Landscaping & Lawn Care in Plano
27 Feb 2015

When Should You Turn Your Sprinkler System Back on after Winter?

Cold WeatherThose who have read my Quick Tips and our blog entries over the years will probably recognize this is a trick question.  You should never completely stop watering your lawn and landscape.  Your soil still loses water when it is cold outside. Granted it won’t lose it as fast as in the summer, so you can water less, but you should always employ a seasonally appropriate watering schedule.  Watering issues are the second biggest problem I see in lawns, second only to shade issues.

What happens when you turn your sprinklers off in the winter?  We end up seeing a lot more weeds in Bermuda lawns.  Why?  Our pre-emergent only prevents weeds if it’s watered in.  The water pushes the product into the soil and spreads it evenly.  That’s why we recommend watering within two weeks of our visits – after that the product disappears and weeds appear.  The same thing goes for St. Augustine but since it’s a tropical plant, it needs damp soil to protect its roots from freezing weather.  After the severe freezes last year we saw a lot of damage to St. Augustine lawns (the ones that were damaged the worst hadn’t been watered.) Even lawns that were watered were damaged but they bounced back within a few weeks of warm weather so by late spring they were back to normal.  As I’ve said, lawns need three things in this order – sun, water and food.  I’d love to be higher in the pecking order but Mother Nature continues to tell me I’m not.

My final point is that if we’ve had a lot of rain, you can obviously give your sprinkler a break.  Just remember that it’s important that you remember to turn the system back on!If you need more help please with your sprinkler system please don’t hesitate to contact us at 972-495-6990 or

We’d be happy to answer any of your questions. For those who want more advanced help, we offer affordable sprinkler tune-up packages that will keep you lawn healthy and looking great year round.  Click here to get a free estimate on what it would cost for your lawn.

11 Feb 2015

Why You Should Aerate Your North Texas Lawn

Core aeration is one of the secrets to a healthy lawn.  The process is pretty simple, we use a lawn machine that punches thousands of small holes in your turf.

Possibly the most important benefit of aeration, considering we live in North Texas where many of our cities are under Stage 3 Water Restrictions, is that aeration increases your water retention and will lower your water bill.

Our infamous clay soils are made up of tiny particles that compact, getting tighter and tighter, over time.  Eventually your soil becomes so compacted that it has a hard time taking in water, oxygen, and fertilizer (the components to a healthy lawn.)  The more traffic on your lawn, whether people or pets, increases the problem which is why golf courses aerate their greens and fairways several times a year.

As a homeowner, you don’t need to go that far, but it is a wise investment to aerate your lawn once a year.  The benefits are pretty simple.  Once you poke thousands of holes in your lawn, you are creating little cups that will collect water, oxygen and fertilizer.  These components will be able to penetrate deep into your soil down to the root system of your grass, which will lead to a healthier lawn.In the end aeration just makes good sense.  Financially and environmentally, and better yet, the end result will be a much healthier and more beautiful lawn when you combine aeration with your ongoing lawn maintenance program.