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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...
Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-seeding in Spring.

Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-seeding in Spring.

Over seeding in Spring to out-compete weeds Due to the stress of winter, your dormant grass is probably struggling to re-establish itself among the crowd of organic material that has overwintered on your lawn as well.  As the turf warms up, weeds begin to find new escape routes from their winter hideouts and make their way into your landscape for spring.  Here is a quick rundown of Lawn Overseeding Methods, why it is important, when is the best time to apply Grass Seed, and some information on Grass Seed types for an effective Lawn Care & maintenance plan.  Don’t forget to scroll down for our April only special for just $89!   New Lawn Seeding & Overseeding Methods Laying down Grass Seed to rejuvenate your Lawn can be done by hand or with machines. We’ve provided a basic overview of the most common over-seeding methods and notes on their effectiveness. Spreading by Hand: While using the old left and rights is a very cost-effective procedure, it can produce uneven results due to the lack of spread control.  Using a rake afterwards can help the seed to make soil contact, but this method is less useful than machines that force the seed into the soil. Using a Broadcast Spreader:  This method would likely produce the most even results as spreaders are inherently pretty accurate with spread ratios, even more than machines in some cases.  The same restriction for deep soil contact that exists for hand spreading would be a downfall of this method. Using a Gas Powered Seeding Machine: This method is by far the most effective for planting new lawns,...
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,...
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...
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...