How Does Cold Weather Effect Your Lawn?

Can the cold temperatures damage your lawn?

frozen lawn

Winter weather can take a toll on your lawn.  Cold temperatures, snow, ice, and freezing rain (all of which we have experienced A LOT of recently) can damage lawns.  When these weather conditions sit on grass for extended periods of time it can damage, even kill, warmer season grasses.  Root damage is also a concern.

When ice forms on cooler season grasses it can make the blade brittle and easy to break.  It’s best to limit activity on cooler season grasses when there has been long periods of ice on the ground.

As spring approaches and your lawn starts to green you may notice blotchy areas due to winter kill. This is often in areas that took longer to thaw out due to lack of sunlight or a larger collection in one area of the lawn.

The best way to help restore your lawn after winter damages is to learn from past experiences because history tends to repeat itself.  If you had an area that collected more snow because it was in a low lying area then make sure to level out the area so you won’t have the same problem next time it happens.  Also, a healthy lawn is much more resilient.  Keeping a healthy lawn year around can improve it’s durability during the winter months.

To keep that lawn healthy all year, call Northwest Lawn Care for expert care!

 

Northwest Exterminating
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Lawn Care Benefits of Northwest’s 8 Step Program

The Benefits of 8 Rounds of Northwest Lawn Care

It takes more than water and sunlight to get the fresh, green, luscious lawn that you envision.  It can take a lot of time and money to get the results that you desire.  That’s where Northwest Lawn Care comes in.  We can save you time and money by doing the tough stuff for you.  So what are the benefits of lawn care?

Northwest’s Lawn Care program consists of 8 rounds throughout the year.  Each round is done by our knowledgeable lawn care experts using the most advanced products on the market.  Lawn Care experts conduct a FREE lawn care analysis to determine the best treatment plan for your lawn and it’s needs.

Round 1: This treatment is a deep root treatment and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for stronger root development and to help provide nutrients to the soil for better digestion of the nitrogen products that are applied in the Spring and Summer times.

Round 2: This treatment is a combination of fertilizer and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for crabgrass control.

Crabgrass

Crabgrass

Round 3: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 4: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 5: The main focus of this treatment is turf growth through the application of fertilizers.

Round 6: The main focus of this treatment is weed control.

Round 7: The main focus of this treatment is root growth and weed control by applying a combination of fertilizers. This treatment is vital to any program and is especially important in the prevention of poa annua. Poa annua is common in the South and begins to emerge during the early spring months.

poa annual

poa annual

Round 8: The main focus of this treatment is lime application. Lime is essential for regulating the pH levels in soil.

In addition to the 8 round lawn care program, Northwest also provides, aeration, overseeding, tree and shrub, bed control, and warm season aeration.

Start now to get your lawn looking lush and green for the warmer outdoor seasons!

 

 

Before and After Lawn Aeration

In last week’s blog, “Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?“, we discussed why it was important to aerate your lawn.  Warm season grasses like bermuda and zoysia should be aerated in the spring/summer months.  After the cold months of fall and winter, lawns tend to become damaged from the cool temperatures, debris, and general wear and tear that comes with the little time we spend on our lawns during those months.

Aerating your lawn gives the soil a chance to breathe by removing debris and thatch and allowing it to better absorb oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients that it needs to thrive into a healthy, green lawn!

Below are pictures taken by our lawn care professionals of a lawn before and after being aerated by Northwest Lawn Care professionals.

before after lawn aeration

Call or go online to schedule a FREE lawn analysis on your lawn.  You’ll be enjoying a green, healthy lawn in no time!

 

Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Why Should I Aerate My Lawn?

Just like any living being, lawns need TLC too.  Throughout the seasons, climates, and general wear and tear, lawns can become damaged.  The ground gets hard and compacted, not allowing water and nutrients to get through.  This can make for an unhealthy lawn.

Aerating can be just what your lawn needs to allow it to “open back up” and be able to receive its water and nutrients again.  Aerating consists of inserting holes into the lawn for better water and nutrient absorption, and eliminating thatch (organic and non-organic debris that settles between the green and the soil).  All of this build up makes the soil hard and compacted.  Aerating will loosen the compacted soil and allow your grass to grow faster and thicker.

Aeration will make your lawn treatments more effective.  Oxygen, fertilizer, water, and other nutrients will be better absorbed.

When is the Best Time to Aerate?

It is recommended that cool season grass be aerated in the fall.  Warm season grass should be aerated in spring or summer.

For more information on aeration and other lawn care services, contact the professionals at Northwest Lawn Care.  We will come out and do a FREE lawn care analysis of your lawn and work with you to create a customized lawn care program that is right for your yard.

 

Spring Clean Your Lawn

Wednesday marked the first day of Spring.  For many of us that means one thing…Spring Cleaning!  We often think about all the things to do indoors but what about outdoors?  It’s time to spring clean your lawn as well.

backyard

Here are some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Lawn:

  • Clean up lawn debris – Remove trash, animal debris, dead grass, leaves, pine cones, sticks, etc from your lawn.  Debris removal will not only make your lawn look better but it also eliminates hiding and feeding areas for pests and rodents.
  • Rake Leaves – If you have piles of leaves left over from fall or some stragglers that have come down more recently, rake those up and dispose of them.  Raking up leaves and removing debris  will eliminate hiding spots for occasional invaders like millipedes, ants, and other pests.
  • Check leftover firewood – Check under any leftover firewood for signs of pests that often hide between and underneath wood.  Make sure that wood piles are located as far away from your home as possible.  The last thing you want is termites next to your structure.
  • Remove standing water – Standing water is a breeding ground for pests, especially mosquitoes.  Dump water from bird baths or install drains that will aid in water flowing from your yard rather than gathering.
  • Trim Bushes – By trimming your bushes you are not only making your lawn look aesthetically pleasing but you’re also reducing the risk of pests near the structure of your home.
  • Apply pre-emergent – Now is the perfect time to prevent weeds from popping up in your lawn.  Call a lawn care professional for the most effective products and treatment options for your lawn.

There’s no better time than now to trust Northwest’s Lawn Care experts to prepare your lawn to be healthy and green for the upcoming months so you can enjoy the outdoors!

 

It’s Time for Round 2 of Our Lawn Care Service

Crabgrass

Crabgrass

Northwest Lawn Care is on Round 2 of our yearly service (8 rounds throughout the year).  So what do we do in Round 2?

Round 2:

This treatment is a combination of fertilizer and weed prevention/control. This treatment is especially beneficial for crabgrass control.

For Best Results:

  • Be sure that any leaves are removed prior to your treatment.
  •  The treatment should be watered within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment. This will ensure that the treatment is most effective by allowing the weeds to absorb the product for an effective kill off.

Additional Lawn Care Services:

  • Aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Tree & Shrub
  • Bed Control
  • Warm Season Aeration

The time for a healthy lawn is NOW!!  Prepare your lawn in the colder months for a healthier, greener lawn in the warm months!!  Call Northwest Lawn Care services 770.293.2703 today for your healthy, green lawn tomorrow!

 

Round 8 of Lawn Care

We are currently in Round 8 of our Lawn Care treatments.  The main focus of this treatment is lime application.  Lime is essential for regulating the pH levels in the soil.

For best results:

  • The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.

Round 8 is the final treatment in our year long treatment plan for a healthy lawn.  Each treatment is applied seasonally, due to the needs of lawns at that time.  Next, we will start Round 1.

For additional lawn care services such as aeration, overseeding, tree & shrub, bed control, and warm season aeration, call Northwest Lawn Care at 770-293-2700 or visit us online at http://www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/

 

Winter Lawn Care Tips

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean no yard work.  In fact, fall and winter lawn maintenance is vital to a healthy green lawn in the warmer months.  Here are some things to consider when caring for your lawn in the winter:

  • Keep it clean.  It’s important to keep your lawn clean of debris that could smother grass and promote the growth of weeds.  Rake leaves, remove debris, and keep pine straw in the beds.  This is also important in keeping unwanted bugs and other pests from finding a home in your lawn or even worse, your home.
  • Mow, if necessary. – If your grass is long it can smother itself, cause damage from freezing conditions, or develop diseases.  Beware not to cut the grass too short, you could scalp it and cause further damage.
  • Fertilize. Choose a fertilizer that is high in phosphate and focuses on root development rather than lush lead development.

Your lawn is supposed to be enjoyed.  So whether it’s having cook outs in the summer, raking leaves in the fall, or building snowmen in the winter…take care of your lawn.  And for those of you who like to spend your time and effort elsewhere, call a professional lawn care service to take on the task for you.  If you’re looking for lawn care in Atlanta call Northwest Lawn Care.

 

Round 8 of Lawn Care

We are currently on Round 8 of our Lawn Care service.  The main focus of Round 8 is lime application.  Lime is essential in regulating the pH levels in your soil. “pH” is a measure of your soil’s acidity or alkalinity.  If your soil’s pH level is outside of the desired range, there is a good chance that your soil is not getting the vitals nutrients and minerals that it needs to grow into a healthy lawn.

For Best Results:

  • The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.

If you are giving your lawn TLC and still not seeing it be as healthy and productive as you would like then maybe your pH balance is off.  A professional lawn care company should be able to test the pH levels in your soil and help you to determine a customized plan that is right for your lawn.  After all…don’t we all want greener grass?

For Atlanta lawn care and other surrounding areas, call Northwest Lawn Care services at 770.293.2700 or visit us online at http://www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/

 

 

How to Get Rid of Yellow Spots in Your Lawn

We all want a blemish free lawn.  One of the biggest complaints that we often hear from potential lawn care customers is that they have yellow spots in their grass.  These spots can be little patches here and there or large areas of grass.  There can be a few different reasons why your green grass is spotted with yellow patches.

Yellow Spots in Grass

  • Drought – If your grass isn’t getting enough water due to drought or under watering, this can cause grass to turn from a healthy green to a dull yellow.  If this is the case, water your grass in the early morning one to two times a week.
  • Nutrient Deficiency – Lawns are living organisms just like humans and animals.  Humans, animals, and lawns need their nutrients to be healthy.  If you haven’t fertilized your lawn in a while, this could be the reason for the yellow, dead spots.
  • Chemical Burn – Fertilizer, pesticide, or other chemicals applied incorrectly can burn your lawn.  Be sure to fully read and follow directions when applying chemicals to your lawn.  Water and patience is the best remedy for a chemically burnt lawn.
  • Animal Damage – Urine damage can be from family pets, rabbits, or other animals that may make their way into your lawn.  Again, the best solution for urine damage by animals is to water in the urine before it can set in.
  • Lawn Disease – If none of the above seem likely reasons for why your lawn has yellow spots, lawn disease, or fungus, may be the cause.  The best way to know for sure is to call your professional lawn care company.

If yellow spots have gotten the best of your lawn, call Northwest Lawn Care.  Our representatives will do a FREE lawn analysis to determine the cause of your issues.  They will then create a customized plan for your lawn to return it to its green, healthy state.