How To Fix Yellow Spots On Your Lawn

The Yellow Spot Lawn Fix

Yellow spots on your lawn can be an eyesore. No matter how green your lawn may look, the first thing that people will notice are the yellow spots. There can be a number of causes for “dead” spots on your lawn, and they are becoming more common as we move into the late summer. Let’s look at a few reasons why your lawn maintenance may not be up to par.

Drought

We’ll start with the easiest fix first. If there has been multiple days or even weeks of no rain, lawns begin to dry up. If you take a look at the

brown or yellow spots on a lawn caused by drought

surface of the soil, you may notice cracks in the ground. Cracks are a warning sign that if the lawn is not watered soon, the soil’s ph will become unbalanced and cause harm to grass roots, causing the grass to turn yellow or even die.

The fix: Water your grass! If rain is not expected soon, you most likely need to go out and water the lawn. Water for about 10 minutes in the morning between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. This way you can hydrate your lawn before the hottest parts of the day, and the ground can actually absorb the water instead of losing it to evaporation.

 

Pet Urine

Surprisingly, dogs aren’t perfect. Pet urine is full of nitrogen, and when too much nitrogen is introduced to a lawn, it burns holes in the roots. Nitrogen is essential for ensuring a healthy lawn, but pet urine unfortunately has too much nitrogen and may cause yellow spots on your lawn.

The fix: If you can, try to train your dog to urinate somewhere else. This isn’t the most practical solution, but effective none the less. You may have to rake up the dead grass and plant new seed in that area. Don’t bother putting fertilizer down that contains nitrogen because the grass will not grow!

 

Insects

yellow spots on your lawn caused by Japanese beetles in pennsylvania

Around this time in July, Japanese beetles begin to pop up in Pennsylvania. Beetles lay eggs in the ground and the grubs feed on grass roots. The damage caused by beetles is easy to identify, and can be seen in the picture to the right. Notice the holes (where grubs eventually matured and became beetles) climbed out of. Yellows spots on your lawn caused by beetles usually mean they killed the root system. New grass seed will need to be planted.

The fix: Find the insecticide for the particular insect. Most insects can be killed by using Sevin.

 

What to do if you are unsure of the cause for yellow spots on your lawn.

If you are not sure why yellow spots on your lawn have appear, keep in mind the following:

  • Has it rained lately? Do I need to water first before taking a more drastic approach to fixing my lawn?
  • If it has rained or the lawn has been consistently watered, and you have a pet, notice where they go to the bathroom. Try to avoid having your pet go in the same spot.
  • If the grass has been watered, and pets are not an issue, take a soil sample to see if the lawn is lacking in nutrients. Soil samples are very simple. Just take a Ziploc bag and go to a local garden center and they’ll be able to do it for you. A nitrogen deficiency is most likely the reason for your lawns yellow spots.
  • If the soil is healthy, and hydrated, and pets are not an issue, pests and fungus are the last culprits. Anti-fungal treatments can be applied in the spring time, so it’s important to identify that before summer starts. Pests can easily be taken out with an insecticide, so identify which pest is the culprit, and purchase the correct insecticide.
  • Also, keep in mind that the grass is being cut at an appropriate height. While you may think “it looks better” when the grass is cut very short, it’s extremely unhealthy for the lawn. Grass should be cut around 3.5″-4″ throughout the spring and summer. If the grass is being cut by a lawn maintenance service, make sure to ask them what height they are cutting at. Burnt grass means the grass is stressed. When grass is stressed, it doesn’t grow as fast, and weeds outgrow them, and begin to crowd out healthy grass seed.
  • Dull blades on a lawn mower also can stress grass no matter what height you cut at. This is why at Bolton Lawn Care, we always keep our blades sharp. We understand lawn care, and how to keep lawns green and healthy.

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What Is The Difference Between Annual And Perennial Flowers?

Perennial vs. Annual Flowers

The difference between annual and perennial flowers is quite simple: Perennial flowers get planted once, and return year after year.

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Geraniums

Annual flowers are planted in the spring or summer, and die when the winter comes. Perennials are more expensive, but require less overall maintenance. Annual flowers are cheap, and give great color to your garden or flower beds.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Direct Sunlight Annuals

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Marigolds

Before we dive into annual flowers, here are a few of the best full sun annuals to plant in PA. These flowers need at least six hours of direct sunlight.

  • Geranium
  • Mairgold
  • Verbena
  • Rudbeckia
  • Morning Glory
  • Zinnia
  • Sweet Potato Vine

 

Partial Shade Annual Flowers

Partial shade annuals require 3-6 hours of indirect sunlight, and will struggle in direct sunlight areas.

picture of a viola, a partial shade annual flower
Violas
  • Violas
  • Alyssum
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Lobelias
  • Creeping Zinnia

Full Shade Annual Flowers

Full shade annuals are flowers that need less than three hours of direct sunlight. While not as visually appealing as the direct sunlight annuals or the partial shade annuals, there are some great full shade annual flowers.

  • Wax Begonias
  • Polka Dot Plant
  • Rex Begonias
  • Angle Wing Begonias
  • Caladiums

Annual And Perennial Flowers

Annual flowers can be a great addition to your flower beds. If you plan on planting a lot of small flowers like geraniums by yourself, we recommend planting them in a five sided dice pattern. Basically, give the flowers enough room to be apart, and plant them like the pattern we have shown below. Annuals will require more attention and care than perennials will. Each year we recommend tilling your garden and adding in top soil in order to ensure the soil is rich. Annuals normally are not harsh on soil, but in order to make sure they thrive, more care is needed than perennials.

the five side on a dice pattern used to demonstrate how to plant annual flowers

One of the biggest benefits of annuals is the basic fact that they bloom shortly after being planted. A big disadvantage of perennials is they might not bloom the first few years. Perennials require more establishing time. When you purchase an annual from a dealer, they are already almost close to maturity and will bloom in a few weeks. If you would like your garden to stand out this spring and summer, planting annuals are the best way to go. For the patient few out there, planting perennials and waiting a few years may be a great, low maintenance option.

Perennial Full Sun Flowers

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Hydrangeas

 

Most gardeners are familiar with the most common perennial flowers like hydrangeas or hostas. Hostas will make your garden and flower beds look great, but will attract an entire family of deer to feast on in the middle of the night. Unless you plan on being diligent with spraying deer repellent, if you live in a neighborhood full of deer, hostas are not the best choice. Deer tend to dislike scented shrubs like hydrangeas and lavender. Not only do these perennials smell great, but they are low maintenance. Below are some of our favorite full sun perennial flowers.

 

Perennial flowers and shrubs should be the anchor of your garden. Perennials are reliable, and some may live for decades, growing more beautiful by the year. Perennial shrubs and flowers can sometimes be deer bait, so plant them wisely. In our area of South Eastern Pennsylvania, almost every homeowner has asked us about deer resistant annual and perennial flowers. We recommend a mix of perennial and annual flowers, with perennial shrubs anchoring the garden ends, or the middle. The outside, or ring of the garden should be filled with smaller annuals that are bright in color.

 

 

If you have any questions about annual and perennial flowers, get in contact with us today!

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How To Get Rid Of Moss On Your Lawn

Getting Rid Of Moss From Your Lawn

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In order to get rid of moss in your lawn, you are going to need to evaluate a few things. If you have started to notice your lawn fill up with patches of moss, it’s time to fix it. Most likely this isn’t the first time the moss has appeared on your lawn, so understanding why it keeps coming back is important. Shaded lawns are the most susceptible to moss growth. Moss has a hard time surviving in direct sunlight, so a patch of grass that is covered by trees is highly likely to develop moss. Moss growth also indicates that the soil PH is too low or too acidic. What most lawn care companies do is apply a lime treatment to lawns filled with moss which raises the PH and makes it less acidic.

Why Choose Lime?

A soil PH that is completely neutral is 7.0. When the soil PH drops below 7.0, it becomes acidic. Almost all grasses especially in Pennsylvania, like to grow in a PH between 5.5 and 6.5. A lawn can become acidic a few different ways, but the two most common reasons for moss are shade and moisture. Sections of your lawn may have poor drainage which retains more moisture and leads to moss growth. Applying lime treatments after the lawn has been aerated is the best way to get rid of moss in your lawn. Once the lime has been applied, the battle isn’t over just yet. We recommend first raking your lawn with a hard rake and trying to remove the moss. After the moss has been disrupted, follow it with an aeration, and a lime application to get rid of moss in your lawn.

 

Filling In The Bare Spots

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After the moss spots have been raked and aerated, It’s important that over seeding and lime are both applied. Just spreading some lime on your lawn won’t make grass grow; grass seed needs to be spread! If the moss is prevalent in shady areas, applying a grass seed that need direct sunlight is a waste of time. Planting fine fescue grass is the best option for shady lawns in PA. As long as the shaded area receives around three hours of sunlight, fine fescue should be able to be established. It’s worth considering pruning your trees so that your lawn can receive more sunlight, and avoid moss growth. If you have shrubs that are low hanging and create large shady spots on your grass, pruning them will also help fight moss growth around them.

 

 

 

Moss In Areas Of Your Lawn That Get Direct Sunlight

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While moss isn’t typically found in areas of grass that get direct sunlight, we have seen it happen. Usually it’s because the lawn is new and is struggling to adjust to the correct PH level, or the soil is extremely compacted. If you have not aerated the lawn in a few years, the soil becomes more and more compact. Regular aeration in the fall will prevent your soil from becoming too compact and unable to properly drain rain water. If heavy equipment or cars have been driving on your lawn, this can also make your lawn too compact.

 

 

When To Get Rid Of Moss In Your Lawn

The earlier the better. Treating your lawn with lime when the ground is too cold will not be beneficial, but lime treatments can start as soon as the ground thaws. March is probably too early in Pennsylvania, but applying lime in early April is the most ideal time. Lime can take between four an six months to completely rid a lawn of moss, so the process takes time. Raking it with a hard rake first, aerating, and seeding those patches will make quick work of the moss. Contact us today for all of your lawn maintenance needs!

 

 

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4 Best Shrubs To Plant In PA

Aside from making your property look great, shrubs can benefit your property in a lot of ways. Do you have a neighbor you can’t stand the sight of? Well, shrubs make for great natural screens that will cost a lot less than a fence! Additionally, if planted close enough together, shrubs can be great intermediaries between large elements of your property. For example, shrubs can help bridge the open space gap between a house and a tree. Also, shrubs are great for acting as ground cover. A low growing shrub creates less space that needs to be mowed or weed wacked. So what are the best shrubs to plant in PA, and how spaced out should they be?

 

How Spaced Out Should Shrubs Be?

The rule of thumb for shrub planting has always been at least half the width of the plant at maturity. An example of this would be planting a shrub that is 3 feet wide at maturity 1.5 feet away from a driveway. To cover up the space between an element and the shrub, flowers and perennials can be planted until the shrub reaches maturity and fills that empty space out. If that sounds like too much work, covering the ground with mulch will help keep weeds down and the soil moist. Below we have listed a few of our favorite shrubs to plant for our clients in Southeastern PA.

 

Rhododendron

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Rhododendrons are one of the most common shrubs homeowners plant around their property. The large pink, purple, red, and yellow clusters that bloom during the spring are beautiful. They are relatively low maintenance once established, and come in all kinds of sizes. They can be low growing ground covers, or large bush plants like the picture shown here. There are more than two thousand different kids of rhododendron types, which allows homeowners to choose from all kinds of options like height, color, and smell.

Panicle Hydrangeas

panicle hydrangeas best shrubs to plant in pennsylvaniaHydrangeas are great plants for forming a hedge, or for having them provide a beautiful wall for your property. These bushes can do well with partial shade, and have large, beautiful white flowers that sometimes turn to pink in the before drying out. If a homeowner is concerned about the hydrangeas getting too big, they do make dwarf varieties which will remain small. Make sure to prune these hydrangeas in the early spring in order to encourage new growth.

 

Peonies

peonies one of the best shrubs to plant in PAThese are a relatively easy to grow shrub with little maintenance required. They are bacteria resistant, so treating it with chemicals is not an issue. They also do not need a lot of watering once they have been established. Once a few years have passed by, peonies are one of the best shrubs to plant in PA. The distinct pink blossoms will stand out in your home’s garden this year.

 

Crape Myrtle

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Dwarf Crape Myrtles bushes have a long lasting bloom time with bright color. The bloom period starts in the summer and will last all fall in Pennsylvania, some can bloom for around a third of the year! These plants are great anchor shrubs for gardens and islands. We added Crape Myrtle bushes to this list because special varieties of Crape Myrtles exist that only grow to about three to five feet, making them the size of a shrub. Most people think of large trees when they hear Crape Myrtle, but they can be found a shrubs!

If you have any other recommendations about the best shrubs to plant in PA, let us know! Contact us today.

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Can You Buy Happiness By Saving Time?

Research Suggests You Can Buy Happiness By Spending Money On Services That Save You Time.

Can you really buy happiness? Research now suggests that you can..if you use it to buy time. People that are spending cash on services like landscaping, cleaning, taxis etc. are a little happier than those who do not. The survey took place with over 6,000 people in four different countries.

 

happy people because they saved timeThe researchers gave each subject $40. In the first week, they asked the subjects to purchase an item that was material such as a shirt or a pair of pants. The second week they asked the subjects to spend the money to save them time on something. This could be cleaning, or cutting the grass, something that saved the subjects time. An overwhelming majority of the subjects said that when they spent money to save time, they felt much happier.

Ashley Whillans of the Harvard Business School who lead the study said “the right way someone spends money, like time-consuming drudge work, is what really makes them happy.” when purchasing material objects, humans feel less satisfaction.

 

The data also suggests that people with lower incomes were able to get a bigger happiness boost from time-saving purchases than those with more. Surprisingly, only 28% of the people surveyed had spent money to save time in the last month. Research also shows that people in rich nations like The United States, have more stress than people in poor nations.

 

Edward Diener, a researcher at The University Of Illinois says “Buying time through purchases makes a lot of sense. A big part of the stress in rich nations like The United States is this time pressure. We have too much to do, and not everything can get done.”

 

If you are hesitant about hiring a lawn care company, or any company to perform a service you dread, consider the following:

 

What is your time worth?

If you really consider what your time is worth, most people will agree that mowing the lawn or taking care of your property isn’t worth the lost opportunity cost. During that hour it took you to mow the lawn, trim the edges, and blow down the driveway, you could have been doing a number of other things. Maybe you could be working an extra hour, or maybe you could be relaxing another hour. Too often in America people get “burnt out” trying to do too many things, especially maintaining a nice property. If you value that extra hour you can sleep in on a Saturday more than you value cutting the lawn yourself, have us take care of your lawn.

 

Is it worth the cost?

It’s no secret that lawn care equipment is expensive. If you want your lawn to really stand head and shoulders above the rest, you need a high quality mower and trimmer. All said and done you can be looking at over a thousand dollars (or couple thousand depending on how nice you want the mower to be). Not to mention the cost of upkeep, like gasoline and repair parts. Finally, factor in what we mentioned above, the cost of labor. What could you be doing other than cutting your lawn every week for an hour? Are you losing opportunity that might be greater than paying a business to cut your lawn?

Link: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/yes-you-can-buy-happiness-if-you-spend-it-save-n786246

Gas Or Electric Leaf Blower For Your Home?

Ryan Cooper of “The Week” Says Electric

In his article which you can find a link to below, Ryan Cooper discusses the negatives of using gas powered equipment. He goes as far as to say “Gas-powered leaf blowers are indeed bad. But the problem runs deeper. In fact, all small gasoline engines — used in things like weed whackers, lawn mowers, tillers, and so forth — are astoundingly filthy and should be phased out as soon as possible. It’s time to electrify all lawn equipment.”

We have used both electric and gas powered leaf blowers before and Mr. Cooper is not wrong in saying that they both preform the same job. Electric leaf blows from brands like Stihl, Echo, and Toro are all excellent tools. Electric leaf blowers however, are not practical when we are cleaning up lawns that are over an acre. The cord that you plug into the wall is also a hassle when trying to clean up leaves.

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But Mr.  Cooper is onto something here with all electric leaf blowers, weed wackers, and mowers.

Tesla uses batteries now that are capable of driving cars for hundreds of miles without needing to be recharged. In the near future, it is very likely that landscaping equipment could also see a similar change. This would not only be great for our environment, but also for the landscaping companies. Gas an oil are one of the biggest costs for a landscaping company. Switching to electric would save our landscaping company a lot of money.

“Overall, while estimates are of course hard to make, a 2011 EPA study concluded that gas-powered lawn equipment was responsible for 24-45 percent of non-road gasoline emissions. The California government predicts that within a few years, gas-powered lawn equipment will be the biggest source of ozone pollution in the state.”
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Is Change Possible In The Industry?

Change would be great for all of us and our environment. Unfortunately, there is no battery powered lawn mowers on the market right now, and none in development that we are aware of.

If you are looking for a leaf blower to clear off your walkway or your patio, we always recommend buying an electric leaf blower. Not only are they easy to store, but they also are extremely affordable. Some brands like Black and Decker can be found as low as $40. Avoid buying a gas powered blower for small areas. They almost always require mixed gasoline, and need to be stored in a shed or else the smell of gasoline will fill up your garage or home.

This video below does a great job of testing out different leaf blowers and giving you an interactive explanation of each.

As landscapers, we obviously care about the environment. When new technology comes along that creates environmentally friendly lawn equipment, we will be sure to be early adopters.

 

 

Source: http://theweek.com/articles/739688/government-must-regulate-lawn-equipment-seriously

 

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Landscaping In Pipersville, PA

On Saturday, we got a landscaping service request from a client in Pipersville. She had an end property in a town home development, and wanted leaf removal and a final lawn cut. We were more than happy to help!

Going into the job, we were not sure if about the size of the end property. We did a quick search on Google Maps and still were not sure about the size of her backyard since it intersects with the neighbors. She also had a small pop-up fence which added to the amount of weed wacking that was necessary. The leaf removal was fast and only took about 6 30-Gallon bags to remove it all. Our team was able to finish the leaf removal in just over an hour, but we did not charge any additional time.

For the final cut, we had our blades on the 4” setting which is the lowest we ever cut at. We’ve found in the past that mowing lawns lower than 4 will burn the grass, especially in the summer time. It’s best to make your final cut as low as possible without damaging the grass for a number of reasons. First, when long grass is left during the winter, snow and leaves pile on top of it. When the long grass tries to grow during the spring, it has a much tougher time growing.

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Second, when grass is left long during the winter, grass no longer stands straight. When long grass begins to lean over, that is when you invite disease, which thrives during wet seasons like April. Long leaning grass also shades other pieces of grass that haven’t grown as fast, and prevents them from getting normal sunlight. If you don’t normally cut your lawn low, you more than likely have yellow spots on your lawn. Instead of spraying it with fertilizer and other chemicals in the spring, cut your lawn short during the winter and you’ll avoid yellow disease spots.

 

 

 

 

Edging Around Fences

The above image is the small pop-up fence I mentioned earlier. The fence was dug into the ground only at the points where the poles with the round knobs on top are located. This meant that a good majority of the fencing was hovering just above the grass, which made it easy for weed wacking and providing a nice edge along the fence. Edging like this needs to be accounted for when creating a price for a property like this. While it may appear small, the additional time needed to edge this fence adds to the cost of maintaining this property.

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For the best landscaping service Pipersville, PA and the best lawn care Pipersville, PA, Bolton Lawn Care has got you covered. Get in contact with us today for a free estimate.

Snow Removal Services In Chalfont, PA

Snow Removal Chalfont, PA

man shoveling a driveway in Chalfont, PAIf you are looking for someone for driveway snow removal service in New Britain, Bolton Lawn Care has you covered. While our name might say “lawn care” we also offer snow removal service. We’ve built a book of clients that we take care of each winter when snow storms hit. The winter of 2017-2018 is supposed to be a warm winter, but there will be more snow than we have been used to in the fast few years. December, January, and March are supposed to be hit the hardest with snow. Sign up for our snow removal service today and get a 10% discount on your first snow removal by typing the word “SNOW2017” in the comment section of your sign up sheet.

 

 

 

Reliable Snow Shoveling Near You

cub cadet snow thrower that is used for snow removal by Bolton Lawn Care in Chalfont, PA

With our Cub Cadet 2×24 Snow Thrower we are able to get most driveways and sidewalks done in under 30 minutes. Our machine is capable of handling snow over a foot with ease. If you get snowed in this winter, save your back the pain of shoveling your driveway out. Let our Cub Cadet breeze through the winter snow. The picture above is of a snow removal client in New Britain. We know from experience, shoveling as kids, that driveways without equipment can take around an hour. Save the back pain and time and give us a shout.

 

Unless you feel like spending $1,200 on a Cub Cadet like the one we have, you are most likely going to be shoveling your driveway. Our snow removal service customers in New Britain have always been satisfied by our top notch equipment at Bolton Lawn Care. We only purchase the best capital for our business, in order to maximize our customer satisfaction. With lousy equipment, you’ll get lousy snow removal and lawn care. Purchasing a tiny snow blower that costs around $300 is a total waste of money! Not only do they frequently break down, but they can barely handle snow that is more than a few inches. Sadly, a lot of homeowners will be tricked into buying one of these and be disappointed with their purchase.

Are Rock Salts Hurting Your Pet?

Rock Salts May Melt Snow, But Could Be Hurting Your Dog On A Walk.

When snow starts to fall, many homeowners reach for a bag of rock salts to put down before the snow piles up. We’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of putting ice melts and rock salts down on our website before, but we have not discussed the effects it has on our pets. If you decide to take your dog for a walk through the neighborhood, make sure to avoid the parts of the sidewalk with salt on them.

rock salts from snow removal hurting your petWhen dogs lick or eat small amounts of rock salts, it can cause serious stomach irritation. If your dog ingests a large amount of ice melt, the electrolyte balance in your dog’s body can be seriously altered. When a dog’s electrolyte balance is messed up, they can become lethargic, weak, and in serious cases have seizures. Consuming rock salt can also cause severe dehydration and liver failure. There have been reports of fatal incidents occurring because a dog has ingested rock salt.

When you are done walking your dog, make sure to clean their paws off. Dogs may lick their salt covered paws, which will cause irritation. If you let your dog outside, make sure they are not drinking from puddles that may be contaminated with ice melt, or the same symptoms mentioned above can occur. If your dog is suddenly stopping on walks, make sure to check the bottom of their paws. The pads on their paws can get dry and even crack in cold weather. When they step on ice, it’s like rubbing salt on an open wound!

Need To Put Rock Salt Down? Here Are Some Tips:

 

If you decide it’s necessary to put rock salt on your driveway or sidewalk, we encourage you to take preventative measures to ensure your dog does not get hurt. If you would rather not put boots on your dog, or kitten mittens on your cat, make sure to follow these tips:

 

  • Avoid walking your dog in areas that have been salted
  • Don’t let your pet drink from puddles, especially ones on the street or sidewalk which may have been contaminated by rock salts.
  • Keep any salt bags (if you have them) out of your pet’s reach.snow removal tips to protect your pet
  • Some products that are labeled “Pet Safe” may not really be pet safe. There are no regulations on rock salt that prove the claim “Pet Safe”. As a precaution, assume that all ice melts can be hazardous to your pet.
  • Wipe your pets paws down after a walk to make sure any exposure to ice melts are gone. There are products such as the Paw Plunger that help do this, but a simple towel or damp cloth will do the job.
  • If you have put down rock salts or other ice melts, make sure to hose them down if the weather is warm enough, or sweep them away if they have not melted. Sweeping rock salt into your grass will kill your lawn’s ph level so be mindful of that as well.

 

All Natural Deicers

 

There are all-natural deicers on the market. In a last ditch effort to remove ice from the patio, driveway, or walkway, there are options like Safe Paw. Safe Paw does not use salt in their deicing formula, making it safer for our pets. Also, online there are home remedies for deicing that have less sodium and no additives.

Think about this the next time you decide to put salt down: If you wouldn’t walk with your bare feet on ice melts, why would you let your dog? If you still want to put salt down to prevent ice from forming on your driveway or sidewalk, remember that the best way to remove snow is a snow shoveling service or snow removal service, like the ones we provide at Bolton Lawn Care. We only use salt or ice melts if we are instructed by our clients, and we tend to discourage the use of them. We can clean your driveway up without the use of chemicals that may harm our dogs. Sign up today for our automatic snow removal service, and worry less about shoveling your driveway. Enjoy your snow day, and let us do the hard work for you.

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How To Keep Your Car Safe In The Snow

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How To Prevent Your Car Safe, And From Getting Damaged During The Winter.

It has been a busy winter for us at Bolton Lawn Care! We have not seen this much snow in years. The amount of snow storms we saw in December and in January, so far, are unprecedented. It seems as if, at least once a week we are bracing ourselves for another snow storm. The frigid temperatures that accompany snow are can also be very problematic. Even some of our equipment has experienced a number of issues. The car battery on our truck has had a lot of trouble as of late. Sometimes the truck turns on right away, and sometimes it  takes four of five turns. Consumer reports states that, “Your vehicle’s battery is especially hard hit when the mercury plummets. Cold temperatures reduce its cranking power. In fact, at about 0° F, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at 80° F,”. So what can you do to make sure you car battery is working reliably, and will not fail you in a winter storm?

If you have a maintenance free battery, you will not need to check the fluid levels. If you have a regular battery, you should find plastic caps on top of the battery which you will need to remove in order to check the fluid levels. Add distilled water if the fluid levels are not at the correct level. Check your owner’s manual for the correct level if you are not sure, or research it online. In the case of our battery, which is getting old, we had to recharge the battery multiple times over the past few weeks. Batteries get worn out over extended use, so changing your battery may be necessary. We are in the process of getting a new battery for our truck. 

 

Wiper Blade Condition

 

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When is the last time you changed your wiper blades? If it has been more than six months, it    may be time for an update. When you have periods of freezing temperatures, like we have been experiencing, your wiper blades will undergo an enormous amount of wear and tear. Most people will use their antifreeze and windshield wipers on their morning commute to help see. Avoid using your windshield wipers right away in the morning. We recommend turning your car on five to seven minutes before you leave for work so you can properly defrost your vehicle. Instead of using the antifreeze with frozen windshield wiper blades, use your car’s heating system to do the job. When the temperature is below freezing, windshield wipers can rip and break, leaving you in a bad situation if you get caught in a snow storm without working windshield wipers. Windshield wipers are also very easy to install. 

 

Clearing Snow Off The Car

 

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If you need to get to work on a snowy day before we have arrived for snow removal, make sure to clear the snow off of your car. As obvious as it may seem, a lot of people will forget to clear snow off the roof of the car in an effort to quickly get the snow off their windshield before rushing out of the house. When you slam on the breaks because someone has cut you off, all of the snow on the roof of your car is going to come avalanching down on your windshield, blinding your vision. This can be extremely dangerous! If you don’t have a snow removal tool, we strongly advise purchasing one. If you have never heard of the Snow Joe Broom, we recommend purchasing one. They are easy to store in your vehicle due to their compact size, but very effective for removing snow on your car without causing any damage to the glass or any surface for that matter.

Make sure that your windshield wash is full before going out on the roads. With all of the rock salt, dirt, mud, and black ice on the roads, the windshield of our cars will become filthy. This can also pose a driving hazard, so make sure that your windshield washer tank is full. In the winter, it is not a bad idea to switch from your normal windshield wiper fluid to a winter-blend with antifreeze in it.

 

Keeping Your Tires In Check

If you’ve been putting off getting new tires for the past few weeks or months, now is definitely an appropriate time to get them. Tires that are old and worn out will have a much more challenging time in the snow. Winter-grade tires are always more expensive this time of the year, but your life and your safety depends on having good tires in the snow. Unless you avoid driving in the snow all together, you’re going to need to be able to drive in snowy and icy conditions. Look online for highly rated sets of tires that perform well in the snow. You can also purchase all season tires which work best for our area, since we experience all seasons unlike states like Florida. Tire pressure will fall along with the temperature, so make sure to keep the tires properly inflated.

If you don’t already own one of these nifty little tools (pictured below), you should absolutely purchase one. These are called tire pressure gauges and can cost as little as $3. Every tire has two numbers that you should be aware of when adding air to your tires. The first is the maximum pressure. This will be engraved right on your tire and will be in the form of PSI. This is NOT the level at which you should inflate your tire. This is a common mistake many people  unknowingly make. The maximum pressure level for a tire is much higher than what is called the operating pressure. Operating pressure can be found on the sticker of your driver’s side door. When you open your car, you will notice a yellow and white sticker on the side next to the seat. Here you will see your operating pressure level, which is the ideal level for driving in any weather. In the video below, the maximum tire pressure is listed at 44 PSI, while the operating pressure is listed at only 30. This difference is very significant, so make sure you are inflating your tires to the correct PSI. 

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Places like the Wawa in Colmar offer free tire air, so adding air to your tires is a very inexpensive way to make sure your car is running safe during the winter.

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