Keeping the Lawn Green During Dry Conditions

Whether the summer brings a week of dry conditions or there is a harsher event like a drought, there are still things that we can recommend in order to help keep your lawn looking green and ensuring that it stays healthy. A week of consistently dry and hot weather can pull quite a bit of moisture from the lawn and do considerable damage before the next storm comes through. In fact, there are times when really dry conditions can upset the lawn for the duration of the summer making it very difficult, if not impossible, for it to come back to normal. We can offer the following tips so your lawn remains as lush, green and healthy as possible in Milwaukee, WI. Core aeration is a procedure we recommend that can be quite beneficial even when there aren’t dry conditions. When you combine aeration with removing thatch from the lawn, you can help the roots get some much needed moisture. Dethatching will remove the grass clippings and thatch that can plague a lawn even in non-drought conditions. Aeration will create pathways to the roots so it can receive water. With these two important maintenance projects completed, even the smallest amounts of moisture can reach the roots and help the lawn continue to thrive. One of the things we’ve learned with the infamous California drought is the benefit of collecting rain. In drought conditions, water may be limited so digging a reservoir or trough around some of the landscaping will allow water to collect when it does rain, or when you're allowed to water the lawn, so your landscaping has access to water for a little longer. There are also ways to collect water in barrels that can then be utilized for watering if necessary; be aware of pooling water though because it can attract mosquitos. There are two preventative ways to help out your lawn during dry times. One is to avoid walking too much on the grass. While this may seem odd, whenever we walk, play or run over our grass it causes stress to the lawn. Although this isn’t normally an issue, during periods of sustained dry conditions, this added stress can hurt the integrity of the grass. The second preventative measure is to consider planting drought-resistant plants. This is a good way to use less water in general even if there is no drought in place. Drought-resistant plants will need less water which means you’re spending less money on utilities. Hopefully these dry conditions are sporadic and won’t last very long but once the rain starts to pour it’s best to properly maintain your lawn to help it stay green. Don’t over-water the lawn because this could lead to more troubles like shorter roots; fertilizing the lawn may help increase the amount of nutrients that the lawn receives and therefore make it thrive once again.

June 6, 2018

How to Win the Battle Against Weeds

Fighting weeds can be a daunting and difficult struggle but there’s no reason to give up and let the weeds win. If you’re ready to go to battle against the weeds plaguing your yard in Milwaukee, WI, following are a few suggestions to make sure that you’re working smarter instead of harder against ridding the yard of weeds. The first thing you should know is that not all weeds are equal so you may need to approach the battle in a few different ways. If you’re looking to get a little dirty and pull the weeds out yourself, there are few ways to best prepare so that you get the maximum results. Pulling weeds after it rains or after you water the lawn is the most ideal time. This is because the soil is obviously wetter which provides a little more give. You’ll expel less energy and be able to yank that weed right from the root. Another way to ensure that you’re fighting a good fight against weeds properly is to not mow your lawn too short. Grass that’s left a little longer will better block the vegetation underneath while securing a stronger root hold for the grass itself. If moisture and nutrients can’t reach the weeds, it won’t grow – a shorter lawn provides an easier path for water and fertilizers to get to the weeds. Vigilance is also key to combatting weeds because the war can be a long one. Spending a Saturday pulling weeds won’t mean that they are gone for good. Keep an eye on your lawn and take care of the weeds that you may see extending out from the soil. Strange growth patterns in your lawn may also be an indicator that there are weeds trying to push through. A few of the famous weeds out there like broadleaf weeds which resemble little clover leaves or ivy popping up from the ground or crabgrass may be best treated at different times of the year. Broadleaf weeds, for instance, can be spot-treated whereas fighting crabgrass begins at the beginning of spring with a product often referred to as a “weed-and-feed” which can kill crabgrass while promoting grass growth. A good lawn care company can offer a comprehensive lawn maintenance plan so that your lawn stays healthy and green keeping weed growth to a minimum. There are also sprays and treatments available that you can use on your own; just make sure to read the instructions. Identifying the type of weed you have may be needed to get the right weed-killer from the store. A possible side effect from using store-bought weed killer is that it may harm your grass since some sprays are pretty much a blanket approach to kill plants in general – these are often used when weeds sprout up from the cracks of a driveway.

May 7, 2018

Factors that Affect How You Fertilize Your Lawn

Most people understand that fertilization is an important part of caring for your lawn, however and furthermore, when it is most important to have your lawn fertilized. Seasonal fertilization comes with many lawn care packages and are strategically timed so that your lawn reaps the benefits at the most necessary times. Fertilization affects everything from the color of your lawn to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Here are some reasons why fertilizer must be incorporated into your lawn care routine. A lawn that has been properly fertilized will be full of color, free of weeds, and resistant to pests and diseases. However, different types of chemicals will yield different results. For example, the pH, or the acidity, of your soil affects how the grass grows. Fertilization helps maintain the pH level at just the right level. Fertilizer, as mentioned before, also helps your grass develop a rich, deep green color which is brought about by nitrogen. Nitrogen also helps the grass blades grow quickly and sturdy. If you are dealing with new grass or you are trying to develop a new lawn, phosphorous will help establish grass seedlings and assist with root growth. Potassium treatments will help get your lawn through hot summers and bitterly cold winters. Once the temperature drops, it is time to think about how your lawn will recover once spring comes around again. An application of fertilizer in the fall months will help create a faster green up in the spring. While much of this information applies to most lawns, fertilization is not that easy. Most applications need to be customized based on several factors. The most obvious one is that not all grass is the same, which means some lawns may have different needs than other lawns. Another factor that comes into play is the temperature and the amount of precipitation your area receives each year. These need to be considered in order to determine the ideal time of year to apply the fertilization treatments. Different areas also have different growing season peaks. Some grass may start to come alive in March, while in another part of the country it is possible the grass does not really start to grow again until late April. This rate of growth also has an effect on how much nutrients the grass needs. Lawns with a shorter growth season need less fertilization than one with a longer growth season. If this seems like a lot to consider, it is. That is why it is best to leave your fertilization treatments up to the professionals. Your lawn care technician has been educated on the best applications, the ideal times for using fertilizer, and the right concoction for your lawn’s specific needs. Products that are available at the stores are not custom blended, which means they could actually be doing harm to your lawn or may simply not be doing enough, which means buying these products is a waste of your finances. Call your local lawn care provider to find out more about customized fertilization treatments.

April 7, 2018