We will evaluate the following factors in order to customize a successful lawn care program for your lawn and will provide you with a free, written estimate.
Your lawn may be comprised of various grass types which may or may not be compatible.
It is best to evaluate which types are in your lawn in order to provide the best program plan for you.
The thatch layer on 1 out of every 8 lawns analyzed is found to be too thick for healthy growth. Thatch is a layer of un-decomposed or partially decomposed organic matter such as dead roots, stems and leaves situated just above the soil surface. Heavily thatched turf is susceptible to an increase in insect and disease attack, a lack of overall lawn health and reduced tolerance to heat, cold and drought conditions. Verticutting is the process by which thatch is removed from your lawn surface in an effort to give roots room to breathe and grass stands the optimal opportunity to grow.
Thin turf areas due to dense shade may require seeding using shade tolerant seed, pruning or landscape redesign. Drainage issues, turf density and traffic patterns all will be evaluated to determine what needs to be done to create the most healthy, sustainable environment for your lawn. Aeration and seeding customized to your lawn may be the answer.
Successful lawn care must work in combination with proper mowing and watering. Mowing with blades set too low or blades that are dull can cause grass stands to turn brown and can increase susceptibility to disease, weed proliferation and crabgrass growth. Under or over-watering can create environments where weeds thrive, diseases spread and turf becomes sparse and pale.
80% of all turf problems are soil-related. Knowing the soil type of your lawn is critical to your lawn care program. We will perform a field soil analysis to determine the amounts of clay and sand in your soil, as well as the pH level. Using these test results, recommendations can be made for: 1) aeration to reduce compacting associated with heavy clay soils or 2) the introduction of organic matter and/or intensive watering programs during drought conditions to balance heavy sand soils and/or 3) the pH level. Turf grass is most effective when soil pH is at 6.5. Lime is applied per 1000 square feet as required to raise the soil pH level to 6.5 on a scale of 0 to 14. (0 is most acidic and 14 is most alkaline.) Sulfur is applied per square feet as required to lower the soil pH level to 6.5.