We offer the following Additional Lawn Services:
TurfGator provides additional lawn services such as soil testing to determine the soil’s pH level, available nutrients and organic matter percentage, all of which need to be properly balanced for optimum turf conditions and prevention of weeds. Soil testing is also a key tool to use when diagnosing a particular problem such as poor turf color, low seed germination, bare spots and continuous disease susceptibility.
The pH scale is from 0 – 14 with 7.0 being neutral. Below 7.0 is considered acidic and above is considered alkaline conditions. The pH should be slightly acidic between 6.5 – 6.8 for ideal soil conditions. To raise or lower the pH level, a soil test is required to determine necessary amounts of amendments such as limestone or sulfur. Adding compost will also change the pH level and is recommended for soil conditions when the pH level is highly buffered or if the organic matter % is below 4%.
Turf grasses in our local area require a balanced combination of 16 different nutrients for the optimal growth. Soils with pH issues, deficient amounts of nutrients and low organic matter % will have various turf issues and generally will always have weed issues. We use a local independent testing laboratory for analysis and will send you a copy of the report with our recommendations.
After performing a soil test the testing laboratory will provide a detailed report of soil conditions which allows us at TurfGator to calculate the correct amount of amendments in lbs/1000 sq-ft. If the soil’s pH is outside of the optimum window of 6.5 – 6.8 amendments of limestone or sulfur are recommended and if the fertility of the soil is low amendments in nutrients should be added as well. Turf grasses in our local area require a combination of 16 different nutrients for the optimal growth. Soils with pH issues, deficient amounts of nutrients and low organic matter % will have various turf issues and generally will always have weed issues.
Many people overlook how important healthy, nutrient rich soil is to the success of a lawn care program. We treat thousands of lawns in our local area and with all things being equal in fertilizer, watering and cultural practices, the difference in appearance from one lawn to the next generally has to do with soil conditions. Compost is the product of controlled decomposition of organic matter that has been stabilized where it is beneficial to plant life. Compost will improve soil structure, increases the water-holding capacity of soil which is beneficial during summer months and encourages deep-rooting of grass plants. Compost can be added to a lawn at any time during the year, but most homeowners choose to have their lawn top-dressed with compost after an aeration.
Mulching is one of the most beneficial additional lawn services you can have done for your landscape areas and trees. Mulch helps landscape plants, shrubs and trees in water loss to evaporation, reduces the amount of weeds which ultimately competes for water and nutrients and mulch can improve the soil structure. Mulching around trees also provides protection from mowers and trimmers.
At TurfGator, we prefer to use dyed hardwood mulches because it maintains it’s appearance and does not sun fade like standard hardwood mulch. Most homeowners are able to go two years between re-mulching, so while the initial costs are higher it does save money in constantly adding new mulch.