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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...