It is true that we are mostly known for our Award Winning Landscaping Services, but we want everyone to know that we also offer top quality Springfield, MO lawn care services. These services including mowing, fertilizing, seeding, aerating, thatching and more. We have built a large client list of commercial and residential lawn care services in Springfield, MO because of our attention to detail and the word of mouth generated from our happy customers.
When the lawn is healthy and thick, it makes it very hard for weeds to grow. Getting our lawn thick and healthy however, is a well planned process. It takes a good working knowledge to identify what is causing your lawn to not thrive and this is where a lawn maintenance program comes in hand. Below we will discuss several of the pillars in a lawn maintenance program.
The first place to start when building a healthy lawn is the soil. That is why soil is the very first thing we will check when setting up your lawn fertilization program. If your soil is either too acidic or too alkaline, it wont make any sense to plant more seed until the PH of your soil is corrected. Checking your soil PH will lead us to do several things. If your PH test shows your soil is too acidic, we will add lime to raise the PH. If the soil is too far alkaline, then sulfur needs to be applied to lower the PH.
Once we have corrected your soils PH based on the type of grass in your yard, we will then work on seeding and also fertilizing the grass to make it thicker and stronger. What we do first will depends on the time of year. If we are in the middle of the summer, we will wait until the fall to seed and fertilize. If we are in the winter, we will seed and fertilize early spring.
Another important aspect of keeping a healthy lawn is mowing. There are several things that need to be done in order to keep your lawn in healthy condition while mowing. One of the first things to make sure of is keeping your lawn mower blades sharp. Dull blades rip and damage grass blades making it vulnerable to disease. This is why we sharpen our mower blades every single day. A trained eye can tell when a lawn was cut with dull blades or sharp blades.
We also want to make sure and cut the grass at the correct height. Over the years we have had many clients ask us to cut the grass lower, but after explaining why we cut it higher, most home owners have us continue to do so. Cutting the grass too low in the summer can lead to the sun burning the shallow roots of the grass. We also never want to cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade during any visit. That means if your grass grows faster than a weekly mowing will maintain, it is often better to move to an “every 5 days” mowing schedule.
There are 2 different times throughout the year that seed should be planted. The best time of the year to plant seed is in early Fall. The reason for this is it gives the grass several months to establish a root system before winter. As the grass goes dormant in winter, the chances of grass dying is slim. Then the grass has several more months in spring to become established enough to make it through our hot Missouri summers.
The second best time to plant grass is very early Spring. Trying to plant grass seed in late Spring or Summer is simply wasting time and money. This is because the soil is not shaded from the hot sun which burns up the grass seed. The seed is not able to hold moisture long enough to establish roots. Planting in Early Spring will give the grass enough time to establish a root system and grow before the Summer heat sets in. It is very important to keep a watchful eye over Spring planted grass to make sure it is received enough water throughout the summer months.