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DO it yourself section:
Lawn care services
companies offer a variety of services when you hire them. The average lawn
upkeep can be broken down into several jobs.
Many landscapers offer
service plans that you can pay for by the year, and they'll tackle all the
tasks your lawn needs completed throughout the year.
Here are some common
Mulch: Mulch keeps your plant beds looking
clean and well kept. There are various qualities of mulch, and the type you
choose will change the amount you pay. There will also be a delivery fee for
bringing the mulch to your home. Bulk mulch installed including preparation ranges from $60-$125 per cubic yard.
Fertilization: This service is also a common benefit of
a lawn care package. Companies suggest fertilizing your lawn a few times a year
to help it grow thick, but too much fertilizer can harm your lawn.
Aeration: Typically done in the fall and spring,
aeration pulls plugs of grass, thatch and soil from your lawn. These plugs
leave holes that allow the lawn to breathe better. It also allows fertilizer
and water easier access to the roots.
Aeration costs for a typical
lawn fall in the $200
. Overseeding adds about another $200 for a typical lawn.
General maintenance: Other general maintenance tasks like picking
up sticks, pulling weeds and planting new plants are other services landscapers
Choosing a lawn care service
While some homeowners
take great personal pleasure in caring for their beloved lawns, for others it's
just a big chore that's hard to keep up with.
If you're thinking of
hiring a lawn care company, here are some tips:
Get an on-site
estimate: Each lawn is
different, so you can't assess its needs over the phone. A qualified lawn care
service should come out and inspect your lawn before offering a service
Avoid quick fixes: If your lawn is in distress, stay away
from self-proclaimed magicians who claim to work miracles. Getting a damaged
lawn back into healthy stages usually takes time.
Chemical check: If you're considering a chemical
treatment to be applied to your lawn, make sure the professional you hire is
certified to apply such chemicals. Many states require certification to apply
Make sure the company is insured, bonded,
carries workers compensation, and look for someone with good recommendations
from past customers. See who has won local service awards from notable sources.
Also, be sure to check the Angie's List Licensing Tool
to see if your
state requires licenses for landscaping professionals.
Potential scams: Be wary of people who knock on your door
soliciting business. If they ask for all the money before work is completed,
consider another option. Once they have the money, they might not return to do the
A perfectly manicured
lawn doesn't come without a lot of care and thought. Learn how to get the most
from your front lawn or back yard. (Photo courtesy of Jessica W.)
Lawn care tips
If you enjoy working
in the yard and don't mind weekend projects then taking care of your own lawn
is perfect for you. Here are some tips for the DIY homeowner:
Change directions: Cut the lawn using different patterns.
This will prevent ruts from forming and it will also encourage the grass to
grow tall and straight.
Mow dry grass: Cutting wet grass isn't very effective.
The grass will not cut evenly when it's wet and can clog the mower.
Sharpen the blade: Have the blade sharpened at least once
or twice a year. A dull blade rips the grass, creating an uneven look, damaging
your lawn and leaving it exposed to diseases and parasites.
Overlap: It's tempting to get the most out of
every pass and minimize the amount of overlap, but it's not the best technique.
Overlapping every pass by three inches or more will result in a smooth and even
Tall grass is good: As grass grows taller, its roots go
deeper, resulting in a healthier lawn that requires less watering. The grass
will also fill in nicely, providing a great safety net against weeds. Cutting
the grass too short causes stress on your lawn.
Over time, repeatedly
cutting it short will result in turf that has bare spots and is highly
susceptible to cold, extreme heat, pests and diseases.
The one-third rule: Never cut the grass (or any plant, as a
rule of thumb) by more than a third of its height at any one time. If the grass
has gotten too tall, cut it back by one-third, wait a few days and then cut it
Don't be stupid: Choose a mower with a safety handle that
will shut down the mower when released. Never allow people to ride on the mower
deck as this can result in serious injury. Wait until the blade has completely
stopped spinning before going near the deck to remove clogs.
Clear the lawn: Your mower has the power to turn any
rock or stick into a flying projectile that can harm nearby people. Clear the
lawn of toys and other objects before cutting. Watch for objects buried in the
grass as you are cutting to avoid problems.
Mow early in the day: When possible, cut the grass early in
the day, as soon as the dew has dried. This will give the grass time during the
day to gather fresh nutrients.
Cutting hills: When working on a hill, cut across the
slope. Try not to go up and down the slope for safety.
mowers are efficient but be sure you don't have the blade too low.
Essential lawn care tools
You don't necessarily
need to own all of these -- for example, a rototiller can be rented when needed
-- but here's a primer on each tool and its uses.
Types: Manual reel, gas push, electric push, riding, lawn tractor,
zero radius and robotic
Purpose: Used to cut grass. Lawn tractors can be utilized as a
multipurpose vehicle for hauling, plowing and other outdoor lawn and gardening
tasks, as well.
Maintenance: The blades on all lawn mower models must be sharpened
to provide desired results and even cutting services. All mowers except for the
manual reel require regular oil changes and tune-ups to ensure the engine is
Types: Electric, gas powered
Purpose: Cuts a trench along walkways, driveways, around flower
beds and other landscaping, giving the lawn a more manicured look.
Maintenance: The motors on these pieces of equipment require
regular tune-ups to ensure that they are well lubricated and operational.
Types: Gas, electric
Purpose: Provides an easier method of removing leaves and other
light-weight debris from the lawn for easier clean-up. It can also be used to
blow water from paved areas, rain gutters and snow from driveways.
Maintenance: Electric leaf blowers require minimal engine
maintenance for tune-ups. Gas powered leaf blowers require regular tune-ups and
maintenance to keep up with the demands of a two and four cycle engine.
Types: Rotary, drop and sprayer
Purpose: Used to evenly distribute fertilizer over lawn and
Maintenance: When you have finished using the fertilizer spreader
you will want to spray the holding compartment out with a garden hose. It is
important to ensure that excess fertilizer is not left stored with the
equipment, as this can cause explosion hazards.
Types: Various shapes for different tasks.
Purpose: Used to remove leaves and debris from the lawn, under
bushes, in flower beds and other areas where debris may gather
Maintenance: Spray the rake with a garden hose when you have
finished using it and before storing it. If the forks for the rake are
connected to the handle with a screw or rivet, you will want to inspect this
prior to using it.
Type: Various shapes and sizes for different tasks.
Purpose: To remove soil, grass and other materials.
Maintenance: Spray the shovel or spade with a garden hose after
using it. If the head of the shovel or spade is connected to the handle with a
rivet or screw, inspect this before using the tool.
Type: Manual, gas, electric
Purpose: Used to remove dead or undesired limbs, leaves and
branches from bushes, trees, flowers and other plants around the yard for a
more manicured look.
Maintenance: Remove dirt and debris from the blades when not in use
and prior to storing to prevent rusting or damage. Blades must be sharpened
periodically for desired results.
Types: Core/plug, spike, gas-powered and manual
Purpose: Used to control the law thatch and reduce soil compaction
so that water and nutrients can reach the roots of the grass within the yard.
Maintenance: When you are finished using the aerator, the spikes
should be rinsed off with a garden hose and allowed to dry thoroughly if
storing in a dark area. This will help to prevent rusting. Gas powered aerators
will need seasonal tune-ups performed. If used often, inspections on oil, spark
plugs and other components of the engine should be inspected.
A variety of electric
or gas-powered tools can help you keep lawn weeds at bay. (Photo by Eldon
Type: Electric, battery-powered and gasoline
Purpose: Removes grass and weeds in areas that are hard to reach
with the lawn mower. These areas include around trees, under bushes and against
buildings and walkways.
Maintenance: The strings on weed eaters need to be changed or
refilled. Spark plugs must be checked. Most models require you to oil the
motors properly, as well as the rotating mechanism for the string at the
Purpose: Acts as an aerator between dirt pathways and in between
landscaped areas or vegetation.
Maintenance: Spray the blade of the grubbing hoe with a garden hose
to remove dirt and debris. The blade must be periodically sharpened.
Purpose: To trim hard to reach grass patches, dead leaves and small
branches from bushes and flowers.
Maintenance: Blades need to be periodically sharpened.
Type: Manual, gas, electric
Purpose: Similar to an aerator, except that the rototiller is able
to work through harder surfaces and in a larger patterned area. Rototillers are
generally used in gardening areas and flower beds at the beginning of planting
Maintenance: Blades should be sprayed off with a gardening hose to
remove excessive dirt and debris. Blades often need to be sharpened. Tune-ups
must be performed on the motors to ensure they are operating properly.
Lawn fertilizer and chemicals
Maintenance is vitally
important to proper lawn care. This includes proper mowing but also includes
watering and fertilizing.
Watering the grass is
especially important in dry climates where there may be several weeks without
rain. This allows the grass to maintain a proper growth rate and reduces the
risk of grass killing diseases.
worthwhile in any climate but a necessity when the soil lacks nutrients. The
most important ingredient in fertilizer is nitrogen which is vital for the
continued growth of thick and healthy grass that can spring back into shape
after being crushed by something that has run over it.
Higher nitrogen is
essential for maintaining grass that is already established.
Pesticides can be
essential to preventing infestations and disease but should be used with great
caution. Some pesticides are very harsh on a lawn and can cause as much new
damage as it prevents in old damage.
All pesticides should
be checked for natural ingredients which should take preference over harsher
chemical based pesticides.
Lawn abuse is common,
especially among families with pets. Everyone wants to enjoy their lawn but
must be careful not to put too much pressure on the grass to stay healthy and
get constantly trampled. Pets also cause issues because their urine actually burns
the grass and can cause yellow discoloration.
Even if every step
above is followed, some lawns will manage to get diseased. Brown patch disease
is treated the same way it is prevented, with proper watering. It can also be
treated by reducing the amount of nitrogen in the ground.
There are many
diseases that can affect a lawn including fairy rings, red thatch, and dollar
spots. Most can be treated by returning to proper maintenance habits but if the
disease is not resolved after a week of proper maintenance, it may be necessary
to call in a professional.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a lush lawn
without having to water or mow the grass?
Common types of grass
Given the expansive
land area of the United States, homeowners in different regions will experience
varying climates and growing conditions that may challenge the type of grass
they can grow in their yards.
In the north, where
the growing seasons are short and the climates extreme, certain varieties of
grass will thrive. In the south, where the soil may be clay or sandy with mild
winters and long hot summers, those same grasses may not do as well. A lawn
care specialist can help determine which type will thrive on your lawn.
Cool weather grasses:
Bentgrass: This type of grass tolerates close
mowing, but does not tolerate hot, dry weather or cold winters. The variety is
better for golf courses, since it is low maintenance, can withstand droughts
and tolerates high traffic. Unfortunately, it does require constant mowing.
Kentucky bluegrass: The most popular of the cool season
grasses, Kentucky bluegrass spreads well and fills in bare spots. Bluegrass
goes dormant in hot, dry weather and during the winter, but performs poorly in
extreme shade. Be sure to water regularly and fertilize often to keep this
Rough bluegrass: This type of grass does well in cool
moist conditions, performs well in lower temperatures and responds well to
fertilization and irrigation. Unfortunately, it is highly susceptible to
insects and diseases.
Red fescue: This grass flourishes in cool shaded
sites such as camps, resorts and cabins. It requires little in the way of
water, fertilization or mowing.
Annual ryegrass: Mostly used as forage for animals,
ryegrass can be used as a mix with other grasses to provide the dominate grass
with more thickness and density.
Perennial ryegrass: Best for moist and cool environments,
and where temperatures are not extreme. When used in the south, it has the
highest maintenance requirement. Mowing, watering, fertilization and pest
management is required for health.
If you want a lush,
green lawn each summer then it's smart to determine what type of grass grows
best in your region of the country. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Warm weather grasses:
Bahia: Resistant to drought, disease and
insects, Bahia also survives in sand or clay. Predominately used along coastal
areas in Florida, Bahia grass needs to be frequently mowed during hot weather.
Bermuda: Drought resistant, yet adaptable to
various soils, Bermuda grass is used frequently for lawns in the south. It is
also used for athletic fields, parks and golf courses. It does not flourish in
the shade, but it can handle large amounts of traffic.
Centipede: This grass is slow growing, but it is
ideal for lawns since it is low maintenance and does not require much
fertilization or mowing.
Saint Augustine: Very popular in the Southern United
States, Saint Augustine is good for coastal regions. However, it performs
poorly in cold climates and does not tolerate high traffic well.
Zoysia: Extremely drought tolerant, Zoysia is
deep rooted, does well on sandy seashores and handles traffic well.
Native plants: When using plants that naturally grow in
your area, you will find that they are usually drought resistant and give a
variation in appearance from grass. Moreover, native plants are easily
integrated with landscaping projects. Clover and moss are among the variety of
plants used to cover lawns.
Artificial turf: Made of recycled materials including
used tires, artificial lawns require no water, fertilization, weed killer or
mowing. This choice is good for places where plant growth can be difficult.
Stone: Stone or gravel provides the owner with
a variety of colors and sizes. Planning and intense labor is needed to
establish the stone lawn, but once in place, it just needs to be hosed down,
and sprayed with weed killer on occasion. If you live in an area where grass
won't grow or don't have it in your existing landscape, consider using pea
gravel as a pet-friendly surface. A small, loose, rounded, pebbly stone, pea
gravel can be raked easily to remove pet and plant debris.
Cedar bark mulch: Mulch is a good alternative for homes
needing a grass alternative, as it also comes in a variety of sizes and does
not heat up as gravel does.
Colorful fall leaves
end up on your lawn and turn into a seasonal chore. (Photo courtesy of
Leaf removal options
For DIY leaf removal,
there are a few different tools that you should have on hand. Most of what you
need will be determined by how big your yard is and how many trees you have
dumping leaves onto it, but there are some general necessities that you'll need
no matter what.
A heavy-duty rake,
some gloves and a strong back are generally all you need for a small yard.
For larger yards, you
will need some sort of powered leaf-collection tools if you plan on getting
your lawn finished in a reasonable time frame. This can be anything from
powered sweepers to leaf-blowers, and they are absolutely necessary if you
don't want to spend your entire weekend getting rid of leaves.
Next, you need
something to haul the leaves with. This can be anything from a truck to a wheel-barrow,
with a truck being more preferable.
Finally, disposal is
an aspect of yard cleaning that people don't always seem to take into
consideration. Once you clean up all the leaves, you'll need to get rid of
them. Some people simply use the “lawn waste” pickup provided by their garbage
A leaf removal company
can help homeowners maintain a leaf-free lawn. There are a few key benefits
that a leaf removal company can provide to you that simply aren't available to
DIY leaf collection enthusiasts. They have the right equipment and the manpower
to get the job done efficiently and quickly.
There are a few
different things that you can do to help ensure that you don't get bombarded by
too many leaves in the fall.
Most obviously, you
could replace your landscaping with evergreens, eliminating the problem
entirely. Next, you can have the branches trimmed so only enough of the tree
remains to remain attractive.
While some of these
are more difficult than others, they will all result in lower numbers of leaves
hitting your yard.
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