5 Tips to Prevent Weed Growth in Your Lawn

One thing that can ruin your beautiful lawn and landscape is a weed invasion. Weeds absorb the essential nutrients and water from the soil required by the grass and plants in your lawn. You may have to de-weed your lawn frequently to keep it free from weeds. Unfortunately, weeds are quite common in every landscape and reappear mysteriously in your lawn or garden with a few weeks of de-weeding. 

Here are a few tried and tested tips to help reduce and prevent weed growth in your lawn.

Don’t disturb the sleeping weeds

The soil naturally contains weed seeds that lay dormant under the layers of soil due to lack of sunlight. However, when you dig and prod the soil to plant any new plant or grass, the dormant seeds will come and start sprouting. To prevent that from happening try not to dig any area that you won’t use immediately and replace it with mulch or a new plant after digging.

Don’t leave the roots behind

One common mistake that homeowners make while de-weeding their lawn is leaving the roots behind in the soil. Just cutting off the short that you can see above the soil is a temporary fix. The roots will grow again and you will have your garden filled with weeds in no time. Therefore, you need to dig out the weeds by the roots as much as possible. If that’s not possible, at least cut off the head at regular intervals.

Use mulch in your lawn

Mulch traps in moisture and prevents light from reaching the weed seeds in the soil and stops them from growing. Adding a layer of mulch that is up to 4 to 5 centimeters deep can help you control weed growth significantly.

Using organic mulch can provide even better results as it can host various organisms like crickets and carabid beetles that eat weed seeds in the soil. Another tip is to use a light-blocking sheet of cardboard or clothing under the layer of mulch to prevent any light from seeping below.

Water selectively

Another common practice that promotes weed growth in your lawn and garden is easy access to water for the weeds to grow. To prevent that, avoid watering your garden where weeds are more profound. Use techniques like drip irrigation to ensure that only the plant and grass you want in your garden get water.

Avoid any gaps in your lawn

Wherever there are gaps in your lawn or garden between the plants, the weeds will take over quickly. The best way to stop weeds from doing that is to fill these gaps as early as possible by planting new grass seeds in such areas. If you have shrubs and plants on your lawn, leave only small gaps between the plants. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

5 Reasons You Should Fertilize Your Lawn

Lush green lawns enhance the beauty of your landscape and give you a place to sit and relax with your loved ones. To keep your lawns healthy, you need to provide constant care to your lawn. However, even after watering and mowing your lawn regularly, if you notice the grass thinning and dying, maybe your lawn lacks fertilizers. Fertilizers are essential for the growth and survival of your grass as they provide the nutrient values that are naturally lacking in your soil.

Here are five essentials reasons to fertilize your lawn regularly:

Fertilizers compensate for any deficiencies in the soil

Every grass needs some essential nutrients like nitrogen, calcium, and potassium to grow and thrive in your ard. However, your soil may lack some of these nutrients, leaving your grass dull and vulnerable to pests and diseases. The right fertilizer will compensate for these deficiencies to ensure that your grass gets all the essential nutrients.

Increases disease resistance

Grass, just like us humans, is prone to various diseases. Weak grass is more prone to diseases than a healthy one. The right fertilizers can help your lawn grass develop the required resistance against various seasonal and fungal diseases that can otherwise significantly damage them.

Makes your lawn less prone to weed invasion

Weed are those invasive plants that take over your lawn as soon as they find thinner areas without grass growth. These weeds take the nutrient and water that your grass needs and eventually, the grass in your lawn withers away. Apart from that, weeds are very challenging to remove once they invade your lawn; therefore, prevention is the best cure. Fertilizers keep your grass thick and healthy, giving no space for weeds to take over.

It enhances grass growth

If you are tired of watering your lawn profusely and still waiting for your grass to get green and strong for months, try adding fertilizers to your lawn. When used in the right proportions, fertilizers can give your yard the growth boost it needs to look and feel lush and healthy. It also deters any pest infestation that leaves your lawn with brown and uneven patches.

It helps the grass overcome harsh summers

If you live in an area that has harsh and draught-inducing summers, then you must fertilize your lawn. Fertilizers help your grass develop robust root systems that can absorb water quickly. It enables the grass to survive during hot summers when there is less water in the soil.

If you have trouble identifying the right fertilizer for your yard, you can always call for expert help at Lawn & Pest Solutions. They will do a soil test to determine the nutrient deficiency in your lawn and make recommendations.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.

Dealing with drought in lawns

Dealing with drought in lawns may seem a bit untimely for our area. It seems like it has rained every day for months now. Even if we aren’t in an official time of drought today, your lawn may be in a bit of distress due to the extreme heat. However, a time of drought is probably inevitable at some point in the upcoming months.

Be prepared

With our recent extreme heat, you may be seeing some brown appear. As rain becomes less frequent, this may become more evident. Don’t worry too much, most of our grass species can take three to four weeks of dormancy without dying.

Dormancy doesn’t mean “dead”

Dormancy just means your grass has gone to sleep. You can tell if your grass is dead or dormant by tugging on the plants. If the plants pull out from the ground easily, they’re probably dead. If the roots hold fast when pulled, the plants are dormant. Brown grass is not the only sign of stressed out grass,  another sign is “footprinting”. 

What is footprinting?

Walking over the same areas of lawn compacts the grass and compacted soil can’t absorb water.  On a lawn that is already parched, these are the areas that suffer first. Footprinting is when you step on your parched lawn and footprints don’t disappear right away. 

Preventative measures to fight drought

  • Your lawn needs about an inch of water or rain per week to thrive. At the first sign of stress, begin watering!
  • If using a sprinkler, that means about 20 to 30 minutes/three times per week.
  • Skip at least a day between waterings. 
  • Move sprinklers around to cover all areas of your yard.
  • Water in the mornings, between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Watering before the sun rises helps to keep evaporation to a minimum.
  • Don’t mow the lawn too short or too often during times of drought. 
  • Stay off the lawn!

Are you feeling hesitant to use these methods to deal with drought in your lawn? Just remember all of the time, money and effort you put into your lawn and landscape. It is less costly and certainly easier and quicker to water your lawn than to replace it when it’s too late. The same goes for your landscape plants and trees. 

Your lawn and landscape is an investment. We work year round with our customers to protect their investments. Whether preventing and treating disease and invasive pests or nurturing with fertilization and aeration we want your lawn to look the best it can! 

A little water and care will go a long way when dealing with drought in lawns. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our licensed lawn technicians can help you achieve your lawn goals and maintain them all year long. We serve the Memphis, TN area as well as all over North Mississippi. You will see our trucks and techs in Oxford, Tupelo, New Albany, Germantown, Olive Branch, Fulton and more. You can contact our office 24/7 to get started with our program. 

Don’t Pull That Weed!

Can’t you just hear your mom scream, “Don’t pull that weed!”. Why wouldn’t you want to reach way down, gently extricate the weed from the bottom, lift the roots and all from the moist soil? And why wouldn’t you want to do this 10,000 times a day, every day? Pulling one weed is oddly satisfying. Pulling a lawn full of never ending weeds is a chore

What’s wrong with a few weeds?

It is easy to think of weeds as just something ugly that sprouts up in our lawn. Some weeds aren’t really ugly at all. Surely all of us have at one time wondered “should I pull that?”. In a newly landscaped lawn, every homeowner has played the game of “weed or plant?”. But weeds aren’t all about looks…weeds are robbing your lawn of nutrients from the soil and moisture. The lovely lawn you have spent so much time, money and love to nurture is being robbed of all the “good stuff” and weeds are the culprit.

Pulling weeds vs. Treating Weeds

Pulling weeds is something that doesn’t seem daunting as you stroll around your yard. You spot one, bend over, pull up the entire root system. Good pull! Now you are left with a big chunk of weeds, roots, soil and what do you do with it? You can’t throw it back in your yard. You didn’t bring a bag or a cart or a box…and now that you look around, there are one million more weeds. 

Fun fact… when you pull weeds, you can end up spreading the seeds to create even more weeds than before. Some might compare weed pulling to sweeping up glitter. It never goes away. Scroll to the 6:54 mark of this video to see a very high definition, slow motion example of how easily seeds fly off of weeds.

The slightest disturbance of a weed can cause thousands of seeds to fly all over your lawn. Whether that disturbance comes from you mowing, the wind blowing or even a bird walking, the seeds are being spread. Sometimes you can even wake up dormant weed seeds by digging in the ground to remove or plant new material. 

So, don’t pull that weed!

Treat the weeds BEFORE they grow. Treat the weeds before they spread. Reduce their growth. If the weed doesn’t grow in the first place, you never have to pull that weed. Realistically, you are always going to be dealing with weeds. It’s just a matter of control. How are you going to control them, reduce them and keep them from completely taking over your lawn? 

Using a lawn service like Lawn and Pest Solutions can end your weed control issues. A year-round program like Lawn360 will take care of existing weeds as well as those weeds lurking just under the ground. Remember, it’s easiest to deal with weeds that never actually grow! Our lawn technicians apply pre-emergent and post-emergent to take care of weeds at every stage of development. 

Whether you have a newly landscaped lawn or a mature one, you are going to have weeds. Don’t pull that weed! Let our licensed technicians handle this issue. You can Google “how to pull weeds” all day long. There are more “oddly satisfying” weed pulling videos on YouTube than you can imagine. It’s a thing. Lawn and Pest Solutions is based in New Albany, MS. We service neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis , TN to all over North Mississippi. You can Google us and read our reviews, we hope you do! 

Should I treat lawn fungus?

Should I treat lawn fungus? Of course you should!  Why wouldn’t you treat a fungus that could destroy your beautiful lawn? Don’t feel bad. All healthy lawns contain millions of fungi spores at all times. Most fungi will never cause problems , but we never know when one is going to decide to show off. If you know and care enough to even notice a fungus in your lawn, you are probably going to take care of this matter.

It was too hard to resist.

No good blogger can pass up the rare opportunity to mention and link to the Lamisil commercial. How could you not connect a fungus article to a cartoon toenail fungus who lifts up the human toenail and climbs in? Moving on to the real mission here, treating lawn fungus. A fungus can be easily treated by our trained lawn technicians. You just need to watch for it and call us if you see the signs. 

What are the signs of lawn fungus?

The main types of fungus that tend to grow in our popular grass types include:

  • Dollar Spot/Bermuda grass: can cause spots of brown or straw-colored that start as small as a grapefruit. Beware, they can grow to take over your whole yard.
  • Rust/Zoysia grass: to check for rust fungus, take a white tissue and rub a few grass blades. If an orange color comes off on the tissue, you have a rust problem.
  • Gray Leaf Spot/St. Augustine grass: leaves large gray spots on your grass blades that grow larger as the infestation gets worse.

When should I treat lawn fungus?

There are a few causes for fungi to grow, so as they say… “If the shoe fits, wear it”

  • Fungi can become a problem when we have had too much rain.
  • Fungi can become a problem when we haven’t had enough rain.
  • Fungi can appertains when we mow our lawns too low.
  • Fungi can appear when we have a dull mower blade.
  • PRO TIP: if you have a really large lawn you should sharpen your mower blades a second time mid season!

What can be done to rid my yard of this fungus?

If you suspect you have lawn fungus, call us. A licensed lawn technician will investigate your issue and determine the best plan of treatment. A fungicide will be applied to your lawn and have the fungus problem under control in no time.

As with any lawn health issues, when you are working with professionals like Lawn and Pest Solutions, we are only a phone call away.  Let us know now before more damage occurs. Your lawn is your investment and we want to help you not only maintain it, but allow it to thrive.  If you aren’t already a customer of ours, please contact us here. Our office system receives messages 24/7. We serve the areas of Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi. If you need more references, feel free to read our Google reviews.

How Hiring a Professional for Lawn Care can Save You Money

A healthy and lush green lawn is an essential element of any home landscape. Unfortunately, homeowners spend a lot of time and money to maintain their lawns. However, most homeowners have a common dilemma: whether to opt for professional lawn care services or to sick to DIY methods as they believe professional services will put a dent in their pockets. Although the truth is professional lawn care is often cheaper than DIY methods if we consider the opportunity cost.

Here, we give you the lowdown on how professional services can save you more money than DIY lawn care in the long haul.

Saves time 

Your lawn is made of living breathing grasses, and like any other living thing, it needs consistent nurturing to survive and grow. You need to water it, mow it, add nutrients to the solid, and take steps for disease prevention. All these activities can take several hours of your day. By hiring professional lawn care services, you can save this time and use it to spend time with family, pursue a hobby or even earn money.

Lawn care equipment

Lawn care requires buying or renting several equipments like a lawnmower, trimmer, shovel, soil spreader, rake, and others. Whether you buy them or rent them, it will cost you money. However, when you hire professionals for lawn care, they bring their equipment with them, so you don’t have to worry about them anymore.

Liability concerns

You might think that lawn care is perfectly safe and doesn’t cause any property damage. However, lawnmowers can throw things if mishandled, and if something hits people or property in your neighborhood, you may have to pay for the damage. Professional service providers are aware of such hazards and are trained to handle such dangerous equipment carefully.

Safety concerns

It is not just dangerous for your neighbors, but lawn equipment maintenance can be hazardous for your health and safety as well. You can get injured while using the equipment, and the oils used in the machinery and fertilizers can also cause allergies and other health conditions. All this means more money in terms of medical bills and doctor’s appointments.

Expertise

Lawn care involves a lot of investment on your part. You need to buy seeds, fertilizers, water to irrigate your lawn and put time and effort into keeping it healthy. However, more often than not, you lack the professional knowledge and expertise required to use all these things efficiently. When done wrong, they can damage your lawn and waste all your investments. 

When you hire professional lawn care services, you get expertise and knowledge along with advanced equipment and techniques. As a result, they ensure that the money you spend isn’t wasted and you get the best return for your investment.

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. In addition, we ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more. 

How much water does my lawn need?

How much water does my lawn need? The answer to that is fairly simple. If you have a common Southern grass like Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bermuda and Centipede, your lawn doesn’t really need a lot of water. These grasses have deep root systems that allow them to withstand drought. If your lawn is healthy and established, you are mostly off the hook. 

That seems a little too good to be true.

If you have those Southern grasses like above, they really can survive for weeks without water. Now, it won’t be pretty…they will go dormant and turn brown. Once they get water (whether from rain or your watering) they will recover. Remember that going dormant doesn’t mean your lawn is dead, it is just resting and saving its’ energy. 

Dormant lawns aren’t very attractive.

It’s true. No one wants to work all year (or invest in the upkeep!) on a lawn that turns brown because we are too lazy to turn on the sprinklers. Instead of letting that happen, here are a few guidelines to help you with watering.

  • If your lawn looks a little gray or dull, water it! 
  • If you walk across your lawn and your footprints stay sunken, water it!
  • Water your lawn before 10:00 a.m. when the weather is cooler. This gives the water time to soak in and evaporate with wind and sun.
  • Or…water in the afternoon around 6:00 p.m. allowing the grass to dry before it gets dark.
  • Instead of watering once a week and possibly “overwatering”, divide your watering between two times a week.
  • As long as your lawn gets 1-1.5 inches of rain/water per week, your lawn will be fine.

If you are into high tech lawn systems…

Today we have “smart” options that allow you to program your watering systems. You can water your lawn from your smart phone and even link it to the local weather system to water at the exactly right time. 

Starting with a healthy lawn is the most important part of having a beautiful lawn. A strong and healthy lawn is much more able to withstand extreme summer weather conditions. Whether that is high temperatures or excessive rain or drought, a healthy lawn can fight back.

Lawn and Pest Solutions can get your lawn to that healthy status.  You can keep it that way with some simple watering tips. Give us a call and we will send a licensed lawn technician ASAP. We serve neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis to all over North Mississippi. 

Essential Nutrients for Your Lawn

Homeowners take great pride in showing off their lush green lawns. However, it is not an easy feat to keep your lawn green and healthy on most days. The secret behind such yards lies in the nutrients you provide and the lawn maintenance activities you do. Therefore, it is crucial to understand what nutrients your lawn requires and in what proportions (excess of one nutrient can also damage your lawn) to keep them healthy. 

Here we give you the lowdown on some of the essential nutrients required for a healthy lawn.

How to identify a nutrient deficiency in your lawn?

You can identify some signs for each nutrient, but the most effective method is to get your soil tested to determine what is lacking and how much is required. Lawn care professionals like Lawn & Pest Solutions can help you get the soil tested and recommend the proper nutrient requirements for your solid as per the results.

What are the most common lawn care nutrient requirements?

Every lawn requires some primary and secondary nutrients. Primary nutrients include nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Secondary nutrients include calcium, magnesium, sulfur, and others.

Nitrogen

Nitrogen is the primary nutrient required by your lawn. It is responsible for its bright green color and consistent growth rate. A nitrogen deficiency can cause thinning, brown patches, and increasing proneness to diseases in your lawn grass. Lawns usually need about 4 pounds of nitrogen for every 1000 sq feet per annum.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a nutrient that your lawn grass needs to promote root growth and strength. Therefore, you need to ensure that your soil has a sufficient amount of phosphorus before seeding it. However, an excessive amount of phosphorus can cause harm to your lawn by promoting weed. Therefore, we recommend replenishing the phosphorus in your yard in three to four years.

Potassium

Potassium is vital to support vital plant cell functions like photosynthesis and water absorption. In addition, it enhances the strength of your plant to face harsh weather like cold and draught. A common sign of potassium deficiency in your lawn is stunted growth and dying roots. Provide enough potassium to your lawn to avoid dull and dying grass.

Calcium

Calcium is an essential nutrient for grass as it facilitates the development of cell walls. Strong cell walls increase the disease resistance of your grass to keep it healthy and lush for a longer duration. Calcium also enhances the soil texture to make it more suitable for the roots to increase and hold the right amount of water.

Magnesium

Magnesium is responsible for the rich green color that grass gets from chlorophyll. It promotes the enzyme activators in plants responsible for the formation of chlorophyll. If you notice yellowing grass that begins at the tip and spread downwards, it is probably due to magnesium deficiency in your lawn.

Sulfur

Sulfur provides the immunity boost that your lawn requires for overcoming diseases. It is also essential to maintain the PH balance of the soil. It prevents other nutrients from dissolving away. 

About Lawn & Pest Solutions

If you are looking for professional help to take care of your lawn issues, Lawn & Pest Solutions should be your one-stop destination. Our services include de-weeding, pest control, and deep root fertilization. We ensure that your lawn looks lush and healthy. You can reach out to us at 662.534.4535, 901.560.2399, or fill our online contact form to know more.