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Too Much Rain?


How Too Much Rain Affects Your Lawn – Partial Content by Reddi Lawn

Living in the south we are accustom to large amounts of rain periodically. While we enjoy the spring shower after periods of drought, there can be too much of a good thing. For many homeowners, soggy lawns could turn into big problems.

Lawn Problems Caused by Excessive Rain and Over Watering

  • Surface damage – Walking and moving objects like trash cans across a saturated lawn will not only compact soils, but it can leave permanent marks or tracks in your yard.
  • Drown grass roots – Grass needs oxygen to grow, and excessive water will fill the air gaps in the soil, effectively drowning the plants.
  • Disease caused by fungus – Too much water can cause grass roots to rot and can lead to disease which starts off as yellow patches in your yard; once fungus sets in, little can be done except reseeding the dead patches in the fall.
  • More weeds – Consistently over watering your lawn can cause a lot of hard-to-kill weeds to grow
  • Loss of nutrients – If your lawn gets too much water, vital nutrients are washed away before they can be absorbed through the root system.
  • Excessive fertilizer needs – Because your grass isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, you’ll have to use additional fertilizer to try and compensate.
  • Waste money and water – Your lawn can absorb a limited amount of water at a time, so over watering or watering your lawn when it’s raining causes you to pay for and use water the grass doesn’t need; and, as mentioned above, you’ll be spending more money on costly fertilizer treatments

Prevent Over Watering Problems

Of course, you can’t control the rain, but you can take steps to help your lawn get through periods of both rain and drought.

Make sure your yard has proper drainage
After a rain storm, check your yard for puddles or standing water. If there are low spots in your yard, bringing in some fill dirt and reseeding the area can help. Also, make sure your rain gutters are clean and that the downspouts have extenders on them to direct water away from your home’s foundation. You can even install extenders that can be buried to form a french drain system that disperses the water underground instead of on your lawn’s surface.

Know when and how much to water your lawn
Basically, your yard should be watered deeply but infrequently. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week, and watering every day usually isn’t necessary. Letting the soil dry out between watering will encourage deep root growth and thick grass coverage, which means your lawn will withstand drought conditions better. You’ll need to adjust your watering plan throughout the season as your lawn’s water needs change.

If you have a sprinkler system, consider installing a rain sensor
Southern storms can pop up with little warning, but adding a rain sensor to your irrigation system controls will prevent the sprinklers from running when it’s raining. In addition to keeping your lawn healthy, you’ll save money and conserve water.

Need help setting up a watering plan or dealing with the effects of too much rain on your lawn? Give us a call today at 334-685-1588.

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December Maintenance


December Lawn Maintenance – Partial Content by www.southernliving.com

Lime―If the soil is acidic, your landscape probably could benefit from an application of lime. Broadcast using a fertilizer spreader, or apply by hand. Always wear gloves and distribute evenly. If you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, Do It Right Lawn is fully qualified to do the application for you. Because lime takes a long time to react with the soil, winter applications help the spring garden. Apply at the rate of 15 to 20 pounds per 100 square feet. If you are unsure of how much lime your soil needs, have a soil test performed. We can help with that as well.

Irrigation―If your automatic watering system stays on all year, it’s time to adjust the amount of watering during each cycle. Many dormant plants require lower amounts of water in colder months. A good rule of thumb is to reduce irrigation time by half when night temperatures remain in the 40s or below. Turn the system off in rainy periods to reduce costs and prevent over watering.

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Fall Leaves: Don’t Ignore Them


When to Act
by:www.bayeradvanced.com

As beautiful as fall can be when trees dress summer greenery in brightly tinted hues, those colorful leaves eventually tumble from treetops to litter your lawn. On the ground, leaves signal that it’s time to work. Follow these tips to make this year’s leaf gathering easier.

While a few leaves won’t harm your lawn, you need to remove them when they begin to pile up. Fallen leaves can smother turf, blocking sunlight from reaching grass blades and limiting air circulation, which can lead to turf diseases. The weight of leaves can actually prevent grass from growing properly. A leaf layer also keeps soil moist, which can cause turf roots to rot if the soil stays wet long enough. In short, ignoring leaves on your lawn isn’t an option – it could kill your grass.

In general, it’s time to deal with leaves when you can’t see the top half of the grass blades or when they cover more than a third of your overall lawn. If a deep cold snap triggers leaf drop that happens quickly over a few days, you can wait until the lawn is nearly covered with a single leaf layer. Just don’t allow grass to remain obscured with fallen leaves for more than a few days.

Whether you opt to rake or mow over leaves, it’s always better to act before rain arrives and transforms dry leaves into a soaked, clumping mat. Wet leaves won’t chop well with a mower, and they tend to clog rakes and leaf vacuums.

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September Lawn Preparation


September Lawn Preparation

Fall planting ― Begin planting trees and shrubs this month. Planting in autumn allows them time to grow roots and transition into the garden.

Water ― As temperatures begin to cool, plants need less water. Adjust your watering schedule for lawns, borders, and containers. Pay close attention to containers as they tend to become waterlogged.

Grass Maintenance – The best time to patch bare or thin spots is when the hot, dry days of summer have given way to cooler temps.

Follow these simple steps:

  • -Remove any dead grass.
    – Break up the soil with a garden trowel.
    – Add an inch of compost and work it into the soil.
    – Add grass seed that’s designed for shade or full sun, depending. Spread the seed evenly across the bare patch.
    – Use a hard-tooth rake to work the seed into the soil to a depth of about half an inch.
    – Sprinkle grass clippings over the patch to help prevent the soil from drying out.
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