7 lawn care tips for your fall yard

1. Remove the leaves.

A carpet of colorful autumn leaves may look nice and be fun to play in, but they’re no good for grass. They block the light and trap moisture, potentially fatal for the unlucky turf underneath. So when the leaves are falling, blow or rake them away as often as you can. Even after the trees are bare, continue raking out the corners where the wind piles leaves up. If you don’t, come spring the grass under that soggy, decaying mat will be dead.

2. Keep cutting, but to the correct height.

Don’t put that mower away yet. Grass continues to grow up to the first hard frost, and so will need regular cuts to keep it at an ideal 2½- to 3-inch height. If you let it get too long, it will mat and be vulnerable to fungi like mold. Cutting grass too short is just as bad, because it curtails the root system, root depth is proportional to cutting height and impedes the lawn’s ability to withstand winter’s cold and dryness. Regular mowing also gets rid of leaves, chopping them up and leaving behind a soil-enhancing mulch.

3. Continue watering.

Did you know that there’s more rain, more dew, and less evaporation at this time of year,but that may not be enough to keep the grass roots well hydrated and healthy going into the winter? If your lawn isn’t getting at least an inch of water a week a simple—then keep the sprinklers or irrigation system running until the end of October. By that time, you’ll want to disconnect hoses and flush the irrigation system to avoid frozen pipes and spigots.

4. Loosen the soil.

Regular aeration, once every couple of years, prevents soil from becoming compacted and covered with thatch, a thick layer of roots, stems, and debris that blocks water, oxygen, and nutrients from reaching the soil. A core aerator corrects both problems by punching holes through that thatch and pulling up plugs of soil. All those holes in your turf will let the fertilizer reach right to the roots, where it can do the most good.

5. Add fertilizer.

Just as grass roots need water to last the winter, they also benefit from a shot of the plant sugars that protect roots from freezing and give the entire plant the energy to bounce back in the spring. Those sugars are produced by chlorophyll, which grass produces in abundance when there’s enough nitrogen. That’s why we recommend a late-fall application of a slow-release fertilizer

6. Spread seed.

Fall is the best time to over-seed because the ground is still warm, moisture is more plentiful, the nights are cool, and the sun is not as hot during the day. But even then, over-seeding is one of the most challenging lawn-care chores. You can’t simply broadcast seeds over an established lawn and expect them to take hold. They need to be in full contact with the soil, kept moist until they germinate, and be well enough established before it gets too cold.

7. Stay on schedule.

Each of the steps above has to be done at the right time for best results. Otherwise, it’s wasted effort. For instance, over-seed too late and the seedlings will be too tender to survive. Fertilize too early and the grass will send up tender blades that will get hammered by the cold. Fertilize too late and the grass roots won’t be able to absorb all those nutrients you’re feeding them. Thinking about aerating in the spring because you can’t get around to it this fall? Don’t bother. Spring aeration just makes it easier for weed seeds to get established.If sticking to the schedule during the fall is proving too difficult, a lawn care service can handle the jobs that aren’t getting done. Most often, those are the ones that require renting heavy machinery like core aerators and slit seeders, which are hard to transport, a bear to operate, and often in short supply at the rental yards at this time of year. Delegating one or two of those chores to a pro during this busy season will ensure the work gets done when it should—and that you will be enjoying a thick carpet of green grass next year. For a quote give us at Port Orange Lawn Care a call.

Yard Work

Yard work is tedious and generally undesirable for most people, luckily Lawn Care Port Orange provides the highest quality lawn maintenance and landscaping in Volusia County.  We are affordable and have low prices along with package deals if you happen to need service weekly.  Lawn maintenance can be a difficult job if you do not have the right equipment or enough time.  Our company has all of the “cutting-edge” tools, instruments, and equipment to turn your basic lawn into a beautiful landmark.  We use only the best products to keep your yard healthy and natural.  We are not an ordinary lawn service company. Our maintenance crew has only the most skilled professionals working to make sure that every square inch of your yard is treated with the utmost care. Call us today for a free quote!

Servicing throughout Volusia County, Lawn Care Port Orange provides our customers with a basic lawn maintenance that will make your exterior look clean and green.  We provide monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, and daily services.  Your grass should be mowed once every two weeks in the summer and at least once a month in the winter. Basic lawn service is necessary to maintain your yard, however if you are looking to enhance your terrace, we also do landscaping.

Is your landscape dry? Have dry brown patches of dead grass in your yard? Or are you just tired of looking at your boring lawn and want to bring it to life?  Well, regardless of the problem Lawn Care Port Orange will make your grass beautiful and green again! Let our landscaping team make a scenic view and give a nice impression for your house or business.

As well as your grass receiving a monthly trim, your bushes and trees may need some trimming as well.  Having branches or bushes growing out of control or too wide can make your yard look overgrown and unattractive.  Hedging and edging your yard can create a clean look to your property.  We make sure all of the grass leading up to sidewalks, pathways, roads, houses, and gardens are edged properly getting rid of over extending grass and overgrown bushes. Another resource we use to enhance your yawn is mulch.

If you’re planting anything from small trees to flowers then you might want some mulch around your yard. Lucky for you, we have all different types of Mulch to make your plants and flowers stand out.  Mulch is great to place around your bushes, trees, flowers, and plants for many reasons. Mulch not only looks pleasant around your yard, but also has many useful purposes. Mulch conserves moisture which enhances the health of soil giving more nutrients to your plants.  It also lessens the chances of weeds growing around your trees and flowers.
 An important lawn maintenance resource is water. We have found the best time of day to water your lawn is when air temperatures are lower and there is dew on the ground. Temperatures are usually at their lowest during the late evening or early morning. Most lawns benefit from watering two to three times per week. Watering your lawn on days when cooler weather is forecast helps reduce the amount of water your lawn needs. Watering when your grass is already wet reduces the length of time that your grass is moist and helps prevent the spread of fungal and bacterial disease.

When Should the Grass Be Cut?

Have you ever asked “When should the grass be cut and how long should I let it get before causing problems?” 

I mowed the lawn for our family when I was a kid and my parents were always telling me not to wait to long before the next grass cutting. But no one back then gave me an actual measurement so after a lot of trial and error and working in this business for years I came out with my own rule of thumb.

How to know when to cut the grass or how long you should let the lawn reach before cutting it is perhaps the most frequently asked questions I get about lawn care that people have. And, “How much of the grass blade should be removed at one time when you are cutting grass?” is a natural companion to that first question. I’m here to straighten it out for you the best I can.

My General Rule of Thumb

How do you know when to mow and how high you should let the grass get before mowing? Well, my general rule of thumb for determining what the grass height should be on your lawn. An optimal height for a cool-season grass generally is about 2 1/2 inches. And every time you mow, you should only be removing about the top 1/3 of the grass blades. Consequently, a good time to mow lawns is when your grass is around 3 2/3 inches high.

This is what I recommend that you stick to this rule of thumb in fall and, then we’ll talk about the summer. In summer, mowing at a greater height is almost a given because the grass grows so fast. It is not a bad idea, in fact, to choose one of the higher settings on your lawn mower wheels when the weather starts getting really hot, and just mow at that height until we approach the fall season and the weather starts to get cooler this will help grass that’s too short from burning.

My Rule of Thumb Explained

Why do I recommend 2 1/2 inches of grass height in general? Well, what you are striving for is a balance between not leaving it to long or cutting to short. 

On the one hand, if you are letting the grass get tall, you are not mowing very much, which means you are passing up opportunities to stimulate good grass growth and make your lawn healthier and more attractive. But if you cut the grass too short also known as “scalping,” you stress it.

While the 2 1/2-inch height for a cool-season grass is optimal for the fall, it’s not the best in the summer or hotter mowing season. 

Some experts recommend keeping lawn grass around 3 inches tall during spring and summer. Why? Because the extra shading that results may inhibit crabgrass enough to keep it in check. In fall, you can go back to maintaining the 2 1/2-inch height.

Or you can just skip the mowing and call Lawn Care Port Orange for all of your mowing needs.

Lawn Care Port Orange knows what length to cut it and if we are taking on new clients we’d be happy to give you and estimate so call now to find out.

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How to Get Rid of Weeds For Good!

I love the summer time and my grass. I wait all year long, to take my shoes off and sink my feet into lush, radiant green grass that carpets a nice area in the backyard. I hate those stringy pieces of  ivy, coarse clovers or fuzzy dandelions grazing my toes instead!

Hey you have some weeds in your lawn, no big deal but you’re sure to see more! Weeds seem to keep multiplying until they’re a huge, unattractive problem.

Luckily, you can bring your lawn back to life by ridding it of weeds and boosting your turf’s overall health with a few of my tips that will take no time at all. Here’s how to get rid of weeds in your grass for good.

My Lawn Has A Lot Of Weeds. What Should I Do?

Taming a lawn full of weeds might be a daunting task, but it’s all about keeping your turf as weed free as can be.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Weeds Forever

Even though we consider weeds really suck, they’re plants–just like grass is so that means they’ll grow just as big and thick as our favorite favorite plants if we let them. So, the best way to get rid of weeds is to make your lawn an environment where it’s difficult for them to thrive.

Mow your grass to a shorter level, compacted soil and water-deprived turf all encourage weeds. Reversing these problems and maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to permanently say goodbye to weeds.

Tricks For Killing Weeds In The Lawn Without Killing Grass?

Herbicides are designed just for thi but you need to be careful and make sure you get the right stuff. Make sure you get herbicide that’s made especially for weeds. So, the pre-emergent for crabgrass or post-emergent for dandelions won’t keep coming back. The right herbicide won’t hurt your lawn (if applied correctly).

Natural Ways to Kill Weeds

If you’re looking for some real natural ways to kill weeds, check these out. And if you go that route, your lawn will be just fine, except you might get some brown spots if you do it wrong. Lol

Newspapers

A carpet of newspaper, which blocks sunlight and oxygen from reaching the soil, will smother weeds already sprouted and prevent new ones from growing, but I wouldn’t use this method on the grass only the beds. Throw down newspaper in the beds to block out the sun. Put them in layers, wet to hold it down, and cover with an inch or two of mulch. If weeds begin to grow in the mulch, use some round up or just add more layers, making a mulch-newspaper lasagna, which eventually will decompose and nourish the soil. Great for the flowerbeds.

Boiling Water

Get yourself an awesome tea pot and make some ice tea. After that fill it up again and heat to boiling, take the pot outside and pour the boiling water on weeds, which will burn up. This is a particularly good way to stick it to those pesky driveway and walkway weeds, because the boiling water can runoff impervious surfaces and cool before it reaches border plants.

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