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Growing and Maintaining a Beautiful Lawn: An Interview with Rob Balisciano of Hardscapes Landscaping LLC

By Rob Balisciano

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

We are a full-service landscape company, opened in 2004 and have anywhere between two to four employees, depending on the time of year . We offer all maintenance services from lawn cutting and fall clean-ups to organic or chemical fertilizing. And the construction side of things, the sky's the limit - grass and landscape installs, patio, walkway, and retaining wall installs. We also build outside kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits. Want water? We also install fish ponds, fountains and streams

What are some of the most important keys to growing healthy grass?

Pretty simple: Water grass in the morning. Watering in the afternoon or evening can promote disease

Cut your grass 3" and in the hot months you may want to think about cutting it at 3-1/2". Research has found that a lawn cut at 3 to 3-1/2" will help fight off weeds because must weeds need sunlight and the taller the grass, the less sunlight can get to the ground

Check your soil's Ph. Studies show the right Ph levels in the soil promote healthier, greener lawns, and if you fertilize, the closer your ph is to neutral, the less fertilizer will be wasted And lastly, if you can afford to, fertilize or hire a licensed professional to do it

Can you briefly describe the importance of having the right fertilization and maintenance schedule?

Having the correct fertilization program is not only key to a green healthy lawn but also important so you don't pollute the ground and drinking water. As far as a maintenance program, remember to always cut with shape blade, try to change cutting directions now and again and lastly, don't let your grass get too tall between cuts - not only are you allowing the grass to waste nutrients but technically your only suppose to cut the top 1/3 of the grass blades per cut

How does a homeowner know what the right type of fertilizer to use is?

Ask a professional. The laws in Connecticut are very strict. If you want to fertilize yourself, go to your local garden center and talk to someone their or call your local licensed applicator

Is there other lawn maintenance that should be done that some Connecticut homeowners maybe don't know about?

Yes, aerate your lawn at least every other year in the fall. It allows oxygen to get to the roots of your lawn and helps loosen the soil so roots can grow easier

What tips do you have to help keep outdoor plants like trees and shrubs healthy?

Prune off dead branches. Make sure there isn't too much debris, such as fallen leaves around the base. Also, if you mulch around them, try not to pile the mulch up the tree trunk. This promotes disease. If your shrubs don't drop leaves, think about spraying them with a horticultural oil to protect them through the winter months

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

We have plenty of ways to contact us: Office 203-484-0771, my cellphone 230-537-1469, by email, customerservice@hardscapeslandscaping.com or post a question on facebook at Hardscapes Landscaping LLC of Connecticut.

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