You’ve been waiting all winter for that delicious feeling of thick, soft grass between your bare toes. Finally — lush, green grass!
Wait a minute. This grass isn’t so lush. It’s sort of brown and droopy. There are patches where there isn’t grass at all. And over there — that’s green, like grass, but it looks more like weeds.
This isn’t even worth taking your shoes off. Your lawn could use a little spring lawn care stat.
Perhaps it’s time to call in a professional for a lawn analysis. It’s like a checkup for your lawn. A trained professional can assess your lawn’s health, determine what it needs and give you advice on how to take care of it.
Step 1: A Walkthrough
Let’s take a walk together around your property. First we’ll take a few lawn samples, called plugs, to see what kind of soil you have. You could have several different types in one yard. Maybe a little loam here, a bit of clay there, a sandy spot at the back.
The type of soil you have — acidic, alkaline, clay heavy, loamy — is the basic factor in your lawn’s water and feed needs. An expert knows what each type needs.
Step 2: Further Evaluation
What about thatch? Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant matter just above the soil. If the thatch is too thick, it will affect your lawn’s response to fertilizers and watering, plus it will increase the possibility of disease and insect problems.
Diseases? After the snowy winter we just had, a lot of lawns are suffering from snow mold, from being covered by snow for so long.
How about pests? Damaging insects can cause serious problems for your lawn. A professional knows what bugs cause what kind of trouble, and what pest control methods will give them the heave-ho.
What’s the shade situation? Grass doesn’t like shade. But there are ways to address that. Big trees might need some inner branches thinned out to allow more sunlight to hit your struggling grass.
Step 3: A Treatment Plan
After the analysis, a lawn care professional will recommend a treatment plan — fertilizer, weed killer, spray for insects — to get your lawn on the way to good health again. You might hear about aeration — perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.
Feeling extra green? There’s a wide range of organic lawn care practices and applications for the environmentally concerned. Just ask.
Schedule A Lawn Analysis — With Neave!
There’s more to growing a lush, green lawn than meets the eye. The experts at Neave can take care of it all, once an analysis reveals your lawn’s specific needs. With more than 40 years of experience, there’s no lawn issue we haven’t seen.
The analysis takes about an hour. Don’t be surprised if the conversation strays from your lawn’s needs to your pretty flower bed or your new car. At Neave, we don’t just care about your lawn — we care about you, too.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
You’ll be kicking off those shoes in no time.