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Seasonal Update

Yes, those pests always seem to appear when the temperatures start rising just before spring. To prevent it from becoming a bug world, you have to move before those bugs begin to develop.

Each year, bugs attack our plants and damage the future growth and health of the plant. All bugs lay their eggs before winter and now is that preventive time to stop the cycle by performing a Dormant Oil Spray.

Dormant oil spray is a petroleum-based oil that suffocates the eggs and larva. It can only be
applied in low temperatures.

At Pettit’s, we can help you prevent this springtime headache. Contact us to schedule a time for us to come and help prevent those bugs from developing.

Outdoor Outlook

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Lawn Care 101

Achieving a lush green lawn requires more than just regular mowing and watering. As a homeowner, you may encounter common lawn care issues that hinder the growth and vibrancy of your grass. In this blog post, we will provide you with essential tips to overcome these challenges and transform your lawn into a breathtaking oasis. At Pettit's Lawnscapes LLC, we understand the importance of a healthy lawn, and we are here to guide you every step of the way. 

Soil Preparation


The foundation of a healthy lawn starts with the soil. Before planting new grass or maintaining an existing lawn, ensure that your soil is in good condition. Test the pH level of your soil to determine if any amendments are needed. Most grass types prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. Add lime to raise the pH or sulfur to lower it, if necessary. Additionally, aerating the soil periodically will improve its structure, allowing better water and nutrient absorption.

Proper Watering


Watering your lawn is crucial, but it's important to do it correctly. Deep and infrequent watering is more beneficial than frequent shallow watering. Water your lawn early in the morning to minimize evaporation and give the grass blades time to dry before evening, reducing the risk of disease. Aim for about an inch of water per week, including rainfall. Use a rain gauge or a small container to measure the amount of water applied during watering sessions.

Mowing Techniques


Mowing may seem like a straightforward task, but there are essential techniques to ensure your lawn thrives. Set your mower at the recommended cutting height for your grass type. Generally, cool-season grasses should be cut to a height of 2.5 to 4 inches, while warm-season grasses are usually cut shorter, around 1 to 2 inches. Avoid mowing your lawn too short, as it weakens the grass and promotes weed growth. Also, alternate the mowing direction with each session to prevent the grass from leaning in one direction.



Proper fertilization provides the necessary nutrients for healthy grass growth. Choose a high-quality lawn fertilizer that matches the needs of your grass type. Apply fertilizer according to the recommended schedule and follow the instructions for the correct amount. Over-fertilizing can burn the grass and harm the environment. Consider using organic fertilizers, which release nutrients slowly and improve soil health over time.

Weed and Pest Control


Weeds and pests can damage your lawn and compete with grass for resources. Regularly inspect your lawn for signs of weeds and pests. Remove weeds by hand or use a selective herbicide to target specific types. For pest control, identify the specific problem and choose the appropriate treatment. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, such as using beneficial insects or natural predators, can reduce the need for chemical pesticides.

Overseeding and Aeration


Over time, lawns can develop bare spots and thin areas. Overseeding is the process of spreading new grass seed over existing turf to promote thick, healthy growth. Choose a grass seed variety that matches your lawn's existing grass type and climate conditions. Before overseeding, aerate the lawn to create small holes that allow the seeds to make direct contact with the soil. This enhances germination and improves the overall health of the lawn.

Regular Maintenance


Consistency is key when it comes to lawn care. Regularly inspect your lawn for any issues and address them promptly. Remove leaves and debris, as they can smother the grass and create an environment for pests. Keep an eye out for signs of disease or nutrient deficiencies, such as yellowing or patchy areas, and take appropriate action. A well-maintained lawn not only looks beautiful but also prevents potential problems from escalating.

By implementing these essential tips, you can transform your lawn into a lush green paradise that will be the envy of your neighborhood. At Pettit's Lawnscapes LLC, we are passionate about helping homeowners in Memphis, TN achieve their dream lawns. Our experienced team is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to provide you with top-notch lawn care services tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you create the lawn of your dreams.

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