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Mar 16, 2022

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What to do to your Lawn in April & May!

“April & May are the best months to Aerate and a good time to put down a Spring Fertilizer.  If you activate your sprinkler system this time of year you are safe from things freezing in ground, however your backflow preventer could freeze up if temperatures fall below 32 degrees for an extended period of time.  To prevent this from happening and to enjoy the ease of using your system, just wrap the pipes on the side of the house with installation or even use a simple blanket and cover with a plastic bag to keep the cold edge off.  It is also a great time to Power Rake before your turf gets too green…call us to see if you could still benefit from a power rake & or fertilization.  Due to the extreme dry winter we have had, we are finding extreme cases of mites & spiders in turf areas.  If you have patches of brown that are not greening up or brown patches that are getting larger…you could possibly have spider mites eating away at your turf…Call us for an evaluation.”

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Mar 16, 2022

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How Often Do I Fertilize?

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You should fertilize 3 to 4 times per season for most lawns in Colorado depending on moisture, temperature & type of fertilizer.

Nitrogen (N)  is the most important nutrient for promoting good turf color and growth. Do not over stimulate the turf with excess N, especially during the spring and summer.

Over fertilization can contribute to thatch buildup and increased mowing requirements.

Avoid under fertilization of bluegrass and ryegrass.

Turf that does not respond to nitrogen fertilizer may be lacking in other nutrients, such as phosphorus or iron. Balanced or complete fertilizers contain various amounts of phosphorus, potassium, iron and sulfur. They are a good safeguard against a potential nutrient deficiency. If you leave clippings on the lawn, these nutrients are recycled from the clippings. If you remove clippings, this type of fertilizer is appropriate.

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Mar 14, 2022

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Brown patches in Turf!…Spider Mites!

Brown patches in Turf!…Spider Mites!

We are finding that a lot of people think their brown areas or dead patches are from winter kill due to low moisture…We are finding the dead areas are mostly due to Spider Mites!

What are they & What do they do?…Quick Facts…

  • Many feel spider mites are the most destructive pests for turf in Colorado.
  • Several species of spider mites can damage turf grass in Colorado: clover mite, Banks grass mite and brown wheat mite.
  • Most damage occurs during early to mid-spring.
  • When most people see the damage begin, they often believe they are having watering problems with their sprinkler system.
  • The damage appears as dry areas or brown spots in turf, predominately on the south & west sides of foundations, walls, patios, rock beds, trees, etc. If you look closer at the damaged grass it appears gray in color. If you look at the dead blades of the grass, you can see tiny black spots on the grass…that is where the mites have leached onto the grass and sucked the life out of it.
  • Damage can range from a few dry areas to total destruction of the lawn.
  • Many people who have problems with turf growing… do not know they have spider mites on their property & will continue to over water to try to get these problem areas to grow.  Most blame it on soil conditions, hot sides of the house, winter kill, acid from needles of pine trees, etc.
  • Some who have severe damage or hard to grow areas will replace their sod when a simple plan of mite control along with some TLC will revive a majority of their turf.

Treatment for Spider Mites!

  • Most turf usually requires two mite control applications.  Call us for a free Quote! Applications usually start around $75 and go higher for more severely damaged lawns. Unlike some companies we treat beyond the damaged areas. We treat where the mites have moved onto such as the good turf & also the bed and border areas.

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Severe mite & drought damage. Mites can leave severe damage over time if left untreated.

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Minor mite damage on hot side of tree.

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Mar 14, 2022

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Why Aerate? Deep Core Aeration

Helps prevent & reduce thatch and soil compaction.

Turf that has less thatch retains more water, oxygen, nutrients & is less prone to disease.

Aerating is more beneficial than power raking.  It helps improve the root zone by relieving soil compaction while controlling thatch accumulation. Soil compaction, in fact, is one factor that contributes to thatch buildup.

Aeration removes plugs of thatch and soil 2 to 3 inches long (the longer, the better) and deposits them on the lawn. Letting the core disintegrate and filter back down into the lawn is the best choice & may take a few days to several weeks depending on moisture and mowing.

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Mar 8, 2022

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What is Aeration and How Can it Help Your Lawn?

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Taking proper care of your lawn is about more than just mowing. As we head into the summer months, there are all kinds of things you should be taking into consideration. It’s important to make sure your lawn receives enough water, of course, and for that reason many homeowners or property managers choose to install sprinkler systems. You also want to make sure the good grass isn’t overtaken by weeds. Getting outside and pulling them up by hand is a daunting task, so weed control services can help you manage your lawn’s unwelcome intruders.

 

In addition to these services, however, we are currently in the middle of prime lawn aeration season. You may have heard about lawn aeration or seen a lawn that has had this service performed on it. But you may not be aware of exactly why this is so important, and what benefits it can have for your lawn. We’ll explain exactly what lawn aeration is and why you should consider it.

 

Lawn Aeration: The Process

Let’s begin by looking at exactly what happens during a lawn aeration.

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If you’ve ever seen a lawn with little dirt pellets scattered around through the grass, you were looking at a lawn that had been aerated. The process is simply that of creating holes in the soil. It may sound easy, but there’s a twist to it. Some homeowners try to do this with a spiked tool, simply driving it into the ground to create holes. That’s not the optimal method, though. For aeration to really work, you want to remove bits of soil, leaving holes behind.

 

A lawn company will perform aeration using a plug aerator, lifting small pellets of dirt from the ground and scattering them throughout your yard.

 

But why is this important?

 

Why Aerate Your Lawn?

The reason for lawn aeration is simple. Sometimes, over time, soil can become compacted, and that’s unhealthy for your grass, which needs to “breathe” just like you do. When the soil is compacted, it makes it difficult for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. Aeration loosens the soil by creating spaces so that it can expand. This allows the roots of your grass the breathing room they need and lets them have access to water and nutrients once again.

 

Prime aeration season is April and May, so make arrangements for your lawn’s aeration as soon as possible to enjoy maximum benefits.

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Sep 19, 2021

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Time to prepare your lawn for winter!

In the next few weeks you should fertilize your turf  for the 4th time this season with winterizer  fertilizer.  If you have brown spots at this time look for rabbit droppings in those areas or have your sprinkler system tested for proper coverage.  Soon it will also be time to have your sprinkler system blown out  (aka, sprinkler winterization or sprinkler deactivation) properly before it drops below 32 degrees.  There are some who believe their system is self draining or some who believe they do not need to have their system blown out…However they do not realize that the pipes in the ground still have water in them and that they will expand & contract every time they freeze and thaw causing the pipes to eventually crack and thus causing expensive repairs overtime or the need for a complete new system.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions or comments regarding this process.

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