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Water and Your Lawn: Best Practices for Watering Your Lawn, Ways to Water Your Lawn and A Couple Of Our Favorite Products

When should I water my lawn? How should do it? How much should I water my lawn? Should I buy a sprinkler system? Or, should I just wait for the rain?

We answer all of your questions!

We all want a perfect lawn. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that go into getting that perfect lawn – some of which we can control, and others we can’t. One important element we can control is how we water the lawn.

In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips and tricks on the best way to water your lawn so that it is healthy and green all season long!

Need some extra help with your watering schedule, and want to make sure you’re watering correctly for all of the products you’re applying throughout the season? No problem! Check out the Lawn Serv Subscription plans–all of which include custom plans and support throughout the season!

Why does your lawn need to be watered?

Water is essential for keeping your lawn healthy and vibrant. Without regular hydration, grass will become dried out, patches can appear, and weeds can quickly overtake any unhealthy areas.

Even the hardiest of grasses needs water to survive the harsh summer temperatures and provide you with a lush green yard that you’ll be proud of. To survive the hot weather, your grass needs sufficient water in the root zone–where water absorption takes place. The extensive underground root system will soak up and “save” water when it rains in order to keep the plant alive. So, make sure to keep the soil moist when possible, and keep those grass roots healthy!

Depending on your climate, you should aim to water your lawn at least once per week, if not more frequently.

But, established and properly cared-for lawns can also survive weeks without water (by going dormant then recovering when rain returns). So, how do we figure out the right watering schedule? Read on to find out!

Planning ahead is key to making sure your lawn receives enough water, so consider investing in a sprinkler system or setting reminders on your calendar. Taking good care of your lawn may require extra effort now, but you’ll be thanking yourself later when you have an enviable outdoor living space.

The Different Ways You Can Water Your Lawn

There are a few ways to water your lawn, but it is important to know which methods are best for achieving optimal results.

Sprinklers provide a convenient and cost-effective way to deliver the needed amount of water evenly, however underground irrigation systems provide a more efficient method of delivery as they require less surface area and can reduce runoff loss. (One of our favorites: the Melnor Turbo Oscillating Sprinker)

One really cool addition to sprinklers is a sprinkler timer. These handy (and fairly inexpensive) gadgets will help to schedule watering (and some even help with water flow or sprinkler flow rate) so you can program the ideal time to water.

In ground sprinklers, or an irrigation system can provide coverage for an entire lawn. These systems usually consist of a network of sprinkler heads (installed with new lawns or can also be installed in an established lawn) connected through underground tubing, and a control system. The size and number of sprinkler heads usually depends on your lawn’s square footage. While a sprinkler system is significantly higher priced, it provides highly-efficient, proper watering for your lawn.

Hand-watering with a garden hose or soaker hose (a good quality garden hose–like these anti-kink ones–is critical for great lawn care!) is an effective way to control weeds and maximize soil penetration, while rain collected in barrels is an environmentally friendly choice that conserves water bills.

Ultimately, the best watering method will depend on your particular climate and soil type, so do some research to find what works best for you.

Rain Barrels: Why We Love Them

Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and reduce your water bill.

They provide an environmentally friendly and efficient way to collect rainwater, which can then be used to water your lawn or garden.

Rain barrels can help save up to 1,300 gallons of water per year, depending on the size of the barrel and the amount of rainfall in your area. Not only do they decrease residential water consumption, but they also help with stormwater runoff by reducing erosion and flooding.

A rain barrel is easy to set up and can be connected directly to your downspout or gutter system. With a simple DIY setup, you can capture rainwater that would otherwise go to waste and use it for irrigation or other household needs instead.

Rain barrels are an excellent choice for any homeowner looking to save money (and, they don’t need to be super expensive–lots of good quality ones available) while helping the environment at the same time–and ultimately provide a great watering system!

Best Practices for Lawn Watering

Making sure your lawn has sufficient water (and, ultimately, soil moisture) is a vital part of any landscaping plan and can help you keep your grass healthy and green. However, it’s important not to overwater your lawn, as this could lead to disease and rot.

To ensure you get the best results when you water your lawn, there are a few easy steps to follow.

Firstly, if your soil has good drainage, try to water deeply but less frequently; this will encourage the roots of your grass to grow deeper. Secondly, make sure that you’re spreading the water evenly across your lawn; invest in a hose with an adjustable nozzle so you can adjust the pressure and spray pattern for maximum coverage.

If you have an area of heavy shade, try using mulch or a ground cover flower in that location; this will reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation and runoff.

Finally, don’t forget about aeration – it’s especially important for soil that hasn’t been aerated for some time since this will increase its ability to absorb water more efficiently.

With these practices in mind, you’ll be able to keep your lawn looking beautiful all year round!

How Much Should I Water My Lawn?

Established lawns should be watered until the top 6 to 8 inches of soil is wet. Most lawns need 1-1.5 inches of water per week, either from rain or watering. This amount can either be applied during a single session or divided into two sessions throughout the week. For the best results, try watering deeply once or twice instead of watering just a little each day.

One trick that sounds crazy but works well is to place a couple of tuna cans or cat food cans on your lawn when you’re watering. Once the tuna cans fill up with water, you’ve applied ~1 inch of water!

There are some exceptions to this rule, though. One particular example would be newly planted grass seed. When you are establishing a new lawn via grass seed, you should make sure the top inch of soil is moist pretty much at all times until your grass is really growing!

New grass/newly seeded lawns typically have a shallow root system, so generally needs more water to get established compared with more mature grass.

Another example would be freshly sodded lawns, which should be watered consistently until the root systems have had a chance to take hold permanently.

Ideally, you’re not trying to grow grass during the peak hot summer months, though, so this goal should be much easier in the Spring and Fall.

When Is the Best Time to Water My Lawn?

If the lawn is starting to wilt, or appears to be a dull green, it needs water!

One quick way to tell if your grass needs water is to pay close attention to what happens when you walk on it. If your footprints stay after you’ve walked off of the lawn, that means that the grass doesn’t have the moisture needed to spring back up. 

So, once you’ve decided your lawn needs water, what time during the day is best?

Watering in the early morning (before 10am) is best for absorption by grass roots, while watering between 4 and 6pm allows blades time to dry before nightfall. But, be careful not to water too late (and never water your grass overnight)–late evening watering increases chances of disease becoming prevalent in your lawn.

Why You Shouldn’t Overwater Your Lawn

It’s easy to want to give your lawn that extra bit of TLC, but in the process of being overprotective, you could be doing more harm than good. It’s kind of like Goldilocks–you need just the right amount of water!

You may not realize it, but overwatering your lawn can result in a number of issues.

Firstly, it is increasingly likely that you will end up with patches and clumping of the grass, causing an uneven or spongy texture.

Additionally, when watered too much you can promote many different kinds of lawn diseases, which generates a number of lawn problems (and lots of wasted water).

Therefore, it is recommended to stick to consistent practices with regards to lawn watering so you can keep your garden looking vibrant and healthy!

Tips for Conserving Water When You Water Your Lawn

Saving water is essential for protecting the environment, and when it comes to watering your lawn, there are several easy steps you can take to conserve this vital resource.

You should always avoid watering during the hottest parts of the day, as much of the water will be lost to evaporation and won’t benefit your lawn. Instead, plan on watering early in the morning or late at night.

Additionally, choose a setting that is gentle enough to help prevent runoff while still providing moisture – anything more than a light misting is likely to wet areas too heavily.

Finally, don’t forget that natural rainfall also counts towards your lawn’s water needs! Incorporating these tips into your watering routine will ensure you use less water while still keeping your lawn healthy and green.

Some of Our Favorite Products to Help with Lawn Care

Taking care of your lawn can be a lot easier when you have the right tools for the job. From specialty sprinklers to nutrient-rich soil, there’s something for every homeowner.

Here we review some of our favorite products that make lawn care a breeze. For an effective way to disperse water evenly throughout your lawn, special hose attachment sprinklers are essential.

Fertilizers and soil nutriments are great for helping your lawn reach its full potential, ensuring it stays healthy all year round.

Finally, for those hard-to-reach places, get yourself a high-powered pressure washer to give your grass the deep clean it deserves. We hope these products help you with any lawn care project!

A healthy lawn is a beautiful lawn. And while it may take some extra effort on your part to ensure that it stays green and gorgeous all season long, it will be worth it in the end!

By following the tips in this blog post, you’ll be well on your way to having a lush, full lawn that you can be proud of – and that your neighbors will definitely envy.

Watering your lawn doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming – just follow our simple tips and you’ll see great results and a beautiful green lawn in no time.

Trust us, your lawn will thank you for it!

The Ultimate Guide to Crabgrass: What is Crabgrass, How Can I Prevent Crabgrass, and How Can I Get Rid of Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is one of the most common lawn weeds in America. It’s a tenacious plant that can be difficult to get rid of once it gets started. Knowing how to identify crabgrass and how to prevent it from getting a foothold in your lawn is the best way to keep your yard looking its best.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about crabgrass, from what it is and how it grows, to the best ways to get rid of it.

By the time you’re finished reading, you’ll be an expert on this pesky weed (but, don’t worry, if you still need help, our Lawn Serv Subscription Plans include crabgrass control–we’re here to help)!

What is crabgrass and why does it grow in my lawn?

Summer lawn maintenance begins in the spring and an important consideration when preparing your lawn is pre-emergent weed control.

In fact, while the temperature does impact plant growth, it’s really the soil temperature that you need to watch out for, as this determines weed seed germination.

If you can apply your pre-emergent weed control at the right time, most products on the market work extremely well against crabgrass (and broadleaf weeds too!). If you’re looking for a lawn that’s free of weeds, controlling crabgrass early is critical.

Crabgrass reproduces through underground stems and seed heads that are spread by the wind, making it incredibly difficult to remove without pre-emergent weed control strategies.

Crabgrass spreads easily and quickly–each of the individual crabgrass plants in your lawn can generate 150,000 crabgrass seeds!

Each of these crabgrass seeds can then spread, turn into a crabgrass plant, and the cycle continues throughout the growing season! Crabgrass grows vigorously in the summer and can quickly choke out other vegetation, which can hurt your good grass’ ability to survive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent and treat crabgrass infestations through lawn maintenance techniques such as overseeding, proper mowing height and soil aeration.

Taking preventive steps early in the spring will go a long way towards achieving a luscious lawn come summertime!

How do I know if I Have Crabgrass In My Lawn? How to Identify Crabgrass

Crabgrass (Digitaria) is a tough, low-growing annual weed with many stems. It has a procumbent growth habit and eludes mower blades when lawns are cut. Its stalk that bears flowers and seeds is very tough and can withstand foot traffic in high-traffic areas, so it is a very durable plant!

Crabgrass looks like coarse light green clumps of grass with sprawling stems resembling the legs of a crab; it may be mistaken for fescue grass but color and size serve as good differentiators to recognize it accurately.

Young crabgrass blades have the thickness of a pencil while older ones get heavy, fall, become scraggly, displaying star-shaped patterns in the middle.

Types of Crabgrass

There are two types of crabgrass species: hairy and smooth.

Hairy crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the most commonly found type in North America, and its dark green leaves have a rough, bristly texture.

It grows in clumps and can reach heights of up to 8 inches when mature. Its seed heads are usually reddish-brown or purplish in color and grow on the end of long stalks, which makes it relatively easy to identify.

Smooth crabgrass (Digitaria ischaemum) has much finer hair than its hairy cousin, and its leaves tend to be lighter in color with a smooth texture.

It also tends to grow lower to the ground than hairy crabgrass, reaching only about 2 inches at maturity. Unlike large or hairy crabgrass, it does not produce seed heads; instead, it reproduces through underground stems called rhizomes which spread outward quickly and make eradication difficult once established.

Both types of crabgrass thrive in dryer environments with full sun exposure and require pre-emergent weed control strategies for effective management.

Proper mowing height, overseeding, aerating the soil, and spot treatment with herbicides are all important steps that should be taken in order to prevent or control an infestation of this pesky weed.

How can I prevent crabgrass from growing in my lawn?

Lawns are susceptible to crabgrass invasions each year, but fortunately there are measures you can take to help prevent it from taking over, including chemical controls and prevention.

The most beneficial pre-emergent step you can take is applying pre-emergent weed control during the optimum time in which crabgrass begins germinating. Depending on the climate, this window of opportunity occurs anytime between late winter and early spring when soil temperatures start to warm up. When soil temperatures start to reach ~55°F for four to five days, that’s when crabgrass seedlings really start to wake up and grow, so this is the ideal time to prevent a crabgrass infestation. For most cool season grasses, seeds germinate around March/April, while warm-season grasses (such as St. Augustine grass) may even see these soil temperatures all year round.

Additionally, keeping an eye on your soil temperatures (early summer and spring in particular) can help reduce the spread of dry crabgrass seeds in your yard and maintain a lush lawn all season long.

With proper pre-emergent care, you can protect your yard from crabgrass and keep your lawn looking its best all summer long.

How can I get rid of crabgrass that’s already growing in my lawn?

If you have crabgrass growing in your lawn, it is definitely time to take action!

Hand-pulling crabgrass

Full-lawn weed control application

One of the best ways to get rid of this pesky weed is to use a ready-to-spray product that won’t harm or kill the grass around it. And, this is likely the most effective way to kill crabgrass while also preventing it from setting seed (very important for control!).

In this case, post-emergent herbicides are used. These come in two types: selective and non-selective.

Ready-to-Spray products come in several varieties, but there are some effective products that tackle both crabgrass and other weeds (one of our favorites: Ortho WeedClear Lawn Weed Killer)

Selective herbicides target specific weeds or plant categories, while non-selective kill all plants, including those you might want to keep (non-selective herbicides kill all plants, so these products are usually used on patios, driveways, etc. and not really on lawns unless they are REALLY infested with weeds!). If you have any other plants in the area that you want to keep, a selective post-emergent herbicide should be chosen that targets crabgrass specifically.

Spot-treatment for crabgrass elimination

When spot treating, be sure to carefully spray the leaves and stems of the crabgrass and nothing else. For smaller lawns, there are effective products that come in spray bottles, so they are very easy to apply. But, for larger lawns, you may want to look for an effective concentrate product. Reapplication may be necessary if you are dealing with a particularly stubborn patch.

Additionally, regularly controlling weeds when they first appear can help to reduce future outbreaks of crabgrass. Taking these steps will help keep your lawn free of crabgrass so you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy lawn all season long!

Importantly, once crabgrass dies, it’s important that you remove the dead crabgrass–other weeds thrive in thick thatch buildup!

Maintain a healthy lawn

Maintaining a healthy lawn is the best way to prevent weeds, like crabgrass, from invading. Regularly mowing the grass to the correct height, overseeding thin patches with new grass seed, and aerating to improve root development can help create an environment that is less hospitable for weed growth.

Furthermore, applying pre-emergent herbicides at the appropriate time of year can help reduce the spread of weed seeds and protect your lawn from an infestation. Spot treatments are also effective in eliminating existing crabgrass (and other weeds), but must be done carefully so as not to harm any surrounding desirable plants or grasses.

Regular maintenance is the key: regularly controlling weeds when they first appear can greatly help reduce future outbreaks of crabgrass.

Taking these steps will ensure that your lawn is kept healthy and free of invasive weed growth throughout the season by blocking their initial germination process before it even starts. When taking care of your lawn, be sure to avoid over fertilizing or over watering; both can cause excessive weed germination and unhealthy conditions for grass growth.

With proper maintenance and care, you should have a lush green lawn all season long!

Should I be concerned about crabgrass, or is it just a nuisance weed?

If the question is whether you should be concerned about crabgrass, the answer is a resounding yes! Crabgrass can quickly take over your lawn, smothering beneficial grass species and creating an unsightly weed patch. The roots of crabgrass can reach depths of 12 inches, meaning it’s difficult to uprooted without significant effort – it can even spread from one lawn to another.

However, with timely and effective management techniques, such as pre-emergence herbicides, careful soil maintenance and proper mowing schedules, you can effectively manage crabgrass and prevent it from taking over your lawn. Additionally, more tolerant turfgrass species are available for those wanting a more low-maintenance option when it comes to avoiding crabgrass outbreaks. With some simple tips and preventive measures in mind, you can avoid being overrun by unwanted weeds like crabgrass.

Crabgrass prevention tips for next year

Taking preventative steps to limit the growth of crabgrass in your yard next year can save you time and energy fighting an onslaught of this pesky weed. One of the best ways to start is by taking care of your lawn throughout the growing season. Regular tasks such as cutting, aerating, and fertilizing will keep your grass healthy and strong, presenting a tougher barrier for crabgrass to penetrate. It’s also important to mow at the proper height – short enough for a neat appearance but not too short that you’re weakening or scalping the grass itself. Regularly check on any areas of your lawn that may be susceptible to bare soil exposure or standing water; these areas are commonly prime spots for crabgrass to sprout. Finally, apply a pre-emergent fertilizer early in the season – doing this before you see signs of trouble can help to ward off potential crabgrass down the line.

The bottom line on crabgrass

When it comes to crabgrass, the bottom line is that prevention is key. Taking preventative steps such as overseeding your lawn and maintaining a healthy soil pH level can go a long way to helping reduce the chances of an infestation. If you are dealing with existing crabgrass, prompt action is important in order to reduce its spread. Applying an herbicide approved for use on lawns may be necessary to help control the growth, but if not done properly it could also damage your grass. So get informed on the best options available and decide what will work best for you and your lawn before taking action.

Crabgrass is a problem for many homeowners because it’s unsightly and difficult to get rid of. But by following the tips in this article, you can keep crabgrass out of your lawn and have a beautiful yard that you can be proud of. Thanks for reading!

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Unlock the Secrets of a Lush Green Lawn: Learn the Best Practices for Fertilizing Your Yard

Creating a healthy and beautiful lawn starts with understanding how to properly fertilize it. No matter if you’re just starting out in landscaping or if you’ve been keeping up with the excellent care of your yard for years, knowing what type of fertilizer to use and when is essential for lush green grass all year round.

Unlocking the secrets behind achieving a flourishing lawn only takes learning some simple best practices that will make fertilizing as easy as one-two-three – here are our top tips!

Introduction: What is Fertilizing and Why Is It Important?

Fertilizing is the process of adding essential nutrients to soil in order to enhance its fertility and promote healthy plant (grass) growth. This practice is vitally important because it helps replenish lost nutrient levels in the soil due to soil erosion, leaching, and crop removal.

Additionally, fertilizing can be used to address deficiencies that naturally occur in soils such as a lack of nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium. These three nutrients are vital for plant health and growth; without them, plants cannot grow properly.

Fertilizing also helps plants resist disease and pests as well as improve yields.

As a result, using organic fertilizers as much as possibly is generally preferred over traditional fertilizers since they are more sustainable and produce great results!

Organic fertilizers help improve soil structure, which allows water and air to penetrate deeper into the soil and can result in better root development for plants. Furthermore, organic fertilizer releases slowly over time providing consistent nourishment for crops throughout their growing season.

By using the right fertilizer approach–including the right product, right timing, right application, and right program–your lawn will be beautiful all year long!

Let’s take a quick step back … do I even need fertilizer on my lawn??

Great question! One of the reasons we started Lawn Serv was to ensure that lawn care was super easy and–most of all–super efficient! Meaning, we wanted to make sure that America’s lawns were getting exactly what they needed, and only that! Some lawns need lots of love, including high-quality lawn foods/fertilizers, nutrients and amendments. Some don’t. But, the only way to tell is to do a high-quality, comprehensive soil test (note: all of our Lawn Serv subscription plans include free soil testing!).

Once you have the results of your soil test, it will be very clear what kinds of love your specific lawn needs!

What Type of Fertilizer Should I Use for My Lawn?

Fertilizers are an essential part of gardening and landscaping. They help to ensure that plants and turf receive the nutrients they need to thrive. However, it is important to understand the different types of fertilizers available and when to use them in order to get the best results.

And, when it comes to taking care of your lawn, choosing the right type of fertilizer is an important part of keeping your grass healthy. Depending on the type and condition of your soil, certain types of fertilizer will be more beneficial than others. Knowing which type to use can help ensure that you are providing the best possible nutrition for your grass.

Different Types of Fertilizers and When to Use Them

Organic fertilizers are made from natural sources such as bone meal, fish emulsion, manure and compost.

Organic fertilizers provide essential nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium that help plants grow. They also gradually release their nutrients over time, meaning they don’t need to be applied as often as chemical-based fertilizers.

Organic fertilizers slowly release nutrients over time, helping to build up healthy soil that can continue to nurture plants long-term.

Organic fertilizer is often used when establishing a new garden or lawn or as a supplement in established gardens throughout the growing season.

By using organic fertilizers, you can also help improve the soil structure and add vital organic matter to your lawn that helps retain moisture and promote healthy growth.

Synthetic or chemical-based fertilizers are a blend of minerals and other chemicals that provide fast-acting nutrients in a concentrated form. Chemical-based fertilizers may provide quick results but it is important to make sure you only use them according to the instructions on the package.

Synthetic fertilizers are chemical compounds made up of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These minerals help promote plant growth while also providing essential nutrients like calcium and magnesium. Synthetic fertilizer is quick-acting and helps plants reach peak performance more quickly than organic methods do, making it ideal for large-scale commercial operations or fast-growing crops like vegetables and fruits.

For optimal results in most cases it is best to combine both organic and synthetic fertilizers into your lawn care program.

This allows you to take advantage of both types of fertilizer’s benefits while avoiding some of their drawbacks.

Additionally, this approach can give you a better understanding of how much fertilizer should be applied per area in order to get the desired results without causing any damage or negative consequences for your lawn landscape or environment.

Finally, the time of year matters when deciding on how much fertilizer should be used as well. During periods when there is more active growth – usually during spring and fall – more fertilization is needed due to increased nutrient demand in order for plants to thrive properly. During summer months and periods with less active growth, less fertilization is necessary as there are fewer nutrients being used by plants at these times.

Slow-release fertilizers are a combination of both synthetic and organic ingredients that release nutrients into the soil at a gradual rate over several weeks or months. This method helps reduce nutrient runoff which can contribute to water pollution and allows plants to take in more nutrients without being overwhelmed by too much all at once. Slow-release fertilizers are often used in container gardens or with ornamental plants like trees and shrubs where stability is crucial for long-term health.

Liquid fertilizers provide an immediate boost for young seedlings or plants coming out of dormancy but can be washed away easily if not properly secured with mulch or other ground cover material. They may also be applied directly onto foliage where they will absorb quickly but require accurate application rates since they don’t last very long in the soil before needing reapplication.

Knowing what type of fertilizer is right for your garden or landscape will help you achieve optimal results while protecting your local environment from potential harm caused by chemical runoff or leaching into waterways. Understanding when each type should be used will maximize their effectiveness while minimizing any unintended consequences on nature’s balance.

How Do I Know How Much Fertilizer to Apply?

When it comes to applying fertilizer to your lawn, it is important to know how much fertilizer should be used. Too little and you won’t get the desired results, while too much can damage the environment and even your lawn. The amount of fertilizer that needs to be applied depends on several factors, including the type of grass you have, the size of your lawn, and the time of year. Knowing this information can help you determine just how much fertilizer should be applied (in addition to soil testing, of course!).

The first step in determining how much fertilizer should be applied is to determine what type of grass you have in your lawn. Different types of grass require different amounts of fertilizer, so it’s important to identify your grass type. Once you know this information, you can look up specific recommendations for how much fertilizer should be used for that particular grass type.

The next step is to measure the size of your lawn. This will give you an idea of how much total area needs to be covered with fertilizer when applying it.

You may also need additional measurements if there are any slopes or areas with higher levels of shade or drought tolerance that need special attention when fertilizing.

By taking into account all these factors – types of grass, size of lawn, and time of year – you can decide exactly how much fertilizer needs to be applied in order for your lawn to look its best!

Tips for Applying Fertilizer Effectively to Your Lawn

When it comes to applying fertilizer to your lawn, there are a few key tips and tricks to keep in mind. First and foremost, it’s important to read the label on the fertilizer package carefully before applying it. This will help ensure that you are using the right type of fertilizer for your lawn, as well as using the correct application rate for optimal results.

When possible, try to purchase fertilizer that is slow-release or “coated” with substances that control release rates, as this type of product can help reduce instances of runoff and leaching into nearby waterways.

In addition, it’s best to apply fertilizer only when grass is actively growing rather than during periods of dormancy.

If possible, avoid spreading fertilizer close to trees and shrubs; not only do they have different nutrient needs than turfgrass, but they may also be more sensitive to certain nutrients found in fertilizers.

Once you’ve applied the fertilizer, the general rule is to water deeply after applying fertilizer – this will help the nutrients penetrate deeper into the soil and reach the roots of your grass where it can do its job more effectively. However, some fertilizers need time to absorb into the plants/soils, so make sure you read the specific label/directions carefully to ensure proper application.

Finally, make sure you have a good spreader! There are a ton of spreaders available on the market, including hand-held spreaders, push spreaders, and tow-behind spreaders. The most common type for a typical/medium-sized lawn is going to be a push spreader. These are usually $50-$100 for a decent one. For smaller lawns/sections of a lawn, you may be able to use a smaller, hand-held model. If you have a much larger yard, you may want to opt for a tow-behind spreader.

Common Mistakes People Make When Fertilizing Their Lawns

Lawn fertilization is an important part of lawn care, but it can also be a tricky process. If done incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good. Common mistakes people make when fertilizing their lawns include using too much fertilizer, not timing the application correctly, and not knowing what type of fertilizer to use for their particular type of grass.

When applying fertilizer to a lawn, it is important to use only the amount specified on the package. Too much fertilizer can result in nutrient overload, causing the grass to become too lush and grow too quickly. This leads to increased watering requirements and greater susceptibility to disease and pests. Furthermore, if the wrong kind of fertilizer is used or if none is used at all, the grass may lack adequate nutrients and become weak or thin out over time.

To ensure optimal growth and health, it is also important that fertilizers are applied during a specific window of time each season. Most fertilizers should be applied in springtime or late summer/early fall depending on your climate zone and type of grass you have in your yard. Applying at other times could mean missing out on nutrient absorption or overfeeding which can both lead to poor performance from your grass.

Finally, different types of grasses need different types of fertilizer specifically tailored to them; otherwise they may not get the nutrition they need for optimal growth and health. Before applying any type of fertilizer, research the best kind for your particular type of grass; for example some prefer nitrogen-rich fertilizers while others might require phosphorus-heavy mixtures instead. That way you will know your lawn is getting exactly what it needs when you apply fertilizer each season.

Conclusion: Final Tips for Maintaining a Healthy, Beautiful Lawn All Year Round

Maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn year round doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With proper care and attention, it’s easy to achieve the perfect outdoor space that you can enjoy all year long. The following tips will help you keep your lawn looking its best so you can take pride in it every time you step outside.

First and foremost, make sure your lawn is getting enough water.

It’s important to water your lawn regularly but not too much. You should also adjust the amount of water depending on the weather conditions – if it’s been very hot and dry, your lawn may need more water than usual.

If possible, install an irrigation system so that you don’t have to manually monitor how much water your lawn is receiving each day.

If possible, watering your lawn in the morning is best because:

  1. Watering your lawn in the morning is the best time for your grass to receive the optimal amount of water, as less is lost due to heat or wind.
  2. Morning hours are cooler and calmer, meaning that the water can absorb into the soil more easily and penetrate deeper.
  3. Watering in the morning gives your grass time to “drink” the water throughout the day, while watering at night promotes disease as the water absorbs slower, creating the ideal environment for fungus and other lawn disease.

The next step is to fertilize your lawn regularly. Fertilizing helps promote growth and ensure that your grass stays green and lush throughout the year. Make sure you use the right kind of fertilizer for your particular type of grass – this will ensure optimal results. Additionally, avoid over-fertilizing; too much fertilizer can damage or burn the roots of your grass.

You should also mow your lawn on a regular basis during its peak growing season (which typically runs from late spring through early fall).

Mowing helps keep weeds under control and gives the grass a neat, uniform appearance. Be sure to set the mower blades at a high setting– around 3 inches– so that you don’t scalp the grass when mowing. Also remember to sharpen or replace blades when necessary so they cut efficiently and don’t tear at the turf or leave uneven blades of grass behind when mowing.

Finally, if there are any bare spots in your lawn or areas where weeds seem to persist no matter what measures you take, try overseeding these areas with new seed blends designed for climate-specific turfgrass varieties in order to fill in these bald patches and prevent weeds from taking hold again. With regular care and maintenance like this, you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful outdoor space all year round!

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Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard – A Step-by-Step Guide for Homeowners

Having moles in your yard can be a painful reminder of what you don’t want – an unkempt garden, brown patches of grass and dirt mounds that just don’t seem to go away.

Unfortunately, when it comes to avoiding and getting rid of these pesky critters, many homeowners feel helpless or confused at the thought of trying something new.

But if you know how to deal with them appropriately, eliminating moles from your property doesn’t have to be so daunting – and that’s where this step-by-step guide comes in!

In this article, we will share tips on identifying whether you have moles burrowing around your home plus practical strategies for removing them once and for all.

Introduction: Overview of Moles and Why They are Unwanted

Moles are small mammals that live mainly underground, and can be found all over the world. They have long, pointed snouts, small eyes and ears, short legs and large curved claws perfect for digging underground tunnels. Moles are typically solitary animals, but some species do form colonies of up to 40 individuals.

Moles cause a lot of damage to lawns and gardens as they dig their tunnels looking for food such as worms and grubs, pushing up mounds of dirt as they go. The mounds of soil left behind by moles can disrupt the smoothness of turf grasses or flower beds, making them unappealing to look at or walk on. Besides being an eyesore in yards, mounds can also interrupt irrigation systems or create pathways for water runoff that further harms lawns.

Additionally, the mole’s tunneling can damage tree roots or even cut utility lines running underground.

In some cases, mole activity may also attract other pests such as skunks or raccoons who will feed off their insect prey attracted by the mole’s tunneling and feeding activities. This can lead to additional damage caused by these pests in yards or gardens.

For these reasons, many people find moles to be an unwelcome presence in their outdoor spaces and attempt various methods to deter them from taking up residence on their property.

Identifying a Mole Problem in Your Yard

Moles are small, but pesky mammals that can wreak havoc on your yard. They are most easily identified by the raised ridges of soil they leave behind as they tunnel through the ground. In addition to making your lawn look messy, moles can also do a lot of damage to it, such as uprooting and killing grass and plants, or digging holes that can be dangerous for people walking around in your yard.

The presence of moles also means there will be an increase in nuisance wildlife, such as snakes and voles, in the area due to their appetite for insect larvae and earthworms.

If you have a mole problem in your yard, the first step is to identify what type of mole you are dealing with. Moles come in a few different varieties – Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus), Star-nose mole (Condylura cristata), Townsend’s mole (Scapanus townsendii), Hairy-tailed mole (Parascalops breweri), Western Mole (Scapanus latimanus) – each one with its own particular habits and physical features. Once you have identified the type of mole you are dealing with, it will be easier to determine how best to go about getting rid of them from your property.

Trapping is one option for eliminating moles from your yard and involves setting up humane traps throughout the property where moles are active. Baits such as peanut butter or cricket bait can be used to attract moles into the traps where they can then be safely removed from the premises. Another option is using chemicals such as repellents or poisons that work by either making the area uninhabitable for moles or actually killing them off when ingested.

When attempting to get rid of a mole problem in your yard, it’s important to remember that prevention is key. Keeping your lawn trimmed and maintained is one way to deter moles since it makes their search for food difficult. You should also make sure not to overwater or overfertilize areas of your lawn since this can create an ideal environment for them to thrive in. Lastly, if all else fails, consider calling a professional pest control company who may have more advanced methods at their disposal likely increase your chances at successfully getting rid of any potential mole infestation on your property.

Effective Strategies to Remove Moles from Your Property

Moles are small burrowing mammals that can wreak havoc on lawns, gardens, and other areas of your property. These animals can ruin flower beds with their tunnels, eat away at turf grass, and create large molehills that can be an eyesore. Fortunately, there are several effective strategies to help you get rid of moles from your property.

The first step is to identify any signs of moles living on your property. This can include the presence of molehills or visible tunnels in the soil. If you do notice these signs of a mole’s activity, then it’s time to take action.

One of the most popular strategies for getting rid of moles is trapping them. The best way to trap a mole is by using a specially designed “mole trap” which has two scissor-like arms that close when triggered by a trip wire or bait.

You should place your traps near tunnels or paths where you’ve seen activity and check them every day until you catch the mole. When done properly, trapping can be one of the most efficient ways to remove moles from your property.

Another strategy for removing moles is using repellents such as castor oil or predator urine around the perimeter of your property to make it less attractive to moles. However, this strategy should only be used when other approaches have failed since repellents are usually only effective for a short period of time before needing to be reapplied.

Finally, another option for getting rid of moles is hiring a professional exterminator who will use methods like fumigation or poison baits to eliminate moles from your property safely and effectively. While this option may be more expensive than other methods, it may provide longer lasting results if done correctly.

In conclusion, there are several effective strategies available for removing moles from your property including trapping them with a specialized mole trap, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits. Before taking any action however it’s important to identify signs of mole activity and choose the best solution for your situation so that you can get rid of these troublesome pests quickly and efficiently!

Tips on How to Avoid Moles Coming Back

Moles are pesky creatures that love to burrow in the ground and wreak havoc on our lawns and gardens. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to prevent moles from coming back. The first step is to keep your lawn well-maintained. This means regularly mowing and edging your grass to promote healthy growth and discourage moles from taking up residence in your yard. Additionally, you should avoid overwatering your grass so that the soil doesn’t become too saturated and hospitable for mole activity.

It is also important to remove potential food sources such as worms and grubs, which moles feed on.

To do this, make sure you keep your lawn free of leaf litter, weeds, and other debris that could provide sustenance for these critters. You can also apply a grub killer as needed throughout the growing season to reduce the number of moles that may be attracted to your property.

Finally, it is beneficial to lay mole repellent or traps around the perimeter of your yard. This will help deter any nearby moles from deciding to move into your garden or flower beds. Many types of mole repellents use castor oil as their main active ingredient, so check labels carefully before applying them to ensure they don’t contain any toxic substances that could harm plants or animals in your area. Additionally, if you decide to purchase traps instead, make sure you check them regularly for signs of activity so you can dispose of any caught moles humanely and quickly.

Getting rid of moles in your lawn can be a challenging task. Fortunately, there are several strategies available to you including trapping them with specialized mole traps, using repellents around the perimeter, and hiring a professional exterminator who uses fumigation or targeted baits.

Additionally, it is important to make sure your yard stays well-maintained by regularly mowing and edging grass as well as removing potential food sources such as worms and grubs. Finally, laying down mole repellent or setting up traps around the perimeter will help deter any nearby moles from coming into your garden or flower beds. With these tips in mind, you should have no trouble keeping those pesky critters away!

How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds For Good!

  • The best way to get rid of lawn weeds is to prevent them from growing in the first place by using a high-quality grass seed and some key best practices for lawn care.
  • Dethatching or scarifying your lawn once or twice a year will disrupt the growth of weeds and allow for better absorption of light, moisture, and nutrients by the grass roots.
  • Digging up weeds by hand, especially those with long taproots, is an effective way to remove them. Be sure not to leave any root fragments behind as they can quickly regrow.
  • Keeping on top of mowing (without cutting the grass too short) and removing all clippings will help prevent weed seeds from spreading and will weaken existing weeds.
  • Fertilizing and aerating your lawn regularly will help establish strong growth that can better compete against weed growth.
  • Checking your soil’s pH level can also indicate whether lime or Sulphur treatments are necessary.

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Now, on to weed control!

Weeds are one of the most common and annoying problems gardeners face. Unwanted plants such as daisies, clover, and dandelions can quickly take over a lawn if left unchecked. But there’s no need to panic – with some patience and dedication you can get rid of weeds without using chemical herbicides or expensive treatments! In this blog post we’ll discuss eight simple tips for keeping your lawn weed-free: from clearing out big invasions with a trowel to regular mowing schedules, fertilizing your lawn, and checking pH levels. With these steps combined you’ll soon have a beautiful healthy lawn free from pesky weeds!

Choose the Right Grass Seed

A lush, green lawn is a great addition to any outdoor living space. But creating a beautiful lawn requires some work and planning. One of the most important aspects of having an attractive lawn is choosing the right grass seed mix. It’s important to pick a quality blend that will help you achieve beautiful results. Here are some tips on how to find the best grass seed mix for your needs. 

When selecting a grass seed mix, one of the first things you should consider is whether it is designed for residential or commercial use. Residential blends are typically designed specifically with homeowners in mind and provide higher-quality seeds than their commercial counterparts. This means fewer weeds and a healthier lawn overall. 

When shopping for grass seed mixes, you should also look for varieties that have a wide range of turfgrass types and varieties such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, or fine fescue instead of just one species. Having multiple types of turfgrass will create an even stronger foundation for your lawn and make it more resistant to disease, drought, and other environmental stresses. 

Finally, if possible try to opt for certified seed mixes with labels such as “Certified Turfgrass Seed” or “Organic Turfgrass Seed”. These labels indicate that the seeds have undergone extensive testing and are free of weed contaminants which can damage your lawn over time. Taking these steps can help ensure that your lawn has a good start and becomes an attractive feature in your outdoor living space! 

Creating a beautiful lawn can be rewarding but it does require some planning and effort. When it comes to selecting high quality grass seed mix there are several factors that you should be aware of in order to get the best results possible – from opting for residential or commercial blends depending on your needs, looking for a variety of turfgrass types in the mix, and seeking out certified or organic labels whenever possible. Following these tips can help ensure that you get the most out of your lawn care investments!

Need a recommendation? For most “Cool Season” lawns (those in the middle and Northern parts of the U.S.), we LOVE this Jonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra blend!

Don’t forget to de-thatch your lawn

Want to know how to get rid of lawn weeds? Dethatching or scarification is an effective approach for keeping them at bay. Wait until you’ve done the first few mows of spring and temperatures are at least 10 degrees Celsius (50°F). The process of scarification, or dethatching, will disrupt the weeds’ growth and can be performed with a scarifying rake or gas-powered tool.

This perforation of the soil’s surface allows light, moisture and essential nutrients to be more easily absorbed by the grass roots’ network, resulting in ‘lush, green growth and a healthier-looking lawn.’ Take a look at our guide on how to scarify a lawn to learn more.

Dig up Weeds by hand

Digging up weeds by hand can be a tedious but necessary task for keeping that lawn tidy and in check. The small trowel comes in useful for removing those pesky plant with long taproots such as dandelions, broad-leaved docks, and plantains – make sure you remove the full root rather than just its leaves.

After clearing out the bigger weed invasions, level the holes with compost, give a sprinkle of fresh grass seed and some water to finish off. Daisies and small clumps of clover can also be removed this same way thanks to their smaller roots. For less formal gardens however you may want to leave these pretty flowery additions alone! Just keep an eye out for couch grass as this weed is particularly difficult and difficult to destroy as it grows quickly from tiny fragments of its main root network.

If you’re unsure about any part of weeding check out our additional blogs for more tips!

Keep Up With Your Mowing Schedule

Knowing how to mow a lawn properly is a skill that most grass-owning-gardeners need to know. One of the most important things to remember is to not cut it too short, or when it’s frosted or wet, all of which can damage the turf. But mowing it in the right conditions, to the right height, will encourage strong, healthy grass. This will be better-equipped to out-grow weeds. If your lawn is already speckled with the likes of creeping thistle or common ragwort, then regular mowing is also a good way to get rid of them.

Be sure to add a clippings bag or box to your red lawnmower before you start mowing. That way, you’ll be less likely to spread the weed seeds around and cause even more weed growth. Removing all the seeds and cutting back the plant again and again will weaken them and prevent them from setting new seeds. With some patience and regular maintenance with your handy lawnmower, you’ll soon have a beautiful healthy lawn free from weeds!

Feed Your Lawn to Strengthen Your Grass!

Fertilizing your lawn with the right fertilizer is key for keeping weeds at bay and ensuring a healthy, lush lawn. A balanced fertilizer should be applied in late spring and autumn to provide essential nutrients for grass growth. Taking it one step further, aeration of the soil should be done a day or so before applying fertilizer. As well as allowing fertilizer to penetrate deep into the roots of the grass, aerating helps to break up compacted soil and improves drainage. With these steps combined, you will have your doorstep daisy-free in no time! Need more advice? Check out our spring lawn care tips article!

Check Your Lawn’s pH Level

It’s important to keep an eye on the pH of your lawn in order to ensure your grass is getting everything it needs to grow healthy and strong. Generally, soil should register at a level between 6.0 and 7.0 on your soil test. If the reading is below 7.0, then you may notice weeds such as dandelions emerging – this indicates that the soil is too acidic for normal grass growth. To correct this problem you can add lime to your lawn; likewise, if the reading is above 7.0 then you may need intervene with garden sulphur to give your grass the right amount of acidity in which to thrive.

Comprehensive soil testing is included with all of our Lawn Serv subscription plans, but if you’re just looking for a standalone soil test kit, that’s ok too! You can find those here.

Use Chemical Weed Killers/Prevention Only When Necessary

Sometimes (particularly when left untreated for several years in a row), weeds may just seem like they are taking over. When none of the organic or manual approaches seem to be working, there are very effective and targeted products available that will take care of most weed problems very quickly if used correctly.

These products typically are classified as either a “pre-emergent” weed control product (which target germinating seeds and are used to prevent weeds from sprouting) and “post-emergent” weed control (which target existing weeds, so are applied once you can see them above the soil). 

While weed control products should be selected very carefully, when used as directed they are extremely effective at controlling most kinds of weeds (there are some exceptions, which we’ll get into in our other blogs!). Most importantly, before you apply any weed control product, make sure you read the application and handling instructions on the label very carefully.

One of our favorites is a combined “pre- and post-emergent” weed control product. This also has long-lasting control, so it greatly reduces the number of applications needed, and let’s you focus on enjoying your lawn, not fighting weeds! (But, as always, please check the label carefully to make sure this works for your grass type!

Typical Lawn Disease & How to Fix IT

Maintaining a healthy, vigorously growing lawn is the best way to prevent a severe disease outbreak in turfgrass. Executing the lawn game plan with optimum amounts of water and fertilizer along side the right mowing regime is a solid start. Not forgetting to aerate and setup for well-drained soil is next level. If any of these factors are missing or in excess, the grass may become stressed and more susceptible to disease. NOT GOOD!

Many common diseases are active only under specific environmental conditions and with some lawn love can be put back on track in a short period of time. The key is taking action quickly when you see it! Getting down an appropriate fungicide might be needed to stop the spread and start to cure the disease. Bagging clippings when mowing will also help to stop the spread. Understanding the disease’s favorable conditions and doing your best to counteract those is going to be necessary. If excess water is a problem… turn off the irrigation, or try to regularly aerate your lawn annually as an example. We cannot control the weather so doing our best to react will keep us on our toes.

Red Tread Lawn

Red Thread. 
This disease is common under conditions of rising air temperatures 60°–75°F in spring with extended periods of leaf wetness and is likely prevalent where there are low levels of nitrogen in the soil. Red thread is a relatively harmless disease that can be used as a good indicator that it’s time to fertilize the lawn. Cool season grasses like fescue, ryegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, and bentgrass are most susceptible.

Brown Patch.
Brown patch appears as circular patches in the lawn that are brownish yellow in color and range from 6 inches to several feet in diameter. It affects all cool-season lawn grasses but is especially harmful to ryegrass and tall Fescue. Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescues can occasionally be affected, but the damage is usually minimal in these species. Brown patch also affects a variety of warm season grasses including St. Augustinegrass and Zoysiagrass. Brown patch is most likely to occur during extended periods of heat and humidity when night-time temperatures remain above 68° F.

Powdery Mildew
This fungal disease is common to many plants beyond grass even, each with its own species of the disease. Powdery mildew on lawns is most common on cool season grasses, Kentucky bluegrass specifically. Powdery mildew can appear quickly on a lawn, mainly in shady areas and more frequently during cloudy or overcast periods. The presence of powdery mildew is evident by a white dust appearance on the leaf blades.

Grey Leaf Spot

The conditions favoring this disease start with daytime temperatures of 85°–95°F along with high humidity or rainfall. The symptoms as seen in the picture below include irregular blighted patches of turf with bleached spots with dark edges to the spotting on the blades of grass.

Snow Mold
Will appear in the early spring as the snow melts. There are two types of snow mold. Grey snow mold and pink snow mold. Pink snow mold infects the crown of the plant and can cause more severe injury than gray snow mold which only infects the leaf tissue. Snow mold is caused when there is an extended period of snow cover on the ground that is not completely frozen. Snow mold more easily under leaves that have not been cleaned up before winter or with long grass that should have been mowed once more before winter set in.

HOW TO TREAT:

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Don’t forget that disease and fungus are normal parts of maintaining a lawn. You might see these problems every year or every few years depending on where you live in the country. Not your fault, just do what you can to try to maintain it and have fun working on solving the problems!

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How to fix bald spots in a lawn

Bald spots on a lawn are something every homeowner experiences at one point or another in their pursuit of the perfect lawn.  Typically these spots can be fixed with a few easy steps, some water, and a little patience.

Cause of Problem

Most important is to determine what caused the spot to develop in the first place.  Without determining the underlying issue there is the potential the spot could return regardless of how well of a repair was completed.  The following is a fairly extensive list of potential culprits, some of which may require a little detective work with a shovel.

Excessive foot traffic

Animal urine

Dull lawn mower blades

Scalping by cutting your grass too short

Chemical spills

Poor soil condition caused by thatched grass

Lack of fertilization

Buried rocks or other debris

Erosion from water runoff

Tree or shrub roots

Drought

Dormancy due to the type of grass planted

Grub infestation

Chinch bugs and other insects

Fungal disease

Once you’ve determined the underlying issue and corrected as necessary the area is now ready for  some prep work.

Prepare Soil

Just sprinkling seeds and hoping for the best is not recommended for best results.  If there is a thatch layer or any debris over the spot, remove it with an aggressive raking to expose the topsoil below.  Once the soil is exposed, loosen up the top inch or so and then spread evenly so the entire surface is level with the surrounding soil.  It the spot is lower than necessary, add some quality top soil to bring it up to the correct level. Keep in mind loosen soil will compact a bit over time, so if the area is up to a ½ higher than its surrounding, that is ok.  

Spread Seed

With the soil prepared properly it’s time to spread some grass seed.  Remember to choose a seed that is appropriate for your climate and sunlight exposure of the area you are repairing.  Typically spots are repaired when needed, but keep in mind, cool season grasses do best when planted in late summer to early fall, while warm season grasses perform best when the seed is sown in spring or early summer. Once seed is spread, lightly rake the area to work the seed into the soil, paying careful attention to keeping the seeds spread evenly.  

Cover

Covering the seed is not necessary, but can be beneficial for a few reasons.  A light cover of peat moss will help retain moisture until the grass is established, which is especially important when performing repairs during the more humid times of the season. Covering with a bit of compost or enriched soil will give the seeds a bit of a nutrient boost, but be careful not to bury the seeds to deep or there is a chance they will not germinate.  In the absence of covering with soil, peat, etc. it is a good idea to cover the area with some straw, which helps a bit with moisture retention, but more importantly keeps the newly strewn seed from becoming a hungry birds snack.

Water

Of course no how-to dealing with grass goes without mentioning watering.  Water the seeds in the early morning and evening until they germinate, but also check throughout the day to ensure the area never dries out.  When watering, water well, but not hard. A gentle spray, like raindrops, or even a mist, is necessary so the seeds do not get pushed around by an aggressive water stream.

Final Steps

Hold off on mowing until the grass blades are over 3 inches tall, and even after the first mowing,  let the area grow slightly longer than the rest of the lawn until the colors of the two match. There is no need to fertilize immediately, as experts tend to agree that starter fertilizers are not useful until after the grass is established. Within a few weeks the spot will barely be noticeable from the rest of your lawn, and within a month, the trouble area with be just a memory.  

10 Things We Love About Soil!

Why Test Soil

Let’s face it: not everyone wakes up thinking about soil and how amazing it is.  But, the reality is that soil is very much alive, so there is a lot to love! Soil contains vast amounts of living matter, including a wide variety of organisms that are beneficial to your grass.  Ultimately, maintaining a great lawn begins with maintaining a healthy soil base. Don’t worry, though, we’ll take care of all of the science behind it. For now, we’d love to share some of the amazing things we love about soil!  

10.  There are 70,000 different types of soil in the U.S.!

9.  1 Tablespoon of soil has more organisms in it than there are people on earth!

8.   1.4M earthworms can be found in an acre of cropland …

7.  … And each of these worms pass 15 TONS of dry soil through them each year!

6.  10% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are stored in the soil.

5.  The top 6 inches of an acre of top soil contains 20,000 pounds of living matter.

4.  Soil acts as a filter for underground water, filtering out pollutants.

3.  0.01% of Earth’s water is held in soil

2.  Soil plays a huge part in supporting planet’s biodiversity

1 .  At least 500 years(!) is needed to form one inch of top soil!

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NPK – The Science, What They Are and What They Do

Lawn Fertilizer Numbers

Quick Pro-Tip’s:

  • Nitrogen (N): nitrogen is the food that aids a lawn to grow quickly, taller, and develop a darker green color.
  • Phosphorus (P): phosphorus is responsible for root growth and helps aid new lawn development
  • Potassium (K): potassium is a nutrient responsible guards the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance.


You look outside and notice your grass is brown, patchy, and generally dry looking.  So, you decide to head to the store to get some fertilizer. But, what do all those fertilizer numbers mean?? And, what do you need for your lawn??  Well, the short answer is that it heavily depends on a professional soil test (free with the Lawn Serv program). But, more on that later. For now, let’s take a quick look at those fertilizer numbers, what they are, and what they mean for your lawn.

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What The “Fertilizer Numbers” Are:

  • Nitrogen (N), the first number: nitrogen is the food that helps a lawn to grow quickly, taller, and to develop a darker green color.
  • Phosphorus (P), the second number: phosphorus is responsible for root growth and helps aid new lawn development; phosphorus is often “0”, or very low, as there are restrictions around when and where phosphorus can be applied.
  • Potassium (K), the third number: potassium is a nutrient responsible for guarding the plant against diseases and aids in drought protection and cold tolerance.

These are three of the core nutrients used to amend soil to grow a lush green lawn. It’s what you see on the front of a fertilizer bag when you see for example 20-10-10 (or 20N-10P-10K).  That is the percentage (by weight) of the three major nutrients required for healthy grass growth, always in the same order nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K). Why don’t the the percentages equal 100 percent? That is because there are other nutrients and filler product in fertilizer mixtures. This filler helps to apply the nutrients evenly over an area.

N-P-K Organic Fertilizers (plant-based):

If you are looking for an organic option, your best bet is to find a plant-based, manure-based, or blended version of the NPK fertilizer. This allows for a balanced fertilizer that stimulates through beneficial soil microorganisms and improves the structure of the soil providing long term benefits. Some plant-based NPK fertilizer are developed with alfalfa meal, soy meal, seaweed based, and cottonseed meal. These organic plant based fertilizers break down easier and have faster absorption than most.

So, What Do These “Fertilizer Numbers” Mean For Your Lawn?

These numbers are very important as your grass needs different percentages depending on what time of year, climate, and soil composition.  For example, your lawn may need a boost of Phosphorus if you’re applying new seed, or may need a boost of Potassium late in the season to promote deep root growth for the winter.  The best way to determine exactly what your lawn needs is through a professional soil test, which we offer free as part of our Lawn Serv subscription box! And, as always, feel free to reach out with any questions; we’re here to help!

Cheers!

The Lawn Serv Team

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