Why Fertilization is Important

When you stroll through your neighborhood, you and definitely look better than yours. You rack your brain over what might be missing from your lawn care regimen. You mow regularly and at the appropriate height and time of day. You water your lawn just enough to give it a healthy drink rather than drowning it unnecessarily. You even pull weeds when they sprout up. So what gives? Why does their lawn look like it has been imported from the Emerald Isle and yours looks like…well, bad? The answer is easy – fertilization. Fertilizer is important to all lawns because they all need to be fed, just like any other living organism. You may assume that grass gets what it needs without any human interaction, and on some level it does. However, if left on its own, it also has to combat with other plants which may have a stronger pull when it comes to sucking the nutrients out of the soil. There is also the possibility that the soil is just spent and does not have any more to offer. That is where fertilization comes in! So why is adding fertilization treatments to your lawn care regimen important? Fertilizer supplies the sustenance your lawn needs during the peak growing season. Just like a growing child, the more food you give it, the more it can use that energy to grow strong and durable. This durability is very important. A lawn that is properly fertilized will become resistant to a number of things, such as weeds, pest infestations, and disease. Weeds can be highly detrimental to your lawn, as they steal the moisture that should be intended for the grass’ root system. Pest infestations, such as grubs, can also be devastating. Unwanted pests will use your lawn’s root system for food. While it will not be obvious at first, the depletion of the root system will prohibit the grass blades from taking in moisture, oxygen, and food. Eventually the lawn will turn brown and the blades themselves will become brittle. The lawn will also become vulnerable to diseases. Grass that has been strengthened by fertilizer has a better chance of staving off destructive pests and diseases as well. Fertilizer also helps grass stay resilient to traffic. Especially during the summer months, the grass becomes the playground for your entire family. Months of summer picnics, birthday parties, cookouts, etc. can have an adverse effect on your lawn. If you have pets, you may notice they tend to have their favorite places to go in the yard and will unwittingly create their own trail. Fertilized grass helps the lawn bounce back after these activities because it is full of life and healthy. These are just a few reasons why fertilizer is an absolute must when it comes to revitalizing your lawn care regimen. While you can try to figure out how to fertilize your own lawn, it should be handled by educated and experienced lawn care specialists. Your local lawn care companies will have a better understanding of what your lawn specifically needs, how much, and when. Too much fertilizer can be bad for your lawn, and fertilizing at the wrong times is just a waste of money. Call your local lawn care company today to learn more about the benefits of fertilization.

March 6, 2018

Lawn Care and Mowing Performance

It cannot be stressed enough that your lawn mower may be one of the most important pieces of equipment you have contributing to the health and appearance of your lawn. Sure, fertilizer, watering, and weed control is important, but how your grass is cut and the status of the machine you use to undertake that task is also equally important. Here are some tips to make sure your lawn mower is performing as well as it possibly can, and also that you know how to properly maintain the machine itself. First thing is first – make sure the lawn mower you have is not a cheaply put together machine. It does not have to be the most expensive mower out there, but you want to make sure you are not getting something that will have problems or might break often. Once you have chosen the right mower for your needs, become familiar with it. Just like an automobile, you need to survey and become acclimated with the owner’s manual so that if anything goes wrong, you can quickly identify the problem and know how to fix it. At the beginning of every season (assuming you will not be mowing as much during the winter months), you will want to create a check list that includes checking the oil, spark plugs, and air filter. Again, the owner’s manual will be a great help in checking these areas so you know what to look for and what signs may be present letting you know there is something wrong. The oil should be a light color and should be free of any debris. If the oil is dark or contaminated, it should be drained and replaced. If the spark plug needs replaced, this is an easy fix. New spark plugs are inexpensive and can be easily switched out without taking up a lot of your time. Lawn mower maintenance experts recommend replacing the spark plugs annually. The air filter should be relatively clean. Just like the air filters in our cars and furnaces, a dirty air filter can lead to low performance. The filter should be replaced each year to make sure the mower runs well. There are some aspects of lawn mower maintenance that should be left to the professionals. Scheduling a tune up at the beginning of mowing season would be a good idea. They can check all the items listed above, but will also be able to make sure everything is in place and functioning properly by performing diagnostic tests. They will also be able to sharpen your mower blades to guarantee the mower will perform a healthy mow. Dull mower blades are bad for your grass because they rip and tug at the blade instead of slicing it, causing unnecessary trauma to your lawn. It is not unheard of to sharpen your own mower blades, but it is recommended to leave this specific task to the professionals. It may seem like a no-brainer, but clearing the caked grass and lawn debris from underneath the lawn mower is also an important part of your maintenance routine. It is imperative that you make sure you disconnect the spark plug before attempting to clean the undercarriage. You do not want the mower to suddenly and unexpectedly start up while you have your hands in there. Once you have disconnected the spark plugs, use a wire brush to clear any debris. Finally, at the end of mowing season, perform a quick check on everything listed above before putting your machine away. You should drain the gasoline, leaving the tank empty during the off season and use fresh gasoline in the spring.

February 4, 2018

Lawn Care 101

When many people think of lawn care, they think of the basics – weed prevention. 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 at many locations, but these products are often wrong for your needs or are used incorrectly. Let us begin with weed preventative. 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. A lawn care company 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 – cutting and hydrating the lawn. Lawn care specialists may offer mowing 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 ideal 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 determine the best times to water your lawn 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 lawn. 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 turf care needs into the learned hands of your local lawn care professionals.

January 5, 2018