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Landscape Service Makes It Safer for Seniors To Live Independently

“I’d like to tell you I don’t worry about Mom, but I do,” Marie said. “She lives all the way out in Hanover, and it’s a good three hour drive from my home. She’s getting up there in age, and I worry about people who try to take advantage of seniors.” Marie’s mother, Maryanna, used to take care of her own lawn care, but that’s changed over the past few years. “Her hip hurts when she gets on the riding mower,” Marie said. “So she put the job off and off and off…when I stopped in to visit her I was shocked at how tall the grass had gotten.” A change in landscaping standards is the sort of visual cue that thieves and other bad people look for when deciding what homes to target. Going from a lawn where the grass being continually mowed, with the edges trimmed and shrubberies well maintained to a state where things have clearly been let go can indicate an absent homeowner or a homeowner who is no longer able to take care of things – in other words, a home that will be easier to rob than one occupied by an active, aware homeowner. “I told Mom things couldn’t get like that for her safety, and she asked what was I going to do, drive up every week and mow the grass?” Marie laughed. “As much as I would love to be able to do that for Mom, that’s not a realistic option. So I called the Hanover landscape company to see how they could help.” By providing regular mowing and other lawn...

How To Tell If Your Grass is Dead or Dormant

Marshfield homeowners have been having a hard time lately. A very hot summer combined with severe drought conditions have combined to wreak havoc on local lawns. Once green yards are now khaki-colored and dry. As landscape contractors, we’re hearing about it. People are worried that their grass is dead, but that panic may be premature. Here’s the thing: grass can be an incredibly resilient plant. Some varieties, including Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, and Zoysia can tolerate prolonged drought conditions and still look pretty good. You may have noticed your Marshfield lawn service mowing less often this year, or leaving the grass a little longer than usual: these strategies help grass retain moisture, helping them survive these dry conditions. Here is Western Massachusetts, a lot of the grasses people have in their yards are cool weather grasses. These varieties will go dormant when they’re not getting enough moisture. When grass is dormant, it looks like it is dead. It will be brown and crunchy and by all appearances look like it is no longer alive. If your lawn is dead, you’re going to be sad until you reseed the lawn and new grass grows. Your Marshfield landscape designer can help you select grass and ground covers that are hardy enough to survive our challenging growing conditions. But if your lawn is not dead and is merely dormant, you don’t need to plant more grass. Your grass will recover its normal green appearance and begin growing again once it receives an adequate supply of water. To tell if your grass is dead or dormant requires patience. We’re all waiting for these...