Tailgating Games for Your Yard

Football season is almost upon us, and to most of us that means it’s time to break out our favorite tailgating games for your lawn. Grab your gameday shirts, koozies, and sunglasses and head to the real field this season — your lawn. Here are two of our favorites!

Tailgating Games Corn HoleCorn Hole – If you haven’t played corn hole, this must be your first season of tailgating, but we can’t even start to make a tailgate games list without including the favorite. Grab your boards and set them approximately 27 feet apart. There are many different methods of scoring, but here is the most popular:

  • 1 point for a bean bag on the board
  • 3 points for a bean bag going in the hole

The difference of the two players shooting scores will give you the aggregate score from this round, and you play until a team hits 21.

Kan Jam – Kan Jam started up north and is slowly making it’s way down south as a very popular tailgating game. With two teams of two, each player tries to throw the frisbee close to the can to earn points. Points are scored as follows:

  • 1 point for making your teammates throw hit the can
  • 2 points for a frisbee throw that hits the can on its own
  • 3 points for making the frisbee into the can (your teammate can hit it in)
  • You Win if the frisbee goes into the small slot in the can

Tailgating games are always a highlight of gamedays in the south, and we hope you make it out to enjoy some of your own this season. If you’re inviting friends over, make sure your lawn is looking its best. Give us a call if you need help!

 

What the Mulch?

       Looking at the best yards in your neighborhood, you may notice a few things that stand out. Maybe they have an elegant fountain surround by bushes, or perhaps an incredible design highlighted by trees. But there is one thing every great lawn design has. Mulch. Mulch is the background color that makes your lawn or garden pop. But wait, which kind of mulch is best for my yard? The answer may not be as straightforward as we’d like, but there are some key differences that you should always keep in mind.

Pine Bark is a great choice for mulch!

Pine Straw

       Pine straw is readily available (especially here in Georgia), natural looking, and holds itself together when rain storms hit. They break down a little slower than other organic mulches, and are naturally acidic which helps plants that prefer acidic soil!  

Pine Bark
       Pine bark or pine bark nuggets are also very common. This may be because of how easy it is to lay them down. Unlike pine needles, which takes experience to make them look tidy, pine bark lays down easily and can be molded around many types of plants. However, during rain storms water can easily pick up and move these nuggets. This may be a great choice, but they do require upkeep over their lifetime.

Rubber

       The biggest positive for rubber mulch is that it outlasts every other type of mulch by a long shot. However, since it doesn’t break down, the soil never gains any extra nutrients, and rubber can leave a smell for a few months after it is laid down.

       No matter which mulch you pick, it is just the background noise and your lawn always needs its own maintenance. Don’t forget to get out there every week or give our team a call and they’ll take care of it for you!

How can I stop my dog from ruining my new lawn?

We get questions like this all the time: “How can I stop my dog ruining my new lawn?”

It’s a common question because we all have our beloved dog that we consider a part of the family. But what happens when their “business” ruins your lawn? The staff at Terra Bites Lawn Care knows that these tips will help any pooch-parent. Take a look: dog

There is some debate about girl dogs vs. boy dogs and one’s urine being worse than the other but there is no research of that being true.

The grass burns occur because the grass can not process all of urine at once. If you dilute the urine with water it will give the grass time to recover. However, we don’t have time or patience to wait for our own dogs to eliminate.

Pet urine that hurts grass is nitrogen. Because dogs, who are carnivores, eat high levels of protein, their bodies break it down and excrete it in their urine as nitrogen. While nitrogen is an essential component of healthy grass, too much of it may be lethal to your lawn.

How to Stop Yellow Spots in a Lawn from Dog Urine?

One solution to help stop dogs from leaving yellow spots in the yard is to use dog vitamins and supplements to change the composition of the dog’s urine. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.

Still having issues with those yellow spots in your lawn? Give the Terra Bites experts a call at 706-389-LAWN (5296).

Aeration Explained

It’s important to remember that a healthy lawn starts with the lawn’s soil. If you do not have healthy soil, enriched with nutrients and water, then your lawn will (eventually) fail. At Terra Bites Lawn Service, located in Braselton, GA, we are serious about soil. And not just any soil… your soil! Aeration is one of the ways we like to give your lawn the attention it deserves.

What is Lawn Aeration?

Lawn aeration involves removing plugs of grass and soil so adequate air, water, nutrients can “seep” into the ground and reach plant roots. When you aerate your lawn, you’re essentially punching holes in the ground so it can “air out.”

The process is completed using a machine called an aerator that perforates the lawn and pulls up plugs of turf. These cores are left on the lawn to decompose—they return beneficial nutrients to your property.

If you look at a turf plug pulled out of the ground during the aeration process, you’ll see the green grass blades, thatch layer, roots and soil.

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How often should you aerate your lawn and when is the best time?

Once a year correlating with the grass’s growing season. This depends on the type of grass you have. The best time of year is during the growing season, when the grass can heal and fill in any open areas after soil plugs are removed. We can help you identify the type of grass you have and make recommendations on when we feel is a best time to aerate.

Have questions and concerns about your lawn? The professionals at Terra Bites would love to help! Give us a call at 706-389-LAWN (5296) or fill out our contact form.