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GrassRoots Turf Shares Winter Lawn Care Tips

Speak to GrassRoots Turf about any of your winter lawn care needs in Georgia.

Regular maintenance tasks can help keep your lawn in tip-top condition year-round. While your lawn may not require as much care in the winter as it does in other seasons, you don’t want to turn a blind eye completely.

Lawn care and Weed Control Services by GrassRoots Turf

Lawn care and Weed Control Services by GrassRoots Turf

To ensure your lawn is in good shape come springtime, lawn care experts in Georgia encourage homeowners to take the following steps:

Aerate and Fertilize

Just before your area welcomes the first frost of the year, it’s important to aerate your lawn. GrassRoots prefers liquid aeration which creates small microscopic holes into the ground to provide the soil with improved air circulation and improve your grass roots’ water and nutrient absorption. Proper aeration provides relief for any compaction that might have built up during the warmer months.

Aeration should then be followed by fertilization. Fertilizing your lawn provides the grass with the essential nutrients it needs in the colder months. The lawn taps into the nutrients it stored in winter to give it a head start in the spring, making it green, healthy, and beautiful.

Avoid Too Much Lawn Traffic

Excessive and frequent traffic on the lawn can weaken your grass and make it much more vulnerable to damage. As a rule of thumb, avoid walking on your lawn too much when your lawn is frosted, iced, or dormant. This will help lower the risk of scantiness or grass death in winter.

Keep Your Lawn Clean

There’s a good chance that leaves and other unwanted elements, such as furniture and debris, have piled up on your lawn in fall, which could deprive your lawn of breathing space before winter. Leaves that stay too long on the lawn and become too wet can encourage a spread of disease. If the leaves are not too large or wet, mulch them with a mower into smaller pieces to add nutrients to your lawn. If the leaves are too large or wet, rake them up and remove them.

Control Weeds

Weeding is the least maintenance task you want to worry about in winter. While weeds are rarely visible around this time of the year, they’re always around, and usually undetected by untrained eyes.

Winter weeds such as chickweed, henbit, and deadnettle germinate in late September and early October. Meanwhile, they often go unnoticed in the fall when their young seedlings are just being produced, only to spread everywhere in springtime.

Winter weeds flower in March but can start growing in February if temperatures are warm. Don’t wait until they bloom. Stop them dead in their developmental process with the right weed control products.

GrassRoots Turf uses various methods to control weeds on your lawn:

    • Pre-emergent solutions before winter weeds begin growing, targeting the seeds and root systems of perennials
    • Remove or treat any weeds already visible
    • Application of fertilizer to your lawn

Some activities for homeowners that help reduce weeds are:

    • Apply mulch to deprive weed seedlings of nutrients from the sun while providing a growth barrier
    • Avoid non-targeted or indiscriminate watering that could benefit weeds. Implement drip irrigation in lawn beds to route water directly into the grass.
    • Limit activities that tend to encourage seed spread such as digging and tilling

Once these preventative measures are implemented, make it a habit to inspect your garden to discover new weeds as early as possible. GrassRoots provides unlimited visits to re-treat your lawn as needed. Eliminating them before they fertilize prevents infestation in years to come.

Water When Necessary 

While winter lawn care watering may sound unpopular, there are times when doing so is essential to your grass’ health and survival. If your area is experiencing drought in winter, you should consider watering your lawn on a day that’s 40°F or above. This will ensure that your lawn doesn’t dry out, especially if it’s its first-ever winter. Also, make sure you keep your soil moist throughout winter.

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Winter Lawn Care Services for Everyone

As you can see, winter lawn care is a comprehensive undertaking that involves many activities. Getting an expert to handle the task goes a long way to keep your lawn in the best condition throughout the colder months.

If you need a professional lawn care service in Georgia, look no further than GrassRoots Turf.

Their lawn maintenance programs cover basic lawn services such as weed control, liquid aeration, and fertilizing, as well as address more complicated issues to keep your lawn in tip-top condition year-round. GrassRoots Turf has the most comprehensive lawn care program without extra fees.

Contact GrassRoots Turf for your FREE Lawn Evaluation to learn more about how they can keep your lawn lush, healthy, and beautiful this winter.

For more information, visit their website or call them at 833-66-GRASS.

Sassafras Leaves

Spotlight on the Sassafras Tree

Sassafras Leaves

Spotlight on the Sassafras Tree

Though the Sassafras tree is native to North America, many people consider it quite the novelty. The tree has 3 distinctive leaf patterns on the same plant: Oval, mitten and 3-pronged.

This hardy tree, which shows yellow leaves in the spring, green in the summer and yellow to fiery orange in the fall, has been used for many purposes throughout time. Native Americans used its leaves and roots for medicinal and aromatic purposes. Tea is often made from its roots and is the main ingredient that flavors Root Beer. Sassafras leaves are also used in Creole cuisine to add a licorice-like flavor.

If you are considering planting a Sassafras tree, find a space that is sunny to partial shade. This area should accommodate a tree that could reach 30 feet in height with a 20-foot spread.

You can grow from seed by planting in cool soil in the fall. It will stay dormant until the spring when its tap root will begin to form. For those less who are less patient, start with a sapling in a container from a garden center. Successfully transplanting a Sassafras tree is difficult due to the tree’s long tap root.

Winter Lawn Care

Winter Lawn Care

Winter Lawn Care

Winter Lawn Care

While you get a break from mowing this time of year, there are things that will help ensure your turf and your property will stay in tip-top condition:

Avoid excessive traffic on the lawn during the harsher winter months.
Remove leaves, pine straw and debris from your lawn so that it can get the most from applications and receive the sunlight and moisture that it needs to thrive.

Because winter is usually a rainy season in our area, it’s a great time to check to see if you have any drainage issues that need to be solved.

Be on the lookout for opportunistic weeds that thrive in the winter. If you see them, call us and we’ll come out and re-treat.
Examine the trees and shrubs in your yard periodically for problems. Issues are easiest to solve before they get too far along. Looking ahead, February is a good time to begin pruning.

Lawn Maintenance for Spring

When is the Best Time to Mow Your Lawn in Georgia


The Best Time to Mow Your Lawn in Georgia

Lawn mowing might seem like a mindless task, but since our Georgia lawn is a living organism, it actually does need careful attention in order to thrive.

Just how and when you mow your grass is a pretty important detail in your lawn care regimen. So when is the best time of day to mow your lawn?

The perfect time of day for lawn mowing generally depends on the area you live in. Any part of the country that isn’t in an arid climate experiences morning dew. Because of this phenomenon, mornings generally are not a good time to cut your grass. The dew causes the lawn shoot to clog and the blades will be duller with wet grass clinging to them. So keep your mornings for other gardening tasks and leave the lawn mower alone.

The afternoon seems like an ideal time since the sun is up and the grass has had time to dry. However, if you mow your lawn in the afternoon, the grass will experience double stress. The sun is already a lawn stressor, especially if the grass has grown too high. Cutting the tops of the blades will allow the sun to be exposed upon vulnerable parts of the grass. Additionally, lawn mowing is in itself causing stress to your lawn. Lawns that are stressed will be noticeable. So although afternoon might seem like a good time to get out the lawnmower, keep it parked for just a bit longer.

Evenings are a time when you want to wind down and relax. But once or twice a week you might need to sacrifice your downtime after work and bring out the mower. The evening is the perfect time for cutting grass because the sun is not as hot, the grass is dry and after the stress of being mowed, it will have time to heal overnight without additional stress from heat.
Don’t take mowing your lawn lightly. For optimal results, give your lawn the TLC it deserves. Get GrassRootsTurf and Tree Care a try if you need the help. That's what we are here for.

Planting a Live Christmas Tree

Planting a Live Christmas Tree

Planting a Live Christmas Tree

Planting a Live Christmas Tree

Perhaps you’re looking to start a new family tradition for the holidays by planting a live Christmas tree in your yard. Though many of the varieties we think of as ‘Christmas Trees’ grow better in areas to the north of us, there are some that will fare better than others in our Georgia climate. With some careful care and attention, you can have a living tree grow successfully in your yard.

It’s best to start with a tree that can tolerate Georgia’s temperatures. Though many people prefer the trees woodpecker 996685 1280of their childhood Christmas memories, Fir, Scotch Pine, and Spruce trees have a hard time surviving Georgia’s hot summers. The trees that grow best in Georgia include:

  • Sand Pine, White Pine, Virginia Pine
  • Red Cedar
  • Arizona Cyprus, Leyland Cyprus, Murray Cyprus
  • Canadian Hemlock, Carolina Hemlock

If you are also using the tree as your inside tree for the season, keep in mind that the tree will do best if not kept inside for more than 2 weeks. It’s best to buy the tree as close to Christmas as possible and be sure not to place it near heating vents. You will need to water it slowly and thoroughly from the top of the root ball every day that it is indoors. Before planting, let it sit in the garage for a day or so to get re-acclimated to the outside temperature.

When deciding where to plant your live Christmas tree, remember that many of these trees can grow very large. Avoid planting them too close to your home or too close to other trees. Location of power lines should also be something you consider. Different trees will require different amounts of shaping and shearing. It’s best to do some research on the type of tree that lends itself to your schedule and skill set before you choose.

When you’re ready to plant, choose an area that drains well. Dig a hole 6-feet wide and approximately 1 foot deep, backfill, water well, then mulch. And remember, the tree will need to be watered weekly until the spring. With the right care, the tree can be a festive part of your landscape year-round for years to come!

Fall Leaves

Managing Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

Managing Fall Leaves

What’s there not to love about the fall? The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp, football games are plentiful and there’s a pumpkin spice version of just about anything you can think of.

With the summer months behind us, the mowing that used to take up so much time on the weekends is on hold until the spring.
But by late October and into November, your lawn will need a little TLC again. The leaves that were so beautiful on the trees when they started changing colors aren’t as beautiful accumulating in your yard. And unfortunately, leaving them there isn’t healthy for your lawn either.

When the leaves pile up, they come between your lawn and the nutrients, sunlight, moisture, and airflow that it needs to stay healthy. Additionally leaves on a lawn that stays wet invite disease and fungus.

While jumping into freshly raked piles of leaves was fun as a kid, as a homeowner, raking can feel like a never-ending, time-consuming chore. Since leaves fall in stages, it may require you clear them weekly until the large majority of them have fallen for the season.

One of the easiest ways you can manage leaves if you don’t want to rake or blow and then bag them is to mulch them with your mower. If you don’t have a mulching mower, your regular mower will suffice but may take a few passes to get the leaves to the desired size.
To do this successfully, raise the blade to its highest level and remove the bag from your mower. Next, proceed to go over your lawn like you regularly do until the pieces of leaves are the size of a dime or smaller. In addition to being a much easier way to deal with leaves, mulching them adds valuable nutrients to the lawn as they decompose resulting in a turf that’s better able to withstand winter conditions and greens up nicely in the spring.


Home & Lawn Maintenance To Dos for Spring

Lawn Maintenance for Spring

Home & Lawn Maintenance To Dos for Spring

Now that the time change has extended our daylight hours and everything outside is covered in pollen, it’s safe to declare that spring has sprung. Though you may have a few weeks before you’re back on a regular mowing schedule, there are some things you can do now to make the transition into the summer months much easier:

  • Be sure to get your mower blades sharpened. Sharp blades cut rather than tear the grass keeping it healthier and making it less susceptible to disease
  • Change the fluids and filters in your small equipment
  • Turn your irrigation system on and make sure it’s working properly
  • Check to be sure any hoses that you stored for the winter are in good condition
  • Prune overgrown shrubs that need to be resized
  • Schedule your core aeration for Bermuda and Zoysia lawns
  • Change your air conditioner filters
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
  • Check to make sure your grill is ready for those backyard barbecues coming up
  • Clean outdoor furniture and replace cushions if necessary
  • When the pollen is clear, pressure wash your home and driveway for a fresh look that will go along beautifully with your healthy, green lawn
    Though your mowing schedule is about to start back, the good news is it won’t be long before you’re enjoying yourself poolside, at the lake or grilling out on the deck too!
Fall Bulb Planting

Fall Bulb Planting

Fall Bulb Planting

Fall Bulb Planting

When it comes to landscaping, knowing when to plant is critical. Though they won’t bring immediate gratification, planting bulbs in the fall will bring beautiful blooming color come daff smaller next spring. It’s definitely one of those cases where your patience will be greatly rewarded.

Some of the bulbs that must be planted in the fall to produce these Georgia favorites include Bluebell, Crocus, Daffodil, Grape Hyacinth, Iris, Ornamental Onion, Star of Bethlehem and Tulips.
The process for planting bulbs isn’t super technical and your chances for success are pretty good if you follow a few general guidelines. The good news is, with a little supervision, kids can have fun with this too.

  • Choose areas that receive lots of sun and are well-drained
  • Purchase more bulbs than you think you’ll need and plant generously. It’s a given that despite your best efforts, some bulbs will not sprout
  • The guideline for digging holes for your bulbs should be depth equals 3 times the width of the bulb
  • Apply fertilizer and water right after planting to give the bulbs a healthy start
  • Mulch will help keep weeds out and help the ground retain needed moisture

Summer Lawn Prep


Prepping Your Lawn for Summer

You can ask just about any homeowner, and they will tell you one of their top concerns is maintaining a healthy-looking lawn. Between maintaining the bright, healthy green yard of your dreams and keeping up with the length of the fast-growing grass, here are a few tips to help you out.

The best way to begin your yard prep is by gathering limbs, sticks, twigs, leaves and other litter surrounding your home. You can use a rake or leaf blower to do this.

Next, fertilize your lawn. The type of fertilizer varies depending on the type of grass you have, so be sure to research before purchasing. Fertilizer adds to the natural nutrients in your grass to help it grow thicker and fuller. Apply it at least twice a year, and cut back 30 days before the hottest summer temperatures hit.

You also may want to apply weed killer and pre-emergent, which is used to prevent crabgrass. If you don’t treat your lawn for crabgrass before it shows up, you won’t be able to get rid of it by autumn. Most lawn care brands offer a 2-in-1 solution which helps reduce the time and money spent in this part.

Mowing every five days for the first six weeks of spring instead of once a week will help avert roots from being stunted. If the grass grows too much before being cut, it prevents them from reproducing properly, which will affect your lawn for the rest of the year.

Choosing a good mulch greatly affects how your lawn looks and performs over the course of the warmer months. Trim dead branches on bushes before replacing the mulch under them.
Do not try to fill in brown patches with grass seed if you are applying pre-emergent or weed killer. Wait to seed until the fall, so they will begin to sprout and grow.

If you would rather trust your lawn to a seasoned professional, we offer services year-round to keep your lawn looking its best. Call or email today for your free estimate. In the meantime, give our tips a try and let us know what you think on our Facebook page.

Aerating Your Lawn

Aerating Lawns in Georgia

Aerating Lawns in Ga

Aerating Your Lawn in Georgia

Aerating your lawn once a year is incredibly beneficial in the south, where the temperatures can get unbelievably high. As temperatures begin to increase, you need to be sure your warm-season grass will have all of the needed nutrients throughout the year. (Autumn is the better time to aerate your cool-season grass.) The only way to do this is aeration.

Aeration is the process of poking large enough holes in your grass to improve the quality that water and nutrients pass through, into the soil. Aeration is necessary for proper growth and complete health of your yard while building a strong foundation for the entirety of it.

Your grass begins to grow at the very beginning of spring, therefore you want to aerate before it hits the peak of its growth. You also want to aerate before the warmer temperatures hit because if not, it is hard for the nutrients to travel deep enough to make a difference in the growth. Aeration allows your lawn time to fill in all of the holes you punctured earlier in the season.

Encouraging deeper roots, aeration is essential to keep your yard green and healthy year-round. How often should I aerate? It all depends on how hard your soil is. You can get an idea by doing this: Wait five days after a rain and try to poke a Phillips head screwdriver into the soil. If it only penetrates easily an inch, it’s time to aerate. A lot of folks aerate once each year and say it does their lawn a great deal of good.