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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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  • Today We Honor

    || 25-May-2015

    Today We Honor As a nation we take today to honor the sacrifice of countless men and women that have bravely given their lives to protect this country and the freedom that America represents. Today is much more than a Federal holiday. It is a day to remember the soldiers that sacrificed everything. It is a day to decorate graves of the fallen with flags and flowers as a symbol of respect. It is a day to remember ...
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  • 14,000 Customers and Growing!

    || 19-May-2015

    14,000 Customers and Growing! It seems that just yesterday, we had surpassed the 13,000 customer mark back in early March. Now that we are finishing up the big spring influx of new lawn care customers, we’ve grown even more with over 14,000 customers now at LawnAmerica. For that we are very thankful. Most new customers start in the spring, when weeds are sprouting and lawns turning green. Although early spring is a great ...
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  • How Does Rainfall Affect Lawn Treatments?

    || 15-May-2015

    How Does Rainfall Affect Lawn Treatments? Now that we are out of the long-term drought in Oklahoma, some areas have been inundated with up to 11” of rain over the past 11 days. Most lawn treatments we provide at LawnAmerica consist of a pre-emergent herbicide and/or a fertilizer, usually granular. These need to be watered into the soil within a few days with about ½” of moisture in order to be effective, so rainfall ...
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  • Where Did All These Weeds Come From?

    || 13-May-2015

    Where Did All These Weeds Come From? With the rains and saturated soils, the weeds have come into lawns and landscapes in full force. Yes, the turf loves the rainfall, but so do many weeds, such as nutgrass and summer annual weeds. Generally, a thick and healthy turf will help prevent many weeds from germinating, but not all. Pre-emergent herbicides also help with crabgrass and grassy weeds, but are not as good with broadleaf weeds. ...
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  • A Clean Radar Finally!

    || 11-May-2015

    A Clean Radar Finally! After a week of what seems like constant rain, it’s so nice to see a clean radar in Oklahoma finally. I had over 8” of rain at our farm southeast of Tulsa this past week, so the lawn is soggy, the pond overflowing, yet things are so green and lush. I do believe we are officially out of the long-term drought we’ve experienced for the past many years, which is good news. But with ...
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  • Large Patch Alert

    || 6-May-2015

    Figure 1 Conditions are so ripe for Large Patch that even this bermudagrass has it. The rains are nice, but with the mild temperatures, conditions are very favorable or turf disease, such as Large Patch, or Zoysiapatch as it is sometimes called. This disease mainly occurs in zoysiagrass, but under certain conditions, some varieties of bermudagrass can also get this disease. Wet and rainy weather, with mild temperatures are prime conditions for this, and that’s what ...
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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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