Watering lawn tips

1420798717602As par a person i know at Liberty Lawn New Braunfels. There are parts of the country where various turf grasses are well suited without the need for daily watering. In many places, grass can be grown without any supplemental watering, or only very minor supplemental watering. The following information is specifically intended for those areas.

How much water does a lawn need?

In general, turf grasses need about 3/4″ – 1″ of water per week to maintain green color and active growth. However, during certain times during the summer when high temperatures are the norm, you should allow lawns to naturally slowdown in growth during those extreme conditions.

When is it time to water?

The first few warm days of summer does not automatically mean to water lawns. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting.

Watch for footprinting, or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking across it (instead of leaf blades bouncing back up). Grasses also tend to turn darker in color as they go under drought stress. Sampling the root zone soil could be another option.

Water as infrequently as possible.

Thoroughly water when you do water so moisture soaks down to the roots. Exceptions to this general rule would be for newly seeded lawns where the surface needs to stay moist, newly sodded lawns that have not yet rooted into the soil, or when summer patch disease is a problem (see Lawn Diseases). Otherwise, avoid frequent waterings that promote shallower root systems and weeds (e.g., crabgrass).

Water early in the day if possible.

Given a choice, water early in the day when lawns are normally wet from dew. Avoid midday watering due to excessive evaporation, and at night due to potentially increased chances of some diseases gaining a foothold. The exception to this guide is when you are in extremely hot weather and night-time temperatures don’t go below 68 degrees. Then it is better to water in the late afternoon or early evening, providing you don’t have watering-time restrictions. Early or late in the day reduces the amount of evaporation that takes place during the very hot day, allowing more water to reach the root zone.

Spread the water uniformly across the lawn.

Sprinklers vary in distribution patterns and require spray overlap for uniform coverage. Placing coffee cans or similar straight-sided containers on the lawn can help measure water application rates. Avoid flooding areas, or missing other spots. On heavy clay soils and slopes, watch for excessive runoff; it may be necessary to apply the water in several applications to allow for adequate penetration.

Avoid overwatering

Use a rain gauge to measure how much water you’re applying. Overwatering does more than deplete the water supply, it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to stormwater runoff, which pollutes our water systems. By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements. For example, the more you water your lawn, the faster it grows and the more it needs to be mowed.

Hold off watering after fertilization and hold off fertilizing if heavy rains are expected.

To reduce the possibility of having fertilizer wash into our water system, don’t water heavily soon after fertilizing. Use light watering to give the fertilizer the opportunity to be absorbed by the soil. Also, if heavy rains are in the forecast, hold off fertilizing until the heavy rains have passed.

WHY FALL IS THE BEST TIME TO RENOVATE YOUR LAWN

rain on grassWhen it comes to renovating your lawn, you got to understand as much as you have everything ready, Mother Nature isn’t concerned and interested in any of them. Of course you’ve prepared your soil, bought the best grass seed, planned your lawn fertilization program, and prepared the best irrigation system. But, remember you can’t just walk out there anytime and start renovating your damaged lawn.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about when to renovate your lawn. Fall has always been the best time to get out and start renovating your lawn. Here are a few reasons why you need to renovate your lawn during this time.

It’s not as hot as during summer

Most homeowners tend to use cool-season turf grasses such as ryegrasses, fescues, and bluegrass. You realize that it’s usually not as hot as during summer meaning that these grasses have optimum temperatures for seed germination, leaf growth, and root growth. Now, someone can argue that we can still have these optimum conditions in spring. Well, remember summer is almost and the fact that the grasses are not yet fully mature means the heat and humidity of summer can affect them. As a matter of fact, spring seedlings will be more vulnerable to the summer heat and drought stress. In fall, however, the temperatures continue cooling as rain comes. These allow the seedlings to develop and grow healthy.

It typically rains and weeds don’t have the advantage over the grass seed

If you’ve always been tracking rainfall, you’ll agree to the fact that fall months are usually among the wettest months of the year. Also note that dry conditions may prevail as well but things can get back to normal.

When it comes to spring seeding, we’ve already indicated that there’s less time for the new grass seedlings to mature fully before the summer heat and drought stress starts. Furthermore, planting grass seed during this time would mean that you’ll have to contend with weeds since they have the upper hand competitively.

The increasing temperatures provide the perfect conditions for weeds such as crabgrass which ends up choking out the grasses you’re trying to grow. These weeds deprive your grass water, light, and nutrients and in a few months, your lawn will have been overtaken by these unsightly visitors. Do you know why you should plant in fall? Because weeds such as crabgrass are dying during this time according to its lifecycle. Despite the fact that you might have some weeds growing in your lawn during fall, the grass can outcompete the weeds since its growing at its optimum.

Hardening off

During fall, the grasses tend to harden off for the winter season that’s around the corner. They develop a strong root zone that won’t disappear during summer.

How to Plan your Lawn Care Schedule

LawnCareProgram_652x300There is always a season and a time for everything. This also applies in gardening and lawn. The climatic conditions of the area you live plays a critical role to your lawn care schedule. Regardless of your geographical location, however, the maintenance of your lawn will always follow a predicable schedule.

Maintaining your lawn leads to a number of benefits such as adding beauty to your home, relaxation and play area for your kids, and reduction of heat in your home. Basically, lawns are very important to you and your family. Proper planning and organization are the most important factors to lawn maintenance success.

What is a Lawn Care Schedule?

A lawn care schedule can be defined as a plan involving lawn maintenance activities and usually undertaken throughout the year. The schedule is designed around a calendar with the aim of keeping your landscape and grass as healthy as possible.

This schedule helps in targeting specific problems such as the application of weed killer treatment. It can also help you prevent other problems that are likely to develop in your garden. For instance, when you irrigate your lawn on a regular basis (while allowing for adaptation), it can prevent diseases and keep your turf in a healthy condition.

How do you plan your lawn care schedule?

If you want to have a healthy, lush lawn, then develop a lawn care schedule early in the year. You must commit to follow the schedule rigorously without fail through summer and fall. Consider the following while planning:

  • Find out the average temperatures experienced throughout the seasons. Ensure you know the traditional frost dates (the first and the last) for your local region. If your garden and lawn is more than a year old, you will have a rough idea of when weeds appear, when spring rains begin, when flowers bloom, and which months are hot or dry.
  • Write down what you know about the weather conditions and seasons in your local area. You may consider scribbling notes into margins to find out how the conditions and seasons relate to each other.
  • Once you are aware of the seasonal conditions, you can now effectively plan your lawn care activities. The most crucial thins in your maintenance schedule is knowing what to do at what time. Ensure you take action at the right time in your schedule.
  • Write down as simple but concrete plan and develop a schedule that you can remember. Indicate clearly the days you plan to mow, fertilize, irrigate, or spread the weed killer.
  • After developing the schedule stick to it. Always check the schedule when the week begins and determine the required tools and equipment. Preparing in advance makes taking care and maintaining your lawn a simple task since you won’t have any inconveniences.

The importance of hiring professionals for lawn caring

start-lawn-care-landscaping-businessThere are various factors one should consider when looking at the lawn and garden including local weather conditions, soil type, and the amount of sunlight the lawn or garden receives.

All these factors matter in improving and bettering horticulture called gardening in simple words. Without considering the type of soil your home poses, dreaming of attractive lawn and excellent garden won’t come true.

Garden care needs to hire some professional teams or persons and this varies from region to region and garden to garden due to differences of requirements each location poses. Garden and lawn care are very regional so the professional approach is needed and that’s the way of achieving the goals.

Local people consider hiring professionals For Lawn Care since they don’t release the requirements of having enough care as well as some advanced tools are used by experts that local people can’t arrange on their own.

Apart from that, lawn care team take suggestions from the group of supervisors time to time in order to avoid mistakes done often by unskilled workers. So, when hiring a team of workers, don’t forget to ask if they have supervisors behind in order to be peaceful minded.

Customers often face some issues when caring lawns so it’s wise to have supervisors who prepare a checklist of completed work. Professional gardening doesn’t mean it’s always paid since various free services are available across the world and can easily be reached through Google search. However, satisfying the customer needs paid services.  

Keeping the trees healthy through winter

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Winter is the weather regarded rest time for our shrubs and trees since it’s the time of having no growth and development in plants. However, we need some activities to keep the plants and trees warm as well as they need a bit protection throughout the cold weather in order to be in optimal condition before the spring comes.

Enough care is required in cold weather or else expecting them being in a good condition won’t come true, especially if steps aren’t taken to keep them as warm as needed. Plants and flowers are delicate resulting in being damaged because of concerning not properly in terms of look after, watering, and other steps required to keep them healthier.

Although, there are various sorts of cold damages in trees but some to mention include sunscald, root injury, frost heaving, and dieback. The most dangerous kind of damage is called sunscald and it happens when plants start heating up on chilly winter days. These days, the sun hits the trees thoroughly resulting in growing the bark tissues.

On the other hand, the bark begins to die soon after the sun goes down. The positive prospect in this regard is that the bark becomes harder as time passes and tree ages meaning the tree is more secured from various issues to happen.

Avoiding sun scald isn’t impossible since you have the option to wrap the tree trunks using a tree wrap. Just take a plastic guard and apply around the trunk.