Utah Lawn Care: Thistle

You may encounter many strange plants while maintaining your lawn. Some of these plants may even appear to be pretty at first sight, but may actually be weeds or at least pests that need to be removed. Your Utah lawn care duties may include detecting and eliminating thistle when it appears.

What Is It?

Thistle is a flowering plant that has leaves with sharp prickles. These prickles can also appear on the stem. The flower may be pink, purple or even red. There are over 15 different varieties of Thistle, and some of them are prevalent to the Utah area.

Why Worry about Thistle?

Why should you worry about Thistle? One aspect is that its sharp prickles are not comfortable if you step on them with bare feet. If you have small children, then you may want to make sure that there are no signs of Thistle during your Utah lawn care duties to prevent them from hurting their feet.

Another reason why you may want to remove this plant is because it is extremely prolific and very hard to control. Once it takes root in your lawn it can spread rapidly, and one flower can release as many as 20,000 seeds depending on a variety.

So if you do not want your lawn to be taken over by this plant then you will want to take steps to remove it when you see it. Because it is a broad leaf plant, you can use these kinds of herbicides to remove them. You don’t want to cut them or pull them because you may hurt your hand and you may accidentally spread the seeds on your lawn and make the situation worse.

Utah lawn care can often mean trying to determine the health of your lawn and if it is infected by weeds or pests. If you have an un-identifiable plant or insect in your lawn, you may want to contact us for help. We can identify it and show you how to remove it so that you can bring your lawn back to its original healthy state.





Crabgrass and Your Utah Lawn

During the month of July, you may begin to see instances of weeds on your Utah lawn. For this month begins the peak growing season for many different weeds. One of the main weeds that you may see is crabgrass.

The Stubborn Enemy

Crabgrass is a very stubborn enemy. It can germinate for long periods of time and can appear on your lawn throughout the growing season. It spreads many seeds in the late summer and fall, and it is tolerant to heat and drought. Once crabgrass roots in your lawn, it can be difficult to remove.

Not Easy to Spot

Crabgrass is often misidentified. Not all thick bladed grass is crabgrass. In actuality, this weed grows close to the ground and spreads out. So, if you see tall, thick bladed grass on your lawn you may not have crabgrass. Instead, you may have a different type of grass that was planted by a previous owner that is now growing on your lawn.

What Does It Do?

It has root toxins that spread in the soil to make the turf around the crabgrass look dull and lifeless. It is also very prolific, and once it starts it can spread across your lawn rapidly.

How to Prevent

You can prevent crabgrass from taking root on your Utah lawn. By mowing your lawn at the second highest setting you are leaving the grass high enough that it can cast any potential crabgrass in the shade. Crabgrass prefers sun to grow to you are making it difficult for the weed to thrive when leaving your grass tall.

You can also make changes to the soil so that the crabgrass doesn’t find the ground palatable to grow. You may see instances of crabgrass in your lawn, but not your neighbors because their soil is different.

If you find that your lawn has been infested with crabgrass and you are having difficulty removing it, feel free to contact us. We can help you identify and remove the weeds in your lawn to make this summer the one where you can enjoy your Utah lawn to the fullest.



July Utah Lawn Care

July is the first full official month of summer. It means long, hot days and warm nights. In terms of Utah lawn care, July is also a time when you need to be concerned about watering, weeds, and insects.

Water and Mowing

July can often be hot and drought is not uncommon during this time. If you didn’t adjust your sprinklers in the spring, you may see brown spots on your lawn where the water is not reaching your grass. Make sure that you just your sprinklers to reach all of your lawn and to eliminate areas where water is reaching the driveway or sidewalk as much is possible.

You should still only have to water your lawn once or twice a week. As long as you are allowing the water to saturate the soil approximately 10 inches, your grass should stay green even during long periods of hot temperatures with little or no rain.

If your lawn is hot and dry, you may want to reduce the amount of time that you spend mowing your lawn. You don’t need to remove too much green, as grass is often sensitive to drought and you may end up with a brown, dreary looking yard. As usual, mow at the second highest setting and only remove the top one third of the grass.

Peak Season

July is the beginning of the peak season for both insects and weeds. For weeds, crabgrass is often seen in spots on your lawn now, and can continue throughout the rest of the growing season. If you tackle weeds at the first sign of appearance, you may be able to reduce the chance that you will have to enforce weed management for the rest of the summer.

There are many different insects that are seen now that the weather is consistently warm. Billbugs and Sod Webworm are just two of the many types of insects that you may begin to see on your lawn. You should consistently check for signs of infestation to make sure that you get rid of the past before they take hold of your lawn.

With preparation, July can be an enjoyable month in terms of Utah lawn care. But this does not mean that you can neglect your lawn for other summer duties. Make sure that you continue to monitor watering, check for signs of insects are weeds, and mow your lawn to keep the grass healthy and prevent lawn pests from harboring there for the summer.

Tips on Traffic and Your Utah Lawn

With the warm months of summer comes barbecues, graduation parties, pool parties and backyard play dates. While this may mean a lot of fun for your family, it can also mean a lot of traffic for your lawn. Here are some tips on how to protect your Utah lawn from high traffic patterns.

Your lawn is made to be enjoyed. You want your family to be able to go out and play, but if your lawn is constantly being bombarded with the pitter patter of little feet, you may find bare patches in your yard. You can help control the traffic pattern with these tips:

  • Put in a walkway: If people often travel from the driveway to your back yard, consider putting in a walkway. You can make a nice simple path with a few lights to keep people safe when they are walking at night and it will keep people off of your grass.
  • Have a Play Area: If you have young children and you want them to be able to have a place to play on swings, slides or other outdoor play equipment, then you may want to have a designated play area. You can section this area off from the rest of the yard with bordering and wood chips to make it nice without hurting the rest of your yard.
  • Have a Patio: Having a patio will give your family a place to entertain and is a popular trend with the increase of out door living rooms and kitchens.
  • Install a fence: sectioning off your property may seem un-neighborly but it will help reduce foot traffic. People will be less likely to wander on your yard when walking their pets or cutting through yards when visiting another neighbor.

Your Utah lawn can be a nice place to entertain this year and many summers to come. Consider what type of entertaining you want to do and then use the best strategy to help keep your grass green and pretty instead of thin and patchy.

Don’t Let Watering Your Utah Lawn Ruin Budget

Homeowners take pride in their Utah lawn. They spend a lot of time and money purchasing the proper tools and products to make their yard look strong and healthy. Homeowners often like to water their lawns, but may be afraid that their water bill will offset any pleasure they may take in their lawn the summer.

Watering Basics

It is possible to water your lawn without seeing a huge water bill at the end of the summer. If you take some careful steps, you will find that your grass is greener than your neighbors even during the longest drought. You also find a nice surprise at the end of the summer when it comes time to receive your next water bill.

  • Watering system: while a watering system may seem like an expensive investment, it will benefit you in the long run. You can water your entire lawn more efficiently than with a sprinkler system or a hose.
  • Water deep: if you want to be able to water your lawn more efficiently, then you need to make sure that your watering system is penetrating the soil the proper depth before shutting off. In order to train your brew system, you need to make sure that the water is reaching a depth of 10 inches.
  • Watering timing: the time when you water your lawn is just as important as how long you water your lawn. During hotter weather it is advisable to water your lawn earlier in the morning to prevent the water from a evaporating.

There is a way to be able to water your lawn without spending a lot of money or using too much water. By following these tips you can have a healthy and beautiful Utah lawn the summer.

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