Inflatables Can Damage Your Lawn

Inflatables Can Damage Your Lawn

Inflatables Can Damage Your Lawn

We recently had a customer call with a great summer time question. For those families with children, you will appreciate this. This customer had a large (10 foot) inflatable pool taking up part of the lawn for a few days, and it killed their grass. When they discovered that there was some serious damage to the lawn underneath, they called First Response Lawn Care for solutions.

In a situation like this, we offer a few tips and advice on how to overcome the perils of inflatable pool fun versus the health of your lawn. The issue with inflatables is that they can cause damage to your lawn by blocking out air, sunlight, and water from reaching the grass beneath. We hope you’ll find the information helpful so you can continue with the summer fun with slip n slides, plastic pools, jump and bounce houses, etc.

  1. If the lawn is damaged, we can certainly reseed and provide nutrients to encourage repair.
  2. If the lawn is dead, we can quickly lay a patch of new turf in the area that is dead.
  3. Move the summer play items on the lawn every 24 hours to a different spot if the items are smaller.
  4. Empty the inflatables and hang them to dry each night. We realize this sounds like a pain, but not as painful and potentially expensive as replacing your lawn.
  5. Whether you mow yourself or have scheduled lawn maintenance by a professional, it is important to move your inflatables off of your grass before mowing.

Inflatables Can Damage Your Lawn

If you have a hard surface such as a patio, consider moving the inflatables there. One customer had a clever idea to put a big foam padding beneath so the pool bottom would stay cool and comfortable for the kids.

To get a free quote for a one-time or extended service package, call First Response Lawn Care Royse City, Rockwall today at (214) 701-7622 or contact us HERE Click the box below for more information about our services.

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Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

During times of prolonged summer heat and dry weather we need to provide plants, trees, flowers, lawn sod and seed with extra watering. Weeds are very opportunistic and will take advantage of dry, thin turf to quickly spread. Keep your lawn healthy to serve as a natural weed prevention. We’ve got the goods on the sweet spot!

Save these watering guidelines as a handy reference during the hot, dry days of summer:

For best results, water your lawn thoroughly three times a week if you do not get significant rainfall.

  • In hot, dry weather, water shrubs and flowers daily.
  • Morning, around 2 to 8 a.m., is the best time to water. Why? The a.m. is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler and there’s usually not much wind to blow the droplets. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly. And in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.
  • Watering at any time of day is better than not watering at all.
  • The rule of thumb for lawns is to water one-inch deep each time you water. It’s better for the lawn to water heavily and less frequently, than to lightly mist it every day.
  • Use a rain gauge to make measuring an inch of water easy. If you don’t have a rain gauge, place a tuna can (or similarly sized vessel) in your yard as you water. When the can is full, you’ve watered enough!
  • Pay special attention to high-sun areas of the lawn.
  • Don’t forget that even mature trees need water, too.

Follow the watering guidelines above to ensure a dense turf throughout the summer.

If you have an irrigation system that isn’t working properly or have any questions about maintaining a healthy lawn, call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622. We service Rockwall, Royse City and surrounding areas.

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Lawn Mowing Rockwall

Lawn Mowing Rockwall

We are proud to offer top-notch lawn mowing services to homes in Rockwall and surrounding cities. Mowing the lawn is something of a chore to most people, but not us. We take pride in our lawn mowing service and strive to provide you with a top notch job.

Every lawn is unique, which is why we custom tailor our approach to best meet your specific needs. Our unique lawn mowing approach takes into account variables. We consider your grass type, varying mowing patterns, weed proliferation, and ideal cut height that is just right for your yard

Did you know that it is best to leave your grass a little on the long side? Mowing your grass too short can result in stress, bald spots, and increased weed production. Cutting your lawn at the right height will allow it to grow deeper roots which require less watering. This will have positive effects on both the environment and your wallet.

Our lawn mowing technicians are skilled workers who have deep expertise in lawn mowing and lawn maintenance. They know grass, and will deliver a perfect cut each and every time they mow. First Response Lawn Care will also trim hedges, fix sprinklers, and edge your lawn. Most importantly, we stand by our work. You will be happy to stand by it too, pardon the pun.

If that sounds good to you, get a quick quote for your lawn mowing service right now online We’d love to take care of your lawn!

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Heavy Rain Forces Ants Into Homes

Heavy Rain Forces Ants Into Homes

Heavy Rain Forces Ants Into Homes

When it rains, the precipitation flushes out ants, and their natural reaction is to head for higher ground. Unfortunately, that higher ground is usually your home.

“We deal with it every year. And it’s a consistent thing,” said Kelley Enright of Dallas, Texas. Then she decided to call a professional ant control service and that stopped the ant intrusion. First Response Lawn Care is kept busy answering similar calls.

“A lot of times if there’s a window with some moisture they’ll just stay in that window and forge out on your counter,” said Shannon Milliken with First Response Lawn Care.

Horticulture Agent Dennis Patton reported that he can pinpoint one main reason for the ant invasion. “With the ants this year, let’s just say it’s related to weather,” he said. Frequent rain is forcing the odorous house ant into dryer conditions like between walls. Patton classifies the ant as a nuisance pest. “So in other words they’re just a pain in the pa-toot. They really don’t feed, eat,  and they don’t carry diseases. They can bite or sting. They’re really just looking to survive,” he said.

The ant survives off nearly anything in your kitchen. “Anything sweet, starchy, even grease,” Milliken said.

First Response Lawn Care is an expert at killing ants. Service options include chemical treatments that can stop ants at the lawn level. If the rain has produced an ant population in your yard, call us today – (214) 701-7622. We can move them out–permanently.

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Professional Mowing Service

Professional Mowing Service

Mowing your yard on a Saturday afternoon doesn’t sound like the best use of your valuable time. We have good news! First Response Lawn Care has professional hard working lawn care crews in the Rockwall and Royse City areas that actually enjoy making your lawn the talk of the neighborhood!

If you need routine maintenance on your residential lawn or perhaps your commercial property, and you live in the Rockwall or Royse city areas, we’ve got you covered.

During the growing season, our residential lawn service is scheduled on a weekly recurring basis. On occasion, some customers with smaller lawns prefer to have their yards mowed every ten days. We’d be happy to work out the best arrangement for you and the needs of your lawn.

For an average sized yard, we use commercial grade push-mowers. We always bag the grass clippings. Our crews are respectful of your garden, ornamental plants and flower bed areas. All routine maintenance includes edging sidewalks and driveways, and trimming around fences and other areas where a mower can’t reach. And to top it off, we leave your lawn sparkling after cleaning up any dirt, grass or debris left around your property.

Huge Lawn? No Problem.

We have huge mowers, too! Your huge yard will get the same attention to detail as those folks with medium to smaller yards. Our trained pros have the knowledge and experience needed to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn that you and your family can enjoy.

To get a free quote for a one-time or extended service package, call First Response Lawn Care Royse City, Rockwall today at (214) 701-7622 or contact us HERE Click the box below for more information about our services.

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Spring is the Perfect Time to Fertilize Your Lawn

Spring is the Perfect Time to Fertilize Your Lawn

Spring is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn.

Ah we are all dreaming of lush, green grass in our lawn. To make this happen, you have to weed and feed. Give your lawn its first feeding of fertilizer in the spring when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll know when the soil warms up to 55 because the lilacs begin to blossom and the grass starts growing. For most of us, that means the first feeding should take place by about mid-April. So if you haven’t started, let’s do this.

Know the Numbers

If you plan on doing this yourself, when you buy fertilizer, you’ll see three numbers on the label. These numbers show the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, respectively. These are the primary nutrients needed to feed your lawn. So a 20-5-10 bag will have 20 percent nitrogen, 5 percent phosphate, and 10 percent potassium. The rest of the bag usually contains filler material that helps ensure an even application. The 20-5-10 mixture is a good basic mix for spring.

Use a Slow-Release With the Right Amount of Nitrogen

Slow-release fertilizers break down their nutrients over a longer period of time, so you can wait longer between applications. With slow-release, you can go every six to eight weeks, depending on your watering, instead of every four weeks.

A slow-release that contains nitrogen but not too much.

The most nitrogen you need on a lawn is one-tenth of a pound per week. The grass can’t get any greener than that. If you use more, you’re only going to make the grass grow faster so you have to mow more often. The secret is to get it as green as possible without growing it fast. Give your lawn between 2 and 3 pounds of nitrogen over the entire growing season. “If you go with 25-0-4, that gives you 1 pound of nitrogen, so over four weeks, that’s a quarter pound per week

Go With Granules

When we apply fertilizer, we spray your entire lawn in an impressively short amount of time. But we do this every day, and know how to factor in the wind and make sure the yard gets even coverage and have the equipment to get the job done right. Homeowners, on the other hand, should use granules and apply them with a spreader.

When you’re spraying, it’s tough for a nonprofessional to get a consistent application across the lawn. To get a free quote for a one-time or extended service package, call us today at  (214) 701-7622.

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Ten Reasons to Hire Professional Weed Control Service

Ten Reasons to Hire Professional Weed Control Service

Ten Reasons to Hire Professional Weed Control Service

Effective control of weed growth in north Texas is just one of the many commercial services available. While cutting a lawn does reduce the appearance of harmful weeds, it does not prevent the problem from happening again. Below are the top 10 reasons why weed control is essential for your Texas business or home.

10 Top Benefits of Commercial Weed Control Services

1. USE OF PROFESSIONAL HERBICIDES
Some homeowners depend on products purchased at a home improvement store to prevent growth of weeds. Many are unsure of how much to use or the proper type or usage. Small business owners may not be able to use certain pesticides or herbicides due to environmental concerns. Controlling weeds at the commercial level requires commercial lawn weed control products that are approved for safety.

2. SOIL TESTING
Soil can be quickly turned into a hotbed for pest growths, algae and insects that can quickly destroy lovely shrubs and flowers. When a standard topical herbicide is not effective, an experienced company like First Response Lawn Care will make sure that the actual problem is solved once and for all. This ensures that only the correct fertilizers and organic products are used.

3. ORGANIC MATTER ENHANCEMENTS
The level of organic matter that is present inside of soil is what causes trees, bushes and other plant life to grow correctly. A good balance of organics can improve the quality of soil without disrupting the environment or ecological system. First response Lawn Care will be able to provide a maintenance routine to raise the organic matter levels to a higher point to stimulate growth.

4. WEEDS KILL GOOD GRASS
In north Texas, there are several popular grass types. The list includes St. Augustine grass, Bermuda grass, Buffalo grass, and Zoysia grass. Weeds can quickly strangle and prevent these types from growing to their fullest potential. Using the right maintenance, good grass will continue to grow free from weeds and contaminants.

5. PROPER CUTTING AND PRUNING
Because all grass is different, there are separate cutting lengths that should be used for a commercial landscape. Cutting grass at the wrong height actually can harm the growth pattern. Hiring a professional like First Response Lawn Care to get rid of weeds and who knows how to cut and prune properly, is what can make a lawn attractive.

6. SAFE BUT EFFECTIVE SPRAYS
All lawns have a certain pH level that must be maintained to rid the soil of contamination. There are some sprays that do not work well for plant life although do prevent weed growth. By using the right sprays to improve the lawn, pest control will be more effective and delicate flowers will not be harmed in the process.

7. EXPERT EDGING
There is a lot more to using a Weed Eater to make a sidewalk or walkway look great. It takes a good design to provide the best symmetry when plants are first placed into the ground. Growth of weeds can be controlled with a regular schedule of edging that is performed by First Response Lawn Care.

8. ATTRACTIVE MULCH BEDS
How are mulch beds used to control weeds? The mulch keeps the soil moist and will prevent protrusion of weeds. Treatment is still needed from time to time to stop unwanted growths from peeping through a flowerbed or shrub area. Good mulch maintenance will prevent Elephant Ear, Dogfennel, Coffeeweed, Candy Weed, Buttonbush and other damaging weeds from becoming a nuisance.

9. PRE-EMERGENT CONTROL OF WEEDS
Weeds can only become a problem once they have germinated and have matured. While home and small business owners might know about post emergent weed extraction, few might be aware of a pre-emergent process. This procedure targets the soil and stops the germinating process of almost all types of unwanted growths that destroy beds of mulch and beautiful gardens.

10. FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
In a recent Forbes study, it has been proven that consumers make a decision to conduct business with a company after only seven seconds. A lawn that is in OK shape but not perfect might be hurting sales. Tapping into the experience of a professional that can manage a lawn correctly will help boost consumer confidence and typically lead to more repeat sales. And for our homeowners, you want to have a beautiful lawn that accentuates your property whether it’s on the market or not.

AFFORDABLE ROCKWALL LAWN SERVICES FOR HOMES AND BUSINESSES
First Response Lawn Care has transformed the lawns and exterior landscapes of homes and companies To get a free quote for a one-time or extended service package, call us today at (214) 701-7622. Get the landscape that your customers will love or your neighbors will envy by incorporating our expert assistance today.

Keep Spring Weeds in Check This Season

Keep Spring Weeds in Check This Season

If you’re eager to keep spring weeds in check this season, starting off right in the spring really can make a difference. But overzealous weed control can also take your lawn in the opposite direction and a bad start that will trouble you all season. Read on for tips to help you keep lawn weeds at bay without harming your lawn.

Consider Pre-Emergent Weed Control

Some lawn weeds can be killed even before they start growing. Pre-Emergent herbicides stop weeds from germinating in the first place. If you’ve had a problem with crabgrass in the past, treating your lawn with a crabgrass-fighting Pre-emergent herbicide two weeks before crabgrass germinates in your area is one of the best weed control tools at your disposal. A spring application can make all the difference.

Not all Lawn Weeds Are Best Killed in Spring

Broad-leaf perennials, which include common lawn weeds like dandelions, are best tackled in the fall. So even though yellow dandelions may be most unsightly during the spring, you’re better off spot treating them and bagging the dandelion heads than applying a weed killer to your entire lawn. Instead, fertilize and over-seed to thicken your lawn in the spring. You’ll be fighting weeds anyway the denser and healthier your lawn, the less likely lawn weeds are to flourish.

If You’re Planting, Make Your Weed Control All Natural

New seeds and herbicide, whether it’s pre- or post-emergent, don’t mix. So if you’re planting a lawn this spring or even just filling in a few thin patches, skip the weed killer and instead try alternate weed control methods. Soft spring soil makes hand-pulling easier.

Call us today (214) 701-7622 and ask about our landscaping services and be ready for the spring planting season.

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Lawn Care 101, Spring Lawn Care

Lawn Care 101, Spring Lawn Care

Spring is here!

It’s time to wake your lawn from its winter dormancy and get a start on maintaining its health. There are several things every homeowner should do in early spring to ensure a flourishing lawn that lasts through the following fall. The following is some of the ways that First Response Lawn Care can help keep your lawn needs met.

Clean Debris and Dethatch

Rake leaves, twigs, fallen branches, and thatch to let your grass breathe and access sunlight.

Fall and Spring Clean Up

Aeration

If your soil is compacted, First Response Lawn Care can aerate your soil to allow your lawn’s root system to access the sun, water, and nutrients from fertilizer.

Lawn Aeration

Fertilize

It depends on your fertilizing schedule and grass type, but this might be the time to apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer once your grass starts actively growing.

Apply Pre-Emergent Herbicide

Prevent weeds and crabgrass from growing in your lawn. First Response Lawn Care can treat your lawn with a preventative weed killer.

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Mow Wisely

We start out mowing at a height of 3″ high in spring. Mowing low early in the spring chops off the dead tops of grass blades. We gradually raise the mower setting as the weather gets warmer.

Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622!

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4 Reasons to Hire a Lawn Care Company

4 Reasons to Hire a Lawn Care Company

There are many reasons to engage a professional full service lawn care company like First Response Lawn Care. Here are a few compelling ones-

  1. Cost of ownership:  It’s inconvenient and overly expensive for the average homeowner to purchase and maintain most of the equipment and chemicals necessary to keep up a yard in a moderate climate. In Texas, we are laden with extreme climate conditions in just one mowing season. You can trust the professionals at First Response Lawn Care to have the right equipment and material to keep your lawn green all year long.–no matter the weather.
  2. Time savings: The average do it yourself homeowner will spend 2 to 3 hours a week working in the yard on their weekends. Save your precious weekend time and let our crews do the work. Having a beautiful yard can make all the difference when balancing the responsibilities of home ownership versus weekend plans and time with friends and family.
  3. Maintenance: Upkeep can sometimes be the most time-consuming part of yard maintenance. We all want that perfect curb appeal. When things go wrong, you can depend on us to be there, and ready to fix problems as they arise. Our expertise goes far beyond mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges. We can tackle brown spots, mulch replacement, lawn dehydration, cleanup and more. Call First Response Lawn Care for all your needs from ant control to irrigation installation.
  4. Hassle: Weeds and keeping them at bay can always be a chore no matter how much time you spend trying to eradicate them. Our herbicide and fertilization programs are just what you need to keep your lawn looking green and weed free all year. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 to find out how easy and affordable keeping your lawn green can be!

 

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