MARCH 2016
   Celebrating 30 years!
 




Andre' is back!

Andre Sprague has returned to Hoxie Landscape where his career began in 2008 as a 19 year old rookie. During his 4 years with Hoxie Landscape, Andre fell in love with the profession and decided to go to the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and get a degree in Arboriculture. After graduation, Andre returned to the Cape, honing his skills as one of the area's most skilled arborists.  He also became a Mass Certified and International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
 
Andre will be supervising our Tree and Plant Health Care Services with the intention of growing and developing that portion of our business. We are thrilled to have him back and anticipate that he will bring a great deal of professionalism and enthusiasm to the job!
 
Have questions or concerns about the shade trees on your property? Please give us a call for a free consultation at 508-888-6272 or click on the link below to send an email.


   

                             Lawn Sense


Tick Control

            Coastal Massachusetts is known to be at the epicenter of Lyme disease outbreak.  Due to our prolonged mild temperatures this winter, along with the minimal snow cover, we are getting reports that people are already encountering ticks.
               
            We offer effective tick control by spraying low growing plants within the landscape as well as the perimeter of your property creating a safe zone for your family and pets. Monthly treatments are applied May through October.  Our products are safe and effective.
               
            Our technicians can also provide you with advice on how to minimize tick populations on your property by making it less attractive to ticks.
 
            Email our Nature Guard Manager, Stephen Sodekson for an evaluation and customized annual tick prevention program. Stephen has attended classes at UMass Integrative Learning Center this winter learning the latest treatment strategies. Hoxie Landscape is committed to providing our customers with the most knowledgeable professionals in the area.  Please click the link below to set up an appointment.

           Request an estimate
 
 

Got Shade? Expect to have Moss this Spring

We are observing an increased percentage of moss in lawns this month thanks to the mild winter. As explained below, high concentrations of moss in turf can be caused by one or a combination of several factors impacting your lawn. If you really want to eradicate moss you have to find out the actual problem that is causing it, rather than just treating it. The reasons are various, but not too difficult to isolate.
Generally, turf that is well maintained will have fewer moss issues. Moss forms in turf because of one or several of the causes outlined below:
  • Shaded Lawns - overhanging trees or large shrubs; turf growing on the north side of a structure, this is the most common reason for moss. Particularly when one of the following also occurs
  • Waterlogging - in winter or summer
  • Acid soil - low pH
  • Mowing too close - a common cause, for it weakens the grass - allowing moss to take hold.  We recommend mowing at 3"
  • Drought - if severe enough to harm or kill the grass. Not to be confused with a bit of summer-browning
  • Sandy - free-draining soils. This can weaken the grass and allow moss to take over. Some mosses are quite happy in these conditions
  • Compaction - continued use by children and pets
Solutions
 
Moss can be temporarily controlled with Iron Sulfate applied as a liquid or granular but will only kill off the current growth. The aim should be to rectify the cause. Carry out a soil test at some stage to assess the acidity of the soil. If in need of adjustment, then lime can be applied.
  1. Determine if there are areas of dense to moderate shade in your lawn, and try to minimize this by removing or cutting back the trees or shrubs if possible. Consider eliminating turf under large trees and planting shade tolerant plants
  2. Apply a Ferrous Sulfate based moss-killer to the affected area
  3. Apply a lawn fertilizer routinely to strengthen and improve turf density
  4. Mow the lawn properly, regularly, throughout the summer - NOT too short
  5. Keep the lawn well- watered in drought conditions to allow the new grass to keep growing
  6.  Fall - aerate the lawn, apply top dressing at this time if the lawn is either uneven, or in need of organic matter particularly useful on weak sandy soils
If by the autumn, your lawn is growing well, then most if not all of the moss in your lawn will have been controlled. Further spot treatments may be needed or maybe even a full treatment for most lawns again the following season.

Moss isn't necessarily bad
 
There are several species of moss that thrive on Cape Cod. Dry soil is susceptible to moss which tend to grow in upright habit with small leaves and do not spread much. Damp, compacted and waterlogged lawns usually results in mosses that have a creeping habit. If you are battling moss in a wet / shady spot on your property you may consider giving in and let the moss be. Add other shade loving perennials and ferns to create an interesting, carefree shade garden. 


 

 Just a friendly reminder to send in your Annual Renewals.... 

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Did you know - you can pay your bill online!  You will need your user ID and password which were listed on your renewal/estimate...OR, just call the office and we can help you.

 

...and to avoid those invoices - You can also sign up for auto pay with your credit or debit card.