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How to Test My Soil pH - [Signs that my Lawn is too Acidic or Alkaline]

Posted by Brian Gerber on Jun 8, 2020 5:31:29 PM

How to Test the Soil pH of My Yard

Have you noticed yellow spots on your plants? Stunted growth in your yard? Weak stems on plants? Discolored foliage? These could all be signs that your soil pH is "off".
 
Why is it this happening? There could be many factors but a good place to start can be by testing the pH of your soil.
 
Most types of grass thrive in soil with a pH between 5.5 - 6.5.  Determining whether yours is too high or too low will let you know where you need to begin.
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Topics: Fertilization, Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care Tips - Preparing My Yard for Summer

Posted by Brian Gerber on May 19, 2020 6:18:37 PM

Summer can be a very stressful time of year for your lawn with threats of heat and drought. Many of you have worked hard on your lawns in spring and now it's time to maintain the work you have already done.

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Topics: Weeds, Fertilization, Crabgrass, Lawn Tips, Summer Lawn Care

Lawn Care Tips

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Apr 23, 2020 1:13:06 PM

Tips from the Pros

A lot goes into maintaining a beautiful, lush, green lawn. If you are a home improvement weekend warrior and feeling up to the challenge, here are some tips from the pros.

Topics covered: Fertilization, Tick Control, Overseeding, Spring Prep and Watering Your Lawn. 

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Topics: Lawn care, Fertilization, Spring Lawn Care, Lawn Tips

What's In A Complete Lawn Care Program?

Posted by Nate Bahler on Mar 13, 2020 8:40:01 AM

What's in a Full Lawn Care Program?

In my now 13 years as a Lawncare Specialist and business owner, I have seen many different types of Lawncare Programs.  Partial, Weed & Feed, 4-Steps and so on...

Putting together a Full Lawncare Program can be overwhelming but we can ease your mind and help to answer any questions you might have.  Below you will read about some key components that make up a highly effective Full Lawncare program.

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Topics: Choosing a lawn care company, Weeds, Mosquito, Fertilization, Tick Control

How To Care for a Newly Seeded Lawn

Posted by Nate Bahler on Mar 5, 2020 9:52:14 AM

You just seeded your lawn....now what?!

Your lawn care company has provided you with a seeding service - now what?! How do I make sure I am maintaining my lawn and that this service will not go to waste?!

Having a beautiful lawn is a great investment, one that can increase the value of a home (up to 20% !).  

Seeding is an important step to take in helping the growth of a healthy, green lawn. Below you will find all the information you need about the seeding process and steps to take in caring for your newly seeded lawn.  

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Topics: Lawn care, Grubs, Weeds, Fertilization

Best Way to Prepare My Lawn For Spring

Posted by Brian Gerber on Feb 28, 2020 8:46:06 AM

 

Raking/Dethatching:

The 1st step in preparing your lawn for spring is to clean up any debris that is lying around the yard (sticks, leaves, plow damage, thatch, etc).  

Thatch is a layer of both living and dead grass shoots/roots/ste

ms that builds up between your soil and grass blades that can be eliminated by raking or dethatching your lawn (see below). 

Rake as many times as needed to achieve a thatch layer of ½ inch or less or hire a professional landscaping company to do this for you.  Anything greater than ½ inches of thatch can be unhealthy for your lawn. 

A thick layer will restrict the amount of nutrients and water that your grass roots will be able to absorb. 

Raking and dethatching can begin any time after your snow season is complete. 

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Topics: Choosing a lawn care company, Weeds, Fertilization, Spring Lawn Care

Synthetic Fertilizer vs. Organic Fertilizer

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

What type of fertilizer is right for my lawn?

Plants need many nutrients to survive and thrive. How do they get the nutrients they need? Most are naturally occurring.  If your lawn has yellowing or slow growth,  it might be time to step in with fertilizer. The best way to determine what your soil needs is by performing a soil test. 

Both Synthetic and organic fertilizers provide your lawn with the needed nutrients. Much debate has been had on this subject and it really just boils down to this; at the most basic level, nutrients are nutrients. 

Below, we will go over some major differences between organic and synthetic fertilizers in terms of nutrient availability and the long & short-term effects that each has on your soil and plants. 

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Topics: Lawn care, pests, Fertilization

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