Charlotte Spring Mow & Grow Update

Posted by Shawna Fisher on Mar 14, 2019 7:00:00 PM

Fescue Lawns and Warm Season Grasses, like Bermuda, both have a lot of activity going on this month as Spring quickly approaches.  With seasonal temperatures rising to the 65 - 70 degree range and time changing back to longer days and more sunlight, there is one common question we hear a lot.  When is it okay to mow?  This is an excellent question because mowing the lawn is one of the most important things we can do to keep it healthy, beautiful, and thick. 

For Fescue lawns, start with a light topping or high cut once grass blades reach 3 inches.  This will help to keep the lawn even and encourage new growth and greening.  It's fine to leave the clippings on the grass, as they will be full of water and nitrogen your soil needs.  What about watering? We’ve had a lot of rain, so avoid mowing a wet lawn and make sure the ground is not soggy to avoid ruts.  Mowing over the lawn in early Spring provides benefits like better weed control, earlier green up, and an well maintained appearance. 

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Tags: Charlotte, Lawn Care, Bermuda Lawns, Bluegrass, Lawn Weeds, spring

It's Not Crabgrass, So What Is It?

Posted by Shawna Fisher on Mar 5, 2019 1:40:00 PM

Are you worried your lawn is being invaded by Crabgrass? While Crabgrass can grow quickly and take over your lawn seemingly overnight, it is important to remember that it has not yet begun to grow. For Crabgrass to begin growing, soil temperatures need to reach 55 degrees for several days. Air temperature is usually in the mid 60's - 70's.  Current soil temperatures in our Southern locations have been on an average around 47 degrees. You can identify Crabgrass by it's light green seed heads and white root center. It can grow in any part of your property (yes, property) from your lawn, to your driveway, and along your sidewalks.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Weed Control, Crabgrass, Lawn Weeds

“Lawning” - An American obsession

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As of 2005, lawns covered more than 63,000 square miles of America! Land roughly equal to the size of Texas. And that’s a lot of grass! Lawns must be important to homeowners.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Lawn Recreation, Lifestyle, Fall Lawn Care

The Value of Experience in Small Business

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In the “green industry”, there are over 10,000 small to mid-sized businesses vying for your patronage.

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Why Lawns Turn Brown

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

During the hot, dry summer months when rainfall is often scarce, your lawn will turn brown naturally. The grass is ‘going to sleep’ or going dormant. Just like a bear in winter, the grass plant shuts down, minimizing any growth activity until conditions improve.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Lawn Aeration, Lawn Weeds, Fall Lawn Care, Fall planting

Protect Your Trees in the fall

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 26, 2018 3:00:00 PM

For the reasons you fertilize and water your lawn going into winter, you should supply the same treatment to trees and shrubs that have similar needs and requirements.

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Tags: Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Lawn Care, Fall Lawn Care, Tree & Shrub

Which fertilizer is best for my lawn?

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 25, 2018 2:00:00 PM

After a long, hot summer with all the pests and climatic stressors taking their toll on your lawn, it makes sense to fertilize in the fall, helping the lawn recover.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Fall Lawn Care

How much fertilizer does my lawn need?

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 24, 2018 3:00:00 PM

For years, homeowners fertilized their lawns in the spring when temperatures rose, and sunshine dominated, then again, perhaps, in summer and once more in the fall.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Crabgrass, Fall Lawn Care

How Lawns Improve Our Environment

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes, the environmental benefits of maintaining a beautiful lawn are lost in the aesthetic value of a dark green, healthy turf area. Most would agree, nothing is more pleasing than that thick, cool carpet of green turf on a summer day. And, as a bonus, nothing feels better than thick turf under your feet and between your toes when you take your shoes off and stroll barefoot across the lawn. So, yes, having a great lawn is truly a great thing!

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Tags: Lawn Care, Fall Lawn Care

Why Lawns Recover In The Fall

Posted by Bill Hoopes on Sep 21, 2018 3:00:00 PM

As daytime temperatures moderate and cool nights return, your lawn should recover and rebuild its natural vigor and health.

Summer is notoriously hard on home lawn turf varieties. From weed invasions to disease and insect attacks, lawns can suffer significant damage.

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Tags: Lawn Care, Lawn Aeration, Crabgrass, Fall Lawn Care