Lawn Care for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is popular for lawns as it offers a beautiful, lush lawn that is hearty and resilient. However, even though it is known for being drought-tolerant and able to handle moderate traffic, it does require special care. If you know how to care for your Bermuda grass, you will get better results from your lawn. Here are some tips to care for your Bermuda grass to keep it looking spectacular.

Mowing Specifications

To keep your Bermuda grass healthy, you want to maintain the right mowing schedule and techniques. Grasses vary on how they respond to mowing, so knowing the right cutting methods for Bermuda grasses can help you get the best results. Grass blades should be kept about 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in height, mowing frequently. You should never allow the grass to get too long where you need to cut more than a third of the blade. Bagging is not usually required due to the frequent cutting.

Watering Needs

Bermuda grass does not need too much water – overwatering can be detrimental to the growth. Instead, complete a thorough watering once a week, allowing the soil to become saturated about six inches deep. Then, only irrigate as needed.

Fertilizing and Weed Control

Use a nitrogen fertilizer for your Bermuda grass throughout the growing season. For weed control, use pre-emergent herbicides in the spring to protect your lawn, but avoid using herbicides more than three times per season.

Tailoring your lawn care to your grass type is important. One of the benefits of hiring a professional lawn care service is having an expert to provide the right care for your lawn. If you want the best lawn care for your Bermuda grass, considering hiring a pro for your lawn maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Do You Think Professional Lawn Care is Too Expensive?

It is a common misconception that professional lawn care is a luxury for only those with extensive disposable incomes. While it is true it is a luxury, it is not as expensive as you may think. When you consider the cost and time it takes to care for your own lawn, the expense is not unreasonable. There are quality lawn care services that offer packages that run as low as $100-$200 a month to do your lawn, depending on the size and services you want.

Cost of Doing Your Own Lawn Maintenance

So, what does it cost to care for your lawn and landscaping yourself, versus hiring a professional lawn care service? It may seem cheap, but if you look at the complete list of expenses, it may not be saving you as much as think. Here is some food for thought:

  • Equipment. Lawnmowers, weed whackers, pruning shears and other equipment all cost money to buy and maintain. A riding lawnmower can easily cost over a thousand dollars. Lawn services bring their own equipment.
  • Chemicals and supplies. On top of equipment, consider the seed, fertilizer and other supplies you buy and go through each year.
  • Fuel. Not only do you need fuel or electricity to run your equipment for maintaining your lawn, you need fuel for the trips to the home improvement store and gas station.
  • Time. How much money do you get paid to do your job? Add up the hours mowing, edging, pulling weeds and getting supplies each month and do the math on how much of your valuable time you are spending.

In the end, lawn care service can be a “luxury” that is well-worth the investment. Even if you pay a little more than you would to do it yourself, you gain more time to relax. Plus, you get the benefit of having an expert care for your lawn, often with more beautiful results. It may be time to consider treating yourself to stress-free lawn maintenance by hiring a local lawn care service.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Options to Repair a Thin Lawn

Is your grass in your lawn thinning to the point where you can see between the blades? There are many different reasons your lawn can become sparse, as well as many different solutions. Older grass, diluted nutrients in the soil, weeds and poor irrigation can all lead to a thin lawn. If you want to regain a thick, lush lawn, here are some options to consider.

  • Fertilizer. In some cases, you may just need to feed your lawn to plump it up. Fertilizer can give your lawn the nutrients it needs to thrive. However, not all fertilizers are the same. Make sure you consult your landscaper to determine which would best benefit your lawn.
  • Irrigation. Simply not getting enough water or even getting too much can harm the health of your lawn. Changing your irrigation schedule can make a difference and help cure a thinning lawn.
  • Overseeding. Adding a top dressing or overseeding can do wonders for an unhealthy lawn. This can bring it back to its lush state and also help choke out weeds with excessive grass growth.
  • Sod. If feeding, watering or seeding your lawn have not worked to obtain a lush yard, it may be time to consider new sod. Starting with a healthy, new lawn through sod installation can save you the time and trouble of trying to restore your old grass.

Bringing an old, thin lawn back to life is not always easy. Consult your local landscaper to get the expert help you need to make your lawn look fresh and new again. They can offer the best solutions for getting the green, lush grass you desire.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

Preparing Your Lawn for the Summer Heat

When late July, early August hits, there are many lawns that begin to look sparse and haggard. The high temperatures coupled with water restrictions in many regions can make it difficult to maintain a beautiful, lush lawn. However, there are ways to prepare your lawn to fair better through the summer heat. Here are some tips of the trade that landscapers use to foster beautiful lawns all summer long.

  • Stop fertilizing. Fertilizer can help maintain a lush lawn but it should not be used during the hot months. Stop using fertilizer about a month before the highest temperature times of the summer.
  • Mow often at higher levels. Mowing more frequently can help maintain a healthier lawn in the hot months. As the heat increases, raise the level of your mowing height gradually by up to 50% and mow frequently enough that you never cut more than 1/3 of the grass length at any time.
  • Water less frequently. You need to maintain deep roots to help grass stay healthy during those dog days of summer. Watering small amounts frequently can create shallow roots. Instead, water heavily in the morning or evening only a few times a week. This can promote deep root growth.

If frequent mowing and constant lawn care are too time-consuming, yet you want the beauty of a green lawn, consider hiring a professional landscaper. Your time is valuable and it may be worth the investment to have a professional company that can care for your lawn throughout the busy summer months. They can also offer advice on how to care for your lawn during the fall, winter and spring to keep your grass healthy all year round.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
770-884-7277

Why Hire a Professional to Care for Your Landscape

There are many reasons you need to hire a professional landscaper for your home or business. These highly trained professionals can help you save time.

In addition to saving time, you needn’t worry when you get busy because your lawn will stay healthy and beautiful. A landscape professional also has expert knowledge and fresh planting ideas.

Save Time

As a business owner, you have a to-do list that never seems to end. No matter how hard you try, you seem to have more obligations each day than you can get done. Hiring a landscape professional will allow you to concentrate on other things on your list that you as a professional you are familiar with; in fact, all those items on your landscaping list will probably take longer by yourself than caring for your top two concerns, family and business.

Keep Your Lawn Healthy and Beautiful

There is much more to lawn maintenance than mowing, edging, and watering. A landscape professional will do the things most of us would not even think to do. Some homeowners don’t even know how often to fertilize their lawn, how much to use, or whether or not to water after fertilizing. Aeration is another important aspect of lawn care many have no idea about.

A professional will have the knowledge to buy exactly what is needed to install and maintain a sprinkler system, without having to purchase all the necessary tools. This can save you lots of upfront money and the time to learn the process and ensure proper drainage.

Leave lawn maintenance to the professionals whose care is essential for a lawn. This will reduce stress level and raise a home or business curb appeal.

Professionals have Fresh Planting Ideas

Once again, you will save time getting those gardens in by relying on a professional, they have the first-hand knowledge of fresh plantings after years of experience. They know the exact soil mix for the area and the plants you plan for your garden. You will not have to worry about getting the right soil mixture, fertilizers, or pesticides; in fact, they are probably already using the natural insecticides you had been planning to switch to for the last two or three years.

Expert Knowledge

The importance of the expert knowledge provided by a true professional landscaper cannot be overstated. Hundreds of dollars can be saved over the course of a season by utilizing the services of a true professional and your yard or business front will look better, as well. They already have the required tools and knowledge, so that the job only needs to be done once, no wasted materials and no wasted time.

Posted on behalf of:
Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping
Cumming, GA
(678) 294-0351

Getting Your Yard Ready For Winter

Even in mild climates, winter can still bring some cool temperatures which can affect the plants in your yard. There are a few preventative tasks you can perform to protect your lawn, plants and landscaping through the winter. Taking the time now to give your lawn a little attention can ensure that, come spring, your yard will be ready to blossom into its summer glory.

Preparing Your Yard For Winter

Fall lawn maintenance is about protecting your lawn and plants from harm during the colder months ahead. Before the cooler weather moves in, here are a few items to take care of in your yard:

  • Remove dead plants. While fall is not usually a good time to prune bushes and trees to promote growth, it is a good time to remove dead plants and branches. Pull up dead annual flowers, trim off dead blossoms, trim down tea roses and remove dead branches from trees and bushes.
  • Mulch. Fall mulching is often more important than spring mulching, as it works to protect roots and plants during the colder months. Use a good hardwood mulch from a landscape supply store, or ask your landscaper to mulch for you. Make sure to cover areas around trees and bushes with 2-3 inches of quality mulch.
  • Insulate delicate plants. If you live in an area where snow or ice are common during the winter, you will want to insulate delicate plants, shrubs and small trees. You can wrap small shrubs in burlap, cover small plants and use mulch or leaves to protect the base of small trees.

Taking the time to do a little preventative fall yard maintenance now can give your landscaping a fighting chance to make it through the winter. If you don’t have time to take on these tasks yourself, talk to your local landscaper to have them winterize your yard for you before the cold weather hits.

Posted on behalf of Dusty Edinger, Tommy Gun Lawn Care

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No More Tolerance For Weeds?

It seems that everyone has a favorite solution for those persistent dandelions; yet, everyone seems to have them, to some degree. Truth is, weed control problems are minimal and more easily dealt with in healthy lawns that are well maintained.

Believe it or not, you can help prevent the proliferation of weeds in your yard by mowing it to the ideal cutting height for your type of grass. When cut no longer and no shorter than its optimal cutting height for good health and strong growth, grass will actually “out-compete” weeds as long as it is also properly fertilized and watered. Maintaining the correct height of your grass will also mean that you’re eliminating weed seed heads before they germinate in your lawn.

It is very important to identify which weeds are at home in your yard before beginning your treatment. There are basically three types of weeds, each requiring different treatments and applications, some of which are time sensitive. Broadleaf weeds can be controlled with the least amount of herbicide and with the smallest applicator, saving you time and money.  Unfortunately, perennial grassy weeds aren’t touched by broadleaf killers and need to be treated with a nonselective (Roundup) herbicide, which means that each plant needs to be handled individually, as the nonselective herbicide will kill everything in the area. Crab grass, on the other hand, is best controlled by applying a preventer in the spring, between mowings, to keep the seeds from germinating.

Finally, don’t bother fighting weeds in areas where grass won’t grow. If all your efforts at growing grass have failed in a particular area of your yard then try other landscaping alternatives. Your local landscape professional can help with other creative ideas such as alternative plantings, decorative stone or mulch and water features.

Spring Lawn Care and Maintenance Tips

The amount of effort put into spring lawn care and maintenance makes a significant impact on the overall health of your lawn all summer long. Be sure you’re taking good care of the grass and starting those essential tasks on time. Otherwise the grass may have a difficult time growing and healing from past damage and overwintering.

There are several important projects that must be done in the early months of spring. Remember that you shouldn’t be allowing heavy traffic across your lawn in the wet parts of March and April, in case soggy conditions create further problems. Once that lawn has dried up enough to walk across it without stepping through puddles or sinking in the sod, it’s time to bring in the pros.

Hire a landscaper to aerate the high traffic areas of your grass. For suburban lots it often makes more sense to aerate the whole thing, but those out of the way spots in the far corners probably don’t need this process done every year. Aeration punches through the grass and soil to provide air pockets deep down, allowing for healthier roots and better soil.

Think about having our lawn rolled with a commercial grade lawn roller. This process helps to smooth out the lawn, providing more visual appeal. Frost moves the ground around a fair amount and can leave your yard pockmarked and covered in random lumps. A roller will wipe that frost damage away completely.

Fertilizer is an integral part of spring lawn care, but it’s important to choose the right type of fertilizer based on your climate and the type of grass. Ask your landscaper what they would recommend, and remember that a slow release lawn fertilizer will generate better results over time.

Spring lawn care and maintenance is a smart investment and allows you to have more freedom and better quality of life this season.