3 Quick Tips for a Beautiful Spring Lawn

Springtime in Tallahassee means green lawns, blooming flowers, and beautiful weather!  It’s been a cold winter, but now is the time for growth and renewal. To ensure that your lawn is looking its best for spring, here are 3 quick tips provided by Tallahassee Lawn Services.

1. Spring Cleaning

Roll up your sleeves and pull out that rake – its time to start spring cleaning! Tallahassee winters can often leave your yard covered in fallen debris. This coverage can have damaging effects on your lawn if neglected. Raking removes leaves, helps control thatch build up, and encourages grass growth.

2. Go Green!

With the debris cleared away you can see your lawn once again! Unfortunately, you may notice some bare patches or areas where the grass is less dense. Not to worry, these patches can be fixed by planting new grass seeds. First, address the soil conditions that may be effecting the growth of your grass by getting a soil test. Then, treat your lawn as needed to achieve a neutral pH level (a 6.5 to 7.0 pH level is ideal for most grass types). Finally, its time to overseed, which is sowing seed over existing grass to fill in the bare spots. Apply a slow-release, low-nitrogen fertilizer and be sure to water regularly.

3. Fertilize and Flourish

Our final spring tip is to apply fertilizer and herbicides to your lawn. This will encourage grass growth and discourage weeds from sprouting up. Fertilizers should be applied early in the season when your lawn begins actively growing. Check the packaging of your fertilizer for directions and specific details, as fertilizer can actually damage your grass if used improperly. If your lawn called for some overseeding, avoid using herbicides in these areas, as it will prevent the grass seeds from germinating.

Follow these 3 tips and you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn this spring. Want to feel the lush grass on your feet without the hassle of treating your own yard, or the cost of buying or renting expensive lawn equipment? Let Tallahassee Lawn Services maintain your yard year round! We specialize in lawn maintenance, shrub and turf care, tree and hedge trimming, weed removal, drainage work and pressure washing. If you need any professional lawn care services, contact us at 850-766-8370 to schedule an appointment.

 Prepared by Julia Caruso *Autograph Media Group* March 2015

Fall Lawn Care
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Summer has had its heated say-so and now fall anxiously awaits its turn with nature. With fall’s balmy days and cool nights, lawn grass relaxes its exuberant summer growth and prepares for the dormant winter months.

Tired of the blistering bi-weekly mowings, most homeowners welcome the repose of the lawn’s slower growth. The dormant grass may take a winter holiday but its root system certainly does not. During the fall and winter months, your turf roots are alive and well and continue to need watering, feeding and maintenance. Addressing these tasks ensures a healthy green lawn in the spring and summer.

Let’s Not “Leave” This Alone Leaves

Ah, those pesky leaves! Abundant in the Tallahassee area grows trees that have a great time shedding their million leaves everywhere. Yes, we love the green skyline but not the pile up of fall leaves. So, what if we just leave the leaves (pardon the pun) on the ground and clean them up in the spring when the grass wakes up to spring?

Not a good idea. A blanket of leaves covering the turf will trap moisture between the soil and the leaves providing an ideal environment for the proliferation of pathogens such as large bare patches (rhizoctonia) and other diseases most prominent with the moderate temperatures of fall. Leaves should be periodically raked from the lawn and can be utilized in a compost pile or mulch for flowerbeds. A less preferred alternative is to continue to mow the lawn with a good mulching mower that will shred the leaves into tiny pieces that, eventuality, will fall into the turf canopy.

But keep in mind, if you mulch the leaves frequently, however small the particles, you still might have an issue with the build up of mulch underneath your turf and that could choke out good grass and could give you a problem with fungus and bugs. So, consider whether to rake or to mulch for your best lawn maintenance. Or, maybe do both.

Again, it is okay to mulch the leaves but every once in a while you will want to bag the leaves or blow them into an area where the leaves will not affect the turf. Then, give time for the mulch that is in your lawn to decompose properly.

Last Words: Keep your turf watered and nurtured during its dormant months. Like the grizzly bears in winter, your lawn in not dead, it is only hibernating.

Need advice or services for your falling leaves? Call Travis Poppell at Tallahassee Lawn Maintenance today — 850.766.8370. Or go to TallahasseeLawns.com.

Tallahassee Lawn Services is a family owned and operated business. Throughout the years, we have been committed to providing our customers with the highest quality landscaping and lawn maintenance service possible. — Travis Poppell

Prepared by Barbara Ann Solutions August 2014

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Learning Landscaping — The Pesky Weeds

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Ah, if only all of our weeds were as pretty as the dandelions and white clover, perhaps they would be more welcome in a yard or garden. But, alas, there is a dark side to weeds. They are pesky, destructive and known to crash the lawn party.

So, what is a weed?

A weed is a plant that is growing where it is not invited. Most weeds are usually lush dark green in color and have a healthy, strong growth. They will takeover grass, plants and other foliage by overcrowding, stripping away the nutrition and moisture in the soil that grass and plants desperately need.

Now what do we do?

Your yard is a fun playground for children and animals. Your yard is an enjoyable backdrop for cookouts and entertaining. Your yard could be a botanical showcase. There are plenty of “kills weeds” products on the market. But, you may not want your yard full of harsh chemicals and soil treatments that could harm your family, friends and environment. Tallahassee Lawn Services recommends a few safe, natural ways to keep your lawn and gardens safe for your family while voiding weeds. Here are four ways that we recommend to control those pesky weeds (sorry dandelions and white clover).

1.  Weeds are simply plants that take advantage of open areas. Crowd out the areas with thick ground coverage. Try sodding all areas in your yard, leaving no bare spots. Keep flowerbeds thick and full. Eliminate the possibility of intrusion.

2.  A natural weed killer: vinegar. Vinegar is an effective and natural weed killer. Unlike most commercial herbicides, a vinegar-based solution does not contain harsh chemicals. Here is the formula. Any foliage soaked with this solution will die within several days.

WARNING:  The vinegar solution will kill whatever it touches, including surrounding grass and plants. The weeds will not come back and nothing else will ever grow there again! This treatment is recommended for driveways, walkways and sidewalks especially. If you need to use on lawn weeds, directly moisten the weed leaves with the solution.

3.  Maintain healthy soil. Once you have put in desirable plants that crowd out weeds, keep your lawn and plants healthy with fertile, aerated and well-drained soil.

4.  The toughest way to send the weeds packing: pull out weeds by hand. Yes, this method is time consuming and tedious. However, this is the best method to ensure the weeds do not return. If you choose this method, join the crowd. Pulling weeds by hand is the most widely used method by people who care for their lawns and gardens.

Need advice or services?

Call Travis Poppell at Tallahassee LawnServices today, 850.766.8370.      Or, go to TallahasseeLawns.com.

Tallahassee Lawn Services is a family owned and operated business. Throughout the years, we have been committed to providing our customers with the highest quality landscaping and lawn maintenance service possible.                                      — Travis Poppell

April 30, 2014
By: Barbara Ann Cox | Barbara@BarbaraAnnSolutions.com | 850.322.6184

 

Mowing Southern Lawns and Yard Care

Tallahassee Lawns: Looking Over Lawns Full of Clover

My prospective as a lawns service professional  in Tallahassee Florida by Travis Poppell, Tallahassee Lawn Service

Every spring I get the same question from my clients: “What can I do about all this clover in my lawn?”   A lot of people have the misconception that if something is not grass, then is it a dreaded weed. The truth is a mixed lawn is not only healthier, but it is becoming more popular by homeowners who purposely allow clover and other flowering “weeds” to grow freely amongst their grass. Of course, if the customer insists, I could eliminate the clover with chemicals – but before I do that, I try to explain the benefits of having a mixed lawn. Read the full article on Tallahassee Lawns

Tallahassee Lawns: Looking Over Lawns Full of Clover

 

Tallahassee Lawn Advice: 3 Winter Mistakes to Avoid for Your Lawn

Tallahassee has a finicky climate that affects the health of your lawn. As you have seen in the past, it goes from freezing cold to spring-like temperatures and it will likely get cold again before March rolls around.

It is hard to get correct answers on the internet for our specific climate. Most blogs are written about winter in the North, where there is snow, or winter in South Florida, where there is less frost. Tallahassee lawns are different from other areas, with different grass, different soil and different weather patterns.

As a lawn care professional, people always ask me what they could be doing during the winter months to ensure their grass comes back fresh and vibrant in the spring. Many times, I am hired by someone who has neglected their lawn during the winter – they think the grass is dormant or dead.

What Not To Do With Your Lawn This Winter…Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tallahassee Lawn Gardening Tip Creating a Flowerbed in your Yard

Tallahassee lawn, yard or garden Ideas for beautification

Flower beds are a fun and colorful element of many gardens in Tallahassee’s community. For your lawn, yard and flower gardens to thrive, follow a few simple rules.

Keep your beds small, so that they’re easy to change out with the seasons. Prepare the soil by adding at least six inches of rich organic matter to our normally sandy soils.

For the most impact, use only one or two types of flowers in each garden bed. Choose plants with similar water and light requirements, and mulch your beds to minimize weeds and conserve moisture.

To provide the finishing touch, try edging your garden beds with bricks, flat stones, or colorful broken crockery. There are flowers for every Tallahassee season, so you can always have colorful flower beds to brighten and highlight your lawn and yard.

To discuss ideas and plans for your Tallahassee lawn, yard and garden improvements, contact Tallahassee Lawn Services to schedule an appointment for services or to discuss a free consultation.

Acknowledgements: Gardening in a Minute “Creating a Flowerbed” UF Extension

 

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When to Mow

Most southern turfgrasses do best mowed lightly and frequently. Studies show that this stresses the grass plant less than heavy, infrequent cuttings. The general rule is cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one cutting. Otherwise the grass loses too much of its energy-storing foliage and has to rapidly replace it at the expense of root development. The stress of losing more than 1/3rd of the foliage surface makes grass plants more vulnerable to pest and disease problems.
To maintain the lawn at the recommended minimum of 2 inches, for instance, mow before it reaches 3 inches; to keep it at 1 1/2 inches, cut at a little over 2 inches. This means more frequent mowing when southern grasses are growing vigorously, but it is better for the grass.
One time that you mow the lawn very short is when cutting the grass the first time in spring. This removes the dead or damaged tips. Mow a southern grass that goes dormant in winter as soon as danger of frost in your area is past. Collect the clippings and put them in the garden as mulch or in the compost pile.

Mow Tall

Small changes in mowing height make a big difference in a lawn’s health and vigor. Because warm season southern grasses have a reputation for tolerating closer mowing, some homeowners mistakenly mow too short. Increasing the height of your grass only 1/8 inch adds about 300 additional square feet of leaf surface for each 1,000 square feet of lawn. The extra leaf surface enhances grass growth above the ground and–even more importantly–under the soil. Conversely, shearing grass too close to the soil surface reduces the grass plant’s ability to metabolize food, inhibits root development, opens the turf to weeds, and lowers drought resistance.

Tall Grass Has Fewer Weeds. – Routinely mowing southern turfgrasses such as Bermudagrass and zoysia to a minimum height of 1½ inches reduces weeds because the longer blades block sunlight that ever-present weed seeds in the soil need to germinate.

Tall Grass Has Deeper Roots. – Allowing the grass to grow taller encourages the roots to grow deeper. Good roots give plants more staying power during drought. Tall grass shades the soil, cooling the crowns of the grass plants and reducing soil drying. Mow grass ½ to one inch higher in shady areas. This gives shaded grass more leaf surface for photosynthesis to compensate for reduced sunlight.

Mowing Height Chart

Type of Grass Minimum Height
Bahia grass 2 ½ to 3inches
Bermudagrass ½ to 1½ inches
Centipede 1 inch
Kentucky Bluegrass mix 2-3 inches
Perennial Ryegrass 2-3 inches
St. Augustine 2 ½ to 3 inches
Tall Fescue 2 to 3 inches
Zoysia 1 to 2 inches

Leave the Clippings

There are lots of reasons to leave the grass clippings on the lawn when you mow. To avoid clumping use a mulching power lawn mower or fit your standard rotary mower with a mulching blade.
Leave clippings to fertilize – When the clippings decompose on the lawn all season, they provide 25% of your lawn’s annual nitrogen requirement.
Leave clippings to mulch – Left to fall among the grass blades to the soil, grass clippings serve as a temporary mulch, blocking the evaporation of moisture from the soil.
Leave clippings to save time – It takes 30% less time to mow a lawn and mulch the clippings than it does to mow, collect and bag them.
Clippings do not cause thatch because clippings are mostly water. Thatch consists of surface roots and accumulated dead plant parts that build up on the soil and sometimes trap grass clippings temporarily. Zoysia and hybrid Bermudagrass lawns tend to build up thatch. Frequent mowing at recommended heights and removing excess clippings when you have gone too long between mowings help control thatch. “Scalping” the lawn in early spring by mowing it very short to remove accumulated dead plant debris helps too. If thatch becomes serious, remove it with a dethatcher or vertical mower available at equipment rental centers.

Mowing Guidelines

Mow with a sharp blade. Sharpen your mower blade at least once a season, preferably twice for best performance. A dull blade leaves frizzy ends on grass blades, which cause them to lose more water and become more vulnerable to disease.
Don’t cut wet grass. It causes uneven mowing and messy clumps of clippings which may mat and block light from the grass. If there is some fungal disease in parts of the lawn you will track it over the whole lawn.
Pick up stones and sticks before mowing. Rotary mowers can “throw” debris from under the machine, causing injury.
Alternate mowing patterns. Mowing in the same direction every time tends to compact the soil and causes wear patterns in the turf.
Topdress with your last mowing. Mow right over the last 1/2 inch or so of fallen leaves to provide organic matter for the soil. They will decompose among the grass blades over the winter, adding organic material to the soil.

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Tallahassee has a finicky climate that affects the health of your lawn. As you have seen in the past, it goes from freezing cold to spring-like temperatures and it will likely get cold again before March rolls around. It is hard to get correct answers on the internet for our specific climate. Most blogs are.. read more →

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