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Last month, we discussed some essential late fall landscaping tasks to help prepare for winter. This month, we’ll go into greater detail on one of those important tasks – protecting your shrubs and trees. While your shrubs and trees rest during the cold winter months, they are exposed to potential damage from animals, wind, cold, […]

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Essential Late Fall Landscaping Tasks It’s been one of the strangest fall seasons in recent years with record highs and lows. Our landscape crews are working hard to complete fall cleanups before the end of the season. Make no mistake, winter is coming. Here are some of the final tasks that should be performed before […]

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Unless you don’t mind starting border wars with neighbors by allowing leaves to build up and blow into their yards, a fall cleanup in rural areas like Sussex County is a must. Fallen leaves can damage more than friendships when left all winter. Here’s what you can expect if you decide to skip your fall […]

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Fall is in full swing in Sussex County. It seems that as soon as the beaches close, our weekends are filled with fall activities like leaf peeping drives to places like High Point State Park, pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, football games and more. Of course, back at home those beautiful leaves have already […]

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What is Aeration? Like you, your lawn needs to breath. Over time, rain, snow and foot traffic compact the soil beneath your lawn. This compaction prevents vital air flow to your lawn’s root system, inhibiting its growth. Aeration removes cores of soil and thatch from your lawn, creating channels that allow oxygen, water, and nutrients […]

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We’re halfway through summer – Now is the time to get those shrubs in shape. Why prune? Pruning shrubs benefits the whole plant and serves several purposes including: shape training, removing damage and disease, increasing air circulation, maintaining plant health, and improving growth. Of course, it also helps improve the look of your property. What […]

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There are many causes for brown spots that can usually be diagnosed fairly quickly by a trained professional.  Treatment and prevention will depend on the environment and diagnosis. Let’s take a look at some possibilities: Grubs: In late summer and fall, beetles go underground and lay eggs that later hatch into larvae or grubs. Once […]

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what happens when you hire a lawn service? You save time. Consider how much time it takes to properly maintain your property. Hiring a landscape professional costs less than you think and the time you get back is priceless. Preventative maintenance saves money. Landscape professionals are trained to spot weeds, pests, and diseases before they […]

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The uncomfortable truth is, it can happen to the best of us – an ugly, patchy, lawn. These are the five basic steps you can take to a better lawn. A thorough spring cleanup – Removing the dead leaves and sticks that have accumulated over your lawn since the last fall mowing helps to not […]

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it’s the first day of spring While it seems like the remnants of winter storm Stella will be with us forever, the snow will melt. The forsythia will bloom. The grass will grow. It’s hard to imagine today, but in a few short weeks we’ll be preparing for the first cuts of the season. But […]

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Make a lasting impression. Everyone wants to make the best, first impression. When asked, most people will think of their appearance or their clothes. What would happen if you stopped taking care of yourself? Maybe you stop showering, skip a haircut or two, and start wearing sweats everywhere. Not such a great impression, right? It’s […]

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Winter has finally arrived here in Sussex County! We had our first (minor) storm last week and the forecasters are all talking about more snow from mid-January onward. When faced with snow and slippery driveways, we are often asked what is the best product to help melt the snow and ice. There are 3 main […]

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Every year it seems that Winter comes upon us much too fast, and before you know it you are breaking open the storage containers looking for your favorite hat and pair of gloves. It would seem this year is no exception. It’s already the middle of November with Thanksgiving only a few weeks away!! We […]

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A question I get asked a lot is, “We want to sell our house. What can we do to improve its ‘curb appeal’ and reduce the time on the market?” The people asking the question are considering selling or already have their house on the market and are having a difficult time closing the deal. […]

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Regular pruning of your bushes and shrubs can transform a ragged, scraggly property into an attractive, lush showplace. Pruning is done to remove parts of the plant that are not longer useful. There are many reasons why these parts might no longer benefit the plant. Some reasons are functional and will improve the health of […]

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I get asked the question frequently what is a “Rain Garden” and what are the benefits of one? To paraphrase a common internet source, a rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater runoff from solid areas (like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas) the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces […]

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One of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “What are the best mulch choices and what are some of the benefits? The short answer is the best choices for today’s homeowner is hemlock or cedar, especially those interested insect control. The benefits of these two choices are longevity and overall appearance. The dyed […]

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Having completed the cleanup and treatments of the landscaped beds and lawn areas, it is now time for the treatment of the broadleaf weeds. These can overtake the lawn. Some examples of broadleaf weeds are dandelions, plantain, sow-thistle, ground ivy, wild violet, and clover – just to name a few. The best weed control is […]

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When I last wrote, I said I would next write about the importance of treating the lawn and turf. The program I described in my last post includes specialized treatment of these areas. I will address this now. First, we rake the grass areas by machine or hand. This process will remove any twigs, branches, […]

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Obviously, it has been a harsh winter. Have you considered the overall health and appearance of your landscaped plant beds? We have a program designed specifically to answer this question. First, we prune out any dead or dying branches caused by the severe winter. We also cut out any dead growth caused by disease. By […]

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This Blog is designed to give you an opportunity to tap into Rick’s experience and to ask questions or to read his suggestions. Rick’s expertise is one of Greco Landscaping’s most valuable assets… You can email Rick at rick@grecolandscaping.com   Dear Rick, We love the job you do each spring. We also appreciate your quick […]

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