Protect Your Oklahoma City Lawn This Winter with Winterizer

Protect Your Oklahoma City Lawn This Winter with Winterizer

Winter has arrived. And your lawn takes a beating with cold, dry winds and other winter weather.

You can protect your OK lawn this winter when you hire your local lawn care company to apply winter fertilizer, also known as winterizer, to your property.

How Winter Damages OK Lawn Grass

Frosty mornings, winter winds, and freeze/thaw cycles in late winter and early spring can damage your lawn.

Frost isn’t dangerous in itself. However, if you, your family or your pets walk or play on your lawn a lot when there’s frost on it, your yard grass is at risk for death.

Why? The cells within the plant burst, hemorrhaging moisture out of the grass plant.

Also, winter winds whipping across your lawn will lead to desiccation (drying out) of your turfgrass.

Finally, early spring freeze/thaw cycles damage the crowns of turfgrass because of the sudden warm-up and a thawed ground only to refreeze again during the night.

Learn more: Read how different cool-loving plants can brighten up your landscape.

Winterizer Defined

Winterizer’s ingredients have more phosphorous and potassium that promote better water and nutrition uptake from your turfgrass’s root system to the grass above-ground.

Potassium helps your lawn grass to harden off—so when you walk on your lawn on a frosty morning, the cells won’t burst inside the turfgrass plant.

Finally, phosphorous and potassium encourage deep root growth and root webbing (where branches form off of the primary roots). This allows turfgrass’s roots to tap into moisture stores deep in the soil.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we use organic products that release microbes into the soil to stimulate it as well as absorbing nutrients that benefit the plant.

Here are some other benefits of our organic winter fertilizer:

  • Encourages new plant tissue growth

  • New shoots form from the crown of the plant

  • Enables turfgrass photosynthesis when there is no snow cover

  • Boosts calcium, magnesium and potassium uptake. These three nutrients combined in the winterizer act as a natural anti-freeze for your lawn.

Learn how a lawn sprinkler system can save you money on your water bills.

Strengthens lawn grass’s cells, so they don’t break when walked on during cold winter days

  • Improves drought stress

  • Water efficiency increases at the cellular level

  • Phosphorous and potassium are used more efficiently within the soil and the plant.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Helps Your Lawn Survive Oklahoma’s Winter

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we use organic and hybrid lawn care solutions on your Oklahoma City yard. Our organic winterizer products include over 800 microbes that will boost your lawn’s soil health.

And our winterizer, containing phosphorous and potassium, as well as other vital nutrients for your turfgrass, hardens off your lawn and provides all of the other benefits listed above.

If you want to get your lawn “winterized,” call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: Edmond, NW Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills.

Sources:,”The Science Behind Holganix: Inoculate Your Soil this Fall!

Ibid, “Winter is Coming!

Ibid, “Various web resource articles.”, “Dealing with Winter Kill on Your Lawn.”

Ibid, “Keep Off the Lawn on Frosty Mornings

10 Fall Yard and Landscape Jobs to Complete before Winter

10 Fall Yard and Landscape Jobs to Complete before Winter


10 Fall Yard and Landscape Jobs to Complete before Winter

 It’s fall clean up time when you rake the leaves, pull out tired annuals and apply a fresh coat of mulch on your Oklahoma City, OK lawn.

What’s the big deal about fall clean up?

At the very least, you want to make sure all of the leaves are removed from your lawn so that there are no bare patches or diseased turfgrass next spring.

10 Things to Clean Up in Your OK Yard and Garden

You want your lawn grass to survive over the winter as well as keep a tidy landscape. There are 10 jobs you must do in the fall to get that look before winter when it’s too cold to work outside:

1.    Don’t let leaves pile up on your lawn or in your flowerbeds: You don’t want piles of leaves accumulating on your property. Your turfgrass underneath can get a disease or just die because there’s not any sunlight or oxygen penetrating through the leaves. Plus, it’s impossible to mow your lawn with a layer of leaves on top of it. 

2.    Change your mower setting to mulching: If you want to give your turfgrass a boost of nitrogen naturally, then set your mower to the mulch setting. Your lawn cutter will chop up leaves so they can disintegrate quickly back into the soil. 

3.    Clean up flower beds and add new color: Pull up your tired summer annuals and replace them with aster, chrysanthemums, ornamental kale and pansies. Fall is a great time to split your perennials too. 

Learn more about different fall annuals and perennials to add to your landscape. 

4.    Plant bulbs for spring color: Fall is the time to plant spring bulbs and some hardy perennials. Traditional bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and crocus as well as new varieties will add a punch of color after all the snow melts. 

5.    Clean out the mulch in your landscape and apply a fresh application: Clean up mulch from flower beds and under landscape trees and shrubs. Add a new application to protect roots from frost heave, but don’t add a mountain of mulch around the trunks. Why? Two reasons: Your trees and shrubs could rot, or you could be inviting rabbits and mice to eat the bark off of your woody ornamentals since mulch will keep these small critters hidden from view. 

6.    Plant trees and shrubs this fall: Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. The air temperature is cool, and the soil temperature is above 40°F making it safe to plant woody ornamentals. 

7.    Put down winter weed control: You don’t want your lawn overrun by weeds, so you need to add winter weed control now, so poa annua and other grassy weeds don’t take up residence over the winter months. 

8.    Get a soil test and add soil amendments: Now’s the time to get a soil test to check the soil’s pH. Ideally, you want a pH range of 6.5 – 7.0 (or slightly acidic), but if your soil is too acidic, your lawn care company will apply lime to make it sweeter. 

Don’t let the winter blues get to you. Instead, read this post about low maintenance landscaping. 

9.    Keep mowing until the first freeze: If you have a warm season lawn, you won’t need to mow your lawn anymore this year because your turfgrass is dormant. However, if you have fescue grass where there is shade, you’ll need to keep mowing your yard until the first freeze. 

10.   Close out your irrigation system: Before Old Man Winter blows in from the North, make sure you hire a lawn sprinkler contractor to blow out your system, so no water freezes in the pipes or valves.

Let Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Clean Up Your Lawn and Landscape This Fall

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we provide fall yard clean up services for you. We provide the following lawn care and landscape maintenance services:

  • We clean up leaves or mulch them to give your OK lawn an extra boost of nitrogen

  • We clean out flowerbeds and other landscape areas

  • We freshen up your beds and landscape by taking out old mulch and installing a fresh batch in your flower beds and under trees and shrubs

  • We apply winter weed control on  your lawn—either organic or traditional controls

  • We mow your fescue lawn until the ground freezes

  • We’ll winterize your lawn sprinkler system.

If you want to enjoy your weekends instead of spending hours on Saturday and Sunday cleaning up your Oklahoma City, OK property, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: Edmond, NW Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills.


Carson, Janet, “In the Garden in Arkansas.”

Martin, Dennis and David Hillock, “Lawn Management in Oklahoma.”

Ridlen, Ray, “Fall Color.”, “Fall Yard and Garden Maintenance.”



Celebrate Fall with Pops of Color in Your Oklahoma Landscape

Celebrate Fall with Pops of Color in Your Oklahoma Landscape

The air is crisper and you need a jacket when you walk out the door. Your summer annuals are looking “leggy” and tired after a hot, dry summer.

Fall is the season to freshen up your residential landscape with pops of color.

Cool Temperatures Add Drama to Your Flowerbeds

Pull out those wave petunias and other annuals. It’s time to add some drama back into your flowerbeds this fall.

Here are seven flowers and other colorful ideas to add to your autumn landscape:

1.    Pansies and violas are in: A lot of people know that pansies are one of the earliest spring flowers to plant after a white winter. And yet, pansies and their cousins, violas, add those magical colors and cute kitten-like faces to your planters, borders and beds in the fall as well. Deep purples, almost black as well as hints of yellows and whites in the center offer fall beauty. 

2.    From vegetable to ornamental: If you think kale is only for dinnertime or smoothies, you probably never heard of flowering kale. Flowering kale is an ornamental plant that has deep hues that brighten the cooler it gets outside. 

Indeed, flowering kale, cabbage and cauliflower add deep hues, as well as the rosettes and leaves, add interest and texture into any flowerbed. These flowers deepen in color as temperatures continue to drop throughout the fall months. 

Flowering kale, ornamental kale and cabbages can be planted in flowerbeds, containers and used in bouquets. 

3.    Chrysanthemums come in bold hues: The lovely, traditional mum comes in a host of colors including golden yellow, white, burgundy and orange. Plus, you have choices between button, daisy, football and hardy garden varieties. Mums look great paired with pumpkins in a whiskey barrel or as standalone in the garden.  

4.    Asters get honorable mention: Sometimes, the purple aster gets forgotten in the midst of the traditional mum. But asters come in mostly deep purple and blue varieties. Their yellow centers provide contrast with the purple or periwinkle petals. Plus, asters are perennials making a yearly appearance when your summer perennials start looking worn out. 

Learn more: Why your OK lawn needs fall aeration and overseeding services.

5.    Don’t forget the pumpkins: While pumpkin patches grow in fields, you can add pumpkins in your flowerbeds to make an orange or white statement. Pair them with other fall flowers to create interest. Pumpkins come in so many varieties that you can arrange your outdoor décor with pumpkins and other flowers. 

6.    Use containers to make a statement: Don’t forget to decorate your front porch and steps with containers. Asters, pansies, flowering kale and ornamental cabbage, as well as mums, work well in containers. You can mix and match colors, add cornstalks or solar lights to add interest. Again, pumpkins work well in container gardening too. 

7.    Other fall decorations that add a punch of color and an element of style: If you’re creative, you can transform your front porch into a warm fall welcome to all who visit you this autumn. Here are some ideas to get you started:  

·         Straw bales

·         Corn husks

·         Lighting

·         Lanterns

·         Painted pumpkins

·         Wooden welcome signs. 

Of course, Pinterest has many boards dedicated to outdoor fall décor.

More landscaping tips: 6 reasons why pruning your shrubs and hedges beautify your OK landscape.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Helps Transform Your Yard This Fall

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we can clean out your flowerbeds and install fall flowers for you. Plus, we’ll give your flowerbeds and other landscaped areas a fresh application of mulch to protect plant roots over the winter as well as spruce up your beds.

Our organic and hybrid lawn care and landscaping services provide health, nutrition and sustainability to work on your property.

If your lawn needs mowing, fertilizing or any other treatment before winter, or you want a professional to transform your tired-looking flowerbeds into fiery colors, then call us today at 405.531.9105 or fill out our contact form.

Source:, “Mum’s the Word.”

Why Your OK Fescue Lawn Needs Fall Aeration & Overseeding

Why Your OK Fescue Lawn Needs Fall Aeration & Overseeding

The summer may be over. However, if you have a fescue lawn, it’s time to core aerate and overseed it.

Fall Core Aeration

If you have a fescue lawn, a cool season grass, you need to rejuvenate it with core aeration every September.

There are two types of grasses that grow on Oklahoma City lawns: cool season and warm season turfgrasses.

Cool season grasses grow best in cooler conditions. Conversely, warm season grasses grow best in hot conditions.

Oklahoma City homeowners have a mix of cool and warm season grasses on their properties. If the shady parts of your lawn have fescue, then it’s time to core aerate and overseed it.

When your organic lawn care company core aerates your lawn, your technician will use an aerator to pull plugs of soil from the ground. Aeration allows carbon dioxide to be released from the soil, and oxygen to enter it.

Here are five benefits of core aeration:

1.    It loosens up soil compaction 

2.    It allows water and sunlight to penetrate the soil 

3.    It removes excess thatch 

4.    It prepares the soil for fertilization and conditioning 

5.    It prepares the soil for overseeding.

It’s best to aerate your OK lawn between mid-September through mid-October while the soil is still warm enough to encourage seed growth.

Learn more about pruning your shrubs and trees in this blog post.

Fall Fertilization

After your organic lawn service finishes aerating your lawn, your technician will apply fertilizer directly on top of the open soil.

Fall fertilization contains beneficial phosphorous and potassium—two nutrients that will help develop a strong root system as well as help the turf survive drought, heat and other stressors.

Here are other benefits to fall fertilization:

· Turfgrass grows faster 

· Turfgrass develops hardier crowns, stems and roots 

· Turf seed will germinate faster even as temperatures drop in the fall 

· Turf will be hardier based on the types of nutrition applied to your lawn.

If you plan not to overseed your lawn this fall, your fall fertilizer will contain pre-emergent weed control to protect your turf from winter grassy weeds.

However, if you want your Oklahoma City lawn overseeded, your lawn care technician will not add pre-emergent because it’ll kill your turfgrass seedlings as well as weeds.

Learn 15 ways to conserve water and still have a beautiful property.

Power Seeder

So, what’s the big deal about a power seeder?

Well, growing and tending a home lawn is similar to a farmer tilling his fields. A power seeder provides the following overseeding benefits:

· It gives an extra dose of aeration: It further relieves soil compaction and allows the soil to breathe. 

· It provides better seed to soil contact: In other words, the seeds are put directly and deeply into the soil. The power seeder allows for more seed to survive germination. It also helps new turf to develop deeper root systems right away compared to broadcast seeding where the seed lands on top of the ground until rain or irrigation helps it to absorb into the soil. 

· It partially covers the rows with soil: If you’re familiar with gardening, you know that after a seed is planted, you need to cover it with dirt. A power seeder partially covers the seeds to help them germinate. 

· It provides a more uniform result: When your lawn technician power seeds your lawn, you’ll notice even growth when seedlings pop up through the soil.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help You

At Eco-Landscapes, we’re an organic lawn care and landscaping company serving the Oklahoma City region.

We’re taking appointments now for fall core aeration and overseeding projects. We use our organic lawn fertilizer that provides the best nutrition to stimulate turfgrass growth and development.

If your OK lawn needs fall core aeration and overseeding, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form to make your appointment.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills.

Sources:, “Results for Slit Seeding vs. Core Aeration Overseeding (sic).”

Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service, “Landscape Maintenance Schedule,” (pdf – HLA-6408).

6 Reasons Why Pruning Your Shrubs and Hedges Beautifies Your Oklahoma Landscape

6 Reasons Why Pruning Your Shrubs and Hedges Beautifies Your Oklahoma Landscape

Are your shrubs looking a bit bushy? Do your hedges have branches growing out too long?

Then, you need professional pruning to rejuvenate your woody ornamentals as well as tidy up your Oklahoma property.

What are the Benefits of Pruning?

Pruning your shrubs and hedges benefits the plant as well as improves your curb appeal. Here are six benefits of trimming your woody ornamentals:

1.    It allows the sun to penetrate and the air to circulate in the shrubs.

2.    It shows off the plants’ natural beauty and shape.

3.    It helps to prevent plant diseases, insects and death.

4.    It controls the plants’ size and shape.

5.    It adds symmetry and balance to your landscape.

6.    It helps rejuvenate deciduous shrubs (shrubs that lose their leaves in the fall).

It’s hot outside. Read how to use smart watering techniques to keep your plants alive and save water at the same time.

Selective Pruning

You may feel tempted to go out with a lopping shear, or a bow saw and start chopping off branches. However, don’t do it.

To respect your shrubs and hedges natural shapes, you need to follow selective pruning methods. Selective pruning also keeps your woodies healthy and disease free.

Whether you hire a professional landscaper or you’re a DIY’er, here are seven tips to selective pruning:

1.    Know what you’re pruning: There are branches that are centrally located on your woody ornamental called leaders. Don’t prune leader branches because your shrub will look uneven. Instead, only cut those limbs that are sprouting away from the center of your shrubs.

2.    Take it one branch at a time: Your landscaper will only prune one limb at a time, so that leader branches aren’t cut. He will only cut branches that are taking away from the plants’ natural beauty or will lead to disease.

3.    Cut it close, but not too close: You don’t want to give your shrubs a severe haircut. Instead, your trimming should be only those branches that are sticking out and are out of place.

4.    Remove diseased or dead limbs: The first branches to go are dead or diseased ones. They’re not helping your woodies, but instead, could lead to further damage.

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5.    Remove any branches that are rubbing together: Branches that rub together open up the bark to disease and insect infestation.

6.    Keep your shrubs and hedges’ natural shape: Each shrub and hedge has a natural shape. Follow the natural form of the plant to make your curb appeal attractive. Hedges should be wide at the bottom and narrower at the top to respect the hedges’ form and to promote healthy growth.

7.    Step back and look at your handiwork: Pruning is an art and a science. So when you prune your bushes and hedges, you need to step back periodically to see how your handiwork is coming along. If you ended up doing a lousy job, don’t worry. The shrub will grow back in time, and you can brush up on your pruning skills in the meantime.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Keep Your Shrubs and Hedges Beautiful

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we apply selective pruning practices to your Oklahoma City, OK bushes, and hedges. We use sharp pruning tools, such as lopping shears, hand pruners, folding saws and bow saws.

We maintain our cutting tools after each job to ensure that your woody ornamentals get a clean cut each time. We provide other landscaping services as well:

  • Planting
  • Edging
  • Mulching
  • Plant health care
  • Irrigation

If your shrubs and hedges need a trim to get back to their natural shape and beauty, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

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At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills.


Hillock, David and Mike Schnelle, “Pruning Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, and Vines,” OK State University: PDF., “Shaping Your Shrubs.”

Smart Irrigation: 15 Ways to Save Water on Your Lawn & Landscape

Smart Irrigation: 15 Ways to Save Water on Your Lawn & Landscape

What would your lawn and landscape look like if there was no water?

Probably pretty barren.

However, if you employ wise watering tips as well as invest in a smart lawn sprinkler, you’re lending a hand toward water conservation as well as savings on your water bill.

What is Smart Irrigation Month?

The Irrigation Association, a trade group, dedicated to irrigation and efficient water use, devotes every July to Smart Irrigation Month.

Smart Irrigation Month reminds all of us to conserve our most precious resource. If you water wisely, you can still have a beautiful lawn and gardens throughout the hot, dry Oklahoma summer.

There are many ways that you can protect Oklahoma City’s water supply:

  • Water your lawn in the early morning hours or the early evening hours
  • Install a rain garden rather than having water rushing through your stormwater drains
  • Install a rain catchment system for reserving rainwater to use in your gardens and lawn
  • Give your lawn and landscape a good soak once or twice a week
  • Give your lawn only 1”-2” of water per week 

Do you want to have more time on the weekends? You can when you hire a sustainable mowing service.

  • Invest in a rain gauge to measure how much water you receive from each rain event
  • Mow your lawn higher to lower your yard grass’s watering needs
  • Mulch your landscape since mulch holds in moisture
  • Invest in sustainable lawn care by planting the right type of grass seed in the sunny and shady parts of your property
  • Make sure you get your lawn aerated and overseeded every year
  • Invest in organic lawn care because organic soil amendments and fertilizers help the ground hold onto moisture longer
  • Plant wisely by using more native plants and group plants together according to how much water they need to survive. 

Generally speaking, low maintenance plants mean you don’t have to spend your weekend maintaining them. Low maintenance plants use less water too.

  • Invest in a smart lawn sprinkler and drip irrigation
  • Water each part of your property based on its needs. For example, a shaded area needs less water than your lawn that’s in full sun. 

Why Your Oklahoma Yard Needs a Smart Lawn Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation

Today’s sprinklers are convenient and can be fitted with the weather, moisture, and other sensors to conserve water while providing enough of it for your lawn to survive.

Here are four benefits to investing in a smart sprinkler system:

1.    It takes the headache out of watering your lawn and landscape by hand or with a sprinkler that you picked up at your local retail store. Your irrigation system is designed to cover all areas of your property.

2.    You’ll notice that there is less wasted water. The American Water Works Association Research Foundation found that over half of American households’ water usage is wasted because of inefficient sprinklers. Specifically, up to 1.5 billion gallons of water is wasted each day due to inefficient sprinklers.

3.    You can include sensors, such as moisture, rain, soil, and weather, that turn off your sprinkler when the soil has enough water or there is rain coming soon.

4.    Drip and micro-irrigation systems emit water directly to your plants’ roots rather than shallowly watering them.

Drip irrigation sends water directly to the roots of your landscape plants, trees and shrubs. Since it goes right to the roots, your drip system doesn’t need to operate for long periods of time.

Drippers also save you time because you don’t need to run your garden hose and stand there watering your plants for an hour or so.

How Organic Lawn Care Helps You Save Money on Your Water Bills

Organic lawn care and plant health care may not be for everyone. However, when you invest in it, you’ll notice that your soil holds onto moisture for a more extended period of time.

The soil amendments and fertilizers build up your property’s soil, so it helps lawn roots to go down deep in the soil for moisture. You’ll notice that you’re watering less per week when your soil is healthy.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes’ Sister Company, Conserva, Helps You Reduce Your Water Usage

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we specialize in organic lawn care and landscaping services. We care about the environment as well as our customers’ properties.

If you’re not ready to commit to an organic lawn care program, that’s okay. We provide hybrid solutions combining organic and traditional lawn care products to give you quicker results.

We also recommend our sister company, Conserva Irrigation because they use the best sprinkler systems in the business. Plus, they design, install, audit and maintain lawn sprinklers in the greater Oklahoma City region.

If your Oklahoma City lawn and garden needs a professional touch, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

Bermuda Sod vs. Seed: Which Option is Better for You?

Bermuda Sod vs. Seed: Which Option is Better for You?

Do you want a thicker lawn? Does sod versus seed make a difference in the quality of your lawn grass?

Well, the answer is yes and no.

When it comes to sod versus seed, it comes down to what you want as the homeowner.

The Pros and Cons of Sod

Sod is mature grass with a thin layer of soil that is cut from a field and laid on your yard.

Since it’s propagated in an open field, there is a chance that you’ll have some weeds in the Bermuda sod you buy.

Here are the pros of Bermuda sod:

  • It’s a ready-made lawn: You can walk, run and play on the sod right after it’s installed…. Well not right after but you get the point! It’s already thick and green, so you don’t have to worry about fertilization and weed control right away. You also don’t have to mow it right away.
  • There is no mess: Since it’s an established lawn, there is no mud or dust to contend with until the grass seed starts to sprout. Plus your lawn is verdant and dense right away, giving your property beautiful curb appeal.
  • It’s professionally grown: Sod farms do all the proper lawn management techniques that your lawn care provider does for you: Fertilization, seeding, and irrigation. Plus, they plant professional grade grass seed.
  • It controls erosion: Newly installed sod works excellently on a slope because it stops erosion in its tracks. 

The cons of sod:

  • It’s expensive: Sod costs more. You’re paying someone to seed and take care of developing turfgrass. Plus, you need to have it delivered and rolled out onto your property. All of these services cost extra compared to planting grass seed.
  • It doesn’t develop deep roots: Sod comes with a thin layer of soil underneath it. The sod has a harder time developing those robust root systems because it’s cut from a field.
  • There is no guarantee that the sod installed on your property is weed-free: You will notice some weeds popping up on your sod because it grew in an open field. It’s not going to be filled with weeds though—so it’s easier to spot treat weeds that do sprout.
  • Most sod is not shade-tolerant: But if you’re getting Bermuda sod, it doesn’t matter since Bermuda needs full sun to survive and thrive on your property. 

Here are three low-maintenance ideas for your landscape.

Grass Seed Pros and Cons

There’s no perfect solution to growing a beautiful lawn. So, grass seed has its positives and drawbacks as well as sod.

Here are the benefits of growing a lawn from grass seed:

  • It’s less expensive than buying sod since you’re not getting a ready-made lawn.
  • There is a greater amount of Bermuda grass varieties available. Bermuda sod is limited to certain varieties.
  • Since the seed is planted directly in your soil, it will develop deep root systems allowing for longer lasting turf.
  • It’s grown in the same place as its environment. Since it’s planted directly into your soil, it’ll adapt to the growing environment around it. 

Here are three reasons why you need a sustainable lawn care service.

Here are the drawbacks of developing your lawn from seed:

  • It takes longer for your yard grass to grow into a full, thick lawn.
  •  Your lawn will be muddy and dusty until the seedlings start to develop.
  •  You must water your grass seedlings daily.
  • There’s a chance that some grass seed will wash away or get eaten by birds soon after planting it. 

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help You

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we’re a full-service organic lawn care company serving the Oklahoma City, OK region.

We can plant lawn seed for you or roll sod if you prefer to go that route.

We provide a full range of lawn maintenance services including:

  • Aeration and overseeding
  • Grass cutting with battery-operated mowers
  • Organic or hybrid fertilization and weed control
  • Soil conditioning

If you need to establish a new Bermuda grass, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscaping, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Bethany and Yukon.

Sources:, “Turf Wars: Sod vs. Seed.”

Mason, Sandra, “The Homeowners Column: Seed or Sod, Which is Best?”

3 Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

3 Ideas for Low Maintenance Landscaping

Every summer, rain becomes scarce, and your Oklahoma City property starts to look wilted. How can you still have a beautiful landscape without wasting a lot of water?

You need low maintenance, low water plants to grace your flowerbeds and other landscaped plants. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss the three ways to incorporate low maintenance plants as well as other landscaping practices to reduce the amount of water you use over the summer. 

You’ll also discover that investing in these landscaping alternatives allows you to have a beautiful, eco-friendly property.

Let’s Start with Oklahoma City’s Summer Weather

As a homeowner in Oklahoma City, you know the summers can be very parched. Recently, the mayor has announced that the even/odd water regulations are now permanent throughout the year.

So, you need drought-tolerant plants and other landscaping devices that don’t require regular watering but keep your curb appeal looking well-maintained throughout the season.

Idea #1 – Invest in Drought-Tolerant Plants

Many drought-tolerant plants are the ones that are native to Oklahoma. Moreover, typical drought-tolerant plants also share these common traits:

  • Wiry or fleshy stems
  • Tiny, fine leaves
  • Hairy or furry leaves
  • Leaves with waxy coatings. 

All four of these traits work to hold water in the plants—even during extremely dry conditions. Additionally, plants with these traits also have long and deep root systems that go underground to find additional moisture stores.

Here are three reasons why you need a sustainable lawn mowing service for your yard.

Idea #2 – Invest in Native or Oklahoma Proven Plants

Native plants have the same characteristics as drought-tolerant plants because they’re indigenous to Oklahoma. So they’re naturally designed to handle your region’s dry conditions during the summer.

As an Oklahoma homeowner, you have many choices of native or Oklahoma Proven plants. Here are five plants that are drought-tolerant and low-maintenance at the same time:

1.    Arkansas Bluestar (Ambronia hubrichitii): Arkansas bluestar is native to Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. It prefers moist soil when it’s getting started in your flower beds. Once established, Arkansas bluestar handles dry conditions very well. Spikey leaves, long stems and bright blue star-like flowers adorns your flowerbeds. Foliage turns yellow in the fall.

2.    Daylilies (Hemererocallis spp): When shopping for daylilies, you have many color choices. This perennial has tuber roots that go deep into the soil to find moisture stores during dry periods. This native flower provides vertical color in the summer.

3.    Milkweed (Asclepius species): This beautiful plant adapts to the soil that it’s planted in—it will grow in dry to medium moist soils that are well-drained. It also attracts monarch butterflies and other pollinators to your property. The most popular milkweed is Asclepius tuberosa, which blossoms with bright orange to yellow-orange flowers in the summer.

4.    Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia triangularisis): This drought-tolerant plant has thin stems and spiky leaves. Its flower looks like a hot poker or a candle in reds, oranges and yellow-orange. It’s a hardy plant that can handle Oklahoma’s dry, hot summers.

 5.    Autumn Sage: (Salvia greggii): This is a heat and drought tolerant perennial that starts blooming in the spring but blooms most in the autumn as other flowers in the garden start to fade. It forms a two to three-foot mound and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Pruning to six inches high each spring will help keep Autumn Sage dense and full. It loves full sun and well-drained soil. 

The above five native plants are only a sampling of drought-tolerant plants available to your Oklahoma City yard. There are other natives, such as 

  • Ornamental grasses, which handle drought conditions well
  • Native trees, such as green ash, ginkgo, hackberry and bur oak
  • Shrubs such as lilacs, forsythia and serviceberry.

Read why you need organic lawn care for your property this summer.

 Idea #3 – Other Water Saving Landscape Features

In addition to native plants, trees and shrubs, you also have a variety of choices in landscaping features that conserve water at the same time.

Mulch is a landscaping wonder for any exterior space. Its benefits exceed its primary use—as a tidy touch to your landscape. Here are five benefits of mulch:

1.    It regulates soil temperature.

2.    It keeps moisture in the soil.

3.    It provides nutrients as it decomposes into the ground.

4.    It prevents weeds.

5.    If you opt for cedar mulch, you get the added benefits of keeping ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other harmful bugs from coming into your home.

In addition to mulch, you may want to convert your yard grass into a patio or add walkways. You save money when you renovate your lawn into landscape features instead of turfgrass.

Moreover, stones do well as part of a rock garden, dry stream bed or even under plants to discourage weed growth.

You can use stones as borders with or without plants. Your landscape designer can add curves and other lines using stones to create interest and movement in your landscapes.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help You

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we specialize in sustainable landscaping. Our designers, with your help, will create a lovely landscape design that incorporates native plants, mulch and other landscaping features that are low maintenance and don’t require a lot of water to survive.

Our sustainable landscaping program focuses on environmental and regenerative processes as well as contributes to the entire community’s well-being. 

Indeed, our landscape processes aid in stormwater filtration, high energy efficiency, restoring habitats that benefit you, your community and your local eco-system.

If you’re ready to transform your landscape into a low-maintenance, low-water one, call us today at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

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At Apple Valley Eco-Landscaping, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Bethany and Yukon.

Sources:, “Eco-Friendly, Water Wise Plant Ideas for Every Region.”, “Perennials.”

Oklahoma State University, “HLA-6444 Drought-Tolerant Plant Selections for Oklahoma.”


3 Reasons Why You Need an Sustainable Lawn Mowing Service

3 Reasons Why You Need an Sustainable Lawn Mowing Service

In this blog, you’ll learn more about battery-operated mowers and trimmers as well as the three reasons why you need an eco-friendly lawn mowing service. At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we mainly use battery-operated mowers and trimmers for our residential customers.

Reason #1 – Our Battery-OperatedLawn Mowers and Trimmers Leave No Emissions

Did you know that 90% of lawn mowers are gas-powered? Lawn mowers and other gas-operated lawn equipment belch out emissions that contribute to our pollution problem.

For example, a single, gas-powered lawn mower used over one hour produces enough emissions as a car traveling for 350 miles.

Science has found that battery-operated mowers reduce the number of emissions belched into the atmosphere when mowing your lawn. There are no emissions coming from our battery-operated mowers.

Plus, our mowers use the same amount of energy as the toaster in your kitchen.

Do you know why your OK yard needs aeration? Read more in our blog.

Reason #2 – Our Battery-Operated Mowers and Trimmers Use No Gas

Obviously, our mowers use no gas because they’re powered by batteries. But listen to this statistic:

The EPA estimates that 54 million Americans who cut their grass every week contribute to 5% of the nation’s total air pollution. And the worst part?

When homeowners refill their mower with gas, they spill up to 17 million gallons of gasoline on their properties. That’s a lot of fuel absorbing into the soil and possibly into stormwater drains.

At our shop, we plug in our battery-operated mowers to charge them. We don’t need to plug in our mowers at your home.

Reason #3 – Our Lawn Equipment Won’t Produce Noise Pollution

Do your neighbors wake you up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning with their loud mowers and trimmers?

It’s annoying, isn’t it?

You won’t be disturbed by our crews mowing and trimming your lawn because our battery-operated mowers and trimmers are quiet.

And yet, our mowers are still powerful and effective to cut your residential lawn within the same time period as a traditional mower. 

The loudest our battery-operated mowers will reach is 80 dbs. So, you don’t have to worry about noise pollution or annoying your neighbors while we mow your grass.

Read why your OK yard grass needs organic lawn care.

How Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes Can Help Homeowners

You want to be a good steward of the property you call home. And you know that organic lawn care is the way to accomplish that goal.

Now, you want to invest in a sustainable lawn care and landscaping company, such as Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, that will keep your community quieter and cleaner.

If you want a quieter mowing service for your yard, then you need us at Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes. Call us today to make your appointment at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscaping, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: NW OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Bethany and Yukon. Connect with us on Facebook today!

Why Your Oklahoma Fescue Lawn Needs Aeration and Overseeding

Why Your Oklahoma Fescue Lawn Needs Aeration and Overseeding

Spring is in the air, and your lawn is greening up. It’s time to think about spring aeration and overseeding services.

Do you notice the part of your lawn that’s under shade? It’s probably fescue grass—a cool season grass that does well in shaded areas.

If you have thin patches in your yard, your fescue lawn needs aeration and overseeding services.

By the end of this blog, you’ll learn more about aeration and overseeding in the spring as well as in the fall. You also will learn how your local organic lawn service can help you with these chores.

A New Kind of Aeration

Typically when your lawn care company core aerates your lawn, they use a mechanical aerator to pull up small plugs of soil out of the ground.

However, now there’s SoilTech, a new liquid aeration product on the market that opens up the soil’s pores to allow more water into the ground. 

It’s all natural—making it safe for your children and pets to play in your yard after application.

And there are no messy plugs lining your lawn until they dissolve back into the ground. Instead, this new liquid aeration opens up your soil’s pores.

Also, it completely reduces soil compaction. In contrast, mechanical aeration can only relieve up to 5% compaction because of the tine’s diameter and spacing.

You can feel completely confident that SoilTech is the right choice for your lawn. It’s environmentally-friendly and biodegradable.

Why Fescue?

If you didn’t overseed your shaded areas with fescue in the fall, then you need to reseed those areas in the spring.

Turfgrass experts recommend fall and spring aeration and overseeding for all fescue lawns. And yet, some homeowners may not realize the importance of this lawn care practice.

Spring aeration also helps to reduce thatch and removes weed seedlings before they sprout. When your lawn care technician overseeds your lawn, the fescue will germinate before weeds can get a foothold.

So, spring is the second best time to engage these lawn care services. Your shaded bare patches will fill in making your lawn look full and thick by mid-spring.

How to Take Care of Your Newly Seeded Lawn

Your lawn service will leave behind instructions on how to take care of your new lawn. To help your overseeded yard, you’ll need to water it every day unless there’s rain in the forecast.

It’ll be a few weeks before you need to mow your newly seeded lawn. If you have a lot of overgrown shrubs and trees near it, you’ll want to prune them back to continue letting light into your yard.

You also want to invest in an organic lawn care program that includes fertilization, weed control, and soil conditioning to encourage healthy soils as well as promote a healthy lawn.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we take an organic approach to lawn care. All of our lawn products are safe to use around your family and pets.

Plus, our products are designed to work with the soil to build up micro-organisms naturally. However, it takes some time to develop healthy soil and lawn grass.

But it’s worth the wait if you want to protect your local eco-system as well as desire a safe place for your kids and pets to play.

If you’re not ready to go fully organic, we do offer a hybrid program that still reduces the number of pesticides, fertilizers, and water you need to maintain a gorgeous lawn.

At Apple Valley, we use eco-friendly lawn mowers, handheld tools, and sprayers. Our equipment reduces noise, water, and soil pollution.


If you have some bare spots in your fescue lawn, call us today for your aeration and overseeding appointment at 405-531-9105 or fill out our contact form.

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At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City region, including these towns: Edmond, Nichols Hills, Yukon, Bethany and surrounding areas.

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care for Your Oklahoma Property

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care for Your Oklahoma Property

So, you take great care of yourself as well as your family by exercising and healthy eating. And you want the same type of care when it comes to your lawn.

Or maybe you’re a property manager who already uses green practices inside your building. You now want to go green on your company’s lawns.

Organic lawn care focuses on rehabilitating and feeding the soil so that it can house healthy lawn grass. And it also benefits the environment by using fewer chemicals, water and fertilizers.

In this article, you’ll learn more about the benefits of organic lawn care and how a professional lawn service can deliver the results from using natural products—whether you’re a property manager for a commercial building or a homeowner who loves to be in your backyard.

Why You Need Organic Lawn Care

Organic lawn care focuses on the soil’s biological health and sustainability. When microbes, bacteria, earthworms and other living creatures underground are working at full capacity, the result is a healthy lawn.

There are many benefits to organic lawn products, such as:

  • It’s safer to use than traditional lawn fertilizers.
  • It’s a probiotic that has over 800 species of living, beneficial soil microbes, microbe food and nutrient enhancers to feed the soil.
  • This probiotic replenishes your soil so that you have the right ratio of creatures to create the perfect soil to house lawn grass.
  • When you use probiotics in your soil, your turfgrass will require less fertilizer by 50% and up to 75% less weed control and pesticides in your soil.
  • It helps your yard grass to better receive nutrients from the soil.
  • It increases soil health which also means a healthier, thicker lawn.
  • A thick lawn crowds out weeds, so you don’t have to use a lot of weed controls.
  • Organic lawn products help your yard grass’s root system to grow deep and develop strong root webs.
  • It builds up your lawn grass to better fight off grass diseases, destructive insects and drought stress.
  • It helps your lawn grass to absorb more moisture and nutrients from the soil.
  • It’s also safe to use around pets and people. Most of the time, you don’t need to wait until the application is dry to walk or play on your lawn.

Organic Lawn Care Works for All Properties

Both property managers and homeowners can enjoy a lawn that uses organic lawn products. If you’re a green business, and you want to keep that reputation extending to your outdoors, organic lawn care is for you too.

And if you’re a homeowner, you can take pride in your lawn due to its lush, dark green color and hardiness. And you find that you don’t need to irrigate or use the same amount of fertilizers as you used to apply to get this beautiful lawn.

It’s Time for Pre-Emergent Weed Control

In Oklahoma City and surrounding suburbs, it’s time to think about pre-emergent weed control. Crabgrass and other grassy weeds will start to sprout soon.

Both conventional and organic pre-emergent weed controls provide a barrier in the soil to prevent grassy weeds from developing a root system. So, the weed’s shoots will die off because they can’t uptake moisture and nutrition from the soil.

Organic weed control is 100% natural and safe to use in your yard. 

However, for faster results, you can choose a hybrid approach will work as well, allowing you to replace up to 50% of your traditional fertilizers and 75% of your concentrated pesticides.

Now’s the time to think about the pros and cons of organic lawn care. Your local Oklahoma City lawn service can provide you with a hybrid program that uses conventional weed controls while still using organic fertilizers. 

In this hybrid program, you’ll notice you’re using less water, fertilizer and weed control products to get the same, beautiful results.

If you’re ready for organic lawn care, or a hybrid version of it, you need us at Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes. Make your pre-emergent weed control appointment today by calling us at 405-531-9105 or by filling out our free estimate form.

At Apple Valley Eco-Landscapes, we serve the entire Oklahoma City and Edmond areas.