TURF CARE

Monthly Maintenance

Act to continue to protect your investment, for cents a day throughout the year!

CG Design & Landscape's professional monthly lawn service will take care of many of the time consuming chores of landscape maintenance.

With professional help taking care of fertilizing and weeding the lawn, protecting it from insect damage, and sometimes even mowing the grass, home gardeners are free to turn their attention to other tasks that are more interesting to them.

Contact us to have our lawn professional evaluate your property's needs.

Fertilizer

A fertilizer is a material that supplies one or more of the essential nutrients to plants. Fertilizing is an important lawn care practice, as it influences grass color, ability to recover from stress, and helps prevent weed invasions and disease. When these nutrients are limited or unavailable, turf grass will often show deficiency symptoms such as reduced growth, weak and spindly plants, and poor color.

Fertilization cannot be neglected if you want to maintain a great lawn. In fact, the best defense against weeds is a thick, well-fertilized turf which helps choke out undesirable weeds.

Proper fertilizing with balanced applications throughout the growing season promotes thick, dense grass that can resist disease and weed invasions. Applying too much of any one of the basic elements can cause erratic results. Balance is the key.

Timing is also important. From experience and exhaustive testing, we know how long certain elements remain active in your lawn. Combined with the experience we have with our geography and current weather conditions, we can maintain that ideal balance of fertilizers with need. Not too much, not too little.

All fertilizers need to be watered into the soil in order to do their job. We always leave watering instructions with each invoice, which tells you when to water. Generally, during the spring and fall immediate watering is not necessary.

Core Aeration

Power core aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn.

Annual or semiannual aeration is advised for all lawns on heavy clay soils, those with a thatch buildup, and any lawn that needs to be "thickened up".

Aeration removes thousands of small cores of soil 1" to 3" in length from your lawn. These cores "melt" back into the lawn after a few rainfalls, mixing with whatever thatch exists on your lawn. The holes created by aeration catch fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken in the process. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and water move more freely into the root zone.

Thatch on your lawn works like a thatched roof. This layer of roots, stems and other plant parts sheds water and prevents fertilizers and insect controls from moving freely into the soil. Thatch that is too heavy can make major lawn renovation necessary. Regular aeration helps thatch break down naturally by mixing the soil cores into the thatch and speeding up decomposition. Performed once or twice per year, aeration significantly reduces thatch and improves turf growth.

Lime

Lime "sweetens" your soil. In areas where soil is naturally "sour" (or acid), this is extremely important to growing healthy turf. Lime helps improve lawn color and density, helps control thatch, and increases root development.

Our time application helps keep the chemistry of your soil in balance so that you can have, and enjoy, a thicker, greener, healthier lawn.

Lime affects color, thatch and root development. When your soil pH is too low (acid) it needs lime to bring it back into balance. Soil that is too acid causes "fertilizer lock-up". This means that fertilizer and important micro-nutrients become locked up in the soil and unavailable to the grass plants.

The results of this lock-up are that the grass becomes thin and yellow, thatch may build u faster, and root growth slows down.

A lawn in this condition is called "unthrifty" because even when properly fertilized, it can't make use of the plant food applied to become thick and stay green.

We suggest annual liming for acid soils. It helps everything else we do work even better. That's what makes lime such a great lawn value for you.

Grub control

There are several types of white grubs that feed on the roots of lawn grasses. All of them can cause severe damage if left untreated.

OUT OF SIGHT...OUT OF MIND
Grubs live and feed in the soil. It's easy to miss them as they gradually cut the roots out from under your lawn until brown patches begin to appear and the grubs are finally discovered. Pull back the turf if you suspect grubs. If the lawn pulls up easily (like new sod), you may find white grubs in the top inch or so of soil.

SPRING AND FALL FEEDERS
Grubs are the larval (or worm) state of many types of beetles. The beetles lay their eggs in your lawn, and the newly hatched worms work their way through the thatch and into the soil, where they feed on roots of grass plants. Most beetles lay their eggs mid to late summer, and the young grubs do their greatest damage during the fall months. As the cool weather sets in, most grubs burrow deeper into the soil for the winter. They then return to the surface to feed again as the soil warms in the spring. After this spring feeding, the grubs pupate into adult beetles and begin the cycle again.

DON'T WAIT
Grubs don't disappear on their own. The should be treated before damage begins to appear, or as soon as they are discovered. When discovered early enough in the year, a preventive treatment can be applied. When damage appears in the fall, a fast acting curative treatment is needed.

Weed control

Even the most beautiful lawn is likely to have weeds appear at some point. Keeping a lawn "weed free" takes more than just having a couple of herbicide treatments each year. Nature finds ways to make sure something starts growing in any lawn that has become too thin. Bare patches of soil quickly fill up with broadleaf and grassy weeds of all sorts. That's why a healthy, thick turf is the very best weed prevention there is.

Their are numerous types of grassy and broadleaf weeds that invade or turf at separate periods of the growing season. Summer weeds have a thick, waxy coating that makes them the toughest to control. We have specialized approaches for controlling the various types of weeds common to lawns. Regular fertilization, at proper times is the best way to produce healthy, thick turf that helps fight off invading weeds. Working together, we can keep your lawn beautiful and healthy while keeping most of the weeds out, too. CG Design & Landscape LLC is a New Jersey Certified Pesticide Application business.

Contact us today to schedule your turf program.

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