Power core aeration is one of
the most important cultural practices available for your lawn.
Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create
growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer
to get into the root zone of your lawn.
Annual or semi-annual aeration is advised for all lawns on heavy clay
soils, those with a moderate thatch build-up, and any lawn that needs to
be "thickened up".
Aerating removes thousands of
small cores of soil 1" to 3" in length from your lawn. These cores "melt" back into the lawn after a few rainfalls,
mixing with whatever thatch exists on your lawn. The holes created by aeration catch fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken
in the process. Aeration
holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and
water move more freely into the root zone.
Aeration Can Help Avoid Costly Lawn Renovation
Thatch on your lawn works like a
thatched roof. This layer
of roots, stems, and other plant parts sheds water and prevents
fertilizers and insect controls from moving freely into the soil. Thatch that is too heavy can require major lawn renovation.
Regular aeration helps thatch break down naturally by mixing the soil
cores into the thatch and speeding up decomposition. Performed once or twice per year, aeration significantly reduces
thatch and improves turf growth.
Of all lawn-damaging pests, fungus diseases are some of the most difficult to tame. There are hundreds of diseases that can infect your turf. Some are relatively harmless, while others can destroy an entire lawn in a very short time.
DISEASE TRAVELS BY FOOT, WATER & AIR
Fungus spores spread in the wheels of lawn mowers, on the shoes of children, on the droplets of water that bounce from plant to plant during rainfall or watering, or by wind. Every lawn has disease organisms. The trick is not letting them get the upper hand.
PREVENTION IS THE BEST CURE
To reduce disease, keep your lawn healthy and growing with proper feeding, mowing, watering and thatch control measures. Some grass types are much less susceptible to fungus attack. Consider planting disease-resistant varieties when you seed.
WITH TREATMENT, CONTROL IS THE GOAL
Disease treatments do not usually eliminate the disease from lawns. Instead, they suppress activity for a period of a few days to several weeks. The goal is to keep the disease in check long enough for your grass to recover or the weather conditions to change. Often, several treatments are needed.
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There are several types of white grubs that feed on the roots of lawn grasses. All of them can cause severe damage if left untreated.
OUT OF SIGHT... OUT OF MIND
Grubs live and feed in the soil. It's easy to miss them as they gradually cut the roots out from under your lawn until brown patches begin to appear and the grubs are finally discovered.
Pull back the turf if you suspect grubs. If the lawn pulls up easily (like new sod), you may find white grubs in the top inch or so of the soil.
SPRING AND FALL FEEDERS
Grubs are the larval (or worm)
state of many types of beetles. The beetles lay their eggs in your lawn, and the newly hatched worms work their way through the thatch and into the soil, where they feed on roots of grass plants. Most beetles lay their eggs mid to late summer, and the young grubs do their greatest damage during the fall months.
As the weather cools, most grubs burrow deeper into the soil for the winter. They then return to the surface to feed again as the soil warms in the spring. After this spring feeding, the grubs pupate into adult beetles and begin the cycle again.
Grubs don't disappear on their own. They should be treated before damage begins to appear, or as soon as they are discovered. When discovered early enough in the year, a preventive treatment can be applied. When damage appears in the fall, a fast- acting curative treatment is needed.
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We can make your lawn look new again.
Your renovated lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood.
A beautiful lawn is not only a valuable asset, but also a wonderful place to spend time with family and friends.
Your lawn is one of the first things people notice when they arrive at your home. But lawns often have a tendency to deteriorate over time. This can happen for a variety of reasons including the use of weak grass varieties; invasion by weeds, diseases or insects; poor soil conditions; thatch buildup; compaction or combination of any or all of these factors.
Through renovation we can replace the worn out grass in your lawn with a new stand of dense, healthy turf. By seeding improved grass varieties into what is already there, your property is improved without the inconvenience and expense of creating a whole new lawn.
Here’s how it works.
First…we may need to apply a non-selective herbicide to your lawn to eliminate the undesirable grasses and weeds. The product we use has no residual soil activity and will not leach into any areas adjacent to your lawn. In some situations, this application is not necessary and the actual seeding process can begin right away. Either way, we’ll be sure to let you know exactly what we’re going to do before we begin. And of course we’ll tell you about how long the renovation process will take.
If the pH of your soil is too low or too high, we may apply sulfur of limestone to help correct the situation. This will allow the new grass plants to better utilize the nutrients provided by fertilizer and also those that exist naturally in the soil.
Next… we’ll use a piece of equipment specifically designed for renovating lawns to slice the soil and establish a seedbed. This process allows the seed to make direct contact with the soils so proper germination can occur.
Selecting the seed is an important part of the lawn renovation process and you can rest assured we’ll do the job right.
To encourage germination and insure a healthy start for the seeding turf, we’ll apply what is known as a “starter” fertilizer. This type of fertilizer is formulated specifically for newly seeded areas and contains just the right balance of nutrients for your grass plants.
Then… it will be time for the most important step of all. Water. Your lawn renovation will be successful only if the area is properly and consistently watered for two to three weeks following seeding. Don’t worry, we’ll provide complete instruction and follow up periodically to make sure your new lawn is developing as it should.
Finally…it’s just a matter of watching the grass plants emerge and the new lawn take shape. You will see continuous development and improvement over a period of about four to five months. And once the lawn is established, it is very important to maintain it correctly. Proper mowing and fertilization, along with weed and insect control, are vital. We would be happy t o discuss those services with you.
Consider the advantages of renovating.
Reasonable cost. Renovation tends to be the most cost effective way of establishing a new lawn. It offers numerous advantages over completely stripping away the existing grass and starting from scratch. The exact cost for renovating your lawn depends on its size and condition. Prior to beginning any work, we will provide a comprehensive explanation of our services accompanied by a price quote.
Less disruption. Because soil is not turned over during the renovation process, rocks and other debris are not brought to the surface. Weed seeds that may exist in the soil also remain pretty much undisturbed. Another big advantage is the fact that the existing grass plants protect the new seed. This means the newly renovated lawn can tolerate light foot traffic right from the beginning.
A great lawn is your reward.
Renovation is a simple way of transforming an unattractive landscape into something spectacular. By eliminating weeds and undesirable grasses, while introducing quality seed varieties, this cost-effective procedure provides a thick, green lawn. With proper care and maintenance, it is a lawn that will be a source of pride for many years to come.
Let’s get started.
Give us a call right now. We’ll come out and look at your property and get back to you promptly with our recommendations.