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22 Jul 2013

Easy Tips to Care for Your Lawn

Nothing is more refreshing to look at in the morning than lush green grass on your lawn and nothing gives more of a welcoming feeling to your home. Caring for your lawn doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive, however.

Here are few easy tips for achieving a beautiful lawn:

  • Perform a soil test—A well cared for lawn starts with a good foundation first. The quality of the soil in your yard makes a world of difference in the nourishment of your grass. You can either purchase soil test kit from your local lawn and garden center or the Cooperative Extension in most states will perform a soil test for free. This way, you will have more of an understanding about what nutrients to add to your soil.

  • Types of Grasses—There are different types of grasses that do well in certain climates. In many parts of America, tall fescue or Bermuda grasses are perfect choices. In more subtropical areas, St. Augustine grass is ideal.

  • Ask a neighbor–It never hurts to get advice from a neighbor whose lawn you’ve been admiring lately. They can let you know about different seeds, fertilizers, and watering schedules that would be appropriate for your lawn.

  • Fertilizing and seeding your lawn—This is always done during the cooler months of spring and fall. In the South, you would fertilize and seed during February and April during the spring and October and November for the fall. If you live in the north, you would do this during April to the early part of June for spring and September to early October during fall time.

  • Watering your lawn—The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning. There is very little evaporation in the morning air, and this allows for any airborne disease spores on the grass to be washed away. In the summertime, it is best to water deeply and then wait until the grass looks or feels dry again. You can also just water the “hot spots” of your lawn.

As you can see, there are plenty of steps that you can take to help improve the overall health of your lawn. While these are all effective ways of making your yard look more aesthetically pleasing, they can be time consuming and nothing beats the professional touch of an experienced landscaping contractor.

14 Jul 2013
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Make An Impression With An Impressive Landscape

Your yard is more than just a patch of grass. In many cases, it is the first impression visitors get of you and your family. It is your face to the world, displaying your tastes and personality.

We at Creative Edge Landscape understand the importance of a beautifully landscaped yard and what it can mean for you. Whether it’s a place of escape or a showcase, here are some tips you can follow to make your yard a living statement:

  • Provide year-round interest. Make sure there’s something of interest going on in your yard in each of the four seasons. It doesn’t always have to be a flowering plant. It could be the color of the foliage or the shape of a bare tree.

  • Use annuals as a supplement to perennial plantings. Perennials only bloom so long, but annuals can be added as their color grows.

  • Layer your flowerbeds. Plant them with the tallest in back, then mid-height to shortest.

  • Use hardscape to give your yard a more finished look. This can be achieved by incorporating walkways, fencing, patios and decks, or walls in the overall design.

  • Think about installing a water feature – a fountain, pond, or waterfall – as a focal point.

  • Use drought-resistant plants to decrease the worry of summertime wilt. Even with Florida’s afternoon and evening thunderstorms, summer can be a challenge to many plants.

  • Fit the plant to the space. Take care in selecting the right plant that won’t overwhelm the area where it is planted.

If you need help with any of these recommendations or for other landscaping help, turn to the professionals at Creative Edge Landscape . We have been serving the Lakeland area since 2002 and have since expanded to include Lakeland Heights, Tampa, Hillsborough and Polk counties, Kathleen, and the surrounding areas.

Contact us for free estimates at (863) 812-5968 in Lakeland or (863) 603-8608 in the Kathleen area.

22 Feb 2013

Advice from Creative Edge Landscaping for Residents in the Kathleen Area

In the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810, plant and lawn irrigation is essential because of the hot climate. For six months of the year, daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees, causing large water losses from plants and soils. Rainfall in the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810 averages around 60 inches a year, half of which falls from June to September.

And, according to a local lawn care maintenance company, Creative Edge Landscaping, another reason for irrigation is that the sandy soils in this area don’t hold much water. The best time to irrigate is when the lawn/plants start showing signs of stress caused. Below are some signs that watering is needed:

  • Parts of the lawn are bluish-gray
  • Tire tracks or footprints remain on the lawn long after they were made
  • Soil from the root zone is dry (take a sample)
  • Leaf blades have folded in half

The above symptoms are the result of strong winds, high temperatures and relatively low humidity in the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810. Even though water may be in the soil, plants will wilt during such times because they lose water faster than their roots systems are absorbing it.

As mentioned, soils in Florida are sandy and if the roots in the top 12” of soil are dry, ¾ to 1” of water is needed for a thorough wetting. This is equal to 465 – 620 gallons for every 1000 square feet of grass. Remember this – efficient irrigation only wets the root zone – it doesn’t allow water to run off, and it doesn’t saturate the soil.

For more expert advice from Creative Edge Landscaping, given them a call at (863) 614-1041. They are the #1 lawn care maintenance company in the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810.

21 Feb 2013

Bahia Grass Thrives in Florida and Lawn Care Requirements Are Lower

Bahia grass is a popular choice in Lakeland, Florida 33801 because of its durability and low maintenance requirements. It also thrives in the Kathleen Area of Lakeland Florida 33810; Lakeland Highlands, Florida 33813; and Tampa, Florida 33609 – in fact, it does well in all parts of Florida.

Even though overall lawn care and maintenance is low, your Bahia lawn will need mowing a little more often than other grass types. The reason for this is because, as it grows, it develops unattractive seed heads. Also, Bahia is tougher and thicker to cut than other grasses, so it needs to be mowed with a heavy-duty blade.

Because it has an extensive deep-root system, Bahia sustains better than other lawns in sandy, infertile soils and doesn’t need high inputs of fertilizer or water. This makes it an excellent choice for homes on large lots, or places where there’s no irrigation system. Bahia likes acidic soils such as those in Lakeland, Florida 33801; the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810; Lakeland Highlands, Florida 33813; and Tampa, Florida 33609. Another good thing about it is that it doesn’t form excessive thatch.

Bahia can be grown from seed or sod. The advantages of sod-planting are fewer opportunities for weed pressure and other stresses, as well as rapid establishment of the grass. Water, from irrigation or rainfall, helps accelerate germination and increases the odds for successful seeding. If available, use chemically treated sacrificed seed to facilitate faster germination.

Bahia has the ability to reseed itself, especially during the hot summer days in Lakeland, Florida 33801; the Kathleen Area of Lakeland, Florida 33810; Lakeland Highlands, Florida 33813; and Tampa, Florida 33609. Another advantage is that it has relatively few insect and disease problems.

18 Feb 2013

A Lawn Service Expert Explains How and Why Weeds Invade Your Grass

Weeds can seriously destroy the image of your grass … you don’t need a lawn service expert to tell you that! A weed is considered to be anything that grows in your lawn that isn’t grass.

 

 

 

 

 

Weeds fight with grass for water and food and, if left unattended, they take over and your yard will look like this:

 

So, what causes weeds to invade grass? Let’s hear it from a lawn service professional.

  • Water: Streams or strong storms can carry weed seeds which end up on your lawn during flash floods. There’s not much that we can do to prevent this from happening.
  • Wind: Weeds from your neighbors’ yards can take root in yours as a result of wind. This is also one of Mother Nature’s curve balls. In one swift breeze, your neighbors’ weeds could become yours. Seeds can blow right onto your beautiful, weed-free lawn. As with water, this can’t be prevented because we can’t control the wind.
  • Pets and other animals: Your pets and other animals can bring weed seeds to your yard when they venture into wooded areas or fields. The seeds get caught in their fur and fall on your grass. Birds can also bring seeds to your yard.

PREVENTION

Lawn service companies suggest that grass should be cut at a higher level. This enables the grass to absorb more sun than the weeds. The weeds get weak, and the grass will eventually win the war. Another good way of controlling weed seed germination at its peak in early spring is to apply a pre-emergent weed control fertilizer.

04 Feb 2013

Winter Lawn Care Tips for Homes in Florida

During the fall, Florida lawn care companies perform fertilization treatments to keep grass healthy in the winter months. Before cold snaps arrive, well fertilized lawns have healthy root systems and will have stored food reserves to enable them to cope with temperature changes.

The growth patterns for grass change from summer to winter around the end of September and early October. Some grasses turn brown and seem to die during winter, and some grasses die altogether. Unfortunately, this is an ideal time for weeds to take over.

If you had a pre-emergent weed control product applied during the fall, the amount of weeds that grow in winter will be significantly reduced. But if some develop, the best defense is to probably pull them out by hand. If, however, they become a major problem, a lawn care expert can help deal with them.

Continue mowing and watering your lawn during winter but cut back the frequency of both these activities. Most lawns need ¾ inch of water every 7 to 10 days in the chilly months. The general rule of thumb for mowing in winter is every other week. Remember that winter is a time for lawns to recuperate. Maintaining them properly in winter makes them more resistant to summer stresses. Regardless of your location, winter is a great time to improve the heartiness and overall health of your lawn.

If you live in the Lakeland area of Florida, visit lawncarelakelandtampaflorida.com for more info about winter lawn care and weed control.

21 Jan 2013
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Lawn Care Maintenance Is Just as Important During Winter as It Is in Summer

Keeping your lawn healthy isn’t just a task for the summer and spring months. Homeowners, especially those who live in warm states like Florida, have to care for their grass throughout the year to keep it flourishing, attractive and green. If you haven’t got the time or energy to winterize your yard, have a lawn care maintenance professional attend to the following:

  • Remove all dead leaves, dead limbs and debris from the lawn. Keep it clear to allow for the unlikely event of ice and snow – it has been known to snow in sunny Florida. If objects on the grass are covered by snow, the lawn weakens and suffocates.
  • Mow the lawn to the correct height, allowing it to grow 2 inches (or higher) in winter. St Augustine grass should especially be mowed higher – at around 3½ – 4 inches. Mowing will be needed less frequently in winter to keep the grass at the correct height.
  • With the wet winters in Florida, your grass may not even need any extra water. Check for signs of folding or wilting in the blades – these are symptoms that watering is required. If the grass becomes very dry, water it once a month and saturate the ground until it seeps from the soil.
  • Look for pools of standing water a couple of days after heavy rain. This is a sign that the soil isn’t draining properly and mildew or mold may develop.

If you already use the services of a lawn care maintenance professional, he/she would have fertilized your lawn in early October to energize the grass and give it plenty of nutrition for the cold season.

30 Oct 2012
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How to Make Sure You’re Satisfied with a Professional Lawn Service

Hiring a professional lawn service is often the best solution. Whether you need the service for health reasons or because you don’t have the time, or simply because you don’t feel like doing the work, you still want your yard to look good. You’re paying for a lawn service, so you deserve to be satisfied.

Set your expectations up front and not at the backend. If you and your lawn service are both on the same page, you’ll have a mutually beneficial relationship. Here are a few key questions to ask:

 

  • At what height do you set your mower decks? (Only one-third of the grass blade length should be cut.)
  • Will the same people tend to my lawn every week? You need to feel comfortable with the individuals, but this isn’t easy if different people come ever week. You also want the lawn service personnel to get to know your garden, so that there’s consistency in the quality of their work.
  • Are clean-ups and line-trimming included in your lawn service?
  • Do you edge around the sidewalks and driveway at least once a month?
  • What is your policy about grass-cutting during or after rain? (Remember, it’s best for grass to be cut in dry conditions.)
  • Are fall and spring clean-ups included, or do you charge extra? (Usually, there’s an extra charge.)
  • If required, do you provide additional services such as dethatching and fertilizing?
  • Do you charge per mow or do you have a flat monthly rate, irrespective of how many times you mow?
23 Oct 2012

Lawn Care 101: How to Stop the Neighborhood Dogs Using Your Grass as a Toilet

Unsightly brown patches because of unrestrained dogs urinating on your lush grass are annoying, especially if you’re fastidious about lawn care. Also, feces can transmit disease and parasites. Preventing the neighborhood dogs from using your lawn as a toilet isn’t as difficult or as expensive as you may think.

There are a number of safe, harmless techniques to create a long-lasting impression on dogs.

  • Method 1: Spray your lawn with a mixture of vinegar, black pepper, or cayenne pepper with water (three parts water, one part ingredient). If you choose cayenne pepper, crush it and only use the juice. Spray the lawn regularly, so that its effectiveness doesn’t wear off.
  • Method 2: While the dog is in the act, use a noise-maker, or yell loudly, or spray a water hose. The secret is to do this while the dog is urinating or defecating. It will be stopped in its tracks.
  • Method 3: Have a motion sprinkler installed. When it senses movement on the lawn, it will spray a quick burst of water over a large portion of your yard. The dog will definitely be deterred.
  • Method 4: Have a barrier fence installed between the roaming dogs and your lawn. While this may be costly, it is by far the most effective way of preventing dogs from ruining your lawn care efforts. If you have a neighborhood association, find out what types of fences are permitted.

TIP: To treat dog urine stains on grass, use a soil activator to eliminate toxins from the urine, then rake the affected area and cover it with compost.

16 Oct 2012

Lawn Mowing Tips for a Healthy, Easy-to-Maintain Garden

Lawn mowing sounds as though it’s the easiest thing in the world – something that you think even a kid can do. In actual fact, there’s a right way and a wrong way to mow. But, if you follow the guidelines below, your lawn will be more attractive and healthier.

  • Only cut the grass by one-third of its height. If it is 5 inches high, take a little more than one inch off. The perfect lawn height is 3 – 4.5 inches. This might sound long, but it allows the roots to grow deeper.
  • Ensure the mower blades are sharp. Sharp blades facilitate a clean cut through the grass. Blunt blades tear grass in jagged chunks, causing the lawn to turn brown.
  • Lawn mowing is best in dry, but not scorching, hot weather. If you mow wet grass, it tends to clump – this forces the blades to work harder. Mowing at the hottest time of the day exposes the lawn to excessive heat, putting it at risk of serious damage.
  • Don’t bag the clippings every time you do lawn mowing. Let the clippings stay on the grass to act as mulch and feed vital nutrients back in the lawn. Do this every third time you mow.
  • When lawn mowing, don’t use the same pattern. Alternate the cutting pattern to ensure that wheel ruts don’t get ingrained in the lawn.
  • Don’t over-fertilize. Unless invasive weeds have taken over, it’s generally not necessary to use any chemicals. Over-fertilizing can make root systems shallow, making them hard to maintain. If you cut and mulch properly, your lawn shouldn’t need much fertilizer.