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    Turn Your Water On!

    Now is the time to properly schedule irrigation for your lawn and ornamentals.

    Soil can dry out quickly as we transition from spring to summer. Stay ahead of dry conditions by being ready to water.

    Conserve water by knowing when to water your lawn. Irrigation can be performed at any time of the day or night as long as the rate of water application does not exceed the infiltration capacity of the soil.

      • EARLY MORNING: one of the best times to water is between 6-8 am. During this time the water pressure is usually the highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low, and water loss due to evaporation is negligible.
      • MID-DAY: should be avoided due to the substantial quantities of water that can be lost through evaporation. Also an increased incidence of SCALDING; a loss of turf first evident as a scorched or burned appearance, can accompany this practice. Although a syringing: reducing plant temperature during mid-day can reduce turf stress in some cases of certain disease incidence.
      • NIGHT TIME: a traditional concern over night time irrigation has been the presumed higher incidence of disease caused by prolonged leaf surface moisture.
    • EARLY-EVENING watering can be very beneficial to the turf. At night, the loss of water through evaporation is low, also the water is more efficiently utilized for satisfying turfgrass moisture requirements. Turfgrass recovers at night from the heat of the day.
    IRRIGATION IS AN ART; IF ONE IS SUCCESSFUL WITH AN EXISTING
    WATERING SCHEDULE, THEN DO NOT CHANGE.

     

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      Get Ready for Lawn Mowing

      Mowing is one of the most basic practices to keep your lawn healthy.  The next few weeks are a great time to make sure your mower is ready for the upcoming mowing season. Make sure you have your blades sharpened before you resume a regular mowing schedule. A sharp mower cuts blades cleanly, while a dull blade shreds the tips which then dry out, leaving a grayish appearance becoming unsightly. Mow at between 2.5″ and 2.75″ the first couple of times to help remove winter kill and snow mold damage.

      Many people mow their lawn too short, inviting weeds, diseases and insect damage. Mowing should provide a pleasing appearance while promoting overall lawn health by promoting root and leaf development. A high density lawn prevents crabgrass and broadleaf weed invasion. For proper mowing techniques contact a Land-Art representative. A spring mowing of your lawn will promote an early greening.

      • Always follow the 1/3 rule: never mow off more than 1/3 of the turf at a time
        • Mowing frequency needs to increase when grass is growing at higher rates
      • Sharpen blade(s) and tune your mower up now in preparation for the mowing season.
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        Cultural Strategies for Controlling Crabgrass

        Land-Art nutrients are utilized for proper growth and root development. A thick healthy lawn is very effective in fighting weed germination and growth.
        • Strategy 1: Avoid establishing turf from seed at the time crabgrass normally is germinating. Avoid any disturbance of a pre-emergence barrier. Irrigate to avoid wilting of turf.
        • Strategy 2: Raise mowing height slightly at the time crabgrass seed is germinating, lower height of cut and collect clippings during the time that crabgrass is setting seed.
        • Strategy 3: Always follow good cultural practices; mowing, irrigating, and the Land-Art fertilization program all season long.
        • Strategy 4: Utilizing both pre-emergence and post emergent products.
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          Lawn and landscape maintenance is always weather dependent

          Everything we do for our property at different seasons will always benefit the entire picture of your landscape.

          Cultural Maintenance: There is an endless list of things that we can do to maintain and increase the health of your lawn and landscape this winter season.

          • Protective barriers can still be installed around sensitive shrubbery to eliminate winter burn from winter winds. Mulch can be added to heal in new plantings and also to protect roots from desiccation in reducing water loss.
          • During the winter season, alternate traffic patterns on turfgrass during the cold weather to prevent traffic damage for our approaching spring season.
          • Late fall and winter are great times to prune evergreens and troublesome or damaged tree branches while protecting against the spreading of disease. Continue brush clean-up after winter storms.
          • When heavy snows persist, brush off the heaviness from ornamental plants to prevent winter breakage of limbs and evergreen foliage.
          • When salting or deicing hardscapes, be aware of vulnerable turf sights and prevent damaging effects.
          • Plan and schedule spring and summer maintenance programs.
          • Save on lawn care costs! Now is the best time to save money with the Land Art early payment schedules.
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