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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...