Monday, October 11, 2010
See lawn mowing for more tips.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
A normal amount of thatch between 1/8" - 1/4" is preferred - Anything more should be removed as it is not letting water air and nutrients penetrate into the soil.
If you feel your lawn needs dethatching you can rent a dethatcher and do the work yourself or call on the professionals. In Montgomery County MD Seneca Gardens can help.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Mulch should be applied no thicker then 4 inches with 2-3 inches being the optimum depth. Mulch should never be applied up against the trunks of trees or shrubs.
Mulch against a trunk can hold moisture against the trunk causing damage, provide insects with a cozy living and eating environment, and breed disease. Mulch that is too thick can hold too much moisture and block oxygen from the soil.
A finer mulch is preferred as it breaks down quicker providing nutrients to the soil.
Fall mulching should consist of removal of all old mulch and weeds in bed. Turning of the soil should be followed by a layer of newspaper covered by 1 to 2 inches of fine mulch. Fall mulch should decompose through out the winter and be ready to be turned into the soil with the newspaper in the Spring.
During the Spring check beds pulling weeds by hand and turning the existing mulch from fall. If the mulch appears diseased remove it. If you are to trim and prune hedges do so before adding new mulch.
Clean up the edge with and edger and shovels. If this is a new bed with little or no plants you can add landscaping fabric as a barrier against weeds. This landscape fabric should be removed in the Fall. Mulch is applied about 3 inches thick and leaving bare 4 to 6 inches around trees and shrubs.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Golf courses over-seed in the Spring and Fall. You need only over-seed in the Fall to replace any grasses that have died over the year.
Nature does its own over-seeding at the end of summer when the grasses drop their seed. However your lawn is cut regularly so that the grasses do not go to seed. You must perform this renewal for your lawn or it will slowly depopulate.
Over seeding when done in conjuction with Aeration gives you the best results.
Chickweed is mat forming with numerous branched stems. The leaves are opposite, smooth, oval to broadly elliptic in shape. Chickweed's upper leaves are sparsely hairy with long petiole. The stems have vertical lines of hairs.
Chickweed is a winter annual weed and a familiar site to Maryland lawns. It is recognizable by its white flowers in small clusters at the ends of its stems. The good news is Seneca Gardens can control Chickweed.
Increased oxygen availability to the root system allows increased respiration. Aeration decreases thatch. The soil structure is improved, allowing better surface water drainage into and through the soil. Water is used more efficiently, increasing conservation and decreasing water bill costs.