ABC Blog

Summer Lawn Care Tips

summer lawn care tips

Let’s see if this sounds familiar: You buy a new barbecue to enjoy grilling out while the weather is nice and warm. You plan your menu. Get all the fixings. But when you head out back to get started, you barely recognize your yard. There are just as many patches of weeds as there are brown spots and you can’t walk more than a few feet without stepping on an anthill.

What happened? There are many reasons our lawns can look a little worse for the wear during the summer months. Luckily, we have a few suggestions on how to keep your outdoor spaces looking great, even during the hottest months of the year.

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Summers in southern states can be brutal for lawns. Temperatures frequently reach triple digits. Rain may come infrequently – if at all– and insects and weeds are out in full force. If you’re not paying attention, your … Read Full Post »

Scorpions in Texas and What To Do If You Encounter One

Scorpions in Texas

 

Scorpions truly look like something out of a movie, but they’re actually a member of the arachnid species. You’ll immediately recognize them – they have the claws of a lobster and the tail of a pug that curls up over their backs. Their bodies are covered in a hard shell and the end of their curved tails are tipped with a stinger. And sting they do, but only when surprised.

Scorpions in Texas

About 1,500 known species of this predatory arachnid live across the world. More than 90 types live in this country alone. Texas is home to over a dozen different types of scorpions, with the most common being the striped bark scorpion or Centruroides vittatus. It’s a medium-sized, pale-colored scorpion, about two to three inches long. What sets it apart from the other scorpions are the two dark stripes across its back with a dark triangle on its head.

There’s no escaping … Read Full Post »

Deck Maintenance Ideas and Tips

deck maintenance ideas

Do you have an outdoor deck, but not enough knowledge about how to maintain it? Looking for deck maintenance ideas, or tips on how to maintain a wood deck?

Deck Maintenance Ideas and Tips

Here’s everything you need to know about maintaining your deck throughout the year, so you can continue to enjoy a functional, safe and beautiful outdoor living space.

Why Do Decks Need Maintenance?

Any deck, whether made of wood, composites or any material, is bound to start showing some wear and tear over time. Outdoor decks, after all, are exposed day in and day out to the elements: heat, cold, sunshine, rain, sleet, hail and snow. In some climates, decks might have to withstand inches of precipitation and a thirty- or forty-degree temperature shift all within a single day. As building materials expand and contract with temperature changes and absorb or repel moisture while also withstanding the effects of dryness, … Read Full Post »

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Austin is the place to be during the spring months. Flowers are blooming, the sun is out and temperatures are still usually mild. Take advantage of this time of year to make some subtle improvements and to conduct home maintenance so that you can enjoy your home for the rest of the year.

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

For over 60 years, ABC Home & Commercial Services has been making life easier on Texans. Our Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017 provides you with tips and other information to help you take care of your biggest investment.

The 9-page Guide includes:

  • Ten things to do in Austin this Spring
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household Items Locally
  • Advice on How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
  • Spring Gardening Tips
  • 6 Signs You May Need to Repair Your AC
  • Pool Opening Checklist
  • Easy Home Improvement Projects

Download the guide here. Get a preview of … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

How to Get Rid of Weeds Without Killing Grass

It’s spring! The wildflowers are blooming, the warm breezes are calling you out for bike rides and picnics and it’s time to get started on your garden. But when it comes to gardening and lawn care, there’s always one thing you can count on: you’re going to have to deal with weeds. One topic that’s always in season is how to get rid of weeds without killing grass.

While weeds can be annoying, if you make a plan in advance and attack the problem early in the season, you can make less work for yourself overall. Below, we identify some common weeds in the south and what you can do to get rid of them naturally, without harming your lawn or garden plants.

Common Weeds

Many weeds in our gardens spread through airborne seeds or runners and can be difficult to fully eradicate. Some of … Read Full Post »

2017 Zilker Park Events

Zilker Park events

Just as Austin is deep in the heart of Texas, Zilker Park is right in the center of the city’s vibrant and growing downtown area. Overlooking the skyline, Zilker is our own Central Park, with a lush carpet of grass that provides a fun weekend or weekday escape for both two and four-legged Austinites. With Barton Springs, the Austin Nature & Science Center, the Zilker Botanical Garden and the Butler Hike and Bike Trail just a stone’s throw away, Zilker Park offers something to please just about anyone.

2017 Zilker Park Events

The centerpiece of Zilker is the Great Lawn, which also doubles as a venue for some of Austin’s most popular annual events. Here’s what’s in store at our city’s most popular park during 2017.

Fly a Kite at the ABC Kite Festival

March 12, 2017

**The 2017 ABC Kite Fest has been canceled due to inclement weather.**

Can you imagine a better kick-off to … Read Full Post »

Asian Beetle vs. Ladybug: What Are the Differences and Why Does It Matter?

Asian beetle vs ladybug

Ladybugs are often seen as a good luck charm. With their black-spotted backs and bold red color, ladybugs can be hard to miss, even despite their small size. Ladybugs look very similar to Asian beetles, but there is one big difference: Asian beetles bite. For that reason, many people are left to wonder: what are the differences between these two insects?

Asian Beetle vs. Ladybug: How Are They Different?

Asian beetles and ladybugs may look similar, but if you know what to look for, you can distinguish between their physical appearance. These two insects also display different behavior, life cycles and preferred habitats. Most importantly to homeowners, one type can make its way inside your home and cause trouble.

Appearance Matters

The more common of the two types of insects is the ladybug. Ladybugs are native to the United States and have oval, dome-shaped bodies, with six short legs which are hidden under their … Read Full Post »

Spring Lawn Care Tips For A Thriving Outdoor Space

spring lawn care tips

Spring is just around the corner. Many homeowners take this time of year to get your lawn ready for the growing season. We share our best tips for spring lawn preparation and a spring lawn care schedule to help showcase the beauty of your outdoor space.

Spring Lawn Care Tips

The most important part of spring lawn care is to make sure that your lawn has plenty of opportunity to come back to life gently during the early spring months. The sun and soil will do most of the work for you.

For many of the southern states, spring is a time to nurture warm-season grasses like as Zoysia, St. Augustine, centipede and Bermuda, which typically thrive in the heat and go dormant during winter.

Water Wise

Once your grass starts growing, make sure that your lawn gets at least one inch of water per week. Until then, you can water less frequently, … Read Full Post »

How To Dispose Of Household Items In Austin

how to dispose of trash Austin

Austin has been recognized as one of the greenest cities in the United States. According to Travis County, Austin residents recycled almost 900 car batteries and 300 gallons of antifreeze in 2012. Single stream recycling increased by 10% from 2013 to 2014. The city even offers a composting rebate program.

How To Dispose of Household Items in Austin

Though many Austinites are taking advantage of some of the better-known programs and incentives to dispose of waste properly, there are still a few household items that can pose a challenge to even the most informed citizen. If you are wondering about how to dispose of trash, Austin has plenty of options to get rid of common items in an environmentally responsible way. Read our list below to learn more.

What’s considered toxic or hazardous waste?

Before you begin sorting which items to recycle and deciding where to take them, it’s important to know what … Read Full Post »

Where To Donate Household Items In Austin

Where to donate household items Austin

When it comes to decluttering and organizing your living space, there’s no time like the present! January might be Get Organized Month, and “spring cleaning” may be traditionally saved for springtime, but the truth is, any time of year is right for simplifying your life by purging unused and unwanted items from your home. Best of all, your unwanted things could help someone else complete their wardrobe or home furnishings, or even get back on their feet. That’s right—when you donate your used goods to a charitable organization, you’re helping people in need in your community.

So, what’s stopping you? Find out where to donate unwanted items today, and get started on refreshing your living space along with your outlook on life!

Where to Donate Household Items in Austin

Austin has a myriad of places to donated unwanted goods, including Austin clothing donation dropoff spots. All you have to decide is which … Read Full Post »