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Buck's Lawn Care
Commercial & Residential Lawn Care
Complete Lawn Care maintenance service
Fertilizing • Mulching • Snow Removal
3913 Linden St. Bethlehem, PA.
(610) 882-1479

IKE Professional Lawn Care
Complete Commercial Lawn maintenance service
and Snow Removal
Insured • Satisfaction Guaranteed
1225 4th St. Catasauqua, PA.
(610) 264-2395

Smith Tree Service
Tree & Stump Removal • Pruning • Spring & Fall Clean-ups
• 24 Hr. Emergency Service • Free Estimates
Bethlehem (610) 758-8430

Lawn Care Tips

    When drought conditions exist, a lawn slows its growth, wilts, then turns straw-colored and becomes dormant. Most cool-season, and some warm-season lawns, will recover again when the drought ends, but they look dead until then. This is a natural reaction by the grass. Most grasses will survive a period of dormancy. There are several things you should do to help your lawn survive a peroid of drought.

Fertilize your lawn
    Yes, you should continue fertilizing your lawn according to your Annual Lawn Care Program . Contrary to popular belief, it is safe to apply fertilizer during a period of drought or dormancy. In fact, it is more harmful to your grass if you interrupt regular feedings. Therefore, it is important to continue your Annual Lawn Care Program .

    Research conducted after a serious drought has showed that lawns that were fed regularly with a slow-release fertilizer recovered from the drought quicker and were healthier and greener than lawns that were not fed. The key is to use a slow-release fertilizer.

Mow higher
    Increasing the mowing height on your mower will have several benefits during drought-like conditions. First, the additional height will help the grass blades retain extra moisture and promote deep, healthy roots. Second, the taller grass will aid the retention of moisture in the soil. Remember though, to never remove more than one third of the leaf blade at a single mowing. Also, using a sharp mower blade will help avoid potential fungus that could possibly add more stress to your grass.

Prevent and control weeds
    Weeds are more drought-tolerant than grass, and these unsightly looking plants will rob your lawn of vital nutrients and water. You should spot-spray weeds as they appear in your lawn. It will eliminate broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions and clover, without harming the grass. Depending on your grass type, a Turf Builder with Crabgrass Preventer should be applied to your lawn in the spring.

Water your lawn according to local water restrictions
    It is OK to let your lawn go dormant. If you do water your lawn, then be sure always to follow any local watering restrictions during a period of drought. However, in instances where you are permitted to water your lawn, you should do so early in the morning. If you water during the day, then you risk wasting water through evaporation, and watering at night may promote mildew and fungus disease.

You should water deeply to promote strong root growth. If you water sparingly, you will promote shallow root growth that is less drought-tolerant. If possible, your lawn should receive about one inch of water per week, and at the minimum it should receive 1/2" every two weeks. We recommend that you water in two intervals per week, to allow for deeper penetration and to avoid water runoff.

Lawn Mower Safety

    Did you know that the blade of a lawn mower can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour and can hurl objects as far as 50 feet?

    There are some good recommendations from the state department of Public Health if you wish to avoid injury to yourself or others. Get out the rake - Clean up litter and other objects from the lawn area that you intend to mow. Also when purchasing a power mower, look for one that has a rear blade guard to protect hands and feet. Your mower should also have a downward-aimed discharge chute so that debris is less likely to hit someone.

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