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7 Tips For A Lush Green Thriving Lawn In Utah  

Congratulations! You’re a new Utah homeowner, and you’re now caring for your own lawn. You’re going to make the most of the opportunity, of course, as you do everything in life. Your vision for your new lawn is, naturally, a thick, lush green expanse of beautiful turf grass that will delight your family, friends, and neighbors. Your yard will be the perfect place to relax at the end of the day and a favorite weekend barbeque place for everyone you know. That’s the plan. Now it’s time to start your basic Utah lawn care regimen and make the yard of…
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Small Business Saturday: Support Your Local Utah Grass Restoration Service  

Small Business Saturday: Big League Lawns — Your Local Grass Treatment Service We love operating our small business in Utah. Our team of professional lawn care experts is proud of the quality of service we provide to our customers in the North Ogden area and of the value it brings to the community we live in. Big League Lawns is also very committed to doing our part to help build a better local and global community. Our passion is providing restorative lawn care services, and it’s a very fulfilling pursuit to do what we enjoy and see the outcome of…
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3 Winter Causes of Lawn Damage and How To Prevent Them  

What happens to grass in the winter in Utah? Well, just the wind and cold temperatures in the region can be tough on a beautiful lawn! Lawn winterization treatments make the most of winter as an opportunity to promote a healthy lawn. But, there are a few special problems that you should be aware of and need to address to ensure that your Utah lawn is not damaged during the winter and can flourish with gorgeous lush green grass as soon as spring arrives.

How Can I Stop Winter Lawn Damage?

Here are three key issues you should take action to prevent lawn damage and ensure that you can fully enjoy a beautiful rich green turf lawn throughout the warm months every year.

Snow Mold Prevention

Pay attention to grass in areas of your lawn where snow and ice seem to take longer to melt away. For example, shaded areas are especially susceptible to snow mold (a grass-damaging fungus) due to lingering ice and snow after the rest of the yard has long been dried by direct sunlight.

Snow mold fungus can cause extensive damage and even kill large areas of grass. The snow mold, like other mold species, thrives in moist environments. So, rake away leaves from grass areas that are vulnerable to mold to prevent dead grass from appearing as your first sign of snow mold infestation.

Lawn Grub Infestation Remedy

Lawn grubs are beetle larvae that lie dormant under the soil surface in your yard through the cold months of autumn and winter, then resurface in the warmer spring and summer months. They start devouring the roots of your grass. As lawn grubs mature into adults, the beetles eat plants and flowers, often devastating, beautiful gardens. Then, they lay their eggs, and the annual cycle of reinfestation continues until you take decisive action.

Don't just pick a pesticide at your garden supply store. Those often contain harsh chemicals that damage your lawn and might not even eliminate the grub infestation. Seek professional grub control service. Big League Utah lawn experts specialize in grub control.

Winter Lawn Damage Repair

During the roughest winter periods, keeping snow under control requires winter road and walkway maintenance equipment, tools, and materials, like snowplows, shovels, snowblowers, road salt, etc. These can be very destructive to lawns, especially along the periphery, where the perimeters of grass lawns meet the edges of walkways, driveways, and roads. Additionally, natural and manmade debris can become embedded under snow along the edges of lawns on roads and walkways, promoting mold or other lawn damage.

Often, by springtime, some areas along these yard borders are beyond standard cleanup, repair, or revitalization. They must be reseeded or have new replacement sod installed. If you need to implement one of those lawn remedies, do it early in the spring. That will give your new grass as long as possible to take root firmly and grow strong enough to withstand the stress of summer heat in Utah.

Keep in mind, although it is essential to undertake any lawn damage repairs as early in the spring as possible, the soil must not be too frozen or too muddy when you replant.

For Solutions To Winter Lawn Damage, Contact Big League Lawns

We are a Utah lawn care company that provides lawn fertilization, aeration, lawn pest control, and winterization. If you are not sure about how to prepare your lawn for winter, prevent damage during the cold months, we can help. Contact Big League lawn cultivation experts to learn more about winter lawn care in Utah and how to revive grass after winter.

Ask for a FREE lawn evaluation and help from a Utah lawn rehab specialist on how to protect the grass in winter. We’re here to help you prevent typical damage that occurs due to neglect of proper lawn winterization in this area of the country.

For more information about wintertime lawn care in Utah, call Big League Lawns at (801) 773-9999, or use our online contact request to schedule a FREE Lawn Analysis!

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How to Winterize a Lawn Mower – Step By Step  

Your mower probably takes on a lot of wear and tear over the warm months in Utah. So, to keep it in good condition, here’s some information from Big League Lawns about how to winterize your lawnmower before storing it away. Below is the step-by-step process for end-of-season lawn mower maintenance. The entire seasonal lawn mower maintenance process typically takes under a couple of hours. That’s a minimal investment in upkeep tasks that can significantly extend the life of your mower.

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NOTE: This winterization process works just as well for gas trimmers and other gas-powered lawn care equipment.

How To Winterize a Lawn Mower

With a bit of dirty work to change some fluids and disposable parts and clean the underside, you can confidently store your mower for the winter. Next spring, when you smoothly start up the engine, you’ll be glad you took such good care of your mower. Just follow these seven pretty simple seasonal lawn mower maintenance steps:

Empty the gas tank.

Many people add fuel stabilizers to the gas and run the mower long enough to circulate it throughout and then simply store the mower with gas in it. Leaving gas in a mower unused for months can cause the carburetor to gum up and promote rusting. Ideally, add the stabilizer, run the mower, then siphon gas out, if necessary, and run the mower until there is no gas in the lines and the engine will not start again.

Disconnect the spark plug.

Before doing any further maintenance work on the mower, disconnect the spark plug to avoid the risk of unintentionally causing the mower to start while you’re working on it. Accidentally starting the engine while you’re working on the mower can result in severe injury.

Remove the mower deck.

OPTIONAL: Remove the mower deck if you find that this makes it more convenient for you to change the engine oil and clean the underside of the mower. Unscrew the bolts that attach the deck to the mower. You may also decide to take this opportunity to sharpen the blade.

Drain the engine oil.

You need to change the oil if your mower has a 4-cycle engine. If it has a 2-cycle engine, then the gas and oil are mixed together, and the oil does not need to be changed.

  1. Put a pan in place on a small tarp to catch the oil and any splatter as you release the oil from the mower reservoir.
  2. Raise the mower with the carburetor and air filter both turned upward to ensure that gas and oil do not accidentally spill into those parts.
  3. Take off the oil plug and keep tilting the mower until oil starts draining into the pan.
  4. After all the oil has drained out, put the plug back on.

Clean the underside of the mower.

Use a narrow, stiff plastic putty knife to scrape off dry mud and grass from the underside of the mower deck. This will help prevent rusting. It also keeps the mower blades and lawn debris chute free from obstruction by dried masses of mud and grass so the mower can cut and expel grass as designed.

  1. If you opted to remove the mower deck, you can reattach it at this point.
  2. Refill the oil tank with new 30-weight or SAE 30 oil. Properly recycle used oil.

Replace the air filter.

Replacing the air filter allows the necessary amount of airflow in the engine for efficient gas burning in the combustion process.

Also, clean your putty knife and use it to clean the cooling fins on the engine block.

Remove and replace the spark plug.

Remember that in Step 2, you disconnected the spark plug. Now, for the maximum assurance that you’ll have an optimally smooth running mower next year, replace the spark plug with a new one. Or, just reconnect the existing spark plug if it’s in excellent condition. Be sure to use a proper spark plug socket on your socket wrench because those are specially coated to protect spark plugs.

Important Safety Tip

Here are a couple of critical safety reminders for storing fuel and other dangerous materials after you winterize your lawnmower and other lawn maintenance equipment:

  • Fuel Storage Safety: As always, be careful when storing fuel and flammable items used in lawn equipment operation or maintenance:
    • Safely store gas, oil, cleaning agents, and other combustibles in a storage shed or garage that is not attached to your home or shed.
    • Use only an approved container, and keep it at least 50 feet from any ignition source.
    • Keep fuel and ignition sources away from flammable materials.
    • Do not store fuel containers near a window that receives direct sunlight.
  • Battery Storage: Take the necessary precautions when storing lithium-ion batteries:
    • Unplug the battery from the equipment.
    • Store lithium-ion batteries at temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Store the battery away from combustibles.
    • Do not store the battery in a space exposed to direct sunlight.

When You Want the Best in Lawn Winterization

Big League Lawns experts perform comprehensive Utah lawn rehabilitation services. An essential part of our grass rehab treatment is lawn winterization. Winterizing your lawn is a basic for helping ensure lush, thick, green, and weed-free grass in the spring.

Winter is closing in! That means it’s the best time to winterize lawn turf in Utah. Give your grass the gift of professional lawn winterization treatment this year. Then, relax and look forward to enjoying the lush, thick, healthy green lawn you’ve always wanted in the spring!

For information on winterizing a lawn or lawn treatment, call Big League Lawns, Ogden UT, at (801) 773-9999, or contact us online to schedule your FREE Lawn Analysis today!

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Answers to Common Questions about Spring Lawn Care in Utah  

Figuring out how to get green grass in spring can be challenging. Many homeowners are unsure how to manage seasonal lawn treatments and tasks needed to help their lawns thrive. Here are the answers to some key questions people ask about spring lawn care.  Use these spring lawn care tips from Big League Lawns to help you cultivate the beautiful, green, healthy lawn you want this year: When Is It Time to Start Mowing My Lawn Each Year, and What Height Should I Cut It? Begin mowing your grass twice per week from the middle to late spring weeks. This…
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Tips to Beat Utah's Drought with Soil Conditioning

The start date for Secondary water from the Weber Basin has been pushed back. Utah's lakes are far from capacity, and now we're already getting recommendations to water only lawns only once per week. Utah's lawn survival rate is going to drop without doing something about it. Here are a few drought protection tips to apply right away! Tip #1 - Allow Watering to Go Deep During summers' hot days, the top layer of soil a few inches deep will dry up. Because roots only travel a few inches deep, they end up in dry dirt, further away from watering…
How to Take Care of Freshly Laid Sod

How to Take Care of New Sod?

You’ve just transformed your property from dirt to a suddenly gorgeous, magazine-perfect lush lawn! Of course, now it’s up to you to keep it alive, make it flourish, and protect your investment in it.
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Quick Guide to Lawn Fungus and Lawn Diseases 

When dead grass or discolored areas appear on your pampered lawn, the problem is usually a disease or lawn fungus. Use this handy quick guide to help you identify, treat, and prevent lawn fungus and disease from recurring.
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