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Herndon Lawn Service is a locally owned and operated Amarillo lawn care company servicing residential and commercial properties.
Big Lawn Care services just don’t understand the unique environment of the Amarillo area. Our weather patterns, soils and grasses need a lawn guy who knows how a High Plains lawn needs to be treated. We are your neighbor and have over 20 years experience serving this area.
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Now is the time to put down Winterizer on your Amarillo lawns.



Winterizing Amarillo Lawns does not have to be complicated. Most commercial winterizers are formulated for cool-season grasses such as fescue and bluegrass. Winterizing the home lawn can help prepare the roots and grass species to over winter and to assist in transition come spring time. Cool season grasses such as fescue, ryegrass, and bluegrass are hardy enough to withstand winter’s cold and snow. Without large amounts of water, they usually enter into a semi-dormant state in the high heat of summer, and revive with the cooler weather of autumn. These are the grasses that benefit from a good winterizing program. Although growth may slow somewhat in autumn, cool season grasses are actually busy building energy resources for winter. Here are a few tips to help your lawn get through winter’s icy blast and emerge in spring looking better than ever:


– Minimize the thatch layer. Thatch is composed of organic matter that is slow to decay. If the thatch layer is too thick, it will affect grass health. We begin Dethatching and Spring Cleanup in mid February. You can also aerate your lawn in autumn (or in spring) to reduce the thatch layer, improve drainage and air circulation, and minimize soil compaction. Aeration will also assist in the uptake of nutrients.


– Deal with the fallen leaves. You can either remove the leaves altogether and compost them (or utilize them as mulch in your garden beds), or you can use the mulching blade on your lawn mower and chip them into small pieces that can remain on the lawn. A heavy leaf layer can be detrimental to lawn health.


– Feed. At this time of year, use a fertilizer high in potassium (the third number on the fertilizer bag). Potassium increases the cold tolerance of cool-weather grasses. If you do not wish to use synthetic fertilizers, a spray of compost tea will do the trick. Always apply fertilizer according to the rates listed on the package; never use more than recommended, as it may burn the leaves of your plants.

Call us and we can help with any or all of these procedures.
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In July you need to be on the lookout for grub worms. I normally start seeing a hatching in the 2nd or 3rd week. Again look for yellowing spots in the yard. An easy way to check is to just grab a handful of the yellowed grass and pull. If it peels back like a piece of turf, you probably have grubs. This also needs to be treated immediately. Grubs can destroy a nice yard in a matter of a couple days to a couple weeks. Bermuda over time can recover at some level. Fescue most likely will not and you will have to reseed or sod. I encourage my customers to pre-treat the yard in middle of July. Having your yard pre-treated is much cheaper than reseeding or sodding again. With the milder Fall temps, I have been seeing a second hatching in late September through October. So be on the lookout then also.
July is also when I encourage my customers to increase the watering schedule. Fescue is a cool weather grass and needs to be watered more this time of year.
We have had a run of many 100 degree days the last couple weeks and according to the forecasts we can expect the same for the next 10-14 days. A 20-30% increase in watering is recommended. I would probably leave the times the same and just add a day. Remember all yards are different. If your yard is struggling and stressing some, bump up the times some until you find the sweet spot. Remember also, you don't have to adjust the entire system as a whole. A shady section will require less time and days vs a full sun area needing more time. Adjust the times a a section by section basis if needed.
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Another note to help you prepare your yards for the Summer. With the cool evening temps and moderate temps during the day, the grass and topsoil is staying moist. This is prime conditions for fungus to grow in your yards. Watch for yellow areas that start small and grow over the course of the week. You should treat these areas immediately as they can spread quickly. Tracking your mowers, walking through or even the dog just tracking through, can spread it to other areas of the yard. Jeff Loyless with Lawn Boy Services in Amarillo takes care of all my spraying should the need arise.
I also like fertilizing at the end of May or first week of June. Normally June is our wetter months and will get the fertilizer into the ground. This also gives the yards the month of June to get thick and healthy in preparation for the hot months of July and August. Walk a brisk consistent pace in order to keep the fertilizer spread even. SHUT OFF your spreader at the end of every pass. I see so many yards with burn spots at the end of the yards because they stopped to turn around, did not shut off the spreader, dumping a bunch of fertilizer and burning the grass. If you walk past your property line and do this , your neighbor won't appreciate it much either. If you have or suspect you have fungus DO NOT put down any fertilizer. This will just make the fungus worse. The yard needs to be sprayed and fungus killed prior to any fertilizer applications. June also is a good time to start raising the height of your mower. A taller grass will do better in the heat.
In July be on the lookout for grub worms. I normally start seeing a hatching in the 2nd or 3rd week in July. Again look for yellowing spots in the yard. An easy way to check is to just grab a handful of the yellowed grass and pull. If it peels back like a piece of turf, you probably have grubs. This also needs to be treated immediately. Grubs can destroy a nice yard in a matter of a couple days to a couple weeks. Bermuda over time can recover at some level. Fescue most likely will not and you will have to reseed or sod. I encourage my customers to pre-treat the yard in middle of July. Having your yard pre-treated is much cheaper than reseeding or sodding again. With the milder Fall temps, I have been seeing a second hatching in late September through October. So be on the lookout then also.
July is also when I encourage my customers to increase the watering schedule. Last Summer we did not have a 100 degree day all Summer I believe so a slight increase was all that was necessary. If we return to our norms, a 20-30% increase in watering is recommended. I would probably leave the times the same and just add a day. Remember all yards are different. If your yard is struggling and stressing some, bump up the times some until you find the sweet spot. Remember also, you don't have to adjust the entire system as a whole. A shady section will require less time and days vs a full sun area needing more time. Adjust the times a a section by section basis if needed.
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Just a note to help me prep your Amarillo Texas yards for this coming season to keep them as healthy and beautiful as possible.
According to the weather forecasters, an La Nina is forming in the Pacific. If this weather pattern continues towards an La Nina, we could see less rain. It will be extremely beneficial to not let your yard get behind and play catch up all Summer.
This year with some planning, we should be able to stay ahead hopefully. A few simple things will help accomplish this. Keeping your subsoil moist and keeping the grass and tree roots in the subsoil are the keys. The roots from grass, trees and bedding will follow the water. If you water short periods of time, the water has no time to soak in, thus staying on the topsoil. The roots in turn do the same. Then on extremely hot days or periods of time, the sun just bakes the roots. Causing the plants to stress, brown and possibly die. Deeper root systems usually don’t have this problem. You also loose most of your moisture in the topsoil to sun and wind evaporation.
Start watering at least twice a week in the beginning of the season. I recommend 1 hour per section per week during the Spring. Either 3-20 minute settings or 2-30 minute settings. This will get the moisture level in the subsoil at an acceptable level to begin the season, instead of battling the sun and wind to get it there later.
Water each section for a minimum of 25-30 minutes per watering. Soaking will keep the subsoil at the acceptable level. And keep the roots deeper.
Mid June/July add a third watering. A 20-25 minute between the 30 min watering days will probably suffice.
Please watch your yards. These are just general suggestions. Each yard is different. If you see your yard stressing, then adjust the watering up in 5 minute intervals on the stressing section or add another watering day. Yards that have no shade, or are unprotected or on the edge of town where the wind is worse may need to do this. The wind is as bad on your yard as a hair dryer is on your head. Draws out all the moisture.
Hot weather will also bring to light any weak spots in your sprinkler systems. Heads may need replacing.
Water at night. I recommend 1:00am-5:00am, Usually the wind has died down, and evaporation won’t be a factor.
Don’t turn off you water just because it rained once. With less rainfall looming again, it’s just a bonus for your lawn, and many times the water is forgotten and not turned back on.
Please remember, most of you have Fescue. This is a cool weather grass, and stresses easily in hot weather. This qualifies you for 3 days a week watering by the City’s guidelines (2 times a week for warm weather grasses, and 3 times a week for cool weather grasses). Remember also, your sprinkler systems were not designed to be the primary source of water, but to supplement the annual rainfall. If we are in drought conditions sometimes the system just can’t physically keep up.
It’s my goal to have the yards extra healthy by June, because in July and August we will just be in survival mode. These watering instructions will also keep you within the parameters and guidelines established by the City if restrictions are encouraged or imposed and honestly use less water in the long run thus hopefully saving you money in a water bill and replacing grass, trees and bedding plants.
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The grass is growing in Amarillo and you have decided this is the year to enjoy your summer and let someone else be in charge of lawn mowing!

But the task of finding the right lawn care service can be daunting in its own right.

Sure, you could just throw some cash at the kid that lives down the street. But times and landscapes no longer look like the simple yards of the 1950's.

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Another alternative is to ask that neighbor or buddy with a great looking lawn. That is a great place to start, but not always the best way to make your decision.

Contact at least three lawn service professionals and get information you can make a good decision with.

Cheap lawn mowing bids most often are just that. Ask what services are included. You may discover that they charge for edging, weed eating and blowing on an a la carte basis. You need to find out first what the lawn care service will actually do for the money before you pay them.

Knowing who is in your yard gives you peace of mind.  Amarillo has a number of large lawn service companies that  employ  many workers, resulting in a new face outside your window each time your lawn is mowed.  Fortunately, Amarillo also has some great entrepreneurs in the lawn services industry that will build a relationship with you while you support local businesses.

How often do you need a lawn service to mow, weed eat and edge your property?  You may find that the lawn guy can give you a cheaper mowing quote for weekly lawn service. He gets the assurance of a regular paying customer as well as the knowledge that the yard stays well maintained.  On call lawn service puts him at risk of hours more work on an out of control and overgrown yard.

With the right information you can make a great choice of a lawn care service in Amarillo for your needs and budget.
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Herndon Lawns offers the Amarillo area lawn care services such as:  mowing, edging, trimming, improving lawn health, winter weather services and “extras”.
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