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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.

 

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.

 

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.

March Utah Lawn Care

March is here and according to a certain groundhog, there will be a early spring. This means that Utah lawn care will be starting in full swing before you know it. Are you ready?

This is a good month to start mowing the lawn. It will remove the brown tips and help your lawn to grow strong and healthy. Setting your mower to the second lowest setting for the first mow of the season will help remove more of the dead grass. After that, you should return your mower to the second highest setting when you cut your grass.

Another spring task that should be done is fertilizing. After you remove the dead grass, fertilizing will replenish vital nutrients that is needed after a long, cold winter. And when was the last time you aerated your lawn. If it has been a few years you may want to consider doing it now.

Utah lawn care in March doesn’t always include watering your grass, but it may be necessary. If the dirt is dry and hard, a thorough watering towards the end of the month will help repair your lawn and prevent the grass from drying out.

As spring progresses towards summer your Utah lawn care to-do list will lengthen. In the meantime, these few tips will help make sure your grass is green and healthy as you start to enjoy the warmer weather. If you have any questions about tips for lawn care or any pest problems you may have, feel free to contact us and see how we can help.

Utah Lawn Care Spring Calendar

If you are a new home owner you may be wondering what you need to do this spring to take care of the lawn. Here is a Utah lawn care spring calender to help give you an idea what you need to do the next few months and when.

April-May

This is when the weather warms enough that the ground will thaw. Unlike the brief thaws that happen in the winter, this thaw will be permanent and brings the promise of better weather to come. This is when you will want to de-thatch the lawn, or remove the large, irregular patches of high grass, that can grow with inconsistent weather in the late fall, early winter. You will also want to clear the lawn of any debris, such as branches and rocks. Then you need to check for any potential problems, such as weeds, disease, or damage from rock salt.

After you have de-thatched you lawn you will want to aerate. This will help ensure that water and fertilizer will reach the grass’ roots and encourage growth. Apply fertilizer, top soil and seed any bare spots. You may also want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent germination of weeds in the spring.

Mid- May

Often you can mow for the first time in mid-May. For cool weather grass, it is recommended that you cut the grass at a height of 2.5″ to 3.5″ to prevent weed growth. Starting to water your lawn at this time will also encourage the health of your lawn and discourage weed growth. Water deeply and thoroughly to make sure that you reach the roots and saturate your lawn.

Spring lawn care is about preventive maintenance. Performing these steps now will help your lawn look healthy even during the dry summer months. Utah lawn care in the spring will also minimize weeds, pests and diseases that can effect your lawn later in the year. If you have any questions about how to care for your lawn in the spring, contact us now to find out how we can help you with your lawn care needs.

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