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Remove & Prevent Moss in Lawns.

Remove & Prevent Moss in Lawns.

TrendingDiscover the Benefits of Lawn Power Slice Seeding. Remove & Prevent Moss Infiltration in Lawns. Identify the root cause of Moss infiltration. Moss is a combination of shade, acidity, compaction, and moisture. Moss must be removed for best results. The layer of moss covering the soil must be removed in some fashion before attempting repair and/or seeding. What Causes Moss to Grow? Four factors contribute to Moss growth. 1.Highly acidic soil creates a favorable environment for Moss. 2.Excessive moisture promotes the fungal growth responsible for Moss. 3. Compaction affects grass root development, thereby allowing shallow rooted Moss to out-compete it. 4. Shade is another factor that affects grass vigor, and promotes out-competition for growth. How to Remove Moss in Lawns. 1. Use a metal rake, thatcher, or shovel to remove the top 1-2″ of sod with moss layer. 2. Aerate using a core plugging machine or tow behind tool. 3. Apply lime at a high rate. Ususally about 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. 4. Apply new top soil, loam, or soil/sand mix. Apply seed to this new soil and rake lightly. 3. 4. Shade is another factor that affects grass vigor, and promotes out-competition for grow How to Prevent Moss From Forming. 1. Maintain tall tree & shrub growth to allow proper sunlight penetration and ventilation. 2. Test your soil and apply Lime regularly to maintain a pH between 6.5-7. 3. Prevent over watering and pooling of rain near slopes. Watch for water drippage from heavy tree canopies or gutter spouts. 4. Aerate once to twice yearly to prevent compaction and promote grass root growth. Join my email...
When is the Best Time to Seed My Lawn?  The Truth May Surprise You!

When is the Best Time to Seed My Lawn? The Truth May Surprise You!

  The most misunderstood factor in successfully seeding a new or existing lawn is proper timing. Poorly timed seeding can impede seed germination, allow weeds to outcompete the seed for space, and prove to be a bad investment.  So when is the best time to apply seed to your lawn then? Read more on lawn seeding here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/29/how-long-does-it-take-for-grass-seed-to-grow?/ Surprise!  It’s NOT Spring. Despite what your instincts might tell you when looking at your dead lawn after Winter’s destruction, Spring seeding usually yields very poor results.  The reasons for this have to do with competition, soil temperatures and soil conditions. Competition: Yes it’s true, Spring is considered the “growing” season.  The fact is however that this also reigns true for all plants, especially for invasive weeds. New grass seed does not have the vigor to outcompete weed growth when planted in Spring.  By the time it reaches maximum strength in Summer, viral weeds like Crabgrass, are already too established to be choked out by new grass growth. That’s why Spring is considered the season for Pre-emergent application.  Focusing on the prevention of weed seed germination in the early season will yield a better seeding environment. Soil Temperatures: Soil in Spring is still going through a warming process after being frozen most of the winter. The air temperatures may reach germination threshold levels, but subterranean levels of your turf require extra time to reach temperatures ripe for seed germination.  Ground temperatures should reach 68°F before attempting any seeding operations. Soil Conditions: Soil conditions after winter are less than ideal for seeding your lawn. Road salt from plowing can cause a nutrient...
Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to renew your lawn with a much-needed Aeration and Seed application.  The thing I see the most every Spring is customers that avoided altogether or waited too long, to perform this essential lawn task.  Let’s make sure we reiterate for the millionth time: SPRING IS NOT THE TIME TO SEED YOUR LAWN!  Fall is by a long shot! Also, if you missed our May Seeding and aeration special, which was booked up within 48 hours, you know you’ll want to book this special quickly.   WHY AERATE & OVERSEED? Summer stresses out lawns and causes it to thin and create bare patches.  Foot traffic along with drought also causes the soil to become hard and compacted.  Aeration pokes holes into the turf, allowing it to “decompress” and intake air and nutrients for Fall growth.  Adding seed will thicken existing turf, and fill in bare spots smaller than an average size hand.  Larger bare patches may require more complete seeding operations though.   WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO AERATE & OVERSEED? We start these operations around the second week of August.  This is a time when the Summer cool-down should begin, and temperatures start to favor seed germination again.  This also gives seed enough time to establish strong roots during the Fall, to help it survive Winter.  Many times people wait until October to overseed and obtain poor results with bare patches lingering into the next Spring.   WHAT DOES THIS SERVICE COST? We have run limited specials with flat-rate pricing in the past for these services, but this year we...
A Guide to Reviving Your Summer-Stressed Lawn.

A Guide to Reviving Your Summer-Stressed Lawn.

Many of our clients state that their lawns always die back during Summer, and attribute this to some natural, uncontrollable phenomenon.  While the mild temperatures and high moisture of Spring & Fall can make having a beautiful lawn easy; Summer is the one time of year you must follow the common recommendations to keep your grass green and strong.  We have some graphical representations below of the most important steps you can take to revive and protect your lawn from summer drought.     Lawn Care in Connecticut Green Team provides Lawn Care to the CT shoreline and beyond.  Our experts can assess and recommend options to revive your lawn in Summer or maintain it all year.  Call us for a free assessment at (860) 222-7171 or click the button below.   SCHEDULE...
Why My Lawn Is Brown But My Neighbor’s Looks Great: Part 2.

Why My Lawn Is Brown But My Neighbor’s Looks Great: Part 2.

   Last year we took a very shallow dive into the topic of having a brown yard, while your neighbor’s lawn is lush & green.  We talked about very basic causes of brown lawn like low improper mowing and drought.  Here we will dive deep into the pathology of brown lawns so that you can get a better understanding of what your neighbors may be doing differently. Read Part 1 of this series here: https://greenteamct.com/2018/07/16/2-big-reasons-why-your-lawn-is-brown-and-your-neighbors-isnt/   Start With Your Soil If you’ve ever noticed your neighbor probing the ground and holding small viles of murky liquid to the sun, you may be witnessing a homeowner pH test at work.  This would indicate they have found and corrected a pH imbalance in their yard that may exist still in yours.  To have a green lawn you MUST start with the soil, and the first thing to check is the pH. Poor pH is a common culprit of browning grass. Compaction is another major soil factor that kills grass.  Tightly compacted soil suffocates grassroots and drains the chlorophyll that makes grass green. In this case, you may have noticed some holes and “dog-dropping” like cores on your neighbor’s lawn in Fall.  This may be an indicator your neighbor is fighting compaction with regular aeration, thereby keeping their lawn healthier and greener than yours. Read more on lawn aeration here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/09/16/be-true-to-the-core-true-core-lawn-aeration/   Insect Pests Insect pets such as Chinch Bugs, Japanese Beetle Grubs, and Weevils cause extensive damage to lawns that show up as yellow or brown patches.  These insect pests are mostly hidden in your thatch layer and are nocturnal. ...