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Fall Landscape Maintenance Check List

It's hard to believe that winter is right around the corner.  We have enjoyed a great season and hope you have also.  Before the snow begins to fall, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind you of the important fall landscape maintenance chores that should be done in order to have a healthy yard in the spring.

  • Lawn Mowing  -  It is recommend to have your lawn short for the fall and winter months.  This will prevent a buildup of dead grass in the spring that may smother new growth. Our lawn mowing routes will continue until the end of October weather permitting and we will lower our blades to make sure it is cut properly.  Feel free to contact us about your service.
  • Sprinkler System Winterization -  By shutting down the water supply and filling the pipes with pressurized air you are able to blow out all remaining water.  This will help prevent pipes from breaking due to the water freezing in them.  To get on the winterization service route please contact us soon, we will be going out for one week only beginning October 19th until October 23rd.
  • Leaf Clearing & Removal – Fall is one of the times when the cool season Utah grasses will revitalize themselves if given sufficient sunlight, nutrients, and water.  A thick and/or matted layer of fallen leaves will cast excessive shade over the grass below and deprives the grass of sunlight.  Lawns also need to breath during the winter and fall leaves can smother the grass is left on top.  We can schedule visits weekly, 2 part clean ups (mid fall and late fall), or by request.
  • Lawn Aeration -  Fall is great time for lawn aeration because it reduces soil compaction and allows water & fertilizer to seep into the root zone.  This service will only be available until the end of October.
  • Lawn fertilizer -  Fall is the most important time for fertilization since the lawn has passed through the stressful summer months and needs food to rebuild itself.  In addition, during fall season there is less competition from weeds, insects, and diseases.  Nutrients are required to take full advantage of the cool weather growth period to restore the lawn and prepare it for the next summer.  This service will be available until mid November contact us to schedule a visit.
  • Fall flower bed clean ups and pruning – To be ready to sprout new growth next season your flower beds need to be cut back or divided, the vegetable garden needs to be cut down, and new mulch needs to be added to protect plants from winter freeze.  It is also recommended to prune back the trees and shrubs to prevent winter damage.

Landscape Solutions is here to help you with your landscape maintenance.  By packaging several services together you can save.  To schedule or get price quotes any of these services please contact us via the phone or the internet.

If you signed up for any of these services on your spring renewal form, do not worry you are already on the route, please call or email if you have any questions.
Phone: 801-261-1733

How to measure how much you are watering your lawn

It is important to find out how much you are watering your lawn to ensure you are not over watering.  More often then not homeowners judge their watering requirements by the color of the grass.  This method does not work since a properly watered lawn is not going to be less green then an over watered lawn.

This is also a great activity for kids to be involved in so they learn the importance of water conservation.

Here is how you measure how much you are watering your lawn

Step 1 – Check the water distribution for uniformity.  You will need 4 containers; we recommend milk cartons or soup cans.
  1. Place the 4 containers in a grid pattern on the lawn that you are checking
  2. Run your sprinklers for at least 10 min.  If you have several stations that cover the area, run each station for the same amount of time.
  3. Check each container to see if the amount is the same.  If you are not using the same size container or used a tin can and can not see through to check the water level.  You can pour the water into a measuring cup, noting the volume each container contained.

If you find that you do not have even coverage, this could be a reason you have dry spots in the law.  Adjust your sprinklers until they do cover the area evenly.  If you do not know how to adjust your sprinklers, call to make an appointment with one of our sprinkler technicians.

Step 2 – Determine the amount you are watering.
  1. Empty the water from the 4 containers and measure 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the container.
  2. Place the 4 containers in a grid pattern on the law.
  3. Turn the sprinklers on and start a stopwatch.
  4. When your containers are filled to the 1/2 inch mark, stop the stopwatch and turn the sprinklers off.

Now you know how long it takes to water your lawn 1/2 inch.  If it is recommended to water 1.5 inches each week (as it is in September), then you would water three times a week for the amount of time it took to ready the 1/2 mark on your containers.
Here are the recommended weekly watering amounts for each month.  Do remember, if it is raining, you don't need to water.  Install a rain sensor to automate this process, or follow us on twitter for reminders.

  • April – Turn Sprinklers On
  • May – 1"/week
  • June – 1.5"/week
  • July – 2"/week
  • August – 2"/week
  • September – 1.5"/week
  • October – Turn Sprinklers Off

Organic Lawn Care Fertilizers

When I first started studying organic lawn care, I was doing it just to find another niche for my business. The more I studied the more I said to myself
"this is simply a better way to grow grass ... Why would anybody choose to do it any other way?"

Why we use natural and organic lawn care fertilizers

It's safe, effective & more affordable than you think.
Organic lawn care creates a lush green lawn without using the toxic chemical fertilizers we have so commonly turned to. Our organic program uses nutrient rich compost tea fertilizers that enhance the lawn with color and vigor without the growth spurts of chemical fertilizers, (meaning less labor for mowing). The teas work by allowing the lawn to work more efficiently, supplying nutrients and building fertile soil. Organic treated lawns are more thick and lush because the lawn is truly healthy; not just living off regularly applied synthetic chemicals.

Our organic compost tea fertilizer builds healthier soil. It is a liquid application that is made of natural ingredients including compost tea, humic acid, natural sugars, kelp, 30+vitamins/nutrients, plant growth hormones, and beneficial microbes. All are 100% biodegradable. One gallon is the equivalent of seven tons of manure. Our products help Nature by helping Nature. A healthy turf is weed free, disease free, and requires less water. Click here to watch a short video of organic compost tea fertilizers and how they have been used at Harvard University where they have 1000's of students a day walking across the Harvard yard.

The problem with synthetic chemical fertilizers.
Synthetic lawn fertilizers (i.e. herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers) can pollute our water, harm wildlife and have adverse health effects on people and pets. Scientific studies have found numerous negative health consequences associated with the synthetic chemicals found in traditional lawn care fertilizers. A report by the National Academy of Sciences shows that the health of 1 in 7 people is negatively impacted in some form by lawn pesticides. Numerous studies also link lawn chemicals to cancers and other long-term illnesses in both people and pets. Children are especially at risk for negative health consequences due to their size, physiological development and proximity to the ground according to studies from Yale University and Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
Synthetic lawn pesticides and fertilizers destroy the naturally present beneficial organisms in the soil of a healthy lawn's ecosystem, making it biologically sterile. This destruction increases the demands of your lawn requiring more and more chemicals to sustain it. A green lawn does not necessarily mean a healthy lawn! By using toxic chemicals, traditional lawn care companies are drugging your lawn to get performance and it becomes addicted to the high doses of nitrogen. In addition, up to 60% of synthetic nitrogen applied to lawns does not get used and ends up contaminating ground water.

Remember, you will never see a "warning flag" on an organic treated lawn that reads "keep off". That alone should tell you something.

Organic Fertilizers
- Non-toxic to children and pets
- Lawn requires less water
- Grows deeper root system
- Controls lawn thatch
- Increases resistance to drought, insects, weeds, and diseases
- Greatly improves long term turf and soil health
- Improves oxygen and nutrient intake
- Comparable cost as to traditional chemical fertilizers

Synthetic Chemical Fertilizers
- Creates weak chemically dependent lawns
- Synthetically fertilized lawns require more water
- Make the lawn very susceptible to drought, insects, and diseases
- Have been strongly linked to many health risks especially in children and pets
- Destroy beneficial organisms in the soil making it biologically sterile
- Creates excessive thatch in the lawn
- May contaminate ground and drinking water

How organic fertilizers work

Stage 1

Build Healthy Soil
The base of our program is to build soil fertility, and let the fertile soil feed the lawn. Organic fertilizers feed organic matter to beneficial living microorganisms in your soil. This creates the biological activity which is crucial for a healthy fertile soil. Synthetic chemicals deplete the biological activity in the soil making it sterile and create lawns that are dependent on chemicals and addicted to the high doses of nitrogen.

Stage 2

Build Deep Root System
Once we have a healthy fertile soil, your lawn will develop a deeper, more integrated root system, which will make lawns more resistant to pests, weeds, and disease. Healthy soils are more porous which make it easier for oxygen, nutrients, and water to reach the root system, rather than allowing the water to run off. This will reduce the amount of water needed to keep your lawn green.

Stage 3

Build Natural Weed Control
Organic fertilization does not try to kill things; it manipulates the soil and lawn so that "weeds" have a difficult time establishing themselves. Weeds are actually seen as a symptom of something else that is going on in the soil. When a nutrient deficiency does exist in the soil, some weeds will have a competitive advantage over the lawn. Organic fertilization programs provide conditions for your lawn that gives it the competitive advantage, over the "weeds". Using pesticides to tackle weeds and pests can actually damage your lawn. They kill the good organisms that help produce the nutrients plants need to grow, weakening the grass, fostering thatch, and encouraging diseases.

Did you know that dandelions prefer compacted, low calcium soil? Dandelions and other weeds will not grow well in a balanced soil.

How much does it cost?
We have organic based programs that will give you a healthier lawn at comparable prices to traditional synthetic lawn fertilization. Our basic Organic program starts at $35 per application for 3000 sq ft lawn. In the long term, an organic lawn will actually cost you less money. Once established, an organic lawn uses less water and fertilizers, and requires less labor for mowing and maintenance.

Bridge Program
By using toxic chemicals, traditional lawn care companies are drugging your lawn to get performance and it becomes addicted to the high doses of nitrogen. Landscape Solutions offers the withdrawal programs that gradually eliminate the need for chemicals and pesticides, without sacrificing the appearance of your lawn. For more information please contact us for a special offer free lawn analysis.

Interesting facts

"A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds home and garden pesticide use can increase the risk of childhood leukemia by almost seven times."

"Studies find that dogs exposed to herbicide-treated lawns and gardens can double their chance of developing canine lymphoma and may increase the risk of bladder cancer in certain breeds by four to seven times."

"Of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 19 have studies pointing toward carcinogens, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 15 with neurotoxicity, 26 with liver or kidney damage, 27 are sensitizers and/or irritants, and 11 have the potential to disrupt the endocrine (hormonal) system."

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Why December?

Beginning a landscape project in the dead of winter may seem odd, but it's actually a great time to select a designer, plan the project, select materials, collect bids and install hardscapes.  What's more, many professionals have less work during this time of year, so they can give your project their full attention, and often at a reduced fee.  Best of all, you're not waiting in line for their services when planting season arrives.

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