Happy first day of Spring!
Although this winter was milder than past winters, having a variety of warm days mixed with cold gave many an extended case of Spring Fever (including us here at Paradise Lawns). Weather is always unpredictable in the Midwest and warm weather, just because Spring has been officially declared, is not guaranteed. However, the days continue to grow longer; warming the soil until it reaches the right temperature to set new growth in motion. Let’s look at 5 things you can do this spring to set your lawn up for success this summer.
Timing is everything
This past Sunday, approximately 100 million people tuned in to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 Super Bowl. Training and teamwork got them to the Super Bowl, but timing determined the winner in the end. Unless each throw, tackle or catch is timed just right, the play isn’t successful. The ability to know when the time is right is an important element in many aspects of our lives, not just when we play sports. However, it is often overlooked until failure results from poor timing. You may wonder why a lawn care company is talking about timing and the Super Bowl. Even though the two don’t seem to have much in common, both football and lawn care treatments need to be accurately timed in order to succeed. Fertilizing too early or too late may result in future problems, so timing is vital for your lawn’s success.
Learn how you can help pollinators this cold, Omaha winter
From early spring to late fall, Paradise Lawns offers the Omaha metro area organic lawn care solutions that are safe for kids, pets and the environment. This includes more “natural” Omaha organic lawn care pollinators like bees and butterflies. Surprisingly, many bees and butterflies don’t migrate south for the winter. So where do they go and how can you help them make it safely to spring?
Christmas is rapidly approaching. As our Christmas holiday lighting technicians string the last strands of lights for our customers, they look forward to a bit of rest and relaxation before ringing in the new year. Like many, a favorite pastime is cozying up with loved ones to watch Christmas movies. Christmas movies are an extension of holiday traditions for many. They reflect current trends and influence viewers. So we thought it would be fun to look at how exterior Christmas lighting has played a part in movies and media.
Did your childhood include exterior holiday lighting?
As kids, my friend and I loved looking at houses decorated with holiday lights. My friend’s house, however, looked more like the Grinch lived there. Not a cheerful light in sight and a father that wouldn’t budge. I was reminded of my friend’s lack of holiday lighting recently at a social gathering when someone brought up the topic of childhood experiences with Christmas decorations. It turns out to be a pretty common experience. Here are some reasons given by parents (and spouses) for not putting up lights during the holiday season.
Is your exterior ready for the holidays?
The Omaha metro area experienced snow, twice already this season! Luckily, neither incident from the end of October stuck around for long. However, it’s a reminder that winter will soon be here to stay (for a bit at least), so it is time to prep for the holidays and get your exterior holiday lights hung. Paradise Lawns offers professional Holiday Lighting services including sales, design, installation, maintenance, take down and storage. Click on our Holiday Lighting page for more information. Still not sure if you should display exterior holiday lights this year? Let’s look at some reasons you should have one of our Lighting Technicians visit today.
Holiday traditions light up your fall and winter
The shorter days and chill in the air signal that the holiday season, with varied holiday traditions, is right around the corner. Here at Paradise Lawns, we are transitioning from organic lawn care to exterior holiday lighting. It’s a nice time to pause and think about how each holiday is unique, just like our customers.
Prepare for spring with fall aeration, dormant grass seed planting and topdressing with compost
We recently talked about the importance of yearly aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost. Ideally, overseeding treatments should be completed by the middle of September. This allows for seed germination and establishment. Although there will most likely be a return to warmer temperatures, we are in a transition period with cooler overnight temps and lower daytime temps. With surrounding states already receiving snowfall and freezing temperatures, it won’t be long before we will be moving towards winter conditions ourselves. What does this mean for your lawn? If you haven’t scheduled your fall maintenance program with us yet, you should do so sooner rather than later.
Your lawn is a living, breathing part of our planet
When life gets busy, it can be easy to forget that your lawn is a living, breathing part of our planet. “Many organisms inhabit soil: bacteria, fungi, algae, invertebrates (insects, nematodes, slugs, earthworms) and vertebrates (moles, mice, gophers).“ There is an entire world below your feet. Don’t let compacted soil choke your lawn this fall. Help it breathe with aeration.