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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! 

 

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: 

Spring Flood 2017 - Impact on St. Louis Lawns & Landscaping

St. Louis Spring Flood 2017

Everyone knows that there is a not-so-small flood happening in our area. We wanted to take the time to update you on how this will impact your services throughout the remainder of this week, as well as give you some information from our horticulturists on how this will impact your landscape overall.

Dowco Service Update

As of last night, all of the routes to access accounts on the south side of highway 44 have been shut down and will most likely remain shut down for the rest of the week. This mainly includes the following towns: Eureka, Glencoe, Fenton, and parts of Sunset Hills.

If you live in one of these areas, unfortunately we will not be able to access your property for services until the roads are back open. All other areas will continue services as normal.

In addition to the flood, we are also forecasted for 2 more days of rain this week. We ask for your patience and please know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure your property is serviced.

Lawn & Landscape Impact

What does all of this rain mean to your lawn and landscape? Most trees, shrubs, and turf should be fine as long as standing water does not persist for over a week or two.

The most important thing is for the roots to continue to get oxygen. If this oxygen supply is cut-off for a long period of time, plants may experience root rot. Symptoms of root rot include: yellow/white leaves, slimy brown roots, wilting, and rapid leaf drop.  If you notice any of your plants showing signs of root rot, you can call our Dowco office and schedule a site visit with one of our horticulturists.

The best thing you can do to help your lawn recover from a flood is to core aerate. This is done in the early fall and allows oxygen to get back into the roots of the grass. 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Lawn Mowing Schedule Update

Looking into the forecast this week, we are expecting more rain. This is why you may see us out earlier than normal for mowing to try to get ahead of it.

STL Swamp Living and National Lawn Care Month

Although the sun is shining, we are considering this another rain day. The machines we use would be too heavy and sink into saturated lawns.  We plan to put a full court press on mowing and lawn care and we will be working this weekend. 

Here at Dowco, we are passionate about creating beautiful, green lawns for St. Louis.  For many years, the landscape industry has celebrated National Lawn Care Month in April. Now that spring is beginning, there is no better time to get started on developing the perfect lawn this season!

Spring Rain Delay Schedule Update

We hope you're staying dry! 

Last week we started mowing all of our residential properties. If you haven't seen us yet, it's because we're delayed from rain, and the forecast this week shows more spring showers. Our goal is to ensure top quality work, in a timely fashion, without damaging your lawn.  

Keep in mind that during the wet spring, your mow day will fluctuate. It will become more regular as we head into summer! 

Fertilization round 1 will be completed on all properties by April 8th.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Hi there,

Kelly here.   I just wanted to share with you some amazing news about our fantastic team member, Maggie.   Read on:

Lawn Mowing Boot Camp [VIDEO]

The last 2 weeks we've been preparing for lawn mowing. A few of our crew members are learning these skills for the first time, while many others are sharpening up their techniques before we hit our client's properties.

Last week we worked on the fundamentals - fueling, starting, handling, and safety.

This morning, the trainers on our team TJ Rau, Maurice Dowell, Ricky R Davis, Francisco Escobar and John Drago put together an amazing Mow Training Boot Camp! 17 crew members tackled 4 stations to practice on 2 different types of mowers, edging, weeding, blowing and trimming.

Check out the video recap on our YouTube Page

Prepare! St. Louis Lawn Care Teams are Emerging

Can you believe the warm weather we've had in February? 

While you may see the Forsythia blooming already, the soil temperatures are still between 45-55 degrees, therefore Crabgrass is not yet germinating.  Our fertilization program is underway and both rounds 1 and 2 contain a crabgrass pre-emergent. 

We predict that we will be mowing very soon!

BEFORE we arrive at your property, please make sure that your lawn is ready to be manicured by our outdoor living professionals. You can help by: 

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