Prepare Your Lawn For Fall

Prepare Your Lawn For Fall

The last day of summer is September 23, 2019. 

After the hot Texas summers, the cool brisk weather is more than welcome as fall approaches later this month. Now is the transitional period to take care of your lawn in preparation for fall. There are a few things to do to make sure that you and your lawn are ready for cooler temperatures. 

Here are a few tips to help you prepare your lawn for a seasonal transition in northeast Texas.

1. Continue To Mow

Regardless of the season, a rule of thumb when it comes to mowing is to never cut more than one-third of the height. Cutting your lawn too short can make it susceptible to diseases. Continue mowing even after summer to keep the lawn healthy. When the majority of the growth has stopped you won’t have to mow as often as you would in the summer months.

2. Fertilize

Mulch the grass as you mow the lawn. The grass clippings act as an organic fertilizer by applying the required nutrients to your grass while they decompose. In the fall, fertilizing your lawn will help protect it and keep it healthy when the cool weather rolls in. Before fertilizing your grass on your own, make sure you know what type of grass you have in order to choose the correct fertilizer. This should be a granulated fertilizer that is applied to the lawn using a manual spreader. First Response Lawn Care has an excellent 7-step program. All fertilizer and herbicides are commercial grade. We are licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture Lic #450863. Our fertilizing program uses a 7 step program to ensure your yard is healthy and the best in the neighborhood.

3. Discard Weeds

Weeds are a constant problem and hassle to keep them away from your garden and lawn. Fall is one of the best times to treat for weeds allowing you enough time to completely discard of all the weeds before growth begins in the spring. When pulling weeds, it is important to grab the root in its entirety. Snipping the roots at ground level won’t remove it and it will be able to grow back. Our weed control program alleviates the problem of pulling weeds alltogether.

4. Aerate

During the summertime, it’s safe to say that your lawn gets a lot of traffic. With heavy traffic comes compact. When the soil is compacted, it can’t retrieve the vital nutrients needed to sustain healthy grass. Aerating your lawn breaks up the soil and allows it to “breathe.” First Response Lawn Care provides aeration services to Rockwall, Texas, Royse City, Caddo Mills, Fate, and surrounding communities. The results are a healthier and stronger turf and root zone that are able to better withstand turf related diseases, pests, and weeds. 

Fall lawn care may not seem like it’s that important, but in order to maintain a lush lawn in northeast Texas, it’s crucial to practice proper lawn care maintenance year round.

Need help with preparing your lawn for Fall? Whether it is mowing, fertilizer and weed control, aeration of any other lawn maintenance, contact First Response Lawn Care today at 214-701-7622. We can help!

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.

Can Your Lawn Survive the Texas Summer Heat?

Can Your Lawn Survive the Texas Summer Heat?

Now that the rainy season is pretty much behind us, and the temperatures are soaring into triple digit threats, it is imperative that we protect our lawn. Follow these summer lawn care tips to ensure that your lawn stays healthy even in most brutal Texas sun.

1)  Water deeply, but infrequently.  Always in the morning.

Watering your lawn is very important, and make sure your watering schedule is in keeping with the current watering restrictions. The City of Rockwall has guidelines set for watering:

  • Watering permitted up to 2 times per week, as needed
  • There are no assigned watering days
  • Do not water between 10 am – 6 pm

What exactly does watering deeply mean?  Well, you need to water enough that the water penetrates deeply into the soil.  If your lawn hasn’t been aerated in a while, this might be a problem.  Be sure to water early in the morning to avoid evaporation.  Also, be sure not to over-water, as that will result in fungi growing in shady areas, and your roots could potentially drown.

It’s possible to give your lawn ample water for survival and still follow the recommended guidelines to conserve water.

2)  Mow at the highest height possible, but don’t avoid the 1/3 rule.

Each grass type has a different range of heights the blades can be mowed at.  During periods of drought, be sure to mow on the higher end of that spectrum.  Most of the common Dallas grass types should be mowed to around 4 inches, about 1/2 inch higher than normal.

Additionally, be sure to mow frequently enough that you are never cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade length.  In fact, it’s much better to only cut off 1/4 of an inch at a time.  Chances are that biweekly lawn mowing should do the trick.

 3)  Be sure to keep those mower blades sharp.

Sharp mower blades are always important, but during the summer heat, they are more important than ever.  The grass is already stressed; cutting it with a dull lawn mower blade will stress it even more

4)  Leave all chemical applications to the professionals

Most grass types do not require fertilization during the summertime.  If for some reason you are inclined to treat your lawn with fertilizer or chemicals, be sure to call a professional, licensed service provider.  Risk of Nitrogen burn is super high in the summer, so it’s best to leave any lawn treatments to a professional.

Hopefully, these tips help you, and for those of you who don’t feel like doing your own lawn, check out First Response Lawn Care’s professional lawn services in Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, Caddo Mills, and surrounding areas.

Get a FREE Estimate! Call Now – (214) 701-7622! We will gladly help you with your lawncare 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!

Weeds are a Menace

Weeds are a Menace

Weeds are a menace year in and year out. They are just plants trying to grow like anything else.  However, if weeds can grow, they will do more damage than you might think. Weeds do damage beyond their unsightly appearance. With all the reasons to not have them, we hope you understand the importance of getting rid of them.

At First Response Lawn Care we have all your yard and weed maintenance covered!

Very unsightly  

They grow faster than grass. This early growth means your lawn is never able to overtake your yard and will constantly look in disarray if weeds are not managed early in the spring growing season.

Weeds Spread

It’s not just about your yard. Weeds that get out of hand will reproduce and populate in your neighbor’s lawn causing much more work for them. Additionally, they can come back into your own yard from the neighbor’s yard no matter how much work you do getting rid of them.

Bugs and pests

Pests are attracted to many kinds of plants. The more variety of grass and weeds the more variety of pests and bugs that will be attracted and stay. This goes beyond the grass but flowers, bushes, and possibly the garden areas. By eradicating those weeds, you reduce the number of invited pests.

Compete with grass for water and nutrients

It’s a competition with weeds. Weeds are going toe to toe with the grass in competing for valuable nutrients and water.

Cause damage to lawn equipment

Often overlooked, is the fact that weeds take a toll on maintenance to your machines that are forced to work harder on taller and thicker vegetation.

Taking the time and energy now will save off a lot of work in the future. Not only will it produce a healthy lawn but will bring a lot of satisfaction to you and your loved ones to trust the ground underneath them.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

Did you know that your lawn care may be tax deductible?

Did you know that your lawn care may be tax deductible?

Long gone are the days we could pay a neighbor’s kid to mow the lawn for 5 bucks. Most home owners spend thousands of dollars each year sprucing up their lawns.  Homeowners associations have gone to the extent of setting lawn standards to be abided by all home owners. Therefore the question is whether or not caring for your lawn is tax deductible?

The answer is “MAYBE”! Part of your job as a homeowner, gardener or landscaper is to prune plants back to reduce their size and you can also do this with your taxes. If you’re self-employed, there are tax deductions that can trim the net amount of taxes you’ll owe.

According to the Tax Court, sole proprietors who regularly meet clients in a home office can deduct part of the costs of landscaping the property. The deductible portion is based on the percentage of the home that is used for business. The Court also allowed a deduction for part of the costs of lawn care and driveway repairs.

You can read what the IRS says about this and learn more at https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc509.

And be sure to contact First Response Lawn Care for all of your lawn care needs.