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How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.

How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.

   Are you fed up with looking at huge brown patches in your yard?  Has Crabgrass created its on zip code on your property? Many homeowners spend countless hours, and dollars, attempting to achieve that green lawn like their neighbors.  Many of these attempts fall short due to not focusing on the key elements needed for grass to thrive and out-compete pests and weather conditions.  So if you seeded your lawn last Spring with no luck, or you applied some box store product and weren’t impressed, this post will help guide you through which steps to take next this year.   Start With The Soil Many times lawn repair efforts are targeted at grass and chemicals, forgetting about the most important factor for lawn growth; your soil. Poor soil will prevent root growth, stunt seed germination, and allow weeds and fungus to out compete even the best grass varieties.  The following are common soil problems and how to fix them.. Compaction – Tight soil structure prevents the movement of roots during growth periods.  It also prevents proper water drainage, which is a breeding ground for fungus.  Regular aeration will help with moderate compaction. Some highly compacted areas will need to be amended with topsoil or organic matter, like Humus. pH Levels – the acidity level of soil determines which type of plant will survive and how well it can deter unwanted pests. Proper soil pH levels should be between 6.5-7.  Acidic pH levels are common and can be corrected with heavy lime application.  An alkaloid lawn can be adjusted using Sulfur. Thatch – Thatch is an organic, and in-organic, layer...
7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

You’ve decided this is the year to go au naturel—with your lawn care! It’ll take a little work and patience, but you can ditch the chemicals and still have healthy, green grass. Here are seven organic lawn care tips from the pros to help you make the switch this spring. 1 / 7 Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Know Your Soil This spring, have your yard’s soil tested by a local extension service, often affiliated with a state university, or a commercial soil testing service. Search “soil testing” for option near you. The test results will help you determine your soil’s pH level, the right seed for your lawn and will also help you deal with weeds. Weeds are indicators of soil conditions, according to Organic Plant Care, LLC, a full-service lawn care company in New Jersey. “Correct soil conditions and the weeds often disappear.” kurhan/Shutterstock Only Mow When Necessary When it comes to mowing, make sure your lawnmower’s blade is sharp. Next, Natural Lawn of America, a leader in organic lawn care, says you should only mow when needed. That’s because once the weather heats up, your grass may go dormant and require little to no mowing at all. When you do mow, don’t cut it too short and mow during the cooler hours, later in the day. 3 / 7 Petrychenko Anton/Shutterstock Be Smart About Watering A big part of organic lawn care includes doing the right thing at the right time, and that includes watering. Briggs and Stratton, maker of power lawn tools, notes you should only water early in the day, preferably before 9 a.m. Start with a target of just 1 inch...
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...
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. ...
How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.

How to Repair an Ugly Lawn. Landscape Renovation Ideas.

   Are you fed up with looking at huge brown patches in your yard?  Has Crabgrass created its on zip code on your property? Many homeowners spend countless hours, and dollars, attempting to achieve that green lawn like their neighbors.  Many of these attempts fall short due to not focusing on the key elements needed for grass to thrive and out-compete pests and weather conditions.  So if you seeded your lawn last Spring with no luck, or you applied some box store product and weren’t impressed, this post will help guide you through which steps to take next this year.   Start With The Soil Many times lawn repair efforts are targeted at grass and chemicals, forgetting about the most important factor for lawn growth; your soil. Poor soil will prevent root growth, stunt seed germination, and allow weeds and fungus to out compete even the best grass varieties.  The following are common soil problems and how to fix them.. Compaction – Tight soil structure prevents the movement of roots during growth periods.  It also prevents proper water drainage, which is a breeding ground for fungus.  Regular aeration will help with moderate compaction. Some highly compacted areas will need to be amended with topsoil or organic matter, like Humus. pH Levels – the acidity level of soil determines which type of plant will survive and how well it can deter unwanted pests. Proper soil pH levels should be between 6.5-7.  Acidic pH levels are common and can be corrected with heavy lime application.  An alkaloid lawn can be adjusted using Sulfur. Thatch – Thatch is an organic, and in-organic, layer...