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26 May 2016
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Lawn and Landscaping Tips

Summer Lawn and Landscaping Tips

One of the most challenging seasons for growing plants and maintaining lawns is during the summer. As the temperatures rise, plants begin to wither and soil starts to dry. Worse, some cities and communities impose water restrictions making lawn soil and plant hydration more difficult.

If this continues, plants, flowers, trees, lawns and gardens may undergo severe and irreparable damages. It is therefore essential to create precautions and implement wise watering measures to keep your lawn and plants alive during this season.

At-Risk Plants

Although all plants are affected by this hot and dry weather, there are those that would suffer severe damages especially when left unattended in a drought. Determine any that are highly at risk and have them on top of your priority list. Examples are as follows:

  • Newly planted trees and shrubs
  • Newly planted perennials
  • Flower beds
  • Dehydration Symptoms


Evaluate your lawn and plants and search for early signs of dehydration. It is very important to attend to your lawn and plants’ immediate water needs. The most common sign of dehydration is wilting; however, some may show the following symptoms in addition:

  • Bluish-green color foliage
  • Upward curling of grass blades and leaves
  • Yellowing of leaf
  • Translucent leaves
  • Shriveled leaf sections
  • Browning of leaf edges
  • Premature blossom drop
  • Slow growth
  • Stems keel over

Watering Tips

The best thing to keep your lawn and plants alive and hydrated is of course to water them. Here are some watering tips that would help maximize your watering efficiency during this hot season. Consider the following:

Know your community’s water restrictions. Cities and communities have imposed water restrictions as a response to water shortages. Although this can be tough on your plants and lawns, it’s best to follow these restrictions to avoid costly problems. First, know the details of your water restrictions – know how many times a week are you allowed to water your lawn, for how long and at what time.

Water early in the morning. Although plants and lawns can be watered any time of the day, it is still more efficient to water them early in the morning. When you use sprinklers, some water evaporates even before reaching the ground. Given the hot conditions during the summer months, the lost amount of water can be significant to your lawn. But when you water your lawn early in the morning, the least amount of water is lost through evaporation.

Watering your lawn and plants in the evening could also work, however, it would encourage the development of plant diseases such as moss.

Water at the early signs of dehydration.  Don’t let the heat take its toll on your lawn. Don’t wait for your plants to get severe damages before you water them. Water at the early signs of dehydration. This is when leaves and grasses are still green but turns dull and yellowish at the edges and margins. Also, when watering, remember to do it evenly.

Water deeply but less frequently. Roots have the tendency to follow water. If you frequently water your lawn and plants shallowly, the roots tend to collect up near the top of the soil surface. This makes them vulnerable to hot weather. Most shallow roots get baked at the end of the summer season. To prevent this, water your lawn and plants deeply but less frequently. Encourage deep root growth but at the same time, make sure that you apply sufficient water to penetrate root zones. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Apply 1 gallon of water per 1 foot of root zone once a week. (Although this may vary according to soil type and plant or lawn type).
  • Larger plants have larger root zones. Usually, their roots expand to a width of at least equal to their plant height.
  • Lawns usually need 1 inch of water every week. However, during hot seasons, they can still survive with about ½ inch of water.
  • Re-water sandy soils sooner than clay-rich soils
  • Apply water around the base of flowers, vegetables and herbs so that water infiltrates into the root zones.

Avoid runoff. Runoffs are a waste of water. Create necessary adjustments and make sure that your sprinklers are aimed at the lawn or plant beds. Also, closely monitor your lawn and plant beds during watering. If you see that it begins to runoff even before you’ve given a deep watering, turn off your sprinklers for a while and let your lawn turf and plants absorb the water. You may then continue watering as necessary.

As much as possible, avoid overhead watering devices. Viable watering device alternatives are slow soakers, drip hoses and small sprinklers. They distribute water closely to the ground, reaching the root zone of your lawn and plants more efficiently.

Some Useful Tips to Remember

Here are some valuable lawn care tips that you might want to consider.

  • If footprints appear longer on the lawn, your lawn turf needs watering.
  • Squeeze a handful of soil into a ball. If it is damp and holds its shape, the soil is adequately watered. If you can squeeze out water from the soil, it is overwatered.
  • Consider aerating your lawns once a year to enhance soil penetration rate and minimize runoff problems.
  • Spray plants with water during daytime to avoid spider mites development. Drought and heat encourage spider mites infestations.
  • Mulch around plants to prevent weed growth. It also helps in retaining soil nutrients and moisture.
  • Remove weeds as they compete with water and nutrients.

Don’t get too stressed when summer comes. Be a wise homeowner and find viable solutions to keep your plants and lawn healthy throughout the hot season.

How to Water Your Lawn and Install a Drip Irrigation System

Of course, with the proper sprinkler system in place it’s even easier to beat the summer weather and keep your lawn and landscaping plants looking good.

22 May 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Benefits of Hiring Professional Landscaper vs. DIY

From ensuring that their needs are met to helping narrow down a landscaping design plan, there are many reasons why homeowners turn to landscaping companies for professional advice when planning and designing their landscaping.

Why Hiring a Landscaping Company is the Best Decision You Can Make

While many prefer to take the “do it yourself” approach around their home, hiring a professional landscaping company when designing and installing landscaping elements can offer a number of advantages to trying to tackle the project on your own. Below are just some of the reasons why working with a landscaping company may be the best decision for you.

  • A Landscaping Job Can Make You Feel Overwhelmed: There are so many things to consider when you decide to redo your landscape that it can be nerve wracking. From what type of shrubs to get for the St. Louis climate to knowing where things will grow best, landscaping companies are experts when it comes to these problems and can help you make the best plan.
  • Recognize and Address Problems: When you are just beginning a landscaping project, it can be difficult to know where to start. You might feel that your yard needs something, but qualifying that “something” can be easier said than done. Landscaping companies have professional designers and landscapers that can examine your yard with a fresh perspective, identify problem areas, and provide real solutions to that “something” your yard needs to be perfect.
  • Overcome The Paralysis of Variety: There are a wide variety of materials (both living and non living) that you can choose from when to designing or redesigning your yard. There are many combinations of shapes, sizes, and colors that it can create a paralysis on a person that is not a professional designer. Fortunately, landscaping companies have a staff of designers that will bring everything under a unified focal point of design. They will be able to pull everything together according to your specifications and help you establish a clear plan to translate your ideas into reality.
  • Select the Best Plants: Buying a shrub or plant can seem easy enough at first. However, when you start considering factors like choosing the correct plant based on aspects such as: flowering patterns, colors, size, water and lighting needs, and maintenance requirements the task becomes much more difficult. With the help of landscaping companies, you can plan various plants accordingly and can create a garden that will be colorful throughout the year. Professional landscaping companies are familiar with a variety of species of plants that grow well in the Utah climate, and will be easy to keep and maintain.
  • Setting & Keeping within Budget: Landscaping companies can prepare an accurate estimate of the complete cost of your landscaping project before even beginning the installation. This is something that most people that are partial to the “do it yourself” approach do not take into account. Do It yourselfers my think they are saving money, but it can be difficult to come up with an accurate budget and estimates if you are not familiar with this type of project.

ACG Sprinklers… Lawn Sprinklers & Landscapes: A Leader Among Landscaping Companies in Utah

If you are looking for a landscaping company in the Utah area that you can trust to take your landscaping ideas and make them a reality,

11 May 2016
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Basic Spring Landscape Maintenance

The winds of winter still chill our air as northern Utah prepares for spring. A flourish of spring color can be seen with forsythia in full bloom, daffodils and tulips popping up and our flowering pear, plum, cherry and crabapple trees not far behind. To get the most out of your landscape this growing season, spend some time now doing easy and basic maintenance on your existing lawn, trees and shrubs by preparing your planter beds and installing new plants.

To start, perennials should be waking and well on their way to making themselves seen, slowly emerging through the mulch placed as a protector in the fall. To ensure your plants continue to mature move the mulch away from the rising plants, allowing them to breathe. Add new mulch around the base of the plants. This will allow the new growth to spread and breathe while suppressing weed growth in the surrounding bed. Organic mulch (shredded bark, compost, Gromulch, etc.) will provide additional benefits to the soil — improving its structure and nutrient level as well as increasing its moisture retention. Now’s a good time feed your perennials with a slow release plant food like Osmocote or Miracle Gro Shake n Feed.

If your plants have had insect problems in the past, then a plant food with a systemic insecticide like Bayer Rose & Flower Care would be a good choice. If your landscape is new (less than 5 years old) you will want to consider using a fertilizer to ensure the best growth for the season. Newly planted shrubs, lawns, perennials and annuals will need nutrients to help establish their roots in the soil. (Trees can be fertilized after they’ve been in the ground for a year.) Select a balanced, slow release fertilizer to ensure that the nutrients are gradually released and made available to the plants. Evergreen trees and shrubs, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and dogwood trees usually require a fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants while most deciduous trees and shrubs will do best with a balanced fertilizer.

Given our soil’s notorious lack of nutrients, even well-established landscapes may need to be fertilized. And if your trees and shrubs have had insect or disease problems in the past, you’ll want to treat them now with an appropriate product. Examine their growth habits to decide if fertilizer will enhance your plants’ performance. Trees and shrubs that don’t show sufficient growth or have small leaf development may need a shot of nutrients. Be sure to read the product directions when applying your fertilizer; it’s important to apply the right amount at the right time of year. Too much fertilizer and applying it at the wrong time of the year will be harmful.