How We Prepare for Winter

The holidays are here and all thoughts are on holiday gatherings and planning the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration. But, at Hillside, we are still maintaining our customers’ lawns and preparing for next year’s growing season. Here are four things we do to prepare for winter. Finish Fertilizing. Our main job for the rest of … Continued

Fall Fertilizing Helps Boost Spring Lawn Growth

Thick wooly sweaters (for dogs and humans!) and a hot thermos of cocoa are perfect tools for keeping comfortable during these cooler months. Our lawns feel the same way with a little shot of nitrogen and potassium combined with a thick layer of early morning dew. Fall fertilizing is a must for a healthy spring … Continued

5 To Dos For Fall Lawn Care

While kids might think the reason for raking leaves is just to make leaf piles for jumping in, Hillside knows that the best way to ensure a thick, green turf in the spring is to lift leaves off your lawn and continue lawn maintenance throughout the fall. Here are the top 5 to dos for … Continued

5 Turf and Tree Tips For August Lawn Care

Hopefully, you’re taking advantage of the last month of summer. Perhaps you’re napping in a hammock, down the ocean with family, at the park picnicking or playing another round of flashlight tag with the kids. The last thing you want to think about is the fall, but now is the time to think about the … Continued

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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