We just wrapped up our first year taking care of the Harness Creek Homeowners Association here in Annapolis. It is a wonderful neighborhood and we took pride in how much of a difference our maintenance made. Thank you for the opportunity!
Front Right Entrance
Front Left Entrance
Delayed because of a busy schedule but back by popular demand, we have put together a collection of before and after pictures from recent clean-up in some of our favorite neighborhoods around Annapolis. Enjoy!
Cape St. Clare
Arundel on the Bay
BEFORE: The remains of the winter - gumballs, leaves, debris, and last year's liriope growth. Jon's Lawns was called to give the property some TLC and a spring cleaning.
AFTER: Perennial cut-backs, weeding, a full debris clear-out and triple-shredded bark mulch has this property looking ship-shape.
Lawn care does not stop when grass stops growing for the winter. Ornamental grass cut-backs, leaf and debris removals continue throughout the winter months keeping properties looking clean and the dormant grass from becoming smothered.
We care for a broad spectrum of lawns here at Jon's Lawns of Annapolis. When it comes to leaf removal, some lawns are cleared every week during the fall and some just one-time, after every leaf has dropped. The schedules depend on each customer's expectation for the look of their property and their budget. While we would love for all of our customer's lawns to look their best every week we understand that is not always possible during leaf season.
The "one-time final clean-up" in December can leave too many leaves smothering the grass for too long. This can cause unnecessary damage to your grass. Grass needs oxygen and to see the sunlight. What we recommend at a minimum is to do at least one leaf reduction prior to the final clean-up in December. This gives your lawn a chance to breathe even though leaves are still falling.
Satisfied customers are often our best promoters. Last year we rebuilt a fescue lawn here in Annapolis that was overrun with bermuda grass as documented in Rescue the Fescue from the Bermuda Triangle. That customer now has a pristine lawn and spoke with his neighbor who was having the same problem with bermuda grass. So Jon's Lawns of Annapolis swooped in and rescued another lawn. The entire process from wiping out the bermuda grass to having a mint, new lawn takes about a month and a half from start to finish. Well worth the time and effort to have a lawn you can be proud of for years to come.
Dead bermuda grass areas ready to be re-seeded
When you are preparing to sell your house, be sure that the curb appeal makes a great first impression to potential buyers.
Bermuda may be a nice place to vacation but bermuda grass is a terrible invader of fescue lawns here in Annapolis. We see bermuda grass spread quickly throughout lawns while pushing out the desireable fescue grass. It will also spread into mulch beds and to the neighbor's lawn. It is invasive and very durable, withstanding the driest and hottest conditions. If bermuda grass is caught early on, Jon's Lawns uses products that can kill the bermuda grass without harming your good grass. However, occasionally we get a new customer where the bermuda grass has gotten out of control and we must resort to the nuclear option and wipe it all out and start over. Pictured below is such a case. In fall of 2016 bermuda grass had entirely taken over the lower slope of the front yard. And as of today the entire yard is bermuda grass-free and the fescue grass is looking good.
April 1st and it was no April Fool's joke. The Red Sox were in town to play a preseason game against the Nationals at the Navy baseball stadium. While tickets were not on sale to the public, Jon's Lawns of Annapolis got a special ticket hookup. Very cool to see my hometown Sox up close and in Annapolis!
We welcomed the official first day of spring with a well-deserved mulch installation. All lawns and properties deserve to look there best this spring season and all year long.
An early spring means weeds are out in force. Get a handle on them and get your property looking good again.
...water, water, water.
Just like location, location, location for real estate, water is the key to success for your lawn.
I don't mean to over-simplify the process. A LOT goes into establishing and maintaining a strong healthy lawn. But 9 times out of 10, improper watering practices cause lawns to fail. Most frequently that means not enough water at seed germination and then again in the height of summer. However, over-watering can also be a problem. This time of year, during lawn seeding and repair, you do not want to flood your new seed and grass, but rather you should just keep it damp. During days with no rain 20 minutes per day for each area should be adequate. After 3 weeks you can cut back to 20-30 minutes every other day.
You can see below how our new 1 year old german sheppard rescue is enthusiastic about lawn watering...
No question that our lawns are loving this time of year. From our early end to winter, then our rainy spring, the Annapolis growing conditions have let our lawns absolutely thrive!
Any time of year a little mulch goes a long way to making your property look great.
Schedule your Mulch Bed Service today!
If you were looking across your fence at this Jon's Lawns lawn next door you might get lawn envy. That envy might then cause you to call Jon's Lawns of Annapolis to get some of what is going on next door - perhaps a Lawn Health program and Mowing Service combination. Or perhaps you don't want to worry about anything on your property including mulch, shrub trimming and leaf removal. Then you might call Jon about drafting up a LawnStrong program for you.
That is what happened in this situation. No need for Lawn Envy when there is LawnStrong.
Here in Annapolis the warm weather has fast-tracked the spring season by two to three weeks. That is keeping Jon's Lawns of Annapolis on its toes as we are anticipating a much earlier start to the mowing season as well as an accelerated weed germination calendar. These extra few weeks when in years past we still were buried under snow have given us time to get our lawns cleaned up and beds mulched before the grass starts growing. While time is running out Jon's Lawns of Annapolis is ready!
While the idea of a white Christmas is romantic and conjures up nostalgia of Christmases past huddled by the fireplace, when you get dealt a 70 degree Christmas week, make the best of it!
This time of year landscapes can begin to look a bit ragged with leaf debris, old growth in planting beds and worn out mulch.
If we are not going to have a nice blanket of snow to cover it all up, this is a good time to get a clean-up and mulch install to get your property looking good for the Holiday Season. Besides aesthetics, this mulch will also help insulate your plants roots if or when the weather actually becomes wintery.
With only a mower, this yard went from covered in wet leaves to clear and able to breathe in a matter of minutes.
There is a common misconception that grass stops growing after the summer months, with the cooling weather. On the contrary, the vast majority of grass in Annapolis is in fact "cool season grass", mainly tall fescue, and will accelerate growth from September through November. With the recent warm weather and rainfall I have seen more growth in the last couple weeks that almost any other time this year. In addition to maintaining a healthy grass height, mowing in November is an easy way to keep your lawn clear of heavy wet leaves that can suffocate and in time kill your grass.
Jon's Lawns will work with you to set up a mowing schedule to suit your needs and budget, but we always encourage our customers to choose to keep their grass at the ideal height depending on the season and to keep their yards clear of leaves and debris. Mow on!
The Lawn Blog
We will use the space to periodically share season-specific lawn care techniques, anecdotes and pictures!