Weed Control Tips from the Pros at Turf Shield

Weed Control Tips from the Pros at Turf ShieldWeeds have long been one of the natural enemies of any homeowner trying to maintain a healthy green lawn. By competing with healthy grass for moisture, nutrients, light, and space, weeds can throw any lawn into disarray. While certain herbicides can help, no single product will be able to keep your lawn completely weed-free.

Proper weed control takes time, effort, and knowhow. Completely ridding your yard of weeds may not be entirely possible. After all, weeds are as tenacious as they are annoying. But you can thwart them by growing a thick, healthy lawn that doesn’t give weeds the space they need to take root. Check out the following tips for how to keep your grass lush and green this summer by keeping the weeds out.

Regularly Inspect your Lawn for Weeds

The first step in any weed control plan should be regularly inspecting your lawn for weeds. It’s best to spot them when they begin to pop up instead of when they have already taken hold of your yard. Make time to look around the yard and keep tabs on what’s going on. Look out for signs of potential trouble like browning or thinning grass. One of the best times to inspect your lawn for weeds is when you are mowing the grass.

Hand Pulling

If you are already dealing with weeds in your lawn, pull them out by hand is still the most tried and true method for weed removal. Focus first on pulling out the weeds that are setting seed if you do not have time to pull them all. One of the key strategies in the war on weeds (or any other meddlesome plant life) is not allowing them to reproduce and spread. Additionally, wet weeds will be easier to remove by hand, so wait until after the next rain shower or use a sprinkler before you begin. When hand pulling, be aware of potentially poisonous weeds.

Mow Your Lawn a Bit Higher

Mowing your lawn too low can weaken your grass by reducing its ability to produce enough nutrients. It also allows sunlight to reach the soil surface, which can help crabgrass and other weeds begin to sprout and grow. Though the ideal lawn height can depend on your specific type of grass, between 2 and 4 inches is typically recommended.

Fertilize Just the Right Amount

A good fertilization program can help keep your lawn dense to keep most weeds out. But it’s important not to use too much. In addition to wasting your money, over-fertilizing can actually increase the chances of runoff. Additionally, using too little can lead to a thinner, sparser lawn that allows weeds the space and sunlight they need to thrive. We recommend getting a soil test to help determine the right amount of fertilizer for your lawn.

Though there is certainly much more to know, we hope these beginning steps will help you get the jump on any weeds that you may come across in your yard this summer. If you’re still unsure of how to best protect your home and lawn, you can always call the lawn care professionals at Turf Shield. We offer a wide array of lawn care services that we tailor to the unique needs of all of our customers to keep their lawns healthy, strong and looking great. For more information, please contact Turf Shield today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more lawn care tips, news and updates.

How to Properly Budget your Landscaping

How to Properly Budget your LandscapingLandscaping can be a great way to improve the value of your property and make your home look great. Like any home-improvement task, a landscaping project requires planning. And there is perhaps no more important aspect to your plan than a practical, realistic budget. Creating a budget is a great way to gauge the scope of your project and help prioritize what is most important. By focusing on the areas you use most or require the most immediate attention, you will certainly get the most bang for your buck.

To help you get the most out of your hard work, we are happy to provide some tips for developing a landscaping budget for your projects:

Set Clear Priorities

Before you begin any project, you must identify what you want do to as well as what is most urgent for your property. For instance, it doesn’t make much sense to splurge for a new patio when there are more pressing issues to attend to such as treating diseased trees or addressing drainage problems. There is a chance you may only be able to afford one of the other, so it pays to know what is needed so you can choose your priorities in advance.

Take Full Advantage of What You Have

You should always make a full inventory of what you already have on-hand. It may come as a surprise how many useful items are hiding in plain sight around your property. Sometimes instead of replacing plants, simply relocating, pruning, weeding, or sprucing them up with mulch can help turn them from an afterthought to an asset.

Think Long-Term

We recommend focusing on “maximum value” areas. These are the areas of your home or yard that will help provide the best return on your investment. Take a minute to think about long-term considerations like how long you plan to live in the home and what the long-term maintenance costs may be. Does it make more sense to break your project up into phases over time? Sometimes spending a little bit more now can be extremely valuable later on.

For many people, the best way to maximize their budget is to hire a professional lawn care service like Turf Shield. By letting the professionals handle the landscaping, you may develop a better understanding of how to most efficiently budget your project and avoid costly mistakes along the way. For more information on our entire line of lawn care services and how we can help you with your landscaping project, contact Turf Shield today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more lawn care tips and updates.