It’s that time of year when cold weather starts to set in and the thought of heading outdoors becomes increasingly unappealing. If you’re like the majority of American homeowners, relaxing on the couch in front of a roaring fire sounds good right now. The Turf Pros wants you to put down the remote, bundle up and find new ways to enjoy the colder weather. Make memories with your family and keep active this year.
Take a Road Trip
Bring the excitement and anticipation of holiday planning back into your life by taking a mini vacation. While summers are often filled with weekends spent at the beach or lake, weekends during the winter can leave much to be desired. Make an effort to explore unfamiliar territory in a nearby town or park, visit a landmark or even try winter camping.
Try a New Winter Activity
Fun physical activities don’t begin and end with above-zero temperatures. There is so much to do in the winter season, and almost all of it is kid friendly! Hockey, skiing, snowboarding, skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, curling, and snowtubing are just a few ideas that come to mind.
Take a Hike
The Turf Pros is a huge fan of winter hiking. Hiking on its own is a terrific form of exercise that improves cardio-respiratory fitness, lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke and burns more than 370 calories per hour. Hiking with a foot of snow on the ground? You’ll never get a better workout! Be sure to wear a solid pair of waterproof boots.
Play in the Snow
Plan family activities around weather conditions. From snowball fights to igloo building, snow can easily transform your entire outdoor landscape into your personal playground.
Go Ice Fishing
Fishing can be a peaceful, one-person activity, or an opportunity to enjoy nature’s gifts in the company of friends and family. Ice fishing offer a totally new perspective on the sport than traditional fishing. Learn all about the process of setting up your hut, selecting your bait and tackle and using the latest tricks to help you get the biggest fish.
Spring may seem like a long way off but that’s no reason to hunker down indoors all winter. Go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. You may be surprised by what you find.
What to Ask About Your Lawn
Are you thinking of buying a new home this winter? Purchasing real estate when the cooler weather hits can be tricky, especially if the lawn has gone into dormancy or is covered by a layer of snow. To make sure you’re getting everything you desire in a property, The Turf Pros has put together a list of key questions to ask your agent while you are shopping.
Is there a Home Owner’s Association
This question may not seem related to lawn care but if can be. Many Home Owner’s Associations (or HOAs) have strict rules when to comes to caring for your yard, including how often the lawn must be mowed, watering restrictions or fertilization requirement or restrictions. If a third-party involvement doesn’t align with your lawn care goals, it’s better to find out before it’s too late.
Can I see a picture of the home from the Spring/Summer?
Ask your agent if they can get a picture from the homeowner from seasons past. This can provide you with important information that may otherwise go undiscovered. You’ll be able to find out kind of shape the lawn is in (are there a lot of weeds, is it bare in places, are there landscaping features that are not appealing to you). You can also see if there are any issues with curb appeal and get a clearer picture of where property boundaries are.
Did the previous owners own a dog?
Dog urine can cause extensive damage to grass. While this may not be a deal breaker, it can help you be prepared for the state of your lawn come springtime.
Does The Turf Pros service this neighborhood?
If you want a lawn you can take pride in, then proactively securing professional care before the spring arrives is the smartest move you can make! Finding out what’s available in your local area before you purchase can save you the headache (and time and money!) later on.
Ready to put an end to buyer’s remorse? Ask the right questions when shopping for a home during the winter and keep unwanted springtime surprises at bay.
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In April 2017 The Turf Pros will again begin the battle against crabgrass in the pursuit of the perfect lawn. Crabgrass is only one of the many enemies that can cause our lawns to be less that what we aspire for them to be. In our opinion it is the most insidious in a long list of lawn weeds. Crabgrass left unchecked can take over a lawn in no time. Even in the most well maintained lawns, the threat of crabgrass is ever-present.
Crabgrass is an annual weed that drops its seed in the fall. The seeds will wait until spring when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees for 4 or 5 days in a row, then germinate. Crabgrass seeds can also easily become airborne, allowing them to move from lawn to lawn. Fortunately, there are controls that are effective at preventing crabgrass.
In the spring of 2017, The Turf Pros will be attacking crabgrass from two directions. First, in April an application of fertilizer and pre-emergent crabgrass control called Barricade will be applied. Second, in May an application of fertilizer and pre-emergent crabgrass control called Dimension will be applied. Both products form a barrier in the soil to prevent crabgrass seed from germinating. Dimension has the added benefit of post emergent control in very young crabgrass plants.
These two products along with a post emergent strategy of Q4 Plus, which control crabgrass and yellow nutsedge, will ensure victory over the evil lawn weed called crabgrass. There are many products available at a much lower cost, but crabgrass control is the number one priority for us at The Turf Pros and we will not use lesser products to save a dime.
The Turf Pros is a locally owned and operated business that has been serving clients throughout the Central Massachusetts area for 10 years. The Turf Pros was founded June 2005 with the goal to bring a more personalized, knowledgeable and environmentally friendly lawn care service to our area, while using only the best available products to provide superior results. Throughout the years, adhering to those goals has allowed our company to grow among the large corporate lawn care companies.
We specialize in creating programs to fit the unique needs of our clients and their properties to help them become the envy of their neighborhoods.
Mikal Carrier, Owner – I’m a Graduate of the UMASS Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in Turf Management. In addition, I have over fifteen years experience in the landscape industry. It’s difficult to stay in business in such a competitive market in Worcester County unless you’re ‘doing it the right way’. I have survived and thrived because our commitment is to be the‘best’.
When you choose The Turf Pros, you’re hiring a team of certified experts who understand what it takes to produce the thickest, greenest, and healthiest lawns, Locally owned and operated, we’ve been caring for lawns in the Central Mass area since 2005. We understand our soils, grass types, and weather conditions. We continually research the latest products and techniques, utilizing only the best and safest for our programs.
Only the highest-quality materials are used, including granular natural mineral and organic fertilizers. Our fertilizers are custom formulated based on area soil testing. Each of our lawn application visits is tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual lawn. These customized visits ensure that every lawn has what it needs to reach its optimum potential.
Our lawn technicians are professional who are committed to providing you with the highest level of personalized service and results in the industry. Hundreds of homeowners in the Central Mass area have relied on our individualized approach to lawn care. Put your trust in The Lawn Pros and we’ll create a lawn that’s the envy of your neighborhood.