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Tulsa Lawn Care Update: Rain, a Precious Commodity!

Posted by Kathy Wilder on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

Today is a great day in Tulsa!  For the past two days, we’ve had “wintry weather.”  In Oklahoma that means a mixture of rain, sleet, hail, thunder and lightning, snow, ice, and more rain.  It’s been a big, sloppy mess, punctuated by car accidents, and white-knuckled driving for those of us who managed not to crash into anything.

 

Ditches are full, back yards are flooded, and we still have some piles of snow.  When you let the dogs out, they come back in as mud balls.

 

And here at GreenGrass, we can’t get our lawn care work done. 

Crocus in the snow

 

Isn’t it great?  We need this rain so BADLY that none of the above matters.  (Except for the car wrecks!  I'm very sorry for anyone that happened to!) Spring has actually sprung!  I know the temperature doesn’t feel like it, but in the lawn care industry, we are full tilt into spring.  It’s time for crabgrass pre-emergents and broadleaf post-emergents, weeds are popping up, and so are crocus and tulips.  Our first weed control application can be done through the first week of March, so it’s not too late, and the delay in production due to rain is just fine!

 

Because, you see, the lawns and landscapes in Tulsa need the rain worse than anything else.

 

We all know we’ve been in the midst of a terrible drought for two years, now.  But I’m not sure people realize the toll this has taken on our landscapes or on the Oklahoma landscape in general.  It’s not just a matter of having to water our lawns a lot.  On the news yesterday, I saw people taking down huge native trees that have just perished.  For our ecosystem, this has been a disaster.  Trees and wooded land harbor wildlife.  Pastures feed our cattle.  Agricultural land feeds us.  The drought has been devastating to our wildlife, our agriculture and livestock, and economy.

 

As far as our business here at GreenGrass, we can make up our rain days.  We wish it would rain every other night!  Nothing is better for our lawns and trees and shrubs than rain right now, going into spring green-up.  And don't be surprised if you see new broadleaf weeds popping up after the sun comes out.  But our weed control application will take care of that!

 

Lawns need at least an inch of water per week during the growing season, and at least a half inch of water per week in the winter when they’re dormant.  Moisture is insulation.  Snow is insulation.  In fact, when we expect a hard freeze, watering beforehand will protect your lawn and your plants.

 

So.  We can put up with a big, sloppy mess for a while, if that’s what it takes.  Water is life!

 

Note:  In addition to Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Coweta, Bixby and Jenks, we now service Claremore, Catoosa, Glenpool, and some parts of Sapulpa.  It's time to think about your spring pre-emergents, and we'd love to do a free estimate for you!

Topics: drought stress, Watering and lawn care