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Fall Lawn Care & Maintenance Tips

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Fall is usually the time of year when homeowners start to prepare their lawns and gardens for winter. It can be a busy month for gardeners, as harvests may still be coming in and many additional home maintenance tasks take up precious weekend time. If you have a grass lawn you also know that there are many tasks that should be done to prepare the lawn for a cooler winter. Follow these tips for successful fall lawn care and maintenance.

1. Rake the leaves

If your seasonal fall brings a lot of fallen leaves, use them to your advantage. Depending upon how many leaves you get you may simply want to rake them up and put them in a yard waste bin. Or you may want to add them to your compost pile or work them into the soil of your yard for added nutrients. If you have a lawn mower you can run over the leaves on your lawn, creating tiny leave pieces that can easily be left on the lawn itself as an organic fertilizer. Just make sure you don’t leave wet, soggy piles of whole leaves on the lawn as it can suffocate growth and contribute to an unhealthy lawn. Regularly removing the leaves as they fall is the best way to stay on top of this annual task.

2. Decrease watering

Depending upon your local fall weather, and also depending upon your grass type, you may need to continue to water your lawn throughout the fall season. Cool season grasses tend to grown in regions of cooler or wetter fall weather. So even as cool season grasses are still growing in the fall, they may not actually need additional irrigation.Warm season grasses go dormant in the winter and will most likely not need any additional irrigation in the fall and winter months. If this is the case, be sure you winterize your sprinkler system and outdoor faucets in preparation for cold winter months. Want to learn about low-water grass lawns?

3. Aerate and overseed

Cool season lawns should be aerated and overseeded in the fall. Some experts recommend doing this the same weekend each year, such as Labor Day weekend, as September is an ideal month for this task. A core aerator removes small “plugs” of grass and soil and helps lawns receive more oxygen, sunlight, seed and fertilization. After aerating a cool season lawn it’s a great time to overseed the area and add the fall fertilization. Warm season lawnstend to be aerated in the summer, not the fall.

4. Fertilize and feed

Fall is a great month to fertilize a cool season lawn but warm season grasses are going dormant and won’t require fertilization until the spring. Cool season grasses use the fall months to recover from the heat and growth of the summer and may need a good dose of nitrogen. The exact fertilization requirements should be determined by conducting a soil test to see what nutrients the soil is lacking. Making sure your lawn has what it needs to stay healthy (and keep weeds at bay) is very important, especially if you desire a nice green lawn next spring and summer.

5. Mow and edge

Cool season grasses are still growing in the fall months but probably won’t require as much mowing or edging as the summer months. Your cool season lawn may just need mowing once every couple of weeks; never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade height. Warm season lawns become dormant in the fall and winter months and stop growing so they won’t require mowing or edging.

6. Weed and control pests

Cool and warm season grasses usually don’t require traditional weed or pest control in the fall months. However, cool season grasses are sometimes susceptible to moss and fall may be a good time of year to apply moss killer. This can also be done in the spring.

Common types of grass lawns

While there are many varieties of turf or lawn grass, there are generally two types of lawns for the yard: warm season grass and cool season grass. Which type you have is usually dependent upon where you live.

Warm Season Grasses: Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, Buffalograss, and Bahia are all warm season grasses. This grass type is most often found in warmer climates like the south, and has a peak growing season from spring to fall; it can turn brown during the winter months but thrives in the hot heat of the summer.

Cool Season Grasses: bluegrasses, fescues and ryegrasses are all cool season grasses. This grass type grows well in regions with cold winters and warm summers, and can stay green nearly all year long. In periods of drought, these grasses need to be watered or else they will enter a dormant period and turn brown.

 

Article originally posted by www.thenest.com

TurfTips: How To Get Rid of Grub Worms In the Lawn

grub-worms-in-the-lawn-300x200When lawn grubs hatch they immediately begin to feed on plant roots, eventually destroying large patches of your lawn, especially when they exist in large numbers.Not only can these pests damage the lawn, but their presence also invites unwelcome wildlife that feed on lawn grubs – digging up patches of grass in search for them. Grub worms are the the larvae of Japanese beetles, are a disaster to any healthy lawn they invade. These C-shaped creatures are off-white in color with darker-colored heads.

Summer Treatments

Mid-summer is when Japanese beetles lay their eggs in sunny spots on a lawn. It’s time to act if you see signs of grubs. It’s also beneficial to take preventative measures if your lawn has fallen prey to grubs in the past. Adult Japanese beetles emerge from the soil and begin feeding on many types of plants and ornamentals, leaving skeletonized leaves.  Spraying adult beetles during the summer can prevent hundreds of eggs from being laid, which prevents hundreds of adult grubs from plaguing your lawn the next season.

Fall Treatments

Early autumn is the next best time to control your grub worm population, as this is when larvae are still small and are living close to the surface of your soil. Insecticides can be applied to the top of the soil to kill off both beetles and grubs.The eggs of the Japanese beetles hatch about 10 days after they are laid. The grubs feed from the beginning of August until late October. By the end of October, they are fully grown.

Winter Treatments

Grub damage may appear in home lawns from mid-September to November or from March to early May. However, for low-maintenance lawns, even if the turf is not killed from grub feeding, the thinned and weakened turf may be prone to weeds and drought stress. Also, remember that grubs survive the winter.

Spring Treatments

Spring is the least desirable season to treat for grubs. At this time of year, the bugs are much less susceptible to insecticides because they are larger in size and are not feeding. Frequent rainfalls can also wash away the treatments, rendering all your hard work futile. If you confirmed grub damage the previous fall or spring, meaning you found lots of grubs, then you may want to use a preventive insecticide for one or two years to build a more dense turf that will be tolerant of grubs. If you have treated for several years and you do not see evidence of grubs in your lawn or in the neighbor’s lawn, it may be time to stop treating. There is an erroneous philosophy being perpetuated that because we have Japanese beetles in the area, it is necessary to treat every year or your lawn will be damaged by grubs. This is not true. A well-maintained lawn can help prevent a number of lawn diseases and infestations, including grubs.

  • Avoid Overwatering – excessive rainfall and watering help grub eggs hatch. Avoid daily waterings.
  • Fertilize – Spring and Autumn fertilization are beneficial to your lawn and can encourage thick turf that will be less attractive to beetles.
  • Mow High – Beetles avoid longer grass when looking to lay their eggs. Keep your mower set to a higher level to avoid creating a hospitable environment for beetles.

We’ll work with you to ensure that your lawn is green, healthy, and grub-free.  Tennessee Turf Lawn Care Services helps residential and commercial clients with their lawns and landscaping all year ’round! 

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3 Reasons You Should Apply Mulch Around Your Plants

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How does mulch work?

Learn how mulch works and let it save you time and money…
There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. Your time is precious! Whether maintaining landscape is a passion or a chore, the last thing you want to do is see your hard work go to waste. If you don’t use mulch to finish the job properly, you’ll have to work doubly hard and possibly lose your plants altogether.

What is Mulch, Anyway?

Mulch varies in composition but is most commonly made from organic material such as leaves, wood chips, grass clippings, peat moss, pine straw, or bark chips. It can also be made from compost or manure. It is typically spread around the base of plants, trees or throughout flowerbeds.

Understanding How Mulch Works in 3 Easy Steps

1. Mulch Prevents Erosion

Unmulched soil is vulnerable to the elements. Wind, rain, and even sprinkler splatter can cause unprotected soil to erode. Erosion causes a multitude of problems for your plants. Those problems have knock-on effects that can definitely kill the plant or tree in question.

Erosion depletes vital nutrients from the soil. Plants need a healthy diet in order to survive. Erosion saps the soil of important nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, which must remain on the menu for your plant to thrive.

Mulched not only deters erosion, it provides much-needed nutrients for the soil as it breaks down, aided by the daily business of worms and other organisms.  No matter what climate you’re in, your plants will need mulch the same as say Tampa Florida, or a landscape in Atlanta Georgia, both ares of the country will need mulch protection for their plants.
2. Mulch Slows Evaporation

Nutrients are important but so is water. Unmulched soil is left to bake in the sun which drastically increases the rate of evaporation. Malnourished plants, potentially suffering from exposed roots, will wilt from moisture stress.

Mulch provides an excellent barrier to prevent the sun from reaching the soil thus minimizing evaporation.

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3. Mulch Prevents Weed Growth

When weed seeds are exposed to the sun, they germinate. When they are buried beneath a layer of mulch, they do not germinate. It’s almost too good to be true. If you have spent long hours weeding your flowerbed, you really must do yourself the favor of properly mulching before you call the job finished. The weeds will be back before you know it, and you’ll have the job to do all over again.

A Final Word From Your Yard: “I Want To Be Beautiful”

Hey, your yard has a right to be beautiful too! Mulch can accomplish that. No doubt a well-mulched landscape is lovely thing to behold. It will always have that little something extra, a finished look which says you took the time to do the job right. In fact, properly mulching your flowerbeds will always say: I care.

 

Article originally posted on www.yourgreenpal.com by Gene Caballero

Why Hire a Lawn Care Professional?

Not all homeowners realize that it takes time, effort, and know-how to maintain a healthy lawn. You have to do much more than mow your grass regularly for it to be lush, green, and growing for years to come. By hiring a lawn care professional like Tennessee Turf Lawn Services, you can reap many benefits when it comes to your lawn’s health.

Tennessee Turf pros know what it takes to enhance and maintain an Tennessee lawn. Your soil and grass type — combined with the seasonal nuances — require a certain type of lawn maintenance. What works to get green grass in Florida likely won’t work for Murfreesboro, TN residents. Instead, you need a specially formulated approach to lawn health. Tennessee Turf Lawn Services can help you do just that.

You don’t have to waste time or energy trying to figure out just the right fertilization, irrigation, or aeration schedule to have green grass. Instead, you can rely on the experts to get the job done right the first time. You can sit back and relax while the Tennessee Turf team assesses your lawn, develops a plan, and maintains your lawn’s health year-round.

We’re sure you have better things to do with your time than to try to figure out the science behind green grass or to stay on top of a fertilization schedule. Free up your schedule by hiring a lawn care professional like Tennessee Turf Lawn Services. To find out more about our lawn services, contact Tennessee Turf Lawn Services at (615)946-7337.

5 Genius Tips That Will Improve Your Outdoor Space

With many years in business, maintaining and beautifying the yards of many we have compiled a 5 tips that will help improve your outdoor space.

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1. Make Small Look Big
To make a shallow yard seem much larger, use horizontal layers of different heights to create the illusion of depth, such as low shrubs before a slightly higher fence, flower beds and an arbor beyond, and taller shrubs near the house

 

 

 

 

 

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Save the Bee’s

photo credit: ETeddyBear

photo credit: ETeddyBear

Bees are a keystone species, meaning if a keystone species goes extinct it takes the whole ecosystem with it. If they ever go extinct so will a lot of flowering plants.  Not only are bees incredible pollinators, they are also the only insect that produces food that humans can eat.  Over the last decade research has shows that this awesome creature is in decline. Here is why its important to save the bee.

Bees are one of the most important pollinators in the world. They play a huge role in supporting humans. Pollinators maintain genetic diversity, boost biodiversity, help plants reproduce, increase fruit yields and enable the dispersal of species into new regions. This means that they support fauna and flora at each level of the food chain.

Although many of us think they are a nuisance, every third bite of food we take is made possible thanks to bees. Which is why they need our help. Since the 90’s, the worldwide bee population has been dramatically declining. There are many possible reasons for this decline, but the main reason is the usage of pesticides.

These ancient insects are so vital for the earth that if they were to become extinct, hundreds of foods would be completely eradicated. The people at Any Pest created this infographic that gives us all the details on the bee population decline and also offers some helpful tips that can allow us to support these clever pollinators. Let’s take a look!

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Meet Shane Petty

When considering a lawn care professional to work with, you want someone who is professional, passionate, experienced and trustworthy Why? Because this person (company) will be responsible for sustaining and increasing the value of your properties- your lawn and landscape. In today’s world, it’s rare to find a person so passionately dedicated to family, faith and servitude.
It’s tougher to find a company that not only takes care of your lawn, but also takes care of you. Please take a moment and read about the man behind one of Tennessee’s top lawn care companies…
Meet Shane Petty, founder and operator of Tennessee Turf Lawn Care Services…
TT_ShanePettyandwifeWho is Shane Petty? 
Shane Petty is a 18 year veteran of the police force where he spent those years of service giving back to the community. Protecting and serving the friends, family and neighbors of Trousdale County and the City of Lebanon, Tennessee.
He has been married for 21 years to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer Elmore Petty. Jennifer graduated from Vanderbilt University with her Masters Degree in Nursing. She owned her own business for several years, Petty Adult and Geriatric Care Clinic, LLC., in Lebanon, Tennessee where she too served the families, friends and neighbors. She is currently employed by National Healthcare Corporation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The couple now resides in Wilson County and have five children. There ages are 17-13-11-7 and 2.

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