Gift Ideas for the Lawn Care Enthusiast

gift-ideas-for-the-lawn-care-enthusiastThis time of the year, the lawn isn’t many Atlantans’ primary focus. Not only are most lawns dormant right now because they’re composed of warm season grasses, but the recent holidays have left us with a long to-do list so we have plenty of other tasks to focus on. But for people who are passionate about beautiful yards (like our professionals at Turf Shield Lawn Care), it’s always in the back of our minds. If you’re still looking for a belated gift for a lawn care enthusiast on your shopping list this year, here are a few ideas they’ll love.

A good pair of working gloves

Yardwork can be hard on your body, but particularly on your hands, which can blister easily from the friction of a shovel or other equipment you use to care for your lawn and/or garden. Investing in a pair of nice, high-quality gloves can save a gardener or lawn care enthusiast days of painful blisters and scratches.

Digital rain gauge

We’ve mentioned in some of our past lawn care blogs that before watering your lawn, you should consider how much rain you’ve recently received so you don’t saturate or dry out your grass. While some people rely on their local weather stations, the amount of rain can vary greatly from one part of town to the next, so it’s best to have your own gauge so you can see what has actually fallen on your yard. Fortunately for us, it’s the 21st century, so rather than trekking outside to check your rain gauge every day, you can use a digital one instead which casts the measurements to a monitor inside your home or an app on your phone.

A consultation and lawn care treatment with Turf Shield

Turf Shield Lawn isn’t a company who will mow your lawn every week. We’re truly seasoned experts who can diagnose any problems your yard may have, from pests to irrigation issues. We also offer a wide variety of lawn treatments, like weed control, aeration, tree and shrub care, and pest control—jobs that are often beyond the reach of a do-it-yourselfer. Our consultations are complimentary, so a consultation and initial lawn treatment (depending on what the particular yard may need) can be a great gift to help out anyone who wants a fuller, more lush lawn by the spring.

Indoor-outdoor thermometer

Keeping a close eye on the temperature, humidity, and other weather measurements can also help a lawn care enthusiast know what they need to do to keep their lawn as healthy as possible and to adapt to the seasonal climate. Many digital thermometers use two different pieces—a sensor which goes out in your yard and a small indoor monitor which shows you a number of different readings throughout the day.

Wireless speakers

Once your loved one has worked so hard to achieve a beautiful, healthy lawn, they naturally want to be able to enjoy it. When the weather gets warmer, wireless speakers will let them listen to all their favorites in the great outdoors. Just be sure to get one that’s designed to be taken outside so it can withstand the humidity and the elements.

The holidays present us with the unique opportunity to show our family and friends how much they mean to us by thoughtfully choosing gifts for them which reflect their interests, goals, and hobbies. If there’s someone on your list who enjoys caring for their lawn, there are plenty of gifts you can find to help them enjoy their outdoor haven even more. If you’re interested in a consultation and lawn treatment for you or a loved one, schedule your free lawn care consultation with Turf Shield.

Why Does My Grass Turn Brown in the Fall?

Why Does My Grass Turn Brown in the FallMany people love the natural beauty of the color-changing leaves in the fall, especially in such a tree-rich area as metro Atlanta. But one part of the landscape that isn’t at its best this season is grass. As the temperature cools, our grass loses its beautiful green color and takes on a brown, straw-like hue. Why does this happen, and is there anything you can do in terms of lawn care to stave it off?

As many Atlantans who have lived up north in the past have discovered, different geographical areas tend to use different types of grass, because each type of grass thrives in a specific climate. Homeowners in the northern US (and other areas with harsh winters) use cool season grasses, which can withstand their low temperatures. In Atlanta and other southern states, however, our climate is best suited to warm season grasses, which are more resilient to the drought and heat that we are more likely to struggle with. While cool season grasses stay green throughout the winter, it is our warm season grasses which turn golden brown during the cooling months.

So what actually causes these types of grass to turn brown? While some homeowners worry that their grass is dying when they see the color begin to change, the good news is that it’s only going dormant. This is done as a defense mechanism, because these grasses do not thrive in cold temperatures as well as cool season grasses do. And while it doesn’t generally get cold enough in Georgia to kill the grass, the temperature does drop enough to send them into dormancy.

It’s understandable that homeowners aren’t thrilled with the color change in the fall and may then wonder if there is anything that can be done about it. Dormancy is necessary for the grass to survive, so there isn’t a way to prevent the grass from going dormant. However, in some cases, you may have the option of overseeding your grass with a cool season grass like ryegrass and enjoy some green in your lawn throughout the winter. Keep in mind that this is not necessarily a viable option for everyone and is dependent on the soil type, shading, maintenance requirements, and more, so it’s important to speak with a lawn care professional about your options before taking action.

Whether you choose to accept your lawn’s dormancy or give overseeding a try, being proactive about your lawn care now can help your grass return to its full, beautiful color and thickness in the spring. To discuss what you can do to keep your lawn healthy throughout all four seasons, schedule a lawn care consultation with our professionals at Turf Shield.