Signs that Your Soil is Bad

Many arborists and homeowners agree that the secret to a lush, green lawn is a healthy soil. This involves selecting the right kind of Soil Amendments and Fertilizer. Still, before anything else, your soil needs to be 100% healthy and the perfect match for your lawn.

Soil has a wide variety of types based on minerals, nutrients, composition, pH level, and texture. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to overlook the importance of having the right soil that goes with their lawn or plants. Here are signs that your current soil might not be working for your garden.

  • Slow or minimal plant growth – Having soil that lacks minerals that your plants need is a fairly common problem among beginners. If after weeks of seeing that your plants have not grown or do not bear fruit yet, it is best to have your soil tested because its nutrients and vitamins might have been depleted already.
  • Discoloring – Are your plants slowly wilting or showing signs of discoloration? Your soil might be low on nitrogen and need fresh new compost. If they are looking purple, this could also mean that the soil is lacking phosphorus.
  • Difficulty in digging through soil – It is true that there will always be different kinds of soil for various types of gardens, but compacted soil will always be terrible for lawn grass. If you see that your soil has become too dense and it is hard to dig through it, chances are the airspace might not be enough. Make sure that your soil has the right amount of air, moisture, and composition after it went through construction or heavy foot traffic.

There are a lot of arborists in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas area, but only a few truly provide a different level of dedication to Lawn Care i.e assuring quality soil like TLC By Ken can. Call us anytime for an obligation-free inspection as well as professional soil testing.

Tips for Child-Friendly and Safe Lawn

One of the benefits of having a green and vibrant lawn is having kids running around and exploring its beauty. In the eyes of a toddler, there is so much biodiversity to discover, and nothing can be more rewarding to a parent than seeing their children appreciate their hard work.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your turf a little bit safer and more child-friendly.

  • Safe fertilization is important. Compost and other natural fertilizers are guaranteed safe options, but if you are trying out other types, it is best to check the label. Brands that have “naturally organic” and “slow release” components are a good start. Also, be careful of over-fertilization, which can pollute your waterways and permanently damage your grass.
  • Watch out for your child’s allergic reactions. This is the time when parents learn more about their child’s health condition, i.e. sensitivity and potential allergies. Try not to go crazy with the types of plants at first and slowly add or experiment.
  • Manage lawn mowing according to your child’s safety. Many experts suggest mowing twice instead of once a week. This will improve air quality and help keep your soil moist, greatly beneficial during humid days. Less mowing also means less emissions and less risk for your child to be exposed.
  • Secure all your gardening tools and equipment properly. Keep all of them, especially the sharp ones, in a cool, dry, and locked area where you can only reach and gain access to.
  • Set up a fence if needed. Putting a separation between your plants and kids and pets secures the safety for both parties. It reduces the risk of getting your plants stepped on and your kids going beyond the safely intended area.
  • Does your lawn have enough shade? If your home is in the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth Texas area, then there are bound to be hot and humid days. Make sure your kids and even guests have enough shade to appreciate the outdoors.
  • Keep your lawn pest free. Do not risk your child’s safety by not immediately addressing and removing harmful pests, i.e. fire ants, rodents, and mosquitoes in your yard. At the same time, make sure that the pest control you are using is safe and properly applied.

Visit our blog again for more tips and advice on Lawn Care. We at TLC by Ken also offer cost-free evaluation for homeowners who need professional help on their lawn — from tree disease to pest control solutions, our lines are open to take your call.

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

What are those brown patches in my lawn?

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What are those brown patches in your lawn?

If you live in a area where hot temperatures and high humidity is common, like Arlington, Texas… You may find your lawn infected with Brown Patch Lawn Disease.

So, what is Brown Patch Lawn Disease?

Brown Patch lawn disease is a pretty common and widespread problem caused by the Rhizoctonia solani fungus. This disease can infect a wide array of turf-grasses, however, the most vulnerable are: perennial rye-grass, tall fescue, and the bent-grasses. Kentucky blue-grasses have also been known to develop this disease in the mid-to-late summer months, during extended periods of high temperature and humidity.

What are the symptoms?

Do you see spotting on your leaf blades? If the answer is “yes”, this is a pretty good sign that Brown Patch is invading your lawn. The more obvious symptoms are circular areas of brown and dead grass surrounded by a thin, dark ring. Depending on the species and characteristics of your grass, Brown patch Lawn Disease may take on different shapes and sizes.

For example, grasses that are closely mown, like some Zoysias, will usually show circular rings of brown patches with an expanding gray ring growing the outer edge. This is most noticeable when the grass is damp, normally in the early morning hours.

High-cut grasses often exhibit circular brown areas, without the visible accents of a gray exterior.

When it comes to the tall fescue varieties, these tall grasses often do not exhibit the characteristic circular patterns mentioned earlier. Rather, the fungus will tend to appear on scattered across the blades of grass, so that the whole lawn may seem a little “off”. So the lawn may appear to have a sickly, tannish shade rather than the vibrant green you want to see.

Why is this showing up now?

Well, one reason may be because, in Arlington, TX… The weather is usually hot and humid! Brown Patch Disease love this type of weather. While, uncommon in the arid regions like Southern California and the Rocky Mountain States, Brown Patch is a problem for yard-lovers in every other part of the country.

Keep in mind, even though this fungus thrives when it’s hot and sticky, it is possible for your yard to become infected during the cooler months of the year. This is because Brown Patch Disease can take hold and develop well below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but doesn’t spread and become apparent to the naked eye until the temps and humidity levels rise. Dew, mist, or rain on leaf blades in these conditions can also contribute to the prevalence of Brown Patch.

How can I get my lawn healthy again?

Proper watering in midday to prevent wet grass at night is a good start, but has limited benefit. Mowing your grass frequently and on a regular basis, is by far the best way to promote air movement and drying of the leaf blades. This is probably the most helpful practice in battling Brown Patch.

More tips for treating:

Be sure to use only moderate amounts of nitrogenous fertilizer. So, don’t over do it. Fungicides are also effective if applied before the onset of the disease, but it’s recommended that you should use these chemicals on high-value rye-grass or bent-grass turfs. Also, don’t over- or under-fertilize your turf, as that can encourage Brown Patch.

Be sure to visit the city of Arlington’s website for more details on the rules and polices for Leaf and Lawn management.

Can I get help from a professional?

If you think your lawn is infected or you’re worried it may become so, give TREES HURT TOO a call. Our certified specialists know exactly what your lawn needs and what changes you’ll need to make in order to achieve the lawn of your dreams.

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

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Are you in need of a Arborist for your Trees and lawn?

Trees are a valuable asset to everyone’s property and their health is very important. A tree doctor or tree professional arborist can help manage those trees for maximum value and benefit to the uses of your property. We start with a consultation on-site with our clients and their tree doctor determine what is necessary for the long term care of the trees. Allow an arborist, or tree surgeon, from our TLC’s office to provide tree service in Fort Worth, and Arlington, TX.

Arlington Lawn and Tree Care Services

Arlington Lawn and Tree Care Services

Our lawn and Tree program utilizes all natural and organic fertilizers and Bio nutrition that not only keeps your lawn beautiful and weed free, it also promotes healthy trees and shrubs. Our program will also save you up to 50% or more on watering. Package includes Fertilization of turf as well as trees and shrubs. We also take care of any disease or insect problems that may arise. For a beautiful and healthy landscape, call the Plant health care Professionals at Trees Hurt Too for a Free Onsite Diagnoses of your lawn and Landscape.