Tulsa Lawn Maintenance Tips For Fall

The weather starts cooling down in Oklahoma, and you start thinking that it’s the end of this year’s Tulsa lawn care days. While it may be true that you won’t have to constantly mow the lawn, there are some necessary fall Tulsa lawn care items you may need to care for  to get your lawn fall tulsa lawn care prepared for winter.

Making sure to take care of your lawn in the fall will help to ensure that you have a vibrant and healthy lawn in the spring. Here is a fall lawn care checklist to help you get started.

Lawn Fertilization

Summer’s heat has likely taken a toll on your lawn, so fall is a good time to return nutrients back to the soil with a slow-release fertilizer. This lawn fertilization in the fall will strengthen the underground root system so that the roots are deeper and the grass recovers faster from drought and heat. This lawn fertilization for your Tulsa lawn will also help the soil to have the nutrients it needs to be strong in the spring. It’s ideal  to fertilize your lawn four-to-six weeks before the first frost.

Overseeding Tulsa Lawns

Perhaps your lawn is starting to look worn-out and thin. This can happen because of summer’s heat or just the passing of time. Overseeding in the fall will help it to be vibrant again. Overseeding or seeding your lawn with a new layer of cool-season grass over existing turf will fill in any thin spots and help it be more resilient to diseases and weeds.

Fall is a great time to overseed your lawn because the soil is warm enough for the seeds to germinate, and yet the air is cool enough to prevent weeds from cropping up. There are many other reasons why fall is the best time for overseeding.

Lawn Aeration

tulsa lawn maintenanceBefore you overseed your lawn, you might need to aerate the soil, which involves removing small core patches of dirt, thatch, grass, and if the soil is compacted  aerating the lawn will help the soil and roots get more oxygen, water, and nutrients. This will help the roots of the new grass seeds to grow deeper and healthier.

Some ask if they need to rake all the leaves in their yard. Commonly, if the leaf coverage is covering the lawn so much that the grass can’t be seen, then the leaves should be raked because they can prevent air and sun from reaching the grass. Thus, it’s best not to wait until all the leaves have fallen before you begin raking. A light layer of mulched leaves applied later in the season can provide the lawn with nutrients and protect it from colder weather. However, if the mulch is too thick or gets too moist before it decomposes, it can begin to choke out the grass or cause lawn disease.

Watering

Even with the weather  getting cooler, your Tulsa lawn will still need regular irrigation in the drought conditions. While the ground temperatures are above freezing, lawns can have infrequent, deep watering to help roots grow deep into the soil.

The Tulsa lawn care experts at Oklahoma Landscape will gladly take care of all your fall lawn maintenance needs, giving your lawn the right fertilization at the right time, as well as aerating, and overseeding your lawn so that it will look healthy, beautiful, and ready for the coming spring!

 

 

Precautions for Tulsa Lawn Care During the Summer

Oklahoma heat and humidity can be harsh at times. When it comes to taking care of weekly residential lawn care chores, what can Tulsa homeowners do to protect themselves from the heat’s ill effects?

Mow early or late. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to limit their outdoor activity to morning or evening hours in the hot days of summer. Often, you’ll see Tulsa homeowners gardening or mowing in the early hours of the daytulsa lawn care when the temperatures are lowest. In Oklahoma, it can still be pretty hot in the evening, so early mornings are often the best.

Take Frequent Breaks. Although it may take you longer to mow, breaks are so important. Take a 5 minute rest when you stop to drink water. Working with these breaks not only will help you maintain your energy but will also give your mower engine a much needed break.

Hydrate Often. You not best to wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, the OSDH reports. They said no matter your activity level, you should drink more fluids during summer, so imagine how much you’ll need to drink doing yard work? Drink water before you start and every 15 minutes while you’re doing lawn work, experts advise. You could also spray yourself with a light mist of water to help you keep from overheating.

Its best to wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat when mowing during the day. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Also use an insect repellent to keep away mosquitoes. Also wear goggles, gloves, and ear protection. You may at times also consider wearing light long sleeve shirts and long pants to protect yourself from bugs and debris.

“If you experience signs of heat stress such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, great weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, or vomiting,” contact your health care provider immediately,” the OSDH stated.

If you don’t want to have to worry about residential or commercial lawn care in the Tulsa heat this summer, contact Oklahoma Landscape about their regular lawn maintenance programs. We would be glad to help.

 

More Than Mowing Needed for Residential Tulsa Lawn Care

To some, Tulsa lawn care may simply be weekly mowing. But there’s much more to having a beautiful lawn than just mowing. Of course, proper mowing is essential, but there are other important components of a healthy lawn. And homeowners must also understand how to take care of problem areas.

Effective lawn mowing. It must be said…mowing is a key feature of great Tulsa lawn care. Done correctly, mowing can greatly aid your lawn in remaining healthy. Make sure your mower has a sharp blade for a clean and healthier cut. Then you will want to cut no more than one-third of the blade’s height at any one time. Leaving the grass higher will help to crowd out weeds. Mowing shorter creates stress on the grass blades, and can dry out the soil too quickly.tulsa lawn care

Proper lawn fertilization. It’s good to have your soil tested to see what nutrients the soil is lacking and its pH level. With this information, you know the best fertilizer to use. Usually, it’s best to add fertilizer to cool-season grasses in the fall while warm-season grasses do better when fertilizer is added in the spring. When fertilizing, use a slow-release fertilizer on a nice day. Corn gluten is an organic fertilizer that adds nitrogen to your lawn while also acting as a natural weed deterrent, especially for crabgrass.

Watering at the right time. Proper watering is another key for a healthy lawn. Early morning is the best time to water because you won’t lose too much water to mid-day evaporation, and the grass won’t stay too wet at night, which can cause fungus and disease. This will help prevent your lawn from turning brown because of fungus. Overwatering can also cause yellowing of your lawn.

lawn mowing tulsaHow much should you water your Tulsa lawn? The Family Handyman gave a useful tip: “Set a cake pan halfway between your sprinkler and the edge of the spray pattern. Watch your clock to see how long it takes the sprinkler to fill the pan with 3/8 in. of water. Water for that amount of time three times a week, unless it rains.”

Weed control for Tulsa lawns. Try to apply a pre-emergent weed control herbicide in the spring before weeds start to germinate. As we’ve mentioned, corn gluten meal acts as a great weed suppressant. You can spot spray individual weeds that sprout up, The Family Handyman noted. Concentrated vinegar can be an effective organic spot weed killer, although it may adversely affect other surrounding plants as well, so you may need to precisely target the weeds.

For more information on effective Tulsa lawn care, contact us at 918.299.LAWN918.299.LAWN and we can create a custom residential lawn care maintenance program for your landscape.

Tips to Overseeding Your Tulsa Lawn

If your lawn has become thin or damaged, overseeding can help to repair your Tulsa lawn. Overseeding with new grass seed variations helps to build a thick, luxurious lawn, which not only will look better but will also act as a natural weed control. Overseeding your Tulsa lawn will also help your lawn become more resistant to insects and disease because the new seed assortments will be more resistant to these threats while producing a healthier lawn overall.lawn care tulsa

Why though does grass become damaged or thin? There are a variety of issues that can add to a lawn that’s less-than-lush, and it’s good to recognize the main causes of your lawn’s injury so as to help avoid it. Often, extreme heat can tax the lawn as well as simply the usual decrease in grass reproduction over time. Other sources of lawn stress and damage include soil compaction, thatch, poor drainage, lack of water, lack of nutrients in the soil, and poor grass varieties that are not well suited to the climate.

What steps are involved in overseeding your Tulsa lawn and keeping it looking great?

Prepare the ground. Unlike other mowing times, you should mow your lawn short before overseeding to allow the seeds to successfully reach the soil. Rake the lawn to remove debris and dead grass. Especially if thatch and soil compaction are the main causes of stress on your lawn, aerating your soil will be necessary. Core aeration removes small core spots of thatch and soil to better allow water, air, and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. Aerating your Tulsa lawn will also help the new grass seeds germinate in the soil easier and faster.

Pick a good seed variety. Select a high quality grass seed that’s well suited for your area. Make sure you pick a grass seed that is weed-free. A high quality seed will be more drought-tolerant and more resistant to weeds and disease.

Seed the new grass. There are many ways to seed your lawn with new grass. Often people use a spreader to lay the seed. Some use a mechanical slit seeder, which has vertical blades that open a slit or furrow in the soil, and then the machine deposits the seeds into the slit. Others may simply broadcast the seed manually. Make sure the seeds get good contact with the soil so that they can germinate.

Fertilize and water. After you’ve spread the grass seeds, you’ll need to apply a good seed starting fertilizer to help them grow strong. Then you will need to give the seeds a good watering. Grass seeds can easily die if they dry out so steady watering will be vital for the first few weeks after seeding. Shallow water is often recommended. If the weather gets hot, you may need to water more than once a day.

weed control tulsaWhen the grass reaches about 3 inches, you can mow the lawn on a high setting.

Keep your Tulsa lawn looking beautiful all year with these overseeding tips. The Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape can take care of all of your lawn care and maintenance needs including overseeding, aeration, weed control, and lawn fertilization.

Tulsa Residential and Commercial Lawn Care Tips

Many Tulsa homeowners anticipate spring and enjoying their outdoor living spaces more. But how do you keep your Tulsa lawn looking great? There are a few simple things you can do during the year to have a healthy and beautiful lawn. Whether for your residential or commercial property, here are some basic Tulsa lawn care tips to keep in mind.

Early Spring

Having good preparation will make the lawn mowing season much easier. Get organized for spring now by sharpening your mower blade to make sure it neatly cuts the grass blades to avert tears in the grass which can harm the turf. Also, give your mower a tune-up service and put fresh gas in the tank, houselogic.com noted.tulsa lawn care

Rake your lawn to eliminate leaves, debris, and matted grass.

Spring

Have your soil’s pH tested to see what nutrients the ground in your yard might be lacking.

Aerate your lawn by getting rid of small core patches of soil and dead grass, or thatch, when the soil is somewhat damp. Core aeration permits better drainage and allows more room for oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. This, in turn, will aid the roots in growing deeper and fuller in the soil.

Seed your lawn with new cool season varieties that are known to flourish in our environment to fill in bare spots and help your lawn grow denser. The new grass seed assortments planted will have a higher resistance to disease than those previously in the lawn, creating a vibrant and lush lawn that is more resistant to disease and weeds.

This is a good time to fertilize your Tulsa lawn and put on a pre-emergent weed control treatment.

When mowing your lawn, mow grass about 3” high, cutting no more than 1/3 of the grass blade at a time. Mowing the grass at a taller height will help your lawn stay healthier by keeping the soil cooler, prevent weeds from getting sunlight to grow, and prevent scalping of the lawn, which can add significant stress on the grass.

Summer

As grub worms appear and feed on your lawn’s root system, you may need to treat for these and other outdoor pests with beneficial nematodes before they create brown patches all over the lawn.

lawn maintenance tulsaIt’s also suggested to fertilize your lawn again six to eight weeks after the first lawn fertilizer application. Your lawn may also need a post-emergent weed control application.

Enough water is also vital for your lawn. You will need to irrigate your lawn if rainfall is below 1 inch a week, which in Oklahoma is very likely during summer months. Irrigate with deep and infrequent watering techniques to promote better root growth.

Clean underneath your mower at least once a month to prevent the spread of lawn disease, houselogic.com also noted.

Fall

As the weather gets cooler, it’s again good to aerate, overseed, and fertilize your Tulsa lawn to patch thin spots and help your lawn stay healthy.

Keep your Tulsa lawn free of leaves and debris.

Fertilizing your grass again before winter arrives will help the lawn have nutrients to store over the winter so that it will be healthy and ready for spring.

By following just these few tips, you can have a healthier and more vibrant lawn this summer. The commercial and residential Tulsa lawn care specialists at Oklahoma Landscape can take care of all your lawn maintenance needs as well as lawn fertilization, weed control, aeration, and overseeding.