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Lawn 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...

How to Get the Most Out of Your ZipLawn Lawn Care

Communicate Our goal is to meet your specific needs. So, 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. It is always best to talk to someone at the office since we are sitting in front of computers and can note everything for you so that your changes are stored and not forgotten. Take special note of order messages Please read and follow the messages on your order. For example, its OK to water right after...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...