How winter attacks your lawn—and how to fight it.

Every homeowner knows that winter can turn a lawn into a battlefield. Freezing weather and blizzards, road plows and even wildlife that burrow through wintertime sod all try to wage war on your lovely landscape.

While it’s a noble effort to prep and maintain your lawn yourself—which many people do, only to yield mediocre results—you can better ensure that your lawn is healthier, greener and more attractive come spring-time. Understanding why lawns go bad, and more importantly, why professionals are the key to out-greening your neighbors.

Three major reasons your lawn suffers

While there are many factors that work against your lawn in the cold months, the following are popular scenarios seen across the Midwest.

  • Snow mold is a fungal disease that emerges in the lawn as the snow melts. What is the trademark of snow mold? Circular, matted patches in the lawn that may either be gray or pink in color. The worse of the two, pink mold, can infect turf roots and kill them—which means it’s best to have a professional assess your level of damage.
  • Road salts damage plants by drawing moisture away from their roots. Be sure to stay within the lines when salting your driveway. Remember if salt spray from passing snowplows is hitting your lawn, use a broom to remove it not a rake. This method removes the salt layer more thoroughly where a rake may simply churn it into your lawn.
  • Voles, often called field mice, are commonly found across Nebraska damaging gardens and landscapes. In addition to creating unsightly runways in your lawn from scurrying around under the surface, they also wreak havoc on gardens and landscapes, especially in winter and early spring when they’re scavenging for food. Their food of choice? Usually the green, underlying matter that lay beneath the bark or outer surfaces of plants.

Why Omaha lawns need professional fertilization plans to keep their green.

While you can suffer the guesswork of when and how to fertilize and protect your lawn, which requires many steps to do it right, you still won’t carry the knowledge that professionals deliver when you want your lawn to look golf-course green. At Turf Care, Inc., we know the right materials for Midwest lawns, trees and shrubs. We know exact timing for applications to match seasonal temperatures and we know the precise science and processes necessary to achieve a property that looks pristine.

No matter what your needs—or your questions—we’re here to help with professional service, special discounts, and even maintenance tips you can use year-round.

402.895.6004  |  www.turfcareomaha.com

Green Season is almost here

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To get ready for Green Season, the team at Turf Care has come up with some great offers to get your lawn ready for the spring and summer months. Planning your yard care now can help ensure you spend the warmer days enjoying the sunshine.

With the purchase of a year-long yard care plan you can choose one of the following options:

1. $10 Off your first your first application.

2. $25 Off your prepayment.

3. $50 Off tree and shrub fertilization.

They say the early bird gets the worm. We don’t know about all that, but we do know you can take advantage of these early-bird specials. Don’t wait. Plan Today.

This offer expires 04/30/2015.

Staying on our game.

During the winter months, many turf care companies kick back, curl up next to the fire and daydream about sunshine and the smell of fresh cut grass. But not the folks at Turf Care, Inc. They take lawn care seriously and want to make sure they understand the latest technologies. Thats why Turf Care, Inc. had a strong presence at the 2015 Nebraska Turf Conference held at the LaVista Conference Center this January.

Turf Care, Inc. – We care for your lawn all year long.

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Rick, John, and James attend a conference session.
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Doug, John S., and Lee enjoy a conference session.

Deicing your Driveway? 5 Important Tips to Protect your Lawn.

Everyone knows that a green, well-maintained lawn helps preserve the value and appearance of your property. That’s why it’s important to understand that deicers and salts—whether coming from you or a city snowplow passing too close to your curb—can damage your lawn and plant life if not applied correctly. Be sure to follow these simple, yet necessary, wintertime steps to ensure that your landscape looks its finest come spring.

Stay within the lines.
While this is the most obvious step, it’s also the most important. By making sure that your deicing material stays where it belongs—on sidewalks and driveways—you’ll prevent injury to your plants. Excess salt and fertilization from deicers impede uptake of nutrients and plants won’t be able to absorb sufficient water even when moisture is plentiful. In addition to plant desiccation—or “drying up”—other symptoms of salt injury may include stunted growth and dieback, which is a reverse form of plant death where the leaf tips and margins appear burned and ultimately, the plant becomes unhealthy down to its roots.

It’s simple: when it comes to your land, think salt off the earth. Salt can be damaging over one season, sure, but it can also invisibly accumulate over many seasons to inflict further damage.

Want further protection? Cover your plants.
Of course, you likely don’t just have a lawn; you also probably have shrubs and other plants. You can protect them from injury and direct exposure to salt spray by covering them with burlap or saran cloth. This also decreases their exposure to nasty slush condensate that could contain higher concentrations of plant-harming material.

City plow give your curb a drive-by shooting of salt?
If snowplows are spreading salt on your roads, chances are your curbside has been hit. The solution? Use a broom—not a rake. This method removes the salt layer more thoroughly where a rake may simply churn it into your lawn.

After the final freeze, add water.
Where deicing agents are used, it’s always good to flush your soil with large amounts of water after the last freeze of the season. This can further alleviate any burn potential.

Always read and follow label directions.
On top of the information you’ve just read here, when using any product—whether deicing or otherwise—always read the packaging for further instructions to protect your lawn, plants, shrubs, and even your concrete. There are many deicing products out there, each with their own chemical makeup and thus, effect.

Above all, when it comes to expert lawn, tree and shrub care, nobody understands the year-round steps better than a local professional. Turf Care, Inc. provides homeowners in the metro with service that’s been acknowledged by Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau and now voted “Best of Omaha” three years and counting. No matter what your needs—or your questions—we’re here to help.

402.895.6004 | www.turfcareomaha.com

5 Step Lawn Care Contest

Don’t let the dreary winter months get you down!

In just a few weeks, the doldrums of winter will be behind us. The snow will melt, the grass will start to peak out.  And, while we certainly look forward to the days of green grass, we know that its not top-of-mind for most folks this holiday season.

The stresses of the Holidays will be replaced by the stresses of yard care. BUT WAIT.  At Turf Care, Inc. we can help! For the next few days you can enter to win our 5 Step Lawn Care Contest!

TCO-FacebookPG-presentWith our 5 Step Lawn Care program, you will receive five applications. As our most popular program, your lawn will receive all of the fertilization, weed and insect control necessary. It includes two pre-emergent applications and preventative for white grubs. Changes in the season and chemicals may change the exact time and content of each application.

This plan is valued at $500. Enter to win today.