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6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

6 Common Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them

An Eroding Slope Problem: “Our beautiful backyard slope was washing down onto our patio with every rain. It was only a matter of time before the whole hill came tumbling down.” Reader Solution: “We built a dry creek bed on the slope, and it fills dramatically during a rainstorm. It’s a beautiful addition to our landscape, and it seems to be solving our erosion problem.” Carolyn Rogers Expert Input “A dry creek bed can work well to control erosion,” says landscape architect Susan Jacobson, “if there’s a place for the water to go such as a sandy area somewhere else on your property.” In its simplest form, a dry creek bed is simply a gully or trough filled with rocks that directs the flow of water to prevent erosion. To control larger volumes of water, pin landscape fabric in the gully and mortar the rocks into place. Constructing the creek bed with rocks of several different sizes gives it a natural look and maximizes its water-carrying abilities. Also: Check Out These 7 Organic Lawn Tips For You Try This Season But Jacobson says building a dry creek bed won’t work in every situation. “You’ll create a bigger problem (and a potentially illegal situation) if you direct the water into the street or into your neighbor’s yard. And if the slope is too steep, you might just end up with the rocks tumbling down the hill as well.” To control erosion on a steep slope or when there’s no reasonable place for the water to flow, consider these suggestions: Terrace the slope with boulders, stone retaining walls or landscape timbers to gradually flatten...
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...
The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

  The Great American Lawn. To some, it’s a manicured masterpiece the equal of anything found at the finest golf course. See our top 10 tips for a perfect lawn. To others, it’s simply a soft, green spot for the kids to play on. However, if your turf isn’t looking so great, there’s no better time than spring to start improving it. Dry up snow mold One thing to look for after winter is snow mold, a cold-season fungus that causes gray-colored circles or patches where there had been snow. If you see snow mold, rake the lawn to loosen matted grass and allow the grass to dry out. You may need to overseed the area to encourage grass to fill in. Get rid of leftover deicing salt Also, if you live where winters are cold, grass near sidewalks and driveways may suffer damage from deicing salt. You can apply a thin layer of pelletized or granular gypsum—a naturally occurring mineral used as a soil conditioner—to replace the salt with calcium and sulfur. Water thoroughly. To minimize damage in the future, consider using sand or cat litter instead of salt. Remove thatch and aerate Spring is the time for a good, stiff raking to remove thatch—a dead layer of debris that slowly builds up at the base of grass. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to aerate. You can get together with the neighbors and rent a gas-powered unit for the day. Or aerate by hand with a manual core aerator. This loosens up the ground, allowing oxygen and water to better penetrate to the roots. Overseed After aeration,...
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...