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Sprinkler Tips for Greener Grass All Summer

As we head into the hotter months of summer, we sometimes get calls from our Bamboo lawn care customers who are concerned that their fertilization program is no longer working. They begin to see patches of yellow or brown grass throughout their lawn. They wonder if these “dead spots” are caused by insects, a fungus, or inadequate nutrition. The reality is, however, that a good fertilization program almost always results in greener grass unless one vital component is missing: proper watering. Consider the following sprinkler tips in conjunction with your regular fertilization program for greener grass all summer long.

1. Increase the Watering Time

If your grass is turning yellow or brown, the most likely scenario is that it needs more water. Some signs of dehydration include when your grass feels dry and crispy to the touch, looks dull and matted, or does not spring back quickly when stepped on. If this is the case, the number one sprinkler tip is to increase the watering time. Since every lawn and sprinkler system is different, it is difficult to give a one size fits all answer to what works best. However, many homeowners find that watering each zone for 10-20 minutes, every other day works well.  As it gets hotter, you many need to water every day, and for longer amounts of time in each zone.

2. Water When It’s Coolest

It is best to water your lawn when temperatures are cooler so that the water can be absorbed by the grass roots before it evaporates. You may choose to water your lawn in the evening or first thing in the morning. Watering in the middle of the night is also a great option as long as your lawn is treated with a fungicide, like we use at Bamboo Servicing. Otherwise, you risk the chance of disease due the blades of grass being wet for prolonged periods of time. Watering your lawn in the middle of the day could result in grass burn from the water refracting the sunlight and causing your grass to turn brown.

3. Make Regular Adjustments

The sprinkler adjustments that you made when it was 60 degrees outside likely will not cut it for when it is 90 degrees outside.  One often forgotten sprinkler tip is that you will likely need to readjust your sprinkler heads a few times over the course of the summer to keep up with the changing weather patterns. Not all sprinkler heads are adjustable, but if yours is, you may notice a single-slotted screw at the center of the head. Use a flat-head screwdriver to turn the adjustment screw clockwise or counter clockwise to increase or reduce the arc of the spray.

You many also need to raise or lower the sprinkler head to direct the water at dead spots. It is best to check with your sprinkler head manufacturer for specific instructions on how to adjust the heads properly. If you are unsure of how to get your sprinklers to reach a specific dry area, we recommend calling a Utah sprinkler repair company, such as our friends at A1 Sprinklers.

Conclusion

If you want the greenest and most lush lawn on the block, you will need to follow a combination of fertilization, maintenance, and sprinkler advice. With a little effort, Bamboo Servicing can help you achieve your goals. Contact Bamboo servicing today for top rated pest control, lawn care, and holiday lighting services in Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

 

 

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My Grass Looks Like Wheat. Help!

Every spring we at Bamboo Servicing receive several calls from distressed customers who say that their grass looks like wheat.  By this they mean that their grass is split at the end, revealing seeds that look like wheat stocks. Some people wonder if their grass has a fungus or insect infestation, or if there is something lacking in their Bamboo Lawn Care treatment plan.  

Is This Normal?

The good news is that this process of grass seeding is completely normal. Like most other living things, grass wants to continue the circle of life and reproduce.  It does this by spreading seeds every spring.   Fortunately most grass varieties that make up your lawn are sterile and are unlikely to spread to unwanted areas, unless via root system expansion.

Top Tips to Keep Grass From Looking Like Wheat 

There isn’t much we can do from a fertilizing standpoint to reduce the chances of your grass looking like wheat for a few weeks each year around late spring. However there are things that you can do as a homeowner to help prevent this seeding somewhat, although you will likely still experience some seeding on your lawn.

 

  • Water frequently. Make sure you are watering frequently enough and for long enough cycles. Without enough water, the seeds may become dehydrated and turn a little yellow or brown. This can greatly reduce the lush, green look of your lawn that the experts at Bamboo Lawn Care are working with you to create.
  • Mow often. Mow your lawn often but do not take too much grass off at one time. As a general rule, don’t mow off more than one third of the blade of grass at one time. Also make sure that your mower blade is sharp.  Both of these lawn mowing techniques can help reduce grass blade splitting, which can result in your grass looking like wheat and turning brown or yellow at the edges.

Conclusion

If you don’t take the above precautions, it may prompt the grass to seed faster and have a longer seeding season. For more information on reducing the chances of having your grass look like wheat, as well as other Utah lawn care tips, contact the professionals at Bamboo Lawn Care.

 

 

 

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White and Yellow Dandelions- want a green lawn in Utah?

White and Yellow Dandelions: What’s The Difference?

If you are like most people, you’ve wondered what the difference is between white and yellow dandelions. Why do two different weeds have the same name? The truth is, white and yellow dandelions are the same type of weed, just at different stages of development. Both are distraction when you want a green lawn in Utah.

The Dandelion Life Cycle

Dandelions make their way through a distinct life cycle each year. The success of the previous year’s fertilization process increases the number of dandelions that are seen the following year. Dandelions transform in the following ways:

First Springtime Bloom

Dandelions are one of the very first flowers to emerge each spring. These yellow dandelion flowers can provide a crucial food source for beneficial insects such as honeybees, which in turn help to pollinate dandelions. However, dandelions can spread their seeds and pollinate on their own too without outside help. 

From Petals to Seeds

Yellow dandelion petals eventually dry out and reveal a seed head. During this transition between being a white and yellow dandelion, the weed looks like a slender green tube on top of a thin stalk. It may have a small tuft of feathery white seeds sticking out. The tube eventually opens to reveal a round head of cotton-like seeds.

Seeds in the Wind

Most people have a common childhood memory of making a wish while blowing dandelion seeds. It only takes a small gust of wind to scatter dandelion seeds all over your lawn, your neighbor’s lawn, or even miles down the road. Since each head contains approximately 100 seeds, one yellow or white dandelion can turn into thousands of dandelions. 

Taking Root

After scattered seeds settle into moist soil with plenty of access to sunshine, they germinate and take root. Dandelion roots look similar to long, skinny carrots buried deep underground. Since dandelions are perennials, their roots become longer and harder to remove with each passing year.

How To Get Rid of Dandelions

You can effectively remove dandelions in one of three ways. The most labor intensive option is to pull each dandelion up individually. However, if the entire root is not removed, the dandelion will just grow back. A high quality pre emergent fertilizer early in the spring is the most effective way to stop dandelion growth. If you are already seeing dandelions, a post emergent fertilizer is your best option for disturbing the dandelion growth cycle and increasing your chances of a green lawn that isn’t dotted with yellow or white dandelions.

Conclusion

Now that you know that white and yellow dandelions are the same weed, but at different stages of development, it’s time to do the hard work of keeping dandelions out of your lawn. For more information on how to have the best looking lawn on the block, contact Bamboo Servicing, a top rated provider of green lawns in Utah, at 385-429-2847.

 

 

 

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What are Grubs and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

grubs in Utah

If you are having problems growing beautiful, green grass, there’s a chance you may have grubs. But what are grubs  and how do you get rid of them? Grubs in Utah are a fairly common annoyance that can be treated with the right knowledge and products.

Identifying Grubs in Utah

Have you ever noticed small, plump, white, c-shaped creatures digging in your yard? They are likely grubs, which are a variety of beetle larvae. These pests lay dormant during the cold winter months and then hatch in the spring and eat your plant roots, especially turf grass roots. They eventually grow into adult beetles and lay eggs in the fall, which continues the life cycle.

There are many different kinds of white grubs that you may find throughout Utah. These little pests are the immature form of scarab beetles. The following are common forms of scarab beetles in Utah:

  • Japanese Beetle
  • May/June Beetle
  • Masked Chafer
  • Black Turfgrass Ataenius

What Grub Infested Grass Looks Like

The surest way to know if you have a grub problem is to look for sporadic patches of dead grass on your lawn. Give the grass a little tug and see if it comes up easily from the soil, like a carpet. If it does, the roots of the grass have likely been eaten by grubs. The grass may look white or brown and feel extra spongy. These grass changes become most apparent in the late summer when grubs are almost fully developed.

How to Get Rid of Utah Grubs

Now that you know what Utah grubs are and how to identify problems on your grass, the next step is to treat your lawn with the proper pest control products. While it is possible to treat your lawn on your own, many homeowners choose to hire a licensed pest control technician to do the job properly. Changes won’t happen immediately, but over time you will notice your grass looking more healthy.

Pesticide application alone is not enough. Implementing the following cultural control methods will reduce future grub damage to your lawn:

  • Plant a variety of flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen, which will encourage natural enemies. These may include birds, flies, and parasitic wasps.
  • Resist the urge to overly maintain turf grass with excess fertilization and irrigation. This can become attractive for adult female scarabs to lay eggs in.
  • Begin monitoring for grubs in the early spring by looking for damage to ornamental plants.

Conclusion

Now that you have a better understanding of what grubs are and how to get rid of them, it’s time for the hard work of continually treating and assessing your lawn. Bamboo Servicing is one of Utah’s top choices for family friendly lawn care and pest control. Let Bamboo Servicing get rid of your Utah grubs so that you can enjoy a green, pest-free lawn. Call 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

 

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