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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...
Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

After all the effort you put into prepping your new lawn, don’t blow it with mowing mistakes. Watch the video above and read below to learn how to mow for better grass: Use sharp blades. Dull blades hack off rather than cut grass tops. The damaged tips will give your yard a brown tinge. Skip the grass catcher. Mulching blades chop up the grass clippings before they fall. Once there, they’ll give up their nutrients to nourish the grass and help keep moisture in the soil. Don’t cut wet grass. Wet grass will not only carpet the underside of your mower deck; the thick clumps left all over your yard will suffocate the grass below it. Cut tall grass twice. The rule of thumb is to never mow more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Those long shafts of grass will lie on top of your lawn like hay for weeks. If the lawn has gotten away from you, mow it twice, starting high and dropping the mower deck for the second pass. Cut at the right height. Every variety of grass has an ideal cutting height. Cutting too short is a mis-take. You’re robbing the grass of its food source: the grass blades, which are the plants’ food-manufacturing facility. Taller grass also shades the ground, slowing weed growth and water loss from the soil. To find the ideal mowing height for your grass varieties, search for “mowing heights” at pennington.com. Consider a zero-turn mower. When it’s time to upgrade from a push mower to a rider, or replace a rider, consider a zero-turn model. Zero-turns were once...
The Proper Height For Mowing Your Lawn.

The Proper Height For Mowing Your Lawn.

  The single most difficult Lawn Care topic to instill on clients is What is The Proper Height to Mow a Lawn. While it is common to Grass cut down to dirt to hide weeds, what this does to your Lawn’s overall health is an abolishment. Here are 5 quick tips to proper grass cutting height and a short desription of their benefits. 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 organic material feeds the soil with nitrogen and other nutrients. Get Your Lawn Cut at the Proper Height by a Professional Call (860)222-7171, email us, or Click the Booking Button below. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]...
Featured Lawn Care Maintenance Service Location Madison, CT

Featured Lawn Care Maintenance Service Location Madison, CT

This lawn feature comes once again from the continuously amazing Madison, CT.  Every now and then we find something special in a landscaping or yard maintenance site that makes us want to share it with the world.  Our occasional Lawn Service features stretch from Old Saybrook all the way to Guilford, CT.  It’s never a case of liking one Lawn over another, we just always like to feature a Yard that has some unique feature that stands out to us. This Lawn Service site is located on Beekman Place in Madison Connecticut.  Situated a few back roads off Route 79, it’s surrounded by Trees, and has a long driveway that hides the property from the main road.  We were hired for Lawn Mowing Services and to assess Tree Trimming and Shrub Pruning Care.  We were able to do the thing we like most, which is cutting the Grass at a proper, high level.  The grass was just cut previously about 2 weeks prior, so we were able to avoid excessive clippings collection. We are now on a Regular Weekly Lawn Mowing Schedule, and preparing for Fall Leaf Removal Service as well.     The unique characteristic we wanted to highlight was a concrete square in the middle of the main yard in front.  We were not able to establish if it was a septic hatch, or some sort of underground propane tank cover.  We were however able to create a unique “square-like” mowing pattern around it, that really made the main focal point of the Yard stand out.         A typical New England Landscape is routinley littered...