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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 of homeowner and commercial lawns and landscapes. We take pride in caring for landscapes in an environmentally responsible way, providing to our customers and the communities we serve some of the following benefits:

  • Well-cared-for lawns can significantly increase property values and business activity.
  • A healthy lawn is important to our urban environment. A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
  • Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, which is enough for 16 average homes.
  • Grass converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, a process that helps clean the air.
  • Dense, healthy grass slows water runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Fresh, filtered water returns to the underground water supply.

So do your part in caring for your little part of the outdoor world by caring for your lawn and landscape, allowing it to provide the positive benefits to you and our community. And to insure that your lawn is cared for in the proper manner, so that it can provide the valuable environmental benefits that it can, hire a professional member of PLANET, such as LawnAmerica.

For more information on the healthy benefits of lawns, visit the following link from loveyourlawn.com.

https://www.loveyourlandscape.com/LYL/Lawn-Landscape/National-Lawn-Care-Month/LYL/National-Lawn-Care-Month.aspx?hkey=6dac870e-0037-4c5a-b6a2-987e899db5cd

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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 month, we’ve had reports in south Tulsa of the Venus Cat Trap weed sprouting up almost overnight in backyards, along with missing cats and little fu fu dogs.

So it appears to us that this predatory weed in continuing it’s march northward, up into Broken Arrow, Mid-Tulsa, and on up into Owasso.

However, we’ve seen that with the application of pre-emergent weed-control from LawnAmerica, not only will your crabgrass be controlled, the Venus Cat Trap weed will also be prevented from wrecking it’s havoc in Tulsa neighborhoods.

To stop this predatory weed, and most other weeds such as crabgrass from germinating, NOW is the time to act by starting service with Tulsa’s best……LawnAmerica.

That’s no April Fools, as there is a reason why more homeowners trust LawnAmerica for their lawn care needs than anyone else in town. It’s because our people, products, and programs are superior to the others.

Start service now, and SAVE $25 off your 1 st treatment.

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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 weeds really stands out. So our LawnAmerica guys come out to spray our Round 1 pre-emergent, with also Trimec post-emergent herbicide in the mx to control those existing weeds.

After mowing, weeds dying.

Sometimes a week later or so, new customers will call and ask us why they still have weeds. Well, contrary to what some folks may think, we can’t come out and wave a magic wand or apply our secret formula of weed-control making the existing weeds just disappear within a week or so. It takes time for Mother Nature to do her thing, and allow those weeds to die, especially when they are flowering and mature. Broadleaf weeds that are prevalent now in home lawns actually will grow themselves to death by the effect of the Trimec herbicide applied. They will curl, even grow more, and take on a mutated effect while slowly turning yellow, then brown, and shutting down.

But they don’t just disappear! And it often will take a second treatment to really bring those weeds under control, while at the same time the bermudagrass or existing turf greens up and begins to grow and help crowd out those weeds. The brown dead vegetation will take time to decompose also.

Homeowners can greatly help out with the speed of the weed-control with the following:

  • Mow down those dying weeds about 5-10 days after the first treatment. By then, the herbicide is into the plant causing it to basically grow itself to death. By mowing, that not only removes the dead vegetation, it also helps stimulates the weed to try to grow, which will then speed up the death of the weed.
  • Water in not only the pre-emergent, but watering some also helps those dying weeds to try to grow more, which in reality is speeding up the death because of the mode of action of Trimec herbicide. And watering will help the existing turf grow more, which always helps by crowding out weeds with competition. We want the turf to win!
  • And last but not least…..be patient! Once we build up the health and thickness of the turf, and we apply our important late fall weed-control treatment, this time next year your lawn will be practically weed-free.

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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 peak, then it’s time to make sure pre-emergent weed-control is applied, since crabgrass germination is not far behind.

I have found this to be fairly accurate. Crabgrass seed will germinate when the 4” soil temperatures stay at 54 degrees for four consecutive evenings. The forsythia bloom is more tied to air temperature, but the soil temps rise slowly along with the warmer spring air temperatures. Soils in warmer spots, such as long concrete driveways and south facing slopes, will warm up sooner in spring, leading to earlier germination of crabgrass. Overall though, in areas like Oklahoma and North Carolina, late March through early April is usually the time when the first flush of germination occurs.

So if your pre-emergent is applied and watered in, as is the case with our existing LawnAmerica customers, you should be in good shape with preventing crabgrass this summer. Pre-emergents are not perfect, but if applied properly and watered in, they do an excellent job of preventing crabgrass and other summer annual weeks from even germinating.

And if you have a Forsythia plant in your garden, enjoy those beautiful yellow flowers for the next week or so. After the blooms are done and your shrub starts to leaf out, it’s a good time to prune your shrub to shape it and prevent it from becoming too large and gangly, as they can if left un-pruned.

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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, while bermudagrass is totally opposite, a warm-season grass. Many homeowners seed fescue in the shade, so it’s a desirable turfgrass in about 15% of the lawns we service in the transition zone of Oklahoma. In other areas such as North Carolina, fescue is the predominant turf type. With so much fescue seeding being done in Oklahoma every fall, there are millions of seeds blown about, carried by birds and animals, and ending up germinating and growing in an otherwise clean, dormant bermudagrass lawn. Or, the bermudagrass may have been sodded a few years ago over existing ground that may have been farm land or pasture, with thousands of fescue plants or seed ready to come up into the bermudagrass.

Once the bermudagrass greens up later in spring, and the summer heat slows down the growth of the cool-season fescue turf, you don’t really notice the fescue clumps. Now however, with the dormant bermudagrass sitting there, the fescue is growing like crazy, as this cool, wet weather is perfect for growing fescue.

A weed is a plant growing out of place. So when there is fescue growing where bermudagrass is the desirable turf, then it’s a weed, and we try to eliminate it. In February through about mid-March, we can spot-treat the fescue with Roundup Herbicide to control them. Once the bermudagrass begins to green-up, we switch to products such as Monument or Katana Herbicides, which can eliminate these fescue clumps without harming the green bermudagrass. While many companies don’t take the trouble to clean up fescue clumps, or they charge extra for it, at LawnAmerica we do it for no extra charge. Spring and into early summer is the time to attack fescue clumps, and we often cannot get them all at once. So do be patient as we eliminate this weed from your lawn. If there are an abundance of fescue clumps, it may even take two years to eliminate them. Once gone, other than a few stragglers from time to time, they should not be a problem in the future.