AERATION: Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from your lawn, which creates space for air, water and nutrients to penetrate into the soil. This process will promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms, increase water absorption, reduce surface runoff, and promote healthy, thick, green grass. Aeration will deepen your lawn’s root system so that your lawn will have a greater resistance to disease, insect, drought, and heat stress. Aeration is also essential to reduce thatch problems. Thatch is that tough layer of dead organic matter between the lawn and the soil. When thatch becomes too thick, it blocks water and nutrients from getting to the soil. Aeration should be performed in the spring and / or fall. We recommend you fertilize and overseed your lawn after aerating because this is the perfect time to allow fertilizer and seeds to infiltrate deep into the soil.
DE-THATCHING: Thatch accumulates in your lawn as dead roots and decomposing grass and other debris accumulate. Even a lawn that appears to be green on the top layer can be full of thatch beneath that surface of green. As thatch accumulates, it prevents water, nutrients, sunlight, and air from reaching the roots of the grass. As this occurs, the grass literally suffocates and is starved, which causes an unhealthy condition that will kill your lawn. Removing thatch increases the amount of water and nutrients that are available for your lawn to consume, which will enhance your lawn’s resistance to disease, and promote a lush, green lawn.
FERTILIZER: To maintain a healthy lawn year-round we recommend fertilizer is applied to your lawn each season. It is especially important to apply starter fertilizer on newly seeded lawns. Our organic fertilizer blend provides your lawn with the nutrients that are needed to keep your lawn healthy and green, while controlling weeds. Although, this fertilizer is not a direct weed killer. To kill weeds we recommend our Trimec weed killer spray.
MOSS KILLER: Our unique blend includes ferrous sulphate, dichlorphen, and iron to kill moss dead. Thatching works to get out the majority of the moss, but it will rarely remove all of it. When we apply moss killer after thatching and / or aerating a more complete moss kill will occur. By applying moss killer after removing thatch with our dethatching machine the existing moss and thatch is now thin enough to allow the moss killer to better penetrate the roots of the remaining moss.
OVERSEEDING: Overseeding is the practice of spreading grass seed on an existing lawn with the goal of increasing the thickness of the turf. Overseeding is recommended for lawns that have bare spots and for lawns that have just been thatched or aerated. The benefits to overseeding are numerous: Overseeding promotes grass health by increasing its resistance to disease, it revitalizes grass growth, creates a denser lawn by filling in bare spots, and it helps to prevent weed growth.
TRIMEC WEED KILLER: This potent weed control spray will kill over 90 hard to control lawn weeds, including clover, dandelion, chickweed, crabgrass, and horsetail. This product cannot be applied to your lawn at the same time as overseeding, or hydroseeding, because it will prevent the new seed from germinating, but it can be applied to a mature lawn, and is an excellent way to get a weed problem under control.
PEAT MOSS: Peat moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner that regulates moisture and air around plant roots and will also protect grass seed from wind, rain, and birds. The most important benefit of peat moss is the material’s absorbency. Peat moss retains water much better than average soil, which helps to keep grass seed moist during the germination process. The primary benefits of peat moss are:
TOPSOIL: We use high quality Topsoil that contains 2/3 Pacific Garden Mulch and 1/3 sand that is processed through a ½” screen. This product is designed as a soil amendment for clay like soils that need improved drainage qualities and increased organic material. The best time to apply this topsoil is after your lawn has been aerated and/or thatched, and before new seed and fertilizer are applied.
CRANE FLY MANAGEMENT: The Crane Fly is a turf damaging insect that can destroy your lawn. Crane Flies can be a big problem here in the Northwest! Approximately ten percent of the lawns we renovate suffer from crane fly infestation. However… it is not the Crane “Fly” that causes damage to your lawn; the damage is caused by the larvae that the Crane Fly leaves behind. If you have areas in your lawn that look like this picture to the left then it is likely that you have a lawn that is being damaged by Crane Fly larvae.