Texas Panhandle Drought? Another crazy pattern for the local area means we need to be watering every 7-10 days until we see a change. According to the National Weather Service: On record, this is the longest consecutive streak of no measurable precipitation for Amarillo. And it is likely to continue…
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Let us Help with Your Amarillo Yard Spring Cleanup!
With Spring right around the corner it’s time to start preparing your Amarillo yard for the upcoming season. Your yard is due for a Spring Cleanup.
Mid February through March is the perfect time to have your yard de-thatched. De-thatching is important in the Panhandle due to our lack of precipitation. Wetter areas get enough rain to promote decomposition of the clippings. The lack of rain in Amarillo causes the dead grass to mat up over the soil. Several problems can arise when thatch develops into a thicker layer and forms a wedge between grass and soil.
Too-thick thatch diminishes lawn health by:
Forming an impervious layer that prevents water, fertilizer, and insect or disease controls from reaching soil.
Blocking sunlight from reaching lower grass blades.
Holding moisture against grass blades, which can foster disease.
Blocking soil so that grass roots grow into nutrient-lacking thatch, which forms a shallow-rooted lawn.
Creating an uneven lawn, which leads to uneven mowing and scalping.
Along with de-thatching, beds need to be cleaned out, shrubs trimmed, aerating may need to be done, leaves picked up, over seeding thinned areas, and fertilizing.
Call us at 806-674-7407 today and schedule your Spring Cleanup and get your yard ready for the upcoming season.
Now is the time to put down Winterizer on your Amarillo lawns.
Winterizing Amarillo Lawns does not have to be complicated. Most commercial winterizers are formulated for cool-season grasses such as fescue and bluegrass. Winterizing the home lawn can help prepare the roots and grass species to over winter and to assist in transition come spring time. Cool season grasses such as fescue, ryegrass, and bluegrass are hardy enough to withstand winter’s cold and snow. Without large amounts of water, they usually enter into a semi-dormant state in the high heat of summer, and revive with the cooler weather of autumn. These are the grasses that benefit from a good winterizing program. Although growth may slow somewhat in autumn, cool season grasses are actually busy building energy resources for winter. Here are a few tips to help your lawn get through winter’s icy blast and emerge in spring looking better than ever:
– Minimize the thatch layer. Thatch is composed of organic matter that is slow to decay. If the thatch layer is too thick, it will affect grass health. We begin Dethatching and Spring Cleanup in mid February. You can also aerate your lawn in autumn (or in spring) to reduce the thatch layer, improve drainage and air circulation, and minimize soil compaction. Aeration will also assist in the uptake of nutrients.
– Deal with the fallen leaves. You can either remove the leaves altogether and compost them (or utilize them as mulch in your garden beds), or you can use the mulching blade on your lawn mower and chip them into small pieces that can remain on the lawn. A heavy leaf layer can be detrimental to lawn health.
– Feed. At this time of year, use a fertilizer high in potassium (the third number on the fertilizer bag). Potassium increases the cold tolerance of cool-weather grasses. If you do not wish to use synthetic fertilizers, a spray of compost tea will do the trick. Always apply fertilizer according to the rates listed on the package; never use more than recommended, as it may burn the leaves of your plants.
Call us and we can help with any or all of these procedures.
Caring for your Amarillo lawn has its challenges year round. Your lawn survived the summer season – congratulations! Unfortunately, grubs are running late this year. With the rain and cooler temps, if you are seeing brown spots you may have grubs or fungus. They are still very active now. The pictures below show you what they can do to an untreated yard in a matter of a couple weeks. If your Amarillo lawn is showing signs, call me for an assessment and treatment plan. We can minimize the damage by attacking the problem early.
Another note to help you prepare your yards for the Summer. Amarillo Lawn Care for summer season. With the cool evening temps and moderate temps during the day, the grass and topsoil is staying moist. This is prime conditions for fungus to grow in your yards. Watch for yellow areas that start small and grow over the course of the week. You should treat these areas immediately as they can spread quickly. Tracking your mowers, walking through or even the dog just tracking through, can spread it to other areas of the yard. Jeff Loyless with Lawn Boy Services in Amarillo takes care of all my spraying should the need arise.
I also like fertilizing at the end of May or first week of June. Normally June is our wetter months and will get the fertilizer into the ground. This also gives the yards the month of June to get thick and healthy in preparation for the hot months of July and August. Walk a brisk consistent pace in order to keep the fertilizer spread even. SHUT OFF your spreader at the end of every pass. I see so many yards with burn spots at the end of the yards because they stopped to turn around, did not shut off the spreader, dumping a bunch of fertilizer and burning the grass. If you walk past your property line and do this , your neighbor won’t appreciate it much either. If you have or suspect you have fungus DO NOT put down any fertilizer. This will just make the fungus worse. The yard needs to be sprayed and fungus killed prior to any fertilizer applications. June also is a good time to start raising the height of your mower. A taller grass will do better in the heat.
In July be on the lookout for grub worms. I normally start seeing a hatching in the 2nd or 3rd week in July. Again look for yellowing spots in the yard. An easy way to check is to just grab a handful of the yellowed grass and pull. If it peels back like a piece of turf, you probably have grubs. This also needs to be treated immediately. Grubs can destroy a nice yard in a matter of a couple days to a couple weeks. Bermuda over time can recover at some level. Fescue most likely will not and you will have to reseed or sod. I encourage my customers to pre-treat the yard in middle of July. Having your yard pre-treated is much cheaper than reseeding or sodding again. With the milder Fall temps, I have been seeing a second hatching in late September through October. So be on the lookout then also.
July is also when I encourage my customers to increase the watering schedule. Last Summer we did not have a 100 degree day all Summer I believe so a slight increase was all that was necessary. If we return to our norms, a 20-30% increase in watering is recommended. I would probably leave the times the same and just add a day. Remember all yards are different. If your yard is struggling and stressing some, bump up the times some until you find the sweet spot. Remember also, you don’t have to adjust the entire system as a whole. A shady section will require less time and days vs a full sun area needing more time. Adjust the times a a section by section basis if needed.
Lawn Care Amarillo| DIY, Amateurs, or Professional Services?
The grass is growing in Amarillo and you have decided this is the year to enjoy your summer and let someone else be in charge of lawn mowing!
But the task of finding the right Lawn Care Amarillo can be daunting in its own right.
Sure, you could just throw some cash at the kid that lives down the street. But times and landscapes no longer look like the simple yards of the 1950’s.
Another alternative is to ask that neighbor or buddy with a great looking lawn. That is a great place to start, but not always the best way to make your decision.
Contact at least threelawn service professionals and get information you can make a good decision with.
Cheap lawn mowing bids most often are just that. Ask what services are included. You may discover that they charge for edging, weed eating and blowing on an a la carte basis. You need to find out first what the lawn care service will actually do for the money before you pay them.
Knowing who is in your yard gives you peace of mind. Amarillo has a number of large lawn service companies that employ many workers, resulting in a new face outside your window each time your lawn is mowed. Fortunately, Amarillo also has some great entrepreneurs in the lawn services industry that will build a relationship with you while you support local businesses.
How often do you need a lawn service to mow, weed eat and edge your property? You may find that the lawn guy can give you a cheaper mowing quote for weekly lawn service. He gets the assurance of a regular paying customer as well as the knowledge that the yard stays well maintained. On call lawn service puts him at risk of hours more work on an out of control and overgrown yard.
With the right information you can make a great choice of a lawn care service in Amarillo for your needs and budget.