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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 info@zingidaho.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 info@zingidaho.com.


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, info@zingidaho.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!

 


Bentgrass: Early Detection & Treatment is Crucial to Having a Beautiful Lawn

What is Bentgrass and why should you be concerned about it? Bentgrass is a low growing dense grassy weed. It is what golf courses use on their putting greens and when kept very short it looks neat and uniform. If it is left to grow freely it turns into a scraggly patch that can take over a lawn very quickly. You can usually spot these weed patches at a distance from their blueish tint or sometimes neon green tint. Once it starts showing up as patches in a lawn it can quickly push out desirable grass and transform your entire lawn into a dense odd looking mess. It is starting to show up in many subdivisions and once you get an eye for it you will be able to drive in your subdivision and spot the lawns that have Bentgrass in them. If it shows up in your neighbor’s lawn odds are it will pop up in your lawn as well.

There are a few methods to use to treat Bentgrass. One way is to spot treat the patch with roundup during a summer day when Bentgrass is actively growing. A week later, mow over the area and aerate and overseed. This method may work if you just have a couple of smaller patches and you don’t mind having some round up patches of dead grass in your lawn until it fills in with new grass. Another method to use, especially on lawns heavily covered in Bentgrass, is to give us a call. A special herbicide is applied three times in the fall and then the lawn is aerated and overseeded.  This herbicide is not cheap, but this method is much less expensive than having to tear out all of your lawn and start over. Now is a good time to start these applications.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can come out and take a look at any questionable areas in your lawn. It is definitely something you will want to catch early and stay on top of in order to have a healthy, green and beautiful lawn. You can reach us at (208) 585-9400 or by email info@zingidaho.com.


Fall is Best for Overseeding Cool Season Grasses

Aug. 31, 2018

The prime time to overseed cool-season grasses is late summer to early fall. Fall seeding compliments the natural growth cycles of cool-season grasses. Grasses grow most vigorously during this time of year. The combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures, and cool evenings stimulates fast germination. Cool-season grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (about 60-75 F range). The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance service recommends overseeding at least 45 days before your average first fall frost.

Newly planted grass seed needs consistent moisture making fall an ideal time to overseed when the soil moisture levels fluctuate less. Fall overseeding lessens the chance that the seed may dry out and reduces the need for constant extra waterings on your part.

Why Overseed? Overseeding is simply the method of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. As grasses mature, thinning is normal – especially in high traffic areas. Overseeding keeps your lawn lush and vigorous without starting over from scratch. Overseeding on a regular basis will keep your lawn looking its best. The key is to not wait to overseed until your lawn in looking bare and scarce in spots. Golf courses use the practice of overseeding as a routine maintenance practice to keep their courses looking their best. Prepping the lawn with an aeration prior to placing seed down will help improve the germination rate by allowing water, nutrients, and air to reach the root zone. Aerations are another must have maintenance task for a lawn to look top shape.

If it has been a while since you have overseeded or aerated now is a good time to have that done. The genetic makeup of grass seed today is far more superior than it was just ten years ago. Give Zing a call today at 208-585-9400 or send us an email info@zingidaho.com and we can discuss overseeding options for your lawn. Time spent now on your lawn’s health will pay off well in the spring.


Plant Trees in the Cooler Temperatures of Fall

Aug. 24, 2018

Set your trees up for maximum success by planting them in the cooler temperatures of fall. Generally August, September, and October are the most ideal months of the year as the hottest days of summer are gone and the ground is not yet frozen. During these months there is less chance of sun scorch and drought on newly planted trees. Fall is also the time that trees put energy into new root growth verses new leaf growth so planting in the fall helps them develop stronger roots. Help your trees put down a good set of roots now so when spring comes they will have a foot forward into the growing season of spring and summer.

Here is an article on proper planting of trees:  New Tree Planting