The Right Mowing Makes the Grass Grow Better—Yes, Really.

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Mowing your lawn doesn’t seem like rocket science does it. In some cases you’ve been doing lawn mowing since you were a kid and the parents said, time to get that grass cut. The question is, even after all this time, what do you really know about mowing the lawn? How much do you know about what kinds of grass should be mowed how often? What have you learned about the proper mowing height? if you’re like the rest of us. the answer is next to nothing. That’s many many people opt to hire a professional to care for their laws. Why It’s Important to Mow to the Right Height The lawn that is correctly moved to the right height has some serious advantages. If you do mow properly your grass is going to be more drought tolerant. In addition, it will have fewer weeds and be overall much healthier. That means you get that lush green grass that is the talk of the neighborhood. Different kinds of grass require different heights when you are mowing. As a general rule of thumb, grasses in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, as well as the Tidewater areas, require: – Tall Fescue: 2”-4” – Bermuda: 0.5”- 2.5” – St. Augustine: 1”-3” At Lenards Lawn Care, we recommend that you cut your lawn to the tallest recommended height. The reason is that deeper roots will allow the grass to be more drought and disease tolerant. For more information or for making an appointment for your …

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Aerating Your Lawn-What, When and How

It was a long winter and your lawn lay dormant for quite some time. It’s likely that it isn’t looking nearly as perfect as you wish it did even at this point. Even after you rake away the thatch and see some new growth, the lawn may still be looking a little the worse for wear. if your lawn looks tired and brown, the odds are good that you need a little extra help from your lawn care professional.One way to help yuou to grow better grass is aeration. Just like any other plant, your grass needs to have oxygen to grow. Thanks to people using the lawn and walking on it. playing with pets and other things, the natural settling that takes place, the roots of your grass can compact and limit the amount of air/oxygen that can reach the roots of the grass. The result is that the lawn looks a lot less healthy than it did previously. What is Aeration? Aeration is basically poking holes in the lawn. It removes small pieces of soil and allows the air to flow better around the grass roots. It also allows the water and the food that you add to the lawn to get to the roots more effectively.Normally the process is done using something called a core aerator and can take a couple of hours if you have a fair sized lawn. Why Should You Aerate? Aeration is a very important part of your lawn staying green and healthy. …

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Aeration and Your Lawn Care

In order to achieve and maintain a beautiful lawn, you should employ basic lawn care practices such as properly mowing, fertilizing and watering. It is also important to ensure that nutrients can reach the soil beneath your grass. Aeration can be an extremely vital element to a healthy lawn because it allows air and water to penetrate built-up grass or lawn thatch. Get rid of thatch and make way for a beautiful lawn with this quick guide to aeration. You’ll learn why, how and when to aerate your lawn for the best results. What is Aeration? Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements. Should You Be Aerating Your Lawn? One of the most common questions from homeowners is how to determine if they should be aerating their lawn. Your lawn is probably a good candidate for aeration if: The lawn gets heavy use. If you’re the house where everyone congregates and plays games and so on. .. if yours is the house where all the pets and people visit …

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Natural Lawn Care. Is It the Right Answer for You?

Natural lawn care sounds like it’s going to be quite dramatic and difficult to accomplish. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.  Your lawn care professional is probably already practicing natural lawn care for you. Here’s the thing. . .  According to the U.S. National Wildlife Federation, where  heavy chemical pesticides are used, we see the death of more than 60 – 90% of earthworms. Earthworms are important for soil health and when you find them, you can rest assured  that their presence is a good indication that the soil in your lawn is healthy for vibrant green grass to grow. What that means is that if the chemicals we use to protect plants from pests and to keep them healthy destroy the earthworms, the result is not only unhealthy for your lawn but its unhealthy for the environment too. The best way to lower our use of  chemical fertilizers and pest controls is to practice natural lawn care. Natural lawn care  is a method of care that results in a healthy lawn and creates an envornment that is naturally resistant to weeds, insects, and diseases. If you want a beautiful lawn that is also friendly to the environment here are a few tips for you. A beautiful lawn begins and  ends with soil health. That means test the pH of the soil and make sure that it is ideal. Soil testing is easy enough that most people can purchase a kit and do it themselves however if …

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Regular Lawn Care Means a Healthier Lawn

Lawn mowing is typically seen as a very simple task. If you’re doing nothing more than mowing the lawn without any foresight, that is quite true. For the lawn care professional, there is a lot more involved than just putting blades to grass and shortening the length of it. The lawn care professional is trying to achieve a gorgeous looking carpet of lush green grass. Regular mowing and how the mowing is undertaken means a lot to the overall good health of the lawn. Whether it’s done correctly or incorrectly can alter the way that the grass grows and even whether or not it grows at all. Photosynthesis is the process by which grass takes the sun and uses that to make food for the grass out of the nutrition that is found in the soil. The longer the lawn leaf, the more food that is made to keep the grass healthy.The lawn that is mown very short will produce less food and will need more attention to the overall state of their health. It could even increase the risk of death of part of the grass. Knowing this, it makes it easy to understand why lawns that are primarily in shade will need to have a longer cut than those which are grown in full sun. Lawn mowing and learning about its foibles can be a real chore for people. We are all guilty of putting off lawnmowing for too long sometimes and regular lawn mowing is also important …

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Finding the Right Lawn Care Service

Everyone wants that gorgeous lush lawn with a weed free look. Everyone wants healthy trees, healthy grass. Where you get your lawn care plays a big role in making sure that you get that. It’s a team effort that takes place between you and the lawn care professional that you hire. How do you find a lawn care professional and which one should you hire? Think of your lawn in the same way that you think of a healthy head of hair. Your barber or beautician provide regular hair cuts, perhaps conditioner and gives you advice on how to care for your hair to prevent damage to it. That kind of relationship is what you are looking for with your lawn care expert too. If you’re looking for a lawn care expert you will need one that is in the know about what they do and how it should be done. You will want a lawn care expert that will be able to explain what you need to know in order to keep your lawn looking great. From watering to fertilization your lawn care experts should be able to advise you. They should actually BE lawn care experts. They should be able to help you to find threats in your lawn from disease to pests and help you to find ways to treat them. So how do you get the lawn care company that will fill the bill? Here are a couple of things that you can look for in …

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Watering Your Lawn

  In hot dry weather such as is plentiful in Virginia, your lawn can take up to an inch of water or even more per week. You’ll want to water the lawn any time that you see the soil begin to be fully dry but preferably long before the grass begins to wilt. One good tip about when to water your Virginia Beach lawn is that you will notice a vast difference in the foot prints. If your footprints are not bouncing back up on the grass but instead are leaving a lasting print for a long period of time,. its past time to water the lawn. Basic Lawn Watering Principles. Morning watering is infinitely better than evening time. Wet grass overnight can encourage myriad types of diseases. Watering during the heat of the day may actually cook the lawn and can also be counterproductive in that the water is lost to more rapid evaporation. Water the lawn at a rate of about one half inch of water per hour. If you water the grass too rapidly you will cause runoff which wastes your time and your money You can test the rate of flow for a specific sprinkler by putting smaller cans in easy reach of the sprinkler and then measuring the water level about every 15 minutes. The most effective way for you to water your lawn will be drip irrigation or by soaker hoses with a timer attacked to allow your system to water in the morning …

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Lawn Mowing Laws?

Homeowners who are cutting their own grass or lawn care professionals will want to ensure that when they mow, they are not blowing the clippings into the street. Most lawn care professionals rake and bag the grass or mulch it or use other methods to remove it from the premises, but some homeowners are simply not picking up the grass. They don’t know about the codes say that blowing the lawn clippings anywhere except your own yard could qualify you for a fine. Blowing lawn clippings into the street is a violation of Virginia Code. According to VA Code 18.2-324, putting grass clippings in the road can create a hazard to people who are traveling on the roadway. While that traditionally means cars,it also means people on motorcycles as well as bicycles. “Grass clippings left on the road are not likely to create any hazard for cars, but if the clippings are thick or wet they could very easily cause traction problems for cyclists, particularly bicyclists,” said NBC12 legal analyst Betty Layne DesPortes. In a news broadcast, she asserted that “if the grass clippings create a traveling hazard, a person would be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500. Be courteous, take an extra minute, and sweep up your grass clippings,” she concluded. “You don’t want to go to jail, or worse, cause serious injury to someone.” For help with your lawn care, Lenards Lawn Service gets …

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Common Virginia Grasses and Their Ups and Downs

Virginia is what is known as a “transition zone” when it comes to grass. What that means is that cold winters and long dry summers don’t allow for great choices when it comes to lawn grass. This is true for most of the state. A Virginia  lawn mowing service is probably the best option to help you to determine what is and is not the best grass for your particular area, to answer any questions you may have,  and to help you keep it looking great. Depending on what you’re looking for, every grass has strong points and weak points. They will adapt well in many cases but they need some special considerations in order to deliver you a top quality lawn that looks great for most of the year. In addition, you do want to–where possible– also give a nod to the environment so that has been taken into account as well. A few of the common turfgrasses that you will find  in Virginia include- Cool-season turfgrasses. The active growing season is late supper to early winter as well as early spring to early summer. They love a temperate climate that ranges from 65-75 for their growth. In mid-summer that growth will drop off dramatically. They adapt well to the hilly regions as well as the southwestern valleys but may struggle some in the tidewater areas. Tall fescue. The best turfgrass to adapt to anywhere across the state, tall fescue has more than a few redeeming features. It is …

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Why Does Your Lawn Need Aeration?

Just as the roots of your grass and plants require water and fertilizer or food, so too do they require oxygenation to help the grass to thrive. At Lenards Lawn Care we have a long tradition of helping to obtain that lush green lawn that you are looking for and part of that is healthy oxygenation for the plants. Lawn aeration helps the grass to achieve the maximum amount of oxygen that that provides your grass with multiple benefits. It allows water and fertilizer to penetrate deeper into the soil, reduces soil compaction, and improves the air-to-soil interaction. Timing is just as important when it comes to aerating your lawn as it is with watering and mowing. You can always aerate your lawn in the spring, but the most important time to do so is in the fall. It’s important to apply weed killers after you aerate your lawn so that the open holes can be protected against weeds.

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