The most important thing you can do to your yard is rake it, get all the old leaves and debris and look out for a growing problem, grass fungus.
Dan Setlak of Heartland Lawns says to look for patches of brown, dried out grass. It could be grass fungus, which thrives on the moisture we've been receiving. If you had it last year, you'll most likely have it this year.
“What we can do is have proper watering habits. That's not watering every day, that’s real key if you water the turf every day it creates a lot of moisture, especially down under the layer where the fungus lives.”
After you rake up the fungus, leaves and sticks, you'll want to put them all in a brown paper yard waste bag. The garbage hauler in Omaha will begin yard waste pickup on Monday. Use these bags or a garbage can labeled “yard waste” or they won’t be picked up.
If you don’t want to deal with yard waste, fungus or grass or mowing, check out the Home Show this weekend at the Qwest Center. There’s the solution to all of your outdoor problems. Turn your entire back yard into a patio, complete with a water fountain.
“You know, outdoor living has finally come in from the coast and caught up with the Midwest and you get something like this you no longer have to deal with fertilizer or any mowers, you just go outside and enjoy your yard,” says Ben Farnan of Landscape Innovations. “It’s simple as that. All grass is boring.”
If you want to get rid of your lawn with a patio, check out the Home Show at the Qwest Center through Sunday. If you plan to keep your yard and all the yard waste that goes with it, check out the yard waste Web Site at wasteline.org. That will explain all the rules and regulations.
Papillion and La Vista plan to hold their spring cleanup days the weekend of April 15th. Spring cleanup began Friday for Council Bluffs residents.