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Core Aeration. Why It Is What Your Lawn Has Been Missing.

Core Aeration. Why It Is What Your Lawn Has Been Missing.

Aerate Your Lawn in Fall For The Greenest Results Compaction can be caused by a number of things—excessive traffic, hard rainfalls, rainfalls that cause flooding and/or standing water (forcing all the oxygen out of the soil,) by sodium in your city water, or just by the type of soil you have (clay, for example.)We strongly recommend aeration for all lawns once each year. Aeration reduces compaction. Compaction basically means that the soil is smashed tightly together, making it difficult for water, air, nutrients, and your grass roots to get down into the dirt. Aeration loosens the soil and allows air, water, nutrients, and your grass’ roots to penetrate more easily. Aeration will allow your watering to work better because it will soak into your lawn more easily. (If you notice that water always runs off your lawn when you’re watering, you really need to aerate to save on your water bill.   The Benefits of Aeration include: Reduced soil compaction Improved air exchange Improved water penetration Improved resiliency and cushioning Improved fertilizer uptake and use Reduced water runoff and puddling Improved rooting Enhanced thatch breakdown   How To Have Your Lawn Aerated Heavily compacted and dry soil requires machinery with a lot of weight and force to break through the surface layer.  We recommend having a professional provide aeration services, as it would probably cost the same as renting a machine yourself.  Feel free to contact us at (860) 222-7171 for a free consultation and lawn aeration...
Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-Seeding in Fall.

Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-Seeding in Fall.

Over-Seeding in Fall to Fill Bare Spots, and Thicken Your Turf For Fall Due to the stress of summer, your now brown, dormant grass is probably struggling to re-establish itself among the crowd of weeds that has taken charge of your lawn.  As the turf cools down in Fall, weeds begin to find even more favorable conditions make their control your landscape for Fall.  Here is a quick rundown of Lawn Overseeding Methods, why it is important, when is the best time to apply Grass Seed, and some information on Grass Seed types for an effective Lawn Care & maintenance plan.  Don’t forget to contact us and ask about our Fall only Seed special for just $89!   New Lawn Seeding & Overseeding Methods Laying down Grass Seed to rejuvenate your Lawn can be done by hand or with machines. We’ve provided a basic overview of the most common over-seeding methods and notes on their effectiveness. Spreading by Hand: While using the old left and rights is a very cost-effective procedure, it can produce uneven results due to the lack of spread control.  Using a rake afterwards can help the seed to make soil contact, but this method is less useful than machines that force the seed into the soil. Using a Broadcast Spreader:  This method would likely produce the most even results as spreaders are inherently pretty accurate with spread ratios, even more than machines in some cases.  The same restriction for deep soil contact that exists for hand spreading would be a downfall of this method. Using a Gas Powered Seeding Machine: This method is by far the...
Time To Lime. How Lime Will Help #SaveYourGreen

Time To Lime. How Lime Will Help #SaveYourGreen

Welcome back spring, and welcome to all you fans of lush lawns, lovely landscapes and glorious gardens!     The Green Team would like to remind you all that with spring’s arrival it is once again, TIME TO LIME! Your lawn is a living thing and it needs the same attention and care that you would provide to your furry friends or house plants.     Our lawns require a delicate pH balance. It’s a tricky business that is half science and half art. Bringing your lawn back to life or keeping it on track to captivate the neighborhood all summer can be done with a little TLC. In this case, “That Lime Care”.If you’re noticing brown out patches and grass that seems less than vibrant, a big problem can be the pH imbalance in your soil. The Green Team can identify the issue, cultivate a plan and calibrate your lawn so that the balance is restored.     Many homeowners and lovers of green spaces think that adding lime to their yard will be an easy task, but be forewarned! Adding lime to sufficiently alkaline lawns can burn out swaths of your yard. Not adding enough can leave acid levels too high and deliver less than desired results, leaving your yard struggling for survival. If you are considering attempting this task by your own hand make sure to test you soils properly first. Understanding what your lawn needs is paramount. Lime itself will not be enough to deliver a Home & Garden level lawn; a proper plan for fertilization is crucial. If this seems a daunting task then...
Everything You Need To Know to Know About Mulch

Everything You Need To Know to Know About Mulch

  Improve your gardens and reduce the work! Mulch is good for your plants and a great labor saver. It reduces evaporation, slows weed growth, improves soil quality, and makes your gardens look more attractive. And more, it’s inexpensive and easy to apply.   Why use mulch? Common types of mulch colors: mulch vs bark Wood chips and bark are the most common types of mulch colors, but you can even use stones to good effect. In most cases, a mulch backyard greatly simplifies your gardening chores. Mulch includes a variety of materials that you use to cover the bare soil in your gardens. Most often you think of it as organic materials such as wood chips, cedar bark mulch, and compost, but it also includes materials like stone and gravel. Adding a layer of mulch pays off by: Reducing water loss from the soil. It slows evaporation and improves water absorption when it rains or you turn on the sprinkler. Slowing weed growth. Improving soil quality. Organic types enrich the soil as they decompose. Protecting plant roots from hot and cold temperature extremes and sudden fluctuations. Adding color and texture as part of your overall garden design. Whether you’re an ardent gardener or a casual one, you’ll have less watering, weeding, fertilizing and general maintenance. What type of mulch should I use? Organic mulch Use organic mulches when possible, because they decompose and improve the soil as they break down. You’ll find a variety of mulches at your local nursery. But no one type of mulch does it all. Use an aged organic mulch (partially decomposed wood products) to...
How Long Does it Take for Grass Seed to Grow?

How Long Does it Take for Grass Seed to Grow?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to planting grass seed. There are different rules to follow whether you’re seeding for the first time or reseeding problem areas of your lawn. So how long does it take for grass seed to grow? Well, that depends on where you live and the type of grass you’re trying to grow. It also depends on some factors out of your control, such as sunlight, ground temperature and moisture. From Seed to Plant In general, it takes between seven and 30 days for a plant to grow from a seed, according to Lawn Love, a lawn service company with locations throughout the U.S. For example, if you’re trying to plant fescue grass, expect a germination period of seven to 14 days. However, it may take Kentucky bluegrass 14 to 30 days to germinate. “It’s important to note that not all the seeds will sprout at the exact same time. But, if you’ve been waiting a sufficient amount of time and the area you seeded isn’t showing signs of life, then you may have to take a look at the factors that may have caused germination to fail before you try again,” according to the Lawn Love website. Addressing Problems Two main reasons grass seed isn’t growing is cool and wet weather, according to Jonathan Green, a leading supplier of grass seed. “Grass seed that is planted in soil temperatures below 50 degrees just will not grow potentially for many weeks if it does not want to,” according to the website. “Usually for the soil temperature to reach 50 degrees you need seven to 10 days...