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Is there a right and wrong time for lawn mowing?
Is there a right and wrong way of mowing the lawn? Any tips?
What type of lawn grass are there to choose from?
What is the difference between compost and mulch?
Why won't my lilacs bloom?
Is DBM Landscaping eco friendly?
   
Question: Is there a right and wrong time for lawn mowing?

Answer: Yes. Lawn mowing should not be done when the grass is wet (under which conditions disease can be introduced, plus you incur the risk of slipping and getting injured). Also, lawn mowing in the evening puts less stress on the lawn than lawn mowing when the sun is pounding down in the afternoon.


Question: Is there a right and a wrong method of lawn mowing?

Answer: Yes. Alternate the direction in which you mow each lawn mowing session. You will thereby prevent your grass from "getting into a rut" (literally). If your lawn mower wheels pass over the same area in the same direction each time you mow, they'll form ruts over time. Switching lawn mowing patterns also wisely avoids having the lawn mower blade beating at the grass in the same direction at every mowing.

 
Question: What types of lawn grass are there to choose from?

Answer: Your choice depends in part on where you live. I'll give two examples to illustrate types of lawn grass, and where they're best grown: In the southern U.S. "warm-season" grasses are generally grown. These types of lawn grasses grow actively from mid-April to mid-October. As their name implies, they like the warm weather. Bermuda grass is an example of a warm-season type of grass. In the central and northern U.S. you are more likely to see people growing "cool-season" grasses. These types of grasses often grow the most in the moderately cool temperatures of late spring and early fall -- the heat of summer slows them down. Kentucky bluegrass is an example of a cool-season type of grass. Don't forget that, in addition to lawn grasses, there are also "ornamental" grasses. Ornamental grasses can also be classified according to whether they are warm-season or cool-season grasses.

 
Question: What is the difference between compost and mulch?

Answer: Compost should be worked into the soil (eventually, at least) to make it more fertile. Mulch, by contrast, is spread atop the soil, both to protect the soil from the elements and to suppress weeds. While it is true that organic mulches will eventually decompose, thereby themselves becoming compost, their function as long as they serve as mulch is distinct from the function of compost.
   
Question: Why Won't My Lilacs Bloom?

Answer: "Why aren't my lilacs blooming" is a cry heard far and wide. Yes, lilacs often infuriate people, because they are so slow to bloom. You have to be really patient with lilacs, and they are worth the wait....

Answer: The general advice for inducing plants to bloom is to apply phosphorus to the soil. But there is another "trick" you can try to speed up flowering on lilacs:

1. Fill a bucket with a gallon of water, and stir 2 oz. of Epsom salts into it. 2. Then pour this solution onto your lilacs when they are in a period of dormancy (late fall / early spring).

But mainly, you just have to wait. I waited 5 years for a "sucker" to bloom that I transplanted from an old stand of lilacs. At the end of the 5-year wait, I was finally rewarded with blooms, without doing anything specific to get it to bloom -- I just waited.

Question: Is DBM Landscaping eco friendly?

Answer: In Short, Yes. Here's how we accomplish this:

1. We use natural and organic products and techniques for landscape maintenance
2. Compost! Which occurs naturally in nature, reduces municipal waste and boosts a plants immune system
3. Use rain barrels to irrigate and landscape
4. Cut-down on energy use to using solar-powered landscape lights
5. Convert to drip irrigation systems
6. Plant evergreen trees to block cold winter winds
7. Plant deciduous  shade trees to reduce energy use

   
Some of Our Services Include: We Specialize in Winter Services For:
   
- Commercial Grounds Maintenance - Corporate Office Buildings
- Commercial Landscape Installation - Retail Shopping Centers
- Professional Snow Management - Industrial Properties
- Residential / Estates Ground Maintenance - Large Parking Areas
- Residential Design and Installation - Institutional Facilities
- Sustainability Green Practices - Hospitals
  - Healthcare Facilities
Questions or Comments? Please contact us. - Sports Complexes
   
Our Service Areas Include:

Ajax | Algonquin Park | Amherstburg | Arnprior | Aurora | Bancroft | Barrie | Belleville | Bowmanville | Bracebridge | Brampton | Brantford | Brockville | Burlington | Cambridge | Chatham | Cobourg | Cochrane | Collingwood | Cornwall | Downsview | Dryden | Elliot Lake | Etobicoke | Flamborough | Flesherton | Fort Erie | Fort Frances | Gananoque | Georgetown | Gloucester | Gravenhurst | Grimsby | Guelph | Haliburton | Hamilton | Hawkesbury | Huntsville | Ingersoll | Jordan | Kanata | Kapuskasing | Kemptville | Kenora | Killarney | Kincardine | Kingston | Kirkland Lake | Kitchener | Leamington | London | Mactier | Marathon | Markham | Midland | Milton | Mississauga | Mount HopeMuskoka | Napanee | Nepean | New Liskeard | Newmarket | Niagara Falls | Niagara-on-the-Lake | North Bay | North York | Oakville | Orangeville | Orillia | Oshawa | Ottawa | Owen Sound | Parry Sound | Pelee Island | PembrokePerth | Petawawa | Peterborough | Pickering | Picton | Port Carling | Port Elgin | Port Hope | Port Loring | Port Perry | Rexdale | Richmond Hill | Ridgetown | Sarnia | Sault Ste Marie | Scarborough | Schomberg | Simcoe |Sioux Lookout | Smiths Falls | St Catharines | St Thomas | Stratford | Sudbury | Sundridge | Thamesford | Thorold | Thunder Bay | Tillsonburg | Timmins | Toronto | Trenton | Vaughan | Wallaceburg | Wasaga Beach | Waterloo | Wawa | Welland | Whitby | Wiarton | Windsor | Woodstock
   
Landscaping Facts and General Information:
   
Grass Fertilization – In the fall, apply a high phosphorus starter fertilizer immediately following germination of winter Rye Grass. Heavy watering will necessitate additional fertilizer about the time of the first mowing but you should have backed off the watering frequency way before the first mowing.  Use a part quick/part slow release fertilizer like 21-7-14 for follow-up and repeat every six weeks as needed throughout the season or sooner if yellowing starts. Try not to over-water to conserve fertilizer and water. Make your last winter fertilizer application in February. You can resume fertilization in May when the Bermuda begins growing again and continue every six weeks through August. 
   
Fertilize shrubs – Once in the spring will do unless plant color and vigour indicate additional nutrients are needed. Use a balanced fertilizer, one that has a formulation containing all the major nutrients.
   
Fertilize fruit trees – In this area we are talking primarily about citrus. Feed your trees with a fertilizer specifically formulated for citrus and apply in early spring, mid-summer and end of summer.
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