Category Archives: Lawn

Lawn Care Maintenance For Mere Mortals

Though everyone likes to see their lawn in an enviable condition few are aware of the basics of lawn preparation and maintenance. Planting the seeds, spraying for the weeds, and watering your lawn, all look simple but proper maintenance of a good lawn is no simple task. To some, lawn care is serious business – reading every bit of the literature that they come across and going for a serious lawn building exercise that may make this interesting past time a rudimentary daily routine.

Lawn care and maintenance is more of an enjoyable past time rather than a core activity. Consider these basics of healthy lawn care. While talking about lawns the first thing to consider is mowing. The frequency of mowing, the growth of the grass, and the lawn movers are all integral part in deciding a good mowing habit. Quite often small opening up of the soil leaving more space for the lawn to breathe would accelerate healthy growth of the grass. The lawn is to be sufficiently watered especially during large dry spells of summer to sustain the growth of the grass. Lawns need a good supplement of a proper mix of fertilizers with adequate nitrogen phosphate and potash.

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Lawn Care FAQ

Q: How often should I cut my lawn
A: As part of quality lawn care, regular cutting with a mower should be observed and the grass should be cut to an even height. Cutting your lawn once per week should be sufficient.

Q: What is the purpose of raking my lawn?
A: This is commonly done in order to remove dead grass. Many people only rake their lawn in the fall as the leaves begin to cover their yard, but a part of effective lawn care requires that lawns by raked during other seasons as well.

Q: Does lawn care require that I water my lawn?
A: Not everyone does this, but it is recommended that lawns be watered in order to avoid having the grass to dry up and turn brown. If this happens, you could be left with brown spots in your yard.

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Turf Wars-The Battle For Your Yard

It’s your home and lawn, right? So why share them with destructive pests?

“Your yard shouldn’t be a place where you have to deal with destructive bugs or worry about the diseases they may carry,” says Bayer Advanced; Garden Expert Lance Walheim, the author of “Lawn Care for Dummies.”

But there are really two types of destructive pests: those that damage the lawn or affect people by attacking above ground, or those that attack your lawn by chewing on the grass roots. It is important to make sure you are treating for the right pests.

A few pests that can be roaming above or below your lawn

Chinch Bugs-In Southern states, the chinch bug is the most destructive pest of St. Augustine grass lawns. Consumers spend more than $50 million annually trying to control them.

Mole Crickets-This is the #1 lawn pest on the Gulf Coast. The bug damages lawns two ways: by feeding on the roots and through significant tunneling.

Ticks-Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are two illnesses transferred by ticks. Lyme disease is concentrated in New England and the mid-Atlantic states and may cause chronic arthritis if left untreated. RMSF tends to occur in the Southeastern states and causes severe headache, tiredness and other ailments.

White Grubs-The larvae of certain beetles, grubs are the most notorious of all turf-damaging soil insects. In late summer, fall and next year’s spring, grubs live in the top few inches of soil, feeding on the roots of lawn grasses and destroying the turf above. In early summer, grubs transform into adult beetles that emerge from the soil. Some, like Japanese beetles, become leaf-feeding adults that damage roses, trees and other plants above ground.

Fire Ants*-Have infested over 275 million acres within the United States over the last 76 years. As they spread, the number of mounds reaches densities of up to 1,000/acre, with each containing several hundred thousand stinging ants.

Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer for Soil & Turf, which is available in granular and spray formulas, combines two unique Bayer active ingredients that work together to control both above ground and below ground pests. One ingredient is targeted to kill surface-feeding insects on contact while the other ingredient is systemically absorbed into plants and grass roots to control and prevent insect infestations underground for up to three months. Rain or water cannot wash off this protection!

*For fire ant control with Complete Insect Killer for Soil & Turf, only mound treatment is recommended.

To put the bite on destructive pests, make sure to treat your lawn for above- and below ground insects.

Did You Know?

To fight the many insect enemies that inhabit our lawn, many experts recommend Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer for Soil & Turf, which is available in granular and spray formulas. It combines two unique, active ingredients that work together to control both above ground and below ground pests. One ingredient is targeted to kill surface-feeding insects on contact while the other ingredient is systemically absorbed into plants and grass roots to control and prevent insect infestations underground for up to three months.

When and How to Mow Your New Lawn

New lawns require time to become established and set down a root system before they are mowed. If you’ve seeded your lawn, it may be as long as two months before it can be mowed. Sod, on the other hand, may need to be mowed within three weeks of being laid. Plugs, sprigs and stolons can take as much as six weeks to become firmly established. If you’ve seeded your lawn, all seeds must have germinated before you mow. Plugs, sprigs, stolons and sod must have roots firmly set before they’re mowed to prevent damage.

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Lawn Care Tips And Proper Lawn Maintenance

How much does the average person know about proper lawn maintenance? It may surprise you that the average person is fairly ignorant when it comes to properly caring for their lawn. Sure they can spray for weeds, and use big name lawn equipment, but what do they really know? Proper maintenance of one’s lawn is much more than this. It enthralls taking what one already knows and tweaking it with new technique and knowledge. Once this type of mind set is reached only then can your lawn start to separate from the average run of the mill lawn. Watering your lawn is very easy and therefore common knowledge, but seeding and proper weeding may not be as readily known. Study everything you can find about lawn maintenance and become a student of this necessary past time.

When you take it to the next lawn care level as far as reading tips and tricks then you are ready to start applying them to your own lawn. It does no good to learn many wonderful and exciting tricks dealing with your grass if you are not going to take the first step. Start off slow in order to not burn yourself out then gradually build. In other words, you may not want to go out and purchase a bunch of expensive lawn equipment right off the bat. If you decide that you do not have an interest in lawn care then you will be stuck trying to sell name brand equipment at a discounted rate. Also, you may not want to over think things when it comes to your lawn. Too many times I have seen people get so far into the science behind lawn care to where lawn maintenance becomes more of a chore then past time.

Lastly and most importantly, have fun with what you learn. Do not be so regimented that you loose sight of your goal. This goal is of course having a beautiful yard full of life. This will give you the satisfaction of creating something from scratch and making it wonderful. Tips such as these can be found at www.lawn-care-guru.com along with many other insightful bits of information. Have fun and enjoy your new outlook on lawn care.

Get An Attractive Lawn In Just A Couple Of Hours A Week

Time-strapped homeowners take heart-you can have an attractive lawn. Dedicating less than two hours a week to the average lawn can produce great results if you prioritize your tasks, says the nationally known “Yard Doctor,” Trey Rogers, Ph.D.

A recent survey revealed that consumers’ number one lawn care problem was finding enough time to care for their yards.

“Having a nice-looking yard is important to most homeowners,” explains Rogers, the Michigan State University turf scientist who has helped grow grass for the Olympic Games as well as for average homeowners. “But when busy schedules create a time crunch, you can prioritize your lawn care tasks and look for shortcuts that will still allow you to have a good-looking lawn.”

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