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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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

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!


Five Stars All Around

We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

True professionals

Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


Ken Blakely

Beyond Satisfied

We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

Tim & Cynthia Porter