Lawn, Tree & Shrub Care
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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13 Mar 2018

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...

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13 Aug 2014

Pest Prevention for Summer Picnics

Fall may be right around the corner, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy Summer barbecues, outdoor parties, and grilling. If you've had enough of those irritating little pests bothering you while you're trying to eat and relax with your family and friends, here's some helpful tips to get them to bug off. Whether you've been dealing with flies, ants, or stinging insects, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says you basically have two options ... you can either manage your uninvited guests or do your best to prevent them from showing up in the first place. And according to the Vice President of Public Affairs of the NPMA, Missy Henriksen, there are other more serious drawbacks to summer pests other than general annoyance. Henriksen states, "Not only do the annoy and irritate your guests, but they can also transmit disease and cause painful bites and stings." So, what...

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03 Jul 2014

The 5 Latest Landscaping Trends in 2014

Native Plants With a little bit of research, discovering which plants are native to where you live can be relatively easy. One of the major benefits of working native plants into your landscaping is that they are very likely to thrive if cared for properly. There's a lot of information available to explain which plants are native to your particular planting zone and they are typically very easy to care for. Light It Up Exterior lighting has always been popular for outdoor landscaping, but there are now a lot more creative ways to brighten your garden at night than tiki torches. Electric candles are a fantastic way to illuminate while avoiding the need for constant relighting. Christmas lights are now being used year round, and the clear or white lights look particularly lovely on the hedging or tastefully hung around your deck. Manicured Gardens Like the days of old, gardens...

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17 Jun 2014

Gardening for City Lovers

City living certainly has its advantages: short commute, restaurants at your doorstep, and shopping on every corner. But if you find yourself amidst the concrete longing for a space that will give you a taste of greenery and still allow you to enjoy living downtown, we've got the perfect solution for you. Urban gardening has become one of the hottest trends in the last decade, and it's a lot easier than you may think. Roof top gardens have become extremely popular, particularly in larger cities, and there's nothing stopping you from creating a beautiful outdoor garden of your very own. Many city dwellers wish they could plant a vegetable garden but are worried it won't thrive in city conditions. You may be surprised to find out that most types of vegetables grow extremely well in containers if they are planted and cared for properly. We suggest selecting shallow rooted plants...

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13 Mar 2014

Easy Compost in 30 Days

Have you ever considering making your own easy compost to give your garden the nutrients it so desperately needs? If you're interested in finding organic methods to care for your lawn and garden, making your own compost can be easier than you think. Your garden's health depends on the quality of the soil, and using your own compost mix is the most effective way to ensure you know exactly what you're putting on your soil. Instead of throwing away valuable nutrients, you can create the perfect compost to fertilize your garden. Although there are several ways to make your own compost, the fastest way is to create what is called a "hot" or active compost pile. Be sure to give your compost pile a healthy supply of air and water to keep the decay process on track. Follow these simple steps and you'll be composting in no time. Step One: Make...

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13 Mar 2014

Helpful Tips for Spring Garden Clean Up

As the snow is starting to melt, signs of Spring are in the air. And like many gardeners, the first sight of thawed earth will surely raise your spirits and kick start your garden planning process. But before you begin sifting through your gardening books and strategizing this year's blooms, there's a lot of hard work ahead of you to get that garden of yours cleaned up and ready for planting. As the muddy blanket of ice slowly begins to recede, you're sure to find a lot more debris scattered around your lawn than you bargained for. Even though the March temperatures are incredibly unpredictable, there's still a lot you can do to get a jump start on your clean up efforts. Time to Prune Go ahead and grab your clippers and pruning sheers. March is the perfect time to inspect your garden's bushes and shrubs and prune back the...

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13 Feb 2014

How to Bring Indoor Comfort to Outdoor Living

If you love seasonal changes, Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of the best places to live and enjoy your natural surroundings. But why nature watch from behind your window pane when you could be relaxing outside and taking in the fresh air? Bring the indoors outdoors with these great outdoor living tips! 1. Make Your Home's Entrance Welcoming What does your front porch or entrance way say about your home? Does it welcome company? Would do you look forward to curling up on the front porch with a hot cup of coffee? If not, there's a lot you can do to utilize this area; stop treating this space like it's only meant to display your jack-o-lanterns and potted plants. Hanging a rustic porch swing can be the perfect way to create an area that beckons both you and your family outdoors. For a more natural look, consider hanging your swing using...

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12 Feb 2014

The Secret to a Blooming Winter Garden

Are you tired of "waiting 'til Spring" to get started working in the backyard? Many gardening enthusiasts don't realize that they can enjoy their favorite hobby all year round if they know the secret to creating a beautiful winter garden.   There are many plant varieties that flourish during the winter months, and the key is knowing and understanding your Plant Hardiness Zone. Typically, a majority of residents in our state find themselves in the Pennsylvania Plant Hardiness Zone 6. If are unsure of your particular zone, the United States Department of Agriculture website has a very useful tool to help you out. Step 1: Click on the following link to be directed to the USDA website. Step 2: Simply enter your zip code to be provided with your exact Plant Hardiness Zone. Winter Blooming Plants That Thrive in Pennsylvania It is amazing how many varieties of flowering plants are...

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08 Jan 2014

Springtime Monroe County Lawn Care

An amazing summer lawn starts with adequate lawn care in the Spring, and understanding ideal Monroe County lawn care can help ensure your lawn will be the envy of your neighbors. During the winter, your soil can be greatly affected … the heavy snow will compact the earth, alter your ph levels, and even make your lawn vulnerable to disease and a wide variety of unwanted weed growth. As the weather warms and you watch your winter wonderland slowly melt away, you often discover the bald spots and areas of your yard that have been hit the hardest. Not to fear, however, there are many Monroe County Lawn Care techniques that will help bring your dull land back to life. Monroe County Lawn Care Tips One of the most important things you can do is to take care of any problems you find quickly … don't put it off or...

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