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Why You Need to Water Your Trees Now

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We’ve had a dry autumn so far. Your trees and shrubs will be dry headed into winter. Watering them will be necessary, and here’s how. (Hint: it’s not with a sprinkler.)Large Evergreen Trees

An Abnormally Dry Fall

Kansas City has been abnormally dry this fall — the National Weather Service posted that this September was the eighth driest on record. It’s been a drastic change from our super-wet summer. This winter may be dry, just like our autumn.

Soil Moisture Is Key

Plants need water, and good soil moisture is paramount to surviving any winter conditions that may come our way. June of 2015 was extremely rainy, but by August, many evergreen trees started to die off. (By the way, plants do need moisture even when they lie dormant for the winter.) The best way to soak a tree is to turn a water hose on a slow trickle and let it run in three or four different spots for about 15-20 minutes each. Younger trees will need 10 to 15 gallons of water soaking slowly in the soil for each year it’s been in the ground.

Soak Your Evergreens First, Then Move on to Deciduous Trees.

After you soak your evergreens, then turn your attention to younger shrubs and deciduous trees. If you thoroughly soak the soil, you shouldn’t need to water again for about 4-6 weeks.

Don’t Fall Into an “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” Mentality.

A winter drought can make it easy to forget about your precious trees. We don’t think about how well our plants are doing until later — usually when spring is nearing. Spring or summer could mean it’s much too late for your trees. Don’t be someone throwing his or her hands up in bewilderment at a dead spruce tree. Take some precautions and give your plants the precious water it needs.

If you have more questions about watering your trees, call Olympic Lawn and Landscape at (816) 875-9645 today.

Caring for your Lawn in Hot Weather

By | Lawn Care, Lawn Mowing, Mow The Lawn, Summer Lawncare Tips, Watering | No Comments

In hot weather, it’s important to take the right steps to care for your lawn. Kansas City summers are known for extreme heat, and this summer of 2011 is no different. As the weeks in July and August carry on, here are a few reminders for how to keep your lawn looking nice despite the summer heat:

Don’t Mow your Lawn Too Short

Make sure to not mow your grass too short in hot weather. The sun and heat will kill grass, and especially when it’s cut too short. Instead of a nice, looking green lawn – the sun will scald and dry out your grass, causing it to turn brown and die. To prevent dead grass, keep your lawn a little longer in the summer to trap in moisture and endure the heat. A good goal is to set your mower between 2.5-3 inches and not mow if the grass is shorter than that.

Watering Your Lawn in Hot Weather

If you have new grass, make sure to keep your sod watered through heat waves. If you are planning on watering the grass, make sure to water the grass long enough! Lightly watering will cause the roots to become shallow and not grow deep enough for healthy growth. It is best to soak your lawn so the water sinks in deeper less frequently rather than daily watering your lawn in small amounts. If you property fertilize your grass in spring and fall, you may not need to water your lawn, as the roots will be strong and healthy enough to grow deeper and gain moisture from the soil.

When To Water your Grass in the Heat

The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or at dusk. A good goal is to give your lawn about 1 inch of water every 3 days. You may choose to water your yard while holding a garden hose, but investing in a high-quality is recommended, as it will help you make sure each section of your grass is watered evenly and adequately.

Avoid the Fertilizers in Summer

Chemical applications should be used in spring and fall. This will help keep your grass at optimum health. It may be tempting to lay fertilizer if your grass begins to brown, but resist the urge and increase your watering and grass blade length. Fertilizing the lawn in summer will take away from the grass’s main goal of growing deep, healthy roots to sustain the heat, and actually backfire on you.

Brown Grass is Cool, Right?

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Well Kansas Citians, we’ve made it through a record-breaking heat wave. And although temperatures have started to let up a bit, the effects of the heatwave are still among us. If you’re looking out your window at a nicely browned yard, you’re not alone.

What to Do with a Brown Yard?

The first thing to know is that just because your yard is brown, it doesn’t make you a bad homeowner. Most of us cannot afford to water our yards day and night – and especially those of us who live in Lee’s Summit with our water prices! For most of us, we’ll tough it out and wait for more rain to come to freshen up our lawns once again.

Waiting for the Water on your Lawn

If you do have a sprinkler system or want to water your yard, we encourage you to spread out your watering, and water deeply and thoroughly a few times each week rather than every night. Watering the grass deeply will cause water to sink even deeper into the soil, creating deeper, healthier grass roots. By watering a little every day, your grass will more than likely stay shallow and not bounce-back as quickly.

Go Ahead and Pull Up the Dead Plants and Flowers

Drive around the neighborhoods and you’ll see many homeowners who are in denial about the heat wave. Unless they chose to buy desert-friendly flowers, many of the gorgeous plants this year has succumbed to the heat and withered away. If your flowers have died due to extreme heat, go ahead and pull them out, making way for the new fall plantings. If your plant is a nice shade of light brown, chances are it’s not coming back to life.

Rake the Thatch in Fall

Also know that as the season begins to change and fall approaches us, consider raking the yard for thatch. This will remove the dead grass and create aeration throughout the soil, allowing your grass to grow deeper and fuller.

How to Recover Your Lawn from Heavy Snowfall

By | Landscaping, Landscaping and Snow, Landscaping and weather, Lawn Care, Lawn Maintenance, Watering, Winter Lawn Care Tips | 3 Comments

We’ve gotten a lot of snow this year and had a very long winter. If you’re like me, you’re nervous to see what your lawn will look like after all this snow melts away. The not-so-green acres below with mud and dead patches are going to need some attention.

snow in grass Making your lawn thick and lush can be a constant struggle. Luckily, your lawn has likely gone dormant. As the heavy snow load recedes, you may notice the toll it has taken. The snow piles along your driveway and near the street has compacted the soil. To loosen the soil and improve water penetration, apply gypsum to those areas along the street and driveway to 10 ft. back.

When it comes time to mow this spring, only cut the top third of the grass. Mowing more than this can stress the grass so set your mower accordingly each time. Once your lawn has recovered, it can be cut shorter in late summer and fall.

You’re also going to want to water properly. It’s necessary to water your lawn and landscape to not add to any damage but to help replenish. You may feel like you’re using too much, but you need the water to go deep down to the roots. On any especially warm days this spring, be sure to water away and set up sprinklers. Watering in winter will help your lawn be green and growing as the soil warms up this spring.

For any questions about recovering your lawn from snow damages, contact Olympic Lawn & Landscape. Our professionals have the equipment necessary for any job. Call today and ask about our 10% off special.

Help Your Lawn Recover from Last Year's Drought

By | aerating, Growing Grass, Lawn Care, Lawn Mowing, Lawn Mowing Tips, Lawn Seeding, Treat Your Lawn, Uncategorized, Watering | 3 Comments

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Kansas City went through a severe drought  in 2012. With these conditions, your lawn has become water stressed. This will cause many lawns to go dormant and turn yellowish or brown. It’s possible for your lawn to then go from dormant to dead.

The easiest way to determine signs of drought stress is through the color of your grass. If your grass has discolored to yellow or tan, your lawn is experiencing drought dormancy. Drought dormancy can be somewhat good news because it hasn’t died, it just simply stopp

ed growing. Once you have determined that your lawn needs some extra care in recovering from the drought, it’s time to dethatch. Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter, likes leaves and grass clippings, between the green matter and the surface of the soil. It’s important to remove these after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. It’s important to remove these during or after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. Once the thatch has been removed, you can begin to aerate the soil. In other words, puncture holes in your lawn. This way, any moisture will go directly to your lawn’s roots.
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To begin replenishing the nutrients that were lost during the drought, feed your lawn with a fertilizer developed for grass. This will especially help with the bare spots. If rain isn’t in the forecast, it’s time to start watering deeply once or twice a week. As the temperature rises, begin to increase the length of time you are watering.

Now you’re probably wondering- to mow or not to mow? It’s ok to mow if you mow high and mulch your grass clippings. This will also help retain any moisture.

 
Once your lawn begins to slowly recover from its dormancy, you can start seeding and treating the weeds. If you have any further questions about recovering your lawn from a drought or other lawn care, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

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