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Benefits Of Good Mowing Practices

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The techniques you use for mowing the lawn do actually matter.

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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On The Green, Inc. was established back in 1994. We started as a small business that served the local area. In the decades since, we’ve expanded tremendously. Incorporated in 1997,  our brand has become renowned throughout the state of Maryland. Do you adore social media? Email us at [email protected], call us at 410-695-0444, and find us at our street address: 777 Annapolis Road, Gambrills, Maryland 21054. Grow with us on Facebook and Google!

Tree and Shrub Care: Crucial Fertilization Techniques by Professionals

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Trunk sprays, also known as systemic bark sprays, are another critical addition to the arsenal of fertilization and lawn care solutions that professional programs hinge on.

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!

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A Discussion of The Rising Prices of Turf Seed in 2021

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One of the negative trends we’ve seen is the rising cost of the turf seed and other resources.

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. 

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The Importance of Watering Practices: Why You Should Adjust Your Methods

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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.

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. 

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The Benefits of Organic Composting Methods

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Organic composting can help your home’s lawn thrive.

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! 

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How Can Core Aeration Help Your Lawn Thrive?

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Although core aeration probably sounds unfamiliar, this technique is a big deal.

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!

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Ant Control Tips: How to Eliminate These Annoying Pests

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Luckily, we here at On the Green are proud to say that we offer excellent ant control services.

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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Common Summer Turfgrass Diseases Part 3: Dollar Spot

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Now it’s time to sit down and have a better look at another common turfgrass disease that crops up in the summertime: the troublesome dollar spot infection.

Keeping your turfgrass safe from fungal diseases is an essential part of lawn care. Lawn fungi can take various forms, and they are all incredibly damaging to your home’s landscape. Over the past couple of weeks, we have discussed the appearances and aftereffects of brown spot disease and gray leaf spot disease. Now it’s time to sit down and have a better look at another common turfgrass disease that crops up in the summertime: the troublesome dollar spot infection.

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Common Summer Turfgrass Diseases Part 2: Brown Patch

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Brown Patch is one of the most commonly seen types of turfgrass disease.

Brown Patch is one of the most commonly seen types of turfgrass disease. While you might have heard of a similar term (summer patch), the two are not identical. Identifying, controlling, and preventing brown patch disease sounds complex, but it doesn’t need to be. By working with the pros at On the Green, Inc., you can make sure your lawn looks beautiful until Labor Day and beyond!

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Common Summer Turfgrass Diseases, Part 1: Gray Leaf Spot

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Many different turfgrass diseases can ruin your lawn.

Many different turfgrass diseases can ruin your lawn. While some of the more common include Brown Patch and Dollar Spot, one you may not have heard of often enough is called Gray Leaf Spot. Also known as GLS, this affliction is highly destructive to your lawn. Today, we present a deep dive into this disease caused by a fungal pathogen known as Pyricularia grisea. The pathogen destroys the turf it infects because it kills off the blades. Brand new seedlings are particularly vulnerable, so if you plan on seeding soon, here is what you should know! 

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James Cunningham

James Cunningham

“This our sixth season with On The Green. They installed our irrigation system and have maintained our lawns. This a very well run family company with personal service. I would highly recommend this company. I give them five stars in my book. I am a well satisfied customer.”

Lynda Todd-Sanchez

Lynda Todd-Sanchez

"I moved into the house I grew up in. There was nothing but weeds and tons of bare spots. This will be my second season with On the Green. I have to admit my grass almost looks like a carpet. I highly recommend this company they're affordable dependable and very easy to work with."

Edna Smith Miller

Edna Smith Miller

"On The Green is the BEST! I have used other companies, but there is no comparison. I was just admiring my lawn this morning - saying that it is beautiful and looks like a green carpet. In addition to my lawn care, they also service my in-ground sprinkler system. Customer service is top-notch."

Gary Griffiths

Gary Griffiths

"We recently hired On the Green to take care of our yard. Our grass is starting to look better. Today they showed up to clean up the leaves and other things that blow into our yard from the park across the road. These two guys did a fantastic job. We have a low sitting deck and they managed to get the leaves out from under it. On the Green has a 5 star rating with us."

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