Ask the Expert – When Should I Start Getting My Lawn Ready for Spring?

When Should I Start Getting My Lawn Ready for Spring?

Spring is here! We are starting to see more and more warmer days, and the recent rains definitely have us thinking about getting the yard cleaned up.

Keep in mind Mother Nature doesn’t have a switch for Spring, so while the calendar says Spring, things don’t always happen at once. Our lawn and plants may not be quite ready!

Take your lead from Mother Nature when it comes to knowing when to start watering. The recent rains we have had will be a big boost to helping our lawns start to green up and grow. You can start watering a little around the end of March if don’t receive much precipitation. Keep in mind that winds can also pull moisture from your lawn, as does heat.

Right now, your lawn is probably brown, and now looking great. It’s still a little early to starting mowing, but when you do mow for the first time, cut it short and bag the clippings. This will help the lawn start to green up quicker.

Don’t be nervous just yet if your yard isn’t greening up as quickly as your neighbor’s yard. What you did in the Fall has an impact on what your lawn is doing now. If you used a winterizer at the end of Fall, your yard may be greening up quicker that those that weren’t treated with this extra fertilizer.

If your yard isn’t looking quite right around mid-April, give us a call. Some areas of your yard, the parking strip along the street for example, may take a little longer to look healthy. We had a rough winter will a lot of precipitation so there could be a lot of salt and sand in this part of your lawn. Removing that debris as best as you can will be very beneficial.

Our best advice – be patient! Winter is coming to an end, and we will be looking at beautiful plants and lawns soon!

As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

Spring is around the corner

Green Season is on its way—and the green might show up earlier than expected. Given the weather we had this winter, we will likely see green starting to return to our lawns sooner than later.

Early dry conditions turned towards a decent amount of snow and ice towards the end of winter. This helped keep turf hydrated. We’ve seen little amounts of winter kill, so lawns are in good shape to bounce back.

The past few years saw dry cold conditions kill off portions of foliage. When this happen, growth has to start at the crown of the plant. Since we didn’t see a duplicate of those conditions, we should see regeneration come from the leaves—this means that green will come back more quickly, if the temperatures stay warmer.

Our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

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We are currently looking to add to our team.

We need to fill a Certified Lawn Technician position, applicant needs past experience in a field related to turf, landscaping and/or as an applicator.

We are looking for general laborers; grass cutting, edging, aeration and other basic lawn maintenance work.

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Ask the Expert: Will Ice Melt and Salt Damage My Lawn?

Winter in the Midwest means ice and snow, melting, more ice and snow, and more melting. Many rely on deicing products to keep our sidewalks and driveways safe and clear of ice. While they may be effective at melting ice, they can have lingering effects that are damaging to grass and plants.

Deicing products contain salt which can be toxic to grass and plants when it dissolves in water. The rock salt absorbs the water that the roots of plants and grass need, leaving them dehydrated and stressed.

How much this will impact your lawn won’t be realized until the Spring. As the snow begins to melt, you may notice a brown strips or patches in the lawn along the driveway, sidewalk or street where the deicer came in contact with grass.

There are some steps you can take to minimize the damage of deicers on your lawn and plants:

  • Follow the label direction carefully and don’t over-salt. Use only as much as you need!
  • Consider a barrier, covering or fencing to protect sensitive plants or your lawn, particularly along the street to protect against the street deicing used by the city crews.
  • Shovel ice and snow as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary reapplication of an ice melt product.
  • Sweep ice melt or rock salt off grass and plants as soon as possible.
  • Avoid using agents that contain salt in extreme cold as they function best when temperatures are just below freezing.
  • Avoid pushing or shoveling snow that may contain a deicing product onto the lawn when possible.
  • Sweep up rock salt that is visible when the snow melts.

Despite these precautions, you may still notice damage to your lawn in the Spring. In most cases, the lawn should recover. Rain and adequate precipitation should flush the salt from your lawn. You may need to reseed the damaged areas if they don’t bounce back within a few weeks.

Unfortunately we can’t control the weather, and we need to stay safe against the elements – but we can take steps now to ensure a healthy, beautiful lawn in the Spring.

As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

Winter Is Here

When Winter comes, and the temperatures fall, so does our daily to-do list. But that doesn’t mean the Turf Care team isn’t keeping busy this Winter!

When the temperatures dip below freezing, the lawn and plants go dormant for the season. Regular maintenance isn’t necessary, and watering is obviously not recommended. Winter may have just arrived, but our team is already preparing for Spring and Summer.

We love the Omaha community, and when our workload slows down during the colder months, we are grateful for the opportunity to spend some time giving back. During the winter, our dedicated full-time technicians typically spend a day each week volunteering at the Food Bank for the Heartland. While they love their jobs and they work hard throughout the year, and value the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.

Our machinery and equipment work hard all Spring and Summer, particularly in a year like this when we experienced mild temperatures through November. We take advantage of the colder months to evaluate all our equipment and make any necessary repairs, or order replacements. We place orders for seeds, insecticides, fertilizers, and treatments so we are ready to go as soon as warmer temperatures return. And of course, we are ready for snow removal for our snow clients, when the flakes start falling.

For us, sharing our talents with an organization that is dedicated to helping families in need in our community. The time we spend volunteering during the Winter recharges us, and it is one of the things we are most proud of as a company. You can learn more about the volunteer needs at the Food Bank here.

So, we may not be seeing you in your yard for the next few months, but we are busy preparing and recharging for warmer weather. We wish you and yours the very best of the season!

Winter is Coming!

The calendar tells us the end of the year is just a few weeks away, but the temperatures are making it hard to believe! These mild days have been like a gift, and we have some advice for how to take advantage of them!

  • Water plants: If you stopped watering the lawn and plants several weeks ago, consider giving your perennials another good drink before the hard freeze. Proper hydration throughout Fall and early Winter will ensure healthier plants in the Spring.
  • Water trees & shrubs: Just like perennial plants, trees and shrubs will thrive in Spring if they were watered through early Winter, especially this year because we have experienced drier conditions. Evergreens in particular will thrive if they go into Winter well-hydrated.
  • Take care of the leaves: It’s ok to leave some leaves on the lawn (in fact, we encourage it!), but you should remove piles of leaves on the lawn or near the foundation of your home, which can trap water later and lead to mold or leaking problems.
  • Fertilize: If you haven’t treated your yard with Winter fertilizer, do it now before the first freeze!

Take advantage of the mild weather now to complete these simple steps and you will be rewarded in the Spring with a beautiful lawn and healthy plants, trees and shrubs! Give us a call.

Ask the Expert — When Should I Make the Final Cut to My Lawn?

Your lawn may still be green and healthy-looking. But despite some nights that have already dipped below freezing, your lawn still needs your attention and maintenance. If you have been mowing your lawn to control the fallen leaves – that’s good, keep it up! Your lawn is still growing, although more slowly in cooler temps, and it is normal for it to continue growing well into November. It is not good to leave your lawn long over the winter, so if it’s been a while since you last mowed, take advantage of the warmer temps this week to do that final cut.

As far as mulching goes, I encourage it any time we can.  Keep in mind that leaves and lawn clippings break down with microbial activity and microbial activity slows with cooler soil temperatures. Consider mulching the leaves that have fallen on your lawn as opposed to bagging. It’s less work, and it’s good for your lawn!

Mother Nature hasn’t helped in recent weeks with precipitation, so consider one last watering on your lawn. Wait until the temperatures are above freezing of course, and don’t forget to disconnect the hose from the house after you are done to avoid problems when the temperatures dip below freezing again.

As with most things when it comes to lawn care, there is not one answer that fits every situation. Common sense is the best policy when it comes to making decisions about what is best for your lawn.

As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

Ask the Expert – What Should I Do With the Leaves?

The leaves are just beginning to change colors and before long your yard will be full of fallen leaves. We get calls all the time from customers asking what to do with the fallen leaves in their lawn. Before you pull out the rake and leaf blower, here are some things to consider.

We all like the look of a clean, well-manicured lawn. If clean lawn is your top priority, then removing the leaves on a regular basis is a good choice for you. It is important not to wait until the leaves become wet. A layer of wet leaves left on the lawn can form a mat that become impenetrable and can suffocate the grass and breed mold and fungus.

However, if you wait for the fallen leaves to dry you can mow the leaves into tiny pieces with your lawn mower and leave them on the lawn. The leaves can serve as mulch for trees, shrubs and gardens, and if left on the lawn they may actually help impede weed growth.

If raking feels like an overwhelming task, don’t wait for all the leaves to fall from the trees. Regular raking of mowing with the bag attached to the mower will make the task more manageable and prevents opportunities for the leaves to become wet from rain or morning dew.

There are some other important things you can do to your lawn now to ensure you have a beautiful lawn in the Spring:

• Continue mowing and watering your lawn, both are required less frequently during the Fall

• Aerating your yard now will allow oxygen, water and fertilizer to easily reach the roots

• Fertilizing your lawn now will help your lawn grow deep roots and maintain essential nutrients

• Repair damaged or bare spots now

• Fall is the most effective time to fight weeds with a herbicide because it will be absorbed and the weeds will not return in spring

Caring for your lawn in the Fall will lead to a healthy, beautiful lawn in the Spring!

As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

Time to Winterize Your Sprinkler System

It’s officially Fall and that means Winter will be here soon. Although we have been enjoying warmer than average temperatures, the National Weather Service advises that the first freeze could arrive any day.

Now that temperatures are cooler and we’ve received additional rainfall, we recommend that you reduce watering times and frequency. Scaling back on your watering now will allow healthier growth in the spring as your lawn and plants are adjusting to the cooler temps and growth is curtailed or done for the season.

If you have a sprinkler system for your lawn, now is the time to prepare it for winter. Water left in your sprinkler system during the Winter can damage valves, pipes, pipe fittings and other system components when the water freezes to ice and thaws. This can lead to damaging cracks and leaks and non-functioning systems in the Spring, when the sprinkler system is needed.

Winterizing your sprinkler system is a job that is best left to the professionals. Our friends at Millard Sprinkler can prepare your sprinkler system so you can avoid costly damages. They will close the main valve and use compressed air to completely drain any remaining water from the pipes. They may also insulate any above ground pipes, further protecting your system from the elements.

As always, our team of lawn care professionals is ready to help address any concerns you might have. Give us a call.

Ask the Expert – Late Heat

How should I react to the late heat wave this year?

We experienced a nice later summer break from the heat of summer, and the cooler temps allowed our lawns the opportunity to bounce back and green up, leaving them looking green and healthy. But the recent heat has brought some brown back and left many of us wondering what to do about our lawn as we prepare for Fall and Winter. We’ve been hearing a common question: Should we continue to water, or let the lawn go dormant until Spring?

The answer is yes – continue to water your lawn until the first freeze, it is a good idea to keep the soil beneath your grass moist through the Fall. We have experienced very little precipitation over the last few weeks. In order for your lawn to achieve optimal health, it needs an adequate water supply for proper nutrient uptake during growth periods. While you may have noticed that your grass is growing much less, and it isn’t necessary to mow as often, your grass is still growing! In fact, your grass will continue to grow through Fall, but the growth is happening underground! This underground growth is essential as it is a period of repair from the long, hot summer.

So, if you want a healthy, green lawn in the Spring, keep watering now until the first freeze! Keep it green.

The team at Turf Care is always ready to help. Give us a call.