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Fall Colors standard

Every fall, the trees begin to change colors and turn beautiful shades of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. This color change makes for beautiful scenery for a weekend drive. While many enjoy the masterpiece that Mother Nature has created, most do not know why this change occurs. How the Colors Change There is still quite a bit of mystery behind the changing of the colors, but scientists do know that there are three factors that assist in the change. Those factors are pigment, weather, and the length of darkness. Darkness During the longer and cooler fall nights a biochemical process in the leaf takes place. During the spring and summer when days are longer, photosynthesis is in full force creating ...

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Choosing a Lawn Care Company standard

When deciding on a lawn care program for your lawn, one of the toughest battles can be choosing the company to hire. With the right amount of research, selecting the best company for your needs will be worth the time, money, and will greatly benefit the lawn. Start Shopping Early One of the most important steps when choosing a lawn care company is to start choosing early. The winter months are a great time to start your research, ask friends and family, as well as contact lawn care companies to ask any questions you may have. While estimates may not be able to be conducted right away in the winter months, it will at least get your name onto the schedule ...

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Spring Lawn Care Tips standard

Spring is the time of year that homeowners are finally able to get back onto their lawns to do some work and enjoy them. Following the proper spring lawn care tips is essential for having a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the year. Cool Season Grasses Grasses such as fescue, bluegrass, and rye will start greening up and growing. This is the time when proper maintenance and lawn care practices are essential, especially to help prepare for the dormant summer months when the lawn will endure most of its stress. Warm Season Grasses Warm season grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia will start their green up and growing season in the late spring, usually in April or May depending on ...

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Summer Lawn Care Tips standard

Summer is a critical time of the year for lawns. Heat and drought contribute greatly to the stress the lawn faces. Following a few summer lawn care tips can help ensure the lawn is more enjoyable and stays green a little longer, if not all throughout summer. Fertilization & Weed Control Synthetic fertilizers will burn a lawn during the summer heat. It is recommended that the only fertilizer that goes onto a lawn during the summer months is organic fertilizer. Weed control can also burn a lawn easily during the summer months. When the temperatures increase, a little bit of weed control can go a long way. Lawn care technicians are trained to only spot spray weeds during this time ...

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Fall Lawn Care Tips standard

Fall is one of the best times of year for lawn care. The weeds are at a minimum, the grass is green and growing, and new life can be introduced into the lawn. Fall is the time of year to repair a stressed lawn and prepare it for winter. Fertilization & Weed Control Fertilizer in the fall and late fall are crucial for the lawn. A fall fertilizer helps repair a lawn from the stressors it endured over summer while a late fall or winter fertilization will strengthen the root system and build carbohydrates to prepare for the dormant winter months. Mowing Mowing will pick up a little during the fall compared to over summer. It is important to keep ...

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Traditional Lawn Care or Organic Lawn Care standard

When deciding on a lawn care program for your lawn, one of the first questions to consider is traditional lawn care or organic lawn care. They are both similar in many ways but each also has their own unique benefits. Traditional Lawn Care Traditional lawn care uses synthetic fertilizers and herbicides to control weeds. Traditional lawn care is a less expensive option to homeowners as well as better with the short-term effects of weed control and color. The traditional season usually begins with pre-emergent fertilizer. Pre-emergent herbicide is bound with synthetic fertilizer and once watered in, creates a barrier to prevent the germination of crabgrass and other weeds. This is one benefit of having the traditional program, as pre-emergent is ...

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Soil Amendments standard

Every lawn has nutrients below the surface that affect the appearance and life of the lawn. These nutrients need to be checked to determine any deficiencies or excess of certain nutrients or levels. Many believe that a problem within the soil chemistry doesn’t exist when everything is looking good. However, it is recommended to have a soil analysis conducted before problems arise. When the soil chemistry is off, soil amendments may be necessary. Soil Analysis A soil analysis is a simple procedure of pulling soil plugs throughout the lawn, allowing them to dry, breaking them up, and mixing all the soil together. This soil is then tested, usually by an independent laboratory. Specific nutrient levels are then checked for faults ...

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Soil Type standard

Different areas across the United States, as well as across our area, have different soil types. Soil type affects how grass is grown, the type of watering practices to follow, as well other factors. To better understand the lawn, it is important to understand the soil beneath it. There are six different types of soil. Sandy Soil Sandy soil can be problematic because of its texture. Sandy soil is composed of larger particles that are dry and gritty to the touch. Sandy soils have poor water retention because they easily drain water. This type of soil is airy and lacks essential nutrients, prohibiting growth of certain plants. Clay Soil Clay soil is composed of fine particles that are smooth when ...

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Sharp Mower Blades standard

Does your lawn turn brown after mowing? Does the lawn look torn or ripped? Have chunks of grass been pulled up from the lawn while mowing? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are the blades on the lawn mower are dull and need to be sharpened. This is common problem among homeowners that may not realize that mower blades dull over time and need to be sharpened at least once or twice a mowing season. In the above featured image the grass blade on the left was cut with dull mower blades and the grass blade on the right was cut with a sharp mower blade. Proper Mowing When mowing, a good rule of thumb is ...

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Mowing when Wet standard

Mowing a wet lawn is not only a hazard to the person mowing it, but also the lawn itself. If it is at all avoidable, it is recommended that mowing not be done when the lawn is wet. Personal Safety Substantial problems can arise when trying to mow a lawn while it is wet. One of the biggest concerns is personal safety. A wet lawn is a slippery lawn, and a slippery lawn in combination with high powered blades can be extremely dangerous whether walking behind or riding on the lawn mower. Lawn Damage Damage can be unavoidable when attempting to mow a wet lawn. No matter the experience level or the grade of mower, accidents happen and damage to ...

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