Get your yard in shape for spring!

Ah. The first day of spring is upon us.

It’s a great time to take stock of your yard. Lawns need spring cleaning, too!

1. Rake away thatch. Thatch is all the stuff that’s been intertwining with your grass over the winter — leaves, clippings, and dead weeds among them. It’s important to remove thatch because it can prevent sunlight and water from reaching your grass, and you need these nutrients more than ever now that grass is sprouting again.

2. Mow only when grass needs it. Set your mower blades at their highest setting, and plan to remove no more than 1/3 of the blade height of the grass. In other words, just a trim, please! Mowing too much can impair growth.

3. Use lawn fertilizer only if necessary. You can get your soil tested to be certain what nutrients you need to add. One of the dangers of nitrogen is that it causes cell elongation, which is exactly what makes blades of grass so lush and beautiful. But these elongated cells are also more susceptible to drought and fungus. What you do want fertilizer for is a bit of top growth. Overfertilization, in addition to elongating cell structure, can also encourage root growth, which we don’t want at this time of year. We want strong roots to absorb and store moisture in the fall.

4. Trim trees and shrubs if needed. If winter has taken its toll by breaking limbs or branches, remove them now.

5. Turn your compost heap. Turning your compost heap and speed up the decomposition process. Also, you can dig in some compost into your lawn or garden.

6. Weeding now saves weeding later! Yes, you have to get down on your knees and remove weeds. But if you do it now, before plants flower and seed, you’ll save a lot of work later. Consider this: weeds can produce as many as 10,000 seeds each. If you need to, soak the soil you’re weeding— it’s much easier to pull weeds up by the roots if the soil is moist.

7. Check for aphids. You can turn plant leaves over and see evidence of aphids, so that you know whether you need to treat. Use sustainable methods to remove the pests, or call us at 757.229.9668.

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony