Anthony's Lawn Care - April 2024

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APRIL 2024

Revitalize Your Yard With Anthony’s Lawn Care SPRING GREENING

Sun-drenched lawns, flower beds bursting with color, and a little reprieve from winter — it’s starting to feel like spring around town. There’s no better time to kick-start your gardening than April. Not only is this one of our busiest times of the year at Anthony’s Lawn Care and Landscaping,

little time in the dirt in the garden, you contribute to a healthier canopy in your community and gain a greater sense of connection to nature.

Just as important is eliminating trees that have become dangerous or too damaged. Dead trees are a breeding ground for pests like rodents, bugs, or diseases that could spread to healthy plants nearby. The timely removal of dead trees makes way for new vegetation and environmental stability.

but it’s also the month we celebrate Earth Day, on April 22. One of the best ways to honor this plant- friendly holiday is to give your yard a spring- cleaning makeover by trimming trees on

your property and planting new ones. I always think of this season as one of growth, so it’s the perfect excuse to refresh your landscaping and do something good for the planet. Giving your trees a regular trim ensures they stay healthy and live the most extended life possible.

Our experienced team does a lot of tree removals, but each time we take a tree down, our goal is to plant a new one. I’m proud of that commitment, and our tree removal department has only

expanded. While dead limbs and branches can be an obvious sign it’s time for removal, we can eliminate the guesswork for you with our free landscaping analysis. Our specialists here can take care of everything from grinding down old stumps to a complete renovation of your home oasis. And we’re experts regarding the native plants that call Indiana home. With spring comes new life, and we can bring your landscaping alive with our spring clean-up service. Let’s embrace this season of renewal by enhancing your outdoor space, and together, we can cultivate a greener, more beautiful world.

Overgrowth of dead or diseased branches can weaken a tree’s structure; regular pruning is necessary for your trees to maintain shape.

There are aesthetic merits in keeping your trees tidy and also safety implications. With a strong enough storm

or gust of wind, dead tree limbs can fall and cause damage to your home or a family member. Your insurance company may even reduce your rate if you trim limbs close to your roof. Plus, who doesn’t want to have the greenest front yard in the neighborhood? Planting trees contributes to Earth Day’s mission and strengthens the local ecosystem. Trees help clean the air, produce oxygen, ensure biodiversity, protect against erosion or stormwater runoff, reduce heat, and beautify your neighborhood. They also encourage the region’s vibrant songbirds to nest and provide shade for you to enjoy the outdoors with your family. It’s perfect timing for shrubs, vegetables, and other plants. When you spend a

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Spring is the perfect time to begin gardening, but if you work with Indiana’s clay-rich soil, you’ll have to take extra steps beyond merely digging a hole. The heavy clay content can impede root development and complicate drainage. But with the right approach, clay can be A-OK. HOW TO MASTER CHALLENGING SOIL Is Clay Okay?

Beginning a journey toward a healthier, more active lifestyle is commendable; one key to success is a consistent commitment to exercise. Here are five tips to ensure you’re consistent in your journey. SET REALISTIC GOALS Establishing realistic goals is the foundation of a consistent exercise routine. Instead of aiming for dramatic changes overnight, focus on incremental milestones. Celebrate these little wins to foster a sense of achievement that will fuel your motivation to continue. 1. CREATE A SCHEDULE Just as you schedule appointments and meetings, prioritize scheduling your workout sessions. Designate specific days and times for exercise, treating them with the same importance as any other commitment. This structured schedule helps integrate exercise into your routine seamlessly. 2. FIND EXERCISES YOU ENJOY Exercise shouldn’t be a monotonous chore. Exploring various activities to find those you genuinely enjoy will help you remain consistent. Whether it’s rock climbing, hiking, cycling, Zumba, or aerobics, you need to find engaging activities that you love. This will increase the likelihood of long-term commitment as the exercise is something you want to do. 3. ENLIST A WORKOUT BUDDY Journeys are more enjoyable when shared. Find a workout buddy who shares similar fitness goals and schedules. Exercising with a friend will establish accountability and bring a fun social element that encourages staying on track. 4. BE KIND TO YOURSELF Understand that setbacks are natural. If you miss a workout or face setbacks in your fitness journey, that’s okay! Be kind to yourself and avoid self-criticism to just focus on recommitting to your routine. Consistency is built over time, and resilience is crucial in maintaining it. You can’t be resilient without assuring yourself that you can do it despite the challenges. 5 Tips for Sustaining Your Exercise Routine

PLANTING We recommend you start by digging a hole twice as large as the root ball of your planting. Loosen the roots gently, ensuring the root ball’s top is slightly above the soil surface. Incorporate topsoil at the base of the hole to facilitate better drainage. While a modest layer of mulch in a circle around each plant can be beneficial, avoid applying it too thickly. WATERING Given its tendency to retain moisture, clay soil can be both a boon and a bane, depending on the plant species. You can test how well your soil drains by making a hole the size of a plant and filling it to the top with water. Check on it every 30 minutes to see how quickly it dries up. If water remains after four hours, it’s a signal your drainage is poor. Generally, you should water your new plantings four days a week for one hour in the morning or evening. The sweet spot is between 7–10 a.m. or 6–9 p.m. You can also put a soaker hose on a drip setting at the base of the plantings to get the roots watered. PLANT SELECTION When selecting your plants, opt for varieties that will adapt well to the quality of your soil. Although some species may struggle, clay soil is naturally nutrient-rich and can help plants withstand drought periods better. Some shrubs — like itea and dogwood — are well-suited to this sometimes challenging soil. Plants that can’t handle cold or wet conditions will need an environment with more drainage. Clay can be hard to dig through, so look for smaller plants that don’t require deep holes. With these tips, you can manage any challenging soil conditions on your property to create a flourishing and healthy garden. But Anthony’s Lawn Care and Landscaping is always a call away if you need help.

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surviving droughts, which can scorch and kill your greenery. We recommend using a one-third rule — never remove more than one-third of your grass during a cutting.

The perfect front lawn makes a lasting impression. As one of the cornerstones of garden maintenance, lawn mowing might seem like a straightforward process.

TIME OF DAY It’s best to get the mower going mid-morning between 8–10 a.m. or late afternoon around 4 p.m. Dew could still stick to the ground in the early morning hours and clog your equipment and yard with clumps of wet grass. It’s also helpful to vary your mowing pattern to avoid making ruts in your yard. Switching up how you trim your lawn ensures more robust growth, reduces soil compaction, and helps you catch pieces you might have missed during the last session. MAINTAINING YOUR MOWER The duller your mower blades are, the more difficult they are to use, so it’s crucial to maintain your equipment. Regularly inspect your mower blades for wear and tear, and replace or sharpen any with excessive damage. It’s vital to clean your lawn mower so dirt, clippings, and rust don’t build up on the mower deck. Anthony’s Lawn Care and Landscaping can get your lawn looking its best with our full range of services. Our team of specialists will ensure your lawn stays healthy and attractive, and we’re happy to give you tips whenever you have questions. Call us today for your free estimate!

But the grass may look greener on the other side of the fence if you don’t follow the proper

steps. Understanding the best tips for lawn care can be the difference between the front yard of your dreams and a patchy, brown disappointment.

GRASS HEIGHT Choosing the correct grass height is one

of the most important aspects of a manicured lawn. As tempting as it may be to mow an unruly lawn down to nothing, the shorter your grass is, the more problems you may have. Weeds grow easier in yards without lush, taller grass to stand in their way. Having a fuller lawn can also give your property a better chance of Take A Break

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PO Box 5427 · Bloomington, IN 47407 What’s Inside?

1 Spring Into Action This Earth Day 2

Unlocking the Power of Consistency Essential Tips for Clay-Heavy Soil 3

Are You Mowing Your Grass Too Short? Take a Break 4 Tackle Spring-Cleaning With a Week-by-Week Plan

Your 4-Week Spring-Cleaning Calendar

Spring-cleaning can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of ground to cover. But there’s a trick to make it easier: Breaking down the work into quick, doable tasks spread over four weeks. FIRST WEEK: THE LIVING ROOM The start of every journey begins with a single step, and that step is acquiring and prepping supplies. Wash out buckets, empty vacuum bags, throw microfiber cloths in the wash, clean mops, and shake out brooms. Next, it’s time to clean the light fixtures. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and debris. Then dunk the cloth in soapy water, wring it out, and scrub the light fixture covering the bulb until it shines — just make sure you turn the lights off first. Once you’ve finished the lights, head to the bookshelves. Dust the tops and wipe down the sides. Make sure to wipe down any pictures or

framed art on the wall. Lastly, move the furniture and vacuum underneath.

For the toilets, get under the rim with a toilet brush and give the much-ignored back some love, too. Now that the toilet’s shining, it is the perfect opportunity to get the floor. Take a little extra time to get the baseboards.

SECOND WEEK: THE KITCHEN Clean the dishwasher filter first. Devote the next two days to getting the stove to sparkle, including ridding

FOURTH WEEK: THE BEDROOM Clean the bedrooms from top to bottom. Now is a good time to wash your pillows and air-dry

the vent of grease. Wipe down the countertops and the cabinets. Clean out the microwave and wipe down any other countertop appliances.

them. Bedroom ceiling fans can build up a lot of gunk over the

winter. An easy way to clean them is by pulling a pillowcase around the blades and pulling them back. Next, polish any wood furniture. Thoroughly clean the windows with glass cleaner or a homemade mixture of vinegar and water, and remember to clean the window tracks. Lastly, test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

THIRD WEEK: THE BATHROOM You’ll want to begin by removing the grime from the showerhead and sanitizing the

curtain. The curtain can be scrubbed and air- dried in the sun. Then clean and sanitize the shower and the sink. Shine the fixtures.

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