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Feb 2014

Fertilizing Your Lawn

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Okay, Now we have your lawn cleaned and seeded. Now is the time to encourage growth and discourage weeds by using a combination of fertilizers and herbicides.

Fertilizer

Fertilizing your lawn will help it grow thick and lush. However, if not used properly you may actually damage the plant. Slow release nitrogen fertilizer is recommended and you should try to use no more than 1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 square feet.

Apply it early in the season when growth activity begins. Too early or too late will greatly reduce the effectiveness of the product.

Herbicides

The effectiveness of herbicides often depends on when they are used. If you have a large weed infestation it is best to apply ‘pre-emergent’ herbicide before the seeds germinate in the spring. You should know, that you cant use this treatment if you plan to plant new grass in the spring.

If you have isolated issues, spot treat with a non-selective herbicide.

Call us at Growing Legacy for more tips and ideas to keep your lawn healthy year-round.

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19

Feb 2014

Crazy Weather

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With us tailing out of February and into March, now is the time historically to start thinking about your lawn for the spring. However this weather is really hard to pin down.  I do expect things to settle down soon and hopefully March will be wet and mild as we usually expect in the Carolinas.

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13

Feb 2014

Planting Grass

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Once you have repaired and cleaned your lawn, you will probably need to reseed areas that are particularly brown or bare. Here are a few simple steps to address this process.

Test your soil

This should be the first step in finding out why you are having the issue. A soil test will help determine what nutrients your lawn is lacking and what you need to do to correct the situation. Once measures have been taken to get your levels correct, aerate the ground to avoid soil compaction.

Seed your Lawn

You need to consider the variety of grass that works well in your region and with the amount of sunlight your yard receives.  Be sure to estimate the amount of area you are wanting to cover since seed coverage is based on pounds per square foot. Use a broadcast spreader if available.

Maintain the New Grass

Once planted, the new grass can’t be ignored. Water it regularly and fertilize it with a slow-release/low-nitrogen product. Mow your lawn whenever it reaches 3 or 4 inches but try not to trim off more than 1/2 inch as doing more can stress the grass.

Call us at Growing Legacy for more tips and ideas to keep your lawn healthy year-round.

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06

Feb 2014

Repairing Your Lawn

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Repairing Your Lawn

Once the ground dries out you want to give your lawn a good once-over to make sure it is ready for spring. If you are maintaining a nice lawn, a light raking may be all you need. But now is a good time to address any issues you may have.

Uneven Ground

Raised and depressed areas in your lawn can cause several issues. The first and foremost is poor drainage. Plus raised areas tend to be scalped by your lawn mower. Take a moment, grab a shovel, and cut away raised areas and fill in depressed areas.

Soil Compaction

This problem affects high traffic areas. The soil becomes densely packed, thus making it harder for grass to root, plus allowing hardier weeds to take hold. You can test the compaction by sticking a kitchen fork into your ground. If it fails to penetrate 2 inches your soil is compacted. Remedy this with an aerator.

Thatch

The tangle of above ground roots in dense grasses like Zoysia and Bermuda is called thatch. A thick mat of this will make it difficult for water and nutrients to reach your soil. A specially designed rake will help you break up the thatch for better lawn care.

Call us at Growing Legacy for more tips and ideas to keep your lawn healthy year-round.

 

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08

Nov 2013

Raising Propery Value

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If you’ve ever wanted to improve your home’s value, you know there are quite a few hundred projects that you can take on to help achieve this. Sometimes the job is as easy as fixing the roof or adding in random upgrades, but sometimes the task is more thorough and you want to build a history of upgrading your home so that the value rises even higher. Some people don’t even realize that the smallest details can raise your home property value over time. In fact, something like investing in Charlotte landscaping services could inspire your neighbors to take care of their own properties, which will help the neighborhood’s value in general. This will make everything easier on you because when neighborhood value improves, your own home becomes more valuable. It’s like doubling your profits.

Charlotte landscaping is vital to maintaining a home and keeping it presentable. Whether you do something as extensive as adding a concrete walkway or as simple as having a company mow your lawn every week, the results will be there to last. Curb appeal is one of the most important things a property can have because the exterior will be the first thing that potential buyers will see.

If you want to generate some long-term value growth for your home, it’s best to invest in Charlotte landscaping services. It’s one of the most cost-effective ways of bettering your home on a constant basis and making sure that it always looks presentable to potential buyers. One service from time to time is enough to keep your home looking desirable – don’t let this opportunity slip away.

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05

Nov 2013

How Does Landscaping Help Your Property?

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When it comes to improving your home value, there is no shortage of projects and ideas. Some people like to get their roof, windows, or a new paint job done. It all changes from person to person and what they think will be the most effective at bettering their home. However, something they don’t always realize is that boosting property value does not mean that you have to pay a couple thousand dollars. It could be something as simple as getting a Charlotte landscaping service to come out every weekend and tend to your yard and garden so that it looks presentable.

Think of it this way: you want a home improvement project that will better your home and, if possible, generate some kind of long-term growth in value. That key missing link that you’re searching for is the neighborhood’s involvement in property value improvement. It sounds complicated, but it is really not.

A house that has a Charlotte landscaping company come out and keep it all clean and tidy will benefit from more curb appeal and a higher home value. The neighboring houses may benefit slightly from it, and their residents may even want to better their own home so they’re on the same level. Once that neighborhood competition starts and people start making their homes better just so they don’t stand in your shadow, the entire neighborhood benefits from higher property values. Charlotte landscaping is contagious, and it’s about time that you started a ripple in your neighborhood.

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