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Why is Your Lawn Going Brown?

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Watching your lawn turn brown is not fun. After all the hard work and professional lawn care you put into trimming it, watering it and maintaining it, seeing all of your efforts seemingly go to waste can be disappointing. However, just because your yard is going brown does not mean that you can’t encourage healthy lawn tips now.

Lawns turn brown when the soil doesn’t have enough nutrients or water, or when the roots can no longer get water or nutrients from the soil. The key to getting you beautiful, green lawn back is to figure out the why. Once you know the reason you can treat the specific cause, and get your lawn back to normal. Here are the biggest culprits that might be making your lawn turn brown:

Extreme Heat and Drought

Many types of grass turn dormant in periods of drought and extreme heat. To determine if this is the cause of your grass changing color, look around your yard for any prematurely dropped leaves from trees that are folded up. This can tell you if the drought or heat is affecting the plant life in your yard because trees usually cannot sustain leaves when the temperatures are too high or they don’t have enough water.

Most of the time, you will just need to wait out the weather if that is the issue. To help your lawn with a drought, you will have to give it some extra love. Every two to three weeks during the drought, apply a ½ inch layer of water to your lawn. You can even make your lawn green faster by applying an inch of water every week – or leave the sprinklers on for 2 hours. Check with your city for watering restrictions, however, as many cities put them in place during droughts. Waiting until temperatures drop and regular rain resumes is the best way to get your lawn green again.

Poorly Adjusted Sprinklers

The reason why your lawn could be going brown is because your sprinklers are not adjusted properly, so they are not spraying water on your lawn. If your lawn has dry or brown patches, check to make sure that your sprinklers are reaching all areas.

If you notice that your sprinkler adjustments are not optimized to reach all areas of your lawn, you can easily adjust them with a screwdriver. Oscillating sprinklers are harder to adjust that low-to-the-ground pulsating sprinklers, though.

Weeds

You might notice that there are a lot of weeds in your yard as your lawn is turning brown. In competition with the grass for water and nutrients, weeds usually win, unfortunately. To help combat the weeds before they arrive, you can apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring. This will help prevent the weed seeds from germinating and spreading.

It can be tricky to control weeds on your own, so keep in mind that a professional lawn care service will provide invaluable help with this problem. Sometimes, it’s better to refer to these experts to take care of weeds in your yard because of their tricky nature.

Disease

There are many different types of diseases and fungi that can cause your lawn to turn brown. If you notice your lawn covered in black, white or brown substances, that’s a pretty good sign that your lawn is suffering from some type of disease or fungus.

This is something that a lawn care service should take a look at. If you are not well-versed in the types of diseases or fungi that can infect grass, it can be hard to know how to treat it. After a specialist has taken care of the problem and your lawn is healthy again, make sure to follow up with proper care: enough water in the morning, regular mowing and good lawn aeration.

Professional Lawn Care Service

To help you get to the bottom of what is causing your lawn to turn brown, make sure to call the experts at Lawnscape. We are experts in creating and maintaining beautiful yards, and have years of experience needed to get the job done right.

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Nasty Lawn Pests to Keep an Eye Out For

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While you may think that your beautiful backyard is a complete safe zone, you might be mistaken. In a space that seems as innocent as a rose garden, there are risks that you take every time you step outside because of the pests you expose yourself to. These are a few pests and bugs that can be, at best, a total nuisance and, at worst, harmful to you and your family. For more information on additional lawn care services such as pest control, visit Lawnscape today.

Ground Rules

First, there are some basic rules that you should follow. These basic ground rules will help prevent any unfortunate situations:

• First, carefully inspect your work are before gardening. Look for any insects in sight that may cause an issue in the future.

• Before you start gardening, make sure you apply bug repellent to any exposed areas of skin.

• While you’re gardening, wear a hat and gloves to protect from bugs and especially ticks, who love to hide in hard to find areas.

Ants

While it’s true some ants can be beneficial to your garden, by performing important jobs like aerating the soil and pollinating flowers, they can be a huge problem if you discover their nest in your yard. If you disturb their nest, they will quickly turn on you and your garden. Even the innocent black ants can be harmful if you are allergic – they have small stingers that can be an uncomfortable when they sting you. Much more harmful is the carpenter ant. Not only can they sting you, they can tunnel through wood and cause damage to your home. Their bite is particularly nasty, as they inject a type of acid in the skin. The worst type of ant is the fire ant. They are extremely territorial and aggressive, and their venomous bites can leave a painful and burning welt.

Bees, Yellow Jackets, Wasps and Hornets

While they usually keep to themselves, if provoked, these flying pests are not so great for humans. Most people have been stung by now, and know whether or not they might have allergic reaction. Each year, 50-100 people die from a wasp or bee sting due to an allergic reaction. So, if you know you are allergic, make sure to have epinephrine injection kit on hand when gardening. If not, then you might just have to accept that they are going to be there.

Ticks

There are not many benefits to having a tick around. Ticks are pests that can carry harmful diseases. The most common disease they can carry is Lyme disease, but they can also carry typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, anaplasmosis and other types of infection. If you do notice a tick on yourself, clean the area with alcohol first, and carefully remove all of the tick with tweezers. Clean the area again with alcohol and then wash with soap and water.

Insect and Lawn Care Service Southern California

For insect treatment, perimeter pest control and the premier lawn care service in southern California, choose Lawnscape. We take pride in helping to keep your backyard clean and relatively free of pests. We have been serving Southern California since 1979. Our professional lawn care service turf and ground cover areas, caring for both professionals and homeowners alike.

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Identifying Common Lawn Weeds

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When planting your garden in your backyard, the last thing you want is to see a bunch of weeds crop up. These unsightly and invasive plants can ruin the beautiful flowers you worked so hard to grow. In the guide below, we’ll list and describe some common lawn weeds you might see, what they reveal about your lawn’s health and how you can control them.

Dandelion

Chances are, you have probably seen this type of weed before. It is a familiar face in the spring and fall, and has a long thin stem with a yellow flower. Because the weed grows long taproots, the best way to get rid of them is to dig by hand, ensuring that you get at least 2 inches of taproot. Your best defense against this weed is a thick, healthy lawn to prevent the dandelions’ wind-born seeds from taking root. You can also spot-spray dandelions with an herbicide that doesn’t kill grass to ensure that they stop growing.

Crabgrass

Just about as popular as dandelions, crabgrass can also show up frequently on your lawn. It gets its name from the way its leaves form a tight, crab-like circle. This weed will crop up annually, and in weak or bare areas of your lawn. Both over-watering or under-watering will encourage its growth; and the same goes for constantly mowing the grass too short. Prevention is the key to getting rid of it. Treat this type of weed in the spring with a pre-emergence herbicide, and you can keep the seeds from sprouting.

Ground Ivy

This type of weed, also called creepy Charlie, likes shady and wet areas of the grass – however, it can still grow in sunny areas. This perennial plant is tough to beat because of its aggressive nature, but there are certain herbicides that are effective. Be sure to read the instructions carefully on the package of your chosen herbicide. And once the ground ivy is killed and removed, make sure to establish grass in that spot quickly to prevent it from returning.

White/Dutch Clover

This weed used to be a common ingredient in lawn seed blends. However, this perennial weed is now seen as the “bad guy” in most lawns. If your soil is poor and low in nitrogen, then you will most likely see this plant. An effective way o get rid of Dutch clovers is to bring up the soil fertility. You can also apply broadleaf herbicide to get rid of it, but you’ll usually need to make several seasonal applications to fully get rid of it.

Chickweed

If your lawn is thin and experiences poor drainage, then you’ll most likely see chickweed. It prefers shady, moist soil with higher fertility. The best way to eradicate this weed is to pull each plant. You can also use an herbicide to prevent the seeds from germinating in spring and fall. Another trick to kill this weed is to step on the stems and slightly crush them. Then sprinkle lawn fertilizer on the broken plants; the nitrogen will kill the chickweed.

Annual Bluegrass

Like the name suggests, this type of weed is an annual weed. When the soil drains poorly and the lawn is scalped, you will most likely see these weeds. A pre-emergent herbicide application before the summer can prevent seed germination. In the future, consider aerating and adding compost to your soil to improve the drainage.

To help get your lawn in the best shape and get rid of common lawn weeds, Lawnscape provides the expertise you need for a yard you can be proud of. We have been serving Southern California for over 30 years, caring for both professionals and homeowners alike.

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