Lawn fertilization programs and irrigation systems go a long way in creating healthy turf. Regular watering takes advantage of the entire growing season. When in the hands of a trained turf professional, a lot of turf problems can be remedied and prevented by timely applications of quality lawn products. Unfortunately, sometimes lawn fertilizing programs and irrigation systems are not enough.
Renovation services bring new life to struggling turf.
Lawn renovation is simply using a mechanical means to revitalize turf grass and correct adverse conditions. And it’s not just weak turf that struggles! Thick, healthy turf will choke out water and nutrients. These are some of the strategies that we use to correct these problems:
When turf grass is very thick, and mulching the clippings is a standard practice, a thatch layer can build up on the surface. This thatch layer traps the water before it can reach the roots. If it builds up too high, it affects the turf grass’s ability to photosynthesize – or create its own food.
It’s not necessary to dig out the thatch. A very simple solution to detaching is to simply score the surface of the turf with tines in early spring. This allows aerobic bacteria to get in underneath the thatch layer and begin to break it down, providing a source of organic nitrogen for the lawn as well.
Core aerating is another mechanical means of breaking the thatch layer and root pruning the turf grass. Core aerating is done in the fall and often coincides with over-seeding if the lawn needs new grass.
Similar to dethatching, aerating allows aerobic bacteria to work in at the soil level, releasing organic nutrients that helps strengthen the lawn’s root system.
Lawns that have suffered insect damage or drought and have large dead patches will need to be re-seeded in the fall. Rather than bringing in loam and seed, we will often use a slice seeder. A slice seeder is a precise tool that cuts a groove in the ground and systematically drops a seed in that groove. If the lawn has an irrigation system, a slice seeding has a 95% success rate.
Lawns that are 50% gone are difficult to revive using lawn renovation strategies.
After evaluating your lawn, our service technician may recommend re-loaming and seeding. Consider using our landscaping division to install a new one. We screen our own loam and perform all the services with in-house crews: from grading to irrigation and hydroseed.
To schedule a free lawn assessment, call Groundhog Turf Care directly at (603) 505-8587 or send them a contact form here