Will Weed Killer Also Kill My Grass?

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Will weed killer also kill your grass?  Learn how to get rid of the weeds without damaging your lawn.

It’s an age-old problem—how do you kill weeds without killing grass?  You dream of a lush, green lawn, but weeds get in the way of achieving the beautiful property you envision.  Then, you worry using the wrong solution to destroy the weeds will ruin all the hard work you’ve done on your grass.  So let’s take a closer look at how to get rid of weeds safely and carefully, so you can enjoy the lawn you have in mind.

Protect Your Grass by Using Selective Weed Killers

Selective weed killers use a chemical solution that targets specific plant species like broadleaf weeds.  Using these chemicals can safely treat your yard and destroy weeds without harming the grass.  However, it’s essential to check out the label on the solution to see which species it will kill and only use the proper chemical for the weeds you want to destroy.

Avoid using selective weed killers near new grass that is not yet well-established.  If you aren’t sure about a particular selective herbicide, check with a professional to have peace of mind.

Proper Herbicide Application Is Crucial to Achieve a Healthy Lawn

For most weed problems, spot application is ideal, especially if you only have a few weeds here and there.  Remember that over-spraying or using the wrong product can lead to grass damage.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions or schedule professional lawn care services to achieve the best results.

Turn to the Lawn Care Experts to Destroy Weeds without Hurting Your Lawn

Let’s face it, sometimes taking care of your lawn can feel like a complicated science project.  So to avoid the hassle and achieve the weed-free lawn of your dreams, turn to the professionals at W.P. Law.

3 Ways My Pump Impacts Water Conservation

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Curious about how your pump impacts water conservation?  Get the facts to experience the benefits.

A well-maintained and fully operational pump can enhance your water conservation.  In contrast, a problematic pump can end up wasting water and money.  Learn the three ways your pump impacts water conservation practices—no matter your fluid handling application.

#1: Uses the Right Amount of Water

When you have the right pump for your purposes, you can trust you are using the right amount of water.  Less waste means you conserve water and boost your bottom line.

#2: Prevents Leaking

Paying to lose water is no one’s idea of good business practice.  However, regular pump inspections and maintenance from experienced professionals will ensure you don’t have pump or piping system leaks. This can waste a lot of water over time.

#3: Systems Automation Provides the Ultimate Water Conservation

Is water conservation a top goal for your pump operation?  Consider systems automation.  With the expert design, fabrication, installation, and maintenance of your packaged pump and piping system, you can feel good about saving water.  The investment will pay off financially in the long run.

Choose W.P. Law for Your Pumps and Controls Services

Set your pump station up for successful operation by reaching out to the experts at W.P. Law.  We have the skills and tools to ensure your pump is working its best.  Count on us to catch issues and leaks that wastes water and your business dollars.  If you want to upgrade your pump, our team is the best in the industry.

Contact W.P. Law today to learn more about how your pump impacts water conservation or to schedule professional pump repair or maintenance services.

Am I Damaging My Fountain By Dyeing It Green This St. Patrick’s Day?

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Thinking about going green with your fountain to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year?  Know the risks before you pull out the green dye!

It’s a popular trend to add green dye to fountains in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, but could you be damaging your fountain by dyeing it green?  Get the facts before you go green this holiday to ensure you protect your fountain.

How Do People Color their Fountain Water Green and Other Colors?

In most cases, fountain owners use food coloring to dye the water in their fountains.  Whether it’s pink for Valentine’s Day or green for St. Patrick’s Day, the colored water adds a festive touch to ring in the holiday.  But suppose this is your first time attempting colored water.  In that case, you may have some reservations about the dye damaging your fountain.

Possible Side Effects of Using Green Dye in Your Fountain

Before you add dye to your fountain, here are some side effects you might notice:

  • Stained fountain surface—yes, even cement can stain with too much dye exposure.
  • Corrosion of the fountain features
  • Damage to plants in the fountain
  • Problems with the fountain pump’s internal components, especially when using thick or acidic oil-based food dyes

How to Avoid Damage When Dyeing a Fountain’s Water Green

Avoid using oil-based watercolor, which can be too thick or acidic and lead to corrosion of the fountain parts.  It can also cause blobs in the water, which look unappealing and cause clogs.

Using a green, water-soluble food color is your best option to get a lovely shade of green in your fountain’s water.  Still, it’s essential to know that you may end up coloring the surface of the fountain.

Are you looking for tips to protect and care for your property’s fountain?  Contact W.P. Law for fountain construction, design, and maintenance services for fountains and water features.

3 Reasons To Test Soil Before Choosing The Right Grass For Your Lawn

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Are you wondering if you should test your property’s soil before selecting the grass for your lawn?  Good thinking!  Here are three reasons testing the soil is crucial.

While many people think dirt is dirt, that’s not exactly accurate—testing soil will show you that lawn soils on different properties are unique.  In fact, taking steps to test your yard’s soil before choosing which grass seed to plant is one way you can set your new lawn up for success.  Keep reading to learn the three reasons you should test your soil now before going out to buy new grass.

#1: Choose a Grass Type that Will Flourish

A basic soil test can tell you pH and plant nutrient levels.  Some soil tests can also provide information like the soil textural class and percentages of organic matter.  All of this information will help you choose your grass wisely.  For example, some turfgrasses do best in soil with a pH balance between 6 – 7.0.  

#2: Know Which Fertilizer Your New Grass Will Need

Once you know information like pH, and levels of nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, magnesium, and calcium, you’ll know what kind of fertilizer and how much to use.  This can save you a lot of money each year because you won’t be wasting fertilizer by using too much or the wrong type.

#3: Avoid Lawn Failure

Ultimately, testing your soil before planting grass will help you prevent a failed lawn that doesn’t perform well.  No one wants to invest time and money into a yard, only for it to look sparse and patchy.  By conducting a soil test, you can increase your odds of having the beautiful, lush lawn you desire.

Contact the experts at W.P. Law to learn more about soil testing before planting grass or to schedule services.

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