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31 Jan 2019

Snow Mold Can Hurt Your Lawn

Snow molds are usually small and circular. They will have a variety of colors as the mold matures from grey, brown, to the mature stage of dark red or even black. To know for sure if it is snow mold,  take a sample into your county extension,  where they can give you a proper diagnosis.

Stopping Snow Mold on Turf Grass

Fall preparation:  Don’t put down fertilizer on your lawn after the 1st frost comes in the fall. Putting down fertilizer too late will feed to mold, not the grass. For the best prevention apply fungicides in mid-fall before the frost.    

Keep Grass longer the last cut of your lawn in the fall should be 20% higher than when you normally cut the lawn. Make sure the lawn is clean of debris like dead leaves.

Spring preparation: break up large amounts of snow that are having trouble melting.

Having a great offense or a healthy lawn is the best defenses, having a healthy lawn with a great soil ph level will help to prevent snow mold. To have your soil checked for the ph level area check us out here.

 

Other things that can cause damage to your lawn.

Website Links:  

  1. State-by-State List of Soil Testing Labs at Cooperative Extension Offices
  2. How to Prevent Lawn & Grass Diseases

Citations:

Couch, H.B.  1995. Diseases of Turfgrasses, 3rd ed.  Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, FL. pp. 25-28.

Smiley, R.W., Dernoeden, P.H., and Clarke, B.B.  2005. Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, 3rd ed. APS Press, St. Paul, MN. pp. 91-94.

By: Sprinkler Master Repair Franchise

10 Dec 2018

3 Types Of Sprinklers Overview

There are only 3 types of Lawn Sprinkler heads. The main function for them is to water Lawn and vegetation.

1. Pop Up Sprinklers: spray in a fan pattern and are generally for smaller areas like park strip

2.  Gear-Driven Rotors: have one stream and move back and forth covering a bigger lawn area. They spray from 20’-50’ and can be customized to spray in any given pattern. They can spin all the way up to 360 degrees.

3. Impact Rotors:  have one stream coming out and move in a circle. The main benefit of an impact rotor is that it can take on dirty irrigation water with a lower chance of breaking and plugging up.  They are less efficient and use more water, but use basic technology that makes them last much longer. 

23 Aug 2018

5 Steps to Prep Your Garden for Winter!

 

Here are a few simple steps to prep your lawn and garden for winter. With these easy steps, you can protect your lawn and garden throughout the harsh weather, and prep them for next spring!

 

Clean Beds: Ensure that you have cleaned up all dead foliage and fruit from your garden to prevent spreading disease between plants. Take a rake and remove all dead plant remains before winter hits.

Use Leaves: Autumn weather provides us with the perfect compost for our lawn and gardens. Rake up leaves that fall from your trees and add them to your compost pile. In addition, spread them over your lawn and use a mulch mower to grind them up into small enough pieces that they can slip between the blades of grass and nourish the soil.

Mulch Mowers: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/mulch-mowing-47700.html

Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs: As soon as temperatures drop below 50 degrees at night, it’s time to plant your spring flowers. Plant large bulbs 8 inches deep, and small bulbs 4 inches deep.

List of Spring-Flowering Bulbs: https://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2278/The-Top-50-Most-Popular-Spring-Blooming-Bulbs/

Don’t Mow Too Short: Allow your lawn to be a little bit longer than you would have it in the summer to encourage good root growth. Raise your mowers to it is keeping the blades at around 3 inches.

How to Raise your Mower Blades: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/adjust-blades-walkbehind-mower-88605.html

Winterize your sprinkler system: Winterizing your sprinkler system is a necessity in order to protect your system from winter damage. Damage caused by incorrect winterization is the number one source of sprinkler damage. Don’t cost yourself tons of time and money in the spring! Give us a call, and our techs will come out and prep your sprinkler system for winter.

 

If you need a hand with your sprinkler system, we can help!

Source:

  1. http://www.costafarms.com/get-growing/news/get-your-garden-ready-for-winter
06 Jun 2018

Tip #6 Sprinkler System

Follow our 6 tips to have the best looking lawn on the block this summer!

Tip #6: Keeping your sprinkler system up and running – The most important thing you can do to keep your lawn green and healthy is to ensure that it is being watered properly by your lawn sprinkler system. If your sprinkler system needs a repair or you need a sprinkler system installed, give the master’s a call! Find your location here.