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5 Tips For An All-Season Garden

5 Tips For An All-Season Garden

An all-season garden can become a personal and private retreat that provides recreation, exercise, and enjoyment for gardeners of all ages.

For the amount of work and investment you put into your garden, you should be able to enjoy it throughout the year. Sadly, far too many gardeners rely on gardens that bloom for six weeks out of the year. Instead, we’d like to help you cultivate a year-round garden that you can proudly share from January to December.

Your garden should reflect your taste, yard size, and orientation, effort, and budget, as well as your city’s weather. It’s best to seek local expertise when planning a year-round garden, but we’re sharing some general tips to get you started today.

Best Ways to Achieve an All-Season Garden

  1. Choose Variety 

Many gardens feature the most popular plants for the area, which usually bloom in late spring. Instead of focusing on just flowers, start branching out. Consider a variety of florals, bushes, trees, herb plants, fruits, and vegetables. Choose plants that bloom at different times, and mix in plants that survive year-round.

  1. Go Beyond Blooms 

We often focus on a plant’s bloom, such as the gorgeous azalea, but a year-round garden requires you to look beyond just a flower’s bloom. To enjoy your garden on off-seasons, plant bushes and trees that provide beautiful foliage that changes throughout the year. Create interest by planting choices that go through evolutions of blooming, color, and shedding.

  1. Research All Year 

Spring is by far the most popular time to visit your local nursery and settle in for Saturdays of yard work. However, if you want a yard that thrives in summer, fall, and winter, you need to keep your garden in mind through those seasons as well. Visit public gardens and investigate gardens that look good in the off seasons for ideas.

  1. Hardscape 

You don’t need plants growing out of every single inch of your property. In fact, creating some margin with “hardscaping” can create a perfect backdrop for your plants. Add pavers, water features, rock beds, edging, and other non-plant elements to add variety to your garden and fill out spots that may look more sparse during colder months.

  1. Plan Layout Strategically 

There are so many ways to layout your garden, so we recommend taking a minute to brainstorm what you want. Some gardeners like to create seasonal areas—a whole section of spring blooms that look stunning for a whole season, then allowing the focus to shift to fruit trees and bushes for summer, and autumn leaves that fall in their home’s backyard during the fall.

Other gardeners want their entire space to look interesting throughout the year, so they place plants that peak together interspersed with off-season plants—blooms mixed in with year-round conifers and bushes.

Cultivating a garden that’s pleasing to you and your guests 365 days a year is only a matter of thoughtful choice and planning.

All Green Pest Control Can Help with Your Landscaping 

All Green Pest Control can help you curate a yard that can wow—no matter the season. Let us help you create the yard and all-season garden you desire, starting with a free consultation. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties.

How to Remove Crabgrass from Your Lawn

Removing crabgrass from your lawn takes more than just pulling up weeds that you see—the way you kill and remove crabgrass matters.

Crabgrass is a common and annoying weed that finds its way into many yards. It’s hardy, and it decreases the growth of surrounding plants. Today we’re sharing what we know about common crabgrass and how you can fight it in your own grass.

The Problem with Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a coarse weed that grows in flat clumps, spreading easily and killing the surrounding grass and plants. It dies every year in the fall, making it an annual plant, but the way it grows throughout the season and sheds seeds makes it more like a perennial plant.

Essentially, the longer crabgrass is allowed to grow, the more crabgrass will sprout in your yard. This weed loves to find unseeded areas or sparse areas of grass to take over. Merely mowing your crabgrass will not prevent or kill it, and if you use a grass-mulching lawnmower, you may be actively spreading seeds to other areas of your yard. Crabgrass is best prevented, but you can fight it when you see it.

How to Remove Crabgrass from Your Lawn

At the first sign of crabgrass, begin working your way through these steps to return your yard to full health.

  1. Prevent Spread. First, you need to stop the spread of the seeds. When you’re ready to mow your lawn, use a rake to fluff up the matted crabgrass, much like brushing your hair. Once the crabgrass is standing upright, mow right away. Collect the clippings and dispose away from your grass.
  1. Weed Carefully. If you can count the number of sprouts on one hand, you can uproot the weeds yourself. Wet the soil around the weeds to soften the dirt and roots. Pull up the weeds completely, leaving no roots or blades behind.
  1. Post-Emergent Spray. If crabgrass is taking over your lawn, it may be time for a post-emergent weed-killing spray. While there are some crabgrass killers in your local home improvement store, this is a job best left to professionals. All crabgrass killers can harm grass in some way, and some could completely kill your healthy turf along with weeds. We can help kill weeds that are threatening your lawn with professional and safe lawn treatments.
  1. Re-Seed Bare Spots. The bare areas attract weeds of all kinds, so replace any empty spots with the type of growth you’d like to see. Reseed the area and then increase watering to help the grass bounce back after weed damage.
  1. Plan Next Year. Chances are your crabgrass will return next year, so beat it before it shows up. Figure out the best pre-emergent spray for your grass and climate, and treat your grass early in the spring before crabgrass has a chance to sprout and spread.

Your Crabgrass Hero

The experts at All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care can remove crabgrass and turn your weeds into a lush, green yard worthy of envy.

With crabgrass especially, it’s important to pursue removal right away, so reach out now. We serve Utah and Salt Lake counties.

5 Tips to Prevent Lawn Browning

Lawn browning is a looming threat during the hot summer months. It doesn’t take long for your lush green grass to begin withering under the heat, and discoloration can start to creep in. Your lawn is an investment, and it needs to be protected to stay beautiful and healthy. There are a few key strategies for keeping your grass green and preventing the dreaded browning.

Why Does A Lawn Turn Brown?

When you notice dead-looking patches on your lawn, your first instinct may be to crank up the watering frequency and volume. However, there are more reasons than just dehydration that can cause your grass to turn dry and brown.

  • Drought – during sweltering months, your grass may turn brown to conserve water and return to its former glory with more water or rainfall, and once temperatures decrease.
  • Missed Spots – it’s possible that your sprinklers aren’t positioned to reach certain areas of your lawn, causing the grass to die.
  • pH Levels – did you know that overwatering can generate yellow and brown patches? If your soil’s alkaline levels aren’t balanced, your grass becomes iron-deficient and will require sulfur or other additives to the soil to restore balance.
  • Fertilizer Burn – too much fertilizer or fertilizer that hasn’t absorbed adequately into the soil can “burn” your grass to create dead spots.
  • Weeds – weeds are notorious for stealing resources from your wanted plants. Large and growing weed systems can be choking your grass.
  • Larvae – certain species of pests can lay and fest on your grass, causing patches of dead and decaying lawn. Look for larvae along the roots of your grass and regularly spray to kill pests.
  • Pets – Does your dog do his business in the same spot each time? It could be depositing harmful salts that are killing your grass.

5 Tips to Prevent Lawn Browning

Careful detective work should help you identify any existing brown patches and their causes, but an offensive strategy can help prevent any browning in the first place. Try any combination of these tips to keep your lawn healthy and green:

  1. Water Right. Consult with a gardening expert in your region to determine the appropriate watering schedule for your climate. Set your schedule to deposit water in the early morning, late evening, or overnight to prevent evaporation under direct sunlight.
  2. Fertilize. You don’t want to wait until your lawn is in trouble to apply fertilizer. Use fertilizer in the spring, and again in the fall to supply the nutrients your grass needs to grow healthy and green.
  3. Aerate. Aerating your soil can help water, fertilizer, and air to fluff up your lawn and promote healthy growth.
  4. Herbicide. Spraying a weed-preventative herbicide early in the season will prevent weeds (and some types of fungi and pests) from encroaching on your grass as the year progresses.
  5. Observe. The most important thing you can do to prevent lawn browning is to observe your grass very carefully. Regularly check the roots for larvae and incoming weeds, and be sure that fertilizer is absorbing well.

A Healthy Happy Lawn

While you can’t always avoid dead patches in a desert climate, we hope these tips will help you prevent lawn browning and promote healthy growth. All Green Pest Control & Lawn Care can help you create a gorgeous yard that you love to enjoy. Call today to ask about our fertilization and weed care for the greenest grass you’ve ever seen.