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5 Expert Lawn Care Tips: An Interview with Steve Van Straten of SnowShoe Services LLC

By Steve Van Straten

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Snowshoe Services started 1998 and we grew every year. Word of mouth and excellent service is our reputation. What we offer is all year services for both residential and commercials properties. Winter we offer both snow removal and salting, followed by lawn care where we offer de-thatching, spring and fall clean up, tree trimming, mulching lawn cutting and trimming along with the full fertilizing packages, and many other services on request.

What's something that most people don't know about lawn maintenance that they should know?

New Water care and Maintenance. New Grass needs WATER to live and grow. Water two to four times a day. Again, grass needs water to grow. Let the seed dry out and it will die. Water frequently at first, applying enough water to moisten the top 2, 3 inches of soil. As the grass germinates and begins to take hold, gradually reduce watering until you are on a normal schedule.

Is there a specific length that grass should be cut? Why is this?

Mowing encourages grass plants to spread out and fill in the lawn. Begin mowing when the plants have reached their typical mowing height, and never take off more than one third of the leaf blade at a time. For example, cut grasses back to 2.5 inches once they have reach a height of 3 inches plus. When grass is 4, 6 weeks, fertilize it with a slow release fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet. After 8, 10 weeks, give the lawn second application of fertilizer at the same rate.

What is mulch and what should be done with it?

Many materials are used as mulches, most popular died wood pallets and shredded natural (virgin) trees and shrubs. which are used to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, suppress weed growth, and for aesthetics. They are applied to the soil surface, around trees, paths, flower beds, to prevent soil erosion on slopes, and in production areas for flower and vegetable crops. Amount of mulch at 3 inches thick for 100 square feet would be one yard of mulch. So often than not the average home owner gets way to much mulch delivered and looking to dispose of it.

What is the smartest approach to fertilizing lawns for homeowners in the Wisconsin area?

1. Apply a fertilizer, Turf Builder With Crabgrass "Preventer" in April or May. Fertilizing lawns goes hand in hand with weed control.

2.Turf Builder With Weed Control" can be applied in June. Or a spray weed control for fast elimination of dandelions and many other weeds. This fertilizer fills the need for additional weed control, as the herbicide component fights everything from ground ivy to purslane to white clover.

3. In July or August, apply fertilizer that "strengthens and summer-proofs your grass" while "combating a spectrum of harsh seasonal threats like insects, heat and drought.

Finally, A winterizing fertilizer should be applied in fall. Fertilizing lawns with this product will not only prepare grass for winter, but also give you a head start towards achieving the green turf you'll want next spring ?- bringing us full circle.

What advice can you give someone who has too many weeds in their lawn and wants to get rid of them?

In many cases where there is a lot of weeds can be blamed on both lack of weed control and fertilizer, and lack of water. There are many weeds that will survive and thrive on lack of water and smother out the grasses and killed them off.

What's the best way for people to reach you and your company?

As for reaching Snow Snowshoe services, we can be reached at 920-621-2280 or Steve@snowshoeservices.com.

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Steve Van Straten owns and manages SnowShoe Services LLC.

Phone: 920-621-2280

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