Dos and Don’t When Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

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It’s time to start thinking about spring and how you can get your lawn ready for the season.  Taking the proper steps and avoiding mistakes will ensure your yard is spring-ready—green, lush, and healthy.

Spring Lawn Care Dos

  • Make sure your lawn gets enough water each week—either through rainfall or irrigation methods.  Hint: Spring temperatures are cooler than summertime temperatures.  Therefore, adjust irrigation duration accordingly.  Reserve the 1-1.5″ per week water requirements for the high heat of summer.
  • Rake away any leaves left-over from the fall and winter.  Leaves, sticks, and debris can prevent your lawn from soaking up the sunshine it needs to stay healthy.
  • Test your soil to identify the nutrients it requires to thrive in the spring.

Spring Lawn Care Don’ts

  • Avoid cutting the lawn too short, which can negatively impact the crucial root support during the springtime.
  • Don’t schedule pest control or sprays in the spring unless absolutely necessary.
  • Avoid fertilizing our southern grasses with nitrogen-based fertilizers until the turf is actively growing.

Put Your Home’s Lawn in Expert Hands

Set your lawn up for success this spring.  Turn to the experienced lawn care professionals at W.P. Law, Inc.  We know precisely how to care for your yard.  We provide the proper watering schedules, fertilizer applications, mowing heights, and more.  No matter the grass type you have on your property, the W.P. Law team is ready to help it thrive this season and beyond.

Contact W.P. Law today to join our fertilizer program, which provides timely product application reminders.

How Can I Help Prevent My Garden Pond from Freezing This Winter

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If you have a Garden pond as part of your landscaping, you may be concerned about freezing during the winter months. Do you have to just settle for a frozen pond and potentially sick or dead fish? Not with these tips! Read on to learn four ways you can prevent your pond from freezing over this winter:

1: Float Something on the Pond’s Surface

Anything that floats will work. The continual movement of the object keeps air moving into the pond and helps prevent the surface from freezing over. Float an empty water bottle, ping pong balls, or a toy boat. While this may not be effective if you experience a hard freeze for multiple days, it will work for a brief, moderate freeze.

2: Cover the Pond

Use a premade cover, netting, or even bubble wrap to cover the pond. Covering it creates a greenhouse effect that traps the warmth from the sun and prevents the water from freezing.

3: Use a Pond Aerator

The aerator works to create an oxygen-rich pond environment to reduce the risk of freezing while keeping the pond healthy and beautiful. For best results, place the aerator in the shallowest area of the pond since that’s the area that will freeze first.
A deicer can also help keep water moving and prevent freezing.

4: Install a Pond Heater

There are a variety of sizes and types of pond heaters on the market that will prevent a freeze. Some models can work in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. Look for a heater with a thermostat you can turn on and off to use only when you need it.
Need help to prevent your pond from freezing this winter? Turn to the experts at W.P. Law to get the professional advice you need.

Steps to Control Common Winter Insects in Your Ornamental Shrubs

Are your ornamental shrubs safe from winter insects? Even during the colder months, your landscaping can be vulnerable to pests. Before you risk losing your beautiful shrubs, use these simple steps to control winter insects.

Watch Your Watering

Too much or too little water can lead to shrub damage. Too much can cause root rot and wet feet, while too little can lead to dry limbs and dead leaves. When your shrubs are weak from improper Watering, they are more susceptible to pests.

Feed Your Shrubs

Providing the proper nutrients to your plants in the fall can lead to improved health and resilience during the cold months. In addition, feeding your shrubs the right mix of supplements and fertilizers can help keep them more robust and less volatile to pesky pests.

Consider Biological Controls

Natural pest control can include predatory insects and is one way to keep your shrubs healthy and bug-free. Ladybugs are an example of an insect that can help keep other pests off your ornamental shrubs.

Talk to a Pro

One of the best ways to fight pests on your ornamental shrubs during the winter is with guidance from a professional. With knowledge and insight from training and experience, they can apply what they know to your lawn and garden to keep it healthy through the cold months.

Contact the team at W.P. Law, Inc. They’re standing by to answer all of your questions when it comes to winter pests and protecting your ornamental shrubs.

Winter Is Coming: How to Prepare your Lawn for Frigid Temps

Even in beautiful South Carolina, winter temperatures can impact your lawn and landscaping. Instead of losing grass and plantings to frigid temperatures, look at some simple ways to winterize your yard before the cold weather moves in.

Don’t Stop Watering

As long as the weather and temperatures permit, keep watering your grass, trees, and gardens. You don’t want them to dry out and die before the cold winter weather even arrives.

Keep on Mowing

The same is true for mowing as it is for watering. As long as the weather is warm into the fall months, keep mowing your lawn. Time the last mowing of our warm-season grass so that the final mowing takes place just before the last of the autumn leaves fall.

The final cutting height should equal the safe cutting height for your turf. If your turf is too tall before the last cut, remove only 1/3rd of the leaf blade weekly until the final cutting height is attained. Short grass will let in more sunlight to the roots to help keep it healthy until spring.

Aerate the Soil

Aeration allows water, fertilizer, and oxygen deep down to the roots of the grass. This is the boost your lawn needs to stay healthy all winter.

Don’t Forget to Rake

There is some misinformation when it comes to raking the leaves on your lawn. Some say it makes excellent mulch to protect your grass, but it can lead to rot. Wet leaves put extra weight and moisture on your yard and could damage the grass if left through the winter. Make sure you rake to prep your lawn for winter.

These tips can help carry your lawn through the frigid temps of winter and help it come out in the spring healthy and green. For more information on lawn care or help with lawn and landscape winterizing, contact W.P. Law, Inc. today.

Insider Tip: Rain Gardens

If you’ve ever wondered about drainage for all that runoff rainwater and what you could do with it, you’ve come to the right place. We have a solution to enhance your landscaping while harnessing the extra water that could otherwise be a problem. Our insider tip? Rain gardens.

What is a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is a spot in a landscaped yard, either residential or commercial, that is concave or has a downward slope, like a shallow basin. It collects excess rainwater that drains from the surrounding areas, including streets, driveways, roofs, and sidewalks. Because of the way it self-irrigates, it’s a great place for planting flowers and grasses.

Why Do You Need a Rain Garden?

A rain garden is an excellent solution to the problem of excess stormwater runoff. Where that excess rainwater could end up in the storm drain, or worse, carry pollutants into the groundwater, a rain garden can help. Plus, they’re a beautiful addition to your landscaping, and they’re environmentally friendly.

How to Create a Rain Garden

The top priority when planning a rain garden is location. Avoid locating the garden on a slope above your home within 10’ of the foundation, or atop your septic system. You’ll also need to ensure no utility lines are under the area where you want the garden.

For help creating a beautiful, functional, and beneficial rain garden for your home or business landscaping, turn to the experts. Contact W.P. Law, Inc. for the knowledge and experience with drainage and landscaping to bring your rain garden to life.

Pros & Cons to Outdoor Kitchens

Have you been tossing around the idea of adding an outdoor kitchen to your home? Before you do, it’s essential to have all the information to make an informed decision. So here are some of the pros and cons to consider before you start tearing apart your patio.

Pros of Outdoor Kitchens

  1. Entertainment Space

The best thing about an outdoor kitchen is that it gives you the space to entertain. Whether it’s a family gathering or a party with friends, an outdoor kitchen gives you the extra space you need and the luxury of entertaining outdoors.

  • Extension of Your Home

An outdoor kitchen is more than just an extra place to cook. It’s an extension of your home. It takes you outdoors without sacrificing comfort, technology, or convenience.

  • Enhances Your Yard

Instead of simply having a patch of grass and a patio, an outdoor kitchen turns your yard into a living space you can enjoy year-round.

Cons of Outdoor Kitchens

  1. Takes Up Space

An outdoor kitchen could take up valuable yard space. If your property is small or your priority is lots of grass, it could cut into your space without a well-thought-out design.

  • At the Mercy of the Weather

The weather impacts a covered outdoor kitchen much less than one open to the elements. In either case, you should add protective measures to your outdoor kitchen to keep it looking great and functioning properly, no matter what Mother Nature brings.

An outdoor kitchen is a great place to cook, eat, entertain, and hang out with family and friends. All cons aside, it’s a great investment and can add to the value of your home as well as provide some much-needed outdoor space. To get started designing and building your outdoor kitchen, reach out to the experienced team at W.P. Law.

How to Keep Your Lawn Looking BOO-tiful This Fall

It’s almost Halloween, which means the idea of lawn care can be frightening. Don’t let the idea of prepping for winter scare you. With some spooktacular tips and tricks, your lawn can look frighteningly beautiful throughout the fall.

Start With a Short Cut

Mowing your lawn short can help prep it for fall and winter. An inch is the right length to help it preserve energy and moisture as it begins to hibernate for the cooler weather. Be sure to keep mowing as long as it’s growing, so it doesn’t get smashed under fall leaves.

Keep Raking!

One of the worst things for your lawn this fall is a heavy load of leaves on top. Not only does it crush the grass, but if left on your lawn, it can start to rot and cause fungus and other issues. The leaves also block out the sun and deprive your lawn of essential nutrients. Be sure to remove the fallen leaves regularly and keep the grass clear of debris to keep it healthy in the coming months.

Aeration is King

A fall essential for your lawn is aeration. Removing small plugs of grass and soil helps your lawn get more oxygen and water as well as improving drainage. Aerating in the fall is a great way to get your yard healthy and keep it that way through the fall and winter.

Instead of hiding out and ghosting your lawn this fall, use these basic tips and tricks to keep it healthy starting at Halloween and going through the winter season. For help with any of your lawn care or maintenance needs, be sure to contact the experts at W.P. Law.

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Drain Free from Debris This Fall

Drains are common in commercial buildings and homes in the south and are essential for keeping excess water away from your building, home, foundation, driveway, and landscaping. In the fall, when leaves are falling, and there is extra debris on the ground, it’s critical to keep those drains clear. Here are some tips and tricks to help.

Rake Your Yard

Raking your yard can keep your yard healthy, but it can also help prevent drain blockages. Blowing leaves might be easier than raking. If you go that route, be sure to blow them away from drains and the street. Collect them in one place and bag them up.

Keep Landscaping Trimmed and Maintained

Excess branches and landscaping debris can be the first to clog your drains. However, regular maintenance, including trimming, can keep it out of your drains. After trimming, be sure to bag the waste, so it doesn’t end up in your or the street storm drains.

Install Proper Filters and Guards

One of the best ways to prevent debris from getting lodged in your drains is with the right filters and guards. It’s vital to ensure proper installation and to secure them so they won’t dislodge easily. Once installed, they require cleaning throughout the season and after storms that might wash debris into the traps.

Every home and business should have proper drainage. If left unchecked, those drains can fill with debris like leaves, dirt, and sticks. When this happens, your home or building could be in danger of flooding, rot, mold, and damage. Before you risk it, contact the team at W.P. Law.

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.

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