Fall is here and many people are preparing to spend the upcoming holidays with friends and family. Part of that preparation is making sure your house is ready for guests. A welcoming home starts with a great landscape and keeping it maintained during the busy holidays can be challenging for some. During the fall, homes with lots of trees in areas such as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and Grapevine start dropping their orange, yellow, and brown leaves. A confetti of color can be a nice change, but it can also make yard maintenance even more challenging.
Many areas, like those mentioned above, and suburbs such as Southlake, Keller, and Colleyville have local ordinances in place protecting trees. These ordinances are part of the cities' beautification projects and the trees help provide shade during hot spring and summer months in DFW.
However, anyone who enjoys the pretty, green trees in the spring and summer, knows how cumbersome autumn leaves can become as they fall from the trees. They seem to somehow magnify from a few here and there on the ground in early fall to several thousand leaves blanketing a previously pretty landscape right before Thanksgiving. Fall advertisements like to show family and friends laughing and jumping in leaves throwing them through the air with big smiles on their faces. The reality is that dealing with a large amount of leaves can be difficult and time consuming.
While some leaves can be an insulator keeping grass and gardens a bit greener longer, leaves that are left unattended for too long, can hamper growth. Leaves that start piling up on the roofs of houses and businesses and near curbs, can clog up gutters and outside drains leaving pools of water when it rains. Wet, decaying leaves can grow mildew and mold and piles of dead leaves can harbor pests such as bugs, spiders, and rodents.
Autumn leaves can also become messy as they blow onto areas such as decks and walkways and into garages on windy, fall days. Unwanted leaves can end up in your house and car carried in on the bottoms of shoes and feet bringing with them allergens, ants, insects, and dirt resulting in a continuous cycle of cleaning.
Don't let fall leaves get the best of your holiday season. All Seasons Landcare can take care of your leaf removal leaving you with one less item on your holiday to-do list. With the manpower and equipment to take care of your leaves quickly and effectively, All Seasons Landcare can help uncover your beautiful landscape allowing you more time to enjoy your holidays.
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Lawn care in the Mid-Cities, and throughout the Metroplex, can be challenging due to the clay rich soil prevalent in the area. Clay dirt can be highly fertile, but in the winter months it can retain too much moisture and become water logged. In hotter temperatures, it cracks and creates clods. It can also become compressed and compacted anytime of year through watering, rain, lawn mowing, or excessive use. Over time, oxygen, water, and nutrients can be prevented from reaching the lawn's roots.
Signs of a compacted lawn are:
One of the best ways to combat compressed soil is through aeration. Aeration is a process which creates small holes in the dirt to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the topsoil to reach the roots of the lawn. It can be done through spiking the ground or using equipment that creates holes and removes some dirt at the same time. For the best results in clay soil, some dirt should be removed when holes are made rather than just spiking which can compact the sides of the holes even further.
To combat heavy clods of clay dirt, Texas A & M horticulturists suggest putting down compost immediately after aerating and then watering to help the compost filter down into the holes. This will still allow air to flow and by adding organic matter, the structure of the ground will eventually be improved and more manageable. This will also help create a stronger root system and result in a more healthy, vibrant lawn.
Aerating can be done annually, but the best time of year to aerate is based on the type of grass you have. For cool season grasses, early fall or spring is good. For warm season grasses, aerating should be done in late spring. Some high traffic areas may need to be done more than once a year.
Benefits to aerating are:
Fall is just around the corner in DFW and many people are looking forward to saying goodbye to the summer heat, welcoming cooler temperatures, and not having to water their yard as frequently.
Fall is also a time when professional lawn and landscape companies in DFW take preventative measures to ensure you will have a beautiful lawn in the spring. When the temperature drops, there are some weed varieties that begin to thrive under the soil. If not taken care of early, weeds that are allowed to germinate in the fall, will sprout in the spring.
Dealing with weeds after they've sprouted can be time consuming and expensive. You may find yourself having to pull them, or have them pulled, or trying to figure out which weed killers work best for your particular weeds. Weeds are also not only unsightly, but can affect the overall healthiness of your grass and surrounding plants, flowers, and trees.
The best way to avoid having to deal with an extensive weed problem in the spring is to use a pre-emergent herbicide in the fall. A pre-emergent stunts the growth of the weeds which will prevent them from ever sprouting and making your lawn ugly and unhealthy.
The time of year that a pre-emergent is applied and the amount of water used are important factors to ensure the herbicide works properly. Weather conditions such as drought or excessive rain, or unusually high or low temperatures can affect the timing of it's application. Also, ensuring a good, thorough application can be tricky to make sure surrounding plants, shrubbery, or trees are not affected adversely.
It's best to have a pre-emergent applied by a professional like All Seasons Landcare who can make sure it is used correctly which will ultimately save you time and money.
Some benefits to using a pre-emergent are:
- It breaks down the cycle of constant regrowth of weeds
- It saves time and money by avoiding the need for weed extraction and/or costly weed killers
- If applied properly, only a small number of weeds escape and can be dealt with easily
- The need for it may decrease as certain weed seeds are eliminated over time
Pre-emergents are not only used in the fall in DFW, but also other times of year such as in the spring to avoid summer weeds. All Seasons Landcare is thoroughly knowledgeable about the benefits of pre-emergents and timing them perfectly throughout the year for the best results. As an expert in lawn maintenance in Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, and the Mid-Cities, All Seasons Landcare can help take the guess work out of keeping your lawn healthy and beautiful anytime of the year.