A variety of conditions determine the rate at which grass will grow. Weather, time of year, type of grass, fertilization, and soil conditions all contribute to a lawn's growth rate. As Indiana lawn care experts, we take all of these factors into consideration when determining the ideal mowing frequency and height for your yard. The generally accepted rule of thumb is to mow at a rate such that only the top third of the grass blade is removed per cutting. Slicing too deeply into the stems can cause grass to become more susceptible to disease and burn-out more easily during dry periods.
On a typical mowing visit (weather permitting), you can expect to see the lawn cut in a straight lined pattern, opposite in direction from the prior cutting. Alternating the mowing direction from visit to visit prevents the grass from being trained to "lay down," which can cause it to be missed by the mower blades. Once the grass has been cut, we use a trimmer to remove any remaining grass the mower may have missed. Upon service completion, we make sure that driveways, sidewalks, patios, and all other hard surfaces are cleared of any grass clippings. In general, lawn mowing is a weekly service with some exceptions due to aggressive fertilization or watering. Lawns during the months of May and September oftentimes require more frequent service visits, where in July and August, dry conditions can leave grass dormant for weeks.
There are many factors to consider when giving an estimate on lawn service. Such as lawn size, contour, amount of trimming required, and the accessibility of the property (i.e. fenced in back yards) all play a role in a lawn's per cut mowing price.
Spring or Fall Cleanup:
A spring or fall cleanup is the systematic collection and removal of any leaves, sticks, and debris littering the property as a result of the change of seasons. The open areas of the lawn, as well as any landscape beds and hard surfaces, are included in the spring/fall cleanup package. This service is primarily performed using a variety of wheeled and backpack blowers, though certain areas may be raked by hand when applicable. Cleanups are performed on a first come-first serve basis, and only when ground and weather conditions are appropriate. Debris is typically left at the roadside for town pickup and disposal. If you live in a township that does not provide leaf disposal, we can haul the debris away for a small additional fee.
Installing mulch in your beds is the perfect way to complete the overall theme of your landscaping We have a wide variety of wood mulches and decorative stone ground covers which we can deliver & install upon request. The mulching service includes the cost and delivery of materials, as well as the labor associated with the installation. Recommended as an enhancement to this service is having your landscaping edged (see Edging). A freshly cut edge neatly defines the border between the landscape and the lawn, and truly enhances the overall look of the new mulch.
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The primary purpose of edging is to define and clarify the border between a lawn and adjacent landscape beds. Edging a landscape not only gives the bed a more pleasing appearance, but also prevents the lawn and landscape from merging into each other. There are a variety of edges to choose from, ranging from a simple machine cut edge, to the installation of prefabricated edges made from plastic or wood. Edges made from the placement of bricks or field stone are other popular choices. Exactly which edge is right for you depends on your personal preference, as well as the design theme of your landscaping. Most edging requires some degree of annual maintenance, usually performed in the Spring by our Indiana landscaping specialists.
Machine cut (or shovel cut) edges are the simplest and most popular. They require no extra materials, and should be re-cut each spring in order to maintain their functionality. Brick and field stone edges require periodic weeding or non-selective herbicide applications to eliminate unwanted growth between each brick or stone. Plastic edging sometimes requires replacement or re-installation due to working its way to the surface (through the seasonal freeze/thaw cycle).
Edging is oftentimes paired with Mulch Installation, as each service is a nice compliment to the other. Spring is the best time to edge (due to soft soil conditions), though the service can be performed at any time throughout the lawn care season. Preen® or Treflan® granular weed preventer is safe for most ornamental plants (shrubs, flowers, etc.). We apply the granular weed preventer at recommended rates in the spring and summer to inhibit the growth of unwanted weeds without damaging shrubs, flowers, or other plants. This treatment is not recommended in vegetable gardens or around any plants that will bear fruit, vegetables, or will be eaten. This treatment is very effective in controlling weeds throughout the season.
Keep your beds beautiful all season long with our landscape weeding program. Twice a month, your beds will be thoroughly inspected and cleared of all invading weeds and grasses. The first step in keeping your landscape looking clean and fresh is keeping it weed free.
A healthy lawn starts at the roots. Grass roots, though underground, require a certain amount of oxygen in order for the blades above to flourish. Over time, soil compaction (a naturally occurring process oftentimes accelerated by heavy foot traffic and lawn rolling) literally squeezes the oxygen out of the ground. Not only does this deprive roots of oxygen, but it also makes it difficult for water and other nutrients to penetrate the soil. Core aeration relieves soil compaction, allowing oxygen, water, and fertilizers easier access to the grass roots. A core aerator is a piece of equipment which 'pokes' thousands of finger-sized holes into the lawn, removing small plugs of soil in the process. These plugs are dispersed throughout the lawn and disappear naturally in a few days. Best results are attained when the soil is soft from either snow melt, or heavy rain. Core aeration can be performed any time during the lawn care season, though Spring is the best time, followed by Fall.
Thatch is the accumulation of decomposing organic debris embedded within turf grass (ie. grass clippings, leaf fragments, small sticks, etc). A small amount of thatch ranging from 1/4 to1/2 inch is generally acceptable. Thatch layers in excess of this range have the potential to cause serious turf grass problems, such as: - a reduction in the effectiveness of fertilizers & pesticides - the creation of ideal conditions for turf disease and insect infestation De-thatching (sometimes called "power-raking") is the process of removing thatch from the lawn, thus reducing the amount to an acceptable level. Once the entire yard is de-thatched, the debris is collected, bagged, and placed at the curb for proper disposal. De-thatching is one of our Spring services, performed from early April through early May, and only when ground conditions are suitable. However, we only perform this service when the customer absolutely insists on it as we believe the core aeration is far superior.
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