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Leaf Your Fall Services to Dowco!

Friday September 22nd marks the first day of fall which usually means football, comfy sweaters, and pumpkin-spiced everything! 

Here's what fall means to us at Dowco. 

St. Louis Lawn Aeration and Renovation FAQ

We answer the most frequently asked questions regarding fall aeration and overseeding including flagging, watering, leaf cleanup, fertilization, mowing, scheduling and more! 

FLAGGING PRIOR TO AERATION

What needs to be flagged?

  • Flag all irrigation heads and valve boxes.
  • Flag the invisible dog fence approximately every 3 feet.
  • Flag any other obstacles in the lawn (accent lights, sewers, etc)

Watch Your Landscape Explode With Color

Add a Pop of Color this Fall

Mums are a great way to add a pop of color to your outdoor space this fall. Planted in-ground or in pots, mums keep their color through the fall season. With a variety of rich colors available, your landscape will be on display! 

Other fall options include kale, strawflower, pansies, snapdragon, asters, and more! 

Then, Burst Into Spring!

Plant bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth this fall and watch your landscape explode in the spring! Nature's fireworks will burst with different hues and shapes to make you the talk of the neighborhood.

Unique options include alliums, amaryllis, snowdrops, and the early blooming crocus. 

 

Aeration and Overseeding is Underway!

Many of our clients are schedule and preparing for their upcoming lawn renovation! 

BEFORE WE ARRIVE:

  1. Obstacles such as irrigation heads, landscape lighting, gnomes and underground dog fences must be flagged.
  2. Water your lawn thoroughly so it has a good moisture content and can be deeply aerated.

How Much Does a Lawn Renovation Cost in St. Louis?

Did you know that a single blade of grass only lives 40 days on average?

Each day our lawns are working to produce new blades (called tillers) to replace the old ones. This is why some lawns begin to thin out or look tired over time.

Many people already knows the benefits of aerating and overseeding the clay soil here in St. Louis, so then they start comparing prices and values to choose a lawn care provider to perform a fall renovation.

How Lawn Care Companies Determine Price

The cost of a lawn renovation is almost always directly related to the square footage of your property. Vendors apply a "secret formula" to come up with an average or standard amount of time and material needed to to cover the grounds.

In St. Louis county, the average lawn aeration cost can range from $99 to $300.

"Wait!" You might say. "This is quite a broad range. Besides, I've seen signs for aeration as low as $45!"

Summer Watering and Smart Irrigation in St. Louis

Is your lawn drying out in certain spots during the summer drought?

Here are 3 quick tips:

  1. During this bad stretch of hot weather & drought, consider watering every day. 
  2. Water in the morning, not the middle of the day, to prevent fungus outbreaks. 
  3. Look around for an irrigation coverage issue. Ideally we want zones to overlap with each other, and that may not be happening in some of the brown areas. In addition, any large trees, signs, or overgrown bushes could also be causing obstacles.

Our irrigation department is here to help! 

Our St. Louis Irrigation Inspection Service includes a skilled technican who will:

  • Check all of the heads to make sure they are functioning properly 
  • Activate each zone ensuring proper water coverage & reducing waste
  • Set the times to be appropriate for the heat of the summer season 
  • Identify any old parts, malfunctioning pieces or repairs needed 

In addition, our technicians are trained to offer smart water usage recommendations including water smart controllers, rain sensors and more! 

 

How to Care For a New Construction Home Lawn in St. Louis

Congratulations on a new home!!

As soon as the keys are handed over to your new residence, the mindset of “protecting your investment” kicks in. One of the most beneficial ways you can protect and enhance your curb appeal is by making sure your lawn is green and weed-free. 

Fall is one of the best times to find a professional, local lawn care company in St. Louis to renovate your lawn. A new lawn is less than 5 years old, but you don’t get a “pass” just because you have new sod.

It’s important to know the history of your lawn to understand why...

History of your Lawn

When a developer decides to build a subdivision they move loads of soil to shape retention ponds, berms, and streets, and dig sewer lines. What ends up on the surface area that eventually becomes your yard may have previously been 5-15 feet below ground in the past. It is essentially dead soil, with no flora or fauna to carry on all the processes of healthy balanced soil.

What you don’t necessarily see when you buy a home in a residential development, is the myriad of vehicles that have driven on and around what you wish to be lush, soft turf.  Pick-up trucks, concrete trucks, flatbeds with lumber and trusses, dumpsters, shingle deliveries, and appliance and window deliveries all take their turns. When the house is first being built, crushed limestone gravel is distributed around to eliminate slugging through the mud.

All of this adds up to a compacted, unstructured soil that is fairly impenetrable to normal percolation of rainwater. So what are the first steps? 

How to Compare and Choose a St. Louis Lawn Renovation Company

Your lawn, flowers, trees and shrubs are in a heat advisory. Please be alert to the following warning signs of drought and adjust your watering as needed.

  • foot prints that stay
  • wilted and rolled leaves
  • discoloration
  • soil feels dry to the touch

As soon as the summer heat wave is over you're going to start seeing signs and hearing St. Louis lawncare companies talking about fall lawn renovations.  How do you know what is best for your lawn?  Here are a couple tips on how to compare and choose a St. Louis lawn renovation company for your property. 

AERATION

One very important factor to consider when pricing out your lawn renovation is how many passes are being done during the aeration. At the minimum a double pass is recommended to get the most value out of your investment. A double pass means the aerator will do a checker-board pattern of the lawn, completing one entire pass of the lawn in one direction, and then a second pass perpendicular to the first past.

With the clay soils in St. Louis, anything less than two passes is almost inconsequential. For new construction or severely compacted lawns, Dowco typically recommends going over the property multiple times.

OVER-SEEDING

Comparing the amount and type of seed that the contractor is using is another way to compare your quotes. Ask for the lawn care contractor to tell you how many pounds of seed they plan to use. 

According to the label on seed bags, they recommend 3-7 pounds per thousand square feet depending on the current condition of the lawn.  An established lawn may only need 3 pounds, but bare dirt would require 7 pounds or more.

Hot Upgrades to Prepare Your St. Louis Landscape for Summer Parties

Fourth of July is coming! Are you ready?

Or more importantly, is your landscape party ready?

With less than a week to go, our maintenance teams are ready to lend a helping hand for party cleanup. We can prune, weed, and replant! Call us now to get on our schedule for a quick spruce before the neighbors and in-laws arrive!  

Take a look at our hottest summer upgrades!

Now is a great time to design and install affordable solutions to beautify your property - landscape upgrades you can enjoy for the rest of the summer and fall season! 

Landscape Edging 

Keep your flower beds well maintained - and your fresh new mulch in place - with landscape edging. We'll meet with you to select the best option for your yard, with options of materials like brick, stone, or aluminum. 

One of our client's favorites seems to be the Bella Borderstone Edging (shown in a project of ours above) because of it's affordability and diversity. The small shape gives us unlimited design flexibility to border patios, driveways, sidewalks or beds. It comes in 4 different colors: charcoal, buff, red, and chocolate. 

Bubbling Boulders 

The soft splash of a fountain brings life and motion to your backyard. It attracts more birds and wildlife than still water alone, and its soothing soundtrack transforms your space into a peaceful retreat. 

Getting your own backyard fountain installed by Dowco is simple. We'll meet with you and help you select your own custom color, shape and boulder size. 

Summer Walls, Patios, & Pavers

Whether you're looking to add an outdoor fire pit, replace a patio, or design a brand new walkway to the backyard, we have what you need to get the job done. 

Also, consider replacing your failing or old retaining wall this year. While total wall collapses are rare, tilting out or leaning is very common in poorly built structures. Sometimes it can be remedied by rebuilding or correcting the cause of the failure. Othertimes, we recommend starting fresh with new material. 

FAQ: If it rains do I still need to water my plants? 

It depends. Sometimes the rainfall is enough to water your plants, but the best way to know is to feel the soil. However, during hot summer months and early fall, natural rainfall is not enough. Often, rain received during these periods produces mostly runoff and contributes very little to your plant's water requirements.

To determine if your plants need water, we recommend gently digging around the root zone with your fingers, 2-3” for small plants and 6-8” for larger plants and trees. If the soil feels dry to the touch, water is needed. If the soil feels moist, you don't need to water.

Hot Weather Lawn Updates and Bob!

June Service Schedule Updates

Welcome to summer weather in St. Louis! This week we look forward to temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. As our office manager, Jane, would say, "it feels like someone threw a wet, wool blanket over my head."

Fungicides & Nutsedge Applications

Fungicide applications start this week for all clients that have pre-approved this service. The conditions are now prime for disease so we suggest requesting a quote to prevent & treat brown spots this summer. 

Next week we'll start treating for nutsedge in lawns. The product works on contact with nutsedge that is visible (not blanket sprayed). >>Learn more

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Team Member, Bob Paulson!

We're excited to onboard a new production manager this month! You'll see Bob out and about checking on the quality of our work, teaching and training our crews, and providing horticultural knowledge to our team and to you. Here's a bit about him: 

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