Keeping a yard well-maintained and beautiful all year round is no small feat. It involves a multitude of tasks, from edging and blow cleaning to tree and shrub trimming, organic debris hauling, leaf removal, uprooting dead plants, and transplanting. While each of these services is crucial to the health and aesthetics of your yard, juggling them all can be overwhelming and time-consuming. That's why we offer a flat-rate, all-inclusive package for a full yard cleanup. You can entrust your yard to us, knowing that every aspect will be meticulously taken care of without the stress of managing multiple services and costs. Plus, if you only need specific services, you can choose them a la carte to meet your unique needs.
Additionally, proper yard care promotes a healthier environment by reducing pests, controlling weeds, and maintaining soil nutrients. It supports local wildlife by providing habitat and food sources. A lush, green yard also helps improve air quality by filtering dust and pollution. The sights, sounds, and smells of a beautiful yard can even promote a sense of well-being and tranquility for you and your family.
Here's a closer look at the services included in our all-inclusive package:
Mowing & Edging: Mowing and edging are two of the most important aspects of lawn care maintenance. Together, they create clean lines and crisp edges that enhance your yard's visual appeal. Our professional mowing service involves cutting your grass at the ideal length and frequency for its specific type and growth rate. In addition to promoting lush, dense grass, proper mowing height prevents issues like disease, weed growth, and drought intolerance.
Blow Cleaning: Maintaining a clean and tidy outdoor space involves more than just mowing and edging your lawn. Accumulation of leaves, twigs, and other debris on your lawn, driveways, and walkways can create an unkempt appearance and even pose safety hazards. Blow cleaning, using a leaf blower, is an efficient way to remove these debris and keep your outdoor areas clean and inviting.
Tree and Shrub Trimming: Trees and shrubs are vital components of any landscape, adding beauty, providing shade, and enhancing the overall appeal of your property. Regular trimming is essential for maintaining their health and appearance. It involves removing dead or damaged branches, shaping the tree or shrub, and encouraging new growth.
Organic Debris Hauling: A well-maintained outdoor space enhances the visual appeal of your property and provides a clean and tidy environment to relax and enjoy. However, accumulation of organic debris such as leaves, twigs, and branches, can make your yard look messy and uninviting. As part of our comprehensive lawn care services, we offer professional hauling away of all organic debris from your property. This includes leaves, small twigs, pruned branches, dead plants, and any other natural refuse generated from maintaining your yard.
Leaf Removal: When trees shed their leaves, the accumulated foliage can quickly overwhelm your lawn and landscape. Let us handle professional leaf removal so you can enjoy a pristine outdoor space all season long. Our team uses commercial leaf blowers and vacuum equipment to efficiently collect every fallen leaf from your property. We remove leaves from your lawn to prevent suffocation of the grass. We also clear planting beds, gardens, patios, walkways, driveways and other areas. This prevents hazardous slip spots and keeps hardscapes free of rotting organic material.
Transplanting: Sometimes plants outgrow their space, struggle with poor placement, or need dividing to stay vigorous. Transplanting involves carefully relocating plants to give them a refreshed growing environment. Our experts can safely transplant trees, shrubs, perennials, and other specimens as needed.
Uprooting Dead Plants: Harsh weather, disease, or general decline can sometimes cause trees, shrubs or perennials in your landscape to die off. Removing these dead plants quickly is crucial for the health of your overall yard. Our team identifies and uproots any vegetation that is clearly dead or dying. We safely extract the entire plant including the root system so that no debris is left behind. This prevents the spread of disease to nearby healthy plants. Removing dead plants also eliminates pest habitat and improves the aesthetics of your yard.
Your Yard, Your Choice: Customize Your Services to Fit Your Needs
We understand that each homeowner's yard care needs are unique. While some may want our full suite of lawn services, others may only require specific maintenance or cleanup tasks. That's why we've designed our program to provide you maximum flexibility and customization.
Our comprehensive yard care package offers the convenience and affordability of a flat-rate for the complete set of services. This allows you to check yard maintenance off your list in one fell swoop. The full package works well for those seeking an all-inclusive solution.
However, we also offer the ability to select individual services a la carte to fit your particular requirements. Maybe you just need mowing and trimming this month. Or perhaps leaf cleanup is the only task that's overwhelming you this season. We make it easy to choose only the specific lawn care or cleanup jobs that your yard is needing.
No packages required - simply tell us which services you want and we'll provide a quote. We can even set up recurring maintenance for certain tasks. This "pick and choose" flexibility ensures you receive customized care tailored to your landscape.
At the end of the day, we want you to have the yard you envision, no matter what that looks like. Work with us to achieve your ideal outdoor space - whether that means utilizing our full suite of services or selecting individual maintenance needs. We're here to help your yard thrive and suit your lifestyle.
Creating Curb Appeal
If you plan to put your home on the market soon, strategically enhancing your outdoor spaces through landscaping and exterior improvements can make a remarkable difference in its curb appeal to potential buyers. First impressions matter greatly when home buyers are considering properties to purchase. The right landscaping can capture a buyer's attention and admiration right from the moment they pull up to the curb. A beautifully maintained exterior conveys that the entire home has been well-cared for.
Here are key landscaping tasks to consider before listing your home for sale:
Revitalizing Your Lawn
Your lawn is one of the first things buyers notice when approaching your home. A lush, vibrant, green lawn makes a fantastic first impression, signaling that the home has been meticulously maintained. Revive your lawn by filling in bare spots and reseeding areas with dying grass to create a lush, healthy, green lawn. Regular fertilization supports strong growth, while consistent mowing and edging result in clean, appealing lines that enhance the overall appearance.
Organic Fertilization and Actively Aerated Compost Tea Starting at $50 + Sales Tax:
Our organic lawn fertilization and aerated compost tea services use only natural ingredients to nourish your lawn and soil microbiome. Organic fertilizers feed the lawn and roots while also promoting populations of beneficial microbes, worms, and fungi in the soil. Compost tea delivers a boost of these living organisms.
This organic approach enables deep, vigorous, and sustainable lawn growth without relying on harsh synthetic chemicals. Chemical fertilizers can damage soil health over time by disrupting soil pH and microbial balance. They also contribute to toxic runoff that harms local ecosystems.
By avoiding synthetic chemicals, our organic fertilization and compost tea applications are much safer for the environment and wildlife in surrounding areas. They also pose no health risks for your family and pets that play on the lawn. Children and pets won't be exposed to toxins that linger after chemical treatments.
Our organic lawn solutions focus on holistic care by nourishing the living soil ecosystem. This cultivates the strongest, healthiest turfgrass and establishes the foundation for an environmentally friendly landscape.
Overseeding Starting at $21.10 + Sales Tax:
Lawn overseeding breathe new life into your lawn, fostering the growth of robust, lush grass. Over time, your lawn can become thin, patchy, or damaged due to factors like heat stress, excessive foot traffic, pet urine spots, or pest problems.
Our overseeding service revitalizes unhealthy areas and enhances the overall vitality of your lawn. We first prepare the soil, removing debris, aerating, and raking damaged spots. Then we apply premium grass seed blends tailored to match your specific lawn type and soil conditions. The grass varieties we select are climate-adapted and ideal for the sun exposure, drainage, and maintenance needs of your yard.
The newly sown grass seeds germinate and establish over 3-4 weeks with proper watering. As the grass matures, the new growth blends into surrounding areas for a seamless, denser lawn that looks rejuvenated and vibrant. Overseeding in early fall allows the new grass to establish before summer stresses arrive again.
In addition to improving thin or worn areas, our overseeding enhances overall lawn density, resiliency, and visual appeal. It fills in patchy sections to create a lush, verdant lawn that makes a fantastic first impression. The thick turf coverage also crowds out weeds and reduces future problems. Your revitalized lawn will be an attractive feature that boosts your home's curb appeal.
Mowing and Edging Starting at $35 + Sales Tax:
We offer both weekly and bi-weekly lawn mowing service plans that can be customized to match your needs and budget. Weekly mowing keeps your lawn looking its best during peak growing seasons when rapid growth occurs. Bi-weekly mowing may be sufficient during cooler times when growth slows.
Our scheduling adapts to the prevailing weather patterns year-round. We'll mow more frequently during rainy spells that spur fast grass growth, and scale back as needed during hot, dry periods. This ensures your lawn gets mowed at the ideal intervals for optimal health and appearance.
No two lawns are exactly alike. Factors like sun exposure, drainage, foot traffic patterns, and problem areas are all considered. Ongoing communication ensures adjustments as needed with seasonal changes.
Let us customize scheduled mowing to keep your lawn looking great all year. Consistent care reinforces that sought after lush, manicured look that elevates curb appeal.
Revamping Flower Beds (Mulching, Planting, Weeding):
Refreshing the mulch in your flower beds is an easy way to breathe new life into tired garden spaces. Start by clearing out any overgrown or dead plants, cutting back any leggy growth and removing weeds. This gives you a clean slate to work with.
Organic mulches like shredded bark or wood chips are ideal for flower beds, as they will gradually break down and enrich the soil over time. The mulch helps to conserve moisture, keeping plant roots cooler and reducing water evaporation from the soil surface. It also prevents weed seeds from germinating, cutting down on maintenance.
When selecting new plants, we recommend low-maintenance, drought tolerant perennials that are adapted to your gardening zone. Focus on having a cohesive color palette and mix early, mid and late season bloomers to ensure non-stop flowers. Space plants appropriately and use edging or borders to keep a defined shape to beds. A fresh mulch application once or twice a year will keep your beds looking tidy and refreshed.
Mulch Delivery and Installation Starting at $139.22 + Sales Tax per Yard:
Get your lawn and garden ready for spring with fresh mulch delivered and professionally installed by our team. We offer both brown and black mulch options, sustainably sourced from our mulch recycling facility here in Austin.
Our mulch delivery and installation service covers the entire Austin area. We'll bring the mulch right to your doorstep and spread it evenly across your lawn, garden beds, or anywhere else you need it.
Pricing starts at just $139.22 per cubic yard of mulch, plus applicable sales tax. The price includes delivery and installation. Need more or less mulch? No problem! We can deliver and install any quantity.
Mulch has many benefits for your lawn and plants. It helps retain moisture, prevents weeds, moderates soil temperature, and gives your landscape a polished, finished look. Our mulch is 100% organic and safe for plants, pets, and kids.
Premium Tree & Shrub Planting Service in Austin & Central Texas:
Austin's climate is unique, and it’s essential to factor in its hot summers and occasional cold snaps when planning a garden. By making smart plant choices, you can ensure a beautiful and sustainable garden.
Go Native or Choose Adapted Plants:
Play with Colors and Textures:
Low-Maintenance Perennials and Annuals: A Sustainable Garden Strategy
The key to a resilient, low-maintenance garden lies in the plants you choose. By selecting the right blend of perennials and annuals, especially those indigenous to your region, you can curate a garden that's both easy on the eyes and low on demands.
Choose Indigenous Perennials:
Cluster Plants by Needs:
Complement with Annuals:
Weeding Service starting at $24.99:
Regular weeding and edging are important maintenance practices for keeping garden beds looking tidy and healthy.
Weeds compete with desired plants for water, nutrients and sunlight. Removing weeds promptly when they are small prevents them from establishing deep roots and spreading seeds. Weekly weeding sessions help keep beds weed-free and allows ornamentals to thrive. Using tools to remove the entire weed including the roots prevents regrowth.
Installing edging creates defined boundaries between planting beds and lawns. This keeps the beds from appearing overgrown and unkempt. Edging options like metal or limestones can be installed around the perimeter of beds to act as a barrier against invading weeds and grass. The edging provides a crisp, clean delineation between the planted space and the surrounding lawn.
Careful weeding and edging is more than just aesthetics. It promotes the health of ornamental plantings, prevents beds from being overtaken by weeds, and gives the landscape a neat, polished look. These simple maintenance practices are fundamental to keeping garden beds looking their best.
Wash Away Dirt and Grime (Power Washing):
Power washing is an effective way to restore and refresh the exterior surfaces of a home. By using pressurized water, power washing can remove built up dirt, mildew, mold, and faded paint on surfaces like:
In addition to aesthetic benefits, power washing prepares exterior surfaces for new finishes by removing chalky paint or aging stains. It's an inexpensive way to make a home look fresh, clean and well-cared for.
Pruning Shrubs and Trees (Trimming, Shaping, Elevated Trimming):
Pruning overgrown trees, shrubs, and plants is an important way to open up cluttered outdoor spaces and let your home shine.
Here are some key benefits:
Get your yard ready for the season with our full yard cleanup package. Starting at $199.14 + sales tax, we provide a comprehensive seasonal full yard cleanup including:
Our full yard cleanup gets your landscape ready for the new season with a revitalizing refresh. It's an investment that enhances curb appeal and maximizes your property's visual impact for prospective buyers. Let us restore your yard's health and beauty with our all-inclusive cleanup package.
Requesting a free quote is quick and easy:
Let us know you're interested in a free quote for revitalizing your home's curb appeal. We'll promptly assess your landscape and exterior and provide a personalized quote outlining recommended services. Contact us today to get the process started!
In this blog post, we answer the why, the when, and the what in repairing the lawn with the same variety of grass sod plug to repair thin areas. Grass sod plug repair is a fantastic way to repair small patches of your lawn using the same variety of grass that you already have. By using plugs of grass sod that match your lawn's specific grass variety, you can maintain a uniform appearance and ensure the health of your lawn. This method is more cost-effective than regular sods and can be done at specific times of the year for optimal results. In this article, we will explain the scientific basis behind grass sod plug repair, the ideal time to do it, and an approximate turnaround time for the new plugs to spread.
Why is grass sod plug repair more cost-effective than regular sods?
When repairing your lawn, it's essential to use the same grass variety to ensure a consistent appearance and maintain the health of the lawn. By using grass sod plugs instead of regular sods, you can significantly reduce the cost of lawn maintenance. Here are a few reasons why this method is more cost-effective:
When is the best time to do grass sod plug repair?
The ideal time to perform grass sod plug repair is during the active growing season of your specific grass variety. For cool-season grasses, this typically occurs in the spring and fall months, while warm-season grasses grow most actively during late spring to early summer. By repairing your lawn during these periods, the grass sod plugs will have the best chance of establishing themselves quickly and spreading to cover the damaged areas.
What is the turnaround time for new plugs to spread?
Grass sod plug repair is an effective and cost-efficient method for maintaining a healthy and uniform lawn. By using the same grass variety and performing the repair during the active growing season, you can ensure a faster recovery time and a beautiful, consistent appearance. Remember that proper care and maintenance will help the new grass sod plugs establish and spread, ultimately revitalizing your lawn.
No Subcontracting: A Cautionary Tale
There was a time in 2018 when we had completed our first 1,000 jobs with relatively minor mistakes. We thought that we had mastered the business at the time, and decided to expand our reach by subcontracting work to other contractors for a little markup. It was a brilliant idea, we thought, and every venture capital backed startup back then was also doing it. And so, we joined the bandwagon.
Like any business, we've had our share of challenges and learning experiences. One such experience stands out, and it has shaped our approach to providing high-quality landscaping services in Austin, Texas: A costly mistake involving subcontracting taught us the importance of retaining control over the quality of our work and putting our clients' interests first, above everything else.
5 years ago, we trusted a subcontractor with a fence job, only to have them disappear without completing the project or delivering the necessary materials. Our efforts to seek legal recourse proved futile, as the resources required to locate, adjudicate, and hold the contractor accountable would cost more than twice the job we were frantically trying to complete at the time. As our outside counsel once told us, "You are throwing good money after bad money. We would be lucky if that contractor is even solvent."
This unfortunate event left an indelible mark on our team, and we vowed never to subcontract crucial work to other contractors, regardless of their reputation or size. Instead, we now handle all the work ourselves, ensuring top-quality results and dependability for our discerning clientele in Austin, Texas. It may be inefficient. But vowed to learn from the experience. This is the only way we can be sure that each of the previous 8,000 jobs we have completed since get completed by us from start to finish.
In instances where we cannot perform specific tasks or lack the required licensing – such as in irrigation, electrical, or plumbing work – we are very transparent about our limitations. In such cases, however, any subcontracted work is minor and immaterial to the overall project, allowing us to maintain full control. Examples of very minor subcontracting include repairing broken irrigation lines, capping water valves, or fixing low-voltage landscape electrical or fiber optic lines.
Our Key Lessons Learned:
Our past experiences have taught us valuable lessons, enabling us to focus on our core competencies and maintain control over our projects. By doing so, we can confidently deliver exceptional landscaping results and keep all the knowledge learned in-house. And of course, to keep on refining and sharpening our saw.
If 50K Professional Lawn Services LLC is located in Austin, Texas, then why is our number not a local number?
The truth of our story may surprise you, as it involves overcoming challenges, embracing emotions, and reflecting on our journey to better serve our clients. Our business began with a simple 512 number displayed on our Craigslist ad. Yes, we were once one of those guys spamming "We mow your lawn for $20" on Craigslist. But see, as we ventured out into the field, mowing lawns with unwavering focus and dedication, we encountered a problem: the persistent hum of our equipment drowned out the sound of incoming calls.
We experienced frustration and disappointment, knowing that each missed call represented a potential client we couldn't connect with. Desperate to find a solution, we considered adding another phone number to our Craigslist ad. We believed that when one of us was mowing, the other could be trimming, and at least one of us would be available to answer the phone. So, we added a second number, unaware of the complications it would bring.
What we didn't realize was that integrating a parallel phone system would double our efforts and amplify our challenges. This decision led to confusion becoming a regular occurrence as we grappled with managing two phones, two sets of call logs, and twice as many text messages for requests, quotes, and feedback. Lacking a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, we found ourselves relying solely on an Excel spreadsheet to manually enter and track all our communications.
The pressure mounted, and we knew we needed a better solution. It only took one long, exhausting day and one weary landscaper for the cracks to begin to show. And that's when the idea of the 844 number emerged. Our 844 number would create a call blast to all our local phone numbers, connecting 2 phones (at the time 2, we have more than a dozen lines now and counting...) in a seamless, synchronized system. It was a really easy solution that offered a glimmer of hope to a sophisticated problem.
As we implemented the 844 number, we began to see the positive impact it had on our business. No longer were we fumbling through multiple devices and fragmented communication; instead, we now had a single point of contact to find call log and centralized text messages to manage. It was a breath of fresh air that simplified our lives and allowed us to focus on what truly mattered - our clients.
While an 844 number may now be synonymous with robocalls and scams, our decision to adopt it stemmed from a genuine desire to solve a real-world problem and improve our services. As we read our online reviews, we experience a mix of emotions - from pride in our achievements to the sting of criticism. It can be both flattering and very hard to read. But we continue to reflect, learn, and grow, striving each day to provide the best possible service to you, our valued clients. Our journey has been filled with emotions, reflection, and challenges, but at its heart, it remains a story of dedication, resilience, and innovation. We are the change we wish to see in the world.
We've been approached, researched, and investigated by multiple corporate giants and their industry investigators, all of whom have wondered, "How on earth do you control weeds without using our herbicides?" In this blog post, we aim to demystify the world of organic gardening. The ideas presented here are not original to us; instead, they are age-old practices handed down through generations of organic farmers. Unfortunately, much of this knowledge has been forgotten. We're here to immortalize these practices on the internet, helping to lessen our dependence on outdated chemical technologies.
A little background about us: We're not a massive conglomerate but rather ordinary people who, like you, seek a normal, cancer-free life. From the beginning, we decided against using chemicals. We would rather not risk our health for profit. As a result, our journey has been filled with numerous obstacles and insurmountable challenges. We encountered a plethora of misinformation online, leaving us to wonder: either no one truly understands how to do organic weed control management correctly, or somebody is intentionally misinforming the public. Regardless, our goal was to find a 100% organic solution that works. Fortunately, we have discovered the answers that we are now presenting to you on a silver platter.
There are several cultural and biological weed management strategies that homeowners like you (and even other companies) can use to control weeds in your lawns and gardens. These methods are more sustainable, environmentally friendly, and often more effective than using chemical herbicides. In fact, we are making this available to the public because as time goes by we really would rather have a societal paradigm shift. We would love to see the practices we found be use by other companies and lessen our overall exposure to chemicals.
When mulching around plant beds, avoid using weed fabric underneath the mulch layer. The reason for this is that organic mulch will naturally decompose over time, contributing to the nutrient cycling process and enriching the soil. Weed fabric can inhibit this decomposition process and may even create a barrier that prevents water and nutrients from reaching plant roots. Instead, opt for a thick layer of organic mulch, which will gradually break down and improve soil structure and fertility.
As the mulch decomposes in plant beds, you may notice some weed germination or a decrease in the thickness of the mulch bed. This is an excellent time to hand weed specific areas and add more mulch to maintain its weed-suppressing abilities and continue promoting a healthy garden environment. Regularly monitoring and replenishing your mulch layers will ensure that your garden remains weed-free and vibrant. In lawns, areas that were top dressed would eventually be filled by perennial grasses. Note that this takes time. Root exudates propagate at 65F and warmer. If it is too cold, the lawn simply remains dormant until the right temperature comes.
In addition to weed suppression, mulching provides other benefits such as moderating soil temperature, reducing soil erosion, and providing a habitat for beneficial insects and microorganisms. By incorporating mulching into your gardening routine, you can create a more sustainable, low-maintenance, and productive garden that thrives without the need for synthetic chemicals.
Leguminous cover crops, such as clover, have the unique ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere, making it bioavailable in the soil for future plant use. This characteristic can reduce or even eliminate the need for synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, promoting more sustainable urban and rural farming practices. Other cover crops, including buckwheat, barley, mustard, and radish, function as nutrient scavengers, preventing the loss of nutrients through leaching into groundwater or surface runoff.
Cover crops also play a crucial role in soil conservation, particularly in highly eroded areas. They protect the soil surface from wind and water erosion while their root systems help anchor the soil, preventing the loss of valuable topsoil. Some cover crops produce allelopathic chemicals or attract beneficial insects that prey on pests, helping suppress soil-borne diseases and pests, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
Finally, cover crops contribute to a more balanced and resilient ecosystem by increasing plant diversity and providing habitat and food sources for beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife. By integrating cover cropping into your gardening or farming practices, you can lessen unwanted weed germination, enhance soil health, productivity, and sustainability, working harmoniously with the environment.
Crop rotation and intercropping help break pest and disease cycles by reducing host plant availability, indirectly contributing to weed control by fostering healthier, more vigorous crop growth capable of competing with weeds. Relying exclusively on herbicides for weed control can result in herbicide-resistant weed populations. Employing crop rotation and intercropping as part of an integrated weed management strategy can minimize herbicide use and delay herbicide resistance development.
Furthermore, crop rotation and intercropping boost biodiversity, attracting beneficial organisms like insects, birds, and microorganisms that help control weeds by consuming weed seeds or inhibiting weed growth. Overall, these practices contribute to more sustainable and environmentally friendly weed management solutions.
By carefully selecting companion plants that release allelopathic compounds or create physical barriers, you can naturally reduce weed growth and minimize the need for chemical weed control methods. Allelopathic plants: Certain plants release allelopathic chemicals that can inhibit the germination and growth of weeds. By planting these species alongside your desired plants, you create a natural form of weed suppression.
Examples of allelopathic plants include:
Incorporating a variety of plant species in your garden can make it more difficult for weeds to establish and thrive. Diverse plantings create a complex environment that offers different root structures, growth patterns, and resource competition, making it challenging for weeds to find a niche in which they can flourish.
By using companion planting as part of your overall organic weed management strategy, you can create a more balanced and resilient ecosystem that naturally suppresses weed growth, reduces the need for chemical herbicides, and promotes healthier, more productive gardens.
Lastly, the use of all the strategies above helps in creating a natural biological control. This is intelligent use of beneficial insects, such as ladybugs or lacewings, to control pests that can damage or weaken plants, can also indirectly help control weed growth. By combining these cultural and biological weed management strategies, homeowners can develop an integrated weed management approach that is effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
It's important to note that these methods require more time, expertise, and effort than using chemical herbicides, but the long-term benefits for soil health, plant productivity, and environmental health make them well worth the time investment. And this is where we come in. We do not sell a bag of fertilizer nor a bag of herbicide. That is the problem with doing things organically. It is not scalable and does not yield incredible returns. Fortunately, we just happen to love what we do. What we offer to our community is a lifelong commitment to organic lawn care and gardening in a highly urbanized environment. We are your personal organic farmer, but instead of propagating potatoes, we are growing grasses, and instead of growing giant sweet corns, we are propagating native flowers. Feel free to ask us any questions in the comments section below. We are here to help.
Many new clients have asked us about our weed targeting methods, and we want to clarify our approach. At 50k Professional Lawn Services LLC, we prioritize the health of the soil that your lawn grows in, rather than targeting individual weeds. We take inspiration from organic farms in America and from far flung areas in the world that has not yet been taken over by large conglomerates (yes, we travel the world to get unbiased information to apply to lawns), who use traditional methods to make their crops more resilient to pests, diseases, and weed infestations. By prioritizing soil health, we ensure that your lawn outgrows unwanted vegetation through crop rotation and propagation methods.
Unlike the tens of thousands of other lawn care companies in the industry, we do not rely on pre-emergent nor on post-emergent treatments to control weeds. Instead, we utilize cutting-edge soil science and traditional pre-World War farming methods to propagate lawns. We have extensively researched these methods, debunking misinformation along the way, and developed proprietary techniques to promote optimal soil health for lawns.
Our comprehensive approach to organic lawn care includes a combination of soil science, traditional crop management techniques, and advanced technology. By focusing on the health of your soil, we are able to create a thriving, resilient lawn that can resist weeds, pests, and diseases. While we are neither a weed control nor a pest control company, our proprietary techniques have the inadvertent positive effects of suppressing both weed germination and pest infestation for reasons we still do not yet fully understand. Our hunch is a high brix indicator test of grass blade sap resists both through the natural breakdown of sugar in grass root exudation. But then again, this is just a hunch. Another hunch is the unavailability of nitrates in the soil makes it harder for weeds and pests to have immediate nutrients for growth: the lawn on the other hand has the ability to convert organic matter into nitrogen through bacterial decomposition; hence, the use of bacteria dominant compost tea. What we know for sure is that our proprietary method works. We take pride in offering a different kind of service not available anywhere else in Austin that is grounded in science and has been proven to produce impressive results in the real world. We simply focus on creating healthy soil conditions that are favorable to grass growth. That's all.
Iron-based herbicides are now being sold as a one size fits all spray for all types of broadleaves. Iron-based weed control has even been proposed as a more natural alternative to chemical herbicides, which are known to have negative impacts on the environment and human health. But, the use of iron-based herbicides for weed control also has significant drawbacks, and in this blog post we will argue that their use should be carefully considered, minimized and even eliminated altogether in your garden routine. It is always best to attack the root cause of the problems (THE SOIL!).
The first major problem with iron-based herbicides is their potential negative impact on soil microbiology. Iron is an essential nutrient for plants, but excessive amounts of iron can be toxic to soil microorganisms, which play a critical role in maintaining soil health and fertility. These microorganisms break down organic matter and cycle nutrients, including iron, to plants. The use of iron-based herbicides can lead to the accumulation of iron in the soil, which can inhibit the growth of beneficial microorganisms and disrupt nutrient cycling processes. This can have long-term impacts on soil health and plant productivity, and may require additional inputs of fertilizers and soil amendments to mitigate.
In addition to their impacts on soil microbiology, and this is point number 2, iron-based herbicides can also have negative effects on aquatic ecosystems. When iron is applied, it can leach into nearby waterways, where it can be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. This can have significant ecological impacts, especially in areas where water quality is already compromised due to other stressors. Iron-based herbicides may also contribute to the formation of harmful algal blooms, which can further degrade water quality and harm aquatic life. In Austin, we have unfortunately had experienced this. Rivers that used to be deemed safe for dogs to swim are now off limits due to the risk of blue-green algal blooms. In fact, Austinites are now being warned to assume that all algal blooms harmful and to simply avoid it altogether.
Third, iron-based herbicides are not always effective against all types of weeds. Some species may be resistant to iron-based herbicides, and multiple applications may be necessary to achieve adequate control. This can lead to increased costs, as well as elevated environmental risks and exposure associated with repeated applications. On top of this, iron-based herbicides can damage or kill desirable plants if not applied carefully or in the right conditions. This can have significant economic impacts especially those growing sensitive crops in their backyards. There is a reason why iron-based herbicides for weed control is highly regulated. There is a reason why the spray bottle has the word, "CAUTION", on its label.
Fourth, while the initial cost of iron-based herbicides may be lower than chemical herbicides, the need for multiple applications and potential impacts on soil health may increase overall costs in the long run. Iron-based herbicides can be more expensive and less effective than just manually removing weeds by hand and maintaining soil health. This means that if broadleaves are all over your lawn, you have a soil problem, not an iron problem.
Fifth issue with iron-based herbicides is their potential to contribute to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds. While iron-based herbicides are not currently used as widely as chemical herbicides, the repeated use of any herbicide can naturally select - through the Theory of Natural Selection, thank you very much Charles Darwin - for weed populations that are resistant to its mode of action. This can lead to the development of superweeds that are difficult or impossible to control, and may require even more toxic or expensive herbicides to manage. The potential for herbicide-resistant weeds is a significant concern, and the use of iron-based herbicides may exacerbate this problem.
To conclude, while iron-based herbicides may offer some benefits as an alternative to chemical herbicides, their use should be carefully considered, minimized, and even eliminated whenever possible. The potential negative impacts on soil microbiology and aquatic ecosystems, as well as their limited effectiveness against some weed species, high costs, and potential to contribute to herbicide resistance, all highlight the need for caution when using these products. Homeowners should explore a range of weed control methods, including cultural and biological controls, ground covers, overseeding, checking for soil pH, availability of nutrients, core aeration, as well as manual removal, to develop a holistically integrated organic weed management strategies that are sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible.
But then again, who are we? We may have a conflict of interest against iron-based herbicide manufacturers. That is why we are leaving the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to give the final word about iron toxicity in soil, "There is currently no practical field management option to treat iron toxicity."
Organic lawn care and traditional lawn care methods refer to different approaches to maintaining a healthy lawn.
Traditional lawn care typically involves the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to control pests and weeds, as well as improve the growth of the grass. This method can quickly produce results, but it may have long-term effects on the environment, including groundwater contamination and harm to beneficial insects and other wildlife.
Organic lawn care, on the other hand, relies on natural methods to maintain a healthy lawn, such as using compost, mulch, and other organic matter to improve soil health, and relying on natural predators to control pests. This approach is considered to be safer for the environment and wildlife, but it may take longer to see results and may require more time and effort to maintain.
Pros of traditional lawn care:
Cons of traditional lawn care:
Cons of organic lawn care:
Compost tea is a nutrient-rich liquid made by steeping compost in water, then aerating the mixture to promote bacterial growth. Compost tea has become a popular tool for organic lawn care as it provides essential nutrients to the soil and plants, as well as increasing the populations of beneficial bacteria and fungi. In this essay, we will examine the use of compost tea in organic lawn care, including the benefits of using compost tea, how to make and apply compost tea, and the potential drawbacks to its use.
The benefits of using compost tea in organic lawn care are many. First and foremost, compost tea provides essential nutrients to the soil and plants. Compost tea contains high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are essential for plant growth and overall health. Additionally, compost tea contains other micronutrients and trace elements that are also important for plant growth. By applying compost tea to the soil, you can provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Another benefit of compost tea is that it increases the populations of beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil. These microorganisms play a vital role in the soil food web, breaking down organic matter, making nutrients available to plants, and suppressing plant pathogens. By increasing the populations of these beneficial microorganisms, compost tea can help improve the overall health of the soil, leading to stronger, healthier plants.
Compost tea also provides a natural way to control pests and diseases in the lawn. Beneficial bacteria and fungi in compost tea can help suppress harmful pathogens in the soil, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Additionally, compost tea can help improve plant resistance to disease and pests by providing essential nutrients and promoting strong plant growth.
Making compost tea is relatively simple and requires few materials. To make compost tea, you will need compost, water, and an aeration system. To start, mix compost and water in a large container, then add an aeration system, such as a aquarium air pump, to provide oxygen to the mixture. Aerate the compost tea for 24-48 hours, then strain the liquid and apply it to the lawn using a watering can or spray bottle.
Applying compost tea is also straightforward. To apply compost tea to your lawn, simply water the lawn thoroughly with the compost tea mixture. It is recommended to apply compost tea in the early morning or late afternoon, when temperatures are cooler, to avoid damaging the lawn with too much heat or light. Additionally, be sure to water the lawn thoroughly after applying compost tea, to help it soak into the soil.
While compost tea has many benefits for organic lawn care, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. One potential drawback is the time and effort required to make compost tea. While making compost tea is relatively simple, it does require time and attention to ensure that the tea is aerated properly and that the right ratios of compost and water are used. Additionally, compost tea must be made fresh, as it can deteriorate quickly if not used immediately.
Another potential drawback of compost tea is the cost. While compost tea is generally less expensive than commercial fertilizers, it still requires the cost of compost, water, and an aeration system. Additionally, if you do not have compost readily available, you may need to purchase compost or make your own, which can add to the cost of using compost tea.
Finally, compost tea may not be effective for all lawns. The benefits of compost tea are highly dependent on the quality of the compost used and the conditions of the soil. If the compost used to make compost tea is of poor quality or if the soil is not conducive to the growth of beneficial bacteria and fungi, the effects of compost tea may be minimal.
The relationship between herbicide use, cancer, and organic lawn care is a complex and highly debated issue that has gained increasing attention in recent years. Herbicides, also known as weed killers, are chemicals used to control the growth of unwanted plants and weeds. They are widely used in agriculture, landscaping, and home gardens, but their use has been linked to numerous health and environmental risks, including an increased risk of cancer. In response, many people have turned to organic lawn care practices that aim to promote healthy soil and plants while minimizing the use of chemicals.
Herbicides are designed to be toxic to certain plants and weeds, but they can also have harmful effects on human health and the environment. Some studies have suggested that exposure to certain herbicides may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate cancer, and breast cancer. However, the evidence is not conclusive, and the relationship between herbicide use and cancer risk is still being studied.
One of the challenges in understanding the relationship between herbicides and cancer is the difficulty in measuring exposure to these chemicals. Most studies rely on self-reported exposure to herbicides, which can be inaccurate. In addition, many herbicides are used in combination with other chemicals, making it difficult to determine the individual effects of each chemical. Furthermore, the effects of long-term exposure to low levels of herbicides are not well understood, and more research is needed in this area.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the relationship between herbicides and cancer, there is a growing concern about the negative health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. In addition to increasing cancer risk, herbicides can also harm beneficial insects, wildlife, and the overall ecosystem. They can contaminate water sources and soil, and they can also disrupt the balance of natural ecosystems.
In response to these concerns, many people have turned to organic lawn care practices as a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional herbicide use. Organic lawn care involves using natural methods to promote healthy soil and plants, such as composting, mulching, and using beneficial insects to control pests and weeds. These practices rely on a holistic approach to lawn care, focusing on soil health and plant nutrition, rather than relying on chemicals to control unwanted plants and pests.
Organic lawn care is not only safer and more sustainable, but it can also result in a healthier and more attractive lawn. By using natural methods to promote soil health and plant growth, organic lawn care can lead to a more resilient and self-sustaining ecosystem. Furthermore, by avoiding the use of harmful chemicals, organic lawn care can help to protect the health of both people and the environment.
In conclusion, the relationship between herbicide use, cancer, and organic lawn care is complex and multifaceted. While the evidence linking herbicides and cancer risk is not conclusive, there is growing concern about the negative health and environmental impacts of these chemicals. Organic lawn care offers a safer and more sustainable alternative, promoting healthy soil and plants while minimizing the use of harmful chemicals. By adopting organic lawn care practices, we can help to protect both human health and the environment, and create healthier and more sustainable communities.
Some red dyes may potentially have harmful chemicals that can leach into the soil and impact plant health.
What are potentially harmful chemicals from mulch dyed with red pigment that can leach into the soil and impact plant health?
While there is no conclusive evidence that the red pigments used in mulch are harmful to plants or the environment, some concerns have been raised about the chemicals used to produce the red dye, which may include heavy metals, such as chromium, copper, and arsenic. These chemicals can potentially leach into the soil over time and accumulate to levels that can be harmful to plants and other living organisms in the soil. It's always a good practice to choose high-quality mulch from reputable sources and to use it according to the manufacturer's recommendations to minimize any potential negative impacts.
How would I know if I already have heavy metals in my plant bed's soil?
There are some types of insects that are known to tolerate or even thrive in soil with high levels of heavy metals. These insects have evolved mechanisms to detoxify or excrete these metals, allowing them to survive in otherwise toxic environments. Some examples include certain species of springtails, beetles, and earthworms.
It's ultimately up to personal preference, but it's worth considering these factors before choosing to use dyed mulch. At 50k Professional Lawn Services LLC, we prefer to err on the side of caution and not expose ourselves to such chemicals. Afterall, at the end of the day, health ultimately is wealth. And we want to serve you and your family for many, many more years to come.
Thinking of removing your yard waste but don’t know where to start? Worry no more! Your yard experts are here to help! Hauling of debris such as tree branches, firewood, unpainted wooden fences, dirt pile, brush, leaves, grass clippings, landscaping debris, yard trimmings, and other organic debris, is one of the most difficult and time consuming tasks around the lawn. It usually requires a team of two or more to complete this task, and would sometimes need an excavator depending on how much lawn debris to be removed. We help people like you in doing heavy tasks like this.
We dispose of these lawn debris responsibly and in an eco-friendly manner. We do our best to help our environment by recycling, repurposing, and reusing your lawn junk. For example, we recycle organic waste and use it as fertilizer.
We have minimum load to full load hauling depending on the amount and weight of the debris.
Aside from hauling your lawn debris, we also sweep up and vacuum to make sure there are no left overs. We dispose of your lawn junk to its respective recycling facility, donation box, or landfill.
Hauling Service Options:
Coverage: This covers labor to prepare, load, haul away, and proper disposal of bulk organic debris that won’t normally fit a 30-gallon bag.
Average Service Time: 30 minutes.
Half Load Hauling
This covers labor to prepare, load, haul away, and proper disposal of bulk organic debris 350 cubic feet of up to 1 ton.
Average Service Time: 80 minutes.
Full Load Hauling
This covers labor to prepare, load, haul away, and proper disposal of bulk organic debris 700 cubic feet of up to 2 tons.
Average Service Time: 350 minutes.
Here’s a simple guide if you would like to estimate the lawn debris on your own.
L x W x H = cubic feet
5’ x 2’ x 6’ = 60 cubic feet or 2.22 cubic yards.
2.22 cubic yards is 1 and a quarter pallet or Half Load Hauling
You may text us your lawn debris photos to (844) 505-5296 or ask us to do an onsite estimate for a more accurate quote. Our onsite estimate is absolutely FREE. You may call us from Mondays-Saturdays 7AM to 5PM (844) 505-5296 or you may also contact us via chat here on our website to set up an account and we’ll schedule the FREE onsite visit on the next earliest availability. Assessments during the onsite visit will then be forwarded to our office for review and final checking. For your convenience, the final estimate will be sent to you via email and text for your review and approval. Once approved, you may click on the "Review and Pay Deposit" button to approve the quotation and setup your automated billing. You may also opt out of automated billing by unchecking the "Save for future use" box, but we require prepayment on the onset of every relationship. For all quotations approved on or before Thursday will get scheduled within the week. Otherwise, all approved quotations beyond Thursday will get scheduled the following week.
What is a Residential Groundskeeping Service?
Our Custom Residential Groundskeeping Service is a customizable service package based on your property’s specific needs. It could include recurring lawn mowing, leaf removal, weeding service, pet waste removal, fertilization, core aeration, top dressing, seasonal clean up, and other services our professionals may recommend.
Who needs a Residential Groundskeeping Service?
Austinites who need more than just lawn mowing.
Austinites looking for all organic lawn care services.
Austinites looking for an all in one service provider.
Austinites looking to have a well maintained lawn.
Austinites who want to have a monthly budget.
Austinites wanting a flat monthly rate for all their services.
Austinites who just bought a new home.
Landlords in Austin maintaining their rental properties for their renters.
Austin homeowners who live in another state or another country.
Property managers looking for a worry-free all in one service provider for all the properties they manage in Austin.
Why do you need it?
You get all the services your property needs without breaking the bank. We could customize your services depending on your needs and budget. We spread your cost over the year, so you only have to make one flat payment every month. This way you can budget, and do not need to spend thousands of dollars upfront. There is absolutely NO LONG TERM CONTRACT. We assume the risk by giving you the option to cancel at any time for any reason. This way you keep us on our toes, and you only receive the best quality groundskeeping service money can buy in Austin, Texas.
On top of our organic lawn care service subscription, our groundskeeping services covers:
How to start a Custom Residential Groundskeeping Service?
Send us an estimate request by filling out our estimate request form. We will schedule your property for a FREE onsite visit within 24 hours or on your preferred date and time - with a 3-hour arrival window. After the onsite visit, our estimator will send the Custom Groundskeeping Service estimate to you via email and text for your review and approval. To approve the quote, simply click on the “View Quote'' button and hit the “Approve Quote” button. That's it! You are all set for your recurring Groundskeeping Service. All approved quotations on or before Thursday will be scheduled within the week, and all approved quotations after Thursday will be scheduled the following week.
We are not satisfied until you are satisfied. Before and after photos are sent via email within 24 business hours after the service for your review and honest feedback. Invoices are sent on the last day of the month. Should you have any questions or concerns about the service provided, you may send us an email, chat with us, or call us Monday-Saturday, 7AM-7PM.
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It has been a while since our last blog update. We have been very busy serving many of our existing and new clients and at the same time fixing everything in the back end. This year, we mainly focused on improving our online bulk mulch delivery service. Delivery has now been expanded throughout the city of Austin and neighboring cities by popular demand. Despite the rising cost of doing business, we are maintaining our FREE delivery within Austin and a nominal fee for neighboring cities. In line with this, we improved our ability to handle large orders, upwards of 50 yards, especially for commercial properties and large homes. Service scheduling currently stands at 90% on-time delivery (within the day of original schedule) for the past 6 months. We are very proud of this achievement. This resulted in expedited service that lessened property down time, greatly improved service quality, and lowered overall service price. We would say that the totality of our mulch installation and delivery service is a culmination of 7 years of industry experience and 6 months of hyperfocus to make the mulch numbers work! There are more updates coming very soon this year! Thank you for trusting us, Austin! Serving you with Love since 2015.
Before installing sod over existing dead grass, it's important to first remove the dead grass and prepare the soil. Here are the steps you can follow:
The time it takes for sod to take root and establish largely depends on the temperature conditions and other factors that influence grass growth. Generally, it takes 2 to 3 weeks for sod to fully take hold and establish roots in optimal growing conditions, but this can vary based on factors such as temperature, moisture levels, and soil quality.
Temperature is a key factor in grass growth, as it affects the rate at which the roots and blades of the grass grow. In cooler temperatures, grass growth slows down, which can lead to slower root establishment and a longer time for the sod to take. In contrast, warm temperatures can promote faster growth and quicker root establishment. Typically, the optimal temperature range for grass growth is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition to temperature, moisture levels also play an important role in sod establishment. Sod needs to be kept consistently moist in order to establish roots and avoid drying out, but over-watering can lead to other problems like fungal growth. It's important to balance the frequency and duration of watering based on the temperature and other environmental conditions to avoid over- or under-watering.
Soil quality also affects the time it takes for sod to take root and establish. Healthy soil with good structure, nutrients, and drainage promotes healthy root growth and can speed up the process of sod establishment. Poor soil quality, on the other hand, can lead to slower root establishment and can even cause the sod to fail to take.
In summary, the time it takes for sod to take root and establish can vary based on several factors, including temperature, moisture levels, and soil quality. In optimal growing conditions, it typically takes 2 to 3 weeks for the sod to fully take hold, but it's important to monitor and adjust watering and other environmental factors to promote healthy root growth and establish a strong, healthy lawn.
When addressing waterlogged areas in your lawn and landscaping, it is essential to understand the factors that contribute to soil water retention and how to manipulate these factors to improve drainage.
Soil is a complex, dynamic, and living ecosystem that serves as the foundation for plant growth and plays a crucial role in supporting life on Earth. It consists of a mixture of organic and inorganic materials, including minerals, organic matter, water, air, and a diverse array of microorganisms. Understanding the various components of soil and their interactions is essential for maintaining and improving soil health, fertility, and productivity.
Soil is composed of three main components: sand, silt, and clay. The proportions of these components in your soil, known as soil texture, greatly influence the soil's ability to drain water. Clay soils tend to retain more water, while sandy soils drain more quickly. To improve drainage in your lawn, you may need to amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, or add sand to alter the soil texture and promote better drainage.
If you studied soil in the 80's, 90's, and possibly 2000's, soil stops at soil composition. In 2010's to this very day in 2023, Soil microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and nematodes, are integral part for maintaining soil health and fertility. Soil Microorganisms contribute to the decomposition of organic matter, nutrient cycling, soil structure formation (the sand, silt, and clay particles as previously discussed), and suppression of soil-borne diseases. Some microorganisms form symbiotic relationships with plants, such as mycorrhizal fungi, which enhance nutrient uptake and improve plant stress tolerance.
Organic matter not only improves soil structure but also fosters a diverse and healthy population of microorganisms. These microorganisms, in turn, help to break down organic material into humus, a vital component of healthy soil that further enhances water retention and drainage capabilities.
Organic matter plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving soil health, fertility, and productivity. It consists of a wide variety of materials in various stages of decomposition, including plant and animal residues, living organisms, and humus, which is a stable, dark-colored material resulting from the breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms. The presence of organic matter in the soil provides numerous benefits, which can be discussed in greater detail:
When addressing drainage issues in your lawn, it is also essential to pay attention to the lawn's topography. Topography is the study of the Earth's surface features, including its relief (variations in elevation), slopes, and landforms. In the context of landscaping, agriculture, lawn propagation, topography plays a significant role in determining the suitability of land for various purposes, affecting factors such as water drainage, erosion, microclimates, and soil development. A thorough understanding of topography is essential for making informed decisions:
In addition to amending the soil and adjusting the lawn's topography, you may consider implementing natural drainage solutions such as rain gardens or swales. Rain gardens are shallow depressions filled with water-tolerant plants that can absorb excess water, while swales are gently sloping ditches designed to guide water away from problem areas.
Drainage is a crucial aspect of lawn and landscaping, as it involves the removal of excess water from the soil surface and the root zone to maintain optimal soil moisture and prevent waterlogging. Proper drainage is essential for the health of plants and the overall stability of the landscape. Engineering principles play a significant role in designing effective drainage systems and integrating them seamlessly into the landscape.
Lastly, it is crucial to adopt proper watering practices for your lawn and landsacping. Deep, infrequent watering encourages the development of a robust root system, which increases the grass's resilience during drought periods. Monitoring the weather, adjusting your watering frequency, and considering your soil type are all essential factors in developing a sustainable, environmentally friendly lawn care routine that avoids overwatering and promotes healthy grass growth.
How often? Short answer: daily until moist for 21-30 days. If it is cold outside and the sod is already moist, do not water. If the sod has not taken because it is too cold outside, just wait until the weather warms up. Sod grass will remain dormant until the right weather comes up.
Long Answer? It depends... you opened a can of worms.
In Austin, Texas, newly installed grass sods require an appropriate watering regimen that takes into account scientific principles and age-old techniques to ensure the health and longevity of the sod. Here we will discuss the science behind these watering techniques and explore some traditional methods used to establish healthy lawns.
In summary, soil moisture is an essential aspect of organic lawn care from a scientific perspective. By maintaining optimal soil moisture levels, you can promote healthy grass growth, support beneficial soil microbial activity, maintain proper soil structure and aeration, ensure nutrient availability and uptake, encourage organic matter decomposition, and prevent drought stress. Monitoring and adjusting soil moisture levels according to your lawn's specific needs will contribute to a more sustainable and healthier lawn ecosystem.
Evapotranspiration (ET) is the process through which water evaporates from the soil surface and transpires through plant leaves. In hot and dry climates like Austin, Texas, evapotranspiration rates are high, necessitating frequent watering during the initial establishment period. Utilizing local evapotranspiration data can help determine the appropriate watering amounts and frequency for the specific climate.
Evapotranspiration is a vital concept in understanding water dynamics and management in lawns and landscapes. It refers to the combined process of evaporation and transpiration, which are the two primary ways water is lost from the soil and plants.
Several factors influence the rate of evapotranspiration in a lawn, including:
Understanding the physiological needs of grass species is crucial for successful sod establishment. Different grass species have varying root depths and water requirements. For instance, warm-season grasses such as Bermuda grass have deeper roots and can tolerate drought better than cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass. Thus, knowing the specific grass species used in the sod will inform watering practices.
Plant physiology plays a significant role in the growth and adaptation of warm-season grasses like Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and Buffalo grasses. These grasses are well-suited for warm climates and have distinct physiological characteristics that enable them to thrive in high temperatures and exhibit drought tolerance.
Water Infiltration Rate
The water infiltration rate is the speed at which water moves through the soil. It is influenced by soil texture, structure, and organic matter content. Sandy soils have higher infiltration rates and require more frequent watering, whereas clay soils have lower infiltration rates and can hold moisture for a longer period. Understanding the soil type in your lawn will help determine the appropriate watering schedule.
Water infiltration is the process by which water enters the soil from the surface and moves downward through the soil profile. It is a key factor in maintaining healthy soil, promoting plant growth, and preventing issues such as runoff, erosion, and waterlogging. Understanding the science behind water infiltration rates can help optimize irrigation practices and improve the overall health of your lawn or landscape.
Several factors influence water infiltration rates:
Age-old techniques such as the "finger test" in the southern United States can help assess soil moisture levels. By inserting a finger into the soil, you can determine if the soil is adequately moist or if additional watering is needed. This simple technique can be a useful tool for monitoring soil moisture and adjusting the watering schedule accordingly.
Throughout history, traditional techniques have been employed in agriculture, lawn, and landscaping to manage water infiltration and irrigation. Many ancient civilizations, including Egypt, China, and the indigenous peoples of America, developed sophisticated systems for water management and irrigation.
Water Conservation Practices
Traditional water conservation practices, such as capturing rainwater in barrels or using drip irrigation systems, can help ensure efficient watering while reducing overall water consumption. These techniques not only benefit the environment but also promote deep root growth and healthy lawns.
Water conservation is essential when propagating grass, especially in areas prone to drought or where water resources are scarce. By using a combination of scientific methods, proven methodologies, and age-old practices, you can conserve water while promoting healthy grass growth. Here are some water conservation practices to consider:
In conclusion, a successful watering regimen for newly installed grass sods in Austin, Texas, should consider scientific principles such as soil moisture, evapotranspiration, plant physiology, and water infiltration rates, as well as age-old techniques and water conservation practices. By understanding these factors and adjusting the watering schedule accordingly, you can promote deep root growth, ensure the health of the sod, and conserve valuable water resources.
BACKGROUND: THIS SECTION COVERS BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORGANIC LAWN CARE.
What is Organic Lawn Care?
Organic lawn care is about turning away from the use of conventional chemicals. A more sustainable approach like how farmers used on crops in the years past. Organic lawn care centers around the health of the soil. When the soil is healthy, you get to have healthy plants too. A healthy soil absorbs more moisture and requires less watering. That means switching to organic lawn care is in fact a cost effective alternative. Organic lawns resist pests, prolonged drought, and outgrow weeds.
Organic Lawn Care includes:
Organic fertilizer made from rock minerals, organic plant, and animal matter. This combination of organic matter adds nutrients into the soil as it decomposes. The length of the decomposition process depends on ground temperature and weather. Warmer weather accelerates the decomposition process while cooler weather prolongs it. This process expands and contracts organic matter. Releasing nutrients absorbed by grass, plants, and trees. That, in turn, improves soil structure and texture.
Topsoil not only adds nutrients, oxygen to plant roots, and beneficial microbes. This is essential when transitioning to organic lawn care. Topsoil contributes to lawn health by creating aerobic condition that improves drainage. By making the soil more porous, air is able to reach the root system easier. This lessens anaerobic condition, a particular symptoms of which is muddy areas. Anaerobic muddy areas accelerates unwanted soil erosion. Topsoil is also used for minor re-levelling/correction of the lawn. In sports fields, topsoil is the best amendment to flatten the field. It bonds to the existing soil much better than sand. That is the number one mistake we notice when dealing with construction companies. They deal with lawn like they deal with foundations. They are not the same. Sand will not bond to the existing soil, ever - well, yes, if Dr. Elaine Ingham is advising them. But then again, that is a big if. Almost always, construction companies will use sand to fill in holes only for the sand to erode after a rain. That said, if filling holes is the problem, topsoil is the solution.
Compost is the unprocessed topsoil. A compost has chunks of yet-to-be-decomposed organic matter. Compost is moist and very warm to touch when alive. If packaged in a bag for a prolonged period of time, the microbes in the compost can die, be dry and dusty. An good compost has beneficial microbes: bacteria, algae, fungi, and nematodes. These microbes help keep the soil healthy. Adding compost to your lawn helps nourish the soil. We generally recommend adding compost as a top dress as a cost-effective way to amend the soil. It is cheaper than topsoil at a ratio of $1:$2. While it is not as flat as a topsoil, compost generally flattens as it decomposes. Compost becomes topsoil when given enough time to decompose. This decomposition process again increases beneficial microbial activity in the soil. When the soil is rich in microbial life, this means less fertilizing and watering.
Actively Aerated Compost Tea
Aerated Compost Tea helps speed up the lawn's transition to organic lawn care. A compost tea contains beneficial microorganisms that produces 12 bioavailable nutrients: Nitrogen, Phosphorus/Phosphate, Calcium, Iron, Soluble Potash, Magnesium, Sulfur, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, Sodium, and Zinc. These water-soluble nutrients are immediately available contributing to the lawn's growth and reproduction. For that matter, any plant's health.
Organic mulch includes wood chips, bark, straw, leaves, and other organic matter. Organic mulch is the unprocessed compost. That said, organic mulch also has beneficial microbes. It retains moisture and can be very hot to touch. As you can see, these two observations are a telltale sign of a good organic product. Organic mulches suppress weeds on plant beds. On lawns, we use mulch on anaerobic areas to provide root protection in high traffic areas. They add organic matter to the soil and prevent soil compaction. In residential setting, mulch is the best-bang-for-the-buck to increase curb appeal.
Organic Weed Control
Most households use weed killers as part of their lawn care regiment. This has become the de-facto practice after World War 2. The time when companies repurposed war-time chemicals to household use. The threat to health of these chemicals poses is becoming mainstream. Every year, a growing number of households in Austin are switching to organic lawn care. Organic lawn care is a system that accepts minor imperfection in grass propagation. This is a healthy balance in the real world. Organic weed control is not about treating weeds. It is about prevention and weed management. We tolerate imperfections. This philosophy is known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) according to The Spruce.
Core Aeration and Dethatching
Thatch is an accumulated layer of organic matter on a lawn. Composed of grass roots, crowns, stolon, rhizomes, and organic matter. Thatch buildup slows down when the soil have beneficial microorganisms. When beneficial microorganism is at its lowest, thatch builds up occurs. This happens when using synthetic nitrates. Synthetic nitrates, in concentrate form, do not exist in the real world. Because of this, microorganism dies upon contact. As a result, the thatch layer fails to decompose and builds up. Generally, a thatch layer of about 1/2-inch thick is acceptable. It allows water, nutrients, and air to penetrate into the soil. At acceptable thickness, we use core aeration to pull soil plugs from the lawn. These plugs aid the decomposition process. The plug holes in the soil increase air and water penetration. When the thatch is layer is thicker, it blocks water, air, and nutrients from reaching the soil. In this case, a dethatching pulls the excess thatch layer. This process is stressful for the lawn. We avoid this as much as possible through the use of less invasive methods of soil correction. Because dethatching pulls the thatch layer, it damages the lawn, creating bald areas.
Proper Lawn Mowing
Proper lawn mowing is essential to organic lawn care. Lawn mowing prevents weeds and diseases. We mow organic lawns higher following the one-third cardinal rule of mowing. This keeps the grass longer and lessens unwanted seed germination. It also keeps the soil moist and cooler. The grass' growth potential depends on the season. In Spring and Fall, grass grows the fastest and requires frequent mowing. Whereas in Summer and Winter, the grass grows at a much slower pace that requires less mowing. But then again, weather is unpredictable. The grass will grow as long as the outdoor temperature is above 60F even in Summer and Winter. That said, these are highly generalized rule of thumb we are discussing here.
How to know if a lawn is healthy?
A healthy lawn must have healthy soil. Healthy soil can be best described as something that is moist to the touch even when not irrigated. This supports the development of a healthy grass. A healthy soil resists weeds and pests. Diseases and pest problems are very rare in a healthy soil. For example, it is very hard for fairy rings and brown patches to propagate in organic soil. The ecosystem for uncontrolled fungal growth does not exist in organic lawn care.
The majority of lawn care companies use synthetic chemicals. These harsh, even toxic, chemicals work directly on the grass blade. The approach is to pump in as much nitrates as the grass can take. This turns the grass greener much faster, but also killing them in the process. It is like an addiction of excess nitrogen. The nitrates in synthetic fertilizer kill microbes that convert organic matter to nutrients. This depletes soil fertility in the long term. That as a result increases reliance on synthetic fertilizers to remain green. A genius-level business model.
How to know if a lawn is healthy? A healthy lawn must have healthy soil. Healthy soil can be best described as something that is moist to the touch even when not irrigated. This supports the development of a healthy grass. A healthy soil resists weeds and pests. Diseases and pest problems are very rare in a healthy soil. For example, it is very hard for fairy rings and brown patches to propagate in organic soil. The ecosystem for uncontrolled fungal growth does not exist in organic lawn care.
The majority of lawn care companies use synthetic chemicals. These harsh, even toxic, chemicals work directly on the grass blade. The approach is to pump in as much nitrates as the grass can take. This turns the grass greener much faster, but also killing them in the process. It is like an addiction of excess nitrogen. The nitrates in synthetic fertilizer kill microbes that convert organic matter to nutrients. This depletes soil fertility in the long term. That as a result increases reliance on synthetic fertilizers to remain green. A genius-level business model.
Why Switch to Organic Lawn Care?
Conventional lawn chemicals are a health and environmental hazard. It pollutes our water and has adverse effects not only to us but also to our pets. A study from Purdue University found adverse association between cancer and dogs. Chemically-treated lawns increased bladder cancer risk in Scottish Terriers four to seven times. This discovery prompts new information about carcinogens in lawn treatments. According to the research done by Lawrence T. Glickman, a professor of epidemiology and environmental medicine in Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine, and other veterinary researchers, "they have discovered a relationship between risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish terriers and the canines' exposure to synthetic compounds found in chemical-based yard treatments." Glickman said, "the danger of transitional cell carcinoma was observed to be somewhere in the range of four and seven times more apparent in exposed animals." They are working on finding the similarity between human and dog genomes. Canine and human genomes could be the key for researchers to find the gene in humans that makes them vulnerable to developing bladder cancer.
How many humans and canines are affected?
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 56,000 men and 17,500 women get bladder cancer, and about 12,000 men and 4,700 women die from the disease.
According to American Kennel Club, bladder cancer in dogs is relatively rare, about 1-2% of all canine cancers. However, it appears to be on the rise as more than 50,000 dogs get affected every year.
AKC listed the breeds that have the highest risk according to veterinarians:
Scottish Terriers West Highland White Terrier Beagle Shetland Sheepdog Wire Fox Terrier American Eskimo Dog
Other breeds that could also be at risk: Australian Cattle Dog Australian Shepherd Bichon Frise Border Collie Parson Russell Terrier Lhasa Apso Rat Terrier Russel Terrier
Conventional chemical-based lawn care also impacts our environment. Chemical-based treatments contribute to environmental pollution with excess phosphorus and nitrogen runoff. The nitrogen runoff is suspected to have caused excessive algal blooms. According to The European Physical Journal, "the increasing use of fertilizers in agricultural fields causes more rapid algal growth." They also affect the number of pollinators too. These chemicals tend to reduce the number of flowering plants which results to the amount of food available for native pollinators declining. Chemical-based lawn care has harmful effects to humans, animals, and the environment. The question now is, what is in chemical-based treatments and why are they harmful?
Here is a list of the most commonly used lawn pesticides:
Herbicides: 2,4-D Benfluralin Clopyralid Dicamba Diquat Dibromide Dithiopyr Fluazipop-p-butyl Glyphosate Imazapyr Isoxaben MCPA Mecoprop (MCPP) Pelargonic Acid Pendimethalin Triclopyr Trifluralin
Insecticides Acephate Bifenthrin Carbaryl Fipronil Imidacloprid Malathion Permethrin Trichlorfon
Fungicides Azoxystrobin Myclobutanil Propiconazole Sulfur Thiophanate methyl Ziram
The most widely used on lawns are glyphosate, dicamba, mecoprop (MCPP), pendimethalin, pelargonic acid, and trifluralin. Glyphosate is one of the most used herbicides in the United States and has been classified by The International Agency for Research on Cancer as carcinogenic. Glyphosate is seriously harmful that it could disrupt the endocrine and reproductive systems. Another most used pesticide is imidacloprid. It is part of the neonics (Neonicotinoid class). Neonicotinoid pesticides have contributed a lot in putting the bee population at risk of being extinct.
These chemicals put all of us at risk. That is why we chose not to be part of the chemical spraying industry. Water pollution is a serious problem. And these pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers are contributing to this problem. It is now in your hands as the consumer to vote with your wallet. To the betterment of the environment, wildlife, and human health, you can put an end to the use of toxic chemicals. Start with your lawn.
3 Main Advantages of Organic Lawn Care
1. Healthier lawn - organically grown lawns are healthier than chemically treated lawns. Chemically treated lawns are not able to naturally fight pests and diseases, and are vulnerable to drought. This is because chemical treatments like synthetic fertilizers only feed the plant and not the soil. In the long run, the ecosystem of the soil will be harmed, roots will become weak and shallow making them dependent on the next treatment. The effects of synthetic fertilizers are almost instant that they end up burning your lawn due to quick release of nitrogen causing microorganism use up most of the available nutrients for them, and when they finish all the food, they crash down. This will result to poor soil structure
2. Healthier environment - without the use of chemicals on your lawn, wild lands and water sources near you will be saved from the major source of water pollution, chemical runoff. Chemical runoffs happen because chemically treated lawns require more water and fertilizer due to poor soil structure and less organic matter in the soil. People can limit runoff pollution in many ways. One way of doing so is by reducing the amount of synthetic fertilizers.
3. Healthier YOU - organophosphates are the most used insecticides in agriculture, homes, gardens, and veterinary practice. According to CDC, these human-made chemicals can poison living organisms, insects, and people. A study done by CDC, organophosphates insecticides and their breakdown products known as metabolites were analyzed in urine samples from participants in the Churchill County leukemia. These metabolites are not toxic but exposure to organophosphate compound occurred few days before the test was done. Keeping away from industrial pesticides could save you and your loved ones as exposure to organophosphates is extremely poisonous.
Disadvantages of Organic Lawn Care
1. It takes patience and consistency if you are eager to see its results. It will not give you an immediate result unlike when using chemical based treatments that gives an almost instant result due to strong and harsh ingredients in it.
2. It may cost you more initially when switching from conventional to organic lawn care as it is essential for your lawn to detox. More labor and maintenance is needed to help your lawn recover from chemical based treatments. In the long run, when your lawn is established, it will require less water, fertilizer, and maintenance.
3. It may be time consuming to apply organic lawn care products as they are often applied by hand.
4. An increased risk of weeds is possible as there is currently no organic weed control products in the market that is proven to be effective.
U.S. Organic industry is undeniably growing. According to Economic Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), consumer demand for organically produced goods continues to grow. This goes to show that more people are becoming more conscious of their health and environmentally responsible. Remember that organic lawn care plays a big part of it.
Annual Ryegrass is the go-to choice for temporary turfgrass in Austin, Texas, thanks to its cold tolerance, easy growth, and the ability to maintain a green lawn throughout the fall and winter months. Additionally, it serves as an organic weed control solution, alleviates soil compaction, and helps to reduce erosion. This makes Annual Ryegrass a key component of organic lawn care practices in Austin and Central Texas.
In Austin, Texas, Annual Ryegrass (Lolium rigidum) is the preferred choice for temporary turfgrass during the cooler months due to its unique attributes that make it well-suited for the local climate and conditions. This cool-season grass is not only cold-tolerant but is also known for its rapid germination and vigorous growth rate. This enables it to establish a dense, lush, fine-textured green lawn in a relatively short period of time, providing an attractive appearance throughout fall and winter.
From a scientific perspective, Annual Ryegrass possesses certain physiological and biochemical traits that contribute to its resilience and adaptability. For instance, it has a relatively high photosynthetic rate, which allows it to capture and convert sunlight into energy more efficiently than some other grass species. This, in turn, supports its rapid growth and establishment.
Moreover, Annual Ryegrass has an extensive and fibrous root system that helps to alleviate soil compaction, promoting better aeration and water infiltration. This characteristic not only contributes to improved overall soil health but also aids in erosion control by stabilizing the soil and reducing runoff.
In addition to these benefits, Annual Ryegrass has allelopathic properties, meaning it can release certain chemicals into the soil that inhibit the germination and growth of competing weed species. This natural weed suppression mechanism reduces unwanted weed germination, further promoting organic and sustainable lawn care practices.
Furthermore, Annual Ryegrass can serve as a nurse crop, supporting the growth and establishment of perennial grasses as they emerge from dormancy in spring. Its rapid growth provides a protective cover for the slower-growing perennial grasses, reducing competition from weeds and helping to maintain a healthy, diverse turfgrass ecosystem.
Incorporating Annual Ryegrass into your lawn care regimen in Austin, Texas, provides numerous benefits from both an aesthetic and ecological standpoint. Its cold tolerance, rapid growth, weed suppression, soil improvement, and erosion control capabilities make it an invaluable component of organic lawn care and sustainable landscape management practices in the region.
While other types of Ryegrasses, such as Wild Ryegrass, Cereal Ryegrass, Perennial Ryegrass, Marshall Ryegrass, Italian Ryegrass, Intermediate Ryegrass, and Festulolium Ryegrass, offer their own unique characteristics, they are not generally suitable for the climate and growing conditions in Austin and the surrounding areas in Central Texas. These grasses are better suited for cooler climates or regions with specific needs, such as grazing or hay production.
As a homeowner or lawn care professional in Austin, focusing on Annual Ryegrass will ensure you achieve a lush, green lawn that is both environmentally friendly and visually appealing during the cooler months. By understanding the specific benefits and limitations of the various types of Ryegrasses, you can make informed decisions about the best grass varieties for your lawn and region, while also promoting sustainable and organic lawn care practices.
If newly installed grass is turning yellow on isolated areas, there are several potential causes and steps you can take to address the issue.
Organic lawn care and landscaping maintenance offer unique opportunities for property managers in the Austin area. By embracing sustainable and eco-friendly practices, property managers can not only improve the health and appearance of their properties but also use these services as an upselling tool for potential tenants or buyers. This guide will cover the essential aspects of organic lawn care and landscaping, providing a step-by-step approach for property managers to implement these practices and maximize their benefits. We have highlighted key ideas to help the discerning property manager with keywords and demographics data should time is of the essence. For avid readers and deep thinkers, we hope you find this blog post insightful. We are here to arm you with the best industry-leading knowledge and to standout from the thousands of other property managers in Austin. Everything introduced here are included in our organic lawn care service subscription and groundskeeping services for one very low flat monthly rate.
First, An Introduction: Why Does Organic Lawn Care and Landscaping Matter?
Organic lawn care and landscaping practices hold significant importance for the Austin area due to the range of benefits they provide, including environmental advantages, aesthetic appeal, and increased property value.
Austin, Texas is known for its natural beauty and commitment to environmental sustainability. By adopting organic lawn care and landscaping practices, property managers can contribute to this ethos while reducing their environmental impact. Organic methods improve soil health, preserve biodiversity, and protect local water sources from harmful chemicals.
Key environmental benefits include:
Organic practices promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms that enhance soil fertility and structure, enabling better water retention and nutrient availability for plants.
Organic landscapes support a diverse range of flora and fauna, contributing to a balanced ecosystem and reducing the need for chemical pest control.
Chemical-free lawn care practices prevent synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from entering local waterways, helping protect the health of Austin's rivers, lakes, and aquifers.
Well-maintained, organic landscapes offer a lush, healthy, and visually attractive environment for tenants and property owners. Organic lawns and gardens often display more vibrant colors and a greater variety of plant species, creating a sense of harmony with the surrounding natural landscape. The improved aesthetic appeal can significantly impact a property's marketability, attracting eco-conscious tenants or buyers who appreciate the beauty and benefits of sustainable living.
Increasing Property Value
Organic lawn care and landscaping can have a positive effect on property value. With the growing interest in sustainable living, an increasing number of potential tenants and buyers are seeking environmentally responsible properties. A well-maintained, organic landscape can be a unique selling point that sets a property apart from its competitors, ultimately leading to higher demand, increased rental rates, or sale prices. Additionally, a healthy organic landscape may require less maintenance and repair in the long run, which can lead to cost savings and improved return on investment for property owners.
Implementing Organic Lawn Care and Landscaping Practices
Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving organic landscape. Regular soil testing is crucial to understanding its composition, nutrient levels, and pH balance. This information will guide property managers in choosing the appropriate organic amendments and treatments to improve soil health.
To enhance soil fertility, consider:
Organic Fertilization and Pest Control Methods
Organic fertilization and pest control methods provide essential nutrients and protect the landscape without the use of synthetic chemicals. Key strategies include:
Water Conservation and Irrigation
Water conservation is particularly important in the Austin area, where drought conditions can be common. Implement these water-saving strategies to maintain a healthy landscape while minimizing water usage:
Native and Drought-Tolerant Plant Selection
Choosing native and drought-tolerant plants can significantly reduce water usage and maintenance requirements while supporting local ecosystems. Consider these tips when selecting plants for your landscape:
Marketing Organic Lawn Care and Landscaping Services as an Upselling Tool and Differentiator
Targeting eco-conscious tenants and buyers: Eco-conscious tenants and buyers are increasingly seeking properties that incorporate sustainable practices. To effectively target this demographic, ensure that marketing materials and advertisements highlight the organic lawn care and landscaping features of your property. Utilize various marketing channels, such as social media, websites, and print materials, to emphasize your commitment to environmental responsibility and attract like-minded individuals.
Showcasing the Benefits of Organic Practices
It's important to showcase the tangible benefits of these practices. In your marketing materials, emphasize the following advantages:
Incorporating Organic Features Into Property Tours and Walkthroughs
When conducting property tours and walkthroughs, highlight the organic features of the landscape, drawing attention to the eco-friendly practices used in lawn care and landscaping maintenance. Point out specific elements, such as native plants, drought-tolerant species, rainwater collection systems, and organic fertilization methods. By educating potential tenants or buyers about these features, you can demonstrate the value and benefits of an organic landscape.
Establishing and Maintaining Partnerships with Local Organic Service Providers
To successfully implement organic lawn care and landscaping practices, property managers in Austin should establish and maintain strong partnerships with local organic service providers. These partnerships will ensure access to high-quality services and expertise, helping to maximize the benefits of organic practices.
Researching and vetting providers: Before entering into a partnership, property managers should thoroughly research and vet potential organic service providers. Consider the following steps:
Negotiating Contracts and Service Agreements
After selecting a suitable organic service provider, it's important to negotiate a contract and service agreement that meets the needs of both parties. Keep these points in mind:
Ensuring Quality Control and Ongoing Communication
To maintain a successful partnership with your organic service provider, it's crucial to ensure quality control and maintain open lines of communication. Follow these guidelines:
Measuring the Impact of Organic Lawn Care and Landscaping on Your Property
To assess the success of your organic lawn care and landscaping efforts, it's essential to measure the impact of these practices on your property. By tracking improvements in property health and appearance, monitoring tenant satisfaction and retention, and analyzing property value growth and ROI, property managers can make data-driven decisions and adjust their strategies as needed.
Tracking Improvements in Property Health and Appearance
Comparison photos can tell a lot of improvements. Simply take photos and compare. Did the property improve at first glance? If yes, then continue in assessing the health and appearance of your property's landscape is a crucial component of measuring the impact of organic practices.
Consider implementing the following strategies:
Monitoring Tenant Satisfaction and Retention
Tenant satisfaction and retention are valuable metrics for understanding the impact of organic lawn care and landscaping on your property. To monitor these factors, consider the following approaches:
Analyzing property value growth and ROI
Assessing the impact of organic lawn care and landscaping on property value and return on investment (ROI) can help property managers justify their efforts and make informed decisions about future investments. To analyze these metrics:
To conclude, implementing organic lawn care and landscaping practices in the Austin area can greatly enhance property appeal, attracting eco-conscious tenants or buyers who value sustainable living. By following the steps outlined in this guide, property managers can effectively use organic lawn care and landscaping as an upselling tool, benefiting both their clients and the environment.
Summer is at its best growing season. That is why we need to have an extra care on our lawn in order to survive the grass well and turn at its luscious green growth because this season also is the stressful part of the season. Periods of drought are experiencing, diseases or even at its worst. By using some techniques, you can achieve a beautiful lawn. What can you do guys to keep your lawn looking good at summer?
Here are some tips on how to care in your lawn this summer:
Mow the lawn
Water and Fertilize the lawn
Aerate the lawn
Weed the lawn
Fall season is a sign of beautiful grass-green growth. At this time, it is the right decision to work for your lawn. Have to clean them up or grab for a fall clean-up. It is a wise decision to do that to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter season.
These are the to-do list to achieve a beautiful and healthier lawn:
-check for your lawns soil ph and the availability of nutrients present in the soil by using a soil fertility test. The best soil ph balance commonly used in turfgrass, flowers, and shrubs is between soil ph 6.0 – 7.0. By this season you should start working to restore soil ph balance and promote green and healthy lawns for the upcoming spring.
Fertilize the lawn
-we need to fertilize the lawn because it stimulates root growth to make the soil healthy to have a greener lawn in springtime and yes, it is best to fertilize your lawn in fall because at that time the soil is moist and it helps the turf to absorb the fertilizer easily. It also builds up the stamina of the grass before winter comes. We encourage your lawn to have the plants fertilize at least four times a year. It restores energy to survive especially during winter.
Overseed the lawn
-Fall is the best season to germinate grass seeds. It reduces unwanted weeds and the amount of rainfall and its moisture is much better at fall. Start spreading all over seeds on your lawn especially on thin lawns, roots are established before winter and this will give the lawn thicker and stronger grass when springtime comes.
Fix bare spots
Get rid of thatch
-Fall is a great start to aerate the yards before you overseed. Compacted soil is particles that are compressed together. The air, water, and nutrients are limited throughout the soil. It is mechanically removed by an aerator, making holes out of the lawn and it allows the air, water, and nutrients to pass on the soil. These help the roots to grow deeper and your lawn will become stronger.
Water the lawn well
-Established lawns generally need to water as grass in fall is good to know that it keeps growing. Much of its growth occurs underneath even if you don’t see unnecessary growth changes on top. But as fall arises, you can let rainfall help or even keep your lawn to water regularly.
Mow the lawn regularly
-Weeds are everywhere even in fall. Fall is at its best time to get rid of weeds because they easily absorb energy and then they will prepare for the upcoming springtime. We can help you to achieve a weed-free lawn. Our services perform hand pulling, trimming, or application of organic soil amendment on existing weeds on your plant beds, pathways, patios, driveways, and sidewalks.
Have a leaf clean-up
-Leaves begin to fall so in this season it is the right time to clean-up the leaves in order to prevent diseases. Sometimes we think that leaving the leaves on the lawn is the best way to do but you are wrong. Leaving them behind may cause a big problem and greater damage to your lawn. It is performed by raking the leaves, bag, and compost a large number of leaves while mow and mulch in smaller quantities. Adding that organic matter on your lawn makes the soil enriched and supports microbial growth. Fall is the best time to make use of your extra leaves as compost and it is cheaper than commercial compost.
Winter season is a great time to clean up your garden and maintain the beds. By doing so, it will be easier to see weeds that need to be treated or hand-pulled. It also provides a good opportunity for perennials and vegetables to grow in the next season. Additionally, take time to assess your garden and give them that tender love and care they need during this season.
Here are the best practices that you can do in winter to keep your landscape beautiful and healthy:
Prune Shrubs & Trees
Prune shrubs and trees that are dormant during winter. Not only this will help you achieve the shape that you desire when they bloom during the growing the season, this practice will also provide your shrubs and trees enough energy to support new growth. It also helps prevent diseases and insect invasion.
Some of the shrubs that can be pruned in winter:
Some of the trees that can be pruned in winter:
Clean Plant Beds
It is essential to clean your beds up in winter as this will greatly prepare your garden when spring comes. Treat and pull those nasty weeds out for your plants to have more room to grow, for them to be healthier, and for them to live longer.
Apply Corn Gluten Fertilizer and AACT Treatment
Our Corn Gluten Fertilizer is 100% organic. It is a non-selective all natural fertilizer that we recommend for all types of turf grass and plants. It has pre-emergent tendencies and contains slow release non-burning nitrogen sources. It is proven effective in controlling weeds.
Corn Gluten Fertilizer is best paired with our AACT Treatment. Our AACT Treatment increases breakdown of organic matter, improves soil water retention, and maximizes active beneficial microbial diversity to encourage root growth.
Blow off & Turn off Sprinklers
Shut off your irrigation system before the temperature drops below the freezing point to avoid system damage like pressure build up or leaky and clogged pipes.
Roof and Siding Clearance
Doing roof and siding clearance in winter prevents ice buildup that can lead to water penetration which may highly cause significant structural damage. Heavy snow and ice may cause ventilation issues to your attic. Try to clear heavy snow from your roof to prevent melting snow go through the cracks especially if your roof and siding have foundation issues.
Never neglect your lawn during spring. Taking care of it during this season is one way to prevent weeds from growing. Encourage deep and strong root growth by doing the necessary steps listed below. These steps will keep your lawn healthy and beautiful despite having a hot and dry weather condition.
To ensure fresh and new growth, it is a must to clear and haul away those leaves, fallen trees, branches, and other organic debris. If these debris stay on your lawn for a long time, it may result to pest infestation or diseases. Keep your family safe by making sure you do not skip spring clean-up. We do not want our kids running around knowing that there might be dangerous pests like snakes, lurking around our yard. This step is the start of getting the beauty and health of your lawn back.
Corn Gluten Fertilization
After a long winter, your grass surely needs to replenish their energy and nutrients. This season is a great time for proper fertilization. We all know that growth is faster in spring. Therefore, give the new growth and existing grass all the nutrients they need.
Talking about proper fertilization, it is undeniably true that weeds spread uncontrollably. They compete with your previous plants for nutrients, water, and sunlight. Shoo those nasty seeds away with the help of our organic fertilizer, Corn Gluten Meal. Ideally applied all over your lawn and plants beds. Water immediately afterwards. Give the nutrients time to be absorbed before mowing.
It is time to dust off and get those mowers out! Before doing so, make sure to assess the height of the grass. Ideally, you start mowing if the height of the grass is already at 3 inches tall. You may want to wait a little longer if the grass is still short. Mowing short grass may be the cause of unwanted disease and pest.
Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
Winter is finally over! Remember to prune excessive growth of a tree or shrub this spring. Do not remove more than 10 percent of the tree’s branches as this may result to disease or insect infestation. Remove dead limbs or branches as these leech off the rest of the healthy ones, stealing the nutrients away from the living and healthy plants. By doing this step, having new growth is out of the question. Shape your tree accordingly.
Organic fertilizer for shrubs and trees
Shrubs and trees should never be taken for granted. Just like your lawn, they too require fertilization. Fertilizer is a vital ingredient for healthy growth. Schedule fertilizing your trees and shrubs at least twice a year. Ideally done once in fall and spring.
Soil Fertility Test
Before fertilizing your lawn, shrubs, and trees, have your soil tested first. Testing your soil helps you decide whether to fertilize or not. Soil fertility test determines the soil’s pH primary nutrient levels (nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K)). The results of this test will definitely help you understand how much fertilizer will be appropriate for any deficiencies in the soil.
It's important to fertilize a newly installed grass sod at the right time to promote healthy growth and root establishment. The timing of the first fertilizer application will depend on the type of grass you have installed and the specific recommendations of the sod supplier or your local extension office. However, as a general guideline, you should wait at least 4 to 6 weeks after installation before applying fertilizer.
During the first few weeks after installation, the sod will be using its energy and nutrients to establish roots in the soil, so applying fertilizer too soon can actually stress the sod and slow down root establishment. Waiting a few weeks will allow the roots to establish and the sod to settle in before applying fertilizer.
When it is time to fertilize, it's important to use a high-quality, slow-release fertilizer with a balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. This will help to promote healthy growth and root development without overstimulating the sod or leading to excessive growth that can weaken the grass.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing, and apply the fertilizer evenly across the entire lawn. Water the lawn thoroughly after applying fertilizer to help the nutrients to penetrate the soil and prevent them from burning the grass.
After the first fertilizer application, you can continue to fertilize your lawn according to a regular schedule based on the specific needs of your grass and local weather conditions. Be sure to monitor the soil moisture levels and adjust your fertilization practices as needed to promote healthy growth and root development.
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