Answers to Lawn Care

Here are Answers to some Lawn Care Frequently Asked Questions.

An interested home owner e-mailed a question regarding about de-thatching.

Question: Hi, I plan to rent a de-thatching machine. Should I use it in the spring or fall? I suppose I should apply fertilizer after I use it?

Answer: Hello, It is generally best to de-thatch just prior to the season most favourable for grass growth (which varies depending on grass type and climate); that way fresh grass rather than weeds fill in the scars. Fertilize your lawn according to its needs whether or not the lawn is de-thatched. for efficiency’s sake it would be more sensible to apply fertilizer after than before thatch is removed.

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Question: Hay, What causes earth mounds on my lawn?

Answer: Hi, Mole and gophers are usually responsible for tunnelling and soil plies at the hole entrance. Other mammals may dig and scratch your lawn as well. Large earthworms leave castings that are sometimes noticeable on lawns that are cut at a low height.

Question: How can damage from moles, gophers or large burrowing animals be solved?

Answer: Hi, Poison baits and traps are helpful, although seldom completely successful. A more general approach is to remove the food that attracts these animals, in most cases soil insects and grubs. A “grub-proofing” of the soil with a long lasting insecticide may be the best solution.

Question: Hello, What about earth worm castings?

Answer: Hi, Insecticides make the soil unattractive to earthworms, which retreat to lower soil levels, move to another location or die. Keep in mind before eliminating earthworms that their burrows (holes in the ground)are beneficial and naturally aerate your soil and these worms also consume thatch.

Question: Hay, Will tree leaves hurt a lawn?

Answer: Hi, Anything that stops light from reaching the green leaf of a lawn will reduce the grasses food making ability. As there are no toxins that occur in tree leaves that will seriously inhibit the grasses growth the problem becomes a mechanical one not a chemical one. So raking the leaves up and putting them on the compost pile to break down or mulch them into the lawn to improve normal soil structure. Tree roots on the other hand can reduce grass growth by competing for fertilizer and moisture.

Another Frequently Asked Question is…

Question: Hi, Is adding lime to a lawn necessary?

Answer: Hi, If you are doing it as a regular procedure then no. The main reason for liming is to make acid soils “sweeter” (more alkaline) If your soil is close to being neutral, within a pH range of 6-8, lime should not be needed. Very acid soils, some with a pH as low as 4 would benefit form applying lime. This is especially true if the lawn grass type is bluegrass or bermuda that have a higher pH requirement. The best way to tell is to have your soil tested.

Question: Hello, What is the action does lime have on a lawn?

Answer: Hi, well if the soil is heavy, lime will keep it more porous, allowing air and moisture to penetrate the soil. Also due to an excess of decayed roots lawns tend to become acidic. Lime will correct this problem and will aid in the release of plant food materials for the grass in your lawn.

Question: Hi, What type of lime should I use?

Answer: Hello, The beset type of lime to use is crushed limestone, preferably the dolomitic type which contains magnesium. The best time of the year to add lime in northern climates is in the fall.

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