Resources, information, tips, and more regarding lawn care in Oregon.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Unlike spring fertilizer that encourages grass growth, fall...
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.
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.
Pets, people, weather, and pests can all take a toll on your lawn. Removing weeds and poor turf, preparing and tilling...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Take time to schedule aeration and seeding services in the fall, when your lawn should be at its healthiest and is able to...
When the autumn weather sets in and temperatures start to drop in areas if Northern Oregon, like Happy Valley, you may be inclined to stop watering your lawn abruptly. It is an easy misunderstanding to believe watering your lawn is just a summer task. During the summer, consistent water helps you maintain a lush, green, and healthy lawn in the hotter months of the year.
Once cooler weather starts to set in and the leaves start to fall, your approach to watering your lawn has to adjust to make accommodations for these changes. In regions with four distinct seasons, the fall is a critical period of growth for cool season grasses. The temperature drop, shorter days, and slower grass growth allow the lawn optimal daylight hours to soak in sunlight and moisture without the heat of the summer.
Keeping your lawn hydrated during this time is necessary for the roots to get their essential nutrients, before going into winter dormancy.
Did you know that winter creates drought-like conditions for your lawn? The cold temperatures that freeze the ground also freeze your lawn's root system. This deprives your roots and lawn of the hydration it craves to maintain its health. Watering up until the freeze will help your roots get as much hydration as possible to last through the winter.
Spring landscape mulching is a common activity throughout the country for landscaping beds. Mulching during this time adds beautification to your landscape beds, while also providing the added benefits of weed control, moisture retention, and temperature control.
Mulching is one of the most beneficial landscaping practices that both protects and enhances your property. In areas such as Portland, OR winter mulching is necessary for protection against the winter freeze-thaw pattern that occurs.
In the northern regions, winters can be extremely harsh, with fluctuating temperatures that cause the ground to freeze, thaw, and then freeze again repeatedly throughout the cold season. This cycle can damage the roots of your plants.
Mulching keeps the ground frozen by blocking out the sunlight and helps keep temperatures below ground consistent. This prevents your plants from growing during a warm spell that may happen during the winter. Mulching also helps keep moisture underground, so consistent watering until the first frost is imperative to help the roots of your plants stay hydrated throughout the winter.
There are a number of materials available for your winter mulching needs in Portland, OR. It is important to remember that aesthetics are not important in the dead of winter--you are simply looking to mulch for...
Autumn is a beautiful time for colors and one of the greatest assets to your yard is having large, beautiful trees to watch the changing of the leaves. However, once those leaves change color, they inevitably fall to the ground, which causes a covering of leaves on your lawn.
Removing the leaves from your yard before your turfgrass reaches its dormancy period allows it time to soak up extra nutrients before the winter. Without these nutrients to help rejuvenate your cool season grasses, you could be looking at a damaged turf come springtime!
If leaves are covering more than 10-20% of your lawn, there is a greater risk of damage to your grass from disease or lack of nutrients.
Hire a professional landscaping company like J&C Lawn Care to come and remove all the leaves from your property. We use rakes and blowers to remove leaves by collecting them on a giant tarp and hauling them away.
Another option for yards that do not have a leaf covering that is too thick, is to use a lawn mower or a mulching mower to break them up over the ground. Breaking the leaves up into tiny pieces ...
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.
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.
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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