Winter Lawn Care Tips

There is very little you want more for your lawn than for it to come up as beautiful dark green when spring arrives. However, winter can be very harsh on your lawn and there may be a few things you could do to help it stay healthy and green up in a few months. In the majority of the United States, grass will go dormant for the winter. But that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore it completely.  Check out the winter lawn care tips below.

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Fertilization

It’s probably a safe bet that your lawn is a Bermuda or some other warm season grass. Though these grasses don’t grow in the winter, they’re still very much alive and need to be fed, watered and cared for. Fall fertilization is a very necessary part of successful green up in the warmer months. Some experts even say it’s the most important fertilization of the year. Your lawn lost quite a bit of nutrients during the summer months. Once the winter sets in your lawn will feed on this last fertilization through the harsh cold.

Feed Your Grass

There’s rarely a bad time to feed your precious grass. Even in the winter it still needs nutrients and can really benefit from just a couple winter feedings. If you’ve aerated in the fall it will give your grass a great opportunity to get the proper oxygen, nitrogen, and nutrients it needs to come back strong, green and healthy.

Clean Up the Clutter

When readying your grass for winter, make it a priority to move any debris or toys that may be left on the lawn. Rake your leaves so that they are not suffocating your yard. Items that stay on the lawn through the cold season can smother the grass and seriously hinder its growth during the warmer seasons.

Over-seed and Re-Seed the Bare Spots

Cooler weather is a great time to repair the bald spots in your yard. Make sure you rake any thatched grass out, seed and fertilize those spots. Remember to water it every two days for the first 2-3 weeks, as this will help the seeds take root and spread nutrients to the already rooted grass as well.

The last things you want to do on a cold weekend is to go outside and mow, edge, trim and prune. Thankfully, Mother Nature gives us a break during the cooler months from doing all of that fun stuff. Sure, you may lose your tan, but you’ll get to watch football and Netflix, so that’s a plus. At the onset of cold weather, follow these few steps and be certain that your grass will come back with a vengeance and a healthy green color in the spring.

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Autumn Lawn Care Tips and Techniques

Autumn Lawn Care Tips and Techniques

Winter is almost among us so if you have not finished your Autumn lawn care to prepare for the Winter, then this is your last opportunity.

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To help you give the proper attention to your lawn this Autumn, follow our lawn care tips and guidelines.

The Proper Time of Autumn Lawn Care

The best time to properly care for your lawn during the Autumn season is late August to November.  Preparing your lawn during this time will help get your lawn in the best condition for the cold weather of Winter. Don’t neglect to take care it in Autumn or it will be more difficult to do so in the Spring.

Taking care of your lawn during the Autumn will ensure a vibrant look of your lawn in the upcoming Spring and Summer.

The Best Autumn Lawn Care Tips To Do Before It Is Too Late

The following easy tips and techniques will help you to prepare your lawn before the onset of the Winter season.

  • Raking
  • Watering
  • Mowing
  • Aeration
  • Fertilization
  • Weed Control
  • Stay On Schedule

RAKING

We all love the color of autumn leaves!

Definitely, it looks nice and be fun to play in. Unfortunately, a layer of leaves is not good for your lawn. The leaves restrict the sunlight, airflow and trap moisture underneath. This can be fatal knockout punches for your lawn. This is way raking the leaves from your lawn are a vital part of proper lawn care during the Autumn season.

Tips For Raking In Autumn

  • Rake the leaves from your lawn at least once a week during Autumn.
  • Do not rake the leaves away too harshly as doing so may remove the healthy part of your grass.  This could end up doing more damage than the leaves.

WATERING

Proper watering is vital to keeping your lawn healthy and green throughout the year. But what are proper watering techniques?

There is no one answer as it depends on the climate where you live.  However, it is possible that too much water during Autumn could really damage your lawn’s root system more than help it.  So don’t over water.

Tips for Watering In Autumn

  • Water your lawn twice a week and only during the early morning
  • Be careful not to overwater

MOWING

Typically, your lawn will not grow too fast in the Autumn.  Hence, you don’t need to mow your lawn as often as for the last few weeks of the season.

So, should you stop mowing your lawn in Autumn?

No.

Mowing in Autumn is important for weed and pest control. You should drop your mower height shorter than you’ve had it during the hot season.  You should lower your mower height each time you mow.

Tips For Mowing In Autumn

  • Mow no more than one-third of the grass height each time
  • Mow your lawn in the evening
  • Always keep your mower blade sharp, especially during Autumn

AERATION

Autumn is the perfect time to aerate your lawn. It helps to prevent grass compaction from Summer foot and mower traffic that blocks nutrients, water, and air from properly reaching the soil. Aerating solves these problems by punching holes in your lawn and pulls up the soil.

Tips For Aeration In Autumn

  • Use a powered aerating machine
  • Aerate your lawn right before fertilizing

FERTILIZATION

If you want a thin lawn or just want to maintain its strength to grow for over the cold season, you need to feed your lawn during Autumn. Fertilization during this period will provide your lawn with an additional nutrient boost during your lawns dormancy. Throughout the cold season, the grassroots will utilize this stored food and keep growing. Focus on fertilization during this season, especially if you live in a snow-prone area.

Tips for Fertilization In Autumn

  • Use an Autumn lawn fertilizer that is rich in phosphates and potash
  • Never use spring lawn fertilizer.
  • If you live in an area that is in a water ban, wait until a heavy rain.

WEED CONTROL

None of us like weeds in our lawn!

Weeds are known as the silent pest of your lawn. Getting rid of weeds during Autumn can be very frustrating as some weeds are not only aggressive but also take over in the Autumn when your lawn is starting to become dormant.

Tips For Weed Control In Autumn

  • Apply safe but effective herbicides to control weeds

STAY ON SCHEDULE

To enjoy a thick carpet of a green lawn next year, each of these Autumn care tips should be done at the right time for the best results. Otherwise, you’ll have wasted your time, money, and effort.

If you find it difficult to maintain the schedule during autumn, you may take the help of LAWN CARE SERVICE. They will handle the steps that you don’t have time to get done.

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Following these tips will save your lawn from the adverse effect of Winter.

Prolong the enjoyment of your green lawn into the Autumn season and prepare it to come back even more beautiful than ever next Spring.

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Help! I’ve let my lawn get too tall. Now what?

Help! I’ve let my lawn get too tall. Now what?

Grass Too Tall$150 to mow my lawn? That is what most neighborhoods will charge you for a violation if they have to hire someone to cut it for you because your lawn too tall.

Every homeowner has faced this dilemma. “My mower broke,” or “I’ve been busy and I forgot” or “I’ve been out of town.” Either way, at some point the lawn had to be mowed no matter how tall it got. Either the homeowner got the “mower fixed” and took the time to slowly and painstakingly go over the tall grass several times or hired someone to come out and bush hog the property.

According to DR Power equipment, anything over 24″ tall should be bush or brush hogged due to the thickness and the height of the grass. The main difference between your average mower and a bush or brush hog mower is that your normal mower cuts with a sharp blade and bush hog severs with an intentionally very dull wedge-like blade that is much thicker and stronger than your conventional mower blade.

So what are your options when it gets too tall to mow? Unfortunately, your small power push mower may not be able to handle the job.

What can I do now?

Here are what some professional landscaping professionals recommend you do when your lawn has taken over.

“Start with the weed eater. Depending on how large your lawn is, you may want to start with your weedeater and knock it down as much as you can. This will at least reduce the height and the thickness and possibly allow you to get your mower through your lawn without it stalling every few feet. This will also allow you to see if there are any items in your lawn that need to be removed like dog toys or hose pipes that can ruin your day and mower.”

“Carefully use your residential mower and mow small portions at a time. When your grass gets very tall, you will need to raise your mower to the highest setting and work your way down. You may also have to use your push mower and carefully lift the deck and slowly lower it on your grass. Do small sections at a time so you can go back over them to level your grass out and rake up the debris to make it easier.”  This is a very unsafe practice and we do not recommend it.

“When your grass gets too tall, you will need to hire a professional to get your lawn back in shape. Professional equipment is much more powerful than the average residential mower but the key is to keep someone coming to mow consistently. It will take us a few times to get your lawn looking good again but it will be much easier for a professional.”

The key takeaway here is prevention. Hiring a lawn mowing service can be a breeze. Keeping your lawn mowed on a regular basis will save you money in the long run and keep your lawn healthier. Not only is having long grass a blight on your neighborhood, it also harbors bugs, insects, and snakes.

Call Dave at Signature Lawn Service today to get a free, no-obligation quote – 678-995-3141.

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Lawncare Service for the Winter

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As cooler weather nears, it’s time to start thinking about your lawn and how you can protect it from the winter months.

You want to make sure your lawn is green and plush during the spring so you must prepare now.

There are several steps that must be taken to ensure you have the greenest lawn in your neighborhood:

  • Perform your last cut for warm-season grasses—such as zoysia and Bermuda—at the end of October or early November.
  • Keep both warm and cool season grasses a little higher. This will help keep the roots of your grass insulated for the winter.
  • De-thatch your lawn to allow your lawn to breath and grow.
  • Keep lawn free of debris like limbs, pine straw and leaves.  Again this allows you lawn to breath and receive adequate sunlight.

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•  Perform your last cut for warm-season grasses—such as zoysia and Bermuda—at the end of October.
•  Keep both warm– and cool-season grasses a little higher. “This helps keep the roots insulated for the winter,” says Rick Kaldrovics of Outside Landscape Group.
•  Get a soil test done for cool-season grasses such as fescue. This is fairly inexpensive and will provide you with information on what kind of fertilizer to use, how much and when to apply. “It’s a foolproof way to have a gorgeous lawn this year,” Goulding says.

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Let The Experts Care For Your Lawn

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Your lawn plays a significant role in the overall look of your home. After all, it is the first thing people see when they come to your home.  A lot of effort, dedication and time is required to make a lawn beautiful and healthy. For many families their lawn is an integral part of creating memories and having family and friends fun time. Well taken care of lawns are more likely to survive and still look good after they have been played on.

So you can understand that lawns are an important part of the home and family.  Thus, it needs to be taken properly taken care of in order to maintain the great look you desire.

As you know, you can get busy and sometimes find it hard to take care and maintain your lawn the way you should.

This is when you need to call upon a lawn care professional who can take care of your lawn the way you want.  The lawn care professionals at Signature Lawn Service understand the requirements necessary to create and then maintain and beautiful green lawn.

So, if you want your yard to look beautiful and appealing to friends, neighbors and just anyone passing by then you need to contact Dave at Signature Lawn Service today. Dave will give you a free quote to create and maintain the lawn you want.  If you would like to know more about Dave then click here or on the About tab at the top of this page.

Contact Dave and let him and his professional staff take care of your yard needs today.

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