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Friday, 09 January 2015 12:59

Should You Consider a Waterless Lawn?

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Grass will always need water to survive. In fact, according to the Handbook of Water Use and Conservation, the average residential lawn requires 10,000 gallons of water each year. So when you hear the term “waterless lawn,” it doesn’t mean that turf grass researchers have figured out a way to avoid watering your lawn. Instead, it means using synthetic grass as part of your residential landscaping.

A few months ago, ABC-30 in Fresno, Calif., featured a home owner who installed synthetic grass on his property. Besides not having to mow or fertilize the lawn, he no longer needed to irrigate his lawn, a requirement for lawns in the hot California weather.

While irrigation is not a requirement for a lawn’s survival in the Chicagoland region, for many landscapes it is necessary to keep lawns looking lush and green through the Midwest hot summers.

If you’re thinking of a waterless lawn for your Chicago home landscape, consider the pros and cons of both:

  • According to OPEI, an average, managed lawn captures four times the carbon from the air than the carbon output of a typical mower.
  • According to Hometalk, synthetic lawns are made from a non-renewable, petroleum-based source that will one day wear down and end up in a dump.
  • Natural grass has a cooling effect, while synthetic grass absorbs heat.
  • Synthetic turf stands up to high levels of activity, while natural grass needs maintenance to keep high traffic areas looking good – core aeration, overseeding and fertilization.
  • Based on a cost comparison “Sod versus Synthetic Turf,” the cost to maintain real grass over 3 years is still less than the upfront cost of installing synthetic grass.

Let’s talk more about caring for your residential lawn! You can email me at c.poggi@jamesmartinassociates.com.

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Five Tips for Preparing Your Lawn for the Spring


By Dave Moser, Residential Account Manager

Though winter has its own beauty, we long for the warmth and vitality of spring.  Here are some easy tips to ensure your home's lawn has a vibrant start to the spring season.

  1. Assess your Spring Needs – Don't wait until the last-minute to decide if you want to make changes or enhancements to your property. Winter is the time to plan ahead for lawn and planting needs. 
  2. Remove Debris – Removing over-wintered debris such as leaves and fallen branches from your lawn areas will give your grass a fresh start as spring begins.
  3. Prune – Removing dead and diseased plant parts promotes healthy growth for the upcoming spring, but remember to wait until spring to prune your maple trees and birch trees.
  4. Control Weeds – Before weeds emerge, use pre-emergent herbicides on your lawn.
  5. Prevent Deer Damage – Protect your plants from feasting deer during the winter by looking into deer repellant and deer netting.

Want more tips about preparing your residential lawn? Send me an email!  D.moser@jamesmartinassociates.com

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Monday, 23 June 2014 14:16

Snow Magazine Top 100 List

Congratulations JMA!


James Martin Associates is once again recognized by one of the industry's most anticipated lists:  Snow Magazine's 2014 Top 100 Snow List.  We are honored to be listed as one of North America's top performing snow and ice management companies.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 09:10

Misericordia Potting Party

James Martin Associates hosted a Potting Party on Friday, June 13th for the winner of the Silent Auction item which JMA donated to Misericordia. The guests enjoyed a wonderful lunch, tour of the JMA gardens and then a potting demonstration. It was an absolutely perfect day out and each guest created their own gorgeous pot to take home.
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