Whether you own or manage a commercial property and spend a small fortune on grounds maintenance, or you're an exhausted homeowner who seems to spend all of your spare time (and money) maintaining your lawn, you're probably wondering how in the world can you reduce the workload or the costs of keeping your property looking great.
Aside from pouring concrete over your property, here are 3 ways you can help to reduce the amount of work necessary to maintain your lawn or commercial property:
1. Eliminate Weeds
Different types of weeds thrive at different times, making it nearly impossible for your lawn's growth to ever slow down. Every time you mow your lawn, you are mowing weeds. An effective weed control program can save you hundreds of dollars just in reduced mowings, depending on the size of the lawn. By applying a pre-emergent in the Spring and post-emergent in the Fall, you can eliminate 4-6 mowings per season. An average homeowner mows their lawn 24 times per year, so by eliminating weeds, you can reduce that count by 20%.
Just think about all the time you spend each time you mow your lawn, including weed eating, edging, and blowing off all the walkways, not to mention the costs of fuel and general upkeep of your equipment. A good weed control plan will save you time and money and will enhance your curb appeal. Keep in mind that the cost of the weed control will be offset by the money you save on fuel and maintenance.
2. Utilize Plant Growth Regulators
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are becoming more and more popular. They reduce the top growth of the plant, cutting the required maintenance nearly in half for a certain amount of time. They also improve the quality of the turf because they help to save energy. The energy is stored in the root system as opposed to the top of the plant, giving it the ability to handle stress and fight off disease better.
3. Choose the Right Turf
Choosing a turf type that requires low maintenance will, in turn, reduce the amount of work necessary for upkeep. Zoysia Grass and Bermuda Grass are both low maintenance warm season grass types that do well in Alabama. Zoysia Grass grows slowly and spreads on its own, and there are now varieties that are more shade tolerant.
If you are interested in more information on ways Mighty Green Lawn Care can help you with your lawn or commercial property, please contact us here or call our office at (205) 290-1999.
Local food movements are more than just a trend, people across the nation are realizing that having access to fresh and healthy food is an important part of being human. Consumers and eaters are asking for higher quality from their produce and want flavor back in their diets. It’s easy to see why not only are fresh fruits and vegetables good for us, but they taste better too.
Tomatoes at your local supermarket are bred to survive the long trip they have from the vine to your table, and this comes at the cost of taste and texture. It’s hard to blame the breeders, because people want tomatoes year round, and they don’t grow year round everywhere in the country. So to meet demand, fruits and vegetables took a hit in the flavor category in order to make it to market. As consumers realized that they want their vegetables to actually taste good too, supermarkets are now stocking shelves with higher quality heirloom produce, but this can get costly. One solution to this is to start growing your own fruits and vegetables, but there are more reasons too. Here are several reasons why you should start your own vegetable garden, no matter how small at first.
During these summer months, extreme temperatures can play havoc on lawns everywhere. Hot afternoons can be difficult for grasses, plants, bushes, and trees. There are several things that you can do to improve the healthiness of your yard during this sizzling time. Follow some simple steps to improve your lawn’s heartiness and growing cycles.
One easy transition that you can do during the summer months is to not cut your grass too short. Blades of grass that are trimmed too low have a difficult time producing the energy they need to thrive. In order to achieve an ideal level of cutting, simply raise the blades of your lawn mower up a degree or two and stay on that setting until later in the year when temperatures turn cooler.
Did you know that one of the most important aspects of caring for your lawn is mowing the grass? Proper mowing techniques paired with lawn treatment will promote thick, green, lush grass that feels like a carpet under your feet. While we don’t offer lawn mowing services, we do offer some advice on how to make sure your lawn is mowed properly.
Here are some of the important things you should consider when mowing your lawn:
Maintaining a vibrant, healthy landscape increases your property value, keeps your neighbors happy, and gives you something beautiful to look at. Trees and shrubs are an important element of your landscape, so they need to be cared for and maintained on a regular basis along with the grass. In order to promote the health and vibrancy of all the elements of your landscape, it is important to incorporate tree and shrub care into your lawn program. Just like your grass, your trees and shrubs need proper fertilization to improve their health and longevity as well as protection from diseases, pests, and harsh weather conditions.
You can’t always tell that your plants and trees are unhealthy by looking at their foliage, so it is important to have them inspected by a qualified professional. Many times the trees and shrubs do not get all the nutrients they need to thrive from their environment. It is very effective to perform a soil test to determine its deficiencies, and then to add those elements the soil is lacking through fertilization.
Everyone wants a great lawn: lush, a vibrant green, and the envy of the neighborhood. An attractive lawn doesn’t come easily though - it takes a lot of effort, proper care, and maintenance. Not to mention, holistic lawn care extends beyond just watering regularly and raking leaves; you need to fertilize and aerate your lawn as well.
Aeration is the process of breaking up the soil by permeating it with a serious of small holes. This allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. This is needed most when your lawn’s soil is compacted. This can happen from heavy use and play. It is also common if your home is newly constructed. These days construction companies will typically remove the topsoil (to sell later), and then continuously run over the ground with heavy construction equipment and vehicles, compacting your soil, making it dense and harder for nutrients to reach your lawn’s roots. Aeration is also beneficial if your soil feels dry or is rubbery and spongy. If this is the case for your soil, then it could be suffering from too much random debris such as mulch, sticks, stones, or other non-grass materials. When correctly done, aeration can help alleviate or even solve these problems.
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