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Solar Lighting for Your Utah Lawn

Weeding, seeding, and watering aren’t the only chores you will want to complete for your Utah lawn this year. You may want to find ways to make your lawn more beautiful and enjoyable for the summer barbecue season. Solar lighting is a good alternative for making your patio, walkways, and gardens accessible at night without increasing your energy bill.

There are a wide range of solar lighting available, depending on budget and purpose. Here is a list of some of the types of lighting available, ranging from decorative to replacing standard lighting systems:

  • Decorative: These include little creatures such as frogs, butterflies, or gnomes. They don’t add much light to the area but they are a great accent to a garden, patio, or front lawn.
  • Fixture lights: They can be low to the ground, and provide more light than decorative figures. They are great for borders, landscapes or driveways.
  • Tall fixtures: Think of tiki torches and you have an idea of tall fixtures that can help illuminate a path or small area.
  • Hanging lights: they are similar to tall fixtures in terms of the amount of light they give off. Great for garden arches or patios
  • Patio lights: These lights are brighter and designed to help illuminate a larger area
  • spotlights: Are best for illuminating one specific area, as with a standard spotlight they range in size and intensity

If you are looking to use solar lighting for your Utah lawn this year, there are some things that you need to consider. They include:

  • Goals: What are you looking to accomplish with your solar lights? How many will you need and what type to accomplish that goal?
  • Natural light: In order for solar lights to be effective they need to receive adequate sunlight during the day.
  • Budget: based on your goals and natural lighting, what type of lights will fit your goal and budget?
  • Alternative sources: Some of these solar lights need batteries in order to work, while others can use solar panels if in a shaded area.

Solar lighting can be a nice way to illuminate your Utah lawn while reducing energy costs. Because more people are staying at home while on vacations, these lights can help you entertain guests this summer. Consider your lighting needs and budget, and determine if some or all of your lighting needs can be taken care of with solar lighting.

Dandelions and Your Utah Lawn

As the temperatures continue to rise and April showers steadily fall, you may see many different weeds spread throughout your Utah Lawn. Some are hazardous to your grass and plants, while others are merely an annoyance. If you see dandelions popping up in your lawn, should you be concerned?

Dandelions are a weed and can make it difficult for some types of grass to grow properly. In this growing trend of organic foods, however, there are some who say that dandelions are good to eat and don’t need to be seen as the enemy. So, if you have a dandelion problem, do you need to grab weed killer or a fork?

That is your decision to make. Patches of dandelions on your Utah lawn won’t enhance aesthetics and they are difficult to control. They spread when their seeds blow in the wind, which doesn’t make them almost impossible to prevent. Once they appear on you lawn it’s not like you can restrict them to one specific area.

Removing them has also proven difficult, as they are resistant to most herbicides. When you are considering your feelings about these yellow weeds children love to pick, you may want to review how you will treat your lawn once they appear.

It is possible to pick them by hand and use them as a food source, as long as you haven’t sprayed them with herbicides first. You can also pull them out and dispose of them manually if you only consider them a nuisance. If you are adamant at trying to prevent them from penetrating specific areas of your lawn, especially if you have seeded an area and encouraging growth, there are burlap seed covers you can purchase and lay out to help prevent dandelion seeds from taking root in the ground.

You have a lot of work ahead of you when maintaining your Utah lawn this spring and summer. You may want to decide now which battles are important ones to fight, and which conflicts are less important. Dandelions may be one area where you may decide to live and let live, or look up online for some great recipes. If, however you feel that dandelions or any other weeds are growing out of control, you may want to contact us for help.

The Dreaded Dandelion

With Spring comes a great many fun and fantastic things, warm weather, blue skies, and a thriving lawn among them. Sadly, with the good comes the bad, and mild weather combined with Spring sunshine is the dreaded Dandelions favorite environment.

Though pretty, the bright yellow weeds are virile, and are more than capable of overrunning your lawn unless properly maintained. Their little white seeds are notoriously hearty and allow Dandelion weeds to spread in exponentially large waves.

Taking steps to prevent initial Dandelion growth is the best strategy to managing them. Applying pre-emergent herbicide early in Spring will help to prevent Dandelion germination, and mowing your lawn on a high setting helps your lawn outcompete Dandelion seeds.

April Showers bring Utah Lawn Growth

While the saying is April showers bring May flowers, it is also a time when your Utah lawn will grow rapidly. Warming temperatures and steady rain will help your grass grow, especially blue grass. Here are some tips to keep your lawn healthy now, and in the summer.

One important part of a healthy green lawn with few weeds is to have a deep root system. You can train your root system by utilizing a proper watering strategy. If you create a healthy balance in your lawn you will have a vibrant lawn, even during a dry summer.

Too much watering will create shallow roots, while too little water will make your grass dry and brittle. Watering your lawn once a week long enough to penetrate 10” of the soil should be enough to encourage deep roots for your grass.

If the month sees record lows for rainfall, you may need to water more often. The best way to determine if your lawn needs more water is to test your soil. If the soil is hard or the blades of grass are browning at the tips, your lawn may be dry and you need to increase your watering strategy until the weather changes.

Another tip to making sure your lawn stays green during this fast growing period is to mow frequently. When you do mow your lawn, make sure you are only removing the top third of the blade. If you remove too much of the grass when you mow you will damage your lawn and prevent healthy growth.

Most often the month of April will take care of your lawn’s growth. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to monitor the progress of your Utah lawn. Monitor the health of the grass and soil to determine your watering needs, as well as future lawn needs. If you have any questions about watering, fertilizing, or any other spring lawn care issues, please feel free to contact us for advice or a consultation.

Beautify Your Utah Lawn with Plants

Plants are a great way to beautify your Utah lawn. It will add a touch of color and can be a great way to relax. While you are starting your spring lawn chores, you may want to consider sectioning off an area for a garden.

There are different ways that you can create a garden. You can start small, with a few containers, or section off a part of your yard. You may want to start with a small area and then grow your garden as your confidence grows. You can create a raised garden, with a brick wall or wooden container, or you can leave your garden level with the rest of your lawn. It all depends on the amount of time you have to devote to your garden and your comfort level with growing plants.

If you start early in the spring you can start with seeds, or you can wait until the warmer weather and purchase starter plants. Starter plants take less effort and are a good choice for a first timer. You need to know the amount of sun and rain your garden will receive in order to determine the right types of plants to purchase.

You can also purchase perennials or annuals. Annuals will only grow this year, while perennials will return every year. You can make a decision based on whether you want to replant every year or if you want to just let the same plants come back every spring.

Talk to your local garden store to learn about the different type of fertilizer you will need for your garden compared to your lawn, and any other gardening tools you will need to keep your plants healthy. If you have any Utah lawn problems this year while establishing your garden, contact us. We may be able to help you have a great lawn this summer.

Utah Lawn: Supplies and Advice for Spring

Before the busy spring lawn care season starts, you may want to start looking for needed supplies and gathering information. This way you can prepare now and answer any questions you may have to have a green and healthy lawn this year.

Start looking for deals on any supplies that you will need, especially for the spring. Check your local lawn and garden supply stores to see when they will be carrying spring lawn supplies. Ask them about any new products they will be carrying and any specials they may have in the next few months. Saving a few dollars now can help you later in the year and may allow you to do some landscaping to improve your lawn later in the year.

Start gathering books and articles that you may need to help you with your spring lawn tasks. There are many e-books and online articles that are free or low cost that help new gardeners. Read the materials and start compiling a list of questions that you may have about your particular lawn needs. Then you can ask you local lawn and garden supply store personnel about any recommendations they may have. You can also feel free to contact us for advice. We are available all year round to answer any Utah lawn questions or help with pests, diseases or weeds that infect your lawn this year.

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