Sports field aeration
Whether you are competing for the Little League World Series or the high school rivalry game, the “look” of your sports field is more important than ever. Sports field aeration is a major contributor to a beautiful field of play.
While winning the game will always be the icing on the cake, there are so many other “boxes” to “check” when competing. Consider these major factors that appeal to players, alumni, coaches, fans, parents and even recruits!
Social media presence
Sports field management is a key element in all outdoor arenas. While some may roll their eyes over the “importance” of these elements, can you think of the schools that don’t “check” these boxes?
Schools want to look good in, around, and on the field. One of the most important elements on a playing field is the quality of the turf. In order to look good, the turf needs to “be good.”
We aren’t “back in the day” anymore…
In the past, management of many school sports fields has been the responsibility of coaches and a few maintenance guys. In our rural area of the South, it isn’t uncommon to see high school principals mow the football field in August.
Parents, booster clubs, even players have put in hours keeping the field cut. Today, the health and beauty of the sports field has reached new levels of expectations.
Sports field management means more than just mowing.The field of play should be healthy, thriving and safe!
A safe field:
Is not too wet
Is not too dry
Has the correct density so as not to cause injuries to players
A lush and thriving field can be used quickly after rain. No coach or team desires to forfeit or reschedule games because of a waterlogged field!
Aeration, Verticut and Topdressing
The three key elements 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 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 serve areas from the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas. Our expanding sports field management services could be just what your team needs for a winning season.
Lawn aeration, is this just an “extra” step like a wash, rinse, repeat? Why aerate your lawn, if you are already watering, mowing, and “feeding” it?
What is lawn aeration?
To put it simply, aeration is when holes are poked in your lawn to allow for “the good stuff” to get down into the roots. “Good stuff” includes water, nutrients, and fertilizer. Aeration improves the health of your lawn.
Let’s revisit thatch.
Thatch is the layer of dead grass that compacts on your lawn over time. It robs your grass of necessary rain and nutrients. Thatch is a thick covering that prevents the “good stuff” from getting through to the roots.
So if you still wonder if aeration is really necessary, it really is. Aeration breaks up and improves the health and beauty of your lawn significantly.
People have used anything from pitchforks to baseball cleats to aerate their lawns. However, those DIY techniques require a LOT of time on energy and aren’t very effective.
Lawn aeration is an option you can add to your Lawn360 program at Lawn and Pest Solutions. You will see a noticeable improvement in your lawn over time if you add an annual aeration service to our Lawn 360 program. Lawn fertilization, weed control and aeration will make your lawn the best on the block!
Proactively treating shrubs
Proactively treating shrubs has to be a good thing, right? Is there anything NOT good to be proactive about in treating? Why should the shrubs in your landscape be any less nurtured and protected than the lawn, the trees or the flowers?
Here in the Memphis, TN or North Mississippi areas…
Whether it’s a late spring freeze or a late summer drought, there is always something “out to get” our landscape! Being proactive in the treatment of all of our plants is important in helping them to get strong and stay healthy even in our adverse weather conditions.
Protecting your shrubs is protecting your investment.
By proactively treating your shrubs with our Plant Health Care program, you will protect your investment. Watching a few #askpaul videos will clear up most of your questions and concerns, but here are a few highlights of what you can expect to get from our Plant Health Care program:
- 6 visits per year from a licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care.
- At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
- At each visit your plants will be monitored for insects, diseases and will be treated for what is found.
- At each visit you will receive a feedback form from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.
When you invest in a plant health care program, you are proactively treating your shrubs. This program allows a professional to examine your plants, determine what is best for them, and then treating and nurturing them to get the most out of your investment.
Why replace shrubs from year to year because they are unhealthy?
The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead shrubbery. An expert eye can detect a problem in your plants before it spreads to others. A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions proactively treat your shrubs and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.
How to prepare your mower for summer
With lots of rain behind us and more sun ahead, it is time to prepare your mower for the summer. This weekend would be a great time to pull the pool floats off the top, blow off the dust and see what you’ve got to work with!
Use this checklist to prepare your mower for summer:
Are the blades sharp? This is important. Dull blades make your grass weak. Weak grass is not good at fighting disease or pests.
Is the oil fresh? If your oil is from last season, drain it and replace it with new.
How is the air filter? If you have a washable filter, soak it in warm, soapy water. If it’s made of cardboard or paper, just pop in a new one. Experts say we should do this every season.
Lubricate all moving parts!
How is the fuel filter? Fuel filters can’t be cleaned because they can easily be damaged, so just buy a new one.
Get a new spark plug! These are inexpensive, no need to clean or reuse old ones.
Replace the belt or battery if needed.
Check your fuel! If you have left fuel in your mower for more than 30 days, go ahead and drain it and fill it with fresh fuel.
While Lawn and Pest Solutions is not in the business of mowing lawns, we want to help you have the healthiest lawn. Having the proper equipment is very important to achieving a beautiful lawn. Getting your lawn mower ready for spring is an important step you can take at home.
If you need more help with getting a beautiful lawn, we have a staff of professional lawn technicians. Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you, just contact us today. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee, and North Mississippi regions.
Reseeding Bermuda grass
Reseeding Bermuda grass in your lawn is something to consider. Do you need it? Is it time?
Bermuda grass is the most popular choice for lawns in our Southern region. It loves full sun, thrives in our heat and is very tolerant to drought and traffic. However, Bermuda grass does have nutritional requirements and some might say “high maintenance”. If your Bermuda grass looking a little thin, reseeding might be an option.
Thin Bermuda grass?
Bermuda grass goes dormant over the winter, and as always dormant doesn’t mean dead. Dormant Bermuda grass may be brown, but it is just resting. As the temperature warms, Bermuda grass breaks dormancy and it starts producing a lot of new growth.
When is the best time to reseed Bermuda grass?
The best time to reseed Bermuda grass is in the spring, but established Bermuda grass lawns rarely need to be reseeded.
How can I keep my Bermuda grass strong?
There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help your Bermuda grass get strong.
- Aeration early in the growing season relieves the stress of compacted soil.
- Warm temperatures and a good fertility program make all the difference for Bermuda grass.
What makes a Bermuda lawn healthy?
A healthy lawn can fight off weeds, drought and disease better than a weak lawn. Here are some suggestions:
- Mow at a lower height
- Water after mowing
- Get rid of weeds
Comparing a healthy lawn to a healthy body makes this easy to understand. 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. Just like healthy bodies! Our Lawn 360 program puts a plan into place for your lawn to receive the proper nutrients at the correct time.
We can help.
We can help you determine if reseeding your Bermuda lawn is necessary. We provide services to fertilize, aerate, and treatments to keep weeds from emerging or returning. We can help you get your lawn into the best shape ever!
Our Lawn and Pest Solutions Technicians serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North 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 is a plant health care program? A plant health care program puts an expert in your yard who can detect problems before they spread. Having a beautiful lawn requires an investment, of time, work, and money.
A professional will examine your plants and determine what is best for them. A plant health care program will then treat and nurture your plants to get the most out of your investment.
Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment
The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead plants. Why spend so much on shrubs, flowering trees, plants for your yard, and then drop the ball? That is like building a pool and never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out!
What to expect from a plant health care program
At Lawn and Pest Solutions, our plant health care program includes six visits per year. A licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care will plan and oversee your program.
At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
At each visit, your plants will be monitored for insects, and diseases and will be treated for what is found.
At each visit, you will receive a written report from the technician. This report tells you what he observed, what he did to treat your plants, and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.
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.
How is this program different from others? Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time.
Why replace plants from year to year because they are unhealthy?
A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April freezes and August droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions take care of your plants and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas.
It is time to work on “summer weeds”
Due to our warm winter, “summer weeds” are already starting to appear. You may have noticed many plants already budding out ahead of their normal schedule.
Right now, dormant weed seeds in your lawn are waiting to grow. Thanks to the ways weeds have evolved, they’ll germinate and start growing before your grass does!
In Mississippi and Tennessee, Crabgrass is our number one summer weed, typically germinating in mid-March. That’s why it’s important to consider an application of pre-emergent now.
Pre-emergents don’t kill established plants or weeds, they prevent summer weeds from growing. Pre-emergents form the backbone of most weed control systems. But pre-emerge isn’t the “end all be all” solution. The Lawn360 Program at Lawn and Pest Solutions takes care of pre-emerge, post-emerge, lawn fertilization, spot-treating, and more.
Timing is everything
If you are applying a quality, professional grade pre-emergent, there is a window of opportunity. We have entered that window of opportunity. Now is to the time to apply the products to achieve the desired results.
Now is also the time to apply treatment to rid your lawn of existing “summer weeds.” Look for dandelions, onions, goosegrass, dove weed, and dallisgrass to pop up and handle them swiftly!
DIY or maybe not.
Controlling weeds is a matter of timing and applying the right amount of the right treatment. Everyone has experienced some sort of DIY fail. For some, the DIY project we took on ended up costing more money and causing more frustration.
Summer weed control is a job you can hand over to the professionals at Lawn and Pest Solutions. Your lawn and landscape is a large investment. Many hours of labor and lots of money have gone into creating a beautiful lawn. Don’t risk damaging what you have already put so much into.
Give us a call at our office and we can take care of your lawn, weeds, and all. Our lawn technicians cover the Memphis, TN, and North Mississippi areas. You will enjoy getting to experience the Lawn and Pest Difference.
Organic lawn care
Organic lawn care is a great concept. Organic anything is a great concept, but it is often hard to achieve and sometimes unrealistic. Achieving a balance is a more realistic option for the things we can control in our environment.
Whether driving a car, lighting a gas stove or spraying disinfectant on our kitchen counter tops, there is always a risk present. Balancing between safety, organic, natural, cost effective, and more is a part of our daily lives, now more than ever.
We live where you live
LPS strives to provide the best results with the lowest risk and impact to our environment. We live where you live and care about our environmental future. We feel we strike a very good balance between effective weed control and caring for our environment.
Organic lawn care is a great concept, but with challenges for our area. Because we have such a long growing season, it is hard to provide reliable results. A longer growing season for your lawn and plants also means a longer growing season for weeds!
Our products and treatments, pre-emergent
There are currently no organic pre-emergents available. Any products we apply have gone through rigorous testing and are approved by the EPA for application on home lawns. We currently use a product that is derived from a plant and could almost be considered organic (however, it is not recognized as such).
A good pre-emergent in the fall and spring is the cornerstone of any effective lawn care program. When you prevent most of the weeds, minimal herbicide applications are required later.
The Lawn and Pest Difference
We love the idea of organic lawn care as much as anyone. We care as much about the environment and strive to use the least amount of harmful ingredients. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, it is our goal to provide you with a weed free lawn with the least amount of risk to our environment.
Our licensed lawn technicians are always ready to discuss with you the options for the most current, environmentally friendly and effective way to treat your lawn. Contact our office here and get the ball rolling on your beautiful lawn!