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23 Aug 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

How to Grow Potted Plants

You want to take advantage of a change of color and scenery incorporate your favorite potted plants on the outer edges of wide steps. Siting containers in well-traveled areas, such as entries, gives them greater impact. These are portable, easy to change up and with a drip-line the perfect addition with no maintenance at all (just remember to put a hole in the pot – ask me Adam’s wife, Jyl, I learned the hard way on this one 🙂

It also often contains weed seeds. Make or buy a soil-less mix — one composed of peat moss or coconut fiber (coir), vermiculite or perlite, and other ingredients. A lightweight soil for potted plants needs to provide good drainage, hold moisture, and give roots room to grow.

Every plant needs the right soil, water, light, and fertilizer, but container-grown plants need a little bit more attention from a caregiver than those grown in the ground. Here’s our guide to success with potted plants.

Soil for Potted Plants

Container plants should be grown in a special potting mix that doesn’t contain soil. Garden soil is too heavy and may compact roots, cutting off their oxygen. It also often contains weed seeds.

Make or buy a soilless mix — one composed of peat moss or coconut fiber (coir), vermiculite or perlite, and other ingredients. A lightweight soil for potted plants needs to provide good drainage, hold moisture, and give roots room to grow.

Garden Tip: Most orchids are the exception to this rule. They need a potting medium that gives even better air circulation than the typical soilless mix. Bark chunks are used for potting some orchids, while other types need only a slatted wooden basket or a slab of wood.

Watering Potted Plants

Water and drainage play a key role in success with container plantings. Poor watering practices — especially overwatering — kill more potted plants than anything else.

One easy rule: Use room-temperature water when possible. Cold water can harm roots and foliage, and hot water can kill plants instantly. Also, allow tap water to sit for several hours to evaporate any dissolved chemicals. Softened water contains sodium that can accumulate in the soil and burn plant roots when used over time. Use an outdoor tap for plant water, or install a tap for watering plants before the point where the line enters the softener.

Watering plants in the morning allows any moisture on the foliage to evaporate before evening; foliage that remains cool and wet during evening and nighttime hours is more prone to disease. This is especially important for disease-prone plants such as tomatoes and roses.

Another must: Containers need drainage holes so plants are not left sitting in water. You can place saucers under pots to catch and hold rain or extra water, but remove any excess water left after about an hour to prevent root rot and excessive sogginess in the soil.

Before watering always check soil moisture by poking your finger into the soil. Only water if the soil feels dry. Wet soil can be tricky, because when roots drown and die, the overwatered plant often droops, making you think it needs more water. Checking the soil moisture prevents you from compounding the problem with even more water.

If a plant has dried out completely, submerge the pot in water to its rim to allow the soil to soak up moisture from the top and the bottom. Submerging is usually an easy way to water dried-out hanging plants as well; use a tub or sink, and leave the pot there until air bubbles have stopped appearing.

How often do you need to water? That depends on the type of plant, the size of the pot, the weather, and other factors. Outdoor containers might need watering as often as once or twice a day during hot, dry weather but much less during cooler, cloudy conditions. As a general rule, the larger the container for your potted plants, the less watering you’ll need to do. The container material matters, too: A plant in a porous clay pot needs water more frequently than one in a plastic or ceramic pot.

Various types of plants have different watering requirements: Think about the differences between cacti, which prefer infrequent watering, and cannas, which prefer constantly moist soil. In general, plants with a lot of leaf surface or soft, lush foliage are thirstier than those with less foliage or waxy leaves. Plants with silver, fuzzy leaves also typically need less water.

A general rule: It is better to water less often and more deeply than to offer light, frequent waterings.

Planting Containers

Outdoor containers, in general, should be at least 12 inches wide and 10 inches deep. The bigger the pot, the more room is available for roots, so the better your plants will perform.

Large potted plants need larger containers, and small ones should go into smaller containers. Mixed containers often look best when you use a large container and include graduated heights and variety in foliage texture.

Light Requirements

All plants depend on light for their survival, and making sure your potted plants get the right amount of light is key to keeping them happy. For both indoor and outdoor containers, group plants with similar light requirements. Don’t mix shade lovers with sun lovers in a single pot; one or both of them will be unhappy, depending on where you place the pot.

Fertilizing Potted Plants

Every time you water a potted plant, nutrients leach out of the drain holes along with the excess water. An easy way to deal with fertilization is to use time-release organic fertilizers. Soil microbes activate organic fertilizers, which slowly release their nutrients to plants.

Compost and rotted mature improve soil drainage and add nitrogen — needed for healthy foliage — and other nutrients. Other sources of nitrogen include blood meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal, and fish emulsion. Plants also need rock phosphate and potash.

Buy bags of premixed, balanced (the numbers on the bag should match, such as 10-10-10) organic fertilizer and use it in addition to organic amendments to build healthy soil for your pots. Follow label directions for amounts to use in containers. Feed when you plant, then monthly after that.



09 Jul 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips

Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer. It seems pretty obvious. What’s less obvious is that you can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

Use these landscaping tips to keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly.

  • A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home’s energy for heating and cooling.
  • A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.
  • Shading your home’s roof can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.
  • A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners — and it runs for free!
  • Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.
  • Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.

Regional Strategies for Energy-Efficient Landscaping

The Northeast: In most of your region, you want to take advantage of the sun’s heat during the winter, so plant deciduous trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your home. This will do double duty: In summer, their leafy canopy will shade your house, helping to keep it cooler. It’s also helpful to use a windbreak of trees or large shrubs to the north or northwest side of your home. This block will prevent winter winds from stealing as much of your home’s heat.

The Midwest: The hot, blazing sun can make Midwestern summers uncomfortable. Help your air conditioner by planting large deciduous trees on the south or west side of your home. To reduce the heating costs during cold winter months, allow sun’s rays to reach the south and west sides of your home. If possible, grow a windbreak of trees or shrubs on the north or northwest side of your house.

The High Plains and Mountain West: Enjoy all those sunny winter days knowing your furnace is working less if the sun can shine on your home, providing radiant heat. We know that in many areas it’s not feasible, but plant a windbreak if you can on the north side of your home. In summer, using deciduous trees on the sunny side of your house casts welcome shade.

The Pacific Northwest: Let the sun work for you: On those rare sunny winter days, its radiant heat can help your furnace if its warm rays can reach your house, so avoid planting evergreens on the south or southwest side of your home. Instead, select deciduous trees that lose their leaves in winter; they’ll give the added benefit of shading your home from the hot sun in summer.

The South: Pay attention to the breeze and use fences or shrubs to help direct cooling breezes at your house. Likewise, help stop the sun from turning your home into an oven by planting large evergreen trees on the south or southwest side of your home. Decrease the effect of the humidity by planting drought-tolerant plants next to your home. Avoid siting thirsty plants next to your house; they’re better suited for other corners of your yard.

The Southwest: While summer heat can be intolerable, lessen its affect on your air conditioner by planting shade trees on the sunniest sides of your home. Because summer breezes are so rarely cool, use windbreaks to block the wind around your home.

Southern California: Unless you’re lucky enough to live on the coast where it seems like the weather is always nice, you’ll want to combat summer heat by planting big shade trees on the south and southwest side of your home. Also take a look at blocking those warm summer winds: Plant windbreaks around your home to deflect them.

Landscape to Reduce Winter Heating Costs

Minimize heating bills by doing the following:


  1. Plant evergreens to block cold northwest winter winds. A windbreak protects an area up to 10 times as far out as its height — so a series of 30-foot-tall trees can shield a 300-foot-wide area. Dense windbreaks can cut wind speed by 85 percent. Together these two effects can cut your winter heating bills by 25 percent.
  2. Place plantings, walls, or berms near — but not against — your home to create dead air space. This space acts as an insulator, slowing the escape of heat from your home.
  3. Plant deciduous trees, especially on the south side of a house. They can screen 70 to 90 percent of the hot summer sun yet allow breezes through. Deciduous trees also allow welcome winter sun to filter through the branches once they’re bare. Deciduous vines serve the same purpose but, since they’re smaller, do so to a lesser degree.
  4. Create open lawn areas on the south side of your home. These green, open areas create an area for snow to accumulate. The light reflected off the snow and onto your house can offer a radiant heating effect.
  5. Build a tall fence to slow winter winds. Not only will it lower heating bills, it will provide protection for less cold-hardy plants.
          ACG Tip: Semi-open fences that allow some air movement through them are the most effective. Solid fences divert air over them with too much force and create an effect like a wind tunnel.
  6. Design stone or concrete surfaces around your home, such as a patio. It can soak up heat during the day and reflect it during a cool evening.

Landscape to Reduce Summer Cooling Costs

Maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency by doing the following:


  1. Build a pergola, ramada (a shade shelter open on three sides), awning, or other shade-giving structure on the west side of your house. It’s an attractive way to filter light during the hottest part of the day. An open structure, such as a vine-covered pergola, is ideal as it allows cool breezes through and doesn’t trap heat.
  2. Position porches, decks, and patios on the east side of your home. They’ll become an ideal gathering spot because of their early morning warmth. And they won’t be sauna-like during the late-day heat. A shade tree will keep the area even cooler.
  3. Think about your groundcovers. Light-colored stone or granite mulch and concrete will reflect more heat, making things hotter. Darker stone and wood chips will absorb the heat. A lawn or expanse of groundcover plants is the most cooling of all, but may require lots of water.
  4. Place trees where they’ll shield your windows, especially those on the south and west sides, from direct sun. Deciduous trees are a great option as they block sun during hot weather but allow sunlight to filter through during cooler weather once their branches are bare.
  5. Funnel breezes through your property. Plant a row of trees on one side of the house and a wall on the other side of the house, to create a wind tunnel, for example. This will encourage stronger cooling breezes through the property and around the house.
  6. A water feature is cooling both physically and psychologically. A large pond upwind will noticeably cool the air of your whole landscape. A small pond or fountain can cool a smaller area.
  7. Plant a cluster of trees to act as a low-tech air conditioner for the entire property, creating a cool zone which breezes can then distribute throughout the property and around the house.

Small-Scale Tips

  • Take time to study the movement of sun and wind around your house and property through the seasons. You’ll then be better able to control them with plantings and structures.
  • Control sun through just a window or two by planting annual vines. Create a trellis of galvanized wire or build one of wood to surround or even cover the window. Plant with a deciduous vine, such as a sweet autumn clematis, morning glories, or scarlet runner bean. The vine’s leaves will create filtered shade during the summer but allow light in during winter.
  • Concentrate more on depth than height when planting a windbreak. One row of trees is good but two is better, and three is best. Start with a row of low-growing flowering trees and shrubs closest to the house, a row of taller deciduous trees in the next row, and a row of tall evergreens farthest out.
  • Plant windbreaks on the north and northwest side of the house. Keep in mind, however, that in cold-winter areas you may well want the warming rays of the afternoon sun on the west side of your home. Plant a west windbreak far enough away to allow the low, slanting afternoon winter sun to reach the house.
  • Berms are a great windbreak booster and can further help channel cold winter winds up and over a house.

Check with ACG Sprinklers for more information.  With the right lawn services applied at the right time, you can maximize your efforts in maintaining a green, healthy lawn and landscape you’ll love all spring and summer long.

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19 May 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Why hire a landscaper?

Are we there yet?

We have all patiently waited for the lull of grey skies and dreary cold days to pass & the prediction of the grand ground hog have already faded. Time has shifted back into a solstice where our memories are vivid; the grass was green, the days are long, and things to do are not lacking.

In this area of the country, the average temp for May 19th is 72 deg. Today, 2017, we enjoyed a brisk high of 56 deg as we watched snow flurries waste the day away just this week. It is time to put away the thick over coats and deal with new decisions. Such as, it is too nice to stay around the house today it is time to go have some fun. Decisions like, cut the grass or go to the lake, park, concert, etc. Which brings us to the real question at hand; why hire a landscaper? Other than the obvious reasons like you work hard, and now is the time of year to play hard there are several key benefits to consider.

Consider the opportunity costs: depending on the size of your yard and the degree of maintenance you need most western markets have an average price of $60 for lawn care. In the Utah market, you end up with on average 30 cuts a year.  You could spend anywhere on retail average from $400 to $1200 for a push or riding lawn mower. Then, of course add-in the maintenance cost & let us not forget you will need an edge trimmer too. Or, you could be like many and go buy a mower for $100 bucks used, then complain about how much time & money you have to sink into it every single week when it is time to mow the grass.

Let us review the constants; spring & summer goes by too fast, the grass is going to grow, your neighbor is going to complain when it gets tall and so will your HOA and then there will things you rather do. ACG Sprinklers can provide a great experience and a fair price to cut your lawn. Your time, like mine is treasured, go enjoy what it is you like to do and hire a landscaper.


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:
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.