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2019 Winter Holiday Food Drive

BAM’S LANDSCAPING FIRST ANNUAL WINTER FOOD DRIVE

SEEKING DONATIONS!
When: Now through Jan 15th 2019
Where: You may drop off at our office or we can pick it up for you
What:  Food/clothes/misc.  (see below links for desired items)

All FOOD will be donated to the “Manna Food Center” in Gaithersburg
(Most Needed Food List) <——CLICK FOR INFO.

All Clothing and care package items donated to “National Center for Children and Families”
(Create a comfort bundle) <——CLICK FOR INFO.

clothing donation
Any new or gently used clothes will help but check the above link to create a care package for someone in need this winter season!
2019 Winter Food Drive
Instant oatmeal packets, original flavor Brown rice (16 oz) Whole grain pasta (16 oz) Tuna, Salmon or Chicken, in water Dry or canned beans (low sodium) Natural nut butters Canned vegetables (low-sodium) Canned fruit (in juice) Fruit cups Shelf-stable, individual milk boxes Cooking oils & spices Infant formula & baby foods.
WE APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL DONATIONS THIS WINTER FOR THIS FOOD DRIVE!

WE ALSO WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT BAMS LANDSCAPING!

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Leaves are coming

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

Leaves!

Did you know that the reds, oranges, and yellows that you see on the trees during the autumn months have always been there?  They have just been hiding behind the green color (chlorophyll) that is prominent during the active growing season.  The leaves changing color is due to the shortening of the daylight and the variety of colors seen can also be attributed to the temperatures and moisture the tree is getting at that time.

A few other fun facts:

1.  They break down on the ground to provide many nutrients and organisms that are very beneficial to the soil.  It is great to use your mower and mulch some of the leaves on your turf and let them decompose.  This saves space at the county dump and improves the soil structure of your lawn/garden.  (If you buy leafgro from the store it’s the same thing).  Just don’t allow too many leaves to sit on the turf because it will essentially suffocate the grass and limit sun and oxygen from reaching the grass.

2.  Evergreens never lose their leaves because they have special leaves that are resistant to cold and moisture loss.  You might see them wilt up a bit during the colder months but they are still actively performing photosynthesis (just much slower).

3.  During the summer months the leaves from the deciduous trees take in more sugars through photosynthesis than they need.  They use this extra energy to survive the winter months when they are naked.

Find out when your county curbside leaf collection will occur HERE:   http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-highway/leaf/
leaves by Casselman Bridge MD
Garrett County Leaves
Interested in some Maryland Fall activities or places to see the foliage?  Visit http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/take-maryland-fall-foliage-trip
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Lawn Watering Tips

Are you afraid of YOUR LAWN looking like this during the HOT summer months??

Here are a few tips to prevent summer turf dormancy:

DO NOT OVERWATER! 

We see many lawns where the turfgrass would have been much better off had the homeowner not watered the lawn.  UNLESS THE AREA has not received rain and is in a dry period there is no reason to water the lawn often.  We recommend about 1″ of water A WEEK.  If your turf begins to sag and the leaves don’t feel dry then it’s probably recieved too much water.  The roots need oxygen just like any living organism and by constantly soaking the plant it starves the roots of oxygen.

WATER HEAVILY BUT INFREQUENTLY 
It is much better to SOAK the ground once a week then to frequently wet the ground.  The deeper the water is saturated into the ground the deeper the roots will stretch to reach it.  A deep root system is the key to a healthy summer turf to prevent heat stress and keep it out of summer dormancy.
WATER IN THE MORNING
The reason for this is that if you water after work and into the later evening hours (very common) it allows for much of the moisture to remain in and on the turfgrass.  This standing moisture is a breeding ground for diseases and fungus to spread.  Lawn watering during the middle of the day can also be risky on very HOT days since it can further stress your lawn out and cause damage.
 

We hope you all are having a GREAT start to your summer and keeping cool!

If you ever have any questions or requests feel free to contact us anytime.

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Give your lawn some love this Fall

When Fall arrives, it can only mean….

Back to school, football, Halloween, shorter days, less vacations, sweaters and jackets, leaves changing, AND of course remembering to perform an aeration and overseeding of the lawn!

Aeration

This is one of the biggest bangs for your buck when it comes to improving your lawn.  There are many reasons to have this done to your turfgrass including:

a) Loosening of ground compaction
b) Promotion of a deeper root system
c) Better absorption of water and other nutrients
d) Allowing oxygen to enter soil (hence “aeration”)
e) Providing soil-to-seed contact (in the case of overseeding)
f) Decrease thatch buildup
g) Safe for the environment (no chemicals and it helps to improve runoff)

The benefits go on and on but the bottom line is that this mechanical method to improve the health and aesthetic appeal of your turfgrass REALLY WORKS!

Overseeding

This task is most often performed alongside the aeration for best results due to the seed-to-soil contact.  Overseeding is performed on an established lawn (has grass already) and is very important in that it adds a newer generation of seedlings that help to take the place of older dying grass in the lawn, introduce a new species that is better selected and tested for the environment, and provide a fresh start to many bare areas that might have been damaged over the course of the year.  

We select the best seed varieties according to a national turfgrass evaluation program (NTEP) which tests the newest varieties on many different qualities (i.e disease resistance, drought tolerance, color, texture, etc.) and this allows for a better adapted grass species to overtake weaker species in your lawn.

The above pictured machine is actually a bit smaller than the ones we are accustomed to using.  There are two 50lb weights located in these machines that are added on to really increase the weight and the depth at which the tines are pushed into the ground.  We prefer to aerate when the ground is moist (not soaking) to better help us pull some good sized plugs out of the ground.  Although these machines look a little bigger than a mower they can weigh over 350lbs, talk about a workout!
Seed being loaded into a drop spreader.  We normally use a broadcast spreader unless it’s a narrow area that needs seeding.  The rate at which the seed is spread (depends on the seed type and size of seed) is just as important as the type of seed selected for the location.  Too much seed spread will mean over-competition between seedlings and leave gaps in the turf and too little would leave the area thin and sparse.

How to Care for Your Roses in Summer

How to Care for Your Roses in Summer

Summer is the time of the roses – these lush, fragrant and gorgeous flowers have the time of their life these months, charming you with their bright bold colors, their hypnotizing scents and their surreal beauty.  The scorching summer months can negatively impact your roses, susceptible to pests and diseases, leading to various damages.  Preserve your summer bloomers, keep them healthy and safe and enjoy a fragrant, colored and dreamy summer on your property! Continue reading

6 Lawn Care Basics That Homeowners Must Know

6 Lawn Care Basics

You’ve been eyeing your neighbor’s lush green lawn for the longest time, and been wondering why your grass is not as good Lawn Care lawnas theirs. Achieving a perfectly manicured lawn is not an impossible task but neither is it a simple feat.  They call it “lawn care” for a reason and it literally takes some love and care to build a nice thick deep green lawn.

It may require a great deal of your time, effort and money. If you’re ready to commit to this task, then here are some of the things that you need to know.

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BAM’s Landscaping Launches New Website to Improve Our Customer Service

BAM’s Landscaping has been offering lawn care and landscaping services at affordable prices to our community for a long time now, and if we have learned anything, it’s that excellent customer service is just as important as the lawn care, landscaping and maintenance services we offer.  Our new website will further assist BAM’S Landscaping continues to go above and beyond to ensure our clients are extremely happy with our complete customer experience from all facets of our operation, and now we are making it even easier to find and request the services you may need.
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