Protect your family from ticks
With the news encouraging everyone to stay home, many (including pets) in the Omaha metro are spending more time in the backyard enjoying the return of warm weather. Paradise Lawns loves to help our clients achieve healthy, lush lawns. We also strive to educate and protect people from potential backyard risks, even when they aren’t making front page news. We are talking about ticks. Knowledge is key to staying safe, so let’s find out more about these common parasites and learn what can be done to prevent them and keep you safe this summer.
Is your Omaha lawn care plan battle-ready against weeds?
Omaha lawn care can be tricky, especially when it feels like a different season each day. Easter weekend was a prime example. Saturday, April 11th was a beautiful 70-degree day. Neighbors were out doing yard work and several commented that they were out to mow before the snow. You heard that right. Snow. Sunday’s temperatures were 30-40 degrees colder with 50+ mile winds and snow flurries. Although we can’t be certain about the weather from day-to-day, we can trust that days are getting longer; the soil is getting warmer and weeds will soon start to appear.
Now is the time to prepare to battle weeds. To have an advantage, it is good to arm yourself with knowledge about weeds common in the Omaha metro area. By learning how to identify common Midwest weeds as well as what you can do to protect your lawn, you can win the battle against weeds!
Which products are best for your lawn?
Through the years, researchers have discovered health risks associated with using chemical lawn care programs. As a result, many homeowners have turned to more natural alternatives to treat their lawns. The question remains – are natural products as effective? Paradise Lawns would like to assure you that you can indeed have a healthy, thick, green, weed-free lawn without using harsh chemicals. Let’s explore your options.
Happy first day of Spring!
Although this winter was milder than past winters, having a variety of warm days mixed with cold gave many an extended case of Spring Fever (including us here at Paradise Lawns). Weather is always unpredictable in the Midwest and warm weather, just because Spring has been officially declared, is not guaranteed. However, the days continue to grow longer; warming the soil until it reaches the right temperature to set new growth in motion. Let’s look at 5 things you can do this spring to set your lawn up for success this summer.
Timing is everything
This past Sunday, approximately 100 million people tuned in to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 Super Bowl. Training and teamwork got them to the Super Bowl, but timing determined the winner in the end. Unless each throw, tackle or catch is timed just right, the play isn’t successful. The ability to know when the time is right is an important element in many aspects of our lives, not just when we play sports. However, it is often overlooked until failure results from poor timing. You may wonder why a lawn care company is talking about timing and the Super Bowl. Even though the two don’t seem to have much in common, both football and lawn care treatments need to be accurately timed in order to succeed. Fertilizing too early or too late may result in future problems, so timing is vital for your lawn’s success.
Prepare for spring with fall aeration, dormant grass seed planting and topdressing with compost
We recently talked about the importance of yearly aeration, overseeding and topdressing with compost. Ideally, overseeding treatments should be completed by the middle of September. This allows for seed germination and establishment. Although there will most likely be a return to warmer temperatures, we are in a transition period with cooler overnight temps and lower daytime temps. With surrounding states already receiving snowfall and freezing temperatures, it won’t be long before we will be moving towards winter conditions ourselves. What does this mean for your lawn? If you haven’t scheduled your fall maintenance program with us yet, you should do so sooner rather than later.
Your lawn is a living, breathing part of our planet
When life gets busy, it can be easy to forget that your lawn is a living, breathing part of our planet. “Many organisms inhabit soil: bacteria, fungi, algae, invertebrates (insects, nematodes, slugs, earthworms) and vertebrates (moles, mice, gophers).“ There is an entire world below your feet. Don’t let compacted soil choke your lawn this fall. Help it breathe with aeration.
Three Fall Treatments for 2020 Lawn Health
With the approach of fall to the Omaha area, let’s look at summer’s negative impact on your lawn. Heavy rains, extreme temperatures, insects and turf disease are all abuses your lawn may have been subjected to during this past summer season. Left untreated, the issues will resurface next year once the snow melts. What you do now, this fall, will determine how healthy and lush your lawn will be next year.
Paradise Lawns recommends a combination of Aeration, Overseeding and Topdressing with Compost every fall to address many common issues brought on by summer abuse. Let’s look at some distress signs and what you can do to ensure your yard is at its best next spring.