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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How To Winterize Your Lawn

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts “above-normal” precipitation in Maryland which means that the region will have a “cold-and-snowy” winter. Whether you believe these predictions or not, it’s important to prepare your lawn for cooler temperatures because a great, green lawn starts in the fall. Winterizing your lawn in the fall will help your lawn green up … Continued

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Fall Lawn Fertilization Means Thick Spring Green Up

Don’t let the cooler temperatures of autumn fool you. Cool temperatures are best for fertilizing your lawn. By taking advantage of softer soil, cooler temps and tired turf, fall fertilization can penetrate deep down and prepare your grass for a gorgeous spring green up! Your lawn takes a breather after the long hot summer days. … Continued

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To Aerate and Seed or Not to Aerate and Seed…That is the question

Many of our customers ask us if they should have aerate and seed their lawns each year. The answer is always a definite maybe! One of the best things you can do for your lawn besides proper mowing and fertilization is aeration and seeding. After the summer, when your lawn is stressed out from heat … Continued

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Drought and Summer Heat: Help Your Lawn Survive

As the heat and dry conditions of the Maryland summer set in, your lawn could be turning brown, but don’t fret. The lawn isn’t dying. Your turf is naturally protecting itself by becoming dormant in extreme drought conditions and high heat temperatures. When temperatures exceed ninety degrees, grass stops growing and goes into conservation mode. … Continued

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Grubs, Beetles, Worms and Scale: Identifying and Treating These Early Summer Pests

A rainy spring sprouted lush and green lawns, trees and shrubs, but the heat of the summer is here and your property needs protection. In the Maryland area, grubs, beetles, bagworms, and scale are the three top insects affecting causing havoc in early summer. It’s important to identify these pesky insects before they cause severe … Continued

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Tips to Prevent Mosquito, Tick and Flea Bites

The Asian Tiger Mosquito. Yellow Fever Mosquito. Malaria Mosquito. Encephalitis Mosquito. Southern House Mosquito. Eastern Salt March Mosquito. Of the 176 species in the United States, these are the most common mosquitoes in our country. Some are harmless or even beneficial to the human race, but many are considered pests due to the fact that … Continued

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How Do You Get Rid of Weeds?

If you search “dandelions” on the internet, you’ll find websites like, “16 Ways to Eat Dandelions,” “Tips for Harvesting Dandelions,” or “Adorable Photos of Baby’s First Dandelion.” When Hillside searches for dandelions, we’re not on the internet, we’re not planning a feast, or snapping adorable photos (our Lawn techs are super friendly but, maybe not … Continued

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Early Crabgrass Control Sets the Stage for Green Lawns All Season

The easiest time to stop crabgrass is in the spring before it becomes a nuisance in the summer. Crabgrass seeds can start to germinate in the spring once the soil reaches 55 degrees. Hillside’s early spring pre-emergent weed control is our most beneficial and longest lasting application. This treatment prevents crabgrass and broadleaf weeds from … Continued

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Worried about leaves?

A common question that comes up during the fall months is “What should I do about the leaves that fall? Mulch them? Rake them?” If you have leaves that fall when you are still mowing your lawn you can mow directly over them to chop them into small pieces. They will decompose and add organic … Continued

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