Ways to Beat Summer Lawn Stress in Williamsburg

What type of grass do I typically see in local landscapes? 
The most common lawn is a cool-season grass called fescue. “Cool-season” refers to the fact that these grasses grow best in cooler weather. In the Hertzler & George  Lawn Program, we use a fescue bluegrass blend which has been hybridized to improve heat and drought tolerance.

How much water does my lawn require? 
In order to grow throughout the summer your cool-season lawn needs about 1 to 1 ½ inches of water weekly.

What if I can’t or don’t want to water that much? 
One answer is to let your lawn go dormant, which your HG lawn will tolerate. You will have a brown lawn (likely with some green patches in shaded areas) for much of the summer but that’s not all bad. Dormant grass needs much less water than actively growing grass plus it’s less likely to be hit by disease and need extra chemical treatments. And you don’t have to mow dormant grass! Your dormant lawn will revive when the temperature and moisture favor growth again.

 Is there a type of grass that requires less water? 
Consider switching to a warm season grass such as zoysia or one of the hybrid Bermudas. These grasses are the ones that go dormant in the winter months. They do well through our summers with as little as half as much water as their cool season counterparts. Warm season grasses spread and fill in thin areas better than fescues, which makes them tolerant to traffic and good at crowding out weeds.

I thought Bermuda grass was a weed that should be removed from my lawn!
Hybrid Bermuda is different. It is not the invasive pest that common Bermuda a.k.a. wiregrass is.

When I do water, how can I make it most effective? 
It is better to give the week’s supply of water in one or two days as opposed to three or more waterings per week. Less frequent /deeper watering soaks further into the soil which makes a better reserve for plants to draw from than a shallow surface layer of moisture. Why do you tell me to water 1 to 1½ inches instead of telling me how long to set my irrigation timers? Because each system as well as each zone of a system waters at different rates there is no answer by timing.

 How do I know when my system has watered one inch? 
You have to measure it. While rain gauges will work, a better method is to set out shallow straight-sided containers throughout your lawn. Something like tuna cans work well as they sample a larger area than most rain gauges. After your system has watered, check each can to get an average of how much your system just put out. Be sure to check soon after watering to get the best results, and you should do this for at least two waterings for a more reliable average. If runoff is a problem try setting your irrigation system to water each zone for a short spell.

 

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!

Kae

Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

Always Helpful

Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!

JA