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Covid-19 Update

To our Team, our Clients, our Business Partners and our Community,

The health, safety and security of our customers and team is and has always been Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service’s number one priority.

While we have the great pleasure of working outdoors, we still continue to take preventative measures to minimize in-person contact both among our field teams and inside our offices. While we love to see our clients, we know that everyone is more aware of social interactions and practicing social distancing as outlined by the CDC.

We remain open for business to help our clients with all their exterior landscaping needs, including keeping their landscapes and sites safe and hazard free, we want to point out other ways we safely continue to provide you the quality service you expect from us.

  • If you are sick or do not feel well, don’t come in. If you are at work and don’t feel well , you are to immediately leave work.
  • Our shop and office are employee only, outside visitors must call ahead from the front door.
  • Our office staff is working remotely, with only limited essential personnel in the office. Our systems are set up so anyone can work remotely if needed.
  • We have instituted a no lingering policy, no meeting greater than 5 people policy and we ask our staff to try and follow these guidelines with customers meetings as well.
  • Our trucks and equipment are sanitized at the end of each shift.
  • We also have an office policy for sanitizing hard surfaces.

We will be there for you and continue regular care of your properties during this time. For many of you, we provide essential services to keep your businesses up and running and feel it is our duty to remain safely available to all of you. Updates will be shared as they are made and we have a dedicated page on our website where you can also check for any new updates.

Please stay safe as we all work together to get through the COVID-19 outbreak, and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely Yours,

Justin Gamester, CSP
President & CEO
Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service

Fall Bulbs

Bright Spring Blooms Start in the Fall

After a long cold winter, a colorful bloom of spring flowers is a sight for sore eyes. But if you want the bloom, you’ve got to plant the bulbs. Here are some tips.


How to Select Quality Bulbs

Look for bulbs that are plump and firm. Avoid bulbs that are soft, withered, or growing mold. Look for big bulbs. Typically the bigger the bulb, the bigger the bloom.

Choosing the Best Time to Plant

Spring-blooming bulbs are best planted in the fall. Wait until nighttime temperatures range from 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, but make sure to plant at least 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes.

Bulb Planting Tips

Make sure to plant your bulbs at the proper soil depth, usually about 2-3 times deeper than the bulb is tall. Plant bulbs pointy side up, and choose a location with full sun and well-drained soil.

Landscaping Design Ideas

New to planting bulbs? Consider the following design ideas:

  • When will the bulbs bloom? Different varieties bloom at different times. Read up on the bulbs you’re planting, so you’re not disappointed when your early-season crocuses bloom well before your mid-season tulips.
  • Most bulbs look best when planted in clusters. Irregular groupings create a concentration of color that is more striking than bulbs planted in a straight row. See for yourself. Toss a handful of bulbs onto the ground and plant them where they land.
  • When grouping different bulb varieties, consider the height of the bloom. For best effect, position shorter plants in front and taller plants in back.
  • Consider planting bulbs amongst perennials. As the bulb foliage withers, new growth from perennials or ornamental grasses will conceal the unsightly foliage. This tip will save a lot of time cutting down dead bulb foliage each year.

Have questions of tree care, irrigation systems, or landscape lighting? Get in touch with Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service today!

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Lawn Aeration: The Secret to a Perfect Lawn

In addition to basic lawn care practices, watering, and fertilizing, annual lawn aeration is a key step to ensure your lawn is looking its best come spring time. And with the help of sites such as, you’ll soon be able to get your lawn looking the way you have always wanted, by this time using better equipment and tools. What more could you ask for, other than a fresh and clean garden this summer? Some people find that lawn aeration and overseeding is a good way to have a good looking lawn. If you’ve never heard of lawn aeration, or are unsure whether it would benefit your backyard, please read on.


What is lawn aeration?

Lawn aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from a lawn.

What does lawn aeration do?

Lawn aeration reduces soil compaction, which improves water and nutrient uptake, giving your grass plenty of food, water, and space to grow and thrive. Every time you step on your lawn, mow your grass, and even every time it rains, the soil beneath the turf becomes more compacted. Compacted soil is bad for a number of reasons. It limits water, nutrient, and oxygen absorption and prevents grass from developing deep roots.

Lawn aeration also helps prevent or eliminate “thatch” problems. Thatch is a layer of organic matter consisting of living and dead roots, crowns, and lower shoots located between the soil surface and the green grass blades. While a small thatch layer can help prevent soil compaction (about ½ inch or so), too much thatch can act like a sponge, absorbing all the water and fertilizer and preventing it from reaching the lawn’s roots (and creating a perfect breeding zone for harmful insects and organisms). The aeration process breaks up the thatch layer allowing water, air, and fertilizer to reach the lawn’s root system. If you wanted to learn more about this process, check out websites such as They can give you some perspective on the said process.

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When should you aerate and how often?

In the seacoast, our lawns primarily consist of cool weather grasses, which are best aerated in the early spring or mid-late fall. We prefer to aerate in the fall because it really improves spring green and growth.

As for how often, most lawns benefit from annual aeration, but there are exceptions. Lawns that see a lot of activity (tractors, bobcats, etc.), and lawns growing on clay-rich soil will benefit from semi-annual aeration.

How do I know if my lawn has a thatch problem?

A lawn with a thatch problem will have a springy, almost bouncy feel underfoot. But to be sure, it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look. Give us a call. We’d be happy to help. Also if you have other questions regarding landscaping or tree service including outdoor lighting or irrigation systems, please get in touch.