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  • Low Maintenance Fall Projects from Ehlinger Lawn Service

     

    As summer winds down and the weather begins to get brisk and cool, not too many people will want to spend weekends doing labor-intensive yard work when they could be out and about at the football game or pumpkin patch. If this feeling sounds familiar to you, check out some of our simple and low maintenance lawn ideas below:


    Prepare Your Lawn

    Prevent your yard from dying this winter by taking preventative steps now. Add a winter fertilizer and grass seed to promote healthy growth and protect your yard from frigid temps this winter. Mow and rake regularly to keep your yard in tip-top shape. For more tips, check out our Fall lawn care tips blogs - part one and part two


    Add Stepping Stones

    To add a beautiful pop of personality to your garden or walkway, place stepping stones to personalize your yard. Make creative shapes like leaves or grab your kids for a fun weekend painting session. Get creative with stones, gravel, moss, and more natural elements.


    Decorate Your Front Porch

    Whether you want to repaint for some extra shine or add a simple but elegant wreath of dried flowers and pinecones, small changes to your front porch can make a big impact. Plan a small project that will add some curbside appeal to your home. Decorate pumpkins, gather corn stalks or create a fun Fall scarecrow. For weekend projects, check out this article from midwestliving.com. While you are decorating for the fall season, make sure to check your porch lights and screen doors for damage. Fix them now to prevent problems and future maintenance in the winter. 


    Get a New Fire Pit

    For all those late night post-game bonfires, create a fire pit that you can be proud of. This project can be relatively inexpensive, and it can create a wonderful atmosphere for cozy Fall bonfires. You can purchase one from a home improvement store, or build your own with surfacing blocks, large rocks, and a variety of other methods. Head over to Pinterest to find a ton of DIY fire pit ideas!


    Start Composting 

    With your old compost pile most likely depleted from the summer’s work, start a new compost pile to use for next season’s plants. If you don’t have a composting bin, you can use a bare-ground compost pile. Lay plastic sheeting on the ground to prevent tree roots, weeds, and other undesirable plants from disrupting it. On top of the plastic, lay a few inches of straw, corn stalks, or dry leaves. Continue adding compost to the pile throughout the year. You can add kitchen waste, like veggie peels, eggshells, and table scraps to the pile, but did you know that grass clippings, wood ash, and dryer lint make great additions as well? Check out eartheasy.com to find more compost-friendly materials. 


    Weatherproof your home

    To protect your house from the elements, you can start inspecting your home. Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors, HVAC system, attic, and basement to make sure your home stays warm and safe throughout the winter. Don’t forget to change air filters and flip your fans to spin in the opposite direction to promote healthy airflow during the cooler months.

     

    Working on smaller, low maintenance fall projects can make a big impact on your home without draining you of energy or taking up too much of your weekend. For more resources on lawn care, or to get a jumpstart on your winter maintenance, visit Ehlinger Lawn Service


  • Four Ways to Help Your Lawn Beat the Heat


    The hottest days of the summer are soon around the corner. Can your lawn stand the heat? Check out some of our tips on how to care for your lawn during the hottest days of the year.

     

    1) Alter your Watering Schedule 

    In order to stay healthy, most lawns require a minimum of an inch of water a week. During the summer, water during the morning to allow moisture to be efficiently absorbed by the root system - rapid water evaporation is the biggest issue when it comes to watering your lawn. When the weather gets especially hot and dry, increase your watering schedule to three or four times a week. Pay close attention to grassy patches that are on higher ground, close to buildings, or near reflective surfaces. 

     

    2) Keep the grass longer

    Many believe that you should cut down on mowing during the hotter months. You should keep mowing your grass frequently during the hotter times,  but remember that a longer grass blade can help your lawn retain moisture. This is because a thicker and denser lawn can better stay hydrated, and the root system of your lawn extends deeper in the earth, which keeps weeds at bay. Aim to maintain your lawn at around 3-4 inches during the hottest months. If your lawn becomes brown or brittle, reduce foot traffic when possible to reduce the stress on your lawn.

     

    3) Mulch properly

    If your lawn is well-cared for at the beginning of the summer, you can most likely skip the fertilizer, but remember to mulch properly. Use a mulching mower to allow cut grass to settle into your lawn to keep it hydrated and well-balanced.

     

    4) Maintain your mower 

    To ensure even cutting, sharpen your mower blades two to three times throughout the summer. This is key in preventing your grass from splintering or fraying at the end, which can cause brown spots to appear and can stress your lawn.

      

    For a beautiful and healthy lawn that can withstand dry conditions and hot temperatures, follow these tips. Find more information on lawn care tips and more at Ehlinger Lawn Service, and be sure to treat your lawn to some TLC this summer.

  • Keeping Your Lawn Healthy in the Summer

    Summer- the most difficult time of year to keep your lawn looking green and healthy. There are many factors that cause a lawn to look unhealthy: droughts, under fertilizing, over fertilizing, cutting the grass too short, and just plain wear and tear from use. How do we answer the question, “What can we do to save our lawn?” Learning when and how often to fertilize, how to effectively water, and the most efficient ways to cut grass are a few simple ways to keep your lawn looking green and healthy this summer.


    Fertilization:

    Learning when to fertilize and how much to use is a great first step to keeping your lawn looking green. For the best summer results, fertilize the lawn twice; Once in the spring, and  once in late summer. Fertilizing in the spring is a great way to feed the lawn after a long winter and prepare it for the summer, but should be done lightly. Too much fertilization in the spring can cause stress on your lawn when the stress of summer comes around. When fertilizing in late summer, it is best to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to support your lawn through the colder seasons.

    Often people make the mistake of over fertilizing unhealthy grass. Using too much fertilizer burns out the grass often killing it or making it hard for grass to grow. Also, if the grass is brown, don’t bother to fertilize. Wait until the fall, when the lawn has had a chance to heal itself.


    Watering:

    Learning how to effectively water the lawn is also important in keeping your lawn green and healthy. It is best to water the lawn in the morning or early in the day to help prevent evaporation and fungal growth. Watering for longer periods of time and less frequently helps build up drought resistant grass with a healthy root system. Once the grass goes brown or dormant during the summer, do not try and water it back to life. Just let it stay dormant until the fall, as it should recover on its own.

    It is recommended to give your lawn about an inch of water per week, and a little more when it is extra hot (80 degrees or higher). The best way to measure the amount of water your lawn is getting on a weekly basis is to use a rain gauge.


    Mowing:

    Oftentimes, people end up cutting their grass too short which can lead to more weeds, an underdeveloped root system, and in extreme cases can even kill your lawn. Cutting the grass at about 3-4 inches is the perfect length for the summer. This allows the grass to shade the ground and keep in moisture, which helps the roots grow bigger and stronger making it much more difficult for weeds to grow.

    After cutting the grass, mulching the grass clippings is an effective way to keep steady moisture levels. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to remove the clippings from your yard. They act as natural provisions for your grass and add nutrients each time you mow.