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Green Grass during Utah Drought

With summer fast approaching, hot dry weather can be a concern for your lawn and its health. Let us at VIRIDIS Lawn Care help you manage your resources to beat the heat this summer and keep your lawn looking its best.  Below are some helpful tips to recognize and treat your lawn’s issues during drought conditions.

One of the most noticeable symptoms of a lawn suffering during a hot dry summer is the color changing from a deep green to a dull greyish or blueish green hue followed by yellow and crispy tan if nothing is done to prevent it.

Another earlier warning sign is when it loses some of its springiness. Footprints and other tracks will remain visibly smashed down rather than bouncing back quickly. This happens as the leaves dry out. They may also roll or twist up. While rolling blades is one of the first signs that your lawn is lacking needed water, it is only noticeable if you actively inspect.

Obviously the best solution to grass drying out would be to water but sometimes water is either not available or under city restrictions. In any case, during extreme temperatures, watering at night or in the very early morning will best utilize this precious resource. Watering during the heat of the day, once the sun is up, will cause a  lot of waste through evaporation which will not only keep your lawn from getting the moisture it needs but also cost more money.

Fertilizer could also help conserve water. Often lawns look yellowish if they aren’t receiving the nutrients they need which could easily be mistaken for not enough water. Ensuring the grass has all the nutrients it needs to grow will enable you to know that your lawn is in need of water not fertilizer.

Mowing habits may also need to change. Keeping grass on the longer side can help shade roots and soil and keep moisture in. Try to keep grass at least 3 ½ inches tall. This will also help your lawn appear greener with the blade covering the thatch and roots.  Allow the clippings to stay on the lawn. This can help fertilize and also helps to shade and mulch around the root system.

Consider changing up your landscaping during droughts to decrease the area requiring water. Using rock, gravel, pavers or other similar options to replace lawn or flower beds can be a big step toward water conservation.

Using these techniques can help keep your landscaping looking good, even during droughts and hot summer weather. Let us as VIRIDIS Lawn Care help you manage your lawn to insure it always looks its best.

Why you should Hire a Professional Lawn Care Service in Utah

Lawn maintenance is time consuming. Many people have busy schedules and other priorities but still desire the beauty of a well-cared for lawn. Others simply don’t enjoy the work or are limited by allergies. Whatever the reason, hiring a professional such as VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake City to care for your lawn may be a great investment. Below we’ll tell you some of the best reasons to hire someone to help you take on your lawn.

Whether you have the time and energy or not, hiring a professional lawn care service can provide a level of expertise that you may not have. Our lawn care experts can identify problems with nutrients, diseases, or infestations of bugs or animals and provide solutions rather than having to guess at the problem or spend many hours in research.  They know how grass grows and how to help it reach its peak performance. While much can be learned online, knowing your lawn is in capable, knowledgeable hands can help you rest easier.

Lawn Care in Utah Hire a ServiceThe quality of lawn care equipment used by professionals far exceeds that of an average homeowner. Owning an aerator, mower, dethatcher, spreader, leaf blower and other equipment necessary for optimal lawn maintenance is out of most homeowners’ practical budget. Hiring a professional can save you money in the cost of this equipment alone.

As mentioned earlier, lawn care is time consuming.  Simply mowing can take an hour or more at least once a week during peak growing season depending on your lawn size and mower type. Other maintenance (fertilizing, aerating, dethatching, pest control, etc.) can quickly add hours of labor and research to your lawn care time. Allowing a professional lawn care service to assist in these tasks can save you countless hours of work that you could spend relaxing or playing.

Lawn care services can also save you the problem of trying to store many different fertilizers or chemicals used for pest control. These can be difficult to store correctly to insure the environment isn’t harmed. They can also take up a lot of space that many families simply don’t have.

While some enjoy and have the time, energy, and resources to take care of their lawn alone, many do not. For those of you looking to share the burden of lawn maintenance, give us a call! At VIRIDIS Lawn Care, we’ll do the work. You relax and enjoy the results.

Types of Lawn Weeds in Utah

There are several weeds common in Utah that can grow in your lawn, turning your lush turf into troubled territory.  A few include:

  • Black Medic

This weed has long stems with rounded, veined leaves and small clusters of yellow blooms. When mature, it produces black seed pods.

  • Chickweed

Chickweed can be identified by little star shaped flowers, small oval leaves and tall stems.

  • Creeping Bellflower

With pretty, blue or purple star shaped flowers, this weed can appear ornamental. It spreads though a very strong root system.

  • Dandelion

One of the most common weeds, dandelions prefer cooler weather although they produce bright yellow blooms from early spring through late summer. Blooms turn to white fluffy seed heads which scatter in breezes.

  • Dock

This weed can reach as much as 2 – 3 feet high. The leaves are tinted reddish and have crinkly edges.

  • Field Bindweed

One of the most difficult weeds to control, this cool season vine spreads both underground though roots and above ground through seeds. The leaves are rounded and the flowers are somewhat bell shaped and white to pale pink.

  • Foxtail

Foxtail comes in three varieties: red, green and yellow. It prefers warm weather.  It grows in clumps with stems topped in long, fuzzy looking heads.

  • Grape Hyacinth

This ornamental weed dies during summer but resurfaces in the fall. It is extremely hard to control due to spreading though bulb divisions and though seeds.  It is topped with purple, cluster type flowers.

  • Ground Ivy

This cool season vine prefers shade.  Stems root wherever they touch the ground. It produces purple funnel flowers.

  • Henbit

This cold loving weed has square stems with indigo flowers that bloom around the beginning of April.

  • Kochia

The leaves of kochia begin silvery but turn to green with yellow or red as they mature. It adapts to different environments well.

  • Mallow

This resilient weed produces white flowers. They have disk to rounded heart shaped leaves and a very long sturdy root. They spread both through rooting and seeding.

  • Moss

Moss grows best in cool, moist, shady areas. It is best controlled by less frequent watering.

  • Mushrooms

Mushrooms grow in very wet environments and are usually found in shade.

  • Thistle

These are very spiny, prickly weeds that produce large purple flowers. The leaves often have a silver or grey tint.

Any of these weeds can invade your grass, turning your turf into a field rather than a lawn. Many of these can also spread to or from your neighbors, creating lawn problems throughout the neighborhood. Allow VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake to come help you control these problem plants and keep your lawn looking its best.

How to get Rid of Utah Crickets

Among some of the most devastating creatures to your landscape are crickets, relatives of the grasshopper.  These insects can severely damage grass, trees, flowers, gardens, and crops. VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake can help you control these pests so your lawn and gardens can remain attractive and healthy.

Crickets come in different varieties with the most common in central Utah being the Mormon Cricket. While they are not a true cricket, rather a katydid, they are often thought of as such and categorized with other crickets.

The different types of crickets vary greatly in behavior and appearance as well as the amount of damage they cause. Some such as the Mole Cricket, tunnels underground, destroying turf grass roots while most others live above ground feeding on plant life. Unfortunately, the most common – the Mormon Cricket – is also the most destructive to plant life.

Occasionally, swarms of these insects will form, devastating crops and other plant life. They usually cause the most damage in later summer as they need more food and begin their swarming phase. During heavy outbreak years, they will even feed on each other.

Since Mormon Crickets can’t fly, despite having wings, barriers made of smooth material (to prohibit climbing) that are at least 24 inches high can help keep crickets out of areas.  Loud music will also push crickets away. Fortunately, crows and gulls as well as other animals such as rodents and coyotes will feed on Mormon Crickets. There are also insecticides that can help control cricket populations. Some insecticides can not only kill the insect that initially consumes the poison but also kill any crickets that feed on it. Be sure to always follow insecticide instructions or hire a professional to insure it is applied correctly and effectively. Also, tilling open areas and raking lawns in the fall to kill the eggs that may have been laid over the summer can help control the population near your property.

While they are difficult to control, VIRIDIS Lawn Care’s professionals are eager to help so you can reap the rewards of your efforts on your landscaping.

In 1848, this type of katydid nearly wiped out the crops planted by Mormon farmers trying to settle in Utah. They’ve been called Mormon Crickets ever since. They prefer grasses and sage brush, but will eat a variety of other plants, including wheat and corn. They can be seen at the openings of forests as well in crop fields. While this species eats plant matter, sometimes it resorts to cannibalism when plant food is scarce.
Adults chirp at regular intervals. Females have a curved ovipositor that looks like a tail, or stinger. It is neither. The ovipositor is a tube that pushes into the dirt, allowing females to deposit eggs just under the soil’s surface. The eggs overwinter and small nymphs emerge in the spring, just when plants are starting to grow.

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Benefits of Hiring a Lawn Care Service in Utah

Besides looking beautiful, there are many reasons to grow a lawn around your home. VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake can teach you how important grass is to the environment and how to insure you reap the benefits rather than the disadvantages of having a lawn surrounding your home.

Often, we hear arguments against having grass including excessive water usage during a drought and chemical or fertilizer runoff pollution without taking into consideration the benefits of having a lawn.

Having a lawn in good condition with a strong, interwoven root system increases soil stability and erosion and decreases water runoff. This can also help prevent dust and other pollutants which in turn can help keep your home cleaner. The thatch layer can also create a barrier to protect the soil from chemicals that might otherwise enter and pollute the ground or nearby water.

Lawns help keep the air surrounding your home cooler which can help cut air conditioning costs during the summer months. They absorb much of the carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere which can help manage climate changes as well as produce oxygen.

A little known or thought of benefit of lawn landscaping is reduction of noise, especially in more populated areas.  Think of it as padding or carpeting for the outdoors.

Another benefit of a lawn around your home is fire protection. Green healthy grass doesn’t burn easily and having it around your home can help prevent the spread of fires and protect your home from damage.

In order to decrease some of the disadvantages of lawn care and reap the many benefits, chose a grass that is suited to your climate and water wisely, during cooler times and for appropriate amounts of time for your grass and soil type. Avoiding over watering can eliminate the runoff pollution and reduce cost of maintaining your lawn which will allow you to enjoy your lawn without worrying about harming the environment or your pocketbook.

VIRIDIS Lawn Care knows that grass plays an important role to the environment and to a family’s wellbeing. We want to ensure that you have the best lawn suitable to your area and situation. Call us today to help you maintain and care for your landscaping so you can reap the benefits of a healthy lawn.


Lawn Care Utah County – Get rid of Grasshoppers

Among some of the most devastating creatures to your beautiful landscape are grasshoppers.  These small insects can damage and even destroy grass, trees, and flowers. VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Utah County can help you control these pests so your lawn and gardens can remain attractive and healthy. Below is information on grasshoppers that can help you identify if they are causing problems around your home.grasshopper

Aptly named for their powerful hind legs, grasshoppers range in color from green to brown to yellow. The adults have wings as well and are around 2 inches long although they can be larger or smaller depending on the variety. Grasshoppers generally prefer drier climates. Their population fluctuates year to year depending on the weather patterns with every few years being “outbreak years” with extremely large numbers. They usually cause the most damage in later summer as they have matured and need more food or are drawn to new areas as crops ripen. During heavy outbreak years, they will even feed on many other objects besides landscaping such as fabric window screens, paint, and wooden handles or posts. They often make their homes in unkempt areas of weeds and tall grass which can actually help prevent them from taking over a well maintained landscape area.

leaves grasshopperThe damage they cause to plants is typically noticeable. Holes in leaves of flowers or trees is the easiest to spot. They also feed on grass but it can be harder it notice the holes on grass blades than on the broader leaves of other plants.

Poultry is one of the most effective natural solutions to a grasshopper problem; however raising chickens or turkeys isn’t feasible for many people. Instead, there are insecticides that can help control grasshopper populations. Using insecticides on adult grasshoppers can often fail. They are more resilient as adults. Applying these chemicals during their younger stages (mid June) will prove much more effective. This can help eliminate many grasshoppers before they become a problem. Be sure to always follow insecticide instructions or hire a professional to help insure it is applied correctly and effectively. Also, keeping your lawn free of weeds and tilling open areas in the fall to kill the eggs that may have been laid over the summer can help control the grasshopper population on your property.

While they are difficult to control, grasshoppers are easy to identify as problem causers which can help you get a jump start on removing them from around your home and garden. VIRIDIS Lawn Care’s professionals are eager to help so you can reap the rewards of your efforts on your landscaping.

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Lawn Care Draper UT – VIRIDIS LAWNS

Do you live in Draper Utah and/or do you want your lawn to be the pride of the neighbor?

VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Draper UT knows how much pride a beautiful landscape can bring you. Enjoying your lush lawn and beautiful gardens can make the time, money, and effort you put in, worth it. For some, even after all that effort, your hard work can be thwarted by a neighbor’s negligence. While you may keep your landscape weeded, mowed, and cared for, nearby neighbors may not, and that can quickly become your problem.

Do Your Neighbors in Draper UT let their weeds get out of control?

Are you dealing with neighbors weeds in your lawn in draper?
Are you dealing with neighbors weeds in your lawn in draper?

Neighbors allowing weeds to grow unattended can spread the problem rapidly. Birds and wind can scatter weed seeds into your property where they can take root and spread. Other weeds spread through root systems, which get stronger and harder to kill when neglected. These weeds may show up near your property lines or can end up 20 feet away. So what do you do? While nothing will guarantee you remain weed free, here are some things that can help deter those weeds.

  • Keep your lawn thick and healthy. The denser your grass, the less chance for a weed plant to crop up. Seeds usually need a bare spot to fall into in order to sprout. Reseed with grass seed any time your lawn looks sparse or has bare areas. Fertilize your lawn appropriately to help encourage strong root growth and healthy plants.
  • Mulching gardens and beds can do the same thing as growing a dense lawn – remove bare spots for seeds to get a start. Laying down a layer of mulch can also help your gardens grow healthier and use less water, a win-win situation.
  • Consider trenches, shrubs, fences, rock walls, or ground cover along the property line. You may want to discuss this with your neighbor and, it could be a great way to courteously bring up the problem their weeds are causing. Weeds have a hard time growing through rocks or in very shady areas. Fencing, such as a wooden privacy fence, can help block weeds that travel through seeds blown on a breeze. Trenching allows you to pull the weeds that creep into the trench and mow right up to its edge. Erecting these suggestions can help prevent their weeds from sneaking across the border into your lawn.
  • Stay on top of the weeds! Don’t get discouraged and ignore them for weeks. The more diligent you are in removing them, the better off your lawn and gardens will be. Using weed sprays, pulling or hoeing, or hiring a professional lawn care service such as VIRIDIS Lawn Care Draper UT to help with weed control are the best options. Ignoring them will only allow them to go to seed in your property which will cause way more problems later on.

Lastly, but possibly most importantly, try talking to your neighbor about the effect their weeds are having on your landscape. They may not realize the harm they are causing you or perhaps don’t know what to do about the problem. Offer suggestions and your help. A little neighborliness from you can do wonders.

Phosphorus is essential for your lawn

Phosphorus is essential for your lawn

Some nutrients are essential for a healthy lawn. Understanding these nutrients can help you make decisions on types and amounts of fertilizer to apply to your grass. Let VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Sandy Utah, explain how and why phosphorus is important to have available to your lawn.

Phosphorus is one of the essential nutrients required for lawn health and growth.  This is the second number on fertilizer bags following nitrogen and followed by potassium. Phosphorus helps new lawns get a great start by encouraging strong root growth which allows the grass to withstand more stressful environments and use the nutrients in the ground more fully. It also helps plants to mature more rapidly.  Applying a fertilizer containing phosphorus can also strengthen already established lawns when the soil doesn’t contain adequate amounts.

While some phosphorus is good for root, leaf and flower growth, too much phosphorus can run off into water causing pollution and algae buildup which can damage waterways and kill fish. It moves through the soil slowly and plants require small amounts so over applying is common. Some states encourage fertilizing without phosphorus to reduce the runoff risk.  Soil testing every few years can help insure you aren’t over applying phosphorus to your ground. Also, apply fertilizers containing phosphorus when the soil is dry or moist rather than saturated with water to help decrease runoff.  Avoid overwatering to the point of water running down your sidewalk or driveway any time phosphorus has been applied to your lawn. This is also a healthy lawn practice regardless of fertilizers applied.

This nutrient is often available in the soil in adequate amounts but a lack of phosphorus can cause stunted growth, especially in young, recently planted grass.  Hiring a professional to analyze and apply fertilizer can help you prevent over applying this essential but potentially harmful nutrient to your lawn. Let VIRIDIS Lawn Care take care of your lawn’s nutrient needs and fertilizer requirements.


Some nutrients are essential for a healthy lawn

Some nutrients are essential for a healthy lawn

Some nutrients are essential for a healthy lawn. Understanding these nutrients can help you make decisions on types and amounts of fertilizer to apply to your grass. Let VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake explain how and why nitrogen is important to have available to your lawn.

Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for a lawn. Grass uses more nitrogen to grow than any other nutrient.  When lacking in nitrogen, grass takes on a yellowed appearance, can thin or begin to die, and have stunted growth.  Fertilizing with nitrogen can help to remedy these issues and is one of the quickest ways to help green up a lackluster lawn.

Fortunately, nitrogen can be found in more than just commercial fertilizers. Grass’ own clippings can provide much of the nitrogen it requires to grow.  Always leave clipping on a lawn after mowing to help supply nitrogen in a safe way to your lawn. These clippings also provides a slower release, longer lasting source of nitrogen than an application of fertilizer but won’t have as drastic or immediate results and sometimes simply can’t keep up with a lawn’s needs.

Over application of nitrogen fertilizer can be detrimental to your lawn’s health and appearance. Over fertilizing can, at the least, cause grass to have too much top growth rather than developing a strong root system. At worst, it can burn and kill a lawn and leach into groundwater. Knowing the correct amount to apply can be complicated as different grass varieties as well as weather conditions and soil types can all affect the rate of absorption and required amount of nitrogen.  Hiring a professional can insure that the correct application occurs to prevent your lawn from harm and encourage optimal growth.  Let VIRIDIS Lawn Care take care of your lawn’s nutrient needs and fertilizer requirements.

Boxelder Bugs and your lawn

Among the many threats to your home, some of the worst can be insects. The variety of bugs that become a nuisance is amazing. VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Salt Lake City Utah can help with pest control so you can keep your lawn lush and beautiful throughout the summer months and your home protected from an invasion of unwanted insects.

Being informed is critical to identifying, controlling, and preventing insect infestations.  Following is information on a familiar lawn pest – boxelder bugs.


These red lined black bugs are about ½ inch in length and stink when squished, leaving a purplish stain.  Generally, their smell is the greatest threat they pose, feeding on a variety of trees but rarely causing damage to any landscaping.

The worst time of year for boxelder bugs to become a nuisance is late summer and early fall. They begin seeking shelter for the upcoming winter which will often drive them indoors. Once inside, they can cause a variety of small problems. They stain fabrics although they won’t eat holes. They can also bite but are not poisonous.

They are difficult to kill with typical insect sprays although these can be helpful in deterring them from entering the home. Vacuuming any found indoors proves to be more effective than insecticides.  Closing up any cracks or holes in windows, around doors or walls or in the foundation can help keep them outside.  Insecticides or homemade repellants such as dish soap mixed in water can help outdoors to keep boxelder bug numbers down.

As always, when in doubt, contact a professional at VIRIDIS Lawn Care to assess and assist in your specific situation.  Our perimeter pest control can help you insure these pesky creatures never bother you or your family by overwintering in your home. Call us for all your pest control needs.