Maintenance Matters

We all have a tendency to put things off. Many homeowners cite outdoor care of their home as their most difficult maintenance task, thus it is put off until it becomes unsightly, and even problematic. There are many good reasons for regular maintenance of outdoor spaces for both homes and businesses. Here is more information on some on the whats and whys of yard maintenance:


PROPER THATCHING AND MOWING LEAD TO A BEAUTIFUL LAWN

When the spring season is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about getting outdoors and managing your business or home’s turfgrass. Proper mowing and managing the amount of thatch work together to create the essential conditions for your lawn to thrive.

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Core Aeration

Core aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn area. This helps create a stronger root system with more nutrient storage thus giving us a greener and healthier lawn. Two important reasons for regular core aeration are thatch decomposition and soil compaction relief.

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Managing Thatch Build Up

As we transition from summer to fall, one issue we notice annually is lawn damage due to fungi that are active in extreme temperatures. Diseases such as Red Thread, Dollar Spot and Summer Patch leave spots in your lawn that appear to be dead or dormant.

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Bedding Your Garden in Fall

Fall means it’s time to begin thinking about putting our vegetable and perennial gardens to rest. You might consider several options when it comes to the beautification of your gardens and preparation for next season.

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Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

Winterization is very important in the prevention of unnecessary maintenance and an increase in longevity for your in-ground irrigation system. This is not to be confused with general sprinkler maintenance, which typically involves the replacement of several worn-out/failed heads each spring.

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Root Fertilization

Trees and shrubs need 16 major and minor nutrients for healthy growth throughout the year. In the forest, plants absorb these nutrients from decaying material on the ground.

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Trimming Shrubs and Trees

Proper trimming is one of the most essential of all management practices for shrubs and trees in your landscape. Pruning helps remove dead, diseased or damaged branches, promotes new and healthy growth, increases flowering and extends the life of your plants.

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Mowing Your Lawn

Raising the height of your mower may not be the most popular practice amongst many homeowners, but the overall health benefits to your turf are outstanding. Increasing the height of your mower to 3.5 to 4 inches will help promote a healthier lawn by thicken up your turf and creating a much better root system.

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Overseeding

Overseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners ever do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now?

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Water Conservation

Remember last summer when you received your first water bill and couldn’t believe how much water your irrigation system had used? You’re not alone! Garpiel has the solution to lower your cost of operating your irrigation system while keeping your lawn green.

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Hydroseeding

Hydroseeding is the fastest and easiest way to seed a lawn. The seed, fertilizer, hydromulch, tackifier and water are all applied in one fast, easy step. The use of messy straw is eliminated, and trimming is quick and easy. Even difficult-to-seed areas such as hill sides or narrow areas are a breeze to seed with hydroseeding.

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