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. 

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.

Cleaning gutters

“One Thing Leads to Another”

The Fixx

Cleaning gutters prevents many other issues. In 1983 an English new wave band hit the charts with “One Thing Leads to Another”. Maybe this song isn’t about cleaning out your gutters, it is a catchy reminder. 

Grab a friend for this job!

Cleaning gutters is a job no one looks forward to. A lonely guy on a ladder screams “bad decision making” and YouTube is filled with proof. This link may help you keep safety first in mind!

What if I don’t clean my gutters?

  • If you don’t clean your gutters, they become clogged with leaves and debris.
  • Clogged gutters don’t drain and they collect water.
  • Collected water causes wood to decay and rot

Guess who loves rotting and decaying wood? Termites! Termites feast on rotting wood.

That’s not all.

As a result of clogged gutters, washed areas form. These areas can hold water close to your foundation. This causes the soil to become saturated and water can seep under your foundation. Joining the group of water loving pests are mosquitoes!   

It’s not a fun job, but someone’s got to do it.

Overflowing gutters can wash out mulch and flower beds near your home. These washed areas can thin out your lawn. This can then give weed seeds an open area to grow and germinate. In addition to all of the previous problems, no one wants more weeds or a thinned out lawn.

Make it a priority to clean out your gutters this spring. Cleaning gutters is the “one thing” that can stop from leading to “another”. While we don’t offer gutter cleaning services, Lawn and Pest Services can assist you with termites, mosquitoes and weed control. Contact us here and we will send a licensed pest technician to give you a quote. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis area neighborhoods of Tennessee.

Questions to ask before hiring a pest professional

When you have had enough of ants, roaches, spiders and the fear of the unseen, it’s time for you to ask these questions. Hiring a pest professional doesn’t have to be a hard thing, you just need to ask a few questions before choosing a company.

One: Free quotes?

When hiring a pest professional, you should expect to find a pro who will come to your home or business and give you a free quote. No pressure, no obligations, just an up front and honest quote which details the service you need.

Two: Knowledgable representative?

The sales representative who visits your home should be knowledgable about the service you are requiring. They should be able to answer most all of the questions you have about everything from pricing to safety and procedures. If they don’t know the answers, they should offer to find out and get back to you with accurate information. Being friendly and honest is certainly a bonus when dealing with any sales representatives. 

Three: Service?

When the pest technician comes to your home or business, they should first do a thorough inspection of your structure, inside and out. Make sure that your technician checks under sinks, in closets, window sills, outdoor problem areas. A quality technician will even make small adjustments if possible to help with your problem. If your tech comes in and starts spraying with no inspection, you need a new company! After the service is complete, you should get a consultation with the tech where you get the best advice on how to keep your home pest free. 

Four: Professionalism?

When you decide to hire a pest professional, you are hiring a person who will be coming into your home. Any pest company representative who comes to your door or inside your home should be dressed professionally, in uniform and driving a clean and well marked vehicle.

Five: Price?

The lowest price in pest prevention does not mean you are going to get results. Quality pest prevention may appear to cost more, but in the end you are satisfied. We have all had experiences with “cheap” services that ended up in us having to start all over again with more costly, yet more effective results. When you are trying to rid your home of roaches, do you really want the “cheapest” service?

Six: Referrals?

What is everyone else saying about the pest professional that you want to hire? Take time to read reviews, Google the company, see what people think about the services they have already received. Ask friends and neighbors, do a little research and choose wisely.

Questions to ask before hiring a pest professional can help you find the right fit for your needs. Unfortunately, there are pest companies who don’t do what they say they are going to do. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we live up to our reputation. We love for potential customers to read our Google reviews. Our representatives are knowledgable, friendly, courteous and professional in every way. They are dressed in uniform and drive clean vehicles and use the most up to date equipment and technology. We work the hardest to make sure you are satisfied with your pest service. Contact our office at Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas.

Choosing a termite professional

When it comes to choosing a termite professional, you should first consider this…Termites cause $5 billion in damage annually to homes in the U.S., but homeowners insurance rarely covers termite damage. Termite damage is considered preventable through home maintenance. In the simplest of terms, if you could have prevented it, you should have.

Careful selection = good results

Before choosing a termite professional you should do a little research. While the state regulates and requires that termite technicians be licensed, some companies do the minimum required to satisfy those regulations.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we constantly train our techs. Weekly meetings and occasional class settings provide our techs with the most up to date information and training available. This additional training is something we choose to do in order to provide the safest and most effective termite protection to our customers.

In addition to training our technicians, our licensing requires ongoing training for management. Being a select provider of the Sentricon System requires even more training and in-depth knowledge of termites. 

Get references. 

It’s not that hard these days to find a Google review on just about any service imaginable. You are just a few clicks away from being able to know what the general consensus is on any service provider. Read those reviews! People are more than open and honest about how they REALLY feel when writing online reviews. Just type in “choosing a termite professional” and see what you find!

Read the fine print.

Before you sign a contract, make sure you fully understand the details and pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask your technician lots of questions. Remember that your home is at stake here and you want the best protection. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a termite contract includes:

  • An interior and exterior inspection of your home.
  • A full treatment as defined by state regulations.  This can be a liquid application that is trenched and injected into the soil around your foundation, or a bait station application around the perimeter of your home.
  • Issuance of a termite contract that states what type of application is performed, the products used, a diagram of the structure treated and the cost for the initial treatment and ongoing annual inspections.
  • Annual inspections must include both an interior and exterior inspection of your home.  If your current provider comes by and hangs an invoice once a year, you have not received a proper inspection. 

Prevention is the best medicine. 

When choosing a termite professional, we make it pretty easy. Avoid the costs and headaches of repairing your home with a Termite 360 program from Lawn & Pest Solutions. Contact our office any time of day or night and let us schedule a visit to your home or business. Lawn and Pest Solutions serves the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Should I invest in plant health care?

Living in North Mississippi and the Memphis area, it’s not unusual to wake up on April 21 and find that your landscape has suffered yet another freeze. For those who remembered the night before, maybe some shrubs and plants were covered in burlap or with garbage bags or tablecloths or just anything that could be grabbed before bedtime. For most, we all woke up with our fingers crossed that whatever happened last night wouldn’t kill our plants!

We have all filled our carts at the home improvement stores with spring plants and had sticker shock when the total is announced. Some of us have invested much, much more in professional landscaping services that rival the cost of a new car. Why do we spend so much money on shrubs, flowering trees, plants for our yard and then drop the ball? It’s like building a pool and then never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out! Or buying a car but never changing the oil or tires. 

Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment. 

When you invest in a plant health care program, you are allowing 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.

What do I get with a plant health care program?

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a plant health care program includes the following:

  • 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 written report from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

Why replace plants 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 plants. Nurturing your plants and making them the healthiest they can be will help them to become stable and mature in your lawn. 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 21 freezes and August 21 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. 

How to prepare your lawn mower for spring

It is time to get the mower ready! We have had plenty of rain and now plenty of sun is on the way. The mower may be looking a little rusty and dusty, who knows what has been thrown on top? Looks like a good weekend project has suddenly developed….

First things first.

This is an easy list to follow for preparing your mower.

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 you oil is from last season, drain it and replace with new.

Did you check the air filter? Experts say we should do this every season. 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. 

Lubricate all moving parts!

Do you need a new 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 with fresh fuel. 

Here is a link to a YouTube video to help you get that mower started if you are having trouble. 

And for those of us need a little more help….

While Lawn and Pest Solutions is not in the business of mowing lawns, we want to help you have the healthiest lawn you can and having the proper equipment is very important to achieving a beautiful lawn. Getting your lawn mower ready for spring is one step you can take at home. If you need more help on getting a beautiful lawn, we have a staff of professional lawn technicians. Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you, just contact us today.

Lawn and Pest Solutions serves Memphis and North Mississippi region with knowledgeable and licensed lawn and pest technicians. Our techs are friendly, dependable and trustworthy employees who will go to great lengths to provide you with the best service.