We get asked all the time what is the number one thing a homeowner can do to get their lawn in good order. Unfortunately, there is no “Magic Bullet” that we can offer you. If there was, we certainly would be the only game in town. At Atlanta Landscape and Fertilization (ALF) we help our clients identify their problem areas. Once we do, we will help the homeowner (the captain) Chart a Course for a Beautiful Lawn.
Your first voyage is now complete. You have successfully turned the neighborhood eyesore into the neighborhood envy. You’re a proud captain and have a proud crew. With time, good captains chart a new course and set sail again. There will always be new endeavors for your lawn and obstacles to overcome. Everyone at ALF is committed to being you first mate every step of the way. If you need any assistance with you lawn please call us at (844) 369-TURF or (706) 216-1254.
Last week we provided some great information for you to take care of your own yard. If you missed it, don't worry about it. Just click HERE! This week we want to continue on this topic and provide more information to you to help you have a Better Yard!
Why do I need service in the Winter?
Even though warm season grasses are dormant, leaves and trash that build up in the Winter months can smother the root systems. During dormancy, grass concentrates on root growth. If the nutrients can’t get to the roots, you’re going to have a rough start to the growing season with your lawn.
How much and when do we need to water?
One inch a week is suggested, preferably in the cooler, early morning hours. Watering during the day can turn the beads of water into a magnifying glasses. You may think you’re cooling things down but you’re really turning up the heat. During the growing season, it’s best to water sometime between 4am-6am when the temps are at their coolest. More water will absorb during this time, rather than evaporate, which will save you money in the long run. Plus, watering when it’s cool reduces the risk of pesky funge popping up.
When the cherry blossoms are on full display, you know Spring is near. When the grass starts turning green, you know it’s time to drag out the lawnmower. As we turn the corner from Winter, most homeowners are starting to think about their lawns again. There are a number of tasks that should be on your checklist even in the dead of Winter.
When should I start weed treatments?
Right now, but it’s always too late. Regardless of what acclaimed experts say, it takes about a year of treatments to get weeds under control. The main goal should be to protect your yard from getting weeds. To accomplish this, pre-emergent chemicals need to be used ahead of the weed seed’s germination period which is controlled by soil temperatures. If you wait until after the germination period, it will be too late and you’ll be fighting weeds the entire season.
What can I do to get my grass to green up quicker?
Scalp it! By the time we get to the end of March, we’re most likely past prolonged freezing periods. Go ahead and get rid of that dingy, old grass. It’s doing nothing more than getting in the way of new grass. The more sun that gets to the grass crowns, the faster the soil temps rise, and the faster the grass greens up. As an added benefit, it reduces the amount of thatch that’s produced each year.