A PreEmergent lawn care product eliminates weeds at the earliest stage of growth — before you even see them. Several key factors are important to consider if you want to use this type of weed killer effectively.
Have you hesitated to use a pre emergent herbicide because you didn’t understand what it does? Did you try to apply a pre emergent yourself and have poor results?
THE BENEFITS Of A PRE EMERGENT
Have you repetitively sprayed weed killers? Have you spent countless hours pulling weeds? If you answered yes to either or both, you need a good pre emergent program. Pre emergents are one of the most important weapons in your pursuit of a beautiful healthy lawn.
Typical applications occur in early spring before warm season weeds appear and in autumn for cool season weeds. These preventative herbicides actually can be helpful throughout the majority of the growing season. Various weeds germinate at different times, so repeated applications of the correct chemical can eliminate the majority of the weeds in any lawn or yard.
The benefits of a consistent pre emergent program are:
- The weed is eliminated permanently, because the seed is allowed to germinate, and the young tender sprout is killed. A PreEmergent is activated in the top layer of soil, where the weed seeds sprout, and by design it stops the plant from growing. This is one key advantage over just putting down new soil or mulch to bury the seeds. Weed seeds remain viable many years, waiting for a chance to pop up. Pre-emergents break the cycle of constant regrowth of new weeds.
- A minimal amount of labor is involved in applying either a granular or a liquid version. The chemical is activated by applying water, usually within a couple of days, sufficient to soak it into the ground. It can remain effective in the soil for several weeks up to several months, depending on the ingredient used and the concentration of it. This benefit comes right at the time when there are so many other gardening tasks to which you want or need to give your attention.
- Deal more easily with any remaining weeds that manage to escape a treatment. Wiping out those straggler weeds and knocking down any remaining population of weeds before they go to seed is critical. Without relying on a preemergent to reduce the infestation, it always seems to be a losing battle to try to kill every weed before it reproduces.
- Each successive season the need to spray a post-emergent weed killer is lessened. The ideal status of completely eliminating weeds would also require that you take other measures to get your lawn healthy, thick and strong. In many yards, due to outside infestations, the need to continue with this herbicide will continue.
A pre-emergent is NOT effective once the weeds are showing. The chemical must be situated in place prior to the weed seed starting to germinate. If you wait, you lose. Call First Response Lawn Care (214) 701-7622 today to sign up for our effective 7-step program to feed your lawn and control your weeds! We are happy to provide a free estimate! Be sure to check for any current promos before calling.
Christmas Light Installation Rockwall Texas
Take the work out of decorating for Christmas by letting First Response Lawn Care design a custom Christmas light display for your home. Our Christmas light installation crews service Rockwall and the surrounding areas.
Christmas Light Installation Services
- Residential Lighting
- Tree Lighting
- Christmas Décor Options
- Energy Efficient (Green) Christmas Lights
We can help you with most things related to Christmas lighting and design, installation and take down.
Let our experienced technicians create an outstanding light display for you this holiday season. Ready to get started? Call First Response Lawn Care for a quote at 214-701-7622.
Are you ready to enjoy the perfect fire?
We are now actively taking orders for firewood deliveries throughout Rockwall and North Dallas. First Response Lawn Care offers the best choice in reasonably priced premium oak firewood.
It’s that time of year when we’re stoking up the fire places and wood stoves to enjoy with family. First Response Lawn Care is proud to continue warming hearts and heating homes in Rockwall and its surrounding areas.
We have been delivering firewood for over 10 years and only deliver the best quality split seasoned oak firewood Rockwall and surrounding areas has to offer. We deliver firewood to Rockwall, Caddo Mills, Royse City, Fate, Rowlett, Forney, Heath, Sachse, Wylie, Lavon, Garland, and other areas in North Dallas.
Our logs are cut to 16-18 inches to ensure they will fit any fireplace or wood burning stove. Select from full, half or quarter cord.
Full Cord 4×16 ft.
Half Cord 4×8 ft.
Quarter Cord 4×4 ft.
Our prices include firewood being delivered and stacked! Call today (214) 478-6335 for current pricing and to schedule your firewood delivery!
Looks like freezing temps are in our future. If you have a sprinkler system, be sure to turn off your controller to avoid busted pipes and frozen driveways. Here are some water conservation tips for all and winter months.
FALL WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
In the fall, plants require less water. Adjust your system accordingly.
Thinking about overseeding your yard? Over-seeding warm-season lawns, such as Bermudagrass, with cool-season grasses, such as perennial rye grass in the fall can provide a beautiful landscape until spring in Texas. However, from a water conservation standpoint, landscaping experts don’t recommend over-seeding with perennial ryegrass. An over-seeded lawn will require more irrigation because of the water needs of cool-season grasses versus the reduced water requirements of dormant warm-season grasses. When establishing new lawns in the fall, apply for a short-term watering variance. It will allow daily irrigation of new sod or over-seeded grasses for 30 days without risk of a citation.
To prepare for winter and freezing conditions, turn off water, drain valves and blow out excess water in the lines with compressed air.
Disconnect, drain, coil and store garden hoses to reduce wear.
Check your water usage history for unusual changes that may signal leaks or other wasteful problems.
If you have a sprinkler system, it’s a good time to have it checked out by a professional. Call First Response Lawn Care if you need an inspection of your irrigation system.
BUCKLE DOWN FOR WINTER
Tree roots continue to grow during the winter. If extended dry spells are experienced, consider hand watering your trees once a month.
Check your lawn. Warm-season grasses (like Bermudagrass) go dormant during winter months, but they still require adequate moisture. Cool-season lawns, like tall fescue, only need 1″ of water every two weeks. Irrigate your lawn in the morning during warmer winter days to avoid winter kill if dry conditions persist.
Turn sprinklers off during freezing temperatures to avoid icy streets and can even result in a fine.
Sprinklers help keep your lawn properly watered and looking lush. But at the end of the watering season, it’s important to winterize your sprinkler system.
As the temperatures drop and you begin to use your home sprinkler system less and less, don’t forget one of the most important to-do’s for your home. First Response Lawn Care recommends winterizing your home’s sprinkler system before the really cold weather arrives
Underground Sprinkler Systems Can Burst
Underground sprinkler systems can freeze and the pipes can burst, causing expensive repairs if water is not properly drained and blown out. A little preventative maintenance can save you money and headaches down the road. First Response Lawn Care can safely and properly remove the water and prepare your system for the winter.
Burst Pipes Causes Multiple Problems for Homeowners
When temperatures fall below 25 degrees at night, if there is water left in sprinkler systems, it can cause the pipes to burst creating problems:
Damage to Landscaping
Damage to Neighbor’s Lawn
Many times we get frantic calls from homeowners describing a ´geyser´ in their yard because a pipe burst.
Another problem area occurs when hoses are left attached to outdoor faucets. As a rule of thumb, all out door water sources should be free of water by mid-November to be safe.
For more information about First Response Lawn Care’s sprinkler winterization and repair services, give us a call (214) 701-7622
First Response Lawn Care has one mission – to give you a healthy lawn year round. By combining our 7 step program with good mowing and watering practices, your lawn should stay healthy and green all year long.
Autumn is the time for herbicides Rockwall, Royse City and surrounding areas. It’s also time for overseeding and other preventive maintenance to keep your lawn looking good into winter and onto Spring.
Let’s start with dethatching. Thatch, a mat of yellowish dead grass that can block air and moisture, needs to be removed. If you slacked on the dethatching in spring, now is the time, but don’t go at it too aggressively.
If you need to reseed, use proprietary turfgrass seed, available at nurseries, on the Web, and from landscape-supply houses. Turfgrass breeders constantly improve their seed, and many produce specific regional types. While this seed is more expensive than what’s sold at home centers, it’s also more vigorous. Cira quotes the old adage that a cheap tool is an expensive tool. “You might pay a few dollars more for a proprietary seed, but the results are tremendous, and you don’t have to keep constantly reseeding,” he says.
To seed a bare area, till the soil, apply the seed, and then cover it with a thin layer of lightweight, compost-soil/peat-moss blend. Then be sure to keep it moist. Once the seeds get dry, they’re dry for good.
Remove leaves‚ they block sunlight just when grass needs as much light as possible for photosynthesis and root growth. Grass should go from vigorous growth into winter, not enter it weak and underfed.
Even when the lawn is dormant, it needs to eat. Don’t fall at the last hurdle. We can put the lawn to bed with winterizer to promote root stability, cold-weather hardiness, and disease resistance, so you get great results come spring. The lawn greens up much quicker with fertilization.
We can give you a football worthy lawn to impress your friends and family for the holidays. Call us to get started on your Pre-post emergent.
October and November are important months for your Texas lawn.Most annual winter grasses and weeds that plague lawns in late winter and early spring begin to germinate in September and October.
The best way to stop them in the lawn is to apply a pre-emergence herbicide before the weed seeds start to germinate. Now is a good time to work on this problem as well. Pre-emergent herbicides are chemicals that kill weed seedlings as they germinate. They are not effective once weeds grow beyond the seedling stage. They should be applied according to the label in a uniform broadcast treatment, followed by at least 1/2 inch of rain or irrigation to move the product down to the soil where it is activated.
Post-emergence herbicides are used for weeds which have already begun to show up. You have to be careful with these because most of them can damage St. Augustine grass if temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s. There is a “window” of time in the fall to catch the broadleaf winter weeds. The earlier you catch them the better. Just watch out for days which are too warm. Also be careful not to get them on desirable flowers, shrubs, etc. They don’t know the difference between a broadleaf weed and a broadleaf ornamental!
Over-seeding is generally not recommended on St. Augustine lawns. It competes with the grass for sunlight, nutrients and water. The additional competition from over-seeding slows spring recovery of the turf. If your turf is stressed or weak already, avoid over-seeding altogether. It will only make the problem worse.
Remember to reduce your watering as temperatures start to cool off over the next few months. Turf will not need the typical 1” per week watering. Excessive water will only be wasted. Reducing or turning off irrigation will not only save water but will reduce your water bill.
If you need help with your pre and post emergent application, call First Response Lawn Care Rockwall today at (214) 701-7622.
Overseeding with Ryegrass – is this a good or bad idea? To answer that question you might first consider the following:
Do you have Bermuda grass?
Is the area you want to overseed a full sun area?
Are you trying to use fewer herbicides?
Do you mind mowing in the winter?
Are you prepared to use more water?*
If you answered yes to all of these questions then you may want to overseed your lawn. *Be aware that some city’s watering restrictions may also include restrictions on overseeding in the winter.
Bermuda is the best grass to overseed because it is the easiest to prepare to be seeded. Bermuda can be scalped so that the seed will make good contact with the soil, which is critical for germination. At. Augustine, on the other hand, is the most difficult to prepare because you cannot scalp it without damaging the stolons. Also, St. Augustine is thick, reducing the germination of ryegrass and requiring a higher seedling rate. Finally, Brown Patch can be very damaging to St. Augustine in the fall – a result of overwatering. Unfortunately, when overseeding with ryegrass, frequent watering is necessary to allow for germination, which often causes a severe outbreak of Brown Patch in the lawn.
It is recommended to only overseed ryegrass in full sun. Shady areas will transition slowly back to perennial summer grasses causing it undue stress.
Overseeding with ryegrass requires less use of herbicides. Overseeding will reduce the need for a fall pre-emergent herbicide. Weeds are at their worst in early spring before the summer grasses green-up. A healthy stand of ryegrass will keep spring weeds to a minimum, thereby reducing chemical usage.
Overseeding with ryegrass requires more mowing. Ryegrass will need to be mowed every 10 to 14 days when temperatures are under 50 F and ever seven days when temperatures are over 50 F. A benefit of regular mowing is that you keep weeds from flower and thus spreading.
Overseeding with ryegrass requires more water. Germination will require watering three to six times daily at anywhere from 30 seconds to one minute at a time until germination occurs. Then a watering schedule of one to two times daily for seven days will keep the newly germinated seedlings from drying out. After one week, cut back to watering three times per week over a two week period at three minutes per watering. The ryegrass should then be established enough to go to once-a-week watering. If you live in a city that restricts watering to 2 x per week or less with an automated system, you’ll have to hand water to achieve successful germination.
Perennial or Annual Ryegrass?
If you decide to overseed you have one more decision to make: Perennial vs. Annual. Perennial is typically preferred by professional grounds keepers for its superior dark green color and slower growth. Annual is a cheaper option and germinates three to eight days faster than perennial ryegrass. Also, annual ryegrass has a tendency to be very wet and hard to mow.
Transitioning Back to Warm-Season Grass
Ryegrass will die when the weather becomes hot in late spring, but the warm-season grasses will have suffered due to increased competition for water, nutrients and light. There are several management practices that encourage transition back to warm-season grass. Do not fertilize ryegrass in early spring, as this promotes competition with warm-season grass. Once the underlying grass greens up in spring, mow the ryegrass as closely as possible (without scalping the underlying grass.) This opens up the ryegrass canopy and allows light to reach the warm season grass. Once the warm-season grass begins vigorous growth, resume your normal lawn care program.
September could very well be the best month of the year to fertilize your lawn. We know you’ve heard this before in other months, but this is THE MONTH for fertilization. Here are our top tips for September lawn maintenance in Texas.
Dethatch Your Lawn
A thin, half-inch layer of thatch is normal and healthy for a lawn, but thatch that’s deeper than 1 inch should be removed as it prevents air, light and water from reaching the turf’s root zone. As thatch accumulates, there is a tendency for root growth to occur primarily in the thatch layer rather than the soil. This may result in a weakened, poorly rooted turf that is prone to stress injury. Thatch also makes an excellent breeding ground for harmful insects and disease organisms. For more information about dethatching, call First Response Lawn Care at (214) 701-7622, your lawn care service provider in Rockwall, Caddo Mills, Royse City, Fate, Rowlett, Forney, Heath, Sachse, Wylie, Lavon, Garland and surrounding areas.
Plant St. Augustine sod by mid-month to allow time for deep root growth before the first freeze. Bermuda seed should also be sown no later than mid-September, but sod can be planted later in month, if needed.
Aerate Your Lawn
After detaching your lawn, it’s a good idea to follow through with aeration. Aerating your lawn allows more nutrients and water to reach the grass root zone. Fall is a great time to do it as grass plants are beginning to store food for next spring.
These are only a few things you can do during September to keep your lawn healthy and strong for the pending winter season.
Apply Pre-emergent Herbicide
Apply a pre-emergent herbicide in September to prevent winter grassy weeds such as annual bluegrass, rescue grass and rye. (Don’t use if you’re over-seeding your turf.) Gallery products prevent annual broad-leafed weeds.
Pre-emergents need to be applied before the weeds actually sprout and start growing. You can apply them on the same day, then water them both onto the soil’s surface at the same time, but do not try to mix them in the fertilizer spreader. Make two separate passes across the lawn.
First Response Lawn Care can take care of all your lawn care maintenance aeration, fertilization and more in Rockwall Texas and surrounding areas.
In the fall when temperatures are more moderate, it’s a great time to perform lawn maintenance and prep. Here are some fall lawn tips for North Texas on how to cultivate the perfect lawn, and radiant flower beds here in Texas that will have you sitting back and relaxing with minimal regular maintenance.
Use water systems which are low profile to ensure you’re waste of water is minimal and that the plants receive the majority of it. Be cognizant of plants that require greater amounts of water than others, and try to group them in the same locations. Rather than frequency, aim for an increased length of time in watering. And, finally, ensure your equipment is properly cleaned, functioning, and covering all areas for which water is required. Efficiency increases effectiveness. If you need a checkup of your irrigation system, call First Response Lawn Care!
Mulch and Compost
The effective use of mulch and compost in your soil beds will go a long way toward providing the natural nutrients which are required by your plants, thereby reducing the need for extra fertilizer. They also help to reduce weed growth, and some organic mixes can increase water and oxygen retention as well as carbon-trapping. The best time for compost placement is in the spring, however, mulching can be done in the fall to help protect the root systems of your plants.
Prune with a purpose. Do not “top” any trees or shrubs including crape myrtles. Never leave stubs. Cut flush against remaining branches on shrubs and along the branch collar on trees. Peach and plum trees should be pruned to encourage horizontal branching, remove any strongly vertical shoots.
Continue to prune evergreen trees such as magnolias, live oaks, and wax myrtles to minimize possible ice damage. Re-shape evergreen shrubs and shade trees, as needed (even during dormant winter months).
Avoid pruning spring-flowering trees and shrubs during the fall, as pruning now will reduce spring flowers. Continue to cut back spent flowers of annuals and perennials to encourage fall blooming until first frost. Trim dead or damaged wood from trees and shrubs but best advice is to avoid drastic pruning.
If you need help with any of the above fall gardening prep, call First Response Lawn Care at (214) 701-7622!.