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We talked in our last blog about how to properly care for warm-season turf.  Today we want to look at the other side of the spectrum and talk about cool season grass, or more specifically about fescue.

As you might suspect a grass such as fescue that is part of the cool-season family of grasses doesn’t particularly like the heat of summer.  While it is true that fescue may not thrive this time of year, it is possible to protect it and prepare it for when colder weather returns later in the year.

First and foremost, make sure you are not cutting it too short.  Fescue, this time of year, should be maintained at between 3.5 to 4 inches in height (or taller) and should never be scalped, especially when it’s hot.  The taller the grass, the more shade it provides to the soil helping to keep the plant cooler and maintain essential moisture in the root zone.

Irrigation is vital as well.  Ideally, your lawn would receive at least 1.5 inches of rain each week.  Some weeks you may get lucky enough for Mother Nature to cooperate, but in most cases, you will likely have to utilize a sprinkler system or hand watering to supplement.  Watering in the morning is ideal, but if your schedule doesn’t allow for early mornings, anytime during the day is better than not watering at all.  It is crucial not to water late in the evening or overnight to help reduce chances of fungus activity.

Fertilizers can be applied in the summer, however, it is imperative that the fertilizer be comprised of organic material that does not contain quick-release nitrogen sources.  Quick-release products that are high in nitrogen will burn fescue in the summertime, causing more damage than benefit.  LawnAmerica utilizes a liquid organic product that in addition to a small amount of nitrogen also has iron, humic acid, and other micro-nutrients that not only benefit the plant but help to improve the structure of the soil.

Despite best efforts though, fescue will thin out during the heat of the summer.  Since most turf type fescues do not spread laterally, any thin areas will have to be overseeded later in the fall.  Applying seed in the heat will be of little benefit.  However, when the nighttime temperatures start to cool off in September and early October, seeding can be accomplished successfully.

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It’s July, it’s hot, and unless you have been one of the fortunate ones to have a pop-up shower lately, it’s pretty dry too.  The temperatures in the upper 90’s, and a heat index approaching 110 degrees is making it pretty rough for our LawnAmerica guys out treating lawns.  It’s making it tough on turfgrasses as well.

Warm season grasses and cool season grasses each react to the summer differently.  Today we are going to discuss warm season turf.  In our next blog, we will cover cool season turf.

Warm season turfs such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass don’t mind the heat so much and actually thrive in the summer heat as long as they are adequately maintained and irrigated.

Irrigation can be a challenge in this heat, but maintaining a supply of about 1.5 inches each week will ensure the plant has enough moisture to look great.  Summertime in Oklahoma isn’t exactly known for Mother Nature helping with rain consistently making the use of a sprinkler system or hand watering a necessity.   Watering in the morning is ideal, but if your schedule doesn’t allow for early mornings, anytime during the day is better than not watering at all.

In situations where irrigation isn’t an option, and Mother Nature isn’t helping out, warm season grasses can begin showing signs of stress by turning a bluish-gray color before fading to brown. In cases like this, the lawn isn’t dying but instead is going dormant.  This is a way for the plant to defend itself during times of stress to ensure survival.  Once the stress of the heat is diminished or consistent moisture returns, the grass will resume growing as usual.

I don’t recommend allowing your grass to go dormant if you can help it as it will use up necessary reserves of energy breaking dormancy again and can leave your lawn thinner heading into winter which will impact not only the health of the turf next spring but the number of weeds present as well.  A thick, healthy lawn will always be your best defense against weeds.

Despite the heat, warm-season grasses still need to be fertilized. Bermudagrass does exceptionally well when adequately fed this time of year.  Utilize granular products with several sources of slow-release nitrogen along with natural organic content to help prevent burn potential and provide a consistent color without the excessive top growth that can come from the quick-release nitrogen sources.

It is also essential to maintain a consistent mowing schedule. Regular mowing helps bermudagrass to spread and stay thick.  Mowing height will depend on the type of bermudagrass you have.  The newer hybrid varieties can generally be kept shorter than common bermudagrass, but on average between 2 and 2.5 inches will provide excellent performance.  Just be sure that when you mow that you don’t remove more than one-third of the plant each time.  Removing too much top-growth will not only remove the color but will also stress the turf which is something we want to avoid. Contact LawnAmerica today for more information.

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I think the heat must be taking a toll on us over here at LawnAmerica because all we can talk about lately is Christmas lights, wreaths and garland! I know you must be thinking that we’re totally off our rocker, but give me a chance to explain why.

The Christmas season is something our employees excitedly prep and train for each year. Due to the lack of lawn care work during cold winter months, many lawn care companies choose to temporarily lay off their employees from mid-November until just after the new year, but at LawnAmerica, we value our employees too much to do that. For the last 20 years, instead of a holiday season of unemployment, we’ve turned to Christmas lights to maintain a revenue stream during the cold winter months. By signing up for our Christmas Décor service, you’re helping make it possible for over 70 employees to remained employed full-time, year-round. We certainly know what we’re thankful for each year!

Many of our staff have begun their annual transformation into Christmas elves, and are busy planning beautiful Christmas Décor displays for our current smart customers on Santa’s “nice,” list. We decorate homes with LED bulbs and provide all the lights and materials, custom fitted to your home, install a digital timer so you don’t have to keep plugging and unplugging them each night, service the display through Christmas and then return after the new year to take everything down and store it safely in our warehouse until the following season. Everything is included in one up-front price, making it as easy as possible. I know when it comes to the hectic, holiday season, I welcome anything that can simplify my life!

LawnAmerica doesn’t just have a strict standard for excellence in lawn care, it carries over into Christmas Décor as well as everything else we do. Our team members receive specialized safety training in the proper use of LED lights, electricity and ladders in addition to learning the proper techniques for installing the perfect Christmas display for each unique property. Our team members welcome the short break from killing weeds and love the opportunity to bring the Christmas spirit to so many of our customers and their loved ones. We love our work!

Want to join Santa’s nice list? Guarantee your spot in this popular service schedule and save some money too! For being a good sport and humoring us for talking about Christmas in July, we’re offering a 7% discount for all customers who sign up by August 31st. By taking advantage of our early-installation discount now, your personalized Christmas display is guaranteed to be installed before the Thanksgiving weekend. So rather than wasting your time, or risking life and limb to do it yourself, give the experts a call at 1-866-567-5296. We would love to decorate for you. You can give us a call, or go online to request a free estimate. Once you sign up, all you’ll need to do is tell us the color of light you prefer. It really is that simple.

Now if we could just get some Christmas cookies to go along with all of this holiday spirit…

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I started out with all intentions of writing a moving blog full of historical facts and patriotism for the 4th of July.  But, sometimes the words have already been spoken and need no further elaboration.  Such is the case today.

Though not born at the time of the signing of The Declaration of Independence in 1776, Francis Scott Key still managed to pen the poem that would become the U.S. National Anthem as he watched a British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  As we celebrate our independence this week, I wanted to share the full version of his patriotic poem with you.

May you have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!

God Bless America!

 

The Star-Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?

And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Sources:

https://www.biography.com/people/francis-scott-key-9364165

https://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/pdf/ssb_lyrics.pdf

 

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Every year families across the country gather together to watch fireworks light up the night sky in recognition of our great country’s founding on July 4, 1776, the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation through the Declaration of Independence. Oklahoma has an incredible fireworks selection throughout the state, complimented with fun festivities for the whole family to enjoy. We picked out some of our favorite 4th of July activities to share with you. We hope you have a wonderful and safe Independence Day!

Rockets Over Rhema

When: July 1, 2018

Where: Rhema Bible Church – Broken Arrow, OK

Don’t miss out on the event that more than 50,000+ people attend each year at Rockets over Rhema. On July 1st enjoy the patriotic “Route 66: The Red, White and Blue Tour” musical, more than 10 varieties of food trucks, live music, car shows, and other activities for the whole family. Grab your blankets, lawn chairs and watch one of the largest firework displays in the area.

Grand Lake Fireworks 2017

When: July 3, 2017

Where: Disney, OK

This 7th annual celebration is known as one of the most water accessible fireworks show and wouldn’t happen without contributions throughout the community. Starting at 9 p.m. watch fireworks blast off on the water between the Spillways in Disney.

Folds of Honor Freedom Fest

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Veterans Park, River West Festival Park and along the Arkansas River

One of the largest firework displays in the U.S. takes place in the center of the Arkansas River. There will be activities for both the kids and the parents at Folds of Honor FreedomFest. From free inflatables, laser tag, pony rides, face-painting and more at the HollyFrontier Tulsa Refinery Kids Zone, to live music and food trucks for the parents. Look for a special aerial flyover by the 125th Fighter Wing Oklahoma Air National Guard – The Tulsa “Vipers” – 6:30 p.m.

Boom Fest at Riverwalk

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Los Cabos – Jenks, OK

Looking for the one of the largest firework display in Tulsa county? Grab the kids and enjoy a day full of fun events and music at Riverwalk’s annual Boom Fest before leading up the big show at 9:45pm. Live performances and activities start at 2 p.m.

Bricktown 4th Fest

When: July 4, 2018

Where: Oklahoma City

Enjoy the biggest fireworks show in OKC, where cars line the streets, and folding chairs dot the sidewalks as residents gather for miles to view Bricktown 4th Fest one of the most popular July Fourth fireworks displays in the city. Starting at 4 p.m. in the Boathouse District, enjoy food trucks, local bands, and lawn games such as cornhole, badminton, bocce, and volleyball. Live music at the Downtown 4th Fest kicks off the festival around 7 p.m. and the fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m.

Gather the family and celebrate our independence!