Glossary of Lawn Care Terms
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Fairy Ring – Mushroom in a circular ring, naturally occurring in lawns. In the center of the fairy ring is dark green grass. Mushroom spores spawn underground and fan out in every direction, searching for nutrients.
Grassy weeds – Crabgrass, goose grass, foxtail and other weeds that cause a lawn to look uneven and remove resources from the create an uneven look to lawns and take resources from the preferable grass.
Grubs – Beetles in their larval forms, grubs live in the soil and they feed on the roots of plants. A lawn damaged by grubs typically usually shows big, irregular areas of brown turf that easily detach from the soil. Lawn Doctor will treat grubs throughout the year, but the most effective time to treat grubs is in late summer or early fall, before the grubs mature.
Mulch – Any material that is applied to soil to improve or protect a particular area. Often placed around shrubs and trees to protect against weeds and help in the retention of water. While leaves, yard debris and other organic items may be used for mulch, be sure to monitor the pH, since rapid decomposition could cause the mulch to become too acidic.
pH level – Indicates alkalinity or acidity of soil. A pH neutral value is 7.0. Values below this level are acidic and values above this level are alkaline. You can raise soil pH with the addition of lime, which increases alkalinity, and lower it with the addition of sulfur, which increases acidity.
Thatch – Natural layer of plant material composed of dead grass (stems, roots leaves) that could be harmful to your lawn if it gets too thick. Leaving grass clippings on your lawn (grass-cycling) does not cause thatch.
Ticks – These tiny creatures are technically a part of the arachnid family. They feed on the blood of humans and pets. Ticks can be dangerous because they could be carrying life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks do not harm turf.