Today on the blog we wanted to highlight how there has never been a better time to start your lawn care service with us in Athens, Georgia, and talk about how and why you should set up your service now. Spring is just around the corner, and here at Athens Lawn Care & Service we’re just about to head into our busiest time of the year.
Around March and April, everyone and their mother decides to call for lawn care services, and they want to get on the weekly schedule as soon as they can. We always tell our clients that to really see the results they’re looking for, they really need to set up a weekly lawn care service, so their grass can get the TLC it needs to grow green and strong. However, if you call us in April when things are super busy for us, we can’t promise that we’ll have enough availability for everyone.
We love our clients, and we don't want to do anyone’s lawn service half way, so we won’t be able to take everyone on. The best way to avoid this is to call now, and set up your lawn maintenance now! Your landscaping will be better for it, we’re telling you. Grass care can be sort of a fine art, and if you call now, we’ll have the extra time to get your lawn service and landscaping dialed in before the warmer months come. And trust us, they’re on the way.
We see it every year- people wait till they want to spend time in their yard in the spring time before they give us a call, and oftentimes that takes us a longer time to get your yard whipped into shape, because it’s been neglected for so long, and we’re busier then as well. Do your landscaping a solid, and give us a call now. Schedule your weekly or biweekly landscaping maintenance and lawn care, and we’ll get you on the schedule in no time.
Seriously, we love new clients, and getting to dial in their landscapes, but we want to do the best work possible, and in order for us to do that, we’d love to get started right away! Don’t wait until it’s too late. Let us come by, give you an estimate, and get started now. January is actually a great time to get started because we’ll be able to start lawn mowing, and we’ll see where will need some seeding, fertilizing, etc, check the water schedule, scan for any winter weeds or wild onions, and we’ll be able to look into the next month or so to get everything going.
If you’re considering hiring a lawn care company in Athens, or want someone to keep your landscaping in check, we’d love to have the opportunity to do that for you. Don’t hesitate or wait till spring- give us a call now!
Today on the blog we’re going to go over some January lawn care and landscaping tips for Athens, Georgia. In January, we’re going to want to begin preparing the lawn for spring, which will involve a few housekeeping tasks that will help your landscaping come April and May. These tips will get your lawn in order so by the time the warmer months come back around, your yard will be fully ready to come back in full swing.
One of the first things that we often mention as a good thing to do in January is new planting or transplanting. The dryer, colder nature of this month makes it a prime time to plant new trees in your yard, update your landscape, and transplant new shrubs and bushes.
It’s also a good time to prune any limbs or branches that need to go. During the colder months, most of the trees will have gone dormant for the winter, so now is the best time to trim them up, cut back those crepe myrtles, and get your trees in order for spring, so your landscaping is primed for new growth.
Our next tip is important for all of the cooler months, but it’s best during this season to keep a clean lawn: to rake up any leaves, remove any debris from the lawn, and generally keep everything off the grass. The reason your grass gets so yellow and dead looking in the winter is that your grass goes dormant, in order to protect it from the cold and harsh weather. To do this, the grass will conserve its energy by hibernating in a state of dormancy. It’s not dead, it’s simply protecting itself, so it’s best to remove any obstructions from the grass and the lawn to ensure the grass can grow back in the spring. Dormant grass can be quite fragile, so it’s important to allow it to receive all the nutrients it can get.
Finally, our last tip for january landscaping in Athens is to check for any winter weed growth, and treat and remove anything that you see. Whether you’re using a pre emergent weed killer, or you’re pulling the weeds out by hand, you don’t want winter weeds to get ahold of your lawn during the cooler months. Winter weeds can harm your grass while it’s in its dormant state, and can grow even stronger in the spring if left to flourish. To preserve your beautiful landscaping, it’s important to take care of your lawn while we move through the winter season, so it has the best chance to grow back healthy and strong in spring.
Another day, another round of professional lawn care tips. We know most of our clients hire us because not only do we provide the landscaping, lawn care, and lawn maintenance services within Athens, but we also take the chore of lawn care off of their plate, so they can spend more time doing what they love. Since what we love is lawn care, we don’t mind spreading some wisdom and giving our readers out there some professional tips to get their landscaping or lawn mowing to the next level. When you hire a professional lawn care service, the main benefit is the time you save yourself, but if you are someone who is looking to do their yard work themselves, here is the next installment in our series of professional lawn care tips that you may not know.
Our first tip that we haven’t spent much time going over yet is seed variety. So, depending on your environment (seasonal, northern, southern, shady, direct sun, , etc), you’ll want to base your grass seed choice off of that. For a new grass installation, whether you are growing the grass yourself or installing sod, it’s important to take a few things into consideration when choosing a grass type. For instance, there are warm season grasses and cold season grasses, and if you live somewhere that doesn’t receive much rain or you do not have sprinklers or any irrigation system, you’ll want to look for a drought resistant variety. Grass choice seems so basic, but it’s an important step of the process within lawn care that many people pay no mind to. No matter whether you’re mowing your lawn regularly, fertilizing, watering, if you choose a grass variety that does not do well in your environment, you’re going to be consistently fighting an uphill battle. As far as lawn maintenance goes, you want to give your grass the best chance to flourish and grow green and lush, so if you’re having trouble, either do some research into your grass choice, or call a professional, maybe just to start with. If you’re growing grass for the first time or looking to have sod installed, it really will be worth while to call a professional landscaping crew or lawn maintenance team like ours at Athens Lawn Care & Service. A professional lawn maintenance company will be able to get your yard going and growing, and it may be easier for you to do the maintenance aspect, once it’s grown steadily for a while.
Our next tip kind of flows naturally from the first, and that is if you prefer to do your own lawn care or grass cutting yourself, you may find it easier to start with a lawn care service, and slowly transition into doing it yourself. With lawn care comes watering schedules, fertilizing, mowing, and more, so if you’re starting from a beginning point, or aren’t sure how to begin, setting up with a lawn care team, having them get everything going well, and then transitioning into DIY may be the best method for you. We get it, sometimes people just want to handle their backyard themselves! Rather than having a landscaping service come all the time, maybe have them come on a regular basis, and then once things have come to a natural maintenance standpoint, maybe 3-4 months in, start taking over the fertilizing, then the mowing, et cetera.
We hope you found these two tips helpful, and we look forward to continuing our series on professional tips for lawn care, lawn maintenance, and landscaping in Athens, GA. We’ll continue posting, and we hope you’ll give us a call soon!
Within Athens and the greater surrounding areas, most of the housing developments have small to medium yards, and as many homeowners have found, grass is actually not the easiest thing to take care of. Grass is fairly high maintenance, which can make it a regular chore on many homeowner’s weekly to-do lists. A bright gree, lush, healthy lawn is definitely something most of our clients aspire to, and we totally get it. That golf course grass look is beautiful, and can make entertaining outside, summer nights on the yard one of the best parts of the warmer months. As a lawn maintenance and lawn care company, we love providing custom lawn care plans for each yard we take care of, so we can help each of our client’s yards look their best. Most often for our clients, the issue isn’t whether they want their lawn taken care of each week, but more likely, who is going to take care of it? Doing your lawn care yourself is definitely doable, but can be a time consuming endeavor when done right.
So today in this post, we thought it would be a good time to go over the advantages of hiring a lawn care company to take over all of your yard maintenance needs.
Hello friends, lawn care clients in Athens, GA, and anyone else reading this blog! Yesterday we posted an article we wrote about professional lawn care secrets, and when we were brainstorming about tips and industry knowledge points we could give out, we thought of way more than we could include in one post. So today is a continuation of yesterday’s post!
We often get asked- why should I pay someone to do my lawn care? Is it really worth it to hire a professional lawn care company? And to that we say that depends- it depends on your goals for your lawn, your time availability, and your priorities. If your goal is simply to mow your lawn once a week, then go for it! If your goal is lush, golf course grass, you will most definitely be better off hiring a professional. The reason for that is multifaceted, but most of it comes down to skills honed after years in the profession, industry knowledge acquired after years of Athens GA landscaping, experience over years of usage of various products, and more.
When it comes to applying products to your lawn, determining the best lengths to mow to throughout the year, the amount of water needed to hydrate, the right type of seeds to plant, and fertilizer to add, your lawn care athens ga professionals have experience doing all of that, and they know what works. While you may have to go through trial and error, lawn care is our passion, so we’ve put the time and work into making sure we’re up to date on industry standards. We want your grass to look it’s best, so if there’s anything we can do to help your lawn grow lush and green for spring, we’ll do it.
That being said, here are some more tips we thought of when discussing lawn care professional secrets.
With our business at Athens Lawn Care & Service, it’s always been important to us to lead with value. Our business thrives by providing valuable services and maintenance plans for our clients and we always seek to provide information, tips, and customized care for each lawn. In our few years of business, we’ve found that the relationships we build with clients, and the value we put forward to nurture those relationships, has been the driving force behind our continued business in Athens, GA. So, in the light of that, we decided to put together a couple of our professional lawn care lessons we’ve learned over years of experience, and some secrets that lawn care professionals would agree with. So, here goes!
One of the first tips that may seem basic, but is one of those things that most people really don’t seem to grasp with DIY lawn care is that you absolutely must be willing to put in more effort than your expecting to, more days a week than you planned to. What we mean by that is if you are after that green, lush, golf course grass, it’s going to take a lot more than weekly lawn mowing to get there. Healthy lawns take a lot of work to get that healthy, and that work includes working on your sprinkler system, fertilizing, 3 x a week mowings, and then tweaking the process month to month to ensure you’re giving the lawn what it needs to grow.
The second secret of professional lawn care is making sure to understand your soil. The soil is where your grass seeds and grass growth will get the bulk of its nutrients, so it's valuable to understand what’s going on with your soil, so you can treat it accordingly. Treating your grass while neglecting your soil is like spraying febreze over a dirty room. It’s not going to really help until you get to the root of the problem. Sprinklers are also an invaluable part of maintaining a healthy soil. If you don’t have a working sprinkler system, it's going to be very hard to achieve bright green, healthy grass. On top of that, don’t worry about comparing your lawn to your neighbors lawn. Different lawns can have vastly different soil requirements, and since you don’t know exactly how the soil at your neighbors house has been treated for the last decade, you really can’t compare. Different soils, different grass types, different leveling techniques during the building process- yep, these all play a factor. These are all reasons why we recommend reaching our to a professional lawn care company if you are really trying to achieve professional results. Your lawn care team should be able to take into account all of these factors, and take care of both your lawn and soil in a customized, intensive way.
With all of that soil knowledge, a little sidenote is that it is always really helpful to get your soil tested every couple of years. Getting your soil tested will allow you to understand your soil PH, which can provide valuable insight into your lawn care strategy. A proper PH is vital for your grass to be able to get nutrients and moisture from the soil, so consider getting your soil tested if it’s been a while.
Finally, our last tip is if you do choose to do your lawn care yourself, it is absolutely so important for you to read all instructions on every label before you apply anything to your lawn. Whether it’s fertilizer, weed control products, herbicide or other treatments, you need to know what the instructions are, and how much product you really need to apply to your lawn. When you are determining how much lawn coverage you have, you need to think of it in terms of your actual grass space, not the lot that your house sits on. For example, if you buy and apply fertilizer for a two acre space because you have a two acre property, you are going to do actual damage to your grass, because your grass occupies far less than two acres. If your house is half an acre of space, you have 1.5 acres of grass, and some of that includes your driveway. See how complicated this can get? Long story short, when it comes to applying product, take a minute to figure out exactly what the requirements are. Your lawn will be better for it.
Is it worth paying for lawn care in Athens GA? Should I do my own or should I hire someone?
These are common questions we get asked during phone calls or initial consultations with prospective clients, so don’t worry if you’ve had these thoughts as well!
It’s a common question because on the surface, it’s easy to assume that lawn care would be easy, and all it would include would be lawn mowing every so often. If that’s all your lawn needs, it may definitely be worth it to do it yourself. Afterall, why pay for something that you could do yourself?
Most of the time there will be a number of factors that go into your decision making process between DIY lawn care and professional lawn care. Hopefully in this post we can go over two of the major things that are often the deciding factors between doing your lawn work yourself or hiring it out to a business like ours, Athens Lawn Care and Service.
1, Money : One of the major pros that comes with doing your lawn maintenance yourself is the monetary aspect. When it comes to professional lawn care obviously you will have to pay for the service, and if you can do it yourself it definitely makes sense to take on that responsibility for your home. Lawn care is another bill that you will have to pay on a regular basis in order to achieve good results for your yard, but also doing your lawn care yourself will include additional expenses such as lawn mowing equipment, various products, and time.
When you hire a lawn care service such as our business you will have to pay for the service but you will be getting professional results for your lawn which may provide those better results that you’re looking for. When you are doing your lawn care yourself while it may be technically free labor, without having access to industry expertise, you may not see those results that you’re looking for and you may end up spending a lot of time and money working on your lawn trying to fix the problems that you are looking to solve without knowing what the right solution would be.
Often times we do find that because of our years of experience and professional products we end up having quicker results and achieving the look that people are going for for their line faster than they expected because of the results that they had had in the past when doing it themselves.
2. Time: One of the other things that you should consider when deciding whether to hire a professional or not is the time it will take to adequately give your line the attention that it needs. While it may seem like your lawn should only take a little bit of time out of your week, it can often end up requiring a lot more time than you expect. When considering things like weed prevention and weed control, trips to the store to find a product you’re looking for, lawn mowing in inclement weather, blowing leaves off your lawn, etc- all of these small tasks add up. As a lawn care company, we have all the time in the world to be looking into your lawn, deciding which products would best serve it, taking the time to lawn mow, weed eat, blow the leaves, etc.
At our business, we have trained professionals who have the experience to know what your lawn will need, which saves us the time that it will take you to solve the problem and then to implement it. Overall, the general gist of these pros and cons ends up being if you have the time, and your lawn is a passion project for you, then it may be worth it to do it yourself. However if you don’t have the time to devote and you want your lawn looking its best, it might be the right decision to call a professional lawn care service such as Athens lawn care and service.
Today, around the end of December, we at Athens Lawn Care & Service wanted to take a minute to thank all of our clients, friends, family, and community members for a heck of a year. 2020 has been a significant departure from our regular way of life, and it’s been difficult to navigate things like work, family, growing a business, etc, while dealing with the state of the world these last few months.
To our clients who have stood by us, and new clients who have started working with us during this past year, we are so grateful for your support. We have so enjoyed providing lawn care services for your yards this year, and we look forward to continuing on our tradition of having the highest quality, best landscaping and lawn care services in Athens GA this upcoming year. Although we’re definitely biased, we’re still confident that no matter the circumstances, we’ll always be willing to go above and beyond to provide the best lawn maintenance for our clients. The community of Athens, GA has proven to be resilient in the face of unprecedented times, and we’ve been so grateful to be a part of this community.
We got into lawn maintenance because it’s our passion. We love taking care of your yards, giving your grass that extra tlc it needs to grow thick and strong every spring. Taking the time to provide customized lawn care and landscaping plans for our friends in Athens, GA is exactly what we set out to do, and what we love to do. It is so rewarding to quite literally reap what we sow, by sowing professional and exceptional lawn maintenance services, and then getting to see the beautiful lawns that come out of that.
This year has helped remind us that while sometimes it may seem like just lawn mowing, just lawn maintenance, it’s more than that. It’s putting pride in your work, taking the time to go those extra lengths, providing that customer care that sets us a part from our competition. We are so glad to have been reminded during this crazy time of what really matters to us: doing our lawn care in Athens, and doing it well.
So, whether you’re looking for weekly lawn care services, landscaping maintenance, or something along those lines, we’re proud to be the business you can call. We provide Athens, GA with precision lawn maintenance techniques to take your grass to the next level, day in and day out, and we’re ready to tackle your lawn asap. We love Athens, and we love the community, so no matter what this next year holds, we’re ready to take what comes and grow from it. Although your lawn care services may have looked a little different this year, we’re glad to be with you every step of the way, and we’re excited to see what 2021 will bring.
Once again, thanks for supporting Athens Lawn Care and Service, and remember to give us a call for all of your lawn mowing, lawn maintenance, and lawn care needs in Athens, GA.
During the winter time in Georgia, the cooler, but still relatively temperate weather can be a breeding ground for pesky winter weeds that can be a pain for lawn care in the spring, if allowed to germinate and grow. These weeds typically germinate when the weather first starts to cool down, like the end of fall, and if left untreated, will establish roots, spread, and grow throughout the season. This can be extremely problematic for healthy grass growth, especially if you’re not receiving regular winter lawn care treatments.
These weeds can come in on both a perennial and annual basis, so it’s important to keep your eye out for any type of weed growth in your grass. Winter lawn care can differ slightly than the rest of the year, due to these weeds that sprout up while your lawn is preparing for the winter or going dormant, and can take hold of the area and come up strong in the spring. Weeds can remain active during more severe temperatures than regular grasses can, so it’s vital that you take care of your lawn during the winter season so these pests don’t take hold when the grass is in a vulnerable state.
Perennial weeds especially can be problematic for a lawn, as they establish roots and produce a large amount of seeds, in order to spring up each year. Common weeds like dandelion, chickweed, poa annua, and white clover can survive harsher conditions than your grass can, and it’s important to remove them from the lawn as soon as you notice the growth. An experienced lawn care professional can recommend a regular treatment schedule that can help your grass to remain healthy throughout the winter, without the competition of incoming weed growth.
We prefer to take more of an offensive position when it comes to winter lawn care, by providing all of our clients lawns with customized lawn care plans that take into account the changing weather, and the changing needs of a landscape throughout the year. When it comes to landscaping in Athens GA, our business knows that the best way to prevent weed growth and to keep your landscaping in tip top shape, is to prevent it before it happens. Continuing to take care of lawns throughout the winter is the best thing you can do for healthy grass in the spring, and to ensure that all of the landscaping has the chance to grow and thrive without weeds taking the nutrients your plants need.
Give us a call today if you’re wanting to take care of your lawn through the winter, protect your landscaping, and prepare your outdoor space for a beautiful spring.
In the winter time when the months are colder and it rains less, you’ll often experience your lawn turning a yellow or brown shade. This can also sometimes happen if a summer is particularly hot or dry. When this happens, it can be very disappointing, and can lead many homeowners to believing their grass to be dead. While a beautiful green lawn is definitely what we’re aiming for, during the winter months most often the answer is dormancy.,
Lawn dormancy is when the grass is not receiving the nutrients it needs to thrive, so it basically hibernates for the winter, by shutting down and protecting itself from the season. This allows your grass to prevail through the colder months, by allowing it to conserve its energy and focus on only it’s most essential functions throughout the duration of the cold.
This is completely normal, and with regular lawn care you can expect when spring rolls around your lawn will green up again. There are a few things you can do to take care of your grass in the winter to minimize any damage to the grass
Those are just a few ways to protect your grass during its hibernation. Follow these steps and you can expect to see your lawn come alive when the warmer months roll in. If you have any questions about grass dormancy, winter lawn care, or general lawn maintenance in Athens questions, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re happy to talk all things landscaping, especially with our local Athens GA folks. Give us a call today or email us with any questions you have!