BJ Haunert - Monday, September 18, 2017

lawn-care

Maintaining a lush lawn is a point of pride for homeowners, an essential for maintaining neighborhood property values, and a basic for enabling optimum enjoyment of your yard. Here are some important tips to help you maintain a lawn that you can be proud of and fully enjoy.

1. Mow properly.

Avoid mowing your grass too short in the spring. Here are some things that might help:

  • Strengthening the roots
  • Improve grass's endurance in summer temperatures

2. Water at the Right Time.

To avoid over- or under-watering:

  • Water during periods of temperatures over 70 degrees.
  • If temperatures are under 70 degrees, watering is usually unnecessary.

3. Rake as Needed.

Start raking when soil becomes dry enough in the spring and soil is firm enough to protect against root damage. Raking helps grass by:

  • Increasing air and sunlight exposure
  • Reducing matting or thatching from snow weight

4. Fertilize Properly.

Fertilizer infuses necessary nutrients to promote lush lawn growth.

  • Don't over-fertilize.
  • Fertilize in spring and fall.

5. Plant Suitable Grass Seed.

Learn which kinds of seeds and fertilizers are best for your lawn. Ask a lawn care professional to advise you on which grasses are best suited to your region. These two grass types are popular in many regions of North America.

  • Tall fescue
  • Bermuda grasses

6. Maintain Healthy Soil.

First, seed and fertilize your lawn, to discover what you need to do to upgrade the health of your soil. If your existing grass is unhealthy, have a soil test.

  • Soil test kits are sold at many home improvement stores that have lawn and garden departments.
  • Or, have a professional test done. Contact the experts at Modern Turf to perform a professional soil test.

Modern Turf provides commercial and residential lawn services. We grow the grass we provide for our sod and turf customers on our farm. Modern Turf's lawn health programs are environmentally conscious. Our residential program includes:

  • Complete lawn health care system
  • Irrigation install
  • 100% guarantee
  • Licensed lawn pest control
  • Residential putting green installation

For more information about how to maintain a lush lawn at your home, golf course, or sports field, or to schedule service, contact Modern Turf today to speak to one of our lawn care experts.

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BJ Haunert - Monday, September 11, 2017

installing-sod

Laying sod requires careful attention to detail both in its handling and installation. Therefore, whether you are laying a new lawn or renovating your current one, it’s important that you understand various key things before installation. Here is an insight into some of these things:

1. You will need to take measurements carefully

Sod comes in rolls or large square and rectangular sections. They have to be cut and sized into the right shape for them to fit well. Without proper measurements, you may end up with a messy result because some sections will be overlapping while others will have gaps. Therefore, get the right measurements, cut the sod into the right sizes, and lay each piece systematically for a perfect result.

2. You will need to prepare the soil well

Before installing your sod, you will first need to prepare the soil well. Remove all the debris in the desired area and then level with a rake. The soil should be one inch below sidewalks and driveways. Use a lawn roller to level the soil surface and then irrigate it in preparation for sod laying. Applying an herbicide to eliminate any weeds a week or two before the installation is also important.

3. You will need to install your sod properly

When installing the sod, you will need to take care of the different sections to avoid overlapping or leaving gaps. Gaps provide room for weeds to grow. Use a sharp knife to fit the sod in corners and around obstacles. Then water the sod 3 times daily for one week to allow for roots to develop.

4. You will need to keep your sod moist throughout

Both before and after installation, your sod needs to be kept moist. It dries out quickly and can leave you counting huge losses.

You should also avoid mowing your lawn immediately. Instead, wait until the sod has developed roots. Using the lawn should also be prohibited for 3 weeks to allow good establishment.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact the lawn care experts at Modern Turf today!

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BJ Haunert - Monday, September 04, 2017

buying-turf

Turf is a lawn product that combines living grass with a supportive soil layer that protects roots and promotes progress of your new grass's growth.

Many homeowners and professional landscapers choose turf in order to create a thick growth of lush green lawn on the day of installation versus waiting for seed to grow and then reseeding to promote increasingly thicker grass over time. Additionally, turf is often used to reduce the costs of cultivating a lawn, because maintenance cost is reduced. If you are considering turf for your lawn, here are some questions you should ask first.

1. Which turf species is most appropriate for the climate and local area I live in?

Some grass types do not do well in climates with snow or extremely high temperatures. Select from turf types that will thrive in seasonal conditions of the region where you live. Be aware that soil types can vary widely within a local region, depending on topography.

2. What choices of turf are best for my yard?

This question really must address two basic concerns:

  • Sunlight: How many hours of direct sun light does your yard receive? Is the yard mostly shaded? For most grass types, eight full hours of direct sunlight is optimum. But, some species need fewer hours of direct light or thrive in areas with more shade.
  • Maintenance: How will the grass be maintained? Will you have a professional lawn maintenance service caring for the grass? Or, will you care for it yourself? Consider what will be involved in maintenance, and ensure that you are prepared to commit to it prior to purchasing your turf.

3. Which turf will best withstand the kinds of activities I want to use the space for?

Consider how you plan to use your yard space. Some grass types are more durable under foot traffic than others.

  • Will you use it for light recreation and occasionally entertaining small groups?
  • Or, will you use it as your sports league's practice space and for frequently entertaining large crowds? If so, select a turf type that will endure heavy wear and tear.

4. How should the turf be maintained after installation?

Before you invest in improving your lawn, keep in mind any special maintenance measures that may need to be taken to overcome issues such as:

  • Excessively dry or compact soil
  • Steep slope or rocky soil
  • Drainage conditions resulting in frequently standing water
  • Poor or nutritionally depleted topsoil
  • High soil acidity due to certain types of overhanging trees
  • Other priorities for optimum health and appearance of the lawn

For More Information

For more information about turf selection for your residence, sports field, or golf course, or to schedule lawn health service, contact Modern Turf to discuss your lawn needs with one of our experts. We're here to answer all of your questions.

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BJ Haunert - Monday, August 28, 2017

installing-sod

Are you a homeowner who deeply values your living space? Do you love to come home to a beautiful yard and healthy greenery? Do you own a golf course and want it to look inviting to guests? If any of this sounds like you, then this blog is for you!

Let's take a look at three foolproof ways you can get the most out of your sod installation.

Tip #1 Measure the Area to the "T"

Accurate measurements are critical when preparing to lay sod. You'll want to multiply the length times the width to get the exact size where you want to lay your sod. Make sure to add 5% to the total measurement for irregular shapes to ensure complete coverage.

Tip #2 Clear Debris

Pick up any items that might get in the way of laying the sod, such as rocks, stones, pinecones, or planting pots. The "rule of thumb" is if it's greater than two inches in diameter, clear it from the yard.

Tip #3 Soil Aeration/Water Retention

Use a tiller or shovel to break up 2-3 inches of organic matter in order to make the ground more conducive for the health of your sod. Bypass the Hassle

If you've attempted the difficult task of laying sod with do-it-yourself methods. Or if you want to do away with the guesswork and labor, let the pros at Modern Turf come to your aid. Our team is here to answer your questions and help you find the perfect option for your landscaping needs.

Our mission is to bring you the highest quality turf and installation, spearheaded by several former golf course superintendents.

We know turf. Contact us today to pave the way for a future full of green goodness!

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