Helpful turf & garden information

Did you know ....?

  • A lawn only 50 X 50 cleans enough air and produces enough oxygen to provide a family of four with all the clean fresh air the family needs.
  • Undesirable noise levels can be reduced 20 to 30 percent by grass areas that absorb sounds.
  • A healthy lawn absorbs rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field--and four times better than a hay field.
  • In 50's jargon, Grass is Cool--namely about 30 degrees cooler than asphalt and 10-14 degrees cooler than bare soil.
  • Setting your mower higher in hot weather can slow down evaporation of water.
  • Grass plants trap much of the 12 million pounds of dirt and dust released annually into the atmosphere. (That is why airport runways are separated by grassy fields.)
  • Typical grass plants are between 75% and 85% water. Reducing water 10% can cause the death of individual grass plants.

Watering your lawn:

  • Never water in the evening. This will invite fungus to your turf. Watering in the cool of the morning is best.
  • Water deeply: Soaking the soil to approximately 6" forces the roots to each for moisture, thus improving the turf's drought resistance and watering requirements. Do this by watering for 10 minutes 2 times in the morning. Allow one hour in between watering cycles to allow for water absorption into the soil, which will reduce water run off and waste. Then allow soil to completely dry out before watering again.

Fertilizing your lawn:

  • Next to watering, the most-common mistake is overfertilizing.
  • Too much fertilizer creates top-heavy or weak plants that attract disease. Do a soil test to determine your needs.
  • The best time to fertilize is the spring and fall.
  • The most important ingedient is nitrogen, which promotes leaf growth and a good green color.
  • Potassium promotes hardiness and tolerance to disease and winter kill.

Mowing your lawn...

  • Never cut off more than one-third of the leaf blade. Thus, if the grass is long you may need to cut it more than once to get it back to the right length.
  • Leaving the grass clippings is an excellent source of nitrogen. The Lawn Institute estimates that each growing season of an average 1,000 sq. ft. lawn leaves 223 pounds of clippings. That is a lot of plant food!
  • The optimum height for most grasses is between 1.5 and 2.5 inches.. chopped to short, lawn grass can succumb to drought and weeds. Left to grow too long, lawn grass can become sparse and spindly, a haven for insects sand diseases.

Settle for seeds or spring for sod?

  • Sod is not only much less likely to be bothered by weeds, but it can be installed in trouble spots where seeding would be difficult, such as high-traffic areas or erosion-prone slopes.
  • Sod can be planted anytime; sow seed in fall for best results.
  • The disadvantage of sod is that it is more costly than seed, and on a bigger lawn that can be quite dramatic. Plus, large sodding jobs can be labor intensive which can frustrate many do-it-yourselfers.
  • For best results, grass seeds need about 4 inches of quality top-soil. Sodding requires approximately 2 inches.
  • Newly seeded lawns should be weed-free, moist--not soggy--until growth begins.

Why peat soil?

  • Our 100% natural organic, sterile sphagnum peat soil will benefit your lawn and garden for years to come.
  • Peat soil can absorb approximately 20 times its weight in water and releases water and nutrients at a much slower rate than regular soils. This means you will be spending less on water and fertilizer for your lawn and garden.
  • Using our sterile, weed-free peat soil will reduce the amount of maintenance and weeding you will be doing.
  • Peat soil will greatly assist a new lawn in the germination of new seeds as well for root development for sodded lawns.
  • We invite you to give us a call to discuss your soil needs and together we can lay a good foundation for your yard.

Bark mulch-the ideal landscaping medium

  • Suppresses weeds
  • Retains moisture for shrubs & plants
  • Beautifies and provides low maintenance gardening