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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.

How to Identify Insects on Your Utah lawn

With all the different insects that may grow on your Utah lawn, how are you to tell them apart? In the month of July, which is the peak season for insects, you may see many types of infestations in your lawn. Two common insects that you may see this month are Billbugs and Sod Webworm.

Sod Webworm

This is an insect that starts as larvae less than 1 inch long and covered in dark spots. When it reaches adulthood, it is a caterpillar with small brown patches. These larvae are hatched in the fall, and then burrow deep underground in the winter. Once the weather warms up in the spring, they rise to the surface and begin to eat.

One way to tell if your lawn is infested with Sod Webworm is that there are brown patches on your lawn. When you go to pick up the grass, it comes up in a long strip, like a rug.

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.

Utah Lawn: Weeds and Insects

In June you may see a growing number of weeds and insects infecting you Utah lawn. There are different steps that you can take in the spring to help prevent many of these issues. You can also mow your lawn on the second-highest setting to help curb the instances of weeds or insects. However, sometimes you may find that prevention isn’t enough and you have instances of weeds or insects on your lawn.

 

Weeds

This month you may see an increasing number of weeds, including: crab grass, orchard grass, clover, dandelions, and  violets. Many of these weeds may appear in the cracks in your sidewalk before they penetrate your yard. Others may start to appear in limited areas, but will spread if you mow them over instead of removing them with a herbicide.

Dandelions may seem harmless, but they are a stubborn weed that spread their seeds when the heads turn to fluff. The wind often blows these seeds around, but young children often help by picking them and blowing them because it is fun to watch the seeds scatter. This is why it is better to spray them before they get to their fluff state and spread further.

Violets are pretty, so many people may not think of them as weeds. Not only are they weeds, but they are also ones that are difficult to get rid of. They need to be sprayed repeatedly over a 5-6 week period of time and they still may not be completely gone. It is also not advisable to mow them, as their seeds spread. If you do mow them, spray them with water first, in order to prevent the seeds from spreading.

 

Insects

There are several different insects that also appear in the warmer weather. Some of them include Cranberry Girdler, Bill bugs, and White Grub. No matter which insect your lawn may be infected with, a common sign of an infestation is a patch of grass that is brown and pulls up all in one piece, like a rug. Sometimes you may see moth-like insects hovering over the area of grass that is infected. If you pull up the grass, you may see white grub-like insects. Insecticides will often take care of the problem, but some insects are more resistant than others are.

If your Utah lawn is infected with weeds or insects, you can all us for assistance. You can visit your home and let you know how we can help you with your lawn care problems.

Lighting for Your Utah Lawn

With May’s warm temperatures, you may be contemplating spending more time on your Utah lawn. While it may still be cool at night now, summer is just around the corner and it won’t be long before you can comfortably spend time outside at night as well as during the day. While creating a list of lawn chores, you may want to determine your lighting needs as well.

Many people are spending more time at home and entertaining friends and family instead of going out or going on vacation. There has been an increase in  outdoor fireplaces and living rooms that accentuate this trend. While you can purchase a set of furniture that is as comfortable and beautiful as what you may have in your family room, you don’t have to enjoy it only during the day or on the weekend. With proper lighting you can make your lawn safe and beautiful all the time.

When most people consider outdoor lighting, they often concentrate on the driveway or walkway to the house. These areas are important to keep well lit, for reasons of safety and home protection, but you may want to consider lights for your garden, patio, or yard. You can purchase fanciful garden lights that resemble fairy creatures, animals, or insects such as butterflies that cast a low level of light, but enhance the beauty of your garden.

You can also buy torches that you fill with Citronella oil to help repel bugs. You may want to purchase patio lights to hang from the wall or ceiling. Or, you may want to purchase a combination of these lights to create a warm and inviting setting.

There are outdoor lights available in many different styles and colors to help enhance any décor. It depends on your desires and budget. If you are conscious of the environment, there are a wide range of solar lights available that will reduce your energy consumption needs. Take a look at how you want to spend your time this summer, and how you can use your Utah lawn to spend time with those you love. Make the most of your hard work by purchasing outdoor lighting that allows you to enjoy your yard to the fullest.

Utah Lawn Diseases

With the warmer May weather, you may think that you would see more signs of diseases or insects on you Utah lawn. The truth, however, is that many of the common diseases and insects do not appear until later in the year. They become dormant during the winter and do not revive until the warmer temperatures of summer.

You may see signs of cranberry girdler, sod worm or white grub this month if the weather is unusually warm, but this is rare. One disease you may see in May is actually a carry over from the winter months. There is a type of mold that can grow if the previous winter saw a rapid change in temperature between freezing and thawing. Your grass may appear to be “melting out” and have a purple tinge on the edges.

Mostly May is about prevention. You will want to train your lawn’s roots and create a mowing regimen that will encourage growth and discourage lawn care problems. A pre-emergent herbicide can also help keep your lawn green and healthy.

If you take care of your lawn in the spring you can often avoid many lawn care problems and adding chemicals to your lawn. If, however you find that you are having issues with your Utah lawn you can’t resolve, contact us for advice. We can help you determine what the problem may be and how we can help you.

May is often a great month for lawn care and you will see the growth of flowers, grass, and trees. Enjoy the beauty and the weather by spending time on your healthy Utah lawn in May, and may you enjoy it all summer long.

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