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Helping Hints

CHOOSING A LAWN COMPANY
The first thing to look for is a company that is licensed. For example, in Oklahoma lawn care companies must be registered with the state. The company license number must be displayed on any vehicle that is applying fertilizers or herbicides to any lawn for hire. It is illegal for any person to apply any herbicide or fertilizer to a property without being properly licensed. This license ensures the company has passed state tests on herbicides as well as having the proper insurance coverage. Next, ask your neighbor or friend who they use. A good referral is a great way to get started. Ask questions, be informed and look at the information you have been given and see if it fits your needs.

WHY SCALPING A LAWN IS NOT A GOOD PRACTICE
Scalping a warm season lawn in late fall removes insulation that the grass needs to protect its roots during the cold weather. Leaving the turf at its normal height will result in fewer weeds and help reduce problems with winter kill. A height of 2.5 - 3.0 inches promotes a healthier root system, provides insulation against the cold weather and prolongs the life of pre-emergent herbicides. A lawn that is scalped in early spring is exposed to more weed seeds and allows those weeds to better thrive due to less competition from the warm season grass. In addition, the soil is exposed to more sunlight which shortens the life pre-emergent herbicides due to the additional heat from the sun. Weeds are a bigger problem in lawns that have been scalped.

WINTER WATERING
As the temperature cools it is easy to forget about the watering needs of grasses and plants. Trees, shrubs and turf continue to need water during the winter months. If precipitation does not occur in the form of rain or snow, supplemental watering will be needed. Usually 3.0 inches per month is adequate.

TRIMMING
Fall/winter is a great time to trim trees and prune shrubs. However, flowering plants like azaleas may have already set their blooms for next year. If the blooms have already been set, fall pruning can reduce the number of blooms produced in the coming year. If you are not sure of the variety or species of a plant you have, contact your extension office or service provider for information.

MULCHING
Fall/winter is a good time to add mulch to flower beds. Mulching during the fall/winter will help conserve soil moisture and reduce the amount of weeds. This is also a good time to apply a pre-emergent in flower beds to minimize spring weeds.

LEAF REMOVAL
Leaves need to be removed from the turf during the winter. Heavy accumulation of leaf materials will result in a dense layer of organic matter on a turf that can cause problems for lawns. Removal of a heavy accumulation of leafs can be accomplished by mowing and bagging while a light layer of leaves can simply be mulched back into the soil.

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