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Think your yard is parched? It could be worse

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

caring-for-parched-lawnsThanks to a record-level drought in the state of California, many residents are opting to do away with their lawn altogether. Whether they opt to replace grass with rocks, sand, or native, desert-friendly plants, it’s a choice that uses less water and keeps residents from living with a constantly brown lawn. However, it’s also a move that has slapped some with an HOA fine, according to the St. Louis Today.

Despite being a drought friendly choice – it’s one that simply isn’t approved by several homeowner’s associations. In fact, with fears that home values will be reduced, many who opt for this tactic have seen fines on a monthly basis. Which leaves those of us in the Midwest region far happier to deal with only slightly parched lawns.

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Topics: Lawn Care, Grass, St Louis

Be sure to water your lawn this September

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

september-lawn-careReady to give your lawn the treatment it deserves? According to this archived post from the Wichita Eagle, it’s the perfect time of year to jump-start your lawn for the upcoming year. With outdoor temperatures cooling down and rainfall levels on the rise, it’s a great time to pay extra attention to your yard without having to worry about summer side effects. Perhaps the best news of all, is that fall is also the perfect time of year to perform some much needed damage control.

Lawns that are scorched or less than green from the summer heat can gain some much needed water. Even those who chose to stick to a regular sprinkler routine throughout the hot temperatures can benefit from fall waterings. Set up a schedule or water your grass heavily and often to get it back to its perkier, greener self.

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Topics: Lawn Care, fall, Wichita

Turn leaves into fertilizer this fall

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

turning-leaves-into-fertilizerWith shedding leaves heading our way, it’s time to start thinking about how to best handle your yard’s waste. While lawn clippings can easily be collected and disposed of, leaves are a whole different story. Not only are there more of them, but they can fall for months on end -- creating an entire season’s worth of yard waste to be handled. While there are several ways to get rid of said leaves, there are also some that are better for the environment, such as paper bags or the use of a compost pile. Because each of these options offers a biodegradable breakdown (versus plastic that won’t decompose and turns into a sack full of smelly, rotten leaves), they allow the leaves to work back into the ground. It’s a process that helps replenish the soil without contributing to pollution.

Another option is to mulch leaves. By essentially slicing them up, they’ll be out of the way, but still allowed to work back into the ground through a process that won’t smother lawns or deaden grass throughout the winter. Avoid this option if you seeded this fall.

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Topics: lawn, Lawn Care, Grass

The ins and outs of pruning large trees

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Sep 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

pruning-large-treesTree trimming is a common practice -- one that brings appeal and tidiness to our yards, and allows us to cultivate plants that are healthier and more likely to bloom down the line. But out of all the different types of plants and trees, as well as varied sizes they can grow into, it’s important to know how to prune each specific plant.

Perhaps one of the most difficult trees to prune is the large tree -- not necessarily because of logistics, but because of the sheer size of each tree. Trees that are huge in height and width have branches that are hard to trim, and require plenty of equipment to cut and haul away. However, that still doesn’t mean tree trimming doesn’t need to be done on a regular basis.

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Topics: tree

Algae dangers remain in Oklahoma

Posted by Rodney St. John

Sep 12, 2014 8:30:00 AM

algae-dangers-oklahomaLake and pond visitors alike have been affected by this year’s bout of algae. Not only has the issue been more prevalent this summer, but it’s now starting to affect cities in other areas. For weeks now, citizens have been urged to be safe about visiting any stagnant water supplies, such as boating in the lake or fishing in local hot spots. Now, however, they’re being warned about their at-home water quantities.

In the town of Broken Arrow, residents are being asked to reduce their water consumption (such as eliminating sprinkler usage, etc.) until the algae warning has passed. Certain supplies have been deemed unsafe, and the city is now pulling from a much smaller supply.

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Topics: Irrigation, watering, Tulsa

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