A thick, well-fed lawn is the best defense against weeds, which can’t compete for space and nutrients.
Grass Seed: We use a Sun and Shade mix which is good for both sunny and shady areas. Our mix contains Kentucky Bluegrass, Creeping Red Fescue, Sienna Perennial Ryegrass, Chewing Fescue. During the hot season we like to leave the grass a little longer, 3” or more, to encourage roots to grow deeper, where they’ll weather drought better. Perennial Ryegrass is a component of cool-season grass mixes. It germinates quickly and wears well.
Sod: Our supplier provides us with top quality Kentucky Blue Grass sod. This is a “cool season” grass and is adapted to northern climates, where they grow vigorously in spring and fall and may turn brown in very hot summers which is why we like to leave the grass a little longer during the summer months. This mixture is quite disease-resistant, keeps their fine-texture looks without a lot of feeding, and have some drought tolerance.
Fertilizer: We recommend fertilizing your lawn in the spring after the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is usually the same time the lilacs begin to blossom and the grass starts growing.
Topdressing: A nice, thick lawn requires healthy soil as its base. The proper technique of “topdressing,” or adding a thin layer of soil over your lawn, can improve the soil without killing the existing turf. Depending on the condition of your turf, several light applications for troublesome yards, rather than one deep one is recommended.
Topdressing addresses common lawn problems, including; low spots due to the settling of rotting tree roots, uneven terrain caused by winter freezing and thawing, tunneling critters, compacted soil in high-traffic areas or low-lying places where water pools, bare/bald spots from variations in soil texture and nutrients, heat, drought, or other environmental damage.
Topdressing gradually improves the soil texture and overall health. Topdressing can; improve drainage and drought-resistance, even out the terrain, reduce the need for supplemental fertilizers, transform your lawn into organic, low-maintenance, healthy turf.
We recommend to apply in early fall or spring which will give your grass time to grow through 3-4 more mowings before severe heat or cold, especially when overseeding.
Overseeding – For seed to germinate it needs to come in contact with the soil. Seed will not germinate if it is resting on grass or grass clipping, leaves, moss, or any other material which is why we recommend Topdressing and seeding simultaneously. The concept of overseeding lawns as part of a regular maintenance has been around for years. This one step will do more to improve the quality of your lawn than almost anything else you can do.
To find out more about the turf services we offer here at Water’s Edge Landscaping please contact us.