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Best of Omaha – 2019

best of omaha logoVoting is officially open for Best of Omaha – an annual contest where YOU get to vote on the companies and services that you think are the BEST in Omaha.

Turf Care Inc. has been serving the Omaha community since 1982. We are a local, family-owned company committed to providing quality lawn care to business and homeowners. Our loyal customers, many whom have been with us from the day we started, are the reason we continue to work so hard.

Here is what a few of our customers have to say about Turf Care:

  • Best staff, Best Service, Best Lawncare – Bonnie A
  • What a difference Turf Care has made for my lawn! I had applied store bought Weed and Feed, big mistake! They should call it Weed Feed, the dandelions were out of control. It was embarrassing. I called Turf Care because my brother uses them and his yard always looks amazing. They came out two days later and the results are unbelievable! – Sherri M
  • I’m impressed with how my yard has turned around so quickly. Lots of weeds and bare spots but with turf care and some spring rain it looks great! – Jared S
  • My lawn looks fantastic! Definitely would recommend! – Zach R.

Turf Care is a locally-owned company. We enjoy getting to know our clients and understanding what they want for their lawn. We will work with you to develop and strategy and schedule for our service, and we are always available to answer your questions.

We would appreciate your vote in the Best of Omaha contest. You can vote HERE, using our quick code – 22270! We would also appreciate the opportunity to serve you and help create a beautiful, healthy lawn for your home!

Patience Pays Off.

We love what we do – and we love happy clients! One of our favorite things is helping our clients feel good about their lawn.

When we start working with a new lawn, we assess what the issues are – disease, fungus, weeds – and determine the best course of action. Some issues take longer than others to correct, but we always have the same goal – a healthy, beautiful lawn.

We recently heard from a client who learned that patience pays off:

Hi, I’m a client of yours. I owe your company an apology. Last year I complained bitterly about the crabgrass in my lawn, and was not particularly nice about it. I felt very disappointed. You encouraged me to give the treatments more time to have the desired effect, stating that the first year is never the best result.

I agreed to continue with you. Thank you so much for tolerating my ignorant complaining. I have a lawn now that looks better than it ever has! It is thick, green, lush and weed-free.

It is everything you promised, so please accept my apology for being prematurely judgmental about your service. I was as wrong as I could be, and you guys told me the God’s honest truth. I’m so glad I listened! I look forward to many years of doing business with you.

 

We appreciate this client’s trust in our team! Give the experts at Turf Care a call if you have lawn care needs!

It’s Been a Rainy Season – Turn off the Sprinkler for Now!

There’s no doubt about it – it’s been a wet spring in the Midwest. Following the historic flooding in March, May was the 11th wettest on record in terms of precipitation. And we’ve already seen a good deal of rain in June, which is typically the second wettest month of the year.

So needless to say, we have not needed to water our lawns much this season.

In fact, watering when the soil is already wet and saturated can harm your lawn. overwatering can drown your grass by filling porous spaces under the roots with water and depriving it of much-needed oxygen. Without oxygen, the roots of the grass will suffocate and eventually die.

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A lawn with dying roots is susceptible to weeds as well as disease and insects, all of which can easily become difficult to control.

The best practice is to pay attention to Mother Nature. Natural watering through rain is best for your lawn. If you have a sprinkler system in your yard, you still need to pay attention. Don’t set the schedule and forget about it – it could result in over watering of your lawn.

And don’t rely on the rain out switch, which is designed to suspend irrigation after a rainfall. It is not uncommon to see sprinkler systems on following an overnight rain.

Everyone wants to keep the lawn green after the rain stops and the heat of the summer hits. Most Kentucky bluegrass turf grasses will go dormant during hot summer weather if they are not watered. During this dormant period the grass will turn brown but once it is adequately watered, it greens up and begins growing again. To keep a lawn green throughout the summer it needs to be watered.

Homeowners wanting a cool season lawn green through the summer usually ask three questions; How much water should I use?, How often should I water?, and When should I water? Here are the answers for many lawns.

The amount of water to apply greatly depends on the soil type. To wet the soil in the root zone of the grass plant, water needs to reach a depth of 5 inches. If the soil is initially very dry, 1-1 1/2 inches of water may be needed to wet a clayey soil down that far.

To determine how long it takes a sprinkler to apply an inch of water, grab a tuna can and as soon as that can is filled up then that is enough water in that area. Make sure to not water much more than that as if the water starts to run off the lawn or form puddles than you are either wasting the water or doing harm to your lawn.

The most efficient time to water lawns is early in the morning from 4 to 10 a.m. Less water is lost to evaporation due to lower temperatures and less sunlight. Also, wind velocities are usually lower. If the morning time frame does not work for you than the evenings is the next best time.

Enjoy the rain now – we know the heat and drought conditions will be coming before long!

 

Update on Repaired Dog Pee Spots

A few months ago, we showed you a yard with damaged spots from dog urine. When the snow melted and the grass started to grow back, the homeowner was concerned about the dead spots.

Dog urine is the leading cause of dead spots in lawn due to the high amounts of soluble salts and nitrogen in the urine. If your dog has a favorite spot in the lawn, it is difficult to avoid dead spots.

With a few simple steps, the homeowner was able to fix the small damaged area without too much effort. Here’s what he did:

· Gently raked away the dead grass in the damaged area

· Kept the dog(s) away from the area

· Made sure the area was well-watered

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They key was addressing the area early in the season, as soon as the dead spot was discovered. Your lawn is fairly resistant, and if the damaged area is small enough, it will essentially repair itself with the right attention and conditions.

If you have dogs, work at training them to urinate in various areas of your yard, not just one. This will minimize damage to one spot. Watering the area after your dog urinates will help dilute the salts and nitrogen in the urine.

If your yard has damage that is beyond the simple repairs, contact the experts at Turf Care.

Storm Damage to Plants and Trees

Recent storms haven’t been kind to plants in the area. Many of you have woken up to battered hostas, beaten annuals and destroyed vegetable gardens.

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You may be wondering what you can do to salvage them. The good news is, it is early in the season. Depending on the damage, many of the plants will bounce back.

If more than half of a leaf is ruined, remove it so it can create energy for the plant. Remove badly broken leaves, stems and branches from plants and shrubs.

If your annuals and perennials have relatively minor damage, they will benefit from a light fertilizer. Remove the badly damaged leaves and monitor how rebound. Replace plants in a week that do not appear to be bouncing back. Keep the plants well-watered, and consider adding mulch around the base of the plants.

If your vegetable garden was hit hard, check each plant individually. If nothing is left but the stems, you are probably better off replacing the plant. Peppers and tomatoes take a long time to mature, and a new plant will do better than a damaged plant that is trying to recuperate. Root crops should survive, unless the damage to leaves was significant.

If your trees and shrubs have broken or dangling branches, remove them. Your yard may be blanketed with leaves from the trees, but they are hearty and should be able to withstand the damage.

The Turf Care team can help you determine the extent of damage done to your trees, so give us a call if you are concerned.

There is not much we can do to avoid the effects of Mother Nature when severe storms hit the area. But be patient, it’s early in the season and she will help return your garden to its healthy state before too long.

What to do About Those Helicopters Falling From the Trees

If you have a maple tree in your yard, or near your yard, you’ve probably noticed that the whirlybirds are back. Depending on the size and proximity of the maple tree, whirlybirds, also known as helicopters, can blanket your yard, driveway and sidewalks, and deck and patio areas.

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Their real name is samara, and they contain seeds from the trees. They are most common on Maple trees, with silver maples being the biggest offender. Samara take flight as they fall from the trees, thanks to their lightweight tails that allow them to spin as they fall.

Their aerodynamic tails also help them to plant themselves. The heavier seed end lands face down and when stepped on, the tail will break off and the seed will plant itself. Don’t be surprised to see seedlings trees popping up in your yard, gardens and sidewalk cracks.

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Short of cutting down the tree, there isn’t much you can do to eliminate the fall of the helicopters in the spring. Sweep them up from the driveway, sidewalks and patio areas. If they call in a planting zone such as your yard or gardens, use a rake to get as many as you can. Regular mowing and lawn maintenance will help, and you call always pull seedlings from the ground.

On the bright side, you will enjoy several weeds of shade this summer from the tree the helicopters fell from, until autumn when the leaves fall and the clean-up begins again!

What Can You Do About Those Dandelions?

We love that Spring is finally here. The grass is green, buds are on the trees, gardens are filling in with tulips and perennials. It all looks great – until you notice those bright yellow spots in your lawn. Dandelions!

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The dreaded dandelions are some of the first weeds to appear in the season. The broad leaf perennials are hearty and can grow almost anywhere, as long as they have sunlight. When you see the distinctive yellow flower, it is time to act.

Even the best cared for lawn can have dandelions. They are difficult to control. Pulling them out of the ground will not get rid of them, unless you get the entire roots, which can be as deep as 2-3 feet.

As the yellow flowers mature, they turn to the white, fluffy “flowers” that kids love to blow – but homeowners hate! The white puffball contains seeds that spread in the wind, resulting in more dandelions!

A spring pre-emergent herbicide is the best way to control dandelions, and other weeds, in your lawn. Applying it now will help control any dandelions that have already popped up, and prevent additional one from sprouting.

A thick, healthy lawn will also choke out potential dandelions and other weeds. Keep your lawn well maintained, and mow on a higher setting.

If you have dandelions or other weeds in your yard, call the experts at Turf Care today.

 

Reminders about Japanese Beetles

japanese beetleWe have shared information with you before about the Japanese beetles. The flying beetle with metallic wings travels in groups and feast on a variety of trees and shrubs, including many fruit and shade trees and roses and boxwoods. If left untreated, a tree or bush that has been infested with Japanese beetles will slowly die.

Japanese beetles don’t become problematic until they reach adulthood. There is a common misconception that if you control grubs in your lawn you will control the Japanese beetles because the grub is the larva stage of a Japanese beetle unfortunately, an adult beetle can fly up to 6 miles, so unless you control the grub in a 6-mile radius of your home, you won’t be able to control the Japanese beetle at the larva stage.

The female adult Japanese beetle has a congregating hormone which is why they tend to swarm on particular bushes. Some spray treatments can be effective but short-term, so repeat treatments may be necessary during periods of high population of the pest.

Systemic insecticide can be used as a preventative method to control Japanese beetles. However, we need to be mindful of any flowering plants and the effect an insecticide may have on bee populations, so extra care and caution is needed during application.

This particular species of beetle is new to our area. When a new insect species moves into an area, the population tends to spike. This will drop over time and level off and we will have more of a consistent, manageable problem.

If you are concerned about Japanese beetles in your lawn, or have questions about lawn care, contact the professionals at Turf Care today!

Preventing Infestation of Grass

Here in the Midwest, we see a variety of different types of grasses. We enjoy a hearty growing season in spring and summer, which is conducive to many different types of grasses. The most commons grasses in the area are Kentucky Bluegrass and Fescues (cool season grasses).

For some homeowners, the type of grass is a matter or preference based on things such as color, feel, growth and thickness. There are some grasses in the Midwest that are not popular with some homeowners, and we get a lot of questions about how to get rid of them (Warm season grasses).

· Zoysia: There are two camps when it comes Zoysia grass – some people love the thick, green grass, but others dislike its short growing season and pervasive nature. Once it’s established, it takes over an area and can be difficult to eliminate! The best method to get rid of it entirely is to pull it out by the roots, or cover it in darkness to prevent sunlight. In a large area this may not be feasible, and chemicals might be required to get rid of it.

· Bermuda: While it does well in the south it is considered a weed in Nebraska. We get less frequent calls about Bermuda grass. This grass grows quickly, but does best in hot, dry conditions. It will go dormant in the winter and turn brown, and typically greens up later than other types of grass because it does best in hot, dry conditions. Not a good choice for a lawn in Nebraska.

· Buffalo: Although native to Nebraska it is mostly seen in the western part of the state. Buffalo grass is very low maintenance. Requires very little fertility and mowing. Buffalo grass is also drought tolerant, but it does better with cold resistance than other grasses. Buffalo grass is very hard to establish. Because it is a warm season grass, it will turn brown earlier and green up.

If you are happy with the type of grass in your lawn, and want to prevent an infestation of Zoysia, Bermuda, Buffalo or other types of grass, the experts at Turf Care have some tips for you:

o Keep your grass well-maintained with regular raking and mowing

o Routinely apply fertilizer and weed control products designed to prevent undesirable types of grasses

o Construct a boundary between your yard and a neighboring patch of the other grass

The Turf Care team can help you keep your yard maintained to prevent an infestation of unwanted grasses, or help you establish a lawn with the grass you prefer. Give us a call today!

Spring Yard Care

April is Lawn and Garden Month – the perfect time for Jay to share lawn care tips with the Omaha Executives Association (OEA).

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OEA was established in 1924 and continues their mission to provide Omaha executives an avenue to network and develop business and personal relationships.

Jay presented helpful tips for Spring lawn care with the group – and we want to share those with you as well:

· Be patient with your lawn. Some patches may look better than others. That is normal!

· If you plan on overseeding your lawn this Spring, do that now, before May 1. Don’t fertilize the newly seeded area. Call Turf Care to discuss when it’s safe to apply.

· Pay attention to the weather. You want the seeded area to stay moist, be careful not to overwater.

· Don’t be too eager to start mowing. Some patches of grass may be growing taller than others, and you may be tempted to mow. Waiting until the grass grows a little longer will help your lawn establish healthy roots. When you do mow for the first time, just cut the top third and bag the clippings to help spur healthy growth.

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We are anxious for consistent warmer weather – especially after the long winter. While we may still experience some cold snaps, the good news is that warmer days, green grass, and blooming trees and flowers are here.

Take time now during Lawn and Garden Month to prepare your lawn for a green healthy season!