Lawn care

Aeration And Slit Seeding Difference

After the long summer and/or drought conditions, our lawns can be seriously stressed and needs to breathe fresh air. If you want your lawn to refresh and become healthy again, consider the aeration and slit seeding.

What is Aeration?

Over time, due to heavy foot traffic or age, your soil will become compacted and compressed that will make it difficult for the lawn to flourish. This makes it difficult for the nutrients, water, and air to reach the roots of your grass. Because of this, the grass weakens, and you’ll start to see the weeds growing all over your lawn. It also makes them vulnerable to different diseases.

With aeration, you can help your lawn to thrive again. Aeration allows the air and water to access again the roots of your grass by piercing and breaking up the soil.

Using this technique, it allows the roots to grow deeply. In turn, it will produce a stronger and healthier lawn. Keep in mind that you need to use a machine designed for this task.

Some people are uncertain to use aerating because the soil plugs that were removed by the machine may look unsightly making the lawn unaesthetic or ugly.

However, this is temporary only and should not discourage you from using it. In fact, it dissolves and breaks down quickly making it beneficial for your turf.

If your lawn ground is too dense and compacted or there’s a quite number of thin grass, then late spring is the best for aerating since the weeds have already established but before they started to bare flowers.

What is Slit Seeding?

Slit seeding is a process of planting seeds of grass that mix the dethatching with seeding. To do this, you need a machine called “slice seeder” that has a row of blades which puncture the soil then slit it.

Using this approach will open up the roots and the dead grass of your lawn. Then the row of blades will create an opening for the seeds. It will make the seeds secure and contact with the soil making it a superior way of spreading the seeds to your lawn.

Conclusion

Both ways are beneficial. However, choosing the method for reseeding your turf depends on your lawn. It is best to speak to professional people so you can get the necessary information that you need. In case you have any questions, you can write us a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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Prevent Mushrooms on the Lawn

No one likes to see mushrooms growing on their well-maintained lawn. It can be very frustrating for homeowners looking to keep their yard beautiful and lush. Luckily, there are various ways to get rid of mushrooms and keep them from coming back.

Although mushrooms on the lawn are not harmful, as they can assist in the breakdown of organic matter, but unsightly mushrooms can be highly poisonous. Protecting children and pets from these poisonous mushrooms is very important.

Consider using a nitrogen fertilizer or soap and water mix to kill mushrooms on the lawn. Also, regularly monitor your lawn if there is the appearance of caps and remove them from the ground. After effectively eliminating mushrooms from the surface, the next important thing to do is to prevent them from coming back.

IMPROVE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM

An effective way of discouraging the growth of lawn mushrooms is by improving the drainage system. Top-dress or aerate the lawn with the help of organic matter to adjust the soil drainage.

DO NOT OVERWATER

Excessive irrigation encourages the mushrooms to sprout. Limit watering with 1 inch of water weekly. Although more water is needed in the case of newly sodded lawns, monitor the appearance of mushrooms.watering new sod grass

REDUCE ORGANIC WASTE

Compost piles with organic matter are perfect features for both garden and lawn. On the other hand, to prevent mushrooms from coming back, reduce the organic waste around your lawn by performing a weekly cleaning. Its also important to replace the rotting mulch and remove the decaying debris.

IMPROVE AIR AND LIGHT

A damp and shady lawn promotes mushroom growth. To allow more sunlight, increase the air circulation, and trim down the shrubs or trees to prevent shady, moist areas.

CLEAN UP PET WASTE

Pet waste can provide a food source for mushrooms. Make sure that pet waste is correctly removed from the area to discourage the mushrooms from growing.

REMOVE THATCH

Be sure to remove thick thatch. This is because excess decaying thatch can be another food source for mushrooms. Begin to remove them if they already measure more a half inch thick.

AVOID USING FUNGICIDES

Commercial fungicides do not eliminate lawn mushrooms. Mushrooms cover a large area and could hide, so these fungicides will not affect the mushrooms. Instead, pick them from the ground and dispose of properly.

With the help of the above pointers, you will not end up frustrated with mushrooms, and you will be able to see an amazing and healthy lawn.

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First Spring Lawn Mowing

mowing-grass-coppell-texasWhen your lawn snaps out of it dormancy, it will be quick to start growing and will need of some tender loving care. If you fertilized your lawn properly in the fall, then it will start growing as soon as the temperature hits around 65 degrees in the spring. Aside from getting a good soaking from spring rains, you lawn needs a little more fertilizers and a good first spring lawn mowing.

What, When and How?

Lawn mowing is not exactly a science and it is not exactly an art form. So what is it?  Mowing the lawn in spring isn’t just about waiting until a specific length or time frame. It does requires monitoring the length of grass and waiting for it to reach the right height. To avoid injuring grass by cutting when it’s too short, which can lead to lawn disease. Following these steps can help you mow your grass at the appropriate time.

What time of the year to start mowing?

Starting in spring  around March to start your lawn mowing with a high cut on preferably dry grass if possible.

When to Mow your Lawn?

When your grass blades reaches a height of 3 to 3.5 inches.

How Often?

As temperature and growth increases frequency will increase with 2 weeks then 10 days then perhaps down to weekly mowing.

To maintain a lush, green and healthy lawn takes a little bit of work. Keeping your lawn irrigated and fed is always a priority, but some times you have to sew in additional seed and remove weeds. Following up with a fertilization schedule will keep you lawn thriving in extreme heat and severe cold.  Hopefully this tips will help you with your lawns green growth.

How to Fertilize Your Yard

 

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Lawn care is not rocket science and these 5 easy ways to save on lawn care will keep your lawn looking fabulous year round.  Aside from mowing your lawn more often with a little taller blade because the longer blades will absorb more sunlight to sustain proper photosynthesis.  Photosynthesis is the process plants use to gain nutrient and sustain life.

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Water Wisely

Healthy lawns needs about 1 inch of water per week in the growing season. A light daily watering will not promote a deep root system. To establish deep roots, water thoroughly once a week, using a 1-inch deep. Early in the morning is ideal, say before 8 a.m., when evaporation is low and water is absorbed into the soil.  Don’t be afraid to let grass turn brown during dry spells. Most species can easily go a month without water. When the grass goes from tan-brown to straw-colored, hence the grass needs to be watered..

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This will improve your soil and eliminate pests and diseases, which means less money spent on fertilizer and water. Apply a quarter-inch of top-dressing compost once or twice a year, including right after your lawn has greened up. Going over the lawn with an aerator first will help mix the organic matter into the soil.

Use Grass Clippings for Mulch

Your grass clippings are a free source of slow-release fertilizer, so let the mower discharge the clippings back onto your grass rather than bagging them. This can cut fertilizer costs by up to 30 percent. The only time to bag clippings is when your lawn is having a disease breakout, often signaled by irregular brown patches or rings in the lawn.

Low Maintenance Grass

Slow-growth, drought-resistant grass species save water, fertilizer, and time. Your local cooperative extension can help you find species that are right for your climate, soil, and lifestyle. Tall fescue is a low-maintenance alternative in the Northeast that can withstand heavy foot traffic, good for homes with active kids. Zoysia and seashore paspalum are easygoing newcomers in the South, while buffalo grass is popular west of the Mississippi.

Maintain Your Mower

Sharp blades cut cleaner and faster, and along with basic engine maintenance can reduce fuel costs by up to 25 percent. Dull blades also stress grass, making it more susceptible to disease. For best results, sharpen and balance the blade three times during the growing season.

These basic tips should not take too much effort and your lawn with look green and stay healthy.

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How to Fix a Patchy Lawn

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Even the healthiest lawn gets hungry and needs a solid meal. Twice a year, spring and fall, is the bare minimum most experts recommend for fertilization, though some add a feeding in the middle of the summer. But beware the common N-P-K (nitrogen-phosphate-potassium) fertilizers popular with most gardeners, says Gary; they don’t provide everything your hungry grass needs. Instead, he recommends a complete fertilizer that includes micronutrients such as sulfur, copper and iron. “Just like you take a multivitamin, your grass needs one too,” says Gary. In addition to regular fertilizing, he recommends an application of dolomitic lime every few years. This is because watering and fertilizing cause soil to become acidic over time and lime restores the pH while putting important minerals like calcium and magnesium back into the soil. In some Western areas, soils are naturally alkaline and may not have this problem, so it’s best to test your soil’s pH first.

Weeds, Go Away

No doubt about it, crabgrass is the bane of every lawn gardener’s existence. But that doesn’t mean herbicides are essential to a healthy lawn; in fact, many experts avoid them. The true secret to banishing weeds, they say, is to grow such healthy grass that it chokes out the invaders naturally. Mowing regularly helps too, because it tops off weeds like dandelions and crabgrass before they have a chance to scatter their seeds. When you do find yourself compelled to do battle against a path of weeds, Paul recommends using one of the new “natural” herbicides that derive their potency from corn gluten, salts from fatty acids or other non chemical sources.

Air Supply

When grass gets too compacted, nutrients can’t penetrate to the root system where they’re most needed. That’s where aeration — poking holes in your lawn to improve oxygen circulation — comes in. Most people aerate with a simple tool that looks like two hollow tubes attached to the end of a long handle. Of course, you can also just waltz around your lawn in spiked sports shoes — that works fairly well too.

How To Find The Best Lawn Care Professional For You?

So what is the best process for going about finding and vetting the best pro to work with.

Starting with a Google search can be overwhelming, as you will get back many many options, and how do you know which ones are good, or even the companies that will want your business.  If you are in need of basic lawn mowing, odds are the companies that pop up on a the first couple pages of a Google search will be larger companies more focuses on commercial projects, and they will not be interested in your basic lawn care.

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