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  • Ghosting...Should You Be Concerned?

    || 27-Aug-2015

    Today’s blog is written by Jake Johnson, Brad’s oldest son. Jake joined the LawnAmerica team several months ago after serving our country in the US Marine Corps. Though his current tenure with LawnAmerica has only been a few months, being a Johnson, he has years of lawn care experience under his belt and is a valuable member of the LawnAmerica team. Last week I was forwarded a story ...
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  • Fall Mowing Tips

    || 25-Aug-2015

    Lawn Tips for the Fall Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some blogs from various members of our staff. Today you will be hearing from Mike Bennett. Mike has the unique perspective of having been a long time customer of LawnAmerica before joining our team over 2 years ago. Mike has had his Master Gardener Certification for over 10 years and has a certification in Lawn & Landscape Design from all the way ...
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  • Appealing Flowerbeds VS Unsightly Weeds

    || 21-Aug-2015

    Appealing Flowerbeds VS Unsightly Weeds Over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some blogs from various members of our staff. Today you will be hearing from Nathan Riddle. Nathan is one of our Route Managers serving customers in Owasso, Oklahoma. Nathan has over 14 years of experience servicing Oklahoma lawns and landscapes and is great part of our team. Flowerbeds are a source of great pride for many homeowners. They are an ...
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  • Fescue Seeding Coming Soon

    || 17-Aug-2015

    This shaded area now needs fescue seeding this fall. The August heat and sudden lack of rainfall is putting a lot of stress suddenly on cool-season turf such as fescue in Oklahoma. Earlier in the season during the rainy and humid period it was Brown Patch turf disease that was wreaking havoc on fescue turf. And now it’s the other end of the weather extreme hot and dry weather. Growing ...
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  • What Happened to my Green Lawn?

    || 14-Aug-2015

    What Happened to my Green Lawn? “But we’ve had all this rain this year,” I heard a customer say as they looked at their brown lawn that was green a few weeks ago. Yes, the rains we’ve had from May through July were sure nice, and caused Tulsa lawns and landscapes to be nice and green all summer for a change. But now that we are into mid-August, it’s back to more of what we typically experience in ...
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  • What to Do about Late Summer Crabgrass

    || 12-Aug-2015

    What to Do about Late Summer Crabgrass As summer is winding down, the troublesome summer annual weed crabgrass can rear its ugly head late in the season. A pre-emergent herbicide applied early in spring is the best way to prevent crabgrass from even germinating. So if one was not applied properly earlier this season, expect crabgrass, often in large amounts. Crabgrass is a lighter pale green grassy weed that can form a dense mat in the ...
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  • LawnAmerica Receives NALP Community Stewardship Award

    || 5-Aug-2015

    LawnAmerica Receives NALP Community Stewardship Award LawnAmerica was recently awarded the Community Stewardship Award for its company's ongoing culture of giving back within the community, sponsored by theNational Association of Landscape Professionals. Company owner Brad Johnson accepted the award in Arlington, VA recently in conjunction with their community service trip to Arlington National Cemetery with his son Jake, recently back home after ...
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  • Americans Love Their Lawns

    || 3-Aug-2015

    Americans Love Their Lawns A recent Harris Poll conducted through the National Association of L andscape Professio nal s (NALP) confirmed what we know at LawnAmerica, that yards are important to American homeowners. Most Americans think it is important to have a yard (83%) and to spend time outside in the yard (75%). For those that have a yard, 90% think it is important that it is well-maintained. It is also important to ...
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  • Who's Ready for Christmas?

    || 30-Jul-2015

    Who's Ready for Christmas? Can you believe that half of 2015 is already gone? That means we are just a few short months away from installing Christmas lights again this year. July may seem too early to even think about Christmas lights, but the truth is, this is the best time to guarantee a spot in our busy schedule while saving some money by pre-paying for your Christmas Décor services. We all know that overwhelmed ...
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  • Are you spending enough time outside?

    || 28-Jul-2015

    Are you spending enough time outside? Earlier this year we began using some new and improved mosquito control products for our Mosquito Control Program. These products, made by Syngenta, were touted to be the best in the business so naturally we wanted to give them a try. Syngenta made claims of being able to control mosquitos, along with other insects, for up to 8 weeks. It almost sounded too good to be true, but you know what, they ...
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  • The True Price of a Beautiful Lawn

    || 22-Jul-2015

    The True Price of a Beautiful Lawn Guest Commentary by Jake Johnson, son of LawnAmerica owner Brad Johnson I’m only about two months into my lawn care career now, after leaving the Marine Corps two months ago after six years serving in 1st Battalion 2nd Marine Regiment. Two months is long enough to be able to experience some customers complaining about the price of their services and being chewed out by an unforgiving ...
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  • Renewal & Remembrance

    || 21-Jul-2015

    Renewal & Remembrance Being a good steward of what we have been blessed with is foundational to our existence as a company at LawnAmerica. Giving back to our community, and our nation, is not something that we do for publicity, but rather because it is the right thing to do. We had an opportunity this week to give back to our nation through the Renewal & Remembrance Event at the Arlington National Cemetery. This ...
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  • It's Hot, but Don't Neglect Your Trees and Shrubs

    || 17-Jul-2015

    It's Hot, but Don't Neglect Your Trees and Shrubs Hey I know it’s hot outside, and you probably are not spending much time out enjoying your landscape. However, summer insect problems can sneak in quickly, and if not taken care of promptly, can wreak havoc on your trees and shrubs. I inspected my Crepe Myrtles recently, and discovered aphids on the underneath side of the leaves, which are fairly common on these shrubs in the Tulsa and ...
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  • The Heat is On

    || 15-Jul-2015

    The Heat is On Now this is Oklahoma weather! Heat indexes are up past 100 degrees every week now with the heat and humidity, with a lot of soil moisture from the spring rains evaporating into the air to make it even more humid. Normally by mid-July, things are pretty brown around Tulsa and in Oklahoma from summer heat and a lack of rainfall, but not this season. I’ve never seen the landscape so green as it ...
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  • Fall Webworms Invading Oklahoma Trees

    || 13-Jul-2015

    Webworms Invading Oklahoma Trees The annual outbreak of fall webworms is now occurring in the Oklahoma area, and appears to be more severe compared to the previous few years. This is probably due to the increased rain and denser foliage on trees. Webs can be seen in many ornamental trees, especially in pecan, hickory, persimmon, sweetgum, willow, redbud, oaks, and in many fruit trees. The webs are formed from masses of small ...
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  • Summer Rains Continue to Cause Turf Disease

    || 10-Jul-2015

    Summer Rains Continue to Cause Turf Disease We are now about 14” above normal for rainfall in much of Oklahoma, even more in some areas. And most of that rain has come over the past few months, at a time with the temperatures are warm to hot. This is the perfect recipe for turf diseases, such as Brown Patch, to develop in Oklahoma lawns. There are three things that must be present for turf disease to occur…..a sussceptable ...
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  • Tired of Mowing your lawn? Try Primo!

    || 8-Jul-2015

    Tired of Mowing your lawn? Try Primo! With the rains and now hot weather, your bermudagrass especially may be growing like crazy now. Primo is a great product that has been around for about 20 years now. When applied to turf, it will slow down the growth of the turf by about 50% over a 5-6 week period. The turf more or less grows horizontally more than vertically, giving it a thicker appearance also. Other benefits include stronger ...
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  • Spring Rains Bring on Dollar Spot Turf Disease

    || 6-Jul-2015

    Spring Rains Bring on Dollar Spot Turf Disease With all the May and June rains, it's the perfect conditions for a for a troublesome turf disease we really don't see much in Oklahoma, Dollar Spot. Symptoms appear as small brown or dead-looking spots about the size of a silver dollar, usually in bermudagrass. Some spots can merge together to form large brown irregular patches in the turf. It is often a summertime disease that shows up in ...
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  • LawnAmerica, Inc. vs. Trugreen

    || 25-Jun-2015

    So What's the Difference Between LawnAmerica and Trugreen? So What’s the Difference between LawnAmerica and Trugreen? I was out in the field with two of our Route Mangers in Bartlesville on Wednesday helping to do some lawn treatments and checking on how things were going. There happened to be a Trugreen truck running around in the same neighborhood treating some lawns, one of which was right next door to one we had just treated. In the markets we ...
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  • Proper Mowing After Rainy Periods

    || 22-Jun-2015

    Proper Mowing After Rainy Periods Proper Mowing After Rainy Periods After the second rainiest spring in Oklahoma history, it’s been difficult to keep up with the mowing schedule on Tulsa area lawns. And, bermudagrass and zoysiagrass lawns will be exploding in growth soon with the hot temperatures, good soil moisture, and assuming that our LawnAmerica fertilizer is in the soil doing its job! The general rule of thumb is to ...
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  • Our Old Friend the Bermudagrass Mite is Back.

    || 11-Jun-2015

    Our Old Friend the Bermudagrass Mite is Back. During the past few summers, we’ve had in influx of bermudagrass mite infestations in some lawns in the Oklahoma area. I’ve been caring for turf for 30 years in Oklahoma, and until recently, mites have not been that big of an issue. For some reason though, they seem to be getting worse. The damage is typically worse under drought conditions when the turf is under stress, as has been ...
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  • Where Were You 17 Years Ago?

    || 9-Jun-2015

    Where Were You 17 Years Ago? 17 years ago we were just getting started as LawnAmerica. At the same time, millions of 17-year cicadas had just hatched that spring, the males flew around singing their music to attract a female, leading eventually to this new generation of periodical cicadas coming out soon in Oklahoma. Unlike the annual cicadas, which hatch out every summer, periodical cicadas have mainly 13 or 17 year life ...
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  • Now That's a Big Weed!

    || 2-Jun-2015

    Now That's a Big Weed! One of the challenges that this record-setting rainfall during May has been being able to even mow your lawn in all the mud. And with all of the rain, weed-control has been a challenge. With the excessive soil moisture, we fully expect weeds to be somewhat of a challenge this summer. It’s a combination the turf not being real thick and healthy due to saturated soil, many weeds loving the wet ...
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  • Rain, Rain, Go Away!

    || 29-May-2015

    Rain, Rain, Go Away! What a difference a year makes, or even a month! After years of dealing with drought, now we are wrapping up the wettest month ever for rainfall in Oklahoma. So while it’s good that the subsoil now has moisture, the ponds and lakes are full, and we can save money on our water bills, there are also negative effects of excessive rainfall on plants and turf in the landscape. As with most ...
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  • Rainy Weather Brings on Mushrooms

    || 26-May-2015

    Rainy Weather Brings on Mushrooms With all the rainy weather in Oklahoma this May, we are seeing more turf disease, more weeds, and even mushrooms sprout up in lawns. These mushrooms are interesting, but don’t usually harm turf or plants. Most mushrooms are mycorrhizal (symbiotic association with tree roots) or saprophytic (live on dead organic matter such as wood, etc.) in the soil. When it is warm and very moist as the ...
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