Have you ever driven down the street in awe of your nearby neighbor’s yards? Their yards are lush, well-manicured, and a beautiful emerald green! And then you pull into your driveway and notice the brown spots, crabgrass, and multiple weeds – you immediately become discouraged?! This blog is for you – a beautiful yard doesn’t happen overnight and requires an extensive knowledge of weed identification, soil conditions, and nutrients. If it all sounds like too much, I will give you another solution; reach out to the PROs!
Let’s look at the 5 most common problems that we see when providing estimates to our clients.
#1 – Vitamin-Deficiency:
Just like our bodies need nutrients to have energy and be productive – so does your lawn. Plants are living organisms that require oxygen, water, and nutrients to have a healthy lawn. Unfortunately, the environment doesn’t provide all the vital nutrients that is required to produce a healthy, lush, green lawn. So, we must feed it additional supplements. You will want to feed your grass a combo of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Here is where you will want to consult the PROs: this should be a customized fertilization treatment(s) specific to the concerns of your lawn that will provide enough feeding through the growing season.
#2 – Soil PH:
It’s not only about what’s on top (grass) but you have to be aware of what is happening below (soil). If you have soil with a pH that is too acidic you can expect to see diseased grass and dead spots. There are a ton of DIY soil tests that can be found online that will help you determine if part of the problem is the soil. Bring in the PROs: to help you diagnose your soil and develop a treatment plant for your soil.
#3 – Wet Grass:
We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but it can also bring different fungus problems to your lawn. When grass stays too wet for too long, it opens the risk of developing brown patch or other fungi. In addition to much rain or water can produce air gaps in the soil which may drown and kill your lawn.
#4 – Cutting too short:
As humans we are always looking for ways to save time. Unfortunately, cutting your grass shorter to lengthen the time between mowing is not recommended. If you mow too short, 2” or lower, you can expect to damage your lawn. Removing too much of the grass blade prevents photosynthesis from occurring and that’s what ensure that you have a healthy leaf and root. PROs recommendation: mowing at 3 to 3.5”.
#5 – Compaction:
If you notice that your lawn is starting to feel “spongy” you may be experiencing soil compaction. Soil compaction will also create thatch build up which results in water and nutrients not reaching the roots. Our PROs recommend: aerating yearly in the fall to help break down thatch and reduce soil compaction.