NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL LAWNCARE
years, traditional lawn care companies have neglected the
benefit of healthy soil. Relying exclusively on processed
fertilizer and frequent broadcast applications of herbicides
and insecticides, the soil has become lifeless. These
practices render the landscape dependent on the chemical
applications. Think of this as the fast food concept. The
lawn may look happy because it is feed a quick meal, but a
steady diet will result in severe health issues or failure
of the turf system.
Pond Landscaping programs combine all the necessary elements
for a healthy and attractive lawn. Not all landscapes are
the same, so we individualize each landscape plan. Soil
testing is a critical part of analyzing your landscape, so
that we can tailor a program to your properties unique
needs. Our natural practices will add all the essential
elements your lawn needs to stay healthy and green.
Organic-based products add vital organic matter to your soil
profile. Most important of all, these practices will
dramatically enhance your soil's microorganism activity, the
life of your soil.
Our NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL Lawn
consists of the following services performed
Lawns treated with nitrogen based synthetic
fertilizers tend to build up a layer of potentially
unhealthy thatch. Some thatch may be beneficial however too
much may block water and light penetration, reducing the
healthy growth of new grass. We use machine mounted tine
de-thatchers to remove excess thatch and to freshen up the
appearance of turf grass after a long winter of snow, ice
and blowing debris.
Testing: Before applying limes and fertilizers any
lawn should have soil samples tested. Most homeowners and
most lawn care companies skip this critical step. The
result of spreading lime, and fertilizers with herbicides
and pesticides without testing is at best a potential waste
of money and more likely damaging to soil health and the
environment. We utilize respected testing labs and use
their findings to tailor a plan to your property.
Lime Applications: Our soils have a tendency to
become acidic. The acidic conditions can become detrimental
to grass health by binding up the availability of important
nutrients. By liming the turf, we neutralize the acidity,
building a better lawn and a stronger competitor for weeds.
Organic fertilizers feed your soil, providing valuable
nutrients and organic matter. Nutrients supplied in organic
fertilizers stimulate microbial life within the soil. The
nutrients are in forms that are stable and will be made
readily available to the plant roots over time. Synthetic
fertilizers are high in salts and the high N-P-K (nitrogen
(N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K)) values are in very
leach-able forms. Not only are these blends destructive to
important living microbes in the soil they also leach out of
local soils quickly and end up in our watershed.
Aeration loosens soils compacted over time. Core aeration
also increases the infiltration of water and nutrients to
the soil, stimulates root and shoot growth, increases the
lawn's drought tolerance. Aeration is also another tool to
combat the build up of thatch in the lawn while improving
its overall health.
Over-seeding: Over-seeding benefits your lawn by developing
a thick, lush and growing turf. By
thickening your lawn, weeds have a difficult time getting
established. We will tailor our seed mix to the conditions
of your property. Many modern seed hybrids though more
expensive on the front end will save you money in the long
run with their unique characteristics such as resistances to
insect damage, drought tolerance, and even slow/low growing
A properly cut lawn may be one of the most important aspects
in maintaining a Naturally Beautiful Lawn. We start with
extremely sharp blades run on high speed mowers that leave a
clean cut. Grass mowed over with dull blades is highly
stressed leaving the lawn susceptible to disease, insect
damage and drought damage. Cutting height is also critical
to the health of the turf. Grass cut at 3 inches or higher,
shades the soil allowing it to retain moisture keeping the
roots cooler. Additional benefits of mowing higher include
the shading out of low growing weeds. Taller grass blades
also result in longer stronger root systems that produce
thousands of up shoots that produce a lush thick turf.
CARE FOR YOUR NEWLY SEEDED LAWN
newly seed areas damp at all times!
Monitor closely during hot weather to avoid drying out.
over water to the point of standing water, avoid
puddles, run-off, surface erosion and channeling.
about two or three times per day when below 85 degrees.
temperatures are 85 degrees or above, you should water
approx. 3- 5 times per day.
each area covered by the sprinkler for about 10 – 15
minutes per location.
first 21 – 25 days are the most critical.
the first two mowings gradually reduce watering to
established lawn levels.
Established lawns need about one inch of water per
week. Rainfall and watering combined.
established lawns deeply and less often to encourage
Pleasant Pond Landscaping recommends the use of organic
fertilizers to build soil health.
Fertilizer was included in your hydro-seeded lawn.
fertilizer may be applied about 30 days after seeding
Hydro-seed mulch contains 0% weed seed.
Pleasant Pond Landscaping only uses high quality seed
with 0 weed content per seed labels.
in your newly seeded areas are from seeds in the soil.
control products should not be applied until 4 mowings
have been done.
apply weed control products in hot weather even after 4
your new lawn when it reaches a height of 3"- 3.5”.
more than 1/3 of the leaf at each mowing.
a height no lower than 3 inches for a healthy lawn.
newly sharpened blades for the first mowing.
Sharpen blades after every 8 hours use.