• Overseeding your Bermuda Lawn

    Most Bermuda grasses will go dormant (turn brown) during winter months. The most common seed variety used to over seed Bermuda, a warm season grass, is ryegrass, which is a cool season grass. Perennial ryegrass is dark green, does excellent in full sun, tolerates high traffic well, is stress and pest tolerant, and germinates quickly. October is a great month to over seed as the Bermuda is slowing it's growth rate but the weather is typically still warm enough for the ryegrass seed to germinate.

    Daytime temperatures should not be above 70 degrees and nighttime temperatures should not reach above 50 degrees. This usually falls two to four weeks before the first frost of winter. You can also tell it may be time to over seed when your lawn is starting to thin but is still in good condition.

    When preparing to over seed you will want to mow your lawn at a very low setting, helping to create a loose surface for seeding. Remove all clippings which can easily be done by raking. Next you will want to dethatch your lawn, making sure to remove any and all debris, and then aerate the soil which will allow moisture and oxygen to move through the soil. Next you will spread the seed throughout the lawn using a hand spreader, making sure you apply it evenly and thoroughly. If there are bare areas in your sod you can spread the seed again in that area. Rake and lightly roll the soil in order to cover the seed up to 1/8". Fertilize when over seeding and water well until the over seeded grass is well established, while also being sure not to leave any standing water. Continue to maintain your sod lawn throughout the winter with proper water, mowing and fertilization.

    It is important to correctly manage your lawn in the spring when the Bermuda (warm season) grass is coming out of dormancy. The ryegrass (cool season grass) can compete for moisture, sunlight and nutrients. It is important to stop fertilizing in early spring, but to continue once the bermuda has established itself again. Maintaining a proper low mowing height as the Bermuda grass re-establishes will stress the ryegrass, or cool-season turf, aiding in the Bermuda grass growth.

    Maintaining your sod lawn throughout the year, especially during over seeding in the fall and the establishment of your warm season grass in the spring, is vital to the overall health of your lawn. Disease and inability of the Bermuda grass to establish without struggle will be more likely if there is not proper maintenance year round. With a little time and effort it is possible to transition smoothly from warm season Bermuda grasses to cool season ryegrasses and have a green lawn year round.

  • How to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Whether you’re trying to sell your house or plan on living in it for decades, as a homeowner you should take the time to ensure the exterior of your property is presentable. Increasing the curb of appeal of your home can go a long way towards ensuring it remains a valuable piece of property, which is essential no matter how long you plan on living in it. Proper landscaping is one component of increasing your home’s curb appeal, and you can utilize some of the following suggestions.

    The last thing you want is a house that is so overgrown with plants, grass, and branches that you can barely see the property itself. If you have to get through a small forest just to find your front door, it may be time to clean up the yard. Spend a day mowing your grassing, trimming hedges, and cleaning up any excess branches.

    Putting down a fresh layer of sod can radically transform any yard, even ones that haven’t been properly maintained for years. The greener the grass, the more it looks like you are putting thought and care into your home’s upkeep. Once you’ve taken care of your lawns grass, you can move on to more advanced projects like having walkways installed, placing exterior lights, and other ways to spruce up the landscape.

    If needed, give your home a fresh coat of paint. Also make sure you regularly clean any exterior shutters, wash your driveway, and remove leafs and other debris from your roof. These are all things that can be easily spotted from the sidewalk, and they shouldn’t be a problem if you stay on top of things in regards to your home’s curb appeal.

  • Mowing your Lawn and "Grasscycling"

    I love the boys and girls that are in the UC system! (University of California)  I found this wonderful article by Ali Harvivandi and Victor A. Gibeault about “Mowing Your Lawn and Grasscycling”.  It is very informative and full of useful tidbits for you.  Follow the link to the PDF publication.

    Mowing your Lawn and “Grasscycling”

    This article covers

    • How High to Mow
    • When to Mow
    • What to Do with the Clippings
    • and more

    Give it a read through!

  • Get Rid of Grubs

    Article by Patrick White

    I love it when I don’t have to recreate an article, and this one is full of information:

    Well worth your time to read, though it is aimed to the lawn care professional.


    Highlights of the article: Get Rid of Grubs

    The first key is to distinguish between preventive and curative treatments, the latter being what needed during the late fall or early spring for active grubs. For active grubs, trichlorforn or carbaryl as active ingredients in your products.

    Eggs are laid in midsummer and develop into full-sized grubs in the fall. “You can see them after Labor Day, they’re very obvious at that point,” says Davis. At that point, the grubs will be within the top 2.5 to 3 inches in the rootzone.

  • Weeds in Spring

    Weeds always seem to get an early jump on you in the spring. Before you know it, they're competing with your lawn, robbing them of light, water and nutrients. The time you invest in spraying for and pulling weeds right now is time well spent. As summer approaches, you won’t have to be out in the heat doing the weed control. If you are like me, a fair weather gardener, this is great news.

    Find selective herbicides to help you with the weed control. Many chemical companies provide excellent products to help you. Select one and give it a whirl. I choose a liquid concentrate put on with a hose end sprayer; you may choose a powder that is dropped with a spreader.

  • NOW is the time!

    Contrary to popular belief, pre-emergent weed killers don't destroy weeds and their seeds. They simply stop them from growing. Some seeds are known to last 10 - 20 years, so if the herbicide isn't applied each year, the weed will grow.

    The question for pre-emergent weed killers is when to apply them.
    Pre-emergent herbicides only work if they are applied to your lawn before the weed's growth period. But if applied too early, weather will dilute the herbicide and the weed will grow unencumbered.

    Now is the time for pre-emergent application for summer weeds, because usually now is when average soil temperatures reach above 60 degrees. Major summer weeds like crabgrass or clover will only emerge once the soil is consistently over this temperature.

  • Post emergent

    Those of us that have a lawn that is a bit more mature are getting ready for the use of post-emergent weed control. This should control weeds while allowing your grass to grow. (In theory) I was at my local warehouse store and noticed the arrival of these products. Make sure that you check the bag for temperature controls, because February is still too cold and early to apply them. As a rule of thumb the ground temperature needs to be at least 65 degrees. Don’t jump the gun on this one, and waste your funds.

  • Rain and your installation crew

    We love our installation crew. However this time of year we want to be especially thoughtful to protect our soil from too much moisture prior to installation by placing plastic sheets over the soil while it rains. As much as we wish our strong boys were all mud dogs on command, it isn't going to happen. So be kind and be thoughtful of the muddy soil the boys may have to work in.

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