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. 

Should I bag or mulch my lawn clippings?

Should I bag or mulch my lawn clippings? Does it matter? In order to have a weed free, beautiful dark green lawn you need to consider these three things:

1. Mowing

During this time of year (from May through August) you need to mow at least once a week. Sometimes you need to mow every five days. Grass is growing at a super fast rate right now! Mow your lawn with your blade set at the correct height for maximum effectiveness (Check previous blog for info on blade height). Proper mowing can make all the difference in the look of your lawn and set it apart from the rest. 

2. Bagging or mulching, which is better?

Bagging your lawn clippings is one option to consider. If you can’t commit to once a week (or more) mowing, bag it! If you leave clippings piled up on your lawn all summer during this rapid growing season, you will have weed problem in the form of thatch.

Bagging your clippings doesn’t mean putting them in big piles of garbage at the curb. We now know that the responsible way of disposing of clippings is to return them to compost. 

Mulching grass clippings means returning your clippings to the lawn. These mulched clippings provide great benefits to your lawn. The mulched clippings help retain moisture and nutrients. Deciding to mulch your clippings means that you have committed to the frequent mowing program!

3. Weed control

We can’t let this go without saying, weed control is important and the third element of this bagging or mulching issue. To have that beautiful, dark green lawn you must have a healthy lawn. Weed free lawns will continue to prosper. 

Let’s wrap this up.

Mulching is good for your lawn, but you need a good machine, set to the right blade height and you need to be mowing every 5-7 days. Bagging is not bad for your lawn, especially if you can’t commit to mowing frequently. Weed control is essential, you can’t allow thatch or any other weeds to overgrow your healthy lawn.

Bagging or mulching, whatever you decide, you can always contact our licensed lawn techs at Lawn and Pest Solutions for help. We help people from the Memphis, Tennessee area and all over North Mississippi with weed control. Our licensed professionals can help you nurture your lawn into the one you have been dreaming of. Contact our office here for more info today!

Fire Ants

Living with fire ants is a given in the South. Every kid in our part of the country has at one time or another stepped at least one bare foot into a mound of fire ants. When your foot is submerged in a mound of fire ants, you are going to run screaming with many stings. When the mound is disturbed, the fire ants are angry.

Fire ants as art?

Fire ants are hard working and organized. They create amazing and expansive tunnels underground for escaping those who dare to disturb the mound. The mounds are really impressive to see when artists pour molten aluminum down into the fire ant colonies. It’s truly amazing (and a little scary) to see what is happening right under our lawns!

Stings, not bites.

Fire ant stings hurt a little when you just have one. However, it is more common to be stung multiple times by multiple fire ants. The blisters that develop afterwards are allergic reactions, though some people develop more severe reactions. The areas immediately surrounding the sting may swell, burn, or itch. These stings and/or allergic reactions to the stings can be very dangerous to our children and our pets, especially if they are allergic. 

You are just making them angry!

Many of us watched our dads (or attempted to ourselves) pour concoctions of powders, liquids and even gasoline down into the mounds. Anything to rid our yards of the ugly piles of hardened dirt. As one Lawn and Pest employee said, “You are just chasing them around your yard with those products”. You may get rid of a few fire ant mounds for a while, but you really just made them move a little. 

We can help.

Lawn & Pest Solutions has the technology and expertise to provide season-long control for fire ants. Our fire ant control treatments target the queen, not just the mound. 

Our program is very efficient. With just two strategically timed bait applications we typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants. We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait (if needed) at no extra charge. 

Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician to address your issues! We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with lawn and pest services. 

Sports Field Aeration

Sports field aeration is one of the key elements in having the best looking field of play. Winning the game is the icing on the cake, but in our world today, there are so many other “boxes” to “check”. Stadiums, uniforms, sound systems, media guides and hype videos are all important! Our schools want to look good in, around, and on the field. So obviously, the field itself needs to look good! 

The old crew has more work to do…

In the past, management of school sports fields were typically the responsibility of coaches and a few maintenance guys. Some schools were lucky enough to have parents, booster clubs, even players to put in hours keeping the field cut and green. Today, the health and beauty of the sports field has reached a new level of expectations.

A sports field requires more than just good looks

The field of play should be healthy, thriving and safe! A safe field is not too wet, not too dry, it has the correct density so as not to cause injuries to players. A lush and thriving field can be used quickly after rain. No one has time to forfeit or reschedule games because of a waterlogged field! This is where sports field aeration, verticut and topdress come into play.

Aeration, Verticut and Topdress

The three key “ingredients” to reviving or building a safe and healthy field of play include:

Aeration perforates the soil to allow water, air and nutrients in.

Verticutting allows your turf to breathe easy, absorb nutrients and soak in moisture.

Top dressing applies sand or a soil mixture after aeration.

These three steps conducted by our licensed technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions can give you a winning field . Contact us here at Lawn and Pest Solutions. We are located in North Mississippi and service areas from the Memphis area and south. Our expanding sports field management services could be just what your team needs for a winning season. 

Why should I aerate my lawn?

Why should I aerate my lawn? I am already watering, mowing and “feeding” it! Aeration is a process where, to put it simply, holes are poked in your lawn. The holes in the top surface allow for “the good stuff” to get down into the roots. “Good stuff” includes water, nutrients, and fertilizer. Aeration makes everything healthy. When trying to visualize the concept, think about those delicious “poke cakes” where they poke holes in a freshly baked cake and then fill the holes with chocolate, pudding, condensed milk or fruit. Hungry yet? Here’s a link to a few ideas for poke cake. You might need a good snack after the lawn work!

Is aeration really necessary?

Thatch is the layer of dead grass that compacts on your lawn over time. Thatch can rob your grass of necessary rain and nutrients. It’s like a thick covering that prevents the good stuff from getting through to the roots. Aeration can break it up and improve the health and beauty of your lawn significantly.

Does it take a professional to aerate my lawn? 

If you are thinking about aerating your lawn and fancy yourself a DIY kind of person, go for it! People have used anything from pitchforks to baseball cleats. However, aerating your own lawn means you must have a LOT of time on your hands, a lot of energy and hopefully, a really tiny yard. 

Are you fresh out of pitchforks?

We fully support your DIY dreams and energy. But aerating your lawn is much easier for us with our equipment. While we are aerating your lawn, you could be inside making chocolate poke cake! You will see a noticeable improvement in your lawn over time if you add an annual aeration service to our Lawn 360 program. Fertilization, weed control and aeration will make your lawn the best on the block! Our licensed and trained lawn technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS will take care of your lawn, no pitchforks needed. You can contact us here to have one of our nice folks give you a quote on a lawn aeration service. We can make the Lawn and Pest Difference in your lawn today! We serve the North Mississippi and the Memphis, Tennessee areas.

Is it time to reseed your Bermuda grass?

In our Southern region, Bermuda grass is a popular choice for lawns. Bermuda grass loves full sun, it thrives in our heat and it is very tolerant to drought and traffic. However, Bermuda grass does have nutritional requirements and is what we might call “high maintenance”. If your Bermuda grass looking a little thin, you may think it is time to reseed.

Why is my bermudagrass thin?

Bermudagrass goes dormant over the winter and honestly can look a little rough this time of year. But, as the temperature warms, the grass breaks dormancy and its rhizomes and stolons start producing a lot of new growth. It is important to have a fertility plan in place so your bermudagrass receives the proper nutrients at the correct time. Our Lawn 360 program for lawns answers this problem!

 Is it time to reseed?

The best time to reseed Bermuda grass is in the spring, but established bermudagrass lawn rarely need to be reseeded. As I already said, warm temperatures and a good fertility program make all the difference for this type of grass. Aeration early in the growing season is another tool to help bermudagrass thrive. Soil can become compacted over time, and aeration relieves this stress.

How can I keep my Bermuda grass strong?

There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help your Bermuda grass stay healthy. Remember that a healthy lawn can fight off weeds, drought and disease better than a weak lawn. 

  • Mow it at a lower height 
  • Water it after you mow
  • Make sure it gets fertilized 
  • See that your lawn is aerated
  • Get rid of weeds

Healthy bodies and healthy lawns. What?

If you think about lawns the way you think about your own body, this all makes a lot of sense. A healthy lawn is strong, free of weeds, and gets plenty of air and water and nutrients. When that healthy lawn is attacked by disease, weeds, drought or insects it has a much better chance of surviving and thriving. When we were all preparing for COVID, remember the people with healthy bodies who took the right vitamins? Those people had a better chance of recovering. 

It is time.

Give our office a call and let one of our professionals come by and evaluate your lawn. We can help you determine whether or not you need to reseed or overseed, and we also have the services to fertilize, aerate, and apply the right sprays to keep weeds from emerging or from coming back. Let us help you get your lawn into the best shape ever! Our Lawn and Pest Solutions Lawn Technicians serve the Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi areas. You can message our office 24 hours a day just by visiting our website. Our techs are friendly, trustworthy and dependable. Read our Google reviews to see how pleased our customers are with our services.

Plant Health Care, what does that mean?

Have you ever just wanted someone to tell you “what to do” ? Like country music star Pam Tillis, I am a person who doesn’t like for people to “tell her what to do”…there are some instances when that IS what I want. Lawn care is a prime example. I want a beautiful lawn, I worked hard to pay for landscaping to have a beautiful lawn. Now, I don’t know “what to do” with my beautiful landscaping. 

Do you want to take pictures of the spots on your plants and then search Google to find out what they are? Do you then want to research what to do about this new disease that is living on the leaves of your favorite shrub? What are those bugs crawling all over your azaleas? Are they killing it? What do you spray on that? When do you spray it?

This is what plant health care is all about.

You have spent a lot of money on your landscaping. Why not maintain the health of your beautiful shrubs and trees and flowers? Why not get advice from an educated professional who can tell you what to do? Our plant health care pro CAN do this for you.

Lawn and Pest Solutions Plant Pro 

If you join our Plant Health Care program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and a written report at each visit. The pro will put the notes in your file and will also leave a copy of the notes for you. The pro will then treat your plants specifically based on what is happening with your plants and what they need. 

How is this different from other lawn services?

Based on your report, your plants will get a fertilizer with micro nutrients and soil beneficials, insect and disease control targeted specifically to your plants and their health at that specific time. Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

Why do I need a Pro for my plants?

Why do you need a pro for anything? Why not just let anyone do anything to your car, your toilet, your hair or your dog? A pro means you are letting someone who knows what they are doing use all of their knowledge AND experience handle the investment you have made in your landscaping. 

Our pros don’t prune trees or pull weeds. Our pros are carefully examining what is happening to the plants in your yard. They are taking notes and reviewing the progress of the treatment plan. They are leaving you with careful instructions on what to do next and how to do it. 

Don’t wait until some disease or critter has taken over your plants. Be preventative and keep those bugs from taking over the plants you so lovingly selected, planted and nurtured. Let our pro be on the lookout for invasive pests like crape myrtle bark scale and advise you on treatments. Contact our office today to learn more about our plant health care program. Get a Lawn and Pest Solutions plant health pro in your lawn ASAP!

When is the time to spray for summer weeds?

Is it time for you to head to then local home improvement store and buy all of your chemicals? Is it time to do research and figure out all of the recipes for your mixes? Is it time to rummage around in your shed and find that old sprayer? Is it time to spray for summer weeds?

Yes. And no.

It is time to call Lawn and Pest Solutions and let the experts do the spraying. Timing is everything. It IS time to spray for summer weeds before they emerge. Weeds like goosegrass, doveweed and dallisgrass are beginning to germinate a few inches down in the warming soil. You don’t have to watch very far into the video links to those weeds to feel overwhelmed about doing it yourself.

Now is the time, and timing is everything.  

Our licensed lawn technicians apply split applications of pre-emergent (weed preventer) to give your lawn the best results. Now is NOT the time for fertilizer, it’s too early! However, our lawn techs DO know when the time is right.

What are you waiting for?

The correct product at the correct rate at the correct time is what you get with a professional. Many of us have learned our lesson with DIY projects. Whether it’s getting orange hair from a box of blonde at the discount store or burning a spot in our lawn with a “not quite right” mixture of fertilizer or weed spray. 

Putting a large investment like your lawn and landscape into the hands of a professional is a wise thing to do. If you like mixing up chemicals and spraying them yourself, you’ve got to know there is more than a little chance of not getting it quite right. Don’t risk it this spring with your lawn. Give us a call at Lawn and Pest Solutions and let the folks who know what they are doing handle this job for you. Our technicians cover Mississippi and Tennessee and can handle your lawn issues like the professionals that they are.