July Buzzzz: Fleas, Ticks and Other Nuisance Pests

The list of mosquito and tick-borne diseases continues to grow and that makes the insect-control business boom. With so many players out there, why should you use Hillside? Hire a Licensed Professional The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a number of pesticides for residential spraying saying they are generally safe for our backyards. Unfortunately there … Continued

Fighting The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just like many of our customers with small children, the Hillside staff with kids like to read bedtime stories but there’s one book we stay away from…The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle! It glorifies the life cycle of a caterpillar, one of our arch nemesis! Caterpillars can be destructive and not all of them … Continued

Grub Control: Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late!

They start as beetles munching away at your plants and shrubs in the spring. Then they lay eggs in your lawn making your grass brown out and die in the summer. As if that’s not bad enough, the eggs survive the winter and start their lifecycle over again, stronger than ever. If you want to … Continued

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There’s Only One Type of Bluegrass We Like

Hillside loves bluegrass music and we are excited for the Charm City Bluegrass Festival next week, but we don’t like all types of bluegrass. Annual bluegrass weeds are our nemesis! This annual, grassy weed — also known as its two most common varietals: Poa Annua and Roughstalk — can fake out a novice lawn care … Continued

Getting Nutty with Lawn Care and Weed Control

You know about almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans, but do you know about Nutsedge? It’s not something to eat! It’s an unwanted weed commonly found in Maryland lawns during the summer. The sprouts stand taller than the turf and are hard to get rid of because of their immersive root system. We are offering a … Continued

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Beautifying Lawns the Responsible Way

We have kids and pets, just like our customers, in fact, you can see some of our furry friends in our staff bios on our website (Check out Marney, and Boo). That’s why we invest a lot of time researching and training during the off season to find new herbicide products and new methods of … Continued

Hillside’s Engines are Revving

Crabgrass…grrrr! Crabgrass doesn’t know that it’s February in Maryland. When we have a sudden warm spell like this week, it wakes up and thinks it’s time for spring. We were just ringing in the New Year only last month, but the crabgrass doesn’t know that! Thankfully, at Hillside there is no offseason! We prep all … Continued

Think Spring In January

As the frigid temperatures grab hold, you might not be thinking about spring yet, but we are. We have a lot to accomplish in the off season like equipment maintenance, staff training, continuing education, and researching and ordering new supplies so we’re ready for our first lawn applications that begin the end of February. And, … Continued

A Long Winter’s Nap for Your Lawn Mower

The stockings are hung by the chimney, visions of sugar plums soon will be dancing in your head, but make sure you saved some time for last minute lawn mower maintenance so it can settle in for a long winter’s nap. Last month we encouraged you to give your landscape some late fall TLC. Now … Continued

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November Outdoor Chores “To Do List”

The cold weather is sinking its teeth into the Mid-Atlantic area now but, there are still some outdoor chores to do! Your landscape needs some late fall TLC. So, get out your clip board and tack the following “To Do List” to it. These extra steps this fall will ensure a great green spring up: … Continued

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