Dead or Dormant Lawn?

Dead or Dormant Lawn?

Does your grass look dead? What are the differences between a dead and a dormant lawn? A brown lawn does not always mean that your lawn is dead, it could just be dormant! Dormancy is essentially the lawn going to sleep.

Summer dormancy occurs when the grass is stressed out by intense heat and drought. It can stay in this dormant state safely for 3-4 weeks without dying, although intense drought will kill it over time. Dormant turf is not very pleasant to look at with its unsightly brown tinge. Fortunately, the grass will green up once conditions improve.

How to Revive Dormant Grass

It can be tough to determine whether or not your lawn is dormant or if it is actually dead. A good way to determine if it is dormant is by watering in the early morning. Water it regularly and heavily for a couple of days. This should bring your lawn out of dormancy. Also try to minimize the foot traffic on your lawn, as foot traffic can damage the root systems on dormant grass. Hold back on mowing your lawn, as longer blades of grass will provide shade for the roots. The longer blades keep the moisture from evaporating in the heat as quickly.

Keep an Eye on Daily Progress

After watering there may be some patches or areas that stay brown. If there are many areas that need to be replaced or the areas are quite large, sodding is your best bet. If the areas are small and few in number, reseeding may be the way to go. Call us at First Response Lawncare. We can help you determine how your yard is coming along and calibrate your irrigation system to be optimized to bring your lawn back to life.

Checking your lawn before deciding it is dead could potentially save you time as well as money. Be sure you give it proper attention for a few days before writing it off! Re-sodding or reseeding certain areas is more cost effective than replacing your entire lawn!

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Summer Irrigation Tips for North Texas

Summer Irrigation Tips for North Texas

Before you dive into summer, have a look at our summer irrigation tips for North Texas. These will ensure that your lawn stays green and nourished throughout the season. We understand that it can be easy to forget about your irrigation system, or just expect it to “do its thing” in the background. But you can’t afford to forget about irrigation.

These 3 summer irrigation tips will get you through the summer with a lush lawn for all those relaxing days spent by the pool.

Timing is Everything


It is best to have your irrigation on to water your lawn in the early morning or late afternoon. If you water the hot soil in the midday sun, the water will quickly evaporate, leaving your plants dry and deprived. We recommend that you use your irrigation system between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Quantity Control

Be careful of how much your home irrigation system is operating. Those of us in North Texas usually find that we need to water our lawns less when we experience those rainy summer days. Overwatering can be as harmful, if not worse, as underwatering. Be Waterwise!

Your watering schedule needs to change throughout the year according to the different amounts of rainfall. An automatic irrigation system can monitor soil moisture to determine whether the system needs to be automatically switched on. You want to make sure that your irrigation system is watering the right amount across your lawn. As a rule of thumb, we suggest irrigating twice a week. If it has been a very rainy week, you might be able to cut this down to one.

Get Professional Advice

The change of season necessitates the change of your irrigation system schedule. First Response Lawn Care can advise you with the planning and operation of your irrigation to ensure that it is suited to the climate and your lawn. If you neglect to modify the schedule, you risk watering too much, or not enough. Either way, you could cause extensive damage to your lawn by skipping this simple step.

As well as guiding you with the schedule and frequency of your irrigation system, we can assist you with its positioning and setup. Sometimes a sprinkler head needs to be adjusted to evenly water the lawn. Or perhaps your shaded patch of the lawn does not need as much water as the other patch that sits under the sun all day.

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Summer Lawn Mowing

Summer Lawn Mowing

Summer lawn mowing is one of the most important things to do to keep it healthy. Properly mowed lawns will have fewer weeds, hold moisture better, have a higher stress tolerance and are typically better quality than lawns not properly mowed. Grasses are like most plants when you clip off the top, they branch out and become denser, which turns all of those little grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. Not just mowing, but mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks.

A well-maintained outdoor environment requires attention to detail. During maintenance visits to your home, when we notice items of concern, we will send you recommendations with your invoice. We are here to serve you and to make certain your lawn is in top condition.

Our lawn mowing crews keep your yard very well maintained, letting you relax and enjoy your time with your friends and family.

At First Response Lawn Care, we have maintenance plans to keep your lawn properly mowed and maintained in the Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, and Caddo Mills areas. Once we get going on your lawn, you will be the envy of all your neighbors!

We are a local Rockwall lawn care company and are in this business to serve our customer’s needs. We strive for 100% Customer Satisfaction and we do this by providing top-notch service. We will help your lawn grow thicker and greener by utilizing professional grade equipment and fertilizer, experienced staff, and consistent communication between our staff and you, the customer.

Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 for all your lawn care needs!

Why We Are the Best Lawn Company

Why We Are the Best Lawn Company

Think of keeping your grass green much the same way as having a healthy smile. Your dentist provides regular care along with advice on preventing problems and warning signs to watch for. In between visits, you floss, brush and follow recommendations for any special care.

You want that same kind of relationship with your lawn service. Regular weed killer treatments and fertilization alone won’t guarantee a yard you’re proud of. For best results, you need to work with someone who is knowledgeable in what they do, can explain what you need to do, such as how to water your lawn properly, and can help you recognize threats to your yard from pests and diseases.

So, how do you find a lawn service that fits the bill? At First Response Lawn Care we can provide all the services you are likely to require, and here are five key things where we shine.

Compare standard lawn treatments

Compare treatment programs from lawn company to company. Do they provide both turf care and ornamental tree and shrub care like we do? Are lawn care treatments tailored to specific types of turf? What makes your neighbor’s warm-season grass thrive won’t necessarily be what your cool-season grass needs.

Go beyond yard maintenance

The needs of your yard can change from season to season, year to year. Just like you wouldn’t go to a dentist who only does cleanings, you want to hire a lawn care company that can provide additional services when you need them.

At a minimum, these should include diagnosis and treatment of diseases and pests, and service calls between regular lawn treatments if you notice a problem. Other common yard services to look for include aeration, overseeding and lawn pest control.

Know who is treating your lawn

When it comes to lawn care technician training, the more the better. This goes for not just knowing how to apply grass treatments properly and safely. They should also be able and willing to answer questions you have about your treatments, your yard’s basic needs and how you can meet them, and alert you to anything you need to keep an eye on.

Look for preventative lawn care service

There are certain pests, lawn diseases, and other problems that can crop up with lawns, trees, and shrubs in North Texas. When you know what to watch for, you’re able to contact your lawn care provider for a service call so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before damage is done.

Customer satisfaction

We care about our customers and their lawn. That’s what we do. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 for all your lawn care needs! We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with top notch service!

Summer Guide to North Texas Lawn Care

Summer Guide to North Texas Lawn Care

Now is the time to start paying attention to the summer guide to North Texas lawn care to ensure that the Texas heat doesn’t inflict its damage on your yard. With the heat rising and the outdoor season starting in earnest, the summer guide to North Texas lawn care will let you start off the season right!

Watering Habits

When and how you water your lawn is the most important factor in the quality of your lawn and plant life. The industry standard for the amount of water your lawn needs is roughly an inch of water per week or 1/2 an inch twice per week, whether the yard gets water manually or from rainfall. The best time to water the yard is early in the morning before the sun starts beating down on it. This will allow the water to soak into the dirt and to the roots.

Watering restrictions in your community during periods of drought will affect when you can water your lawn. Try to stay diligent to the one inch per week of water guideline. Too much water can be wasteful and damage harmful to the life span of the grass. Having your irrigation system checked and maintained during this time will ensure that water usage is appropriate for the needs of your yard.

Mowing

The grass should be taller during the summer months, which will allow for deeper root growth and cover from the sun. The insulation also allows for the soil to maintain its moisture better. The general rule of thumb is to keep the grass roughly about 1 ¾ inches to 2 ½ inches for most turf types.

It is also important not to let the grass get too long. and removing more than 1/3 or the leaf blade height at when mown can do damage to the grass. Different mowing and watering strategies are required depending on the type of grass. It is prudent to check the type of grass in your yard before taking any serious steps.

Preventative Care

The actions you take now will be seen a month from now. One key preventative measure is fertilization and aeration of the lawn. But not all fertilizers are created equal when it comes to summer lawn maintenance. Call us today at (214) 701-7622 to discuss your lawn care needs and we will be happy to help!

it’s critical to take care of weed problems during the summer before they’re able to germinate and seed in the fall. It is also recommended to apply weed treatment while the temperature is less than 85 degrees to prevent harming the grass. Aerating and loosening the soil is another pivotal step in the process. This act ensures that the dirt retains its moisture. Tight, compact soil typically leads to quicker evaporation. Keeping the soil less compact allows for greater water penetration down to the roots.

Pest and Insect Control

The summer months are also a time when you’re likely to see more pests and insects in your lawn as tiny creatures search out for water. Many beetles and other insects lay their eggs in the grass during the early parts of the summer, which hatch into grubs during the middle of the season that will eat at your grass.

A healthy lawn will help prevent insect infestations. Dry stressed, or dormant lawns are more likely to be home to insects. Aphids, Caterpillars, Fleas, Fire Ants, Chinch Bugs, Grubs, Mosquitoes, Spider Mites, Snails, Slugs and Beetles are just some of the pests can provide services for. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622! For all your lawn care needs!

Spring is The Time to Fertilize

Spring is The Time to Fertilize

Is your lawn green, full, and lush yet? Spring is the time to fertilize. If you are lucky, you have the perfect lawn – the envy of the block. If not, First Response Lawn Care has the services and solutions to get it that way and keep it green all year!  

If you have your lawn fertilized properly, you’ll be on your way to a healthy, dense  turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money. Nitrogen is every lawn’s most important ingredient, and each type of grass demands different amounts to display peak growth and performance. 

Lawn fertilization varies from lawn to lawn for many reasons including the type of grass(es), soil, location, and climate.  

We know that the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the spring when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll know when the soil warms up to 55 because the flowers begin to blossom and the grass starts growing. Another key component of a good lawn fertilization program is the application of pre-emergent. Pre-emergents helps weeds stop before they have a chance to start. In the Fate, Texas area, crabgrass is rampant. By applying a pre-emergent onto a lawn, helps to eliminate this vivacious grass. 

Crabgrass is best fought before it appears. Make sure your lawn is properly cared for by using appropriate fertilizers, pre-emergents, and water usage. If you are unsure about what your lawn really needs, contact the professionals at First Response Lawn Care. We will analyze your lawn needs and customize an appropriate plan. First Response Lawn Care does the hard work for you including the application, so you can sit back and enjoy your lawn. 

If you want a healthy, lush lawn this year, let’s get started! Call the Fertilization experts at First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weed Prevention for Spring

Weed Prevention for Spring

Weed Prevention for Spring
Spring weeds are working hard to rob your trees and shrubs of water, nutrients, and, ultimately, their health. That is why First Response Lawn Care has structured our  weed control service to ensure that you have protection in every month of the year. Our experienced weed control specialists follow a plan that is tailored to the Texas climate including early season weed prevention, Spring weed control and prevention, plus Summer weed control and
Fall weed preparation.

At First Response Lawn Care, we work hard to monitor for weeds and keep your lawn safe so that you don’t have to. You deserve to spend your nights, weekends, and extra time with family and friends, and not tackling your weed woes!

Let First Response Lawn Care’s year-round care beat weeds at the source and keep them at bay before they have a chance to spring up. If you want total control against weeds in every season, we can help. Protect your landscape and let our trained technicians beat the issue for you.

 

By combining our 7 step program with good mowing and watering practices, your lawn should stay thick, healthy and green all year long.

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Fire Ant Season is Here

Fire Ant Season is Here

Protect your family, pets and guests from bites and stings.

With warmer weather here, fire ants are busy building their mounds, and homeowners are just as busy trying to get rid of them. The bad news is that most homemade remedies like cornmeal, cayenne pepper and the like, just do not work. The good news is that First Response Lawn Care has an effective remedy to rid you of the pesky Fire Ant army.

Fire ants are known for being far more aggressive than other species of ants. They have even been known to attack and kill small animals that they consider a threat. Fire ant colonies cause turf damage and can seriously disturb your lawn’s ecosystem.

When a fire ant nest mound is disturbed, an immediate, orchestrated assault is triggered within the colony. The fire ants emerge from the colony mound to swarm your legs and start biting. Fire ant bites are only the first step in how fire ants attack. They clamp their barbed mandibles into your skin, then they bite, and then they bend their abdomens into a stinging position: fire ants drive their stingers repeatedly, injecting a venomous brew of alkaloids and proteins. Each sting from these pests feels like a hot spark and usually requires first aid. Fire ant stings are particularly dangerous for people with allergies, who may experience anaphylactic shock.

Our professional fire ant control experts at First Response Lawn Care respond to fire ant infestations with quick and effective season-long fire ant treatments, making it easy for you to take back your yard from this invasive and dangerous pest.

First Response Lawn Care provides comprehensive fire ant control services your lawn needs, with proven fire ant treatment designed to rid your turf and soil of a fire ant infestation. Take back your yard from these stinging pests and have fun enjoying your lawn

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Get Mosquito Control Before They Get You

Get Mosquito Control Before They Get You

The City of Rockwall and surrounding Cities are encouraging residents to take proactive steps during the summer months to help protect against mosquito-borne illness. Check out our mosquito control and abatement services! We can help you mitigate the risks of blood-borne infections for you and your loved ones this season.

Mosquitoes are worst especially at dusk and dawn, and they can spread illnesses such as West Nile virus and Zika.

Here are a few ways to reduce exposure:

  • Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Currently, no confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus have been found within the City of Rockwall but, it still remains one of the biggest threats after a warmer and wetter than usual winter like we have had this past season.

For additional information on West Nile Virus, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factsheet.htm

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Tune Up Your Sprinklers in Spring

Tune Up Your Sprinklers in Spring

This is when it’s time to turn irrigation systems back on for the spring. But taking the right steps is crucial to ensure pipes or other irrigation components aren’t damaged. Our irrigation services are second to none.

First, we’ll open the system’s main water valve slowly to allow the pipes to fill with water gradually. If it opens too quickly, it subjects sprinkler main lines to high-pressure surges and uncontrolled water flow, which can cause cracking, since the system is likely empty from months of non-use in the Winter.

Next, verify each station or zone is operating properly by manually activating each zone from the controller and walking through them making sure sprinkler heads are rotating properly and providing adequate coverage and that there aren’t any leaks. As we go through each zone, adjust heads as needed and clean the filters on poorly performing sprinklers looking for proper operating pressure because that can clue us in on system problems. For instance, low pressure can indicate a line break or missing sprinkler.

Then, reprogram the controller for automatic watering as necessary and take care of any controller needs, such as replacing the backup battery. If the system has a weather sensor, you’ll need to uncover and clean that as well and check the backflow preventer to ensure it’s working properly.

Irrigation Systems Need A Professional Eye

As First Response Lawn Care goes through its spring sprinkler maintenance jobs, we usually find that 40 to 55 percent of them have an issue we can fix to make the system work better, such as having sprinkler heads adjusted or moved or detect leaks or valve adjustments that may be needed. Generally, it’s best to let us start the system up for the first time for you to prevent any additional damage. This is the best time to get your system inspected for any problems this season.

Having a pro maintain your landscape irrigation system is crucial to avoid any problems, such as wasted water, inadequate watering, and flooding. Take care of your landscape investment this spring with a water-efficient system that provides years of trouble-free operation.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn this year, let’s get started! Call the Irrigation experts at First Response today at (214) 701-7622!

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