Fall Lawn Care

Fall Lawn Care

Autumn means football games, visits to the local pumpkin patch and pending holidays. It also means it’s time to get your yard ready for winter. The right preparation now will save you time and energy when spring rolls around, and will keep you and your family safe in the yard year-round. Make sure you get the most out of your yard next year by following our checklist of fall cleanup musts.

1. Clean out debris.

Fallen leaves and weeds are the perfect place for pests to settle in for the winter. Clear out flower beds to keep the critters at bay. Pay special attention to rose beds, as their foliage can foster disease over the winter.

2. Till the vegetable garden.

After the final harvest, pull out old vegetable plants, remove debris, and completely till the whole plot. If you compost, now is the time to add a layer of compost to help nurture your soil for planting next spring.

3. Trim rogue branches.

Trim up any large or out-of-place tree branches that may cause trouble during the winter. You don’t want any branches breaking and falling during the winter months to come.

4. Clean out the gutters.

Not all fall cleanup is in the yard. This is the perfect time to clear leaves and other debris from gutters. Check for proper drainage, clear out any blockages with a small garden trowel, and rinse with a hose.

5. Dry everything out.

Drain all water from hoses, fountains, and drip irrigation systems, and store them in a dry place. Water left standing over the winter may damage your equipment.

6. Aerate.

Break up soil to keep water from pooling and guarantee that nutrients will reach the roots over the winter. A garden fork will do the job for small yards, but larger yards require a walk-behind aerator.

7. Feed the lawn.

Send your yard into winter with the nutrients it needs to survive the long, cold sleep. Add a fall lawn fertilizer with high phosphorous content to encourage root growth and enjoy a lush, green lawn come spring.

8. Rake and mulch.

Don’t let fallen leaves get the best of you; if left unattended they can suffocate the grass. Rake them up, shred them, and use them as mulch for young trees, shrubs, and flower beds. 

9. Prune trees and shrubs.

Trim any dead branches and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. If you have blooming perennials like clematis or roses, now is the time to prune them and train the branches.

10. Give it one last mow.

Set your mower to a low setting and give the lawn a close buzz before winter sets in. This helps the soil dry out more quickly in the spring, which leads to a lusher lawn.

11. Divide and cut back perennials.

If your perennials really took off this year, go ahead and spread the love. Divide plants and add them to other beds where they will also do well. This saves money and time in the spring. Fall-blooming perennials like chrysanthemums shouldn’t be divided now — wait and divide them in the spring.

12. Protect cold-sensitive plants.

Keep sensitive perennials, shrubs, and roses in top shape through the cold days of winter. Add mulch to the base and wrap plants in cloth barriers to prevent damage from freezing. Depending on the hardiness of the plant and your climate, you can use a single sheet or blanket or wrap them in a combination of cloth and plastic.

13. Plant bulbs, shrubs, and fall annuals.

Some plants do best when planted in the fall. If you want to add new shrubs or spring bulbs like hyacinth, now is the time to get them in the ground. Fall annuals like pansies are also a great addition to keep some color in your yard as other plants go to sleep.

14. Protect the deck.

Prevent the growth of mold and mildew by giving the deck a good power wash. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one from a garden store. Once the deck is clean and dry, add a weatherproofing stain to protect the wood from moisture damage over the winter.

15. Clean tools and store them.

Don’t throw your gardening tools in the shed and forget about them until spring. Take time to give them a good cleaning and add a light coat of oil to prevent rust during the cold season.

If you follow this checklist you’re bound to have a wonderfully winterized yard that will be ready to wow you with lush, green bounty once the warm weather returns.

If you’d prefer to leave the fall clean up to the professionals, call First Response Lawn Care at 214-701-7622. We can tackle all of these lawn chores for you!

Do Not Over Water Your Lawn

Do Not Over Water Your Lawn

The most common lawn watering mistake that most homeowners make is they over water the lawn. It is much more damaging to over water a lawn versus under water a lawn. Over watering a lawn causes the soil to become anaerobic or absent of oxygen. Water replaces air in the soil and anaerobic soils become compacted, prevent deep digging grass roots, and will kill beneficial microbial activity.

Daily lawn watering is extremely damaging for a lawn. Daily lawn watering prevents the roots of the grass from growing deep into the soil. These shallow grass roots will make the lawn unable to stay green during the heat of the summer.

The best way to promote the grass’ roots to start digging deep into the soil is to water deeply and infrequently. After changing the lawn watering to the recommendations below, your lawn might look worse before it starts to look better. The lawn will start to look healthier as soon as the grass’ roots start digging deep into the soil.

The ideal time to water a lawn is early in the morning before sunrise. Our recommendation is to finish watering no later than 6:00 AM. If this is not possible then the next best time to water is late evening.When daytime high temperatures are hot and average above 85°F: Water no more than 3 days per week. This is typically between mid or late June through mid or late August. (e.g. Water every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). 

This lawn watering technique is a very deep watering, but it also allows the soil to completely dry out before the sprinkler system waters again. Organo-Lawn invented this lawn watering technique and it is universal worldwide.

Symptoms of an Over Watered Lawn

Some clear signs of over watering a lawn include: severely compacted soils, the presence of Necrotic Ring Spot lawn fungus, the abundance of insect pressure, mold, root rot, and a shallow root system. Over watering a lawn is much worse for the grass and trees than under watering a lawn because a lawn that is watered too much will starve the soil of oxygen. Air is extremely important to the health of the soil and to promote deep digging grass roots. Most of the time when we see a lawn watering problem in a Boulder or Fort Collins area lawn, we advise the customer that we need to adjust the lawn watering schedule in their lawn, they often assume we want to increase the amount of water. This might be true some of the time, but the majority of the time we end up reducing the frequency of days the lawn is being watered and increase the duration.

First Response Lawn Care can perform a sprinkler audit and set up the system to water according to our suggestions. The lawn is usually being watered deeper and less frequent. Most of the time, after we make our adjustments, the total water use is reduced which goes a long way towards water conservation. It’s a good thing for your lawn, for resources and for your pocketbook.

Call First Response Lawn Care (214) 701-7622 if you would like a sprinkler audit, sprinkler repair or need a new irrigation system in Rockwall, Fate, Royse City and surrounding areas!

8 Reasons to Outsource Your Lawn Mowing to the Pros

8 Reasons to Outsource Your Lawn Mowing to the Pros

According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, studies show that most Americans value a well-kept lawn and landscape. Plus, they believe it’s also important to spend time enjoying their yards.

Yet, it’s hard to maintain a well-kept lawn when you’re on the go all week long and your weekend schedule is maxed out. If that describes you, it may be time to hire a professional lawn mowing service to help you keep your yard looking great—even while you’re away. Here are 8 reasons why you need to hire a professional lawn mowing company to mow your yard:

  1. It saves you time: Let’s face it. You’re busy. You spend the majority of your week at your job, and your weekends are filled with activity. When do you have time to mow your lawn? You can still enjoy your yard even with a pro mowing it for you.
  2. It doesn’t need to involve a long-term contract: Don’t feel that you need to sign on the dotted line for a long-term relationship with a lawn mowing company. Instead, opt for a month to month services like First Response Lawn Care offers.
  3. A residential lawn mowing company will use only professional-grade equipment: Your lawn may actually look better after it’s mowed by a pro because of the type of equipment used. Since professional lawn service companies only operate the best mowers on the market and keep them serviced so your lawn will look great.
  4. A professional lawn care company will only use the sharpest blades: One of the keys to good lawn maintenance includes mowing only with sharp blades. You get a cleaner cut with no injuries—thus, protecting your lawn grass from disease and insect infestation.
  5. A lawn service company will only mow at the right height throughout the growing season: Another smart lawn care technique includes only taking 1/3 of the grass blade off with each mow. You want your grass to be a bit longer to naturally crowd out weeds.
  6. A pro may also be available for additional lawn and landscape maintenance: You may be so busy with your life that you may opt for additional lawn and landscape maintenance services. Look for a brochure or a business card left by your mowing company to see if they provide additional services.
  7. A professional lawn mowing service is available for you when you’re traveling for work or you’re on vacation: With First Response Lawn Care you can schedule your yard to be mowed while you’re on vacation or on a business trip.
  8. A landscaping company will help you when you’re busy with other projects and want help for only one mow: Say you’re the person who loves to work on his lawn. Yet, you get busy with work projects or something else might come up where you only need help with mowing “just this time. First Response Lawn Care has no mandated contracts or follows up needed.

If you’re ready to take a break from your mowing chores, let us help you. With one call to (214) 701-7622, you’ll be able to schedule your next mowing job.

Summer Lawn Mowing

Summer Lawn Mowing

Summer lawn mowing is one of the most important things to do to keep it healthy. Properly mowed lawns will have fewer weeds, hold moisture better, have a higher stress tolerance and are typically better quality than lawns not properly mowed. Grasses are like most plants when you clip off the top, they branch out and become denser, which turns all of those little grass plants into a tightly woven turf or a lawn. Not just mowing, but mowing height and mowing frequency determine how healthy and attractive your lawn looks.

A well-maintained outdoor environment requires attention to detail. During maintenance visits to your home, when we notice items of concern, we will send you recommendations with your invoice. We are here to serve you and to make certain your lawn is in top condition.

Our lawn mowing crews keep your yard very well maintained, letting you relax and enjoy your time with your friends and family.

At First Response Lawn Care, we have maintenance plans to keep your lawn properly mowed and maintained in the Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, and Caddo Mills areas. Once we get going on your lawn, you will be the envy of all your neighbors!

We are a local Rockwall lawn care company and are in this business to serve our customer’s needs. We strive for 100% Customer Satisfaction and we do this by providing top-notch service. We will help your lawn grow thicker and greener by utilizing professional grade equipment and fertilizer, experienced staff, and consistent communication between our staff and you, the customer.

Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 for all your lawn care needs!

Why We Are the Best Lawn Company

Why We Are the Best Lawn Company

Think of keeping your grass green much the same way as having a healthy smile. Your dentist provides regular care along with advice on preventing problems and warning signs to watch for. In between visits, you floss, brush and follow recommendations for any special care.

You want that same kind of relationship with your lawn service. Regular weed killer treatments and fertilization alone won’t guarantee a yard you’re proud of. For best results, you need to work with someone who is knowledgeable in what they do, can explain what you need to do, such as how to water your lawn properly, and can help you recognize threats to your yard from pests and diseases.

So, how do you find a lawn service that fits the bill? At First Response Lawn Care we can provide all the services you are likely to require, and here are five key things where we shine.

Compare standard lawn treatments

Compare treatment programs from lawn company to company. Do they provide both turf care and ornamental tree and shrub care like we do? Are lawn care treatments tailored to specific types of turf? What makes your neighbor’s warm-season grass thrive won’t necessarily be what your cool-season grass needs.

Go beyond yard maintenance

The needs of your yard can change from season to season, year to year. Just like you wouldn’t go to a dentist who only does cleanings, you want to hire a lawn care company that can provide additional services when you need them.

At a minimum, these should include diagnosis and treatment of diseases and pests, and service calls between regular lawn treatments if you notice a problem. Other common yard services to look for include aeration, overseeding and lawn pest control.

Know who is treating your lawn

When it comes to lawn care technician training, the more the better. This goes for not just knowing how to apply grass treatments properly and safely. They should also be able and willing to answer questions you have about your treatments, your yard’s basic needs and how you can meet them, and alert you to anything you need to keep an eye on.

Look for preventative lawn care service

There are certain pests, lawn diseases, and other problems that can crop up with lawns, trees, and shrubs in North Texas. When you know what to watch for, you’re able to contact your lawn care provider for a service call so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before damage is done.

Customer satisfaction

We care about our customers and their lawn. That’s what we do. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 for all your lawn care needs! We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with top notch service!

Summer Guide to North Texas Lawn Care

Summer Guide to North Texas Lawn Care

Now is the time to start paying attention to the summer guide to North Texas lawn care to ensure that the Texas heat doesn’t inflict its damage on your yard. With the heat rising and the outdoor season starting in earnest, the summer guide to North Texas lawn care will let you start off the season right!

Watering Habits

When and how you water your lawn is the most important factor in the quality of your lawn and plant life. The industry standard for the amount of water your lawn needs is roughly an inch of water per week or 1/2 an inch twice per week, whether the yard gets water manually or from rainfall. The best time to water the yard is early in the morning before the sun starts beating down on it. This will allow the water to soak into the dirt and to the roots.

Watering restrictions in your community during periods of drought will affect when you can water your lawn. Try to stay diligent to the one inch per week of water guideline. Too much water can be wasteful and damage harmful to the life span of the grass. Having your irrigation system checked and maintained during this time will ensure that water usage is appropriate for the needs of your yard.

Mowing

The grass should be taller during the summer months, which will allow for deeper root growth and cover from the sun. The insulation also allows for the soil to maintain its moisture better. The general rule of thumb is to keep the grass roughly about 1 ¾ inches to 2 ½ inches for most turf types.

It is also important not to let the grass get too long. and removing more than 1/3 or the leaf blade height at when mown can do damage to the grass. Different mowing and watering strategies are required depending on the type of grass. It is prudent to check the type of grass in your yard before taking any serious steps.

Preventative Care

The actions you take now will be seen a month from now. One key preventative measure is fertilization and aeration of the lawn. But not all fertilizers are created equal when it comes to summer lawn maintenance. Call us today at (214) 701-7622 to discuss your lawn care needs and we will be happy to help!

it’s critical to take care of weed problems during the summer before they’re able to germinate and seed in the fall. It is also recommended to apply weed treatment while the temperature is less than 85 degrees to prevent harming the grass. Aerating and loosening the soil is another pivotal step in the process. This act ensures that the dirt retains its moisture. Tight, compact soil typically leads to quicker evaporation. Keeping the soil less compact allows for greater water penetration down to the roots.

Pest and Insect Control

The summer months are also a time when you’re likely to see more pests and insects in your lawn as tiny creatures search out for water. Many beetles and other insects lay their eggs in the grass during the early parts of the summer, which hatch into grubs during the middle of the season that will eat at your grass.

A healthy lawn will help prevent insect infestations. Dry stressed, or dormant lawns are more likely to be home to insects. Aphids, Caterpillars, Fleas, Fire Ants, Chinch Bugs, Grubs, Mosquitoes, Spider Mites, Snails, Slugs and Beetles are just some of the pests can provide services for. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622! For all your lawn care needs!