Lawn Care Tips to Get Your Tulsa Landscape Ready for Winter

fall lawn care tips tulsaWith the autumn season in full swing in Tulsa, there’s no better time to watch leaves change colors, enjoy a hayride with family and friends, and indulge in a cup of hot apple cider. But, did you know it’s also the perfect time to prepare your Tulsa landscape for winter?

Fall is an important time of year to give your lawn proper care, so it can survive the harsh winter months ahead. So before you put your tools in hibernation, consider these five lawn and garden projects to help your lawn flourish come springtime:

1. Leaf removal – During the fall, leaves cover your lawn in what seems like the blink of an eye. A leaf blower is an easy tool to use and can help you move all your debris to one place for quick cleanup. Keep in mind, it’s best to either blow all leaves toward the center of your yard to create one big pile, or start at the edge of your lawn and blow leaves in the same direction.

2. Restore soil – Add beneficial nutrients, soil bacteria and microorganisms to next year’s garden by recycling pulled annuals, leaves, grass clippings, and leftover fruits and vegetables into an organic compost. Your homemade compost will help you get a jumpstart on your spring lawn and garden efforts, and increase soil richness for plants and flowers.

3. Prune – Since trees and shrubs lose leaves in the fall, it is easier to spot and prune diseased or dying branches. To prevent disease, prune branches that grow back toward the center of the tree, or cross and rub against each other. However, do not remove unreasonably large branches since exposed stubs can cause health problems for trees and shrubs.

4. Lawn mulch – Give your lawn the strength it needs to survive the winter with nutrient-heavy mulch. An easy way to do this is by using a mulching lawn mower or a chipper shredder to mulch leaves and spread a thin layer over your lawn. The nutrients and organic matter absorbed into the ground will contribute to your lawn’s overall strength and growth in the spring. Plus, mulching is great for preventing weeds, stopping erosion and compaction.

5. Weed control – Just like other plants, weeds prepare for winter by storing food in their roots. To remove stubborn weeds, pull or dig weeds out of the ground or use a homemade weed-control solution, such as five parts white vinegar, two parts water and one part dish soap, and then-reseed the spots to prevent regrowth. Oklahoma Landscape also offers an effective weed control treatment to keep your Tulsa lawn weed-free all year, as well as lawn fertilization and overseeding programs to keep it healthy and looking great.

Fall will be over before you know it, so get your yard ready for the cold days ahead. Call the Tulsa landscapers at Oklahoma Landscape for more help in keeping your Tulsa landscape looking its best. You’ll be glad you did when spring is in full bloom.

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Why Fall is the Best Time for Overseeding your Tulsa Lawn

Does your lawn look worn-out from summer? Due to heat or simply the passing of time, grass starts to get old and look weary, thin, and brown. In this weakened condition, weeds can easily take over a lawn. Overseeding your Tulsa lawn with new grass seed can help to revive your landscape and make it look vibrant and new again. Overseeding is the practice of spreading a layer of new grass seed over your existing turf.  This new layer of grass will fill in any bare spots in your Tulsa lawn and help it to stay healthy.

When is the best time to overseed or reseed? Fall is an opportune time because the soil is still warm enough for seeds to germinate in. Meanwhile, the air temperature is getting cooler, making it more difficult for weeds to grow and choke out the new grass. Cooler temperatures also mean a decrease in insects and disease to harm the new seeds. Thus, with adequate watering and fertilization, the new seeds can start to germinate before winter.

There’s also another benefit to overseeding your Tulsa lawn in the fall. “…overseeding with a cool-season grass in the fall ensures that you will have a green lawn during the winter months,” the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources division noted.

By overseeding your Tulsa lawn, it will become more resistant to diseases, weeds, and drought. Thus, a healthy lawn will need less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. So, a little overseeding now will be a big help in having a thick and green lawn in the spring.

Before you overseed, you will want to cut your grass lower than you usually do to allow more room for the new seeds to grow and to allow more sunlight to reach them. Remove any clippings and thatch in the lawn. It’s helpful to aerate your lawn, removing core patches of dead grass and soil, to allow more oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the roots.

After you spread or broadcast your new seed over the turf, lightly rake the lawn to help the seeds germinate in the soil. Apply a good fertilizer to the lawn to help the new seed grow strong. Many also recommend spreading enriched soil or a thin layer of compost over the seeds to supplement the soil, but it’s important to apply just a thin layer so as to not smother the new seeds before they can grow.

Watering is vital. Water the lawn immediately after overseeding, keeping the lawn damp but not flooded. Continue to irrigate the seeds several times a day for several weeks. After the seeds have begun to grow, you can water less frequently.

Wait to mow the grass until it reaches about 3 inches high.

These simple steps to overseed your Tulsa lawn will help get it ready for winter so that your landscape can look lush and beautiful in the spring and remain healthy. Oklahoma Landscape in Tulsa offers complete overseeding services as well as fertilization and weed control to help maintain a green an attractive lawn.

Revive your Summer-Stressed Tulsa Lawn this Fall – Weed Control and Fertilization


People associate lawn care in Tulsa with spring and summer, but the fall is actually the optimal time to take steps toward a healthy, greener lawn.

Rout the Drought

This summer’s drought has left many lawns in Tulsa straw-colored and dormant. Fall lawn care can help your lawn recover. During a drought, you should continue to fertilize your lawn every eight weeks with a slow-release fertilizer. A lawn that has the proper nutrients grows dense, deep roots and recovers from drought faster. A regularly fed lawn will also be healthier and thicker than an unfed lawn. Couple feedings with infrequent, deep watering to promote deeper roots, which provide a larger reservoir of water to draw from.

After the drought passes, keeping this feeding schedule up through the fall should help your lawn green up quickly. If brown patches remain, fall is the time to consider raking those spots out and reseeding to get your lawn healthy for the following spring.

Feed the Need

Even lawns not stricken by drought need nourishment in the fall – and autumn feeding can make a big difference. Fall feeding can bring a dramatic improvement as the lawn recovers from summer damage. Lawn fertilization in Tulsa can help store vital nutrients your soil so that underground root development can continue until the ground freezes to ready the lawn for fuller growth in the spring. Two feedings — timed around Labor Day and Halloween — are recommended for Northern lawns, while Southern lawns are best-fed four-to-six weeks before the first frost occurs in your specific region.

Let It Breathe

In order to grow, a lawn needs air. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t see the grass due to leaf coverage, then it’s time to remove the lawn debris from the yard. Clearing leaves and clippings in the fall will help by removing clutter that keeps air and sun from reaching the growing grass. Heed caution if mulching leaves, as a thick layer spread onto the lawn actually does more harm than good.

One great way to let your lawn breathe is through core aeration in Tulsa, which promotes deep root growth. Aeration removes cores of dirt, thatch and grass and reduces soil compacting that can keep grass from developing roots deep enough to absorb rainwater. For best results, choose an aerator that removes plugs of soil, with the remaining holes at least 3/4″ in diameter, 3″ deep and no more than 3″ apart.


Once the lawn is aerated, look for weak spots in it. Drought, thatch, insects, disease or seeding too lightly at first planting can make lawns thin or patchy. Overseeding — the spreading of grass seed directly onto soil within an existing lawn — can improve a lawn’s appearance dramatically and eliminate the need for a total lawn renovation.

Fall is the prime time to overseed because the warm soil promotes rapid seed growth and typically, fewer weed problems emerge at this time of the year. If the thatch layer of dead roots and stems below the green blades is more than 1/2″ thick, you should de-thatch the lawn before overseeding. If the presence of tree roots has resulted in an inadequate topsoil layer, spread a layer of topsoil no more than 1/4″ over the lawn.

The day before you overseed, mow the lawn slightly lower than normal. Be sure to use fertilizer when you seed. For the next several weeks after overseeding, keep the top inch of soil moist to permit growth.

Performing these simple Tulsa lawn care steps in the fall will help you have a beautiful lawn in the spring. For more information on fall lawn care and tips on preparing your lawn for winter, visit or call 918.299-LAWN.

Courtesy of ARA Content.

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Weed Control in Tulsa – What It Takes for a Healthy, Weed-Free Lawn

Weed Control…Tulsa homeowners know that to have a beautiful, healthy lawn you have to keep weeds in their place…virtually nonexistent, right? But what does that involve? Consistent lawn care all year round is the best defense against weeds. With a thick, healthy lawn, there’s less of a chance of weeds taking over.

For broadleaf weeds, you can start by using a weed herbicide to kill the weeds; and then after they turn brown, you can remove the thatch. But removing the weeds is only the beginning of consistent lawn care and a subsequently healthier lawn.

Aerating your lawn in the fall (for cool-season grasses) and in the spring or early summer (for warm-season grasses) can greatly improve the health of your lawn. Core aeration, as it’s sometimes called, breaks up compacted soil that over time can harden, keeping the roots from growing and preventing rainfall, fertilizer, and other nutrients from penetrating the soil. Aeration is done by making small holes in the grass and soil or by removing small core patches of soil and dead grass, or thatch. These small holes allow oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the soil and grass roots. Oxygen helps prevent diseases and increases growth, and with enough room in the soil, roots can continue to grow and flourish. Thus, this simple procedure can greatly increase the health of your lawn, giving it the strength and thickness it needs to choke weeds out.

Fertilizing your lawn in the fall, just after aerating, will allow the nutrients to reach the soil and roots. And with temperatures cooling, there will be better conditions for the soil and grass to repair and rebuild itself.

Overseeding your Tulsa lawn with cool-season grass varieties in the fall will help to fill in any bare patches of grass and strengthen your lawn with new grass seeds. This will help grass stay healthy and more resistant to diseases and weeds. Again, a healthy, vibrant lawn is the best defense against those pesky weeds.

While herbicides can help keep weeds at bay, truly healthy lawns require a regular maintenance program of aerating, fertilizing, and overseeding to have effective weed control.

Fall Lawn Care Tips – Aeration and Overseeding in Tulsa

It’s almost fall in Tulsa, and having had a wet summer and heavy use, your lawn may need some good old TLC. While it may seem like your lawn may need less care as autumn comes, actually fall is when grass stores nutrients and moisture to prepare for a long winter, and thus still needs to be well cared for. Fall is actually a good time for core aeration and overseeding to help repair the soil and keep the grass thick and healthy.

Removing Leaves and Dead Grass

Raking out dead grass, or thatch, and moss that’s developing on your lawn will help keep it healthy and looking great. Raking fallen leaves from your Tulsa lawn is also important to do before they get wet and begin to choke out the grass and cause lawn disease. So don’t wait until all your leaves have fallen before you begin to rake.

Lawn Aeration

Aerating your Tulsa lawn is important in the fall to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. Core aeration involves removing small core patches of soil and dead grass, thus opening up compacted soil. This provides enough room for oxygen and water to properly reach the roots, encouraging the roots to grow deeper and fuller in the soil.  These deeper roots can then help the soil and lawn stay healthy throughout the long winter.

Fertilize your Lawn – Weed Control

Fall is a good time to fertilize your lawn to give the grass the nutrients it needs to grow deep roots. It is also a good time to stop weeds from continuing to infiltrate your lawn where they could take over during the winter. Because the top growth of the grass has slowed, fertilizing in the fall allows the nutrients to go to the soil and roots, helping them grow stronger and deeper to survive the winter. Apply your last fertilizer just before winter hits to give grass the nutrients it needs to be ready for spring.

Overseeding your Tulsa lawn

Overseeding, or sprinkling seed over existing grass, in the fall will help thicken your lawn and keep it healthy. Weeds are less likely to grow in a thick, lush lawn. Especially for cool-season grasses, overseeding helps to fill in any bare spots and will help it become more resilient as the new varieties of seeds planted have a higher resistance to disease than those already growing in the lawn.

Get your Tulsa lawn ready for winter with fertilization, aeration, and overseeding. Give it the nutrients it needs now to be healthy in the spring.

What’s Involved in Complete Lawn Care – Tulsa Homeowners Should Know

Full-service lawn care in Tulsa requires a detailed knowledge of the nutrients your lawn needs to be healthy and the proper way to keep your lawn well-manicured so that it can thrive. Whether mowing, edging, and trimming or weed control, fertilization, core aeration, and overseeding, a professional lawn care company must know how to get the most effective results. They could also care for your leaf and trash removal, shrub and ornamental care, and more. As your premier Tulsa lawn care company, we don’t want our residential and commercial customers to worry about their lawn care or spend all their free time caring for their landscape. We simply want you to enjoy yourself.

A Tulsa lawn care company must consistently manage your lawn’s fertilization and weed control needs. Oklahoma Landscape customizes our 6-step fertilization and weed control program to your lawn’s particular needs. With our custom pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control system, your lawn can be virtually weed-free. A healthy, well-fertilized lawn can stay green and lush all year and requires less maintenance. Our lawn care experts in Tulsa will keep track of the fertilization and weed control schedule for your lawn, making sure your lawn always has the nutrients it needs to flourish. With expert lawn overseeding and aeration, your soil and grass will stay strong and more resistant to weeds and disease.

Oklahoma Landscape carefully monitors the health of your shrubs and ornamentals as part of its complete lawn care services. Every lawn is unique. Thus, our seasoned team of horticultural experts will customize our 6-step ornamental and shrub care program to your specific landscape’s needs. This custom lawn and shrub care program involves insect and disease protection, deep root feeding, and dormant oil treatments. They may also provide an outdoor pest control treatment. If you’re going to have a professional lawn care company manage your landscape, make sure they have extensive experience and the variety of lawn care services your landscape needs to be healthy.

•6-Step Fertilization and Weed Control Program

•Pre- and Post-emergent Weed Control

•Expert Lawn Overseeding and Aeration

•6-Step Ornamental and Shrub Care Program

•Deep Root Feeding

•Insect and Disease Protection

Visit or call 918-299-LAWN for more details.