn is different. Call in the pros from Schmitt’s Landscape Company for guidance in understanding the specifics of what your lawn needs to be lush and lovely. The above Naperville lawn care maintenance tips are a few simple ways for you to eliminate pesky weeds once and for all!
Sure, maintaining your lawn takes a bit of elbow grease, research and patience, but the results are well worth it!

New to Landscaping – Check Out These Tips

So you’re new to landscaping! Maybe you’re a new homeowner, starting to take an interest in landscaping, or you’ve thought about diving in, but are nervous your aspiring green thumb may turn out to be the grim reaper’s sickle! Follow along as we point out some great tips for jumping into updating or expanding your landscape.

What Do You Want Versus What Do You Need
When planning or expanding, consider what you want and what you need. Whether you want a space for your kids to play or you need regarding for proper water drainage; this is all part of the process. You don’t need a master plan, but be sure to consider trade-offs while moving forward.

Consider Shade Patterns
Educate yourself about what plants will grow best in shady areas of your property and pay attention to how the sun moves through your property. Not only will taking shade into consideration impact your plant choices, but placement is important too. For example, a patio located on the western side of your yard will ensure the afternoon sun provides a relaxing outdoor space in the afternoon and a great place for dinner. Flowerbeds need the same sun considerations.

Try It!
Try one design for a while and see how you feel about it. You can always expand, change and modify your landscaping and lawn in the future. It’s easy to move most plants around and create new landscaping features.

Start Small
Landscaping can be overwhelming if you start really digging deep in education about plants, lawn care, hardscapes and more. We can always help you get started and build out your landscaping over time.

The Center of Attention
Build gravitas for your landscaping and property by creating a focal point. A center of attention that draws people in, such as a dominant tree, hardscape feature, flowerbed, walkway, pergola, driveway or other dominant feature greatly increases the attractiveness of your property.

Four Tips for Fertilizing Your Lawn in the Spring

Well, spring is already halfway here! Fertilizing your lawn and plants is important for a great looking yard. The following suggestions will set you on the right path. If you need additional help, please do give us a call and we’d be happy to discuss options that are custom-tailored to your needs.
Spring Fertilizing Tips:

1. Use your soil as a barometer – If you have problems determining when your lawn needs fertilizing, your soil can tell you. Most organic fertilizers work best with this method because their formulas are designed to feed the soil when it is depleted. A simple soil test performed by us or from your local hardware store/nursery will tell you specifics on what your lawn needs or may be lacking. Then all you need to do is feed it!

2. Why do you want to fertilize – Visualize and think about how you want your grass to look. What results are you shooting for? Determining how lush, how green, and what times of year you want your grass looking its best can help you determine proper fertilizers and how often you need to fertilize.

3. Decide on using organic or traditional fertilizers – The market is pretty crowded with various types of fertilizers, each with their own benefits and negatives to weigh. Your decision on type of fertilizer will need to take into account, efficacy, desired results, and impact on the environment, and your family and pet health.

4. Understand what your grass needs – Just as there are many types of fertilizers available, there are many species of grass. Some fertilizers work better than others in our northern Illinois climate with the type of grass you have.
Keep the above in mind before choosing your next bag of fertilizer and you’ll end of with a great looking lawn. After fertilizing, it’s simply a matter of routine watering, mowing and enjoyment!

Maintaining a beautiful landscape requires routine work, patience, timing and love. Fertilizing is only one aspect to proper lawn care. Be sure to visit our blog regularly for more helpful tips, advice and strategies for grooming the perfect lawn. We’re always ready to help and we service the greater southwest suburbs of Chicago, chiefly Aurora, North Aurora, Wheaton, Batavia, Glen Ellyn, parts of Naperville and more. Give us a ring!

Choosing a Lawn Mower

Your grass and lawn is most likely a fairly dominant feature of your landscaping. Most Illinois suburbs further from Chicago have larger home plots that are not surprisingly, mostly grass. In this article, we’ll talk about how to select a decent lawn mower for your needs. We’ll focus on lawn mowers and talk about tractors at a later time.

First consider the size of your property, lawn and geography. Powered mowers are great for larger yards.

Then consider power sources. Gas and electric lawn mowers are fairly popular. Many gas powered mowers are quite sturdy and will last many, many years of dutiful service. Electrics can also be a great choice if your lawn is a smaller – and they’re a great choice if you are concerned about the environment due to electric mowers not producing carbon emissions. Bother are fairly inexpensive to fuel.

What is your budget? You certainly don’t have to get all of the bells and whistles many pricing out a new lawn mower. There are plenty of mowers that are sold at very reasonable prices, are quality-built and won’t bust your budget. Also consider that you don’t have to buy new.
What type of lawn mower do you need? There are a myriad of choices, including: cylinder lawn mowers, hover mowers, rotary electric lawn mowers, drum mowers, self-propelled lawn mowers and ride-on mowers. Each type has pros and cons. All will get the job done; it just depends on what is best-suited for your situation.

Selecting the right lawn mower will ensure your grass looks great and is a long-term investment. If you need help determining the best lawn mower for your yard, be sure to email us or give us a call. We’re always more than happy to help.