Crabgrass Removal: How to Effectively Rid Your Lawn of This Invasive Weed

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Crabgrass sticks out like a sore thumb in your lawn. Sure, you can use a weed spray or pull it out by hand, but it just grows back and often in the same spot. What is the key to effective and permanent crabgrass removal?

What Is Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is a species of weed that grows in a patch with stems that protrude from the center. Some people say the stems resemble crab legs, hence the name. 

Crabgrass is especially pervasive during late spring and early summer as the temperature rises. The species thrives under hot and dry weather. By the time crabgrass dies in the fall, the annual weed is able to produce and germinate thousands of seeds.

Steps for Crabgrass Removal

If your lawn only has a few crabgrass plants, you can use a weed control spray that kills down to the root. You can also uproot the plants by hand or with a trowel. However, if the weed is pervasive, then you need to contact lawn care service. Dozens of crabgrass plants mean hundreds to thousands of seeds are already deep in the soil.

Prevention

Apply mulch in areas where you removed the crabgrass. Even if seeds remain, they will have difficulty germinating through the mulch. Crabgrass also tends to grow in areas of grass that are thinning out. The thinning out is due to lack of water. Prevent grass thinning by regularly watering. How much water you apply depends on the species of grass in your lawn. Also, always keep the grass blades a minimum of 2.5-inches long.

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Your lawn requires special care with the arrival of summer. This entails the whole lawn, including trees and shrubs. Decks may also benefit from staining and/or pressure washing. Call All Weather Landscaping for crabgrass removal; stop this invasive weed dead in its tracks.

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How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in Your Lawn

Japanese beetles

Some people find Japanese beetles terrifying; others think they’re beautiful. Either way, this creature is considered a pest and can cause extensive damage to your lawn. Have you spotted these critters around your property? Find out how to get rid of Japanese beetles naturally. 

What Are Japanese Beetles?

Most people have probably seen Japanese beetles but just didn’t know what kind of beetle it was. The beetle has a green and reflective body. As suggested in the name, the species is native to Japan. They were introduced to the U.S. via a shipment of Iris plants in the early 1900s. 

While some people find them scary, they are harmless to people. However, they can absolutely ravage trees and shrubs.

Why Are Japanese Beetles Bad?

Japanese beetles feed on over 300 types of plants. This includes most plants native to Washington. Fruit trees are especially at risk.

Japanese beetle larvae are just as bad. The beetle lays and buries eggs beneath the soil. As the grubs mature, they begin feeding on the grass’ roots, eventually causing the grass to turn brown and die.

Get Rid of Japanese Beetles the Natural Way

The good news is that removal does not require pesticides or other chemicals. You can eliminate Japanese beetles by adding a single and natural addition to your lawn.

Here is what you do: go to your local lawn and garden store and pick up a bag of milky spores. This is a form of bacterium that spreads disease to the grubs beneath the soil. It kills off the grubs before they reach the adult stage.

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Contact All Weather Landscaping if critters scatter about your lawn. Our lawn care includes remedies for dealing with common pests. This is part of our larger service packages that also include staining and sealing. Getting rid of Japanese beetles prevents your precious plants from turning into beetle munchies.

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Do You Have a Grass Allergy?

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Some people are allergic to peanuts, shellfish, soy, or wheat, among other irritants. Did you know that a grass allergy is also real? If you have this allergy, how do you cope if you have a grassy lawn?

Symptoms of Grass Allergy

Of course, the only true way to determine if you have a grass allergy is to see an immunologist. However, a few symptoms may hint that you are allergic to grass. These includes the classic signs, such as runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, and sneezing. In more severe instances, your skin might also produce hives. These symptoms worsen when you are on your lawn.

Grass allergies may be a sign you have allergic rhinitis, better known as hay fever. A doctor may prescribe anti-allergy medicine, such as antihistamines and corticosteroids. For best results, begin taking them prior to the start of allergy season.

How to Minimize Grass Allergies

Avoiding grass is tricky especially when it’s right outside your home. However, you can minimize exposure by doing the following:

  • Keep the windows shut, especially during the spring
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat to keep allergens out of your eyes and hair
  • Avoid cutting the grass. Doing so sends the pollen into the air. Instead, employ a lawn care service to do the mowing.
  • On the subject of mowing, mow frequently to keep the grass short. Short grass is less likely to release airborne irritants.
  • Bathe and shampoo your hair if you spend time on your lawn. This prevents the transfer of allergens from your body to the bed.
  • Trees and shrubs may also cause allergies. Minimize allergic reactions by pruning branches.

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A well-kempt lawn is less likely to spread pollen and other allergens. Contact All Weather Landscaping to handle the day-to-day maintenance; this includes pressure washing and other property exterior care. Grass allergy does not have to inhibit your enjoyment of the outdoors.

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Improve Lawn Aesthetics with Landscape Buffers

landscape bufferMost homes have fencing, masonry, or some other barrier system that separates their property from the rest of the block. This barrier is known as a landscape buffer. Using foliage as a landscape buffer provides for additional curb appeal.

What Is a Landscape Buffer?

Landscape buffers consisting of bushes or shrubs are also referred to as living fences. This is essentially the use of foliage as decoration for home fences and other property dividers. The definition also extends to include use of foliage around utilities. Beyond aesthetics, landscape buffers also serve additional purposes, such as:

  • Turning a semi-private fence into a private one
  • Blocking the wind
  • Minimizing noise pollution. Plants make surprisingly good noise barriers.
  • Covering less visually appealing areas, such as stained spots. However, you can also address this by pressure washing away grimy areas.
  • Hiding utilities, such as septic tank lids and water meters

Landscape buffering has become an integral part of lawn care for properties in and around the Bothell area. Continue Reading →

Are Grass-Killing Pests Ruining Your Lawn?

grass-killing pests, lawn pestsWhen we think of pests, we often think of termites, mice, bees, or mosquitoes. However, the term “pests” enbraces a much larger variety of creatures. One such variant is grass-killing pests, and these can do massive amounts of damage to your lush green lawn.

Grass-Killing Pests Defined

The name sums up exactly what they do. These are a class of critters that burrow into the soil or eat the grass’s roots. Damage is usually visible and includes:

  • Brown patches
  • Holes in the ground
  • Wilting grass
  • Visible holes in the soil

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Good Alternatives to Burning Fall Leaves in Bothell

alternatives to burning leaves, leaf disposalFall is the time of year of colorful leaves litter your backyard. What exactly should you do with the leaves once you raked them into a pile? Some people bag them and throw the contents into the garbage. Others, though, burn the leaves. Is this an acceptable method of foliage disposal? What are some good alternatives to burning leaves?

The Risks of Burning Fall Leaves

Burning leaves pose a health hazard. The heat causes moisture to leach out of the leaves and release airborne particles. This type of leaf disposal poses the risk of respiratory infection for your household and neighbors. Leaf smoke can irritate the nose, eyes, and throat. Children and those prone to allergies are especially vulnerable.

That’s not all; if the leaves are wet, this may only result in partial burning, causing a carbon monoxide release.

In addition, most municipalities in and around Bothell prohibit the burning of trash. Violators will be fined. Continue Reading →

Fall Planting: Why Autumn Is the Best Season to Plant

fall plantingMany gardeners, both recreational and professional, believe spring is the best season for planting new shrubs, bulbs, and perennials. However, fall planting has its advantages. Here are some excellent the reasons to plant during the season of falling leaves.

1. Jumpstart on Spring Growth

Planting wildflowers and perennials in the fall gives them a head start come spring. Early blooms also provide life-sustaining nectar for pollinating insects, especially in early spring when nectar-giving flowers are scarce.

2. Less Water

Fall planting means cooler weather and shorter days. This translates to less evaporation; photosynthesis also slows down. This means less water requirements compared to spring planting. Continue Reading →

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

attract butterfliesHumans tend to revile insects. Some species, however, such as butterflies and ladybugs, are an exception. Speaking of the former, you can attract butterflies to your garden by making some simple changes to your lawn care routine.

Forgo Pesticides

We’re not suggesting you have to eliminate pesticide use completely. After all, pesticides in some form or another are usually necessary for killing harmful pests. However, it’s important to know what’s in the pesticides you use. Common chemicals, such as diazinon and malathion, are especially deadly to butterflies.

Create a Butterfly Spa

A butterfly spa is simply an area that attracts the beautiful winged critters. Butterflies like to bask in the sun. Create a lot of natural flat surfaces, such as flat limestone and sheetrock. Since butterflies like to feed under a full sun, try to minimize shaded areas.

The garden should also have damp sand and mud where butterflies can hang out and drink the mineral-rich water. Create miniature puddling spots by filling shallow pans with damp sand/mud. Continue Reading →

Toxic Gardening Plants to Watch Out For

toxic plants, poisonous plantsWith the right landscape and foliage, the garden can become your own private retreat. However, the scene may contain hidden dangers. While you may adore the surrounding plants and flowers, they may actually be harmful for kids and pets. We’ll identify some common but toxic gardening plants.

Lily of the Valley

Homeowners adore this flower for its white, bell-shaped petals and sweet scent. However, Lily of the Valleys contain a compound called convallotoxin. A single bite of the flower induces migraines, clammy skin, hot flashes, and even hallucinations. Prolonged exposure can lead to coma in severe cases.

Hydrangea

This is a white, pink, or blue flower that grows in clusters on shrubs. They are especially a popular summertime flower. The buds contain cyanogenic glycosides, a poisonous chemical. Ingestion causes dizziness, shortness of breath, and convulsions in severe instances. In essence, swallowing hydrangea buds is akin to swallowing a cyanide pill. Continue Reading →

The Dangers of Scalping Your Lawn

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Mowing is an integral part of lawn care. It helps keep weeds at bay and prevents grass disease. Mowing, however, can also be counterproductive if you’re cutting the grass too short. This is known as lawn scalping, and you need to be sure to avoid this.

The Effects of Lawn Scalping

Grass uses photosynthesis to processes the nutrients it takes in. This is the process of absorbing sunlight and converting it into energy. The grass’ leaf blades carry out this process. If you cut away too much grass, you diminish their ability to do this.

Are you overcutting the grass? To know, examine the cut grass. If you can see the stem, then it’s too short. The stem is brownish, so if you see brown instead of green, then you overdid it.

In addition, you should also be aware of the grass type. Is it a warm or cold-season species? The former should never be shorter than one-inch in length. Cold-season varieties should be no shorter than 2.5-inches. Continue Reading →