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Saturday Visits Only Available During System Activation & Winterization Seasons

Has nicer weather inspired you to find ways to make your home more comfortable, attractive and environmentally sustainable while increasing its value? One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn.

Installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improvement investments a homeowner can make, and it’s the perfect warm-weather DIY project. According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and academics, the ideal lawn planting season is April through the mid-to-end of October, depending on where you live. Installing a beautiful lawn is simple with six easy steps:

Prepare: Preparation is the most critical part of seeding a lawn. The condition of the soil has to be ideal in order for grass seeds to germinate. To get these conditions, remove any remnants of the old lawn. Use a sod cutter allows you to slice off old grass and weeds at the roots. Then turn the soil with a rotary tiller, adding soil and compost in successive layers to achieve an ideal mix. Both sod cutters and tillers can be rented by the hour or by the day at any major home improvement retailer.

Achieve the right pH: No soil is ready for seeds if it doesn’t have the right pH. Obtain a soil test kit from your local home improvement store. To take a soil pH test, gather soil samples from several places around the area you’ll be seeding.

The pH scale measures acidity and alkalinity, from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Grass grows best in soil that has a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. If your soil is too acidic (below 6.0) – a common problem in cooler wet climates like the Northwest and Southeast – you can add lime to bring it up. If it’s mildly alkaline (7.5 to 8.0) – typical of the Midwest – a little peat moss, which is naturally acidic, should correct it. Soil that is very alkaline (more than 8.0), which is more likely to exist in dry, hot climates, needs sulfur.

Fertilize: After your soil has achieved the perfect pH, use a broadcast spreader to apply starter fertilizer to the entire area. Make sure the spreader is adjusted to distribute at the rate outlined on the fertilizer packaging. Look for fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium at even ratios (such as 10N-10P-10K percentages).

Purchase the right grass seed: One key factor in choosing the right grass seed simply depends on where you live. For the northern region of the country, you will want a cool-season grass like fine and tall fescues or perennial ryegrass. This type of turf grows the most during the cool seasons of spring and fall, and therefore, should be seeded in the spring or fall months. These grasses are typically more shade-tolerant as well.

Warm-season grasses grow in warmer regions of the country. These include grasses like St. Augustine, Bermuda, buffalo, centipede and zoysia. Warm-season grasses achieve their peak growth when summer hits its stride and typically require full sun to thrive. Unlike cool-season turf, warm season turfgrasses should be seeded in the summer months.

Disperse grass seed: Using your broadcast spreader, disperse grass seed evenly over the soil. For larger lawns, use a walk-behind spreader. Be sure to apply an even amount of seed to the entire area. Then, take a plastic leaf rake, turn it upside down, and use the back of the tines to gently work the seeds into the soil. Make short, light strokes. Avoid long sweeping motions, which can redistribute the seeds and cause the grass to grow in uneven patches.

Water: Immediately after dispersing the seeds, lightly water the area with an oscillating-type sprinkler. Set up one or more sprinklers, or move the sprinkler to ensure that the entire area gets dampened. For the first eight to 10 days, water two or three times daily, but only for 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid overwatering, which may wash away the seeds.

Once the grass sprouts, water once a day for 15 to 30 minutes. It’s typically best to water in the morning, when there’s less evaporation and wind is minimal. Avoid watering in the evening; it can lead to fungal diseases. In the event of a summer rain storm, there is no need to water.

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Rondale Dunn
Rondale Dunn
16:08 19 Aug 20
Great company and customer service. Cindy in the front office is simply amazing! Highly recommend.
Sean Cummings
Sean Cummings
21:39 09 Aug 20
I didn’t use this company, but they ended up cutting my cable line. I asked the gentleman why they didn’t Come over... to just inquire about it and he said some people don’t like that...talked to the owner, supposedly, and he didn’t seam to care at all about cutting the cord. He said that I would have to handle that, making it seam like it was my fault or problem. I’ve spent the better part of my weekend trying to get this back up and running, which is never a fun thing when it’s not your fault. Moreover, me and my wife both work healthcare so internet is vital to us as it would be to most families. I don’t like writing this kind of stuff but when it comes to this kind of unprofessionalism and manner people should know this company just doesn’t care.read more
Andy Schuttler
Andy Schuttler
00:15 14 Jun 20
Polite and professional administrative staff. Quality of work is very dependent on the tech working with you. We’ve... had great experiences, with we’ve also had techs come on the wrong day, there have been times techs weren’t able to fix and issue without help from someone else, and we’ve had late arrivals/last minute cancellations.read more
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
Robert and Tamara Edmondson
22:43 04 Jun 20
The Lawn and Sprinkler Guys of Kansas City are no joke. They came out and did my sprinkler system and downspouts in 3... days with great gusto! They wore masked for my little one and we really approached that!read more
Cheri Mattina
Cheri Mattina
21:39 02 Jan 20
I called and made an appointment to get my sprinklers winterized. He came out in less than a week. Very nice and... didn’t take him long to do it. I will for sure do business with them again.read more
Thomas Mathews
Thomas Mathews
21:57 02 Dec 19
A great family and professional service company. They service my lawn sprinklers and now all my lawn fertilizer issues.... It will be hard to find a better and more professional company. T. Mathewsread more
Gene Schreiner
Gene Schreiner
22:30 11 Nov 19
I'm concerned that I will have problems with my sprinklers next spring since two of the 7 zones would not open. So if... there was water in those zones it did not get blown out. Also, for the 5 zones that we did get some air to come out very little water came out. Only a small mist on 3 of the zones and 2 no water mist or water came out. There was just the sound of air on those 2 zones. So in summary - two zones did not open to be blown out. Two zones only air came out. 3 zones water mist and air came out. I hope there is not water still in there that was frozen or that will freeze?read more
Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson
15:53 20 Sep 19
Fast and professional service for a reasonable price. We had a pipe burst in our yard's sprinkler system and they were... able to come out and fix it in no time. We will definitely be using them for our yard services again.read more
Curt Cole
Curt Cole
18:18 09 Aug 19
These guys are the best. They were really busy this summer (a good thing!) so we had to wait a bit to get the... sprinkler installation done, but their crew just finished yesterday and they were superb. It's all about experience, and these guys knew what they were doing. Scott, the owner, and Brian in the office are great too. Thanks!read more
A McReynolds
A McReynolds
22:10 31 Aug 17
All these years, working with many companies, going to many places, and I have never once filled out a negative review... online. Usually, I just take it for what it is, and make a personal choice to not use the company again. I am not a fan of giving negative reviews when it isn't necessary. However, this company has been nothing but trouble working with. I had them open my sprinkler system/check the back flow and they did not properly let the city of Olathe know, so my sprinkler was tagged and shut down by the city of Olathe. When I contacted L&S to let them know, the lady (I will not name drop on anyone personally, due to personal privacy) that answers their phone ARGUED with me and blamed the city of olathe saying it was their system. THE CITY OF OLATHE HAD TO CALL THEM to get the information and basically forced them to take care of the issue. Since I was going along thinking everything was fine before the city shut down my sprinkler, I wanted to do some of their lawn packages. Whatever they put on for their "weed killer" doesn't actually work. Keep in mind THEY STOPPED COMMUNICATING WITH ME and NEVER GOT BACK WITH ME after the city contacted them, they later had a lawyer send me a letter forcing payment of they would take me to court. When I attempted to contact the law office, I never got them to answer my call or call me back. I just paid the bill of about $150 to them personally, but completely did it against my will and to just be done. Personally, I don't feel like I owed this company anything at all. The one thing they will get from me is anytime anyone asks, whether on a public forum or personally, regardless if they even ask about Lawn & Sprinkler Guys specifically, I will inform them to RUN...RUN AS FAR AWAY AS YOU CAN. They will screw you over and then threaten legal action. If you screw up, and a customer suffers the consequences, you should at least call and apologize, but oh, no. All I got was, "well, the city said they would call you, I didn't feel it was necessary". IF A CUSTOMERS SERVICE IS SHUT OFF AND ITS NOT THEIR FAULT, YEA, ITS NECESSARY THAT YOU CALL. After all, who even knows if I actually needed a new black flow or not anyway at this point anyway, which mind you, was paid on the spot after job completion!!!!!!!!UPDATE: was offered to speak to the owner by the secretary (I never asked to), of course he wasn't available & was on the other line "giving a quote". Was told he would call an after his phone call. Never received that call, either. They got what they wanted after a threatening letter...my money. I could care less if I hear from them at this point. Just thought i would let everyone know that the terrible service continues. DON'T OFFER SOMETHING YOU CAN'T DELIVER.read more
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