Lawn Watering Frequency

This post is the second part in a four part series about watering your lawn and landscape.

How often should you water your lawn? That is a good question, however there is not a simple answer. The simplest answer would be enough water to keep the grass hydrated. But how much is enough?

The biggest factor for that answer is the weather. Is it hot? Cool? Rainy? Dry? Windy? The hotter, drier and/or windier it is, the more water your lawn is going to need. And the reverse is true for cool or rainy weather, the less water your lawn may need.

The soil type that your grass is growing in can change the amount and frequency of water that is needed. Sandy soils do not hold onto water that well, but clay soils do. If the soil can hold onto water, you may be able to go a little bit into a drier spell. With sandy soils, the water will filter through faster, thus needed to replenish the water for the grass more frequently.

The variety of grass can be another variable. Fescues can go longer without water compared to bluegrass. Ryegrasses are in the middle of the two. Some varieties within a species will last longer/stay greener in a drought situation.

Because of all of these factors, there is not a simple answer to how much water your lawn needs. What we recommend is to monitor your lawn, and adjust the amount of water it receives as needed.

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Necessity of Irrigation

This post is the first part in a four part series about watering your lawn and landscape.

Every living thing needs water. This includes the grass and plants all around us. Some plants need more water than others, but all plants need hydration.

We have had some hot and dry stretches this summer. As a result, some of the grass and some landscape plants are starting to show it. They are looking lighter green to even brown, and looking dry and starting to wilt. Now most of these plants will recover when mother nature provides rain, but it is best not to find out which ones will and which ones won’t. We have already seen some plants that have fallen victim to the heat and lack of water. This can be avoided.

The best thing to do is to keep your lawn and landscape properly watered. This way your plants will stay healthy. And when it comes to the fall and even next season, the plants in your lawn and landscape can provide the show they are supposed to, and not be catching up from the heat of the summer that has gone by.

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Reasons Why Crabgrass Control Does Not Last as Long as Desired

As we get into the middle of summer, we are hoping that our lawns still look perfect. And with a few tasks, that is easily achievable. However, if you start to run short on watering your lawn, and it starts to dry out, evenly slightly, then there may be another problem starting to brew, crabgrass.

If your next thought is ‘I put down pre-emergent crabgrass control, why am I seeing crabgrass?’ It comes back to your lawn not getting enough water. It may sound weird, but we will go over how the two are related.

The pre-emergent crabgrass control works by creating a barrier on top of the soil. When the crabgrass seed tries to grow, it reaches the barrier and is killed. Thus no crabgrass is your lawn.

Now when a lawn has a chance to dry out, the soil dries out, and the pre-emergent crabgrass barrier breaks down. The drier the soil and lawn, the faster the barrier breaks down. So you may be thinking, ‘I will just water my lawn to no end’, that is bad as well, don’t do that. Maybe not so directly for the pre-emergent crabgrass barrier, more for the lawn itself. You will drown the lawn in water and the grass will become harmed.

What you should be doing is providing the water that your lawn needs on a regular basis. If it is in the form of rain, then that is good. But if there is no rain, then sprinklers will need to take over for mother nature. Either way, your lawn drying out is not good for trying to keep crabgrass away.

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Happy Independence Day 2018!

We want to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day (aka the Fourth of July)! As we celebrate our independence, cannot thank all of the men and women that have served our great country enough for all of the sacrifices that they have made to keep the United States of America free.

I know that this post has nothing to do with lawns or landscape, but everyone needs a time to sit back and appreciate what we have; including our freedom, and the blessing to live in this great country.

Happy Independence Day!

Achieving The Perfect Lawn

A healthy lawn is very beneficial in many ways. It is good for reducing pollution, reducing temperatures, aesthetically pleasing, a surface for relaxing or playing, the list could go on and on. What do you have to do to achieve that perfect lawn?

I wish it was one simple thing that you have to do. However, it is not that simple. It can actually be a complex process with differing tasks depending on the situation. This is where you would insert a shameless plug for hiring a lawn and landscape company to do the work for you. And that is definitely a plausible option if your finances allow. At times, managing a single home lawn can be a lot of work, and at other times, it can be simple.

However, there is no magic solution or single task that will make a yard the envy of the neighborhood. The best thing is to provide what your lawn needs. And that list happens to be long:

  • Proper mowing
    • Height
    • Frequency
  • Water when needed
  • Proper nutrition
  • Cultural care
    • Compaction reduction
    • Thatch removal
  • Pest control
    • Weeds
    • Insects
    • Moles
    • Voles
    • Turf diseases/fungus
    • etc.

This list is a broad idea list of what needs to be done and monitored for to help to achieve that grass that is desired. A lawn and landscape professional will be able to help you with any problem that may arise and should be able to offer the service. And the lawn and landscape professional will be able to answer any questions that you may have about any of these tasks for you lawn. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or quotes that you would like.

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