BJ Haunert - Monday, November 20, 2017

organic-mulch

Did you know that by investing in organic mulch over inorganic alternatives, you'll avoid the hazards of having dangerous chemicals leaching into your plants?

Choosing fresh organic mulch this fall will allow your edible plants to remain edible and your yard, golf course or field to stay lively and inviting. 

Let's take a look at 3 benefits of using new organic mulch this fall. 

1. Fresh Organic Material and Nutrients

When choosing new mulch for the fall, always make sure the mulch is organic. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you need to be sure the mulch you choose is able to break down naturally and at a healthy pace. 

As organic mulch decomposes, it offers valuable nutrients to the soil, boosting the nutrition of your plants and enhancing their lifespan.

2. Enhanced Water Supply and Moderate Soil Temperatures

New mulch also retains moisture by decreasing evaporation, giving your plants a steady supply of fresh water. This process also allows fresh mulch to support a more steady soil temperature to protect your plants from the fluctuating temperatures and fall weather common in South Carolina. 

3. Aesthetic Appeal and Pleasant Aroma

Few can deny that the beauty of fresh mulch brings a pleasant natural, earthy feeling to the atmosphere. It looks cleaner, healthier and conveys a sense of pride in the landscape.

New Mulch for the Fall

As the leaves fall from the trees and autumn sets in, you'll want to keep your plants and landscape healthy, happy and harmonious. By choosing fresh organic mulch this fall, you can keep your yard, golf course or field looking vibrant throughout the season. If you're in the market for high quality mulch or turf for your home, course or field, contact the experts at Modern Turf today.

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BJ Haunert - Monday, November 13, 2017

winter-lawn-preparation

Everyone who takes pride in the appearance of their property should be worried about the overall health of their lawn.

Winter is traditionally seen as the time when plants 'hibernate,' but this season can also do a lot of damage to the root system of your lawn. Now that the weather's starting to cool down, it's time to get your lawn ready for winter. If you prepare now, you won't have to struggle with dead patches and poor grass health in the spring. Here are some tips on winterizing your lawn:

  1. Start by clearing off fallen leaves and sticks. If left too long, they can block light and airflow from the grass.
  2. Spike the lawn to increase air and drainage.
  3. Practice early fall weed control. This prevents common weeds from germinating during the winter and competing with welcome plants in the spring.
  4. Address yellow patches and bare spots, both signs of ailing or dead grass. These can develop after a summer of rough weather or hard use.
  5. Keep your grass cut to the right height. That length will depend on the breed of grass and what the space is being used for.
  6. Do you want to learn more about winterizing your lawn? Are you ready to hire a professional lawn and turf service? Trust in the experts at Modern Turf! Contact us today. We'll be happy to answer any questions and schedule a service.

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BJ Haunert - Monday, November 06, 2017

easy-to-manage-lawn

For many people, sod grass offers the perfect solution for a beautiful lawn.  Repairing or replacing part of your lawn or even the whole lawn may seem like an overwhelming and time consuming project. Sod grass is the way to go if you want to get things going right away.  After all, planting seed can be as painful as, well, “watching grass grow.”

Although sod is a good option for your home lawn, it’s also the kind of thing that needs lots of on-going TLC.  Here are 5 time, money and trouble-saving tips to help you keep your lawn looking fresh, beautiful, and well-maintained all year round:

1. Make sure your sod grass is planted on a solid foundation by:

  • Treating for weeds before planting
  • Clearing the soil of diseased/wilted grass, rocks & debris
  • Tilling the soil, if possible, to allow for proper aeration
  • Introducing quality soil if plot is sandy, rocky or depleted

2. Make provisions for watering ahead of time by:

  • Installing an automatic watering system
  • Setting up watering schedules each month

3. Secure the newly-sodden area appropriately by:

  • Putting up “Keep Off Lawn” signs
  • Instructing family & friends to not tread on the grass
  • Keeping pets off the grass until it’s established

4. Avoid geographic or climate-related issues by:

  • Selecting the right type of grass for your area
  • Treating your grass and soil, as required or recommended

5. Engaging the help/expertise of professionals by:

  • Finding a lawn company with a good reputation to help ensure that your lawn is well-kept
  • Getting feedback that will save you time & money
  • If you are burdened with a lawn that needs to be re-built or a plot of land that can use a whole new lawn, then sod grass is your best bet. 

    Although sod grass planting may look easy, it is best done with the help and feedback of the knowledgeable, friendly professionals at Modern Turf. Call us today for fast, reliable, and time and money-saving assistance!

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    BJ Haunert - Monday, October 30, 2017

    fall-lawn-care

    If you want a stunning lawn next spring, put in a little effort this fall.

    Fall fertilizing promotes root growth, which ensures that your lawn will not only be greener, it will be more resistant to weeds, drought and heat.

    All in the timing

    When to fertilize, of course, depends on your location. In most regions, you want to do the first feeding in early October.

    Make the final fertilizer application between Thanksgiving and mid-December -- perhaps later, in warmer areas. Do this second feeding – called winterizing – when the grass no longer needs mowing.

    If you have zoysia, St. Augustine or another warm-season grass, don’t winterize. Just stick with that first autumn feeding.

    The right amount and the right type

    As you probably know, lawn fertilizers generally include nitrogen, which keeps the grass green and strengthens the grass and the roots, phosphorus, which strengthens roots, and potassium, which protects the grass and roots from extreme cold. (We discuss balancing those three components here.)

    Not surprisingly, winterizing fertilizers are generally high in potassium—but that doesn't mean your lawn needs more potassium. You can’t really know what your turf needs without a soil test. (We tell you how here.)

    To determine how much fertilizer, talk to one of our experts.

    Want to learn more?

    With our help, you can have the best yard in your neighborhood, regardless of the season. Contact us today!

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