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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Spring Lawn Aeration

Spring Lawn Aeration

SPRING LAWN AERATION SERVICE

If you are struggling to keep your lawn healthy, First Response Lawn Care lawn aeration service may be able to help.

Lawn aeration is important if you want your yard to look healthy and green. When your lawn is aerated, it allows the roots of the grass to go deeper in the ground and helps spread the seed better.

Our lawn aeration service in Fate TX and surrounding areas is just a phone call away at (214) 701-7622

A remedy for soil compaction

When you mow or simply walk on your yard, you compact the soil. This makes it impossible for the roots to grow deep. That means your yard is more likely to be torn up by rain and erosion or everyday use. Over time, soil compaction seals the top layers of the soil and creating run off of the irrigation water rather than allowing it to soak down into the roots of your lawn.

Aeration service breaks up the topsoil making it softer. This allows the roots of your grass to become deeper and stronger.

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Weeds are a Menace

Weeds are a Menace

Weeds are a menace year in and year out. They are just plants trying to grow like anything else.  However, if weeds can grow, they will do more damage than you might think. Weeds do damage beyond their unsightly appearance. With all the reasons to not have them, we hope you understand the importance of getting rid of them.

At First Response Lawn Care we have all your yard and weed maintenance covered!

Very unsightly  

They grow faster than grass. This early growth means your lawn is never able to overtake your yard and will constantly look in disarray if weeds are not managed early in the spring growing season.

Weeds Spread

It’s not just about your yard. Weeds that get out of hand will reproduce and populate in your neighbor’s lawn causing much more work for them. Additionally, they can come back into your own yard from the neighbor’s yard no matter how much work you do getting rid of them.

Bugs and pests

Pests are attracted to many kinds of plants. The more variety of grass and weeds the more variety of pests and bugs that will be attracted and stay. This goes beyond the grass but flowers, bushes, and possibly the garden areas. By eradicating those weeds, you reduce the number of invited pests.

Compete with grass for water and nutrients

It’s a competition with weeds. Weeds are going toe to toe with the grass in competing for valuable nutrients and water.

Cause damage to lawn equipment

Often overlooked, is the fact that weeds take a toll on maintenance to your machines that are forced to work harder on taller and thicker vegetation.

Taking the time and energy now will save off a lot of work in the future. Not only will it produce a healthy lawn but will bring a lot of satisfaction to you and your loved ones to trust the ground underneath them.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

Did you know that your lawn care may be tax deductible?

Did you know that your lawn care may be tax deductible?

Long gone are the days we could pay a neighbor’s kid to mow the lawn for 5 bucks. Most home owners spend thousands of dollars each year sprucing up their lawns.  Homeowners associations have gone to the extent of setting lawn standards to be abided by all home owners. Therefore the question is whether or not caring for your lawn is tax deductible?

The answer is “MAYBE”! Part of your job as a homeowner, gardener or landscaper is to prune plants back to reduce their size and you can also do this with your taxes. If you’re self-employed, there are tax deductions that can trim the net amount of taxes you’ll owe.

According to the Tax Court, sole proprietors who regularly meet clients in a home office can deduct part of the costs of landscaping the property. The deductible portion is based on the percentage of the home that is used for business. The Court also allowed a deduction for part of the costs of lawn care and driveway repairs.

You can read what the IRS says about this and learn more at https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc509.

And be sure to contact First Response Lawn Care for all of your lawn care needs.

Spring is Upon Us

Spring is Upon Us

It’s time for spring care and maintenance of your landscaping and recovery from the colder, dormant months. At First Response Lawn Care, we specialize in spring lawn recovery. It is time for pre-emergent treatments and fertilizing strategies for your healthy lawn and flower beds. Also, this is the right time to have your irrigation system inspected. Get your sprinklers in check to pre-empt any problems since watering is needed to kick start your lawn off right. Mowing time is here again and we have the right services to get you started.

Call us to discuss your needs to start the season with a green lawn! Our services include all yard lawn treatments and the personal attention you can only get from a family owned and operated company. We are your local one-stop lawn maintenance company!

Services we offer include:

  1. Spring Cleanup for your yard
  2. Mowing and Landscaping
  3. Weed Control and Fertilization
  4. Lawn Aeration
  5. Sprinkler system inspection and repair

All the services you need to start this spring with a healthy and lush yard. Our maintenance crews are fast and efficient.  We are licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture Lic #450863. We are also a licensed irrigation specialist with the state of Texas Irrigation License #19451. Start the outdoor season off right with First Response Lawn Care!

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

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Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn Care Tips From First Response Lawn Care

We thought we would share some Spring lawn care tips to help you prepare for the season. A great lawn in the heat of Texas takes commitment. Here a few ways to make sure you have a greener springtime!

Pre-emergent Weed Control

It is essential to start the season off right. Managing the growth of weeds early this season will help your lawn flourish and grow. Pre-emergent treatment is the best way to handle early weeds and undesirable additions to your lawn as opposed to pulling them after they appear.

Our fertilizing program uses a 7 step program to ensure your yard is healthy and the best in the neighborhood. We are licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture Lic #450863. to assure you that we are the best at what we do.

Thatch

Depending on your grass type, your thatch level in your lawn should be between ¼” to ½” in depth. If you have more than that, you will be susceptible to disease. When the thatch reaches a higher level than what’s right for it, then you will either have to invest in replacing the lawn or power raking the whole thing. To avoid over-enthusiastic thatch production, don’t over-fertilize, over water, underwater or cut your lawn too short. If de-thatching is necessary for your lawn, we offer services to help your grass recover this Spring.

Water

You will need to supplement your lawn with watering. The best method is if you use an underground irrigation system. Since the average lawn will need about 45″ to 50″ of water during the year, a sprinkler will alleviate the need to water by hose. Using a properly maintained sprinkler system will be sure that your lawn is adequately watered. We encourage you to become familiar with any watering restrictions in your area and plan your watering schedule accordingly.

Aerate

Core aeration is something that is overlooked by many homeowners. When we aerate your soil, it can pay for itself in the water savings alone. There are four reasons for aerating your lawn.

  1. Aeration fights soil compacting
  2. Aeration allows air to the grasses roots
  3. Aeration helps to control the thatch levels
  4. Aeration promotes new grass root growth in the area of the core hole

Fertilize

Grass needs nutrients to grow, to help maintain a root system which is healthy and tolerant to stress when the weather is hot. Fertilizing your lawn is also essential to keep diseases at bay and your grass stress-free. Because your lawn is an artificial environment not meant for the area you live in, it won’t survive without help. This is why the application of fertilizer with crucial nutrients is essential.

Mow

Depending on your grass type, the grass can grow faster or slower in Texas weather conditions. Mowing on a weekly schedule is important to keep the lawn healthy and maintained. Mowing every two to three weeks, for instance, will allow the turf to become stressed and start to thin out. This will increase the need to water and to fertilize.

Watering your lawn correctly and keeping it maintained is essential for a healthy, great looking lawn.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

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Get Your Lawn Ready for Easter Egg Hunts

Get Your Lawn Ready for Easter Egg Hunts

Get Your Lawn Ready for Easter Egg Hunts this season with professional lawn care from First Response. Easter is a popular time for kids and families to be outdoors, hunting for Easter eggs, celebrating the beginning of springtime, and taking part in other Easter activities. The last thing you want to worry about on this holiday is your children accidentally disturbing a wasp nest and getting stung, getting bitten by the year’s first batch of mosquitoes, stepping on ant hills (a particular concern if they’re fire ants), and so on. At First Response Lawn Care, we have a variety of services to help get ready for the Easter holiday and take some of the stress out of preparing for having family and friends over the holidays.

Protect the Sweets

Many insects, including wasps, ants, gnats, and hornets, are drawn to sweet, sugary things that provide them with quick, easy energy. When hiding candy for kids to hunt for, make sure to keep it in secure containers so that bugs won’t be able to detect the candy. In addition, make certain that candy and food wrappers are disposed of properly.

 

Insect Deterrents

At First Response Lawn Care, we have a variety of services to help keep pests at bay as well. Starting a pest control program at his early time of year can benefit your you throughout the year. To keep bugs, like mosquitos and ticks, away from you, and your guests as the seasons move towards the spring and summer.

 

Keep Your Yard Cleaned Up

Having debris like branches, built up leaves, grass clippings, and so on will draw in insects and rodents alike. Make sure you keep your yard picked up and properly dispose of organic waste. Our General Cleanup services just might be the thing you need to help get ready for the season.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

Lawn Pest Control

Lawn Pest Control

Did you know we offer a variety of lawn pest control services from ants to grub worms? Say goodbye to brown patches, weeds and pests by calling your lawn care specialists at First Response Lawn Care today. Utilizing a 7 step program customized to your yard combined with an expert pest control service, we keep your yard healthy all year round.

How do you know if your lawn is falling victim to insects and other pests? Bare spots or irregular patches of yellow or brown grass can indicate the presence of insects or fungal diseases that require immediate attention from a knowledgeable professional. When your lawn has been exposed to insects for a lengthy amount of time, the diseases spread by insects can quickly lead to the need to re-turf your entire lawn. Therefore, taking care of the problem once the signs become apparent is key.

While most homeowners think that any DIY insecticide job will work, they could actually be doing more damage to their lawn. Every lawn is unique, and selecting the correct insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide to resolve the problem takes experience and expertise. At First Response Lawn Care Rockwall, Texas we have the skills, products, and equipment to make short work of lawn insects while maintaining the integrity and beauty of your landscaping.

Whether you want to protect your landscape against future problems or you need immediate help with an insect infestation, you can rely on First Response Lawn Care Rockwall, Texas for expert weed and insect control solutions.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic On Winter Lawns

Avoid Excessive Foot Traffic On Winter Lawns

It’s a good idea to avoid excessive foot traffic on winter lawns this time of year. When grass is brown and short, it’s easy to forget that too much foot traffic can actually damage it. Even though turf grasses are normally sturdy and resilient, too much wear and tear will make it hard for them to recover and worn walking paths may form.

Your lawn can easily become a convenient option over cement or walkways. To encourage guests from unnecessarily walking on your lawn, make sure that your sidewalks or driveways are kept clear in the winter months.

If you neglect winter lawn care

If you don’t take care of your lawn in the winter, no amount of spring lawn maintenance can totally reverse the neglect. Without care, your turfgrass roots are more likely to die, resulting in a dead lawn that’s not only unappealing but unhealthy for your lawn. When this happens, reseeding and replanting of turf grass will be necessary and nursing your lawn back to full health will take time and money.

If you’re worried about your lawn this winter, let a professional lawn specialist at First Response Lawn Care evaluate your lawn and assess its needs. Now is the perfect time to sign up for our 7 step lawn care and weed control program that’ll keep your lawn healthy this winter and all year long. Contact us today for a complimentary quote and inspection of your property and we’ll get working to give your lawn the help it needs.