Lawn Watering 101

Whether you ask, “how much water does my lawn need” or “will my lawn recover from this disease” the answer is always the same. The most important part of having a beautiful lawn is having a healthy lawn. Whatever is your seasonal challenge, a healthy lawn can fight back. 

A strong and healthy lawn is much more able to withstand extreme summer weather conditions like excessive rain or drought. Which brings us to and often asked question for #askpaul

How much water does my lawn need? 

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 can relax a little. Southern grasses like above can survive for weeks without water. 

Don’t get too relaxed…

Even your strong and healthy lawn of Southern grass needs some water now and then. When you have let things go for too long, it will go dormant and turn brown. 

What does dormant mean?

Dormant doesn’t mean your lawn is dead, it is just resting and saving its’ energy. Once your lawn gets water (whether from rain or your watering) it will recover.

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. If your lawn is going dormant because we are too lazy to turn on the sprinklers, follow these simple guides. 

Lawn watering guides:

  • 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.

You can make it even easier!

There are now “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. 

Lawn and Pest Solutions can get your Southern grass lawn to a healthy state that can withstand extreme conditions.  You can keep it healthy by following our simple watering guide. Give us a call and we will send a licensed lawn technician your way. We serve neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis, Tennessee to all over North Mississippi with our Lawn 360 program.

Memphis pest control

Controlling pests in Memphis, TN is as easy as calling Lawn and Pest Solutions. We are specialists in pest control and can help you no matter where you are with a pest “situation.”

Are you ready for the professionals?

Whether in Memphis, Germantown or Collierville, keeping your home free of pests is a team effort. We go into homes every day to rid them of pests, but half of the battle is in prevention. 

Here are three ways to help you keep pests from ever entering your home

Clean up debris outside your home. 

Remove piles of twigs and leaves, bag them up and get them off of your property. Those piles make wonderful homes for pests. Any fallen branches or limbs leaning against your home should be removed. Branches that touch your home are like “ladders.” Squirrels, mice, and other pests use these to access your roof, attic, cracks in the home. 

Seal up your home.

Walk around outside and look closely for cracks and crevices where tiny mice and more could squeeze in. Look for the smallest openings around windows, under doors, gaps between the roof and home. Seal up those openings, if pests can’t get in, much of your problem is solved!

Clean up your home.

The most important place to keep clean is your kitchen. Keeping the inside of your home free of open food and water is a never ending, but very necessary process. Don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink overnight or leave pet food out overnight. Be sure to store pet food in an airtight container. Check your pantry to be sure that all food is sealed. Easy to access sweets and dry pastas are easy feeding sources for pests.

These three chores should be done regularly inside and outside of your Memphis home to help fight the war against pests. 

Our licensed pest technicians will spray outside and inside your home on their initial visit. This visit includes a thorough inspection inside and out, and if they can help close up those entry points for pests, they will. 

Our techs will also advise you on anything else you can do to help prevent pests. After the initial spraying, all follow up treatments are completed outside of your home. After the first (indoor) treatment, you don’t have to be home for the following (outdoor) treatments. 

Whether you are fighting roaches, ants, millipedes, or any other pests in your home, we can help you. You can contact our office any day or time by leaving a message on our website.

 Join us at Lawn and Pest Solutions to experience the LPS Difference. Ask about the Pest360 program. Read our reviews on Google and see our satisfied customers.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about our company and our professional and friendly technicians. We serve the Memphis, TN and North Mississippi areas.

Pests in Christmas decorations

Pests in Christmas decorations have hilariously become a part of our holiday traditions. Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is something many of us include in our December playlist. The infamous scene of Chevy Chase being attacked by the squirrel living in his tree will live forever!

So how DID that squirrel get into the Griswold’s tree? 

He hitchhiked in with it, of course! We say this again and again, the biggest key to keeping your home pest-free is never letting pests into your home. One of the easiest ways for pests to get into your home at this time of year is via your Christmas decorations. 

Why do pests like Christmas decor so much?

As you unpack the precious ornaments your children made long ago, have you noticed any changes? The ice cream cone reindeer may be missing his cinnamon candy nose.  Pests enjoy edible ornaments children make like candy cane reindeer and cookie dough snowmen. Some ornaments that we might not consider to be edible, pests do! 

It’s not too late!

If you have already decorated for the season, pack them up appropriately when you take them down. Here are a few tips to keep pests out of your Christmas decorations over the next year:

Store everything in air tight plastic containers. Cardboard boxes are not an option.

If you have an artificial tree, wrap it up tightly in plastic.

If you have hung artificial wreaths or garlands outside, shake them out and wrap them just as tightly. At the very least, store them in an air tight plastic tub.

As you lug boxes to and from your attic, basement or storage room, consider how pests can get in the box. It’s not hard to get into a cardboard box if you are a pest. Next Christmas, when you bring decor back into your house, just remember you are bringing ALL of the contents into your house.

Whether you take your Christmas decorations down December 26th or Valentine’s Day, putting them away is as important as decorating day. Keeping pests away is important when they are going up or coming down! 

Starting with a basement, attic, storage room and home that are already pest free helps keep pests away year round. What you bring into your home at the holidays is something you can control. 

Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS can help you prevent pests year round. We have licensed technicians who are trained to thoroughly inspect your home and treat them for your specific needs. We service Memphis, TN and all over North Mississippi and would be glad to provide pest services for inside and outside of your home or business. Contact us here to begin your pest free holidays.