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Utah Lawn Care with Water Efficient Landscapes

Although not all of Utah is affected by water issues, many homeowners want to be environmentally friendly and use less water to maintain their lawns. There are strategies people can use to reduce the amount of water needed to keep grass green during even the hottest summer. Yet many homeowners are buying landscaping items that use less water and need less work to keep their yards looking nice year round.

One way to create an Earth friendly landscape is to balance lawn with flowers, trees, bushes and hardscaping to make a yard more water and energy efficient. If you combine this idea with items that use less water, you can increase the ability of your landscape of being green and water efficient.

Lawn

There are different grasses that need less water and use the water they have more effectively. Many of these lawns are beautiful shades of green and have the added benefit of needing little mowing compared to other grasses. These grasses include:

  • Bella Bluegrass
  • Maiden Grass
  • Buffalo Grass
  • Indian Grass

Cacti

Some people love the look of cacti in their landscape. While cacti in general need less water, some are more suited to Utah than others. Some of the cacti the need less water, less fuss, and do well in the Utah climate are Engelman Hedgehog and Beavertail Cactus. They help your lawn look beautiful and unique as you host your next barbecue.

Vines and Ground Cover

Another way to add beauty and decoration to a lawn without adding a lot of hard work or water usage is to include vines and ground cover. Come vines that need less water include Japanese Wisteria and White Virgins-Bower. Bearberry and Snow-in-Summer are two types of ground cover you can use in landscaping as well.

Perennials

Many people love the look of perennials in their landscape. When searching for water-friendly items to add to your list you can look for these:

  • Willow Blue Star
  • White Evening Primrose
  • Oriental Poppy
  • Cupids Dart

Deciduous and Coniferous Trees

Trees are a great addition to your lawn. They provide beauty and shade in addition to helping with Utah lawn care and reducing water usage. If you want to add trees to your landscaping project here are some nice ones to consider:

  • Hedge Maple
  • Desert Willow
  • Kentucky Coffee Tree
  • White Fir
  • Utah Juniper
  • Scotch Pine

When determining the best way to reduce the amount of water and time needed to maintain your lawn, you may want to consider optimizing your landscape. This way, you can help the environment, conserve a vital resource and spend more time enjoying your lawn. If you need help determining how to combine Utah lawn care and energy conservation you can contact us. We can help you determine the types of grasses, perennials or other plants are suitable to your soil and location.

 

Utah Lawn Care: Orchard Grass Prevention

Utah lawn care includes as much prevention as it does fixing a problem when it occurs. Affective maintence in the spring and eary summer can help prevent many lawn care problems that happen later in the summer. Some problems, however, are a little more difficult to prevent. The growth of orchard grass in your lawn is one type of problem that is hard to prevent and treat.

In August it is common to see many different types of weeds and insects that damage your lawn. Orchard grass, however, is a little different. It is a perennial, grows from early spring till fall, and its growth season coincides with the growth of your lawn. Orchard grass has light colored blades that are v-shaped, and forms in patches. It also has light green leaves that are approximately ten inches long and 1/3 inches wide.

The reason why Orchard grass is difficult to prevent and remove is that it is a grass, and any treatments you use on your lawn to prevent Orchard grass may harm your lawn as well. If you like, you can try applying a pre-emergent herbicide in late spring, April or May, to try to prevent the growth of Orchard grass on your lawn.

If you find Orchard grass and want to remove it, you can try to use a non-selective herbicide, but there is a good chance you will cause damage to your surrounding lawn. This means you will need to reseed in these areas. You can also try to maintain your lawn by mowing at the 2″ setting, which is a good way to prevent many weeds and unwanted plants from growing on your lawn.

If you want to get rid of Orchard grass or have other Utah lawn care problems, feel free to contact us. We can offer you a consu

Utah Lawn Care: Protecting Your Lawn From Drought

Recognize drought BEFORE it browns your lawn!

The weather has warmed and the rain has slowed.  Learn how to recognize drought BEFORE it does damage to your lawn and prevent those nasty brown spots from emerging and spreading!

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Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

Did you realize that morning glory is actually a weed? These pretty purple flowers that open every morning can choke your lawn and keeping it from growing healthy. So

Utah Lawn Care: Treating Morning Glory

how do you take care of the problem? Here are some tips:

Recognize the culprit

Moring Glory are blossoms that grow on large vines. The vines can be up to ten feet long and have heart shaped leaves. The color of the blossoms varies but common colors are white, blue and purple. The flowers generally open in the morning and stay open for the rest of the day.

Preventive Maintenance

Morning glory grow all year round, however with preventive Utah lawn care you can keep this weed from growing in your yard. If you use a preemergent herbicide in April or May you can prevent outbreaks of this weed.

What to do now?
Many weeds, including Morning Glory, thrive during the hot summer months, including July. If you find these blooms on your lawn you can treat with an herbicide. Reapply every five or six weeks to prevent a reappearance of the weed.

Another method you can use to keep this and other weeds out of your lawn this summer are to use a high setting on your lawn mower. This keeps weeds from receiving the sunlight they need to grow and ruin the look of your beautiful lawn.

If you want help with Morning Glory, Turf Plus can help you with all of your Utah Lawn Care needs. Just contact us with your lawn problems and we can take care of them for you.

Lawn Care Utah: Billbugs

One of the common pests that appear in July is Billbugs. While the adult doesn’t harm your lawn, its young feed on blades of grass to grow big and strong. Learn the common signs your lawn may be infested with Billbugs and how to treat them.

Lawn Care Utah: Billbugs

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.

The signs of a Billbug infestation are similar to other lawn care Utah issues. One of the main signs of an infestation is large patches of dry grass you can pull up in a large clump. A sign that your lawn may be infested by Billbugs is that in addition to these patches you will see that the stems of grass are hallowed out.

Larvae of the Billbug look similar to a grub and are white and legless. They feed by penetrating the grass at the stem and consuming all its nutrients. The adults are beetles that are brown or black and have a long nose. By the time they reach this stage of their development they are no longer a threat to your lawn.

The prime growing season for Billbugs is June and July, but they develop throughout the summer. If you notice a Billbug infestation you need to retreat your lawn with an insecticide weekly until you are sure they are gone.

If your lawn care Utah maintenance includes getting rid of Billbugs or other pests you may want to contact us for help. We will apply the initial treatment and return as often as is necessary to reapply the treatment until your lawn is pest free.

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