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Soil Analysis standard

Every lawn has nutrients below the surface that affect the appearance and life of the lawn. These nutrients need to be checked to determine any deficiencies or excess of certain nutrients or levels. Many believe that a problem within the soil chemistry doesn’t exist when everything is looking good, but it is recommended to have a soil analysis conducted before problems arise. Why a Soil Analysis is Necessary? A soil analysis is necessary when there is a problem within the lawn. Maybe an area is going bare and will not grow seed, maybe an area is dull in color, or maybe there has been a struggle with diseases. All of these reasons, and more, can be caused by an imbalance ...

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Lawn Edging standard

A well manicured and maintained lawn does not look as such without proper edging and trimming. The right amount of time and the proper equipment can have the clean lines that everyone wishes to have. Whether using a manual edger or a power edger, both are quite easy to use and will be well worth the money when you see the neat and tidy lawn after the first use. What is Edging Edging is the process of cutting vertically into the ground, cutting about 3-5 inches to be sure to sever the grass plant and root to prevent a quick grow back. A manual edger is a small spade with a short flat blade. A manual edger is not run ...

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Watering after an Application standard

“The technician was just here, should I water my lawn now or wait?” Watering after an application is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to lawn care applications. To answer this question, you must understand that lawn care applications are typically 2-parted and therefore have a 2-parted answer. Yes, the lawn does need to be watered following a lawn care application because of the fertilizer, but has to be watered after a certain time frame because of the weed control. Granular Fertilizer Applications The granular fertilizer or pre-emergent applied during a lawn care application should be watered into the soil within 10-14 days of the application being applied, from either rainfall or irrigation. Granular fertilizer must ...

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Annual or Perennial Bluegrass standard

During the spring and early summer months, many homeowners start to notice an odd type of grass, often considered to be a weed, popping up within the lawns. It is lighter green in color, has rough textured leaves and bunches of seeds that form at the top. While these patches may resemble a weed, and are often considered to be such, it is most likely annual or perennial bluegrass. Annual Bluegrass Annual bluegrass becomes a nuisance in the late spring, during its final reproductive stage when begins to produce seed. This is a 2-3 week period, usually in May when the bright green grass produces a seed head that is capable of producing hundreds of seeds per plant. At this ...

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Eliminate the Conditions that Promote Weeds standard

Weeds can tell you a lot about the condition of your lawn and understanding weeds for what they indicate about your lawn care practices and soil conditions is actually very simple. Simply put, weeds thrive in soil that is compacted, not pH balanced, and in lawns that are improperly mowed, watered or are thin with bare spots and in need of seeding. Below are the most common cultural practices, turf conditions, and soil attributes that can contribute to weed issues and by following you can eliminate the conditions that promote weeds. Cultural Practices Mowing Height – Poor mowing practices cause many lawn issues. Mowing lower than 1.75 inches can kill the root system by preventing photosynthesis, and mowing with a ...

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Quackgrass standard

Have you noticed a different type of grass popping up within your lawn? It’s pretty obvious when something new pops up that doesn’t blend in with the rest of your lawn. Chances are, your lawn has been infested by quackgrass! What is Quackgrass? Quackgrass is a creeping perennial grass that is considered to be a weed. It looks similar to annual ryegrass and may also resemble crabgrass; however quackgrass is easily noticed by its long tapered blades that are thicker than the average blade of grass, usually about 1/3 inch thick and attached to a hollow stem. Quackgrass also has a distinctive leaf blade that wraps around the stem of the plant with clasping auricles. Unlike the shallow roots of crabgrass, quackgrass ...

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Seeding a lawn in the spring standard

Establishing a lawn from seed can be a rewarding experience and a less expensive option in comparison to sod. While establishing a lawn from seed can be done at anytime of the year, there are a few things to consider when considering seeding a lawn in the spring. Use of Pre-emergent Fertilizer If a pre-emergent fertilizer was applied to your lawn to prevent crabgrass and other weed seeds from germinating the same will happen to newly planted grass seed. Therefore, you will need to scratch the surface of the ground exposing the dirt which will disturb the pre-emergent barrier and allow your grass seed to germinate. If your lawn has not been fertilized yet, you will need to pick a blend of ...

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Lawn Mowing Safety Tips standard

When you think about mowing the lawn, many don’t think much about it and simply get out there and do it and do it quickly. When you truly think about a lawn mower, whether push or rider, they are very dangerous pieces of equipment. Accidents can happen easily in your own lawn, it is always best to follow all lawn mowing safety tips and general standard safety procedures. Keep Yourself and Others Safe One of the biggest contributions to lawn mower accidents is people not aware of what is going on around them and those that allow children to ride on or mow the lawn. Lawn mowing is a solo act and should never be done with the assistance of a ...

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What is Onion Grass? standard

Every year, you mow the lawn and you smell it! The overpowering smell of onions fills the air. Wild onion grass, a cousin of green onions, is considered a weed and can be one that is very difficult to control and takes much patience when dealing with. What is Wild Onion Grass? Onion grass is a cool season perennial weed that grows from a root bulb in late fall or early spring and has long waxy leaves. Root bulb weeds are difficult to control because they spread rapidly and sprout new growth each year from their bulbs. Food is stored within the bulb allowing onion grass the ability to live throughout the winter months, returning each year, similar to tulips. ...

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Termites aside

Termites Termites in particular, subterranean termites are the most damaging insects of wood and can cause significant property damage. Their presence can be very difficult to detect in advance and typically their destructive damage is done before they are seen. What are Termites? They are small, ant-like insects that differ from ants in that they feed off of wood. Termites are social insects that live in colonies underground in the soil and where their labor is divided among a caste system. Soldier – These termites protect the colony and comprise of only 1 – 3% of the colony population. Workers – These termites cause the most damage by eating wood and building tunnels. Workers also maintain the colony by building ...

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