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Tips for a Picture Perfect Lawn as You Head Back to School

As new school year is under way and the first day off fall is almost here, most of us are now planning what to do to celebrate the end of summer, and who doesn’t love a BBQ? Food preparation aside, we should never forget the most important aspect of hosting a cookout – our lawns. Your BBQ favorites may be the stars of the day, but how will you enjoy them if you do not have a good-looking lawn to match? We have listed some tips to help you get a picture-perfect lawn before the first school bell rings.

Keep It Clean!

The number one rule for a picture-perfect lawn is to keep it clean! No matter how nice your lawn looks, if it’s full of debris, it’s useless. Something as simple as removing any fallen sticks and leaves will keep your lawn looking clean and presentable.

Water It Up!

Vibrant green should be the color of the majority of your lawn. It makes your grass look more alive, thus making it picture-perfect. Proper watering helps your lawn achieve this look, so make sure to keep it from getting too dry. Also, do not forget to water your lawn efficiently to conserve water, saving you money and protecting the environment.

Fertilize It!

Aside from watering your lawn properly, you need to keep the grass healthy by giving it fertilizer. Now is the best time to do it. Be sure to spread the fertilizer evenly. Feel free to consult one of our experts if you aren’t sure what kind to use or how much to apply.

A Touch of Color

As much as you want your lawn to look vibrantly green, adding other colors to the mix will not hurt. As the colors change, think about adding corn husks, pumpkins and other fall fun to your lawn, giving an extra smile to anyone who sees it.

Proper maintenance of your lawn will not only make it picture-perfect, but will also ensure that everyone will enjoy those BBQs before the snows start to fall. Let us help you get your lawn looking its best; call us today!

Big Summer Blowout: It’s time to schedule your Sprinkler system maintenance

“Yoo-hoo?! Big Summer Blowout.” If your kids have made you watch Frozen one too many times you might hear this phrase and cringe. When the Professionals at Lawn Doctor use it we are referring to your sprinkler system.

That’s right Blowing out your sprinklers is key to keeping you from pulling your hair out when you try to get them going again next spring. Not only is it important for you to get them done, it’s even better to get them done by the professionals at lawn Doctor.

The Ice Queen

Just like Elsa’s icy blasts brought chaos to Arendale, ice will work its wicked way on the sprinklers and the rest of your irrigation system. When water freezes, it also expands and the plastic or metal tubing that makes up your system becomes brittle. Together, this is a deadly combination for your system causing it to break, crack, and leak. You can save hundreds of dollars over the life of your system by properly blowing out your system every fall before the first frost hits, because there won’t be any water left in your system to freeze over.

Trust the Pros

There are a lot of people who insist that blowing out the irrigation system is a do-it-yourself project. While we give kudos to those who do so, we also want you to know that it is perfectly acceptable to ask for help. – Here at Lawn Doctor, We encourage it.

First, don’t trust those automatic drains or values they never do a complete job. Second, your sprinkler system has more than just sprinkler heads, a water source and tubing it has intricate bits that you will want to thoroughly blow out to save on repairs later.

There are a variety of different systems that may take different air pressure and different care. At lawn doctor our professionals take out the guess work and get the system cleared the first time. We are through and make sure to blow the system out twice and shut it off properly, ensuring that the only water you will see on your sprinkler heads is from the newly falling snow.

So stop guessing, and Let it go, Lawn Doctor is here to help.

Is it time to schedule your Fall Aeration?

August is upon us; the kids are going to back to school, the parents are cheering, and the warm-weather-lovers are preparing to mourn the arrival of cooler temperatures. For lawn owners out there, this means getting your grass ready for the winter. For many of you, that means picking up your phone, calling us, and scheduling your aeration. Here are few questions to ask to see if your yard needs Fall aeration.

1. Did you forget to aerate last spring?
If this is the case, then your lawn is going to miss getting all of the necessary nutrients and moisture that can only penetrate loose, supple soil. So if you forgot to do it in the Spring, make sure you do it in the Fall.

2. Do you live in an arid climate with clay as your soil base?
You live in Colorado – so the answer is yes. Aeration is key to combating compaction. With our dry, hard, clay –filled soil, your lawn needs all the help it can get to establish root bases, build thatch, and retain water and nutrients.

3. What kind of grass do you have?
The grasses listed below do best if they are aerated in the Fall. If you aren’t sure what kind of grass you have, give us a call. Our staff can help you figure out what your lawn is made of. You’ll need to schedule an appointment if you have any of these:

• Kentucky Blue

• Rye Grass

• Fescue

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then call us today so you can set up your appointment. We can make sure your grass is healthy and lush when Spring arrives in 2015!

Prunning for a Picture Perfect Summer

You may be wondering why Alan, Hunter and the rest of our certified Arborists and technicians are loading up the trucks and working out and around your neighborhood. The answer is simple, late spring, and early summer is the ideal time for corrective, proactive and attractive pruning.

“Why would you trim this time of year?” You might ask, “Aren’t the limbs heavy from all of those leaves and all that water?” The truth is yes, the limbs are heavy; however, there are many advantages to trimming this time of year. First and most obvious is that as the summer goes into full swing, it is easy to spot dead, damaged or diseased limbs and remove them before they cause any more problems.

The next reason to trim now ties directly to the issue of water. As Arborists, we can resolve structural issues by doing corrective pruning. This pruning redirects the trees internal water flow away from a sick part of the tree and helps the healthy part flourish and grow.

 Combat the Bugs

Trees heal faster and are less susceptible to floating mold spores, fungi, bugs and other diseases in the late spring and summer, than in the winter when they go dormant. Thus, trimming them at this time of year allows the cuts to heal and lets your trees face the cold armored, healthy and ready to go.

Picture Perfect

Since early summer is the time of year for backyard BBQs, garden parties and a lot of outside sun worshipping. Getting your trees pruned now will let all of your guests enjoy your trees safely while noting that they glow with health. What are you waiting for? Schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

What You need to Know about the Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer is a small insect that burrows its offspring deep inside ash trees and then the larva eat their way out as they develop into adults. They are bright green in color and roughly the size of a penny when they are full-grown. They were recently detected in Boulder County and have caused severe devastation to many of the ash trees around the city and county of Boulder.

While all of us here at Lawn Doctor, take this issue seriously, we want our customers to know that it has not yet arrived in the Fort Collins area.

Should I be worried?
The answer is yes and no. No, the Emerald Ash Borer has not yet arrived in Larimer County, and it could take years before it gets here. It is currently only in Boulder county and the surrounding area and is predicted to head south toward Denver.

Yes, it is advantageous to show a little concern. It will probably show its nasty green head in our area at some point. So it is good to be aware of it. However, you do not need to treat your trees until the pests get within a 15-mile radius of your property. As of now, treatment is not recommended.

Do I need to treat my trees now?
No. Treating your trees now is not recommended. Some tree companies may try to upsell by convincing you to spray now. According to CSU, spraying your trees at this time is simply not the best action. If this changes, we will keep you up to date. Despite the current hold off, there are many things you can do to get your trees are as healthy and prepared as possible when they Emerald ash borers do arrive.

Aren’t I Already Treating for Ash Borer?
Many Fort Collins residents are already treating their trees for the common lilac ash borer. This ash borer is yellow in color and reproduces in the same manner as the emerald ash borer. Unlike the emerald ash borer, the lilac ash borer is already in Fort Collins and feeds on a variety of different plants. We currently have control plans in effect for these insects for many of our customers, and you are probably treating for this pest. Lilac ash borer treatment is not the same, so if emerald ash borer symptoms do show up in your area you will need to treat for it as well.

What can I do to protect my Ash Trees?
A healthy tree is a resilient tree. The best thing you can do to protect the trees and shrubs on your property is to make sure they are healthy and thriving now before a significant threat arrives. On a basic level, you will want to ensure that your trees have proper nutrition and hydration. We offer deep root feeding and watering and are a great addition to your spring maintenance.

Current infestations and diseases can also weaken your trees and make them more susceptible to the Emerald ash borer once it heads north. If your trees are not doing their best, our certified arborists can inspect, treat and improve your trees.

Have more questions? Don’t hesitate to call and ask our staff can give you detailed answers.

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- The Grants, Fort Collins

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