Pest problems persist throughout the year. But as summer turns to autumn, there is another wave of nuisances that demand your attention. Fall armyworms are growing more active. And although they may seem harmless, they can leave some major damage on your property as they go along. So what can you do about them?
What are your plans for the fall? By the time summer ends, most homeowners only think about raking leaves. Still, that’s not all you can do. Because your lawn is about to go dormant for the season, you should do what you can to ensure that it is ready for next spring. That’s why reseeding can make such a considerable difference. The team here at On The Green is proud to say that aeration and over-seeding is one of our most popular services. So, with that in mind, how do you go about making sure it happens?
Every homeowner deserves to have a beautiful lawn. It’s something that inspires a lot of pride and showcases your landscaping skills to all of your friends, family, and neighbors. Doing yard maintenance amid a sweltering August doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of a good time. But all of your sweat, hard work, and determination will pay off in the end! Here are some fantastic lawn care tips that you should incorporate into your yard work routine!
How you mow the lawn matters. One of the easiest ways to keep your lawn looking good is to mow properly. Many factors determine a great mow job and seeing the results will make the extra effort worthwhile. Several points can answer this question for you. Let’s look at some of them!
Start Off With Sharp Blades
Sharp mower blades allow for a clean and even cut. A cleaner cut means the grass will heal sooner and reduce the moisture loss from mowing. Think of mowing as a type of pruning. When you’re pruning a tree limb, you want to use a sharp saw to cleanly cut the branch so it can properly heal at the cut. Ripping a branch versus cutting will result in extensive damage to the tree. An open wound will allow for insects or diseases to infect the wound and result in additional plant stress. Turfgrass is the same. Thus, sharper blades provide a clean cut that heals quickly and reduces stress to the plant and reduces the potential of infection.
Use The Right Equipment For The Right Job
Heavy equipment has no place on your lawn, right? Well, some homeowners have really big yards, and using large mowers or tractors saves time getting the job done fast. As convenience sometimes comes at a cost, this also applies to mowing your lawn. Larger equipment can stress the lawn making the lawn struggle especially during periods of high temperatures or drought. Using small equipment has its advantages and will go a long way to preserve the health of your lawn.
Directional Mowing Has It Perks
Most lawn owners love that “ballpark stripe” look. This aesthetic is accomplished via the directional patterns placed by the mower. Lighter stripes are formed when the mower is moving away from a viewing position and darker lines form when moving towards that same viewing point. The appearance of darker lines happens because the blades are pushed towards you creating a shadowed appearance or darker stripes. Mowing the lawn in alternate directions can make the lawn look good and it helps it stay healthy. Using new patterns with each mowing can limit tire compaction or stress over the same lines.
Too Short Is Bad
When considering how to keep the lawn strong and healthier it’s better to mow high. Tall Fescue lawns will balance the root system depth with the top growth. The higher you mow, the deeper the root will develop to support the height. Deeper roots have a vast number of advantages such as reaching moisture deep in the soil, access to more nutrients, and better recovery from stress. Higher grass also has many benefits such as protecting the crown of the grass from direct sunlight, more energy from increased photosynthesis from more plant tissue, and increased competition with lower-growing weeds.
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The lawn is the centerpiece of your home’s landscape. However, award-winning landscapes also need to have some other elements to tie everything together. If your trees and shrubs are suffering under the endless heat of late summer, it’s time to do something about that. One of our most valuable services at On The Green Lawn Care is our tree and shrub care program. So, how do some of the industry’s leading professionals handle this task? Let’s find out!
The summer of 2021 has been record-breaking. And, as it turns out, it’s not always a good thing. One of the negative trends we’ve seen is the rising cost of the turf seed and other resources. Shortages and dangerously high temperatures across the country have hit the crop-producing states even harder than most others. Reduced availability has led to sharp increases in prices. Acquiring the turf seed itself becomes more difficult. We would like to present you with some more details about what we mean.
How often do you water your lawn? More often than not, homeowners are unaware of how their watering practices impact the health of the grass they are attempting to keep alive and healthy. That’s why it’s such a good idea to take a step back. Rethink your approach, your methods, and your habits. Right now, we’ll go over some tips and tricks we’ve assembled for watering and mowing your lawn this summer.
Organic composting can help your home’s lawn thrive. Even though you might only associate this technique with your garden, it has a wider range of benefits than you expect. This time around, we’d like to discuss with you the reasons why organic composting is so important. What tips, tricks, and methods should you follow? We’re excited to share with you some great advice and pointers!
Although core aeration probably sounds unfamiliar, this technique is a big deal. It’s been well-proven that aerating your lawn helps it flourish. But why exactly is this the case? Another good question that often comes up has to do with the benefits of this process. Well, we are happy to tell you more about this approach as you strive to keep your lawn looking fabulous!
One of the worst parts of spring and summer is how the insects come alive again. Even though cicadas have gone dormant, there are other unwanted guests you’ll have to repel, for instance, ant colonies. They can get everywhere, and they’ll also do more than ruin your next picnic. Luckily, we here at On the Green are proud to say that we offer excellent ant control services. In the meantime, here are some great pointers on how to control existing ants and discourage further infestations from happening.
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