Do you look longingly at your neighbor’s lush green lawn and wonder why his is so perfect? Do you go by the books and try to get your lawn to look the same to no avail? Well, you may be taking the wrong approach. You’re not alone, though. Many homeowners make mistakes on a daily basis in regards to weed control, grass growth and maintenance. Here are some common lawn care mistakes you may be making, and tips on how to fix them. Soon, YOUR yard will be the envy of the neighborhood.
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The last thing you may be thinking of right now is the warm weather of spring, but proper planning is everything if you want your lawn to look its best through the following summer. When it comes to spring lawn care, you want someone on your side who has been in the business for many years and has experience serving the residents of Chattanooga, Huntsville and all of northeast Alabama. That company is Twelve Oaks Landscape. It’s never too soon to start planning for spring lawn care, so check out these tips for guaranteeing a beautiful yard. This way, you can hit the ground running once the first bird chirps.
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Whether you begin with seed, sod, or plugs, tend to your lawn diligently over the coming 4-6 weeks. Start by watering lightly every day. The goal is to keep the soil surface moist without water running off the surface. After about 2 weeks, decrease the frequency of irrigation but increase the amount of water you apply. By week 6 you should be applying an inch of water per week in one application, if there has been no significant rainfall.
Part of caring for our clients’ landscaping needs is creating an environment that’s pleasing to humans, yet unattractive to pests.
By preparing lawns in the late fall and early winter, you help strengthen lawns and prevent the growth of unwanted flora and uninvited critters when spring arrives.
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Saving water doesn’t have to involve the cost and inconvenience of tearing up your yard to install a new irrigation system. It’s easy to save water and reduce your utility bills with simple changes to your landscaping and gardening routine.
- Landscape to suit your lot – Choose grass or plants that have low water requirements and will thrive in your local climate. Consider your lot’s exact features, including sun and shade, dry and damp areas, plant size, and how you plan to use each section of your yard.
- Keep soil healthy – Aerating your lawn and around trees at least once a year helps improve water penetration. When planting, turn and cultivate the soil and add compost or fertilizer to improve moisture retention and grow healthier plants that need less water to stay strong.
- Mulch well around plants, bushes and trees – Using 2 to 4 inches of mulch reduces evaporation, moderates spikes and lows in soil temperatures, improves water penetration and helps control weeds that compete for water.
- “Hydro-zone” your yard – Grouping plants with similar moisture needs in the same area makes it easier to make sure they get the water they need without overwatering. Separate plants from grassy areas, which have different water requirements.
- Plant in spring or fall – Avoid summer, when hotter temperatures mean plants need more water to become established.
- Save grass for functional areas – Plant grass in play zones and other areas where it will be used and enjoyed. Instead of planting turf on steep slopes or other hard-to-water spaces, consider ground cover, perimeter plants or mulch.
- Plant shade trees – The shade they cast creates natural “air-conditioning,” lowering air and soil temperatures, and reducing soil moisture loss.
- Maintain your yard regularly – A well-maintained yard requires less water, so weed, prune and mow as needed.
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