A healthy lawn is very beneficial in many ways. It is good for reducing pollution, reducing temperatures, aesthetically pleasing, a surface for relaxing or playing, the list could go on and on. What do you have to do to achieve that perfect lawn?

I wish it was one simple thing that you have to do. However, it is not that simple. It can actually be a complex process with differing tasks depending on the situation. This is where you would insert a shameless plug for hiring a lawn and landscape company to do the work for you. And that is definitely a plausible option if your finances allow. At times, managing a single home lawn can be a lot of work, and at other times, it can be simple.

However, there is no magic solution or single task that will make a yard the envy of the neighborhood. The best thing is to provide what your lawn needs. And that list happens to be long:

  • Proper mowing
    • Height
    • Frequency
  • Water when needed
  • Proper nutrition
  • Cultural care
    • Compaction reduction
    • Thatch removal
  • Pest control
    • Weeds
    • Insects
    • Moles
    • Voles
    • Turf diseases/fungus
    • etc.

This list is a broad idea list of what needs to be done and monitored for to help to achieve that grass that is desired. A lawn and landscape professional will be able to help you with any problem that may arise and should be able to offer the service. And the lawn and landscape professional will be able to answer any questions that you may have about any of these tasks for you lawn. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or quotes that you would like.

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Planting a new landscape can be a lot of fun. I always enjoy seeing the ideas that we have become reality. However, something that I see homeowners occasionally do is not use the correct plant spacing.

Why is correct plant spacing a big deal, you may ask. It has to do with the use of the space and the proper installation and care of the plants. If proper spacing can cause problems in the future when the plant is getting too big for the location. The problem can be for the plant and its health, or it can be the space becomes unusable because the plant is overcrowding the area, like blocking a pathway.

The biggest reason I hear after the plants have grown is that ‘they were not that big when I planted them’. Which is true. However, plants are living things and they are going to grow. Even if they were not that big to start, they will get to about the size that is listed on the plant tag when you bought it.

What can be done if they are too close together? Transplanting them to the proper spacing is a good start, however, transplanting plants can result in plant loss. It is not a guarantee. If the plants are becoming too big for the location, maybe it is time to start to think about redoing the landscape all together. Then, the best thing to do is to plant them at the correct spacing right from the start.

 

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Are you thinking about changing your landscape, and are not sure if you wanted to do anything different about the hardscape, like your walkway or your patio areas. Pavers may be something to think about.

Adding pavers to a landscape can make a big difference. They will enhance an area where boring gray concrete is or could be. There are so many options when choosing pavers as well. There are classic looks, modern looks, simple looks, and complex looks. There are also natural looking pavers and manufactured looking pavers. On top of all of that, there are many color options. Once you start to mix in borders and accents, the sky is the limit on what type of look you can achieve. There are so many options to choose from. So, when redoing your landscape, maybe it is time to give pavers a second look if you wanted to make a big change to your landscape.

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DandelionsNow this may sound strange, but fertilizer can help control the weeds in the yard. But, it is not as direct as what you may be thinking or hoping. The fertilizer itself will not control the weeds, but it can help your healthy lawn to control the weeds.

Now that introduction only seemed to complicate things. I first want to make sure that I have not muddied the waters, so here it is, fertilizer itself will not control weeds. There. But it does aid in the process by creating healthier grass plants.

Healthy grass plants can help to control weeds by themselves. Weeds are competition for grass, when the grass plant is stronger, the grass plant can more easily win the battle for space, water and nutrients. When the grass plant can out-compete the weeds, there will be less weeds in the turf stand.

If your lawn is weak already, just fertilizer will not get your lawn to where it needs to be to fight off weeds on its own. The first things is to get the existing weeds under control. Then you have to manage the water and fill in any bare spots in the turf stand. You have to get the lawn into a very healthy state before you will be able to get good long-term control of the weed problems in your lawn.

However, there is still a chance that weeds will invade your lawn. This is when you need to do more than fertilize and chemical or mechanical controls are needed. Just remember, when ever you use chemicals, as follow the label for using the product.

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Healthy grassHave you every noticed that some lawns like the spring more than other lawns? It may seem weird at first, but when you think about the complexity of the lawn, it is not so weird after all.

In Michigan home lawns, there are three desired main species of grass, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue. Of those three species, there are hundreds of cultivars (subgroups). With that being the case, your lawn will have multiple varieties of grass in it, but your neighbor’s lawn may have different varieties. Each of these varieties have different characteristics that make them unique.

Some are more drought tolerant, some are more disease resistant, some are a dark green, some handle foot traffic better, etc. Each variety of grass is unique, and each will act differently in different situations.

The same is true for the spring green-up. Some varieties tolerate the cooler temperatures of spring better than others. It is just part of the characteristics of that individual variety of grass. When it is more cold tolerant, it will green up and start to grow sooner than those varieties that are not. The same is true for the heat of the summer, there are some varieties that will tolerate the heat better and stay green longer. It is just the differences in the grass.

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