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7 Secrets to a Beautiful Lawn This Fall

Has the grueling summer heat taken a toll on your yard this year? Is your lawn stressed or have weeds, insects, or disease? Or, is your lawn just getting by, but not the best yard in your neighborhood?

BestYard.com has produced “7 Secrets to a Beautiful Yard this Fall”.

This guide will tell you “how and when” to help your lawn recover from the summer stress, create a beautiful lawn this fall, prepare it to survive our harsh winter, and thrive next spring.

1. Get Rid of Unsightly Weeds in August & September.

Weeds compete with grass for water, space, light and nutrients. They are very aggressive and can easily take over a lawn if not kept in check. Protect your investment with a customized weed control program that will help eliminate unsightly broadleaf weeds.

Weed control – combined with regular fertilization, proper mowing and correct watering practices – will keep your grass thriving while weeds disappear.

Get Rid of Unsightly Weeds in August & September

2. Apply an Early Fall Fertilizer between September 15 and October 31st.

Use a 65% slow release granular fertilizer that feeds your lawn over 6 – 8 weeks vs. cheaper liquid or Big Box store granular fertilizer that quickly releases the nitrogen over 7 – 10 days.

This will avoid burning your lawn during the last of summer making stress conditions worse.

Apply an Early Fall Fertilizer between September 15 and October 31st.

3. Get to the Root of the Problem. Aerate Your Lawn in September.

The stressful combination of hot, dry weather and a season full of foot traffic leaves your soil compacted and making it difficult to breathe.

To alleviate this problem CSU professors recommend fall aeration to open pockets of air to allow your turf’s root system to breathe, grow deeper, and absorb nutrients and water. Over seeding is often done with aeration.

Get to the Root of the Problem. Aerate Your Lawn in September.

4. Over Seed to Improve Turf Density in September.

Fall over seeding helps your turf to become thicker and choke out weeds that grew during the grueling summer.

The new growth will fill in areas where the grass is thinning or where there are bare spots. The best time to over seed is with aeration because much of the seed will go into the plug holes from aeration.

Over Seed to Improve Turf Density in Septembe

5. Apply an Early Winter Fertilizer between October 15th and November 30th.

Because your lawn is recovering from a grueling summer it is more vulnerable to winter damage. Most of lawn care experts agree that the early winter application of fertilizer is the most important one for lawns.

It promotes a healthy, thriving root system, store vital nutrients for the winter and early spring, and aids the cold hardiness of your turf from winter damage.

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6. Apply a Mite Control Application in November to Mid-December.

Do this if your lawn or your neighborhood had mite damage in 2017. This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Mites can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less.

Almost all serious injury by grass mites are related to winter drought stress. South-facing hills with sun exposure are typical areas where turf damage can be expected.

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7. Do a Fall Clean Up in November to mid-December.

Take time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards.

Give your lawn a healthy start next spring by managing these fall tasks.

  • Trim shrubs and ornamental grasses
  • Divide plants. If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
  • Plant fall bulbs. Plant in fall to enjoy spring’s first blooms – crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost so the bulbs will stay cool all winter. Dig holes for bulbs and fertilize before replacing soil.
  • Pick up leaves. Fall cleanup will save time for gardening come spring, and clearing your lawn of leaves and sticks will prevent the heavy, wet foliage from suffocating the turf. Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for disease.
  • Decorate for the holidays. Fall is the time to think festive! Draw attention to your landscape with lighting, and find ways to incorporate a pop of color by filling containers with seasonal selections – mums for fall.
  • Clean up. Wash down the patio furniture and store it for the season. Make sure to pick up toys so they don’t get buried or lost.

OF COURSE we would love to care for your yard.
BUT, whether we provide for your yard or not, we want it to be the best it can be.
THEREFORE, we want to provide you the best professional advice for your lawn care in this guide.
THIS IMPROVES our neighborhoods, community, and environment.

If you have some items on your “to-do” list and want to move some to someone else’s “to-do” list call 720-851-7550 or click Do It For Me to discuss your lawn care needs or request your FREE lawn care quote.

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Are Brown Patches in Your Yard Due To Chinch Bugs?

Here is some educational information to help you diagnose your lawn. Mites and chinch bugs can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less.

Have you seen any chinch bugs lately?

We are seeing an infestation!
These tiny insects live in lawn grasses above the soil,
feeding on lawns by sucking out the vital juices of the grass plant.

Chinch Bugs in lawn

Your Lawn Is At Risk

When chinch bug eggs hatch and the young begin feeding, small patches of brown grass start to appear. If a homeowner ignores the problem or mistakes it for drought, the patches will continue to grow. Chinch bugs can devastate an entire lawn in as little as three weeks if no control methods are taken.

Signs of Potential Chinch Bug Damage:

  • Dry patches that do not improve with lawn watering
  • Damage on sunny hillsides
  • Scurrying insects among grass blades

We are seeing the worst infestation of active mites and chinch bugs in 27 years.

About every fifth client is calling in complaining about huge brown spots in their yard.

It’s due to the extremely dry winter and lack of heavy moisture this spring.

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Life Cycle

To control an insect population we must understand its habits and its life cycle. Chinch bugs survive the winter as adults seeking shelter from the cold and snow under shrubs, hedges and leaf litter. In the latter part of the spring they come out of hiding and venture into the lawn. Here they will mate and the females will seek a hot dry location in which to lay their eggs (usually a south-facing, sloping hillside). Chinch bugs like hot dry locations.

The adult female will lay approximately 250 eggs in the lawn. In about 3 weeks time the eggs begin to hatch and the young chinch bugs (nymphs) begin feeding. Two or more generations can mature each season. The eggs are laid very close together so that when the eggs hatch and the young begin feeding, small patches of small grass begin to appear. If a homeowner ignores the problem or is unaware of it the patches get bigger as the insect matures and seeks food further afield. Chinch bugs can totally ruin a lawn in 3 weeks if no control methods are taken.

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If you see suspicious brown patches starting to appear in the lawn DON’T HESITATE.

Call us at 720-851-7550!

  • If you do have chinch bugs we can protect your investment in your property by promptly treating the problem.

If your brown patches are due to lack of water we can advise you on correct watering procedures.

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Still Brown Patches in Your Yard?

Mites and chinch bugs can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less. Here is some educational information to help you diagnose your lawn.

Mites

Grass mite differs considerably in appearance from the other turf-damaging mites. It is smaller and lighter in color. During most of the season, it is green; the young stages are a paler color. During periods when the mites run out of food or environmental conditions are unfavorable, they may temporarily turn bright red.

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Dead grass takes on a brownish-yellow color and the blades are stiff. Under favorable conditions, severe injury can progress rapidly. Almost all serious injury by grass mites are related to winter drought stress.  South-facing hills with sun exposure are typical areas where turf damage can be expected.

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Chinch Bugs

These tiny insects live in lawn grasses above the soil, feeding on lawns by sucking out the vital juices of the grass plant.

Chinch bugs are also lethal due to their tiny size, only about ⅕” in length. Due to their diminutive size, you may not even know you have an infestation until the damage is already done.

The best place to look for these insects are on the stems of your live grass, near the soil surface. After you sit and watch closely, you’ll be able to spot them crawling around.

These tiny creatures can cause big damage!

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Learn more about Chinch Bugs by viewing this videos.

What can we do for you?

If you observe the early signs of injury or significant numbers of insects in your lawn, give us a call at

Our professionals that provide insect control service trained to identify the insect, its life cycle, and the level of infestation. Based on the infestation and type of insect, our insect control professional will decide the best solution for a given problem.

Our employees trained to diagnose insect damage carry fact sheets, which can tell owners more about pests, such as mites, chinch bugs, and white grubs. Our consultation is free; you can call for any type of insect problem, we will diagnose the problem and set up the proper program.

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