Annual Ryegrass Plant Information

The grass shown in the picture above is annual ryegrass. There’s more than one kind of rye; in fact, three different types of grasses contain “rye” in their names. It’s easy to be fooled, and part of the purpose of this article is to distinguish between the three types. Along the way I’ll discuss the various purposes to which these plants are put.

Understanding the Differences Between the Three Kinds of Rye

When the use of common names engenders confusion, it’s helpful to turn to the scientific names of the plants for some clarity.

Here are the botanical monikers for the three grasses in question (along with their most commonly-used common names) suggested by your local lawn care experts:

  1. Lolium multiflorum (annual ryegrass)
  2. Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass)
  3. Secale cereale (winter rye)

Note, however, that, when speaking informally, people sometimes refer to the first two, as well, as ” winter rye.” That’s all the more reason to insist on the use of the botanical name when a positive ID is called for.

In addition to Lolium multiflorum, also in the annual camp is Secale cereale. So that’s one important difference to observe between the three: namely, that two have an annual life cycle, while one is a perennial.

Another noteworthy difference is that winter rye (Secale cereale), unlike the other two, is a grain. Thus another common name for it: “cereal rye.” So think of this one in the way that you would think of wheat or a similar grain, not a lawn grass. Another difference — which should now come as no surprise to you — is that winter rye is a more robust plant than either annual ryegrass or perennial ryegrass.

Despite these differences, they all share one thing (besides having similar names): they are cool-season grasses.

Now that we’ve explored some of the major differences between these three grasses, let’s examine some of their uses.

Uses for Annual Ryegrass

The best-known use for annual ryegrass is in overseeding lawns, specifically, in overseeding lawns that are composed of warm-season grasses in the South.

When the warm-season grass goes dormant in these lawns during the months of cooler temperatures, overseeding with a cool-season counterpart (annual ryegrass) provides a way to enjoy a green expanse for a longer duration. By the time this annual grass dies out, the weather will have become suitable again for the warm-season grass to take over.

Annual ryegrass is also used in emergencies to cover bare ground. An example would be to fight erosion in a pinch. The seed is cheap, so people sometimes turn to this grass when they can’t afford a better option. As Wilkerson Lawn‘s points out, “Annual Ryegrass is often used as a nurse crop or as a temporary turf to quickly fill in bare areas due to its rapid germination.”

I can testify to that rapid germination. As an experiment, I sowed seeds of creeping red fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and annual ryegrass in small containers on August 21. By August 25, the annual ryegrass had already germinated. The next one (the fescue) did not germinate until August 28; the Kentucky bluegrass germinated shortly thereafter. Even after germination, the three patches were markedly different, with the annual ryegrass being by far the thickest and tallest of the three.

This vigor is a double-edged sword, unhappily.

Its tolerance of a variety of conditions and its ability to reseed quickly mean that annual ryegrass is potentially an invasive plant. If you decide to use it as a temporary measure to solve a landscaping problem and don’t want it to spread, try to keep it from going to seed by mowing faithfully until it runs through its natural life cycle and dies out.

Uses for Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is used extensively in lawns. It is commonly found as one of the constituents of a grass seed mix. Such mixes are composed on the principle that a weak point of one type of grass (lack of shade tolerance, for example) in the mix can be offset by a strong point of another. In the case of perennial ryegrass, a strong point is that it holds up well to foot traffic.

Like annual ryegrass, another strength of perennial ryegrass is that its seed germinates rapidly.

As Kelly Burke observes, “Perennial ryegrass is considered a nurse grass because it is often included in grass seed blends mainly for its ability to germinate quickly and provide shade and protection to the other grass species like Kentucky bluegrass which can take up to three weeks to get started.” As a weak point, Kelly cites its clumping growth habit, a result of which is that “it can sometimes appear patchy”. Perennial ryegrass is different in this respect from many lawn grasses, which possess the ability to spread via stolons or rhizomes, allowing them to fill in better.

Uses for Winter Rye

Winter rye is perhaps the best known of these three grasses to the general public. That’s because it is enjoyed as an edible not only by livestock, but also by people. Its grain is used for the flour that gives us rye bread (deli, anyone?). Others will be more familiar with the use of the grain in producing whiskey.

Here I’ll concern myself with the use of winter rye as a “cover crop.” If you’re not familiar with that term, please read my introduction to the benefits of cover crops.

One of those benefits is weed control, which winter rye excels at due to that horticultural super power known as “allelopathy,” i.e., the ability to inhibit the germination of the seeds of competing plants. The potential drawback, as mentioned for lawn maintainence, is that “allelopathic compounds may suppress germination of small-seeded vegetable crops as well if they are planted shortly after the incorporation of cereal rye residue.”

Nonetheless, winter rye, managed properly, is very effective as a cover crop, boasting good cold-hardiness, a deep root system (to prevent erosion and loosen the soil), and good drought tolerance compared to other cereals.

Lawn Care Seymour used to sow winter rye seed in fall. The exact time for sowing will depend on your region (ask your local extension), but the idea is to get your cover crop established before winter settles in. All you have to do thereafter for a while is wait for winter to end and let the cover crop do its job of “covering for you” until spring returns.

In spring, I would mow the winter rye, then use a garden tiller to turn it under. Some gardeners, rather than rototilling every last bit of this biomass underground, save some to use on top of the ground as a mulch, in which case you’re essentially growing your own mulch. How cool is that?

Either way, the real question becomes, When do I mow my winter rye? If you don’t want your cover crop to outstay its welcome, the timing for mowing is critical, because you face the challenge of something termed “grow-back.”

Why does winter rye sometimes grow back if it’s an annual? Well, it’s important to review just what the annual life cycle consists of. Essentially, a cold-hardy annual such as winter rye will keep growing until it achieves its goal in life, which is to bear flowers so that it can produce seeds. So if you mow too soon, it may make a comeback and put on more growth in an attempt once again to bloom — which you don’t want. On the other hand, if you wait too long to mow, the plants will, indeed, go to seed and live on through a second generation. You don’t want that, either.

A Goldilocks solution is called for (mowing not too early, not too late). While you can often get away with mowing at a height of 12-18 inches (this is what the University of Vermont recommends) without experiencing grow-back, a surer way is to keep an eye out for flowering and mow at that time.


When to Fertilize a Lawn

Knowing when to Lawn Care Knoxville TN can be challenging and not always as easy as following the instructions on a bag of fertilizer. The natural growth cycle of the lawn dictates specific times to fertilize. If fertilizer is applied at the wrong time, it can weaken or damage the plant, resulting in the opposite of the desired effect. Here’s a season-by-season rundown of when to fertilize your lawn.


Contrary to popular belief, the Lawn Service Knoxville TN does not need to be fertilized at the first sign of nice weather in the spring. If a solid lawn care regimen is in place, there will be enough carbohydrate reserves in the grass (from the slow-release fertilizer you applied in previous fall) to last through most of the spring. The carbohydrate reserves in the roots begin to decline in ??late spring, and this is when you should first apply fertilizer for the growing season ahead.


A lawn will use its late-spring feeding to restore its carbohydrate reserves so it can get through the ups and downs of summer. Drought, heat, frequent mowing and other stresses can bring a Knoxville Lawn Service to its knees. By late summer it’s ready for another application of fertilizer. Not a lot; just enough to get it through fall. The late-summer application is considered a bridge feeding to get the lawn through the fall.



By late fall it’s time to start thinking about the next season.

A substantial,? late-season fertilizer application will help maintain some green color in the winter and create a quick green-up in the spring. The late fall application is important so that the lawn has help in the spring but not so much that it interferes with its natural growth cycle. The goal of this feeding is to nourish the lawn for its winter hibernation, not to make it nice and green over the cold months.


Although not fertilizer, lime is often applied seasonally to adjust pH levels in the soil. A soil test will is the best way to know whether your lawn needs lime (and how much it needs). Although there is not a specific time that is best for applying lime, it is most commonly done in fall, before the ground freezes. Fall is also the best time to aerate a lawn, and applying lime after aerating helps the treatment get into the soil.

Get Local Advice

Growth cycles of turf vary from climate to climate, as does the behavior of various grass types. If you’re just following the recommendations on your package of fertilizer, you’re getting very generic advice. A better source for tips on Lawn Care Knoxville — and indeed all plant care — is a local extension service. Most universities have an extension that offers free advice online or through a phone-in hotline. The advantage of an extension is that its experts understand how to care for plants in your climate, something a national producer of fertilizer cannot do.

How to Store Your Lawn Mower for the Cold Season

Gas-powered lawn mowers and trimmers take their share of abuse during the warm months, so some care at the end of the season—or at the start of spring—is vital to keeping their parts in good working condition. Replacing the oil, spark plugs, and air filters on mowers and applying a bit of elbow grease to grimy recesses, preferably before storing them for the winter, will ensure that they rev up with a pull of the cord next year.

1- Empty the gas tank

Unused gas left in a mower over the winter can get stale, gumming up the carburetor and inviting rust. First, add fuel stabilizer to the tank, then run the mower to distribute it through the system. Turn the mower off and allow the engine to cool, then siphon excess gas into a clean can. (You can put this gas in your car, provided it hasn’t been mixed with oil.) Restart the mower and run it until it stops; repeat until the engine no longer starts and the fuel lines are empty.

2- Remove the spark plug

Before continuing with the remaining Lawn Care Knoxville TN maintenance steps, it’s very important that you disconnect the spark plug to prevent the mower from kick-starting accidentally, which could lead to serious injury.

3- Remove the blade

To make it easier to change the oil and clean the underside of the mower, first detach the blade by unscrewing the bolts that hold it in place. Be sure to wear thick gloves when handling the blade. While the blade is off, take advantage of the opportunity to sharpen it

4- Drain the oil

According to the Lawn Service Knoxville TN team If the mower has a 4-cycle engine, you’ll need to change the oil. (Some mowers and most trimmers have 2-cycle engines, in which the oil is mixed with the gas.) Have a pan ready, and place a tarp under the mower to catch any oil that might spatter. Set the mower on its side with the air filter and carburetor facing up, so oil and residual gas don’t spill into them. Remove the oil reservoir plug and slowly tilt the mower until the oil begins to drain into the pan. Replace the plug when all the oil has drained.

5- Clean the undercarriage

Use a putty knife and wire brush to scrape off the grass and mud caked on the mower deck landscape mowing. This prevents rust, clears the passageway to the discharge chute, and allows the aerodynamics of the deck to work as designed. With the deck cleaned, reattach the sharpened blade. Once you’ve finished and can turn the mower upright, fill the oil tank with fresh SAE 30 or 30-weight oil, and recycle the used oil at a service station. Don’t use a thicker oil, such as 10W-40.

Change the air filter

A dirty air filter keeps the engine from burning gas efficiently by restricting the air needed for combustion. If your mower has a paper filter, Lawn Care Alcoa will suggest you to replace it with a new one, paper edges facing out. If it’s an oil-soaked sponge filter, remove it, wash it out with soap and water, allow it to dry completely, and then add a bit of clean oil to it before putting it back. Clear the cooling fins of dirt and debris using a screwdriver or popsicle stick.

Replace the spark plug

Remove and replace the spark plug, using a socket wrench with a spark-plug socket, which has a neoprene lining to protect the plug’s porcelain casing. Even if the old spark plug is in good shape, for a couple of dollars a new one will perform better and ensure a smooth start come spring.

6 Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

You’ve spent all summer mowing your lawn and enjoying how luscious and green it looks. It was the perfect setting for outdoor barbecues, birthday parties, camp-outs for the kids, and other gatherings. Now the weather is cold and you want to protect your lawn so it will be just as nice when warm weather comes knocking again.

Sure you could just leave it be, but lawn maintainence have some tips that can help prepare your lawn for winter, so that it is ready to fill out strong and green when the cold and snow begin to clear.

Know When to Mow

This one is important. Even in summer months you want to be sure not to more your lawn too often or too short! We’ve seen so many lawns scorched from low mowing that we can’t count anymore.

In the fall, you should Knoxville Lawn Service every 10 to 14 days until all of the leaves have fallen. This will make sure leaves don’t smother the lawn and keep it at a healthy length to prepare for winter. Check the minimum recommended length for the type of grass you have, but a good general length to prepare the grass for winter is 1.5 inches for warm climates and 0.75 inches for cool climates.

Leaving the grass at a recommended length of Lawn Care Knoxville, like this for the winter lets the grass protect itself and helps reduce fungus growth when it snows. It also helps delay cutting until warmer weather comes along.

Don’t Forget the Fertilizer

You may want to add a natural fertilizer for Lawn Service Knoxville TN to help ensure it will be green and lush next season.

If you didn’t do this at the end of summer, go ahead and do it before winter comes. Be sure you are using a good organic fertilizer with 0% phosphates.

Reduce or Stop Irrigation

Now that the weather is cooler, you don’t need to water your grass as much, if at all. If you are in a warmer climate, you can simply reduce how often and how long your sprinklers run.

If you are in a cooler climate, go ahead and stop your sprinklers altogether. You don’t want the water to run and then freeze overnight, and it will help you save water.

Maintain Your Compost

Fall is a great time to build up your compost pile to have it ready for next spring. While you are cleaning up your yard before winter comes be sure to add some of the “brown” that your compost needs. For example, gather some leaves and add them to your compost pile. The leaves will prevent the pile from getting too wet and add a little insulation to the compost as well. Be sure to leave some to chop up with the mower as well.

Prevent Mosquitoes

This is one people often forget about when doing Lawn Care for winter.

Walk around your property and make sure you don’t have anything that collects stagnant water. Mosquitos breed when the temperature is around 50 degrees, so if you provide them places to breed in the cooler weather, you can expect to get bit when the warmer months come back.

Any sources of still water are a problem, since mosquitoes can use something as small as a bottle cap to lay eggs. Check your flowerbeds, garden pots and rainwater barrels and replace water in your birdbath daily to prevent breeding.

You will thank yourself for this extra step when you are enjoying warm nights out the following summer without all of the bites!

Be Careful in the Winter

If it snows, leave it on the grass. Some people plow around sidewalks and driveways in the grass, and this is a big mistake because snow actually protects your lawn – sort of like insulation from the crisp, bitter winter air. Plowing the snow on the grass will cause those patches of grass to not grow as well, making your lawn look patchy in the spring.

Taking care of your Landscaping is about more than making it pretty. These tips will help ensure a healthier lawn that can better care for itself with less work on your part. These tips can certainly help you get your lawn ready to survive the winter so you can enjoy it when summer comes around again.

How to Care for the Lawn in Winter

In most parts of the country, lawn grass goes dormant in the winter. In the south, cool-season rye grass is often over seeded into the turf to maintain a lawn. In the north, it’s too cold for any grass to grow, so we wait patiently for spring, sometimes under snow cover, sometimes not. However, lawn care doesn’t quite end in the winter. Try these tricks to keep your yard healthy.


Apply fertilizer with a spreader.

As you move the machine back and forth over the grass, grip the handle like a trigger, it releases pellets when you “shoot.” Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Apply only the Lawn Care Alcoa‘s or your local lawn professional’s recommended amount. Be careful because too much fertilizer can burn your grass.

Aerate the Lawn

Lawn Care Knoxville will suggest you to provide some extra air for grassroots by aerating your lawn. Use a spade to take out spikes of soil across your lawn to make holes for planting seeds. If your lawn is large, you might want to rent a motorized aerator or a manual one.

Spread Cool-Weather Grass Seed

Purchase grass seed that says “cool season” or “cool weather” on the package, such as most fescues. You can sprinkle the seed over the lawn with the same spreader you used for the fertilizer. Try to spread the seed evenly so you won’t have clumps of grass later.

Rake and Water the Lawn

Drag a rake for the lawn care to break up soil clumps and cover the seeds a bit.

Water the lawn with the garden hose spray. After that, keep the soil moist, don’t let it dry out.

More Winterizing Tips

  • Clean it up by DIY or hire your local Lawn Care Seymour experts. It is extremely important not to leave debris, leaves, or toys out on the lawn. These things can smother the grass, create disease conditions, and invite insects, mice, and other damaging pests.
  • Lower the height of your mower by a notch or two the last couple of times you mow. Excessively long grass can smother itself, cause disease, and is at risk of damage from freezing and thawing conditions. However, do not cut the grass so short that you scalp it, thus exposing the crown of the plant to extreme conditions.
  • Be aware of traffic. Under snow cover or exposed to the elements, dormant grass will tolerate a moderate amount of traffic, but a heavily worn path will be slower to green up in the spring and cause compaction.
  • Monitor weather conditions. Turf is very resilient and can tolerate an extreme winter, but certain conditions can be harmful in the long term. It might be worthwhile to chip away a little-exposed ice in a low spot if you know a winter storm or deep freeze is approaching.

Winters can often be unpredictable and may put your Landscaping Alcoa through some extreme conditions during the course of the season. The best thing to do is make sure the grass has hardened off, once you’ve “put the lawn to bed” properly, you can focus on keeping your sidewalks clear and building snowmen. Just remember to keep an eye on the weather.

Fertilizing Your Garden or Lawn in Late Fall

Recent years have seen some reexamination of the long-standing practice of applying fertilizer to a lawn or garden in late fall, but in most lawn-care programs in cold-weather climates where winters are a period of dormancy, a late fertilizer application is still recommended. A mild feeding to ornamental garden beds or vegetable gardens can also replenish soil that has been heavily depleted by growing plants over the season.

Consumers are advised to be a little wary of the recommendations from Lawn Care company and manufacturers of granular and liquid fertilizers, as their interests are in selling products and services. However, independent scientific studies from university programs do confirm that late summer and fall are especially good times to fertilize turf lawns.

Fall is the time when cool season grasses recover from summer stresses such as drought, heat, and disease. If the Lawn has been properly fertilized in the late summer and fall, turf grass can begin to store carbohydrate reserves in the stems, rhizomes, and stolons. These carbohydrate reserves help grass resist winter injury and disease, and serve as a source of energy for root and shoot growth the following spring. A late fall fertilization will also provide better winter color, enhanced spring green up and increased rooting.

When to Fertilize

Although the exact timing can vary due to weather conditions and climate zone, the final fertilizer application should be made sometime in November in most regions–at the point when the grass has stopped growing or has slowed down to the pint of not needing to be mowed.

Do not wait until the ground freezes, however. Ideally, there is still active growth occurring, but not enough to warrant mowing.

Proper timing is essential. If fertilizer is applied too early while grass or garden plants are vigorously growing, it can invite winter injury and snow mold the following spring.

Do not ever apply fertilizer to frozen soil or over snow or ice.

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How Much Fertilizer Is Needed?

Nitrogen is the most important nutrient for a fall fertilizer. A recommended dose for lawns if for 1 lb. of soluble nitrogen be applied for each 1000 square feet, or  1.5  to 2 lb. of slow-release nitrogen for each 1000 square feet. A complete fertilizer with a high ratio of both nitrogen and potassium (K)  is essential for enhanced rooting, cold hardiness, disease resistance and wear tolerance. Be wary of applying a fertilizer with too much phosphorus (P), since run-off of this nutrient can be very damaging to rivers and streams.

The recommendations for flower and vegetable Landscapers in Knoxville TN are similar. A mild fertilizer feeding in the fall will replenish the soil and prepare it for a quicker green-up when planting begins the following spring. Gardens do better with this approach than with a heavy dose of fertilizer in the early spring.

Did You Know?

Many university studies have concluded that most homeowners over fertilize their lawns and gardens. Too much nitrogen can be as damaging to plants as too little, and using natural sources of nutrients, such as compost on the garden or mulching lawn clippings rather than bagging them, can replace some of the traditional chemical fertilizer applications. Most studies now conclude that one late- to mid-summer feeding of a lawn, followed by a light fall feeding, according to the Lawn Care Sevierville TN produces a better lawn than the old recommendation for three or four major feedings for each growing season, as championed by fertilizer manufacturers.

Flower or vegetable gardens similarly can thrive with fewer fertilizer applications than once believed, especially if they are properly amended with compost and other natural organic materials.

Most gardens do very well with one feeding shortly after planting and one as the growing season concludes, although plants that produce large quantities of vegetables or very large, plentiful flowers may need more.

6 Christmas Decor Ideas to Try on Your Home and Lawn this Season

So, now is a great time to start planning ahead to make sure you have everything you need to structure and carry out an effective maintenance schedule for your lawn. Here’s what you need to know to create a fall schedule and get to work:

The growing season is starting to slow down

While we still see sunshine and rain throughout most of the fall and the temperatures stay warm enough to support most local plant growth through November, your grass isn’t going to grow as quickly in the fall as it did throughout the spring and summer months.

As a result, you’re likely going to need to Lawn Care Knoxville TN, which is good because there are other valuable lawn care tasks you can use that time to accomplish.

Your watering schedule should also begin to taper off as days get shorter and temperatures drop. With the first few months of fall also being prime time for tropical storms, it’s possible you won’t need to water much at all depending on how much rain the area receives.

Additionally, naturally slower growth in the fall is your lawn’s way of winding down for the winter when a healthy lawn goes dormant. So, it’s important not to artificially hinder or stop this process by over-fertilizing the grass in the fall. While it could help your grass maintain a bright green color through the holidays, you will likely regret it next spring when, instead of coming back to life, your lawn is brown, flat, or dead.


Focus on the soil

Since the grass is growing less, it gives you an opportunity to put some more focus on your lawn’s soil. This can be done in a few different ways:

  1. Stay vigilant against fungal outbreaks – The cool, wet conditions of the fall are optimal for some common species of lawn fungus (like Large Patch and Leaf Spot) to flourish and contact to your local Knoxville Lawn Care for better care at right time. Learn how to identify these lawn diseases before they get too strong a foothold in your lawn.
  2. Balance the soil’s pH – While maintaining a healthy soil pH balance is important year-round, fall is an especially good time to actively test and treat the soil because the dormant months ahead offer a chance for the soil to balance out fully and for dormant plant roots to fully absorb the resulting nutrients.
  3. Apply a “winterizer” – Lawn Service Knoxville TN professionals will often apply a treatment to the soil in the late fall to protect vulnerable plant roots. This treatment restores carbohydrates and grows the root system in preparation for surviving a potentially harsh winter.

Clean up fallen leaves

It’s commonly understood that fallen leaves provide a beneficial layer of insulation and source of nutrients for grass that can help your lawn survive the winter. While there’s some truth to that, it can be taken too far.

If your lawn includes a large number of deciduous trees and a thick blanket of dead leaves covers areas of the yard, it’s probably doing more harm than good. These thick layers of organic waste can effectively smother the grass and make it harder for the grass to prepare for winter dormancy, making it weaker in the spring.

Pine needles are more prevalent in the fall, and they make excellent mulch. Rake them up and use them in your vegetable garden, flower garden, and shrub beds.

Apply dormant oil

Dormant oil is a simple and effective way to protect plants from many common insects and diseases that will often attack during the dormant winter months when some of the plant’s natural defenses may be less effective. Therefore, it’s a perfect project for rounding out your lawn maintenance schedule late in the fall.

By applying a thin coating of dormant oil to trees and shrubs, you can manage scale, aphids, mites, and other soft-bodied insects that can do a lot of damage to these plants during the late fall and early winter. It can also cut down on powdery mildews and other diseases that aphids tend to spread.

While you’re likely to being mowing less, as you can see, there’s no shortage of activity required by your lawn in the cooler fall months. Most of our customers maintain professional lawn maintenance straight through the fall to be sure they’re their lawns will stay healthy, lush, and vibrant until natural winter dormancy, and bloom healthy again in the spring.

If you’d like to discuss having professionals maintain your Pensacola lawn care this fall, contact Lawn Care Knoxville today.

Your Guide to Effective Fall Lawn Care

Maintaining a lush lawn is an ongoing battle. Between watering your grass and flowers, getting rid of weeds, ensuring proper aeration, and protecting everything from inclement weather, lawn care is difficult enough in a single season. The transition from summer to fall only makes it worse, with falling temperatures and decreased sunlight further complicating your efforts to keep your yard beautiful. Faced with such a difficult season, you may feel there is little you can do in the way of fall lawn care.

Fall Lawn Care Service

The first step to effective fall lawn care is to understand when to take different precautions. As the season progresses, your lawn’s needs will evolve. You thus need to time your care properly, providing different services in:

Early Fall- At the beginning of the season, you will want to fertilize your Knoxville Lawn Service. Not only does this help to fill in thin areas of your yard, but it will also allow your grass to produce and store enough food to make it through the winter. Besides fertilization, you should also seed your lawn, aerate it, and take steps to keep insects under control. If you notice any weeds during this time, remove them before they have a chance to go dormant.

Mid Fall- The biggest threat to your lawn during this period is fallen leaves. While decomposing leaves do provide nutrients, they can also harbor diseases, insects, and rodents, all of which threaten both your own health and that of your lawn. You should thus gather up leaves as they fall; if you want to use them for fertilizer, compost them before placing them with your plants.

Late Fall- As winter grows closer, you’ll want to mow your grass one final time. You should also apply fertilizer with high potassium content; this will prepare your grass for harsh winter temperatures.

Lawn Service Knoxville TN evaluates the unique needs of your yard over the course of the fall. Based on this, we time our services carefully, allowing your grass to adapt to changing conditions.

Fall Weed Control

If you’re fed up with weeds, fall is a time to strike a decisive blow against them. Because there is less sunlight during this season, weeds are absorbing energy from every source that they can. Herbicides will thus have the biggest impact now since weeds will drink them in quickly. Fall applications ensure that there won’t be any weeds left to grow back in the spring.

The best time to spray herbicide in the fall varies based on the product you are using. In general, you should spray it sometime during early or mid fall; after mid fall is too late, as weeds will become dormant then and stop taking in as much from the outside. Look at the manufacturer’s instructions on the label for specific information on when to use an herbicide.

Besides killing weeds that are currently growing, you can take preventative steps so they will have no chance to grow next year. One is to fill in any holes you find in your yard with a mixture of soil and grass seeds. This way, weed seeds, and spores won’t have anywhere to take root. Aerating the soil and providing proper nutrients can also make your grass grow stronger. Lawn Care Knoxville services provide each of these weed control services as needed, giving you enduring weed protection.

Fall Lawn Fertilization

Since grass grows more slowly in autumn and winter, applying fertilizer in the fall may seem strange. But there is no better time to fertilize your grass. While the leaves might stop growing as it gets colder, the roots and rhizomes of your grass keep expanding at a rapid rate. The more nutrients they can get, the stronger they will grow, providing a solid foundation for your grass to flourish during the spring. Thus even if you don’t fertilize the rest of the year, you should do so during the fall.

For fall fertilization, use a crank broadcast spreader or a walk-behind drop device; this equipment will allow you to apply fertilizer evenly to every corner of the lawn. While you can use a standard fertilizer at the beginning of fall, switch to one that is high in potassium toward the end. Potassium helps prevent grass blades from drying out or cracking in cold weather. It also allows them to maintain the same color, use water more efficiently, and take advantage of other nutrients, especially nitrogen. Lawn Care Knoxville offer quality fertilizer products to preserve your lawn throughout the winter. We administer them in abundant quantities, giving your grass the nutrients to not only survive the cold weather but begin growing again in earnest when warmth returns.

Fall Lawn Insect Control

As with weeds, the best time to get the upper hand over grubs is early fall. To prepare for winter hibernation, insects spend the beginning of fall eating as much as they can. If you apply pesticides now, they are more likely to consume it and die before going into hibernation. You can thus cut their populations off early, leaving few left to attack your yard in the spring.

Besides pesticides, you can further the fight against insects by:

  • Tilling your plants and removing grubs by hand
  • Overseeding the grass so grubs have nowhere to grow
  • Watering your yard infrequently but deeply
  • Removing thatch that grows thicker than 3/4ths of an inch

The Importance of Seasonal Lawn Care

Seasonal lawn care is important because each season provides different opportunities to enhance and protect your lawn. This is particularly clear when it comes to aeration. If you aerate your soil during the early fall, you allow any pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and water you apply to spread all the way down to plants’ roots.

How to Make a Beautiful Lawn in Winter

Beautiful Winter Lawns

Having a great looking lawn in winter is often thought of as an impossibility for many people, yet as we drive around town we can’t help but notice that for many other lawn owners, the concept is merely a myth. The proof is seen in lush green carpets of lawn at a time when many other lawns are in a state of decline, lacking in color, bare patches and thinning out of the thatch layer.

So what’s the secret of Lawn Care Seymour, what are these miraculous gardeners doing in winter that we are not, that can produce results of such diversity?

Why Winter Is A Problem For Lawns

For most lawn owners in USA, we grow Warm Season Grasses for use as our lawns, which means in warmer weather, the grasses thrive, and as the weather cools, they go into a state of very slowed growth or in some cases, a state of semi-hibernation.

According to the Lawn Care Alcoa Without the rapid and regular growth associated with warmer weather, grasses will lose their dark green color, and will become slower to re-grow and repair damage. As the position of the sun changes in the sky and increases shade, and when combined with lower daylight hours and a reduction in direct sunlight and lower soil temperatures, lawns will generally be at their most vulnerable and unable to repair or maintain good health as well as they can in warmer times.

The Secret To A Beautiful Lawn In Winter

A beautiful lawn in Winter is created in Autumn, PRIOR to the onset of Winter.

That’s the secret! And it’s very simple.

Once Winter arrives, there is very little if anything much at all that can be done to bring a lawn to good health, or to maintain it there if the grass wasn’t already in maximum health prior to Winter arriving. Knoxville Lawn Service can give you a amazing lawn care services and make your lawn and garden very beautiful.

The Steps To Increasing Lawn Health In Autumn

Realize and be aware of the importance of the lead-up to Winter as being the only time to create a beautiful Winter lawn and act accordingly.

Increase Mowing Heights

As daylight hours decrease so does the ability of lawns to photosynthesis, by increasing mowing heights and leaving more green leaf we increase the food supply to the grass. This step is essential, and taking the mower up a notch or two should suffice.

Decrease Watering as Air and Soil Temperatures Decrease

Over watering at this time of year can increase the possibility of turf diseases or rotting of the thatch layer.

Treat Winter grass

If we had Winter grass last year, we’ll have it again this year too, and its continuing existence can choke the root system of our lawn throughout the year. Winter grass must be treated when it’s young, and the very best time to treat it is pre-emergent. That means knowing that Winter grass will soon emerge and killing it before it is even seen. Winter grass can be treated pre-emergent from May.

Fertilize Correctly

This means having a plan for fertilizing at the right times with the right fertilizers. Put down a high quality Lawn Care Knoxville TN Winter Fertilizer in May prior to Winter arriving. The next application of Winter fertilizer should be in July, 8 weeks later. Apply to manufacturers recommendations. Winter fertilizers contain higher levels of Iron which is essential for good lawn health through Winter.

Kill Winter Weeds

Generally broad leaf weeds will become more prominent in Winter as conditions for their survival improve, and as the ability for the lawn to fight against them decreases, best to treat them as early as possible before they spread.


Overgrown trees and bushes may increase their shade levels in Winter, and by the time we notice that our lawn has started dying in affected areas, it can be too late to repair the damage. So it’s best to plan ahead and prune trees and other bushes in Autumn.

Some Simple but Important Gardening Tips

We will show up on time and do a great job and we guarantee you will be happy with our work. Lawn Care Seymour can personalize a lawn program  to meet all your needs. We provide the experience, equipment, well trained staff and a commitment to deliver results you’ll be proud of; whether it’s a single family residence, commercial property or a large homeowners association. Since 2007, our goal remains 100% complete customer satisfaction.

Here are some simple gardening tip:

1- For salt deposits that form in clay pots to be removed, combine equal parts of white vinegar, alcohol, and water into a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot, and with a plastic brush. Allow the pot before each plant.

2- To avoid while working in the garden the dirt accumulates nails, pulling the fingernails in a tube of soap and can effectively seal the bottom of the nails, so that the dirt does not accumulate beneath them. Then, after you have finished in the garden, a nail brush used to remove soap and nails will be clean and shiny.

3- To prevent the line from trimming your thread to a malfunctioning or jerking pull, cover with a vegetable oil spray before installing it on the trimmer.

4- Convert an elongated instrument into a measuring rod! Put a long garden editing tool on the floor, then place a tape measure. Use a permanent marker and write the marks of the thumb of the foot and the handle. When you need to urinate plants at some distance from each other (only one centimeter to a few meters), you already have a measuring device in your hand. Lawn Care Alcoa has experience and can solve your many issue these guys can also guide that what should you do by your own.

5- Use the professional Knoxville Lawn Service services and try to enjoy the unique designs. A good paver patio can also increase the beauty of your garden.

6- Snow is good for the gardens but if it has too much weight so it can damage the grass and your plantation so you can do lawn care by yourself but at some stages you have to hire a professional for it to make your lawn more beautiful and healthy.

Bright Green Landscapes is a commercial/residential lawn care and landscaping service. Lawn Care Knoxville TN have been in the industry for 7 years doing snow removal for multiple commercial properties and HOA’s. Our business has grown with the addition of services that include mowing, fertilization, aeration, K9 Cleanup, and landscaping. We pride ourselves on competitive pricing, professional work ethic and trustworthy workmanship.