Lawn Care Basics

Lawn care is the process of establishing and maintaining a healthy lawn. It involves proper watering (as much as two inches a week) and fertilization.Lawn Care

It also involves mowing at the right height to encourage deep roots and make your lawn more drought-tolerant. It’s a good idea to run a soil test to determine the level of nutrients in your soil. Visit for more information.

Lawn fertilization provides essential nutrients that encourage grass growth and prevent weeds from overtaking your yard. There are many types of lawn fertilizers, with each one containing its own unique combination of nutrients. Generally, these include nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (commonly known as NPK). A professional lawn care service will recommend the best type of lawn fertilizer for your particular soil and grass type.

Your lawn needs these nutrients to thrive, just as your body requires food to survive. However, over time the soil on which your grass grows naturally leaches these nutrients from the ground. This can leave your yard looking nutrient deficient and unhealthy, and make it vulnerable to diseases.

Fertilization is a simple, yet important, part of a comprehensive lawn care program. Grass that is well-fed is healthier, and more tolerant to disease, heat, cold, drought, foot traffic, and pests.

A luscious, green lawn is a sign of a well-managed property, and offers an appealing visual presence that elevates curb appeal and increases the value of your home or business. It also helps reduce erosion, moderates soil temperature, and suppresses weed growth.

To ensure your lawn is healthy and vibrant, it is important to schedule regular lawn care services throughout the year. Services may include mowing, aeration, seeding, and weed control. For the best results, these services should be completed before and after applying a crabgrass preventer in early spring.

It is also recommended to mulch your flower beds in the fall, which will help maintain the soil temperature, suppress weeds, and provide nutrients as it decomposes.

The ideal time to apply lawn fertilizer is after it rains, or when the grass is moist. Using a fertilizer that is applied during a dry period will cause the fertilizer to wash away before it can penetrate the soil. It is also important not to fertilize during a drought, as the grass will be unable to absorb the nutrients. In general, you should avoid over-fertilizing your lawn as this can lead to a nutrient imbalance that is hard to correct. However, if your lawn is overfertilized, it can be corrected by reducing the frequency of future applications and watering.

Weed Control

Weeds are unwanted plants that compete with desirable plants for resources such as water and nutrients. They are often annuals but can also be perennials or biennials. Unlike grass, they grow quickly and produce many seeds. If left unchecked, weeds can dominate lawns and garden beds and choke out desired growth. Weeds also harbor pests that can infect and kill desired plants. Regular weed control helps prevent and eradicate pests and diseases from infecting desirable turfgrass, shrubs, flowers, and trees.

We offer professional weed control services to prevent and eradicate common weeds from your yard and garden. A well-maintained weed-free yard is not only attractive, but it can increase your property value. Our professionals know which weeds are the most troublesome and what methods to use to control them.

Early spring is a good time to monitor for weeds and apply a pre-emergent herbicide to stop them from growing. A lawn care professional will take into account the timing of the weeds, the type of weed and the surrounding landscape to select the best herbicide for your lawn. Herbicides must be applied correctly to be effective. Applying the herbicide too late will not be effective and applying it at the wrong wind conditions could injure desirable turfgrass or other plants in your yard.

Post-emergent herbicides are usually used to kill established weeds. If you’re using a post-emergent, be sure to follow the label directions to ensure you’re controlling the right weeds and at the correct rate. Generally, higher rates of application are required for larger areas and more aggressive weeds such as crabgrass.

Organic forms of weed control work by promoting vigorous and healthy grasses to out-compete weeds for resources. They can be effective but require more frequent treatments. A professional lawn care company will have the equipment and commercial licensing necessary to access quality products that are not available for home use, and they’ll have the specialized knowledge to properly apply them at the appropriate times.

A healthy, well-maintained yard and garden will reduce the need for chemical weed control. Weeds not only make lawns and gardens look unkempt, but they can also discourage people from spending time outdoors.

Insect Control

Many people think of lawn care services as a combination of fertilization, weed control and mowing. However, a well-rounded lawn care program also includes pest control. This is because a healthy, green lawn should not be a place for harmful insects to hide or feed. Pests that infiltrate your turf cause damage and can spread diseases that are dangerous to pets and humans. Some of these pests include grubs, ticks and fleas.

The most important way to keep pests from damaging your lawn is through good lawn care practices. This means planting the appropriate grass species for your climate region, maintaining a proper mowing schedule and regularly applying nutrient-rich soil amendments to the ground.

Some lawn maintenance companies offer fungicide and insect control as part of their standard programs, while others will add them on an additional basis. Fertilization, preemergence and postemergence weed control are typically included in all programs. Some companies will also provide grub and sod webworm control, while others will offer these services at an additional cost.

Fungicides are essential to prevent a host of diseases that threaten the health and appearance of turf. Examples of fungicides that your lawn may require include Dollar Spot Fungus, Brown Patch, Summer Patch and Red Thread. These fungicides will kill the spores and help restore your lawn to its former glory.

Insects are a major problem for home and commercial lawns. These pests destroy the roots of grass plants and can create unsightly holes in a lawn. The grubs of the Japanese beetle are particularly destructive. They can weaken the entire root system of a lawn and often attract much larger pests, such as birds and skunks that eat them.

Fleas and ticks can also be a serious health threat for pets and humans. These parasitic bloodsuckers can transmit dangerous diseases, including typhus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lawn pest control experts can protect your family and pets with flea and tick treatments.

A well-rounded lawn maintenance plan will also take care of other pests such as gophers, voles and fire ants. These problems can be prevented by installing exclusion barriers, using traps and pouring water on fire ant mounds to dehydrate them. A good lawn care company will also use other pest control methods such as mowing, dethatching, aerating and regular watering to reduce pest populations in the first place.

Lawn Aeration

Lawn aeration is a critical lawn care task. It alleviates soil compaction, allowing the roots of your grass to grow thick and strong. Over time, soil can become compacted from weather, outdoor projects and foot traffic. This hinders the flow of essentials like air, water and nutrients to your grass’s root system. This compaction can lead to a variety of issues such as poor drainage, thin lawns, disease and bare patches.

The most common way to get your lawn aerated is by core aeration. This process involves using a machine that pulls out small plugs of dirt from the ground. After aerating, it’s recommended that you water the lawn to help settle the soil plugs. It’s also a good idea to apply fertilizer straight after aerating to help get the lawn growing again.

Grass roots need air, water and nutrients to grow thick and healthy. When the soil becomes compacted, it inhibits the flow of these essentials to the roots. This can cause many issues such as poor drainage, bare spots, diseases and fairy rings.

Aerating alleviates these problems by creating holes in the soil so that the roots can easily penetrate the ground. It also helps remove thatch (layers of dead grass and organic debris) and mixes the soil to improve its health. Fall is the best season to aerate because it encourages new growth in the spring.

It’s a great idea to combine aeration with fertilizing, soil amendments and overseeding. All of these can be done at the same time and will make a huge difference in your lawn’s health and appearance.

A well-kept lawn can improve your property’s value and add to its curb appeal. However, lawn maintenance requires time and effort. So if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, hire a professional lawn care team to take care of it for you! Contact us for a free estimate. We offer lawn mowing, weed control, insect control and lawn aeration services in Dallas, Plano and surrounding areas! We look forward to hearing from you.