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Every year families across the country gather together to watch fireworks light up the night sky in honor of our nation’s birth. Oklahoma has an incredible fireworks selection throughout the state, complimented by fun family festivities to enjoy before the show. LawnAmerica has picked out some of the best places to go and celebrate Independence Day!

 

Folds of Honor FreedomFest

When: July 4, 2017

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 the Kids’ Zone inflatables and games to a precision display reminiscent of the early battles of the American Revolution 241 years ago!

 

Rockets Over Rhema

When: July 2, 2017

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 2nd enjoy 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.

 

11th Annual Bloomfest

When: July 4, 2017

Where: Los Cabos – Jenks, OK

Looking for the one of the largest firework display in Tulsa county? The 11th annual Bloomfest is for you! Live performances from Weston Horn and Squad Live start at 2PM, along with mariachis! Fireworks begin at 9:45PM and will be launched at Jenks bridge.

 

10th Annual Stars-N-Stripes

When: July 4, 2017

Where: Los Cabos – Broken Arrow, OK

Get the family together and head to Broken Arrow’s only 4th of July fireworks extravaganza! Starting at 5PM, enjoy live music from Local Spin Trio, balloon artists, and of course fireworks that light up the Broken Arrow sky!

 

Grand Lake Fireworks 2017

When: July 1, 2017

Where: Disney, OK

This 6th annual celebration is known as one of the most accessible fireworks show and wouldn’t happen without contributions throughout the community. Starting at 9:30PM, watch fireworks blast off on the water between the Spillways in Disney.

 

Gather the family and celebrate our independence!

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The news has been buzzing about the decline of our bee populations, and the dramatic consequences their loss could have globally. According to pollinator.org, an estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages are made possible by pollinators which is nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.

Without bees, the produce section would be a lot smaller but did you know that you can help protect the pollinators by creating a pollinator-friendly habitat? LawnAmerica wants to spread the word and share two of the easiest ways to make your space more pollinator friendly.

 

Plant a Pollinator Friendly Space

Choosing an assortment of plants with overlapping bloom periods will provide food for pollinators throughout the season. Here is a list of some native shrubs, trees that bees and other pollinators LOVE:

Flowers –

Early Bloom:  Antelope Horns Milkweed, Cream Wild Indigo, Prairie Penstemon, Prairie Spiderwort, and Scarlet Globemallow.

Mid Bloom: Blanketflower, Lemon Beebalm, Mexican Hat, Narrowleaf Coneflower, Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Purple Poppy Mallow, and White Prairie Clover.

Mid-Late: Baldwin’s Ironweed, Dotted Blazing Star, Leavensworth’s Eryngo, and Wholeleaf Rosinweed.

Late Bloom: Aromatic Aster, Azure Blue Sage, Giant Goldenrod, Maximilian Sunflower, and Showy Goldenrod.

 

Shrubs and Trees –

Early: Chicasaw Plum

Mid: False Indigo bush

Mid-Late: Buttonbush

You can find more about these plants at here.

 

Create a Hydration Station:

Don’t forget, like us, bees and other pollinators need water. A single bee visits at least 2,000 flowers daily so as you might expect, bees need lots of water to keep going. During hot summer days, bees will use the water throughout the day to cool down their hive, dissolve crystallized honey, and hydrate after a busy day.

You can help bees stay cool and hydrated by taking a plastic bowl and filling it with water and glass marbles or even rocks. The marbles provide the bees a nice place to land while hydrating.

You can find instructions to build a hydration station here.

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With ample early rainfall and summer temperatures here, it’s a great time to aerate a bermudagrass or zoysiagrass lawn in Oklahoma. The root system on these warm season grasses is very active during the warmth of summer, so roots will absorb oxygen from the soil efficiently and new turf roots will grow into the new holes in the soil created by the aeration equipment. Our service will remove thousands of small soil plug about 3.4” wide by 2” deep, and deposit them on the surface.

These plugs are produced by an aerator machine, which allows water and fertilizer to penetrate deeper into the soil. The soil plugs that are left behind break down naturally and disappear back into the lawn after a few rainfalls. The soil microbes that the cores contain will break down thatch, so make sure you don’t rake them up as it’s another benefit of lawn aeration.

Aeration provides several great benefits to the health of your turf:

  • Lessens soil compaction and allows better absorption of oxygen by the root system
  • Promotes the growth of a denser root system
  • Allows water to more easily penetrate into the soil preventing runoff
  • Deposits fresh soil micro-organisms on top of the turf aiding in the decomposition of thatch

Many golf courses aerate their fairways at least once annually. While this may not fit into the budget of some homeowners, we’d recommend at least every two or three years to aerate your lawn. At LawnAmerica, we provide this service from June through September. Cool season turf, such as Fescue is best aerated in fall, in conjunction with fall fescue seeding. In this case, we go over the lawn twice with the aeration equipment, which with all the loose soil provided, really helps with seed germination.

Contact LawnAmerica to get your summer aeration scheduled.

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The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for tick problems in Tulsa and Oklahoma City area lawns. Ticks don’t just confine themselves to woods and country settings. They can be found anywhere in Oklahoma, and with the mild winters and abundant rains, conditions are perfect for a population explosion. Last month one of our dogs came home just covered with ticks, so we’ve had to treat them with special products for tick control on dogs. In addition to this though, it’s wise to treat your lawn and landscape for ticks to help cut down on the potential for problems.

The Tulsa World recently published a front page article on the current tick problems, which can be found here.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are just two health concerns from tick bites. Prevention is the best medicine, so LawnAmerica can help with either subscribing to our flea & tick program, or with Buzz Off, our mosquito control service. With the mosquito control service, the insecticides used do a great job of also controlling other pests such as ticks, spiders, and fleas. The applications consist of blowing a fine mist into shrubs and small trees on your property, where ticks can actually be found. So this service will provide you the benefits of both helping to combat mosquito problems, while also helping to control ticks.

Don’t let ticks keep you and your family from enjoying the outdoors. Repellents are useful to use before going outdoors. And even with these control methods, it’s good to do a “tick check” every day on your pets, and on you and your kids also!

 

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Well, I can tell you the best time to NOT have your sprinkler system come on. It’s in the middle of the morning. As I was out helping on some lawns this morning with my son Jake, this actually happened twice in one day in South Tulsa. Between the hours of 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM and right as we were about half done with fertilizing and spraying the lawns, the irrigation systems came on. There weren’t a lot of weeds present, so I was just spot-treating for those. With the sprinklers coming on right after I’d sprayed though, the weed-control won’t be as effective on these lawns. Thankfully, the fertilizer will be fine, as it needs to be watered into the soil.

Also, do not water the turf in the evening at this time of year, as this will increase turf disease pressure on your lawn. Leaving the turf damp all night, along with warm temperatures, is the perfect breeding ground for turf fungus to occur. It’s also not good practice to set your irrigation system to come on daily, as that is too much.

It is best to water deeply, but infrequently. About 2-3 times per week should be fine in June, before we get into our typical hot and dry weather pattern later this summer. Set your irrigation system to come on very early in the morning and have it be completed by sunup, or before your LawnAmerica guy gets there! There are other reasons why early morning irrigation is preferable. By watering in the early morning hours before the sun comes up and the winds increase, more of the irrigation water gets into the soil and is not blown away or evaporated away from the hot sun. Then after completing your watering, the sun will help dry out the moisture on the leaf blades quickly, which helps in turf disease prevention.