Our landscaping service provider, BrightView, reports we’re in for the first wave of spring cleanup this week, weather permitting. Staff will comb through front, back, and side yards to get Weybridge ready for normal landscaping maintenance through spring, summer, and fall.
Within the next 2 weeks (by the start of April), BrightView expects to start edging operations as well, getting tree rings, landscaping beds and more just a bit more sharply defined.
Though it may not feel like it yet, spring is around the corner, and that means we start another season of landscaping services with BrightView.
As in years past, our Landscape Chairman Brent Kleihauer gathers landscape service preferences from each resident, in case customized services are desired. We distributed paper questionnaires back in December and asked for forms to be turned in by February 1 if possible, and March 1 at the latest.
Well, March 1 is now just a couple weeks away. Do you still have your questionnaire? Do you need another copy? You can download and print another copy here (PDF), then be sure to get it to Brent by the start of next month.
We’ve received notice from BrightView of the final fertilizer application for the year. They’re planning to apply fertilizer on Friday, November 16.
As in the past, we recommend you keep pets off the lawn for at least 24 hours after the fertilizer application. If there are sections of lawn you do not want fertilized, you can place lawn flags outlining the area.
BrightView exoects to wrap up mowing and leaf cleanup in the days ahead, finishing before the Thanksgiving holiday.
We have received several inquiries about mole problems in our neighborhood. This year our lawns are in a healthy condition and have been treated for grubs, but we still have seen a lot of mole activity. Wildlife control is the homeowner’s responsibility, but here are a couple of suggestions before hiring an outside critter control company.
What Do Moles Eat?
Moles are not rodents but insectivores subsisting exclusively on bugs, larvae, worms, and other invertebrates. Therefore…
Moles do not eat plant material. Their dental structure is suited for worms, grubs, and the like. They even eat fire ants.
Most often, it’s the best-kept yards that have the worst mole issues.
We discovered a matrix of surface tunnels. The mole (we presume just one) was essentially soil surfing looking for invertebrate tastes and quite heedless of the collateral damage. Our enriched garden beds had lots of worms. Good for us and good for Mr. Mole.
Moles dig three kinds of tunnels, though all types may not be present at every site. There’ are the surface tunnels, but think of them as the top layer. Under them lie the main tunnels used to move about and these tend to be permanent. And then there are the nests, larger spaces filled with grass, roots, and leaves for nesting and winter protection.
What really works?
The only two methods of effectively controlling moles are to (1) use a bait they are attracted to or (2) physically remove them. A fairly new bait that has been proven to be effective is packaged and sold in the form of a worm. The attractive smell and taste that is incorporated into the worm, together with Bromethalin (the active ingredient that poisons the mole), makes for a lethal combination.
To determine if a run is active, stomp it down flat, then check the following day to see if it is pushed back up. If the tunnel has been repaired, it is usually an active tunnel and should be considered for trapping or baiting. Mole traps and baits are available at most hardware, home repair and farm supply stores. These products are usually under $20. Worth a try before hiring a critter company to set traps and remove them.
BrightVew Landscape plans to be in the Weybridge neighborhood on or around Friday, August 31 to perform a touch-up shrub pruning (date dependent on weather). This pruning is only for new growth, as a follow-up to pruning from earlier in the summer.
If you have shrubs or bushes you do NOT want BrightView to trim, please put a brightly-colored ribbon on those shrubs and bushes.
Please contact Brent Kleihauer, our Weybridge Landscape Officer. He has ribbon on his front porch if you need some. He can be reached at email@example.com
Do you have brown patches in your lawn? Perhaps it’s a result of our recent dry spell or maybe drainage on one part of your property lets water run off faster than others. Whatever the cause, if your turf is dry and the grass isn’t thriving, you may need to water the lawn.
Some folks wonder whether our landscaping provider should handle these brown patches. Sadly, no. Bare patches of grass and dying grass are the responsibility of homeowners. You may need to water or re-seed to keep your lawn green. In fact, the Weybridge Warranty Deed requires residents to provide water to their lawns as needed (see section 4-B).
Any questions about how to care for your lawn? Feel free to contact our landscaping expert, Brent Kleihauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.