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Get Your Maryland Yard Ready For Spring

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air here in Maryland and it couldn’t come soon enough. In the next few weeks the weather will warm up and us gardeners will crawl out of our caves of hibernation, ready to take on the new year. After taking a look around your yard you might find your spring cleaning checklist is a little daunting. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of essential tasks to get your yard ready for spring.


clogged guttersCheck The Roof

Winter storms, such as the fierce ones we experience here in the northeast, can do a number on your roof. Damage to your gutters, shingles, and vents can spell an expensive repair bill once your roof starts leaking. Just to be safe, get up on the roof and check for shingle damage, clogged gutters, or any other damage.


Re-apply Caulking

Caulk is an often overlooked feature on your house that does a lot of work. It keeps out, air, water, and most importantly, bugs. So it’s essential that you add this item to your spring cleanup checklist and check for old, cracked strips of caulk that could be letting in a lot more than cold air. Remember to remove the old caulk before applying a new layer.


Rake and Cleanup Your Yard

The importance of raking your yard in the fall and the spring cannot be overstated. Most people rake their lawn in the fall but more leaves and debris can blow around during the winter and end up on your grass. Clumps of wet leaves can spell trouble for your grass if you don’t act quick enough. Not only can leaves smother grass to death but they can also breed snow mold and be a safe haven for pests. So rake up those leaves and let that yard air out to make sure your grass can green-up properly.


spring cleanupStanding Water = No

Mosquitos and summer, two words that go hand in hand but you wish they didn’t. Homeowners spend millions of dollars each year trying to combat these tiny pests but what for? It seems that no matter what you do, or buy, or wear, these annoying insects never cease. But knowing how mosquitoes multiply is a great way to get the upper hand. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Just dump out the rain barrel and birdbath every once in a while, right? You don’t realize how many objects in your yard can actually hold water until you go out there and look. I’m talking about flower pots, buckets, pools, ponds, bird baths, and animal waterers. Make sure you empty ALL standing water on a regular basis to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. You’ll notice a difference in the mosquito population and you’ll be able to enjoy the outside as you’ve always wanted.


Apply Weed Killer and Fertilizer

The key to a healthy lawn is to give it the proper nutrition at the right times and to prevent weeds from competing with it. If you are applying fertilizer yourself, make sure you look for a spring fertilizer with the proper NPK balance suitable for your grass type.


Hire The Professionals

Lawn care is hard work. Take a break this year and let the pros at Royal Greens take care of your yard. Call us at 301-831-3731 or leave us a message on our site.

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Preparing Your Trees And Shrubs For Spring

how to prepare trees for spring

It’s around this time each year when the ice begins to melt, the snow disappears, there is plenty of sunshine, and the countdown to spring officially begins! It’s also around this time each year where we begin to think about pre-spring lawn care, and what we can do right now to prepare our lawn and landscape for spring.


One of the biggest pieces to your landscape is your trees and shrubs. Knowing how to best prepare them for spring ensures a lush, healthy growing season, and it ultimately extends the life and beauty of your landscape. Here’s how to do just that:


Step 1: Inspect

inspect trees in springThe first thing you want to do when preparing your trees and shrubs for spring is to inspect them while they’re still bare. This will allow you to locate and prune any dead or diseased branches which, if not pruned, can lead to issues in the springtime. By pruning these branches you will make the tree healthier, safer, and will promote new growth!


Step 2: Protect

One of the biggest threats your trees and shrubs face entering springtime are overwintering pests. Some of the most common ones are scale insects, mites, bagworms, and lace bugs. The best way to attack these overwintering pests is to apply a horticultural oil spray. The spray will cover the breathing tubes of the pests (and their eggs), which will ultimately suffocate them. This completely eliminates their threat and protects the trees and shrubs leading into spring.

Step 3: Tidy Up

weed around tree to prepare for springIn line with step 1, you will also want to tidy up around your trees and shrubs. This includes removing any dead branches, fallen leaves, old mulch, and weeds from the surrounding area. By doing this you are removing unnecessary stress and setting the stage for a healthy, successful growing season.


Step 4: Apply

It may still be a little early for this but in a few weeks you are going to want to apply a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around your trees and shrubs. This will provide them with additional insulation and will allow them to easily retain moisture, both of which are essential for successful spring growth. As an added bonus, the mulch adds to the aesthetic appeal of your landscape!


At Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care we understand that a huge part of your landscape’s appeal lies in your trees and shrubs. That’s why we developed our 6-step treatment solution to best prepare them for healthy growing seasons, and to protect them all year long.

Give us a call today at (301) 831-3731 to hear more about how we can help you get that beautiful landscape that you will love!

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Are Termites Active In The Winter?

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how to get rid of termites in winterAccording to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, on average, termites do more damage to homes than all fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and windstorms combined. That’s a lot of damage! The termite species that is indigenous to Maryland is the Eastern Subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes). This species alone has caused millions of dollars worth of damage to homes in Maryland, so knowing how to protect your home from them is critical.

Fact of the matter is termites are still active during the winter months. And while winter does bring some change into their daily routine, they’re still active and they can still cause extensive damage to your home if you’re not prepared.

The Termites Dig Deep For Winter

Because termites are cold-blooded pests, they need to go where the cold isn’t. They can’t fly south, but they can dig deep, and that’s exactly what they do. Living up to its name, the subterranean termite will dig deep into the soil to escape the cold during the winter months. So while they don’t hibernate or swarm during winter, they are still active, and they’re still a threat to your home.

Signs Of A Termite Infestation

Because your home provides the warmth and shelter these termites are looking for, finding them in your home from December-February is a possibility. Some of the most common signs of a termite infestation are:

  • Mud Tubes – These are tubes created by subterranean termites to bridge their colony to their food source. They consist of soil and wood and are commonly found in basements and crawlspaces.
  • Termite droppings – After consuming wood, termite droppings will often be left behind. These droppings are very small (1mm in length), and they look like sawdust, or tiny grains of salt and pepper.
  • Damage in the walls and foundation  

Termites don’t take a break in the winter, and neither should you. Just because these signs may not be as common, it doesn’t mean you’re termite-free. The possibility of an infestation is still there!

One of the best ways to protect your home from termites is to call the professionals at Royal Greens. Our experts will come to your home and perform a thorough termite inspection. If found, an immediate plan will be put into place to not only eliminate any current termites, but to also prevent any possibility of a future infestation.

Call us today at (301) 831-3731 to hear more about our latest termite technology, and how we can help you take back your home from these pests for good!

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To Aerate or Not to Aerate

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I know what you’re thinking. “It’s too early to think about lawn care.” But it’s never a bad idea to plan ahead. After all, spring will be here before you know it and all the hard work that comes with it.

Why do we go through such pains each year to make our yard so beautiful?

In a way, our yard is an extension of ourselves. The amount of lawn care we put into our yards shows others how dedicated and hardworking we are. Plus we like to use our yards as much as possible while the weather permits.

But the mowing, seeding, fertilizing, and weeding could be a waste of time if your yard is in need of aeration.

A good way to check if your yard needs aeration is with the screwdriver test. Stick a screwdriver into the ground up to the hilt and pull it back. If it’s hard to push the screwdriver into the soil then it’s time to aerate.

Why Aerate?

why should you aerate your lawn

The reason you can’t push the screwdriver through, even though your yard is getting watered regularly, is because there may be a layer of thatch under your grass.

Thatch builds up as grass clippings accumulate on top of the soil. When this layer gets thick enough it can block water from getting through which results in parched, hard ground.

As you can imagine this is not good for your grass. To the untrained eye, it may seem like your grass just needs more water but if it starts to pool in areas that’s a problem.

If your yard needs to be aerated no amount of water is going to fix it and any fertilizer you throw down is just a waste of money.


Benefits of Aerating

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So now you know all the signs that show your yard needs to be aerated but what benefits does your yard get out of it?

  • Improved water absorption
  • No more pooling water or runoff
  • Eliminates thatch
  • Encourages stronger roots
  • Reduces soil compaction

So now you know how important lawn aeration is to your lawn care routine what are you waiting for? Check out the lawn aeration service from Royal Greens. They understand that lawn care can be a lot of work and that you value your free time. So let the pros at Royal Greens get the job done for you. Call us today at 301-831-3731 or leave a message on our website.

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Lawn Aeration Services in Clarksburg, MD

Lawn Aeration Services in Clarksburg, MD

As Maryland homeowners know, lawns undergo various kinds of stress from varying weather conditions, frequent foot traffic, diseases, pests, and mowing. If you are in need of a fast boost to improve the state of your entire lawn, let Royal Greens take care of it for you. Our core aeration services near and around Clarksburg, MDalleviates stress, stimulates health, and will maximize the results of your existing lawn care plan.

The Royal Greens Advantage

At Royal Greens, we understand that your lawn is an extension of your home. We value the trust that you put in us in taking care of it. That is why, with each and every service, you will not only find our skilled technicians in your yard, but by your side, ready to answer any questions with courtesy and care. Why give way to disease, compaction, and poor health for your lawn, when you can trust a Royal Greens lawn aeration specialist to bring your lawn to its fullest life in just one treatment? Call us today!

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8 Helpful Tips To Prevent Tick Bites

With summertime approaching here in Maryland, more outdoor play, hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities are on the horizon. Unfortunately, tick bites are also growing more likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 300,000 people each year in the United States catch Lyme disease.

At Royal Greens, we are proud to offer our very own tick control services. But there are also ways for you to help yourself avoid these nasty critters, beyond the old-standby advice to “cover up and avoid tall grass”. From wood chips to a quick ride in the dryer, here are 10 ways to avoid tick bites. Continue reading 8 Helpful Tips To Prevent Tick Bites