Investing in lawn care is essential for creating a long-lasting, healthy, and attractive landscape. But what is worth investing in? This can be hard to determine, especially if you recently moved to a new property or have little experience with lawn care. The experienced and knowledgeable team at Scientific Plant Service recommends the best lawn care investments you can make and will also provide you with invaluable treatments and guidance for your landscape.
Buy an Extra Mower Blade
A sharp mower blade gives you the best results and helps prevent turf diseases. A dull mowing blade will tear the grass instead of cutting it, leaving behind a ragged edge that provides easy access to disease organisms. You can always ensure a clean cut by keeping a spare, sharp blade on hand ready to switch out if needed. Check your grass after cutting and switch to that sharp blade if your grass appears frayed.
Automate Irrigation & Water Smarter
Installing an irrigation system for your landscape could be one of the most helpful lawn care investments you can make to ensure consistent watering of your plants depending on the size and features of your landscape. Automated systems can help those with busy or unpredictable schedules make sure that their lawn receives the hydration it needs before it dries out from neglect. You can also water “smarter” by installing a weather-based smart controller. These controllers adjust irrigation based on local weather conditions, like rainfall, temperature, and evaporation rates.
Deal with Shady Areas
If the grass is struggling to grow in a shady area of your landscape, ensure you have done all you can to help it thrive. If trees are shading your grass, consider pruning low-hanging limbs and thinning the upper canopy of mature trees to let more light reach your grass. You may also ensure that you are using shade-tolerant grass in consistently low-light areas.
Aeration and Overseeding
One of the best lawn care investments you can make is aerating and overseeding your lawn. In this process, small cores of soil are removed from the lawn and seed is spread across the soil surface. Aeration encourages root growth by granting water, air, and fertilizer more direct access to the grass roots. Aeration also helps loosen up the soil, which allows roots to penetrate more easily and create a small network that helps your turf survive stretches of summer heat. Using high quality seed ensures that your lawn is constantly being replenished with new turf plants to ensure a thick, healthy lawn.
Topdressing your lawn annually is one of the best lawn care investments you can make for the health of your lawn. Compost helps with moisture retention in the soil, can add nutrients and organic matter to the soil and can introduce microbes to the soil profile. These microbes encourage a dense, healthy lawn. Topdressing can be done in the spring or in the fall in conjunction with aeration and overseeding.
Scientific Plant Service Is Your Go-To Source In Landscape Healthcare
Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.
We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest.