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A Dandelion tries to bloom in December

As I was driving today, I noticed a lot of white stuff along the boulevards and lawns. No, it wasn't snow. Certain weedy lawns along the streets had a lot of dandelions growing in them. Maybe it was the  bright sun on a cold crisp day that made them more noticeable than normally. Of course, once you see a patch or two, you can't help but see a whole lot more, wherever you drive.


What are the dandelions intending to do? The flowers for the most part have bloomed and gone partially to seed. Will these dandelion seed heads still mature and disperse their seeds later? Like, in the spring? Or on some warmer sunny day? Or did I just notice them because, they weren't at this stage previously, but added some "fluff" very recently?

Why did the seed heads form at this time of year?
In this close-up photo, there is one flower head with some yellow showing.


The answer to 'why" - is harder to determine.
The answer to HOW- well, call Turf King Hamilton 905-318-6677
We have Fiesta Weed Control applications that can help. Not that it's a miracle cure. but in conjunction with  a program to create a thicker, healthier lawn, weed treatments will go a long ways toward giving you the lawn you are looking for. This will take time, but it's worth the time.

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We're happy to not be in theSNOWMAGEDDON in London, Ontario, which is reeling under a metre of snow that's fallen in the last day or so. While Hamilton and Stoney Creek had just a light dusting of flurries, here in Hagersville, we got about a couple of inches.

What should appear but the William Dam seed catalog.

Gardening can be a lot of fun, relaxation, a fine hobby, but it can be a lot of work, too.

Maybe we should cut back next year? But when you start looking at all the new varieties...

Ah the challenges of gardening! They always start with the seed catalog. Spring can't be that far away. . .  . Lawn care? Anyone??

Everyone wants to have a beautiful green lawn accentuating their house and helping to make it as attractive as possible. They also want their lawn to be easy to maintain and free of pests and weeds. With busy schedules, many people like you don’t have the time or energy to put into your lawn care program. That is why hiring one of the many lawn care companies in Hamilton, Ontario might be the answer to your problem. What you do need to do however, is to compare lawn care services to find the one that suits you best—and the one that offers you the most for your money.

Here are a few things you should look for before you commit to a professional lawn care service:

First of all, you need to decide whether you need a lawn care service to provide spring, summer, fall and/or winter lawn maintenance. If you do, try to choose a company that will fertilize your lawn in all seasons so that you end up with the greenest and healthiest grass possible.

You also need to decide if you want an organic lawn care service that uses only as much control products as is necessary to keep weeds and pests under control. Organic lawn care products, geared to different seasons, are your best option for the best lawn and for environmentally friendly purposes. Of course, you may want to delve into the blend and type of fertilizer that is used on your lawn, but sometimes it is best decided by the professional lawn care company you hire.

The professional lawn care service you decide on should guard against various pests, as well. They should offer protection against chinch bugs and white grubs, while still remaining within the restraints of using as many environmentally friendly products as possible. A good option for dealing with grubs is the use of Nematode (biological) grub control. This method uses microscopic worms to kill grubs in your lawn. Ask if this type of treatment is available in the lawn care program you choose.

Professional lawn care companies should also provide treatments for fungus problems, do professional soil tests, and use soil supplements and additives to give you the best lawn possible. They should provide core aeration, in which plugs of soil are removed to increase oxygenation which will improve your soil structure and allow grass to grow better. They should also offer weed control protection and management for broadleaf weeds (such as dandelions, plantain, clover and others), creeping charlie (that thrives in moist, shady areas) and crabgrass.

Some lawn maintenance companies go beyond only looking after your lawn. Some lawn care services will also help with vegetation control for driveways, patios and walkways. Some will also help control insects in your trees, or provide deep root feeding of your trees and shrubs. Lawn care companies like these go above and beyond in their lawn care programs, and if you require these services it is good to ask at the onset if the professional lawn care company you decide on provides these options.

While comparing all of the products and lawn care programs offered, you still need to look at costs. Compare the products and services of one professional lawn care program with another and find out which is most cost effective. Remember to compare ‘apples with apples’ so that you know you are getting the best price for your lawn care service.

If you are looking for lawn care, Hamilton companies can certainly offer you what you need. You only have to be aware of what options the lawn care service you choose offers with respect to your personal wants and needs. Whether you just want professional lawn care services, creeping charlie control, or organic lawn care products, there are many lawn care companies to choose from, so do your homework, decide which features you need and want, and choose a lawn care Hamilton company that fits your needs.

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This article was prepared on behalf of Turf King Hamilton ( located at 95 Hempstead Dr., Unit 14, Hamilton, Ontario, offering the highest quality and service in lawn care.

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