Spring Lawn Aeration

Spring Lawn Aeration

SPRING LAWN AERATION SERVICE

If you are struggling to keep your lawn healthy, First Response Lawn Care lawn aeration service may be able to help.

Lawn aeration is important if you want your yard to look healthy and green. When your lawn is aerated, it allows the roots of the grass to go deeper in the ground and helps spread the seed better.

Our lawn aeration service in Fate TX and surrounding areas is just a phone call away at (214) 701-7622

A remedy for soil compaction

When you mow or simply walk on your yard, you compact the soil. This makes it impossible for the roots to grow deep. That means your yard is more likely to be torn up by rain and erosion or everyday use. Over time, soil compaction seals the top layers of the soil and creating run off of the irrigation water rather than allowing it to soak down into the roots of your lawn.

Aeration service breaks up the topsoil making it softer. This allows the roots of your grass to become deeper and stronger.

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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!

Spring is Upon Us

Spring is Upon Us

It’s time for spring care and maintenance of your landscaping and recovery from the colder, dormant months. At First Response Lawn Care, we specialize in spring lawn recovery. It is time for pre-emergent treatments and fertilizing strategies for your healthy lawn and flower beds. Also, this is the right time to have your irrigation system inspected. Get your sprinklers in check to pre-empt any problems since watering is needed to kick start your lawn off right. Mowing time is here again and we have the right services to get you started.

Call us to discuss your needs to start the season with a green lawn! Our services include all yard lawn treatments and the personal attention you can only get from a family owned and operated company. We are your local one-stop lawn maintenance company!

Services we offer include:

  1. Spring Cleanup for your yard
  2. Mowing and Landscaping
  3. Weed Control and Fertilization
  4. Lawn Aeration
  5. Sprinkler system inspection and repair

All the services you need to start this spring with a healthy and lush yard. Our maintenance crews are fast and efficient.  We are licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture Lic #450863. We are also a licensed irrigation specialist with the state of Texas Irrigation License #19451. Start the outdoor season off right with First Response Lawn Care!

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

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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!

Mother Mulcher, How Much Mulch is Too Much?

Mother Mulcher, How Much Mulch is Too Much?

My mother is an overzealous mulcher. She’s obsessed with buying 10-15 bags of redwood mulch every few months to keep her beds looking fresh and bright. This is such a waste of money, but also could be hazardous to the shrubs and trees the mulch encases.

The Harms of Over Mulching

  1. Burying shrub or tree roots deeply under mulch decreases the oxygen supply. Roots need oxygen in order to provide it to plants.
  2. Lack of oxygen prevents beneficial soil microbes from breaking down the mulch. Instead, harmful soil microbes produce substances that are toxic to roots.
  3. Trees surrounded by mounds of mulch may send shallow roots into the mulch, instead of the soil. This makes them more susceptible to drought, stress, and wind.
  4. Piling up mulch against the trunk provides a safe haven for harmful insects. It can also promote rot due to excess moisture retained by the mulch.

Mulching Rule of Thumb

Before topping off your beds with more mulch, first measure how much mulch is already there. A two to four-inch layer is ideal, and provides many benefits to plants like:

  1. Weed suppression
  2. Moisture retention
  3. Slow addition of organic matter to the soil as the mulch decomposes.
  4. Keeps mowers and weed trimmers away from trunks which can be easily damaged by such equipment.

Since mulch does so many good things, it is easy to think more would be better. In reality, thicker layers of mulch actually harm plants. When mulch builds up over four inches it often becomes a water repellent. When this happens water simply sheds off the top of the mulch rather than soaking in to the soil below, leaving plants thirsty.

Thick layers of mulch can also suffocate plant roots. We don’t often think about the role of air in the soil, but roots need air to survive. Burying root systems under excessive layers of mulch reduces the amount of air in the soil, causing plants to decline. This decline is usually slow, often taking years for plants to die from over mulching.

If you already have a four inch layer of mulch on your beds, but wish to add more to brighten up the bed’s appearance, you have two options.

  • Option 1: Remove part of the existing mulch before adding new mulch. You can add the old mulch to your compost pile or use it as an under layer for new beds.
  • Option 2: Stir up the existing mulch. Often only the top layer loses its bright appearance and if you mix the mulch up a bit, you will bring some of the more richly colored lower layers to the surface.

Another common mistake is to treat mulch like a soil amendment, mixing it into the soil when you plant. When mixed into the soil, they slowly release nutrients, help retain moisture and also improve drainage. Most mulches are too coarse to make good soil amendments. Often mulch and soil are mixed together by accident when new plants are set out. Over time, you can build up a layer of mixed soil and mulch that is several inches thick. Plants typically do not grow well in this mix because it stays too dry and because the decaying mulch actually pulls nitrogen out of the soil. To avoid mixing mulch with soil, always rake mulch away from the area before planting. If you have beds where mulch has become mixed with the soil, rake down to the soil level and be sure to plant into soil rather than mulch.

Need lawn care help or just chew the mulch with us, call today (214) 701-7622!

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