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Get the Most out of Your ZipLawn Lawn Care

ZipLawn provides a complete array of Lawn Care services, backed by a team of turf management and agroscience professionals. Our goal is to provide excellent service and effective products at reasonable prices. Communicate Your Needs Our goal is to meet your specific needs. Please let us know if you have a problem with our lawn service or would like us to change the way we are performing your lawn care. Always talk to someone at the office since we are sitting in front of computers and can...

Take Advantage of our Neighbor Discount

We take pride in your business and know how important word of mouth and referrals are. This is why we created the Neighbor Discount. If a neighbor of yours signs up for Recurring Service with ZipLawn, we will automatically give you and your neighbor a 3% discount on all of your Recurring Orders. Yes, that includes Lawn Mowing, Trimming, Fertilization, Weed Control- the works! If it is on a Recurring Order it gets the discount. More Neighbors Means More Discount For the first neighbor...

DIY Lawn Care Pros and Cons

In this DIY world, there’s a good chance you might be considering tackling lawn care on your own. After all, why pay for something that you could easily do yourself? But therein lies the big question—how easy is it to really do lawn care on your own? There may be a number of reasons that you think DIY lawn care makes sense for you. But there are a lot of important points to consider before making that leap. So, in this article, we’ll be exploring some of the pros and cons of...

Controlling Common Spring Weeds in Texas

Spring in Texas brings forth a burst of vibrant flora, including some unwelcome guests - weeds. While many native plants add beauty to the landscape, some plants like bluebonnets, Texas groundsel, and bristlegrass can become nuisances when they take over cultivated areas. In this article, we'll explore the three most common spring weeds in Texas and delve into effective strategies to keep them at bay. 1. Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) Bluebonnets, the iconic wildflowers of Texas, bring a...

How to Kill Crabgrass for Good

Crabgrass is one of the most difficult weeds to control since nothing is effective at killing the crabgrass weed once it has emerged. This is why a spring pre-emergent to kill crabgrass is so important. Keep reading and learn how to kill crabgrass and keep it away for good. How Does Crabgrass Grow Your best defense against crabgrass is a thick, lush and healthy lawn. Crabgrass is more likely to take root in bare, patchy lawns and areas where the soil is densely compacted. Effectively...

What to Check When Inspecting Your Sprinkler System

If you have a lawn sprinkler and irrigation system on your property, it's important to conduct regular inspections at least once a year. Discovering issues with your system early on will reduce water waste, saving you money while helping to ensure your home is surrounded by a lush, healthy landscape. While more involved repairs should be left to a professional, checking your lawn sprinkler system for top-level issues is something you can easily do yourself. Whether you live in warmer...

Battling Winter Weeds in Texas: Common Culprits and Effective Solutions

Winter brings a unique set of challenges to gardeners and homeowners in Texas, as the cooler temperatures provide an ideal environment for the growth of winter weeds. These persistent intruders can take over lawns, gardens, and landscapes if left unchecked. In this article, we'll explore three of the most common winter weeds in Texas and discuss effective strategies to rid your outdoor spaces of these unwelcome guests. 1. Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Description: Henbit, with its vibrant...

The Benefits of Earthworms and Organic Nitrogen

Why you should apply Earthworms to your lawn Earthworms work as natural aerators by increasing the amount of air and water that gets into the soil. This improves the overall soil structure and loosens the soil for better root growth. They break down organic matter, such as leaves and grass, into things that plants can use. Earthworms maintain the fertility of the soil and therefor, play a big key role in sustainability. They also increase litter decomposition, soil organic matter dynamics...

Fall Pre-emergent Soil Temperature

Winter weeds, such as annual bluegrass (poa annua), chickweed, henbit, as well as some perennial weeds, such as clover and dandelion, must have several consecutive days of fall soil temperatures below 70 degrees before they germinate. During the fall, winter weeds will germinate only to appear during early winter. When to Apply Fall Pre-emergent It is important to apply fall pre-emergent at the right time based on the average soil temperature at your location. If you apply it too late...

Bring Joy with our Christmas Lights

The best time of the year not only consists of spending time with loved ones, eating great food, and giving, but also lighting the night up while filling the neighborhood with joy - or decking the house out better than the neighbor! Christmas Lights by ZipLawn Here at ZipLawn we take pride in our work, and we strive to achieve the goals and expectations our customers want. That being said, this time of year is important to us. We want to work with you and want to help you plan your Christmas...

A Guide to a Lush and Healthy Lawn

A well-manicured lawn is not only a source of pride for homeowners but also a testament to the care and effort put into maintaining a beautiful outdoor space. Achieving a lush and healthy lawn requires more than just regular mowing; it involves a combination of proper techniques, timing, and a little bit of science. Whether you're a seasoned lawn enthusiast or a beginner looking to improve your greenery, these lawn care tips and tricks will help you achieve the lawn of your dreams. 1...

Diseases to Look Out for in Your Lawn

Fungal disease in your lawn can appear in many different forms and it is important to keep an eye out for changes in your lawn and know what to look for. Fungal disease will appear as dead or dying patches of grass that typically have smooth outlines. Depending on the variety of fungus, these browning areas can look like everything from a mower blade scalped the lawn to an intricate maze-like pattern throughout the lawn. Heavy and continual rains, moderate spring and fall time...

Why is Grass Green

When we think of grass, the image that often comes to mind is a lush carpet of vibrant green. This natural hue is not only visually appealing, but it also plays a crucial role in the ecosystem. Have you ever wondered why grass is green? The answer lies in the intricate interplay of biology, chemistry, and physics that occur within the cells of these plants. Let's delve into the fascinating science behind the greenness of grass. Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis: A Symbiotic Relationship At...

Benefits of a Smart Irrigation Controller

The purpose of an irrigation system is to maintain a consistent moisture level in the soil. While your irrigation (sprinkler) system is a complex system composed of check valves, and pipes, control valves, main lines, lateral lines, different zones, rotor heads, spray heads, bubblers, drip lines and everything in between–the single most important piece is the controller. Your controller acts as the brain of the operation and tells the rest of the system exactly when to apply water to the...

Watering Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Water is an essential part of a happy, healthy lawn. It’s important, though, to make sure you water it properly. If you run a sprinkler at night, for example, it sets up the perfect conditions for disease to take hold. If you water too lightly, the grass roots will not grow deeply enough, setting your lawn up for trouble when hot weather hits. Follow these steps for a hydrated lawn. When to Water the Lawn If you find your lawn has taken on a grayish cast or appears to be dull...

When Should I Fertilize My Lawn? A Seasonal Guide to Lawn Fertilization

A lush and healthy lawn is a source of pride for homeowners, but achieving that perfect green carpet requires proper care and maintenance. One key aspect of lawn care is fertilization. Fertilizing your lawn at the right time and with the right nutrients can make a significant difference in its overall health and appearance. In this blog post, we'll provide a seasonal guide to help you understand when to fertilize your lawn for optimal results. Spring: The Season of Growth As nature awakens...

Tips for Mowing Your Lawn

Mowing your lawn may sound like a simple process, but with each cut you are setting it up for future success. Correctly mow, and your lawn will become healthy, drought-tolerant and lush enough to crowd out weeds. Mow poorly and your grass will struggle to survive. Our Top 8 Tips for Mowing Your Lawn. Never remove more than one-third of the leaf tissue (grass blade) with each cutting. Avoid scalping your lawn. If you notice certain areas are regularly scalped you may need your lawn...

A Comparison of Top Lawn Care Services in Texas

Introduction Maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn requires expertise and dedication. In Texas, where the climate and landscape demand specific care, choosing the right lawn care service is crucial. This article will compare and contrast five prominent lawn care services in Texas: ZipLawn, PJ's Lawn Care, Texas Turf, Garcia’s Landscaping, and MDM Landscaping, to help you make an informed decision for your lawn care needs. 1. ZipLawn Pros: Convenient Online Booking: ZipLawn offers an...

Choosing the Right Mowing Frequency

Being unsure of what mowing frequency to chose from is quite common. With ZipLawn, we do our best to provide as much information as possible to help you understand your lawn better. Please read over the following mowing frequencies, so you can then determine what suits your lawn the best! Growing Season and Weekly Mowing During the growing season we see a lot of rain and sunshine in the areas we service, which causes grass to grow at a rapid rate. Lawns differ between each other, however, we...

Lawn Care for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Healthy and Beautiful Lawn

Introduction A lush, well-maintained lawn can be the centerpiece of your outdoor space, providing a relaxing and inviting environment. If you're new to lawn care, it's essential to start with the basics to establish a foundation for success. In this beginner's guide, we'll walk you through the key steps to take care of your lawn and achieve that picture-perfect green carpet you've always wanted. Step 1: Understand Your Lawn Before diving into lawn care tasks, it's crucial to understand your...

The French Drain: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to effective and sustainable drainage solutions, the French drain stands as a classic and time-tested method. Its ability to efficiently manage excess water and prevent flooding has made it a staple in both residential and commercial construction projects. In this article, we delve into the mechanics, benefits, and applications of French drains, showcasing their versatile use in diverse scenarios. Understanding the French Drain: A French drain, also known as a weeping tile, is...

How to Fix a Stuck Sprinkler Head

We have all seen it before, a sprinkler head that is stuck in its extended position and doesn't retract. While this is a broken sprinkler, all hope is not lost as long as you get to it before the mower does. A stuck sprinkler is a broken sprinkler Many things can cause a sprinkler head to stick open and to stop retracting, but the most common is just age. Sprinklers are made of plastic and as plastic ages it becomes oxidized and rough. This roughness is usually what causes a sprinkler...

Spring Fertilization Tips

Jump Start Like the Pros The secret to getting a quick start to a beautiful green lawn is to apply 100% nitrogen as soon as your lawn is at least 50% greened up after breaking dormancy. Name brand here really doesn't matter since pure nitrogen is pure nitrogen. 100% nitrogen is like giving your lawn a huge shot of caffeine, so be sure to follow the recommended application rates on the bag. This application is really not what we would call lawn food and is only used to "wake up" the lawn so...

What to Do After a Fertilizer, Pre-Emergent or Sprayed Application

First and foremost it is important to follow the label instructions for the product that was used, but below are some general guidelines. Granular Based Products For immediate results, you can water in a granular based product, but it is not always necessary. If you follow a regular lawn watering and fertilization schedule, the granules will remain in the soil and will be effectively watered in during your next sprinkler cycle or a rain event.  Click Here for our watering tips for a...

The Problem with Weed and Feed

While Weed and Feed products are a staple at the Home Improvement stores and used quite often by folks, we cannot recommend their use and here is why. The problem with Weed and Feed is that the two functions the product is supposed to perform are time critical. Weeds usually begin taking hold during two times of the year. First, in early spring before the lawn breaks dormancy. And second, in the fall when the lawn is starting to enter dormancy. If you apply Weed and Feed in the spring...

When to Apply Pre-emergent

Summer weeds, like crabgrass, must have several consecutive days of soil temperatures above 55 degrees before they germinate. If the seed is near the surface of your soil, it becomes warm quickly. If it is buried deeper, it might take several weeks before the soil becomes warm enough for the germination process to begin. This is why you see weeds much earlier in the spring season around concrete driveways and sidewalks. Winter weeds, on the other hand, require several consecutive days of...

How Does Pre-emergent Work

So what exactly is Pre-emergent and how does it work? Pre-emergent herbicides are chemicals that prevent undesired weeds in your lawn. Contrary to popular belief, it does not prevent the germination of the seed, but actually kills the early roots so that the weed will not sprout. Due to the way these herbicides work, pre-emergent application timing is the most important aspect of successful weed prevention. If the weed has already sprouted and is visible, pre-emergent herbicides will not...