Spring has already sprung—but it’s not too late to get your lawn ready for a season filled with cookouts, backyard games and stargazing on a blanket in the grass. With just a little work, you can transform your great outdoors into an extension of the comfort of your home. To help you get your property into shape, here are a few springtime lawn care tips.
The first thing you can do for your lawn is to clear out the cobwebs. Start with a light raking to pull up any sticks and dead grass. Along the way, make sure to pull up any weeds you come across. Then, to ensure water and nutrients can reach the roots of your grass, use an aerator to loosen your soil and avoid compaction.
If you want to take that extra step, you can also take note of how water moves over your property when those April showers fall. Regrading uneven ground can help avoid poor drainage and multiple problems caused by standing water.
Where the Green Grass Grows
After clearing, pulling and patching, your grass will be thin in some places and downright bald in others. Planting new grass and fertilizing properly will be key in filling out your lawn. Having your soil tested and choosing the right seed for your particular property and local climate will help determine the success of your new growth. Soil tests can be found through the USDA or local government branches of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. These tests are often provided free of charge.
After spreading the seed (by hand or with a spreader), make sure to maintain soil moisture through regular watering. Additionally, placing straw on top of the newly seeded areas will help retain moisture and heat should a spring cold snap strike.
Lastly, fertilizers and herbicides can have a tremendous positive impact on lawn growth while helping to control unwanted weeds that choke out new grass. But before you apply any chemicals, make sure you understand the possible personal impact any ingredients may have on you, your family, or your pets.
Mowing your lawn
Once all that new grass starts growing, it will be time to crank up the lawn mower. Before cutting the grass, it’s good to look over the mechanics of your mower—after all, there are a lot of moving parts in an engine, and it will have been sitting idle in the cold for months.
Once you’ve given your mower a tune-up, it’s time to get cutting. Be sure to set your mower to the correct height given the kind of grass you planted (this information is usually provided with the seed you purchase). Cutting your lawn too short could damage the grass and promote weed growth.
Other than your mower, the most visible piece of machinery on your property is likely your air conditioner. As you are landscaping, it’s a great time to also perform some HVAC equipment maintenance. To ensure optimal performance, make sure to trim shrubs, bushes, or branches back to at least 18 inches of clearance around your outdoor unit. Also, clearing away any grass clippings, leaves, foliage and other debris will prevent possible airflow obstructions. Finally, double check to make sure your HVAC unit is resting level on its concrete pad.
Additionally, if your unit is not already obstructed from view, there are many different plants that can help your HVAC blend into your landscaping more seamlessly. If maintaining the pruning of plants around an outdoor air conditioner seems like a daunting task, you can always build a decorative, gated enclosure to hide it from view.
Ready for Summer
Spring is a time to throw open the windows and shutters, and breathe deeply as we air out our homes after a cooped-up winter. But summer heats up quickly, and it won't be long before you need to close those windows again and crank up the AC. Before you do, it’s important preventive maintenance to set an appointment with us to ensure your system is ready for summer. Contact us today at 608.205.4410 to schedule an appointment.
This post was originally featured on the Lennox Comfort Matters blog.
If you own a home air conditioner that was manufactured before January 1, 2010, your system could very likely be using a refrigerant (Freon™) called hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 (also known as R-22). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that R-22 be phased out by 2020 in an effort to protect the Earth's ozone layer.
Since we are getting closer to the phase out, and production of R-22 has dropped by 90%, the industry cost of R-22 has gone up dramatically. We do still have R-22 in supply to service older air conditioning units if needed, but the price to recharge those units is going to keep rising.
Replacing your air conditioner with a new, more efficient model will save you money on your cooling bills year after year. Our Lennox air conditioners are ozone-friendly and energy efficient, with excellent SEER ratings from 13 through 25 SEER.
For more information, visit the EPA's Website.
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All Comfort Services Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Electric Service
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
All Comfort Services has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the electric companies in Madison, Wisconsin were able to do it.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.
For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.
“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting, even more consumers to high-quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”
Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Save the date. January 19-21, 2018 NARI of Madison Expo
Comfort Club Membership winning entry at NARI of Madison Expo on Jan. 20-22, 2017.
The winner of the Comfort Club membership was Guy P.
Visit us next year at NARI for a chance to win.
Every year the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) organizes a professional remodeling industry expo. Meet over 100 of the Madison area’s finest remodeling professionals and see examples of NARI members most recent work in kitchens, baths, basement updates, whole house remodels, exterior improvements, landscapes, etc.
Attendees also have the opportunity to see the latest in home improvement products, methods and services offered locally and to have all their remodeling questions answered. The NARI Expo is the only show noted for ethical, stable, local remodeling professionals dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. Homeowners can learn about the latest home improvement trends and new products by attending over 50 free seminars. NARI Website: Nariexpo.com