Do you have an acreage that needs to be cleaned up? Dudley’s Dew-Right can help! From tree lines to tree clearing for a new-build project, we have the heavy equipment and expertise. Call or email us today to get your free quote!
Used Our Mulch Blower, Yet?
Tree Trimming & Removal
Ready to get things cleaned up for Spring? We have the equipment for your large tree project, whether it’s tree removal or trimming. Call for a FREE estimate!
The Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Has Officially Made its Way to Lincoln
Dudley’s Dew right can help! There is still time to treat your Ash trees. Give us a call today to find out your options and how we can help!
Have a BIG tree job? That’s what we do! Our crane truck and heavy equipment is the perfect, safest and most efficient solution for your large tree jobs. Whether it’s a fallen tree or clearing a tree line, Dudley’s can get the job done right!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
Tried our Mulch Blower service, yet?
Our 40 cubic yard Express Mulch Blower Truck with 500 feet of hose to access difficult areas of your property. What may have taken hours in the past only takes usminutes. This great for quick turnarounds and large properties.
The mulch blower allows for:
- Cleaner application
- Consistent and even mulch installation
- Minimal landscape disturbance
- Reduces the time we spend on your property
- Variety of Mulch Colors Available
We offer a variety of mulch colors: black mulch, coffee brown mulch, dark brown mulch, red mulch, and natural mulch. If you’re struggling to figure out what would be the best fit for your yard Dew-Right services can help! Give us a call and we can walk you through your mulch options.
Preparing Your Trees For Winter This Fall
Winter is just around the corner. While you and your family may be ready for the frigid temperatures and whirling snowstorms, it’s safe to say your trees are probably not. Before this year’s snowmageddon, head outside and complete this checklist to make sure your trees are well-equipped to brave the upcoming winter months.
- Cleanup. The first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your trees for winter is some general clean up duties. Inspect your yard for fallen branches and remove them (or hire someone to remove them if they’re too large). Next, look for tree branches that hang over your home or areas where people frequent. Snow will accumulate on these limbs during the winter causing them to break and fall, which can mean bad news for your roof, cars, etc. If the branch is of considerable size or you’re worried about it, it’s best to remove it before it causes larger issues. Lastly, prune your trees to remove dead or dying branches. This reduces the risk of disease and will give your trees the strength they need to survive the winter.
- Fertilize. Trees lose much of their vital nutrients in the summer due to the hot, drying conditions. It’s important to apply a slow-release fertilizer to your trees during the fall in order to replenish those lost nutrients and provide them with enough food to survive the winter. The fertilizer will also help trees fight insects, disease, and damaging weather.
- Water heavily. Similar to fertilizing, fall is the time to provide your trees with a hefty amount of hydration. Give your trees extra water during the fall because winters can actually be as drying as summers.
- Mulch. Applying mulch around your trees is a good way for them to retain moisture during the winter. Mulch acts as both a sponge that holds water as well as a barrier to the outside elements. Be mindful to keep at least six inches of space between tree bark and where you lay the mulch to prevent fungus from growing on the trunk itself.
- Plant new trees. It may seem counterproductive to plant new trees in the autumn months, but it’s actually one of the most successful times to do it. During the fall, there’s no extreme heat and less drought, which gives newly planted trees the ability to form a strong root system before winter dormancy.
- Wrap. After the first freeze of the year (which usually occurs during late October or early November), wrap your trees using commercial tree wrap. The wrap acts as a barrier around your trees to prevent winter burn (a condition involving extreme drying) and other damaging winter effects. To learn more about how to wrap your trees, click here.
Many of us aren’t big fans of the winter season, but it doesn’t have to be because of the damage it does to our trees. Follow these tips to protect your trees and landscaping this winter and contact Dudley’s Dew Right for all your professional tree service needs!
Post-Storm Tree Cleanup
Although spring is considered storm season, Nebraska is no stranger to experiencing severe weather all the way into the autumn months. There’s nothing worse than waking up after a stormy night to find your garbage can in your neighbor’s yard, wooden panels missing from your fence, and of course, your beloved trees split and disheveled. Your first reaction may be to get everything cleaned up and back to the way it was looking before the storm, but taking the wrong actions can result in losing trees that could have otherwise been saved. Follow these steps for the most thorough tree repair and replenishment after a storm:
Look around and assess the area. Safety should always be your number one priority. Scan the area for downed power, utility, telephone, and cable lines, and be aware that even fence wires can hold an electrical charge when there are fallen power lines nearby. If you notice any large hanging tree branches or broken limbs, call a professional instead of handling it yourself.
Remove broken branches still attached to trees. It’s a good idea to remove the remains of any smaller broken or separated branches that are still hanging on to your trees (this is known as pruning). Removing these broken branches after a storm will minimize the risk of decay agents entering the tree’s wounds. Smaller branches should be removed at the joint where they connect to larger ones, but be careful not to accidentally remove any wood that is alive and healthy.
Repair/remove torn bark. Trees have an incredible ability to repair themselves, so don’t panic if you notice damage to the bark of your tree. However, jagged wounds in the bark disrupt the tree’s ability to transport nutrients, so it’s important to clean-cut, or remove the damaged areas by cutting it away, the bark. Only remove what is absolutely necessary and don’t use a sealant over the top of the wound.
Know when it can’t be saved. Even though some can recover from even severe damage, sometimes the tree cannot be saved. If the tree is leaning over your home, driveway, or other areas where people walk, it must be cut down. If the tree is hanging over a power line or other source of electric energy, it needs to be cut down immediately and by a professional. A tree that has sustained significant root damage will need to come down as well, but you may not be able to tell right away. A few months after the storm, you can use a pitchfork to check to make sure the tree’s larger roots are alive beyond the first foot or two of their length. Healthy roots are brown/gray with hard, whitish centers, while dying roots are soft.
The most important tip we can give you about post-storm tree aid is that you shouldn’t try to do it all yourself, especially if you have little tree care experience. Your trees may have experienced hidden damage that you are unaware of and the use of power tools can be dangerous for big jobs. For a second opinion or assistance with tree repair/cleanup, contact your tree experts at Dudley’s Dew Right Services!
Dudley’s Dew Right Express Mulch Blower System
In our last blog, we went over the many benefits mulch can add to your landscape. At Dudley’s, we utilize mulching technology that is unique to our company. Behold, the Dudley’s Dew Right Express Mulch Blower Truck!
The traditional technique of putting down mulch involves hauling the product in the bed of a truck to the job site, shoveling it from the truck into wheelbarrows, wheeling the wheelbarrows across a landscape, and then dumping and placing the product. It’s a labor-intensive process that frankly takes much longer than it needs to. Not only that, it leaves the mulch clumpy and uneven on the ground, and holds potential to damage existing landscaping in the process.
Dudley’s Dew Right Services uses a state of the art mulch blower system, which eliminates several steps in the traditional mulching process. Our system allows our crews to finish jobs faster and ultimately save you money. The mulch blower system also allows for a cleaner, more consistent, even application than traditional mulching, which will keep your soil healthier and your landscape tidier in the end.
Dudley’s Dew Right Services also provides high-quality mulch that you won’t find at the store or from our competitors. We use the trees that we remove to make our own mulch- it’s put through a grinder, naturally aged, and then dyed to create a quality, one-of-a-kind product. Available colors include black, coffee brown, natural, dark brown, and red, but if you have another color in mind, we’ll happily customize a color to meet your landscape needs.
Our mulch is an all-natural, nitrogen-rich product that provides soil with the nutrients it needs to thrive. To read about the other benefits mulch provides, check out our previous blog here.
Gone are the days (and money…and time) of mulching your landscape with a pair of gloves and a wheelbarrow. Dudley’s Dew Right Express Mulch Blower System is a convenient, money-saving way to improve the quality of your soil and give your landscape the flare it needs. Dudley’s offers free estimates with no obligation, so contact us today!
Benefits of Using Mulch in Your Landscaping
“Mulching” is the act of placing protective (usually decomposing, organic) materials on top of bare soil and around plants, and it’s one of the best things you can do for your yard, garden, or landscape. It seems the benefits of using mulch are endless, but we’ll focus on the big ones:
- Inhibits weed growth and germination. Weeds are not only unsightly, they hog nutrients, water, and sunlight from the plants that you actually intend to grow. Adding mulch to your landscape keeps weeds from receiving the sunlight they need to survive. Mulch creates a physical barrier that most weeds do not have enough energy to sprout through.
- Retains moisture. Mulch acts as a sponge- it stores water for the soil beneath it to use when necessary. Again, mulch acts as a physical barrier for soil as well, which limits evaporation and keeps soil hydrated in hot, dry conditions. Mulch can keep you from having to water your landscaping as much, which keeps your wallet and the environment happy!
- Protects from temperatures fluctuations. During the winter, a layer of mulch protects plant roots from frost-heaving, in which plants are literally pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil as it cools off and heats up. During the summer, mulch keeps plant roots from becoming overheated and damaged.
- Prevents soil erosion. Mulch not only keeps soil hydrated, it protects it in times of excess precipitation. A barrier of mulch lessens the brunt of heavy rainfall and keeps soil from washing away.
- Controls pests. Certain types of mulch contain various elements that can actually deter pests from your landscape. As organic mulches break down, they improve the chemistry of the soil which encourages the numbers of helpful bacteria, fungi, and insects. These helpful organisms help to fight off other harmful, destructive organisms. Additionally, some types of mulch, like cedar and cypress, contain natural oils and chemicals that deter bugs.
- Encourages earthworms. As you can see, mulch can dramatically improve the quality of the soil beneath it. Earthworms are attracted to good, healthy soil, and every gardener knows that earthworms do wonders for a landscape through nutrient cycling.
- Improves the look of your landscape. Lastly, adding mulch to your garden or landscape can drastically improve the way it looks. Filling in empty spaces with mulch will give your space a more complete, attractive appearance. Not only that, mulch is simple to care for and will never compete with other plants or landscape features.
Whether your soil needs some TLC or you’re just looking to enhance the look of your outdoor space, mulch is a great addition to any landscape. For expert mulch services that won’t disturb your landscape, contact Dudley’s Dew Right Services here!
7 Ways to Save Water in Landscaping
You worked hard (or paid a lot of money) to create the beautiful landscape that surrounds your home, so it only makes sense that you want to maintain it. Many people think that the only way to keep their yard green is to water it constantly. However, overwatering can be detrimental to the health of your landscape by causing shallow roots, weed growth, fungus, and disease. Even more, it’s environmentally wasteful and can become costly. Check out these tips for maintaining a lush yard with less water (and a pleasant surprise when you open your water bill!)
- Water in the morning. Less evaporation occurs in the morning, so it’s best to set your sprinklers to finish their cycle before 8 am. There is less wind and heat earlier in the day, which allows your landscape to utilize fully the water it receives.
- Use mulch. Adding mulch to your landscape is an easy way to save on water (and it can be visually complementary to flowers and plants). Mulch acts as a sponge to hold and retain water, making it available to the surrounding soil when necessary.
- Pay attention to the weather. This seems obvious, but many people forget that they should be adjusting their watering frequencies with changing weather. You should be watering the most during July and August and less in the preceding and proceeding months. During periods of precipitation, turn automatic systems off.
- Make necessary adjustments and repairs. Observe the pattern of your sprinkler system and if you notice excess water being sprayed on sidewalks, streets, patios, etc., move your sprinklers or reset them to ensure the landscape itself is receiving most of the water. If you feel like something is wrong with your sprinkler system, have it checked out as soon as possible. A leak in an automatic system could waste hundreds of gallons of water or even cause structural damage to your home.
- Water heavily, but less often. If you’re watering every day, consider watering every other day or every few days, but increase the time the sprinklers run on these days. This reduces evaporation and allows water to seep further down into the soil, giving roots the moisture they need.
- Use a trigger sprayer when hand-watering. Attaching a trigger sprayer allows you to only disperse water from a hose when you need to. This saves water from being wasted when you’re doing anything other than watering your landscape (moving areas, taking a break, etc.). Trigger sprayers are an especially good investment because they serve dual purposes, like washing cars and other cleaning projects.
- Install smart sprinkler technology. New technology monitors the weather and condition of your soil and then automatically turns your sprinkler system on when necessary. Smart sprinkler systems, while sometimes pricey, allow you to effortlessly minimize the amount of water used to take care of your landscaping.
Even though it’s been an exceptionally hot summer, you may still be overwatering your exterior landscape. Follow our tips to reduce the amount of water you’re using while keeping the environment, your yard, and your bank account happy!