Summer is here and that means tons of time spent on our lawns. Whether you’re walking through your neighborhood, having a picnic at the park or admiring the lawn of a local business, you’ve probably come across brown, dead-looking grass. It’s easy to blame those less-than-lush spots on scorching summer heat, but in reality, there’s a whole host of other potential culprits, including diseases, that could be wreaking havoc on your lawn.
With the heat and humidity that are typical for our Midwestern summers, lawns are more susceptible than ever to persistent fungi and grubs. We break down these two common categories of lawn-destroyers to help you maintain the healthiest lawn possible.
Getting Rid of Grubs
While they may be tiny, grubs can pose a huge threat to your lawn – especially if you’ve never taken any preventative measures against them. Grubs are the larval stage of many types of destructive insects. Once their eggs are laid in the spring and early summer, the grubs hatch, grow and feed on the roots of your grass in mid- to late summer,...more
It may only be September at the moment, but winter weather can sneak up quickly. While we are a few months away from winter officially starting, that doesn’t ever seem to stop snowfall from coming early. It’s paramount that you are prepared for winter before the cold, snowy weather strikes by ensuring you have a snow removal plan in place. It may be tempting to just let snow sit as is and cozy up next to the fireplace, but it’s important to remember that snow removal is an important aspect of winter operations. In today’s blog at Rooted Landscape in Olathe, our landscape and snow removal service talks about a few reasons why snow removal is so important. If you don’t already have a snow removal team lined up for your property this winter, be sure to give us a call at Rooted Landscape in Olathe today.more
even have a saying about when one thinks that another has it better than them. We don’t say “The house is always bigger…”, or the “car is always faster…” or even the “wife is always prettier…”; we say “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. As a country, we have turned this attention to our lawns into a passion. We love the carpeted velvet green of a well-maintained lawn, enough so that we spend about $40 billion on lawn care services and products. As professional lawn care experts in Olathe, we often see the results of mistakes homeowners make when caring for their lawns and work tirelessly to bring back their lawn to a gorgeously healthy state with lawn renovation techniques. Avoid these common lawn care mistakes made by well-meaning homeowners and call the experts at Rooted Landscape instead:
Mowing too low – Though you may want a “manicured lawn” cutting the blades of grass too low actually reduces their ability to photosynthesize, thinning them out and allowing weeds to find space to grow.
Over-watering – Your lawn can become water-logged...more
Using plants indigenous to the Midwest US delivers a bounty of benefits for both the homeowner and the local ecosystem. As a leading landscaping company in Olathe, we strive to always include the plants that call this area home in our client’s landscape. We have found that native plants yield the following advantages:
- Unmatched beauty. Lets face it, one of the reasons we choose to make Kansas our home is the open stretches of beauty offered to us by the heartland’s plains. Both the flora and fauna that are natural to the area make for gorgeous additions to any landscape.
- Attraction to both man and beast. Not only are they beautiful, most of the region’s plants do their best to attract wildlife of all kind with their showy flowers, seeds, fruits and nuts. Attract butterflies, bees, birds and a variety of friendly animals that add to the unique charm of your Kansas landscape.
- Prevention of invasive species. Those plants that have been introduced to the area have spread and taken over in some areas of Kansas. Native plants that are properly cultivated can...
Ask any lawn care expert and its likely you’ll get as many different answers to the question “is it really necessary to fertilize my lawn” as there are blades of grass to be…. well, fertilized. Where there is little debate whether or not a newly planted lawn needs the additional nourishment fertilizer, the argument as to whether an established lawn needs fertilizer continues to grow faster than the most annoying weeds. Around the country, different grass species and the environments they grow in help to determine the level of need for lawn fertilizer and the frequency at which it is required.
Understanding just how much of what nutrient your lawn requires for healthy lush growth is where lawn fertilization starts to get complicated. For example, nitrogen is recognized as your lawn’s most required nutrient but each type of grass, the area’s climate and available moisture levels all play a part in factoring in just how much nutrient your lawn actually requires. Your lawn also needs phosphorus and potassium in order to help it grow the strong foundation of roots that keep it...more
Comprehensive lawn care and maintenance actually encompasses so much more than a basic mowing (heck, even mowing has its own set of do’s and don’ts). From seeding and aeration, to fertilizing and pest control, keeping a lush, green and healthy lawn takes a level of skill and experience that isn’t often acknowledged outside of lawn services industry. Where a large majority of Americans desire a beautiful lawn, basically all year long, it isn’t often understood that getting and keeping a lawn healthy is not as easy as it sounds. Take for example: lawn aeration. What seems like simply punching holes in your lawn has an actual process and a definite set of benefits. Lawn aeration provides the following for grass:
- An increase in oxygen. Your lawn and its individual blades of grass breathe just like every other plant in your landscape. Aeration allows life-giving oxygen to penetrate through to the roots.
- A decrease in water use. Because of those pathways created by aeration, water makes its way to the roots much easier. A well-aerated lawn is one that uses less water...
Earth. Dirt. Terra Firma. Often overlooked in lawn care and maintenance, a property’s soil literally provides the foundation for all land usage, including lawns and gardening itself. Without quality soil, every aspect of our land use is vulnerable. From irrigation to hardscapes, from crops to building foundations, the soil that surrounds or supports them is of the utmost importance to any structure’s durability and reliability.
Without quality soil, crops fail, plants struggle, support for buildings and lawns is impinged upon and even a region’s entire ecosystem can be disrupted. Water quality can be detrimentally effected by soil runoff and nutrients for plants are inhibited. Poor soil also creates areas where undue erosion is increased, leaving landscaping and crops vulnerable to foundation changes. A good quality soil should be able to perform certain functions that are essential to people and the surrounding environment. By maintaining an area’s unique soil quality we can help ensure that the local environment benefits. At Rooted Landscape, we believe that maintaining a...more
One of the more frequently asked questions we receive as landscapers in Olathe is in regards to pest control. Where most homeowners are excited to see their landscape and garden come into beautiful bloom in the spring and summer, many find themselves frustrated and annoyed when it comes to the pests that are attracted to said landscape. Insects of many types can destroy plant life and present somewhat of a danger to the health of your children and family as many carry diseases and bacteria that should be avoided. Rather than employing a recipe of toxic chemicals, many homeowners are looking for more natural ways to repel dangerous and destructive pests. By attracting beneficial insects, the bug life in your garden can be kept to a healthy minimum. The top beneficial insects for your garden often include:
Lady beetles. Though in Kansas we are very familiar with the orange and spotted ladybug, there actually exist more than 400 species of these beneficial beauties. Lady beetle adults feed on aphids and other soft-bodies insects. Larvae also do their share by consuming aphids...more
Last month we attempted to educate our Olathe neighbors on the bugs and insects that are beneficial to your lawn and garden. This month, it’s time to look at those bugs you should work to get rid of.
Looking out at a lush expanse of healthy, thick green grass, it’s easy to believe that it if it grew in that way, it’s easy to keep it that way. Many homeowners believe that if they simply water it regularly and fertilize it from time to time that they can keep their lawn beautiful and healthy. However, there exist a tiny army of destructive insects that are bent on treating your lawn like its own personal battleground and without proper pest control, your grass is vulnerable to ruination, courtesy of the minuscule troops. What bugs should you watch out for? These pests are likely to reverse the work that you or your lawn service company has done to create a lush and beautiful lawn:
Crane Flies – Introduced to the New Jersey area from Europe, this pest does some serious damage to grass in areas all over the country. They and their larvae prefer moist thatches of turf and...more
Though we find ourselves already sending our kids back to school, we need to remember that it’s still summer until the third week of September and your lawn will feel every bit of the sweltering heat. So don’t make the mistake of thinking that the cool weather of fall is closer than it is. Your lawn still needs special care to get it through to winter without bare spots, yellowing and disease. As Olathe’s premier lawn care company, our approach to developing and maintaining healthy lawns in Kansas is a comprehensive multi-step process. These steps, performed on a routine basis throughout the spring and summer, include:
- Soil Testing – Effectively taking the guesswork out of lawn maintenance, a soil test tells us a lot about the nutrients and minerals found in your soil. These tests allow us to take precise measurements of pH levels and help us to make quick and effective adjustments to your soil in order to encourage lush and healthy growth.
- Fertilization – Usually done earlier in the season, and dependent on the results of the soil test, our feeding and...
Hello! And welcome to Rooted Landscape in Olathe. We are premier lawn care professionals based out of Olathe, KS! In today’s blog, we discuss a little bit about who we are, what we do, and more. In our future blogs, you can expect helpful lawn-care tips, landscaping advice, useful information, and so much more. Keep reading to learn more about Rooted Landscape in Olathe and be sure to check back frequently for the latest and greatest in lawn care news and information!more