Full-service Lakeland lawn care, lawn mowing, and landscaping service.
12 Feb 2017
6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Lawn

6 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Lawn

A healthy lawn needs to be more than just a patch of grass. A healthy lawn provides a comfortable place to walk, sit or play. Lawn maintenance sounds like yard work when really it is a simple way to improve you home. Just as people judge a book by its cover, so do they judge a home by its lawn.

Mower Blade Height

If you do not have a uniformly green lawn, the problem may actually stem from the height of your mower blades. Improve the color of your lawn by setting the mower blades so that no more than a third of the current height of blades of grass get lopped off.

Fertilizer

Synthetic lawn fertilizers high in nitrogen give a deceptive appearance of a healthy lawn while actually raising the risk of damage due to fungus and insects. Using a slow-acting organic fertilizer is a more effective lawn care tip.

Aeration

Another valuable lawn care tip that improves the effects of watering and more decomposition more efficient is aeration. Aeration is simply a fancy word for making holes in the grass. Do it with athletic spikes or even a stick sharpened at one end.

Watering

Match the watering of your lawn to the effects of evaporation. Avoid watering during or immediately after the hottest part the day to beat the effects of evaporation. If a healthy green lawn is what you really desire, then start each day off in the morning by watering the grass.

Patching

Cut out a small area of a damaged lawn and replace it with a matching piece taken from the section that isn’t highly visible. Tamp down both segments in their respective areas the result is an instant improvement of an unsightly flaw.

Weed Killing

One very easy way to kill off the problem of weeds is to stop parking vehicles on the grass. Weeds are more likely to spring from compacted soil than loose soil. Parking your car in the garage or on the driveway is actually a form of lawn maintenance.

12 Jan 2017
Why it’s Important to Help Your Lawn Recover

Why it’s Important to Help Your Lawn Recover

Droughts can cause a lot of damage to your beautiful lush green lawns, and this damage is often permanent. Even winters can cause the grass to become dormant. As the rainy season approaches a lot of the turf will recover, but if the damage is too severe, you may need to renovate your lawn completely. As a result, it’s important that you are proactive in taking measures to help your lawn recover.

How to help your lawn recover?

These simple steps are all that you need to do to keep your lawn healthy.

  • Remove patches of dead lawn: Remove dead or damaged patches, so that you can lose the damaged area and proceed with recovery measures.
  • Seeding: Reseeding will save you the trouble of having to renovate your lawn completely. It’s an inexpensive way to help your recover to its original lush green state.
  • Return to routine maintenance: Just like you keep your body in shape by regular exercise and diet, help your lawn recover by consistent watering, mowing, and aeration.
  • Remove the grass, sand and pebbles – These hinder the growth of the grasses. It’s a good idea to vacuum these up – stop only when you hear no stone being sucked up by the vacuum cleaner. This will help grasses grow more quickly and freely.
  • Mow the Grass – During winters, mow the grass short – this will ensure that your lawn has a better chance of surviving the harsh winter conditions.

When Should You start With Lawn Recovery

Ideally, waiting for the drought to be over, so that you can then start with recovery measures isn’t in the best interests of your lawn, because that puts it at the risk of permanent damage. Although some states do not allow for water being used for lawns in the drought season, if you can still irrigate your lawn, you can get it on the path to recovery. Feeding your lawn now will help you in the long run.

If you still wait for a long time, the lawn will use up all the nutrients, and the damage keeps getting worse and renovation becomes a huge task. Gardening can become a whole lot more fun, if you can take care of your lawn the right way.

 

12 Dec 2016
Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

Show Your Lawn Some Love When the Winter Winds Come

If you think winter is an excuse to get lazy and do nothing about your lawn, think again. The winter season is the perfect time to show your lawn some tender loving care, and to prepare for a beautiful, lush spring. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already covered and stored your lawn mower, and put your overpriced garden gloves away for the winter. Here are some winter season tips to ensure that your yard looks like a million dollars in the springtime.

Use the Colder Months for Fertilizing

The most popular lawn grasses are cool season varieties like Bermuda and Bluegrass, and the best time to fertilize these is early winter. After the harsh winds have set in, but before the first freeze takes hold, fertilize your lawn vigorously. Your soil is depleted and dry following the hot summer months, so don’t let it languish in the winter winds. The nutrients you replace in the soil early in the winter will feed your lawn’s roots, even under snow and ice. Come spring, your healthy green lawn will be the envy of your neighbors. You can tell them your secret is keeping a green thumb under your winter mitts.

Keep Your Lawn Cropped, Clean and Clear for the Winter

You must avoid the temptation to stop manicuring your lawn as winter approaches, because overgrown and unkempt grass is a sure invitation to field mice and other rodents. Mice build nests all over your yard, and they uproot your lawn to do it. Mow your lawn as short as possible just before Old Man Winter arrives, and lawn care in the spring will be a breeze.

Likewise, get all objects off your lawn before you start your hibernation, including toys, lawn furniture and sporting equipment. Make it a point to conduct weekly checks in the dead of winter, because any items left on your grass can create large bald spots. Even a light object sitting on the lawn will discolor your grass, at the least.

Follow these tips and tricks for seasonal lawn care, and stopping giving your lawn the cold shoulder in winter!

26 Nov 2016
5 Professional Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

5 Professional Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

A well kept lawn is an important aesthetic to many homeowners. In fact, one of the most common complaints that people make about neighbors is a lawn that isn’t well kept. If you want to mow a beautiful lawn each time you cut the grass and to keep up your lawn care, implement the following techniques:

Mow in a Different Direction Each Time You Cut the Grass

Don’t get into a habit of mowing the lawn in the same way each time. Lawn mowing the same route over and over causes those unsightly stripes you don’t like. Those stripes often grow back irregularly as well, further interfering with your vision of a clean cut green lawn. To prevent this from happening, mow perpendicularly the next time you cut the grass.

Tend to Your Lawn in Mid to Late Morning

The best time to cut the grass is mid to late morning because the morning dew has dried and it’s still cool outside. Tending to the lawn in mid morning gives it enough time to heal by evening. The yard is more at risk for fungus disease if it doesn’t have the chance to heal and dry before evening.

Use Low Speeds for Turning Corners and Trimming Borders

Another professional lawn care secret is to turn the mower down to low speed when turning corners and trimming borders. It helps you stay in control and get a closer cut. When you’re mowing an open area, keep the mower at medium speed.

Keep the Grass About 3 Inches Tall

When mowing the lawn, you should avoid cutting the grass too short because it can enable weeds to invade and damages the root system of the grass. Leave the grass about three inches tall to nurture a deeper root system while giving the yard a better appearance.

It’s easy to mow a beautiful green lawn like a professional when you implement the four techniques listed above. These are rules that lawn care professionals usually follow themselves.

16 Nov 2016
Kids Will Be Kids: How to Child Proof Your Lawn 101

Kids Will Be Kids: How to Child Proof Your Lawn 101

Lawn care can be a bit tricky when you have children. You want your lawn to be perfect, but kids will be kids. So how can you treat your lawn and keep it in top condition when you have children that want to run, jump, and play in the grass, basically making a child proof lawn?

Here’s where to start…

Don’t neglect the lawn care basics.

First thing first, if you want a beautiful green lawn regardless of if you have children or not you should implement the lawn care basics and best practices.

  • Watering regularly but not over-watering.
  • Keeping your lawn trimmed to a reasonable height.
  • Spraying for pests if you notice any problem areas.

Now it’s no secret, the best lawn care tactic, if you have children or grandchildren, is to keep them off of your lawn as much as possible. Definitely hard to do, but you could try giving them indoor activities or take them to the park. That might work sometimes, but it’s almost unavoidable. The children will one day have a play date with your lawn. So it’s an absolute must that you take steps to child-proof it.

How to child proof your lawn.

Shockingly, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. All you have to do is stay a bit vigilant and continue to treat your lawn with care.

Here are a few tips:

  • In the summertime children love to have fun in the sun. So on more than a few occasions your yard might be host to a Slip-n-Slide, an inflatable pool, or other summertime yard toys. To keep this from becoming a disaster for your lawn make sure you move the yard toys to a new location daily to keep the grass beneath them from turning brown.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. Make sure you let the children know to treat your lawn with care. That means no digging and stomping on the grass or plants.
  • If possible install a clear walking path within the yard to decrease the amount of foot traffic on your lawn.
  • Designate an area in your yard for the children to play and make sure they stay within their play area.

And once again keep watering, feeding, and taking care of your lawn as you would if you didn’t have children. If you follow these tips, your lawn will always be in top condition regardless of if the kids play in it from time to time or not. Enjoy!

26 Oct 2016
How Much Is Too Much Water For Your Lawn

How Much Is Too Much. The Secret Watered Lawn.

How much water is too much water when it comes to your lawn? What’s the correct water amount that will keep your lawn healthy and give it that perfect green luster?

Rarely will a person put too little water. Most often they will apply too much water (yes even the gardeners we pay thousands of dollars to each year.)

With that in mind, it’s a must that you have knowledge of the right amount of water that will give you that perfect green lawn.

After reading this article, you will no doubt have the lawn care knowledge to achieve that goal. So, let’s get into it by first exploring some of the negative effects over-watering can have on your grass.

How can over-watering impact your lawn?

If you’re applying too much water to your lawn, there are a few warning signs you might notice. Let’s start with this one…

*Fungus: Over-watering keeps grass wet which promotes fungal growth. If you notice mushrooms or reddish/orange grass (which is a symptom of rust fungus) you’re probably over-watering.

*Weeds: In particular crabgrass and yellow nutsedge, both are a lawn care nightmare. Both are known to thrive in over-watered areas that are too damp for healthy grass to grow.

*Insects and Pests: When you over-water your grass grows what’s known as thatch. Which is basically just partially decomposed plant material that forms a dense mat on the soil surface. This stuff is a breeding ground for insects and pests. What’s even worse, the thatch often provides a habitat for them to hide from pesticide!

Now that we know some of the signs and symptoms of over-watering let’s get to the matter at hand.

How much water is too much water for your lawn?

When it comes to watering your lawn, less is often more.

You don’t need to water your grass for 10-15 minutes every day. So turn off the sprinkler and put away the water hose. For most lawns, all that’s needed is one deep watering, once per week. Depending on how big your lawn is a deep watering session will take between 1-3 hours. During a deep watering session, the goal is to lay down 1 inch of water on your lawn. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less.

If you use a sprinkler system, you can measure how long it takes for your system to put out an inch of water by placing coffee cans in the yard and measuring periodically until the can has filled with an inch of water. Getting your sprinkler amount right is mandatory if you want a healthy lawn.

Conclusion

I don’t think many would disagree with this statement. One thing you fall in love with when you become a homeowner is your lawn. You want the blades just right, the grass the perfect green, the landscape free of brown spots and insects. Indeed, for many of us, our lawns are somewhat of a trophy. If you want that trophy to shine bright and beautiful, be sure to not over-water!

 

14 Oct 2016
3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

3 Easy Tips to Keep Your Lawn Green This Fall

With the winter nearby, you might not have a lot of time to think about your lawn. Lawn care isn’t easy after all. You might feel that you do not need to take care of your lawn as the grass grows more slowly during the fall. However, it’s exactly now that plants need more care, as they are preparing for the hard winter ahead by absorbing more energy, moisture, and nutrients than before. If you want a green lawn, these Fall Tips are some of them that you need to follow.

1. Do not stop mowing

However, do no trim more than one third of the grass blades at one go. Your lawn needs to get at least an inch of water every week and continue to remove any dead leaves that you would find.

Mowing the lawn from time to time, especially those patches where you can see or where you suspect any weed growth. Keep cutting to the right height to get the best results when it comes to lawn care.

2. It’s time to aerate the soil

Aerating the lawn will mean that your plants get more fertilizers and oxygen that they will need to power themselves during winters. This will also prevent the soil from being covered with thatch. The plants would be able to get more water, oxygen and nutrients from the soil helping them deal with the upcoming winter.

Fertilize your lawn this Fall. This is because while the grass leaves tend to grow more slowly now, the grass roots do grow more quickly and they need food.

3. Grow a thick lawn

Growing thick patches of grass and other plants in your lawn can actually help counter weed infestations. These thick grass and plants will outnumber the weed seeds or weed plants as the case may be. They will prevent the weed from sucking away the important resources needed by your essential plants.

A periodic but infrequent dosage of weedicides in your lawn is important. Despite the best of the measures taken by lawn owners, sometimes weeds find their way into the lawn. Weedicides can help kill off weed plants and seeds.

These simple lawn care tips will help ensure that you have a green lawn.