BJ Haunert - Monday, July 17, 2017

lawn-fertilizing

At Modern Turf, we know that every lawn enthusiast wants the coveted title of Best Lawn on the Block. However, without the right know-how, acquiring a great lawn can prove difficult. Here are a few fertilizing strategies to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams:

Know the growing cycles of your grass and fertilize appropriately

Cool-season grasses tend to start active growth in early spring. The grass then declines in the summer months and resurges in the fall. In the winter, the grass is dormant. Warm-season grasses, on the other hand, such as Centipede, St. Augustine and Bermuda, become active in late spring and start to fall dormant in autumn. 

Grasses need a boost of nitrogen at the start of their growth cycle to encourage proper growth. However, if you fertilize when the grass is naturally programmed for dormancy or slow growth, you can stress your lawn, causing the fertilization to backfire. Avoid fertilizing cool-season grasses in the winter and summer months. Warm-season grasses should be fertilized in spring and summer.

Test your soil each spring

Since your lawn will likely enter its growing phase in early or late spring, spring is the perfect time to test the acidity of your soil. Grasses tend to excel in soil that has a close to neutral pH, around 6.0 to 6.5 on the pH scale. In addition, there should be a suitable amount of minerals, such as phosphorous and potassium, within the soil.  

If your soil is too acidic, you can add lime to help neutralize it. Alkaline soil can be adjusted by adding acidic mulch, such as crushed pine needles, or organic composted material, such as manure. For soils that have a nearly neutral pH and adequate phosphorus and potassium, a nitrogen fertilizer should suffice.

Start the growth cycle with a fertilizer and pre-emergent weed prevention

As you feed your lawn, minimize the potential for emerging weeds. Many products combine fertilization with a weed-control product. However, be sure to only apply a weed-control product to your entire lawn once during the year. Multiple applications to the grass can stress your lawn and cause thin or bare patches. If weeds surface after the initial lawn treatment, treat the pesky intruders individually to limit lawn damage.

For more information about proper lawn care, contact our lawn care professionals at Modern Turf. We can help you achieve the best lawn on the block.

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BJ Haunert - Monday, July 10, 2017

sodding

Wouldn't you love to snap your fingers and transform the dirt and mud that is your lawn into a lush, green landscape? What you have to decide is whether you will go with sodding or seeding to get the job done. If you like the idea of an instant lawn, there is no comparison. Sodding is the right choice.

Skip seeding and go straight for a mature lawn thanks to the experts at Modern Turf. Here’s what's in it for you.

Instant Transformation

Sod can turn a barren space into a fresh, green landscape instantly. Seeding takes longer and is prone to wash-outs and issues with germination that can cause the need for reseeding.

Flexible Timeframe

Plant sod anytime you are ready, as long as the water supply is sufficient. Seeding requires proper timing and is most successful if done around September. Spring seeding can be tricky because of competition with weeds.

Uniform Growth and Quality

Sod comes to you basically weed-free. Vibrant, green grass is all you will see. With seeding, you cannot treat weeds until the lawn is fully established, so weeds can be an issue.

Property Protection

As the rain hits, you cringe as the water turns your new yard to mud and carries away the seeds you planted last week. Avoid the trouble and go with sod to reduce dust, mud, and erosion quickly.

Trust our experts to help you find the perfect grass to meet your needs. We believe in getting to know you and your location before making recommendations. Whether you choose a Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass or one of our other varieties, we will even grow it for you! Contact us today to see how we can transform your space. 

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

sports-turfgrass

For those who are looking to invest in a sport grass system, it is important to select the right turf. There are many different characteristics for you to consider, and getting these characteristics right will impact the playability, durability, and versatility of your sports surface. There are several specific characteristics of turf that you should consider before making a final decision.

The Fiber

If you’re looking to install a turf system, you must consider what type of fiber is right for the surface. This will play a major role regarding the aesthetics of the surface and the durability of the turf itself. 

The Pile Height

This is the term given to the overall height of the grass itself. The height of the pile is going to impact the ability of the turf to absorb shock, and sports that require cleats may want a longer pile height to increase the resilience of the turf surface.

The Infill

This is one of the most important aspects of the turf field because it has a direct impact on the safety of the turf. There are many different products that you can select for their infill and new products are being introduced rapidly. You should also be aware that longer pile heights will allow for more infill and improved safety.

The Backing

This is a commonly overlooked feature because the backing of the surface is not visible from the field of play or the stands; however, the backing is important because it affects the durability of the surface and impacts the "bounce" that synthetic turf might have.

If you have questions regarding which turfgrass is the best for your sports field, contact the professionals at Modern Turf for more information.

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BJ Haunert - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

lawn-maintenance

Many people focus on getting their grass ready for the summer sun starting in the winter or spring; however, there are also several tips that you should keep in mind to ensure that your lawn is receiving the care it needs during the months of summer sun. If you would like to keep your grass as green as possible during the warmer months, here are a few important tips to keep in mind.

Water in the Morning

It is common to have questions regarding when you should actually be watering the grass. The best time to water the grass is during the morning when the temperatures are a little bit cooler. If you wait until the temperature warms up during the day to water your grass, a significant amount of the moisture from the watering will be lost in the form of evaporation.

Ensure that the Mower Blades are Always Sharp

It's not unusual for people to neglect the sharpness of the blades on the lawnmower, particularly if the blades are still getting the job done; however, if you mow the grass with dull blades, it tends to shred the grass instead of cutting it. This increases the amount of surface area exposed to the sun and can lead to a significant amount of moisture loss. Keep the blades sharp to preserve the integrity of your grass.

Don't Feed During Warm Temperatures

The grass already has enough to deal with when the temperature warms up. It is too stressed out to soak up the nutrients from fertilizer once the temperatures get so high. Hold off on fertilizing the grass during the warmer months to make sure it’s healthy and well taken care of.

For more information, contact the experts at Modern Turf today.

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