A Quenching Soak

During the hot days of summer, watering your lawn seems like an obvious necessity. It is crucial to remember that your method of watering can be just as important as the fact that you are watering at all.

In the middle of a hot, dry summer, getting the grass blades wet will not do the trick. A proper watering means soaking your lawn enough that water reaches the roots. When this happens your turf is able to absorb valuable moisture that helps keep it green and healthy amid stressful summer heat. When the ground is hard and dry, short, heavy waterings will lead to runoff as opposed to absorption. Longer periods of slow water flow are the most effective strategy – even if these periods are less frequent.

If at all possible, plan on watering early in the morning, before the day has a chance to heat up. Avoid evening watering as extended periods of warm moisture facilitate the overnight growth of harmful fungus. Water is a main ingredient to a healthy lawn. The most efficient and effective approach to watering is a deep soak, not a quick splash.

Soak It All In With Moisture Manager

Drought can wreak havoc on your lawn, even once the dry spell is over. Drought can weaken turf and make it more susceptible to disease. Turf roots, as well as the soil itself, can also become hydrophobic after periods of drought. This condition causes soil and turf to actual reject water, making drought damage even worse.

We are excited to announce a new service that combats this problem. Moisture Manager is an environmentally friendly soil treatment that helps your lawn make the most of watering efforts. By attracting water to both turf roots and the soil, Moisture Manager combats the effects of drought and hydrophobia while ensuring that your lawn uses water as efficiently as possible.

If cutting your water needs by up to 50% interests you, give us a call and we will make Moisture Manager work for you!

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks – you literally wouldn’t wish them on a dog. Yet environmental conditions, proximity to woods and open fields, and wildlife and pets near your home can lead to an infestation of these pesky and potentially harmful critters.

The good news is that professional treatment programs will help rid your lawn of fleas and ticks.

CONTROL IS ESSENTIAL

Fleas must be eliminated from your lawn and garden because they can easily move inside on pets or humans. They usually multiply rapidly and can quickly infest carpets and upholstered furniture. Outside or inside, fleas usually require multiple treatments for complete control.

Treatment programs are also essential when ticks become a problem in the home land-scape. Ticks can carry Lyme Disease or even Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which are both very serious illnesses. Humans should avoid all contact with ticks.

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY

We can help keep fleas and ticks away from your family by working with you to develop a solid plan for their control. Prompt treatment as soon as a problem is noticed will prevent the invaders from migrating to inside living spaces.

Whatever your flea and tick control needs, please feel free to call us for more information.

Give Me Air...Let Me Breathe!

Keeping your lawn thick, green and healthy calls for aeration.

Could we hear turf talk, we’d hear cries for help and life-giving air. We’re not talking about hospital rooms with oxygen tents. What turf actually needs is to be punched full of holes. The process is called core aeration.

To keep your lawn healthy through periods of stress the soil must have adequate water, air and nutrients available. Soils that are hard and compacted impede root growth, which prevents the grass plants from developing the deep root system needed to survive hot, dry periods throughout the season.

Core aeration is the process of mechanically removing plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn. Aeration opens the soil, helps reduce compaction, improves water filtration, improves rooting, reduces thatch and acts in many other ways to improve the lawn.

Aeration can be done any time of year but is most effective when the soil is soft and weeds are not actively germinating. It should be done at least once a year, while some lawns need aeration twice a year because of especially heavy soil or traffic.

Proper aeration can reduce water requirements up to 25 percent without harming the grass plant. The cost of the aeration itself can be recovered over a year’s time in water savings alone because the water is getting down to the root zone. It’s not evaporating or getting lost in the thatch layer. The cores left behind stimulate microbial activity to break down the thatch faster and make a better growing medium for your lawn.

With regular aeration the turf clearly benefits. Aeration helps maintain the thatch layer at 1/2 inch or less. There is less stress from disease, and the roots get water and food as well as the air they need.

Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. Now is the time to schedule core aeration, click here to schedule this valuable service!