This summer, give your lawn the care it deserves

Jul 10, 2020, 09:39 AM by Fred Speer

Californians (and western Nevadans) are spending more time at home these days, and there’s one thing getting more attention than the family dog – yards! One byproduct of extended time spent sitting on the patio or porch is that you’re more likely to notice the thinning areas of your lawn, or a tree with leaves that are looking a little ragged.

Clark, your professional pest control, termite and lawn care expert, is just the right individual that can help. You may know Clark Pest Control for its many decades protecting homes and people from unwanted pests – like ants, rodents, termites, cockroaches, and stinging insects. But did you know that Clark has a talented green thumb as well?

Clark offers a full lineup of lawn and grounds care services designed to keep your lawn, shrubs, and trees healthy, green, weed free, and pest free. We use the most advanced products and service techniques to deliver treatments that promote healthy, sustainable growth and leave the smallest environmental footprint possible. Our residential lawn and grounds care service lineup includes:

Our yard services are delivered responsibly by licensed, highly trained technicians who adhere to all social distancing and CDC guidelines when on your property. Your safety, and the safety of our employees, is of utmost importance to Clark.

No two lawns are exactly alike. Lawns may differ by turf species, soil type, climate, location, how they are used, and how they are maintained. We will tailor a program that matches the specific needs of your lawn, shrubs, and trees.

Summer lawn care tips

Cut it high: One of the first things you can do to help maintain a healthy lawn is to adjust your mowing height. Cutting a lawn too short removes the turf’s food-producing area, and it literally can starve a lawn, causing it to thin and look aesthetically unattractive. The rule of thumb is to remove one-third of the height at a time, and avoid drastic or sudden changes in cutting height. In the summer, higher is better.

Leave your clippings: If you follow the one-third rule, you can let your grass clippings remain on the lawn. This is called “grass cycling,” and is done with a recycling (mulching) mower that cuts the clippings into small pieces and returns them to the lawn, where they decompose quickly and return nutrients to the turf.

Water smartly: Once you get your lawn mowing height set, you’ll need to come up with a watering program, as summer’s searing temperatures and dry conditions will deny your lawn the one thing it needs the most – water.

Providing your lawn and landscape plants with the water they need to withstand summer’s heat and dry conditions can be a challenge. Clark recommends you adhere to and follow the recommendations below, keeping in mind all local watering regulations.

  • Avoid light, frequent watering. A more thorough watering helps turf roots to grow more deeply and establish a healthier lawn.
  • Avoid watering too frequently, as too much water can lead to disease problems.
  • Check your soil moisture by pushing a screwdriver into the ground. If you meet little resistance, the soil is wet. If it doesn’t push in easily, more water is needed.
  • Your lawn needs a minimum of 1½ inches of water each week.
  • Early morning is the best time to water.

Clark’s Premier Residential Lawn Care Service lets you combine any lawn and grounds care services, like lawn fertilization, weed control, or tree and shrub fertilization – with our pest control and/or our termite monitoring programs. You get a comprehensive umbrella service that delivers all your pest, lawn, and grounds care needs together.

To keep your lawn, landscape plants, and trees healthy and vibrant this summer, please call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or send an email to for more information.

Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home and yard.

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