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Why You May be Experience Utah Lawn Care Problems

While most people enjoy growth, health and beauty in May, some owners may be experiencing Utah lawn care problems. This can range from brown grass to bald spots that stubbornly refuse to grow grass. Here are some common reasons for these types of problems along with some possible solutions.

Brown Grass

Most lawns should be turning green in May as the consistent rain and warmer temperatures help it recover from the winter. Some lawns however may remain brown. These lawns may be difficult to keep healthy and remain brown all year round, no matter what the temperature or rainfall may be for the growing season. This can be the result of several different issues.

One issue may be the soil. If your soil is devoid of important nutrients, you will have a difficult time maintaining a healthy lawn. Adding fertilizer to your lawn in the early spring can help restore the soil to its normal levels and encourage lawn growth. You may have issues with acidity in your lawn, which you can test and repair by adding lime to your lawn when you add fertilizer.

Another problem that may result in brown grass is mowing your lawn at an improper setting. If you remove more than the top one-third of blade of grass when you mow than you are removing too much of the stem. This can result in a brown lawn that isn’t allowed to maintain a healthy height.

Brown patches

If you have patches that remain brown no matter what you do to encourage healthy growth, you may be having issues with your watering system. If your sprinklers aren’t covering your lawn adequately then you may leave certain spots to the fickle temperament of Mother Nature. This part of the lawn isn’t receiving the water it needs consistently to grow green and healthy.  You need to check your sprinklers every year to ascertain if it is covering all areas of your lawn.

Brown patches may also indicate an insect problem. Signs of infestations of white grub, cranberry girdler and sod worm can be brown patches of your lawn that lift up in one solid piece. If the infestation goes untreated it can affect large areas of your lawn, creating multiple brown patches.

If you have one area of your lawn that is consistently brown it may be a sign that a previous homeowner had a garden in that spot. If that garden was in the same location for many years it can deplete that area of soil of important nutrients. You may want to concentrate on that area when you aerate and fertilize your lawn in the spring so that you can bring that section up to par with the rest of your lawn.

If you have Utah lawn care problems that include bald patches, brown patches or a brown lawn feel free to contact us for help. We may be able to determine the cause of the problem and let you know what can be done to make your lawn a great place to spend the summer.

 

Utah Lawn Diseases

With the warmer May weather, you may think that you would see more signs of diseases or insects on you Utah lawn. The truth, however, is that many of the common diseases and insects do not appear until later in the year. They become dormant during the winter and do not revive until the warmer temperatures of summer.

You may see signs of cranberry girdler, sod worm or white grub this month if the weather is unusually warm, but this is rare. One disease you may see in May is actually a carry over from the winter months. There is a type of mold that can grow if the previous winter saw a rapid change in temperature between freezing and thawing. Your grass may appear to be “melting out” and have a purple tinge on the edges.

Mostly May is about prevention. You will want to train your lawn’s roots and create a mowing regimen that will encourage growth and discourage lawn care problems. A pre-emergent herbicide can also help keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you take care of your lawn in the spring you can often avoid many lawn care problems and adding chemicals to your lawn. If, however you find that you are having issues with your Utah lawn you can’t resolve, contact us for advice. We can help you determine what the problem may be and how we can help you.

May is often a great month for lawn care and you will see the growth of flowers, grass, and trees. Enjoy the beauty and the weather by spending time on your healthy Utah lawn in May, and may you enjoy it all summer long.

Utah Lawn Care: May Grass and Weeds

For Utah lawn care, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” indicate a time of growth. Indeed, the decreasing rainfall and increasing temperatures experienced during this month will create a beautiful green lawn for you and your family to enjoy. In order to help you enjoy it to the fullest, we have some tips regarding caring for your grass in May as well as information regarding possible weed issues.

Grass

You will most likely see rapid growth in your lawn this month, as well as continuous greening as your lawn recovers from winter. This means that  you need to begin the lawn care regimen that will train your lawn and keep it healthy for the rest of the season.

You will need to make sure that your lawn is receiving an adequate amount of water. Because rainfall will decrease from the amount seen in April, you will need to increase manual watering. This can be with either standard or automated watering systems. For both types of sprinklers you will need to make sure that their reach is covering your lawn and not leaving any gaps. Even automated systems need adjustments from the previous year’s use. You will also want to make sure that you aren’t watering your driveway or sidewalk, as this is a waste of water and money.

You will want to water your lawn once or twice a week, depending on the amount of rainfall and the condition of your lawn. If you make sure you saturate up to 10 inches of soil, you will be able to train your root systems and create deep roots. This training will pay off during the year as you see healthier grass with fewer weeds.

Mowing

You will want to mow your lawn at the second highest setting, removing the top one-third of the blades of grass when you cut your lawn. This will encourage growth, keep your lawn green, and help prevent many of the standard weeds, diseases, and insects seen in this area during the growing season. You will want to increase the number of times you mow your lawn this month in order to keep up with the rapid growth.

Weeds

Most weeds aren’t common in May, however you may see some signs of dandelions, thistle, mallow or orchid grass. Many people mistake orchid grass for crabgrass, as the two types of weeds are similar, however crabgrass doesn’t appear until the summer. A standard herbicide will take care of most of the weed problems you may encounter in May. If you find that you are having a difficult time removing weeds from your lawn, or you have any other Utah lawn care problems, feel free to contact us for a consultation.

Solar Lighting for Your Utah Lawn

Weeding, seeding, and watering aren’t the only chores you will want to complete for your Utah lawn this year. You may want to find ways to make your lawn more beautiful and enjoyable for the summer barbecue season. Solar lighting is a good alternative for making your patio, walkways, and gardens accessible at night without increasing your energy bill.

There are a wide range of solar lighting available, depending on budget and purpose. Here is a list of some of the types of lighting available, ranging from decorative to replacing standard lighting systems:

  • Decorative: These include little creatures such as frogs, butterflies, or gnomes. They don’t add much light to the area but they are a great accent to a garden, patio, or front lawn.
  • Fixture lights: They can be low to the ground, and provide more light than decorative figures. They are great for borders, landscapes or driveways.
  • Tall fixtures: Think of tiki torches and you have an idea of tall fixtures that can help illuminate a path or small area.
  • Hanging lights: they are similar to tall fixtures in terms of the amount of light they give off. Great for garden arches or patios
  • Patio lights: These lights are brighter and designed to help illuminate a larger area
  • spotlights: Are best for illuminating one specific area, as with a standard spotlight they range in size and intensity

If you are looking to use solar lighting for your Utah lawn this year, there are some things that you need to consider. They include:

  • Goals: What are you looking to accomplish with your solar lights? How many will you need and what type to accomplish that goal?
  • Natural light: In order for solar lights to be effective they need to receive adequate sunlight during the day.
  • Budget: based on your goals and natural lighting, what type of lights will fit your goal and budget?
  • Alternative sources: Some of these solar lights need batteries in order to work, while others can use solar panels if in a shaded area.

Solar lighting can be a nice way to illuminate your Utah lawn while reducing energy costs. Because more people are staying at home while on vacations, these lights can help you entertain guests this summer. Consider your lighting needs and budget, and determine if some or all of your lighting needs can be taken care of with solar lighting.

Utah Lawn Care and a Vegetable Garden

Spring means warmer weather, Utah Lawn care, and all things green. With Earth Day this month, many people turn to ideas about how they can improve the environment. But one great way to benefit Mother Nature is to help yourself. This is where sustainability comes in, and a vegetable garden is a great step in that direction.

Sustainability is a term that reduces the need for energy and resources while taking care of basic needs. It is a term that is popular in businesses to help reduce overhead costs, as well as find ways to take care of basic operations with increased efficiency. Reducing costs while increasing efficiency isn’t reserved for just businesses, however; families that can reduce their budgets while taking care of needs such as food, clothes, transportation and energy can have a more comfortable living while getting the most from their money.

There are many different ways to create a sustainable environment at home. This can include better insulation, low-e windows, even finding ways to allow more natural light into a home while reduce the amount of cool and warm air that escapes the home. There are also alternative energy sources and efficient appliances that can be purchased that will help reduce energy bills.

But there are things you can do outside that can create a sustainable environment. You can train the roots of your lawn with proper watering techniques now, to reduce overall water consumption during the growing season. You can use food waste and lawn trimmings as compost to reduce the need for chemicals. You can utilize some of the weeds and fungus that grow on your lawn, such as mushrooms and dandelions, to supplement your food supply. You can also decide to grow a garden.

As food costs continue to rise, people are looking for alternative ways to provide food for their families. Even in large urban areas, people are growing gardens on apartment roofs. Some cities have even allowed what is becoming known as urban farming, which allows not only gardens but some farm animals to be raised in cities. If you have some space in your yard, you may want to consider growing some vegetables this spring and summer.

You don’t have to commit to becoming a full blown gardener in order to grow vegetables. You can start small, with a few hanging plants on your porch, or container gardens in your side yard. As you learn more about gardening and become more confident, you can then expand your selection and even dedicate an area of your lawn to growing squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, or other great vegetables.

As with standard Utah lawn care, your vegetable garden will need care and you need to protect it from weeds, diseases, or pests. If you have any questions about your lawn, you can contact us for more information and help.

 

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