Your guys did a fantastic job! ”- James G.
Thank you for the fine work on our Cedar Elms. All the mistletoe is gone and your crew left the yard so clean, you can’t even tell they were there. Thank you again. ”- Tom D.
How to be a Good Lawn Care Partner
A healthy lawn takes teamwork. While we provide earth-friendly bio-fertilization and aeration services (SEASONS) to keep your lawn strong and healthy year-round, we need you to team up with us on good lawn maintenance practices. When we work together as lawn care partners, the result is a lush lawn.
Overwatering is one of the biggest lawn issues we deal with in the fall, winter, and spring months. Here in North Texas, October is the start of the rainy season. With temperatures (especially night temperatures) cooling, your lawn needs less supplemental irrigation. Be sure to check your irrigation clock and shorten run times accordingly. You can probably also reduce watering frequency back down to once per week. In addition, you should make sure your rain sensor is switched on and functioning properly.
Did you know? Many lawn diseases, such as brown patch, are commonly spread on lawn mower blades as they move from lawn to lawn.
Adjust mower height
You (or your lawn maintenance company) should have raised the mower blade height for the summer months when lawns are under peak stress due to heat and water stress. Now that fall has arrived, temperatures have cooled and you may see new lawn growth. This growth spurt means you can drop your mower height gradually, never removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade in a single cutting.
If you have a St. Augustine lawn, your mower height should be set at 2 ½-3″, while bermudagrass should be cut at a height of 1-1 ½”.
If you haven’t done so recently, make sure to sharpen your mower blades to ensure a smooth cut.
Increased foot traffic and heavy spring rains cause compaction in our clay soils. Lawns growing in compacted soils lack proper air spaces which are important to allow roots to expand and take up necessary nutrients. In order to counteract compacted soils and open up air spaces, aeration is necessary. For immediate improvement and less mess than traditional aeration, we suggest our AERA-vator service.
Additionally, compacted soil does not absorb water easily, so you’ll see runoff of valuable rain. Lawns growing in compacted soils also see increased weed presence, diseased root systems, excess thatch, and heightened instances of fungal diseases.
Made for shade?
Large shade trees and lawns just do not go hand in hand. Lawn grasses are sun-loving plants that will thin and die out under the canopy of dense tree canopy. Too often, beautiful valuable shade trees are over-pruned or thinned for the benefit of a lawn. The result is often that the lawn still doesn’t get enough light, but the tree is damaged irreparably. Weeds are also a bigger issue in lawns that are in too much shade. As they thin out, they leave space for more weeds to move in.
When we can properly prune a tree in a way that allows more light to reach your lawn, we will. However, if doing so means damaging your tree, we will typically recommend you consider switching to more shade-tolerant ground covers in the areas directly under your tree canopy. No amount of water or fertilizer will make up for lack of light when it comes to a healthy lawn.
We’d love to partner up with you to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, all while using natural, earth-friendly methods. Contact us today to learn more about our SEASONS lawn program.