Snow Mold Prevention
Now that winter is here it is a good time to remind ourselves how to take care of our lawns during the dormant season. One major common winter disease is snow mold. Snow mold, also known as snow rot, occurs when snow, leaves or other debris stays on the ground for extended periods of time during the winter months. The longer the lawn is suffocated the more the snow mold will spread. We noticed quite a bit of it in the valley the winter of “Snowmageddon” as we were forced to heap more snow onto our lawns than normal that winter, but it can happen whenever a lawn is suffocated during the winter season. Here are a few helpful tips to prevent snow mold from occurring on your lawn. Obviously some of these items should have been taken care of earlier in the season, but it is still informative nonetheless. Just be sure to do all you can to help your lawn survive the winter season.
- Mow your lawn a little shorter than usual in preparation for winter. Extra-long grass is a breeding ground for snow mold.
- Rake up your leaves and keep your lawn as clear as you can. Leaves, snow and debris can suffocate a lawn and is an ideal environment for snow mold.
- Go easy on nitrogen as too much applied late in the season can invite snow mold. Make sure your last lawn food application is a quality slow-release lawn winterizer.
- Avoid creating large piles of snow. As you clear snow from sidewalks and driveways avoid creating deep snow piles on the lawn that take a long time to melt.
- Rake the infected area to break up the crusted, matted grass as soon as the weather permits.
- If you suspect snow mold in the spring overseed the damaged areas of your lawn to speed recovery.
Keep a good eye on your lawn this winter and feel free to contact us anytime if you suspect any issues arising. You can call or email us at 208-585-9400 or email@example.com.
Corwyn’s Cause ~ A Time of Giving
Once again it will be our privilege to help “brighten the skies” of several well deserving families this holiday season! We are happy to be a part of this great program and will be helping light up 17 homes this season. Corwyn’s Cause is a local Treasure Valley non-profit organization whose mission is to bring uplifting support to medically fragile and terminally ill children and their families. While in the hospital these type of patients receive visits from charities, support groups, superheros, santas, and receive gifts, etc. When they move to hospice care they find themselves alone and without emotional support as charities do not work with children’s hospice.
View a KTVB interview from 2017:
Corwyn’s Cause reaches out to local organizations throughout the Treasure Valley locating services and products that might lift the spirits of these struggling children and their families. This is a great cause! If you would like to donate so these products and services, including our Christmas light service, can be made available to more families please visit their site and click on the donate button – Thank you!
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What Our Christmas Light Service Includes
Our Christmas light service includes several aspects. Our goal is to provide an all-inclusive service that makes it simple for our clients to enjoy. The following are all included in our Christmas light service:
- We contact clients in early fall to schedule their Christmas light installation
- We provide the lights which are custom fit to client’s home or office
- Clients can choose their color scheme as we screw in each bulb individually
- Professional and sharp looking installations include timers and all necessary supplies
- Maintenance of the lights during the season – clients must contact us about any needed repairs
- Removal of lights in January and February based on mother nature – we cannot remove lights in freezing temperatures
- Storage of lights which adds to our efficiency the next season
That’s our process in a nutshell! We would love to add your home or office to our light schedule this year! Give us a call or an email for a free estimate! 208-585-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tis’ The Season Here at Zing
Our Christmas light season is well under way! We are probably the first in the valley to get ready for the holidays, besides Costco ;). Football season gets us going early in the fall as some of our clients decorate with their team colors and light them up on game days!
Preparation here at Zing begins in August and September getting supplies and trailers stocked. We start installations late September/early October. Our crews are running six days a week until the last light bulb is in place about the middle of December. We are fortunate to have this aspect of our business running to keep all of our lawn care employees employed through the winter season. We pick up a handful of seasonal workers too – usually returned church missionaries with downtime before they head off to college in January. Our office staff keeps our crews running efficiently and manages all of the scheduling. We could not function without them! We appreciate our employees and the hard work they put into helping our clients have a merry and bright holiday season! Our employees are honest and dependable and we trust them to provide high quality services for our clients. Say hello the next time they are at your property and get to know them if you haven’t already!
We have been installing and maintaining Christmas lights for over eight years. Many of our first clients are still with us today. We light up over 1000 businesses and homes in the valley including West Valley Medical Center, all the Smoky Mountain Pizza’s from Mt. Home to Nampa, all the Mister Car Washes, and several other businesses including dental offices, spa’s, and furniture stores. But the majority of our business comes from residential homeowners who enjoy the added holiday charm and touch our services offer.
Give us a call or shoot us an email if you would like to try our Christmas light services out! 208-585-9400 or email@example.com.
Preventing Winter Sunscald
Tree sunscald, sometimes known as southwest injury, is damage to the bark of the tree facing the sun, which in our area is the southwest side. Recently planted trees, young trees, and trees with thin bark are more susceptible to sunscald. Sunscald happens most often during periods of fluctuating temperatures. In our area this primarily occurs in late winter when the south side of trees warm up from direct exposure to sunlight during the day causing the fluid in the bark tissues to warm up and start flowing. Then as evening comes with freezing temperatures the tree bark tissues do not have time to re-acclimate or regain cold hardiness quick enough to withstand freezing. The living bark fluid freezes and damage occurs. This may take several episodes of thawing and freezing to create the damage, but ultimately will take a toll on your trees. Sunscald can also occur during the summer time when trees are heavily pruned suddenly exposing bark that had previously been shaded from direct intense sunlight. Symptoms include a sunken area on the trunk with dried, cracked, and peeling bark exposing deadwood underneath. Sunscald wounds become an opening for disease and insects to invade.
Because sunscald is caused by exposure to direct sunlight, prevention methods include protecting the trunk and lower branches from the sun. Some methods include leaving lower branches on young trees to help shade the trunk, planting new trees in areas where they will be shaded by buildings, fences or evergreens, or placing a lightly colored upright board on the southwest side of the tree to shade the trunk bark during the winter time. Light-colored or white tree wraps reflect light and can also be used to help prevent sunscald by keeping the tree bark temperatures lower. Tree wraps should be applied in late fall and removed as soon as possible in the spring after the possibility of a hard frost has passed. If not removed, the wraps can become a harbor for insects and disease. Depending on the severity of sunscald damage, most healthy trees will seal or callus over the damaged area over a period of several years. By keeping the tree as healthy and as vigorous as possible will help aid in the tree’s ability to heal over the wound.
If you would like us to take a look at your trees and offer recommendations to protect them from sunscald call or email us today at 208-585-9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #4
Sprinkler Blow Outs – It is crucial in our area to have our irrigation systems blown out prior to the onset of freezing temperatures to prevent line breaks over the winter months. Be sure to get this scheduled in late fall. Here are a few companies we refer our clients too:
Eagle River Sprinkler – (208) 914-5891
Sprinklers Blown Out – (208) 435-2022
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #3
Mowing – Just as mowing a lawn lower than the minimum height during the summer heat causes stress to a lawn, mowing a lawn short during colder fall temperatures has the same damaging effects. The root crown and root zone must be protected from the heat and cold. When cool temperatures arrive, raise your blade level to one half inch above your summer cutting height. Then on your final mowing of the season lower your blade height to one half inch lower than your normal summer cutting height. By cutting slightly lower than the summer normal height on your last mowing removes more top blade that can be exposed to winter disease such as winter mold.
Raking – It is important to remove all large piles of debris and leaves from a lawn prior to winter and snowfall. Large quantities of debris will not break down quickly and will suffocate a lawn providing a moist home for disease organisms to invade.
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #2
Fall Fertilizer – Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize your lawn and a good fertilizing program is an essential part of a great looking lawn all year round. As temperatures cool off grass slows its top growth and begins storing nutrients in its root zone in preparation for the harsh winter months ahead. The grass begins taking in nutrient reserves it will need throughout the winter and in the early spring. This important cycle determines the health and vitality of next summer’s lawn. In the spring your lawn will wake up a lot quicker and healthier due to the nutrient intake prior to dormancy. Adding a fall fertilizer also strengthens the plant’s resilience to disease throughout the winter and spring while in its dormant (or weakened) state. Time spent feeding your lawn and controlling weeds in the fall will pay significant dividends next spring.
Fall Weed Control – Fall is the best time to control dandelions and other perennial weeds common to Idaho. In the fall plants begin preparing for winter by moving nutrients produced by photosynthesis to the roots for winter storage. If herbicides are applied at this time, the chemicals are transported by the plant to the roots along with the nutrients, killing the entire plant instead of just the parts above the soil surface. This process works in the opposite direction in spring and summer, when nutrients produced are sent to the leaves and upper parts of the plant for growth. Herbicide applications made during this time often kills only the top foliage. If the roots remain alive, the weed will regenerate and continue to cause problems through the summer requiring multiple herbicidal treatments. If you would like to get a good jump on the weeds your property may face next year now is the time to act. By treating weeds in late fall before the weeds go into dormancy transports the herbicide down to the roots, eliminating their invasiveness in the spring.
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #1
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #1
Fall Aeration – Lawn aerations reduce soil compaction, improve nutrient, water and oxygen intake, and breaks up thick thatch layers. High traffic areas will greatly benefit from an aeration. With improved movement of important key elements the root zone is stimulated and growth occurs. Combine aerating with a fall fertilizer application and the root zone will be able to store more nutrients needed during the harsh winter months and will greatly benefit your lawn next summer.
Give us a call or an email if you would like to schedule a fall lawn aeration 208-585-9400, email@example.com. Be sure to ask about a fall fertilizing treatment to go along with your aeration as well!
Christmas Light Scheduling is Beginning This Month
Sept. 14, 2018
Yes, it is that time of year when our office is gearing up for our Christmas light season. Our existing clients will receive an email this month indicating when installations can be scheduled. Please be on the lookout for that email and take advantage of getting on our schedule quickly as slots fill up incredibly fast. Be sure to wait until the green light is given though to give our office staff the prep time they need to properly prepare for that (one of our busiest times of the year). We anticipate another fantastic light season to welcome in the holidays and look forward to lighting up the Treasure Valley!