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Lawn Mowing Blunders That Can Damage Your Grass

by Steve on 07/23/21

Residential grass is the most irrigated crop in the United States. The more water your grass gets, the higher it will inevitably grow. Instead of allowing your grass to become an overgrown mess, you need to mow it regularly. Some homeowners fail to realize just how important and complex the grass mowing process is. One mowing mistake can jeopardize the health of your grass.

This is why you have to educate yourself when it comes to how to mow your grass properly. Below are some lawn mowing blunders you need to avoid if you want to keep your grass looking green and healthy.

Dull Blades Create Big Problems

A quality lawnmower will crank as soon as you turn the key over. Just because a lawnmower cranks and runs doesn’t mean all of the parts on it are functional. As time goes by, the blades on your lawnmower will start to become dull. Attempting to cut your grass with these dull blades can create lots of damage. These dull blades won’t cut the grass. They will instead rip it out by the roots, which can result in brown patches forming on your lawn.

If you don’t know how to sharpen or change your mower blades, it is probably time to call in professionals. Allowing Oasis Lawn Service to handle your mowing needs will help to ensure this job is performed correctly. We take great pride in the work we do and will go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with the mowing services we provide.

Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short

There is a common misconception that if you cut grass really short, it prohibits you from having to cut it every week. In reality, cutting your grass too short can kill it off. This is why you have to be extremely careful regarding the length that you cut your grass. Ideally, you want to avoid taking off more than a third of the total length of the grass around your home.

Leaving long clippings on your lawn can also keep the grass from growing. The best way to keep your grass at the right length is by working with seasoned professionals. A lawn care expert will know how to cut your grass in a way that leaves it damage-free and looking great.

Failing To Leave Clippings on the Grass

Some people think that using a bag to catch the clippings from their grass is helpful. The truth is that without these clippings, your grass will be deprived of essential nutrients that help it grow. Leaving behind clippings as mulch is crucial when trying to keep your grass green and healthy. If you want to provide your grass with even more nutrients, hiring professionals to apply fertilizer a few times a year is a wise move.

If you are dealing with a yard full of lifeless brown grass, it is time to reach out for some professional assistance. With the help of Oasis Lawn Service, you can keep your grass looking great all year long. 

Residential Lawn Care Mistakes You Need To Avoid

by Steve on 06/24/21

For years, American homeowners have had a love affair with their lawns. Over 75% of the homes in the United States have a lawn. The homeowners who are lucky enough to have a residence surrounded by green lush grass work very hard to keep it maintained. One of the main mistakes most homeowners make is trying to handle the work involved in maintaining a lawn on their own.

In most cases, hiring experienced landscaping professionals is the best way to ensure a lawn is taken care of properly. These professionals can help you avoid common mistakes that may damage your lawn in the long run. Below are some of these residential lawn care mistakes and what you need to do to avoid them. 

Overwatering Your Grass Can Be Extremely Problematic

Water is one of the main things grass needs to thrive. However, there is a major difference between giving your lawn enough water and completely overwatering it. If you want to keep your grass looking great this summer, you have to learn how to avoid overwatering. In most cases, your grass needs around one inch of rainwater a week to stay healthy. Overwatering your grass can lead to it getting discolored. Putting too much water on your lawn can also create a breeding ground for pests.

The best way to avoid overwatering your lawn is by investing in a state-of-the-art sprinkler system. With this sprinkler system, you can accurately dial in how much water to provide your grass with on a daily basis.

Soil Compaction Should Be Addressed Immediately

If the roots of your grass are unable to get the proper amount of hydration and nutrients, it is only a matter of time before brown patches of dead grass start to surface. Soil compaction is a problem that occurs when a lawn gets a lot of foot traffic or is exposed to the weight of heavy machinery. This constant pressure will push down on the soil and will hamper root growth.

Rather than allowing soil compaction to kill your grass, you need to take action. Professional soil aeration is a great way to solve this problem. Ideally, you want to have this aeration performed annually to avoid compaction issues.

Avoid Cutting Your Grass Too Short

Another common mistake that homeowners make with their lawn is cutting the grass too short. If your grass is cut too short, it will be hard for the nutrients to reach the roots. In most cases, you only want to about a third of the total grass length off during a mow. Hiring professionals to mow and maintain your lawn can help you avoid these problems. The money paid for this professional assistance is worth it due to how great your grass will look.

Are you currently dealing with one or more of the problems mentioned in this article? If so, it is time to seek out the help of Oasis Lawn Service. 

How To Keep Your Grass Looking Great This Summer

by Steve on 05/28/21

A green, lush lawn can add tons of curb appeal to your residence. Nearly 78% of the homes in the United States have a lawn. If your home is surrounded by grass, you need to work on keeping it healthy. Neglecting to provide this essential landscaping element with the care it needs can be disastrous. In the next few months, the temperatures in Indiana will start to increase substantially.

This increased heat and the drought-like conditions that accompany it can damage your lawn. Are you trying to keep your lawn in pristine shape this summer? If so, here are some tips you need to follow.

Fertilizing Your Lawn is Important

Most landscaping professionals recommend fertilizing a lawn once every six weeks or so. Attempting to handle this work alone can lead to your lawn getting over-fertilized. This is why you need to work with professionals to ensure the lawn fertilization process is handled correctly. Working with professionals allows you to get fertilizer with the right nitrogen content. Ideally, you want a nitrogen content of between 10 and 14. When fertilizer with this nitrogen content is introduced, it will keep your lawn green without producing the problem of fast growth.

If you want to take this process one step further, then mowing your lawn with mulching blades is crucial. This mulch is like a natural fertilizer that provides your grass with the nutrients it needs to thrive. At Oasis Lawn Service, we can provide you with a six-treatment fertilizer plan designed to make your grass healthy.

Keep Your Lawn Hydrated

The sweltering temperatures of summer can do a number on your grass. When grass isn’t watered routinely, it will start to turn brown and die off. Instead of allowing your lawn to become covered with these unsightly brown patches, you need to water it regularly. Deep watering is a concept that most landscaping professionals recommend to their clients.

This process involves watering your grass one to two times a week with around an inch and a half of water. If you want to avoid the aggravation of handling this watering manually, then investing in a lawn irrigation system is wise. The initial cost of this irrigation system is worth it, considering the long-term benefits it provides.

Avoid Cutting Your Lawn Too Short

One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your grass during the summer months is cutting it too short. Ideally, you want to leave your grass around three inches high. By doing this, you can provide protection to the root system your grass has. Cutting your grass too short usually leads to the development of disease and fungus. If you don’t have the tools or time to cut your grass, hiring landscaping professionals is a smart move. With their assistance, you should have no problem keeping your grass looking beautiful.

Is your grass looking unhealthy and unappealing? If so, it is time to find out more about the lawn care services we offer. 

Watch for These Common Lawn Diseases in Indiana

by Steve on 03/24/21

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to plan those backyard barbecues that practically define the warm-weather months. As the season draws near, you anxiously await those long summer afternoons spent with the family out on the lawn. Unfortunately, the crazy Indiana weather patterns provide the perfect breeding ground for some unsavory lawn diseases. If your lush green grass is looking a little limp or you’ve noticed unsightly brown spots, it could be an indication that your lawn is fighting some type of disease or infection. 

Symptoms to Watch For

Those brown patches in the grass on your lawn may not be just a harmless dead spot. Though your lawn has been lying dormant much of the winter, it’s still susceptible to many diseases and fungal infections. Knowing how to spot the symptoms of such conditions can allow you to treat the cause before it’s done extensive and costly damage. Here’s what to look for:

·       Discolored patches that grow - They may be yellow, brown, or even white in color and they’ll get bigger over time. These discolored patches can be oddly shaped or circular in nature.

·       Powdery coatings on grass – You may see a gray or black powdery substance on patches of grass. Often the area will also have a threadlike coating over the top, like a small spider web in the grass.

·       Limp grass with thin red “weeds” - If you see thin red strands protruding from the base of your grass, there may be an issue. It can look like red weeds or strings growing from under the blades.

·       Greasy Grass – You may find areas of dark slimy looking grass. There may be a single “wet area” or multiple areas throughout the lawn.

·       Thin distorted blades – It’s easier to identify than it sounds. You’ll see areas of grass that appear frayed, discolored, and misshapen. These areas are typically very thin instead of lush.

Causes of Lawn Disease

There are many naturally occurring fungus and spores in your lawn that may not be problematic. It doesn’t take much for a disease to erupt and spread like wildfire. Something as simple as overwatering or using the wrong type of fertilizer can spark the spread of fungus that can destroy your entire lawn in a single season. Weather conditions like temperature swings and high humidity can also be responsible for a yard full of sickly grass. Improper nutrient balance or simply cutting your grass too short can create prime conditions for fungus to develop and thrive.

Call the Professionals

Oasis Lawn Service helps people maintain a healthy beautiful lawn with excellent results. You can’t go wrong with professional service, easy-to-understand pricing, and a no-question- asked money-back guarantee. With more than two decades of experience and a green thumb on our side, Oasis Lawn Service wants to earn your business!

Why Hiring a Lawn Care Service is a Smart Move

by Steve on 02/23/21

Did you realize over 81% of the homes in the United States have a lawn? In most cases, the condition of a home’s lawn is the first thing a person will notice. Having a lawn that is brown and lifeless can severely diminish the curb appeal your residence has. The average homeowner doesn’t have the time or energy needed to maintain their lawn. Rather than allowing a lack of time to get in the way of a healthy and green lawn, you need to seek out the help of professionals.

Are you on the fence about whether or not to hire a lawn care service? If so, check out the reasons why hiring these professionals is a smart move.

A Consistent Level of Care

The average American adult leads a very hectic life. If you have a full-time job and a family, spare time is probably not something you have a lot of. Spending all of your free time in your yard can rob you of a lot of joy. If you work odd hours, it will be nearly impossible to keep your lawn looking great. Neglecting to provide your lawn with the care it needs can lead to the development of serious issues.

By hiring a lawn care service, you can provide your grass with the consistent care it deserves. With this consistent care, your lawn will remain healthy and green. The team at Oasis Lawn Service is passionate about helping homeowners maintain their lawns. We aim to keep our prices competitive and offer free quotes. If you are tired of your lawn being an eyesore, it is time to contact the professionals at Oasis Lawn Service.

Professionals Use Top-Notch Equipment

Keeping a lawn looking great requires both hard work and the right tools. Some homeowners fail to realize just how expensive lawn care equipment can be. Trying to buy all of the equipment you need to maintain your lawn can put a hurting on your bank account. The best way to avoid this large expense without compromising the health of your grass is by working with an experienced lawn care company.

These professionals will have high-quality equipment they can use to cut and trim your grass. They will also have the experience need to operate this equipment safely and correctly.

The Know-How To Spot Problems Early On

Another benefit that comes with hiring a lawn care company is their ability to pinpoint common grass and soil problems early on. Grass fungus is quite common and can do a lot of damage if it is not caught in time. Typically, cutting grass too short is the cause of this fungus. Not only can professionals address this issue and get your grass back in good condition, they can also take steps to prevent these problems in the future.

Give Us a Call!

Do you need help maintaining your home’s lawn? If so, it is time to give the team at Oasis Lawn Care a call. 

What Happens When My Company Is Bought By Another?

by Steve on 02/22/16

With the recent announcement of the merger of TruGreen and Scotts Lawn Service, you may wonder how these type of deals impact our industry. In truth, not a lot. These were already two huge companies and now they have become super huge. But, practically speaking, they will still have many / most of the same people treating lawns.

If you have been happy with these services, I doubt you will see much change. A good technician is a good technician regardless of the name of the company. If, however, the merger is handled poorly, it might lead to a lot of turnover resulting in customers dealing with a lot of new folks.

In my experience, both companies are very experienced with mergers and acquisitions and will likely keep the damage to a minimum. If their business model has worked for you in the past, I suspect it will continue.

We have always based our business on personal interaction and believe this is the key difference between us and the "big guys". This most assuredly will not change. They are not designed for much in the way of personal interaction and have automated pretty much everything they possibly can. Again, they are very effective doing business this way but it comes at a price.

Most large lawn services have over a 30% annual cancel rate. That means that about one in three customers will fire them this year. However, because of the way they are structured, they will still be quite profitable! Our company will have less than a 10% cancel rate this year, with a comparatively lower profit margin. And you know what? I am perfectly ok with that.

My son and I enjoy this business and are willing to invest a little more time and money to make our customers happy. From our customer's feedback, they appreciate our efforts. I hope you all have a great spring!

Steve   

How Much Should I Water?

by Steve on 05/31/15

As we head into the warmer weather, this question comes up quite a bit. There are a number of variables to consider (soil type, turf type, shade vs. sun, etc.). Let's look at some general suggestions that should get good results in most lawns.

First, what are your expectations? Do you want the lawn to look green and lush all summer or are you ok with some turf browning? Many people who do not have sprinkler systems simply do not water in the summer months. They realize that the turf will become discolored but also understand that the rain and cooler weather will eventually come and the turf will bounce back.

For those who choose to water, here are some simple tips. First, know how much water you are applying each time you water the lawn. Take a few empty tuna or cat food cans (any shallow container) and put them in a central area of the lawn. Then water the lawn for 20 minutes, measure the depth of the water in the cans, and you will have a watering rate.

In general, 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week will keep the lawn healthy. (This includes any rainfall). Preferably, you would like to water heavily a few times per week. So, if during my 20 minute watering test I found out that the watering rate was 1/2 inch per 20 minutes, I could water 3 times a week and apply 1.5 inches of total water to the lawn.

Another question is, "When should I start watering?" A simple test is when you walk on the lawn and your footprints don't bounce back within a short period of time. Obviously, discoloration in the sunny areas is also a common sign. Again, your personal preferences will indicate when and whether you will water. (One additional note. If possible, water early in the morning. This helps reduce evaporation and potential disease problems).

Don't forget, mowing is also a huge factor on how the lawn looks. Mowing short removes the most colorful part of the grass blade and also reduces the amount of shade that the soil gets from the grass. This puts the lawn under a lot more stress and can cause a variety of problems. Mowing tall (3 inches plus) is the best thing you can do. Yes, unfortunately it means you will have to mow more often but you will also have a much nicer looking lawn.     

Mowing with a dull blade will also cast a brownish tint to the lawn. This is because the blades are being ripped rather than cut. Just pull a few blades from your lawn. If they are jagged and brown at the tips, might be time to sharpen the blade.

To summarize:

  • Water at the first sign of discoloration if possible
  • Water 1.5 inches per week (includes rain)
  • Mow tall to maximize color and provide shade to the soil
  • Keep the mowing blade sharp
  • Water early in the morning.

Lastly, if you are still unsure on what to do, just call us (317-565-2582). We want your lawn to look great and will do anything we can to help it get there.

Steve

Should I Seed In The Spring?

by Steve on 03/10/15

Possibly. If the areas you want to seed are smaller than your outstretched hand, there really is no need. A good fertilizer program will fill most of those areas in throughout the spring.

If, however, you have large bare areas, you probably don't have much choice. Not seeding those areas will likely result in weeds dominating and spreading throughout the lawn. Of course, looking at dirt all year is not much of an option so why not give it a shot? 

There are two problems with spring seeding. First, as soon as the lawn comes in, the summer heat will put a great amount of pressure on it. Also, weeds will want to germinate as much as the new grass will and it is sometimes difficult to control them without damaging the new turf.

So, if you can wait, the fall is the best time to seed. Much less weed and environmental pressure and, if seeded early, more than mature enough to survive the winter.

Most bags of seed sold will say "sunny mix" or "shade mix" to give you an idea as to which type to use. In our area, we primarily use a mixture of bluegrass and ryegrass. Keep in mind, seeding does not have to be a big chore! Many times in the fall we will rake seed into the bare areas at no extra charge. You can just sprinkle the seed by hand and water it in if you prefer. Keep it simple and easy and it is much more likely to be done. Good luck!

Steve

When Do The Treatments Start?

by Steve on 02/13/15

For our company, the answer is usually the end of March or very beginning of April. We do this for 2 reasons. First, we want our products to provide their maximum efficacy. For instance, spraying weed control on non growing weeds is silly and wasteful. The same can be said for putting crabgrass control down on frozen turf.

The other reason is that this start time dovetails nicely with our 5 week treating schedule. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, we find 5 weeks to be the sweet spot for us from an application standpoint.

I suspect you will see some companies out treating in the next week or two. Usually, this is done because the company has a high number of customers and limited time to get their first application down. While this is not necessarily wrong, in my mind, it conflicts with what is best for the individual customer.

Another reason companies do this is to generate revenue and "lock down" their customer base. Obviously, if all you do is mow or provide lawn service, cash flow dwindles in the winter. The sooner revenue starts flowing the sooner the company can replace those winter losses.

As for customers, history tells us that the vast majority of people will continue with their service once the first application is completed. I think many people just don't want to bother canceling one service and then take the time to look for another. I think this probably applies to a lot of services homeowners enlist.

In the end, regardless of when the applications start, you should still look for the same results. A green, weed free lawn for the entire growing season. Whether that first treatment comes in February or April, don't accept anything less.    

  

Are Your Products Safe For The Environment/Kids/Pets?

by Steve on 02/01/15

This is a difficult question to answer because "safe" means different things to different people. I think of safe as something that is truly benign. (Water, for instance). So, from my point of view, they are not truly safe.

Nor is salt, bleach, mouthwash, deodorant, a can of Raid, or any number of other products in your house safe. However, if used according to the label, they present virtually no risk to the homeowner, pets, or the environment.

The EPA sets the standard for our products and the threshold is quite high. The state also does a great deal to enforce these standards to minimize improper usage. This is done through training, licensing, insurance, as well as regular in field visits to businesses and applicators.

It is important to keep in mind that every product I use can be bought at your local hardware store. The irony is that the homeowner really can abuse these products however they want while professionals are held to strict standards.

In the bigger picture, it is estimated that over 70% of pesticides used are by farmers and that 85% of homeowners have at least one item containing pesticides in their home. (http://ipm.ncsu.edu/safety/factsheets/pestuse.pdf). I don't think we often appreciate their prevalence in our society.  

Lastly, I can assure you that if I felt that there was any significant risk due to these products, I would not have spent the last 25+ years in the industry. And I definitely would not have allowed my son to work for our business.

Of course, these are just my opinions and I would always encourage anyone who has concerns to do their research. With the Internet, there is an abundance of information to be had both promoting pesticides as necessary while others will speak to the risks involved. Take the time to be informed. It's important.