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06 Nov 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

10 tips on winterizing your outdoor space:

Fall days may be full of changing leaves and crisp weather, but it is also a time to prep your lawn for winter. During the summer months, lawns and gardens experience a resting period as a way to protect themselves from the heat and rays of summer. As most things go dormant in winter, fall is really the best time to restore any damages summer may have caused your lawn or garden.

Man Trying To Clean Up The Lawn

Below are 10 tips on winterizing your outdoor space:

1) Plan ahead and start early. Now that the summer days are over and we are in fall, the countdown begins to revitalize your lawn. The earlier you begin the winterization process, the more nutrients your lawn will absorb, making spring endeavors more manageable. Those who wait until late fall may experience great difficulty (nutrients may wash away) as your lawn begins to turn dormant in anticipation for the upcoming winter season.

2) Prep all water systems. The shock of winter’s freezing temps can have a serious effect on many things, including your pipes. You may have heard of horror stories involving bursting pipes that cost a small fortune to repair, so take the necessary steps to not become a victim. Shut off all outdoor water systems completely and allow enough time for drainage. Call ACG Sprinklers now – It isn’t too late to put you on the list. It is $50 per sprinkling system.

3) Skip pruning. Giving your lawn and garden attention during autumn is a great practice that can quickly turn unhealthy if done excessively. Contrary to popular belief, common gardening practices like pruning can be harmful to your outdoor space in the autumn months. You should refrain from cultivating new growth that will only get destroyed during winter, causing additional labor in the spring.

4) Aerate your lawn. For those looking for healthier lawns and better results, try aerating your space. Aerating opens up the soil in your lawn and garden and allows for water and air to have more direct access to roots. It also permits the flow of nutrients to penetrate the soil for long-lasting results. You should consider aerating your lawn if it received high traffic during the summer (causes compression).

5) Find a good winterizer. No lawn or garden will likely survive winter without a good winterizer. Most winterizers contain the same ingredients as lawn food that is necessary for maintaining a healthy outdoor area. There is however a noticeable difference in the ingredients ratio that should be considered prior to purchase. Winterizers should use less nitrogen and more potassium and phosphorous that will strengthen roots during the winter months.

6) Rake leaves and remove debris. Did you know that leaves, when left on a lawn or garden during winter, can cause dry and dead spots? Stay on top of falling leaves and make it a habit to clean them up on a regular basis. In addition, remove any branches and dead plants from your lawn to help ensure even growth in the spring. ACG can also help in your fall cleanup.

7) Watch out for weeds. Weeds have a known reputation for birthing seeds in the fall. This can lead to additional work and unhealthy gardens and lawns. Get in the habit of pulling weeds before it gets too cold to take preventative action.

8) Check pH levels. No one wants to do work in vain so make sure you check your lawn’s pH levels before applying any chemicals or treatments. A pH diagnostic will help determine your lawn’s acidity level and reveal any areas that may require special attention. You can purchase a small kit to perform the test on your own or hire a professional to do the work.

9) Cover flower beds. As you begin to prep your lawn for winter, you may discover that some garden items need to be planted in the fall. Cover your garden with burlap to provide extra protection during those chilly winter months.

10) Bring small plants indoors. Tender bulbs, small plants and some garden herbs may not have the strength to outlast the winter season. To keep them alive and fresh, plant them in small pots and continue growing them indoors.

05 Oct 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Sprinkler Winterizing / Sprinkler Blowouts in Utah

Sprinkler winterizing (or also known as Sprinkler Blowouts) is a must for systems in regions where cold winter weather is likely. Water expands when it freezes, and any water trapped in a sprinkler system will put stress on the plumbing, causing cracking and breakage. If your pipes break, you will have a much more costly problem on your hands.

Is Sprinkler Winterizing Necessary?

Recently we received an inquiry asking if it really is necessary to winterize sprinklers, or as the question was worded, “Do I need to worry about winterizing my sprinkler system?” Great question.

The short answer

Most people want to protect their sprinkler system. They know there is a significant investment and they want to protect it. By blowing out the sprinkler system with compressed air, they gain a sense of confidence that they have protected the investment. They want to ensure that the sprinklers will work properly for years to come.

The full answer

The main thought here seems to be—if it’s underground how can it freeze? The simple answer goes something like this. During periods of freezing weather, the frost level sinks deeper and deeper into the soil. How deep the frost goes depends on how cold it is and for how long. After temperatures rise above freezing, the soil gradually thaws out.

Now let’s look at the variables

  • You really don’t know what’s under the ground and you don’t know how deep it is!
  • Sometimes it gets really cold and it lasts a long time. When this happens the frost line goes deeper.
  • Micro climates matter.
    • If there is a very windy spot the cold goes deeper in that area.
    • Maybe there is a concrete retaining wall with sprinkler pipes just on the other side. The cold comes from the top and from the side, so it penetrates a lot more.
  • Even soil conditions, mulch or the lack thereof, vegetation, and other things influence how deep the frost penetrates.

What may break in a freeze and what happens then?

  • Pipes can crack if they freeze when filled with water.
  • Similarly the pipe fittings can crack.
  • Valves and anti-siphon devices can also be affected. These are the most expensive parts.

For some parts, especially those made of metal, the affects of alternately freezing and thawing are cumulative. You may get by for years and then something breaks. I’ve seen this particularly with galvanized pipe. It seems to hold strong for years—and then it splits.

Many people choose to do this project on their own, but if you do not have a great degree of slope to your land you will need to buy or rent an air compressor to blow out all the water. In the long run you’ll get your money’s worth, though it may be easier to schedule a pro to get this job done right.

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05 Sep 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Top 10 Most Search Genus – Hydrangeas

Did you know that Hydrangea is the #1 genus searched online? The popularity of hydrangeas continues to skyrocket as hardier, showier varieties are developed every year. Their versatility in sun to shade and bold blooms make them must-have shrubs for every garden. To make your buying decision easier, let’s narrow down the diverse selection to hydrangeas.

1.  ‘Limelight’ H. paniculata

Multiple award winning panicle hydrangea with creamy white flowers that age to green, then pink. Blooms without fail every year.

Zones:  3-8
Height: 6-8’

2.  Little Lime® H. paniculata

A dwarf form of ‘Limelight’ with soft green flowers that turn deep pink in fall.

Zones: 3-8
Height: 3-5’

3.  Incrediball® H. arborescens

Improvement over ‘Annabelle’ with massive white flower heads and stronger stems that hold up even after a heavy rain.

Zones: 3-9
Height: 4-5’

4.  Quick Fire® H. paniculata

The earliest bloomer, flowering in early summer with white flowers that quickly take on rose tones.

Zones: 3-8
Height: 6-8’

5.  Bobo® H. paniculata 

Incredibly floriferous, showy hydrangea with large, white flowers on strong, shorter stems.

Zones: 3-8
Height: 2 ½-3’

6.  Pinky Winky® H. paniculata 

A customer favorite; exceptionally large, two-toned white and pink flower panicles top this tall hydrangea.

Zones: 3-8
Height: 6-8’

7.  Invincibelle® Spirit H. arborescens

The very first pink ‘Annabelle’-type hydrangea, being replaced this year by the improved Invincibelle Spirit II, which boasts much stronger stems and improved flowering performance; rebloomer.

Zones: 3-9

8.  Little Quick Fire® H. paniculata

A dwarf form of Quick Fire® with white flowers that turn deep pink in summer and remain attractive into fall.

Zones: 3-8
Height: 3-5’

9.  Tuff Stuff H. serrata

An excellent choice for northern growers; improved bud and stem hardiness results in reliable bloom and rebloom every year with pink lacecap flowers.

Zones: 5-9
Height: 2-3’

10. LET’S DANCE® Rhythmic Blue H. macrophylla

Intensely color saturated blooms shift easily from blue to pink; rebloomer with sturdy stems and good wilt-resistance.

Zones: 5-9
Height: 2-3’

18 Aug 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Top 5 – Perennials for Our Utah Summers

Wondering what flowers are perfect for our Utah summers? Here are our top 5 favorites:

  1. Blue-eyed Grass Wild Flower Seed. Blooms in summer. A Utah native species. Under scrub oakBlue-eyed Grass Wild Flower Seed. Blooms in summer. A Utah native species. Under scrub oak:
  2. Little Bluestem Grass is an excellent native grass that can be grown in Utah! It is considered a North American prairie grass and is found…New Utah Gardener: Little Bluestem Grass - Schizachyrium scoparium - ...:
  3. Flax – one hearty plant that come up year after year – and the deer won’t eat it! Sun/Part Sun, Zones 5-9, Perennial, 2 x 2 feet. Blooms late summer.Flax - one hearty plant that come up year after year - and the deer won't eat it! Sun/Part Sun, Zones 5-9, Perennial, 2 x 2 feet. Blooms late summer.:
  4. Red Creeping Thyme. Grows 3 inches tall max – no mowing . Lemony scent. Gorgeous with lavender. Perennial. Repels mosquitoes. Can grow as entire lawn.BULK 1,000 Seeds, Creeping Thyme, Walk on Me, Perennial Flower, Lemon Scent:
  5. Slender, wiry blades of blue characterize blue fescue plants. The ornamental grass is a tidy evergreen that is very tolerant of a wide range of sites and conditions. This plant is one of the “no fuss” plants perfect for the low maintenance garden. Choose a sunny location when planting blue fescue.Blue Fescue:
15 Aug 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Pollinator Promise by Scotts

  • Can you imagine a world without berries, apples, oranges or almonds? Hardly! But without honeybees, butterflies, ants and other pollinators to keep a healthy ecosystem in place, it could happen.

    In fact, research shows that for every three bites of food, one is the result of the work of pollinators.

    So if you’ve ever wondered what pollinator – friendly gardens are all about – or why you should have one – here?s the FYI on a DIY pollinator garden.


    All flowering plants require pollination in order to reproduce. Pollinators help by transferring pollen from the male anther of a plant to the female stigma so that fertilization and seed production occur.

    Some plant species don’t need help with the pollination process. These are known as self-pollinators. Others do fine with a little pollination help from wind or water.

    But certain fruits and seeds, such as blueberries, wild strawberries and sunflower seeds, require help from insect or vertebrate pollinators, such as hummingbirds, beetles and bees.

    Problems & Perils

    Unfortunately, both insect and animal pollinators are in decline.

    Scientists theorize that aggressive growth of invasive species, disease, lack of nutrition, misuse of pesticides, and loss of natural habitat may be the cause of pollinator decline.

    What You Can Do

    The good news is that every one of us can help increase the pollinator population and promote pollinator diversity by doing these three simple things.


Plant a pollinator-friendly garden.

The best way to attract pollinators is to provide nectar and pollen sources by planting clusters of flowering plants.

Pick plants with different colors and shapes to bring more types of pollinators to your garden. To start plants off right, use a 50:50 mix of native soil and Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil.

Choose a variety of plants to ensure continuous bloom cycle, providing spring-to-fall food and nectar.

Plant native plants when possible because they require fewer pesticides than non-native plants. Talk to your local nursery or cooperative extension agency about which plants are best for your region.

Protect plants from mites, whiteflies, aphids and more with Miracle-Gro® Nature’s Care® Garden Insect Control.


Create habitats and shelters.

Pollinators need nesting sites so make sure your lawn and garden both have ample options.

Leave undisturbed areas at yard perimeters, including grassy areas and dead tree limbs, if possible.

Put out a birdbath or other clean water source to lessen pollinator stress and travel time.

Set up bee blocks by drilling various sized holes into preservative-free wood blocks.

Plant an array of colorful flower shapes and varieties to attract a diverse collection of pollinators.

Keep nesting materials available throughout your yard, including leaves, petals, moss and mud


Use pesticides correctly.

Control products have their place-it’s the misuse of them that can impact the pollinator population. Here are some tips for proper pesticide use.

Let native predators help manage your pest problem.

Always read and follow package instructions, including application amount and timing.

Choose the right kind of product to deal with your pest problem, but let natural predators like praying mantids handle such pests as moths and mosquitos.

Keep control products away from water and sensitive habitats.

Learn more about regulatory compliance and Scotts® product responsibility.

13 Jul 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Utah Trees – Landscaping Favorites

Utah Trees

Utah homeowners who want to enhance their residential landscape with amazing shade trees and shrubs should look no further. Whether you live in the Rocky Mountains, the Basin and Ridge Region or the Colorado Plateau, we can fix you up with trees and shrubs to suit your needs.

The Beehive State enjoys a climate typical to any arid region with a relatively high altitude. The majority of the state is desert due to the rain shadow affect and inland location of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Desert regions have high summer temperatures and the mountain regions are obviously cooler. These are important considerations to bear in mind when you are considering trees and shrubs to plants in your Utah residential landscape.

The Best Trees for Planting in Utah

The Royal Empress tree is practically indestructible and is a great match even for Utah’s coldest climate zones. Other hardy, rapidly growing trees include the popular American Sycamore which grows up to six feet each year and the adaptable River Birch.

When you want to add a daring splash of color, consider our red knockout roses with their long-lasting blooms, the disease-resistant Autumn Blaze Maple, the graceful Weeping Cherry, or the Red Rocket Crape with its extended flowering season.

Perhaps you want to increase the privacy of your property or add a wind breaker, if so, consider planting a row of Thuja Emerald Green, Cryptomeria Radicans or Drought Free Evergreens. These quicck growing, feathery evergreens will enhance the beauty of your property’s boundary with their year-round dark green color, while adding a sense of security.

A Large Variety of Trees for Utah

Wherever you live from Logan to Lake Powell, Salt Lake to Bryce Canyon, or Vernal to St. George, you’ll find what you’re looking for by going to ACG Sprinklers..

Utah’s state tree is the Blue Spruce. This tree has long green-blue needles and 2-4 inch-long, light brown cones. The Blue Spruce reaches heights of 25-98 feet. It has many cultivars that are grown for Christmas trees and ornamental trees.

Utah’s state soil is the Mivida. This red, fine, sandy loam covers more than 200,000 acres throughout the state of Utah. It is used mostly for irrigated crop land, and wild life. It is also suitable for growing trees and shrubs. If you find your Utah soil unsuitable. It can easily be amended by adding organic matter such as compost, and a good fertilizer.

Utah natural landscapes are often a mixture of hardy shade trees and flowering trees and shrubs that thrive in the Constitution State as well as fruit trees and evergreens. Choosing trees that can adapt to your climate zone and soil types will make caring for your landscape a breeze.

02 Jun 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Utah Top 10 Essential Lawn Care Tips

Now that the summer is getting away from us, your lawn is under attack from the hot summer sun, insects, and of course foot traffic from entertaining guests and kids playing. While the summer may be ending in a few months, your lawn still has many more months of looking beautiful. Whether you have a sprawling estate with extensive landscaping or you live in an urban neighborhood with more shrubbery than lawn, there are always lawn care tips that can help your outdoor home. Keep your curb appeal looking great and your lawn looking beautiful with these 10 tips to keep it looking fresh through the late summer season.  

1. Assess your lawn type and geographic location:

Determine what type of lawn you have before you start reading up on what type of lawncare to perform. In many countries like the United States you can look at the Plant Zone for your state and municipality. This will help you determine what is the growing season for your lawn as well as shrubbery and landscaping. It will also show you information for watering, soil, and lighting requirements for your geographic location.

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What type of lawn care is right for your geographical location?

2. Look to your own lawn and landscaping for signs of distress:

Once you have determined your plant zone it is now time to look at the climate of your own lawn. Late summer usually means hotter sunrays for longer portions of the day. Monitor your grass to see if certain spots are lacking water or are getting attacked by seasonal bugs or even disease. Consider hiring a lawncare service in your area if you’re unfamiliar with local distress conditions your landscaping can endure. Shade trees, overhangs off of your home, and shade from your home could help plants that are in distress from the sun, while those that are not shielded should be hearty plants.

3.  Don’t have a lawn? But prefer landscaping – here’s some tips:

For many homes, especially those in the suburbs or areas that have more hardscape than sprawling lawns – shrubbery and flowers are a great option to still soften your outdoor home with texture. Look to your local nurseries for plants that thrive in direct sun or in semi-shaded areas to plant closer to your home. Look for shrubbery that can withstand the climate year-around, not just the summer heat. This will ensure your plants will remain throughout the year. Flowering shrubbery is a great alternative to grass lawns, as they provide a different “show” of color through the entire year.

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Don’t have a lawn, shrubbery and colorful flowers need care too.

4. Get your soil tested if you’re concerned:

If you are noticing your lawn isn’t growing or behaving like your neighbors it could mean many factors. A lawn care service can perform a soil test or conduct other methods to improve your lawn. Your immediate soil around your home could be lacking the right nutrients, PH levels and other natural balances, required for healthy grass root development. Your soil could need aerating, cultivation on a periodic basis or loosening. This helps bring air into your soil and can help lawns that are need of increased growth stimulation and healthy nutrients.

5. Solve next season’s issues now, in the late summer

While you may not realize it your lawn goes through cycles and all of the work you do now, may not show its outcome until next season, if not next year. Therefore, prepare your later summer lawn in preparation for the seasons to come. Many late summer pests such as chinch bugs, mole crickets, and ants are common in very hot climates. Every homeowner has their own way of treating pests: chemicals, natural solutions and other remedies are common. Whichever you choose, take control at the first signs of problems. Brown spots, thinning grass and chewed blades of grass are signs of pests that can ruin your lawn for next season.

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Look to your local nursery or home improvement garden center for local lawn advice.

6.  Choosing the right fertilizer for late summer lawns

Your late summer lawn needs different fertilizer than the fall or winter lawns. Depending on if you have are trying to build turf or you are in need of a fertilizer that will solve a particular problem will be dependent on your location, condition of your grass and other local factors. Visit your local nursery or home improvement store and take pictures of your lawn’s problem spots and they can help you find the right fertilizer for your outdoor home. A generic ‘weed and feed’ variety may be right for your neighbors, but you could need pest control – so seek advice before buying and spreading your fertilizer.

7. Rustic appeal for your landscaped outdoor home 

For many homeowners who have a naturally landscaped theme around their home, a lawn may not be of concern. Wild flowers and shrubbery should still be trimmed and kept tidy to preserve a well-manicured look in your outdoor home. Determine if your outdoor home will have mulch and gravel beds closer to your home and wild flowers and shrubbery further away from your home. This will help you maintain the intent of your outdoor home, without having to run out and trim your plants constantly.

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A rustic outdoor home needs summer upkeep too!

8. Ensure you are mowing your lawn correctly

While you may not think that mowing your lawn can have any effect on the growth of your grass or its health, think again. Mowing your lawn with a dull blade lawnmower can shred the tops of grass and leave it looking bad and unkept. Grass that is cut to low can result in too much sun reaching your lawns roots and cause it to burn. Similarly to a human with short hair not wearing a hat during direct sunrays – the same is true when cutting or “scalping” your grass too short. Ensure your lawnmower is set on the correct height setting for your lawn.

9. Excessive dead grass can result in unhealthy grass

If your lawn has dead grass that has accumulated in thickness, it could need dethatching or raking to remove the accumulated dead grass or “hay”. This will allow air and sunlight to reach down into your healthy grass to promote healthy growth stimulation.  Consult a lawn service professional if you are unsure of how much thatch to remove. In the colder winter months, thatch can help protect the roots – so ensure you examine what stage your grass is in during the late summer season.

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Even if your lawn is small, learn what tips will help it look good into next season

10. Your hands are often the best tools for your lawn

If you are experiencing occasional weeds around your late summer lawn, bend down and pull them by hand. Pulling up weeds from the root will remove the entire plant as opposed to mowing over them and just clipping off the heads. Your lawn will look much better if you walk through it several times a week and pull stray weeds, instead of solely relying on fertilizer and other chemical-based products.

Your lawn can look gorgeous this season – use these helpful tips for your late summer outdoor landscaping.
Article compliments of Freshhome

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

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

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.