St. Louis Lawn Care, Inc 

(314) 974-5911

Tim@STLLawnCare.com

 

St. Louis Lawn Care weekly updates and tips for how the grass is reacting to the ever changing weather in St. Louis.

For free estimates please call Tim at 314-974-5911

St. Louis Lawn Care

314-974-5911

3524 Glen Arbor

St. Louis, MO 63125

March 3, 2013

Lawn Season is upon us

 

Now is the time to start thinking about that first fertilizer application of the year for your lawn.  Even though there is rain and snow in the forecast here in St. Louis, the weather is still going to be warm later in the week. 

 

The first fertilizer application that you put down should contain a pre emergent crabgrass control.  It is very important that you get the first fertilizer application down before the crabgrass starts to germinate.

 

Our fertilizer program is a four step program.  We fertilize the grass during the growing season in St. Louis.  Typically the growing season is Spring and fall in the St. Louis area.  We perform two fertilizer applications in the spring and two fertilizer applications in the fall.  We do not fertilize during the hot summers in St. Louis.  Fertilizing during the summer can damage the lawn and force it to grow when it should be dormant

 

If you have any questions about our fertilizing programs here at St. Louis Lawn Care, please feel free to give us a call

March 18, 2013

You still have time to apply pre emergent fertilizer

 

It is the time of year that you should be applying pre emergent fertilizer on your lawn.  The pre emergent will prevent crabgrass from germinating.  Typically the crabgrass germinates when the weather starts to warm up, but since it has been so cold this year in St. Louis, the crabgrass has not had a change to germinate.  This gives you plenty of time to get the fertilizer with pre emergent down.

 

Temperatures in St. Louis are still dropping into the 20’s at night and keeping the grass dormant, but be ready to start mowing once this weather warms up a little bit.  The grass will take off from all of this rain and snow we have been getting.  Remember to mow your lawn regularly with sharp blades when it does start to grow.

March 30, 2013

Happy Easter From St. Louis Lawn Care

 

Easter is here and it still feels like we are in winter in St. Louis.  Snow is still in piles from last weeks snow storm, which happened to be the biggest one day snowfall in St. Louis in March. 

 

The funny thing is that once the snow melted my grass took off.  Don’t forget that even though the weather is cold, that grass is still growing and it will still need to be mowed.  Remember not to let your lawn get too high before you mow it.  The ideal cut is to take less than a third of the grass blade off on each cut. 

 

Also don't forget about pre emergent fertilizer application.  There is still time to get it down.

April 9, 2013

The grass is growing and we are ready to start mowing

 

Right now in St. Louis the grass is really starting to take off.  It is very important to remember not to let your grass get too high before you mow it for the first time.  Lawn mowing should be done when you are taking no more than 1/3 of the blade of the grass off when you mow.  So if you would like to mow your lawn at 3 inches, try not to let your lawn reach a height higher than 4.25 inches.

 

We offer the professional lawn mowing in St. Louis.  Our company takes pride in every lawn we mow.  We only mow your lawn with the best equipment and the sharpest blades.  Our lawn mower blades are sharpened every day to give the cleanest cut possible. 

 

If you ever need a free estimate for lawn mowing services in the St. Louis area.  Give us a call at anytime.  We would be happy to mow your lawn.

June 4, 2013

Spring recap in St. Louis 2013

 

So it has been a couple months since I last wrote anything and this spring has been a wet one.  As I write this we are way above average on rainfall this year in St. Louis.  It seems like it has been raining every other day.  The rivers are busting out of their banks and the ground is saturated.

 

What this means for your lawn:

 

The grass is growing extremely fast and it is probably very difficult keeping it cut between rains, but it is very important that the grass gets mowed before it gets out of hand.  Cutting too much off a lawn can damage it and cause disease and fungus problems. 

 

The soil is so saturated that the surface cannot dry out.  This can also cause disease and fungus problems.  There is no need to water yet this year.  The rain has provided more than enough water for your lawn.  I have seen some places watering and this over watering can drown your grass, wash nutrients away and cause disease in your lawn. 

 

All of this rain has probably washed a lot of nutrients out of the soil.  So testing your soil would be a good idea and you may want to consider adding any missing nutrients back to the soil. 

 

Weeds are exploding right now and there is still time to get those under control.  Using a selective herbicide will kill the weeds and not the grass. 

 

If you have some bare patches in your lawn there is still time to seed.  The cool temperatures has made seeding difficult early in the spring.  The ground is still ripe for seeding

June 29, 2013

This year fungus is everywhere

 

We have had a very long growing season this year in St. Louis.  All of this rain and cool weather has kept the soil very moist.

 

When the soil does not have time to dry out during the growing season, fungus can breed in your lawn.  We have had so much rain that watering systems have been unnecessary so far this year in St. Louis.  Watering your lawn would cause so much more damage

Jun 15, 2014

A GREEN SUMMER

Having a picture perfect summer doesn’t just mean that the people in the picture have to be fit and wearing refreshing summer clothes; no, picture perfect means that every element of the image has to be in top shape. This means that when you want to take that ultimate family picture in front of your house, your lawn and garden also has to be in pristine condition.

The problem is, summer doesn’t always mean all green and bright colors. In fact, the hot and humid temperature in St. Louis can sometimes bring about a drought and cause the defense systems of grass and other lawn plants to grow weaker, making them more prone to acquiring different diseases.

To help you avoid having to call the lawn-doctors, here are a few tips to help you prevent getting lawn disease problems:

 

Remember to Dry Off: Keep your lawn dry. Always water early in the morning so your lawn can dry quickly. Wet grass can serve as a vehicle for harmful fungi to spread from one blade of grass to another.

 

Make Smart Choices: Just because you like how a certain type of grass or plant would look in your lawn doesn’t mean that you should base your decision off of that. Although aesthetics is one of the biggest factors of choosing different types of grasses, your priority must always be to ensure that you’ll get the right type of grass for the type of soil that you have. Choosing the right type of grass will help your lawn be disease resistant.

 

Don’t Over Fertilize: Always remember that giving and/or receiving too much of anything will always cause harm. This is especially true for plants and over fertilizing. Doing so will stress your lawn and make it more susceptible to diseases.

 

Let It Breathe: Make time to clear your lawn’s thatch to make sure that there won’t be stagnant air lying around the recesses of your beautiful lawn. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean that it wont cause harm.

 

Hydrate: Good drainage begets beautiful lawns.

 

These are only a few tips for proper lawn care during this season. However, always watch out for signs of disease. Once you feel that there’s something wrong with your lawn, call professionals immediately.

July 3, 2014

Tips for Growing a Lawn from Grass Seed

 

Seeding your lawn can be a tricky business. Everything is extra fragile once you’ve planted the seeds, and there are a multitude of possible factors and situations that could ruin all of your work as your grass grows and the seedlings develop into a lawn. This post aims to help you understand the different care and nurture measures that you should take after the seeding process, so you can ensure the beautiful growth of your grass seed and eventual St. Louis lawn.

 

1. The Importance of Water

This is perhaps the most critical step in post-seeding care. You have to apply water frequently so the soil can stay moist, but be careful to not make it excessively wet! You have to water your lawn at least two to three times a day, in small quantities, for about two to three weeks to ensure adequate moisture, which is necessary for germination. Many of the seedlings will inevitably die if you let your soil’s surface dry while the seeds are developing.

 

2. Mowing

You may start regular mowing service once the seedlings reach a height of about one-third higher than a normal mowing height. Remember to maintain a sharp mower blade to avoid pulling the seedlings out of the soil.

 

3. Fertilize

Apply about half a pound of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of your lawn, but try to avoid excessive high-nitrogen fertilization by lightly watering your lawn after the fertilizer application. Applying fertilizer when the seedlings are about one to two inches tall will enhance your lawn’s establishment rate.

 

4. Weed Control

Good timing when it comes to weed control practices is important while your seeds are germinating. Herbicides can get rid of your unwanted weeds, but also remember that it can put stress your grass and reduce its growth rate. Try to delay applying post-emergence herbicides for as long as possible after seeding. Read and follow the recommendations listed on pesticide labels with regard to the suggested timing of application after planting. Or, if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, St. Louis Lawn Care provides fertilizer and weed control services.

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July 4, 2014

Watch the Thatch

 

St. Louis residents know how difficult it is to maintain a lawn with the climate that they live through every year. Living in St. Louis means always experiencing temperature extremes—when describing the weather, sentences always start with “it’s too”, and end with “hot”, “cold”, “wet”, “humid”, etc.

 

If you have a lawn in the St. Louis area, you probably already know that maintaining a lush and green lawn is not an easy feat. There are lots of things you have to consider and do to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful; and perhaps one of the most common and most annoying concerns is the build-up of thatch.

 

Thatch is basically made up of loose and intermingled organic layers of dead and living shoots, roots, and stems that develop between the green vegetation zone and the soil surface. Its build-up usually begins when the turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down by different the microorganisms in your lawn.

 

Managing thatch build-up is difficult and can get quite complicated at times (which is why lawn-owners usually just call professionals to handle it). But to help you decrease the frequency of having to call the thatch-busters in, here are a few tips you can take into consideration to avoid huge build-ups of thatch:

 

Choose right.

 

If you don’t want to deal with too much build up of thatch in your lawn, you might as well choose a type of turfgrass that doesn’t produce significant amounts of thatch. Read up on the different types of grass to know which specie will be most suitable for your lawn.

 

It’s all in the soil.

 

Soils with high acid levels tend to make grass produce more thatch because they don’t have the ability to sustain high numbers of thatch-decomposing organisms. Consider supplementing you soil by topdressing with an uncompacted, non-clay, and non-sand type of soil when you finally decide to renovate your lawn.

 

Limit Pesticides.

 

Easy on the pesticides. Increased levels of applying pesticides also increase the chances of thatch build-up.

 

Fertilize gently.

 

Give your plants right and gentle doses of fertilizers. Too much will cause their root and stem tissues to grow faster.

July 30, 2014

Ways to Apply Fertilizer to Your Lawn

 

Fertilizers come in different forms, which is why having different methods of applying these nutrient-givers is also quite natural. Lawn owners can apply liquid fertilizers with a handheld hose-end sprayer. Dry fertilizers, on the other hand, can be applied using a drop or a broadcast spreader—both of which can be purchased at a home improvement store.


Sprayers and spreaders should always be filled over a sidewalk or driveway. This way, should you spill concentrated fertilizer on the lawn, you can just hose it away, scrape or vacuum it up. Then, you have to flood the area with water so you can avoid fertilizer burn.


Dealing with Hose-End Sprayers:


As a lawn owner, you should know that this sprayer has a plastic or glass body suspended beneath a nozzle that attaches to a hose. Water that flows through the sprayer mixes with the concentrated liquid and sends it up through the nozzle.


In using a hose-end sprayer, you just have to measure the fertilizer into the sprayer container and fill it with water to its appropriate level. Spray all of the contents of the sprayer into your lawn to provide equal coverage to all sections.


The water and the fertilizer both mix together at a fixed rate. All you have to do is read the directions for both the sprayer and the fertilizer to determine how much fertilizer you should measure into one container.


Using Drop Spreaders:


Drop spreaders simply drop fertilizer from a bin. Applying fertilizer through this type of spreader is more precise than a broadcast spreader, but because they can only apply fertilizer to a narrow area, the tendency is that whoever’s applying the fertilizer has to make more passes. Drop spreaders are most efficient when used on small to medium-sized lawns.


In using these, remember to overlap your passes enough to ensure that no strips are left underfed. However, you should also be careful to not double up on any sections. Missing sections tend to leave streaks in your lawn; while double doses can lead to fertilizer burn.


Broadcast Spreaders:


The last type of spreaders that we’ll be talking about is the broadcast spreader—which can either be a handheld or push spreader. These are the easiest applicators to use for dry fertilizers because they just throw the fertilizer granules or pellets over a wide area through a whirling wheel. The handheld model operates through a side-arm crank, and is best used when you have a small lawn. It’s a bit awkward to use, and it’s less accurate, but it’s the easiest option you have.