All of us could use a little advice! Especially when it comes to lawn care. Since you don’t often get temperatures below freezing here, lawn care in Fort Worth is a year-round proposition. It’s important to follow a proper watering schedule to keep your lawn lush and green, and to mow in the correct manner and with the correct frequency for optimum grass health.

Check out these sure-fire tips to keep your lawn looking great!

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Drought on Soil

1. Be Drought Savvy

Because the Dallas-Fort Worth area has cycles of drought that tend to reoccur every decade or so, it’s important to consider water-saving strategies for taking care of your lawn. De-thatching your lawn (raking your grass to remove the thick layer of dead grass just above the soil) is recommended because it allows water to penetrate to the roots where it’s needed. Make sure to follow any water restrictions for your area.

Given a choice, it’s often better to water less frequently, but as deeply as possible. This encourages the plants to root themselves more deeply to find the water.

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Proper Irrigation

2. Proper Irrigation Practices

Sprinkler systems or soaker hoses with timers are a good way to go and save you the hassle of remembering to water the lawn yourself. In a normal growing season, you’ll want to set your irrigation system to go off about 3 or 4 times a week. Because of the chance that the water will evaporate before it gets to the soil, don’t water during the heat of the day. Early morning is better than late evening, because the grass is then able to dry out through the rest of the day. This minimizes your chances of lawn disease.

During the winter, you will probably still need to water your lawn occasionally, but not as often as during the growing season. Look for wilting blades of grass, a tell-tale sign that the lawn needs water.

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Consistent Fertilization

3. Fertilization

If you leave the grass clippings on the lawn after you mow, these will act as a natural fertilizer as they decompose. Many homeowners also find that applications of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium with a 3-1-2 ratio a few times a year are helpful. In between these fertilizer cycles, monitor your lawn to see if it might benefit from additional applications of nitrogen twice a year to keep it green and healthy.

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4. Pest Care

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, there are a handful of different types of pests that commonly cause lawn damage, including grubworms, sod webworms, and army worms.  If you see signs of infestation, like patches of shorter grass with brown, dead blades around them, you need to treat the grass as soon as possible. Can’t determine the cause of the problem? A garden center or lawn care company can help you figure out the best course of treatment.

Keeping your Dallas-Fort Worth area lawn care care in check throughout the hot summers takes some doing, but the beautiful green expanse you’ll get in return is well worth it.  Additionally, we provide service in the following areas:

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