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5 Best Ways to Seed Thin and Bare Lawn Areas

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Oct 29, 2019 9:04:14 AM
  1. Triple Core Aeration and Seed – The most effective way to build up your thin lawn is to Aerate and Seed. It not only opens up thousands of holes in your lawn for new grass to grow out of, it also loosens the soil to allow you existing grass to create new grass plants through a process called tillering.  While single and even double core aeration will give you good results, The Triple Aeration is the ultimate strategy for fast results and a great lawn.
  2. Machine Slice Seeding – All Slice Seeders are not created equal! Most of the rental machines are basically dethatchers with seed hoppers on them.  They truly effective machines are mostly sold and used commercially.  I have found that slice seeding a lawn that has been damaged in summer can really tear up the lawn.  This is not necessarily a bad thing if you rake up excess debris after the seed is cut in. 
  3. Hydroseeding – This process is often thought of as an effective way to overseed an existing thin lawn. The problem is if the soil is not loose, it is very hard for the Hydroseed to incorporate and stabilize and therefore is less effective.  It is however and excellent way to stabilize newly fine-grade topsoil and provides a very good result for those new lawn installations.
  4. Garden Weasel and Seed – This is the perfect way to patch-up those little bare spots and thin areas alone the edges in your lawn. A great lawn always has a few spots in the lawn that need a little touch-up seeding in the fall.  Simply throw down the seed in the bare/ thin spots and work it in with the garden weasel.
  5. Broadcast Seeding – This is a homeowner’s favorite and probably the lease effective way to grow new grass in an existing lawn that has bare and thin areas. The flaw in this method is that you need loose soil to cradle the soil and hold moisture to promote good germination.  Simple spreading seed on bare spots usually won’t do the trick even using some of these new “super” seeds that you see advertised on TV.

Bottom Line:  You need good seed to soil contact and loose soil to achieve good germination and root development.  Triple Core Aeration and Seed with Starter Fertilizer is not only the most effective way to overseed and existing lawn that I have seen in my 29 years as a Lawn Expert, it’s also the most cost effective. 

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How do I mow my lawn like a professional?

Posted by Brian Gerber on Mar 15, 2019 12:02:08 PM

Have you ever finished mowing your lawn and been disappointed with the results? Maybe your lawn doesn’t have that dark green and consistent look.  These are a few of the signs you may have bad mowing habits. The good news is that I can help you learn to mow your lawn like a Professional.

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How Do I Get Rid of Moles In My Yard?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Mar 5, 2019 7:21:28 AM

Over my 29 years in the lawncare industry as a Licensed Lawn Supervisor, I have heard many stories and seen many strategies used to control moles.  Filling the tunnels with gum, hair, rose shards, glass, gummy worms, gas tablets, moth balls, castor oil pellets, etc.  All can work but to truly understand the effective strategies, you need to understand the mole. 

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8 Things to Know Before Hiring a Lawncare Company

Posted by Nate Bahler on Feb 22, 2019 1:22:21 PM

Hiring a lawncare company can be easy.  Hiring the right one to fit your needs may take some time to find.  In a world filled with decisions, it’s common to feel bombarded with choices.

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Is Roundup Safe to Use on My Property?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 21, 2019 7:33:16 AM


Is Roundup Safe to Use on My Property?  Let’s start with what has been huge news within the last year in other words, “the Elephant in the Room”.  In a groundbreaking decision, DeWayne Johnson was awarded a $289 million settlement in August of 2018 from manufacturer Monsanto after a jury of his peers ruled that the company’s weed killer, Roundup (Glyphosate), caused the man’s cancer. Here’s a timeline of events: 


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Top 5 Reasons Why Lawncare Companies Raise Prices

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 19, 2019 6:36:06 AM

With spring fast approaching, is the lawncare company you are using having a price increase and you are struggling to understand why? If so, this article is for you.

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What Type of Fertilizer is Right for My Lawn?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jan 31, 2019 8:55:57 AM

Synthetic Fertilizer vs. Organic Fertilizer vs. Organically Enhanced Fertilizer

Much debate has been had on this subject and it really just boils down to this; at the most basic level, nutrients are nutrients. However, there are significant differences between organic and synthetic fertilizers in terms of nutrient availability and the long-term effects on soil and plants.

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Who are the Top Lawncare Companies in South Windsor Connecticut, The Reviews and What is Being Said?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jan 23, 2019 9:42:02 AM

Each year, we at Green Meadow meet with hundreds of homeowners in regards to their lawn and landscape to do our best to help them find the services that fits their needs. One of the most asked and answered questions we get is, “How are you different from other companies”? One of the best ways to get an unbiased answer, is to check those reviews. Trust what experienced lawncare customers are telling you.


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How Much Does Lawn Care Cost in South Windsor & Ellington Area?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Jan 16, 2019 8:53:01 AM

That’s a great question!  It is the question I have been asked and answered literally thousands of times in my 29 years as a lawncare customer service manager.  As a Connecticut Licensed Grass Expert and Arborist, I have experienced pricing from the perspective of 6 different companies starting with Chemlawn in 1990 and most recently finishing a 17-year tenure with The Green Scene in Manchester.



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