Dallas and its surrounding area are mostly flat; the city itself lies at elevations ranging from 450 to 550 feet. The western edge of the Austin Chalk Formation, a limestone escarpment (also known as the "White Rock Escarpment"), rises 230 feet and runs roughly north-south through Dallas County. South of the Trinity River, the uplift is particularly noticeable in the neighborhoods of Oak Cliff and the adjacent cities of Cockrell Hill, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, and Irving. Marked variations in terrain are also found in cities immediately to the west in Tarrant County surrounding Fort Worth, as well as along Turtle Creek north of Downtown. Source: Wikipedia Dallas, TX
6. The People: If the previous five reasons aren’t enough to inspire you to hold off on cleaning up the garden, I’ll add one final reason to the list: You. There is so much beauty to be found in a winter garden. Snow resting on dried seed pods, berries clinging to bare branches, goldfinches flitting around spent sunflowers, juncos hopping beneath old goldenrod fronds, frost kissing the autumn leaves collected at the base of a plant, and ice collected on blades of ornamental grasses. At first, you might not consider yourself to be one of the reasons not to clean up the garden, but winter is a lovely time out there, if you let it be so.

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The next step in cleaning the garden is to remove spent plant material from the garden. Dead plants, old fruit and vegetables and any diseased plants should be removed from the garden beds and disposed of. If the spent plant material was healthy, it can be composted. If the plant material showed signs of disease, it should be disposed of  in the trash or by being burned. If you compost diseased plant material, you risk re-infecting your garden next year with the same disease.

Grass type also factors into the equation. Every type of grass has a range with an optimal minimum and maximum height. However, during the height of the summer when it is really hot and there are drought conditions, your lawn should be at it’s optimal maximum height. This will encourage slower regrowth after mowing, fewer lawn weeds and fewer lawn pests. This is a sure recipe for a beautiful and healthy lawn.


Unfortunately, many gardeners still think of this kind of hack-it-all-down and rake-it-all-up gardening clean up as good gardening, but in case you haven’t already noticed, I’m here to tell you times have changed. Preparing Your Garden for the Winter is a completely different class these days. We now understand how our yards can become havens for creatures, large and small, depending on what we plant in them and how we tend to our cultivated spaces. Thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, we now know how important native plants are for insects, birds, amphibians, and even people. Our gardens play an important role in supporting wildlife and what we do in them every autumn can either enhance or inhibit that role.

The best season for aeration is spring, so your grass can heal after having the holes poked in it. The best tools to use are either a spike aerator or a plug aerator. With a spike, you will poke holes in the ground with a tine or fork. Plugs will remove cores of soil from the grass. The plug will often work better because it removes soil rather than poking holes. Dethatching or power raking moves away dead grass, excess grass and putting holes in the ground and is considered another method of aeration that costs less. It can cost between $100 and $200 depending on the size of your lawn. See how much lawn aeration costs if you have it done professionally.
Follow the one-third rule. For a thriving lawn, never cut away more than one-third of the grass blade in any one mowing. If the grass “gets ahead of you” because of wet weather or your busy schedule, move up the cutting height of your mower to the highest possible setting and mow. If clippings are too long and heavy, even at that cutting height, catch them with the bagging unit or clean up after mowing with a leaf rake. Then move the cutting height back to your normal range and cut the lawn again a few days after that first mowing.
Edging and trimming are the finishing touches of mowing, kind of like getting a shave after you’ve had a haircut. Edging and trimming are pretty close to being the same thing. Some tools are called edgers because they’re designed to trim the lawn along a hard surface like a driveway or sidewalk. Edgers cut a nice clean edge, but leave some dirt and grass debris that you need to clean up. On the other hand, you can use trimmers anywhere — along a hard surface, in tight spaces, next to planting beds, and so on. Trimmers also leave some clippings on paths and driveways that you need to sweep up.
If you have Caladium, Tuberous Begonias, Canna Lilies, Calla Lilies, Gladiolas, etc., in colder climates these plants will not overwinter outdoors and have to be replanted every spring. However, the tubers or bulbs can be dug and stored over winter indoors and planted again next spring. It’s a great way to stretch your gardening budget. Also the bulbs get bigger and better every year. If you are interested in learning how to over winter tender bulbs and even geraniums, check out Fall Gardening – Thinking Ahead to Next Spring.
No problem we can handle all of those yard services for you as well, but the weekly or every two week grass cutting is kind of the glue that holds it all together. So that first lawn care services quote that I give you, if it looks good you can just hire me and I will come out and mow your yard for the first time and then we can discuss other yard services that you're going to need to get done to whip your lawn and gardens and landscaping in top-notch shape and become the envy of all of your neighbors. The other thing that can make it difficult to figure out what lawn care services in Dallas are any good, and which ones are not so affordable or even reliable is trying to figure out who has lawn mowing reviews or not. That's another thing that I like about running my lawn care service business on top of the GreenPal lawnmowing app is that each time I do a good job cutting a yard for one of my customers in the Dallas Texas area they have the chance to leave me a review and to let my other customers that are perspective lawn maintenance clientele know what kind of professional lawn mowing service I am. There's really no other way to know which lawn care services are affordable and which ones are not. Also the reviews on GreenPal cannot be faked so you know the reviews you're reading when you get your lawn care service price list or legit in each review is tied to an actual lawn cutting that I have done for a customer in the Dallas Texas area. I am currently picking up new lawn maintenance customers in Preston Hollow, Pleasant Grove, Knox / Henderson, Vickery Meadow, and Winnetka Heights. If you live in any of those parts of Dallas to I can probably offer you lawnmowing starting out at $29 per lawn cutting. Included in that lawn mowing price is a basic lawnmowing of your grass, blowing off the grass clippings, and also picking up any small trash and sticks and debris that you might have in your yard. We will also use a weedeater and trim the grass growing around any obstacles that you have in your yard such as trees, playsets, trampoline or fire hydrant street sign whatever we will leave your yard in a nice and neat shape after we are done cutting it. Thank you so much for considering my lawn maintenance company serving the Dallas Texas area for over 10 years now, I look forward to meeting you in your yard and discussing what options we can implement for improving your grass, landscaping, and gardens.
Edging and trimming are the finishing touches of mowing, kind of like getting a shave after you’ve had a haircut. Edging and trimming are pretty close to being the same thing. Some tools are called edgers because they’re designed to trim the lawn along a hard surface like a driveway or sidewalk. Edgers cut a nice clean edge, but leave some dirt and grass debris that you need to clean up. On the other hand, you can use trimmers anywhere — along a hard surface, in tight spaces, next to planting beds, and so on. Trimmers also leave some clippings on paths and driveways that you need to sweep up.
Weed seeds are especially hard to remove because they are easily spread by wind, animals, garden tools and water. They can also remain dormant for years before starting to grow. The usual response to weeds is spraying herbicides but can be dangerous for your plants, pets and children. Along the same lines are leaves that have to be removed every year before the winter starts. Otherwise you can have dead spots and patches. You can control those patches with chemicals but run into problems. Leaf removal is crucial in environmental control of weeds as well, as they can kickstart their growth. Some essentials tools for leaf removal include:
Set your mower at the highest preferred setting for your grass type and only cut the top 1/3 of the grass blades at any one time, even if this means you have to mow again after several days. This is because longer grass blades can grow and support more roots and develop a deeper root system that is better able to find water and nutrients in the soil. Cutting too aggressively, also called “scalping the lawn,” forces grass plants to focus their energy on regrowing their blades, not deepening their roots. Scalping the lawn also makes your lawn more prone to weeds. Taller grass blades shade the soil and keep it cooler, helping prevent weed seeds from sprouting. Plus, there are lifestyle benefits: Taller grass is softer to walk on and helps cushion falls better than short grass.
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