In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, it is important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch.
WHAT IS AERATION?
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous and healthy lawn.
The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevent proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess thatch or organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn?
One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if it:
• Gets heavy use, such as serving as the neighborhood playground or racetrack. Children and pets running around the yard contribute to soil compaction.
• Was established as part of a newly constructed home. Often, the topsoil of newly constructed lawns is stripped or buried, and the grass established on subsoil has been compacted by construction traffic.
• Dries out easily and has a spongy feel. This might mean your lawn has an excessive thatch problem. Take a shovel and remove a slice of lawn about four inches deep. If the thatch layer is greater than one-half inch, aeration is recommended.
• Was established by sod, and soil layering exists. Soil layering means that soil of finer texture, which comes with imported sod, is layered over the existing coarser soil. This layering disrupts drainage, as water is held in the finer-textured soil. This leads to compacted conditions and poor root development. Aerating breaks up the layering, allowing water to flow through the soil more easily and reach the roots.
When to Aerate Your Lawn
The best time for aeration is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. Ideally, aerate the lawn with cool season grass in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring.
Aeration is a beneficial practice toward achieving a beautiful lawn, but most people don’t realize it or understand the process. If your lawn is a candidate, make it an integral part of your lawn care regime. Your lawn will thank you for letting it breathe again.
You can count on First Response Lawn Care for your lawn maintenance. Still not sure if your lawn needs aeration? Call us today at (214) 701-7622!
Are you in need of spot or a drip irrigation watering system before the Texas weather starts heating up this summer? First Response Lawn Care is a licensed lawn sprinkler company implementing customized irrigation systems for your lawn. We can install spot watering emitters, micro bubblers and adjustable micro sprays to help water your container plants, ground cover and vegetable rows.
Rain Bird is one of our preferred brands for irrigation drop systems. Drip irrigation puts small amounts of water right at the root zone, helping to keep plants hydrated while reducing runoff, overspray and weeds. Drip systems can also cut your water use in half. Check out Rain Bird’s video below with drip irrigation basics. This video guide explains the different types of drip watering products available and how to choose the right one for your needs.
If you’re in need of a new irrigation system, let First Response Lawn Care Rockwall Texas provide you with efficient and reliable service. Call us today!
From our affordable lawn maintenance to our 7-step weed and fertilization program, our customers only get the best. This coupled with commercial application equipment and well-trained staff makes the perfect recipe to a lush and green lawn.
Your spring lawn maintenance schedule sets the foundation for how your lawn looks through the end of the growing season. Creating the lawn care program that is right for your lawn is crucial. All lawns do not require the same lawn maintenance. You need to consider your grass type, lawn drainage ability and the landscape around your home. Having a lawn care schedule that is right for your lawn will ensure you cover all the bases and don’t miss a critical step. Let First Response Lawn Care help you maintain a healthy lawn that wards off weeds and looks lush and green spring into summer.
We are proud to provide our service in communities like Royse City, Rockwall, Fate, Heath, Caddo Mills and surrounding areas.
In the service industry you want someone you can trust. For lawn maintenance, First Response Lawn Care is that someone.
Call us today for a free estimate for your lawn maintenance at (214) 701-7622!
The City of Rockwall has listed current watering restrictions to conserve water throughout the extreme periods of the North Texas drought as follows.
Watering permitted up to 2 times per week, as needed
There are no assigned watering days
Do not water between 10am – 6pm
Rockwall residents are urged to follow these guidelines and remember that watering is not allowed between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. This provides for the most efficient, cost-effective use of water purchased by customers. For more tips on how to practice conservation, visit the City’s conservation page at:
Let us install a sprinkler system for you so you don’t have to worry with trying to adhere to the watering restrictions. First Response Lawncare can set up an irrigation system that will automatically water on set day/times for you.
Installing a watering system helps your grass develop into the beautiful, healthy lawn you always wanted. Lawn irrigation systems are the most efficient way to make sure your yard gets the water it needs without over doing it.
Save Time: Irrigation systems work on their own, so no more wasting time manually watering. Now you have more time to do the things you love, while your lawn gets what it needs to thrive.
Save Money: The benefits of an irrigation system outweigh the initial cost of the system, which will pay for itself sooner than you think.
Save Water: Installing an irrigation system can conserve water while maintaining a healthy landscape.
Weather in Texas can be extreme to say the least. Summer generally guarantees scorching temperatures every day, and spring or fall can be pretty much anything. This makes lawn care around here tough to plan for. Choosing the right grass for your home is an important decision when planning your landscaping.
Bermuda grass, also known as (Bahama grass, couch grass, or devil’s grass) can survive extreme temperatures and severe drought conditions prevalent through Texas and mid-west and is a popular choice for lawns throughout the United States.
Its roots can grow up five feet deep allowing it to thrive at times when drought conditions limit the longevity of other less hearty species. Ideal for high levels of foot traffic and is often used at recreational facilities due to its tenacious nature.
St. Augustine grass, also known as (Charleston grass or Buffalo Turf) is a tough grass that stands up to most climates. It is a great choice for backyards that get a lot of use over the year. Most popular in tropical and subtropical regions, this dark green grass is easily distinguishable by its wider blades. It’s also a highly popular grass for lawns in residential areas. Although it may be less drought-resistant than Bermuda grass, it is just as aggressive and resilient.
Some grass needs more care, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth your time. Zoysia, requires little in the way of fertilization and is more resilient against insect damage.
Zoysia has a much finer texture and needs a lot of attention when it is first starting out. Once grown and developed, this grass is great for preventing weeds and fungus from growing on your lawn throughout the seasons.
Tis’ the season for planning your lawn care for the new year. Employing the right lawn maintenance company early in the season can make the rest of the year a breeze. Pre-emergent weed control is an essential item on your yearly lawn maintenance check list and planning it as soon as possible will keep your lawn green and lush throughout the spring and into the summer season.
By combining our 7 step program with good mowing and watering practices, your lawn should stay thick, healthy and green all year long. Early winter is time to fertilize cool season grasses like bluegrass. Give your lawn that much-needed head start. The nutrients in it will stay in the soil and nourish your grass for the rest of the winter. Once the colder months are past, your lawn will return in great condition.
Check out our various service offerings below. Click the “continue reading” text to get an overview of that particular service. Be sure to contact First Response Lawn Care with any questions about your lawn maintenance.
First Response Lawn Care offers pre-emergent and post-emergent lawn care. If you aren’t familiar with the importance of herbicides, below is a simplified explanation.
Pre-emergent type herbicides should be applied when the ground temperatures start rising. Pre-emergents start working before weed seeds germinate and start to grow. Pre-emergents create a seal around the seeds to prevent germination. Essentially, this will suffocate the seeds.
Pre-emergent weedkillers come in either liquid or granular form. Water is required to activate herbicide in granular forms so rain or watering will be needed with this method.
Crabgrass, thistle and other annual weeds that annually sprout from new seeds are treated best through pre-emergent types of weed killers but have little effect on perennial weeds because of their roots.
Perennial weeds such as Dandelions and White Clover require post-emergent herbicides to combat them effectively. Post-emergent herbicides can be applied in spring once plants have started to grow. Post-emergent weed killers kill weeds after they have started to grow. Direct application to unwanted plants is best for Post-Emergents.
Post-Emergent liquids, spray directly to the weeds to be effective. Granular form work well but, require water to activate the same as Pre-emergents do.
Find out more about First Response Lawn Care’s pre and post-emergent, fertilizer and weed spot services by clicking on the link below.
Winterizing your irrigation system is a simple and fast process
Winterizing is important for maintaining a properly running lawn sprinkler system. Texas weather plays a big part in winter damage, but there are some simple things you can do to make getting through the cold seasons much easier. Even if it only freezes for an hour or two at a time when it does, then the first two steps should be enough to keep you safe from freezing temperatures.
Turn off the water main to the irrigation system
Set your irrigation controller to the “rain” or “off” setting.
Turn on each valve manually to release pressure in the pipes.
Drain water out of irrigation components that might freeze. (This is usually done at the lowest elevation point of the system)
Keep in mind that above ground piping and components will need additional care such as insulating the parts of the system that are exposing to freezing or heat trace tape designed to keep the pipes warm during freeze/thaw cycles.
Questions? Contact us by clicking the link below to ask about our irrigation services. Stay warm!
Yard cleanup is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your home and create great curb appeal. First Response Lawn Care offers yard cleanup services throughout the year to meet all of your seasonal needs. Our cleanup services include pruning, mulching, weed control, feeding, leaf blowing, and debris removal. Unsightly broken branches, overgrown shrubbery, and weed patches are a thing of the past.
When the landscape is in full bloom during summer, that’s when we find the most areas in need of tender care. First Response Lawn Care will check your trees for dead hanging limbs that you might need to cut away. Thunderstorms are frequent during the Texas summer and tree limbs can do a great deal of damage. We would prune any plants that might interfere with your AC condenser and trim bushes that might be too close to the house. We will trim any bushes so they don’t trap moisture and invite termites. Keeping bushes trimmed can also eliminate potential hiding places for burglars or other unwanted visitors.
Vines come from the ground and grow on the house. Creepy crawlies come from the ground, too, and they can use those vines to get into your house. Vines also trap moisture against the house and they can eat away the mortar in between your bricks, jeopardizing the stability of your exterior walls. So, while vines might be pretty, they are not good for your house and you should trim them back regularly.
Let us spiffy up your yard this summer. Your manicured property is our best advertisement. We will clean up everything, but the dog!
Don’t despair that summer is here! You can still have a well-groomed lot and enjoy the outdoors well into fall!
A picture-perfect lawn takes ongoing maintenance. This time of year, weeds aren’t the only thing standing between you and the turf of your dreams. You’ve also got to watch for pests, fungal diseases—and even dog damage to your lawn. Got a mysterious brown spot or dry patch plaguing your grass? Don’t worry about it. We can make your yard beautiful again.
A scraggly yard can really spoil your home’s curb appeal. Let us makeover your yard! Don’t spend the rest of summer lamenting your tattered yard or wishing that your patch of dirt were a blanket of soft blades. Call First Response Lawn Care today for a free estimate on maintaining your lawn and garden.