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Lawn Care Acworth Ga – Turn Around of the Week.

From time to time we take on lawns that seem to have no hope for improvement without spending a substantial amount of money on new sod.   Many folks out there don’t realize that Bermuda Grass will spread and fill in rather quickly over the summer growing season with regular lawn treatment and guidance from a professional fertilization and weed control service.

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Early April 2014 – Before Sharplawns

The Problem: We took this lawn on in early april.  This lawn was very thin, compacted soil and had much winter injury still evident from our rather harsh winter we had early 2014.  Side effects of a lawn looking like this can be strange looks from the neighbors,  annoying threatening letters from your HOA,  your dog may run away in embarassment and it can be pretty rough on the eyes when pulling into the driveway after a long day at work. :)

 

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July 2014 – After Sharplawns Turf Care

The Solution: On April 19th, we started this lawn on the Sharplawns Turf Care 7 application  program.  It was a late start, but we got started with pre-emergent / post e-mergent weed control in an effort to prevent summer weeds while taking care the weeds that were already there. We also started with a special blend of high nitrogen  slow release granular fertilizer to  kickstart the growth and spreading of the bermuda. The customer was advised on the proper watering requirements as well as mowing requirements  going forward to help things along.  As you can see, with the combination of good maintenance and our lawn care program we were able to revive this lawn by the end of the summer the very same year.  Total cost for this transition was under $300 bucks, and it was a 4 month process to get things back in order with our lawn care program.

How our program works:   Our Lawn Treatments alone aren’t gonna always be the “be all, end all” solution  for every lawn care problem.  When we take on a new lawn, we assume the customer is ready to also commit to doing their part as well. We do our part by using High Quality products, applied with state of the art techniques to ensure enough products are going down at the right time to get the desired results we want.  It is the customers responsibility to keep the lawn watered regularly, especially in situations where the lawn is doing poorly and needs to be revived.  Regularly weekly mowing is always recommended as well.  (Even Mowing TWICE per week is sometiems recommended during the peak of the growing season).   We are honest, and all ways set forth expectations with the program, and will guide you along with the proper maintenance and cultural practices to get your lawn back into shape again.

This is a lawn we take care of near Acworth, GA!

Fall is Upon Us – Prevent those Cool Season Weeds Now!

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Prevent poa annua with fall lawn care treatments from Sharplawns!

Fall is here, its still not to late to start thinking about getting that pre-emergent down to prevent some of those difficult to control weeds such as Poa-Annua and Henbit.  A fall pre-emergent application is an integral part of any lawn care program in acworth  to prevent these weeds that are much easier to prevent than to kill once they are up.  At Sharplawns we use top of the line pre-emergent products to achieve the best possible results from our lawn care program.  We are Knowledgeable, Experienced and Easy to work with.   We provide lawn care application (fertilization and weed control) to the Acworth, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Dallas and Hiram areas.  Give us a call for a FREE quote on for lawn care today, or visit us online at http://www.lawncareacworth.com to request a free quick quote from our website.

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Lawn Mowing Tip #2 – Sharpen those blades!

I can’t stress to you enough how proper mowing, with properly maintained equipment can sometimes play as big an impact on the overall health of your lawn as our lawn care treatment program will.   I recommend periodically checking your lawn mower blade through out the season to ensure your getting the best cut for your lawn.

Why is a sharp blade important? 

A dull mower blade will shred the grass blades, causing a brown appearance.  This will also leave your lawn more susceptible to disease problems.

How do i know when my blades need sharping? 

Check your grass blades first off..  If the lawn has that brown appearance, even after you know you haven’t got to much off at one time, its a good sign it may be time to sharpen that blade.  Take a look at the grass blades. Are the ends shredded and frayed? thats your sign…  Also, take a visible look at the blade, its normally pretty obvious just by getting a visual on the condition.  Chips and dings in the blade are a good sign it may be time to sharpen or even replace the lawn mower blade.

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WEED ID – Spotted Spurge

Spotted spurge can be a common broadleaf weed to see during the summer in your lawn. It is a very low growing weed with a shallow root system. Spurge will be found growing in areas with dry, compacted soil.  With the dry weather this year, you may see this pop up in areas of thin turf, where the ground is particularly dry and compacted.  Controlling this weed once it emerges can be quite difficult at times.  Creating a dense healthy stand of grass by properly watering, fertilizing as well as pre-emergent control are the best options for controlling this weed.

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Lawn Mowing Tip #1 – Mowing to much off at one time.

Proper mowing of the lawn is a good way to ensure the best results from our lawn care program and to help maintain a more green and healthy lawn.  We always recommend to never mow more than 1/3 of the grass blade at one cutting.  On actively growing turf, such as warm season grasses during the summer, it may be required that you mow your lawn every 3 to 5 days or at the  minimum every 7 days for the best cut quality and best appearance.

Why scalping late in the season is bad!

When you remove to much grass off at one time, your essentially “shocking” the lawn, and doing more harm than anything.  During dry times this can be especially hard on the lawn, because it isn’t growing as fast, and the scalped areas may not return for quite some time.  Scalping the lawn late in the season is particularly bad because as the weather cools as we near fall, the grass will slow its growth. Its possible that these “scalped” areas will not recover from this until spring green up…  This can mean a thin lawn all winter,  and thin lawns can be more susceptible to weed infestations.

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Lawn Care Acworth, Ga – Prevention of Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua)

Poa Annua is a light green colored grassy type of weed that produces white seedheads.  Its an agressively growing plant that can be hard to control once it emerges.  Poa annua will favor cool damp and shady areas of your lawn.

Prevention of Annual bluegrass (Poa) is an important step of our lawn care program each year in Acworth, Ga.  Poa Annua begins to germinate when soil tempatures dip below 70 degrees.  We apply a pre-emergent in early fall and in late fall for prevention of Poa Annua.

Poa Annua is very hard to control once it emerges, however it will die off each summer with warmer weather.  We recommended staying on a regular lawn treatment program year to year to minimize all weeds in your lawn in Acworth, Ga.

 

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Fescue Aeration and Overseeding Acworth, Ga

Fall will be here soon, and its getting close to time to consider Aeration and Seeding of your lawn if you have Fescue Turf in Acworth, Ga.  We take care of many fescue lawns with our lawn care program in the Acworth area and Its a good idea to have Aeration and Seeding each fall to repair your lawn from the stresses of the summer.

When does my lawn need overseeding?

For best results Fescue should be seeded when soil temperatures are between 50 and 60 degrees. This is why early fall is an ideal time to seed fescue.  We start with a good core aeration to break up soil compaction and increase seed to soil contact.  We use a top quality triple blend of fescue with excellent drought and disease resistance.  

Can i seed in the spring?

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A lawn we areated and overseeded in Acworth, Ga

Spring seedings are also a possibility but there are a few reasons why we feel that fall may be a better choice for overseeding.   In the spring time there is always the possibility that the seed will not mature in time to make it through the summer heat.  Also, you would be unable to put down a pre-emergent for weed prevention while the new seed germinates. This can make it tough to control weeds over the summer.  While spring seeding can certainly be done, we have found that we achieve the best results from overseeding fescue in Acworth in the early fall months.

 

Lawn Mowing Acworth, Ga – Should I mulch or bag my clippings?

Should i Bag my clippings or Mulch them?

This is a question we get alot from our lawn care customers in acworth, ga. When mowing  your lawn we always recommend to mulch the clippings back into the lawn to get the best results from our lawn care program.  Letting the clippings go back down is a great way to keep the lawn healthy and green because the clippings will recycle many important nutrients back into the lawn.  In addition to being good for the lawn, this can also be a real time saver because it cuts out the work involved in mowing the lawn.  Imagine the time you will save if you don’t have to worry about dumping the bag and moving the clippings somewhere?

Wont this contribute to thatch build up?

It has often been said that mulching can contribute to thatch build up which is not always true.  With frequent enough mowings where your not removing over 1/3 of the grass blade the clippings will break down quicker and not cause a thatch problem.  Infrequent mowings where you alot of the grass blade off at one time would be a different story.  We always recommend to mow your actively growing lawn atleast on a weekly

 

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A lawn we “mulch” mow in dallas, ga

Lawn Care Acworth, Ga – WEED ID – Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a common problem weed found in Acworth, Ga during the summer months. Prevention of this troublesome weed with a good lawn care program is the best way to be crabgrass free in Acworth, Ga.  Crabgrass will germinate when soil temperatures are a consistant 55 degrees.Lawn Care Acworth, Ga Crabgrass Control

Pre-Emergent Control

The best time to apply crabgrass pre-emergent is Mid march or earlier, since the seeds start to germinate when the soil temp’s warm up.  In Acworth, Ga this can be as soon as March or April.  Crabgrass is much harder to control once it starts to germinate.

Post Emergent Control

There are many different products available to control crabgrass that has already germinated, however these are generally more effective on the younger crabgrass, and the full grown crabgrass left to spread can be very hard to get rid of without damaging the turfgrass in the process.

The good News! 

So you procrastinated and missed your window for crabgrass pre-emergent?  The good news is the crabgrass will die out with the first frost in october, and you will get your chance to prevent it next year!

At Sharplawns Turf Care, we have a full 7 step lawn care program designed to prevent weeds of each season in Acworth, Ga.  Our spring treatments start in late January and are great at preventing crabgrass and many other spring weeds.  Give us a call today for a free quote, or request a free estimate online. Its never to early or to late to start thinking about lawn care in Acworth, Ga!

 

Mosquito Season is Here in Acworth, Ga!

Summer is here and so are the mosquitoes.  With the summer rains we are sure to see an increase in the mosquito population this year in Acworth, Ga.  The female mosquitoes will lay eggs in stagnant or standing water left behind after the rains, and these eggs will soon hatch into grown adult biting mosquitoes.  Larvicides applied to standing water that is difficult to eliminate from your property is a good way to prevent the larva from become active biting adults.

Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance.  They also carry such diseases as West Nile Virus and many different forms of encephalitis. These diseases can be transmitted to humans through a single bite from a mosquito.  Two common mosquitoes found in Acworth, Ga known to carry such diseases as West Nile Virus are  the Southern House Mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus) and the Asian Tiger Mosquito, (Aedes albopictus).  Both of these these species are able to breed in very small containers, and usually stay relatively close to their breeding sites, The Southern House Mosquito is most active in the evening time, while the Asian Tiger Mosquito can be active during the day.

Prevention is a good form of source reduction of mosquitoes in Acworth, Ga.  Eliminating all standing water from your property is a good practice to help reduce the population of mosquitoes.  Keeping gutters cleaned and Removing debris around your property where standing water could provide a breeding site for mosquitoes are a few examples.

Using insect repellents containing deet are a good measure to take when heading outdoors when you may encounter mosquitoes and having a service treat monthly for mosquitoes is also a good way to keep the amount of adult mosquitoes down to a minimum on your property as well.