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Lawn & Turf Renovation

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Our Lawn Renovation Includes:

  • Machine De-thatching & Aeration
  • Re-seeding & Fertilizer
  • Broad Leaf Weed Treatment

The Benefits of Lawn Renovation

  • Alleviates Compaction
  • Improves Drainage
  • Deters Pests & Fungus Growth
  • Improves Water & Nutrient Penetration
  • Achieves a Firmer, Greener, Healthier Lawn.

Why is important to have my lawn aerated and fertilized?

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Over time, your lawn can become compacted from human activity, pets, mowing and growth.  This can cause the soil to become compressed.  As your lawn continues to age, the air space within the soil compacts, and less air, nutrients and water can enter the crowded lawns roots.  Grass roots require oxygen, minerals and water to stay healthy.  If the roots don’t receive these important nutrients, this can result in poor growth, along with the lawn becoming susceptible to deterioration from pests and fungus.  Hunters can help your lawn receive everything it needs to help it become to become lush, green and healthy. Below we will discuss the various techniques we use to restore your lawn to health.

Dethatching – Clearing the way

Thatch is a build-up of organic matter such as dead leaves stems, and other debrie that often builds up faster in the lawn than it can decompose. Dethatching removes the dead material and helps restore the health of the grass.  (Contrary to popular belief, grass clippings do not contribute to thatch accumulation and should be left during mowing to allow the lawn to reuse the nutrients they contain.)
A lawn that has excessive thatch will feel spongy when trod upon. A layer thicker than 1/2 inch can prevent water, air, and fertilizer from reaching the roots, eventually ruining the lawn.  Significant thatch problems in lawns can also cause diseases by allowing moss and fungus to grow in the areas where grass has died. Reducing thatch increases the level of water, air and nutrients that can get through to the root zone of the grass blades.  Although dethatching can be done at any time, but the best time to dethatch is in the spring, just before grass begins its most vigorous growth.

Aerating – Restoring the breath of lifelawn-aeration-2

Like you, your lawn and the soil under it need to breathe. Aeration will remove small cores from your lawn’s soil, allowing it to breathe oxygen, nutrients and water to penetrate into the lawn’s root system.  Many lawns have compacted soil which restricts the movement of air and water to the roots.

Aerating your lawn has numerous benefits, including:

  • Improves penetration of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the soil
  • Relieves soil compaction
  • Helps manage thatch
  • Stimulates root growth

Aerating for cool-season grasses should be done in the fall whereas warm-season grasses fare better by aeration in the springtime. The most important factor in determining the appropriate timing for lawn aeration is your lawn’s climate and geography area.

Aerating cool season lawns:

  • Fall is the preferred time of year
  • Aerating lawns should be completed in late fall to allow for recovery prior to dormancy
  • Early spring aeration may also be performed.
  • Lawn aeration should not be done during the heat of summer or during winter dormancy.

Aerating warm season lawns:

  • The summer months are best after spring growth and before fall season.
  • Best to avoid aerating during spring or fall seasons or during winter dormancy.

Fertilizing

A lawn that is fertilized regularly helps it become drought resistant and better able to withstand pests and diseases. It is also far less likely to become weed infested.  Depending on the lawn and the season, fertilizing is best done at 6-8 weekly intervals.

Immediately after aerating your lawn, we will administer a high-grade fertilizer, allowing the nutrients from the fertilizer to infiltrate the lawn’s roots through the core openings created earlier by the aerator.  We will then ask you to water your lawn upon completion of the aeration and fertilization.  This aids the fertilizer to penetrate the lawn’s roots more effectively.

Broadleaf Weed Treatment

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Common Broadleaf Weeds

Dandelion, clover, chickweed, dollarweed, plantain and other perennial broadleaf weeds are among the most common and troublesome pest problems that afflict lawns. Seeds of broadleaf weeds occur naturally in all soils, and some can persist for 30 or more years. They are most likely to germinate when a lawn is thin and weakened through neglect,  as seeds are brought to the surface by human or pet traffic, or when the turf is damaged or killed by drought, heavy traffic, insect feeding, or disease activity.  While fertilizing, if warranted, we will also treat your lawn with a Eco-freindly broad leaf emergence treatment.
The best time to apply a general-purpose broadleaf herbicide is early September to early November. As winter approaches, perennial broadleaf weeds begin storing energy reserves within their stems and roots; an herbicide administered during this time has the best opportunity of completely permeating the plant.
The second best time is in the late spring or early summer period after the weeds have flowered. It is important to apply herbicides cautiously in the heat of summer, especially near ornamentals, trees, flowers, and vegetable gardens because herbicides subjected to heat often vaporize, causing unwanted drift which may land onto these plants, causing damage or even possibly killing them.
This is another reason why we prefer to apply these herbicides in the fall. Weeds such as bindweed, thistles, and wild violets are difficult to control because they spread by underground stems. Multiple herbicide applications may be necessary to completely control difficult perennial weeds, including dandelions.

Lawn-renovationOther Soil Treatments

Some fungi produce a waxy material during the natural process of breaking down organic matter.  This wax can coat soil particles, especially the large soil particles of sandy soils as well as some gravels.  This wax coating then prevents water from entering the soil, a condition known as hydrophobia or water repellent.

Broadleaf weed control is used if needed. Lime can also be applied to the lawn to raise the pH of the soil if it is too acidic.

 

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