3 Tips for Mowing Your Grass

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Mowing your grass might seem like a no-brainer, but some tricks can make it easier and better for your lawn. Take a look at these three tips for mowing your grass.

#1: Make Sure the Blades are Sharp

Sharp mower blades not only make quick work of getting the grass cut it’s also better for the grass. If the blades are dull, they tend to beat on the grass as they cut it, leaving it looking brown and dull instead of crisp and green. The rough edges left by worn blades are also more susceptible to disease and pests.

#2: Get Your Mower Height Right

The height of the blade isn’t as important as how much of the grass you cut. You should set the height, so it only cuts the top third of the grass blade. Cutting it too short can lead to brown spots and weakened roots. If your lawn is long, take the time to cut it a few days apart to get it the height you want without damaging the grass.

#3: Mow Late in the Day

The best time of day to mow your grass is early evening. You won’t stress the grass by cutting in the afternoon heat, and you won’t damage the roots by pushing a mower through the wet grass of early morning.

Many people get into a routine when it comes to mowing their grass but changing it up a bit can benefit your lawn. For more information on lawn health and caring for your grass, talk to the professionals at W.P. Law, Inc.

Why is There a Brown Patch on my Lawn?

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Brown patches can appear on your lawn even if you have the most well-maintained yard in the neighborhood. They’re unsightly, frustrating, and it can be hard to determine the cause. However, there are a couple of common culprits that cause these spots. Take a look.

Brown Patches from Grubs

Grubs are pests that eat the roots of your grass. They are beetle larvae and can cause enormous damage, especially considering how small they are. The brown patches from grubs tend to be soft and spongey with a uniform pattern of injury.

Brown Patches from Brown Patch Disease

Another common cause of the brown patches on your lawn is brown patch disease. Unlike the grubs, this disease is a fungus called Rhizoctonia. This fungus is most active in the summer, especially when it’s hot and humid. The patches are circular and usually a yellow/brown color. They have an outer ring where the grass thins out.

Improper Lawn Care

There are a few things you might do with your lawn care that could cause the brown patches. They include:

  • Mower blades that are set too low, are dull, or have fungus on them
  • Too much fertilizer can damage the grass
  • Poor air circulation in the soil due to too much water or thatch buildup
  • Poor soil that no longer holds any nutrients to keep your grass healthy

What You Can Do

Before treating the brown patches using guesswork and hoping for the best, you should call in a professional to evaluate the damage. You don’t want to treat the wrong issue and end up with a bigger problem on your hand. W.P. Law, Inc. is your local go-to professional. Contact them and start combating your brown spots today.

What No One Tells You About Drainage Systems

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Water runoff management requires adequate drainage systems. Does your property have excess water that doesn’t seem to go anywhere, especially after it rains? You might not have the right drainage system in place. Here’s what you need to know.

Surface Drainage

Whether at your home or a commercial property, you need to be able to manage water. Standing water poses many risks, including slip hazards, property damage, and breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes. It can be on driveways, walkways, or even in landscaped areas. Surface drain systems take the excess water and runoff and direct it from the surface to underground pipes and catch basins.

The Right Size Drainage System

Something not everyone understands is how to determine the size of the drains required and the size of the catch basins. Before installation, it’s critical to determine the amount of water for the right materials, sizing, and installation.

Types of Drains

There are two primary drain types are used depending on the location and need at your property. They include:

  • Catch basins – this type of drainage allows excess water that gathers in landscaped areas to move away from the foundation as well as the flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass to protect them from damage.
  • Channel drains – installed in hard surfaces instead of in soil and dirt, channel drains help remove water in places like driveways, patios, and walkways.

Whatever your drainage needs, it’s critical to hire the right professional. The team at W.P. Law, Inc. has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Contact them today.

Why Mother Nature & Your Wallet will Love Irrigation Systems

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Are you on the fence about installing an irrigation system? Some benefits might convince you it’s worth the investment. Take a look at why Mother Nature and your wallet will love a sprinkler system for your lawn and landscaping.

The Convenience

If you’ve been dragging a hose and sprinkler around your lawn and garden, you know how much of a pain that is. An irrigation system, on the other hand, is the epitome of convenience. You can program it to water when you want, including the number of days that work for you. No more tracking how long the hose was on any given spot. Your time is valuable, and you can spend it doing something else once you have an irrigation system.

The Health of Your Landscaping

Regular irrigation means no dead spots, drooping flowers, suffering shrubbery, or lackluster trees. Instead, your lawn and garden will look their best when your irrigation system is up and running regularly.

The Savings for Your Wallet

You’ll use less water and save more money with an irrigation system. Using a hose and manual sprinklers actually uses more water than a programmed sprinkler system. And the latest technology has rain sensors to put watering on pause when Mother Nature steps in to take care of the irrigation.

If you don’t have an irrigation system for your yard, now’s the time to change that. Find out everything you need to know about how it can benefit you and your wallet by contacting W.P. Law, Inc. today.

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