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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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...