FAQs

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Lawn Care

What is the best time of day to mow my lawn?

We recommend mowing your lawn when the grass is dry, and during the coolest part of the day.

Is it better to catch or recycle lawn clippings?

It’s better to recycle your lawn clippings back into your lawn as the clippings can account for up to 25% of the annual nitrogen requirements needed for the lawn.

How much water does my lawn need in the summer?

Regardless of the season, your lawn needs at lest 1”- ½” of water weekly. A good test to see if your lawn is getting enough water is to push a 6″ screwdriver into your lawn. If it can’t go through easily, then you should be watering your lawn more often.

What height should I cut my lawn?

Mow your lawn when the grass is roughly 3 2/3 inches high. During each time you mow, you should make sure you’re only cutting the top 1/3 of the grass blade.

Why is mowing at the right height and alternating patterns of cut important?

Mowing at the right height will allow the blades to stay upright and not be clumpy when they’re cut. By alternating the pattern, this allows more growth for the grass and prevents ruts form occurring.

How is a lawn helpful to the environment?

A healthy lawn helps the environment because it cleans the air, traps carbon dioxide, and improves the soil quality.

Shrub & Trees

When should my shrubs be pruned?

Your shrubs should typically be pruned in late winter or early spring. If you choose to do a heavy pruning, this will reduce the flower display for a few years. In comparison, rejuvenation pruning can restore the health of your shrubs and allow for more flowers to grow.

How should my shrubs be pruned?

Use hand pruners to carefully cut the longer stems just above the bud. Shrubs should be pruned depending on their ages. Young shrubs should be pruned lightly to ensure they will grow fuller.

How do I prune a shrub?

To prune a shrub, cut wayward branches, take out thin growth, cut stems growing up from the roots and stems from the trunk and branches. Remember, your shrub will stay healthier if you remove branches regularly that are dead or diseased.

How do I remove a tree?

If the tree you want to remove is small, try using a shovel to dig the stump out and expose its roots. Then, cut away at the roots with an axe and pull them out. If the tree you want to remove is big, then we recommend calling a professional as it can be very dangerous.

Landscaping

What is landscaping?

To us, landscaping includes projects both large or small, and commercial or residential. It’s installations and planting, irrigation, night lighting, and just about everything in between. Whether it’s maintaining an existing landscape or starting from scratch, our goal is always the same: to help our clients achieve their perfect landscape. We really like what we do, and we think you’ll like it too.

How do plants and trees build a landscape?

Plants and trees can help a landscape by increasing property value, lowering cooling and heating costs, removing pollutants from the air, and reducing storm water runoff, all while creating a stunning landscape.

Where do you begin when landscaping a yard for the first time?

We’d be happy to address your landscaping needs and find the right services for you to landscape your yard for the first time.

How can landscaping help sell my home?

We can help increase the chance of selling your home by sprucing up the curb appeal. Sometimes, outdoor landscaping adds the perfect touch when selling a house. We can touch up your mulch, shape overgrown trees and shrubs, tend to perennial beds, and even install outdoor energy efficient lighting.

How much will it cost to hire a landscaping company?

To learn more about our pricing, feel free to contact us.

How do I maintain a designed landscape?

We can help you design and maintain your dream landscape. Between mowing, fertilizing, focusing on weed control, pruning, and watering your lawn, we’ve got your back.

Mulch

Why should I use mulch on my property?

Having mulch on your property reduced surface water evaporation from the soil, prevents soil erosion, improves air movement, and keeps soil at it’s appropriate temperature during the summer and winter.

How often should I mulch?

We recommend mulching three inches twice a year. This will help fight off weeds and conserve moisture.

What is the best type of mulch?

All mulch is good for your property, but our favorite mulch is made of bark. The bark mulch is healthy, long lasting, reduces maintenance, and makes your lawn look fresh.

Irrigation

Why should I have an irrigation system?

Irrigation systems are the most efficient way to water your property without over-watering. They can save you a lot of time and can also conserve water.

What is an irrigation system?

An irrigation system works on its own as a watering system. It helps maintain a healthy landscape by watering a property only when it’s needed.

Landscape Construction

What masonry and stone work projects can you do?

Whether it’s a simple wall, patio, or a more unique project, you can count on us to deliver quality and superior craftsmanship on time and on budget.

What if I don’t have any plants on my property?

If you don’t have any plants on your privacy, we can help you. Adding plants builds interest to the landscape, provides shade, privacy, and color. Adding plants of any size, can also increase your property value.

Will a new deck/patio add value to my home?

Adding a patio to your property will increase your home value and curb appeal.

Why is my fountain chipped and cracked?

Over time, fountains age after being outside in harsh environments for long periods of time. Whether small pieces are chipped off, or the color is faded, we can help you restore your fountain so it looks like new again.

Can masonry construction help fix my broken chimney?

Yes, here at Piscataqua Landscaping, we approach masonry as an art and science. We are here to help fix your broke chimney, install a new one, or make some repairs to your existing one.

What’s the difference between stone veneer and real stone?

Real stone is typically thicker than manufactured stone. However, stone veneers can be installed more quickly, lowering the time and cost for installation.

What’s the difference between fireplaces and fire pits?

Fireplaces are suitable for large outdoor living spaces. They serve as a focal point and are more formal. Fire pits are less formal, and are perfect for smaller outdoor living spaces. They are perfect for group gatherings and roasting marshmallows.