It is important to do all you can to maintain a healthy lawn. This is the first step in reducing weed and insect pests.
1. Watering - Water deeply. Light watering encourages shallow rooting which makes for weaker grass and thatch formation. Water about once a week on average. The lawn needs about 1" of water per week. Check your sprinkler by placing a tin can on the lawn to see how long it takes to get 1" of water on your lawn.
2. Mow right away. Don't allow the grass to get too long between mowings. If you cut off too much at once, the grass will go brown. Removing more than 1/3 of the plant is very hard on the roots. Keep your blade sharp.
3. Mow high. Keep your mowing height at 3" for most of the season. A higher cut will provide more shade and keep the soil cooler and moister. The extra shade also discourages weeds, crabgrass and insect pests. Mow shorter near the end of the season, especially the last cut.
4. Thatch - Excessive thatch favours disease development and will harbour insects. Aerations are the first step to reduce thatch. Rake the lawn in the spring to dislodge surface thatch.
5. Fill in bare or thin areas with new grass. Weeds and crabgrass are less likely to get started in your lawn if you can get grass growing first. Grass seed will grow fairly early in the year before crabgrass or many weeds are active, but will sprout at any time if kept constantly moist. Fall is the best time to seed (Late August through September). Use “endophytic” perennial rye seed– turfgrass type that naturally resists insects.
Our professional team can help by doing things you cannot do or don't want to do.
1. Aerate the lawn. Aerations improve soil conditions. This in turn leads to a healthier lawn. Aeration helps to reduce thatch by increasing microbial activity. Aeration increases water retention and reduces soil compaction. Aerate yearly on normal lawns, twice a year on poor lawns.
2. Thicken the lawn. Dense root and top growth will crowd out weeds. A dense turf keeps sunlight away from the soil. Sunlight is necessary for many weed seeds to germinate. Turf King has several types of organic fertilizers that will feed your lawn naturally and slowly. Build a healthy soil environment that encourages beneficial microorganisms. They improve soil structure. They decompose clippings and thatch releasing nutrients back into the soil. We also have a completely natural fertilizer available. Please inquire.
3. Mechanical dethatching by Turf King can be done in severe cases of thatch. Follow with aeration.
4. Sometimes treatments are needed for severely infested lawns. Spot treatments of weed control, crabgrass control or insect controls are available if needed or desired. Please let us know how best to meet your needs.
5. Use new, all natural, Corn-tastic Fertilizer.
6. Provide additional advice on how best to care for your lawn.