Is Mowing Your Meditation?

“Call me crazy, but there’s nothing I love to do more than mow the lawn,” Charlie said. “On a beautiful day it’s awesome to get out there and just have a good time riding back and forth. I love the smell of fresh cut grass. It’s my weekly dose of meditation.” He laughed. “People say get a local lawn service, but I don’t want to give that up!”

You Mow, We’ll Do the Rest: Understanding Lawn Care Services

Mowing the grass may be the most fun part of lawn care, but it’s not the only part. Like any crop, grass requires some behind the scenes care to stay looking its best. Three jobs in particular are usually not much fun for the homeowner: aerating, seeding, and fertilizing.

Lawn aeration is the process of turning heavily compacted, concrete hard soil into a suitable environment for growing grass. In order for grass to grow well, the roots need a loose soil that’s easy to travel through. When the ground’s too hard, roots can’t travel and water, sunlight, and nutrition never make it below the surface. Aeration loosens the soil for successful grass growth.

In areas of new construction, where a lawn hasn’t been established, or to remedy bare and patchy areas of the lawn, planting more grass is the best step to take. Broadcast grass seeding – the DIY method most homeowners choose – has hit or miss results, depending on the skill level of the person sowing the seed, local growing conditions, and the nutrition available in the soil. For better, more reliable results, have your local lawn service power-seed the lawn. This involves special fertilizer-coated grass seeds being inserted directly into your lawn’s soil. Optimal choice for fast lawn growth.

Finally, fertlizer. Think of fertilizer as nutrition for your lawn. For best results, your lawn needs to be fed three times a year: in the spring, to start the growing season off strong. Midsummer, to boost growth during the hottest part of the year. And in the fall, to help your lawn stay strong underneath the winter snow.