Lawn Care 101

When many people think of lawn care, they think of the basics – lawn mowing, watering, fertilizer, and weed control. However, when they endeavor to create the perfect turf, they often find themselves in a never-ending struggle that more often results in frustration and a waste of money rather than a beautiful and healthy lawn. If you are one of these people, there is hope for you yet. Professional lawn care is the best way to go. Worried about the costs associated with hiring someone to care for your lawn? Here are some reasons why you will find allowing the experts will not only save you money, but will also save you from years of stress and frustration. Professional lawn care is the practice of creating the perfect lawn; that is, a lawn that is well-fed, hydrated, and weed-free. Fertilizer, lawn seed, and weed control products can be bought in several stores, but these products are often wrong for your needs or are used incorrectly. Let us start with weed control. Many lawn care companies take great care to select the right kind of weed preventative. They are experts on what kind of weeds are indigenous to your area and will select the best weed control to combat those specific weeds. Professional lawn care specialists also know how to properly apply the solution. Some weeds need to be spot treated, while other weeds need a blanket covering. This is an especially important consideration if you have ever tried to treat weeds yourself. Some people make the mistake of spraying weed control and allowing that specific solution to get on the nearby grass which is perfectly healthy. In a day or two you may find that the weed is indeed dead, but so is the grass that was also sprayed. Skilled turf maintenance associates will be able to treat those weeds without compromising your lawn. Fertilizer is another important part of lawn care. How often do you test your soil’s pH level? Do you know what levels are healthy and which are not? If you do know the level, how will you know how much fertilizer should be applied and what kinds? Unless you have a lot of time on your hands and are really committed to spending your precious free time looking into the acidity levels of your soil, you will probably want to hand off this task to the professionals. The soil is the basis for your lawn, so it is important to understand what is going on inside that soil. Lawn care professionals can take samples of the soil and send them off to be tested. When the results are returned, the lawn care technicians will be able to prescribe the perfect fertilization regimen that will best work for your lawn’s needs. Then there are the real basics – mowing and watering. Lawn care specialists may offer grass cutting as part of their services. If they do not, they can still help you determine how to properly mow your grass. They can offer advice on the best times to mow, how often, how to maintain your lawn mower, and other issues relating to proper mowing techniques. Lawn care experts can also help you figure out the perfect watering schedule in conjunction with your mowing habits. Believe it or not, there is a best time of day for watering and doing so at the wrong time or doing it too infrequently can have serious consequences for your turf. Since your lawn care company will be caring for your turf’s most basic needs, they will be able to give you expert advice on your specific lawn, not a one-size-fits-all account you may find from trying to research this information yourself. When using lawn care products, if you use the wrong ones or use them incorrectly, it can end up costing you more than if you just put your lawn care needs into the learned hands of your local lawn care professionals.

January 7, 2018

From One Lawn to Another

Your lawn is an important part of your property, which is why you want to do everything you possibly can to ensure its health and appearance are maintained at all times. We have some additional tips about mowing your lawn, a task that is sometimes viewed as something that does not require a lot of thought, that will help your grass grow steadily and exude health. Let us take a look at some ways you can make sure your mowing habits are not hurting your lawn. The time of day is a very important consideration in order to mow your lawn successfully. It may be tempting to rise early and get your lawn mown before the heat of the day rises to an unbearable degree. Sure, you might be completing this task and be able to go about the rest of your day, but your lawn will suffer. Mowing your grass in the early part of the day makes it vulnerable to sun scorch. Cutting the grass is actually quite traumatic for the plant because you are exposing the bottom of the grass blade to sunlight. When the grass is higher, the base of the blade is drying sunlight, meaning it is easier for it to retain moisture and stay cool. Cutting the grass too low and in the morning or early afternoon will expose this vulnerable part of the plant and make it harder to stay hydrated, which will cause the grass to become weak and dry. You should make it a goal to only mow your lawn after the hottest part of the day has passed. This way both you and your lawn will not be exposed to the harmful effects of direct sunlight and heat. One aspect of mowing that you will often hear differing opinions on is what to do with the clippings. Some people do not like the appearance of clippings on the ground, and truthfully it does make your lawn look a bit less kempt if the clippings are in clumps. However, leaving grass clippings on your lawn is highly beneficial. The idea is to keep a continuous circle of life when it comes to your lawn. As your grass grows, you can cut the blades down and leave them on top of your lawn where they will break down and deliver nutrients back into the soil, giving your grass the food it needs to grow in a healthy manner. If you keep your mower set on high while you cut, there should not be huge clumps of clippings that will mar the appearance of your lawn. If there are too many clumps for you, use a rake to break up the clumps and spread the clippings evenly over the grass. Another benefit to using a higher setting on your lawn mower is that it allows your grass to retain moisture, which means it will require less watering to maintain its vigor and brightness in color. Remember that mowing your lawn is a very traumatic experience for your grass if not performed properly. So by keeping your mower setting on high and not cutting the blade down close to the root, you are helping the lawn become stronger. A sturdy lawn means the roots are able to fight off weeds, which battle with your grass for moisture and food. the turf has an opportunity to grow to its best ability, making your property look well-kept and beautiful throughout the season.

December 8, 2017

A+ Lawn Care

Mowing your lawn may seem like one of the most mundane and mindless chores you have to perform as a homeowner. When the grass starts getting too high, you drag out the lawn mower, power it up, and chop away at your unkempt lawn, probably thinking that is all that needs to be done. However, in performing this task so mindlessly, you may not be aware that you could actually be doing a lot of harm to your lawn. Turns out there are a lot of things to know, including what time of the day is best for mowing, what the settings on your mower should be, and how often to mow. Read this two-part blog to learn how to mow for success! First and foremost, we need to make sure your lawn mower is functioning properly and has the correct settings. It is vital to keep your machine in good working order so it performs as well as it can. If you are not sure how to go about this, check online to see if you can find lawn mower maintenance/repair businesses. Not only is maintaining your lawn mower good for the machine itself, but it is also beneficial to your lawn, especially when considering the sharpness of the mower blades. If you think about when you have tried to cut something with a dull pair of scissors, you probably remember that the cut was not very precise. It may have even been more difficult to cut through the material. If you continued to use the dull scissors, you were probably left with an uneven piece that may have even been ruined because of the bad shape of the scissors. The same idea applies to grass. When you mow your lawn, you want to make sure the blades are able to make a sharp, precise cut. Having dull blades will actually tug the blade, creating trauma to the plant. Once you are sure your mower is ready for takeoff, check the settings. Many people will be tempted to set the mower so it cuts the grass very low. This is a bad idea. The false belief is that by cutting the grass short, you will extend the amount of time between mows. Taking the grass blade down to almost nothing in all actuality will cause the grass to grow faster because the grass has to work harder and faster to bring sustenance to the roots by turning sunlight into sugar (also known as photosynthesis). The other downside of causing the grass to work harder is that it will weaken the grass. So instead of having a strong, durable, healthy lawn, you will be creating a weak, brittle, and discolored plant. By making sure your lawn mower is set to “high,” you will be able to attain a beautifully fresh-cut lawn that won’t require an immediate mowing due to rapid growth. Mowing should take place once a week, ideally; however lawn care experts recommend bi-weekly mows if your lawn has an abundance of weeds. These are the first steps to ensuring a positive and healthy mowing experience for your lawn. Check back to read more about the best time of day to mow, as well as what to do with the clippings.

November 8, 2017