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.

Raking Winter Leaves

Raking Winter Leaves

Ahhhhh raking winter leaves, an age-old tradition that most could live without for sure. Back when I was young, there was no shortage of leaves in our neighborhood and they always seemed to float to our yard. It was a chore, but read on because we have good news!

First Response Lawn Care will rake up leaf debris in your yard and bag it for you! Your flowerbeds and other landscaped areas need clean up too during the Texas winter months.

Get your yard cleaned from all the existing leaf piles or keep those falling leaves under control with our expert rake and bag lawn service. Keep your lawn grass and landscapes healthy by removing debris that could cause disease or give rodents a place to hide. If you have a ton of leaves or you have a bed of leaves that get wet, then you have a chance of growing mold, a fungal disease that can attack your grass.

When you are ready to say goodbye to those leaves, Call us and we’ll rake and bag those for you.

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Winter Lawn Diseases

Winter Lawn Diseases

 

Winter lawn diseases and what you need to know about them.

Severe damage can occur in lawns during the winter months. Sometimes patches of lawn become brown or bare during the winter and don’t return to  green when spring comes around. For the most part, turf grasses are resilient and strong, though damage to grasses for Various reasons.

Cold Desiccation

Grasses will survive just about any temperature if they are blanketed with snow, but uncovered grasses in very cold conditions will continue to lose moisture and oxygen after the ground is frozen solid.

If the damage is minor, individual grasses may recover, or surrounding grass plants may fill in. With widespread damage, you likely will need to reseed or re-sod dead areas.

Snow Mold

When heavy snow falls over ground that is not yet cold, the moist conditions may foster a variety of fungal diseases collectively known as snow mold. In the spring when the snow melts, you will notice fuzzy or crusty patches, pink or gray in color, blanketing portions of the lawn.

Snow mold usually dies as sun and breezes dry out the lawn, but if the turf has been infected for a long time, the grass may die. Usually, though, the grasses will gradually recover. If the lawn still has debris from the previous year, rake this up to improve air circulation to the grass.

To prevent snow mold, make sure to de-thatch or aerate your lawn regularly, which will increase air circulation and prevent snow mold.

Crown Freeze

The crowns of turf grass can be killed if warm, moist weather is followed by a sudden freeze. This is most common in late winter and early spring, when unexpected frost occurs in warm climates.

Widespread damage requires reseeding or re-sodding. There is not much you can do to prevent crown freeze.

Voles (Field Mice)

Sometimes winter damage is caused by voles. The mouse-like pests average around six inches long, and they spend their winters tunneling beneath the snow or lawn debris, eating plant roots and keeping warm.

Re-seeding is usually the best option if the damage is not too severe. Otherwise re-sodding the damaged areas may be required. To keep voles at bay, remove dead grass and fallen leaves in the fall. Our fall or spring cleanup services might be right for you!

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Texas Winter Lawn Care

Texas Winter Lawn Care

Texas winter lawn care can be challenging. With its rain and freezing temperatures that can affect the lawn and will require the grass to be replaced if too much damage occurs. Winter in Texas may not be as long or severe as other states, but it can get cold. Homeowners must prepare their lawns for the cold bursts so that they are healthy and strong and ready for growing season.

Texas Winter Lawn Care Guide

Wondering how much work you need to put into your lawn in winter? The truth is, you don’t need to devote every moment to your lawn. But you want to pay it some attention if you want it to be green in the spring!

Clear Any Leaves and Debris

The debris and leaves can block out the sunlight, which can kill your grass. It is advisable to remove dead leaves on your yard so that you don’t wake up to a brown lawn come spring. Also, make sure you clear any debris, such as sticks, leaves, or other rubbish during the winter. These things can interfere with the grass receiving the proper nutrients, moisture, and air.

Winter Watering

Since Texas rarely gets snow, you should still water your lawn in the winter, especially if it’s been a couple of weeks without rain. Watering first thing in the morning is best because there is less evaporation and the water has a better chance of drying before night time, reducing instances of lawn diseases.

Know When to Apply Fertilizer

Fertilization is the most common way to make sure your lawn stays green and lush. The best time to apply fertilizer is right before the first freeze. Winter fertilization will give your lawn an increased amount of density and will allow it to fight off winter weeds.

Plant Winter Grasses

People in Texas often think of rye grass when they think of a winter grass. Planting rye grass will make your lawn look lusher and fuller as it grows in with your current grass.

Watch Your Weeds

Weeds can still be prevalent in the winter, so be sure that you pay close attention. You will improve the way your grass will grow when the spring comes around by actively removing weeds in the winter.

Luckily for our customers, we have the experience, the right tools and stock all the chemicals necessary to keep it looking its best so you don’t have to. Call us at (214) 701-7622 to talk to our friendly staff about your lawn care needs today! Or click the link below to check out our service offerings.

What To Grow In Winter

What To Grow In Winter

If you’ve ever wondered what to grow in winter? Take a look at 5 plants that do well through winter weather.

Is the thought of cold temperatures and falling snow is enough to make you look for a fireplace? While we think a lot of plants do too when winter comes, but some garden plants can actually defy the odds. Winter gardening doesn’t mean planting things in the snow. The idea of what to grow in winter might make you rethink what you plant in the garden throughout the year.

Herr are 5 suggestions for plants that do well so you can know what to grow in winter.

Camellia

The camellia is almost synonymous with the cold winter season. This evergreen shrub thrives even in winter when few plants do giving life to a bare garden. Camellia is also a shade plant growing well in acidic soil. Watering these plants with rain is ideal.

Snow Drops

How else are these dainty white flowers named besides their snow white colors but for their ability to seemingly grow in snow? They love the snow so much so forget about growing these plants in the warm south. Snowdrops are a shade loving plant too so you can add life and color in a shady spot in your garden.

Primroses

You’ll find these well-loved classical flowers common in cottage gardens and for very good reasons. The flowers are just lovely in form and in their variety of colors. They’re hardy too and pretty long enduring some may last for a generation in a garden.

Heather

Depending on the variety of Heather and the hardiness zone in your areas, they can bloom all winter long. Give this plant a time to be established and you’ll find these plants blooming all through winter against the frost. Give your heather plant a trim in the summer to keep it healthy.

Daphne

When a plant has legendary stories behind it then it must be amazing. Daphne really is when they’re widely known for their scented flowers and poisonous berries. Being a cold and drought tolerant plant, they are great for rock gardens and as a winter garden ornamental plant.

If you need help with Winter gardening ideas, call First Response Lawn Care at (214) 701-7622!. Or contact us using the link below!

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8 Things To Do Right Now For Your Winter Lawn

8 Things To Do Right Now For Your Winter Lawn

Here are 8 Things To Do Right Now For Your Winter Lawn. Texas’s warm humid climate and rich soil, is ideal for plant life. Gardens here show evidence of that.

With the first official day of Spring still over a month away, your attention may be focused mostly indoors. Even in the cold winter months, however, our lawns and gardens have specific needs. What may look dead and brown but is teeming with life just underneath the surface.

In order to reduce pests and ensure that your plants and grasses will thrive as the weather warms up, your Texas winter gardening regimen should include these essential steps.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL TEXAS WINTER GARDENING.

Apply Pre-emergents

Now is the time to apply your pre-emergent on lawns and grasses to prevent the germination of weed seeds. The window of opportunity is open right now. Corn gluten meal is a great organic approach, but other herbicides can be purchased at your local nursery or home improvement store. Pre-emergent is a small step that yields BIG dividends in spring and summer.

Fertilize

If you haven’t done so already, fertilize all established trees and shrubs (except azaleas and camellias), and feed perennial bulbs. This can be done simultaneously with the pre-emergent. Your compost pile is perfect for this use, or check with your local garden center for recommendations.

Watch the weather

Historically, the coldest days of the year fall in the month of February. This does not come as great news to those of us yearning for the warmer weather, but gardeners should be on watch for a potential freeze all the way into the month of March. Make sure to water the roots well, and cover plants if temperatures fall below 32 degrees.

Pruning

This is the best time to prune shrubs, trees, and roses, but wait to prune spring flowering trees until after they bloom. Crepe Myrtles are the exception to this rule. Experts advise that crepe myrtles should never be pruned or can be pruned very gently.

Mowing

Mow your lawn once this month. This will allow the sun to reach the roots.

Clean up

Rake any fallen leaves, for the same reason. Grass roots need sunlight to germinate and begin the new growth cycle. Be sure to remove all debris and other encumbrances to growth. These leaves and other lawn debris can be put into the compost bin for later use as fertilizer.

Weeding

Dig weeds out by hand. There may only be a few, but soon they will become legion. Tackle the small job now, to avoid a larger one later.

Plant bulbs

Now is the time to plant later blooming bulbs and tubers such as dahlias, elephant ears, caladiums, and calla lilies. This is also the perfect time to plant strawberries.
Yes, it is cold outside. But if you want to have a beautiful landscape when spring comes, the time to begin is now.

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Freezing Protection of Plants this Time of Year

Freezing Protection of Plants this Time of Year

Winter is upon us and freezing protection of plants this time of year should be a concern for light snowfall seasons. One day it’s 60° and mild, the next  30°F with snow on the ground. You know what they say about Texas, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around because it will change by tomorrow”.

Frost, freezing and root damage are cause for concern in January. When frost is predicted, you can prepare for it. It’s also a good idea to periodically check the temperature at ground level near your plants to see how cold it is for them and whether or not you need to take precautions.

The primary concern being frost and light snow right now means that there are several things you might want to think about this month.

  • If you’re going to cover up your plants before a frost, do so before sunset. If you wait until darkness falls, most of the stored heat in your garden will have dissipated.
  • No matter what type of cover you use, make sure that it extends down to the soil on each side.
  • Do not leave any openings for warmth to escape. If you can, it’s also helpful to use stakes to keep material, especially plastic, from touching the plant itself.
  • In the morning, after frost has thawed, remove covers. Not doing so could cause the plant to come out of dormancy and start growing  which  makes more susceptible to frost damage in the future.

A few ideas for items you can use to cover plants:

  • bed sheets or blankets
  • drop cloths
  • an inverted flower pot or bucket
  • milk jugs with the bottom cut out
  • frost cloths (These can protect some plants to temperatures as low as 20°F.)
  • garden blankets from your local hardware store

Remember that covers don’t have to be costly to be effective and a little bit of caution goes a long way in protecting your plants against winter weather.

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