Turf Tips Blog

Turn Your Water On!

Now is the time to properly schedule irrigation for your lawn and ornamentals.

Soil can dry out quickly as we transition from spring to summer. Stay ahead of dry conditions by being ready to water.

Conserve water by knowing when to water your lawn. Irrigation can be performed at any time of the day or night as long as the rate of water application does not exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil.

    • EARLY MORNING: one of the best times to water is between 6-8 am. During this time the water pressure is usually the highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low, and water loss due to evaporation is negligible.
    • MID-DAY: should be avoided due to the substantial quantities of water that can be lost through evaporation. Also an increased incidence of SCALDING; a loss of turf first evident as a scorched or burned appearance, can accompany this practice. Although a syringing: reducing plant temperature during mid-day can reduce turf stress in some cases of certain disease incidence.
    • NIGHT TIME: a traditional concern over night time irrigation has been the presumed higher incidence of disease caused by prolonged leaf surface moisture.
  • EARLY-EVENING watering can be very beneficial to the turf. At night, the loss of water through evaporation is low, also the water is more efficiently utilized for satisfying turfgrass moisture requirements. Turfgrass recovers at night from the heat of the day.
IRRIGATION IS AN ART; IF ONE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH AN EXISTING
WATERING SCHEDULE, THEN DO NOT CHANGE.

 

Get Ready for Lawn Mowing

Mowing is one of the most basic practices to keep your lawn healthy.  The next few weeks are a great time to make sure your mower is ready for the upcoming mowing season. Make sure you have your blades sharpened before you resume a regular mowing schedule. A sharp mower cuts blades cleanly, while a dull blade shreds the tips which then dry out, leaving a grayish appearance becoming unsightly. Mow at between 2.5″ and 2.75″ the first couple of times to help remove winter kill and snow mold damage.

Many people mow their lawn too short, inviting weeds, diseases and insect damage. Mowing should provide a pleasing appearance while promoting overall lawn health by promoting root and leaf development. A high density lawn prevents crabgrass and broadleaf weed invasion. For proper mowing techniques contact a Land-Art representative. A spring mowing of your lawn will promote an early greening.

  • Always follow the 1/3 rule: never mow off more than 1/3 of the turf at a time
    • Mowing frequency needs to increase when grass is growing at higher rates
  • Sharpen blade(s) and tune your mower up now in preparation for the mowing season.

Cultural Strategies for Controlling Crabgrass

Land-Art nutrients are utilized for proper growth and root development. A thick healthy lawn is very effective in fighting weed germination and growth.
  • Strategy 1: Avoid establishing turf from seed at the time crabgrass normally is germinating. Avoid any disturbance of a pre-emergence barrier. Irrigate to avoid wilting of turf.
  • Strategy 2: Raise mowing height slightly at the time crabgrass seed is germinating, lower height of cut and collect clippings during the time that crabgrass is setting seed.
  • Strategy 3: Always follow good cultural practices; mowing, irrigating, and the LandArt fertilization program all season long.
  • Strategy 4: Utilizing both pre-emergence and post emergent products.

Winter Seasonal Tips

Some winter season tips to help keep your landscape it’s healthiest:

 

Early-Winter:

  • Protect Shrubs, Prune Evergreens, and Remove Dead Leaves
    • Be sure to protect shrubs and delicate trees from the coming ravages of ice, snow, and wind. Use evergreen clippings, such as those from a Christmas tree to cover low shrubs, wrap medium sized shrubs with burlap.
    • Trim hollies and other broad-leaved evergreens for indoor decorations; the pruning will improve the health of the plants as well. Rake leaves from the lawns and perennial beds; matted leaves can choke lawn grasses and promote disease.

Mid-Winter:

  • Keep plants free of snow, Prune ornamental Trees
    • During Winter the major chore is still that of protecting plants. Check and repair protective covering frequently and after each snowstorm. Gently shake or broom the snow from branches; when clearing walks and driveways take care not to shovel snow onto bordering plants. Always use materials which are non toxic to plants for melting ice near lawns and gardens. After severe storms, cut broken branches from shrubs and trees. On mild days, finish pruning trees and shrubs that flowered late Summer and Fall.

Early-Spring:

  • Remove Winter coverings, Clean up winter debris, Renew mulch, and Cut lawn early
    • When the last snow of the Winter has melted away, remove burlap or other protective coverings from shrubs and plants. Pull old mulch away from the shrub stems, rake leaves and other debris off the lawn and ground covers. After this clean-up mix the old mulch into the soil and lay new mulch around the shrubs.
    • Clean up is important for overall turf grass plant health. Always leaf rake matted lawn areas and mow off dead grass for an earlier Spring green up.

Thank You!

We appreciate your continued business. Thank you for choosing Land-Art for the care of your lawn. We’ll continue to keep your lawn as beautiful and healthy as possible. Our superior lawn care service and quality products go the distance. We continue to be the areas leader in quality lawn care service by using only the finest custom blended turf builders exclusively; and providing the finest service and care for your lawn. We monitor your lawn’s health throughout the season and provide extra service at no additional charge to keep it healthy. Customer service is always our top priority.

Save on lawn care costs! Please consider referring a friend to follow the Land Art lawn and ornamental care treatments. All referred customers that sign up will earn you a $25.00 credit toward your services. Remember 2016 early payment lawn care discounts. Call 800-336-5296 for your properties available discounts.

Land-Art wants to thank you for your continued business and referrals.

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