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4 of the Worst Weeds and How to Eliminate Them

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LA’s weather is great for being outdoors, regardless of the season. The warm weather, sunshine, and plants bloom make for a great atmosphere. But what if your lawn is crawling with weeds that won’t go away? We’ll take a look at some of the top weeds disrupting your lawns and the best methods to control them.

Bermuda: Tough as Nails

Considered one of the toughest weeds to kill, Bermuda is as stubborn as they come. It is proven to be widely resistant against most methods of management and comes back year after year. The traditional method of digging by hand isn’t effective on its own, nor are most of the herbicides on the market. Due to the complex root structure and resilience of the weed, it takes a combination of both.

Bermuda, with long stalks and blades coming off the sides, has roots that are able to grow back even if most of it has been removed. The best method of managing the weed is to use a blanket herbicide. This herbicide kills everything in the area, with the most effective ones using glyphosate as the active ingredient. Using this chemical has proven to be the most effective method of killing the weed. After spraying the weed, it still has to be removed by hand, as the roots can regrow in the future.

The process may need to be repeated multiple times to achieve the desired results.

Kikuya: A Year-Long Problem

Similar to the Bermuda weeds, this invasive nuisance has a similar appearance and root structure. As a result, the same method of management has proven to be effective against the weed. It has also been managed through weed specific treatments, which will help to maintain the rest of the lawn while attacking the weed.

The difference between Kikuya and Bermuda is the fact that Bermuda is a warm weather weed that sprouts during the warm months, whereas Kikuya can thrive in both warm and cool weather. It is more adaptive to the temperature, but it is less aggressive in lawns than it is in nature.

Since it is not as aggressive in lawns, it can be controlled by having a healthy lawn that can suffocate the weed. It is also vital to ensure that it does not spread throughout the lawn. So when using lawn equipment, ensure that it is clear of seeds to stop the spread of the weed throughout the lawn.

Nutgrass: Aw Nuts

Nutgrass, or nutsedge as it is otherwise known, is another invasive weed that is very tough to remove. This weed can be just as difficult to remove as the others on this list due to the structure of the weed, which has nuts hidden within the root system, which can be very hard to detect and can spread very easily. Nutgrass is a weed with a solid triangular stem, with three blades that branch off from the stem.

Some of the traditional herbicides and systematic treatments have not been effective in dealing with nutgrass due to the deep roots and nuts. The top layer of the weed may die, but it will sprout again because the roots are still alive.

It is possible to manage the weed without removal, if the lawn is at a height to shade the weed, as it does not grow well in shade. This allows for it to be controlled. The best method for properly dealing with the stubborn weed, however, is to remove it by hand. Because of its roots, it has to be dug out deeply and wide, ensuring that all possible nuts are removed along with the weed.

Poa Annua: A Long Battle Ahead

Poa Annua, or Annual Bluegrass, is a very common weed in lawns across the country. It has long blades with flowery tips filled with seeds. Bluegrass is so prominent because the weed can seed hundreds of times throughout a season. The constant germination of the weed allows it to spread very easily.

The seeds themselves are resilient as well. They can lay dormant for years before sprouting up, making the battle to control them last over many seasons. Bluegrass seeds in the cooler months, which typically happens early spring or early fall, so the best way to combat this is to spray the weed with a pre-emergent herbicide, which will prevent it from seeding. Due to the fact that the seeds can lay dormant for seasons, it is a process that will have to be repeated to effectively manage.

What to Do Now

Now that you have the knowledge to manage weeds, do you have the time? If not, don’t worry. The experts at Lawnscape have all the knowledge and tools to combat these resilient weeds for you. These weed specific treatments are included in our lawn care program, along with a long list of other key services.

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Fertilizing Your Lawn: The Best Options Available

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Fertilizing your lawn with the right fertilizer at the right time is an essential part of maintaining a lush and healthy lawn. Knowing what the right fertilizer is for your lawn requires that you first understand what is best for the type of grass and the soil. Here’s a list of the fertilizers available, as well as tips and tricks for fertilizing your lawn:

Types of Fertilizer

Water Soluble

Water soluble fertilizer is quick-release and is designed to stimulate maximum health, rapid growth, and lush color. In addition, water soluble fertilizer is also formulated to be absorbed by your grass quickly.

Organic

Organic fertilizer naturally breaks down and replenishes your turf with nutrients. In addition to improving the health of your lawn, organic fertilizer also improves the soil significantly. Organic fertilizers require warm, moist soil in order to provide the best results.

Granular

This type of fertilizer comes in a number of time-release formulas which give you a lot more control over how and when your lawn is being fed.

Weed & Feed (Weed Control Fertilizer)

There are also fertilizers that are specially formulated to kill weeds and nourish your lawn. This kind of fertilizer helps stimulate growth in your lawn’s roots, which works to crowd out weeds as well.

In addition, there are fertilizers that can help address moss and fungus problems that your lawn may be experiencing, ones that are designed to improve the color of your turf, as well as fertilizers that can help control troublesome insects and grubs.

Tips and Tricks for Fertilizing Your Lawn

It is always best to test the pH balance of your soil before deciding on a fertilizer. For example, if your lawn has a pH balance of 7 or higher, you will need to invest in a fertilizer that has sulfur in order to reduce the alkaline levels. If your soil records a pH level of 5.5 or below, you may require alkaline to reduce the acid levels. Soil samples can also indicate nutrient deficiencies that cause low iron or potassium.

Most lawn fertilizers contain three major nutrients known as NPK; or Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. Different lawns require a different percentage of each of these essential nutrients. Nitrogen helps your lawn grow faster and stay lush and green. Phosphorous promotes robust and healthy roots. Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for your lawn, and should be the element that has the highest percentage in your fertilizer. However, you should not choose a fertilizer that has a nitrogen percentage greater than 10. Those that exceed 10% can burn your lawn.

While when and how often you fertilize depends on a number of factors, from the species of your grass to the pH balance of your soil, on average it is best to begin fertilizing in the fall. It is important to never over-fertilize your lawn, because this may harm your turf and increase weeds. If you need to aerate your lawn, it is best to do so in the fall before you fertilize.

When you feed during the spring, it is best to do it when the dormant grass is 50% green. Spring fertilization works best on lawns that have significant damage. Fertilizing a healthy spring lawn may actually just increase top growth, but do nothing for the health of the roots. This can actually exacerbate a weed or insect problem.

Due to heat, drought, and insects, summer can be extremely hard on your lawn. One great way to keep it healthy throughout the season is to apply a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of summer. You should apply slow-release fertilizer every 90 to 120 days, and all-purpose fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks. It’s best to fertilize right before a light yet steady rain, because that’s when your lawn absorbs nutrients best.

Warm weather grasses should be fed 3-4 pounds of fertilizer per 100 square feet per year. Give your lawn a quarter to one inch of water after you have applied fertilizer for the best results.

Fertilizing Your Lawn with Lawnscape

Now that you know more about quality fertilizers, use these fertilizing tips and tricks to keep your lawn fresh, healthy, and green. Get in contact with the experts at Lawnscape today for personalized advice on how to pamper your lawn to perfection.

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Stopping Invasive Grass

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Stopping Invasive Grass from Ruining Your Lawn

You’ve weeded, you’ve fertilized, you’ve aerated, and  you’ve done everything in your power to get that perfectly green lawn. But still, you’ve noticed invasive grass species taking over your lush, green lawn.

In this article, we take you through some common invasive grass types and what you can do to stop them from ruining your lawn.

Common Invasive Grasses

Invasive grass species are simply non-native grasses that are unwanted, spread easily, and take over your lawn.

In California, common invasive grasses include Poa Annua (also known as annual bluegrass), bermudagrass, crabgrass, goosegrass, dallisgrass, and kikuya grass.

While they may not cause physical damage to your lawn, they can make your lawn appear patchy and unkempt.

So what can you do to stop invasive grasses from ruining your lawn?

How Invasive Grass Can Damage Your Lawn

While many invasive species are unsightly and won’t cause much damage, others, like annual bluegrass (also known as poa annua), can reduce nutrients in the soil and lead to weaker sod, which can impact the ability to play sports on the turf.

How to Protect Against Invasive Grasses

There are some simple things you can do to control the spread of invasive grasses from taking over your lawn. Simple changes to how you mow or water can prevent invasive grasses from taking over your lawn. Cleaning gardening equipment after use also helps to prevent grasses like annual bluegrass from spreading.

If small patches or individual plants are found, they should be pulled up immediately. For larger areas of grass, some herbicides have been shown to be effective.

Some invasive grass species like annual bluegrass and goosegrass thrive in compacted soil or when lawns are over-watered. Watering less frequently, as well as avoiding activities that contribute to soil compaction, will help to prevent annual bluegrass from taking over your lawn.

Other invasive grass species like bermudagrass thrive when lawns are mowed too short. Bermudagrass can be very difficult to get rid of. Small patches of bermudagrass can be removed by weeding, while larger areas can be controlled through reduced watering and herbicides.

Mulching using a black polyethylene tarp can also be used to control large areas of bermudagrass. Mow and water the lawn before placing a black polyethylene tarp over the area that has been invaded by bermudagrass, and leave for a month and a half to two months. If there are any holes in the tarp, bermuda grass will be able to grow through, so be sure to tap over those holes if you find any. This technique is most effective during the summer months as it will suffocate the grass with excessive heat.

A clear polyethylene tarp can also be placed on top of areas of bermudagrass for a month to a month and a half to clear the existing grass and to prevent the invasive grass from taking over your lawn.

In addition to non-chemical methods of controlling invasive grasses, some herbicides have been shown to be effective against bermudagrass , as well.

Want More Information?

If you’re concerned about invasive grasses taking over your lawn, contact the lawncare specialists at Lawnscape. They have packages specifically designed to tackle invasive grass species.

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What is Core Aeration?

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Everything You Need to Know about Core Aeration

Core aeration is a type of lawn aeration that uses a machine, known as a lawn aerator, to make small holes by removing ‘plugs’ or ‘cores’ of soil and thatch (dead grass roots and debris) from your lawn.

By removing small pockets of soil, core aeration makes it easier for oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach your lawn’s roots, creating a healthier, lusher lawn.

Core aeration can have many benefits on the health and appearance of your lawn, including reduced water runoff, increased absorption of fertilizer and other nutrients, stronger root systems, and an increased tolerance to drought conditions.

Do You Need Core Aeration?

Core aeration is commonly used to treat compacted soil and remove excess thatch, which can prevent your lawn from getting the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Compacted soil is often caused by heavy usage of, or parking, a vehicle on the lawn. If you’ve recently had a vehicle parked or driven on your lawn, you might’ve noticed puddles of water on your lawn after watering, or thinning or patchy grass. If this is the case, you could have a problem with compacted soil, and core aeration may address this issue and improve the health and appearance of your lawn.

You can check for compacted soil with a simple test. Take a pencil and push it into the soil. If this is difficult or impossible to do, you most likely have compacted soil.

Additionally, if your lawn has a spongy feel, or if it dries quickly after rain or watering, you may have a thatch problem. To find out, dig four inches down into your lawn. If you have more than a half-inch layer of dead grass roots and debris, it may be preventing the roots of your lawn from getting the nutrients and oxygen they need to thrive, and core aeration may also improve the health of your lawn in this instance.

When You Should Aerate Your Lawn

For most lawns, you should aerate once a year for optimal lawn health. However, some soil types require more or less frequent aeration. Clay soils, for example, require aeration once a year, or more depending on your climate. Lawns in sandy soil however, can be aerated once every two years instead of yearly.

Additionally, when you aerate depends on whether you have cool season or warm season grass types. Cool season grasses, like Kentucky Bluegrass and fescue should be aerated in the fall, while warm season grasses like bahia and buffalo grass should be aerated in the late spring or early summer.

Have More Questions?

If you want to know whether or not your lawn will benefit from core aeration, call the experts at Lawnscape. Their lawn services include core aeration, and their knowledgeable staff will know exactly how to keep your lawn looking its best – no matter the time of year.

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Keeping Your Lawn Green in the LA Heat

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Your Lawn and the LA Sun: Avoiding Heat Damage

We hear it constantly, California is in a drought. It’s tough to keep your lawn green in the heat while still conserving water. Here are some practical ways to help your lawn stay green in the LA sun without breaking the bank with a massive water bill:

Cutting Your Grass

Cutting your grass is a necessity if you want your lawn to look neat, but it can damage your grass and increase brown spots in hot weather. The important thing to do is to remember not to overcut your grass – so no more than one third of the height. Don’t cut it as short as you would in the cooler months. Also, leaving the lawn clippings on the grass is a good idea as it cools the grass and provides the nutrients that are just lost by cutting.

Mowing after your irrigation day can be really helpful, but not when the grass is actually wet as that can cause clumping. Make sure that your lawnmower’s blades are sharp; a dull blade will damage grass and cut unevenly.

Keep out Invaders

It’s important to increase your vigilance against weeds and pests during these hot months. Any additional strain on your lawn will have a compounding effect on damage. Keep your eye out for fungal infection by checking for brown spots on the grass leaves, and weed as the plants show up. Letting a pest go unchecked could spell the demise of your entire lawn, so it’s imperative in the harsh months that you keep on top of it.

Reduce Stress

Lawns are a fun place to be in the summer, especially for kids, but constant treading can damage the lawn. Try to make sure no lawn furniture or toys are left out when not in use. Don’t walk on the grass as a shortcut to your front door, keep the treading for activities that require it – every bit helps. Also, if you have a dog, consider giving them a dirt or mulch patch to relieve themselves in, as the nitrogen in their urine will put even further strain on your lawn.

Water Smart

It’s a tough thing watering during a drought, but if you have the right practices then you won’t overuse the precious resource that water is. Make sure to water in the early morning when the grass is already dewy, this will ensure that the water doesn’t just evaporate in the heat. Don’t overwater as this can damage the root systems and have the reverse effect on your lawn. When you do water, be sure to water deeply. Sprinkling a little bit across the surface isn’t going to achieve much; you want to soak the root systems. Finally, don’t water until your grass needs it. So watch for the grass to start showing signs of becoming dry and then water.

Before the Heat Strikes

Prevention is often the best tool for problems. During the cooler seasons, make sure to fertilize and keep your lawn as healthy as possible. That way, when the heat wave hits, your grass will be able to withstand the harsh conditions. Water less frequently but deeply, so that your grass develops deep roots.

Also, planting a heat resistant strain of grass is a good option. If you find that your lawn is turning brown and becoming damaged every summer, it might be time to reseed a stronger strain. This will also reduce your water usage, saving you some money on the water bill.

Professional Help

Everyone’s lawn is different and the challenges of every area in LA require a knowledgeable caretaker. If you are struggling with your lawn or want to prevent your lawn from being damaged, Lawnscape can help. Contact Lawnscape today to get your lawn looking as good as possible. Beat the drought and LA sun with Lawnscape.

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Weed Management and Limitation Tips

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Weed Management and Prevention

Our gardens and lawns are meant to provide a pleasing environment and view, but weeds can ruin the effect. The way you approach weeding can have drastic consequences on how often you see weeds in your lawn and garden. In fact, if you weed incorrectly you can stir up more weeds and damage your plants and grass. Here are some tips to consider when managing the weeds on your property.

Precision

A common mistake while weeding is being indiscriminate with the amount of action you take to pull out a weed. When you dig up too much earth while weeding you inevitably release the seeds that have made it too deep to grow, but are now exposed to the sun and will flourish to your dismay.

Use a narrow tool when pulling weeds to help remove the root. After the offending plant has been removed, cover that spot with a new desirable plant or mulch.

Another aspect of precision that is necessary for preventing weeds is in the way that you water. Try to only water where you need to, avoiding areas without plants or grass that you planted. Stray water can nourish and expose weed seeds, enabling them to grow.

Density and Covering

An effective method for preventing weeds is to make sure they don’t have a place to grow. The easiest way to ensure coverage is to use mulch to cover exposed soil. Mulch will smother the weed seeds that are there and prevent rooting, all the while providing the normal benefits of mulch such as cooling the soil and assisting in moisture retention.

Another consideration is how much space you have between plants. It’s best to cover as much of the ground as possible with grass or plants in order to prevent spaces for the weeds to grow. In combination with mulch, this will make it difficult for weeds to get a foothold.

Vigilance

It’s so much easier to remove weeds when they are young, so it’s important to keep your eyes out for them as they sprout up and pull them quickly. A few good times to look for weeds are while you are mowing or watering. Removing weeds after watering is especially good because wet soil makes the weeds easier to remove. Take note of any new weeds and deal with them before they can become stubborn and develop their seeds. This also prevents the soil from being disturbed too much when pulling, which prevents seeds from being exposed.

If you aren’t able to remove the entire weed, root and all, it’s a good idea to remove the head of the plant (what’s sticking out of the ground). This way it won’t release seeds and cause you even future grief.

Also, when bringing in new plants it is vital that you check that they don’t have any hitchhiking weeds in their soil.

Herbicides and Pre-Emergents

The best way to deal with many weeds is to use pre-emergent herbicides which stop them from growing all together, as it’s so hard to remove them and stop their spreading once they have gained a foothold in your lawn. This is especially true for most types of invasive grass, which is highly problematic to remove.

When you are able to keep up maintenance and only have a few weeds pop up at a time, using a spot sprayer is sufficient and prevents the pesticide from going places you don’t want. If you have a lot of weeds a tank sprayer might be necessary.

Broadleaf weeds tend to be the easiest to remove as their herbicides aren’t going to be as dangerous to your lawn. These herbicides will harm your large leafed plants though, so being precise around your garden is a must.

For perennials, which are often harder to pull and need all purpose plant killer, which can harm your lawn, it’s best to use an even more precise method of application. A popular technique is to use a paintbrush to apply the herbicide. You could also use a glove and rub the chemicals on, but that is clumsier.

Use an Expert

Maintaining a healthy lawn is difficult, hard work; even if you try your best, you may end up with a garden choked by weeds and a lawn riddled with crab grass. To ensure that your lawn looks the best that it can, contact Lawnscape.

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Having a Pet Friendly Lawn

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How to Create a Pet Friendly Lawn

You love your dog and/or cat, but you hate that their urine and behavior can lead to lawn burn and destroyed gardens. The solution is twofold, both in how your care for your lawn and how you train your animal. Here are some tips that will keep your pet happy and your lawn looking good:

Spacing

If you have a wide open space for your pet to run through, they’re going to use it and that’s great. But some of your issues can be limited by how your outdoor area is set up. Planting your garden plants together can prevent your dog or cat from running through and damaging plants. This same technique is good for smothering out weeds, so it serves two functions.

When your dog is young, teaching them to urinate in a specific designated spot will prevent widespread damage from urine. It’s a good idea to leave a patch of dirt, mulch, or gravel for them to relieve themselves in, as this will be the least work.

Speaking of designated areas, fences can be your friend. Creating a dog run can be a great solution to the problem; either leaving that area as only mulch or planting urine resistant grass can prevent a lot of stress. If your dog loves to dig, leaving them a place to do it is a good way to prevent them from digging where you don’t want. Fencing off your garden can also help. It doesn’t need to be too high as to be an impediment for you, unless your pet is a jumper that is.

While your pet still has behaviors that you want to curtail, it’s best not to leave them outside alone. This way you can correct any undesirable behavior and reward them for the behavior you want, training them to live in harmony with your lawn.

Dilution

Sometimes it’s not realistic to prevent your pet from urinating where you don’t want it to. The best solution to this is to immediately water the area they relieved themselves on. This spreads out the nitrate, which is what kills the grass, so that no one area is saturated and damaged.

Another key to dilution is to make sure that your pet is getting enough water. If they aren’t then their urine is more concentrated and will cause more damage to the lawn. The type of food they eat will also contribute to their nitrate levels. Consider switching your pet to high quality pet food as lower quality food contains protein that is harder to digest, which ends up as nitrates in their excrement. The food should also be within line of their protein requirement; excess protein will again increase nitrate concentration.

For Your Pet

Avoid anti-lawn burn pills for your pets as most of them have negative effects on the animal and some won’t even solve the problem. These pills either reduce the pH of the animal’s urine or just pump them full of salt, which makes them thirsty so they drink more and dilute their urine. Both of these have negative effects on the health of your pet and can lead to kidney stones, which will be a whole new lawn problem.

Whenever you spray herbicides or pesticides, it’s best to keep your pet away from your lawn as these can make your pet ill. Weeding and keeping your lawn healthy will prevent any kind of poisonous invasive plant from taking root in your yard, as pets will eat plants when they have upset stomachs, which is normally nothing to worry over unless they are eating strange plants.

Repair

Ultimately, you will need to repair any damaged spots by replanting. There are products that can neutralize the urinated areas, but this requires the same attention as diluting. If you really want a great looking lawn, it’s best to use the professionals.

Lawnscape will make sure to use the right amount of fertilizer. Regularly feeding and aerating your lawn will keep it healthy so that it can resist damage. Contact Lawnscape today to get started on your perfect pet friendly lawn.

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The Benefits of Using Organic Biostimulants

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How Organic Biostimulants Can Help Your Lawn This Summer

In the world of lawn care, there are thousands of products that can help you get and keep a healthy lawn. Each one has a specific purpose, targeting key areas of plants to either help growth (fertilizers) or deter growth (weed killers).

This article will focus on one of the types of products that help with growth: organic biostimulants.

What is a Biostimulant?

A biostimulant is a substance or mixture that promotes the natural processes of plant growth. To put it simply, biostimulants act as a natural boost to the plant, without changing the nutrient content in the soil or plants. They work by promoting growth and enhancing the nutrients already available. Biostimulants work gradually to improve the health of the plants/grass with what is available.

Biostimulants do not provide nutrients that are lacking, nor do they drastically change the composition of the soil or plant. If the soil or turf is missing nutrients, then the biostimulant will not help and a fertilizer should be used.

When using a biostimulant, especially an organic one, it helps to minimize the use of chemicals in the lawn. It provides the grass with boost, while removing any potential risks of chemical damage to the grass.

Biostimulant vs. Fertilizer

If biostimulants and fertilizers both promote lawn health and growth, what’s the difference?

When looking to treat a lawn, it is important to understand the issue affecting the grass. If there is a lack of nutrients or key elements, then a fertilizer is the better option as it will introduce the nutrients to the soil and help with growth that way. For biostimulants, it uses the nutrients that are already in the soil and boosts them, without introducing other elements to the soil.

Another difference between the two is the fact that typically fertilizers are synthetic-based and biostimulants are more readily available in organic form. While fertilizers can be found in organic form, they prove to be not as effective as the synthetic types and, as a result, using synthetic fertilizers brings chemicals into the lawn. These chemicals can have a long lasting effect on the soil and lawn, slowly damaging the composition of the soil.

The other major difference between the two products is the fact that the rate and amount of change varies between fertilizers and biostimulants. Since you are introducing nutrients and other elements to the lawn with fertilizers, the effect that they have on the lawn is a lot larger than the effect that a biostimulant will have. Biostimulants work slower because they are working with the natural processes without changing soil structure.

The Benefits of Using Biostimulants

While biostimulants may not be as effective as fertilizers in terms of promoting lawn growth, there are still many benefits to using biostimulants. As stated above, typically biostimulants are organic and so they help to keep a natural lawn. It cuts down on the risk of chemical issues in the soil or grass that can lead to problems down the road.

Another benefit is that it can help to temper the use of fertilizers in the lawn. While there are times that fertilizers may be necessary for the health of the lawn, using a biostimulant as a replacement for fertilizers when appropriate will help to cut down on the change to the soil and grass. It will help the lawn to grow more naturally than using fertilizers numerous times.

There are some things to remember with organic biostimulants. It is an organic product so it will be a gradual change and not an aggressive one, unlike fertilizers. It is also important to remember that every lawn is different and while various products may promise many things, it may not always work in the desired way for a variety of reasons.

How to Find Out More

If you are unsure about whether your lawn will benefit from organic biostimulants, then call the experts at Lawnscape. Their comprehensive lawn care program includes biostimulant treatment and their licenced technicians know exactly what your lawn needs to stay healthy all summer long.

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Keeping Your Lawn Healthy This Summer

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How to Keep Your Lawn Healthy During Summer

We’re still in summer at the moment, and while the warmer weather is great for BBQs and time at the beach, it isn’t always so good for your lawn. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your lawn stays healthy all year long.

Step 1. Water Appropriately

It might sound strange, but how you water your lawn could make the difference between a lush, healthy lawn, and dead, patchy grass.

For best results, water your lawn between 3 am and 9 am; or late in the evening, after the sun starts to set and the temperature has dropped. This ensures that more of the water is absorbed by the root system, instead of evaporating into the air.

How often you water your lawn is just as important as when you water. Although it might be tempting to water your lawn for 5 or 10 minutes every day, the best way to ensure a lush, healthy lawn is to water less frequently for longer periods.

You should ideally water your lawn for half an hour, three to four times a week, to ensure that the water is able to reach the root system of the lawn.

Step 2. Don’t Mow Excessively

If you want a healthy lawn that will last all summer long, it is important to mow your lawn properly. In cooler weather, it is advised that you keep grass short to prevent disease. But in the warmer summer months, the opposite is true. Longer grass during the summer creates shade for the soil, which encourages growth. Grass that is cut too short can lead to soil that is exposed to the elements, causing it to dry out and lose nutrients, leading to burnt, brown looking grass.

Step 3. Look for Pests and Fungus

One of the things you have to be worried about if you want to keep your lawn healthy and green is fungus. Excess watering can increase the chances of your lawn developing fungus, which can cause burns and brown patches.

Another issue is the grubs from the Japanese Beetles and European chafers that hatch in the late summer. The insects lay eggs that bury into the ground and eat the root system of plants. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t usually know they have a grub problem until brown patches appear. However, you can look for grub by pulling back the top layer of turf. If it separates easily from the soil, and you see small white bumps, you may have a grub problem.

A lawn afflicted with fungus or a grub problem will not go away on its own. Lawnscape offers numerous services including aeration, fertilization, and pest treatment services to keep your lawn healthy all summer long.

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Best Practices for a Healthy Lawn

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Summer brings a welcome warmth and many hot days. It’s important to ensure that your lawn survives the hot summer days and cool nights.

There are three best practices that you can use to help your lawn stay lush and green even in the heat. Aeration, watering the right way, and proper mowing are the keys to the success of a lawn when the summer heat arrives.

Healthy Lawn Best Practice | Lawn Aeration

Aeration is the practice of digging little pockets of dirt throughout the lawn. This creates pockets which allow air, moisture, and fertilizers to penetrate the soil and helps the grass to grow. The process leaves little dirt pellets on the top surface which will melt back into the lawn after a couple rainfalls or aggressive watering.

Depending on the type of grass you have, it is suggested to aerate in late spring/early summer for warm season grasses, or in the fall for cool season grasses. It is important to aerate while the weather is relatively cool and moist, as to avoid causing stress on the turf and potentially damaging it.

This process should be done prior to fertilizing and watering, so that it can create the pockets for the seeds and water, which will produce a better yield for the turf. Remember to remove all weeds in the grass prior to aerating, as the process will help to spread the seeds throughout the lawn and cause more problem areas to deal with.

Healthy Lawn Best Practice | Lawn Watered the Right Way

The next important practice for a healthy lawn is proper watering technique. It may sound simple, but watering the turf properly may be the difference between a lawn that lasts and one that burns out before the summer is over.

There are a few key things to remember when watering your turf. Firstly, the time that the grass is watered can make a huge difference. Optimal times are either early in the morning, or early in the evening. These are the best times for watering because the temperature is relatively cool and the sun isn’t hitting the lawn directly. As a result it allows most of the moisture to get absorbed into the soil, instead of evaporating due to the sun or wind during the day.

Secondly, the amount of watering that is being done is also important to the lawn’s success. The optimal method is to water the lawns deeply a few times a week. The lawns need to be watered deeply so that the moisture is absorbed into the soil. If you only water the grass for five to ten minutes a day, the water will not penetrate the soil and the lawn will burn out.

In moderate summer temperatures, allowing the sprinklers or irrigation system to run for 20-30 minutes three to four times a week will provide the turf with the necessary water. Now the amount can vary depending on the severity of the heat and watering system. If you are not sure the proper amount, check out the watering table on Lawnscape’s seasonal tips page, which tells you the ideal schedule depending on the temperature and watering system.

And finally, ensure that the lawn is being watered equally. If there are only key areas receiving water, then burnt/brown patches will appear in the lawn. If using a hose or sprinkler, make sure that it is moved throughout the lawn every 20-30 minutes so that each part of the lawn gets the necessary moisture.

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The final important practice for a healthy lawn is cutting the grass properly. It doesn’t seem difficult on the surface but small changes can make or break a lawn. The mower height should be adjusted depending on the season and conditions. In the cooler months having the mower height lowered will help to prevent disease and provide benefits in the warmer months. Alternatively, during the warmer months, the mower height should be raised so that the grass stays longer, which provides shade for the soil, as well as promoting grown in the turf itself.

If the grass is cut too short in the hot months, it may leave the soil exposed, causing the ground to dry out, as well as stunting the growth of the grass, leading to burned patches. It is also important to alternate mowing patterns to ensure that the grass gets an even cut. If the lawn is mowed in the same direction consistently, it will cause the grass to angle will lead to uneven heights.

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By utilizing these healthy lawn best practices, the lifespan of your lawn will outlast your neighbors’ lawns.
If you are unsure of what your lawn needs to maintain healthy growth, contact Lawnscape, the lawn experts who can provide these services and more to ensure your lawn survives hot summer days.

Related Links: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/lawn-and-garden
http://lawnscape.com/seasonal-tips/

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