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Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Your lawn requires many things to keep it strong, healthy, and green throughout the year. When fertilization is mentioned, most people think about springtime application, as this is when your grass is growing and needs all the food it can get to thrive. What many people don’t realize, however, is that your lawn also needs fertilization applications in the autumn.

Fall fertilization sets up a strong foundation for your lawn to sustain the winter by providing it with essential nutrients and helps your lawn recover from dormancy in the spring. Here are some reasons why your lawn needs fall fertilization in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas of Oregon.


Autumn Encourages Optimum Nutrient Absorption

Fall is the most important time of year for lawn fertilization. Fertilizing in the spring provides your freshly-awoken lawn with a boost of nutrients to help fuel its growth, but fall fertilization provides it with energy reserves needed to sustain itself throughout the cold winter months. Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures and moisture, both of which are needed to help your turf absorb your applied fertilizer. When applied in the fall, your lawn has ample time to break down the nutrients provided by the fertilizer and store these for food and energy to use throughout the winter.


Fall Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for the Upcoming Winter Months

Fall fertilizer on a lawn in Troutdale, OR.

Unlike spring fertilizer that encourages grass growth, fall...

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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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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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Pre-Emergent Weed Control is More Effective in the Fall vs. the Spring

Pre-Emergent Weed Control is More Effective in the Fall vs. the Spring

The fall season is the best time to get your lawn in its best form for the following spring. The temperature and weather conditions in autumn are perfect for restoring your lawn back to its full potential, including 100% grass cover, soil restoration, and making your lawn more wear tolerant.

The three most important tasks you can do for your lawn include:

  1. Late Season Fertilization
  2. Aerating
  3. Weed Control

Getting a handle on your weed control during the fall can make a huge difference in the kind of lawn you get in the spring. Pre-emergent weed control can have a tremendous impact if used to treat your lawn earlier rather than wait for winter to be over.

Weed control will be most successful in the fall if you follow a regimented lawn care program that includes proper fertilization, mowing, irrigation, pest control, and weed control.


Common Winter Annual Weeds

Did you know there are winter annual weeds that germinate in late summer through early fall and then grow throughout the winter months into early spring? These weeds, if not treated right away, will have a negative impact on your spring lawn.

Some of the most common types of winter annual weeds are

  • Henbit
  • Chickweed
  • Corn Speedwell
  • Lawn Burrweed
  • Dandelion, however, this weed is also a spring/summer annual

Treating your winter annuals in fall vs. spring allows the pre-emergent herbicides to kill the weeds before they set seed in the spring when daytime temperatures begin...

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Portland, OR Homeowners Need These 4 Lawn Care Services in Late Fall

Portland, OR Homeowners Need These 4 Lawn Care Services in Late Fall

How much you put into your fall lawn care services will set the bar for the kind of lawn and landscaping your property will have in the spring. When it comes to caring for your property in fall, there is a checklist for homeowners in Happy Valley, OR. These four major late fall lawn care services are imperative to the health and maintenance of your property.


1. Remove leaves and debris from your property.

One of the most important aspects of fall turf care is removing leaves and debris from your lawn and landscaping. A few scattered leaves may be okay to leave, but layers of leaves, or other debris, will create a breeding ground of disease, insects, mold, and fungus.

Additionally, leaves suffocate the plants and grass on your property. They block the natural process of photosynthesis, which is vital for the survival of plant life. Using a service, such as J&C Lawn Care, will ensure the leaves are properly gathered and disposed of.


2. Trim the small trees, bushes, shrubs, and hedges of your landscaping beds.

Now is the time to get your landscaping beds in good shape! During the late fall, trimming dead limbs off your small trees, bushes, shrubs, and hedges is essential to protecting your plants from damage. It also allows the trunk time to heal over the winter.

Cutting back perennials is also important. It helps the plant store more energy in the roots and allows your plants to grow strong in the springtime. When J&C Lawn Care provides your lawn care...

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Fall Aeration Can Repair Damage to Your Lawn

Fall Aeration Can Repair Damage to Your Lawn

According to many lawn care professionals, spring and fall are the prime times for aerating your lawn, due to the rate at which grass is growing. Most landscaping companies will tend to choose fall over spring. However, location and weather are huge factors in the success of your aerating.

When it comes to core aeration, the two different types of tools that are typically used are handheld aerators and rolling core aerators. Both are intended to create plugs that are removed from the soil, which alleviates soil compaction.

Lawn aeration should be done during the optimal temperature range of 50°-75° F.


How often should your lawn be aerated?

Generally, homeowners will have their property aerated once per year, especially in areas where the soil is harder and clay-like. However, if you have a newly established lawn, two times a year could be more beneficial. This allows nutrients to reach deep into the root system, which in turn allows your lawn to restore itself and repair any damage it has sustained from traffic, disease, or harsh environmental conditions.


Why aeration is important for lawns in Happy Valley, OR and the surrounding area.

During the summer in both Happy Valley and surrounding areas in OR, your turf is exposed to long periods of hot, dry weather. This weather promotes compaction, especially where high foot traffic is prominent in your yard, and is even more noticeable in yards where there is high clay content ...

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