What Should You Look For in A Lawn Care Program?

lawn careEvery homeowner wants to have an immaculate lawn that is not only beautiful to look at, with lots of curb appeal but also easy to maintain and free of weeds, pests or other problems. Let’s face it many of us simply don’t’ have time to spend out in the yard doing landscaping and lawn care. The good news is that Myrtle Beach has many wonderful lawn care companies to choose from and you just need to know a few things before you choose.

Here are a few tips and things to look for before you hire a lawn care company to take over your lawn care Myrtle Beach service:

First of all, decide whether or not you want the service in all four seasons. If you do, make sure it’s a service that understands how to fertilize your lawn all year round to ensure that you have the healthiest, greenest grass that you can possibly have in all seasons. [Read more…]

Effective Lawn Care Tips For Healthy Lawn

lawn careProper and effective lawn care – to achieve and maintain a healthy lawn does not need to be time-consuming and costly. Experts agree that a healthy lawn is not due to the time and money you spend caring for it. It is actually due to how you maintain your lawn using the necessary processes at the right time.

Here are some things you can do to ensure effective lawn care, which will help you achieve and maintain a healthy lawn.

1. Maintain an appropriate height of lawn grass based on the current time of year
Many homeowners are not aware that the height of their lawn grass should be maintained depending on the current time of year and on their local climate. If it is particularly colder in your area, your lawn grass should be at least 1 1/2 inches in height at your first mowing of the year. The second time you mow, leave the grass at a 2-inch height. And before the year ends, mow them back to 1 1/2 inches in height. If you live in a warmer area, add another 1/2 inch to their height every time you mow.

2. Always mow with a sharp blade
Maintaining the tools you use to maintain your lawn is essential to effective lawn care in Myrtle Beach. You need to ensure the tools that you use are well maintained so they will not damage your lawn. This particularly applies to your lawn mower. You need to keep their blades sharp at all times before using them. Note that dull mower blades tear through your grass and cause more damage rather than take care of your grass.

When your lawn grass is left with a tear instead of a clean cut, it will eventually turn yellow and weaken, making them vulnerable to diseases. As a result, you would need to water them more frequently and add more nutrients to help them recover.

This is why it is important that you keep your mower blades sharp all the time. You can ensure they are in top condition by sharpening and balancing them at least three times a year, more frequently if you hit many rocks when mowing your lawn.

3. Soaking your lawn instead of running the sprinkler makes you use less water
According to industry experts, including Conner’s Lawn Care Service, soaking your lawn in at least 1 to 2 inches of water is healthier for your lawn than using your sprinklers. Deep soaking effectively reaches through the deep roots, helping them develop more quickly and produce healthier lawns.

Sprinklers, on the other hand, only wet the grass and the surface of the soil, missing the deep roots that need water and nutrients more. Because of this, you often find yourself watering your lawn more frequently, especially during the summer.

4. Mow when the grass has grown an inch more than the required height that you are maintaining

This allows you to mow only the top one-third of your lawn grass, which is usually thin and leafy. You want this part of your grass left on your lawn to decompose because it provides the nitrogen your lawn needs to grow healthy. Aside from this, leaving these thin and leafy clippings on your lawn to decompose also creates a layer that prevents the water on the soil from evaporating quickly. Plus, it also protects your lawn from weed germination.

Remember to mow only when the grass is dry, and the weather is fine. Avoid mowing your lawn at noon when the sun is up and blasting heat because this can stress your grass, and your mowing efforts will not gain the desired results.

Looking for professional lawn care assistance? Call Conner’s Lawn Care Service now.

Conner’s Lawn Care Service
Myrtle Beach, SC

Lawn Care Tips – Is Over-Fertilizing Possible?

lawn careAlthough lawn is not a crop, they may seem like one when it comes to fertilizers. Turfgrass is “harvested” when it’s mowed frequently, often weekly. You must replenish the soil nutrients after all the growth you cut. While fertilizing your lawn is essential for its health, there are also risks associated with over-fertilizing. For example, you could accidentally use too much fertilizer or the wrong fertilizer at the wrong time. Over-fertilizing your lawn can cause a variety of problems, and even lead to lawn death. Here are some lawn care tips that help avoid over-fertilization:

How fertilizer affects lawns

The three macronutrients that fertilizers contain are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N–P-K). Special lawn fertilizers have a higher nitrogen content than the other macronutrients because nitrogen is essential for turfgrass’s vibrant growth. The soil often has enough phosphorous (P), and potassium (K), so the fertilizers proportionately contain either very little or none of these nutrients.

The important role of soil tests

A soil test is the best way to determine how fertile your lawn needs to be to sustain growth. All other information is guesswork that could cause you to fertilize your lawn too much.

A laboratory that specializes in soil testing can provide detailed recommendations on the nutrients to be added to your lawn. A soil test can also tell you if your pH level is right for turfgrass. This is important as soil pH affects how nutrients are distributed in the soil. It is recommended that you have your soil tested every 2 to 3 years. Sandy soil should be tested annually as it leaches nutrients faster.

There are many ways that lawns can be over-fertilized

The Incorrect fertilizer

Lawns require fertilizer high in nitrogen (N), indicated by N being the highest and lowest numbers for phosphorus and potassium. Common N-P-K ratios for lawn fertilizers are 3:1:2 and 4:1:2.2. A balanced or complete fertilizer that contains all three macronutrients in equal quantities (e.g., 10-10-10) is not recommended for lawns. It will result in over-fertilization of phosphorus and potassium as well as a deficiency of nitrogen.

Too much fertilizer

Slow-release or controlled-release fertilizers are recommended for lawns. This provides grass with small amounts of nutrients over a longer time. Over-fertilization can still occur if you apply too much fertilizer to your lawn. This is because you have not measured the lawn correctly and calculated the correct amount of fertilizer. Don’t fill your spreader onto the lawn as you could accidentally spill too much fertilizer.

Fertilizing too often

The recommended lawn fertilizer is slow-release and should not be applied more than three times per year.

Fertilizer buildup

Fertilizers can build up in heavy soils with poor drainage. To prevent fertilizer over-fertilization, a soil test is required.

Signs that your lawn is over-fertilized

lawn care servicesOver-fertilizing can cause a crusty residue in the soil. This can be remedied by watering the soil after you have scratched it with a rake. Other signs that your lawn is over-fertilized are more serious and last longer.

The consequences of over-fertilized lawns

Fertilization can cause more harm than is apparent to the naked eye. Lawn fertilizer is also a major source of nitrogen pollution. Excess nitrogen seeps into groundwater and eventually ends up in rivers and streams. Fast-growing algal species, such as toxic red tide algae, are also fed by nitrogen. These harmful plants outcompete slower-growing ones. The death of plants can cause a lack of oxygen in the water, which can have devastating effects on fish and marine life.

Fixing over-fertilized lawn

It is possible to correct the problem if you realize you have over-fertilized. It doesn’t matter how severe the problem is, there are many ways to fix it. You can take immediate action by watering your lawn and removing any excess fertilizer. Sometimes, it is better to wait until all the fertilizer has evaporated. Worst case, you may need to reseed areas where grass has been damaged by fertilizer burn. It is recommended to get lawn care services if you aren’t too familiar with fertilizing soil in general.

Fertilizing your lawn is definitely not rocket science but it isn’t the simplest thing to do. To avoid over-fertilizing your lawn, let an expert to it. Call Conner’s Lawn Care Service today for professional lawn care services.

Conner’s Lawn Care Service
Myrtle Beach, SC