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How To Handle a Lawn Full of Weeds – Weed Control

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How To Handle A Lawn Full of Weeds

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Does your lawn have a lot of weeds in it like this area here, this is choked up with a mixture turf grass, as well as Clover and some spurge, a little bit of crab grass, tiny bit of Bermuda creeping in. It might be time for Weed Control.

If you have an area like this in your yard, you might be wondering, Hey, do I need to just kill this and start over? And while I understand why you might ask that the truth is if we can go ahead and get you on a lawn care program with good weed control, we can actually start killing these weeds and we can see it in the fall at the same time. That’s where weed control comes in.

And we can turn this around in short order. These weeds are the summer weeds and they’re many of them other than the Clover are very tough to control. So we do know that you’re going to see some of them come back the following year, but again, if you’re using a good lawn care program and you’re treating those weeds, you can knock them back.

And within two seasons, this whole thing can turn right back around. If you have a lawn like this and have questions, feel free to send us a photo or comment below. Thank you.

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MowCow is Northern Virginia’s leading provider of organic-based lawn care services including landscape design services in Fairfax, Burke, Fairfax Station, Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge, Annandale, Nokesville, Clifton, Springfield, Centreville and Fairfax City.

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How To Fix Pet Urine Spots On Your Lawn Fast

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How To Fix Pet Urine Spots On Your Lawn Fast

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Do you have Brown spots in your yard? Maybe your four-legged friend has left some pet urine spots on your lawn.

That looks something like this, where you have some, some very thin Brown grass. A lot of times, in some sort of a small circle, these can sometimes lead to a Brown spot that looks like this, where there’s a real absence of turf. If you look really closely, that is dead grass in that pet urine spot.

So clearly this had coverage at one time and now it does not. Well, the good news is these are totally fixable. The bad news is these are the result of man’s best friend. The one here is more recent where the dog had recently gone and left a pet urine spot.

And what usually happens is that grass will die because the urine is so strong that it actually burns the turf and it dies out. It leaves a bare spot like this. If you receive these bare spots, you can get the lawn to recover very quickly and get rid of those pet urine spots.

If you ignore them, a lot of times they’ll fill in with weeds. Nature is very opportunistic and we’ll fill this instantly with maybe some things you don’t want in your lawn.

So we highly recommend seeding that in either case both sides. If you just do a little hand raking and get some seed down, a lot of times, that’s all you need to do. And you’ll have grass in no time, especially in the fall.

So if any of these areas have been stubborn September, go at it again and you’ll have coverage. If you have any questions about areas like this or anything else from your lawn, feel free to comment below or send us a picture and we’re happy to help.

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MowCow is Northern Virginia’s leading provider of organic-based lawn care services including landscape design services in Fairfax, Burke, Fairfax Station, Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge, Annandale, Nokesville, Clifton, Springfield, Centreville and Fairfax City.

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Aeration And Seeding Can Take Your Lawn From Good To Great

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Aeration And Seeding Can Take Your Lawn From Good To Great

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Hey everybody. This is Richard from MowCow Lawn and Landscape, here to talk with you about Aeration And Seeding.

Today we are looking at a yard that not a month earlier was almost 100% brown. It was not irrigated and took a drubbing from the summer.

But if you look now, it has really recovered. And again, this is a lawn that was not irrigated, but it’s great as it looks right now and that is because of Aeration And Seeding.

If we start to walk up on the lawn and if you follow me, we’re going to start looking down at some of the areas in the lawn.

And this is what we see. We’ve got, we’ve got some thin areas where there’s, the grass is trying to come back. We have some absolute Brown spots. And then if you start to look around, we can go a little farther. You’ll start to see we’ve got some weeds kicking in here. We’ve got some spurge and some grassy weeds that have come in.

And if you kind of panned down this way, you can see there’s even more thin spots and Brown areas. And yet from a distance, the lawn is certainly, uh, recovered or recovering, but yet it’s missing a little bit of grass. Aeration And Seeding has really helped this lawn go from good to great.

So a lawn like this, if we were to aerate and do a heavy seeding on it, it’s going to fill in all of these areas and make the lawn lush again. And if fall is the best time to do that work, and if we do it now and get it to grow in, we have the entire fall season for those roots to reach down so now the time is for Aeration And Seeding.

Then in the spring, they’ll grow deep again, and this lawn will be looking wonderful. Be ready to take on next summer as well. If you have a lawn like this and would like a hand with it, give us a shout, if you’re doing it yourself and have some questions, comment below, or give us a ring at the office. This is Richard from MowCow Lawn And Landscape. Have a good day.

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MowCow is Northern Virginia’s leading provider of organic-based lawn care services including landscape design services in Fairfax, Burke, Fairfax Station, Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge, Annandale, Nokesville, Clifton, Springfield, Centreville and Fairfax City.

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Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

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Spring Lawn Care Tips
🌱EARLY SPRING LAWN CARE TIP 1 OF 16 🌱
🍁Keep Raking🍁

Raking your lawn should be the first task this spring as the temperature turns warm. I know what you’re thinking

“I raked leaves all autumn long!”

In the spring raking isn’t just about cleaning up your leaves. It’s about controlling thatch. Over the winter, grass blades, leaves and other debris add to your lawn’s thatch layer.

We’ve had a very mild winter, but typically the grass will be matted from snow and rain or even snow mold which can smother new growth if it is not broken up.

In the early spring, you’ll want to rake with a strong upward pull to remove dead grass. Be sure that you don’t rake when your grass isn’t wet and the soil isn’t soft and muddy.

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🌾Fill In Bare Spots With Seed🌾

Over the winter, even a mild winter like this one, your lawn may have developed some bare spots. Now is the time to take care of those bare spots.

If you don’t take care of your bare spots now then weeds will undoubtedly fill those spots in. Mother Nature loves to cover bare ground.

Start by spreading a good seed on the bare areas to start the process of filling in the bare spots. Lay on some topsoil and tamp it down. Follow with fertilizer and water the area regularly.

If you really want to ensure that your bare spots fill in get a soil test done to make sure you’re adding the right nutrients to your soil.

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Aerate

One of the biggest problems facing lawns in Northern Virginia is compacted soil. Compacted soil is difficult for grass to grow in.

The best time to aerate depends on your lawn and the conditions in your area.

If you didn’t aerate your lawn in the fall then early spring would be a good time to take care of that now so you can break up your soil and prepare for seeding.

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Dethatch

As we mentioned when we spoke about raking, dethatching is an important process for your lawn in the early spring.

Dethatching is the manual removal of the layer of dead grass and debris from your lawn. A thick layer of thatch can keep water and nutrients from reaching your grass roots.

To dethatch your lawn push your rake tines deep into the grass to be sure to pull the thatch layer up from within the grass.

If your lawn has built up too much thatch you may need to rent a dethatching or power rake or possibly even look into core aeration.

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Make A Plan For Your Weeds

Most companies will tell you to just pelt your yard with weed treatment in the spring, but this could be the WRONG thing for you to do!

If you’re planning on seeding your lawn this spring then you need to be very careful which weed pre-emergent you use or you’ll kill your seed before it ever gets a chance to grow.

At MowCow, we work with you to create a pre-emergent plan for your yard so we can apply the proper preventatives to keep weeds from taking over your yard and allowing your seed to grow.

Healthy lawns resist weeds, but some still might peak their way through especially if your soil isn’t healthy. If you’re having problems with weeds we recommend getting a soil test to see where you lawn is lacking in nutrients.

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Get A Soil Test

For your lawn to grow turf grass successfully, your soil must be healthy. In Northern Virginia, our soil has been turned over so many times from construction and development that nutrients can be wildly different from one side of a yard to another.

We recommend all of our clients do soil tests on their lawns to see what nutrients are lacking in different parts of the lawn prior to beginning a lawn care program. You can’t know the best way to treat a lawn until you know what nutrients it needs.

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Start Watering

The beginning of the season is the best time to start watering your lawn. This means you won’t have to rush to try to saturate your lawn later in the year.

Now when the grass starts growing the roots grow first so it’s important to give them enough water to grow.

A good way to tell if your lawn has enough water is to simply talk a walk across it. If your grass blades spring back after you step on them, then most likely they are healthy. But if they don’t, it is time to water.

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Mow To The Right Height

It’s easy to forget that your lawn is not one big plant. Your lawn is made up hundreds of thousands of individual grass plants.

Just like other plants, your individual grass plants need to be pruned to thrive.

If you cut back a plant too far or cut your grass too low then it won’t have enough remaining to grow and become fuller.

Conversely, if you don’t cut back a plant enough or mow your lawn enough, then it can become overgrown allowing it to become an environment when insects and grubs can thrive.

If you prune you plants to the right length and cut your lawn to the right height then you’ll create a low-maintenance and stress resistant lawn that also resists weeds.

So what is the right height? It depends:

For cool-season grass like Fescue or Kentucky Bluegrass, keep your grass at around 2.5-4 inches.

For warm-season grass like Bermuda, keep your grass at around 1-3 inches

During the growing season, mow your lawn every 5-7 days to maintain ideal height. During the slower times, mow less often.

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Tune Up Your Mower

Spring is a great time of year to tune up your lawn mower. We recommend taking it to a professional, but if you feel comfortable servicing your mower be sure to take the proper safety precautions.

Here are the services that we recommend:

➡️Change the oil & filter
➡️Replace the spark plug
➡️Sharpen the blade
➡️Clean the mower deck

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Clean Up Your Yard

After there could be debris around your yard. Now is the time to clean up that debris.

Take a walk around your yard and gather up any twigs, branches or other debris that you find. Dispose of that small twigs and leaves in your compost pile.

It’s also a good time to rake out your lawn to dethatch it and remove any dead grass from your turf. This dead grass can go on your compost pile as well.

If your yard needs a lot of clean up give us a call and ask us about our Clean Up & Mulch service.

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Edge Your Beds

Early spring means soft soil and soft soil means edging your beds is easy.

Use a tool with a sharp blade like a garden space or edger.
Cut a 2-3 inch deep trench in a V-Shape along the beds to cut back your grass.
Throughout the year, maintain your edges with a string trimmer.
Only re-edge as needed.

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Apply Mulch

By the end of winter, your mulch from the previous year has probably lost its color. If you’re not using high quality mulch it probably turned much sooner.

At MowCow, we use an exclusive Triple Shred Hard Wood Oak Bark Mulch that holds its color much longer than lower quality mulch. Our clients typically only turn their mulch once per year, around June or July.

Applying mulch not only adds color to your beds, but it prevents weed growth by blocking the sun. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch to your beds around, but not on top of your plants.

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Check Your Hoses

Spring is the time of year when you’re going to want to start watering your lawn so spring is the time to make sure that your tools are in working order.

One tool that home owners often forget is their garden hoses. You’ll definitely want to take care of them before we reach the heat of summer.

Make sure that your hoses aren’t kinked or damaged. Water flows freely through them. And your brass couplings and rubber washers are in working order and attach securely to spigots.

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To Bag Or Not To Bag

Grass clippings can be a great source of nutrients for your lawn. They are full of nitrogen and decompose quickly to create free fertilizer.

If you let it, your mower can chop your clippings up and recycle them back into the soil.

If you don’t want to leave your clippings, you can catch them and add them to your compost pile. Their quick decomposition helps speed up the decomposition of the rest of the pile.

Be careful if you do leave your clippings on your yard. You must strike a balance between the right amount of clippings on your lawn and too much. If you leave too many grass clippings on the lawn it can overwhelm your grass.

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Check For Compaction

The soil in Northern Virginia is unique. The construction and development in the area means that it has been turned over again and again.

This can cause what is called compaction.

Compaction is when the soil has been packed down so there is little room for water or roots to penetrate. This might not seem like a big deal, but water helps nutrients reach your plants and deeper roots means more sturdy plants.

How can you identify compacted soil?

Take a look around your lawn, if you find moss, that’s a sign of compacted soil.

Aeration is the solution to compacted soil. Aeration breaks up the soil allowing greater reach for nutrients and water into the soil and letting the roots growing deeper into the soil.

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Fertilize

After doing a soil test to discover in which nutrients your soil is deficient it’s time to start fertilizing.

Spring coming early means that you’ll need to start fertilizing your lawn early as well. Typically, home owners want to begin fertilizing their lawn 3-4 weeks after the grass starts greening and growing.

Don’t apply fertilizer too early or you could feed weeds and cause run off. It can also lead to blade growth before the roots are ready to support it.

When you fertilize your lawn, be sure to choose a fertilizer that is formulated for your area. Follow the directions and do not over-fertilize.

At MowCow, our lawn treatment plans include fertilizer that is specially formulated for lawns in Northern Virginia.

MowCow is Northern Virginia’s leading provider of organic-based lawn care services including landscape design services in Fairfax, Burke, Fairfax Station, Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge, Annandale, Nokesville, Clifton, Springfield, Centreville and Fairfax City.

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Get A Fire Pit or Hardscape Project

Get A New Fire Pit or Hardscape This Year

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Hi, everybody. Heather here with MowCow lawn and landscape. And today we’re talking about hardscapes like fire pit, patios, retaining walls and more.

Just like you I’m out here enjoying this lovely weather. Behind me you can see this gorgeous fire pit that we did this past winter for one of our mowcow clients with our winter package.

So clients, you can always give us a call. I know that you want to be able to enjoy your lovely hardscaping for the upcoming summer. Yes, we are still providing hardscaping services during the spring.

So give us a call if you’re ready to get that awesome fire pit in your backyard and ask for me, I’m Heather, and I want to talk to you about making your backyard. Beautiful. Thanks so much. And I hope to hear from you soon. Have a great day.

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MowCow is Northern Virginia’s leading provider of organic-based lawn care services including landscape design services in Fairfax, Burke, Fairfax Station, Woodbridge, Manassas, Lake Ridge, Annandale, Nokesville, Clifton, Springfield, Centreville and Fairfax City.

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New Video: Fall Is The Best Time Of Year To Plant

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Give it a look and let us know what you think down below.
If you’d like more information just send us a message here or call our Lawn Rescue Hotline:
📞 (703) 260-9931

If you have any questions about landscape, hardscape or Clean Up & Mulch contact us with any of the methods below.

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New Video: Why Did You Put My Hydrangeas In The Sun

https://youtu.be/KvPcf5cVzhY

Give it a look and let us know what you think down below.
If you’d like more information just send us a message here or call our Lawn Rescue Hotline:
📞 (703) 260-9931

If you have any questions about landscape, hardscape or Clean Up & Mulch contact us with any of the methods below.

📧 customer@mowcow.com
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