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Fall Lawn Care Secrets

Fall Lawn Care Secrets

Take advantage of cool fall weather to fertilize, control weeds, and improve the health and appearance of your yard. A little work now will pave the way for a lush, green carpet when temperatures warm up again in spring.

If a summer drought persists into autumn, considered watering your turf deeply a couple of times before freezing weather sets in. A couple of deep soaks, moistening the soil several inches, before the soil freezes helps the lawn transition to winter. Frequently the fall weather pattern will change and nature will provide the moisture for you. If you have to water, do so in the morning, when the winds are lighter, limiting evaporation.

If you are interested in a sprinkler system, we are a licensed lawn sprinkler company dedicated to creating the most efficient irrigation system for a healthy lawn. If you have an existing irrigation system, now is a great time for a service call to prepare for winter weather. 

Fall is the best time to fertilize if you’ve overseeded your lawn with a cool season grass like ryegrass. It helps your lawn green up earlier and look better in spring.

Avoid fertilizing dormant warm-season grasses.

Creating a healthy, lush lawn is the best way to choke out those weeds. Focus on adding fertilizer to provide essential nutrients when needed. Smaller weeds usually will get shaded out when your lawn is in top shape. For larger weeds, call us for expert pre emergent lawn treatment.

Aeration improves drainage, reduces thatch, and loosens soil. Core aerators are the preferred type of aerators. They remove plugs of soil, or cores, breaking up thatch and improving soil structure. The cores are left on top of the turf and slowly break up depending on rain, mowing, and traffic on the turf. Aerate cool-season grasses in early fall and warm-season grasses in spring. First Response Lawn Care provides aeration services.

Early fall is an ideal time to reseed dead or thin patches in cool-season lawns. If you seed in autumn, you’ll have fewer weeds to deal with next year. And the seedlings will become established before stressful hot weather conditions arrive. A mulch product embedded with seed and fertilizer is a convenient way to fill the gaps. Be sure to prepare the soil bed with a rake before seeding and encourage quick germination by watering new seed regularly for a couple of weeks after application.

Summer Lawn Treatment

Summer Lawn Treatment

Wondering how to care for your lawn in the summer? We have all the lawn services to keep your lawn lush in the hot summer months.

To keep your lawn healthy all year round, hiring a professional lawn care company like First Response Lawn Care, is a sure bet. We are an industry leader and offer annual plans customized to different homeowners’ needs. To get a free quote, call us at (214) 701-7622.

We offer fertilization, mowing, sprinkler repair, aeration, lawn treatment, pest control and weed control.

If you act fast in the summer, you can kill established weeds before they can bloom and spread seeds. We use a targeted post-emergent herbicide designed to eliminate broadleaf weeds but leave your grass unharmed. 

In late summer, you should let us provide top-notch mowing practices, keep your yard watered. and if you want to get a jumpstart on fall, we provide aeration and overseeding.

If you’re worried about keeping track of what to do for your lawn during the summer months, hiring a professional lawn care company like First Response Lawn Care will put your mind at ease!

Happy Lawn Happy Homeowner

Happy Lawn Happy Homeowner

 When I think of lawns, I think of bare feet, slip-n-slides and four leaf clovers.  I think of lawn chairs, cold lemonade, small children and puppies. I think about hammocks gently rocking in the wind and the click-click of a sprinkler. The scent of freshly cut grass is intoxicating and is the essence of summer.

This year’s erratic weather combining the rainstorms and heat waves with tropical-like humidity, has been brutal on lawns [as well as shrubs and trees].  The weather this season is causing many lawns to look like a teenager with acne–breaking out with random brown patches [which are actually a fungal growth].  Some lawns appear zombie-like, suffering from slime mold.  Slime mold can also be found in landscape beds [where it looks like a yellow blob of dog vomit].  Dollar spot sounds like a good deal until you realize it is actually a fungal disease that makes your lawn look like a green shirt covered in bleach stains.  Red thread sounds pretty until your lawn looks like a Christmas ornament.

However, all is not lost.  There is time to repair the damage – and still enjoy your lawn.  In fact, August is a great time to address the problems that are now evident in lawns, trees and shrubs.  

Many times, lawn repair is all that is necessary to remedy any of the lawn issues. When disease has run rampant, however, re-seeding a lawn is likely the best remedy.  The best time for re-seeding is generally August through October.  

Another secret weapon to achieving a healthy lawn is aerification. Aeration is a method of loosening up compacted soil by removing plugs of soil, allowing water penetration and the exchange of air in the soil with fresh air and water.  It also helps break up thatch and improves the uptake and utilization of fertilizer applications.

Keep your lawn happy and enjoy the memories you make this summer. If you need lawn care help, call us at 214-701-7622.

Firewood in Rockwall TX And Surrounding Areas

Firewood in Rockwall TX And Surrounding Areas

Are you ready to enjoy the perfect fire?

We are now actively taking orders for firewood deliveries throughout Rockwall and North Dallas. First Response Lawn Care offers the best choice in reasonably priced premium oak firewood.

It’s that time of year when we’re stoking up the fire places and wood stoves to enjoy with family. First Response Lawn Care is proud to continue warming hearts and heating homes in Rockwall and its surrounding areas.

We have been delivering firewood for over 10 years and only deliver the best quality split seasoned oak firewood Rockwall and surrounding areas has to offer. We deliver firewood to Rockwall, Caddo Mills, Royse City, Fate, Rowlett, Forney, Heath, Sachse, Wylie, Lavon, Garland, and other areas in North Dallas.

Our logs are cut to 16-18 inches to ensure they will fit any fireplace or wood burning stove. Select from full, half or quarter cord.

Full Cord 4×16 ft.
Half Cord 4×8 ft.
Quarter Cord 4×4 ft.

Our prices include firewood being delivered and stacked! Call today (214) 478-6335 for current pricing and to schedule your firewood delivery!

Fall Lawn Care Caddo Mills

Fall Lawn Care Caddo Mills

Caddo Mills, Texas and the surrounding areas slip into fall almost unnoticed, until we realize the hot, humid days of summer are over. We rummage around for those puffy down jackets, even though we usually never need them in the fall. 

Our warm-season grasses can be green into late fall but will go dormant once the temperatures stay below 60 degrees. The last snowstorm in Caddo Mills was on Dec. 25, 2012, but we can’t scoff at the possibility of “real” winter weather. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, winter will be milder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall in places that normally receive snow. The coldest periods will be in mid- to late November and early January and from late January into early February. The best chances for snow are in early December, early to mid-January, and mid-February. If we don’t want to be surprised by a brown lawn in the spring, we need to help the lawn have a good winter.

1. Water

Since snow is rare, we need to water the lawn all winter—one to two inches of water a week. Water slowly so that the moisture soaks into the soil and you don’t waste water with runoff. Also, watering in the morning allows your grass to dry before nighttime, lessening the chance of disease creeping in.

2. Remove leaves

Leaves covering the lawn keeps the much-needed sunlight from your grass. For a healthy lawn, gather the leaves and put them into your compost bin. You can also chop them up with a mulching mower so that they fertilize your grass naturally. Either way, you are saving money on plastic bags, but even more important, you are helping to save the environment by taking the manufacture and transportation of plastic bags out of the equation and by not adding to the problems caused by landfills.

3. Aerate

Aerating is one of the best ways to revitalize your lawn after it was trampled on all summer. A high volume of traffic compacts the soil, which, in turn, puts up a barrier between the grassroots and the water, oxygen, and nutrients that it needs to get through the winter. You can aerate with a pitchfork, a garden fork with tines or a gas-powered, walk-behind aerator to open up the soil, allow it to breathe and allow the grassroots to access the resources that they need.

4. Overseed

The fall, while the air is cool but the soil still warm, is the best time to overseed: sow additional grass seed over parts of the lawn where the grass is thin or where there are bare patches. Overseeding thickens the turf so that it can withstand the onslaught of diseases and weeds that attack during the fall and winter. Overseed after aerating and you’ll be shoring up your lawn’s foundation before winter comes.

5. Protect 

The healthier your lawn, the less trouble you’ll have with disease. Brown patch often appears in the fall. You’ll recognize it by the patches of damaged turf that can be inches in width to several feet. The grass blades turn yellow at the edges of the patches and brown within the patches. For an eco-friendly solution, treat the patches with a baking soda spray. To prevent brown patches from developing, refrain from overwatering, make sure drainage is adequate, and be sparing with the application of nitrogen.

Lawn care needs a full-circle plan. If you take care of your lawn each season, it will green up in the spring healthy and lush without your having to break your back or your budget.

First Response Lawn Care offers full service lawn maintenance from mowing, fertilization, aeration and more. Have questions about lawn care? Call First Respone Lawn Care at 214-701-7622 for more information!