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This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

You want your lawn to look good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it comes to lawn care, there is a right and wrong way to mow the grass. Conquer Edges First First, take care of your yard’s edges. To do this, Cardinal Lawns, a full-service lawn and landscape company in Ohio, recommends taking two passes around the outside edges (three if your yard is surrounded by a fence). By doing this first, you’ll have room to turn the mower around, which will make the job go faster with less hassle. Pick a Pattern One of the most common and easiest patterns to mow the grass is with stripes. You’ll do one pass, then make a 180-degree turn to make the next pass, slightly overlapping the first pass. Do this until the lawn is mowed. Cardinal Lawns recommends alternating directions each time you mow, so if you mow vertically one week, go in a horizontal pattern the next. Lawn experts note circling is probably the easiest and most efficient pattern when mowing your lawn. After mowing the edges, just keep making passes in a circular pattern until you make your way to the middle of the yard. This is an efficient method for most lawns, as it cuts down on all the sharp turns you’d make if you mow in rows. Mix it Up No matter what pattern you chose, mix it up each week. This will prevent grass from growing in one direction, which not only makes your lawn less attractive but it makes mowing more difficult. Helpful Reminders When you’re ready to...
Revive Your Lawn With Our Spring Detox Complete Lawn Service.

Revive Your Lawn With Our Spring Detox Complete Lawn Service.

Complete Spring Lawn Care Service, One Low Price. We are now introducing our Complete Spring Lawn Care Maintenance Service Called “Spring Detox“.  It’s just what the doctor ordered for your lawns revival from winter’s coma. Spring Detox includes all the essentials to take dormant turf and bring it back to life for Spring.  First it starts with a lawn assessment to determine fertilizer and soil therapy needs.  Then we do a first “scalp” mowing along with a dethatching service.  We then reinvigorate your soil with core plug aeration and spring fertilizer.  But no spring lawn care schedule is complete without the big daddy of them all, crabgrass control.  We will add crabgrass granular herbicide to prevent germination in late spring. All this for one low price of $289, any size yard!  Spots are limited so use one of our convenient buttons below to book your service completely online. Learn More Total Spring Lawn Care Here’s what’s included in our exclusive Spring Detox package Soil Test Soil assessment to determine pH and nutrient content.  This allows us to develop the right care plan for your lawns Spring Detox First Mowing The first spring mowing, often reffered to as the initial “scalp”, will expose the soil and break up some initial thatch material.. This will expose the soil and prepare it to take in sunlight, water, and fertilizer. Fertilization/Weed Control Spring fertilizer formulated for bringing dormant grass back to it’s green non-injured state.  Granular Crabgrass herbicide for persistence in Springs unpredictable weather conditions. Aeration Aeration pulls plugs from the turf, allowing the soil to maintain natural air pockets for optimal root growth...
Spring Gardening Tips. It’s Never Too Early To Make Plans.

Spring Gardening Tips. It’s Never Too Early To Make Plans.

Planning – Plan planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, and wind; consider distance from water source – Test for soil types and pH levels before major planting Chores and Maintenance – Carefully remove winter mulches from planting beds – Dig beds in preparation for spring planting as soon as earth is friable – Add compost in four to six inch layers and work into planting bed soil – Remove protective cover from evergreens – Reset frost-heaved plants – Apply horticultural oil sprays to dormant trees and shrubs before buds open and if there is no danger of night frost – As ground becomes workable, de-thatch lawn; fill in low spots with soil; fertilize established lawns Planting – Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, weather and soil conditions permitting – Sow seeds of annuals and vegetables indoors that require 10 to 12 weeks before transplanting – Sow radish and lettuce seeds directly into the vegetable garden – Plant cold weather vegetables like spinach, peas, lettuce, and broccoli as soon as soil is workable – Plant and transplant perennials – Divide and transplant summer-blooming perennials – Soak mail order bare-root plants before planting – Plant roses Pruning/Fertilizing – Prune all plant material to remove any diseased, dead, weak, or crossing branches – Complete tree pruning before new growth begins – Prune late-flowering shrubs such as buddleia and Hydrangea paniculata but wait until after flowering on early-flowering shrubs like forsythia, Hydrangea macrophylla, rhododendron, and syringa – Wait to prune evergreens, hedges, and other shrubs until late spring into early summer – Prune all fruit trees before growth begins – Prune hybrid tea...
2 Big Reasons Why Your Lawn is Brown And Your Neighbor’s Isn’t!

2 Big Reasons Why Your Lawn is Brown And Your Neighbor’s Isn’t!

If you can’t understand why your neighbor’s lawn always stays go lush and green all year long, it’s time to get your Grass in gear and listen up to these two Lawn Care tips that will change your life.  While some may argue there are numerous reasons for a Brown Lawn, here we will discuss the most common reasons for having a sharp contrast between two adjoining turf areas. Lawn Diseases here in Connecticut are a complex issue, but rarely only affect one area enough to be considered for this example. Mowing Height The thing that is most unsettling is driving down Boston Post Road in Madsion and Guilford and seeing so many brown lawns during the summer.  Most of these are noticeably Mowed at the incorrect height. Mowing your grass too low damages the Grass blades, allows weeds to thrive, and diminishes the plants abilities to retain water.  Here are some key facts to proper Lawn Mowing Height, with a height chart for the most common Grass Types. Mow grass no more 1/3 of its current height. Cutting the Grass plant to agressiveley stresses it and causes it too go dormant in an effort to repair itself. Mow frequently.  Bi-weekly or longer mowing allows grass to grow too long and is a risk for thatch formation. Heights between 2-4 inches will help the Grass retain more moisture, give more sahde to the soil, and “choke” our more weeds. A properly maintained mower with sharp blades will allow for a cleaner cut, causing less stress on the blades of grass Mulching the clippings is always reccomended over bagging as the recycled...
Lawn Life Support Complete Year Round Yard Care Plan

Lawn Life Support Complete Year Round Yard Care Plan

We are now 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 Grass Mowing Costs, in 12 monthly installments.  An don’t worry, while you are contributing to your Lawn’s Health during the cold months, Lawn Life Support includes Snow Removal Services as well.  Mowing Grass cut to healthy height at regular intervals, as often as weekly.  During the cooler months of Spring and Fall, lengths will be longer, and mowing more frequently.  During the hot months Grass will be kept shorter to allow for water absorption, and cut less frequently to avoid stress. Trimming & Pruning Grass edges trimmed after every mowing. Sidewalks and beds edged monthly. Small bushes, shrubs, and trees keep at healthy levels with regular trimming.   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 “Wintergaurd”. Round Up selective Weed Control sprayed as needed for spot control.  Garden and Shrub beds hand Weeded, Preen application for maintainence.   Oerseeding & Aeration Keeping your turf replenished with regular application of new seed maintains a thicker, denser lawn, and chokes out weeds.  Aeration pulls...