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A common problem occurs when people go on vacation. They come home only to find the lawn is over grown due to excessive amounts of rain. The worst thing you could do is to immediately cut the lawn back to it’s normal length. This can cause the grass plants to go into shock. Instead, remember the “1/3 Rule” and get it back to it’s optimal height over the next 2 – 3 mowings.
It is especially recommended that you stick to this rule of thumb in fall (and, to a lesser degree, in spring, but see below). In summer, meanwhile, if can't remember the measurements, err on the side of mowing at a greater height. 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 cool off a bit.
Brian Hudelson: Sometimes with the leaf material, it’s a little easier to dispose of than if you’ve got, you know, branches or that stuff- a little woodier sort of material. So, I’d handle that a little bit different in terms of the disposal, but mainly cutting back if its branches, herbaceous plants. So, if you can cut those back close to the ground, that often times is really great, but again, making sure you get as much of that material out of the garden as you possibly can.
Touching Collin, Denton, Kaufman, Rockwall and of course, Dallas counties, even our city is massive. Come to think of it... our lawns are pretty massive too… and we worked our butts off for our massive lawns. Let’s be real, we all know what the weekends are for─brunch and mimosas with friends and family; not for mowing the lawn and picking the weeds out of the yard.
Most of our lawn maintenance customers throughout the Dallas metropolitan area and Dallas County will have us mow the yard on a weekly or every two week basis from March through November, and then come back one time a month to make sure that their yard is all cleaned up in November December January and February. This is a good well-rounded landscape maintenance plan that will keep your yard in top-notch shape however will not break your yard maintenance budget. After we get done cutting your grass and manicuring your yard the first time that you hire us on GreenPal I will look at all of the other things that your yard and gardens will attention need such as pruning of the shrubs re-seeding your yard, remulching your landscaping beds, and cleaning up any leaves in the fall that live come from your larger trees in your yard. After I look at all of these items I will work up a lawn care service pricing list and email it to you through the GreenPal system. If any of this additional yard work looks good just click to hire me for those yard maintenance services as well and it will appear on your GreenPal account and my lawn care service customer dashboard. This is a very easy way to keep track of all of the yardwork and you need to get done in your yard throughout a given lawn care season and keep us all on the same page. We have a dozen lawn mowing customers in Russwood Acres some of the lawn maintenance customers in El Tivoli Place and we are also building up some lawn maintenance clientele in Kessler Park and Stevens Park in Dallas Texas. So if you live in those parts of Dallas, we can get to your lawn cutting on a weekly or every two week basis, it's just whichever yard maintenance service cycle you want for your yard, we can accommodate either. Thank you so much for considering me for your landscape maintenance I look forward to meeting you in your yard and developing a game plan to get your lawn in great shape
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You should do both during the cooler parts of the spring and fall. In southern states, you can do it in the Spring between February and April. in the Fall, you would look at doing it between October and November. In the northern states, the Spring seeding would be handled from April to early June, while the fall seeding might occur between September and early October.
Dallas is a major city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city's population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816. The United States Census Bureau's estimate for the city's population increased to 1,300,092 as of July 1, 2015.
If you consider yourself an environmentalist, you're obligated to consider the alternative offered by reel lawn mowers. In terms of fighting air pollution, reel mowers and electric mowers are both excellent environmental selections. To reduce the environmental burden on community landfills, make sure that, whatever type of mower you select in your shopping, it has mulching capabilities. Alternatively, put the grass clippings in a compost bin. Consult my tips if you need to learn how to make compost.
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.
The only plants I regularly cut back every year are my bearded iris because the iris borers overwinter in/on the foliage. Everything else is left standing. Some folks recommend cutting back and removing any foliage that was diseased, such as monarda with powdery mildew or peonies with botrytis. You can do this, but it certainly doesn’t guarantee you won’t have the same fungal issue in subsequent years. Most fungal issues are either wind-borne or soil-borne so cutting back foliage isn’t a cure-all for them.
I feel i have to clean up in autumn. Our winters can get very cold here -50 below with lots of snow, even though spring is in march sometimes we have to wait some years till may for it all to melt and it is very wet/mucky. but warm enough to sprout the plants and when they start growing the old is still dried up on top of the new foliage the dried up leaves doesn’t look so nice on the day lilies. iris, hostas ect. I did try leaving it it a few years but it was triple the work to get it cleaned up. Also on the leafs that were left on top of the grass over winter there was a white mold that grew.
Take note that it is the height that the grass has attained that should determine when it is time to mow: it is your lawn's way of giving you a cue (straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak). It would be arbitrary to establish a schedule for mowing based on length of time between mowings. For instance, advising someone to "mow every other week" fails to take into account the growing conditions during that period of time. For example, rainfall stimulates growth in lawns, so the presence or absence of rain will have a great impact on mowing frequency.
Depending on where you live, it may be acceptable again to have something on the grounds in front of your house other than grass without your being looked upon as some kind of a weirdo. Ground covers, wide walkways and flower beds are seen increasingly in front of respectable homes as front-yard landscaping alternatives to the traditional lawn. Even vegetable garden beds are becoming acceptable if designed so as to be attractive. To that end, a growing body of literature is arising detailing how you can have an "edible front yard" without having the neighbors conclude that you are a total degenerate.
And lastly, on the flowers beds, I take the weed whacker and cut back all the perennials. Be sure to leave some seed heads for the birds. As a side note, I love, love, love this weed whacker. It’s lightweight and super easy to use (even for a girl). My hubs loves it too and has pretty much forsaken his gas powered beast for this battery powered one.
2. The Butterflies: While the monarch flies south to overwinter in Mexico, most other butterflies stay put and take shelter somewhere dry and safe until spring. Some butterflies, like the mourning cloak, comma, question mark, and Milbert’s tortoise shell, overwinter as adults. They nestle into rock fissures, under tree bark, or in leaf litter until the days grow longer again and spring arrives. Butterflies that overwinter in a chrysalis include the swallowtail family, the cabbage whites and the sulphurs. Many of these chrysalises can be found either hanging from dead plant stems or tucked into the soil or leaf litter. You can guess what a fall gardening clean up does to them. And still other butterfly species, such as the red-spotted purple, the viceroy, and the meadow fritillary, spend the winter as a caterpillar rolled into a fallen leaf or inside the seed pod of a host plant. If we cut down and clean up the garden, we are quite possibly eliminating overwintering sites for many of these beautiful pollinators (and perhaps even eliminating the insects themselves!). Another excellent way you can help butterflies is to build a caterpillar garden for them; here’s how. Declining butterfly populations are one of the best reasons not to clean up the garden.
Make a quick sweep through the flower beds and pull all the annuals and weeds. I don’t recommend composting weeds, but the annuals can be tossed into the compost. If you want to collect seeds from your annuals, don’t forget to do that first. After I pull the annuals, I like to give them a good shake over the ground to see if I can get any volunteers next year. This works really well with snapdragons and sometimes marigolds. Give it a try.
For the cleanest cut, sharpen mower blades at the first sign of wear. Dull blades tear up grass, causing ragged, brown edges. Continually using a dull mower blade can also cause your grass to weaken over time, making it more susceptible to disease, insect damage, and other stresses (like heat and drought). A mower tune-up and blade sharpening once a year helps in many ways: Your mower will start easier, make cleaner cuts, and slice your clippings without bogging down the mower blades. Also, remember to wash your mower after each use, to help prevent any blockages within the mower itself.