How to Begin Lawn Care after Moving In

In Summer on June 26, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Written by green-admin

Generally when people move into a new home, their first priority is to unpack their things and get settled inside the house.  Eventually they have to turn their attention to the exterior of the home, specifically the lawn.  The lawn may need immediate attention after moving in because it has more than likely gone without maintenance while on the market, depending on when the previous homeowners moved out.  By taking the following actions, you can improve the condition of your lawn and get an excellent start on lawn care in your new home.

  • Walk-Through: The first thing you should do is a complete walk through of the yard to evaluate its condition.  Inspect all the plants such as the trees and shrubs and make sure that the trees are not too close to the house.  You should also evaluate the health of your trees and contact a licensed arborist if you believe your trees could be diseased.
  • Hardscape: If your new yard contains hardscape features such as retaining walls, patios, or a deck, inspect them to make sure they are sound and not a potential hazard.
  • Drainage: It is important to inspect the drainage to make sure that no standing water gathers near the foundation.  Proper drainage will also help prevent soil saturation.
  • Create Maintenance Plan: Initially, you must clean up the yard by weeding, mulching, and removing any debris.  As you are cleaning up the yard, you can add plants such as flowers or shrubs as you desire.  Then create a maintenance plan so that you continue to care for your plants and lawn.
  • Soil: The soil is the most important aspect of the yard because every plant is dependent on it to survive.  It must be balanced with the proper nutrient content to best support your trees, shrubs, and turf.  You can contact a lawn care professional to test the condition of your soil and recommend the best ways to improve its condition. 

As you get settled into your new home, do not forget to clean up your lawn and create a maintenance plan to provide consistent care for your lawn and shrubs.  You can also change the look of the lawn by adding new plants or gardens as you clean up the yard.  If you would like to have a professional provide lawn care or test the condition of your soil, contact Green T Lawn Care.  We offer complete lawn care services and additional services such as soil testing, grub treatment, and aerations.

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Spot Spraying Weeds in the Late Spring

In Summer on June 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Written by green-admin

The weather is really starting to warm up this year as the early spring fertilizer applications are beginning to accelerate the growth of the lawns and root systems.  However, as the lawn is experiencing this growth spurt, the weeds in your lawn may also be thriving.  Using weed control products on your lawn is not generally recommended but spot spraying your weeds in the late spring can help eliminate them before the summer sets in.  By following these simple tips, you can effectively spot spray your lawn for weeds.

Use Moderation

Remember when you spray your lawn that the idea is to spot spray so that you are not covering your entire lawn with herbicide.  Make sure to only spray the areas that have weeds to conserve the herbicide and limit the potential harm it could cause to healthy grass.  It only takes a small amount of herbicide applied correctly to help keep weeds out of your lawn.

Timing

In addition to using moderation, it is also important to spot spray for weeds at the right time.  The growth of a lawn always increases when the late spring weather causes the ground temperatures to rise and the early spring fertilizer applications start to take effect.  This is the best time to spot spray for weeds because it can stop weed growth as the lawn continues to thrive.  Your lawn will also be able to out compete the weeds for water and nutrients through the rest of the growing season and prevent future weed growth as long as the lawn is maintained and fertilized.

Re-Apply if Necessary

Sometimes one spot spray application may not be enough to eliminate weeds from your lawn and it may be necessary to re-apply.  If you are using moderation with the herbicide, then spot spraying your lawn again will not harm it unless it has a large amount of weeds.  You can spot spray your weeds for two or three consecutive weeks but if they still do not die after three weeks, you may have a bigger problem that requires professional treatment.

If the Problem Persists . . .

If your lawn still has weeds after a few weeks of spot spraying, then you may need to hire a professional to address what could be a larger, underlying problem.  There are many factors that can contribute to weed growth in a lawn such as pH balance, drainage problems, and soil compaction and a lawn care service provider can help alleviate these issues and eliminate weeds from your lawn.

As the late spring weather starts to heat up, you can spot spray your lawn for weeds to help eliminate their growth and keep your lawn weed free through the summer.  If your lawn is experiencing heavy weed growth or continues to have weeds after a few spot spray applications, then contact Green T Lawn Care and our trained technicians will help rid your lawn of weeds.

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