Why Caring For Your Lawn Is Important

The benefits & best practices to providing your lawn with the proper care it needs

Environmental Benefits

Having a nice healthy lawn is not just for show. A well-cared-for lawn has many practical benefits as well. Lawns work as a natural trap for dust and erosion control. About 12 million tons of dust are trapped annually by lawns in the U.S. alone. Healthy lawns also provide great protection for runoff because they can absorb about 6,000 gallons of water, preventing excess water from escaping. In addition to dust and runoff protection, lawns help substantially improve air quality. A 2,500 square foot lawn can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Not only providing oxygen, but the average lawn can also provide a cooling effect, working as efficiently as nine tons of air conditioning.

What goes into creating and maintaining a healthy lawn?

We all know that watering your lawn is important. However, we may not realize how important it really is. In order to maintain a healthy lawn, it’s recommended that you use about 1 inch of water per week preferably delivered over 2-3 watering sessions. Mowing is also a key factor in keeping your lawn in shape. The ideal mowing height would be at 2 ½ – 3 ½ inches in height and to not remove more than 1/3 of the grass’s overall height.

The next step would be to ensure that your lawn is receiving the proper nutrients it needs to grow and flourish. Fertilizer provides these key nutrients and is a great food for your lawn. This fertilizer should be a nitrogen compound that is applied in a ratio of 4lbs per 1,000 square feet over the course of the growing season. In the fall, fertilizer with potassium should be used in order to ensure proper root development. This will give your lawn the strength it needs to bounce back quickly in the spring!

The final key component to a beautiful and healthy lawn is to aerate. Aeration helps break down the thatch layer, which will allow nutrients and sunlight to penetrate the soil. In addition, aerating will break up compaction and give the roots more space to grow, allowing for a fuller, thicker lawn.

DIY vs Professional Service

In the world of DIY, people are always looking for easier, cheaper, and faster ways to create or accomplish something. Lawn care is no exception. Many people chose to take their lawn’s health into their own hands. With the information available today, a click of a button can teach us all we need to know about caring for our lawns. So why go with a professional company? The most obvious answer is to save you time and frustration! While lawn care can be done on your own, it requires large amounts of time dedicated to each step of the process. Lawn care companies specialize in just that: the care, health, and maintenance of your lawn. We know the perfect formulas, best products, proper times, and correct application to get your lawn in the best shape it can be. When a professional company is looking after your lawn, you have one less thing to worry about and more time to reap the benefits of a lush green oasis!

Fun Facts About Seeding

What you may or may not know about seeding

  • In 90% of turf areas right now, soil temperatures aren't even close to seed germination points
  • Southern sides of buildings might have enough warm soil -- with full sun exposure and the building reflects/radiates a little heat for the soil as we
  • Sod is grown from seed & it takes two years of growth and maturity before it is harvested out of a field with full sun, ideal nutrients, great soil conditions, and perfectly timed watering.
  • Seed takes at least two full seasons to fully establish and even then with most properties there are some areas that need some extra help or overseeded to become what sod would be.
  • It takes Ryegrass 3-4 days, Fescues 10-14 days, Bluegrasses 21+ days with ideal conditions for seeds to beak their shells & start the germination process
  • 3 full weeks of watering, before the turfgrass you really want to have germinated and mature (Bluegrass) even can be seen coming through the soil!!! 
  • Don't quit watering around that time because “the grass wasn’t coming in”  New seeding is a nutrient and watering COMMITMENT!!
  • Seedbeds must be kept moist all day long once soils reach the proper temperature
  • Short syringes of water multiple times during the day is best.
  • DO NOT allow the seedbed to dry out during the day!
  • Once a seed has cracked the shell – if it dies out, it will die & that plant is gone!
  • We seed with top quality tested and certified seed at rates that take some loss into consideration – not enough for neglected seedbeds though.
  • Start the next cycle of watering BEFORE the place you first began the previous watering cycle dries out. 
  • Standing in the yard in the morning and evening watering by hand doesn’t typically keep a seedbed moist all day long – it dries out mid-day.
  • Golf courses  – where is the turf thick and lush – full sun.  It will be thinner in shadier areas