Archive for April, 2014

How Much Should I Water My Lawn?

Lawn, Lawn Care, Landscape, Kansas City, SK Lawn Care

In Missouri most lawns require about 1-1.5 inches of rainfall or irrigation per week.  During the spring time mother nature can provide fairly adequate rainfall to keep a lawn looking healthy and green.  In the summer, it is important to continue watering about 1-1.5 inches per week.  With most cool-season grasses, they will still go dormant during the summer even though you are watering one inch per week.  Although watering will reduce the amount of die-back from the summer heat and drought conditions.  

Quality Lawn and Landscape Services

Quality Lawn and Landscape Services

Spring is Here!!!

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Spring is finally here!  Yesterday the temperature reached 80 degrees and tomorrow the forecast calls for snow.  Yep, it must be spring in Kansas City.  Now is the perfect time to begin feeding your lawn and landscape so your property is attractive all summer.  Maintaining a beautiful lawn and landscape can be easy, as long as you treat the plants at the proper time and use proper cultivation techniques.  Spring is the ideal time to feed you lawn and landscape because that is when much of the active growth occurs.  Spring is also the second best time to plant grass seed.  The reason fall is a more ideal time is because that is when cool-season grasses naturally germinate due to the soil temperature.  Now that the soil temperature has increased in the mid-west, seed can be planted.  Since it is the spring, germination of seedlings may take a little longer, but it is a great time to fill in thin or bare spots.  Additionally, it is important to keep the soil moist while establishing new turf.  By planting in the spring much of the irrigation comes naturally, which saves your water bill.  We still suggest doing the majority of your seeding and renovation in the fall, although the spring is an excellent time to fill in some of those thinner areas, giving you a thick healthy lawn all summer.  Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City and visit our website at http://sklawncarekc.com 

Green Up Your Lawn in the Spring

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Many people wonder how to get their lawn to green up in the spring quickly.  The first step is to mow the grass short.  It may not need to be mowed after winter dormancy, although this can really help.  If you usually mow at the recommended height of three inches (cool season grasses) then mow it at about 2 to 2 1/2 inches.  This helps expose more of the plant and soil and allows the soil to begin warming faster.  Once the soil is above 65 degrees the grass will begin to grow and turn green.  Another very important step is to fertilize.  Spring is a good time to add nutrients to the soil and prevent unwanted weeds.  We recommend a quality two stage pre-emergent herbicide with turf food.  The first application should be applied in early spring, and the second application applied according to the fertilizer label, usually about 60 days after the first application.  Between applications, we recommend a quality weed and feed application.  

Follow these steps and your lawn will be green in no time.  Also contact your local lawn care professional, or if you live in the Kansas City area, contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs at http://www.sklawncarekc.com