Turf & Garden Care
What is the best time of year to begin a landscape project?
Our design team never stops working throughout the year in order to provide the landscape designs that clients desire, that being said, it is best to contact us early in the year to plan your next landscape project. The H&H team works hard transforming landscapes from April to December, if the ground is in a workable state we will continue to provide new landscapes.
Why do you encourage weekly lawn mowing?
Have you ever heard of the 1/3 rule in regards to turf care? The goal is to maintain an acceptable turf height that looks great and is also acceptable for the intended use of the turf grass. Lawn mowing more that 1/3 of the total turf grass height can result in overall stress to the plants and created a weaker plant.
Turf grasses require the process of photosynthesis (along with every green plant) in order for successful growth. If the 1/3 rule is not followed the process of photosynthesis will be diminished and ultimately create a weaker plant.
Is it bad for the turfgrass to leave grass clippings?
Absolutely not! Grass clippings (also known at verdure) are a valuable resource of nutrients of natural fertilization such as nitrogen and other desirable nutrients. In addition, over time the deposing grass clipping will eventually turn to organic matter to improve your soil profile if you're subject to sandy conditions. Of course, it is not desirable to have excessive grass clippings on a lawn and in this case bagging would be a better option.
I notice that you cut my lawn in different directions every week. Why?
Mowing the lawn at different angles, preferably right angles, each week will promote upright growth and minimize horizontal growth orientation.
How is your lawn mowing equipment maintained?
All lawn mowing equipment meticulously maintained, including daily blade sharpening, decontamination washing and regularly scheduled services.
Why is soil compaction bad for my lawn?
The decrease of total pore space can lead to decreased drainage within the soil profile, poor root growth and air exchange. What does this all mean?
Lack of water drainage will lead to wasted irrigation water due to runoff and the inability to reach the turf grass roots where it is needed.
With the inability for irrigation and/or rain water to reach deeper into the soil profile, the turf grass roots have no need to grow and search for needed water and therefore has no need to develop stronger root systems.
Oxygen is essential for root respiration and growth. In order for nutrient absorption into the plant it is required that oxygen is present. Oxygen has little to no presence with a compacted soil profile.
What is thatch in a lawn?
The thatch layer is the combination of living and dead stems, leaves and roots that are decomposing between the blades of turf grass and the soil. Thatch in a normal layer to be present and in fact beneficial to the overall ecosystem of a lawn. Thatch in the depth of about ½ inch will contribute to turf grass resiliency in heavy traffic situations.
However, excessive thatch that is thicker than ½ inch can contribute to possible turf grass diseases, inefficiency in water and nutrient adsorption.
Does grass clippings contribute to excessive thatch?
On the contrary, grass clippings help promote healthy microorganisms that help decompose the thatch layer.
How can I conserve my irrigation water?
Following the one third rule in regards to mowing height versus overall turf grass height. Ensure mower blades are always sharp and raise the mowing height as the soil/air temperatures rise. Alleviate soil compaction to promote root growth along with eliminating weed competition in the turf grass.
I may have a white grub issue in my lawn. How do I solve this issue?
This process starts with the proper identification of the insect and once this has been determined you will then choose the appropriate insecticide (traditional, biological or organic) to treat the lawn areas. The most important component to the process is the timing of application; the life cycle needs to be analyzed in order to maximize treatment.
I see patches of a red/pink hue with tiny thread like objects within the grass blades. What is this?
This is a common lawn turf grass disease called red thread (also known as Pink Patch) as a result of low fertility, lack of sunlight and drought. There are some simple strategies for treating this issue and one of the most common is to simply maintain your proper fertility levels. Changing your irrigation schedule to longer watering intervals but less frequent while avoiding afternoon watering. Maintaining sharp mower blades along with bagging the grass clipping while mowing to avoid spread is essential. In some cases, inspection of the thatch layer be necessary.
Why do we prune shrubs?
Pruning helps maintain the shape and size of the shrub along with encouraging flowering, discourage unwanted pests and sometimes bring new life to old overgrown shrubs. If a shrub is left un-pruned eventually the shrub will become overtaken by its old woody stems.
How do I schedule a consultation?
Simply give us a call or an email! We pride ourselves on responsive communication and education to the client. We love having a conversation and gathering useful information about your landscape needs. We will then schedule a date and time to perform a walk-through of the property. Clicking here will take you right to our contact page.
What happens during the landscape design process?
Starting with a call phone and in person meeting/walkthrough of the property, our goal is to understand your needs and wants from your landscape to provide a design that encompasses your ultimate goal. We then use the information gathered to develop a landscape plan along with overall cost to present to you. Our second in-person meeting will involve presenting the landscape plan and quote to you along with discussing timeframes, required equipment, project goals, any and all special requests from the client. Once our second meeting has been concluded and the landscape design has been finalized along with a signed agreement and 50% deposit. We will book a start date and begin the transformation!
Who will be working on my Property?
We take pride in developing relationships with our clients on several different levels from management to the skilled and knowledgeable crew members that visit your property. There is little to no employee turnover which means you will see the same individuals on your property throughout the season. Employees are exposed to a long interview process that focuses on education, science and customer service to ensure that H&H is providing the highly level of service to the client.
What areas do you service for estate care?
Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Natick, Wellesley, Wayland, Weston, and Sudbury.
What areas do you service for landscape design and installation?
Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Duxbury Lexington, Lincoln, Medfield, Natick, Needham, Newton, Newton Centre, Newtonville, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waban, Wayland, Wellesley, West Newton, Weston, and Westwood.
Does H&H offer snow removal services?
Yes, we offer snow plowing, shoveling and salt applications in limited areas that are Natick and surrounding towns.
Where can I view your landscape projects?
Our landscape installations and estate care can be viewed at our Landscape Installation page.
Are you insured?
H&H carries full liability insurance and workman’s compensation; these policies can be viewed upon request.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept checks, bank transfers, along with all major credit cards.
What are my payment terms?
Recurring maintenance programs are billed at the end of each month.
Project payments require 50% deposit with balance due upon completion.
Do you offer free consultations and quotes?
We do offer free consultations and quotes after a quick introductory phone call to understand your landscaping needs.