As the growing season draws to a close, it’s time to think about shutting down your irrigation system. Lawn Pride has been servicing irrigation systems for years and has expert technicians on staff to handle all your repair and maintenance requests. From trouble shooting to spring startups and fall shutdowns, we can do it all. Call us today to schedule your fall shut down.
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The recent combination of cooler Fall weather and heavy rainfall make this the perfect time to aerate any Central Indiana lawn.
Aerating is the process of inserting holes in your lawn for new seed to grow strong roots, fertilizer to help accelerate the growth, and ultimately achieve a thicker, healthier lawn. The holes (or “plugs”) allow for better water absorption, nutrient absorption and help in the process of eliminating thatch. After several hot Summer months the top four inches of soil becomes extremely hard and compact, leaving no where for new seed to grow.
Compacted soil keeps all healthy elements out of soil including water and essential nutrients. Without any room to enter the soil, thatch from lawn mowing is not decompressed and returned to the earth. It will just sit on the lawn’s surface, inviting molds, mildews, disease and unwanted insects.
Indianapolis aeration also increases the amount of oxygen that can interact with your soil, which stimulates root growth and speeds up the decomposition of thatch. When the plugs of soil are removed during the aeration process the grass is stimulated to produce new shoots and roots that will fill in the new holes and increase the density of your lawn.
Additional benefits of Fall aeration include:
- Increase lawn’s drought tolerance
- Noticeable improvement in overall lawn health
- Provide new seeds time to grow strong roots before next Summer
If you’re interested in a quote for aeration services from Lawn Pride click here.
The summer heat seems to be subsiding, so it’s time to soak in the cooler temperatures with some much-needed fall lawn maintenance. Now, before you start planting hundreds of the official Indiana state tree, you’ve got to make sure your lawn is in order.
These three Fall mowing tips will surely help get your Indianapolis Lawn Up To Speed.
- Determine if your lawn is composed of a warm or cool season turf grass.
If you’re unsure, Lawn Pride can help. Cool season grasses such as bluegrasses, bentgrasses, fescues, and ryegrasses can continue to be mowed at a height of 3 inches. However, warm season grasses such as Bermudagrass, Saint-Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass, and buffalograss need to be a little longer throughout the Fall. If you have a warm season lawn, set your blades to around 3.5 inches.
- Keep grass clippings low.
Even if you have to mow often, try not to cut more than one inch off the top of the grass blades. This allows the nutrients from the clippings to re-enter the lawn. Just think, you’re essentially mowing and fertilizing all at once.
- Watch for grub damage.
This isn’t exactly a mowing tip, but grub damage is usually discovered while mowing – so that works. Lawns that show sporadic wilting and browning tend to have white grub damage. White grubs feed on the roots of grasses and most grub damage occurs in the late summer. If you suspect grubs, check the root zone of affected areas, and if white, c-shaped grubs are there – you have grubs. Luckily, Lawn Pride offers a Grub Control Treatment to help.
Remember: Working with Lawn Pride is a partnership where the effectiveness of our work depends largely on how you maintain your lawn. Please follow all maintenance instructions provided by Lawn Pride, and together, we’ll take pride in your lawn.
Aeration - Mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn breaks up soil compaction, allowing oxygen and water to get down to the root zone so grass can grow thicker and healthier. The lasting benefits of a Lawn Pride Aeration Treatment are:
- Improved air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
- Enhanced soil water uptake
- Improved fertilizer uptake and use
- Reduced water runoff and puddling
- Stronger turf grass roots
- Reduced soil compaction
- Enhanced heat and drought stress tolerance
- Improved resiliency and cushioning
- Enhanced thatch breakdown
- Improved Spring green-up and growth
As Indianapolis lawns enter the heat of the season, you might be wondering how much water is appropriate for your lawn. The quick answer is that all Indiana lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. But unfortunately very few homeowners actually know what to do to deliver that amount of water.
Here’s what to do. The next time you water, put an empty container (such as a empty tuna can or a pie pan) on the lawn and do not stop watering until the water level in the container is 1 – 1.5 inches deep. Then once you know how long it takes to deliver the correct volume of water, you can divide the waterings across a couple days if you wish. But don’t divide it up too much Several short waterings aren’t as effective as fewer long waterings. That’s because the first few minutes of water is runoff and it takes a while for the water to penetrate deeply. And the deeper the water goes, the healthier your lawn will be. Deep penetration encourages the roots to grow deeper and deeper to reach the water…and deep root growth is essential for overall lawn health. Shallow watering encourages the roots to remain shallow, and that just isn’t healthy.
Likewise, if yard is soft and mushy and seems to grow slower and die faster than your Hoosier neighbor, then you might be over watering. An over-watered lawn is more prone to weeds, crab grass, and insect infestation too, so if this sounds familiar, try cutting back on your watering schedule. And don’t water overnight. Water in the early morning so that the lawn doesn’t sit wet overnight, when fungus is likely to attack. In short, lawns prefer less moisture than more moisture, but can’t live without water either. If mother nature is providing adequate rain, then let it be. If it gets dry, drag out the sprinkler to keep your lawn healthy as things heat up.