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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.

Utah Lawn Care: The Dangers of Over and Under Watering

Utah Lawn Care: The Dangers of Over and Under Watering

An important part of Utah lawn care is watering. The dangers of under watering may be obvious; however there is a danger in

over watering your lawn. With a careful balance, your lawn can look beautiful no matter what Mother Nature throws at you during the growing season.

Under Watering

If you under water your lawn, your grass will become dry and brittle. The signs of a lawn that hasn’t received enough water are:

  • You will have brown patches on your lawn
  • If you press on an area of grass it doesn’t immediately spring back up
  • Blades of grass are curled around the edges or look wilted

Over watering

The main problems you encounter if you over water your lawn are that you encourage disease or fungus to grow. You also run the risk of causing problems with your neighborhood society. With the water issues, many areas have regulations regarding when and how much homeowners can water their lawns. You need to understand the rules in your area as part of creating a maintenance schedule.

Maintenance Schedule

Creating a Utah lawn care maintenance schedule includes feeding, treating, and watering your lawn. Here are some things to consider adding to your maintenance schedule:

  • Different types of grass require different levels of water. Make sure you understand the requirements of your type of grass before you plant it.
  • Encourage deep roots by soaking your lawn up to ten inches deep in the spring to help encourage growing deep roots.
  • Concentrate your sprinklers to make sure they water your lawn and not your sidewalk or driveway
  • Temperature, humidity, and wind can all affect watering. If the day is windy, the wind can evaporate the water before it has time to soak your lawn.
  • Watering early in the morning, between 4 am and 6 am, can help make sure that your lawn receives the water it needs, especially on hot or windy days.

Keeping these tips in mind can help you have a healthy and beautiful lawn all summer, no matter what the weather may be.  And if you find that you have issues with your lawn even after following these tips, contact us to help. We have Utah lawn care experience and we can help you isolate and solve your lawn problems.

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.

Keep Your Utah Lawn Beautiful Without Excessive Watering

The Summer months (especially July) are often very hot and dry. As you travel to family picnics, vacations, and picking your children up from summer camp, you may see lawn after lawn with

Keep Your Utah Lawn Beautiful Without Excessive Watering

dry brown patches. You may be wondering how you can prevent this from happening to your lawn without excessive watering.

Water Early

If you have a timer for your watering system, set it so that it will run early in the morning. This will give the water a chance to soak the dirt and penetrate the roots before it evaporates. This is especially beneficial if there is a strong breeze that may carry the water away before it has a chance to reach your lawn.

Mow High

Another way to keep your Utah Lawn beautiful during the hot summer months is to adjust the setting on your lawn mower. The top of your grass is where most of your beautiful color resides, so setting your mower to 2 ½ to 3 inches will gently trim your lawn without losing color. Any most mowers, this is the second to highest setting.

In addition to keeping your lawn green when others are browning out, you can reduce your water usage as well. It will strengthen your root system while allowing you to irrigate less often. It will also help reduce the occurrence of weeds.

There is a way to keep your Utah lawn beautiful while still protecting the environment. Water early in the morning and mow high to keep your lawn rich and green this summer.

Keep Your Watering Strategy Up-To-Date Throughout the Year

Few of us can afford to waste water, and failing to seasonally adjust your watering strategy threatens your finances as well as the health of your lawn.  Properly watering your full root zone (10 inches of moist soil) often means considering seasonal limitations such as temperature and evaporation rates.  Here are a few tips on adjusting your watering frequency to ensure optimal lawn health:

SPRING WATERING: To start the greening process, consider providing only one deep watering to your lawn during March.  Then, as you move into April, water your lawn deeply once per week.

SUMMER WATERING: During the Summer, temperatures rise and grass typically begins to wilt.  To counteract this process, gradually increase watering frequency up to every other day if needed while continuing to water deeply each time.  Watering every day, however, is not recommended, as it increases the chances of fungus problems.

FALL WATERING: Once Fall rolls around, decrease the frequency of your watering as temperatures begin to cool; two to four waters in October should keep your lawn at its peak green.

The cooler weather means that you can continue to reduce the number of times you water your lawn. You may find that even one or two times a week is sufficient, as long as you continue to water just as deeply as you did during the hot summer months.

This will continue to condition the roots and keep your lawn green and healthy as the seasons change. You can continue to water your lawn through the end of the month. In Utah, it is rare to have weather cold enough to freeze water in sprinkling systems before Halloween.

On the last day of October, you can plan to empty your sprinkling system and stop using it for the rest of the year.

It is also a good time to inspect your system and make a note of any repairs or changes you will need to do to your sprinklers next year. Preparation is a major part of the Utah lawn care winterization you will need to perform over the next several months.

Finally, as any seasoned lawn lover knows, freezing temperatures can bust your sprinklers.  Drain your sprinkler system and turn it off in early November to prevent them from freezing during the winter months.

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