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PO Box 620 Norway, ME 04268
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18 Aug 2017

Fall Is Coming!!

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner already and where did the summer go? It really feel like we had much of a summer, with the late snow melt, along with the slow rise of the ground temps and late start to the planting season.
But here it is, as some of the leaves are starting to change along with the cooler nights, it has us planning for the upcoming fall season. Are you ready for it?
We’d like an extended summer to make up for the season that never really took off this year, with late blooming gardens and a shortened mowing season. Please don’t misunderstand me, fall is my favorite time of the year and many services are available for the fall season. We’ve been getting everything ready to go, except for our leaf loader.
Fall is also a great time to plant for next spring, pruning, aerating and over-seed your lawn along with fertilizing and fall cleanups here in Norway Maine.

16 Jan 2017

Equipment Maintenance

Often times maintaining our equipment gets put on hold when things get busy and forgotten once everything calms down again. But we need to stay constant with our scheduled maintenance programs or we’ll soon pay the price for neglecting these services.
We suggest referring to your equipment manuals for the service schedule for each piece of equipment you own, where you will find a detailed item list for oil changes, fuel/oil filters, greasing, air pressures, air filters, plugs, along with other information and hour intervals. If neglected, you will start to notice performance problems with your equipment, along with potential breakdowns.
We have setup a maintenance program here at Durgin’s Lawn & Landscape LLC for all of our lawn care, landscaping and snow removal equipment in order to keep everything running as smoothly as possible at our Norway Maine shop. Service records are kept for each piece of equipment with each being service specific for each piece of equipment, whether it be a mower, trimmer, blower, tamper, chainsaw, or snow plow. We believe, if you take care of you equipment, it will take care of you.

29 Nov 2015

Using Natural Stone

Ever think of adding natural stone to your landscape, whether a walkway, patio, firepit or retaining wall. The use of natural stone will add character to any landscape, below is a natural stone walkway we put in on this property.

This project consisted of removing the old walkway, which went to an old entry off to the left and creating a new walkway to the new entryway. As we made the cut for the walkway, removing all roots, rocks and other barriers, we tamped the existing base and added a fabric barrier prior to putting in the new base. We then added a layer of stone dust, laid out our stones, setting and leveling them as we went and then swept in stone dust into the joints to form a locking joint.

Tips:

Be sure to compact the materials

Apply a fabric material between base materials (original base and main base.)

Do a dry run with your stone layout

Be sure to wet the project each time after sweeping the stone dust into the joints.

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11 Nov 2015

Fall Lawn Mower Maintenance

mower maintenaceWe all know that if we take care of our lawn care equipment, that it will do a number of things. One, it will not only extend the life of our equipment, but it will also preform better as well.

Here in Norway Maine fall is a great time to get your mower and gas powered hand tools ready for the winter months ahead and in this blog post we will go over prepping your mower for the winter season, so that it will be ready to go next spring.

Clean and Lubricate

First, you will want to clean off your lawn mower by using compressed air or you can use a blower (be sure to wear eye and hearing protection) to remove any debris from in and around the frame, tires, seat, engine area and deck area both top and bottom. Water can be used, but would recommend using air in order to prevent any rusting or getting any water into electrical components.

Once your mower is all cleaned up, be sure to go over your mower and lubricate/ grease all fittings. Also, a great time to remove the belts and turn the bearing and listen for any grinding or sharp noises, while checking to see it the bearings are tight.

If your not sure where any fittings are located, check your owners manual.

Change the Oil

Be sure to change your engines oil and filter prior to putting your lawn mower away for the winter. This eliminates any contaminates in the old oil to remain in the engine over the winter. Once the oil and filter have been changed, be sure to run the engine for about five minutes to allow the new oil to flow thru the system.

Air Filter

Check, blow out and or replace the air filter if needed. Most often this isn’t checked or cleaned and debris will build up in the filter housing, making a nice nesting area for mice.

Fuel Maintenance

Drain and run out any remaining fuel. If you won’t be draining your fuel tank this fall, be sure to add a fuel stabilizer and run the engine to get the fuel stabilizer circulated thru the system.

Mower Blades

Be sure to remove and inspect the mower blades for nicks or any damage and check the spindles while the blades are off for any play. Also, take the time to sharpen and balance the mower blades while the mower blades are off.

Belt Inspection

Now that your lawn mower is all clean and blown down, check and replace any belts with any fraying, cuts or other damage.

Battery Storage

If you will be storing your lawn mower outside be sure to remove your battery and store it in an area that is generally around 50-70 degrees. If you will be storing your mower inside, be sure to disconnect the battery cables.

Storing your mower

If you will be storing your mower outside this winter, be sure to cover it with a tarp to prevent any rain, snow or ice from getting into your mower. Moisture can cause many issues from rust to corrosion.

Again, if your storing you mower inside, be sure it is clean to prevent any mice from nesting in any old debris left on your mower.

As listed above, these tips will help to extend the life of your lawn care equipment and its performance for years to come. If you aren’t able to do these things, be sure to take your mower to your local dealer for service.

05 Apr 2015

Planting Trees & Shrubs

  

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Whether you recently purchased a new home or are simply looking to do a landscape remodel to your existing landscape, we have a few thoughts for you to consider as you go through the planning process.

Before you get started, we suggest that you do a little research before purchasing and planting your trees or shrubs to see which would work best in your landscape, like which tree or shrub is best suited for soil, lighting and space.

A few things to consider:

1.) Draw a sketch of your landscape, including any existing perennial beds, trees, shrubs, along with any borders.

2.) Lighting is very important. Which direction is your home facing? East, means early morning sun and shade in the afternoon. If your home is facing the north, then you’ll need to choose something hardy, as the north is the coldest, while the south and west are the warmest.

3.) Water Management, you’ll need a plan for water and drainage.

4.) Planting & Maturity. Remember to always read the tag on the tree or shrub that you’re looking purchase.

Check for size at maturity

Sun exposure and hardiness

Also allow for enough space at maturity and don’t plant trees close to power lines, underground pipes, foundations, walkways or other trees.

5.) Right tree/ shrub right place, remember to choose only those trees or shrubs best suited for your landscapes space and lighting. Some trees/ shrubs like full sun, while other like partial shade.

6.) Maintenance: Planting, watering and mulch are only the first steps in caring for your new tree or shrub. Your new planting will require at least one inch of rainfall on a weekly basis for the first few growing seasons.

If you take precautions during the first three years, this will lessen the long term maintenance. Simply adding tree ring and applying bark mulch will help prevent weed growth, while preserving soil moisture and prevent any bark damage from lawn mowers.

When adding mulch, use 2-3″ at least the width of the drip line and pulling back any mulch that is at the base of the plant, so that it doesn’t encourage any rotting or diseases.

22 Mar 2015

Happy Spring!!

Durgin’s Lawn & Landscape would like to wish everyone a great spring season. A time to get our seed started kits going and plan those landscape projects, as we begin to see signs of grass and flowerbeds.

Here in Norway Maine, we still have a good amount of snow to melt, but slowly things are melting. So in the meantime we’ve been working on our marketing, as well as our lawn care equipment.

Are you looking forward to getting out there and digging in the dirt, planting new flowers, spending time with family as you enjoy your your new outdoor living center? There’s nothing like relaxing around a fire pit under the stars, roasting marshmallows and just letting the cares of the week wash away, even if just for a little while.

Hopefully, you’ve been planning your spring projects or at least tossing around a few ideas for the new season on what your going to plant, whether a perennial garden or a vegetable garden and we wish you a great season.

Also, don’t forget to service your lawn mower, so when the grass starts growing, it’ll be ready to handle your lawn care needs this season.

Happy Planting!!

15 Jan 2015

Do You Compost

Do you compost?
One of the best thing you can do for your garden is to save all the scraps, grass clippings, leaves, weeds and spent plant materials. Pile them up and allow them to slowly decompose, they transform into a rich, dark soil called “black gold” by many gardeners. Spread on your garden soil, it adds nutrients and improves the structure of your soil, resulting in healthier plants.
Just a friendly reminder when starting a Compost Bin is that not everything can be put into your compost pile.
What things should be put in a composting bin?
Fresh Plant Materials:
Include weeds you pull from your gardens, as well as grass clippings when you mow your lawn. The plants left after harvesting vegetables such as green beans, peas, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers can be included in the pile. Also include kitchen trimmings from fruits and vegetables, as well as coffee grounds, tea bags and egg shells. Do not include bones, meats or oils.
Dried Plant Materials:
Add dried plant materials at a volume of approximately one-half the volume of green plant materials added to your compost. Include dried autumn leaves, stalks of ornamental grass when you cut it down in spring and any other plant material that has dried up. Large pieces like the stalks of sunflowers, corn cobs or woody twigs will break down faster if they are chopped up or put through a shredder, although it isn’t absolutely necessary.
Also, shredded paper, cardboard, office paper and newspapers without colored ink can all be added to the compost pile. Count shredded paper or cardboard as part of the total volume of dried plant materials.

30 Nov 2014

Warmer Temps & Falling Snow

Watch for the falling snow & ice this winter season!

With the warmer temps coming to Norway Maine this week, the snow will be coming off the metal roofs, blocking entry/exit areas and adding unwanted stress to decks and re-freezing during the over nights, causing potential safety concerns. Be sure to check these areas regularly, shoveling and deicing them as needed.

Also be sure your roofs drainage system is working properly, allowing the snow melt to drain properly without causing any icing or ice buildup on shingled roofs and would recommend roof raking the edges of your roof after each significant storm, allowing for better drainage for the melting snow.

24 Nov 2014

Gutter Cleaning

Do you have a rain gutter system on your home? If so, have you checked them this fall? With the winter months coming soon, now is a great time to do so or have someone check them for you.

Over the course of a year, hundreds of gallons of water run off our roofs and if our gutter system is clogged up and not draining properly, this can lead to water overflowing and causing not only exterior water damage to your home, but also issues with water in the basement.

By insuring that your gutter system is functioning properly before the winter months, you will help in preventing ice buildup as well on melt days, causing ice dams that will expand up your roof and seep into the shingles, causing interior water damage. So save yourself  a lot worry and some money from costly repairs due to water damage this winter and have your gutters checked.

When you clean your gutters this fall, also, be sure to check your drain spouts as well to insure that they’re clean and open.

 

 

15 Apr 2014

Bark Mulch

Bark mulch provides the perfect backdrop for a beautiful and productive garden. Bark mulch comes in a variety of natural and color-enhanced varieties, allowing you the option to choose the color mulch that creates the perfect backdrop for your garden and landscape.

Mulching helps your plants, shrubs and trees maintain healthy root systems by protecting them from frost, cold and harmful UV rays. It also naturally helps retain soil moisture, saving you time and water. Mulch naturally suppresses weed growth and adds nutrients to the soil for thriving, healthy plants.

Benefits of bark mulch:

  • Inhibit weeds
  • Conserve water
  • Prevent erosion
  • Insulate roots and bulbs from extreme hot & cold weather
  • Add nutrients to the soil
  • Encourage earthworms

 

dark bark mulch