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How Do I Get Rid of Mosquitoes (Quickly!)? Top 10 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Mosquitoes

If you’re dealing with a mosquito problem, you’re not alone. These pesky insects are a summertime nuisance for many homeowners. While there are a ton of products on the market that claim to be good at eliminating mosquitoes, it’s important to take a holistic approach to preventing and getting rid of any mosquitoes present in your yard. This includes taking preventative steps to eliminate standing water in your yard (where mosquitoes breed), as well as applying insect repellent and other natural methods to prevent mosquito bites.

With all of that said, while there are some things you can do to prevent mosquitoes from taking over your yard, sometimes you just need to get rid of them quickly!

So, we’ve pulled together a very practical guide on mosquito control, including how to get rid of mosquitoes once they’ve arrived, and how to develop a sustainable pest control program with some tips and tricks that mosquitoes hate!

Quick Intro: Mosquito lifecycle

Mosquitoes are annoying pests that reproduce quickly, making it hard to get rid of them. To better understand how to prevent and eliminate these insects, it’s important to understand their lifecycle.

Adult female mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water or moist soil that is protected from direct sunlight. The mosquito eggs hatch within 48 hours and the mosquito larvae begin to feed on small organisms in the water until they reach the pupa stage, at which point they become airborne.

Adult mosquitoes live for about two weeks and can reproduce during that time. During this time, mosquitoes bite to obtain blood meals (which are needed for egg production) from humans and animals. Female mosquitoes also prefer areas with standing water or high humidity because these provide ideal conditions for egg-laying and survival of their young.

Female mosquitoes mate only once in their lifetime and can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. After hatching, the larvae go through four stages before reaching the pupa stage where they become adults ready for flight. During this process, mosquitoes go through a complete metamorphosis of changing from an aquatic larva into a flying adult mosquito. Once transformed, adult female mosquitoes will fly around looking for food (blood meal from that pesky mosquito bite!) so that she can produce more eggs before ultimately dying in two weeks’ time.

Because of its short lifecycle and ability to reproduce so quickly, getting rid of mosquitoes can be difficult if preventive measures aren’t taken first. This includes regularly checking your property for any standing water where mosquitoes may be breeding as well as using insect repellents when outdoors to deter them from biting you or your family members.

Mosquitoes are most active during the summer months when temperatures are warm and humidity is high. Adult mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in areas with standing water or high humidity because these provide ideal conditions for egg-laying and survival of their young. Mosquitoes are especially active at dawn and dusk when they are looking for food sources to feed on.

Additionally, mosquitoes tend to be more active in shaded areas where there is more protection from direct sunlight, making them more difficult to spot and avoid.

Here are a few tips for how to get rid of mosquitoes fast–follow these and you’ll stop mosquitoes in their tracks!

(1): Check for areas in your yard where mosquitoes like to live, lay eggs, and rest, including any standing water around your property. These areas attract mosquitoes and should be cleaned up, removed if possible, and should be key areas for treatment.

The first step to getting rid of mosquitoes is to not attract mosquitoes in the first place!

Taking proper care of your property and yard is extremely important to make sure mosquitoes don’t become a problem. Take some time to survey your outdoor areas and look for any prime mosquito spots. These will generally include areas with standing water, like rain barrels, still murky ponds, bird baths, pet bowls, or clogged gutters. And, when possible, make sure your yard has proper drainage. Mosquitoes find all of these moist areas to be ideal for laying eggs, so finding and eliminating them will make a huge dent in the overall mosquito population.

Once you’ve found these moisture-filled places, begin the process of cleaning them up or eliminating them altogether. This can drastically reduce the amount of mosquitoes hanging around your yard.

Additionally, once all high-risk areas have been identified and addressed, you should use products that treat those areas to keep them mosquito free. Taking all these steps will give you relief from pesky, buzzing friends!

One such way to treat these water-logged areas is to use “mosquito dunks”. These are a highly effective, safe, and natural way to control mosquitoes around the home. Made of a slow-release, granular insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis (BTI), these dunks act as a larvicide that targets the mosquito larvae in standing water and kills them before they can emerge as adults. When used properly, one dunk can treat up to 100 square feet of standing water for up to 30 days, depending on water temperatures.

Mosquito dunks are especially effective against larvae in areas that are difficult to treat with sprays or foggers, such as ponds and swamps. They have been found to be harmless to humans as well as other organisms like frogs, fish, birds and other animals. The active ingredient in the BTI is a naturally occurring bacteria that specifically targets the digestive system of mosquito larvae and breaks down easily without leaving behind any harmful residue. This makes it safe for use around children, pets, plants and wildlife while still delivering powerful results. With regular use, mosquito dunks can provide long-term protection from mosquitoes by continuously releasing BTI into the water until all larvae have been eliminated.

(2): Try using natural mosquito repellents like citronella candles or essential oils

When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, there are many different approaches, including fully organic products that are very effective.

Many natural repellents can be just as effective, or even more so!

Citronella candles (our favorite here), which have been used for centuries to repel insects, are widely available and often highly effective at repelling mosquitoes around your outdoor space.

Essential oils and incense (here’s our top pick) with mosquito-repelling properties such as lavender, lemon grass and cedarwood can also be incredibly useful, whether you diffuse them indoors or put a few drops on your skin.

Natural alternatives are safer for you and the environment – skip the traditional repellents this summer and explore these options instead!

(3): Use a fan when you’re outside to keep mosquitoes away from you

Fans can be great natural mosquito-repellents as the breeze they create help to keep mosquitoes away. And, some even pair a fan with cool misting for those super hot days! Make sure to continuously move the fan so that it will create a wind tunnel and sweep any mosquitoes away from you.

When you are spending time outdoors this summer, make sure you bring a fan along!

Not only is this an effective way to prevent mosquito bites and potential allergies or illnesses, but also adds a cooling effect on those especially hot days.

Fun fact: mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide.

They rely on carbon dioxide as a means of locating their prey, as it is produced in large quantities by warm-blooded animals during respiration. Carbon dioxide also triggers the release of compounds that further attract mosquitoes and guide them to their host.

Embrace the nice weather and remember to always have your trusty fan by your side!

(4): Safeguard your home, including installing (and repairing as needed) mosquito netting or screens over any doors or windows that don’t have them

Protecting your home should be a top priority–indoor mosquitoes are a huge nuisance! Insects, such as mosquitoes, can invade space and create health hazards for your family. Installing mosquito netting or screens over any doors or windows without them is an essential (and relatively inexpensive) step to keeping pesky bugs out of your domain.

Not only does this guard against bites and discomfort, screened areas can also provide valuable protection from the sun and act as barriers against dust particles and other irritants that might affect members of your household. With so many benefits, investing in screens of netting for all exposed openings definitely makes sense.

(5): Apply mosquito repellent to your skin before going outside … and then re-apply as needed once you’re outside!

Going outside in the warm weather is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and relax, but it does come with its own hazards. Mosquitos are wide-reaching and their bites can transmit dangerous diseases, so it’s important to take preventative measures. Every time you go outside, before exposing yourself to potential insect bites, apply mosquito repellent to your skin (here’s our favorite DEET-free with Lemon Eucalyptus).

Applying bug spray each time you head out will help keep you safe while still allowing you to have fun outside. It may sound like an inconvenience but think of it as a reminder to make the most out of precious outdoor time!

Although you should consider mosquito repellent during most of the Spring through Fall time, it is an essential part of outdoor safety, especially during the summer months when mosquitoes are most active. To make this super easy, try keeping a spray bottle of your favorite insect repellent by the door so you can grab on your way out to the yard (and, better yet, always keep a mini spray bottle in your bag, purse, wherever so you’re always prepared!).

Applying mosquito repellent every time you go outside can help protect yourself and those around you from potential insect bites and the illnesses they may carry.

Mosquitoes can spread disease (such as West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, heartworm disease in animals, and other mosquito borne illnesses) that can affect people of all ages. So getting rid of mosquitoes is also an effective form of disease control. And, don’t forget–it is important for all age groups to apply mosquito repellent each time they go outside in order to stay safe from these harmful diseases.

(6): Wear long sleeves and pants when you’re in areas with a lot of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes carry a range of diseases and can make your time outdoors quite uncomfortable. To protect yourself, you should always wear long sleeves and pants when visiting areas with lots of mosquitoes. Covering up as much skin as possible will lower your chance of being bitten and suffering from an unpleasant illness. Not to mention, it’ll make your outdoor experience so much more pleasant without dealing with the annoyance of pesky bugs! So before heading out into mosquito-prone areas, make sure you’re dressed appropriately – long sleeves and pants are absolutely essential!

(7): Consider “perimeter protection” from a bug zapper (or two!)

Bug zappers (sometimes called “mosquito traps”) are an effective way to protect yourself and your outdoor space from mosquitoes and other flying insects. (here’s our favorite, with 1-acre coverage)

Placed strategically around the perimeter of your property, bug zappers create an invisible barrier that helps to keep pesky bugs away. The ultraviolet light emitted by the zapper attracts bugs and draws them in, where they are then electrocuted, thus reducing the insect population in your area (bug zappers are a very effective way to kill mosquitoes; if you would prefer an approach that does not kill mosquitoes, make sure you follow the other tips in this blog!).

When using a bug zapper outdoors, make sure it is placed at least five feet off the ground, away from any standing water sources, and far away from any areas you plan on spending time in. Avoid placing it too close to windows or doors as this can cause an accumulation of dead insects near these entry points into your home. Furthermore, try to choose a model with a removable catch-tray for easy cleaning and disposal of dead bugs.

An Asian Tiger Mosquito … ugh!

To maximize effectiveness, place multiple bug zappers around your property so that you can cover more area with fewer units. Additionally, if possible try to make sure there is good airflow around the device as this will help it attract and catch more bugs.

Finally, for optimal results be sure to check the batteries on your bug zapper regularly and replace them when necessary so that it remains at peak performance. With a bit of extra effort, bug zappers can provide effective ‘perimeter protection’ against mosquitoes and other annoying flying insects – giving you peace of mind while enjoying outdoor activities all summer long!

(8): Use a high-quality (preferably organic) insect control application

The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to use a high-quality, preferably organic, insect control product (here is our favorite: Barefoot Yard Organic Tick & Mosquito Yard Spray). These products are designed to eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from invading your outdoor space by using a combination of plant-based natural oils that are proven to be effective at both killing and repelling the insects. The application is easy to use – simply mix it with water and spray it around the perimeter of your property – and it’s safe for people, pets, and plants. Additionally, because this product uses only natural ingredients, it’s less likely to harm beneficial insects or the environment.

Ultimately, using a good quality insect control product like the Barefoot Yard product in combination with other preventative measures will help keep unwanted pests away from your outdoor living area all summer long! With proper application and maintenance, you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about pesky mosquitoes buzzing around.

(9): Having an outdoor gathering and need a quick fix for the night? Try a backyard insect/mosquito fogger.

Aerosol mosquito foggers can be a great way to quickly rid your outdoor space of mosquitoes, especially for those throwing an outdoor gathering. These foggers are easy to use and spray an aerosol insecticide into the air, killing any mosquitoes and other flying insects in range.

To ensure the best possible outcome and safety, there are some important steps to consider when using a mosquito fogger.

First and foremost, make sure to read all instructions on the label before beginning, as different brands may require unique tasks. Usually this includes selecting a product that is suitable for your particular needs (i.e., one that works against mosquitoes), shaking the container well before use, closing all windows/doors in the area being treated and turning off all fans or other air circulation sources. It’s also recommended that you cover any fish tanks or water features in order to prevent the mist from entering. Additionally, you should always wear protective clothing (gloves, long sleeves/pants) and a mask when spraying the area in order to avoid inhaling any of the mist yourself.

Once you have completed these preliminary steps, it’s time to apply the product itself! This involves positioning yourself upwind of where you plan on releasing the mist so it does not blow back onto you; setting up an area around yourself that is free from any flammable items; making sure no people or animals are present in or near your spraying area; and finally releasing the mist by pressing down firmly on top of the container with even pressure until it finishes spraying its contents evenly over your targeted area.

After completing this task, we recommend staying out of the area you’ve just sprayed (yourself and others, including your pets!) until all mist has completely dissipated (usually 15-20 minutes).

But, keep in mind, these are just general recommendations–make sure you read the product label very carefully!

(10): Consider planting natural plant deterrents around your property to naturally keep mosquitoes away!

Did you know that some plants are actually really effective at acting as natural mosquito repellent?!!

These mosquito repellent plants are actually beautiful additions to gardens, tree lines, even landscaping features, so they can be easily added to most properties!

For a great way to repel mosquitoes naturally, consider planting:

Catnip: Catnip is a member of the mint family, which can be planted around your property to naturally keep mosquitoes away. Studies have found that when exposed to catnip oil, mosquitoes were repelled up to ten times more effectively than DEET (a chemical commonly used in insect repellents). It also has antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties.

Citronella: Citronella is an aromatic herb that produces citronellal – a powerful compound used in many commercial mosquito repellent products. It’s easy to grow at home and can be used to create natural sprays or candles as well as herbal infusions for topical applications. Planting it around your home will help repel mosquitoes and other pests.

Basil: Basil is a strong smelling herb with highly aromatic oils that repel many insects including mosquitoes. Planting basil around entry points of your property such as windows and doors will help reduce the number of bugs entering your premises.

Lavender: Lavender has been proven to have mosquito-repelling properties due to its fragrant oils which are released into the air when the plant flowers. Growing lavender near potential mosquito breeding grounds such as standing water sources or nearby gardens will help prevent female mosquitoes from laying their eggs there.

Garlic: Garlic contains allicin, an active compound with potent anti-microbial properties that repels many types of insects including mosquitoes. By planting garlic bulbs around your property, you can create an effective natural barrier against pests without using any harsh chemicals or pollutants.

Marigolds: These bright and cheery flowers contain pyrethrum – a compound derived from chrysanthemums which is known for its insecticidal properties, particularly against mosquitoes and other flying insects. When planted around open areas where these pests are likely to congregate, marigolds can provide an effective barrier against them while still looking beautiful!

Whether it’s disease control, or you’re just looking for a great summer night free of these flying pests, getting rid of mosquitoes is on all of our minds when the weather warms up!

But, the good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors without worry this mosquito season. Don’t let the bugs ruin your summer – take precautions and be prepared! Have any other tips for avoiding mosquito bites? Let us know in the comments below.

The Best Hose End Sprayers for Your Lawn (and More!) – A Buyer’s Guide

Have you ever found yourself watering your lawn with a hose in one hand and a heavy, awkward sprinkler in the other?

Have you ever wished there was an easier way to water your lawn without lugging around a heavy hose and Attachment?

Have you ever wondered, do hose end sprayers work?

If so, then you’ll be glad to know that hose end sprayers exist, and yes, they work!

In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the best hose end sprayers on the market and provide a buyer’s guide to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Whether you’re looking for something to water your lawn or wash your car, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started!

Why you need a hose end sprayer

A hose end sprayer is an invaluable tool for anyone with a lawn, patio, garden beds, shrubs or trees to maintain. Not only can fertilizer and water be applied evenly and efficiently, but you can also use this device to wash your car and more (but, never without washing thoroughly between uses and/or having a dedicated sprayer for each type of job!!)!

By adding soap and other special detergents to the solution in the hose end sprayer, it’s easy to keep outdoor furnishings clean as well as keep patios, walkways, and even roofs free of debris.

Plus, a hose end sprayer helps with controlling weeds easier by allowing you to target specific areas with just the right amount of weed control/weed killer – no more over spraying chemicals on lawns or gardens.

Finally, a hose end sprayer is perfect for fertilizer applications as it allows even coverage of herbicides throughout your yard for optimum nutrient uptake without much effort on your part. Simply fill the sprayer bottle with your product (in the right amount–make sure you read the label!), adjust the metering dial, pick one of the spray patterns, and you’re on your way!

These sprayers are designed to dilute the product and deliver just the right amount needed by pulling product/concentrate from the reservoir, and mixing with the stream of water coming through the hose so that it sprays in a consistent amount (this limits application error, and makes for a very efficient application vs. other methods).

All-in-all, having a hose end sprayer on hand can save you time, money and effort while making your home look its best!

Different types of hose end sprayers

Hose end sprayers are an essential tool for many households and gardening jobs, so it’s important to choose the right one for your unique needs.

When deciding which type of sprayer to buy, consider the material it’s made of, the capacity of the tank, the number of mix ratios, fixed rate or adjustable flow settings, and any special features that suit your particular application.

If you’re spraying harsh chemicals then look for a model made from a material that won’t break down on contact.

For general lawn or garden use, a sprayer with adjustable flow settings will give you complete control over how much material is released per spray.

If you need to stick with a fixed rate then make sure it can be set accurately depending on what material you’re using. If you require certain chemical mix ratios then opt for a sprayer with multiple mix ratios included, so you don’t have to manually measure out ingredients every time.

Lastly, unless you are looking for something very specific/custom, make sure your sprayer connects to a standard garden hose (most do; in fact, many models come with a quick connect release feature and super easy instructions on how to get up and running).

How to choose the best hose end sprayer for your needs

With an endless array of hose end sprayers on the market, it can be difficult to select the one that best suits your needs. It’s important to consider spray distance, trigger styles, ergonomics, and durability when narrowing down your choices.

And, if you plan to spray fertilizer, pesticides, or other chemical mixtures, it’s important that you look for a sprayer with accurate adjustments.

If you’re looking for a powerful nozzle, then opt for one with a large diameter and high flow rate. For those seeking convenience and hands-free operation, time-release nozzles provide the solution. Ultimately, the right nozzle will cater to both your requirements and budget. Researching and reading reviews before making a purchase will help ensure you get exactly what you need!

The top three hose end sprayers on the market

Finding the right hose end sprayer for your gardening projects can often be a challenge, but if you’re in the market for one, there are three models that consistently make the top of recommended lists. Ortho Dial N Spray is a great option for avid gardeners, due to its adjustable settings and large container size. Chameleon is a lesser-known model, yet it has been touted as highly efficient and easy to use. Finally, Chapin International G390 has been lauded as a reliable choice that delivers superior performance on even the toughest jobs. Whichever one you purchase, all three of these hose end sprayers should get the job done with quality results.

Hose-End Sprayer Review

Ortho Dial N Spray – Premium Overall Choice!

The Ortho Dial N Spray hose end sprayer is the perfect tool for any gardener or DIY enthusiast looking to make their job easier.

This high-performance Ortho sprayer comes with adjustable settings (and three spray patterns), so you can control the flow rate to suit any task – whether it’s fertilizing, weed control, pest control, or cleaning outdoor furniture. The sprayer also has a large, easy to fill plastic container that comfortably holds up to 32 ounces of material, making larger jobs faster and more efficient.

In terms of features, the Ortho Dial N Spray is designed with convenience in mind. Thanks to its dial-based system, users can easily adjust the mix ratio between chemicals and water without having to manually measure out ingredients each time. And with its ergonomic design and comfortable trigger system, you can use this sprayer for extended periods without feeling strain on your hands. On top of this, its durable construction means it won’t get damaged if dropped or exposed to harsh chemicals.

For those who do a lot of spraying in their yard or garden, this hose end sprayer from Ortho can be an invaluable tool. Its adjustable flow rate allows for better coverage and precision when applying herbicides and fertilizers – something that would otherwise take hours of manual labor to achieve. Additionally, it’s great for cleaning outdoor furniture like patio sets or BBQ grills since you can add detergent and other cleaning agents directly into the solution for quick results (again, never do this without thoroughly cleaning your hose-end sprayer between uses; better yet, have a dedicated hose-end sprayer for applying lawn products and one for cleaning!).

Overall, the Ortho Dial N Spray hose end sprayer is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a powerful yet easy-to-use piece of equipment. It’s designed with convenience in mind and offers superb performance at an affordable price – making it one of the best options around when it comes to keeping your home or garden looking its best!

Chameleon Sprayer – Best Value for Your Money

The RL Flomaster Chameleon hose end sprayer is an excellent choice for gardeners and DIY enthusiasts who are looking for a reliable, efficient, and easy-to-use tool at an affordable price.

This model is highly efficient and convenient, featuring adjustable settings that allow you to control the flow rate to suit any task – whether it’s fertilizing, weed control, pest control, or cleaning outdoor furniture.

Furthermore, this hose end sprayer comes with an ergonomic design and comfortable trigger system that makes it easier to use for extended periods without causing strain on your hands.

When it comes to features, the RL Flomaster Chameleon really shines. It boasts a large bottle size of 32 ounces which can comfortably store enough material for larger projects; plus, its adjustable dial-based system allows users to easily adjust the mix ratio between chemicals and water without having to measure out ingredients each time. And, with its quick connect system, you can attach your standard garden hose in seconds.

In addition, this sprayer is designed with durability in mind; its exterior casing is made from durable plastic material which won’t get damaged if dropped or exposed to chemicals.

On top of being convenient and user-friendly, the RL Flomaster Chameleon offers solid performance even with thicker products (foam, fertilizers, etc.). And, the poly bottle stands up to pesticides and chemical mixtures well.

Its adjustable flow rate allows you to achieve better coverage with less effort when applying herbicides and fertilizers; plus, it can be used for cleaning outdoor furniture like patio sets or BBQ grills because you can add detergent and other cleaning agents directly into the solution for quick results (just remember to clean your hose-end sprayer between uses).

This hose end sprayer is an excellent value for money. Not only does it come with all of these great features but also at a very reasonable price – making it one of the best options on the market when it comes to keeping your home or garden looking its best!

Chapin International G390 – A Solid Little Workhorse

The Chapin International G390 hose end sprayer is an excellent choice for homeowners who just want the basics (that work!).

This model can be used for spraying herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers on lawns, as well as for cleaning outdoor furniture and is designed with convenience in mind, offering an ergonomic design and comfortable trigger system that make it easy to use for extended periods without causing strain on hands. Although this one is not adjustable (no dilution settings), it’s still a solid choice for those that are familiar with dilution/mixing and are just looking for a great sprayer. And, it’s spray fan covers a solid amount of lawn (or garden, or patio!) at once, allowing for efficient coverage when applying lawn care or other products.

The Chapin International G390 also boasts a sturdy construction that won’t get damaged if dropped or exposed to harsh chemicals. Additionally, its large container size of 32 ounces offers plenty of storage space so you don’t have to constantly measure out ingredients each time you need to mix up a solution. This feature is especially beneficial if you need to tackle larger jobs or projects that require more product.

All things considered, the Chapin International G390 hose end sprayer is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a powerful yet easy-to-use piece of equipment at an affordable price – making it one of the best options available when it comes to keeping your home or garden looking its best!


Overall, hose end sprayers are a great choice for homeowners looking to tackle larger jobs or projects that require more product. Whether you’re spraying herbicides/weed killer and fertilizers on your lawn, giving your garden a little boost of water in the Summer, cleaning outdoor furniture, or tackling any other lawn care task – there is an option out there that can help make the job easier and faster. Simply add your product to the reservoir, attach to your garden hose, and spray!

With features like adjustable flow rates, ergonomic designs, comfortable trigger systems and large container sizes – these types of products offer convenience without sacrificing performance!

So if you want your home or garden looking its best in no time at all then a hose end sprayer might be exactly what you need!

And, don’t forget, whenever it’s needed, our Lawn Serv subscription boxes include a free hose end sprayer!

Water and Your Lawn: Best Practices for Watering Your Lawn, Ways to Water Your Lawn and A Couple Of Our Favorite Products

When should I water my lawn? How should do it? How much should I water my lawn? Should I buy a sprinkler system? Or, should I just wait for the rain?

We answer all of your questions!

We all want a perfect lawn. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that go into getting that perfect lawn – some of which we can control, and others we can’t. One important element we can control is how we water the lawn.

In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips and tricks on the best way to water your lawn so that it is healthy and green all season long!

Need some extra help with your watering schedule, and want to make sure you’re watering correctly for all of the products you’re applying throughout the season? No problem! Check out the Lawn Serv Subscription plans–all of which include custom plans and support throughout the season!

Why does your lawn need to be watered?

Water is essential for keeping your lawn healthy and vibrant. Without regular hydration, grass will become dried out, patches can appear, and weeds can quickly overtake any unhealthy areas.

Even the hardiest of grasses needs water to survive the harsh summer temperatures and provide you with a lush green yard that you’ll be proud of. To survive the hot weather, your grass needs sufficient water in the root zone–where water absorption takes place. The extensive underground root system will soak up and “save” water when it rains in order to keep the plant alive. So, make sure to keep the soil moist when possible, and keep those grass roots healthy!

Depending on your climate, you should aim to water your lawn at least once per week, if not more frequently.

But, established and properly cared-for lawns can also survive weeks without water (by going dormant then recovering when rain returns). So, how do we figure out the right watering schedule? Read on to find out!

Planning ahead is key to making sure your lawn receives enough water, so consider investing in a sprinkler system or setting reminders on your calendar. Taking good care of your lawn may require extra effort now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later when you have an enviable outdoor living space.

The Different Ways You Can Water Your Lawn

There are a few ways to water your lawn, but it is important to know which methods are best for achieving optimal results.

Sprinklers provide a convenient and cost-effective way to deliver the needed amount of water evenly, however underground irrigation systems provide a more efficient method of delivery as they require less surface area and can reduce runoff loss. (One of our favorites: the Melnor Turbo Oscillating Sprinker)

One really cool addition to sprinklers is a sprinkler timer. These handy (and fairly inexpensive) gadgets will help to schedule watering (and some even help with water flow or sprinkler flow rate) so you can program the ideal time to water.

In ground sprinklers, or an irrigation system can provide coverage for an entire lawn. These systems usually consist of a network of sprinkler heads (installed with new lawns or can also be installed in an established lawn) connected through underground tubing, and a control system. The size and number of sprinkler heads usually depends on your lawn’s square footage. While a sprinkler system is significantly higher priced, it provides highly-efficient, proper watering for your lawn.

Hand-watering with a garden hose or soaker hose (a good quality garden hose–like these anti-kink ones–is critical for great lawn care!) is an effective way to control weeds and maximize soil penetration, while rain collected in barrels is an environmentally friendly choice that conserves water bills.

Ultimately, the best watering method will depend on your particular climate and soil type, so do some research to find what works best for you.

Rain Barrels: Why We Love Them

Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce your water bill.

They provide an environmentally friendly and efficient way to collect rainwater, which can then be used to water your lawn or garden.

Rain barrels can help save up to 1,300 gallons of water per year, depending on the size of the barrel and the amount of rainfall in your area. Not only do they decrease residential water consumption, but they also help with stormwater runoff by reducing erosion and flooding.

A rain barrel is easy to set up and can be connected directly to your downspout or gutter system. With a simple DIY setup, you can capture rainwater that would otherwise go to waste and use it for irrigation or other household needs instead.

Rain barrels are an excellent choice for any homeowner looking to save money (and, they don’t need to be super expensive–lots of good quality ones available) while helping the environment at the same time–and ultimately provide a great watering system!

Best Practices for Lawn Watering

Making sure your lawn has sufficient water (and, ultimately, soil moisture) is a vital part of any landscaping plan and can help you keep your grass healthy and green. However, it’s important not to overwater your lawn, as this could lead to disease and rot.

To ensure you get the best results when you water your lawn, there are a few easy steps to follow.

Firstly, if your soil has good drainage, try to water deeply but less frequently; this will encourage the roots of your grass to grow deeper. Secondly, make sure that you’re spreading the water evenly across your lawn; invest in a hose with an adjustable nozzle so you can adjust the pressure and spray pattern for maximum coverage.

If you have an area of heavy shade, try using mulch or a ground cover flower in that location; this will reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation and runoff.

Finally, don’t forget about aeration – it’s especially important for soil that hasn’t been aerated for some time since this will increase its ability to absorb water more efficiently.

With these practices in mind, you’ll be able to keep your lawn looking beautiful all year round!

How Much Should I Water My Lawn?

Established lawns should be watered until the top 6 to 8 inches of soil is wet. Most lawns need 1-1.5 inches of water per week, either from rain or watering. This amount can either be applied during a single session or divided into two sessions throughout the week. For the best results, try watering deeply once or twice instead of watering just a little each day.

One trick that sounds crazy but works well is to place a couple of tuna cans or cat food cans on your lawn when you’re watering. Once the tuna cans fill up with water, you’ve applied ~1 inch of water!

There are some exceptions to this rule, though. One particular example would be newly planted grass seed. When you are establishing a new lawn via grass seed, you should make sure the top inch of soil is moist pretty much at all times until your grass is really growing!

New grass/newly seeded lawns typically have a shallow root system, so generally needs more water to get established compared with more mature grass.

Another example would be freshly sodded lawns, which should be watered consistently until the root systems have had a chance to take hold permanently.

Ideally, you’re not trying to grow grass during the peak hot summer months, though, so this goal should be much easier in the Spring and Fall.

When Is the Best Time to Water My Lawn?

If the lawn is starting to wilt, or appears to be a dull green, it needs water!

One quick way to tell if your grass needs water is to pay close attention to what happens when you walk on it. If your footprints stay after you’ve walked off of the lawn, that means that the grass doesn’t have the moisture needed to spring back up. 

So, once you’ve decided your lawn needs water, what time during the day is best?

Watering in the early morning (before 10am) is best for absorption by grass roots, while watering between 4 and 6pm allows blades time to dry before nightfall. But, be careful not to water too late (and never water your grass overnight)–late evening watering increases chances of disease becoming prevalent in your lawn.

Why You Shouldn’t Overwater Your Lawn

It’s easy to want to give your lawn that extra bit of TLC, but in the process of being overprotective, you could be doing more harm than good. It’s kind of like Goldilocks–you need just the right amount of water!

You may not realize it, but overwatering your lawn can result in a number of issues.

Firstly, it is increasingly likely that you will end up with patches and clumping of the grass, causing an uneven or spongy texture.

Additionally, when watered too much you can promote many different kinds of lawn diseases, which generates a number of lawn problems (and lots of wasted water).

Therefore, it is recommended to stick to consistent practices with regards to lawn watering so you can keep your garden looking vibrant and healthy!

Tips for Conserving Water When You Water Your Lawn

Saving water is essential for protecting the environment, and when it comes to watering your lawn, there are several easy steps you can take to conserve this vital resource.

You should always avoid watering during the hottest parts of the day, as much of the water will be lost to evaporation and won’t benefit your lawn. Instead, plan on watering early in the morning or late at night.

Additionally, choose a setting that is gentle enough to help prevent runoff while still providing moisture – anything more than a light misting is likely to wet areas too heavily.

Finally, don’t forget that natural rainfall also counts towards your lawn’s water needs! Incorporating these tips into your watering routine will ensure you use less water while still keeping your lawn healthy and green.

Some of Our Favorite Products to Help with Lawn Care

Taking care of your lawn can be a lot easier when you have the right tools for the job. From specialty sprinklers to nutrient-rich soil, there’s something for every homeowner.

Here we review some of our favorite products that make lawn care a breeze. For an effective way to disperse water evenly throughout your lawn, special hose attachment sprinklers are essential.

Fertilizers and soil nutriments are great for helping your lawn reach its full potential, ensuring it stays healthy all year round.

Finally, for those hard-to-reach places, get yourself a high-powered pressure washer to give your grass the deep clean it deserves. We hope these products help you with any lawn care project!

A healthy lawn is a beautiful lawn. And while it may take some extra effort on your part to ensure that it stays green and gorgeous all season long, it will be worth it in the end!

By following the tips in this blog post, you’ll be well on your way to having a lush, full lawn that you can be proud of – and that your neighbors will definitely envy.

Watering your lawn doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming – just follow our simple tips and you’ll see great results and a beautiful green lawn in no time.

Trust us, your lawn will thank you for it!

The Ultimate Guide to Crabgrass: What is Crabgrass, How Can I Prevent Crabgrass, and How Can I Get Rid of Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is one of the most common lawn weeds in America. It’s a tenacious plant that can be difficult to get rid of once it gets started. Knowing how to identify crabgrass and how to prevent it from getting a foothold in your lawn is the best way to keep your yard looking its best.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about crabgrass, from what it is and how it grows, to the best ways to get rid of it.

By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll be an expert on this pesky weed (but, don’t worry, if you still need help, our Lawn Serv Subscription Plans include crabgrass control–we’re here to help)!

What is crabgrass and why does it grow in my lawn?

Summer lawn maintenance begins in the spring and an important consideration when preparing your lawn is pre-emergent weed control.

In fact, while the temperature does impact plant growth, it’s really the soil temperature that you need to watch out for, as this determines weed seed germination.

If you can apply your pre-emergent weed control at the right time, most products on the market work extremely well against crabgrass (and broadleaf weeds too!). If you’re looking for a lawn that’s free of weeds, controlling crabgrass early is critical.

Crabgrass reproduces through underground stems and seed heads that are spread by the wind, making it incredibly difficult to remove without pre-emergent weed control strategies.

Crabgrass spreads easily and quickly–each of the individual crabgrass plants in your lawn can generate 150,000 crabgrass seeds!

Each of these crabgrass seeds can then spread, turn into a crabgrass plant, and the cycle continues throughout the growing season! Crabgrass grows vigorously in the summer and can quickly choke out other vegetation, which can hurt your good grass’ ability to survive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent and treat crabgrass infestations through lawn maintenance techniques such as overseeding, proper mowing height and soil aeration.

Taking preventive steps early in the spring will go a long way towards achieving a luscious lawn come summertime!

How do I know if I Have Crabgrass In My Lawn? How to Identify Crabgrass

Crabgrass (Digitaria) is a tough, low-growing annual weed with many stems. It has a procumbent growth habit and eludes mower blades when lawns are cut. Its stalk that bears flowers and seeds is very tough and can withstand foot traffic in high-traffic areas, so it is a very durable plant!

Crabgrass looks like coarse light green clumps of grass with sprawling stems resembling the legs of a crab; it may be mistaken for fescue grass but color and size serve as good differentiators to recognize it accurately.

Young crabgrass blades have the thickness of a pencil while older ones get heavy, fall, become scraggly, displaying star-shaped patterns in the middle.

Types of Crabgrass

There are two types of crabgrass species: hairy and smooth.

Hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the most commonly found type in North America, and its dark green leaves have a rough, bristly texture.

It grows in clumps and can reach heights of up to 8 inches when mature. Its seed heads are usually reddish-brown or purplish in color and grow on the end of long stalks, which makes it relatively easy to identify.

Smooth crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) has much finer hair than its hairy cousin, and its leaves tend to be lighter in color with a smooth texture.

It also tends to grow lower to the ground than hairy crabgrass, reaching only about 2 inches at maturity. Unlike large or hairy crabgrass, it does not produce seed heads; instead, it reproduces through underground stems called rhizomes which spread outward quickly and make eradication difficult once established.

Both types of crabgrass thrive in dryer environments with full sun exposure and require pre-emergent weed control strategies for effective management.

Proper mowing height, overseeding, aerating the soil, and spot treatment with herbicides are all important steps that should be taken in order to prevent or control an infestation of this pesky weed.

How can I prevent crabgrass from growing in my lawn?

Lawns are susceptible to crabgrass invasions each year, but fortunately there are measures you can take to help prevent it from taking over, including chemical controls and prevention.

The most beneficial pre-emergent step you can take is applying pre-emergent weed control during the optimum time in which crabgrass begins germinating. Depending on the climate, this window of opportunity occurs anytime between late winter and early spring when soil temperatures start to warm up. When soil temperatures start to reach ~55°F for four to five days, that’s when crabgrass seedlings really start to wake up and grow, so this is the ideal time to prevent a crabgrass infestation. For most cool season grasses, seeds germinate around March/April, while warm-season grasses (such as St. Augustine grass) may even see these soil temperatures all year round.

Additionally, keeping an eye on your soil temperatures (early summer and spring in particular) can help reduce the spread of dry crabgrass seeds in your yard and maintain a lush lawn all season long.

With proper pre-emergent care, you can protect your yard from crabgrass and keep your lawn looking its best all summer long.

How can I get rid of crabgrass that’s already growing in my lawn?

If you have crabgrass growing in your lawn, it is definitely time to take action!

Hand-pulling crabgrass

Full-lawn weed control application

One of the best ways to get rid of this pesky weed is to use a ready-to-spray product that won’t harm or kill the grass around it. And, this is likely the most effective way to kill crabgrass while also preventing it from setting seed (very important for control!).

In this case, post-emergent herbicides are used. These come in two types: selective and non-selective.

Ready-to-Spray products come in several varieties, but there are some effective products that tackle both crabgrass and other weeds (one of our favorites: Ortho WeedClear Lawn Weed Killer)

Selective herbicides target specific weeds or plant categories, while non-selective kill all plants, including those you might want to keep (non-selective herbicides kill all plants, so these products are usually used on patios, driveways, etc. and not really on lawns unless they are REALLY infested with weeds!). If you have any other plants in the area that you want to keep, a selective post-emergent herbicide should be chosen that targets crabgrass specifically.

Spot-treatment for crabgrass elimination

When spot treating, be sure to carefully spray the leaves and stems of the crabgrass and nothing else. For smaller lawns, there are effective products that come in spray bottles, so they are very easy to apply. But, for larger lawns, you may want to look for an effective concentrate product. Reapplication may be necessary if you are dealing with a particularly stubborn patch.

Additionally, regularly controlling weeds when they first appear can help to reduce future outbreaks of crabgrass. Taking these steps will help keep your lawn free of crabgrass so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn all season long!

Importantly, once crabgrass dies, it’s important that you remove the dead crabgrass–other weeds thrive in thick thatch buildup!

Maintain a healthy lawn

Maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to prevent weeds, like crabgrass, from invading. Regularly mowing the grass to the correct height, overseeding thin patches with new grass seed, and aerating to improve root development can help create an environment that is less hospitable for weed growth.

Furthermore, applying pre-emergent herbicides at the appropriate time of year can help reduce the spread of weed seeds and protect your lawn from an infestation. Spot treatments are also effective in eliminating existing crabgrass (and other weeds), but must be done carefully so as not to harm any surrounding desirable plants or grasses.

Regular maintenance is the key: regularly controlling weeds when they first appear can greatly help reduce future outbreaks of crabgrass.

Taking these steps will ensure that your lawn is kept healthy and free of invasive weed growth throughout the season by blocking their initial germination process before it even starts. When taking care of your lawn, be sure to avoid over fertilizing or over watering; both can cause excessive weed germination and unhealthy conditions for grass growth.

With proper maintenance and care, you should have a lush green lawn all season long!

Should I be concerned about crabgrass, or is it just a nuisance weed?

If the question is whether you should be concerned about crabgrass, the answer is a resounding yes! Crabgrass can quickly take over your lawn, smothering beneficial grass species and creating an unsightly weed patch. The roots of crabgrass can reach depths of 12 inches, meaning it’s difficult to uprooted without significant effort – it can even spread from one lawn to another.

However, with timely and effective management techniques, such as pre-emergence herbicides, careful soil maintenance and proper mowing schedules, you can effectively manage crabgrass and prevent it from taking over your lawn. Additionally, more tolerant turfgrass species are available for those wanting a more low-maintenance option when it comes to avoiding crabgrass outbreaks. With some simple tips and preventive measures in mind, you can avoid being overrun by unwanted weeds like crabgrass.

Crabgrass prevention tips for next year

Taking preventative steps to limit the growth of crabgrass in your yard next year can save you time and energy fighting an onslaught of this pesky weed. One of the best ways to start is by taking care of your lawn throughout the growing season. Regular tasks such as cutting, aerating, and fertilizing will keep your grass healthy and strong, presenting a tougher barrier for crabgrass to penetrate. It’s also important to mow at the proper height – short enough for a neat appearance but not too short that you’re weakening or scalping the grass itself. Regularly check on any areas of your lawn that may be susceptible to bare soil exposure or standing water; these areas are commonly prime spots for crabgrass to sprout. Finally, apply a pre-emergent fertilizer early in the season – doing this before you see signs of trouble can help to ward off potential crabgrass down the line.

The bottom line on crabgrass

When it comes to crabgrass, the bottom line is that prevention is key. Taking preventative steps such as overseeding your lawn and maintaining a healthy soil pH level can go a long way to helping reduce the chances of an infestation. If you are dealing with existing crabgrass, prompt action is important in order to reduce its spread. Applying an herbicide approved for use on lawns may be necessary to help control the growth, but if not done properly it could also damage your grass. So get informed on the best options available and decide what will work best for you and your lawn before taking action.

Crabgrass is a problem for many homeowners because it’s unsightly and difficult to get rid of. But by following the tips in this article, you can keep crabgrass out of your lawn and have a beautiful yard that you can be proud of. Thanks for reading!

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Your Guide to the Top Backyard and Lawn Games (with Bonus Beach Games!)

Looking to up your lawn game this summer? (Pun very much intended.) You’ve come to the right place!

In this guide, we’ll show you the top 10 lawn and backyard games that will have your friends and family enjoying the fresh air and entertained for hours on end. And if you’re heading to the beach instead of the backyard this summer, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered there too with some bonus beach game recommendations.

We have selected all of the games below based on several key factors, including price point (you don’t need to spend a ton to have fun!), and have chosen games that should be easily portable for easy transportation to a friend’s house (or the beach), enjoyable for adults and kids alike, and able to be played in a group (two to four player game, or even one on one).

So what are you waiting for? Start reading and get ready to level up your outdoor fun with the best lawn games!


Croquet is a classic backyard lawn games that brings forth a sense of summer fun and enjoyment. Whether played on beautiful grass or a flat, manicured lawn, croquet can be great entertainment over the summer months. The main requirements for a good game of croquet are high-quality balls and mallets and hoops set up with an even spacing. But, these don’t have to come with a steep price tag. In fact, you can get a great quality set for a very reasonable price (here is one of our favorites).

The game itself is quite simple to learn and follows basic rules of knocking your opponent’s ball out and getting yours through the hoops in succession. Easy for anyone to learn, so your guests can show off their skills on your beautiful green grass!

Bocce ball

Bocce is another of the classic lawn games that will energize any outdoor gathering with friends and family. It’s a fun and easy game to play, requiring only basic equipment — generally just bocce balls and a court layout.

Two lawn bowls players, men standing discussing the game, and a clutch of lawn bowls on the playing surface.

When shopping for the perfect bocce ball set, players should consider several elements: size, weight, marking style, material, carrying case, and color personalization options.

Properly weighted balls will produce the most consistent rolls over various topographies of terrain. Bigger-sized balls can also be great for playing either outdoors or indoors.

A great bocce ball set can be purchased for under $40 (here’s one of our favorites; also comes with a canvas carrying case)!


Badminton is a great backyard game that can bring a lot of fun and excitement to any outdoor gathering. It’s easy to learn, and you don’t need a lot of extra equipment, just racquets, one or two shuttlecocks, the net, and some space.

When it comes to buying a set for your own backyard, consider how much space you have and how many players will be playing. There are two-player sets available if space is at a premium or if there will only be two people playing. However, four-player sets are also out there with larger nets which can accommodate more people and provide greater room for play.

Make sure to choose good quality racquets as they must be strong enough both to hold up during play and when handling smashes. For shuttlecocks, look for ones made from durable materials like feathers or plastic so they won’t break after being used over time – plastic may last longer but feathers will bring better accuracy in flight.

Getting a good net is recommended. And, there are a number of combo nets available on the market. Our favorite net recommendation doubles as both a badminton net and a pickleball net.

You’re now ready to pick up a great badminton set and start playing!

Ladder ball (aka Ladder Toss)

Ladder ball (aka Ladder Toss) is the perfect game for any backyard gathering. The equipment is easy to set up, only requiring two stands with a connecting ladder and three bolas per team.

Ladder Toss also has different levels of difficulty, allowing you to adjust for your audience’s skill level by increasing or decreasing the distance between stands.

No matter how competitive players are, lad­der bal­l offers tons of fun without requiring significant physical effort – so anyone (even the kids!) can join in the fun!

Kan Jam

KanJam is an exciting and physically active team game that can fit into even the most compact of backyards. In this game, two teams of two players each line up on opposite sides of a goal and take turns throwing frisbee-like discs in an attempt to land them in the goal. The first team to get to whatever score you choose (ahead of time of course) wins!

The trick to mastering this game is learning to use the angled surfaces of the goals to earn points and gain an edge over your opponents! However, it’s not just about technical skill; since Kan Jam requires good communication between team members, it’s also a great way to have fun with friends or family while enjoying some friendly competition! With a bit of practice, you’ll be an ace Kan Jam master in no time.

Cornhole (aka Bean Bag Toss)

Cornhole, otherwise known as bean bag toss, is a classic backyard lawn game that people of all ages can enjoy. It doesn’t take much to get started–all you need is a cornhole set and some friends (usually four players) ready to play!

Whether you want a laid-back afternoon of fun or an exciting tournament with prizes, cornhole has something to offer everyone.


Spikeball is a fast-paced team game that requires skill, strategy and cooperation. It consists of two teams of two players each, who take opposite sides of a net and aim to hit the ball off the net with their hands or feet. The goal is to keep the ball in play as long as possible while trying to make it difficult for the other team to return it.

This game is great for players of all ages and skill levels, as it can be tailored to fit any specific playing style or level of ability. It also encourages teamwork and communication, as players must make quick decisions on how best to return the ball in order to gain an advantage over their opponents.

With practice, Spikeball can become an incredibly competitive game that will bring hours of fun and entertainment for everyone involved!

Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga is an exciting and challenging game that is perfect for any outdoor gathering or party. The outdoor game requires 54 wooden blocks, each measuring 7.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, which are stacked to create a tower 18 levels high. Players must then take turns carefully removing one block from the stack without toppling it over.

As the game progresses, the tower becomes increasingly unstable and harder to manage, adding to its suspenseful nature. Not only does this game require skill and concentration, but it also encourages team work, as all players must collaborate in order to keep the tower standing.

With its easy-to-learn rules and frenetic pace, Giant Jenga is sure to bring hours of fun and laughter to any event!

Giant Connect 4

Giant Connect 4 is a classic game that is great for parties, family gatherings or just some fun with friends. This exciting game involves two players taking turns dropping their colored discs into the top of the giant grid. The goal is to get four of your discs in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally before your opponent can do the same. The first player to get 4 in a row wins!

The large size of the game adds an extra layer of excitement as players watch their discs cascade down the grid to ultimately reach its base. Games can be as short or long as desired and are often played in a tournament style with multiple rounds, giving everyone plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. What’s more, Giant Connect 4 is easy for people of any age or skill level to play!

With its simple rules and fast paced action, this game offers hours of enjoyable entertainment – making it a perfect addition to any yard occasion.

Polish Horseshoes (aka Pole-ish Horshoes, aka Beersbee, aka Bottle Bash)

Polish horseshoes is a fun game for all ages that involves both skill and strategy. Players take turns throwing a frisbee at a distant plastic or metal stake (or pole–hence the name “pole-ish” horseshoes!) with a bottle or cup balancing on top of the stake, attempting to knock the bottle off.

The scoring system is based on how many points are earned each turn, with higher points awarded if the horseshoe lands closer to the stake than an opponent’s throw.

It usually takes around 20 minutes for a game to conclude, so you can easily get all of your guests involved.

Bonus Beach Fun: Classic Toss-and-Catch and Beach Volleyball

Volleyball is an exciting and popular outdoor game that can be played almost anywhere. It combines elements of skill, strategy, and teamwork, making it an ideal choice for parties, family gatherings, or just some fun with friends out in the yard. And, it’s a super easy game to set up at the beach or park, so make sure to pack your set next time you’re heading out!

Due to its easy setup requirements and ruleset which accommodates all skill levels, beach volleyball has become a favorite game amongst outdoor enthusiasts across all age groups.

Whether you’re looking for something to do on your next trip to the beach or simply wanting to have some friendly competition between family members or friends out in the yard – beach volleyball is sure to provide hours of entertainment!

Beach Toss and Catch Velcro is a fun, classic game that is perfect for any beach or outdoor gathering.

Ideal for younger kids, there are many variations and ways to play catch–or even play a quick game of velcro baseball! And, what a great way for the kids to build hand eye coordination! Easy to learn, requires no preparation and super easy to toss in the beach bag to carry to the beach.

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The Ultimate Guide to Lawn Mowing: Best Practices for Getting that Perfect Lawn

You know the drill: every Saturday morning, you wake up early, driven by the ambition to get your lawn looking pristine.

But somehow, no matter how much time and effort you put in, it never quite looks perfect. If only there was a foolproof guide to lawn mowing! Well, good news: we’ve got the ultimate guide to getting that perfect lawn. Follow our best practices and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a master of lawn care. Let’s get started!

The importance of lawn mowing

Lawn mowing is an important task for healthy lawns. Regularly mowing your lawn helps to keep grass healthy and strong, preventing disease and discouraging weed growth. Keeping a consistent schedule of mowing and trimming the edges of the lawn is essential to ensure healthy grass that can withstand the elements and drought. Not only will your lawn look better from regular mowing, but it will also be healthier as well!

Plus, regular mowing greatly reduces the need for treatments and fertilizers. So get out there with your lawnmower and keep your grass healthy!

Best practices for lawn mowing

Mowing your lawn can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Following some basic best practices will ensure your lawn looks great while keeping maintenance easy.

Start by ensuring that you are mowing with the right height setting for your grass – too short can shock and damage your lawn, while too tall can lead to an overgrown look. Additionally, mix up the pattern of your mowing each time – aim for straight lines one week and diagonal or circular lines the next, as this helps even out wear on the grass blades.

Finally, don’t scalp any bare patches in the lawn as mowing them too short can prevent growth of new blades and make it more difficult to regrow them. By following these tips you’ll soon have a beautiful lush lawn without all the hassle!

The different types of lawn mowers

Finding the right lawn mower depends on a few factors, including the size of your yard and your budget. There are several types to choose from, with each one having its own unique advantages.

For larger yards, a riding lawn mower is the perfect choice as it allows you to cover more ground quickly without getting tired.

On the other hand, if your yard size is smaller, opt for a manual push mower or even an electric cordless mower that is convenient and quiet to use.

When considering budget options, you may also want to consider a classic reel mower or push mower that requires little maintenance or cost.

(Note: while we love the dedication to using the above classic reel mower, we would never suggest mowing the lawn without full protective equipment, including long pants!)

Robotic lawn mowers are a great way to reduce the amount of time spent on lawn care tasks. With robotic mowers, you can set a schedule for the device to mow your lawn at certain times and it will do so automatically, reducing the need for manual labor.

Robotic mowers use sensors to detect obstacles, allowing them to navigate around furniture or other objects in their path. Additionally, these devices are able to cut grass more efficiently than manual or riding mowers due to their smaller size and ability to move at optimal speeds. The blades are also adjustable, allowing you to customize the height of your grass and create more even cuts that make it look professionally-maintained.

Best of all, robotic mowers come with a variety of features like rain sensors and anti-theft systems that add convenience and security when using them. They may be slightly more expensive than other types of lawnmowers initially but in the long run they can save time, energy and money by eliminating the need for frequent maintenance and refueling costs.

Ultimately, you should base your decision on what works best for you and your needs.

Electric vs. Gas-Powered Lawn Mowers: Which Is Better?

The growth of electric lawn mowers has been a significant development in the world of lawn care. They provide a convenient and eco-friendly way to keep your lawn looking pristine without having to worry about the noise and emissions associated with traditional gas-powered mowers.

Electric mowers run on either battery or corded power, meaning you have the flexibility to choose whichever suits your needs and budget.

Battery-powered models are becoming increasingly popular due to their lightweight design, low maintenance requirements, and quieter operation than gas-powered models.

Furthermore, electric mowers come in various sizes and are suitable for small yards as well as large ones – perfect for those who want an effortless solution for keeping their grass trim.

Electric mowers also boast improved safety features such as automatic cutoffs when the motor is running too hot or if it detects something in its path.

Additionally, many models come with adjustable cutting heights allowing for maximum control over how short or long you want your grass to be. Some even offer mulching capabilities that break up clippings into smaller pieces which can then be used as fertilizer for your lawn. This not only helps keep your lawn healthy but also reduces the amount of time it takes to clean up after mowing.

Overall, electric lawn mowers provide a number of advantages compared to traditional gas powered models – from convenience and cost effectiveness to improved safety features and environmental friendliness.

With all these benefits combined, it’s no wonder why so many people are switching over to electric options!

How to choose the right lawn mower for your needs

Choosing the right lawn mower for your needs is an important part of maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn. There are several factors to consider when selecting one that is right for you, such as size and terrain of your yard, storage space and persistance to weather elements. You should also consider the cutting width, power source, and ease of operation.

If you have uneven ground or lots of obstacles in your lawn, you may want to consider an all-wheel drive or riding model grass cutter. For those with smaller yards, a cordless electric or manual push mower should be sufficient.

Once you have identified the perfect mower for your home, don’t forget to pay attention to their ongoing care and maintenance—the better you take care of it the longer it will last!

Grass Clippings: Should I Bag Them Up, or Mulch Them on My Yard?

When it comes to grass clippings, the decision whether to bag them up or mulch them on your yard is an important one that can have a significant impact on your lawn’s health.

Mulching your grass clippings is generally the better option when compared to bagging them up and disposing of them.

This is due to their high nutrient content, which can be reabsorbed into your soil and help provide key nutrients for healthy grass growth. In addition, mulching the clippings also reduces the amount of time needed for lawn clean up, as well as being much more environmentally friendly than throwing them away.

When mulching grass clippings, however, it is important to keep a few things in mind in order to ensure that you get optimal results. First and foremost, it is important to make sure that the mower blades are sharp so as not to leave long strands of cut grass behind that could form mats and block out sunlight.

Also, because grass clippings can reduce evaporation and moisture levels in the soil if left too thickly, they should generally be spread evenly over the lawn rather than concentrated in one area.

Finally, you should avoid mowing wet areas or leaving wet clippings behind on uneven terrain as this can cause disease buildup or create slippery conditions. In conclusion, mulching your grass clippings rather than bagging them up not only helps save time during lawn clean up but also provides essential nutrients for healthy growth of your grass.

To get the best results from mulching your lawn clippings however, it is important to keep a few key points in mind such as using sharp blades on your mower and avoiding overly wet areas when cutting. Doing so will help ensure that you get maximum benefits from reabsorbing these valuable nutrients while keeping your yard looking its best!

Lawn mowing tips and tricks

Lawn mowing is a time-consuming and oftentimes annoying task, but there are several tricks and tips that have been developed over the years can make it much easier. For example, you should always start in different corners of your yard to create an even cut when going back and forth across the lawn.

Additionally, try to keep the mower at a constant speed. This will cut down on random patches, as keeping an even and steady speed ensures an even coat over the entire surface. Finally, don’t forget to sharpen or replace your blade every so often; it will increase your mower’s performance while also preventing dull blades from damaging your lawn’s grass.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to give yourself a manicured lawn with relatively effortless ease!

The good news is, regular mowing is a lot simpler than you might think! Begin by ensuring you have the right equipment for the job – this means selecting an appropriately sized and powerful mower for the size of your lawn. During mowing, make sure to wear proper footwear and protective eye-gear, use the appropriate extension cord if using an electric mower, and ensure children remain away from the area while work is being done.

Lastly, sharpen blades every few months to ensure a smooth finish and remember to follow local ordinances regarding length (which very depending on region). With these tips, you’ll have a healthy and beautiful lawn in no time!

Mowing the lawn can be a chore, but it can also be a way to get some fresh air and enjoy your lawn even more. Keep these tips in mind for maintaining the perfect lawn: consider mowing frequency, cutting height, type of mower, and blade sharpness.

And if you’re feeling adventuresome, try some fun tricks like changing speeds and patterns while mowing.

We hope this blog post has answered some of your questions about lawn mowing and help you choose the right lawnmower for you that will do the job both quickly and effectively. If there are any specific reviews you’d like us to put together on certain types or brands of lawnmowers, let us know – we’re here to serve as your guide through everything related to lawn care!

Rake Your Way to a Cleaner Yard: Simple Tips for Minimizing Fall Leaf Cleanup

Fall is here, and that means beautiful foliage. But it also means the dreaded fall leaf cleanup task on our lawns! Don’t let the worry of clearing your yard keep you from enjoying all that nature has to offer this season.

Whether you have a small garden or a sprawling estate, with some proper planning and a few simple tips, you can make raking leaves quick, easy, and even enjoyable! In this post we’ll share our best advice for minimizing time-consuming leaf removal while still keeping your property looking neat and tidy – so clear some space in your afternoon schedule because less work awaits.

Getting ready for yard work is key

The best way to prepare for yard work is to make sure you have all of the necessary supplies ready to go. This includes things like rakes, leaf scoops, wheelbarrow, lawn/leaf bags, and a good pair of gloves. It’s also important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, and to make sure you have plenty of water available.

Once you have all of your supplies ready, it’s time to start getting to work. The first step is usually to rake up any leaves or debris that is lying on the ground. You can then either shovel it into a wheelbarrow or lawn/leaf bags to take somewhere else, or pile it up and mow over it.

After your leaves have all been removed, this is also a great time for cutting the grass and even trimming any bushes or trees that need it. Finally, if there are any other tasks that need to be done such as weeding or planting flowers, now is the time to do them. Just take your time and don’t worry about rushing–try to enjoy your time in your yard!

Leaf cleanup can be a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it in order to keep your yard looking neat and tidy. By following these simple tips, you can make the process a lot easier and faster.

Leaf cleanup can be a daunting task, but it’s much easier if you’re prepared. Make sure you have the necessary tools on hand before you start, including a rake and/or leaf blower, and garbage or lawn/leaf bags.

If you have children (or pets!), make sure they’re also prepared to help out or will be able to stay out of the way while you’re working (especially with any potentially sharp or dangerous tools). Assign them specific tasks, like picking up leaves with the rake or holding the garbage bag while you blow leaves into it.

Once you have all of your supplies ready, start by raking the leaves into one central area. Then use the leaf blower to blow them into large piles. Finally, gather up the piles into bags or your wheelbarrow for removal/disposal.

Start raking at the edges of your lawn

The best way to start raking your lawn is by starting at the edges and working your way in. This will help you avoid having to go over the same spots multiple times. Make sure to rake in the opposite direction of the way your grass grows, so that you can get rid of all the dead leaves and other debris. Once you’re done, your lawn will already be looking a lot better!

Start by clearing away any leaves or debris around the edges of your property. This will help keep your main yard clean and tidy while you work on the leaves.

Leaves are falling from the trees and piling up on the ground. Leaves can be a nuisance, but they’re also a natural part of Fall. By taking a little bit of time to clear them away, you can keep your property looking neat and tidy. Not to mention, leaves can be a hassle if they’re left to pile up. They can create slippery surfaces, make it difficult to walk around your yard, and even attract unwanted pests.

The best way to clear away leaves is by using a rake. Start by gathering all of the leaves into one pile. Then, use the rake to gather them up and move them away from your property. Be sure to take them far enough away that they won’t blow back onto your yard. You may also want to consider using a leaf blower to help speed up the process.

Use the right rake!

Rakes come in a variety of sizes, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. If you’re working in a small garden, for example, you’ll probably want a smaller rake with fewer tines. If you’re doing yard work on a large property, on the other hand, you’ll need a larger rake with more tines.

No matter what size rake you choose, it’s important to use proper form when raking. Hold the rake with both hands, and use your arms and shoulders to power the motion. Don’t try to do all the work with your wrists or your back – this will quickly tire you out. Raking is actually a pretty good workout, so take your time and enjoy the fresh air while you get some exercise!

Get some help from a leaf blower

Leaf blowers are a great way to quickly clean up your yard. They move a lot of air and can easily move leaves and other debris. This makes them a great tool for cleaning up your yard before winter sets in. Not only can they move debris, but they can also help to dry wet surfaces. If you have a leaf blower, it will be a big help as you clean up your yard before the cold weather arrives.

If you have a lot of leaves to remove, using a leaf blower can speed up the process significantly. Start by blowing the leaves into piles; some leaf blowers even include a vacuum feature to collect the leaves into bags and even mulching ability!

Leaf blowers can be incredibly helpful tools for quickly removing leaves from your property. By blowing the leaves into piles, you can then easily vacuum them up with your leaf blower (if it has this feature). This can speed up the leaf removal process significantly and make it much less labor intensive. If you have a lot of leaves to remove, using a leaf blower is definitely the way to go.

Bag up your leaves

Leaves provide important nutrients to the soil as they decompose, so you may want to consider mulching them, or even using them to create a compost pile. If you have a compost bin, you can also compost the leaves – just make sure that they’re chopped up into small pieces first.

Once they’re all in one place, you can either bag them up or use a mulching mower to chop them up and return them to the soil.

But, if you are going to remove all of the leaves entirely, lawn/leaf bags are a great choice.

Once you’ve removed all the leaves from your yard, bag them up and take them to the nearest waste collection or compost bin.

Keep your lawn and tools clean

Maintaining a clean lawn and tools is important for two reasons. First, it helps you maintain a healthy lawn by preventing the spread of disease and pests. Second, it makes your tools last longer. If you allow dirt and debris to build up on your tools, it can cause them to rust or become damaged.

To keep your tools clean, you should wipe them down with a damp cloth after each use. This will help prevent dirt and debris from building up on them, and will give you years of use!

Once you’re done, take a few minutes to tidy up any remaining debris – this will make your yard look neat and tidy for the rest of Fall.

Fall is a great time of year to take a little time to clean up your yard, and raking up your leaves is a great place to start. Once the leaves are cleaned up, your yard will look neat and tidy for the rest of Fall … and once you’re done, you can sit back and enjoy all the beauty that fall has to offer! For more great tips on keeping your yard clean and clutter-free, be sure to check out our blog.

Unlock the Secrets of a Lush Green Lawn: Learn the Best Practices for Fertilizing Your Yard

Creating a healthy and beautiful lawn starts with understanding how to properly fertilize it. No matter if you’re just starting out in landscaping or if you’ve been keeping up with the excellent care of your yard for years, knowing what type of fertilizer to use and when is essential for lush green grass all year round.

Unlocking the secrets behind achieving a flourishing lawn only takes learning some simple best practices that will make fertilizing as easy as one-two-three – here are our top tips!

Introduction: What is Fertilizing and Why Is It Important?

Fertilizing is the process of adding essential nutrients to soil in order to enhance its fertility and promote healthy plant (grass) growth. This practice is vitally important because it helps replenish lost nutrient levels in the soil due to soil erosion, leaching, and crop removal.

Additionally, fertilizing can be used to address deficiencies that naturally occur in soils such as a lack of nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium. These three nutrients are vital for plant health and growth; without them, plants cannot grow properly.

Fertilizing also helps plants resist disease and pests as well as improve yields.

As a result, using organic fertilizers as much as possibly is generally preferred over traditional fertilizers since they are more sustainable and produce great results!

Organic fertilizers help improve soil structure, which allows water and air to penetrate deeper into the soil and can result in better root development for plants. Furthermore, organic fertilizer releases slowly over time providing consistent nourishment for crops throughout their growing season.

By using the right fertilizer approach–including the right product, right timing, right application, and right program–your lawn will be beautiful all year long!

Let’s take a quick step back … do I even need fertilizer on my lawn??

Great question! One of the reasons we started Lawn Serv was to ensure that lawn care was super easy and–most of all–super efficient! Meaning, we wanted to make sure that America’s lawns were getting exactly what they needed, and only that! Some lawns need lots of love, including high-quality lawn foods/fertilizers, nutrients and amendments. Some don’t. But, the only way to tell is to do a high-quality, comprehensive soil test (note: all of our Lawn Serv subscription plans include free soil testing!).

Once you have the results of your soil test, it will be very clear what kinds of love your specific lawn needs!

What Type of Fertilizer Should I Use for My Lawn?

Fertilizers are an essential part of gardening and landscaping. They help to ensure that plants and turf receive the nutrients they need to thrive. However, it is important to understand the different types of fertilizers available and when to use them in order to get the best results.

And, when it comes to taking care of your lawn, choosing the right type of fertilizer is an important part of keeping your grass healthy. Depending on the type and condition of your soil, certain types of fertilizer will be more beneficial than others. Knowing which type to use can help ensure that you are providing the best possible nutrition for your grass.

Different Types of Fertilizers and When to Use Them

Organic fertilizers are made from natural sources such as bone meal, fish emulsion, manure and compost.

Organic fertilizers provide essential nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that help plants grow. They also gradually release their nutrients over time, meaning they don’t need to be applied as often as chemical-based fertilizers.

Organic fertilizers slowly release nutrients over time, helping to build up healthy soil that can continue to nurture plants long-term.

Organic fertilizer is often used when establishing a new garden or lawn or as a supplement in established gardens throughout the growing season.

By using organic fertilizers, you can also help improve the soil structure and add vital organic matter to your lawn that helps retain moisture and promote healthy growth.

Synthetic or chemical-based fertilizers are a blend of minerals and other chemicals that provide fast-acting nutrients in a concentrated form. Chemical-based fertilizers may provide quick results but it is important to make sure you only use them according to the instructions on the package.

Synthetic fertilizers are chemical compounds made up of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These minerals help promote plant growth while also providing essential nutrients like calcium and magnesium. Synthetic fertilizer is quick-acting and helps plants reach peak performance more quickly than organic methods do, making it ideal for large-scale commercial operations or fast-growing crops like vegetables and fruits.

For optimal results in most cases it is best to combine both organic and synthetic fertilizers into your lawn care program.

This allows you to take advantage of both types of fertilizer’s benefits while avoiding some of their drawbacks.

Additionally, this approach can give you a better understanding of how much fertilizer should be applied per area in order to get the desired results without causing any damage or negative consequences for your lawn landscape or environment.

Finally, the time of year matters when deciding on how much fertilizer should be used as well. During periods when there is more active growth – usually during spring and fall – more fertilization is needed due to increased nutrient demand in order for plants to thrive properly. During summer months and periods with less active growth, less fertilization is necessary as there are fewer nutrients being used by plants at these times.

Slow-release fertilizers are a combination of both synthetic and organic ingredients that release nutrients into the soil at a gradual rate over several weeks or months. This method helps reduce nutrient runoff which can contribute to water pollution and allows plants to take in more nutrients without being overwhelmed by too much all at once. Slow-release fertilizers are often used in container gardens or with ornamental plants like trees and shrubs where stability is crucial for long-term health.

Liquid fertilizers provide an immediate boost for young seedlings or plants coming out of dormancy but can be washed away easily if not properly secured with mulch or other ground cover material. They may also be applied directly onto foliage where they will absorb quickly but require accurate application rates since they don’t last very long in the soil before needing reapplication.

Knowing what type of fertilizer is right for your garden or landscape will help you achieve optimal results while protecting your local environment from potential harm caused by chemical runoff or leaching into waterways. Understanding when each type should be used will maximize their effectiveness while minimizing any unintended consequences on nature’s balance.

How Do I Know How Much Fertilizer to Apply?

When it comes to applying fertilizer to your lawn, it is important to know how much fertilizer should be used. Too little and you won’t get the desired results, while too much can damage the environment and even your lawn. The amount of fertilizer that needs to be applied depends on several factors, including the type of grass you have, the size of your lawn, and the time of year. Knowing this information can help you determine just how much fertilizer should be applied (in addition to soil testing, of course!).

The first step in determining how much fertilizer should be applied is to determine what type of grass you have in your lawn. Different types of grass require different amounts of fertilizer, so it’s important to identify your grass type. Once you know this information, you can look up specific recommendations for how much fertilizer should be used for that particular grass type.

The next step is to measure the size of your lawn. This will give you an idea of how much total area needs to be covered with fertilizer when applying it.

You may also need additional measurements if there are any slopes or areas with higher levels of shade or drought tolerance that need special attention when fertilizing.

By taking into account all these factors – types of grass, size of lawn, and time of year – you can decide exactly how much fertilizer needs to be applied in order for your lawn to look its best!

Tips for Applying Fertilizer Effectively to Your Lawn

When it comes to applying fertilizer to your lawn, there are a few key tips and tricks to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s important to read the label on the fertilizer package carefully before applying it. This will help ensure that you are using the right type of fertilizer for your lawn, as well as using the correct application rate for optimal results.

When possible, try to purchase fertilizer that is slow-release or “coated” with substances that control release rates, as this type of product can help reduce instances of runoff and leaching into nearby waterways.

In addition, it’s best to apply fertilizer only when grass is actively growing rather than during periods of dormancy.

If possible, avoid spreading fertilizer close to trees and shrubs; not only do they have different nutrient needs than turfgrass, but they may also be more sensitive to certain nutrients found in fertilizers.

Once you’ve applied the fertilizer, the general rule is to water deeply after applying fertilizer – this will help the nutrients penetrate deeper into the soil and reach the roots of your grass where it can do its job more effectively. However, some fertilizers need time to absorb into the plants/soils, so make sure you read the specific label/directions carefully to ensure proper application.

Finally, make sure you have a good spreader! There are a ton of spreaders available on the market, including hand-held spreaders, push spreaders, and tow-behind spreaders. The most common type for a typical/medium-sized lawn is going to be a push spreader. These are usually $50-$100 for a decent one. For smaller lawns/sections of a lawn, you may be able to use a smaller, hand-held model. If you have a much larger yard, you may want to opt for a tow-behind spreader.

Common Mistakes People Make When Fertilizing Their Lawns

Lawn fertilization is an important part of lawn care, but it can also be a tricky process. If done incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good. Common mistakes people make when fertilizing their lawns include using too much fertilizer, not timing the application correctly, and not knowing what type of fertilizer to use for their particular type of grass.

When applying fertilizer to a lawn, it is important to use only the amount specified on the package. Too much fertilizer can result in nutrient overload, causing the grass to become too lush and grow too quickly. This leads to increased watering requirements and greater susceptibility to disease and pests. Furthermore, if the wrong kind of fertilizer is used or if none is used at all, the grass may lack adequate nutrients and become weak or thin out over time.

To ensure optimal growth and health, it is also important that fertilizers are applied during a specific window of time each season. Most fertilizers should be applied in springtime or late summer/early fall depending on your climate zone and type of grass you have in your yard. Applying at other times could mean missing out on nutrient absorption or overfeeding which can both lead to poor performance from your grass.

Finally, different types of grasses need different types of fertilizer specifically tailored to them; otherwise they may not get the nutrition they need for optimal growth and health. Before applying any type of fertilizer, research the best kind for your particular type of grass; for example some prefer nitrogen-rich fertilizers while others might require phosphorus-heavy mixtures instead. That way you will know your lawn is getting exactly what it needs when you apply fertilizer each season.

Conclusion: Final Tips for Maintaining a Healthy, Beautiful Lawn All Year Round

Maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn year round doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With proper care and attention, it’s easy to achieve the perfect outdoor space that you can enjoy all year long. The following tips will help you keep your lawn looking its best so you can take pride in it every time you step outside.

First and foremost, make sure your lawn is getting enough water.

It’s important to water your lawn regularly but not too much. You should also adjust the amount of water depending on the weather conditions – if it’s been very hot and dry, your lawn may need more water than usual.

If possible, install an irrigation system so that you don’t have to manually monitor how much water your lawn is receiving each day.

If possible, watering your lawn in the morning is best because:

  1. Watering your lawn in the morning is the best time for your grass to receive the optimal amount of water, as less is lost due to heat or wind.
  2. Morning hours are cooler and calmer, meaning that the water can absorb into the soil more easily and penetrate deeper.
  3. Watering in the morning gives your grass time to “drink” the water throughout the day, while watering at night promotes disease as the water absorbs slower, creating the ideal environment for fungus and other lawn disease.

The next step is to fertilize your lawn regularly. Fertilizing helps promote growth and ensure that your grass stays green and lush throughout the year. Make sure you use the right kind of fertilizer for your particular type of grass – this will ensure optimal results. Additionally, avoid over-fertilizing; too much fertilizer can damage or burn the roots of your grass.

You should also mow your lawn on a regular basis during its peak growing season (which typically runs from late spring through early fall).

Mowing helps keep weeds under control and gives the grass a neat, uniform appearance. Be sure to set the mower blades at a high setting– around 3 inches– so that you don’t scalp the grass when mowing. Also remember to sharpen or replace blades when necessary so they cut efficiently and don’t tear at the turf or leave uneven blades of grass behind when mowing.

Finally, if there are any bare spots in your lawn or areas where weeds seem to persist no matter what measures you take, try overseeding these areas with new seed blends designed for climate-specific turfgrass varieties in order to fill in these bald patches and prevent weeds from taking hold again. With regular care and maintenance like this, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful outdoor space all year round!

Need a little extra help tackling your lawn fertilization program? No problem! Lawn Serv is the perfect solution for homeowners who want to maintain a healthy, beautiful lawn year-round without having to worry about buying and storing fertilizer, mowing supplies, and weed control products.

With Lawn Serv subscription boxes, you can get everything you need delivered right to your door on a monthly basis. The boxes are tailored specifically to each lawn’s specific needs, and make it super easy to get that beautiful lawn! For more information click here to check out the subscription options.

The Ultimate Guide to Identifying and Eliminating Nutsedge From Your Lawn

As a homeowner, one of the most frustrating lawn problems can be dealing with nutsedge.

With its invasive nature and rapid growth rate, it takes over your yard quickly if you don’t act fast. That being said, identifying and eliminating nutsedge is not rocket science – in fact, this ultimate guide gives you all the tools needed to help keep your lawn nut-free!

We’ll talk about identification techniques, preventive measures for keeping it away from future trouble spots on your property, and ways to eliminate existing nutsedge without harming other parts of your lawn.

Read on to learn more about how to master tending to a well-manicured lawn that won’t be taken over by pesky wandering grasses like nutsedge!

Controlling nutsedge in your lawn can be a difficult and frustrating task, but with some time and effort you can get rid of them. Nutsedges are a type of weed that is particularly difficult to control because they have tough, fibrous roots, grow rapidly, and spread quickly. They can make your lawn look unsightly, shade out desirable plants, reduce water efficiency, crowd out more desirable grasses, and worse. It’s important to take the necessary steps to eradicate them so that you can enjoy your lawn again. 

The best way to manage nutsedge is through a combination of cultural, mechanical, and chemical methods.

Cultural control methods involve changing the environment or condition of the area where the weeds are growing; this includes improving drainage and irrigation practices, modifying mowing practices and fertilization rates as well as monitoring for insect or disease infestations that could contribute to bare spots in the lawn that nutsedge will quickly fill in.

Mechanical control involves hand-pulling or digging out the nutsedge plants which should be done when they are young and actively growing; however this does not always work as some of the tubers may remain in soils for years before sprouting new plants. If you are going to pull/dig these weeds out, you may want to use a tool such as a “weed claw/puller”. These tools try to pull the weed out including the entire root system to limit the ability to come back.

Chemical control involves using herbicides specifically designed for controlling nutsedge; these include products such as pendimethalin (sold under brands like Pre-M), halosulfuron (sold under brands like Manor), sulfentrazone (sold under brands like Dismiss) or imazaquin (sold under brands like Image). One of our favorites–and easiest to use–is the Ortho Nutsedge Killer for Lawns Ready-To-Spray. For tougher infestations and for a more advanced user (you’ll have to mix this one yourself), we have also seen a lot of success with Sedgehammer.

However, in any case, make sure you read the entire label, confirm that any product that you use is compatible with your lawn, and test in a small area before you apply more broadly!

Be sure to read all labels carefully before application as many herbicides have restrictions on their use near bodies of water or around other sensitive areas such as playgrounds or gardens.

To successfully manage nutsedge in your lawn it’s best to start early before they become established by continually scouting your lawn for any signs of young plants throughout the season; if present use mechanical means first by pulling them up then move on to chemical controls if needed.

If chemical controls are used make sure to apply them correctly according to all label instructions and follow up applications with watering if recommended.

In addition be sure to avoid introducing new sources of nutsedge into your landscape by purchasing clean soil/fill or nursery stock as tubers may exist in soil even after multiple tillings over several years; also keep tools used in infested areas clean from transferring pieces from one place to another!

With diligence and discipline you can eventually achieve success in controlling these pesky weeds!

Introduction: What is nutsedge and why is it a problem?

Nutsedge is an invasive weed that is a serious problem for gardeners and homeowners alike. It is a grass-like plant that grows quickly, often appearing in large clusters and taking over garden beds or lawns. Nutsedge can be difficult to identify from other grasses or weeds due to its dark green color and its triangular stems, but it will typically grow much faster than other plants in the area.

Nutsedge reproduces rapidly through underground tubers, which are small, knobby structures that store nutrients and enable the plant to survive tough environmental conditions. These tubers allow the nutgrass to spread quickly and take over any area it is growing in. The weed also produces thousands of seeds each year, making it hard to control as they can easily spread with water runoff or even a breeze. Some nutsedges will even remain dormant during winter months and then sprout again come spring.

Once established, nutsedge can quickly become an eyesore with its thick foliage invading gardens or lawns and outcompeting other desirable plants for space and resources. In addition, because nutsedge has shallow roots that don’t penetrate deep into the soil like many other weeds, it can be especially difficult to eliminate once it takes hold in areas like flowerbeds or between pavers or bricks. Unfortunately, if you’re not super careful, manual removal of nutsedge can actually cause more harm than good because breaking off pieces of the root systems may just result in new plants sprouting up again later on.

It’s important for gardeners and homeowners alike to take action against this troublesome weed before it becomes too widespread. The most effective way of controlling nutsedge is through consistent mowing, as well as applying pre-emergent herbicides when needed. If possible, the best course of action is always prevention by keeping weeds away from your lawn before they have a chance to establish themselves.

Identification Techniques: How to spot and identify nutsedge in your lawn

Nutsedge is a weed that can be difficult to spot and identify in your lawn. It usually grows in patches, so it’s important to pay close attention when looking for it. Nutsedge has thin leaves with a V-shaped pattern, whereas most grasses have broad, flat blades. Additionally, nutsedge leaves are slightly rough to the touch and look shiny or glossy compared to the duller look of regular grass. The stems of nutsedge are also triangular shaped and have an appearance similar to bamboo. If you pull on its roots you may notice that they’re coarser than regular grass roots. Lastly, nutsedge produces brownish-purple flowers from late summer through early autumn that are clustered at the top of its stem.

If you suspect your lawn may be infested with nutsedge, there are several steps you can take to confirm your diagnosis and get rid of it. First, double check for the visual indicators listed above before making a final judgment call. If you’re still not sure if what you’ve found is nutsedge or not, then simply pull up some plants by their roots and inspect them further using a magnifying glass.

As always, Lawn Serv customers can also send pictures anytime to our soil science team for weed identification and to build a plan to get rid of weeds for good! Click here to learn more!

Prevention Strategies: What measures can be taken to keep nutsedge away from your property?

Preventing nutsedge from taking over your property can be a challenging task, but it is possible. The most effective way to keep nutsedge away is to take preventative measures before the weed has had a chance to take root.

Firstly, make sure that you routinely mow your lawn. This helps keep the weeds short and less likely to spread. Additionally, consider using an herbicide every few months throughout the season. Be sure to read instructions carefully when applying any type of chemical as overuse or improper use can cause damage to turf and other plants in your area.

It is also important to keep soil healthy and nutrient rich so that weeds cannot get a foothold.

This can be done by regularly fertilizing with well-balanced fertilizer, aerating your lawn to allow for oxygen exchange and water drainage, and doing some form of mulching such as laying down compost or wood chips around gardens or pathways. These all help create an environment where weeds are less likely to thrive due to lack of nutrients and sunlight penetration into the ground.

Additionally, keeping an eye out for spots where nutsedge may sprout up is key in prevention. If it’s spotted early on they can be pulled out before they have a chance to spread even further. For more established plants, hand-pulling is not effective; however, cutting them off at ground level will help reduce their ability to spread further seedlings.

Lastly, one of the most important steps in preventing nutsedge infestation is making sure that you do not inadvertently spread them across your property or landscape through activities like mowing or moving soil around from one area of your yard to another without cleaning off the material first.

It’s also important not move firewood or other organic material from place with existing nutsedge infestations onto your property as this could easily spread these pesky weeds throughout your entire backyard if left unchecked!

Keeping your lawn nutsedge-free

Keeping your lawn free of nutsedge can be a tricky task, but it is possible. The first step in controlling nutsedge is to properly identify it. Nutsedge is an invasive perennial grass-like weed that grows faster than regular grass and has triangular stems with yellow-green leaves and seed heads. It usually grows in patches and can spread quickly if left unchecked.

Once you have identified nutsedge, the next step is to remove existing nutsedge infestations from your lawn. This can be done with manual or mechanical methods such as hand-pulling, digging out the roots, or using a hoe or trowel to scrape away the top layer of soil containing the weed’s roots. If large infestations are present, chemical herbicides may need to be used for more effective control. Make sure to follow all safety instructions and wear protective clothing when using herbicides.

Finally, prevent future infestations by maintaining a healthy lawn through proper mowing and fertilizing practices that will help crowd out weeds like nutsedge. Additionally, avoid over-watering as this will lead to more favorable conditions for nutsedge growth. Applying mulch around plants and trees can also help prevent nutsedge from sprouting up close to them in the future. Following these steps should help keep your lawn free of pesky weeds like nutsedge so you can enjoy a beautiful green space year round!

It can be difficult to stop the spread of nutsedge, but with the right techniques and a little effort, homeowners everywhere can keep their yard nutsedge-free. With preventive measures such as avoiding overwatering, providing plenty of sunlight and utilizing proper mulching techniques, you can help ensure that this pesky weed doesn’t make its way into your landscape. If you spot any visible signs in your lawn, using timely chemical treatments may be the best solution for eliminating the problem all together.

For more on how to keep your lawn nut-free year round, be sure to check back throughout the season for updates, and as always, feel free to reach out to the Lawn Serv team with any questions.

Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard – A Step-by-Step Guide for Homeowners

Having moles in your yard can be a painful reminder of what you don’t want – an unkempt garden, brown patches of grass and dirt mounds that just don’t seem to go away.

Unfortunately, when it comes to avoiding and getting rid of these pesky critters, many homeowners feel helpless or confused at the thought of trying something new.

But if you know how to deal with them appropriately, eliminating moles from your property doesn’t have to be so daunting – and that’s where this step-by-step guide comes in!

In this article, we will share tips on identifying whether you have moles burrowing around your home plus practical strategies for removing them once and for all.

Introduction: Overview of Moles and Why They are Unwanted

Moles are small mammals that live mainly underground, and can be found all over the world. They have long, pointed snouts, small eyes and ears, short legs and large curved claws perfect for digging underground tunnels. Moles are typically solitary animals, but some species do form colonies of up to 40 individuals.

Moles cause a lot of damage to lawns and gardens as they dig their tunnels looking for food such as worms and grubs, pushing up mounds of dirt as they go. The mounds of soil left behind by moles can disrupt the smoothness of turf grasses or flower beds, making them unappealing to look at or walk on. Besides being an eyesore in yards, mounds can also interrupt irrigation systems or create pathways for water runoff that further harms lawns.

Additionally, the mole’s tunneling can damage tree roots or even cut utility lines running underground.

In some cases, mole activity may also attract other pests such as skunks or raccoons who will feed off their insect prey attracted by the mole’s tunneling and feeding activities. This can lead to additional damage caused by these pests in yards or gardens.

For these reasons, many people find moles to be an unwelcome presence in their outdoor spaces and attempt various methods to deter them from taking up residence on their property.

Identifying a Mole Problem in Your Yard

Moles are small, but pesky mammals that can wreak havoc on your yard. They are most easily identified by the raised ridges of soil they leave behind as they tunnel through the ground. In addition to making your lawn look messy, moles can also do a lot of damage to it, such as uprooting and killing grass and plants, or digging holes that can be dangerous for people walking around in your yard.

The presence of moles also means there will be an increase in nuisance wildlife, such as snakes and voles, in the area due to their appetite for insect larvae and earthworms.

If you have a mole problem in your yard, the first step is to identify what type of mole you are dealing with. Moles come in a few different varieties – Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), Star-nose mole (Condylura cristata), Townsend’s mole (Scapanus townsendii), Hairy-tailed mole (Parascalops breweri), Western Mole (Scapanus latimanus) – each one with its own particular habits and physical features. Once you have identified the type of mole you are dealing with, it will be easier to determine how best to go about getting rid of them from your property.

Trapping is one option for eliminating moles from your yard and involves setting up humane traps throughout the property where moles are active. Baits such as peanut butter or cricket bait can be used to attract moles into the traps where they can then be safely removed from the premises. Another option is using chemicals such as repellents or poisons that work by either making the area uninhabitable for moles or actually killing them off when ingested.

When attempting to get rid of a mole problem in your yard, it’s important to remember that prevention is key. Keeping your lawn trimmed and maintained is one way to deter moles since it makes their search for food difficult. You should also make sure not to overwater or overfertilize areas of your lawn since this can create an ideal environment for them to thrive in. Lastly, if all else fails, consider calling a professional pest control company who may have more advanced methods at their disposal likely increase your chances at successfully getting rid of any potential mole infestation on your property.

Effective Strategies to Remove Moles from Your Property

Moles are small burrowing mammals that can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, and other areas of your property. These animals can ruin flower beds with their tunnels, eat away at turf grass, and create large molehills that can be an eyesore. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies to help you get rid of moles from your property.

The first step is to identify any signs of moles living on your property. This can include the presence of molehills or visible tunnels in the soil. If you do notice these signs of a mole’s activity, then it’s time to take action.

One of the most popular strategies for getting rid of moles is trapping them. The best way to trap a mole is by using a specially designed “mole trap” which has two scissor-like arms that close when triggered by a trip wire or bait.

You should place your traps near tunnels or paths where you’ve seen activity and check them every day until you catch the mole. When done properly, trapping can be one of the most efficient ways to remove moles from your property.

Another strategy for removing moles is using repellents such as castor oil or predator urine around the perimeter of your property to make it less attractive to moles. However, this strategy should only be used when other approaches have failed since repellents are usually only effective for a short period of time before needing to be reapplied.

Finally, another option for getting rid of moles is hiring a professional exterminator who will use methods like fumigation or poison baits to eliminate moles from your property safely and effectively. While this option may be more expensive than other methods, it may provide longer lasting results if done correctly.

In conclusion, there are several effective strategies available for removing moles from your property including trapping them with a specialized mole trap, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits. Before taking any action however it’s important to identify signs of mole activity and choose the best solution for your situation so that you can get rid of these troublesome pests quickly and efficiently!

Tips on How to Avoid Moles Coming Back

Moles are pesky creatures that love to burrow in the ground and wreak havoc on our lawns and gardens. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to prevent moles from coming back. The first step is to keep your lawn well-maintained. This means regularly mowing and edging your grass to promote healthy growth and discourage moles from taking up residence in your yard. Additionally, you should avoid overwatering your grass so that the soil doesn’t become too saturated and hospitable for mole activity.

It is also important to remove potential food sources such as worms and grubs, which moles feed on.

To do this, make sure you keep your lawn free of leaf litter, weeds, and other debris that could provide sustenance for these critters. You can also apply a grub killer as needed throughout the growing season to reduce the number of moles that may be attracted to your property.

Finally, it is beneficial to lay mole repellent or traps around the perimeter of your yard. This will help deter any nearby moles from deciding to move into your garden or flower beds. Many types of mole repellents use castor oil as their main active ingredient, so check labels carefully before applying them to ensure they don’t contain any toxic substances that could harm plants or animals in your area. Additionally, if you decide to purchase traps instead, make sure you check them regularly for signs of activity so you can dispose of any caught moles humanely and quickly.

Getting rid of moles in your lawn can be a challenging task. Fortunately, there are several strategies available to you including trapping them with specialized mole traps, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits.

Additionally, it is important to make sure your yard stays well-maintained by regularly mowing and edging grass as well as removing potential food sources such as worms and grubs. Finally, laying down mole repellent or setting up traps around the perimeter will help deter any nearby moles from coming into your garden or flower beds. With these tips in mind, you should have no trouble keeping those pesky critters away!