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Dandelions and Your Utah Lawn

As the temperatures continue to rise and April showers steadily fall, you may see many different weeds spread throughout your Utah Lawn. Some are hazardous to your grass and plants, while others are merely an annoyance. If you see dandelions popping up in your lawn, should you be concerned?

Dandelions are a weed and can make it difficult for some types of grass to grow properly. In this growing trend of organic foods, however, there are some who say that dandelions are good to eat and don’t need to be seen as the enemy. So, if you have a dandelion problem, do you need to grab weed killer or a fork?

That is your decision to make. Patches of dandelions on your Utah lawn won’t enhance aesthetics and they are difficult to control. They spread when their seeds blow in the wind, which doesn’t make them almost impossible to prevent. Once they appear on you lawn it’s not like you can restrict them to one specific area.

Removing them has also proven difficult, as they are resistant to most herbicides. When you are considering your feelings about these yellow weeds children love to pick, you may want to review how you will treat your lawn once they appear.

It is possible to pick them by hand and use them as a food source, as long as you haven’t sprayed them with herbicides first. You can also pull them out and dispose of them manually if you only consider them a nuisance. If you are adamant at trying to prevent them from penetrating specific areas of your lawn, especially if you have seeded an area and encouraging growth, there are burlap seed covers you can purchase and lay out to help prevent dandelion seeds from taking root in the ground.

You have a lot of work ahead of you when maintaining your Utah lawn this spring and summer. You may want to decide now which battles are important ones to fight, and which conflicts are less important. Dandelions may be one area where you may decide to live and let live, or look up online for some great recipes. If, however you feel that dandelions or any other weeds are growing out of control, you may want to contact us for help.

The Dreaded Dandelion

With Spring comes a great many fun and fantastic things, warm weather, blue skies, and a thriving lawn among them. Sadly, with the good comes the bad, and mild weather combined with Spring sunshine is the dreaded Dandelions favorite environment.

Though pretty, the bright yellow weeds are virile, and are more than capable of overrunning your lawn unless properly maintained. Their little white seeds are notoriously hearty and allow Dandelion weeds to spread in exponentially large waves.

Taking steps to prevent initial Dandelion growth is the best strategy to managing them. Applying pre-emergent herbicide early in Spring will help to prevent Dandelion germination, and mowing your lawn on a high setting helps your lawn outcompete Dandelion seeds.

Utah Lawn Care: April Insects and Diseases

While it is still early in the growing season, April Utah lawn care can still include treating insects or diseases that appear on your lawn. April insects can include White Grub and diseases can include mushrooms.

White Grub

There aren’t many insects that appear in Utah in April. Too possibilities that have been seen in the past are Cranberry Girdler and White Grub. You may want to keep your eye out for signs of these insects while going about your spring landscaping chores.

White grubs are approximately 2” in length, are a cream color, and have a dark head. They cause multiple brown spots to appear on your lawn, and they spread rapidly. If you pull up a section of your lawn that has a brown spot it will often come up in one piece. You may also see the insects just underneath the grass in the soil when you remove the damaged area.

While the common growth period for White Grub is July through September, you may see them as early as April. In order to treat the problem you can apply an insecticide to the infected areas. You can repeat the treatment several times until you begin to see the dead grubs on the soil. Once you have treated the lawn and remove the insects, your lawn will often recover on its own within 4-6 weeks.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms can be seen if the area experiences unusually heavy rainfall in April. While mostly they are just an eyesore, they can indicate a potential problem. Mushrooms are usually caused by moisture in the soil; however they can also be created by a large among of decaying organic material.

Mushrooms can indicate a drainage issue in your yard that needs to be remedied to prevent other landscaping issues. They can also show you an area that has a large amount of dead leaves, grass, or animal waste.  You can prevent the growth of mushrooms by removing dead leaves and raking the yard after you mow the lawn, especially if the grass was high before it was cut.

If you continue to have a problem or are looking for a different solution, you can spray mushrooms with a fungicide to remove them. You can mow off their heads when you take care of lawn as another method of removing mushrooms.

If you don’t mind their presence esthetically, mushrooms can help your lawn by breaking down decaying organic material and depositing it back in your soil. Since mushrooms will often die off on their own as the spring rains decrease, they could be viewed as a temporary way to offer extra nutrition for your lawn.

If your Utah lawn care chores in April include dealing with White Grubs, mushrooms, or other insects or diseases, feel free to contact us. We can examine your lawn and offer you some advice as to how to get the most out of your landscaping efforts.

 

April Showers bring Utah Lawn Growth

While the saying is April showers bring May flowers, it is also a time when your Utah lawn will grow rapidly. Warming temperatures and steady rain will help your grass grow, especially blue grass. Here are some tips to keep your lawn healthy now, and in the summer.

One important part of a healthy green lawn with few weeds is to have a deep root system. You can train your root system by utilizing a proper watering strategy. If you create a healthy balance in your lawn you will have a vibrant lawn, even during a dry summer.

Too much watering will create shallow roots, while too little water will make your grass dry and brittle. Watering your lawn once a week long enough to penetrate 10” of the soil should be enough to encourage deep roots for your grass.

If the month sees record lows for rainfall, you may need to water more often. The best way to determine if your lawn needs more water is to test your soil. If the soil is hard or the blades of grass are browning at the tips, your lawn may be dry and you need to increase your watering strategy until the weather changes.

Another tip to making sure your lawn stays green during this fast growing period is to mow frequently. When you do mow your lawn, make sure you are only removing the top third of the blade. If you remove too much of the grass when you mow you will damage your lawn and prevent healthy growth.

Most often the month of April will take care of your lawn’s growth. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to monitor the progress of your Utah lawn. Monitor the health of the grass and soil to determine your watering needs, as well as future lawn needs. If you have any questions about watering, fertilizing, or any other spring lawn care issues, please feel free to contact us for advice or a consultation.

Beautify Your Utah Lawn with Plants

Plants are a great way to beautify your Utah lawn. It will add a touch of color and can be a great way to relax. While you are starting your spring lawn chores, you may want to consider sectioning off an area for a garden.

There are different ways that you can create a garden. You can start small, with a few containers, or section off a part of your yard. You may want to start with a small area and then grow your garden as your confidence grows. You can create a raised garden, with a brick wall or wooden container, or you can leave your garden level with the rest of your lawn. It all depends on the amount of time you have to devote to your garden and your comfort level with growing plants.

If you start early in the spring you can start with seeds, or you can wait until the warmer weather and purchase starter plants. Starter plants take less effort and are a good choice for a first timer. You need to know the amount of sun and rain your garden will receive in order to determine the right types of plants to purchase.

You can also purchase perennials or annuals. Annuals will only grow this year, while perennials will return every year. You can make a decision based on whether you want to replant every year or if you want to just let the same plants come back every spring.

Talk to your local garden store to learn about the different type of fertilizer you will need for your garden compared to your lawn, and any other gardening tools you will need to keep your plants healthy. If you have any Utah lawn problems this year while establishing your garden, contact us. We may be able to help you have a great lawn this summer.

Utah Lawn Care: Composting

The cost of Utah lawn care in the spring can be daunting for new homeowners. There is a way to keep a lawn healthy all year round while saving money and helping the environment. Composting is a great way to fertilize your lawn and garden and it costs less money then purchasing fertilizer.

Composting uses food and lawn clippings to create a mulch. This mulch will provide vital nutrients to your lawn and reduce the amount of waste you have every year. You can build your own container or purchase one from your local garden or supply store.

You will want to rotate the contents of your compost container so that the decomposed elements are on top for use and the newer items have a chance to decompose. Then you can use the compost for spring fertilization to grow a beautiful and healthy lawn.

If your lawn has multiple dry patches or doesn’t seem to be growing well you may need to determine if your lawn is missing nitrate. If your lawn is missing this vital ingredient it can be due to a lack of earthworms in your yard. You can increase the health of your lawn and encourage the appearance of earthworms by spreading ground up eggshells and coffee grounds on your lawn.

There is often a natural way to improve your yard without adding chemicals. If you are looking for eco-friendly Utah lawn care tips, you can find plenty of information on the Internet or at the local garden store. If you have a problem that you feel needs professional help, feel free to contact us to find out how we can help.

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