Fine Cut Lawn Service can help with all your general lawn maintenance needs.
Maintaining a healthy lawn and landscape requires some extra effort in the spring and fall. Removing fallen leaves and branches, prepping the landscaping for the upcoming dormant or growing season can take a lot of effort. Fine Cut Lawn Service can take care of preparing your landscape to look its best in the upcoming season.
Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn.
Compacted soil and heavy thatch are the two biggest obstacles to a beautiful lawn. They tend to suffocate grass plants by preventing air, water and nutrients from reaching the root zone. This means your lawn looks less than satisfactory in spite of adequate fertilization, water and tender loving care! Aeration opens up the thatch and helps relieve compaction. It should be a regular part of your lawn maintenance program.
Aeration is accomplished through the use of a machine equipped with cylinder-like tines designed to penetrate and shatter the soil. Cores of thatch, soil and grass are actually pulled out of the ground during this process. The plunging action of the tines opens up the soil, allows grass plants to breathe, permits better utilization of fertilizer, air and water and promotes a deeper, healthier root system. And good roots are what growing a good lawn is all about!
Major benefits of aeration
- increases air, water and nutrient movement to the root zone
- intensifies decomposition of thatch
- helps relieve soil compaction
- stimulates new growth
- improves drainage
- provides a better environment for overseeding
- increases the effectiveness of fertilizers and other lawn care products
Thatch is the layer of plant material build-up between the green top growth and roots. Thatch develops naturally as the grass grows. Some thatch is needed to protect the roots, but too much thatch prevents oxygen, moisture and nutrients from reaching the roots. Thick thatch prevents newly sown seeds from reaching the soil, and they sprout in the thatch layer. Thatch doesn’t insulate like soil does, causing the roots to dry out and the lawn to die. More water is needed for a heavily thatched lawn.
If your thatch measures more than 1/2″ between the top zone and root layer, you need to dethatch your lawn. Dethatching is necessary every 2–3 years, and is best done in the early spring before the active growing season begins.
The removed thatch can be composted and recycled back into the garden.
Fine Cut Lawn Service can help you decide whether seeding or sodding is the correct choice for your lawn and lifestyle and implement your choice.
Seeding is best done in the late summer/early fall, when the seeds have time to become established before the coming winter. Seeding allows a strong root system to develop initially and has more grass varieties available than sodding does. The disadvantages of seeding is the time it takes for the plant to establish a root system and moisture is critical to the seedlings.
Sodding can be done at any time during the growing season, and is best suited to areas of high erosion or slopes. Sod quickly becomes established with very few weeds in the beginning. The disadvantages of sodding are the expensive nature of sod, and there is less selection in the types of grasses available. Sod needs to be placed as soon as possible after it has been harvested for best results.
Mowing makes your lawn look good, but little details like edging set it apart from the rest. Edging is the process of cutting the lawn back from objects like sidewalks and driveways to prevent the grass from growing there. Fine Cut Lawn Service can edge your landscaping, making your lawn look great.
Pruning the bushes and shrubs in your landscaping keep them disease-free and growing strong. When and how to prune bushes and shrubs depends greatly on the variety of plant. Trimming is important to the plant health and continued growth and wellness of the plant.