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Q: My lawn care company says that they are "organic based." What does that mean?
A: Well, it usually means that they are trying to make you think that they are safer than chemical lawn care companies. It's unfortunate, because it may be false advertising and attempting to lead you to believe that they don't use synthetic chemical fertilizers and dangerous pesticides. Many lawn care companies use "Bridge" products that contain chemical sources of nitrogen and phosphorus combined with reconstituted sewer sludge (Biosolids) and call it "organic based." Most of the time these companies also continue to use pesticides freely and with no concern for reduction.

Perf-A-Lawn News: Fall 2017

Did the Summer Stress Damage Your Lawn?

This summer has been one brutal time of year for your lawn.  The combination of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall has done its number on many lawns across our area.  With the return of rain, we have seen many lawns green up quickly, however others are still showing signs of distress from the drought.  

Fall is the best time to rejuventate a lawn that has been stressed from drought!

Aeration and Overseeding

Aeration is one of the best things you can do to improve your lawn and fall is the best time to do so because grass roots are actively growing at this time of the year.  An aerator is a machine that has hollow metal tines that penetrate the ground and removes plugs of soil as it runs across the lawn.  By pulling plugs out of the lawn, oxygen gets to the roots and soil and allows them to breathe.  Aeration makes it easier for nutrients and water to be absorbed by the soil, which in turn makes them readily available for grass roots to feed on.  The aeration holes also loosen the ground relieving compaction and enables grass roots to stretch out and grow deeper.  By overseeding afterwards, it allows for increased germination of new seed.

Slice Seeding

A slice seeder is helpful to overseed a thin lawn.  This specialized machine cuts grooves into the soil and plants seed in the openings to allow successful germination and establishment of seedlings.  The major benefit in slice seeding over other types of seeding is that you get direct seed to soil contact.  

Autumn Lawn Care

When it comes to lawn care, people tend to think in terms of Spring and Summer.  Once the leaves start to fall, their thoughts turn to other things.  That's a big mistake!  How you care for your lawn in the fall determines its health for the following year.  

Here are a few tips to help you this Fall...

  • Fertilize your lawn.  Feeding your lawn this Fall is the most important thing that you can do for it.
  • Mow until the grass stops growing.  Typically, grass stops growing when temperatures fall below 50 degrees, or use the first consistent snowfall as a guide.  If grass blades are long when snow covers them, the moisture will accumulate, freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, etc.  This stresses the lawn and also creates snow mold - a fungus caused by excess moisture.  Don't be tempted to let your grass get long going into Winter!  As Winter approaches, lower your blade each mowing.
  • Rake leaves whenever possible.  Waiting until the last leaves fall from the trees often results in no raking at all because it snows before you get the chance to.  A build-up of leaves over the Winter can lead to snow mold, as well as suffocating your lawn and creating thatch.


Lime is What Your Lawn Needs In the Fall!

Planning now can save a lot of hassle this Fall!  Liming is an important part of a turf management program.  Your soil's pH has much to do with the health of your lawn.  

When we lime, we adjust the pH level of your soil so that the grass can best absorb essential nutrients needed for healthy growth.  The ideal pH for grass plants is typically around 6.5.

Call us Toll Free: 1-877-737-3252 or e-mail us at perfalawn@perfalawn.com