Macon Lawn Maintenance
Mowing is the most common practice used on lawns around the world. The average lawn takes about 30 minute to mow, covering 10,000 square feet. Larger commercial mowers used by lawn mowing service companies in Macon can reduce overall mowing time. A 60-inch commercial mower, for instance, can cut roughly 30 square feet a second.
Lawn Mowing Basics
Mowing is a process that adds stress onto grass plants. Best lawn maintenance practices call for mowing a lawn early in the morning or in the evening because heat in the middle of the day can cause the grass plant to go into shock.
Mowing grass will work better if the grass is dry. Furthermore, adopting the one-third rule which cuts no more than the top third of the grass plant will encourage stronger roots.
It is recommended that lawn mowers’ blades are kept sharp. Unsharpened blades can tear the grass tissue and create a breeding ground for disease and other problems. Grass clippings should be left on the lawn – they are full of nutrients and can reduce the need for fertilizer by about 25%.
What are the basics of Fertilizing?
Fertilizers are organic or inorganic materials that are applied to the soil to provide sufficient mineral elements. The three main macronutrients include nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Nitrogen promotes rapid lawn growth and leaf development, whereas phosphorus plays a key role in early root growth, stimulates blooming, and aids in seed formation. Potassium increases the resistance to drought and disease and plays a part in stem development.
What are the basics of Overseeding?
Overseeding is the practice of putting more turfgrass seeds on an existing lawn, particularly in bare areas, with the aim of improving the turfgrass that has become thin. Bare or thinning problems can occur due to damage from heat, drought, weeds, insects, overuse, or other reasons. Gardeners need to select the seed varieties and species that will be most compatible with the existing turfgrass and improve its performance. The seeds can be applied by hand or using a drop spreader.
What is Topdressing?
Proper lawn maintenance incorporates topdressing, where sand or prepared soil mix is applied to the surface of the lawn. Topdressing can be used to smooth the surface of the lawn, by reducing thatch buildup and encouraging decomposition. Topdressing materials typically are applied evenly in a thin layer.
Low Maintenance Lawn Care
Gardeners who want low maintenance lawns should focus on that as they work the site preparation. It is important to consider the turf species that are best adapted to the geographic regions, microclimates, and the ways that the lawn is going to be used.
Other low maintenance methods involve practicing water-wise irrigation and fertilizing when the turfgrass plant can best use the nutrients. Gardeners are encouraged to apply pesticide only to areas that require them and weeds can be pulled out or spot sprayed. In times of drought and/or heat stress, the lawn is allowed to go dormant. The lawn will recover as temperatures drop and rain falls increase. With proper low maintenance lawn care techniques, high maintenance jobs provided by landscaping companies will not be necessary.
Tree and Shrub Management
Homeowners appreciate lush lawn growth with a tree or two in the yard. However, growing grass under a tree is a challenge, but it is possible with proper lawn maintenance and care.
Most types of grass prefer sunlight, which gets blocked by the shade from tree canopies. When trees grow on a lawn, the amount of shade increases and the grass planted beneath begins to die. Grass can also compete with the trees for moisture and nutrients from the soil. Proper lawn maintenance recommends that leaf litter should be raked literally in order to promote sunlight to reach the grass.
Shade-tolerant grasses such as fine fescue are able to withstanding lack of sunlight when growing under a tree. Removing lower branches on a tree also allows more sunlight to filter through. Grass under a tree should be watered deeply at least once or twice a week. Homeowners can successfully enjoy lush, green lawn growth under trees while undertaking lawn maintenance measures.
Wildflower Lawn Management
Gardeners looking to move from pure grass lawns can look toward growing wildflower lawns. Initially, gardeners need to dig up some of the lawn and plant seeds of flowering lawn weeds. Lawncare techniques suggest planting the seeds on top of existing grass and cutting the grass very low in the summer to create bare spots. Gardeners recommend different types of plants in wildflower lawns to grow such as English daisy, speedwell, buttercup, thyme, and chamomile.
Do you do shrub maintenance?
Yes, we do! Many landscaping companies in Macon can help homeowners with shrub growth. However, we will provide the best service at the best price! Most landscape plants prefer a moist, but well-drained environment. It is easy to kill a plant by overwater as it is by under-watering.
Furthermore, we as Macon lawn care experts recommend some type of liquid fertilizer to be applied on the foliage at least once a month. Weeds can also show up in shrub beds. Chemicals can control the weeds in the landscape but it is important to not pull them. After weeds are completely dead, they can be cut off at the ground level. Finally, all shrubs should be trimmed to keep them looking good throughout the year.
Preventing weeds in gardens and lawns
The best ways to prevent weeds from propping up is to grow a thick and healthy lawn. Lawn weeds have three main categories: broadleaf, grassy, or grass-like. Broadleaf weeds include dandelions, clovers, chickweed, thistles, and others. Grassy weeds resemble grass blades. Examples include crabgrass, foxtail, and annual bluegrass. Grass-like weeds may be triangular or tube-like and hollow. Nutsedge, wild onion, and wild garlic are key examples.
Other ways to handle weeds and to prevent weeds from growing
When it comes to controlling weeds, gardeners can use various weed killer products on the market to tackle the problem head-on. Scotts® Turf Builder® Southern Triple Action formula is able to kill stubborn weeds while feeding and strengthening the lawn. It is important to fully read the instructions before applying any type of product.
Other methods of controlling weeds include hand-pulling them. Some species of weeds such as crabgrass and chickweed have shallow roots and can be easily removed by pulling. Perennial weeds have deep roots and are harder to control by hand-pulling. In those cases, if a small piece of root is left in the soil, the weed will grow back. Weed control products will have a targeted list of types of weeds that they can be used effectively on.
Regular lawn care and maintenance is the best medicine when it comes to curtailing weed growth. Feeding your lawn regularly using a lawn fertilizer every six to eight weeks during the growing season helps the lawn stay thick and lush.
Mowing the lawn at a taller height helps the grass grow tall and thick, thereby preventing weed seeds from sprouting and growing. Another method to control weeds involves watering deeply which help the lawn grow deeper roots so that it can better compete with weeds. Grass can grow thicker and crowd out the weeds.
How to hand law growth and Fungal Control
Patchy and brown grass is one of the signs that can point to lawn fungus. Fungal diseases can cause damage on turf grass. Other visible signs of fungus are rings of mushrooms, slimy areas, discolorations, or powdery blotches.
Adverse weather conditions such as extended droughts, or long, rainy seasons can lead to fungi spiraling out of control. Good lawn care and maintenance are integral in preventing fungal growth. Best care practices include watering the lawn early in the morning, sharpening mower blades, removing no more than one-third of the grass, and using the correct amounts of fertilizer. Other measures of effective fungal control include dethatching which removes dead grass via raking it away with a dethatching rake and aerating the yard to loosen compact soil. Both scenarios can lead to the growth of lawn fungus.
For more difficult cases, lawn mowing companies in Macon can apply a topical fungicide. Broad-spectrum fungicide products can treat many different types of fungi. BioAdvanced Fungus Control for Lawns uses a rainproof formula that provides up to one month of protection from brown patches, dollar spots, rusts, anthracnose, snow mold, and more. The formula treats up to 5,000 sq. ft. in area and is sold at Home Depot.