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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...