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28 Feb 2018

Why you should prevent Crabgrass in early spring.

With snow still part of the forecast, it can be hard to think about things like lawn maintenance early in the springtime.  However, it is the perfect time to attack a certain opportunist from overtaking over your property.  Crabgrass sounds sweet and innocent but can easily make your lawn its home if not properly quarantined at the beginning of the spring.  Destroying the time and money put into your homes beautiful landscape.

What Actually Is Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is actually the name given to a group of grasses.  There are some that are completely harmless and grow pastorally.  Some are even added to beer to ferment.  However, the type that grows wild in your lawn is actually a pest.  The pesky weed can produce over 100,000 seeds during the spring that will germinate and take over a lawn.  Lawns with poor drainage, infrequent watering, and those that have unhealthy soil are highly susceptible to this pest.  During the fall the crabgrass will die leaving behind large dead areas in the lawn.

How to Prevent an Infestation

In order to have a lush green lawn proper maintenance is always needed.  Fighting Crabgrass can feel like an uphill battle as there are many steps to tackling what is already there and preventing new grass from growing.  When it comes to keeping this lawn intruder at bay not only will the current Crabgrass need to be killed, the plants will have to be removed.  Soil health is also important as the healthier the soil, the less likely Crabgrass will grow.  Lawns should be cut to a length that is not too short.  Short lawns are breeding grounds for this pest. Knowing the lawns drainage is also important because the over-moist soil is the perfect condition for Crabgrass. Having the right watering schedule is a key to protecting your investment in your lawn. 

Early spring is the best time to start to tackle one of your lawn’s major enemies.  The earlier in spring, the less time seeds have had time to spread and germinate. 

If Crabgrass was a problem last year, chances are it will be a bigger one this year.  That means the efforts this year will be about controlling the pest so that next year your lawn will be as healthy as possible.

Have questions about Crabgrass and your lawn’s health?  Feed Your Lawn has the answers, contact us here.

23 Jan 2017

Different Lawn Types

A lush green lawn is the goal of most homeowners.  To achieve that it takes proper lawn maintenance all year and choosing the right grass type for your climate.  In New Jersey for example cool grasses varieties are preferred and give owners plenty of options.  To decide which variation of cool grass works best for your lawn there are a couple of factors to weigh.  How much sun the lawn is going to receive, drought tolerance and even what type of soil does the home has.  Using these factors will allow for home owners to have the spectacular lawns they are looking for.

One factor to be considered when deciding on a type of grass is how much sun or shade the lawn will have.  This is crucial to picking a type of lawn.  Too much shade a lawn might not grow, too little and it might burn.  And what if it’s both?  Luckily for those who need cool grass varieties there are options for all three.  Having variety in this category, helps since the other factors are not as relaxed.A8354_3

Drought tolerance is something very important to consider when selecting a grass type.  Some areas of New Jersey do not receive a lot of precipitation and have frequent drought restrictions. This can leave lawns dry and brown due to watering restrictions.  Preparing for this ahead of time will give the homeowners a better chance of keeping a lush lawn in dead of summer.

Knowing the soil type of the lawn is also helpful.  Not all soil types are great for lawn grasses.  Bluegrasses like neutral and bentgrass likes acidic.  Also, some types won’t thrive unless they have sandy soil like St. Augustine.

Once the factors have been determined it’s time to select the grass type.  There are many different types of cool grasses but these are some of the most popular.  These varieties are also popular all over New Jersey.

Kentucky Bluegrass is one of the most common types of lawn in New Jersey.  It has a deep, rich green color and can tolerate heavy traffic.  It can go to about 2 ½ inches without needing to be mowed and can handle full sun.  The negatives to bluegrass is that it is not drought friendly and will not do well in extreme heat.  It is also finicky when it comes to soil as it like a neutral ph and is very susceptible to disease.  For best results, it can be mixed with fescue seed to make the lawn more sustainable.

Bentgrass can be used because it establishes (or grows) fast and can handle moderate to light shade.  However, it requires a lot of maintenance as it needs to be mowed at 1 ½ inch.  Bentgrass does not handle heat or drought well.  It also does not take in extreme heat or cold.  It is also requires an acidic soil level and full sun to survive.

Fescue grasses can be the best answer for a combination lawn, one that has shade and light.  It needs moderate care as it can go up to 3 inches before needing to be mowed.  Its easy nature extends to soil as it work with any ph level.  As well, fescue grass is drought and heat safe making it a great choice for homeowners.  It does have one drawback in that it is disease prone.

Still have questions?  Want help deciding on what lawn grass is best for you?  Contact us.

27 Oct 2016

Watering

If you have invested hundreds upon thousands of dollars into a lush green lawn, why would you let it return to a dry pasture from improper lawn maintenance including lack or watering?  The best way to protect your investment is by making sure your lawn is watered thoroughly whether through underground sprinkler or by traditional watering through a hose and sprinkler attachment.

SprinklerBoth methods have advantages and disadvantages so you will need to pick the one that works best for you and your lifestyle.  An underground sprinkler system is the more costly option but allows you the freedom to set it up and water your lawn at a set time every day.  An underground sprinkler also allows for you to have different zones throughout your lawn for different watering schedules.  One drawback is that once the system is in place it is difficult to change and you will have to hire a professional if you change your landscape.

With a traditional hose and sprinkler attachment you have a more budget friendly option that will still get the job done.  Also, it allows you to easily move it around your lawn if you change your landscape or you notice that some areas need are requiring more or less water, plus in the summer months it is great entertainment or the kids!  However, not all aspects of this method are home owner favorites, it does require time because you will have to move the sprinkler around.

Watering your lawn also requires timing, when should you water?  While we typically recommend the morning to our clients, it is always best to consult Feed Ur Lawn if you have
any questions.  Not only does time of day factor in to watering your lawn but also what season you are in and what type of grass your lawn has. These are all factors that determine how much and how long you need to water your landscaping investment.

Don’t forget that each part of your landscape has its own watering needs.  Separate from your lawn, shrubbery and plants needs to be watered differently.  Shrubs and trees require a lot less water than the lawn itself often just a few times a week.  However, in the winter months if there has been little to know precipitation, they will need a watering to keep their roots moist even in the cold months.

Flowers and other gardens are also very different than the main lawn.  Flowers such as tender impatiens need to be watered gently multiple times a day in order to keep them alive and full. There are also difference between perennials and annuals so, it is important to know how much they need as well.

If you have any questions it is best to ask your Feed Ur Lawn representative and find a system that work for you whether it be underground sprinkler or traditional hose and sprinkler attachment.  No matter which way you go, you will be protecting the foundation of your landscape and keeping your investment intact and looking its best.

16 Oct 2015
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10 Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines

What is it that you’re hoping to accomplish in landscaping your property line? Once you answer that over-arching question, many of the details will fall into place (with a little aid from the ideas I present here). As you’ll see from reading the information below, deciding on how to landscape a boundary largely comes down to sifting through your various options.

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15 Oct 2015
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What You Can Grow In Shady Spaces

All shade is not equal. Some shady conditions will yield much more produce than others will, while some areas are better left for hostas and moss. Gardeners should be familiar with the different types of shade, but should also keep in mind that measuring how much shade your garden gets isn’t always easy.

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