Think of keeping your grass green much the same way as having a healthy smile. Your dentist provides regular care along with advice on preventing problems and warning signs to watch for. In between visits, you floss, brush and follow recommendations for any special care.
You want that same kind of relationship with yourlawn service. Regular weedkiller treatments and fertilizationalone won’t guarantee a yard you’re proud of. For best results, you need to work with someone who is knowledgeable in what they do, can explain what you need to do, such as how to water your lawn properly, and can help you recognize threats to your yard from pests and diseases.
So, how do you find a lawn service that fits the bill? At First Response Lawn Care we can provide all the services you are likely to require, and here are five key things where we shine.
Compare standard lawn treatments
Compare treatment programs from lawn company to company. Do they provide both turf care and ornamental tree and shrub care like we do? Are lawn care treatments tailored to specific types of turf? What makes your neighbor’s warm-season grass thrive won’t necessarily be what your cool-season grass needs.
Go beyond yard maintenance
The needs of your yard can change from season to season, year to year. Just like you wouldn’t go to a dentist who only does cleanings, you want to hire a lawn care company that can provide additional services when you need them.
At a minimum, these should include diagnosis and treatment of diseases and pests, and service calls between regular lawn treatments if you notice a problem. Other common yard services to look for include aeration, overseeding andlawn pest control.
Know who is treating your lawn
When it comes to lawn care technician training, the more the better. This goes for not just knowing how to apply grass treatments properly and safely. They should also be able and willing to answer questions you have about your treatments, your yard’s basic needs and how you can meet them, and alert you to anything you need to keep an eye on.
Look for preventative lawn care service
There are certain pests, lawn diseases, and other problems that can crop up with lawns, trees, and shrubs in North Texas. When you know what to watch for, you’re able to contact your lawn care provider for a service call so the problem can be diagnosed and treated before damage is done.
We care about our customers and their lawn. That’s what we do. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622 for all your lawn care needs! We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with top notch service!
Now is the time to start paying attention to the summer guide
to North Texas lawn care to ensure that the Texas heat doesn’t inflict its
damage on your yard. With the heat rising and the outdoor season starting in
earnest, the summer guide to North Texas lawn care will let you start off the
When and how you water your lawn is the most important factor in the quality of your lawn and plant life. The industry standard for the amount of water your lawn needs is roughly an inch of water per week or 1/2 an inch twice per week, whether the yard gets water manually or from rainfall. The best time to water the yard is early in the morning before the sun starts beating down on it. This will allow the water to soak into the dirt and to the roots.
Watering restrictions in your community during periods of drought will affect when you can water your lawn. Try to stay diligent to the one inch per week of water guideline. Too much water can be wasteful and damage harmful to the life span of the grass. Having your irrigation system checked and maintained during this time will ensure that water usage is appropriate for the needs of your yard.
The grass should be taller during the summer months, which
will allow for deeper root growth and cover from the sun. The insulation also
allows for the soil to maintain its moisture better. The general rule of thumb
is to keep the grass roughly about 1 ¾ inches to 2 ½ inches for most turf
It is also important not to let the grass get too long. and removing more than 1/3 or the leaf blade height at when mown can do damage to the grass. Different mowing and watering strategies are required depending on the type of grass. It is prudent to check the type of grass in your yard before taking any serious steps.
The actions you take now will be seen a month from now. One key preventative measure is fertilization and aeration of the lawn. But not all fertilizers are created equal when it comes to summer lawn maintenance. Call us today at (214) 701-7622 to discuss your lawn care needs and we will be happy to help!
it’s critical to take care of weed problems during the summer before they’re able to germinate and seed in the fall. It is also recommended to apply weed treatment while the temperature is less than 85 degrees to prevent harming the grass. Aerating and loosening the soil is another pivotal step in the process. This act ensures that the dirt retains its moisture. Tight, compact soil typically leads to quicker evaporation. Keeping the soil less compact allows for greater water penetration down to the roots.
Pest and Insect Control
The summer months are also a time when you’re likely to see
more pests and insects in your lawn as tiny creatures search out for water.
Many beetles and other insects lay their eggs in the grass during the early
parts of the summer, which hatch into grubs during the middle of the season
that will eat at your grass.
A healthy lawn will help prevent insect infestations. Dry stressed, or dormant lawns are more likely to be home to insects. Aphids, Caterpillars, Fleas, Fire Ants, Chinch Bugs,Grubs, Mosquitoes, Spider Mites, Snails, Slugs and Beetles are just some of the pests can provide services for. Call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622! For all your lawn care needs!
Is your lawn green, full, and lush yet? Spring is the time to fertilize. If you are lucky, you have the perfect lawn – the envy of the block. If not, First Response Lawn Care has the services and solutions to get it that way and keep it green all year!
If you have your lawn fertilized properly, you’ll be on your way to a healthy, dense turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money. Nitrogen is every lawn’s most important ingredient, and each type of grass demands different amounts to display peak growth and performance.
Lawn fertilization varies from lawn to lawn for many reasons including the type of grass(es), soil, location, and climate.
We know that the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the spring when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll know when the soil warms up to 55 because the flowers begin to blossom and the grass starts growing. Another key component of a good lawn fertilization program is the application of pre-emergent. Pre-emergents helps weeds stop before they have a chance to start. In the Fate, Texas area, crabgrass is rampant. By applying a pre-emergent onto a lawn, helps to eliminate this vivacious grass.
Crabgrass is best fought before it appears. Make sure your lawn is properly cared for by using appropriate fertilizers, pre-emergents, and water usage. If you are unsure about what your lawn really needs, contact the professionals at First Response Lawn Care. We will analyze your lawn needs and customize an appropriate plan. First Response Lawn Care does the hard work for you including the application, so you can sit back and enjoy your lawn.
If you want a healthy, lush lawn this year, let’s get started! Call the Fertilization experts at First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622!
Weed Prevention for Spring Spring weeds are working hard to rob your trees and shrubs of water, nutrients, and, ultimately, their health. That is why First Response Lawn Care has structured our weed control service to ensure that you have protection in every month of the year. Our experienced weed control specialists follow a plan that is tailored to the Texas climate including early season weed prevention, Spring weed control and prevention, plus Summer weed control and Fall weed preparation.
At First Response Lawn Care, we work hard to monitor for weeds and keep your lawn safe so that you don’t have to. You deserve to spend your nights, weekends, and extra time with family and friends, and not tackling your weed woes!
Let First Response Lawn Care’s year-round care beat weeds at the source and keep them at bay before they have a chance to spring up. If you want total control against weeds in every season, we can help. Protect your landscape and let our trained technicians beat the issue for you.
By combining our 7 step program with good mowing and watering practices, your lawn should stay thick, healthy and green all year long.
Protect your family, pets and guests from bites
warmer weather here, fire ants are busy building their mounds, and homeowners
are just as busy trying to get rid of them. The bad news is that most homemade
remedies like cornmeal, cayenne pepper and the like, just do not work. The
good news is that First Response Lawn Care has an effective remedy to rid you
of the pesky Fire Ant army.
Fire ants are known for being far more aggressive than other
species of ants. They have even been known to attack and kill small animals
that they consider a threat. Fire ant colonies cause turf damage and can
seriously disturb your lawn’s ecosystem.
When a fire ant nest mound is disturbed, an
immediate, orchestrated assault is triggered within the colony. The fire
ants emerge from the colony mound to swarm your legs and
start biting. Fire ant bites are only the first step in how fire ants attack.
They clamp their barbed mandibles into your skin, then they bite, and then
they bend their abdomens into a stinging position: fire ants drive their
stingers repeatedly, injecting a venomous brew of alkaloids and proteins. Each
sting from these pests feels like a hot spark and usually requires
first aid. Fire ant stings are particularly dangerous for people with
allergies, who may experience anaphylactic shock.
Our professional fire ant control experts at First Response Lawn Care respond to fire ant infestations with quick and effective season-long fire ant treatments, making it easy for you to take back your yard from this invasive and dangerous pest.
First Response Lawn Care provides comprehensive fire ant control services your lawn needs, with proven fire ant treatment designed to rid your turf and soil of a fire ant infestation. Take back your yard from these stinging pests and have fun enjoying your lawn
Call the Fire Ant experts at First Response today! at (214) 701-7622!
The City of Rockwall and surrounding Cities are encouraging residents to take proactive steps during the summer months to help protect against mosquito-borne illness. Check out our mosquito control and abatement services! We can help you mitigate the risks of blood-borne infections for you and your loved ones this season.
Mosquitoes are worst especially at dusk and dawn, and they can spread illnesses such as West Nile virus and Zika.
Here are a few ways to reduce exposure:
Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Currently, no confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus have been found within the City of Rockwall but, it still remains one of the biggest threats after a warmer and wetter than usual winter like we have had this past season.
This is when it’s time to turn irrigation systems back on for the spring. But taking the right steps is crucial to ensure pipes or other irrigation components aren’t damaged. Our irrigation services are second to none.
First, we’ll open the system’s main water valve slowly to
allow the pipes to fill with water gradually. If it opens too quickly, it
subjects sprinkler main lines to high-pressure surges and uncontrolled water
flow, which can cause cracking, since the system is likely empty from months of
non-use in the Winter.
Next, verify each station or zone is operating properly by
manually activating each zone from the controller and walking through them making
sure sprinkler heads are rotating properly and providing adequate coverage and
that there aren’t any leaks. As we go through each zone, adjust heads as needed
and clean the filters on poorly performing sprinklers looking for proper
operating pressure because that can clue us in on system problems. For
instance, low pressure can indicate a line break or missing sprinkler.
Then, reprogram the controller for automatic watering as
necessary and take care of any controller needs, such as replacing the backup
battery. If the system has a weather sensor, you’ll need to uncover and clean
that as well and check the backflow preventer to ensure it’s working properly.
Irrigation Systems Need A Professional Eye
As First Response Lawn Care goes through its spring sprinkler maintenance jobs, we usually find that 40 to 55 percent of them have an issue we can fix to make the system work better, such as having sprinkler heads adjusted or moved or detect leaks or valve adjustments that may be needed. Generally, it’s best to let us start the system up for the first time for you to prevent any additional damage. This is the best time to get your system inspected for any problems this season.
Having a pro maintain your landscape irrigation system is crucial to avoid any problems, such as wasted water, inadequate watering, and flooding. Take care of your landscape investment this spring with a water-efficient system that provides years of trouble-free operation.
If you want a healthy, lush lawn this year, let’s get started! Call the Irrigation experts at First Response today at (214) 701-7622!
If you are struggling to keep your lawn healthy, First Response Lawn Care lawn aeration service may be able to help.
Lawn aeration is important if you want your yard to look healthy and green. When your lawn is aerated, it allows the roots of the grass to go deeper in the ground and helps spread the seed better.
Our lawn aeration service in Fate TX and surrounding areas is just a phone call away at (214) 701-7622
A remedy for soil compaction
When you mow or simply walk on your yard, you compact the soil. This makes it impossible for the roots to grow deep. That means your yard is more likely to be torn up by rain and erosion or everyday use. Over time, soil compaction seals the top layers of the soil and creating run off of the irrigation water rather than allowing it to soak down into the roots of your lawn.
Aeration service breaks up the topsoil making it softer. This allows the roots of your grass to become deeper and stronger.
Weeds are a menace year in and year out. They are just plants trying to grow like anything else. However, if weeds can grow, they will do more damage than you might think. Weeds do damage beyond their unsightly appearance. With all the reasons to not have them, we hope you understand the importance of getting rid of them.
They grow faster than grass. This early growth means your lawn is never able to overtake your yard and will constantly look in disarray if weeds are not managed early in the spring growing season.
It’s not just about your yard. Weeds that get out of hand
will reproduce and populate in your neighbor’s lawn causing much more work for
them. Additionally, they can come back into your own yard from the neighbor’s
yard no matter how much work you do getting rid of them.
Bugs and pests
Pests are attracted to many kinds of plants. The more variety of grass and weeds the more variety of pests and bugs that will be attracted and stay. This goes beyond the grass but flowers, bushes, and possibly the garden areas. By eradicating those weeds, you reduce the number of invited pests.
Compete with grass for water and nutrients
It’s a competition with weeds. Weeds are going toe to toe
with the grass in competing for valuable nutrients and water.
Cause damage to lawn equipment
Often overlooked, is the fact that weeds take a toll on
maintenance to your machines that are forced to work harder on taller and
Taking the time and energy now will save off a lot of work in the future. Not only will it produce a healthy lawn but will bring a lot of satisfaction to you and your loved ones to trust the ground underneath them.
If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!
Long gone are the days we could pay a neighbor’s kid to mow the lawn for 5 bucks. Most home owners spend thousands of dollars each year sprucing up their lawns. Homeowners associations have gone to the extent of setting lawn standards to be abided by all home owners. Therefore the question is whether or not caring for your lawn is tax deductible?
The answer is “MAYBE”! Part of your job as a
homeowner, gardener or landscaper is to prune plants back to reduce their size
and you can also do this with your taxes. If you’re self-employed, there are
tax deductions that can trim the net amount of taxes you’ll owe.
According to the Tax Court, sole
proprietors who regularly meet clients in a home office can deduct part of the
costs of landscaping the property. The deductible portion is based on
the percentage of the home that is used for business. The Court also allowed a
deduction for part of the costs of lawn care and driveway repairs.