Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Lawn Raking

Some of my customers will ask me: Should I Rake Me Lawn ?

Many people feel that by vigorously raking the lawn to get all of the dead material out of the lawn will make the lawn better.

First, the turf area should have been cleaned up of debris in the fall so that the leaves and other debris are not sitting on the turf. Over the winter months there will be some leaves and branches that may collect. The cleanup should be done in the late winter. Preferably you should use a blower rather than a rake because the grass plants root system is shallow at this point and a rake will pull out or damage some of the grass plants. If you do use a rake, rake lightly over the grass area.

You might ask; But Shouldn't I Remove All Of The Dead Grass?

I have seen so many lawns damaged buy trying to remove the dead grass. First, the grass may not be dead. There are some grass varieties that will go through it's life cycle at at this time and will be putting out new shoots when the weather is right. If you remove this grass you may also be removing the roots and doing permanent damage to the lawn.

Keep in mind that a healthy soil will give your lawn the best chance to be healthy. Having organic matter in the soil will make the soil healthy and the brown leaf blades in the turf will eventually breakdown in the soil that adds organic matter.
AAG Lawnman

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Summer Turf Disease And Stress

Every Summer your Turf will be affected by some type of disease or condition that will have an impact on the appearance of your lawn. The two most active diseases at this time are Summer Patch and Brown Patch. This season I am seeing more of these diseases showing up in the Turf than in the past several years.

Here are some suggestions for managing these diseases in the lawn.
  1. The best time to water is between 12am and 5am.
  2. Mowing should be at the highest point now and until the end of the Summer.
  3. Proper fertilization should be applied that will help strengthen the grass plants.
  4. Monitor for insects as they can quickly move into stressed areas.
In most cases the disease will grow out of the lawn on it's own. What I like to do is apply a fertilization that consists of very light Nitrogen and heavy Potassium. It is important to make a precise dose of fertilizer.

What About Disease Control Treatments ( Fungicides ) ?

Let me just say that there is no cure for Lawn Diseases. Very expensive products are sold that are supposed to control the disease, but I have found that in most cases they do not work. This fact was clearly evident last week. If you were watching the PGA Championship Golf Tournament at Baltustrol you would have seen the same lawn diseases that are in your lawn. The point is that at a golf course of that magnitude that spends many thousands of dollars on Disease Control Products still has lawn disease problems.

The good thing is that we are coming up on the best time to seed your lawn, which is Late August to Early September. By seeding at that time you will not only help to speed up the recovery of the lawn but you will also be doing all you can to properly maintain the turf for the long term.

Anthony Galluccio

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lawn Mowing

Many times lawn mowing is overlooked for how important it is to keep the lawn healthy and looking nice. In general cutting the lawn short causes physical damage to the lawn, allows more weeds and crabgrass to grow, and increases the need for water by allowing the more evaporation.

Everyone has the idea that the Lawn needs mowing once per week. This idea is popular because of scheduling. That is fine, and it should be cut a minimum of once per week. One secret for having a better than average lawn, is to mow more often. Twice per week is great! I mow my lawn 3 times per week.

Good Mowing Practices Checklist

  • Start the season with Sharpened Blades.
  • Sharpen Blades every 10- 15 mowing's or if blades get damaged.
  • Never cut off more than one third of the leaf blade.
  • Never cut below 3 inches. The one time that you can is the first mowing of the season.
  • Gradually increase mowing height as it gets warmer and the grass is growing more.
  • Mow on the highest setting from July to September.
  • Never Bag Clippings!!!  They offer valuable nutrients that will keep the lawn greener.                                                                                                                                                                         Here Are A Few Popular Myths About Lawn Mowing                                                                          
  • Bagging the clippings creates a thatch layer. (This was proven not to be true over 50 years ago.)
  • Cutting the lawn short will slow down the lawn growth. (It actually speeds up the growth.)
  • Cutting short will allow more water to get to the soil. (It will dry out the soil faster)
    AAG Lawnman

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Lawn Fertilization

How you fertilize and treat your lawn at this time of the season will dictate the health of your lawn later this season. At this point in the season the lawn should have received a treatment back in March and with another fertilization about right now.

Here Is How I Treat My Customers Lawns

In the Late Winter I applied an Organic Compost Fertilizer with Calcium. This fertilization is a very slow acting material that will become more active as the weather warms up and is more of a benefit later in the season by adding organic matter to the soil that stimulates the soil organisms, and the Calcium helps to keep the soil pH stable.

Now my second Lawn Treatment is a heavier fertilization with 80% Slow Release Nitrogen that gives a slow and even feeding to the Lawn. The other components are the Crabgrass Pre-Emergent and Broadleaf Weed Control.
AAG Lawnman

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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