Lawn Care St. Charles, MO – Fertilization, Weed Control, Aeration & Overseeding
We all love a beautiful lush lawn, but did you realize you’re doing your part to help the environment by keeping it healthy? A thick, healthy lawn with rich soil prevents the erosion of soil, filters contaminants from rainwater, and absorbs many types of airborne pollutants, like dust and soot. Grass is also highly efficient at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, a process which helps clean the air. Win-win, right!
Caring for your lawn in St. Charles can both enhance its appearance and contribute to its environmental benefits. This means creating conditions for grass to thrive and resist damage from weeds, disease, and insect pests. Your lawn may only be a small piece of land, but all the lawns across the country cover a lot of ground. That means you and your lawn care activities, along with everyone else’s, can make a difference to the environment.
First of all, we need to think about how we care for ourselves. We don’t wait for issues to arise before taking care of our bodies. We preventively eat food that will nourish our bodies and exercise to keep us strong. We need to do the same for our lawn. A healthy lawn can fight off most weeds, survive insect attacks and fight off disease, so we need to give our lawn the tools it needs to stay healthy and lush, year after year.
A good start to nourishing your lawn is with a good soil foundation. Your soil should be checked for the right pH, or acidity/alkalinity balance. Your county extension agent or local nursery should be able to tell you how to do this. Whatever soil type you have, you can probably improve it by periodically adding organic matter like compost, manure, or grass clippings. Organic matter helps to lighten soil and it helps soil retain water and nutrients. Also check to see if your soil is packed down from lots of use. This makes it harder for air and water to penetrate, and for grass roots to grow. To loosen compacted soil, some lawns may need to be aerated. This process involves pulling out plugs of soil to create air spaces, so water and nutrients can penetrate into the grass roots.
Aeration also helps any type of thatch build up. All grass forms a layer of dead plant material, known as thatch, between the grass blades and the soil. In a healthy lawn, microorganisms and earthworms help keep the thatch layer in balance by decomposing it and releasing the nutrients into the soil. When thatch gets too thick, deeper than one-half inch, it prevents water and nutrients from penetrating to the soil and grass roots. Some grasses tend to form a thick layer of thatch. Usually raking the thatch and/or having aerations done every year will help break it up and allow your lawn to soak all the necessary nutrients into the roots, allowing your lawn to grow longer and stronger.
Fertilizing your lawn is also very important. Most lawns need to be fertilized throughout the year because they need more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than soils usually contain. These three elements are the primary ingredients found in most lawn fertilizers. It is very important to understand how to use fertilizers because, if you over-fertilize, you could do more harm to your lawn than good. Green ’s Lawn Care program is an excellent remedy for all your lawn care needs.
Another way to help your lawn is mowing high. Having a longer blade of grass allows your lawn to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system, which helps it fight off any potential insect damage, diseases or hot summers, which St. Charles is known for. A lawn’s ideal length is usually between 2-1/2 and 3 inches. It is also important to mow with sharp blades to prevent tearing and injuring the grass.
And last, but not least – water. We all know drinking water does wonders for us, well it does the same for your lawn. However, we need to be careful how we water. Watering frequently for short periods of time will train the roots to stay close to the surface, keeping them from developing deep, strong roots. It is best to water early in the morning like a slow, soaking rain. Watering about an inch of water will help your lawn grow deep, strong roots that make it healthier and less vulnerable to drought.
So here’s our chance to do our part for the environment. If we take a few small steps to preserve our little part of the world, we will all be better off in the long-run. Saving the earth starts in our own backyard!