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When is the Right Time to Aerate and Overseed My Lawn?

When is the Right Time to Aerate and Overseed My Lawn?

Aerating and overseeing a lawn is very well accepted by even the most novice of homeowners as the most effective and essential Maintenance item you can do for Lawn health. There are however several conflicting misconceptions on timing of these tasks. Traditional wisdom may dictate that these services would be beneficial anytime of the year, with the exception of snow season. We can confidently tell you that Aerating and Seeding your Lawn at the wrong time will waste money and could work against you. Give Your Lawn A New Start This Fall. Fall Lawn Decon Returns This October.How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.How to Find Out if You Have Yellow Nutsedge in Your Lawn, and Get Rid of it.It’s Time to Stage an Intervention With Your Lawn. Rehab in as Little as 4 Treatments. Aeration Aerating a lawn pulls small core from the turf and deposits them on the top grass layer. These holes allow for improved water and oxygen penetration, and loosen the underlying soil layer. It is done in conjunction with drop seeding to allow seeds to fall into the newly formed holes and incorporate into the ground as it settles back level. The most popular, and proven, time to perform aeration with seeding if very late Summer into early fall. The ground has been warmed all Summer, but it is at the point of cooling down to a moderate and effective level for seed germination. This allows for sufficient time for more hardy varieties to establish before Winter. In the same manner that Aeration cores allow this seed to be easily placed and...
Red, White, Blue… and Green. The History of Landscaping in America.

Red, White, Blue… and Green. The History of Landscaping in America.

We celebrate the independence of the greatest country on earth this week. One freedom we may take for granted is the autonomy we have for the layout and decoration of our properties. During initial times of settlements, our lots would have been functional agricultural plots for family sustenance and community trading. As we moved away from reliance on agriculture, our farm plots were blank slates for landscaping pioneers, such as Thomas Jefferson. ” A beautifully landscaped country for the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth”– Unknown The Forefathers of American Landscaping Reference: Thomas Jefferson Landscape Architect by Nichols and Griswold Thomas Jefferson Known as the original father of Landscape architecture in America, he helped the profession grow into a highly sought after trade during Colonial times. He was known for using masonry as his base or building block to landscape design. He was also known however to never restrict himself to one style or practice and for incorporating unique worldly designs and cultivars. His affinity for landscaping could be noted by his timeline for building Monticello, as he was structuring, propagating, and planting designs on its land 2 years before even beginning construction. He even wrote a guide called “Garden Book” to share his ideas on things like grafting cherry trees and more. Source: https://scodpub.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/thomas-jeffersons-landscape-architecture/ Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. – Photo courtesy of OlmstedMD.org The McMillan Plan Even though the location of our nation’s Capitol was established by George Washington in 1791, substantial landscape planning hadn’t been established until 1910. Republican Senator James McMillan from Michigan headed a commission consisting of several well-known...
The Return of The Summer Fungus Season Approaches.  Learn What to Look For, How to Prevent it, and how to Treat it After Emergence.

The Return of The Summer Fungus Season Approaches. Learn What to Look For, How to Prevent it, and how to Treat it After Emergence.

With the Summer heat comes opportunity for famous weeds such as Crabgrass and Nutdsedge. But little talked about are the fungal diseases that can erupt and destroy all of Spring’s efforts at a lush lawn. These diseases are many times confused with other issues, mainly drought, and often go untamed. Learning some of the most common Summer fungus diseases can help you have a leg up during one of the most stressful seasons for your lawn. TrendingGive Your Lawn A New Start This Fall. Fall Lawn Decon Returns This October. Summer Patch Appears as yellow-colored circular patched about 2-20 inches in diameter. Summer patch can also appear as crescent patterns or rings. Up close black fungal threads can be seen at the roots. Summer patch is caused by hot days, above 85 degrees F, and wet conditions. Symptoms appear in late Summer, and persist on poorly drained compacted soils. Low mowing height and high soil pH levels also favor the development of this disease. Aerating to reduce soil compaction, planting shade trees and plants & adjusting soil pH below 6.5 can help alleviate the symptoms of Summer Patch. Related Read:https://greenteamct.com/2019/01/08/fungal-diseases-that-can-damage-your-lawn-during-after-winter/ Brown Patch Another disease that is closely related to close mowing heights and hot temperatures.  It appears as circular patches up to several feet across, that fade to light brown in color.  Gray smoke rings may be observed in the early morning, along with tan lesions on leaf blades.  High Nitrogen Levels increase its severity, as well as prolonged rainy weather.  Aerating compacted soil to aid in drainage, improving circulation, and decreasing Nitrogen use can aid in correcting this...
7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

You’ve decided this is the year to go au naturel—with your lawn care! It’ll take a little work and patience, but you can ditch the chemicals and still have healthy, green grass. Here are seven organic lawn care tips from the pros to help you make the switch this spring. 1 / 7 Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Know Your Soil This spring, have your yard’s soil tested by a local extension service, often affiliated with a state university, or a commercial soil testing service. Search “soil testing” for option near you. The test results will help you determine your soil’s pH level, the right seed for your lawn and will also help you deal with weeds. Weeds are indicators of soil conditions, according to Organic Plant Care, LLC, a full-service lawn care company in New Jersey. “Correct soil conditions and the weeds often disappear.” kurhan/Shutterstock Only Mow When Necessary When it comes to mowing, make sure your lawnmower’s blade is sharp. Next, Natural Lawn of America, a leader in organic lawn care, says you should only mow when needed. That’s because once the weather heats up, your grass may go dormant and require little to no mowing at all. When you do mow, don’t cut it too short and mow during the cooler hours, later in the day. 3 / 7 Petrychenko Anton/Shutterstock Be Smart About Watering A big part of organic lawn care includes doing the right thing at the right time, and that includes watering. Briggs and Stratton, maker of power lawn tools, notes you should only water early in the day, preferably before 9 a.m. Start with a target of just 1 inch...
Announcing the Return of Lawn Life Support.  Complete Lawn Care Plans, One Flat Rate.

Announcing the Return of Lawn Life Support. Complete Lawn Care Plans, One Flat Rate.

We are now re-introducing our Complete Lawn Care Maintenance Plan Called “Lawn Life Support“.  It’s comparable to a comprehensive healthcare plan, for your yard. With a busy work, life, and family schedule; Lawn Care is sometimes overlooked and difficult to prioritize.  We have developed a Full Service to obtain a perfect Green Lawn, without the hassle of worrying about each task separately. This Lawn Care Contract is Priced to save you time, money, and worry.  Priced at just a few dollars more than normal Lawn Treatment costs, in convenient, equal monthly installments.  Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter Email Address Subscribe Lawn Triage If starting Lawn Life Support in early Spring, your lawn will benefit from a full spectrum soil anlysis.  We will send your soil samples to UCONN for a detailed nutrient and composition report.  With this we will custom tailor your lawn’s care plan from Spring to Fall and send you the full report. Fertilization & Weed Control 4 Step Fertilizer Program at 2-3 month intervals.  Early Spring Fertilizer with Crabgrass control, Late Spring Weed & Feed, Summer Lawn Food, and Fall Fertilizer with “Winterguard”. Round Up selective Weed Control sprayed as needed for spot control.  Garden and Shrub beds hand Weeded, Preen application for maintenance. Fall Aeration & Overseeding Keeping your turf replenished with regular application of new seed maintains a thicker, denser lawn, and chokes out weeds.  Aeration pulls plugs from the turf, allowing the soil to maintain natural air pockets for optimal root growth and drainage. Spring and Fall Services as needed. Spring Dethatching Removes dead layer of organic material, including old grass and weeds. ...