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Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Tips for a Great Backyard Party

Backyard Party Tips

Summer is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors. With the warm weather and 16 hours of daylight to enjoy, many of us want to spend our days enjoying cool refreshments at a backyard party. Though this is the perfect time to have a party, there’s one thing that can put a damper on the festivities – an unattractive lawn. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or kid’s birthday party, your backyard should be aesthetically pleasing so here are some tips to achieve a party-worthy backyard.

Mow the lawn

A great backyard party starts with a great lawn so break out the lawn mower and cut the grass. This is a given, but sometimes we neglect our backyards and focus on the front lawn since it’s what our neighbors and visitors see daily.

Remove Weeds

If you‘ve ignored your backyard for months, you may have to tackle weeds that popped up in the spring. One weed can ruin a beautiful yard so rid yourself of them now before they continue to grow and spread.

Mulch

Mulch increases the health of your lawn and garden and discourages weeds. There are a number of mulching methods from grass clippings to organic mulch and wood chips. Different mulching methods provide different benefits for your yard so do your research before choosing a mulching method.

Take care of your trees

Prune dead, damaged, and diseased branches. Pruning promotes healthy trees so by removing dead or damaged branches you are preventing decay organisms from invading the tree. Pruning can also encourage growth in sparse areas of a tree or restrict growth if too much growth is unappealing to you.

Clean up walks and driveways

An edger can add the perfect finishing touch to your yard. Use an edger around walkways and driveways, as well as along your patio or other concrete areas in your backyard, for crisp lines and borders that outline your yard perfectly.

Add color

If you plan your party enough time in advance, you’ll have time to plant some flowers. Flowers aren’t a must, but there’s no denying they enhance the look and feel of your yard.

Decorate

In the midst of tending to your lawn, don’t forget to make your party special for your guests. Why host a party without providing a party look and feel? Make sure there are enough food, tables, chairs, and entertainment for each of your attendees.

It’s hard to stay indoors with long days and warm weather upon us. A party is a great reason to improve your backyard landscape. However, whether or not you’re hosting a party, make sure you don’t neglect your backyard. Use our tips to create a beautiful backyard space, even if you’re the only one looking at it.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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39050 Grand River Ave.
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
(248) 471-3050
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Common Weeds to Identify and Keep Off Your Lawn

Common Weeds to Identify and Keep off Your Lawn

We all dream of the perfect lawn, and many of us can achieve that when we have the right tools in our arsenal. Sometimes, however, we run into lawn care problems, like weeds, that can’t be fixed with outdoor power equipment. Weeds are a constant problem for homeowners but they are fairly easy to spot in the spring, so now is the best time to rid your yard of these unwanted plants. It only takes one weed to ruin a beautiful lawn so read more to learn how to identify common weeds and how to kill them.

Dandelion

These bright yellow flowers are easy to spot. They appear in the spring and fall, and eventually fade to form a white puffball. Dandelions grow long taproots, which are large and dominant roots from which other roots sprout. Taproots are very thick and grow directly downward.

You can remove dandelions by digging them up by hand, but you’ll need to remove at least two inches of the taproot to keep the plant from growing back. You can also apply post-emergent herbicides which kill actively growing weeds that have already emerged from soil. These herbicides work well on destroying dandelions because they will be able to penetrate the entire root. If you’re developing your lawn, these should fade away as the grass gets thicker, blocking seeds from the soil.

Crabgrass

This is a grassy weed with blue-green leaves that form a crab-like circle. Crabgrass begins to grow in the spring, typically in thin or bare areas, or in dry soil. Mowing the grass too short, overwatering, and underwatering invite crabgrass into your lawn.

Pre-emergent herbicides kill weeds before sprouts emerge from soil and are your best defense against crabgrass.

Annual Bluegrass

This blue-green grass appears in late summer and grows in clumps that are thinner than crabgrass. These weeds sprout in overwatered areas and poorly-drained soil, sprouting seeds on its tips when it grows.

A pre-emergent herbicide will prevent the growth of these weeds. If annual bluegrass already exists in your lawn, bag your clippings to prevent the seeds from spreading.

White Clover

The white clover is a three leaf clover with round white flowers that grows in lawns with nutrient-poor soil.

To stop these weeds from growing in your yard, improve soil nutrients. Broadleaf herbicide treatment is useful, but you may need to apply several applications in the spring and fall to destroy these weeds.

Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is also known as ground ivy and has round, dark green leaves with scalloped edges. It appears in the spring and tends to grow in shaded, most areas with poor soil.

To combat these weeds mow high, water infrequently, and use post-emergent herbicides. The herbicides will kill the weeds but this may take several treatments.

Chickweed

Chickweed, with thin stems covered in tiny leaves, grows in areas where moist soil, shade and good soil are present.

Chickweed can be removed and pulled out of the soil easily, which stops these weeds from spreading. If there is a large area of your lawn covered in Chickweed, crush the stems and apply nitrogen. The nitrogen will be absorbed into the plants, killing them. If chickweed is a regular problem for your lawn, apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring and fall.

To prevent the growth of weeds, do things to promote a healthy lawn such as mowing high, leaving grass clippings on the lawn as mulch, fertilizing, and tending to bare spots. Weeds are obnoxious but if you understand common lawn weeds and the options available to fight them, you can successfully rid your lawn of them.

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

11875 Northland Dr.
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
(616) 696-2913
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5 Common Lawn Care Problems and Solutions

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Every year our lawns suffer the stress of all sorts of wandering feet, hot and cold temps and a number of different types of diseases. A beautiful lawn really does have a hard life. Continue reading our post to learn about some of the most common lawn care problems and what you can do to help restore your lawn back to beautiful again.

Lawn Care Problem #1 – Grass Discoloration

Yellow spots, pale grass, and other discoloration are eyesores and usually caused by an iron and nitrogen deficiency. To remove this discoloration, you may need to apply fertilizer to the spots.

Other unwanted spots, and mildew, may also show up as a result of winter’s harsh weather. To prevent them, fertilize your lawn in August and September to improve resistance. Also increase the cutting height of your grass and your lawn will be better prepared to withstand winter weather.

Lawn Care Problem #2 – Diseases

Fungal diseases are another problem that affects the appearance of your lawn. There is a variety of fungi that can poison your lawn and these conditions help aid the growth of that fungi: over fertilization, incorrect pH, thick lawn thatch, and a thick layer of leaves in the winter.

The best protection against fungal diseases is a well-kept and healthy lawn. When fungi occur, it’s ideal to seek out help from a lawn care specialist.

Lawn Care Problem #3 – Weeds

Brief rain showers and persistent warm weather play a large role in the amount of grass you see growing. Sometimes, that growing grass is accompanied by weeds. Weeds usually indicate that your lawn is suffering from low nutrient levels.

Digging weeds out of your lawn is the best solution to this problem. Fertilizer and frequent mowing at a high cutting height are also ideal. Using good quality seeds is another way to prevent the growth of weeds.

Lawn Care Problem #4 – Moss

Moss grows in areas where your lawn has retreated, and will not replace your healthy grass. Moss often grows in damp or shaded areas, such as under trees.

Cutting grass too short allows moss to thrive, so raise the cutting height when mowing and use fertilizer to combat this problem. Since moss grows in damp and shady areas, you need to improve these areas which generally mean sowing with a grass seed mixture and fertilization.

Lawn Care Problem #5 – Pet Damage

If you’re a pet owner, you most likely know that there is a fine line between letting your pet roam freely and keeping a tidy lawn. While animals make great companions, they’re not always a “yard’s best friend.”

Pet’s waste and play areas can lead to brown spots, bare patches, and holes in your lawn. To rectify these problems, pick up pet droppings as soon as possible and douse urine spots with water to dilute nitrogen levels. Try keeping animals on a patio, gravel-covered area, or other hard surface where constant running will have less impact, and discourage digging.

While all of these issues are common among lawns, every lawn is different. Some lawns may experience all of these problems while others experience none. Spend time getting to know your lawn and evaluate its behavior. As a result you will have an easier time identifying when an issue occurs. Above all, do your best to maintain a well-kept and healthy lawn. If you have any other lawn care problems or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Why Weingartz?

Weingartz, family owned and operated, began in 1945 as a farm supply store for local Michigan families. In the 1970s, we began to focus exclusively on outdoor power equipment. Over time, we morphed into the “power equipment superstore” that now defines all of our locations. The staff and experts at Weingartz work diligently to provide the best service possible and give honest and helpful advice to each and every customer.

Weingartz also sells parts for all outdoor power equipment at https://weingartz.com/parts-lookup.

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46061 Van Dyke Ave.
Utica,MI 48317
(586) 731-7240
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