Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dormant Aeration

Didn’t have the time or opportunity to commit to aeration and overseeding this fall?

Aeration is the process of removing plugs of soil from the ground, building healthy soil and stimulating the lawn’s root growth. It’s one of the best practices you can do for your lawn, especially if it suffers from compaction issues. When you add overseeding to the mix, you are not only nurturing the lawn you currently have, but are also contributing to turf thickness and removing bare-spots.

Even if you weren’t able to take advantage of fall aeration and overseeding, you can still get a big benefit out of dormant aeration.

Dormant aeration is the practice of aerating your grass during the early-winter when the grass is no longer growing. Just like with fall aeration, dormant aeration influences soil and turf health, and is crucial for heavily compacted backyards. However, dormant aeration can be the perfect service for those backyards that also deal with a lot of trees. When considering dormant aeration, keep in mind that results are seen in the spring.

However, if you wait until the spring to sign up for aeration and overseeding, the look of your turf will be compromised! Because aeration creates holes in the ground, it’s easier for weed seeds to germinate. Also, when overseeding you can’t utilize a pre-emergent herbicide since it will affect your lawn seed’s germination.

Don’t wait until spring to receive the benefits of aeration. Sign up for dormant aeration services to create a healthier lawn this spring.

Looking to take advantage of dormant aeration this winter? Give us a call at: (610) - 524 - 5520.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Plant Life Cycle

What’s the Life Cycle of Your Plants???

The life cycle of a plant can seem simple, but depending on your plant’s life cycle it may require different key inputs to nurture healthy growth.

Watch the video below to see a time lapse of plants growing from seedlings to maturity. If you are reading this blog via email, click on the link below to view.

Seed, Germination and Fostering Early Growth

The plant begins as a seed and germinates when healthy soil, water, nutrients and ample sunlight are in supply.

As the plant grows, roots anchor the growing plant and stems support the plant, pushing it towards the light.

When laying down seed, providing an appropriate starter fertilizer, with a focus in potassium and phosphorus, stimulates germination and healthy root growth. As the plant grows, having a well-balanced fertilizer with appropriate nutrients will foster healthy stem and root growth.

Boost soil biology levels by adding a compost, compost tea or other organic solutions to support the soil ecosystem to nurture and defend the plant while it’s young and vulnerable.
Maturity and Flowering

As the plant matures, photosynthesis occurs, helping the plant make its own food. Flowering also occurs, helping the plants spread seeds.

Using a well-balanced fertilizer supports mature plants. When looking at fertilizers consider that phosphorus is a key nutrient to promote flowering. Further, supplying a compost, compost tea or other organic solution will promote strong, healthy plants that can better overcome stress from weather, disease and insects.

Want to Learn More?
Want to learn more about the plant lifecycle, check out this video from Discovery Education: http://www.teachertube.com/video/the-life-cycle-of-plants-376188