Lawn Maintenance - What You Need to Know:
We follow the 1/3 cutting rule which means 1/3 of the length of a blade is cut every time your lawn is serviced. Our fleet of mowers consist of four (4) Wright Standard Mowers with cutting decks ranging from 36", 42" and 52" which utilize "alligator" cutting blades. These blades cut / mulch the blade of grass three (3) times before dispensing which prevents the use of a bag (unless customer requests). Properly cut and dispensed grass clippings provide great nutrients for the lawn. A properly cut lawn should be combined with lawn thatching, aeration, and a fertilization treatment to ensure a healthier / greener lawn.
To "aerate" means to allow air to enter the root base of a lawn. This is accomplished by removing small soil plugs from a lawn which helps break up compaction and thatch. Thatch is a tightly intermingled mat of dead and living matter such as leaves, crowns and roots that accumulate in your lawn between the soil surface and grass blades. To determine if aeration is needed, remove a square foot section of lawn at least 6 inches deep. If grass roots extend only into the first 1-2 inches, your soil is too compacted. Another simpler way to test is to take a screwdriver and push into areas of your lawn. If the screwdriver doesn't go in easily and you have to use more than a little elbow grease then your soil is too compacted. Benefits of aeration to a lawn are as follows: it will be greener, easier to maintain, suffer from fewer pest disease, improves the soil structure (less compacted), helps create growth pockets for new roots, & opens the way for water and fertilizer to get into the root zone of your lawn. Lawn aeration is best performed in early spring and fall.
To "thatch" means to remove, either via manual or automatic racking, a layer of inorganic and organic materials (stems, leaves, stolons, rhizomes and roots) that lay directly underneath your lawn and between the layers of soil. This is a problem because the more it builds up, the greater chance of pests and disease will occur. Sometimes the roots of a lawn become rooted in the layer of thatch and not in the layer of soil thus prohibiting valuable nutrients entering your lawn. Benefits of thatching are simply, a HEALTHIER lawn! Lawn thatching is best performed in early spring.
We recommend a Scott's four (4) step lawn fertilization program which consists of applications in the spring, early summer, late summer, and fall / winter. This product is a time engineered capsule which is dispensed via a drop spreader and is pet friendly for you animal lovers!