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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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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