Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fertilization and Weed Control

lawn fertilizingWhen standing in the Lawn & Garden section of the store you may feel like you need to be a chemist in order to understand when and what type of fertilizer and herbicide to use on your lawn and how much to apply. Let the trained staff at Landscape MDs take the guesswork out of product selection and application. We have the experience and practice to choose the correct product that will work best for your yard and the season.

Fertilization – As plants go through their lifecycle, nutrients are continuously being pulled from the soil and need to be replenished in order for the plants to thrive. This nutrient replenishment is achieved with proper fertilization, which adds nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, other minerals, and balances the soils pH. Soil testing can be done to determine which nutrients are deficient and also test the acidity or alkalinity of the soil, and this will help determine the appropriate fertilizer.

Weed Control – If left untended, weeds and undesirable plants will take over your lawn and crowd out the grass. This will leave more exposed soil, kill grass, take nutrients away from desirable plants, and make your yard more difficult to maintain. Not to mention making your neighbors mad by allowing the weeds to spread to their yard! This will only get worse over time unless properly treated.

You may ask yourself “What’s the point of maintaining a well-kept yard?”, but the lawn is an important part of your property. Its upkeep does more than just “keep up with the Jones Family”. The lawn provides soil retention around your home and prevents the topsoil from washing away. This keeps erosion and sediment from filling in the streams and waterways, keeps dust from filling the air, and protects the foundation of your house. A nice yard also improves the appearance and curb-appeal of your home; and this increases the property value, and creates a sense of community and prosperity in the neighborhood.

Having a beautiful lawn can be easy and carefree for you when you let Landscape MDs take care of the yard work for you.

Return of Spring

18124547_sWith the return of spring, when the long winter finally ends and the snow melts uncovering the grass, we are once again reminded that we have a yard.

Now is the time to start thinking about our lawn and preparing it for the summer. In addition to getting the lawnmower ready for operation there are several lawn preparation tasks that should be considered, namely: dethatching, aeration, fertilization, and pruning.

Dethatching – Thatch is the buildup of dead plant material in the yard. This buildup hinders the light, nutrients, oxygen, and water from reaching the soil and roots of the grass. Removing this undecomposed material helps to create a healthy lawn. The process of dethatching also loosens the soils surface and promotes reseeding, better water infiltration, and conditions for more effective fertilization. It also opens up more room for new plants to grow. Dethatching is performed by removing the thatch through heavy raking.
Aeration – Aerating the soil is the process of creating holes within the yard in order to help water and nutrients more effectively penetrate the surface and reach the roots. Aeration improves yard drainage and increases water infiltration. Aeration is performed by manually punching the holes into the ground with a spiked tool or by coring and removing a plug that is left on the surface.
Fertilization – Fertilization is necessary in order to resupply the nutrients that are naturally depleted from the soil. Fertilization will also help chemically rebalance soil and can encourage the growth of soil microorganisms to promote healthy growth of grass, trees and shrubs. Fertilizer can be applied with a spreader or sprayed on with a liquid applicator.
Pruning – Pruning is the process of trimming trees and shrubs in order to promote health and growth, and to control the shape of the plant. When pruning, it is important to understand the right time and method for each particular type of tree or shrub. Proper pruning can lead to more blooms and a healthier, fuller, and more appealing plant.

During the summer you may be thinking of spending more time outdoors, but yard work may not be one of those activities high on the list of things to do. Let Landscape MDs take care of the work so that you can get out and enjoy the outdoors.