How to Properly Water And Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your lawn involves more thinking than just throwing down some fertilizer. It can be difficult to gauge how much water to use, or the size of lawn, and how to properly fertilize lawns. In this brief guide we will inform you about what you should consider in order to properly fertilize your lawn. Continue reading

Commercial Landscaping in Cypress

Preparing lawns and landscaping for a commercial area is no small task. Whether the project involves mulching, trimming, or flower installation, you want to make sure that everything will endure harsh weather and present a great view. In many instances, the landscaping is one of the first aspects of a business that customers will see. Making a professional, pleasant impression on customers can be an effective, subtle way to take the first step in building a positive relationship.

Cypress Lawn and Landscaping provides every aspect of commercial landscaping for the Cypress area.

Our commercial landscaping services in Cypress include:

  • Landscape Design and Installation
  • Mulching
  • Bed Cleaning
  • Seasonal Flower Installation and Care
  • Hedge Trimming
  • Arbor Care

With years of experience in commercial landscaping projects throughout Cypress and North Houston, we have created many custom installations. We are able to create clean, fresh areas that fit within our clients’ budgets.

Examples of projects that we can create are:

  • Pathways
  • Entrance areas
  • Gardens
  • Parking area installations
  • Dining areas

We are glad to provide consultations regarding commercial landscaping areas and custom designs. Contact Cypress Lawn and Landscaping today to speak with our experienced staff.

What Types of Fertilizer are Available for Your Lawn?

Fertilizing is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the year. When selecting a fertilizer for your lawn, you may have noticed that there are many types available. Understanding these various options and what will work best for your lawn can help you achieve optimal results for your landscaping efforts. Knowledge of the correct time and amount of fertilizer to use can also help you reap the most benefit from fertilizing, but selecting the best type of fertilizer is a great starting point. Continue reading

How to Water Your Lawn

With summer months well under way, keeping your lawn hydrated is a primary concern. It’s no secret that watering your lawn is essential to healthy growth, but how and when you water your grass can make a big difference in how well your lawn fares this year.

Balance the Right Amount of Water

When watering your lawn, there’s a careful level of water that produces the best results. Watering too frequently can lead to fungus and other issues, large amounts of water can wash away the topsoil and fertilizer. On the other hand, only providing enough water to reach the shallow levels of soil can cause grass to develop shallow roots that can be easily pulled up. The amount of water needed to achieve an optimal lawn varies depending on the type of soil in your yard and climate of your region, so you may need to do a bit of testing to determine the perfect level.

Water in the Morning

The early morning is the best time to water your lawn, with peak hours between 4 a.m. and 9 .a.m. This will keep winds from scattering the drops and evaporation from significantly reducing the amount of water reaching the ground. If a day is particularly hot or windy, you might be better off just waiting until the next morning.

Put Rainwater to Work

Running your sprinklers during the rain is wasteful, so install a sensor on your timed sprinkler to prevent this. Attentively using your sprinkler to augment rainfall or prepare dry ground to absorb incoming rain can be a smart way to keep your lawn in optimal shape.

Installing a rain barrel will collect water from your home’s gutters and store it to be used on your lawn later. This can reduce runoff that washes chemicals, soil, and fertilizer from your lawn. Plus, you can save money on your water bill by just using the free water harvested from the rain.

Maintaining a healthy, growing lawn is easier and more successful when you water your grass efficiently and effectively.

When to Fertilize Your Lawn

Fertilizing your yard is a must for healthy and lush growth, but when exactly should you fertilize? This can vary depending on the type of grass you grow and what region you live in. No two lawns are the same, but here are some basic tips on when you should feed your lawn.

Warm Weather Means Growth

Early Spring is an important time to get your lawn ready for the heavy growing months ahead. You’ll typically want to fertilize when you first need to mow it after the cold seasons end. This can range anywhere from February to April, depending on where you’re located.

For later Spring, you may need to change up the combination of fertilizer that you’re using to combat broadleaf weeds. Don’t let up on feeding through the Summer, as these are the hardest months on grass. Food traffic and temperatures are both up and your grass needs all the help it can get to stay healthy.

Autumn may be the most important time of the year for fertilizing. Your lawn needs to recover for the tough months of Summer and prepare for the Winter ahead. A strengthening fertilizer can ensure that your grass’s roots can withstand the cold months to come.

Local Fertilizing Experts

If you’re not sure when to fertilize in your exact area, you can always contact your local lawn care professionals. They can provide you with personalized information on ideal fertilization times or recommended products, or they can even provide fertilization services for you.

 

Protecting Your Lawn from Heavy Rains

Many areas across the country see heavy rains, especially in May and October, the wettest months of the year. Rain is important to irrigate plants, but too much can obviously cause serious problems. In addition to washing away any recent seeding, pesticides and herbicides can be transferred to unintended areas and into the water system. Landscaping can also see negative effects as water chips away at soil and can end up standing over plants if adequate drainage isn’t established. With some precautions and responses, however, you can minimize the damage inflicted on your yard by the heavy rains of Spring.

Ensuring proper drainage is the most important step in preventing serious harm from rain. If water pools in your yard is can kill the grass underneath it, become a breeding ground for insects, and even damage the foundation of your home. A number of techniques can alleviate this problem, including sloping your yard away from your home and toward drainage areas. Installing drains and rain gardens can also direct the flow of water, ensuring that it moves along from your yard.

Diverting the water before it even hits your lawn is also an effective method. Rain barrels and containment tanks are a great option for this. The barrel can be placed under your downspout to gather water from your gutters to store for future use. This can drastically reduce the water over your lawn and you can even use it later for irrigation.

Lots of rain, especially in a humid area, can frequently lead to mushrooms popping on across lawns. These aren’t usually an issue, but if they happen to grow in a circle, sometimes called a Fairy Ring, you’ll need to remove them to the roots, as they can compete with the grass for nutrients and end up killing the grass in the center of the circle.

After the water settles, you may need to investigate and fill in any damaged areas of your lawn. Catching potential early on can prevent them from turning into major problems after a few more rainy days.

With some simple preventative measures, you can protect your lawn and keep it looking fresh for the upcoming warm months.

 

Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

With winter on the way out and warm days ahead, it’s time to get your lawn ready for the months ahead. Spending some preparation time on your soil, grass, and other vegetation now can save you time later and ensure a more healthy lawn for the time you and your family will be spending outdoors this year.

To prepare your lawn for Spring, there are a few steps you’ll need to take:

Evaluate your lawn: Take a few minutes to survey your lawn, taking stock of problematic areas, uneven spots, and how much work you have ahead of you. Depending on what the past year brought to your grass, you may be in for a tough recovery or just a simple seeding process.

Clean up debris and thatch: Start with a clean slate by removing any sticks, leaves, and dead build-up. To dethatch your yard, use a rake to remove the piled up dead roots and bits that cover the roots of your grass. This will allow any herbicides, seeds, water, and other things that you add to your lawn to more effectively reach the soil. Aerating the lawn will also help with this process, providing the grass with fresh air and allowing water and fertilizer to reach it more effectively.

Seed your Lawn: You may need to spot seed for bare areas or overseed your whole lawn to make your grass more full and thick. Before tackling problem areas, break up the soil to about 2 inches with a rake or till. This will help seeds to take root more easily.

Your lawn may need more care, depending on its condition, ranging from soil improvement to fertilizer. Bare spots may also need special attention for thorough repair.

By properly preparing your lawn for Spring and Summer, you can get a leg up on having a healthy, lush lawn for the whole year. As you gear up for the barbecues, pool parties, and outdoor gatherings of the season, ensure that you’ll have a lawn that you can be proud of with a few simple steps.

 

The Benefits of Lawn Aeration

Although aeration may sound like a frivolous treatment, it actually carries many benefits for your lawn. Commonly referred to as “core aeration”, or even “coring” or “spiking”, this process includes removing small cores from the soil of the lawn, opening it to air flow and refreshment. Soil compaction occurs over time as foot traffic, sports, driving on soil, and other activities compress the air from the dirt, much in the way that a pillow goes flat over time. The tiny spaces between the soil allows water and air to reach the roots of your grass, allowing it to grow and remain healthy. Compaction cuts off this essential flow, stifle grass and preventing it from reaching its full potential. In many cases, turfgrass may even die or be unable to grow at all.

High traffic areas, such as corner lawns, school yards, sports areas, and parks are particularly susceptible to soil compaction. Thatch, consisting of dead grass and other dry materials can gather across the top of soil over time, preventing water, fertilizer, pesticides, and air from reaching the roots of grass. Aeration punches through this layer, reducing thatch accumulation and exposing grass to essential nutrients.

Benefits of Core Aeration Include:

  • Fertilizer is more effective
  • Grass is better able to withstand heat or drought
  • Water is better retained by soil, reducing runoff and puddling
  • Grass can grow more dense and healthy, creating a greener lawn
  • Grass is more resilient and provides stronger cushioning
  • Thick thatch is less likely to develop, helping the lawn stay healthy for longer

 

Since lawn aeration opens up access for water to effectively reach the roots of grass, this process can reduce the amount of water needed to water a lawn by half. Not only does this decrease the water bill of maintaining the grass, it also reduces wasted water, puddles, and excessive mud. Breaking up thatch and allowing water-flow can also reduce the number of unwanted insects around a lawn.

Different types of aeration equipment will perform differently, but a lawn care professional will be able to recommend an effective aeration process for your lawn. Taking the proactive step to aerate your lawn at least once a year can maintain healthy grass and improve your lawn dramatically.

 

How to Protect your Plants from the Cold

For those of us who live in areas that experience relatively mild winters – we are fortunate to be able to grow semi-tropical and/or tropical plants such as Bougainvillea, Lantana and Yellow Bells outdoors.So what can you do to help protect your frost-tender plants?  Cover them during the cold hours of night.  During the day, the soil absorbs the heat from the sun.  By covering plants in the evening, the covering captures the heat the the soil re-radiates out into the night. Cypress Lawn and Landscape has all the information on how to protect your plants from the cold. Continue reading