Which Process is Best for Your Lawn?
We recommend that any over-seeding be done in the fall when the temperatures are cooler. Lawn renovations help to keep a green, thick and weed tolerate lawn. We usually start our lawn renovations around the middle of August and go til early October. Going any later than mid October could result in the seed not germinating. We recommend that in our clay soils, a 3 way Transition Blend Fescue seed is best. It requires less maintenance, is quicker to establish and is more drought, heat and insect tolerant than the bluegrass mixtures. We usually seed at the rate of 8 - 10 pounds per 1,000 square feet.
The 3 different types of lawn renovations are:
This process helps to thicken even the worst lawns. It puts deep holes in the lawn for the seed to fall into, at the same time, the holes help to hold the moisture longer to help the seed germinate. This process is the least destructive to the lawn and also is the least expensive way to go.
This process is mostly used in lawns that are bare or thin. It puts 1/4" groves into the lawn that the seed fall into. With this process you see more seed germination than any other process.
This process removes the most amount of dead thatch, but it involves hand raking and removal of all the thatch that comes up. This is the most expensive lawn renovation process and we don't recommend it unless necessary.
The 2 main keys to your seed germinating are:
For the best results before any renovation, the lawn must be watered well.
We recommend 3 - 5 weeks of watering for the best seed germination. The main reason a seeding job is not satisfactory, is not enough water.
We recommend mowing the lawn short before any lawn renovation process is started. This will make any type of lawn renovation that much better, the holes form the aeration will go deeper and the groves from the verti-cutting will be better. After any renovation is done, we don't recommend mowing the lawn for at least 3 weeks. This gives the newly planted grass seed time to germinate and grow.
Great for the Lawn Anytime of the Year
We recommend that core aeration be done on your lawn at least once per year, although many people do choose to aerate 2 times per year.
Annual aeration benefits the lawn in many ways. It loosens up the soil so that air, water and nutrient movement throughout the soil improves. Aeration also reduces thatch build up and manages thatch at healthy levels, reduces disease and insect activity, relieves soil compaction and minimizes water run off so your lawn receives more of the water that it needs.
Here in Kansas and Missouri, our soil is mostly clay soil which suppresses and suffocates the roots of our lawns. After aeration the root system of the grass has room to breath and grow, which promotes deeper root development.
Spring is an ideal time for aeration. Along with helping the roots breath, aeration also helps the costly lawn applications to be at least 50% more effective. Green Grass Lawn Care uses a "double-pattern", making more holes than any single process.
If you would like to have your lawn aerated or just receive a free estimate for any service, please just call or email us.
3 Main Keys to a Quality Mowing
We recommend the minimum mowing height be between 3 - 5 inches. Taller mowing's will promote deeper growing roots, maximize the use of water & moisture, keep the soil temperature cooler and reduce weed germination.
We recommend a seven day schedule during the growing season. In spring and early fall, mow more frequency if needed. For summer mowing's, mow less as the growth rate of the grass decreases if there is no way to water the lawn. Excessive mowing in the summer with no means of water will stress the lawn. In fall, mow on the seven day schedule until the grass stops growing, usually around Thanksgiving.
We recommend having the mower blades sharpened after 6 - 8 mowings or every 6 weeks for the average homeowner. Dull blades shred the top of the grass plants, leaving the lawn with a brown look. Shredded tips promote the spread of lawn diseases. Sharp mower blades reduce mower wear and most important, leave your lawn looking its best!