Tips for Halloween Yard Decorations

Trick or treater

Get Your Yard Halloween Ready

Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated events during the fall season for individuals of all ages! Halloween’s origin dates back to over 2,000 years ago, when the Celtic’s celebrated their new year. They believed this was the time of year when ghosts and spirits came out to haunt, so they provided treats in order to pacify them.

In the United States, we celebrate Halloween every year on October 31st by dressing in costumes, going trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, telling ghost stories, going on haunted hay rides and more. If you are searching for some simple tips to amp up your Halloween yard décor, keep reading.

 

Flying Ghosts

Adding flying ghosts on your trees or front porch is budget-friendly and provides that extra spook factor. These ghosts can be made combining balloons and gauze fabric, here’s how.

 

Pumpkins

When you think Halloween, chances are pumpkins initially pop into your mind. It seems that fall is the season for pumpkin EVERYTHING. Pumpkin candles, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin flavored desserts… The list goes on! So, are you even celebrating Halloween if you don’t include pumpkins in your yard decorations? Perhaps you carve pumpkins with the rest of the family to place on your porch or you can go the low maintenance route by purchasing light up pumpkins that are battery-operated.

 

Haunted House Signs

Having a haunted house sign in front of your home is sure to add some additional fear in your trick-or-treaters. You can design this sign yourself and use text like “Enter At Your Own Risk.”

 

Bloody Footprints

Bloody footprints aren’t just creepy, they are easy to create and cleanup! All you need to do is purchase washable red paint, apply it to your feet and then create a trail up to your front door.

 

Window Silhouettes

Have you ever looked in your neighbor’s window and seen the silhouette of something that gave you the chills? 9 times out of 10, it’s just their cat! Cut out Halloween decorations, like a black cat, and place it in your window to create a creepy silhouette.

 

Glowing Eyes in the Bushes or Trees

There is nothing spookier than feeling like someone is watching you! Create glowing eyes and place them in your bushes and trees to let trick-or-treaters know they are being watched. These eyes are easy to make, also. Just cut eye shapes out of paper towels and then put a glow stick inside of it.

 

Not So Welcome Mat

Change up your welcome mat to one that is more on the “unwelcoming” side. If you want to break out your creative side, use an old carpet and design it with paint. Or, you can purchase one.

 

Whatever Halloween decorations you decide to use, be sure to get your yard in shape first. Be sure to put away your summer decorations, clean your porch or deck and rinse of any mildew or pollen that has built up. If you have any questions regarding turf grass or notice a few bare patches during your cleanup process, contact RiverView Turf.

 

Happy Halloween!

Tips to Beat the Summer Heat and Keep Your Lawn Healthy

grass being watered

While escaping the heat of summer is easy for us to do by heading indoors and turning up the AC, this isn’t the case for your yard. You may have already noticed a few brown patches starting to pop up on what was once luscious green grass. While having a great sprinkler system is a good tool to help keep your yard looking healthy during the summer heat, there are a few other tricks you can apply to your yard to help it from getting scorched by summer heat.

Keep Grass Longer

By keeping your grass maintained a little higher than you would during cooler months it allows the roots to extend deeper and prevent weeds from showing up. Weeds and grass compete for water, so by keeping your weeds to a bare minimum it will help your grass to remain healthy.

Avoid Fertilizing

If your lawn is looking rough come midsummer, try to resist the urge to fertilize it. A general rule of thumb says it is best to stop fertilizing about 30 days before summer arrives. Giving your lawn extra fertilizer during the summer heat can burn your lawn. If you do choose to fertilize, organic fertilizers are slow-release and less likely to burn your lawn — but we advise waiting until fall or spring.

Water Grass in the Morning

Be sure to water your grass in the morning because it isn’t as hot out and less water will be lost to evaporation from sunlight. Another benefit from watering your lawn in the morning is that you’re also giving it more time to hydrate before night comes. Giving your lawn half an inch of water twice a week should help keep your grass hydrated and green.

Limit Lawn Traffic

While it’s probably impossible to avoid walking on your lawn, you can definitely limit how much traffic it sees. Grass during the summer season is dryer, so walking on it can lead to damage. Heavy foot traffic can cause packed in soil, which prevents air from getting down to the roots.

Plant Trees

For a more permanent solution, plant some trees in order to provide shade throughout your yard. It may not be a quick fix, but these trees will help to provide shaded areas for many years to come. Trees also help improve air quality, increase property value and provide a relaxing home environment.

While it may seem like a hassle at first, following the above steps will help to keep your lawn looking healthy throughout the summer heat. Your grass will tolerate heat more easily if it is kept healthy throughout the year so be sure to follow proper fertilization, watering, mowing and pest control tips. Stay tuned to our blog for more lawn care tips!

Tips To Keeping Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free

Keep Your Backyard BBQ Pest Free with the Following Tips

It is officially summer, which means most of us will be spending more time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Did you know that 85% of individuals have claimed that they LOVE summer because it allows them to spend more time outside hosting events like barbecues? The only downside — sometimes you get some uninvited guests, or should we say pests! Ants, yellowjackets, and flies are attracted to barbecue foods, and mosquitoes are active once the sun goes down. If you want to keep your guests happy during your outdoor activities and your backyard pest-free during your barbecues, we highly suggest the following tips.

1.) Since mosquitoes thrive during the dusk and dawn, be sure to have plenty of insect repellant if you are planning a barbecue before the sun sets! Citronella candles can help minimize their presence!

2.) Keep all of the food and beverages in coolers and containers.

3.) Be sure to clean up all spills, trash, and crumbs from the area to prevent unwanted guests from showing up (AKA ants!).

4.) Remove any source that has standing water in your yard. Water in your yard can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes!

5.) If you have screen doors, be sure to check for any damage or holes. If you have any, be sure to repair it before your guests come over. Also, be sure to remind guests to shut doors behind them when coming in and out of the house. This will help keep insects from getting inside.

6.) Make your yard inviting to birds by adding a bird feeder to help keep the pest control to a minimum!

7.) Be sure to keep your lawn well-maintained. Overgrown bushes and weeds can become a great home to insects, so keeping your landscape tidy will help keep them at bay.

8.) Landscape your lawn with plants such as: lavenders, marigolds, and chrysanthemums. These plants are known to keep insects like mosquitoes away!

No one should show up to a party uninvited, that is just proper etiquette! By taking the above tips into account, it should help to keep your outside parties as insect-free as possible! If your sod grass is keeping you from having outdoor activities, call RiverView Turf today. Our team of experts will be able to point you in the right direction of what your next steps should be and will have your yard looking great in no time!