Today is the final posting in the UPDATED! 10 Insider Secrets to a Perfect Lawn presented by Rob Lundholm of Lundholm Landscaping. I have actually run out of things to write about in the category so I decided to make Step 10 a review of the previous 9 steps.
I decided to a few months back that I was sick to my stomach of watching homeowners get brainwashed by big companies into thinking that a healthy lawn needs to be fed 6 times every season and that chemicals, pesticides and herbicides are essential in creating and maintaining a healthy lawn. I’ve seen the future of lawn care and it is the complete opposite of what homeowners are being sold by fancy ads and loads of shallow promises. My plan teaches homeowners how to build a healthy lawn by creating healthy soil. With healthy soil, there exists a self defense system which wards off unwanted pests and creates soil and grass that is so healthy that there is no room for weeds. Lastly, we will have created a vigorous root system which uses significantly less water and stands up to the challenge of heat, drought and stress!
In creating perfect soil, we need good soil texture. Dig a hole anywhere on your property to a depth of about 6 inches. Grab a handful of soil, close your hand forming the soil into a ball. The soil should now easily break apart in your hand.
Now that we have identified our soil texture, lets test our soil to make sure that the pH(potential of hydrogen) is in the proper range. Cool season grasses prefer a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. PH out of this range can effect the availabilty of certain micro and macro nutrients and create major problems. Contact your local State University Extension Center to purchase a soil test kit.
We carefully followed my “Fool Proof” tips for collecting a soil sample, carefully packaged the sample and sent if off to the lab. We waited a few weeks, received our test results and carefully read and analyzed the test results.
You may, or may not have a few issues to correct with your soil. The most common having to do with lowering or raising pH. Our next step was to create a plan for correcting our soil problems. We integrated our pH correction in with our normal late summer/early fall practices.
Late summer/early fall maintenance includes aerating your entire lawn, top dressing with 1/2 inch of premium compost and overseeding using a power seeder. This process opens up the soil which allows air and water to reach into the root zone as well as replenishes valuable nutrients which may have been depleted over the years. Using a power seeder injects seed into the soil which eliminates the possibilty seed being washed away, blown away or eaten by birds.
Once we finished our soil correction and fall maintenance, we took a close look at our equipment. We learned that it is imperative to cut our lawn at a height of 3 inches and to always, always, always leave the grass clippings on the lawn. It goes without saying that a sharp lawn mower blade and a clean mower deck are of utmost importance when maintaining our “Perfect Lawn”.
Once we established our perfect lawn, my feeding regimen revealed the shocking truth about the ease and simplicity of keeping our perfect lawn looking good and thriving… without chemicals. Three applications of a bio-nutritional type fertilizer is all it takes.
From here, I threw in a few nuggets of wisdom, from my bag of tricks, in the area of cutting/edging techniques as well as the “Proper” way to maintain our engines and vast array of power equipment.
Finally, it was a piece of cake rounding out our program with a few simple steps to winterize our new “Perfect Lawn”. This step involves a final feeding, cutting the grass down to 2 inches and keeping the lawn free of fallen leaves.
There we have it! Follow my instructions to the letter and you will be the envy of your neighborhood. You will save money, have incredible health and know that you have created a lawn that will give you many years of enjoyment.
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Cape May, NJ 08204