Lawn Fertiziling ProgramsSimply Green services
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Turfgrass pulls lots of elements from the soil that it uses for new new growth. Over time, some of these elements become depleted from the soil and the turfgrass begins to thin out. Weeds suddenly become a problem, perhaps in areas where you never noticed them before. This is part of the natural progression. Maintaining a thick healthy lawn that provides a natural backdrop for your landscape requires a little help.
Early Spring Application - Pre-Emergent crabgrass control and early spring fertilizer
Late Spring Application - Pre-Emergent crabgrass control, Late spring fertilizer and broadleaf weed control
Early Summer Application - Non-Burning, slow release fertilizer, broadleaf weed control, fungus/disease control prevention as needed
Summer Application - Non-Burning, slow release fertilizer, broadleaf weed control
Early Fall Application - Early fall fertilizer and broadleaf weed control
Late Fall Application - Winterizer / late fall fertilizer and broadleaf weed control
Anytime Lime Application - High calcium pelletized limestone for moss control and soil ph.
Anytime Gypsum Application - Pelletized gypsum soil conditioner
Lawn Care Tips - Mowing
Mowing is the most basic practice for maintaining lawn turf. Mowing performed at the correct height and frequency is essential to the health and density of the stand. Removing leaf tips induces plants to form new sprouts, increasing stand density. Mowing can affect water quality, also. A healthy stand can withstand more pest pressure and needs fewer pest control inputs. The denser turf cover also helps prevent soil erosion.
Height of Cut
Turfgrasses are well adapted to frequent mowing, but mowing too short will reduce the vigor of the plants by reducing their ability to manufacture food. Also, there is a direct relationship between cutting height and the amount of roots a grass plant can maintain. Lowering the mowing height reduces the root system. This restricts the ability of the plant to absorb water and nutrients. In recent years, recommendations for mowing height have steadily increased for home lawns. Earlier recommendations for a cutting height of 1.5 inches were common. Current standards suggest between 2 and 3.75 inches. Higher cut lawn grasses are more stress tolerant. This is especially important during the summer heat period. Taller grass plants with higher density have a profound shading effect on the soil surface, which reduces germination of weed seeds, particularly crabgrass. This is an excellent way to reduce herbicide use, especially where the lawn is properly fertilized and watered to maintain vigor.
A general rule of thumb is not to remove more than one-third of the total leaf surface when mowing your lawn. This may require mowing every four to five days during rapid growth in the spring. Higher cutting heights allow more time between mowing cycles. This is desirable during periods of rapid growth. Removing more than one-third of total leaf surface can severely injure the grass plant by decreasing its ability to support its underground portions.