So you think you can do it yourself?

Don’t try this at home!

Every homeowner likes to think he or she is handy in some way – maybe you’ve replaced a faucet, painted a room, even installed a dishwasher, or done myriad other projects around the house. How hard can it be to take down a tree or install a patio?

The short answer is “hard”.

There are countless stories of property owners injuring themselves or others attempting to remove a dead or an unwanted tree. Some people attempt it with inadequate equipment or inexperience in using the right equipment. Not everyone can handle a chainsaw or work safely high up in a tree to dismantle limbs and trunks correctly to avoid dropping them on a house or across power lines.

Safe tree trimming and removal more often than not requires trained, experienced arborists with the right cutting and safety equipment to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way while carefully dropping the tree exactly where it should go or correctly sectioning and lowering it so that it can be properly disposed of without harming people or property.

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Hydroseeding to Sod — So Many Options

hydroseedingToday, modern lawncare provides the homeowner with a variety of ways to create a lush, green lawn. From carefully engineered, high quality seeds that can sprout into beautiful, drought-resistant grass; to hydroseeding for a fast, self-fertilized and mulched lawn solution; to sod installation, which provides a lush, instantaneous lawn. So many options…

Lawncare professionals prefer hydroseeding or sod installation over spreading plain grass seed as a fast, proven way to a new lawn or to repair a damaged one. But which one is right for you?

Hydroseeding

Hydroseeding does not require any hard, physical labor from you. The hydroseed mixture is sprayed onto bare ground and when it is kept damp and warm, hydroseed mixtures encourage growth and germination in much less time than hand-seeding a lawn. Hydroseeding is an economical alternative to sod and traditional seeding. It costs less, is just as effective, and results in a lawn that you can be proud of for years to come.

So what exactly is hydroseed? It’s a high quality mixture of seed, fertilizer, water, and Hydromulch (a wood/fiber mulch) that’s applied by sprayer over the soil in a one-step process. The soil is seeded, fertilized, watered and mulched all in one application.

Hydromulch, the green mat covering the newly seeded area, performs the following invaluable functions:

  • retains 10-15 times its weight in water keeping seeds moist, a key ingredient to a lush, healthy lawn.
  • provides a blanket of protection that keeps seeds safe from wind and runoff.
  • forms a near perfect microclimate for maximum germination, helps maintain soil temperature and protects young seeds from scorching sun.

Sod

Sod InstallationInstalling sod is the fastest and most efficient way to create a new lawn immediately. Sod is the mature lawn that is grown professionally and then transferred in large rolls or patches. Sod installation is the best option for repairing badly damaged lawns. The higher cost is well worth it for many property owners who don’t want to be bothered by the time and effort it takes to establish other types of lawns.

  • Less maintenance Sod lawns demand less maintenance after you first installation. Planting your lawn from start requires lots of observation for a whole year to ensure your lawn grows properly. A professional sod installer such as Manning Tree can provide you with a fully-mature lawn that has undergone the germination and growing process. The sod holds well on an incline even during rainy weather, while seeds might not.
  • Prevents erosion Since sod is mature when it’s installed, it instantly controls soil erosion. Sod, installed on hills and slopes, offers stabilization. A sod lawn immediately helps to filter dust and dirt from theenvironment and also removes mud.
  • Environmentally friendly Sod requires lesser post-planting watering compared to grass. This helps saves water, which is cheaper than watering seeded lawns. Furthermore, the absence of weeds requires less use of chemicals and herbicides in the environment.

Whether you choose hydroseeding or sod installation, a properly established and maintained lawn is a life-time investment, adding to the value of your property. It’s safe and enjoyable — even a benefit to the environment as the tightly inter-woven plants of a mature lawn clean the air by releasing oxygen as it uses carbon dioxide, traps particulate pollution and cleanses runoff water that helps restore our groundwater supplies.

Once established, a professionally-installed lawn is a beautiful, useful, and enjoyable investment you’ll be glad you made.