Lawn Care

SongBird LandCare programs are centered upon an understanding of plant and soil science, as well as use of current technology.

Science has trended toward managing landscapes for sustainability, using products and performing services that reduce requirements of irrigation applications and chemical inputs.  By staying “up to date” with technology, we provide quality landscape care using environmentally conscious methods.

Traditional Program  

Lawns benefit from a seven step program that includes timely applications of weed control and fertilization.  Our program utilizes quality products that have good residual properties, allowing for an effective program and year round quality.

  • Weeds including crabgrass, Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua), chickweed, henbit and several others, are prevented with      “pre-emergent” weed treatments.
  • Some weeds, including onion, dandelion, plantain and others, are controlled with “post-emergent” weed treatment.
  • Fertilization is achieved with quality, slow release products that provide a steady diet. This is healthier for your lawn, than is use of lower grade products that last for only 2-3 weeks.
  • As a means of controlling cost and limiting chemical use, insect and disease problems are treated only if they occur, and    require additional charge.

Environmental Program (Water Saver)

The Environmental Program includes seven treatments designed to minimize irrigation and chemical inputs, while providing for a healthy and attractive lawn.

Weed control is similar to that of the Traditional Program, as organic means of weed control have proven to be impractical and unreliable.

“Soil wetting agents”, “plant growth regulators”, beneficial micro-organisms, and other organics are used to minimize the overall chemical inputs needed to maintain a quality lawn.

Landscape and environmental benefits include a reduced demand for irrigation, increased disease resistance (reducing the need for fungicide), good color with reduced quantities of fertilizer, and denser growth habit.  Also, with decreased top growth, mowing frequency may be reduced, lowering carbon monoxide emissions.

  • Soil wetting agents, commonly used in golf course management, are used to improve uniformity of water penetration, optimize water use, and reduce loss through evaporation. This results in less demand for irrigation frequency.
  • Plant growth regulators (PGR’s) reduce vertical growth rate, resulting in less demand for water.   PGR’s also improve color by concentrating chlorophyll (green pigment) within the plant cells, as cell elongation is minimized.  PGR’s have also been found to help in areas with limited sunlight, improve turf hardiness, and reduce disease incidence.
  • Organics improve soil moisture holding capacity and feed the biological system within the soil. With good soil biology, beneficial microorganisms are enhanced.

Preventative Bed Weed Treatment

  • Pre-emergent treatment is applied in spring and fall to aid in prevention of weeds and to minimize need for post-emergent weed treatment.
  • Best weed control is achieved if in addition to program, a three inch layer of pine straw or mulch is maintained.
  • Program doesn’t control perennial weeds such as onion and dandelion, or the encroachment of creeping lawn grasses.

Fire Ant Control

Fire Ant Bait, an environment friendly method of controlling fire ants, is applied in spring and fall when naturally occurring food sources are minimal.

  • Foraging ants collect and return bait to the mound, where it is systematically disseminated, resulting in death of the queen and the entire colony.
  • Fire Ant baits may require three weeks to provide thorough control, but are very effective.
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  1. I appreciate seeing a more environmentally friendly lawn care system promoted here. Organics are a great idea and reflect progress! But I can’t say I am excited about the continued nuturing of manicured lawns and the amounts of water, pesticide and fertilizers that they still require to achieve that designed look. I support the use of native plants and native grass lawns, have been steadily implementing this into my landscape for years and support the ludicrous idea that nature/God, not man, had the right idea all along. Native plants support wildlife, require little or no pesticides or fertilizer, and are integrated into the complex relationships of soil, water, and air that used to exist here quite efficiently until we decided to terraform to our rather European ideas of what is beautiful and practical. I use the wild onions in my yard for several dishes, and pollinators use them. Henbit and dandelions are arguably not native, and have insinuated themselves in the landscape, but I don’t invest time, chemicals or money to try and eliminate them. Granted, those of us sharing this unorthodox view must sometimes deal with the HOAs and their preconceived ideas of what is acceptable in a yard, but it is my personal hope that someday the exotic manicured lawn goes the way of the dinosaur and that Texas regains some of the natural heritage that is now being steadily lost to development.

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    • briansongbirdlandcare

       /  January 10, 2012

      Well I like a person with passion, and you’ve got it.
      I believe there are beneficial functions with regards to nice landscaping, but would agree that we have not been responsible with that which we have been given dominion.
      Organics, natives, pesticides, and so on, are all issues I plan to get into with weekly blogs. We’ll likely agree on some issues, and disagree on others. But I hope you’ll chime back in.
      Btw I live in an area once dominated by Longleaf Pine and wiregrass. Breathtakingly beautiful habitat. I wish that people that live here could all see one of the remaining stands. It stirs something that the finest landscape archtect cannot.

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