Louisville Lawn Care Blog
Now that winter is upon us and you have done the last of your lawn and landscape cleanup for the year, here are a few reminders for your home and auto as we move through the winter season.
Winter Home Tips:
- Make sure all garden hoses are completely disconnected from water spouts
- Check your doors and windows for leaky seals and repair as needed
- Consider shutting heating vents off in areas of the home infrequently used to save on heating costs
Winter Automobile Tips:
- Check your tire pressures carefully and adjust as needed for the colder weather
- Check your fluids, especially your antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid
- Store a blanket and extra coat/gloves in your auto in case of unexpected breakdowns.
And remember, if you do still have leaves in your lawn and/or landscape, please remove them as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage to your turf and plantings during the 2019 growing season.
We wish you and your family and warm and safe winter season!
Winterizing your lawn is the process of spreading a high-quality fertilizer over the turf anytime between mid-November-early January. According to Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, the winterizing fertilization is your lawn's most important feeding of the year for several reasons:
Granular, winter fertilization…
- promotes deeper root growth during the lawn's winter dormancy
- encourages an earlier green-up of your lawn next spring
- results in a healthier, more vigorous stand of turf next year
Helping our clients' lawns reach their full potential and preparing those lawns for the 2019 season is our greatest concern. If you are already a regular 6-application lawn client with Lawn Cure, rest assured this important fertilization is already a part of your program as the Round 6 application.
Not scheduled for Round 6 now? It's not too late! Simply contact our office to add this valuable service to your regular schedule.
As we move through the last two months of 2018, we reflect on the stress our turf and its root system has endured over the past year. Now is the time for a few last efforts that will do much to help our lawns as we move through the fall season. We hope the following tips will be of help in your outdoor endeavors:
Fall Maintenance Tip #1 – Fertilization
Feeding your lawn in the fall and again in early winter is the most important of all tips. Fertilization at this time will help boost the photosynthesis rate of the turf, and build carbohydrate reserves in the plant to help lawns green up in the spring. Late season fertilization also helps to increase the lawn's winter hardiness and promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a healthier lawn next season.
Fall Maintenance Tip #2 - Leaves and debris
Keep your lawn clear of leaves and other debris. Leaves left on the lawn for extended periods can smother your grass and leave you with areas of dead turf. Excessive leaves left on the lawn can also cause an imbalance in your soil's Ph, making for more difficult growing conditions next year. Landscape areas also need to be kept clean. Excess leaf litter can be a source of unwanted insects. Keep those rakes and leaf blowers active!
Fall Maintenance Tip #3 - Mowing
When mowing, always set your highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3" blade. Leaving the grass blade taller helps promotes a deeper and stronger root. Cutting the grass too short will stress out the blade/roots and cause the grass to brown out and in some cases, die out. Make sure your mower blades are sharp, as a dull blade can tear the grass and lead to browning out and health issues with your turf.
Fall Maintenance Tip #4- pH Soil Testing
Fall is an excellent time to have a soil test performed. If the soil's pH needs adjusting, lime or sulfur/gypsum products can be applied to adjust the natural balance needed to grow healthy turf. Lawn Cure can provide this soil analysis service upon request. Please see the attached information for details!
Fall Maintenance Tip #5- Landscape pruning and fertilization
Final pruning of certain landscape plantings (i.e. knock out roses, ornamental grasses, etc.) can be done after freezing temperatures have been experienced. Your landscape's roots also reestablish themselves over the winter 'dormant' season. Call Lawn Cure today for information about our Landscape Deep Root Feeding program and receive 10% off the first service!
We wish you a warm and safe fall season!!
Fall is here and there is still plenty of lawn work left to be done. Here are a few suggestions to encourage a beautiful lawn now and into next spring!!!
Seeding: If your lawn has spots of dead, matted bluegrass or ryegrass that did not survive through this past summer, these spots must be raked and seeded to allow desirable grass to grow. Simply rake the spots clean, add some fresh topsoil or compost and then sprinkle with grass seed. Always use a turf-type tall fescue blend, the best choice for our area. Read any seed package carefully prior to purchase, as many seeds that claim to be fescue have additives like bluegrass or ryegrass. Avoid this problem by purchasing the highest quality turf-type tall fescue grass seed available by calling Lawn Cure at 812-246-8800.
Be sure to let your lawn care company know if you have seeded so your applications can be adjusted to best support your new seed!
Mowing: When mowing, always set your highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3" blade. Leaving the grass blade taller helps promotes a deeper and stronger root. Cutting the grass too short will stress out the blade/roots and cause the grass to brown out and in some cases die out. Make sure your mower blades are sharp, as a dull blade can tear the grass and lead to browning out and health issues with your turf.
Lawn Nutrients: Be sure your lawn is scheduled for at least two fall applications, one in early-mid fall and one in late fall. Fall is the most important time to provide the proper nutrients to your lawn as you prepare the lawn to entire the dormant conditions of winter.
Wishing you all the best in your fall lawn endeavors!
What is that viney-looking weed growing along my driveway and sidewalk edges and creeping into my landscape beds?" you may be asking. That is the troublesome summer, broadleaf weed called Spotted Spurge. Spotted spurge grows outwards from a thick root, staying close to the ground, forming a dense, ugly mat. The leaves have an oval shape with a red spot in the center, thus giving this particular spurge its name. The entire plant can have a hairy appearance. If the stems break apart, they can ooze a milky white sap which can be irritating to the skin.
Spurge loves to grow on the corners and edges of your lawn, against your sidewalks and driveway, where ground temperatures are hottest. The spurge plant goes to seed and spreads quickly and can easily grow several inches in a week. Spurge must be killed on contact. so be sure you are on lawn application plan designed to target this and all other weeds that love the summertime heat . If a spurge is allowed to grow too large or you find the spurge plant growing in your landscape beds, it may become necessary to pull this weed out by hand. When pulling spurge by hand, pull at the stem, taking care to remove the entire root. Take care to wear gloves as a precaution from getting the milky sap onto your hands.