Why is Your Lawn Brown?

With the crazy spring weather, we have seen a huge increase in brown lawns all around Bozeman and Livingston, MT. There are two main circumstances to attribute this to: drought and lawn fungal disease.

DROUGHT:

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How is drought possible with the rain we got?!

Yes, even with the rain we received, your lawn still needed much more water. You probably noticed that as soon as temperatures warmed up, your lawn started to get a slight yellow tinge if you hadn’t turned on your sprinklers yet.

With good soil, cool season grasses need one and a half inches of water per week to maintain a healthy profile. The rain was giving it a half inch at best.

What can you do if your lawn looks like this?

  1. Turn your sprinklers on!
  2. Set your mower blades at max height. This will help shade your soil to retain water.
  3. Be patient, if your lawn has already gone dormant and it may take up to a month to recover.

FUNGAL – LEAF SPOT “MELTING OUT”:

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What is this?

Leaf Spot occurs when there is a rapid change in temperature and/or moisture in the lawn. In a weeks time the disease can overtake even the healthiest lawn in the neighborhood.

Your lawn can start to appear burnt or “melting out” as the fungal spores spread through the grass blades. Mowers help spread spores around which creates the pattern you see in the top photo. This is why you will sometimes see it stop right at property lines. The good news is once temperatures cool down lawns can usually recover on their own.

What can you do if your lawn looks like this?

  1. Continue to water, fertilize, and mow at 4″ height
  2. Using a fungicide every 14 days will help the recovery time, focus on the affected and surrounding areas. We recommend using something with the active ingredient Propiconazol like this product: Fungus Control For Lawns
  3. Be patient, fungicides will help but you won’t see real results until temperatures start to cool again.

If you’re not sure whether you are experiencing leaf spot or drought, please text us a photo and we’re happy to help diagnose it! 406-222-1152

Is Blended Organic the Future of Lawn Care?

There has been a growing demand for organic lawn care programs due to several reasons:

  • Drought
  • Concern of what products our families and pets are surrounded by
  • The sustainability of pollinators, etc. 

The challenge for Yard Guard is: how do we satisfy our customers’ requests and provide a lawn they can be proud of?

About Blended Organic
There are two modes of thinking for organic lawns. First, customers want a fully organic program and have never tried it before and second, customers who have tried fully organic and realized that it does not work. Our Blended Organic program gives you the best of both worlds. 

Organic lawn care programs target different areas of the yard than a traditional lawn care program. Think: organic treats the soil and traditional treats the blades of grass. Over time, if you’re feeding the soil the proper nutrients it needs to maintain strong turf, your yard is going to look amazing, but BE PATIENT. Organic programs take time (think about 1.5 years) to get to a place where you are happy with the turf health. Traditional lawn care provides immediate results if you need control over weeds.

Most organic programs do not offer any weed control which means that the lawn is never able to outcompete weeds. If you are fine with this, then a 100% organic program is for you. However, if you want to get rid of the weeds and have a beautiful lawn, then our blended organic program would be a great option! This program is ever evolving for us. Containing 70% organics, it provides excellent nutrients for your lawn while maintaining weed control with our minimal application of herbicide. It does require some work on your end as the customer, though. 
| Be sure to follow our mowing and watering tips below to get the best results. | 

Add Carbon Back Into Your Soil
We use a blended organic slow release fertilizer that binds nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, sulfur, calcium and other micronutrients to carbon. Adding carbon back into the soil is key because it reduces greenhouse gasses, builds up your soil’s makeup and allows it to store water and nutrients better, creating a quality profile for healthy grass.

Our blended organic program follows the Trout Friendly Clean Water Coalition Guidelines

Our Five Step Blended Organic Program:

  • Step 1 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil.
  • Step 2 – Combination liquid product based on kelp, molasses, traditional fertilizer for some nitrogen and weed control.
  • Step 3 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil. We spot spray at a minimum rate to control weeds.
  • Step 4 – Liquid fertilizing product based on kelp, molasses, and traditional fertilizer for some nitrogen. We spot spray at a minimum rate to control weeds.
  • Step 5 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil.We’re able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to put down a higher amount of nutrients.

Best Watering and Mowing Tips: 

  1. We know you may want to cut your grass shorter, but please set your mowing height to 3.5″- 4″. It will require less water and look better!
  2. Less frequent, deeper watering’s early in the morning between 4:00 am – 8:00 am, are best. Start with every other day and adjust if necessary. We recommend increasing your watering times once temperatures heat up in July. Let us know if you have any questions or need more help!

At Yard Guard, we offer the blended organic program to our customers in Livingston, Paradise Valley, Bozeman, Belgrade and Three Forks, Montana. 

Give us a call or send us a text at 406.222.1152 to find out more about the program and to get a quote for your property!

Micro-Injections

Micro-InjectionsIn nature, only the strongest survive! At Yard Guard, our mission is to tip the odds in your favor.

Plant healthcare is what we do. Our highly trained staff inspects your property to identify any disease or insect issues before they can do damage.

If you think you may have an issue, or have a question about your trees or shrubs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or text anytime. We can provide options of what we can offer or suggest things you can do yourself. At Yard Guard, we love to do anything we can to help.

Micro-Injections

The best part about micro-injections is it has no contact with the surrounding environment. The product can be injected right into the trunk of the tree to then be distributed to the rest of the plant. Perfect for more sensitive areas like densely populated areas or near waterways, this is the safest and most environmentally friendly treatment method because it eliminates hazards to groundwater, wildlife, people, or friendly insects, such as honey bees.

If you suspect your tree is ill or want to protect it from insects, fungicides, or disease, please contact us. We will inspect your trees and find the proper solution to keep your trees healthy and flourishing.

Lawn Care

Lawn Care Bozeman MontanaTake the worry and hassle out of maintaining a beautiful lawn with Yard Guard. We built our 5-Step Lawn Care Program to provide your lawn with the nutrition it needs to look its best and out-compete incoming weeds.
Our proprietary 5-Step Lawn Care Program includes, you guessed it, five separate applications. It is essential to complete all five steps every year as each application builds on the last. Ideally, our program starts with the fall application, which sets the foundation for the following season.

Our 5-Step Lawn Care Program

Step 1 – Granular fertilizer to help the lawn get going in the spring!

Step 2 – Liquid Fertilizer with weed control to help take care of those spring dandelions and other weeds.

Step 3 – Liquid Fertilizer with weed control. As temperatures heat up we change our mix to focus more on slow release fertilizers and add in more organics to save water, avoid burning the lawn, and promote healthy growth in the heat.

Step 4 – Liquid Fertilizer with weed control. Similar to Step 3, focusing on healthy growth, while saving water and avoiding burning.

Step 5 – We use a granular fertilizer to help the turf recover from the hot summer and build strong roots to get ready for the next season! We are able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to put down a higher load of nutrients.

We live here, too, and we only use products that are safe for our staff, our rivers, and most of all, our customers’ pets and families. By focusing on slow-release fertilizers, micronutrients, and organic soil conditioners, we can provide amazing results while being environmentally conscious.

With Yard Guard, you’ll take the guesswork out of lawn care and have a yard full of green grass to be proud of. Does your lawn need some care? Give Yard Guard a call or get a quote online!

Blended Organic

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At Yard Guard, we know the best lawns start from the ground up, which is why we recommend our blended organic fertilizing service. We see and treat your yard as a whole, not in separate pieces. One of the best ways to honor your yard is by using premium blended organic lawn care programs like the one we provide.

There are two types of fertilizers you can use for your yard, blended or ammoniated. Blended fertilizers take two or more materials and mix them together while keeping every granule consisting of its own material. The materials are mashed up with ammoniated fertilizers, so every granule contains a small amount of each nutrient.

We see the value in blended organic fertilizing and use a proprietary blended fertilizer program that you can’t find anywhere else on the market. Our program utilizes organic products with a minimum amount of herbicides to ensure the best results. The advantage of using a blended fertilizer is that its nutrients can last in your soil for several months, continuing to enrich your yard long after the fifth application is complete. Additionally, lawns receiving regular application have fewer issues with lawn disease making them look and feel healthier.

Our 5 Step Blended Organic Lawn Care Program

Step 1 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil.

Step 2 – Combination liquid product based on kelp, molasses, traditional fertilizer for some nitrogen and weed control.

Step 3 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil. We spot spray at a minimum rate to control weeds.

Step 4 – Liquid fertilizing product based on kelp, molasses, and traditional fertilizer for some nitrogen. We spot spray at a minimum rate to control weeds.

Step 5 – Blended organic granular fertilizer application. We’re using a cutting-edge, carbon-based product that’s bonded to peat moss to help retain moisture while returning carbon to the soil.We’re able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures to put down a higher amount of nutrients.

Our Blended program meets Jackson Hole’s Trout Friendly parameters.

We are constantly evolving this program and strive to be at the forefront of our industry. If you have any questions about our blended organic fertilizing, please call or text our office, or get a quote online.

Off Lawn Weed Control

Weed Control MontanaWe want you to live in a world where you never pull another weed in your life! We offer off lawn weed control management programs for your landscape, from garden beds and driveways to noxious weeds in small field areas.

By making your turf thick and healthy, we will prevent weeds from springing up elsewhere. In addition to preventative measures, we apply products in early Spring that help to dry out seeds to prevent new weeds from growing.

We’ve seen amazing results with our off lawn weed control, but if something gets through, we will touch things up next time we are on site.

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