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How To Take Care of Your Lawn Tools

How To Take Care of Your Lawn Tools

With winter arriving and the growing season coming to an end, it’s time to put those lawn tools away until next year.

Lawn tools and equipment are an investment that, properly cared for, can last for decades. Here are some of the most common tools for lawn care and how to show them some love.

Lawn Mower

During the growing season, you might be pulling out the mower two or three times a week. After a full summer of trimming the grass, that number adds up! Keep this workhorse in great shape by doing a little postseason cleanup. Begin by disconnecting the spark plug wire, then brush off grass clippings, leaves, and mud, taking care to clean out the engine intake. Tip the mower gently on its side to remove any clippings or other grime from underneath the mower. Gasoline can deteriorate in as little as 30 days and cause the engine’s fuel system to clog. Adding a fuel storage stabilizer can help keep the fuel fresh for up to 24 months. After adding the stabilizer, fill the tank with fuel to the top, and let the mower run for a few minutes to work the treated fuel through the system. The full tank helps prevent moisture from getting into the tank and causing rust.

Garden Hose

Hoses are probably one of the most neglected lawn tools. They often get left out in the hot sun and haphazardly piled near the spigot. Particularly if you live in an area with freezing temperatures, it’s very important to disconnect the hose from the spigot. Leaving it connected could allow water to freeze in the pipes, causing leaks and damage to your plumbing. Instead, after removing the hose, be sure to properly drain it, working in sections if needed. Coil the hose in 18 to 24 inch loops, and connect the ends if you can–this helps keep dust and debris out of the hose during storage. Store the hose on a round surface, rather than a hook or nail, as these can cause kinks and cracks to form.

Pruners, Loppers, and Shears

Give these tools a proper cleaning by unscrewing the nut holding them together, and wash all the parts separately in soapy water. Remove any rust by soaking in vinegar and water and scrubbing with steel wool. Sanitize by soaking in a bleach and water solution, which helps prevent any spread of disease to your plants. Dry thoroughly, then rub with boiled linseed oil before reassembling. Use a multi-sharpener to keep the edges sharp and ready for next season.

All Green Pest Control Can Help

While you’re putting your lawn tools to rest for the season, make sure to properly care for your lawn as well. It’s a busy time of year, so take one thing off your list by contacting All Green Pest Control and Lawn Care to give your lawn the pampering it needs before winter. We serve Provo and the Wasatch Front in Utah and will help you achieve a lush, green lawn come spring.

How To Fix Gopher Holes?

How To Fix Gopher Holes

Ah, gopher holes—every homeowner’s worst nightmare. If you take lawn care seriously, you may notice these holes all over your yard.

You might first notice small mounds of dirt, shaped like a crescent, around your yard and garden. You might stumble, sinking to the ankle in a well-concealed hole. You may see little critters running through your yard or the edges of your garden. Or you may notice plants that show the telltale signs of being chewed by rodents. They all mean the same thing—gophers.

Many homeowners discover that gophers are damaging their landscaping and wreaking havoc on their carefully cultivated gardens. It’s a common problem, but one that needs to be solved before your garden deteriorates or someone gets hurt.

Today, we’re covering everything you need to know about gopher holes and how to fix them.

What are Gophers?

Gophers are medium-sized rodents that are known for burrowing. They are usually classified as pests because of the damage this burrowing (and the snacking they do after burrowing) can do to a yard, garden, or farm. Furthermore, they are often confused for squirrels, mice, moles, or other small rodents, especially in the dark or when in fast motion. Gophers aren’t harmful to humans directly, but their burrowing can cause problems.

Gopher Problems

Gophers are more than just a nuisance. They can cause issues that have detrimental effects.

  • Surface Blemishes: The first problem gophers cause is to damage the surface of the earth and whatever sits on it, whether that’s grass, flowers, vegetables, or other plants. Gophers burrow, which means they are coming up and punching down through the surface, resulting in broken soil. Unsightly holes in your grass or garden can also cause dead spots.
  • Dangerous Holes: These holes are roughly the size of a human foot, and they’ve been known to cause a sprained ankle—or worse. Running or playing on soil that has been damaged by holes can cause tripping, falling, and resulting injuries.
  • Plant Damage: Gopher holes can tear up soil and root systems that damage plants. Additionally gophers can chew on plants, so look for teeth marks or plants missing branches or fruit, because it may be a hungry gopher.

Best Way to Fix Gopher Holes

Once you’ve safely eradicated the gophers (you can use traps or natural solutions like spicy or pungent foods), you need to get to work repairing the holes. The tunnels are usually a flattened U-shape, with the middle being the deepest part and curving upwards toward the surface.

Begin by digging a trench to uncover the tunnel, if possible. In a grass yard you’ll want to fill the bottom of the tunnel with gravel, then dump topsoil on top. For a garden, just use topsoil and no gravel so you can maintain drainage and growth. Pack down the soil as tight as you can, since loose soil is easier for burrowing. Cover with grass seed if it needs to match surrounding turf.

Contact All Green Pest Control for Gopher Control

If you’re facing a continuing nuisance of gophers, it’s time to call in the professionals at All Green Pest Control. We can help you get rid of these rodents and prevent any more from coming to dig up your yard and garden. We serve Salt Lake and Utah counties in Utah.

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.