Lawn Fertilization and Care
Our lawn care program ensures the health of your turf and addresses any problems it may be having. We start with a complete soil analysis that helps us identify nutrient deficiencies or other soil issues. If necessary, we’ll then recommend corrective measures and adjust your lawn care service accordingly. Please note that this service is for our clients that have a “green season” lawn mowing program with us.
Our Lawn Care Program is based on nurturing healthy soil. We practice Integrated Pest Management. IPM is defined as:
a process consisting of the balanced use of cultural, biological, and chemical procedures that are environmentally feasible, and socially acceptable to reduce pest populations to tolerable levels.
Knowledge of both pests and plants—and the monitoring of each—is critical to landscape health. Proper management practices (fertilizing, mowing, watering, and aeration) greatly reduce pest problems.
Pesticides are used only when insect and/or disease levels reach intolerable levels. Early intervention allows for fewer pesticides and reduces our impact on the environment.
How it works:
We start with a complete analysis of your soil, which will help us to identify any nutrient deficiencies or soil pH problems that may exist. Next, we recommend corrective measures that may need to be taken and we adjust your fertilization program accordingly.
If no adjustments are needed for your soil, our standard fertilization program can be broken down into the following steps:
MAY Broadleaf Weed Control and Crabgrass Pre-emergent Application. Timing of this application is critical in suppressing crabgrass seed germination. Equally important is the eradication of weeds that may have invaded the lawn during the previous growing season. While we use pesticides in a curative role, experience has shown that this combination application is important to lawn quality.
JUNE Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer Application. A controlled release organic based fertilizer applied in June will continue to feed your lawn for three months. A fully organic product can be substituted but at a higher price point.
JULY / OCTOBER Lawn Inspection. Inspection for insects and/or disease. After notification and following your approval, necessary corrective action is taken.
AUGUST Aeration. One of the most important maintenance practices we can employ to help maintain the health of your lawn. Aeration will prevent a number of problems, including compaction and thatch build-up. It opens passageways in the soil, allowing better air, water, and nutrient movement. During drought conditions, aeration helps water reach thirsty roots.
SEPTEMBER Organic Based Lawn Fertilizer & Broadleaf Weed Control Application. The second (and most important) controlled release organic based fertilizer application is performed helping your lawn to recover from the stresses of the long, hot summer. Broadleaf weed control is applied in September as well. Near the end of summer, beginning of autumn, we perform over seeding to fill in bare spots, repair drought or high-traffic damage, thicken the grass, rejuvenate the turf, and establish a healthier lawn. Late summer/early autumn is the best time to perform over seeding because overnight temperatures are fantastic for germination and strong root growth, while daytime temperatures are not too hot for the tender seedlings.
Spring & Fall Cleanup
Spring and Fall Cleanup
As part of our estate management services, a complete spring and fall clean-up is performed that includes pick up and removal of sticks, leaves and other debris from your property. Not only unsightly, these materials can also cause damage to your lawn, alter the soil chemistry, harbor harmful bugs or insects, and promote the spread of diseases to trees and other plants.
As part of your estate management services, a complete spring and fall clean-up will be performed that includes pick up and removal of sticks, leaves and other debris from your property. Not only unsightly, these materials can also cause damage to your lawn, alter the soil chemistry, harbor harmful bugs or insects, and promote the spread of diseases to trees and other plants.
When we arrive on your property for your initial consultation we will inspect your lawn to determine: property size, type of grass, levels of shade, and any possible obstructions. We will then suggest an appropriate mowing schedule.
We also recommend leaving lawn clippings to help shade and feed the lawn, but, in the event of clumping or excessive clippings, we include bagging and removal.
We offer regular garden maintenance services as well as seasonal estate landscaping services to keep your property looking its absolute best. You won’t need to juggle several vendors because YardScapes will manage all the landscape service needs of your property. Whether you need Garden Maintenance, Ornamental Plant & Edging, or Annual plantings, we can make your property beautiful.
INSECT & DISEASE CONTROL
Not all critters in your yard are pests and we will help you control the undesirable ones. Not all pests are obvious to see either. Monitoring your property for their tell-tale signs allows for early intervention and the use of fewer products. Pesticides are used only when insect and/or disease levels have reached intolerable levels. Our goal is to reduce our impact on the environment therefore we practice Integrated Pest Management.
A service offered to our estate management clients and available as an option to other clients, dormant pruning is the routine maintenance pruning to trees and shrubs when they are not actively growing. We will address any dead, diseased or damaged branches, suckers, or water sprouts. Pruning can also help shape the plant, allow for more air circulation and give inside branches more access to sunlight.
We offer winter services to our “green season” residential and commercial clients. These services can include Winter Plant Protection, Winter Deer Control, Dormant Pruning, Snow Plowing