07 Jul

Drought Tolerant Turf Types

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The following turf types are listed from the most to the least drought tolerant:

Buffalo grass is a native prairie grass which reaches a maximum height of 6 inches and can be left unmown. Buffalo grass generally requires full sun, but some of the newer varieties such as Prairie and 609 Buffalograss have improved shade tolerance (as little as 4 hours of sun per day). These varieties are available as sod, and exhibit a darker green color.

Bermuda grass is the most commonly used drought-tolerant grass in Texas. It is available as seed or sod and requires full sun. Tifway and Texturf 10 varieties have improved qualities.

Zoysia grass is a slow-growing grass for full sun to partial shade. It is available as sod. Belair or Myer Z-52 are good varieties for residential use. Zoysia may have special mowing needs, such as a reel-type mower.

St. Augustine grass is best for use in shady spots. It has poor drought and freeze tolerance. It is available only as sod, and if grown in full sun has the highest water needs of the grasses listed here.

01 Apr

Fertilize Weed and Feed

When to Feed Your Lawn

The most important thing you can do for your lawn is to feed it. A well-fed lawn is healthier, which means it has a better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, mowing, foot traffic and other stresses. While feeding your lawn once a year will improve its condition, feeding it four times a year will make it even healthier. If you put your lawn on the regular feeding schedule outlined below, it will look lush and green, and your neighbors will turn green with envy.

Early Spring (February – April)

Lawns wake up hungry in the spring. Feeding your lawn in the spring strengthens roots and gets it off to a good start before the heavy growing season. If you had crabgrass last year, apply a combination fertilizer with a pre-emergent to control it.

Late Spring (April – June)

Spring is lunch time for lawns. Your grass is busy and using up stored energy. That’s why you want to supply the lawn with a feeding designed for this time of year. Unfortunately, broadleaf weeds are actively growing, too. Hit them and feed your lawn with a combination of fertilizer with broadleaf weed control (a “weed-n-feed”).

» Find out more about Scotts Weed-n-Feed products

Summer (June – August)

Summer is tough on grass. Heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects stress it out. Feeding your lawn in the summer protects and strengthens it against these problems. Lawns in warm-season grass areas should be fed over the summer months as they grow steadily from spring to fall. If you see insects in your grass, use a feeding product that also contains insect control, such as Scotts® Turf Builder® with SummerGuard®.

Fall (September – November)

Fall brings back ideal conditions for your lawn. Cool nights, ample rainfall and morning dew are just about as good as it gets for grass. Now the lawn is ready to grow again, and is looking for the nutrients it needs to recover from summer damage. Some experts will say this is the single most important lawn feeding of the year. Apply your final feeding right before the winter months, when grass is prepping for a winter nap. This will strengthen roots and increase nitrogen storage for an early spring green up and a healthier lawn next year. Following a general program like this one should improve your lawn. For a more specific plan for your lawn, build your very own program at our Annual Lawn Care Program Builder

20 Mar

Watering It Is Easier and Cheaper Than Weeding

Watering, it is both easier and less expensive than weed-eating and mowing your lawn every 10 days to keep up with the enormous amount of growth. So many beautiful St. Augustine lawns in Austin died last year due to not getting enough water. But now they require much more mowing than a traditional grass lawn would be needed. Hence, it is both easier and cheaper to water existing lawns, than to lose them to weeds.

21 Feb

Weeds Need Eating

Despite the drought of last Summer and possible drought of 2012, although we have had some great Winter rains. Your lawn may have looked dead last year, brown, dried up turned to dust, blown away hay stray. But now you go out side and it is a forest of green. Yah, you have a lawn again, it’s green! This may not necessarily mean that you have grass or not, but either way it will still need to be mowed.

If your rebounded lawn is mostly weeds or not, Weeds Need Eating, too! We can come out and weed-eat with a line trimmer, but mostly just mow as these weeds will need to be mowed as a previous lawn would need to be mowed, maybe even sooner as they may grow faster than traditional yard type of grass. Please contact us today to schedule and appointment.

12 Feb

Cash Preferred

We prefer Cash, but really who doesn’t really. Long Live Johnny Cash!!

We love Cash!

Of course Willie Nelson is great, but Willie preferred doesn’t have the same ring to it.

If you could and you have cash available for pickup on jobs, then this is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help. We do have an online payment option, but due to the transaction costs it will cost more. You can always leave cash or check under the mat if you are not going to be home.

05 Feb

Schedule Mowings, Avoid HOA Fines

Home Owners Associations (HOA) require you to keep your yard and lawn up to a certain standard and level. If not, then you will be fined. Not only that, but if you don’t handle in a short amount of time, then the fines will increase. In many cases, in addition to the fine, the HOA will send out a mowing company to mow your lawn and then charge you and exorbitant amount for the privilege of mowing your lawn. In order to avoid this utter ordeal, then scheduled mowings are for you, Sign up today!

If you serve on an HOA Board and would like our services, then please let us know, we can do the job right and on time, every time!

We provide Property Management Services to the South Austin Leasing and Rental Community. We are a full-service property management service provider. If you are a property owner or landlord with a South Austin property and would like to retain or inquire about our services, please contact us.

04 Feb

Mow A Rent House

Renter, Landlord, Lease, Home Owners Association (HOA) – Are you Renting Your Home? We’ll mow for you as much as your landlord likes and needs you too. Do you have an HOA that wants your lawn kept a certain way, we’ll mow it and keep it trimmed down so that they can go on with their lives and not worry about your lawn. Contact us now.

Maybe you can even have your landlord pay for the mowings, just ask.

If you are a landlord/property owner and would like us to perform scheduled mowings to your property, then please let us know and will can do the job!

We provide Property Management Services to the South Austin Leasing and Rental Community. We are a full-service property management service provider. If you are a property owner or landlord with a South Austin property and would like to retain or inquire about our services, please contact us.

13 Jan

Lawns, It’s All We Do

Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services specializes in the sole goal of keeping you a healthy and regularly trimmed lawn. We occasionally will assist in minor sprinkler head repair and maintenance, minor tree pruning, or minor cases of pest control with ant mounds, but really all we do and want to do is keep your lawn happy!. Please Contact Us today and see how we can help you with your lawn. Don’t worry if we don’t specialize in your needs, we will refer you to a specialized professional who can!

10 Jan

Go Green, Like Your Lawn

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Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services has a strong commitment to the environment and to the community. We are a green only company. We return bagged leaves back to the earth on designated land on the outskirts of Austin. We mulch and return the nutrients to your yard. We will not bag these grass clippings and carry them off or deposit them into a landfill. We use the most eco friendly push mowers and can even us reel mowers upon request.

Go green and pay more to have your lawn mowed with our reel mowers.

Can even go super green on a lawn and for additional charge can use a reel lawn mower, now that’s real!

25 Oct

What A Wonderful Mowing Season in 2011

Thank you to all Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services clients old and new for making the Spring/Summer/Fall Mowing Season the best comeback for our business. Despite the horrible record setting drought in Central Texas. We were able to stay extremely busy maintaining and improving healthy lawns.

For those of you who allowed us to enrich your lawn this year, did not do a Gnome, Gnome. We thank you for you loyalty and business.

See you again in 2012! Some say it’s the end of the world, let’s just not hope that the drought continues and will be the end of your lawn.

Remember, Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services is a full lawn maintenance business that can help your lawn in winter time too. As well as with fertilizing and sprinkler head replacement.

07 Sep

My MP3 Player Playlist

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Ever wonder what I am listening to so fervently in my ear buds?

Here is one of my favorites playlists on my Sansa® SanDisk Clip+ 8GB with expandable memory MP3 Player, via Last.fm.

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04 Jul

Buy American

Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services – Buy American – American Workers Only at Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services

Times are tough in this ever sinking recession and greater depression for all Americans. We have never and never will hire illegal aliens to work for Lawn-Mat Lawn Care Services. Although illegal aliens provide hardworking, skilled, and cheap labor, as is the norm in this industry. We take a stand, although costing the same or a tad more, you can rest assured in knowing that you are putting food on the table for hardworking, highly skilled, professional American workers!

Most of our workers are high school young adults in the community, who are making more than they would at the mall or other corporate minimum wage establishments. Others are working through college to better themselves and bring more to the community.

Happy Birthday America!

So, Put your money where you mouth is and Buy American and keep America strong. You might have to pay a little more, but America is winning in the long-run. Do what is right and support hard working Americans.

Be sure to ask us about Military Discounts, we support our troops.

29 Apr

Hello Again World!

Lawn Care Services was a lawn care company that I formed in 1996 and dissolved in 1998 when merged with Natescape Lawns of Austin. We serviced lawns all of the Austin area and had many clients from residential to commercial properties on weekly schedules. A crew is being assembled for 2.0 in the Spring/Summer of 2011.

No lawn is too big or too small. Although, some may be too far, we specialize in South and Southwest Austin lawncare and maintenance.

Small lawns can be done for $25. Average lawns for $35. And most lawns and extras for $45.

Can even go super green on a lawn and for additional charge can use a reel lawn mower, now that’s real!