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12 Feb 2019
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Flea and Tick Care

As the warmer weather is approaching here in Northeastern PA, Green Machine Lawn Care is gearing up toward treating lawns and yards for those dreaded and disease-ridden pests that are prevalent in our area. Fleas and ticks present a threat to pets not only in the warmer spring and summer months but year round. They are especially more active beginning as soon as March in Northeastern and Eastern PA. Pet owners know the absolute havoc that an infestation on your pets and in your home can cause. The sheer discomfort is enough to drive your beloved pets insane. Most pet owners will take action to prevent infestation by treating their animals with a monthly tick and flea medicine. Unfortuantely if the problem continues you will have to consider that there are other factors that exist in your home as well as your lawn. Green Machine Lawn Care’s program consists of three applications to control fleas and...

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12 Feb 2019
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White Pine Weevil Control

The White Pine Weevil is considered the most destructive pest of eastern white pine in Northern Pennsylvania. This insect kills the terminal leader of Eastern White Pines. Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Scotch and Austrian Pines may also be attacked. The White Pine Weevil prefers to attack trees exposed to direct sunlight. The leader in the tree eventually dies and leaves what looks like a brown “shepherd’s crook” in the top of the tree. LIFE CYCLE Adults spend the winter in the leaf debris under or near the host trees. Once the weather warms, the insect flies or crawls to the leader of the host. Most feeding is done within 10 inches of the terminal buds. From mid-April through early May, females mate and each deposits 1-5 eggs in the feeding wounds. After hatching in about 7 days, the heavily infested terminal is attacked by the larvae who feed side...

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12 Feb 2019
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Create A Beautiful Landscape With These Tree Trimming Tips

Spring is nearing the end, and there are only a few things left remaining on your to-do list. Get out your summer clothes, spring clean your home and tidy up your lawn. So if your weekend plans involve running to the nursery to pick up a few new plants, or tree trimming, this post is for you. If you’ve never had a backyard or even a patch of grass for that matter, the idea of maintaining your lawn can be daunting. Which plants will flourish; how often should you trim your trees; where do you even begin? If you find yourself overwhelmed, fear not: our team at Green Machine Lawn, Tree, and Shrub Care is here to help. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to successfully trim and prune your new lawn. Know the Pruning Basics As a homeowner, it’s important to know why we prune trees in the first...

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21 May 2018
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White Pine Weevil Control

What is a White Pine Weevil The White Pine Weevil is considered the most destructive pest of eastern white pine in Northern Pennsylvania. This insect kills the terminal leader of Eastern White Pines. Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Scotch and Austrian Pines may also be attacked. The White Pine Weevil prefers to attack trees exposed to direct sunlight. The leader in the tree eventually dies and leaves what looks like a brown “shepherd’s crook” in the top of the tree. LIFE CYCLE Adults spend the winter in the leaf debris under or near the host trees. Once the weather warms, the insect flies or crawls to the leader of the host. Most feeding is done within 10 inches of the terminal buds. From mid-April through early May, females mate and each deposits 1-5 eggs in the feeding wounds. After hatching in about 7 days, the heavily infested terminal...

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18 May 2018

Weed Control For Your Lawn And Beds

Do you ever ask yourself “How can I do a better job controlling weeds in my flower beds?” If so you’re certainly not alone. Weed control in our flower beds and around our landscaping can be a never-ending nightmare, right? Mulching yearly, using weed mats and even using pre-emergent products can reduce hand weeding, but even after all that work breakthrough of unwanted weeds and vegetation is seemingly inevitable. This problem is okay for those homeowners in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area who love spending time in their gardens or have the time to manicure their home’s exteriors, but for some who simply do not have the time or desire to deal with hand weeding a few times a week, there are solutions that won’t break the bank. Under $200.00 a year will cover the cost to treat most mulch bed areas every time one of Green Machine's professional lawn care technician fertilizes your lawn. This gives...

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14 May 2018

Mulching Tips To Make Your Garden Beds Stand Out

No doubt, applying a layer of mulch is one of the best things you can do for your trees and bedding plants. Not only will it be aesthetically pleasing by adding color and texture to a landscape, but mulch also helps to retain moisture, suppress the growth of weeds, and act as an insulator.  Organic mulches also have many natural benefits such as: Help prevent soil compaction, act as a soil conditioner, and even encourage the presence of natural aerators, like earthworms. Add nutrients by contributing to the availability of potassium and can add nitrogen, phosphorus, and trace elements to the soil. Are an ideal way to make use of recycled yard waste. Mulching materials can either be organic or inorganic. Common organic mulches include: wood chips shredded bark pine needles shredded leaves straw Lawn clippings and even crop by products such as ground corncobs and hulls from buckwheat or cocoa beans...

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25 Apr 2018

Extend The Life Of Your Lawn Mower

Whatever kind of lawn mower you have, proper maintenance should help keep it going a decade or more. Consumer Reports, working to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change, offers the most common ways to have your machine humming. Gasoline degrades and gums up over time. Ethanol in the gas can compound the problem by degrading rubber and plastic parts and coating linkages. • Add stabilizer, particularly one designed for ethanol, to gas before fueling. • Siphon extra fuel out of a walk mower, and run it dry at the end of the season. • For a tractor or rider, either run it dry or top off the gas tank so that there’s no room for condensation — but be sure to add stabilizer to gas first. CHANGE THE OIL Using sufficient, clean oil is what keeps your mower or tractor engine from overheating and failing prematurely, Consumer...

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18 Apr 2018

Spring Aerating And Over Seeding In Northeastern Pennsylvania

What are Aeration and Overseeding? It is a procedure that uses a machine to remove plugs or soil and then places them on top of the soil surface. By eliminating these plugs you all the oxygen to fill in the holes relieving compaction. It is during this time that you should overseed your lawn with beneficial blends of turfgrass. By using newer strands of seed, your lawn will have higher resistance to disease, more exceptional ability to withstand drought, and in most situations, a much healthier and vibrant appearance. Low fertility, in combination with the extreme constant heat of the summer, potential diseases and compaction affect the ability of turf grass to thicken your lawn. All of these stresses will make a lot of sparse areas; some may be small and some big. The overseeding process thickens the lawn by placing new seed, and ultimately new grass plants, into these...

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02 Apr 2018

Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home

Sunshine, warmth, longer days, and family cookouts, all of these say spring is here, and summer is coming! One thing no one looks forward to is mosquitoes. At Green Machine Lawn Care we are often asked how we can eliminate mosquitos from lawns or around the home. The best way to deal with mosquitoes is prevention. The optimal method for controlling mosquitoes is to prevent the population eruption from ever happening. Mosquitos are not only annoying, but they can pose some pretty significant health risks as well. Again the key here is prevention. There is no need to spend your spring and summer holed up inside your home, nervously wielding a can of bug spray. Follow these tips to help keep those mosquitos at bay: REMOVE ALL STANDING WATER Removing all standing water should be at the top of your "to-do" list. It is probably the most important thing you...

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27 Mar 2018

Repairing Snow Mold, Vole, and Mole Damage

The snow from our latest Nor'Easter is assuredly giving way under the spring sun. What you may be noticing about your lawn, as it is revealed is that it is looking less than "spring-like." Hopefully, you have a trusted lawn care specialist in your area to call in for some grooming. Extended lengths of snow cover can cause a whole host of lawn problems. As we are heading further into the spring season, Green Machine, who has been serving the greater Northeastern Pennsylvania area for over 38 years, has been seeing more and more winter damage. The extreme lows and highs are affecting our yards more than we initially know. For those lawns that were not necessarily in ideal condition going into the winter season, snow may have made it appear to have "worked out" the flaws. However, it is only a mask. Thethe condition has not improved, in fact,...

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