Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring Rejuvenation

Your lawn needs a little REJUVINATION!

Is your lawn looking a little crispy and dormant?
Mother Nature truly has done her worst this winter and lawns are suffering. What can you do to rejuvenate your lawn come spring? Whether you do-it-yourself or sign up for a rejuvenation program with your local lawn care company, there are three key things you can do to nurture your lawn back to health.

1. Spring Clean up

After being neglected all winter, conduct a spring clean up. Assess your landscape for problem areas and remove sticks and debris that may be compacting the grass.

2. Taking care of weeds

Be sure to sign up for or apply a pre-emergent this early spring to ensure weeds don’t strike when the sun heats up. Taking care of weeds now will make caring for your landscape this season easier.

3. Probiotics

By adding a soil probiotic like Holganix you are enhancing the soil ecosystem and making your fertilizers and herbicides work more effectively. Probiotics will condition the soil with new biology, contribute to lawn root health, protect your turf from disease and make your fertilizers and pesticides work more efficiently at lesser rates.

Sounds like a lot of work? No worries, even the most fearless of DIY homeowners struggle to correctly apply probiotics and pre-emergent herbicide. Check out our rejuvenation program for more information. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Watch Out For Winterkill!

What REALLY happens to your lawn in winter?

Your grass may look dead, but in fact it’s quite alive. When winter arrives, the grass usually goes dormant. But, don’t worry, once temperatures begin to warm up, the grass will “wake up.”
It’s not too early to start thinking about turf rejuvenation

While your turf will naturally “wake up” after dormancy, it can suffer from winter injury. To ensure that your turf is healthy this spring, take these steps and begin thinking about spring rejuvenation.
1. Stay off the lawn if it’s frozen. Turf is more sensitive to being crushed when frozen, so do your best to stay off the grass this winter!

2. Start thinking about adding a probiotic to strengthen turf and soil health in the early spring. At Vivid Lawn we use Holganix, which allows us to jump-start the biology in the soil after a harsh winter, helping the lawn recover from winterkill.
Ensure your turf is ready for the spring and sign up for your spring lawn treatment!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vivid Lawn is a Purple Cow!

Vivid Lawn is a Purple Cow! What makes us unique?
Purple cows are one-of-a-kind, and so is Vivid Lawn. What makes Vivid Lawn unique? 

1. It’s organic; don't panic!
We use a 100% organic plant and soil ProBiotic that allows us to reduce our fertilizers and pesticides by up to 75% in order to maintain the perfect property. That means, we are able to provide a sustainable solution to lawn and plant care that’s better for our environment, properties and families. 

2. Caring for OUR native plants and soils
We are a local business to the Glen Mills area and specialize in caring for lawns, plants and soil in our region. There are over 70,000 types of soil and over 20 types of grass in America. Each lawn-type and soil-type requires unique care specific to the region.
Unlike national competitors that treat each region of America the same, we take pride in providing solutions that are specific to our local lawn, plants and soils.

3. Experienced turf and plant professionals
The Vivid Lawn Team represents over 25 years of experience. When it comes to selecting a company to care for your grass and plants, trust that Vivid Lawn has the experience and knowledge to nurture your property.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Two Things You Didn't Know About Holiday Plants

Did you know? The holidays are steeped in legends around plants. Here are the legends around two of our favorites: The Poinsettia and The Christmas Tree.
1. The Poinsettia
The poinsettia is one of the most purchased potted flowers in America.

Legend has it that the Aztecs would use pigment from the bracts (leaves/petals of the plant) as dye and the sap as a fever reducer. The poinsettia was first introduced to the U.S. By Joel Poinsett, a botanist and American ambassador to Mexico.

To learn more about the legend and history of the poinsettia, watch the below video featuring Monty Holmes, horticulturist for the Smithsonian Gardens.
2. The Christmas Tree or Evergreen Fir Tree
The Christmas Tree or evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years.

Early Christmas trees were hung upside down from chandeliers.

The first use of a tree at Christmas is argued between Tallin, Estonia in 1441 and Riga, Latvia in 1510. In both cases, the tree was put up by the Brotherhood of Blackheads, an association of unmarried merchants and ship owners.
Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year from the entire Vivid Lawn Community!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

5 Steps To Prepare For Snow!

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? So are we! That’s why we’d like to introduce you to our Ice Melt Bucket Program to prepare your property for ice.

When snow comes, your sidewalks and driveways freeze. Sign up for the Ice Melt Bucket Program, and we’ll deliver a 5-gallon bucket of professional grade calcium chloride (Ice Melt) for just $34.99.

What else can you do to prepare for a white Christmas?
1.              Equipment - Ensure that your equipment is ready! Stock up on fuel and ensure that your snow removal equipment and generator are working properly.
2.              Plowing Your Driveway – Regardless of whether you DIY plow or hire a team, ensure that your plow blade is lifted high enough so that it doesn’t scrape against the asphalt
3.              Get shoveling – If plows and snow blowers aren’t in your garage… or your pocket book, pull out the shovel. When tackling a particularly large amount of snow, it’s easier to scoop many, small amounts of snow, rather than heft large loads all at once. 
4.              Gutters - Double check that your gutters aren’t draining directly onto your driveway.

Stocking up on Ice Melt?

Interested in stocking up on ice melt, just give us a call and we’ll deliver a 5-gallon bucket of calcium chloride for just $34.99. Give us a call at: 610-524-5520.

Friday, December 2, 2016

What Are Soils?

Soil isn’t dirt. Dirt is displaced soil, while soil is a living, diverse ecosystem.

Soil also means a lot of different things for different people. A construction worker, landscaper and archeologist all view soil differently.

Watch the video below to learn more about “What is Soil?”. Or, read more about soils in our article below.

What are soils made from?

Soils are made from a mixture of minerals, organic matter and water. Minerals refer to the type of soil. For example, sand, clay and silt are all minerals that are found in soil. Organic matter refers to anything that was once-living, that has been broken down by worms and microorganisms.

Soil is formed through the process of weathering. Weathering can happen in three key ways: physical breakdown, water movement and changes in temperature.

Everything comes back to the soil!

From food and clothes, to the fuels that power our vehicles and cities, everything comes back to the soil.

However, soils are not a renewable resource; it could take several lifetimes to generate new soil. We have to take care of the soil we have now, and protect it for future generations. Perhaps Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best when he stated, “The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.”

Want to get involved? Ready to take a stand for soil?

Check out this wiki page on saving soils and learn 12 easy things you can do to protect our soils.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dormant Aeration

Didn’t have the time or opportunity to commit to aeration and overseeding this fall?

Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the ground, building healthy soil and stimulating the lawn’s root growth. It’s one of the best practices you can do for your lawn, especially if it suffers from compaction issues. When you add overseeding to the mix, you are not only nurturing the lawn you currently have, but are also contributing to turf thickness and removing bare-spots.

Even if you weren’t able to take advantage of fall aeration and overseeding, you can still get a big benefit out of dormant aeration.

Dormant aeration is the practice of aerating your grass during the early-winter when the grass is no longer growing. Just like with fall aeration, dormant aeration influences soil and turf health, and is crucial for heavily compacted backyards. However, dormant aeration can be the perfect service for those backyards that also deal with a lot of trees. When considering dormant aeration, keep in mind that results are seen in the spring.

However, if you wait until the spring to sign up for aeration and overseeding, the look of your turf will be compromised! Because aeration creates holes in the ground, it’s easier for weed seeds to germinate. Also, when overseeding you can’t utilize a pre-emergent herbicide since it will affect your lawn seed’s germination.

Don’t wait until spring to receive the benefits of aeration. Sign up for dormant aeration services to create a healthier lawn this spring.

Looking to take advantage of dormant aeration this winter? Give us a call at: (610) - 524 - 5520.