Your Lawn care package is a valuable asset. Regular maintenance will help to keep it healthy and beautiful.
Weeds will naturally establish in a thin or stressed lawn. Regular mowing, overseeding and feeding are the best defense against weeds. A well-fed, thick lawn will naturally resist disease, insect pests and other stressors.
Aeration loosens the soil allowing air, water and vital nutrients to flow more easily to grass roots. Regular aeration will also reduce thatch, improve root growth and encourage the development of earthworms (good for the soil).
Frequency of mowing depends on your desired lawn height. A general guideline is to remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf height in a single mowing. Taller grass allows for deeper root penetration. This is especially important in our cool arid climate where soils can dry out quickly.
Overseeding stimulates grass growth, and is very effective at establishing a dense, healthy lawn. Overseeding can be done in late spring or fall.
Lawn Fertilizer ensures your grass has all the nutrients it needs to grow. Nitrogen promotes strong color and top growth, phosphorus helps the plants develop deep roots and potassium encourages disease resistance and healthy root structure. A well-timed fertilization program is an essential part of a lush, healthy lawn.
Grass diseases are rarely serious on home lawns in Maine, but conditions can be favorable for the appearance of pink snow mold and gray snow mold. The fungus in these patches is overwintering in living plant tissue and can be promoted by shade, low moisture conditions and excessive thatch layers.