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  • Fertilizing is Not Feeding

    || 30-Apr-2015

    Fertilizing is Not Feeding Most homeowners in the Oklahoma area have bermudagrass lawns, which by now have come out of winter dormancy, greened-up, and are well on their way to growing so that mowing is necessary every week or so. You don’t need to “feed” your grass however to have it looking great, as most homeowners believe. Grass, like all green plants, are unique in that they can make their own ...
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  • Take Back your Backyard!

    || 27-Apr-2015

    Take Back your Backyard! The spring rains have been nice, and it’s great to finally have a season with rainfall at normal or even above average in our area for the first time in many years. But with the rainfall comes the likelihood of other issues, such as a larger mosquito population this summer. Mosquitoes can be a harmful pest in the landscape, with increasing issues with West Nile Virus in particular. So our ...
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  • Every Day is Earth Day at LawnAmerica!

    || 22-Apr-2015

    Every Day is Earth Day at LawnAmerica! Today is the day we celebrate the earth we live on. It’s an amazing place, this planet, created by God for us to live on and enjoy. Too bad we humans seem to mess it up at times, in more ways than one. From one who actually makes his living by tending to the earth, loves the outdoors, and who spent over 4 months hiking through a beautiful part of our earth on the Appalachian Trail 5 years ...
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  • Spring Dead Spot in Bermudagrass

    || 20-Apr-2015

    Spring Dead Spot in Bermudagrass With the nice rains this spring, bermudagrass lawns are greening up nicely now. We are actually just a little ahead of normal rainfall for the year so far, which has not been the case for many years here in Oklahoma. If you have a Bermudagrass lawn, you may notice many brown circles appearing as your grass is trying to green-up in the spring. No, it’s not crop circles, but rather a very ...
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  • It's OK to Scalp Your Bermudagrass Now

    || 17-Apr-2015

    Scalp Your Bermudagrass Every spring we try to convince homeowners and even commercial mowing companies to resist the temptation to scalp their bermudagrass or zoysiagrass lawn in early spring. Some folks succumb to the pull of those sunny days in March and get their mower out to whack off the turf at a very low height while removing the brown stems and leaves. This practice is called scalping, and can be a useful ...
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  • How to Choose a Great Lawn Care Company

    || 14-Apr-2015

    How to Choose a Great Lawn Care Company The lawn service industry is like any other industry. There are many to choose from and it’s sometimes difficult to really know how to choose the best. In most large markets, there are a few great ones, the majority are OK, and some cannot be trusted or will be out of business within a year or this writing. Lawn care is a service, and it’s really difficult to make a decision on service ...
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  • Who Do You Trust?

    || 6-Apr-2015

    Fertilizer + pre-emergent for $61 plus tax. Treats 15,000’, but 2 treatments needed. I had to laugh after seeing the commercial several times recently about the homeowner having a beautiful green lawn because the guy at Lowe’s told him about the right type of fertilizer to buy. I actually have even experienced this at times, with a few folks trusting some part-time employee working the ...
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  • April is National Lawn Care Month

    || 3-Apr-2015

    Since April of 1990, our national trade organization, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), has observed April as National Lawn Care Month. This year, we have partnered with the Turgrass Producers International and The Lawn Institute towards celebrating and promoting the tremendous positive aspects of turf and lawns in the urban environment. At LawnAmerica, we are proud to be good stewards ...
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  • Venus Cat Trap Weed Invades Tulsa!

    || 31-Mar-2015

    Venus Cat Trap Weed Invades Tulsa! Everyone knows about the harmless little Venus Flytrap plant. However, this plant had mutated in South America over the past few years, become much larger, and now consumes mice and rats in the jungle floor. Somehow, some plants made it to Texas, and has mutated even more into a totally new species….the Venus Cat Trap, which consumes small cats, and even little fu fu dogs. Over the past ...
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  • Why Aren't My Weeds All Gone?

    || 31-Mar-2015

    Why aren't my Weeds all gone? Why aren’t my Weeds all gone? One week after spraying. Many new customers start service with LawnAmerica during March and April, and often with a lawn full of weeds which are growing faster than the turf. Oftentimes there is purple henbit covering the lawn, along with chickweed, dandelions, and annual bluegrass. And since the bermudagrass is brown and dormant still, anything green such as ...
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  • The Forsythia are Blooming, so Crabgrass is Coming Soon

    || 27-Mar-2015

    The Forsythia are Blooming, so Crabgrass is Coming Soon Forsythia are somewhat common shrubs that are a little old school, found mainly in older landscapes. They are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the winter, and sprouting bright yellow flowering blooms with the onset of Spring. Forsythia has always been a good indicator as to when crabgrass germination is near. The lawn care folk lore says that when the yellow blooms of forsythia are at their ...
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  • What are those Big Green Clumps in my Lawn?

    || 25-Mar-2015

    What are those Big Green Clumps in my Lawn? Some people call it watergrass, some call it crabgrass, but every spring these weeds seem to invade lawns in our area. As the weather warms in March especially, these large green clumps of weeds stick out like a sore thumb in brown, dormant bermudagrass. They are actually fescue clumps, which have germinated into the bermudagrass turf and are green and growing now. Fescue is a cool-season grass, ...
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  • Aren't Those Purple Flowers Pretty!

    || 23-Mar-2015

    Aren't Those Purple Flowers Pretty! As my wife and I drove to church yesterday, she exclaimed, “Wow aren’t those pretty purple flowers” as we drove past some farmland exploding with purple from thousands of purple flowers. I laughed and told her that those are weeds…..Henbit, which comes up every March in untreated home lawns. In this case, the farmer had not planted anything, and Henbit had overtaken his ...
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  • 13,000 Customers Served!

    || 19-Mar-2015

    We've Served 13,000 Customers! As of yesterday, we shot through the 13,000 customer mark at LawnAmerica. We are thrilled to be able to serve more homeowners and businesses with their lawn care needs than anyone in the state of Oklahoma. And now, we are helping folks in Charlotte and Asheville North Carolina, and in the Greenville/Spartanburg area in South Carolina, along with being down the road in Oklahoma City. For all of ...
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  • Happy St. Patrick's Day

    || 17-Mar-2015

    Happy St. Patrick's Day from Lawn America! There really is gold in your grass! Not just on St. Patrick’s Day, but every day your lawn and landsacpe is healthy can add value to your home and our community. According to Smart Money Magazine, a nice lawn and landscape added up to 11.3% to the value of a home. Money Magazine states that: “attractively landscaping your yard can be one of the most cost-effective ways to boost your ...
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  • It's About People, Process, and Product

    || 14-Mar-2015

    One of my favorite shows on television, other than sports, is The Profit on CNBC. Marcus Lemonis takes faltering businesses, buys a majority stake in the business, and attempts to turn them around and make the successful. He’s the real deal, he tells it like it is, and has a big heart. Most of the businesses he buys into, after he implements his changes and principles, take off and thrive, ...
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  • Caring for Maple Trees

    || 10-Mar-2015

    Red and Yellow Maple trees can be a nice addition to the landscape. Compared to the old Silver Maples used years ago, these have much better truck and branch structure while providing beautiful fall colors of red, orange, and yellow. Maples grow fairly quickly, and don’t become so large that they can outgrow a landscape and turn into a hazard. Two common problems we see in Maples are ...
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  • Who's Ready for Spring?

    || 3-Mar-2015

    We are! The past two weeks have been very challenging when you are trying to care for lawns. One can’t really do much when there is a lot of snow on the ground and/or sub-freezing temperatures. Pumps don’t work when the liquid weed-control freezes, so we’re ready for some warmer weather to get our work done. And everyone is ready for a little sunshine and warmer days so we can ...
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  • Does Your Lawn Look Like a Battlefield?

    || 26-Feb-2015

    If so, you probably have moles, gophers, or both in your lawn. Moles and gophers always seem to be a big problem in Oklahoma lawns at this time of year. The bermudagrass is dormant, lawns are not being mowed, so the unsightly dirt piles just stay there after the moles and gophers do their digging. Gophers are larger than moles, did deeper tunnels, while bringing up larger mounds of dirt. They eat ...
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  • We'll Take the Snow

    || 17-Feb-2015

    We finally have some moisture in Oklahoma, in the form of snow and ice. Hey, we’ll take it in any form with it being so dry now. It wasn’t much, so let’s hope for some good, soaking rains soon. We were able to fire up the snow plows and use some of the truckload of ice melt we have in the warehouse at LawnAmerica though. Some of our trucks are equipped with the capability of ...
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  • Another Year of Drought?

    || 11-Feb-2015

    Last year at this time of the season, we were experiencing the driest January and February on record in the Tulsa area. Well, here we go again. 2015 is starting off as another year of drought it appears. We are currently in the D1 moderate drought category. But go west and it gradually deepens to extreme and even exceptional drought, and it is gradually moving this way. We’ve really been in ...
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  • Pruning Crepe Myrtles

    || 10-Feb-2015

    Benefits of Pruning Crepe Myrtles The practice of chopping off the tops of crepe myrtles over the winter has become very common in Oklahoma. We sometimes call it Crepe Murder at LawnAmerica, as it really hurts the look and health of the plant over time. Many folks believe this is necessary to promote flowering, but that is not necessarily the case. More often than not, it’s something that some commercial maintenance ...
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  • Why Do They Do That?

    || 6-Feb-2015

    A great-looking lawn starts now with early spring pre-emergent applied With such great weather in Oklahoma this February, we are making good headway with our customer’s R1 Early Spring Weed-Control Treatments at LawnAmerica. This weed treatment really sets the stage for a more weed-free lawn this year by preventing crabgrass and other summer annual weeds from germinating. We do not use the blue turf dye in our liquid treatments as some companies do, but rather ...
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  • Where's Winter

    || 26-Jan-2015

    It’s the final week of January, and we are in the midst of a beautiful stretch of winter weather in Oklahoma. After a very cloudy, dreary December, it’s nice to see the sun. It feels like spring is just around the corner, but don’t let that fool you, as we do like in Oklahoma. I suspect we’ll still see a snowfall or two at some point. We are still in a long-term drought in ...
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  • Starting 2015

    || 22-Jan-2015

    2015 will be the 17th year for LawnAmerica caring for lawns in Tulsa, Northeast Oklahoma, and now the Oklahoma City area. We care for more homeowners and their lawns than anyone in the entire state of Oklahoma, almost 13,000 customers and growing. For that, I am very grateful. We’ve grown not because I’m such a smart marketer, or by throwing a lot of money into advertising, but rather ...
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