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3 Techniques for Proper Mowing

3 Techniques for Proper Mowing

Mowing your lawn is an important part of your lawn care routine every year, but did you know that if you do not mow it properly, you can end up harming your grass immensely?

Learn about three techniques you should always use when mowing your lawn, or ensure that your lawn care company is doing when they mow your lawn in Troutdale, Happy Valley, Gresham, and the surrounding cities in the Portland, OR metro area.

1. Rotate mowing patterns every time you mow.

Lawn in Troutdale, OR with vibrant mowing pattern.

When you mow your grass, you need to make sure that you rotate mowing patterns every time. Running your mower or heavy tractor over the same areas of soil each time will create ruts in the lawn and will also heavily compact soil in that part of the yard. If soil is compacted, it inhibits the grass growth in that area and makes it harder for nutrients such as air, water, and sunlight to reach down to the roots of the grass. Keep the lawn as healthy as possible by switching up the patterns. Mow horizontally, then next time vertically, and diagonally after that.

2. Mow your lawn at the proper height each session.

During each mowing session, you will also need to keep your mower settings at the correct height. Never mow your lawn too short, no matter how tempting it may be to do so. This practice can harm the grass and weaken it, making it more susceptible to lawn disease or other threats such as insects and common weeds. If you are leaving to go out of town and do not want your grass to ...

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How to Care for Newly Installed Sod in Portland, OR.

How to Care for Newly Installed Sod in Portland, OR.

When you decide to create a new lawn via sod installation, it is a big investment. As with any investment, you have to care for it properly, or else it can suffer. That's why at J&C Lawn Care, we have recommendations for how you should care for your new sod.

Learn about the best ways to care for your newly installed sod in Portland, OR, as well as other surrounding areas such as Happy Valley, Gresham, and Troutdale.

How often should you water your new sod?

New sod installation and landscaping at a Happy Valley, OR home.

Once your new sod is laid down, it is important to ensure you water it regularly—but not too much. Generally, you should water the new sod twice a day for 20 minutes for the first two months after it has been planted. Too much watering can create an environment that is conducive to lawn diseases, while not enough watering will contribute to your lawn growing a shallow root system. Make sure to check your irrigation system to ensure that each zone is working properly so each section of your lawn is provided with enough moisture.

The best times to water your lawn are usually in the morning and late afternoon—never in the evening, as that leaves moisture to sit on the grass for too long.

When should you start mowing the sod?

Bright green, healthy sod installation after mowing services performed in Gresham, OR.

As a general rule of thumb, you should stay off of a newly sodded lawn for the first two weeks after installation. If you start to mow too quickly, the sod's root system will be too shallow and you could damage the grass. To test if your...

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These 4 Lawn & Landscape Spring To-Dos are NOT Optional

These 4 Lawn & Landscape Spring To-Dos are NOT Optional

Preparing your lawn and landscaping for spring isn't a simple task. There are several things that must be done for the grass and plants to reach their optimal condition, and they need to be done as soon as possible.

Learn about tasks you cannot skip when you're getting your yard ready for spring in Happy Valley, Gresham, Troutdale, and the surrounding communities in Oregon.

1. Begin cutting your grass weekly or hire a lawn service.

Lawn worker mowing a home lawn in Happy Valley, OR.

After your grass emerges from winter dormancy, it will begin to grow. If it gets too tall, then it won't be cut properly. A proper grass cutting only removes about 1/3 of the height of the blade at a time. We recommend mowing the grass weekly to keep it at the correct height. If the blades are too tall or too short, they won't be able to achieve maximum photosynthesis. By hiring a lawn service, you can ensure that your grass will always be at the proper height.

2. Clean up landscape beds, trim your plants, and install new bark dust.

Landscape beds also need a clean up after winter is over. During winter, branches, twigs, and other debris can fall into the beds and accumulate around your plants. Removing them will help keep your plants healthier and will also give your landscape a well-maintained look and feel.

It's also important to trim plants properly, as they will need stray branches removed and to be properly shaped as they begin to grow again. Some shrubs will need to be pruned as ...

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Project Case Study: Landscape Installation in Portland, OR

Project Case Study: Landscape Installation in Portland, OR

The team at J&C Lawn Care loves getting to design and install new landscape beds, so when we recently got a call from a customer in Portland, OR who needed new landscaping, we were happy to help. The customer was looking to list their house on the market and wanted a cost-effective landscape transformation that would help increase overall curb appeal. Learn more about this project and the steps we took to make it happen.

Our first step was to create a plan to fix the disrepair of the landscape beds.

Before photo of custom landscape bed and walkway installation in Portland, OR.

When we arrived on site, we found that the front and back yards were in a state of disrepair with neglected landscape beds that had just turned into dirt and old weed fabric. Once we saw that, we knew we needed to create a plan that would address the landscaping but also stick to the homeowner's budget.

We quickly worked to make a design that included landscape plants as well as different ground covers for a low maintenance area that was also modern-looking. We wanted the look and feel to reflect the area of the home and help differentiate it from others on the market.

After that, we removed existing landscape plants and began to create a walkway.

Once we'd formulated our plan and the owners approved the design, we got to work, removing the existing plants and discarding the old weed fabric so we could prepare the area for new landscape installation.

In the backyard, we added in a gravel walkway leading from the back door to the rest of the...

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The Pros and Cons of Cedar Chips for Your Landscape Beds

The Pros and Cons of Cedar Chips for Your Landscape Beds

Cedar chips are a very natural-looking type of mulch that blend in well with landscape beds in Troutdale. Cedar chips offer a wide variety of benefits including insect control, moisture retention, and temperature control. Some property owners are hesitant to use cedar chips in their landscape beds because they lose their color and repellent qualities relatively quickly. However, regular replenishing should remedy these minor issues.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we install cedar chips for landscape beds in Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham, OR.

Cedar chips repel insects due to the chemicals they release.

Cedar chips effectively repel insects due to the natural chemicals and oils that they release. The main insect-repelling chemical present in cedar chips is known as thujone.

Property owners love how cedar chips can repel a variety of insects including cloth-eating moths, carpet beetles, cockroaches, and certain types of ants.

With cedar chips installed in your landscape beds, you will enjoy an outdoor area with minimal pest invasion.

In addition to warding off pests, the natural oils present in cedar chips also emit a pleasant aroma. This smell is heightened especially after a heavy rainfall or when you water your landscape plants. Cedar chips offer a refreshing olfactory experience that other mulches do not provide.

If your soil tends to lose moisture quickly, cedar chips can help.

One problem that a lot of property...

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Reasons to Remove English Ivy from Your Portland, OR Property

Reasons to Remove English Ivy from Your Portland, OR Property

English ivy plants are evergreen perennials sometimes used as ground covers. They originated in central Asia and were later introduced to the Americas. These plants don't belong on your Portland, OR property, as they can damage the surrounding landscape and pose health issues if touched or consumed.

Our team here at J&C Lawn Care offers English ivy control services for homes located in Portland, OR and other nearby areas like Gresham and Troutdale. Check out these four reasons you should get English ivy removed from your residential property.

1. In Portland, English ivy is an invasive plant species.

Originally from central Asia, English ivy is also native to places in western and southern Europe. However, this plant doesn't belong in the Portland region. It takes away valuable resources from native plants.

Wildlife that relies on native plants can be forced to relocate to other areas, which can affect the natural balance of your landscape's ecosystem.

Don't allow this invasive species to compete with other softscaping on your residential property. Contact our team today and we can implement our English ivy control services.

2. English ivy can climb trees and damage their health.

Though English ivy is commonly seen as a ground cover, it is also known as a climbing vine. When it climbs up your trees, it can damage their health in a couple of different ways.

For one, English ivy can physically restrict the growth of your...

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4 Rock & Mulch Ground Covers for Your 2020 Portland Landscape

4 Rock & Mulch Ground Covers for Your 2020 Portland Landscape

As we begin the new year, you may want to consider installing ground cover for your landscape. We provide professional rock and mulch installation services for residential and commercial properties in Gresham, Troutdale, and Happy Valley, OR.

Deciding between rock and mulch may be a difficult decision to make. Our team at J&C Lawn Care recommends incorporating both rock and mulch into your property's different landscape beds. This way, you will have a diverse landscape in terms of aesthetic appeal and functionality. Learn about four different rock and mulch ground covers you can use in your 2020 Portland landscape.

1. Columbia River Pea Gravel is great for remediating drainage issues.

Columbia River Pea Gravel is compromised of tiny round stones. These smooth stones come in a variety of colors including rust-brown, white, gray, and light brown. With all of the options available, you won't have any issues finding Columbia River Pea Gravel that will fit with your landscape. They are great for filling in areas around driveways, pathways, stone pavers, and gardens.

While these are stones, they can be used as an effective mulching alternative. They are great for remediating drainage issues, retaining moisture, and keeping weeds out of your landscape.

Columbia River Pea Gravel is relatively easy to install compared to other rock choices. Our team will get this kind of rock installation process completed efficiently so you can get...

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How Spring Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for Summer

How Spring Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for Summer

While fertilization is important year-round, it's essential to implement proper fertilization practices, especially in the spring. This way, your lawn can be adequately prepared for the hot summer season in Oregon.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we use a slow-release fertilizer on your lawn four times a year. This once-per-season schedule gives your lawn the best possible chance at growth. 

We proudly help lawns in Gresham, Troutdale, Happy Valley, and the surrounding areas get ready for the summer months. Here, we'll outline exactly how spring fertilization prepares your lawn for the summer. 

Spring fertilization remediates winter damage. 

During the winter, Oregon experiences average low temperatures in the 11°F to 42°F range. These cold temperatures can cause severe damage to your lawn, including a loss of moisture and freeze damage.

Once spring rolls around, your lawn may be depleted of the nutrients it needs to thrive. Or, it may have brown patches or other bare spots.

By recruiting spring fertilization services, you can effectively remediate winter damage that your lawn has sustained. If this damage is left unaddressed, your lawn will be in even worse shape once the summer season begins. 

A slow-release fertilizer offers the most efficient delivery of nutrients for your lawn.

A well-fertilized lawn in Sunnyside, OR.

Here at J&C Lawn Care, we use a slow-release fertilizer created by Horizon TurfGro. This fertilizer offers the most...

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Why You Should Winterize Your Lawn

Why You Should Winterize Your Lawn

It’s November, which means winter will be here before we know it, and winter weather can have a devastating effect on lawns and landscaping. Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to ensure your lawn not only survives—but thrives—during the cold winter months. Taking these steps—such as leaf removal, trimming and pruning plants, and winter mulching—is a process known as winterization, or the act of readying plant life to make it through winter.

Here are some key reasons why you should winterize your lawn in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and other nearby areas of Oregon.

Frigid temperatures can damage weakened plant life.

It’s all too easy to let fallen leaves accumulate over the course of the autumn season. This layer of debris over your lawn prohibits essential nutrients, such as sunlight, air, and water, from being absorbed into your grass, and your grass is weakened as a result. Weakened grass is more susceptible to damage from frigid temperatures, which makes grass hard and brittle. There is a direct correlation between the lack of proper nutrients in the fall and cold-weather damage during winter. The best way to mitigate this from happening is to treat your lawn in the fall by exercising proper lawn mowing and routine leaf removal, in addition to proper fertilization.

For deciduous plants, regular pruning and trimming help plants shed the extra branches and leafage to retain more water...

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Landscape Trimming & Cleanup in Portland, OR

Landscape Trimming & Cleanup in Portland, OR

One of our clients in the Portland, OR area reached out to us about their landscape beds and told us they needed some help getting them cleaned up and trimming the plants. We were happy to come help restore their landscaping to its former glory. At J&C Lawn Care, we provide seasonal cleanups for clients throughout the Portland area, including Happy Valley, Troutdale, and Gresham.

Below, check out a couple of photos from the project and learn about the services we performed for this client, including bed reshaping, plant trimming, and mulching.

Why Landscapes Should Be Regularly Trimmed

Freshly trimmed bushes and shrubs at a Portland, Oregon home property.

First, we worked to trim the landscape plants so they wouldn't look so overgrown. Our team came in with the proper trimming tools and trimmed the shrubs back to their proper size. Keeping plants and shrubs trimmed is key to their overall health, as it can help prevent insect infestations and plant diseases from taking hold. When a trimming professional checks out landscape plants, they can easily spot signs of these problems.

Proper trimming also helps the plants look shapely and maintained, thus increasing this homeowner's overall curb appeal. An unkempt landscaping area can be unsightly and is not a desirable look, so their recently trimmed plants will help with that.

Importance of Properly Mulching a Landscape Bed

Portland, Oregon home with fresh mulch bed and landscape design.

After trimming the landscape plants and reshaping the edges of their landscape bed, we replenished their existing mulch that had...

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