Monthly Archives: August 2016

Taking the time to do things around the house

Most of us have very busy schedules, and there’s always things that we have to leave undone around the house. For some of us, it’s the laundry, and we just let it pile up until the mountain is too big. For others, it’s the cleaning inside the house, with dishes filling the sink until we get tired of the mess. For most with kids, it’s picking up the toys, and trying to avoid the meltdowns when your child doesn’t want to put the toys back in the bin. And for many of us, the lawn is the most formidable challenge when we have super busy schedules.

For our family that’s been the biggest challenge this year here in Fort Collins, is getting the lawn into the best shape, as you can see from the pictures below.

Ugly lawn Really ugly lawn

The dead brown spots are what is hard for us to swallow, and we have tinkered with our sprinkler system for the past two years trying to figure out what we need to do. I got in touch with Frank at Fort Collins Lawn & Garden – www.fortcollinslawnandgarden.com¬†and asked him to go over what I need to do. First, he said that I should hire a lawn care pro to take care of all the sprinkler repair or servicing, and then while we’re at it, have them mow the yard either weekly or bi-weekly. The price is my sticking point in that it’s hard for me to stomach $40 a week to have someone else mow my lawn.

Here’s what Frank said, and we hope this helps some of our readers out there who might be having similar problems with brown spots on their lawn.

  1. Make sure that all your sprinkler heads are the same for every pop up. If you have a sprinkler system, you want to either have rotating heads on them all, or stationary heads on them. Frank says that if you have different heads, your lawn will not get watered evenly, even if you see that all of it is getting some water. Having the same heads insures that there is an equal amount of water going on all areas, which is the big factor – deep watering.
  2. Fertilize. Even if you don’t want to do this all that much because you feel that it’s harmful, it’s good to fertilize at least once yearly to give some life back to some of the roots that may have been damaged. When we moved in to our home, the lawn was in disarray, and we took our neighbors advice and fertilized three times over the course of 9 months, which did the trick.
  3. Mow evenly. This means don’t run the same route on your lawn with your mower. If you mow lengthwise one day, then a week or two later mow the opposite way. Clipping the grass the same way every time doesn’t stimulate growth.
  4. Listen to what the lawn care pros have to say. We have, just like many of you, been mowing our lawn for a long time without a lot of help, and it doesn’t always work the way we want it to. By calling a company to have it done for you (even if the cost is too much for you to handle), you can have a green, lush lawn, and it can stay that way for a long time to come.