Posted by Valerie with Tucker Customer Care on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:27 PMBy Valerie with Tucker Customer Care / March 19, 2015Comment
Has the polar vortex wrecked your lawn? These tips for early spring lawn care will green up your lawn in no time.
A polar vortex has pounded lawns this winter with ridiculous sub-zero temperatures and record snowfalls. So don’t be surprised if parts of your lawn — especially in low-lying areas — are dead on arrival in spring.
“Snow acts like a cover, but ice is bad for turf,” says Chris Lemcke, technical director of Weed Man USA lawn care. “Ice freezes plant cells and crushes blades and leads to death.”
Freeze-thaw-freeze conditions are even worse for turf roots, which can become brittle and die. Road salt also is bad for lawns. The turf near streets and along driveways and paths may need resuscitation or replacement when spring grass should be greening up.
Dead or Sleeping?
When snow and ice melt, your late-winter turf starts awakening from hibernation and changes from brown grass to green; if your lawn died, it won’t change color.
The best way to see if your lawn is dead or sleeping is to tug the brown areas. If the turf comes up easily, the roots have failed and the grass is dead. If there’s resistance, then there’s hope.
How to Bring Lawns Back
When is the right time to bury your dead lawn — grass, roots, clinging soil — in a compost pile and start growing new grass?
Posted by Valerie with Tucker Customer Care on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 11:01 AMBy Valerie with Tucker Customer Care / March 16, 2015Comment
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Posted by Valerie with Tucker Customer Care on Monday, March 09, 2015 at 9:36 AMBy Valerie with Tucker Customer Care / March 9, 2015Comment
Moving into your first home is exciting! But it also means you’ve got work to do.
When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in.
I recruited family and friends to help me move (in exchange for a beer-and-pizza picnic on the floor) and, as a bonus, I got to pick their brains about what first-time homeowners should know.
Their help was one of the best housewarming presents I could have gotten. And thanks to their expertise and a little Googling, here’s what I learned about what to do before moving in.
1. Change the locks. You really don’t know who else has keys to your home, so change the locks. That ensures you’re the only person who has access. Install new deadbolts yourself for as little as $10 per lock, or call a locksmith — if you supply the new locks, they typically charge about $20-$30 per lock for labor.
2. Check for plumbing leaks. Your home inspector should do this for you before closing, but it never hurts to double-check. I didn’t have any leaks to fix, but when checking my kitchen sink, I did discover the sink sprayer was broken. I replaced it for under $20.
Keep an eye out for dripping faucets and running toilets, and check your ...