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Reasons to Use Grass Seed for Your Lawn

Reasons to Use Grass Seed for Your Lawn

There are many reasons to lay grass seed than simply when starting a new lawn. Grass seed is great for repairing your lawn’s bare spots, fixing thin areas, and eliminating weeds from your lawn. Using seed is also great for restoring your lawn’s health and promoting its growth and health.

Here are some reasons why your lawn in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas in East Portland, OR needs grass seed.


Grass Seed Helps Eliminate Weeds & Promotes a Healthy Lawn

Closeup of healthy grass in a Troutdale, OR after grass seeding was performed.

As your lawn matures, it can start to wear out, resulting in weakened grass. Bare spots and dry patches allow for weeds to grow and develop in your lawn. Seeding in these areas fills in missing areas of grass, eliminating room for weeds to grow. Grass seed also restores your lawn and gets it back to being healthy and green, and more resilient to the threat of weed growth.

As a general rule, if your lawn is made up of less than 40 percent weeds, then filling in your lawn with grass seed is a viable option to eliminate existing weeds and help restore your lawn’s health. If your lawn has more than 40 to 50 percent weeds or numerous areas of dead or struggling grass, it’s best to start over from scratch and totally renovate your lawn by laying down fresh grass seed.


Seeding When Your Lawn Needs Repair

Pets, people, weather, and pests can all take a toll on your lawn. Removing weeds and poor turf, preparing and tilling...

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Why Your Yard Needs Routine Lawn Care

Why Your Yard Needs Routine Lawn Care

When you invest in your lawn with regular lawn care services, you are doing more than just making it look pretty. While skipping out on routine lawn care may seem beneficial to your wallet at first, it actually poses many risks to your lawn that require more time and money to fix in the long run.

Routine lawn care keeps your lawn looking nice, keeps it strong and healthy, and saves you time and money. Here are some reasons why your yard in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding East Portland, OR areas needs routine lawn care.


Routine Lawn Care Keeps Your Lawn Looking Nice

This yard in Troutdale, OR has regularly scheduled lawn care services.

When you invest in your property, whether it be a fresh coat of exterior paint or custom hardscaping, you want it to look its absolute best. However, a gorgeously painted house with custom walkways and patios doesn’t look very nice with a dying, diseased lawn. Homes with lush, healthy lawns tend to look a lot nicer than poorly-maintained lawns and attract potential buyers and increase your property value. A well-manicured lawn and landscape increases the value of your lawn and adds to your home’s appeal.

Routine lawn care also adds to your personal satisfaction. It’s much more enjoyable to come home from a long day of work to a beautiful, healthy yard rather than an overgrown, dead one.


Routine Lawn Care Saves You Time and Money

Irregular, or non-existent, lawn care causes serious damage to your grass, costing you more money in the...

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How Invasive Blackberry Can Destroy Your Yard

How Invasive Blackberry Can Destroy Your Yard

Non-native blackberry plants have taken root and dealt serious damage to properties in our service area and beyond. We have introduced a treatment program that specifically targets these disruptive plants before they can lay waste to your yard.

It’s important to know exactly how invasive blackberry can destroy your yard in order to catch the problem before it gets out of hand. Below you will find a few key signs and symptoms along with descriptions of the damage that can be done if the problem is left alone to fester in Happy Valley, Gresham, Troutdale, and nearby areas.


Himalayan blackberry grows differently than native blackberry, causing sunlight blockage.

There is a distinction between native blackberry (trailing blackberries) and Himalayan blackberries. The native variety does not pose a threat in the same way as the Asian species.

The non-native type can grow thick patches throughout your beds and lawn and will eventually block sunlight and nutrients from reaching your plants. In extreme cases, the growths can completely kill off the plants in your bed, leaving you no choice but to start over from the soil up.


Non-native blackberry roots take up valuable bed space and can lead to soil erosion.

Himalayan blackberry growing in a home's backyard in Portland, OR.

Any weed poses a threat to your existing plants because their root systems can take up valuable real estate in your beds and lawn. Weeds generally have shorter roots than other plants and become entangled with other roots. They...

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What Your Lawn Needs to Survive Summer

What Your Lawn Needs to Survive Summer

During summer, your lawn sees heavy use from kids, pets, friends, and others who are outside enjoying the weather. It's also hotter with the sun beating down on your grass. Each season brings new challenges when it comes to the overall health of your lawn.

Here are some services your lawn needs to survive the summer in the areas of Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and nearby cities in Oregon.


Fertilization & Weed Control in Summer Is Key to Lawn Health

A healthy lawn in Troutdale, OR after a fertilization treatment.

Your lawn needs to be fortified year-round to stay strong enough to defeat lawn diseases, insect infestations, and more. By adding slow-release fertilizer four times a year, including a summer treatment, we can ensure that your lawn can keep that strength built up over the year.

Weeds are another nuisance that can pop up during the summer. If the correct pre-emergent weed control was applied in the spring, hopefully not many will show up in summer. However, both pre- and post-emergent treatments may be required to get summer weeds out of your yard. 


Routine Lawn Mowing Is Critical for Your Summer Lawn

A routine lawn mowing schedule is one of the best things you can do for your lawn's health. When a lawn is regularly mowed, that means the grass stays at the proper height it should be for maximum health and photosynthesis. 

At J&C Lawn Care, we make sure that your grass is always cut correctly, which means that we never cut off more than one-third of the...

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Is It Safe to Mow During Oregon's Fire Season?

Is It Safe to Mow During Oregon's Fire Season?

In Oregon, summer has begun to be called something different: fire season. Fire season generally begins on June 1 and lasts until state officials declare that it has ended. Along with fire season comes some restrictions that should be adhered to, no matter what. In 2018 alone, the state saw damages from wildfires reaching $514.6 million, according to the Statesman Journal.

Those restrictions include no illegal fireworks or open fires like campfires, charcoal fires, and others. Any motorized vehicles are restricted to improved roads that are free from flammable vegetation and backyard debris burning is prohibited. For a full list of restrictions, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry.

One activity that can face possible restrictions during fire season is mowing. Here is some more information on whether or not it’s safe to mow your yard located in and around Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham during Oregon’s fire season.


The Levels of Fire Danger and Their Mowing Restrictions

There are four levels of fire danger: green, blue, yellow, and red. Green means low fire danger, blue indicates moderate danger, yellow is high danger, and red is for extreme fire danger.

If we are experiencing low fire danger, then there are no restrictions on mowing. It can be done any time for green lawns, dry lawns, or dead grass. With moderate fire danger comes some rules on mowing dried, cured grass. During times of moderate danger, dried lawns...

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Your Lawn Needs a Spring Cleanup: Here's Why

Your Lawn Needs a Spring Cleanup: Here's Why

Spring cleanups provide a host of important services that give your lawn and landscaping a fresh start for the growing season. Once the snow begins to melt, your grass, trees, and plants will come out of winter dormancy and attempt to flourish again.

Without proper maintenance, your lawn may not return to its glory during the season.


Spring Cleanups Typically Include Bed Maintenance, Leaf Removal, Mulch, and Weed Control to Refresh Your Lawn

A lawn in Troutdale after a spring cleanup.

Spring cleanups typically include bed maintenance, leaf removal, mulch, and weed control to refresh your lawn.

Here are just a few tasks included in our spring cleanups:

  • Bed maintenance - Landscape beds will be cleared of debris, leaves, and weeds. Beds will be reshaped and mulch will be laid.
  • Leaf removal - Accumulation of leaves is bad news for lawns and beds. Leaves can choke plants and prevent proper photosynthesis from occurring. Leaf removal clears the landscape of fallen leaves to allow plants and grass to breathe.
  • Mulch - During spring cleanups, fresh mulch will be laid at the proper depth. Mulch provides critical help with water absorption, erosion control, and weed prevention. Mulch also looks great and fills in gaps where grass won’t grow.
  • Weed control - Our crews will hand weed landscape beds during spring cleanups and apply pre-emergent products to prevent weeds from sprouting.

Spring Cleanups Kickstart Your Lawn With Mowing, String Trimming, Blowing, and Edging

Often times,...

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Why Lawn Aeration Is Critical

Why Lawn Aeration Is Critical

Lawn aeration is a service that ultimately results in fuller, healthier grass and plants. Also called lawn restoration, the process revitalizes soil health, encourages healthy growth, and allows water and nutrients to reach roots. This aeration service is important before laying sod or overseeding to ensure the soil is ready for new healthy root systems to be established.

In our part of Oregon, changes in temperature, rainfall, and snow can cause the soil to become compacted, which make it difficult for grass and plants to remain healthy. Over time, soil breaks down and can also lose its vitality. As a result, we recommend this service be done annually in order to maintain ideal growing conditions and to help prevent thatching that blocks light and air from getting to your grass.


Aeration Revitalizes Soil Health

Part of an aerated lawn in Troutdale, OR.

Lawn aerator machines have mechanical spines that poke holes through the soil in even intervals. The process is often called “core aeration.” The result is reduced compaction and a network of holes or channels that allow water, light, and air to reach deep into the soil.

With fertilization and proper watering, the soil will begin to regain its health and helpful microbes begin to reproduce. These microbes can help to fight off unhealthy bacteria, fungus, and mold that can plague your grass. Overall, the soil will be revitalized and brought back to life, leading to stronger, fuller grass and plants.


Lawn Restoration Brings Grass...

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Mulch Madness: Why Your Landscaping Needs Mulch

Mulch Madness: Why Your Landscaping Needs Mulch

As we settle into the spring season in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, Oregon, and other surrounding areas, it’s time to start thinking about the ways we can work toward making our yards healthy and looking great. Aside from regular lawn mowing and maintenance, there are other tasks that need to be performed.

One of these tasks is to add mulch to your landscaping. Sometimes, this step can get overlooked when planning out a landscape, as it tends to be one of the last steps after creating the beds and planting all of the trees and plants you’ve chosen. However, this is a step that should not be forgotten.

If you already have mulch laid down, then spring is the time to refresh it. Hardwood mulches should be refreshed once a year, while river rock should be refreshed every two years. Keeping your mulch refreshed allows you to reap the maximum benefits from it! Mulch installation is important to the health of your landscaping beds for a few reasons. 


Mulch Installation Prevents Soil Erosion

When we get heavy rains, soil washes away, which can hurt the nutrient balance in your landscaping beds. If you have your lawn treated with fertilizer, then this also washes away the investment you’ve made in the health of your landscape plants.

In the Portland, OR area, we receive about 43 inches of rain a year, which is about 4 inches higher than the national average, according to BestPlaces.net.

By installing groundcovers...

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Are Fertilizers & Herbicides Safe for Kids & Pets?

Are Fertilizers & Herbicides Safe for Kids & Pets?

In order to keep a healthy lawn, it’s key to apply four fertilizer treatments a year. Specially formulated slow-release treatments give your lawn nutrients it needs to grow. While maintaining your lawn, you also need to make sure weed control is a priority by using pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides.

With these fertilizer and herbicide applications comes chemicals and many homeowners have concerns about whether those chemicals are safe for their children and/or pets.

The simple answer? After a time, yes. Immediately after application, however, is a different story. The potential dangers below are easily mitigated by following instructions on the product label or by consulting with a professional crew like J&C Lawn Care to get your lawn treated. 


How Safe Is Fertilizer for Pets?

Homeowners in Happy Valley have some concern for how safe fertilizer is for their pets.

For each season in the region of Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham, OR, your yard should be safely treated with fertilizer. Some homeowners opt to use organic fertilizer, while others choose to use types that contain herbicides. Many contain labels that say to keep pets off the grass for 72 hours, but each fertilizer’s safety varies by type:

Nitrogen, Phosphorus, & Potassium Fertilizers

Most fertilizers contain at least one of these elements. Some contain all three, and each one is beneficial to your lawn in different ways. For example, nitrogen helps a plant in its middle stages of growth, giving the plant more leaves and...

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How to Tell If Your Lawn Is Dead or Just in Its Dormant State

How to Tell If Your Lawn Is Dead or Just in Its Dormant State

Summer in Happy Valley, OR can have detrimental effects on a lawn that can last well into fall and winter, making homeowners wonder if their spring lawn is going to come back at all. Generally, when there is a lack of rain in the summertime it can lead to brown spots from the heat or drought stress on the grass. What does this mean for telling whether your lawn is dead or dormant?

Once your grass has had a chance to receive some rainfall or you have watered it, check your lawn down to the soil level.

Dormant lawns will be brown in the leaves, but the crowns and stalk will be green, and the roots will be a healthy off-white color. Dead lawns will be brown and brittle from the leaves to the roots. This distinct difference can help you determine the next course of action for your lawn. 


What to Do If Your Lawn Is Dead

Laying new grass seed or sod for your dead lawn is the only thing you can do to bring it back. A local landscaping company such as J&C Lawn Care can help you determine the best course of action, depending on your lawn size and amount of dead grass.

Generally, lawns that are more than 50% dead should have new sod laid and lawns with small bare patches can be overseeded in the fall. 


When to Do Aeration & Seeding, & Assessing Why Your Happy Valley, OR Lawn Turned Brown

Take time to schedule aeration and seeding services in the fall, when your lawn should be at its healthiest and is able to...

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