When Should You Remove Snow? Know The Signs

During the winter season, there is plenty of snowfall. As you watch your neighbors blow snow from their roofs, you notice that some are shoveling snow. How do they know when to shovel the roofs?

In Denver neighborhoods, residents do many rituals ranging from shoveling snow off roofs to checking for ice dams. One of the most bizarre, though, is knowing when to shovel the snow off and when to check for ice dams. There are homeowners who go all out and shovel their roofs to the ground, removing all the snow entirely. Some homeowners choose a less cumbersome method, such as only shoveling the edge of their roofs to prevent ice dams from forming. You can’t just pick one roof style from your neighborhood and do what everyone else does. It’s a little bit more complicated than that, of course.

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A man cleans snow from sidewalks with snowblower.

If you live in Denver and are totally unsure how to deal with the overload of snow on your roof, we have some good news for you. For your convenience, we’ve compiled some signs, so you know exactly when you need to clear the snow.

What Is the Maximum Amount of Snow My Roof Can Handle?

The majority of homes are built to withstand a heavy roof snow load without any problems throughout the entire winter season. Because of this, you probably won’t have to worry about clearing snow off your roof. Building code requirements dictate that residential roofs be built to tolerate the heaviest snowfalls in a given region. In this case, your home and roof should be fine, assuming that they were built and installed properly.

What Are the Signs That There Is a Weight Problem?

There are, however, rare exceptions to this rule. There may be a problem with the roof’s construction, or it may be very old. Maybe there has been so much snow that the roof has been damaged by an excessive accumulation. Wet snow can be extremely heavy. Having flat roofs will make it harder for you to hold your roof up during snowfall. Steeper roofs usually allow snow to slide more easily.

Examining the interior of your home can help you determine if the snow on your roof is excessive and potentially problematic. On the top floor, look for the doors nearest the center of the home. Usually, these are doors in bedrooms, attics, and closets. Whenever you notice that they are sticking or becoming difficult to open and close, this is a snow weight problem that needs to be addressed promptly.

Should I Take Snow Off My Roof?

Consider how deep the accumulation is before removing it. Snow shouldn’t accumulate more than 2 feet deep on a roof. This is what most roof warranties suggest. Depending on your local snow/ice removal company, they may suggest keeping snow depth at six inches to avoid ice dams. If you find yourself having trouble removing snow off your roof, don’t climb it right away to rake them off. This is dangerous, especially when there’s so much snow. Without the right experience and tools, you could slip and fall and will cause severe injuries. It’s best to call experts when dealing with this matter.

When Should I Worry About Snow on My Roof?

Snow accumulation on a roof is a very dangerous situation if you don’t remove it as soon as possible. If and when snow fall occurs, be sure to watch out for hanging icicles and ice dam formation around your home. This can happen after heavy snow falls or just because your roof isn’t particularly steep. Even if you don’t notice anything strange visually, some parts of your home may make strange noises to indicate that your roof has too much snow. This could probably damage your house’s interior.

We’ll discuss how these factors affect your roof during snow fall.

Low-Pitched Roofs

As winter progresses, a flat and shallow pitch roof is particularly prone to snow accumulation and drifting. Typically, a flat roof will need to be plowed more often than those with a steeper slope.

After Heavy Snowfall

Whether you’ve just experienced a heavy snowfall or been enduring a steady snowfall for a few days, it’s wise to check your roof for snow accumulation. It is generally recommended that you clear your roof following a snowfall of 6 inches. It’s easiest to remove fresh snow that’s just fallen on your roof.

Hanging Icicles, Ice Dams, & Roof Ice Buildup

It is very dangerous to let icicles hang on your roof or allow ice buildup to develop. Ice on the roof not only weighs five times as much as snow per square foot, but it can also tell you that you have a more serious problem in the house. Hanging icicles only melts on its own if it is either warmed by the sun or if the heat on the home escapes.

When the water falls to the lowest spot on the roof, it often freezes as icicles in the winter, creating ice dams. The refreezing of water creates an ice dam which becomes even bigger after the refreezing. When an ice dam is constantly fed by snow melting and refreezing ice melt, it can lead to significant roof damage and interior damage to the house.

It’s quite common for water to trickle through cracks in your roof as the snow melts. Ceilings, roofs, and infrastructure can rot or warp as a result of water damage. It is obvious that water damage has taken place within your home when brown stains appear throughout. This provides an indication that it is time to clear the roof of snow.

Weird Sounds from Your Home

If you hear unusual sounds, such as crackling, creaking, popping, or similar, you should trust your home. If this happens, your roof has too much snow.

When You Notice Ice Dams

When melted snow and ice refreeze around the edge of your roof, ice dams form. Even your shingles may be affected by these blockages, causing leakage into your walls, ceiling, and insulation. Ice dams can also lead to a roof collapse in the worst-case scenario.

Damages Inside Your Home

Is your ceiling warped, or have there been water spots there? Is your drywall showing signs of cracking? Is there a gap when your doors are closed, or do they rub against their frames? Then you may be underestimating the amount of snow that builds up on your roof. Make sure the snow is cleared from your roof right away, and call in a professional for an assessment.

What should you do after you see a large accumulation of snow on your roof? Should you shovel it? No way! Snow shoveling on your roof can be dangerous. A slippery roof can cause you to slip and fall, leaving you with serious injuries throughout the winter.

If you’re good at shoveling your driveway, it takes more training and equipment to remove snow from your roof. In order to shovel snow off your roof, you should use roof rakes, like the SnowPeeler. With a roof rake, you’ll look forward to working on the roof!

Shoveling After the Snow Stops


Having to shovel only once will save money and time

Extreme temperatures are less likely to occur

Save time

Snow will act as a barrier to freezing rain if it comes after snow. A barrier like this can help prevent ice, which is difficult to remove, from gathering on your driveway/sidewalk.

If it’s windy, it might be best to wait for the winter storm to pass before shoveling. A strong wind can blow snow back onto driveways. It is possible that your driveway will still have snow on it once you finish shoveling.


Shoveling excessive snow accumulations all at once will be difficult

Leaving snow to accumulate from cars, people, etc. will increase its chances of getting compacted

It could be dangerous to walk on your driveway or sidewalk if you wait too long to shovel

Shoveling During Snow Fall


Snow can be shoveled at once less often.

Prevent injuries from lifting excessively heavy snow

Decrease the chances of ice forming at the base

Accidents caused by slipping may be prevented

Avoid getting cars stuck in driveways

Allows you to spread salt as the snow falls


A very little amount of accumulation of snow makes it impractical to shovel more than once

Greater likelihood of slipping if shoveling twice or more

Multiple shoveling jobs per day may expose a person to frigid temperatures

You may find it exhausting

What Is the Difference Between Removing Snow Myself and Hiring a Professional?

It is almost always best to call in professional snow removers when dealing with the roof in the winter. It is very dangerous to attempt roofing work when it is icy and snowy. People die each year by doing it themselves. Snow removal professionals use protective equipment that is specially designed for them. Saving a few hundred dollars at the cost of your life is not worth it. If you need to call the professionals to remove the snow, understand that they cannot remove all of it, just the snow that is excessively weighted. For the rest of the winter, you should keep the bottom layer of ice on your roof. It might be damaged seriously if removed, requiring costly repair.

If you have a one-story home and can remove the snow from the roof from the ground using a snow rake, you may be able to remove snow from the roof safely in the winter. If you decide to remove snow on your own, you run the risk of damaging the shingles and roof of your home. This could result in leaks and water damage. When you remove snow from your roof, don’t pull off the ice. You can remove some snow from the roof by sliding it off.

You should avoid attempting to remove snow from your roof yourself if you aren’t a snow removal professional. Having a professional roofer come out to get the snow removed for you is much safer because they can determine if you actually need snow cleared and if so, take care of the job without damaging your roof or house. Westside Grounds can assist you with snow removal services if you have questions or if you’re interested in Denver lawn care services.

Let Us Handle Your Yard and Roof Snow Removal

While it is totally understandable if you decide to remove the snow yourself from your roof, we urge you to be extremely cautious and contact Westside Grounds to handle the job for you. You ensure the safety of not only your roof and your home but also yourself and others by bringing in an expert. Roofs can suffer serious damage from snow and ice dams. We will ensure that any thawing and refreezing snow does not damage the roof.

Your lawn is like a welcome mat for your home, for your entire property, and making sure that you take proper care of the lawn is important. A beautiful lawn is a joy, while a browning lawn is a blight not just for you, but for those who live near you as well.

But how do you get that elusive yard, the perfect yard, the yard that will be the talk of the neighborhood and the toast of every party you hold on your deck? How do you get the kind of yard that makes everyone want to come to your cookout, just so they can enjoy the soft grass on their feet?
The easiest way is to hire a professional, someone who works in the Colorado area and knows the soil, the land, and the climate. You have to treat lawns differently depending on what region they’re in and what the climate is, and failure to understand this can lead to a lawn not looking its best. This guide may not be applicable for your particular yard, but as a general rule, it can help you to get a beautiful lawn in Colorado, a yard that your neighbors will be envious of.

#1 Proper Sprinkler Setup

This is an important rule for any lawn, honestly. Whether you have a sprinkler system installed or you have a sprinkler you move around the yard, you need to check that it is hitting the entirety of your yard. Even with a professionally-installed system, you can find that over time it starts to miss certain areas.

A good tip is to make sure that the first time you run your sprinkler system, you check that it is covering your yard in its entirety. See if there are places that you can tell the water isn’t reaching. Walk around after you’re done and see if there are patches of grass that don’t glisten with fresh water. Catching this problem early ensures that you won’t have a brown patch to deal with, and as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment.

One of the most common pitfalls of lawn care is improper watering. In Colorado’s arid climate, it’s crucial to optimize your irrigation system to avoid over or under-watering. Here are some tips for proper sprinkler setup:

  • Check your sprinkler system for leaks, damage, and other inefficiencies.
  • Set your timer according to the recommended watering schedule for your grass type and the time of year.
  • Adjust spray patterns to avoid runoff and ensure even coverage.
  • Use a rain gauge to determine the right amount of watering based on rainfall and weather conditions.

By setting up your sprinkler system properly, you’ll ensure your lawn gets the water it needs for healthy growth without wasting resources or harming the environment. If you are looking for more help or need someone to come out and check your sprinkler system for repair or maintenance, please reach out to us for a free quote.

#2 Seeding Properly And At The Right Time Of Year

How much seed you should be placing on your lawn depends on what you’re looking to do, but in general, overseeding is a good practice that will enable your lawn to look its best.

Overseeding is when you ‘fill out’ the gaps in your thinning lawn by planting new seed, filling in those gaps and making the law look fuller. However, you can’t just dump seed on your lawn and hope for the best; birds will eat it, water will wash it away, and it is less likely it will take if you simply put it on the surface. Properly seeding your lawn requires effort, it requires seed placement at least a bit below the surface, and it requires that you have proper conditions and fertilizer for the lawn.

For the best results, you will want to use a starter fertilizer and will want to properly prepare your lawn. For more information, you will need to do a bit of research into the best way to seed in your area, but the best time to seed is when the temperature is moderate, so avoid doing so in the summer.

Choosing the right grass type is only one part of the equation when it comes to a green lawn in Colorado. Seeding at the right time of year and using proper techniques is equally important. Here are some tips for seeding properly:

  • Choose organic, high-quality seed that’s appropriate for Colorado’s climate and soil type.
  • Aerate your soil before seeding to improve seed-to-soil contact.
  • Seed in the fall (late August to early October) to take advantage of cooler temperatures and consistent moisture.
  • Avoid over-seeding to prevent soil compaction and depletion of soil nutrients.

By seeding properly and at the right time of year, you’ll encourage strong root growth and sustainable grass growth.

#3 Mowing The Right Way

Mowing the lawn is important to keep your lawn looking its best, but if you’re not mowing properly, you are doing more harm than good. There are two important things to know about mowing your lawn that will allow it to look better while also ensuring you’re not damaging your lawn when you mow.
Firstly, at no time should you ever cut more than a third of the length of your grass. If your grass is three inches tall, you can cut an inch. Remember that longer grass has longer roots, and that protects you if you have a lot of rainfall or a lawn that is prone to flooding.

Secondly, your mower blade needs to be sharp. A sharp blade will cut the grass in a clean manner, while a dull mower blade is essentially tearing the grass. Torn grass does not heal well, while cut grass heals with ease and without much stress to your lawn.

  • Set your mower to the right height based on your grass type (usually around 2-3 inches).
  • Keep your blades sharp and clean for a clean cut.
  • Don’t remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at a time.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil.

These are good general tips for keeping your lawn looking its greenest in the Colorado area. If you’re looking for more help, or if you just don’t have a green thumb, contacting the Westside Grounds can help to get your lawn on the right track.

Most people want to make their home a beautiful place to live, but there’s also a growing movement to go green. Some of the most popular green home ideas include using reclaimed wood and natural materials, adding solar panels and energy-efficient appliances, and recycling waste materials.

If you’re looking for ways to make your yard greener, here are five sustainable landscaping ideas that will help you reduce your environmental impact while still providing the beauty and functionality you want in your yard.

landscaping ideas for an eco-friendly yard

#1. Drip Irrigation Systems

A drip irrigation system is a type of watering system that delivers water directly to the roots of plants, either through emitters placed close to the base of the plant or through drip line tubing with emitters every few inches. 

With a drip irrigation system, water is delivered directly to the roots of plants, where it is needed most which delivers a higher concentration of water to the roots, with less water lost through evaporation, unlike traditional sprinkler systems that waste a lot of water if not properly maintained.

As a result, they use less energy than traditional sprinkler systems, making them more sustainable.

#2. Compost

Compost is a type of organic matter that helps to improve the fertility and drainage of the soil. It is made up of decomposed plant materials, such as leaves and twigs, as well as animal manure.

Compost is often called “black gold” in the gardening world, and for good reason. This nutrient-rich soil amendment can transform a lackluster landscape into a lush garden oasis. By adding compost to your soil, you will improve its structure and fertility, leading to healthier plants that require less water and fertilizer.

In addition, composting helps to reduce waste by recycling organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, and fruit and vegetable scraps. 

#3. Native Plants

In ecology, a native plant is defined as one that has occurred naturally in a particular region or ecosystem. Native plants have co-evolved with the local wildlife, and as a result, they are often well-adapted to the climate and soils of their natural habitats. 

Native plants are a great choice for sustainable landscaping because they are already well-suited to the local climate and they don’t require extra watering or chemicals to thrive. By using native plants, you can reduce your water usage, save money on fertilizers and pesticides, and attract native wildlife to your yard.

Another benefit of native plants is that they help to preserve local ecosystems. By planting a diversity of native species, you can create a habitat that supports the local food web and provides refuge for wildlife in urban areas.

#4. Rainwater

Rainwater is one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly options for watering your yard. Not only does it save you money on your water bill, but it also helps to reduce the strain on local water resources. In many areas, rainfall is the primary source of water for lawns and gardens.

However, as rainwater flows over paved surfaces, it picks up pollutants such as oil, pesticides, and heavy metals. This contaminated runoff can pollute waterways and negatively impact local ecosystems. By collecting rainwater in a barrel or cistern, you can help to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

In addition, using rainwater to water your plants is an excellent way to conserve water during periods of drought.

#5. Solar Powered Lights

Solar-powered lights are a type of lighting that uses the energy of the sun to provide illumination. These lights are usually intended for outdoor use, as they can provide illumination for gardens, walkways, and other public spaces.

Solar-powered lights are a sustainable landscaping idea for an eco-friendly yard because they rely on renewable energy from the sun to power them. This means that they will not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and they will not increase your carbon footprint. They are also very durable and long-lasting, so you will not have to replace them as often as you would traditional lights. 

Solar-powered lights are becoming increasingly popular due to their environmental friendliness and their low operating cost.

Benefits of Having an Eco-Friendly Yard

Having an Eco-friendly yard doesn’t just come with a great aesthetic feel, in fact, there are numerous benefits that you can get when having a sustainable landscape that is environment friendly. 

Promotes Biodiversity

A healthy, eco-friendly yard is not only pleasing to look at, but it also helps to promote biodiversity. These animals help to pollinate plants and keep insect populations in check. In addition, a diverse ecosystem is more resilient to change and less likely to be overrun by invasive species.

Less Upkeep

A yard that is eco-friendly does not have to be high maintenance. In fact, having a yard that is easy to take care of and does not damage the environment can go hand in hand. You can take some simple steps to make sure your yard is eco-friendly and requires less upkeep.

Healthy Soil

Healthy soil is essential for an eco-friendly yard. Not only does it provide the foundation for healthy plants, but it also helps to regulate moisture levels and prevent weed growth. In addition, lawns help to slow down the flow of rainwater, giving the ground a chance to absorb the water before it runs off. As a result, a well-tended lawn can play an essential role in preventing soil erosion.

Reduces Pollution

As the world becomes increasingly industrialized, the problem of pollution has become more and more difficult to ignore. One way to help reduce pollution is to create an eco-friendly yard. An eco-friendly yard is a great way to reduce pollution and help the environment. By using natural products, you can reduce the number of harmful chemicals that enter the soil and groundwater.

Proper Waste Management

A yard that has a composting system where food scraps and yard waste are decomposed into nutrient-rich soil amendments makes leaves, grass, and other plant life in the eco-friendly yard are recycled into mulch which is used to enrich the soil and help retain moisture.

Invest in Your Yard

Sustainable landscaping ideas can be simple and easy to maintain while also being eco-friendly. By using some of the tips we’ve outlined in this blog post, you can create a beautiful yard that is good for the environment and doesn’t require a lot of upkeep.

And if you are looking for a sustainable landscaping company that can help you create an eco-friendly yard, look no further than Westside Grounds. We specialize in creating beautiful and functional yards that use natural materials and minimize environmental impact. Our team will work with you to design a yard that is perfect for your home and meets all of your needs. Contact us today to get started!

types of landscaping

Landscaping is an important part of any lawn. It can turn a lawn from boring and bland to one that is filled with life, color, and beauty. There are many types of landscaping to choose from, depending on what you want your lawn to look like. This article will discuss the benefits of different types!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Westside Grounds today.

What Defines Landscaping?

Gardening refers to the art and science of growing plants with the goal of bringing beauty into a landscape. Living elements such as flora or fauna are commonly used for landscaping.

Gardening is both a science and an art. Landscape professionals provide their clients with both horticultural knowledge and familiarity with the elements and principles of landscape design. You can consult with landscape architects, designers, or contractors for guidance, which includes the design and construction phases.

What Are The Types of Landscaping?

Landscape design comes in different colors, forms, shapes, and sizes. It can be confusing to choose which garden styles or ideas would best suit the landscaping style you hope to achieve. Here is a list of some of the most common landscaping styles you can ask your landscape architect to help you with.

Formal Landscape

Garden designs informal settings are often symmetrical and manicured with a high level of order. It is widely used to arrange a central pathway with beds and paths in regular shapes on both sides. It is as if the two sides of the path are mirror images of one another.

In the Formal Style, plants are arranged in orderly, well-pruned rows with symmetrical patterns, straight lines, and precise geometric shapes. These landscapes are often characterized by topiary. It takes a lot of work to maintain this type of landscaping.

Informal Landscape

Gardens that are informal are not symmetrical; they tend to look more natural. Though they may have a messy appearance, their elements don’t look out of place. The formal style of landscape design contrasts sharply with informal landscape design.

The use of curved lines and uneven shapes gives a more relaxed feel. Masses of plants are arranged in an informal manner, resulting in a more naturalistic appearance.

Curved plant beds characterize the Informal Style. The arrangement of plants appears random. If you have children who will be playing in the area, this would be a good choice.

English Landscape Garden Style

This is a form of the garden where plantings, walks, and pools are not structured in any recognizable pattern and are deliberately unsymmetrical. Paths tend to be wound around trees and bushes rather than straight, imitating natural terrain; a formal garden’s antithesis and trees are arranged randomly.

Designed to complement the architectural style of your home, the English Garden Style incorporates a variety of shrubs and perennials. In addition to an arbor or birdbath, other decorative elements might be added.

Oriental Landscape

An oriental landscape is similar to an installation of living art that can be installed in your backyard or front yard. It is probably no surprise that words such as “peace,” “tranquility,” and “serenity” come to mind when thinking of an Oriental landscape. Within the natural environment, these landscapes are designed to help calm the mind and promote scholarly reflection.

Using water, rocks, and evergreens, the Oriental style uses plants of various kinds to create interesting perspectives. A traditional Zen garden might also be an option.

Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly gardens (also called butterfly sanctuaries or butterfly habitats) are areas where butterflies feed and flourish. Butterflies and moths pollinate your garden with the help of the plants you grow.

Many gardens benefit from the presence of butterflies or birds common to your area. Certain types of plants serve as a source of food for these flying friends and attract them as well. Ensure you have open but wind-protected areas. Many butterfly or bird species would love to sit in different kinds of shrubs and flowers

In a butterfly garden, all phases of butterfly life should be accommodated: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. During late spring and summer, when plants are at their height, butterflies are most active.

Woodland Style Landscape

Woodland gardens or forest gardens are naturalized areas with trees or formal parklands with ground cover. A woodland garden is a modified form of a city park. Depending on how the trees are arranged on the site, interesting patterns of light can be produced.

Woodland Gardens have a less manicured appearance, reflecting the way flora grows in a wooded area. If you are looking for something that doesn’t require much maintenance, this would be a good choice.

Organic Gardens

Essentially, organic gardening refers to cultivating plants in harmony with the environment without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or any other products that disrupt ecosystem balance. Farmers and commercial growers may find the process quite complex, however.

Plants grown organically have gained in popularity as more and more people learn about the harmful effects of most chemicals. As an alternative to chemical fertilizers and sprays, natural pest control and fertilization methods are being used in this case.

Xeriscape Gardens

Landscapers often refer to xeriscape landscaping is simply grouping plants with similar water requirements together. Watering becomes more efficient this way. Xeriscaping is more of a common-sense policy than a genuine concept.

Almost half of the household water is used for lawns or gardens. It also includes plant species that require little water, as well as design ideas that keep water from evaporating.

What Makes A Landscape Beautiful?

Some landscapes are particularly attractive for a reason. Do you know what makes a landscape beautiful, and can you incorporate those elements into your design?


The use of color is crucial to landscape design. A garden comes to life when it has a variety of colors to add dimension and interest. Plant material and hardscape elements, such as paving, walls, or fences, can complete the look.

Adding the same colors to a picture can create harmony while using different colors to create contrast. Furthermore, colors with a warmer hue will have a different impact than those with a cooler hue. When landscaping, it is common for landscapers to choose a color scheme in order to bring the entire landscape together.

It is possible to enhance a garden with color, to detract from it with color, or to confuse a garden with colors that don’t match.


Plants are essential to any landscaping project. The defining features of a landscape are in the theme and structure of plants. Plan the right plantings for the garden of your choice. If you want to choose the perfect plants for your property, you have a number of things to consider.

In order to establish themselves, plants must be native to your climate, to your soil, and to the amount of sun or shade they receive. Landscape design benefits from the use of native plants. As plants mature, you need to think about where you want them to grow to avoid obstructing other trees’ growth.


A garden’s scale indicates the size relationship between its elements and its surroundings. As long as you choose size options appropriate for the setting, your design will be appropriately scaled. Think about the size of your home and the amount of yard space available when choosing plants and landscaping structures.

In commercial properties, air conditioners, utility boxes, and other equipment are large and bulky. As a screen, shrubs and trees can conceal or distract the eye from the structures.


In landscapes, lines refer to architectural structures — for example, edges of paths or flower beds, or the edges of patios or decks. How a garden is laid out will have a dramatic impact on its flow. In contrast, curved lines will create a more informal appearance, while straight lines will create a formal look.

In a design, focal points direct the eye to where it should be directed. Focus can elicit emotions such as surprise, interest, and fascination. It may be in the form of a statue or a fountain you have professionally put in place, or it may be in the form of a naturally occurring feature such as a towering tree in your garden. Although it should be in harmony with your landscape, it should not be obtrusive.


Gardening with plants usually adds texture to the area. However, hardscape materials can also be used to create texture. An individual plant’s texture can be described as fine or coarse, rough or smooth, heavy or light. Each plant’s flower, leaf, bark, and branch have a different texture. It is important to use plants with different textures in your garden to create variety.

What Are The Features Of A Landscape?

Lawns and Shrubs

Having a lush, green lawn on your property makes it stand out instantly. Those who can’t maintain natural turf spend money on artificial grass.

Additionally, shrubs are another landscape feature that makes the yard stand out. These shrubs produce incomparable berries, foliage, and flowers in autumn, adding a touch of beauty to your lawn.


The stone walkway in this house adds a rustic touch to the landscape and blends well with other elements. You can install a sand set path yourself, which is an easier option. You can fill the voids in between the stones with gravel or sand.

Planting Bed

Adding flower beds to your landscape can make your yard stand out. Choosing flowers with vibrant colors is the key. When you plant your flower bed, it will look sparse and unattractive at first. But over time, as it grows and gets fuller, you will realize how beautiful it is.

When planting flower beds, pick a color scheme that you like. It would help if you planted flowers that are in keeping with the color and overall appearance of your house to create a balance.

Flowering Trees

Flowers are prominent landscape features that make a strong statement in your yard and are known to welcome warmer weather if you live in a northern climate. You can enhance the appearance of your landscape by adding flowering trees.


The stone fountain will serve as a beautiful focal point in a landscape. A landscape feature like this creates a serene and relaxing atmosphere in the front yard. It is best suited for the front side of the house.

Bring Your Ideal Landscape Style to Your Own Lawn!

Landscaping work from an outsider’s point of view may look like they just include seemingly random patterns all over the place, but they have a landscape specialty that will make you fall in love with your lawn each time. Landscapers can mix and max other garden styles or incorporate koi ponds in their projects to make it a perfect fit for your home. Whether you need some inspiration or decide to get creative with your lawn, Westside Grounds can be of service to you! We have landscaping experts that can make your landscape style or idea come to life! Contact us today.

how to make your lawn thicker and greener

Would you say that your lawn looks good? Do you wish your grass was greener and thicker?

Maybe you tend to think that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence or property line when you look over at your neighbor’s yard.

The good news is that you aren’t alone. There is nothing more heavenly than those luxurious lawns where one can walk barefooted while sipping an ice-cold beverage.

A lush, thick lawn that feels good under bare feet and is weed-free is what every home owner wants. It is important that your property stands out and conveys pride of ownership by having a lush, green lawn. You also enjoy the feeling of arriving at your driveway to find a beautifully kept carpet of grass awaiting you. Throughout this article, I will explain a few simple steps that can help make grass thicker, fuller, and greener.

Every lawn is unique, so no two are the same. Depending on the soil type, some will grow in the shade, while others will grow under full sun.

There is no one-size-fits-all method to make your lawn green, but this blog provides a variety of answers that could give you an idea about caring for your grass, preventing weeds, fertilizing your lawn, and much more.

Regardless of your lawn’s current location or condition, a few steps can be taken to improve it.

Now you don’t have to worry. This article will provide you with a guide to promoting thick, full grass, making your yard the envy of your neighborhood. Taking advantage of these lawn care strategies will make your lawn healthier as well as make the grass green on both sides, perhaps even greener on your side as well.

Keep in mind, though, that once you’ve done the initial work, you’ll need to maintain your lawn to keep it in top condition regularly.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Westside Grounds today.

The Keys to Thicker & Greener Grass

For many homeowners, a green lawn shows they maintain their properties carefully and take pride in them. And during the summer, when lawns get hotter, it’s even more crucial that you do all of the things that contribute to a healthy lawn throughout the year. Because a thick lawn can’t be nurtured with just one form of care. In order to make the grass greener, it is necessary to use a mixture of methods.

Benefit From a Healthy Soil

Follow these tips from lawn pros and test your soil to ensure your lawn grows thicker and more beautiful. Getting a soil test prior to planting a lawn yields great returns in the form of healthy, thick grass.

Using a soil test, you can determine your lawn’s unique needs, as well as make recommendations for addressing any underlying issues. Consult your local extension office for more information if you are new to testing. Getting started can be as simple as ordering a kit and learning more about using a soil test before using the kit.

The pH test reveals what’s happening in your soil and why it’s preventing you from growing a healthy, thick lawn. Soil test recommendations can help you improve your soil without guesswork by pointing you in the right direction. For example, a low pH can prevent your grass from absorbing nutrients. It is crucial to test your lawn soil’s pH level and nutrient availability to learn whether lime or other soil amendments are needed to restore lushness and thick growth.

Knowing The Type of Grass

The majority of us view grass as nothing more than greenery. You should also realize that there are over a dozen varieties of turf grass and that what you can see in your backyard might actually be the result of a combination of two (or more) varieties.

Turf grasses are generally divided into two distinct categories: species that thrive in warm climates like the south and southeast areas in the U.S., and those that thrive in colder climates like grass types in the pacific northwest, north, northeast, and most of the area in the Midwest.

Warm Season Grass

The warm-season grass grows best when the temperature reaches 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit in midsummer. Mind that these grass species turn brown when temperatures drop below 55 degrees.

  • Bermuda
  • Bahiagrass Argentine
  • Bahiagrass Pensacola
  • Centipede
  • Carpetgrass
  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysia

Cool Season Grass

It is most common in early spring and fall for these grass types to flourish at temperatures between 65 degrees and 80 degrees.

  • Bluegrass
  • Bentgrass
  • Creeping Red Fescue
  • Tall Fescue
  • Annual Ryegrass
  • Perennial Ryegrass

Transition Zone

In regions where the northern and southern hemispheres meet, either grass may grow well. However, there are some varieties that thrive better than others:

Warm-season grasses that can survive the winter:
  • Bermuda
  • Centipede
  • Zoysia
Cool-season grasses tolerant to drought:
  • Tall Fescue

Lawn Soil Testing

Having your soil tested is a significant step in determining what nutrients your lawn is lacking and the kind of fertilizer and treatments it needs to be more dense and colorful.

Your fertilizer might not be as effective if your soil is pH-incorrect, and as a result, your grass will not get greener. It may be difficult for nutrients to be absorbed in low pH conditions.

Optimizing Soil pH Levels

Depending on its pH level, your lawn may be acidic, neutral, or alkaline. The average American yard is acidic. If you sow lime in your lawn, you lower the pH level, and it becomes more suitable for grasses. 5.5 – 6.5 is the optimal pH range for healthy lawns.

Lime is best applied to your lawn in moderation rather than in excess. If more are needed, they can always be added later.

Water Grass Properly

Water is essential to all plants, including your lawn. It is imperative to water grass in the right amounts and at the right times. And when your lawn has become thicker, follow proper lawn watering methods to keep it thick and healthy.

As grass seed germinates and sprouts, the new grass seed requires constant moisture to take root. As your lawn grows, it will need about one inch of water each week, either naturally or through your irrigation system. It is crucial to ensure that lawns get the deep root growth they need by providing deep irrigation.

When you water at night, you may cause excess humidity, which in turn could cause turf disease. Watering the plants when the sun is hot during the middle of the day could cause the soil to dry out quickly before the roots can absorb the water. Because of this, the best time is before sunrise or just before sunrise. The grass roots will have a chance to absorb the water during this time, and as the sun rises, the excess water will be burnt off, which means diseases will not be able to develop overnight.

Rather than frequent shallow waterings, the goal is to water your grass less frequently and long enough for it to get a good soak. If Mother Nature doesn’t already provide regular rainfall, you should water once or twice each week.

Watering for 45 to 60 minutes will usually give your lawn and some inches of soil enough time to soak thoroughly. The amount varies, however. When the weather is warm and windy, the soil dries faster. It is possible to achieve greener, thicker grass by following a proper watering schedule.

Correct Lawn Mowing

Mowing seems like a simple task that you can’t possibly screw up. In any case, mowing habits can make a big difference in how well your lawn performs. It is possible to get thicker grass by properly mowing.

Lawn Mowing

Most people mow their grass too short, which is a big mistake. You can stress your lawn by mowing too short. If you do this, your grass might turn into a dull green or yellow color, which is not appealing. This may also lead to weed growth, which can cause additional headaches.

At any given time, you should not cut more than one-third of your grass blades. If you have a grassy or textured lawn, you should mow it weekly at the height of between 3.5 and 4 inches. Make sure your mower blades are sharp to make sure you get a good cut. Dull mower blades won’t be able to get a good cut and can damage the existing grass in your lawn.

Provide Adequate Fertilization to the Turf

You might think lawns naturally have all the nutrients they need to grow well. But for thicker, greener grass, a lawn needs the right nutrition.

Among all of the options and complex terms associated with fertilization, it may seem overwhelming. The three nutrients lawns need are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, found in various fertilizer mixes. Fertilizers are also available as liquid or granular products. Moreover, to make the grass thicker and greener, the right mix of nutrients needs to be applied at the right timing.

Weed, Insects, Lawn Disease Control

With the tips above, you can create a high-quality lawn to ensure thick, green grass. In this way, weeds, insects (other harmful organisms), and diseases naturally decline. There are also other pesky lawn invaders in your yard waiting for the opportunity to move in if your lawn exhibits weakness.

Some weed growth may be caused by certain conditions, or turf disease may appear if the season is excessively wet. If you pay attention to these issues and confront them as soon as possible, you can avoid easy problems escalating into larger, more visually unappealing issues.

Count on the lawn care experts at Westside Grounds in Denver, CO to put all weeds to rest with a combination of pre-emergent and post-emergent weed control methods. Weeds, insects, and diseases blemish thick, green grass faster than anything else.

Lawn Overseeding and Aeration as Needed

In order for grass to appear thicker and greener, it needs water and nutrients to penetrate the roots. As lawns age, they become compacted due to weather or traffic, which limits the amount of water and nutrients that can reach the grass.

Aeration should be done annually to address the problem. Through this practice, you allow the soil to break up and allow the lawn to breathe. Aeration can create small holes that are perfect for overseeding thin, bare soil. When it comes to the process of growing thicker, greener grass, aeration and overseeding are key elements.

Find A Solution for Bare Spots

The conditions for lawn growth can sometimes be unfavorable. There may have been young trees around the lawn as it grew, but as they grew, they cast more shade, limiting the sunlight reaching it. In order for grass to grow thick and green, it needs sunlight, water, and nutrients. You won’t succeed if you take away one.

A larger or thinner tree canopy can increase the amount of sunlight falling on these lawn areas, increasing their exposure to the sun.

A thinned tree canopy may not be sufficient. Grass can fail to grow in some areas. Perhaps a shade-tolerant groundcover, mulch, and decorative gravel, or hardscaped areas would be a better choice.

Keeping Your Lawn Grass Thick, Green, and Healthy

A regular watering schedule is absolutely essential to keep your lawn looking good.

It is necessary to water the newly sown grass frequently for two weeks following overseeding. After a few weeks, you can water less but more deeply.

Once the surface of your lawn dries out, the roots of your new grass can reach deep into the soil to seek out water. This will improve the health and strength of your lawn.

Do not water your lawn at night; do so in the morning.

Your lawn should be mowed at proper heights and with sharp blades once it has been established.

Fertilizing Your Lawn: Synthetic or Organic Fertilizer?

Homeowners wish for their greener grass but fail to understand how synthetic and organic fertilizers work. As many homeowners know, fertilizers can be either synthetic or organic.

Synthetic fertilizer is manufactured, more durable, and has high NPK ratings than natural fertilizer. After application, these fertilizers produce quick results because the nutrients in them are immediately available to the grass.

The problem with synthetic fertilizers is that they put a lot of effort into the grass, and they disrupt your lawn’s natural balance. In other words, your lawn will become reliant on them, so if you cease to apply them, it will be unable to survive.

Organic lawn fertilizers contribute to healthy soil conditions, so these fertilizers will also help you achieve better results in the long run. It takes longer to see results, but organic fertilizers offer homeowners a safe, sustainable option for nourishing their lawns.

Using natural, eco-friendly fertilizers on your lawn yields great results since they are more natural and more environmentally friendly.

How Can I Grow Grass More Effectively?

Mix and blend different kinds of grass. Your lawn will adapt better to the conditions of your site if your grass seed mix includes a variety of grass types, especially when factors like sunlight exposure and soil moisture are considered. Consider choosing grass species that can survive dappled light in areas that lack sun exposure. Using a spreader also helps to ensure even growth when planting grass seeds. And when it is time to reseed your cool-season grasses, it is most effective to reseed them in late summer or early fall. And most importantly, make sure not to overmow or overwater your lawn.

What Should I Do About Grass in the Summer Heat?

The heat of the summer can damage the grass itself. You need to pay attention to your lawn during this season. It’s important to mow the lawn using appropriate techniques. The shade from longer grass will keep the roots from overexposure to the sun, preventing any negative effects. By doing so, grass roots will grow deeper and become more competitive with weeds, resulting in a denser lawn. It’s best to mow less frequently and at the height of about four inches. It is also better to water your lawn at night or late in the morning rather than during the heat of the day. Depending on your local water restrictions, your lawn needs about an inch of water every week but can handle about half an inch every two weeks.

What Are Some Natural Ways to Maintain Green Grass?

You want a lush lawn and greener grass without using chemicals, but how can you achieve that? Firstly, give your lawn a quick boost of nutrition by spreading a thin layer of compost on top at the start of spring. It’s possible to repeat this process in the spring and summer. Be sure not to make the layer too thick. And if your garden is suffering from weeds competing for sunlight, moisture, and nutrients, remove them manually once you spot them. You can also add corn gluten meal to your lawn as a natural weed killer and fertilizer for healthy growth. Remove any thatch or compacted areas in your lawn regularly with aeration. And lastly, make sure your lawn does not become a dumping ground for pet urine. When this happens, the grass can turn yellow and can even die. Ensure your dog has a dedicated “toilet” area.

Let Us Help You Grow Greener & Thicker Lawn Grass

Do you want your grass to have that perfect dark green shade? Do you wish your lawn grass were thicker? Do you want to remove the bare patches on your lawn? To ensure a healthy and perfect lawn, you must provide adequate water and nutrients, mow it regularly, overseed it, and aerate it regularly. Follow our tips and make your whole lawn grass grow thicker, greener, and healthier. If you need help improving your Denver lawn, contact Westside Grounds today!

how commercial landscaping can help your business

A well-landscaped commercial property sends a message to current and potential customers that your business is professional, credible, and cares about its appearance. First impressions are important in the business world, so it’s critical that your company makes a good one. Investing in commercial landscaping services is one of the smartest ways to do that. 

Commercial landscapers have the experience and knowledge to create a customized landscaping plan that will meet the specific needs of your business. They can also provide ongoing maintenance and care to ensure that your property always looks its best. In addition, commercial landscapers can also help you to save money on your landscape by choosing low-maintenance plants and materials. 

If you are looking for a commercial landscaper, contact Westside Grounds today.

What Is Commercial Landscaping?

Commercial landscaping is the process of creating and maintaining an aesthetically pleasing outdoor space for a business or other type of commercial property. This can involve a variety of different tasks, such as planting and caring for trees, shrubs, and other plants; trimming hedges; mowing lawns; and removing debris. In some cases, commercial landscapers may also provide snow removal or irrigation services.

A well-landscaped property can create a positive first impression for customers and clients, and it can also help to increase the value of the property. As a result, many businesses choose to hire professional landscapers to ensure that their property always looks its best.

How Does Commercial Landscaping Help?

When potential customers drive by or walk up to your building, you want to make sure that they see a neat, well-maintained property. This is where commercial landscaping comes in. A professional landscape company can design and install a beautiful, functional outdoor space that will make your business look its best.

Improves Curb Appeal

We have mentioned this one over and over again,  a well-landscaped property will give off an air of professionalism and success, making customers more likely to do business with you. In short, commercial landscaping is an important investment for any business owner who wants to improve their curb appeal. Although it may require a significant upfront investment, commercial landscaping can pay off in the long run by helping you attract new customers and grow your business.

Ensures Security and Safety

Overgrown shrubs and trees can provide hiding places for criminals, while cluttered walkways can be tripping hazards for customers, and employees. By keeping your landscaping tidy and well-maintained, you can help to create a safe and welcoming environment for your customers, and employees.

Healthier Air Quality

Commercial landscaping can also help to improve the air quality around your business. By planting trees and other plants, you can help to filter out pollutants and improve the overall air quality for your employees and customers.

Reduces Stress Levels

Studies have shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress levels and improve overall mental health. For businesses, this means that investing in commercial landscaping can lead to happier and more productive employees. In addition, a beautiful landscape can attract customers and help to boost sales.

Boost Morale

A well-landscaped office building or commercial space can have a positive impact on employee morale. The beauty of flowers, the freshness of greenery, and the serenity of water features can all help to create a more pleasant work environment.

Reduces Energy Costs and Noise Levels

Strategic placement of trees and shrubs can provide natural shading for a building, reducing the need for air conditioning. In addition, properly placed plants can act as a sound barrier, absorbing noise from traffic and other sources. By taking advantage of these benefits, businesses can save money on energy costs and create a more pleasant work environment for employees and customers alike.

How to Choose the Right Landscaper?

When it comes to commercial landscaping, it is important to choose a reputable and experienced landscaper. After all, your commercial property is an investment, and you want to ensure that it is well-maintained and looks its best.

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a landscaper for your commercial property.

Ask for Referrals

When it comes to choosing a landscaper for your business, it’s important to get referrals from people you trust. Talk to other businesses in your area and see who they use for their landscaping needs. 

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to find the right landscaper is to schedule a consultation. During the consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your vision for the project and see examples of the landscaper’s previous work. This will give you a better sense of whether or not they are the right fit for your needs. Once you’ve found the right landscaper, you can rest assured that your commercial landscaping will be in good hands.

Scope and Price

When choosing a landscaper, it’s important to consider both scope and price. First, determine the scope of the project – what type of work needs to be done? Are you looking for someone to simply mow the lawn on a regular basis, or do you need someone to design and install a new irrigation system? Once you’ve determined the scope of the project, you can begin to gather estimates from different landscapers. Be sure to get an itemized list of services and costs so that you can compare apples to apples.

With a little research, you can find the perfect landscaper for your commercial property – one who will provide quality work at a fair price.

The Experts at Westside Grounds

It can be hard to keep your business looking sharp and professional when you’re too busy running it. Not having a well-maintained landscape can actually cost you, customers. A shabby exterior sends the message that your business doesn’t care about quality, which can be the kiss of death in today’s competitive market.

Westside Grounds is here to help. We offer commercial landscaping services that will keep your business looking great all year round, without taking up any of your time or resources. Our team of experts will work with you to create a custom landscaping plan that meets your specific needs and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation!

how to upgrade your commercial property

As a business owner, it’s important to always be thinking about ways to improve your property. After all, your commercial property is an important investment, and keeping it in top condition is crucial for attracting and retaining tenants. One way to do this is by upgrading your landscaping.

Landscaping is a key component of property maintenance, and upgrading your landscaping can have a major impact on the overall appearance of your property. A well-landscaped commercial property can make a big impression on customers and clients, and it can also help to boost the value of the property.

In addition to enhancing curb appeal, upgrading your landscaping can also improve tenant satisfaction and create a more pleasant work environment. When selecting new landscape features, it is important to consider the needs of your tenants. If you have a high-traffic area, for example, you may want to choose hardscape features that are durable and easy to maintain.

Regardless of the goals, upgrading your commercial landscaping is sure to have a positive impact on your property. With a little bit of planning, you can create a stunning and functional commercial landscape that will impress your clients and help to increase the value of your property.

If you are in need of professional landscaping in order to improve your commercial property, contact Westside Grounds today.

Feature #1. Irrigation System

The installation of an irrigation system is not a cheap proposition. If you are not prepared to make the necessary investment, you may want to hold off on installing an irrigation system until you can afford it. However, if you are prepared to make the investment, an irrigation system can be a worthwhile addition to your property. Not only will it help to keep your lawn and gardens healthy, but it can also save you money on your water bill. In addition, an irrigation system can help to increase the value of your property.

If you are thinking about selling your property in the future, potential buyers will be impressed by the fact that you have taken steps to keep your landscaping looking its best. As a result, they may be willing to pay more for your property.

Feature #2. Water Management

Landscaping is a crucial step in upgrading your commercial property. Not only does it add curb appeal, but it can also increase the value of your property and attract new customers. One important aspect of landscaping is water management. By using drought-tolerant plants, installing irrigation systems, and establishing drainage systems, you can minimize water waste and prevent flooding. These steps will not only save you money on your water bill, but they will also help to protect your landscaping investment.

In addition, water-wise landscaping can help to reduce your carbon footprint and promote a healthier environment. As such, it is an important step to take in creating a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing commercial landscape.

Feature #3. Tree and Shrub Maintenance

It’s important to make sure that the trees and shrubs on your property are well-maintained. Overgrown bushes can block views, while dead branches can pose a safety hazard. Regular tree and shrub maintenance will ensure that your landscape looks its best and is safe for both customers and employees.

In addition to regular pruning, tree and shrub maintenance also includes ensuring that the plants are properly fertilized and that they have adequate drainage. Improper drainage can lead to root rot, which can kill the plant. By taking care of your trees and shrubs, you’ll be taking a crucial step in maintaining a beautiful and safe commercial landscape.

Feature #4. Pergola

Pergolas are structures that provide shade and can be used to frame a garden or seating area.

Adding a pergola is a great place to start. Not only does a pergola add visual interest and charm, but it can also provide essential shade and shelter. Whether you choose a traditional wood pergola or a more modern metal one, this simple addition will make a big impact on the look and feel of your property. In addition, a pergola can also be a great place to add some greenery. By training vines to grow up the supports, you can create a lush, inviting space that will be enjoyed by employees and customers alike. 

Feature #5. Aesthetic Path Lighting

Aesthetic path lighting is a type of lighting that is used to accentuate features in a landscape. It is often used to highlight walkways, gardens, and other features in a commercial setting. Path lights are available in a variety of styles and can be used to create a variety of looks. Many property owners choose to use path lights to add value to their property and make it more inviting to customers and clients. A well-lit landscape can also deter crime and increase the safety of those who are visiting your property. Path lights are an easy way to take your landscaping features to the next level and create an inviting space for your business.

Factors to Consider

Landscaping can enhance the appearance of your home and provide you with a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you’re thinking about adding some landscape features to your property, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Consider the Size and Layout

One of the most important things to consider when landscaping your property is the size and layout of the land. How much space do you have to work with? What is the lay of the land? Is it level or sloped? These are all important factors to take into account as you begin planning your landscaping project.

Once you have a good understanding of the size and layout of your land, you can start thinking about what types of features you would like to include. Do you want a large lawn for entertaining? A garden for growing vegetables? A pond for fishing? Whatever features you decide to include, be sure to take the time to plan carefully and consider all of the factors that will impact your project.

Make a Plan

Landscaping your yard can be a big project, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The key is to break the job down into smaller, manageable steps. The first step is to make a plan. What do you want your landscape to look like? Do you want a series of large gardens or a peaceful lawn with a few accent plantings? Once you have an idea of the overall look you’re going for, you can start to sketch out your plan.\

Create a Budget and Timeline

When it comes to landscaping features, it is important to create a budget and timeline. This will ensure that the project is completed within the desired timeframe and without going over budget.

The first step is to determine the scope of the project. This includes deciding what features need to be included and their approximate size. Once the scope is determined, research can begin on the cost of materials and labor. It is also important to factor in the cost of any permits that may be required. Once a budget is established, it is important to create a timeline for the project. This will ensure that all deadlines are met and that there are no unexpected delays.

By taking these steps, landscapers can ensure that their projects are completed on time and within budget.

Look For Materials

Choosing the right materials for your landscaping project can be the difference between an average outcome and a stunning one. With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. However, by keeping a few key factors in mind, you can narrow down your choices and select the best materials for your needs.

  • Consider the climate in your area and choose materials that are well-suited to the local conditions. For example, if you live in an area with hot summers and cold winters, you’ll want to use materials that can withstand extreme temperature changes.
  • Think about your budget and choose materials that fit within your price range. Don’t be afraid to mix and match high-end and low-end materials to get the look you want without breaking the bank.
  • Consider your personal style and choose materials that reflect your taste.

With so many options available, there’s no reason to settle for anything less than perfect. With a little planning and effort, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

A Professional Can Help

You’ve got a great property, but it’s just not popping the way you want it to. It might be time to call in a professional. Westside Grounds can help take your landscaping up a notch with features that will drastically improve your property’s appearance. From irrigation systems to aesthetical path lighting, we can do it all. Contact us today!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a lush, green, and beautiful lawn? It isn’t necessary to struggle against the elements to keep your lawn or prevent dreaded brown spots from forming, as long as you take good care of it.

Watering, mowing, and fertilizing your lawn in a different way can have a significant impact on its health.

how can I take care of my lawn by myself

You will experience a great sense of accomplishment after taking care of your first lawn. It’s been a long journey, and now you’re standing on the ground you’ve earned.

Getting your first lawn in perfect condition will allow you to enjoy beautiful lawns and entertain in the backyard for a long time. Get familiar with lawn care basics and tackle one task at a time.

Below are some guidelines to get you started.

Guidelines for Watering

  1. Water deeply and sparingly.

Drought and disease resistance is increased through this method. It should be moistened each time until the lowest existing roots are reached, which to for a healthy lawn is usually 6 inches deep. When you water your lawn frequently, you can promote shallow root growth, and with shallow roots your lawn may not be as healthy as you would like it to be.

  1. The amount of water your lawn needs will depend on the grass type.

Watering should be determined by grass species, temperature, lawn health, and soil conditions.

  1. You should water your lawn in the mornings or at night.

In cool, humid conditions with low winds, water is distributed evenly and fewer losses are incurred due to evaporation. Waiting until between 10 PM and midnight, or 8 AM and 9 AM are generally the best times to water your lawn.

  1. Season-Dependent Grass Have Different Water Requirements

Ryegrass, bluegrass, and fescues, among other cool-season grasses, tend to need an inch per week, rising to two inches (or more) in hot, dry weather. Many warm-season grass types may last for weeks without watering, including buffalo grass and blue grama.

  1. Keep an eye out for signs of drying.

It’s best not to wait for your lawn to turn brown before watering it more. You can check for any wilting, color changes (grey, purple, or blue-ish grass), and lingering footprints.

  1. Outside the growing season, you rarely need to use water.

In the late fall to early spring, when your grass is not actively growing, it doesn’t need nearly as much water. Watering every four-six weeks in dry weather may still be needed.

  1. Dormant grass in cool season should be left alone.

When the weather gets hot, cool-season grass will go dormant. They’ll wilt, turn brown, and then come back to life when the weather cools off. Heavy watering can prevent this, but don’t resurrect it once it goes dormant. Wait until hot weather passes before trying to revive it.

Guidelines for Lawn Mowing 

  1. Cool, dry weather is the best time to mow the lawn.

The grass is more sensitive during the hottest part of the day, so avoid mowing during that time. Mowing wet grass should also be avoided. When the grass clippings are wet, they tend to clump instead of being distributed evenly, making some mowers less efficient and potentially dangerous.

  1. Trim the grass blades to a third maximum.

Cutting away more than one-third of the grass height can potentially damage them. You shouldn’t be worried if the grass becomes too tall after you miss a lawn mowing session. Just cut the top third off, then wait a few more days before mowing it again.

  1. Regularly sharpen your mower blades.

Ragged grass blades can be further damaged if they’re cut by dull blades. When the mower is heavily used, it is best to sharpen it several times throughout the season instead of once per year.

  1. It is best to leave grass clippings on the lawn.

It can provide nutrients to the lawn as the wet clippings decompose rapidly.

  1. When the growing season ends, cut the grass short.

Once your lawn has stopped growing, mow it one extra inch or half an inch more. It prevents snow mold and matted grass in the winter.

Guidelines for Fertilizing

  1. Use a mix of slow & fast release fertilizer

Using a slow-release fertilizer mixed with fast-release fertilizer will produce the best results. Make sure to choose a fertilizer that contains about 30-50 percent slow-release fertilizer. Choose a slow-release fertilizer if you can’t find a mix of both. Using this method, your lawn will show a less dramatic effect but will grow with less risk of a growth spurt.

Nitrogen is key

Apply fertilizer that contains a lot of nitrogen. Your lawn should be fed nitrogen as often as possible.

  1. Go organic

It is best to use an organic fertilizer if you can. Proteins and carbohydrates from composting animal waste or plant matter can be converted into food for earthworms and microbes in your lawn.

  1. Select an appropriate fertilizer plan.

An annual fertilization of lawns is essential to keep the grass healthy and prevent runoff. Following that, you are responsible for how much effort you wish to put into it.

  1. Estimate the amount of fertilizer

Estimate how much fertilizer you will need. Your fertilizer spreader should come with instructions, so you can adjust it that way.

  1. Distribute fertilizer using the fertilizer spreader

To ensure even color, and to prevent fertilizer from spreading beyond the lawn, fertilizer must be applied evenly. Plants may be damaged when fertilizer is accidentally applied to flowerbeds and vegetable gardens, and sediment builds up in storm drains and water sources, damaging the environment.

Aeration, Dethatching, and Other Tips

  • Make sure you aerate your yard at least once a year. A lawn aerator works by aerating your lawn which can help drain well and aerate. Tools like these can be rented from tool rental companies. It is usually enough to aerate a home lawn every fall. To prevent compacted soil, aerate the ground when it is soft enough to penetrate, but not too dry.
  • Let the plugs decompose on the lawn. When they take too long to break, use metal objects to break them up and drag them over the grass or gather them for composting.
  • Get rid of excessive thatch. The thatch on the surface of a lawn is made up of a spongy mat of roots and stems. As it grows, it will prevent drainage and aeration once it reaches about half an inch thick. Additional core aeration is the best method of removing thatch. Dethatcher machines can be rented to get rid of the thatch and make sure that it is around half an inch thick. This should only be done in spring or fall when the weather is cool and there are still a few weeks of growth to come. A power rake can also be used frequently and shallowly over the lawn. It may cause damage to your lawn if you use deep power raking.
  • Prevent the buildup of thatch in the future. Thatch may be growing rapidly if pesticides are being used, which is killing earthworms necessary to break it down. Alternatively, you can sprinkle an eighth in a sprinkle of soil on top of the lawn.
  • Enhance grass growth in shady areas more so than in sunny areas.  Water deeply and less frequently in shaded bare spots if your grass doesn’t thrive. Alternatively, you can fertilize the areas in the shade half as much.
  • Maintain your lawn in the winter. Use your lawn sparingly during frosts to prevent damage to your lawn. Use as little salt as possible if you need to break up the ice. Calcium chloride products are safer than those containing sodium chloride.

Seasonal Lawn Care Tips

You usually get a 100% or greater return on your lawn investment if it’s well maintained. Ensure that your lawn looks lush from spring through fall with these lawn care tips.

Lawn Care Tips for the Early Spring

Proper preparation makes everything go more smoothly — and you will get better results. It’s one of the most basic lawn care practices.

  • To dispose of old gasoline, you’ll need to contact your county or city for disposal sites that accept old fuel.
  • Get a new tank of gas. Small engines can suffer damage if the gas that has sat for the winter collects moisture. It is especially important to use regular gasoline for fuel containing ethanol.
  • Mower blades should be sharpened to ensure that they cut cleanly. If the blade becomes dull, which is likely to happen with frequent use, the grass will tear causing jagged edges which encourage pathogens to thrive.
  • When the grass cutting season is in full swing, sharpen mower blades every month. Keep a spare blade on hand so you will always have a sharp one.
  • Get your lawn cleaned up. Over the winter months, leaves and twigs have accumulated all over your yard. It’s about time for you to get out the leaf rakes and start raking leaves. It is important to remove wet leaves as soon as possible in early spring to prevent smothering. It is important to clean up old debris before applying fertilizer and herbicide.

Lawn Care Tips for Spring

  • If the weather is good, your grass should now begin to grow in earnest, so prepare for the first cut. Do not mow wet grass – diseases can spread and clogged lawn mowers are caused by wet grass clippings.
  • It is a good idea to fertilize your lawn both in the spring and in the fall. Fall is the best time to fertilize cool-weather grasses, especially in the northern third areas of the nation where the weather is cooler. Cool weather grass roots store energy for spring in the winter.
  • If you live anywhere else in the country, start fertilizing your grass just when it begins to grow rapidly. Follow the directions on the product closely for the best results.
  • You can increase the amount of oxygen, nutrients, and water in your grass by aerating it. To maximize the efficiency of the aeration machine, choose a day when the soil is damp but not soggy.

Lawn Care Tips for Early Summer

  • There’s more grass than usual in your yard, so you need to mow more frequently. It is important to mow the grass at least every third of the time to keep your lawn healthy.
  • Get rid of weeds that have remained untreated with herbicides. Use a post-emergent herbicide if the outbreak gets out of control.

Lawn Care Tips for Summer

When it comes to mowing grass, we should keep this in mind: The taller the grass, the deeper its roots, and the less weeds it produces.

In keeping with that, here are some tips to help you keep a greener and healthier lawn:

  • Mower blades should be set at 3 inches height.
  • Ideally, you should water your lawn deeply and infrequently, as frequent sprinkles encourage shallow root development. It is recommended that lawns are watered once a week.
  • A lawn that receives less water than that will likely be dormant. You shouldn’t worry about the grass dying. Dormant turf should still get at least 1 inch of water monthly. As soon as the weather turns rainy, the grass will begin to grow again.
  • Use pie tins to measure the amount of water collected in your yard over a set period of time as a way to check your sprinkler’s output. It will be easier to keep track of the amount of water your lawn receives if you use a rain gauge.
  • Keep your mower’s undercarriage clean once a month. A dirty mower invites disease and can spread throughout your lawn.
  • You can leave grass clippings on your lawn to decompose and enrich the soil, as long as the clippings do not form large clumps. Brush away any leaves, twigs, or other debris on a regular basis.

Lawn Care Tips for Early Fall

When the hot, dry days of summer are over and the temperatures are cooling down, it’s the best time to patch thin spots. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Get rid of any dead grass.
  • Prepare the soil by breaking it up with a garden trowel.
  • Compost one inch into the soil and work it in.
  • You might also sprinkle full-sun or shade-adapted grass seeds, depending on the grass type. The grass seed should be applied evenly to the bare spot.
  • Work the grass seed into the soil with a hard-tooth rake to about a half-inch depth.
  • Distribute grass clippings to prevent a drier spot.
  • Until the new grass sprouts, keep the patch moist. Water it gently every day until it sprouts.

Lawn Care Tips for Fall

  • You must keep your lawn clear of leaves and debris in the fall. You could mulch your lawn mower with organic matter to enrich your soil. Make sure any clumps are cleaned up so your grass doesn’t die.
  • Those who live in the northern third of the country should fertilize their lawns during this time. As you go dormant over the winter, the roots of your grass will store nutrients, so your lawn will be ready to wake up when spring arrives.

New to lawn care? Follow our tips!

Some people are gifted enough to naturally take care of mother nature without any additional help, but those who aren’t may need a little more than just putting a little effort into your lawn. It makes a big difference if you try to inform yourself of the many lawn care tips we’ve provided for you in this blog! Lawn care isn’t a simple job, many homeowners struggle to maintain upkeep for their lawn. If you’re one of these people, our lawn care experts at Westside Grounds can help you! Contact us today.

lawn disease warning signs

It’s the time of year when lawns are starting to turn a little bit green, and homeowners are getting ready to start mowing and watering their yards. However, before you put too much work into your lawn, it’s important to know the warning signs of lawn disease so you can treat it early. After all, prevention is better than cure.

In this article, we will talk about the different factors that contribute to the development of lawn disease, warning signs, how we can treat them, and how we can prevent them in the future.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Westside Grounds today.

What Is Lawn Disease?

Right before we start discussing the different signs of lawn disease, it’s important to know what it really is. Through this, we can have a much better idea of what we are dealing with on our lawn. So, the question is what really is lawn disease?

In such a short and concise term, lawn disease refers to a plant disorder that is caused by a pathogenic agent, such as a fungus, bacteria, or virus. It affects the health of your grass, causing it to yellow, thin out, or even die. While some lawn diseases are minor and cause only cosmetic damage, others can seriously affect the ability of grass to photosynthesize or take up nutrients.

There are numerous factors that contribute to the development of lawn diseases, including:

  • hot and humid weather,
  • high traffic areas,
  • poor drainage, and;
  • improper mowing.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help spot early warning of lawn disease.

Common Types of Lawn Disease and Their Treatments

There are many different types of lawn diseases, so it is important to know what you are dealing with before starting any treatment. In order to get the best results, it is important to diagnose the issue correctly and use the proper treatment.

Fairy Ring

A Fairy Ring is a type of fungal disease that affects lawns, causing circular or semi-circular patches of lush, green grass to form. These patches are often surrounded by a ring of unhealthy, yellowed grass.

Fairy rings consist of three types which are classified by their symptoms:

  • Type I: Ring of brown, wilted, dead grass
  • Type II: Ring of dark green grass
  • Type III: Ring of mushrooms or puffballs

Prevention and Control

  • Reduce thatch by using a vertical mower
  • Remove small debris from the ground
  • Apply extra water to the affected part of the plant
  • For type II symptoms, make use of nitrogen fertilizers to mask the rings and stimulate growth at the same time

Brown Patch

Brown patch is a common lawn disease that affects both cool-season and warm-season turfgrasses. The disease is characterized by large, circular patches of brown grass that can range in size from a few inches to several feet across.

Prevention and Control

  • Improve the air circulation for the plants by aerating and dethatching the soil.
  • Irrigate only if it’s needed
  • Avoid applying too many nitrogen-based fertilizers
  • Impose proper drainage for both surface and subsurface areas

Dollar Spot

The disease gets its name from the small, circular patches of brown or tan that it creates on the lawn. These patches are usually about the size of a silver dollar, hence the name. The disease is caused by a fungus that thrives in warm, humid conditions.

Prevention and Control

  • To reduce moisture buildup on leaves, irrigate deeply, infrequently, and early in the morning.
  • Fungicides are very effective against most types of causal fungus on irrigated turf with recurrent dollar spot issues.
  • Since growth will be stimulated during the early summer when dollar spot infection begins, nitrogen fertilizer applications can aid in reducing dollar spot severity.

Summer Patch

Summer patch appears as large, circular patches of yellowing or dead grass. The grass in the center of the patch may be killed, while the grass around the edge may remain green. In severe cases, entire lawns can be affected. 

Prevention and Control

  • Mow your lawn with the appropriate grass height
  • Water the grass deeply but not frequently
  • Make sure that you have a seamless drainage system

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a type of fungal disease that can affect a variety of plants, including trees, shrubs, and lawn grasses. The fungus grows on the surface of leaves and stems, causing them to develop a white or light gray powdery coating. In severe cases, the fungus can cause leaves to yellow and wilt, and it can also stunt the growth of new shoots and flowers.

Prevention and Control

  • Reduce shade in impacted areas by cutting back or pruning vegetation that is obstructing the sun.
  • Remove, move, or prune any plants that are obstructing airflow around the infected turf.
  • You should modify your irrigation schedule to avoid shady areas getting too wet for too long and avoid watering in the evening.
  • Avoid heavy nitrogen applications

Pythium Blight

Pythium Blight thrives in warm, wet conditions and causes a variety of symptoms in the grass, including brown patches, wilting, and thinning. Although Pythium blight is most common in the summer months, it can occur at any time of year when conditions are favorable.

Prevention and Control

  • Water the grass in the morning so that the soil has all day to absorb the water and for any extra to evaporate. If your lawn is susceptible to Pythium blight, watering less frequently but more deeply is always preferable to frequent, shallow watering.
  • Maintain lawn aeration to enhance drainage and give the roots more air. To allow more light to reach the lawn from the foliage and through the trees and bushes, prune their branches.
  • Because the mower will spread the spores to other areas of the lawn, avoid mowing the grass when it is wet or when you notice patches of blight.
  • Don’t step on or compact wet grass. Mower blades should be cleaned after each use to prevent spore spread the following time you mow.

Rust Diseases

This disease is characterized by the formation of orange, brown, or red spots on the leaves of affected plants. It can weaken plants and make them more susceptible to other problems, such as drought stress. In some cases, the disease can cause premature death. 

Prevention and Control

  • Pick off infected leaves and destroy them, and rake frequently beneath plants to remove all fallen debris.
  • To give plants time to dry out during the day, water in the morning, and avoid using overhead sprinklers.
  • Apply sulfur or copper sprays to protect susceptible plants from infection. Apply early or at the first indication of disease for the best results. Up until the day of harvest, thoroughly spray all plant parts and repeat every 7–10 days.
  • To increase airflow, prune or stake plants and get rid of weeds.
  • After you have thoroughly raked and cleaned the soil, use a thick layer of mulch or organic compost to protect it.

Treat Your Lawn With Westside Grounds

Lawn diseases can have a devastating effect on your grass, so it’s important to be able to identify them early. The warning signs we’ve outlined in this post should help you do just that. If you think your lawn may be affected by the disease, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional here at Westside Grounds for diagnosis and treatment. With the right care and professionalism, your lawn can recover and thrive even more!

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