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Early Fall Hours:

Garden Center
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm

Sat: 8am-5pm

Sun: 9am-3pm

Turf Management
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm

Sat/Sun: CLOSED

 

Core aeration tines

Core aerator pulling plugs

Core aeration is the mechanical process of removing plugs
(cores) of soil from the ground. The plugs are left on the surface of the lawn,
where they break down naturally through normal mowing. Aerating is the most
effective way to reduce soil compaction. Additionally, regular core aerating
will stimulate new root growth, reduce thatch build up and allow more moisture
and nutrients to be absorbed into the soil. Aeration is only done during
periods of active growth in the spring and fall to promote speedy turf
recovery. We generally recommend that established lawns be core aerated in the
spring due to better (softer) soil conditions. For newer lawns or thinner lawns
that need to be overseeded, fall core aeration is preferred. The core aeration
will help prepare the ground for seeding to ensure quick germination and
establishment.

Preventative Grub Controlhttp://www.lawndepotinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/grubcollage-181x300.jpg
Grubs are the larvae of the adult beetle. All beetles undergo a 4-stage
metamorphosis to complete their life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae, adult). In our
area, the Japanese beetle is the primary pest that threatens our lawns and
landscapes. In early summer the adults emerge from the ground and feed on the
foliage of trees and shrubs in the landscape. While feeding, they mate and the
female beetles lay clusters of eggs in the soil. The eggs hatch in the late
summer and the larval (grub) stage begins. Damage to lawns occurs during the
larval stage as grubs feed at a furious pace on grass roots and other organic
matter just below the soil surface. Grub damage can occur quickly and be quite
extensive due to the semi-dormant state of turf in the late summer. This is
further complicated by the fact that grubs are out of sight, lying just below
the surface where the problem can go unnoticed until it is too late. The damage
that grubs cause is permanent and repair is costly and time consuming.
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To avoid the likelihood of having grubs damage your lawn,
add preventative grub control to your maintenance schedule. This is the most
effective way of controlling grubs using safe, proven chemistry. One
application in the late spring or early summer offers season long control. It
is applied from May through July (prior to egg hatch) where it is absorbed into
the grass plant systemically through the root zone. Once taken in, preventative
grub control protects the lawn from root feeding grubs through the late summer/
early fall. Preventative grub control is guaranteed to be effective. We’re so
confident, that if your lawn is damaged by grubs after a preventative
application, we will apply a curative grub control and repair the damage for
free – no questions asked.

Pelletized Limestone (Back
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An application of this natural soil conditioner is essential for adding
minerals and maintaining proper soil pH, which makes nutrients more readily
available to grass plants. Applications are available in a maintenance rate or
a heavy rate, depending on your soil pH. As part of your program, we’ll test
the pH of your soil in the early spring and the late fall and will let you know
which rate would benefit more. Or you can always bring us a 2 quart sample of
your soil, and one of our Lawn and Garden center professionals will test it for
you.

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Yellow nutsedge growing in turf

Nutsedge Control
Yellow nutsedge is an extremely aggressive warm-season perennial weed that
dominates some lawns over the summer. Its distinctive lighter green color and
rapid growth habit can really tarnish a beautiful lawn. It reproduces by tubers
(bulbs) and spreads by rhizomes (shoots). Applications will selectively control
actively growing plants systemically (down to the roots), thus eliminating the
reproductive tubers and subsequently reducing potential new plants for next
year (and years to come). Eradicating nutsedge is not necessarily the goal, but
by addressing each years crop earlier in the summer and remaining persistent,
nutsedge levels will decrease over time.

Fungus (Disease) Control
There are disease pathogens present in the thatch layer and soil surface that
attack turfgrasses during every season. Most of the turfgrass diseases we
encounter can be managed through balanced fertilization and proper cultural
practices (mowing, watering, thatch management). However during severe
outbreaks and / or outbreaks of more severe diseases a fungicide application
may be warranted. Fungus control applications are made at the curative rate and
will offer protection for only 14-21 days.

Broadcast Seeding
Broadcast seeding is defined as the scattering of seed over the soil surface
through the use of a broadcast or drop spreader. This is a cost effective way
of thickening up thinner lawns where thatch build up is not a problem and
adequate seed to soil contact can be easily achieved. We use only premium cool
season seed varieties well adapted to your lawns growing conditions.
Application rate is determined by turf density, and varies from general (light
rate) overseeding to new lawn (heavy rate) overseeding. To ensure adequate
loosening of the soil surface for quick establishment of seedlings, broadcast
seeding is almost always combined with core aeration (quoted separately).
Broadcast seeding is only available in the fall unless special circumstances
necessitate spring seeding.

Power (Slit) Seeding Slit Seeding
Power seeding is a process that combines the application of seed with a
mechanical process that cuts slits or grooves through the thatch layer (less
than ½ inch) to expose the soil for improved seed to soil contact. We use only
premium cool season seed varieties well adapted to your lawns growing
conditions. Application rate is determined by turf density, and varies from
general (light rate) overseeding to new lawn (heavy rate) overseeding. As with
broadcast seeding, combining core aeration with power seeding will greatly
improve turfgrass establishment after germination occurs (quoted separately).
Power seeding is only available in the fall unless special circumstances
necessitate spring seeding.

Lawn Renovation (Back
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Some lawns are old and tired and suffer year after year from the same chronic
problems. Other lawns may be dominated by undesirable grasses not controllable
selectively. And yet others are mostly weeds and crabgrass, containing very
little desirable grass. In these cases it may be better to start over from
scratch than to continue to spend time and money on a lost cause. Lawn
renovation is the process of killing the existing turf with a non-selective
grass and weed control and then reestablishing the lawn from seed through a
series of steps that may include dethatching, core aerating and broadcast/
power seeding. Because every lawn is different formulating a plan for lawn
renovation varies. We will evaluate the variables involved and present to you a
written quote of the recommended steps and their costs to achieve success
renovating your lawn. Due to the nature of the work involved, lawn renovations
are only scheduled in the fall.