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Lawn Care Tips
Properly mowing and watering your lawn is extremely important. Together they prevent and fight off weed and disease problems, while reducing heat stress during the summer months.Weekly lawn cuts are suggested. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade. Removing more than a 1/3 puts stress on grass cultivars, making them susceptible to insect complications and disease.

Why it is important to get a fall cleanup
Believe it or not, your lawn needs to breathe! Leaving all of the fall leaves covering your lawn this winter will smother it. Fall is the primary growth period for “cool season” lawn grasses which most lawns in the northern United State are composed of. Nutrients, water, adequate sun light and thriving in temperatures that are cooler, cool-season grasses rejuvenate themselves in the fall. Leaving the fallen leaves on your lawn can impede the growth of cool-season grasses.

Irrigation Systems Tips
It’s important to frequently check your irrigation system for misalligned or broken spinkler heads. If damaged, they can waste a substantial amount of water. Call us if you need repairs and we’ll send our irrigation technician directly to you.

Maintenance Tips
Early Summer: This time of year it is inevitable that weeds will poke through your beds. Unless they are kept after on a monthly basis, it’s difficult to keep up a manicured appearance. Many of our customers have added services to their program including weeding, raking, cleaning out, and turning over/refreshing mulch beds. The summer is also a good time to schedule your property for grub control.

Summer: It’s time to trim your trees and shrubs. Shapely trees and shrubs can compliment you and your home. It is important to remember that having your landscape professionally manicured helps protect your investment. Not only is your property pruned correctly and at the right time, but is also inspected for insect damage/disease that you may not have noticed otherwise.

We are regularly sharpening and adjusting our pruning equipment to properly trim your trees and shrubs. Our experience and knowledge ensures that your landscape is in good hands.

Fall: Planting small trees and shrubs in the fall will give the roots time to establish themselves rather than waiting for next spring. This is the perfect time to carefully prune and shape your trees and shrubs. Fertilizing in the fall will strengthen the lawn’s roots and give it a stronger base upon which to grow come spring. Two applications, one in October and a second in November, are recommended. Continue to mow and take care of weeds, but slow down on any watering you’re doing as your lawn does not need to “drink” as much now. With winter on its way soon, keep in mind that heavy snows or ice storms can damage shrubs. You may want to consider protecting them by wrapping them securely in burlap or by building a pole-shelter to keep the snow and ice off the flowering shrub.

Watering newly planted shrubs and trees
There is nothing more important than properly watering your newly planted trees and shrubs. Water establishes a good root system while reducing stress caused by transplantation. It is essential to water twice a day for the first three weeks. The best times to water are in the early morning and in the early evening. This will allow your trees and shrubs to absorb the water before the sun gets too hot mid day and before evening moisture can cause fungus to grow. YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM WILL NEED TO BE ADJUSTED TO ACCURATELY WATER NEWLY PLANTED VEGETATION! Irrigation systems are designed to water the top two inches of soil, not reaching deep enough to impact the roots of your trees and shrubs. Sprinkler heads and time adjustments can be made to adequately water your trees and shrubs. Mulching around your vegetation will also help cool the soil and keep it moist.

General Watering Instructions
1. During the spring, lawns should receive about 1 – 1-½ inches of water per week, either by irrigation or rain. During the hotter summer months, lawns should receive 1-½ – 2 inches of water per week, either by irrigation or rain. The easiest way to determine how much water your sprinkler system puts out is to place a container (ie, an ice cream bucket or a coffee can) in the yard while the system is running and see how much water accumulates in a 15 or 30 minute period. Use this information to program the sprinkler system accordingly.

2. Watering infrequently (1 – 2 times per week) and providing one inch of water each time forces grass roots to grow deeper as they follow the moisture levels down into the ground and is the best way to promote a deep, healthy root system.

3. The best time to water is early in the morning. This practice prevents evaporation of the water by sunlight and the dispersal of water droplets by wind, but still allows the lawn to dry out before diseases or fungi can develop.

70° – 80 °F When weather conditions are between 70° – 80 °F, it is recommended 1 ½” of water is needed per week to keep your lawn healthy.

80° – 90 °F When weather conditions are between 80° – 90 °F, it is recommended 2″ of water is needed per week to keep your lawn healthy.

90 °F and Above When weather conditions are between 90 °F and above, it is recommended 2 ½” of water is needed per week to keep your lawn healthy.


Beneficial Services

Overseeding Spread seed over existing turf area with rotary spreader to enhance root system and establish  new growth in problem areas.

Sliceseeding Power seeding in 3 – 5 directions (using Renovator machine) to penetrate thatch and enhance the root system, while establishing new growth in problem areas.

Aeration Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. GroundMasters uses core aerators that extract ½ inch diameter cores of soil 1.5 inches in depth and deposits them on your lawn. As lawns age or sustain heavy use from recreation, pets, foot/vehicle traffic and other activity, soil compaction can result. Compaction reduces pore space within the soil that would normally hold air. Your lawn requires oxygen to grow and absorb nutrients and water. Compaction negatively impacts this infiltration and creates a physical barrier to root growth, resulting in lawn deterioration and poor top growth. Lawn aeration presents the following benefits:  Aeration can only help your lawn and is recommended at least once a year. If in doubt about aeration, remove a small section of lawn and observe the root depth. If it is only 1 – 2 inches deep, your soil is compact and you will benefit from this service. Aeration is also suggested if the thatch layer is in excess of ½ inch or if you have heavy clay soil. Fall is a perfect time to aerate your lawn.

Please contact us with any questions.