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Utah Lawn Care: Moving In Tips

If you have just moved in to a new home, you may need to know what to do in order to take care of your lawn. Here are some Utah lawn care tips to help you get ready to take care of your lawn, and how to spot any potential problems you may need to resolve.

 

Equipment

There are some basic tools you need to purchase in order to properly maintain your new yard. You will need a lawn mower, a weed trimmer, a rake, an aerator, an edger, some type of watering system and a grass seed spreader. You may have a sprinkler system installed on the property, if you do, you will need to check the settings, but we will look at that more later in the article.

 

Schedule

Depending on how long the house has been vacant and how well it was cared for, you may have a lot of work ahead of you. The time of year you purchase the home may also impact the amount of lawn care necessary to maintain your yard.

If the home has been vacant for a while and the yard is overgrown, you will need to mow several times in order to get your yard in shape. If the lawn has grown over parts of the sidewalk or driveway, the edger will be able to help you re-train your lawn to keep it within its original borders.

Once your lawn is under control, you will only have to mow once a week during the summer and only a few times during the spring or fall. Once your lawn is regulated, mow at the 3″ setting to keep your grass healthy and reduce the chance of having weeds or insects invading your lawn.

Watering is also an important part of maintaining a healthy lawn. You need to make sure that the water is penetrating the soil deep enough that it reaches the roots of the grass. If you have an automated sprinkler system, make sure that it is reaching your entire lawn and not watering your driveway or sidewalk. Not only will this keep your yard hydrated, it will also help save money.

Watering 10″ deep twice a week is all you need to maintain your lawn. If you find the soil is dry, you may need to water your lawn more often for a few weeks in order to get your soil to the point where basic maintenance is all you will need.

 

Problems

An overgrown or dry lawn aren’t the only problems you may encounter when you purchase a new home. There may be bare patches or brown patches that need to be taken care of. Brown patches may indicate that you have insects, and they will need to be removed. Other problems can be different types of weeds, such as crab grass, or diseases.

If you find that your Utah lawn care for your new home includes trying to remove weeds, insects or diseases contact us and we can help you get your lawn in shape so that you can enjoy your new home.

 

How to Identify Insects on Your Utah lawn

With all the different insects that may grow on your Utah lawn, how are you to tell them apart? In the month of July, which is the peak season for insects, you may see many types of infestations in your lawn. Two common insects that you may see this month are Billbugs and Sod Webworm.

Sod Webworm

This is an insect that starts as larvae less than 1 inch long and covered in dark spots. When it reaches adulthood, it is a caterpillar with small brown patches. These larvae are hatched in the fall, and then burrow deep underground in the winter. Once the weather warms up in the spring, they rise to the surface and begin to eat.

One way to tell if your lawn is infested with Sod Webworm is that there are brown patches on your lawn. When you go to pick up the grass, it comes up in a long strip, like a rug.

Billbugs

Billbugs are a type of weevil and the adult female Billbug makes holes in your lawn to lay eggs. When the young hatch they are grubs approximately 1/3 of an inch long. They don’t have any legs, and they are often cream-colored with a brown head.

Unlike the Sod Webworm, the Billbug lays their eggs in the late summer or spring. When the grubs hatch, they eat the crown area of the plants and can kill it. You can tell if your plants have been attacked by young Billbugs if the top of the plant looks as if it is been sawed off.

Older Billbug grubs eat lower down on the plants, closer to the root. If there are signs of small grains that look similar to sawdust surrounding patches of grass on your lawn, then you may be seeing the signs of older grubs. Billbugs are especially dangerous to new lawns, but any type of lawn is susceptible to the damage these insects cause.

No matter what type of insects that may infect your Utah lawn, we can help. Contact us, and we can set up an inspection in order to determine what type of infestation you may have and how to treat your lawn so that you can enjoy it once again.

Utah Lawn: Weeds and Insects

In June you may see a growing number of weeds and insects infecting you Utah lawn. There are different steps that you can take in the spring to help prevent many of these issues. You can also mow your lawn on the second-highest setting to help curb the instances of weeds or insects. However, sometimes you may find that prevention isn’t enough and you have instances of weeds or insects on your lawn.

 

Weeds

This month you may see an increasing number of weeds, including: crab grass, orchard grass, clover, dandelions, and  violets. Many of these weeds may appear in the cracks in your sidewalk before they penetrate your yard. Others may start to appear in limited areas, but will spread if you mow them over instead of removing them with a herbicide.

Dandelions may seem harmless, but they are a stubborn weed that spread their seeds when the heads turn to fluff. The wind often blows these seeds around, but young children often help by picking them and blowing them because it is fun to watch the seeds scatter. This is why it is better to spray them before they get to their fluff state and spread further.

Violets are pretty, so many people may not think of them as weeds. Not only are they weeds, but they are also ones that are difficult to get rid of. They need to be sprayed repeatedly over a 5-6 week period of time and they still may not be completely gone. It is also not advisable to mow them, as their seeds spread. If you do mow them, spray them with water first, in order to prevent the seeds from spreading.

 

Insects

There are several different insects that also appear in the warmer weather. Some of them include Cranberry Girdler, Bill bugs, and White Grub. No matter which insect your lawn may be infected with, a common sign of an infestation is a patch of grass that is brown and pulls up all in one piece, like a rug. Sometimes you may see moth-like insects hovering over the area of grass that is infected. If you pull up the grass, you may see white grub-like insects. Insecticides will often take care of the problem, but some insects are more resistant than others are.

If your Utah lawn is infected with weeds or insects, you can all us for assistance. You can visit your home and let you know how we can help you with your lawn care problems.

June Utah Lawn Care

June Utah lawn care now entails more mowing and watering than it does seeding and fertilizing. Warmer weather at night means rapid growth for your lawn, and you need to make sure you are taking care of it properly to keep the grass from getting brown, and from weeds, insects, or diseases from ruining your summer plans.

You should be mowing your lawn once a week at the 3″ or second highest setting. This will help keep your lawn green, and also prevent the onslaught of weeds, insects or diseases. You don’t want to remove too much of the blade of grass, as this will cause the grass to become brown. When you notice a home where their yard seems to always be brown you may notice how short the blades of grass are. That is often because they remove too much of the blade where the chlorophyll is stored. They may think they are reducing their work load as they won’t have to more as often; however, they are actually causing themselves more work since they are drying out their lawn.

Watering is also important as the temperatures begin to rise. People often have the tendency to either over-water or under-water their lawn. If you water the lawn twice a week and allow the water to penetrate 10″ of soil before you turn off the sprinklers you will be able to have deep roots and a healthy lawn even during the hot summer months.

The warmer weather also means an increase in the number of weeds and insects that you may see in your yard. Many annual weeds make their appearance in June, but you may be able to spot them before they penetrate the lawn. Often weeds like crabgrass and dandelions appear in the cracks of your sidewalk prior to invading your yard. If you spray them as soon as you spot them you have a good chance of killing them before they spread.

Insects are also on the rise this month. The warmer weather awakens them from their dormant state and they begin to look for a good place to spend the next few months. It is important to be on the lookout for infestations and to get rid of them as soon as possible.

If your Utah lawn care chores include trying to get rid or pests, or you are having problems that you don’t know how to resolve, feel free to contact us. We will offer you a consultation and let you know how you can have a beautiful lawn this year.

Lighting for Your Utah Lawn

With May’s warm temperatures, you may be contemplating spending more time on your Utah lawn. While it may still be cool at night now, summer is just around the corner and it won’t be long before you can comfortably spend time outside at night as well as during the day. While creating a list of lawn chores, you may want to determine your lighting needs as well.

Many people are spending more time at home and entertaining friends and family instead of going out or going on vacation. There has been an increase in  outdoor fireplaces and living rooms that accentuate this trend. While you can purchase a set of furniture that is as comfortable and beautiful as what you may have in your family room, you don’t have to enjoy it only during the day or on the weekend. With proper lighting you can make your lawn safe and beautiful all the time.

When most people consider outdoor lighting, they often concentrate on the driveway or walkway to the house. These areas are important to keep well lit, for reasons of safety and home protection, but you may want to consider lights for your garden, patio, or yard. You can purchase fanciful garden lights that resemble fairy creatures, animals, or insects such as butterflies that cast a low level of light, but enhance the beauty of your garden.

You can also buy torches that you fill with Citronella oil to help repel bugs. You may want to purchase patio lights to hang from the wall or ceiling. Or, you may want to purchase a combination of these lights to create a warm and inviting setting.

There are outdoor lights available in many different styles and colors to help enhance any décor. It depends on your desires and budget. If you are conscious of the environment, there are a wide range of solar lights available that will reduce your energy consumption needs. Take a look at how you want to spend your time this summer, and how you can use your Utah lawn to spend time with those you love. Make the most of your hard work by purchasing outdoor lighting that allows you to enjoy your yard to the fullest.

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