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Trussville AL Lawn Care Tips

Lawn care in Trussville, Alabama is and probably will continue to be something to which many homeowners invest a lot of time and money.  People down South care a lot about football and having a beautiful lawn. That being said, as a weed control professional, I do see many homeowners make mistakes with their lawn.  Hopefully the tips in this article will help you reach your goals for your yard this year.

1. Selecting the proper grass type

Sometimes I see homeowners who buy and lay sod in a particular area that is not well suited for that particular type of grass.  For example, I remember seeing a homeowner who had just purchased squares of bermuda sod and was placing them on a hillside under a shade tree.  Unfortunately, I had to inform her that that grass was not do well in that particular location.  I encouraged her to choose a zoysia grass that would tolerate more shade or to put the Bermuda grass in the location that would receive more sunlight.  If your lawn gets a limited amount of sunlight, I would encourage you to choose emerald Zoysia for your grass type.  Z-52 Zoysia is also considerably more shade tolerant than Bermuda.  If your lawn has plenty of sunshine, then Bermuda grass will suits you fine. I also deal with some centipede and St Augustine lawns. Trussville is a little far north for St Augustine grass, but it will survive here.   The risk with St Augustine grass is that it may be damaged during a cold winter.  Centipede lawns can do well here, but they require some different care than a Bermuda or Zoysia lawn. […]

Pre Emergent Herbicide – What is it? When to Apply it?

In lawn care, as well as some areas of life, many times it is easier to prevent a problem from starting than to resolve a problem that has already escalated.  In lawn care, this is very true in weed prevention.   For example, it is much easier to prevent crabgrass from germinating than to eliminate crabgrass that is growing and healthy.  This is why a pre-emergent herbicide is so important.

What is a pre-emergent herbicide?  To put simply, it is a product which works to stop weeds very early in the germination process.

Since a pre-emergent has the purpose of stopping the germination process, the pre-emergent should be applied before the time of year in which the targeted weeds germinate.  […]

Common Winter Weeds found in Alabama Lawns

Common Winter Weeds found in Alabama Lawns
ere at Alabama Lawn Pros, LLC, weeds are the problem that we are targeting.  It is important to properly identify weeds to know how to best treat them.   Here are some of the weeds found in lawns this winter and early spring.  The weeds are controlled with a pre-emergent application in the fall as well as post-emergent applications in the early part of the year. […]

Steps toward a great looking Alabama lawn

Steps toward a great looking Alabama lawn
Steps toward a great looking lawn
Having a great looking lawn requires a lot of work. Unfortunately, there in not one simple magic step to achieving a great lawn. As a lawn care professional, I would like to lay out some basic steps toward achieving a great lawn.
Proper Mowing–
Being in the lawn business, I spent a lot of time observing lawns. This experience allows me to observe good lawns and lawns that need a lot of help. When mowing lawns, there a few simple tips to remember. Mower Height- The key point on setting the mower height is to not cut more than 1/3 of the grass height when mowing. For example, if the grass is 3” high, you should not set the deck height any lower than 2”. This becomes an issue when someone wants to keep a lawn very short. To maintain a short lawn, mowing is recommended more often to keep from cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade. It is difficult to mow the lawn every other week and keep it very short during the growing season. Think about how often golf courses mow the greens to keep them short. […]

Scalping a Bermuda or Zoysia Lawn in Alabama

Scalping a Bermuda or Zoysia Lawn in Alabama
Scalping Your Lawn

At my personal home and Trussville, Alabama, I have centipede grass in my lawn. As a lawn care professional, I realize this puts me in the minority because most people in this part of Alabama have Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is extremely drought tolerant and provides a beautiful lawn when properly maintained.

Many people scalp their Bermuda and zoysia lawns in the spring time. Is this recommended? What is the purpose? Scalping your Bermuda lawn is not necessary, but does has some advantages. The primary advantage that I am aware of is allowing your Bermuda lawn to green up faster. Removing the dormant grass whilst the sunlight and heat to warm the temperature of the earth, causing new growth on your Bermuda lawn. If a lawn is not scalped, the thick dormant grass provides a shade that prevents the ground from warming as quickly which will result in the new growth being delayed.

When scalping a lawn, you can cut the grass as low as one inch. Here in North Alabama, scalping is recommended anytime from mid-March to mid April. […]

Early season lawn care in Alabama

Early season lawn care in Alabama
Here in Alabama, it is a common and accepted practice to scalp Bermuda and zoysia grasses early in the spring.  The primary benefit of scalping is to allow the lawn to turn green earlier.  This “greening up” is causes by removing the dormant grass which allows sun and warmth to reach the roots of the grass, causing earlier growth.  A friend of mine helped me realize this fact by showing me the part of a lawn to green up first is usually by the sidewalk or driveway.  Why?  The heat of the driveway or sidewalk causes the grass nearby to turn green faster.

When should you scalp a lawn:  Here in Trussville, I would scalp a lawn the first cut of the season which is usually sometime in the month of March, depending on the weather.  As a note, scalping does not have to occur all at one time.  You may find it easier to remove a portion of the dormant grass on the first cut, then remove the rest of the dormant grass on the second cut.  This simply breaks up the job and allows time for the clippings to decompose if you are mulching instead of bagging the grass. […]