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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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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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    Hydration is Key


    Watch Your Water – Partial Content by www.spring-green.com

    When Mother Nature doesn’t supply enough rainfall, supplemental watering is integral to maintaining a healthy lawn. Remember too much water can be wasteful and even detrimental to the lawn’s lifespan, too little water can lead to turf that’s more susceptible to disease, insect, and weed infestations. A well-maintained lawn needs one inch of water per week to stay green and growing.

    Instead of setting your automatic sprinkler system to come up every day to water each zone for 10 minutes, set the system to run only every three to four days for a longer time per zone — a practice which prevents roots from growing closer to the surface. You can use hoses and a pulsating portable sprinkler, leaving it in one position for 30 to 60 minutes before moving it to another location.

    Early morning watering is best. Watering in the evening can increase the likelihood of disease development because the lawn will remain cool, dark, and moist for an extended period of time. If you are unable to water due to watering restrictions, your lawn will go dormant- the turf’s natural defense mechanism in which it will shut down all non-essential parts, like top growth, to keep the crown alive. Turf is a remarkable plant and most varieties can survive for four weeks or more without irrigation of any type. If the drought is severe enough, some lawn renovation may be necessary once it starts to rain or you are able to water again.

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    Water the plants you want, not the weeds you’ve got


    Tips for watering your plants
    – Partial Content By: Barbara Pleasant

    Put drought on your side by depriving weeds of water. Placing drip or soaker hoses beneath mulch efficiently irrigates plants while leaving nearby weeds thirsty. In most climates, depriving weeds of water reduces weed-seed germination by 50 to 70 percent. Watch out, though, for the appearance of deeply rooted perennial weeds, such as bindweed and nutsedge, in areas that are kept moist. They can take off in a flash when given the benefits of drip irrigation.

    Beyond these strategies, enriching your soil with organic matter every chance you get can move your garden along down the weed-free path. Soil scientists aren’t sure how it works, but fewer weed seeds germinate in soil that contains fresh infusions of good compost or organic matter. One theory makes elegantly simple sense: When soil is healthy and well fed, weed seeds sense that they are out of a job and are less likely to appear.

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    Summer Watering Tips


    After the spring growing season, summer brings quite a bit of stress to lawn grasses. Not only are the heat and drought damaging, but we aren’t as forgiving in the summer as we are in the winter. We want our lawns lush and green for outdoor activities, and we try to fight nature by continuing to fertilize, water, and coax new growth out of our lawns no matter what the weather. However, by understanding and respecting the seasonal changes of turf grasses, you can take steps to care gently for your lawn as the mercury rises.

    • Cool-season grasses (fescue, bluegrass, and rye) grow best when temperatures are in the 60s F.
    • Warm-season grasses (St. Augustine, Centipede, and Bermuda) like temperatures in the 70s.

    Once temperatures get into the 80s and above, lawns will begin to struggle a little, with cool-season grasses having the hardest time. Growth will slow, color may fade, and lawns will show signs of wear and tear as they are less able to recover from stress and traffic. Some cool-season lawns will even go dormant in the summer, looking brown and brittle until early fall.

    Water Wisely

    • Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and more when the heat is severe. Use a rain gauge or straight-sided can to keep track of the amount of water received from rainfall and irrigation.
    • Water deeply and less frequently to encourage drought-tolerant roots.
    • Water early in the day to reduce evaporation and fungal growth.
    • Either water your lawn regularly and deeply, or don’t water at all. Don’t let your lawn go brown and dormant, then try to “water it back to life.” If your lawn goes dormant in summer, it should stay that way until fall – don’t worry, it should recover once the weather changes.

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