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Memphis Mowing and Lawn Maintenance

memphis landscape llc lawn maintenance spring lawnIt’s the middle of February here in the Mid-South, but you’d never know it by some of the weather we’ve been having lately! With temperatures well above normal for this time of year, we’re already thinking about the best ways to prepare our lawns for the sweltering summer we’re sure to have.

In Memphis, the biggest lawn care seasons are winter and summer. In order to prepare your lawn for the humid, steamy months ahead, spring lawn care is a must. Here are a few ways to give your lawn a good start for the greenest lawn on the block!

Overseeding

Spring lawn care in the South usually starts with overseeding. This is when you sow in a different variety of grass than what grows naturally out of your lawn. Many property owners will do this to help protect grass and make it grow green during the cold months. If you overseed the grass with cool season varieties before winter arrives, your lawn will be protected from the harshest effects of our dry, cold winters. Without overseeing, the warm season grass commonly found throughout the Mid-South will turn brown and dormant.

If you overseeded your lawn before winter, you can help prepare it for the spring season by:

  • Mowing the lawn as low as possible without hurting the permanent grass. Once a week is usually enough.
  • Cut back on irrigation to discourage the cold season grass variety from growing.
  • Don’t fertilize after February.
  • Once the season has turned consistently warm, reduce the rate of mowing and allow the grass to grow. This allows the cool season grass to grow out and be overpowered by the natural warm season grass.

If you didn’t overseed your lawn before the spring, here are some tips that you can follow before spring truly arrives:

  • Fertilize the lawn with a spring fertilizing treatment to help give the grass a push in growth.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide as an early prevention step for those pesky summer weeds.
  • Once the temperatures warms to around 70°F consistently, increase your watering and irrigation schedule.
  • Restart a regular mowing schedule.
  • Dig up or spray non-grassy weeds with a broadleaf weed killer. It’s important to kill the weeds before they flower and set seeds for more weeds.

Spring lawn care in Memphis is generally focused on preparing it to handle the extreme heat of summer. Fertilizing, watering, and weed control should be done carefully to arm the grass against that heat while not overburdening it with excess chemicals.

Memphis mowing and lawn maintenance

We’ve given you some options for DIY spring lawn care, but what if you don’t have the time or the inclination to prep your lawn yourself? Memphis Landscape has got you covered, we handle all your Lawncare Services. Here’s a sample of what we offer clients:

  • Mowing – keeping your lawn neat and attractive
  • Edging – keeping lawn and plant borders clearly defined
  • Pruning – promoting proper shape and good health
  • Trimming – providing the consistent look to a well-maintained lawn
  • Debris Removal – keeping your landscape clean
  • Shearing – keeping hedges uniform and providing a more formal appearance
  • Weeding – routine removal of unwanted and undesirable plants

Our expert landscaping team have the knowledge and experience to serve a wide range of clients, from apartment complexes to HOAs and residential backyards. If you’re looking for a professional approach to your spring lawn care, get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation. We take pride in creating a lawn that leaves a first impression you can be proud of! 

 

Why Skipping Backflow Testing Is So Dangerous

Why Skipping Backflow Testing Is So DangerousBackflow testing is, like so many preventative measures, perhaps unexciting but incredibly important. Without regular backflow testing, drinking water can become contaminated, resulting in water that’s, at best, unusable and, at worst, dangerous.

1. What is backflow?

What is backflow and how can it be dangerous? Simply put, backflow is the unwanted reversal of the flow of water. The flow goes back to its origins, rather than continuing to its intended destination. Backflow is dangerous because it can allow drinking water to become contaminated. Backflow can also effect other things like your AC unit which is outside according to the professionals at Classic AC.

2. What is a backflow preventer?

Knowing the danger of backflow, it’s important to prevent this potential contamination. A backflow preventer is a mechanical plumbing device installed in a plumbing system that simply prevents water from flowing backwards. When installed correctly, regularly tested and maintained, a backflow preventer can reliably prevent contamination of water due to backflow.

3. What is backflow testing?

Backflow testing is simply testing a backflow preventer to verify its operation. A backflow preventer is a mechanical device, and, like all mechanical devices, will eventually fail. The test itself is very simple. Every testable backflow preventer has built-in test ports to allow for easy annual testing. All water downstream of the backflow preventer must be turned off in order to perform the test. A technician will then connect and run a test kit to the backflow preventer to verify its operation. Simple as that.

4. Why is backflow testing so important?

The presence of backflow might not be detected until it’s too late–until contaminated water has been consumed! This is why skipping backflow testing can be so dangerous. Most states and counties list backflow testing requirements in their plumbing codes, so it’s important to check on your local requirements. However, testing yearly is good practice to prevent backflow and possible contamination.

5. What is the backflow preventer failure rate?

Many elements impact the lifespan of a backflow preventer device, such as regularity of use, water pressure, water quality, and environment. When tested, about 5% of devices will display a problem, but most problems are simple. Simple problems can be due to cut seals, broken springs, or worn O-rings, whereas more serious problems, such as shattered poppets or cracked castings, are typically caused by exposure to freezing temperatures.

6. Do I have to be present for the test?

As long as the backflow preventer is outside, you do not have to be present for the test. Of course, if the preventer is inside, we’ll need someone to let us in!

To book an appointment for backflow testing with Memphis Landscape, call us at (901) 343-6400.