Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #4
Sprinkler Blow Outs – It is crucial in our area to have our irrigation systems blown out prior to the onset of freezing temperatures to prevent line breaks over the winter months. Be sure to get this scheduled in late fall. Here are a few companies we refer our clients too:
Eagle River Sprinkler – (208) 914-5891
Sprinklers Blown Out – (208) 435-2022
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #3
Mowing – Just as mowing a lawn lower than the minimum height during the summer heat causes stress to a lawn, mowing a lawn short during colder fall temperatures has the same damaging effects. The root crown and root zone must be protected from the heat and cold. When cool temperatures arrive, raise your blade level to one half inch above your summer cutting height. Then on your final mowing of the season lower your blade height to one half inch lower than your normal summer cutting height. By cutting slightly lower than the summer normal height on your last mowing removes more top blade that can be exposed to winter disease such as winter mold.
Raking – It is important to remove all large piles of debris and leaves from a lawn prior to winter and snowfall. Large quantities of debris will not break down quickly and will suffocate a lawn providing a moist home for disease organisms to invade.
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #2
Fall Fertilizer – Fall is the most important time of the year to fertilize your lawn and a good fertilizing program is an essential part of a great looking lawn all year round. As temperatures cool off grass slows its top growth and begins storing nutrients in its root zone in preparation for the harsh winter months ahead. The grass begins taking in nutrient reserves it will need throughout the winter and in the early spring. This important cycle determines the health and vitality of next summer’s lawn. In the spring your lawn will wake up a lot quicker and healthier due to the nutrient intake prior to dormancy. Adding a fall fertilizer also strengthens the plant’s resilience to disease throughout the winter and spring while in its dormant (or weakened) state. Time spent feeding your lawn and controlling weeds in the fall will pay significant dividends next spring.
Fall Weed Control – Fall is the best time to control dandelions and other perennial weeds common to Idaho. In the fall plants begin preparing for winter by moving nutrients produced by photosynthesis to the roots for winter storage. If herbicides are applied at this time, the chemicals are transported by the plant to the roots along with the nutrients, killing the entire plant instead of just the parts above the soil surface. This process works in the opposite direction in spring and summer, when nutrients produced are sent to the leaves and upper parts of the plant for growth. Herbicide applications made during this time often kills only the top foliage. If the roots remain alive, the weed will regenerate and continue to cause problems through the summer requiring multiple herbicidal treatments. If you would like to get a good jump on the weeds your property may face next year now is the time to act. By treating weeds in late fall before the weeds go into dormancy transports the herbicide down to the roots, eliminating their invasiveness in the spring.
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #1
Proper Lawn Winterizing Tip #1
Fall Aeration – Lawn aerations reduce soil compaction, improve nutrient, water and oxygen intake, and breaks up thick thatch layers. High traffic areas will greatly benefit from an aeration. With improved movement of important key elements the root zone is stimulated and growth occurs. Combine aerating with a fall fertilizer application and the root zone will be able to store more nutrients needed during the harsh winter months and will greatly benefit your lawn next summer.
Give us a call or an email if you would like to schedule a fall lawn aeration 208-585-9400, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to ask about a fall fertilizing treatment to go along with your aeration as well!
Christmas Light Scheduling is Beginning This Month
Sept. 14, 2018
Yes, it is that time of year when our office is gearing up for our Christmas light season. Our existing clients will receive an email this month indicating when installations can be scheduled. Please be on the lookout for that email and take advantage of getting on our schedule quickly as slots fill up incredibly fast. Be sure to wait until the green light is given though to give our office staff the prep time they need to properly prepare for that (one of our busiest times of the year). We anticipate another fantastic light season to welcome in the holidays and look forward to lighting up the Treasure Valley!
Bentgrass: Early Detection & Treatment is Crucial to Having a Beautiful Lawn
What is Bentgrass and why should you be concerned about it? Bentgrass is a low growing dense grassy weed. It is what golf courses use on their putting greens and when kept very short it looks neat and uniform. If it is left to grow freely it turns into a scraggly patch that can take over a lawn very quickly. You can usually spot these weed patches at a distance from their blueish tint or sometimes neon green tint. Once it starts showing up as patches in a lawn it can quickly push out desirable grass and transform your entire lawn into a dense odd looking mess. It is starting to show up in many subdivisions and once you get an eye for it you will be able to drive in your subdivision and spot the lawns that have Bentgrass in them. If it shows up in your neighbor’s lawn odds are it will pop up in your lawn as well.
There are a few methods to use to treat Bentgrass. One way is to spot treat the patch with roundup during a summer day when Bentgrass is actively growing. A week later, mow over the area and aerate and overseed. This method may work if you just have a couple of smaller patches and you don’t mind having some round up patches of dead grass in your lawn until it fills in with new grass. Another method to use, especially on lawns heavily covered in Bentgrass, is to give us a call. A special herbicide is applied three times in the fall and then the lawn is aerated and overseeded. This herbicide is not cheap, but this method is much less expensive than having to tear out all of your lawn and start over. Now is a good time to start these applications.
Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can come out and take a look at any questionable areas in your lawn. It is definitely something you will want to catch early and stay on top of in order to have a healthy, green and beautiful lawn. You can reach us at (208) 585-9400 or by email email@example.com.
Fall is Best for Overseeding Cool Season Grasses
Aug. 31, 2018
The prime time to overseed cool-season grasses is late summer to early fall. Fall seeding compliments the natural growth cycles of cool-season grasses. Grasses grow most vigorously during this time of year. The combination of warm soil, moderate day temperatures, and cool evenings stimulates fast germination. Cool-season grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit (about 60-75 F range). The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance service recommends overseeding at least 45 days before your average first fall frost.
Newly planted grass seed needs consistent moisture making fall an ideal time to overseed when the soil moisture levels fluctuate less. Fall overseeding lessens the chance that the seed may dry out and reduces the need for constant extra waterings on your part.
Why Overseed? Overseeding is simply the method of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. As grasses mature, thinning is normal – especially in high traffic areas. Overseeding keeps your lawn lush and vigorous without starting over from scratch. Overseeding on a regular basis will keep your lawn looking its best. The key is to not wait to overseed until your lawn in looking bare and scarce in spots. Golf courses use the practice of overseeding as a routine maintenance practice to keep their courses looking their best. Prepping the lawn with an aeration prior to placing seed down will help improve the germination rate by allowing water, nutrients, and air to reach the root zone. Aerations are another must have maintenance task for a lawn to look top shape.
If it has been a while since you have overseeded or aerated now is a good time to have that done. The genetic makeup of grass seed today is far more superior than it was just ten years ago. Give Zing a call today at 208-585-9400 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss overseeding options for your lawn. Time spent now on your lawn’s health will pay off well in the spring.
Plant Trees in the Cooler Temperatures of Fall
Aug. 24, 2018
Set your trees up for maximum success by planting them in the cooler temperatures of fall. Generally August, September, and October are the most ideal months of the year as the hottest days of summer are gone and the ground is not yet frozen. During these months there is less chance of sun scorch and drought on newly planted trees. Fall is also the time that trees put energy into new root growth verses new leaf growth so planting in the fall helps them develop stronger roots. Help your trees put down a good set of roots now so when spring comes they will have a foot forward into the growing season of spring and summer.
Here is an article on proper planting of trees: New Tree Planting
Common Invasive Tree Pest: The Tree Borer
Aug 9, 2018
Tree borers are invasive wood-boring insects that lay their eggs on or inside of trees, where young larvae eat their way through living tree tissue. Tree borer insects cause affected parts of trees to slowly weaken as their chewing severs vital transport tissues. Trees infested with borers will start showing dieback at the top of the tree, and will eventually extend to the major branches and main stem. The most obvious signs of tree borer invasions are the tiny holes they cut into trunks, branches and stems. These holes can be round or oblong in shape sometimes with a sawdust-like material called frass below the holes. If borer infested trees are left untreated they are in danger of dying and can be a safety hazard.
Some things to know about borers:
- Ash and Birch trees are most likely to have bore invasions.
- Borers are attracted to trees that are stressed and injured so the best way to prevent borer invasion is to improve its care and ensure that your tree is healthy and strong.
- Trees that are covered with borer holes are past the point of saving and should be removed for safety’s sake due to weak limbs.
- Damaged and infested branches can be pruned to control borers from invading the entire tree.
- Trees that are not infested or have only a few noticeable holes may be protected from borers by improving care and nutrient intake.
Give Zing a call today and we can have our certified arborist come take a look at your trees. We can provide you with a free analysis of all of your trees! 208-585-9400 or you can email us at email@example.com.
Keep it Cool: Protect Plants From Heat
Aug 3, 2018
Hot weather is hard on landscapes. Just like us, our landscape needs to be kept hydrated, cool, and protected in the harsh hot temperatures. Here are few helpful tips to keeping your landscape thriving in the heat of summer:
- Watering is essential when it’s hot, but watering correctly is more important. Prepare your plants for the heat of the day by watering deeply in the early morning hours or early evening. Watering midday is inefficient as most of it will evaporate before it hits the root zone. Also, keep in mind that overwatering can cause as much damage to plants as under watering can. Heat and sun exposure can cause leaf wilt which can be a protective measure the plant uses to minimize less surface area for sun exposure. Resist the urge to water the plant without first checking the soil moisture. Overwatering can lead to root rot or fungal disease. Plants usually bounce back after the sun goes down.
- Add a thick layer of mulch around the base of your plants. This helps insulate the plant’s roots from both heat and cold and will also help keep the soil moist.
- Shade those garden vegetables during the hottest part of the day. During extreme heat vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants will cease flowering and can get sunburned.
- Choose heat tolerant plants for those sun blasted areas of your landscape. There are many plants out there that love the sun and thrive in the heat of the summer.
Check your landscape often for areas that may be drying out due to inadequate coverage or exposure to extreme heat. These areas may need an extra watering and a little bit more tlc than other areas. Your landscape will appreciate additional attention in the hot summer temperatures!