Lawn Care Tips During a Drought

The summer heat can take its toll on your lawn, especially when it’s accompanied by a lack of rain. If you want to avoid a brown, patchy lawn, there are a few steps you can take to help give your lawn the best chance to stay green and healthy.

Mowing

It all begins with your mowing habits. Summer droughts and long periods without rain can cause stress to your lawn. If you mow your lawn too short, or with a dull blade, additional stress is caused and will make it difficult for the grass to recover once cooler temperatures and rain return. Limit your mowing as much as possible and make a conscious effort to mow your grass on a higher setting. Continue reading

Summertime Pest Control

You aren’t the only one who is enjoying the warm summer weather. This is prime season for a variety of common pests we encounter in south-central Pennsylvania. Whether you’re in the midst of a battle with mosquitoes, wasps, ticks, fleas, or another pest, the good news is there is something you can do to fight back.

Rather than dealing with these threats to the health and safety of yourself or your loved ones, it’s time to reclaim your landscape! Keep these tips in mind when summer hits and you’ll be able to enjoy your yard year-round. Continue reading

Lawn & Landscape Care While You’re Away

Summer is here and it’s time to get away! When you’re working through your list of to-do’s before and during your vacation, be sure your lawn and landscape gets the attention it needs. A few simple tasks now can mean the difference between coming home to dead plants, brown grass, and unruly weeds, or your lawn and landscape appearing like you never even left.

Preparation is the key to success when it comes to your lawn and landscape. Whether your vacation lasts for a week or it stretches beyond two weeks, one of the best tips for keeping your lawn and landscape cared for while your away is some simple prep work.

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Landscaping Around a Pool

Pool season is in full swing! If you are a confident do-it-yourselfer who would like to do some refreshing of the area around your pool, we have some tips to help you do it right.

There are a few key things to keep in mind when landscaping around your pool, as it comes with very different requirements than elsewhere in your landscape.  The main goals of landscaping around a pool typically include:

  • Minimizing debris in the pool
  • Providing privacy
  • Eliminating thorns, spines, spikes and bees
  • No invasive roots
  • Planning for low maintenance

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Team Spotlight: Pam Grove

Pam Grove - Office ManagerWe wanted to help you get to know the team behind the great reputation at Hively Landscapes with our team spotlight series. Pam Grove, Office Manager, was kind enough to join us on the hot seat and answer a few questions. Pam has been running the show at Hively for 18 years, and she is truly the piece of the puzzle that helps keep our clients happy and the business side of our operation running smoothly.

Learn more about what Pam had to say below!

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
A: When I graduated from high school I tried to join the Air Force so I could become an astronaut; but, I didn’t pass the physical.

Q: Favorite line from a movie? Continue reading

Preparing your Landscape for Summer

Summer will be here before you know it- will your landscape be ready? Hot summer days and dry weather can really stress your lawn and landscape. Without proper preparation for summer, all the money, time and effort you invested in your landscape this spring could be in jeopardy.

To keep your lawn and landscape looking great as the summer heats up, follow these tips from the landscape professionals at Hively. Continue reading

Advantages & Disadvantages of Drip Irrigation

spigot with hose attachedDeep, penetrating watering is the best way to ensure your landscape survives the stresses of the warm season. Proper watering technique calls for watering less frequently, but more at one time, to give your garden a quality soaking that gives roots a sufficient supply of water. This is better than the quick surface watering you see by less experienced gardeners.

For commercial landscapes, as well as larger residential landscapes, a drip irrigation system can be an effective alternative to hiring a landscaping crew or doing the task yourself.

Drip irrigation is a more controlled watering method than using a surface sprinkler or a hose. It uses plastic tubes that distribute water along the length of the system through small holes. These holes connect to emitters that are set near your plants and allow for watering at a slow and very thorough rate. Continue reading

Team Spotlight: Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith - Account ManagerWe wanted to help you get to know the team behind the great reputation at Hively Landscapes with our team spotlight series. Tyler Smith, Account Manager, was kind enough to join us on the hot seat and answer a few questions.

Learn more about what Tyler had to say below!

Q: Where would you like to travel to?
A: I would love to travel to Australia and go scuba diving in the great barrier reef!

Q: What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you love? Continue reading

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Spring Soil Preparation Tips

Some of us want to grow the best looking plants each year, ones that will flourish and become the envy of the neighborhood. Others don’t share that dream, but if you’re one of those who does, we have some tips from the landscape professionals here at Hively to help transform your garden into something special. Follow these guidelines and your landscape will be on its way to being the best-looking property for miles around.

First, Test the Soil

The most important thing you can do for your landscape is a simple soil test. A soil test will help ensure landscape success by revealing pH and nutrient levels in your soil. With this information you can correct soil abnormalities, improving the effectiveness of fertilizers, helping the grass grow, and improving long-term resistance to pests and diseases. Spring is a great time to get your soil tested and corrected. Continue reading

8 Springtime Pests That Will Destroy Your Landscape

Do you know who else enjoys the warm-up that springtime brings each year? Pests! Putting all that time, effort and money into your landscape helps it look great. Left untreated, though, it also looks great to hungry critters who may be hiding in your landscape. Warm, moist landscapes are the perfect breeding ground for a variety of fungi and diseases.

Warning signs of a problem include dieback, defoliation, and discoloration. If you begin to notice any of these, immediate action must be taken to avoid eventual damage and possible death. Continue reading

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Essential Spring Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Spring has arrived here in PA, and despite the late snowfall it will soon be time to dig out those handy lawn mowers and start your mowing routine.

Before you jump right in and discover your lawn mower isn’t quite as ready to start the season as you are, check out these spring maintenance tasks that can help your mower engine to run strong and keep your lawn properly trimmed.

Here are four simple lawn mower maintenance tips for gasoline-powered mowers. Continue reading

Team Spotlight: Dave Wildasin

Dave Wildasin - Operations ManagerWe wanted to help you get to know the team behind the great reputation at Hively Landscapes with our team spotlight series. Dave Wildasin, Operations Manager, was kind enough to join us on the hot seat and answer a few questions.

Learn more about what Dave had to say below!

Q: What would you like to be your greatest accomplishment?
A: Making sure my family all make it to heaven someday.

Q: What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Continue reading

The Fight Against Crabgrass: You CAN Win!

Every year we receive dozens of calls for help eradicating crabgrass. The problem is that by the time you see crabgrass, you’re already well behind in the battle. You can win the fight, though, with some thoughtful planning and action.

Today we’ll take a look at why crabgrass appears in your lawn, and offer a few suggestions on how you can control it.

Why does crabgrass appear in my lawn?

One of the most common weed problems in lawns here in Pennsylvania, crabgrass releases seeds each summer and then emerges the next spring. Crabgrass seeds are particularly tenacious, as the amount of seed produced is extremely high, and they can stay dormant in the soil for several years before germinating. Continue reading

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Top 5 Things to Ask Your Landscaping Company

Great landscaping companies do far more than just routine maintenance. While there are countless projects you can hire a landscaping company for, there’s not an unlimited number of companies capable of doing a great job.

How well you research and qualify these companies can mean the difference between a great looking landscape and one that can actually end up costing you MORE money. Picking the wrong landscaping partner may just mean a bad trim job, but in the worst case, you can be stuck with expensive legal bills should an accident occur.

Fortunately, you can screen out the bad apples with a bit of effort. We’ve taken some time to put together a simple, straightforward list of questions you should ask.

  1. Are you licensed and insured?

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Deer Problems? Here’s What You Need To Know

pack of deer around tree in winterPennsylvania winters and deer problems seem to go hand in hand. According to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s website, we had the second highest rate of vehicle accidents involving deer in the country last year. In fact, Pennsylvania residents, on average, have a one in 70 chance of being in an accident involving a deer.

Unfortunately deer don’t just cause damage to vehicles, they also can be quite destructive to your landscape. As the winter arrives and their smorgasbord of food dwindles to scraps, deer will search for anything to satisfy their appetite.

If you’ve found your landscape the target of some hungry deer, you may be interested in some helpful information about minimizing winter deer damage. Continue reading