I just want to let you know how happy we are with our lawn renovation. Even though we had been using a commercial lawn care company to fertilize and control weeds, our lawn had been steadily deteriorating. The grass would respond following a fertilization, but it never really thrived.
We called Neave Group last September, they sent [turf care expert Mario Colantuono] to analyze the problems we were having, and he made several suggestions.
In addition to a weed preventative and slow acting fertilizer, he highly recommended lawn aeration with reseeding. Within days of the aeration, the grass seemed to wake up from a “coma”.
As the weeks passed, the lawn began getting thicker and darker green. The transformation in such a short period of time was amazing.
Mario came by this spring to check on the progress and we discussed the plan for this season. We have already had our first fertilizer and weed preventative treatment. We cannot believe it.
Not only is the grass still benefiting from the aeration, but I think the trees also had a positive response.
We are counting the days until the next aeration! Mario takes great pride in his work. It’s obvious he loves what he does and enjoys working for such a great company.
Mario’s side of the story
What a success story! And the process isn’t even finished yet. (And we love having Mario at Neave Group, too!)
After reading the Hebranks’ letter, we asked our turf-care expert, Mario Colantuono, to share his side of the story. Here’s what he had to say:
Any homeowner would be happy to have a lawn that looked like that! When I first saw the lawn, it looked good – if a little light – but one thing caught my eye: There was Poa annua all over. Poa annua is a very invasive grass; almost nothing can kill it. But I had one idea.
I used a pre-emergent herbicide, then I aerated and overseeded the lawn.
Poa annua has seeds, which the pre-emergent could stop from germinating, and the lawn aeration and overseeding would eventually crowd out this invasive grass. The whole process takes two to three years to be completely effective. We began in the late fall, and I’ve been back three times – the lawn is coming along great.
Why lawn aeration?
If your lawn isn’t responding to fertilization, water puddles when you irrigate, has too much thatch, or is thin or lightly colored, lawn aeration might be a good next step. Aerating opens up the ground so the lawn can breathe. It creates more room for roots to move, and it gets water and nutrients down to the roots more quickly. Read our recent post about the benefits of lawn aeration.
In Neave Group’s turf care division, we don’t just take the obvious steps. We don’t just fertilizeÂ and apply quick-fix pesticides – we’re shooting to solve lawn problems for good. Mario and his team are all about educating homeowners like the Hebranks about their lawns and finding new ways to address their problems long term.