Growing a Greener Lawn

Great Choices for Your Lawn:

native meadow

Native Meadow

native grasses

Native Grasses

hybrid bermuda

Hybrid Bermuda

zoysia

Zoysia

fescue / bluegrass

Fescue / Bluegrass

 

 

 

 

A recent NASA analysis of satellite imagery shows that nearly 50,000 square miles of turf are under cultivation in the United States, making grass the single largest irrigated crop in the country. The health of all that grass depends directly on the health of the soil in which it grows. Paul Tukey, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual, suggests these ways to keep lawn soil in good shape.

Follow Directions – Home application of pesticides and fertilizers often vastly exceeds that of agricultural use in pounds per acre. If you choose to use lawn chemicals, make sure to apply the correct amount. More is not better–and can be harmful to plants, pets, and people.

Water Wisely – The best time to water is early morning. Watering at night may encourage mold growth or disease. Try to water once a week, rather than daily.

Plant Clover – Until a pesticide company started marketing it as a weed in the 1960s, clover–which is actually a legume–was an essential part of commercial grass seed mixtures. It still should be. Nodules on clover roots store nitrogen and deliver it to the soil around the plant more efficiently than synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

Mow High – For most grass species, set mower blades to cut at a height of about three inches. Higher grass prevents weeds and helps soil retain moisture. And leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. They work as a natural fertilizer and will decompose within a few days.

This information above was taken from a recent National Geographic article.

 

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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!

Kae

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

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!

JA