Keeping your lawn looking it's best can be a fun and rewarding activity! Below you will find some tips that will help your lawn throughout the growing season.
Lawns need about 1" of water per week to stay vibrant green. However, lawns can go dormant and survive weeks without water. This is the lawns natural survival tactic. If your lawn goes dormant don't fear, once rain hits the area your grass will quickly respond.
The rule of thumb is the hotter the temperature, the higher the grass. This is to protect your lawn for the summer heat, though during the cooler months the grass can be cut shorter. One the first and last cut of the season, it is recommended to mow on the lowest setting. This will help prevent snow mold through winter and prompt thick growth in spring. Also, mow your lawn in opposite directions to keep from creating trenches from your mowers wheels.
Having a pet is a wonderful experience, though cleaning up after them is not so fun. Dog urine contains high amounts of nitrogen, this can damage the lawn by burning out the areas your pet frequents. There are products on the market that will lower the nitrogen in your pets urine. Another thing homeowners can do is water in the urine after the dog visited the spot or apply a product like gypsum to the lawn which will force leaching to occur and move the excess nitrogen past the root zone.
With fall comes leaves - and lots of them! Leaves can be dealt with in a couple different ways.
Aeration can help your lawn by providing de compaction for the roots so air, nutrients and moisture can more readily be available to the plant.
We prefer to seed in late summer/early fall, though in some instances, a spring seeding may turn better results (usually due to heavy leaf drop in fall if the property has a lot of trees). Seed germinates when soil temperatures are 55 degrees and higher. Depending on the turf type, seed may take 6 weeks to germinate (or can also lay dormant for longer periods of time if teh conditions are not right and a pre-emergence has not been applied). Newly emerged turf requires regular waterings until established.
Keeping your trees and shrubs healthy is our priority; whether it be chemical care or simply sharing our knowledge, Grounds Services wants your landscape to thrive.
Planting your trees and shrubs in the proper location is the most important tip we can give out! Before planting, check out these site for useful information: National Gardening Association. The Arbor Day Foundation also has a great site for finding trees and shrubs ideal for specific sites.
Pruning can be tricky at best. There are right ways to prune and if done incorrectly, you may actually put your tree at risk for decline. The USDA Forest Services has compiled some information on pruning.
Water your landscaped plants deeply and infrequently during times of drought (6-12 inches) under the outer canopy of the tree (do not water the trunk of the tree as this may lead to rot)