Rochester Lawn Care Renovation should be considered if any of the following conditions exist in your lawn:
1. Approximately 20-40% of the lawn is dead or has very sparse growth. This may be due to a variety of factors such as low soil fertility, drought and heat, insect damage, poor mowing practices, disease, moderate soil compaction, or increasing shade and competition from growing trees.
2. The lawn is soft and spongy when walking across it and responds poorly to regular watering and fertilizer applications. This condition usually indicates excessive thatch (greater than ½ inch). Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed grass stems, roots, and rhizomes (not leaves) at the soil surface but below the green vegetation.
3. Broad-leaf weeds such as dandelion, plantain, and knot weed, or grassy weeds such as crabgrass cover about 20-40% of the lawn area.
The Renovation Process
- Step 1: Determine what caused the lawn to fail.
- Step 2: Have your soil tested.
- Step 3: Eliminate all undesirable weeds or turfgrass species.
- Step 4: Mow the area lower than normal and remove the clippings, leaves and other debris by sweeping or raking.
- Step 5: Remove excessive thatch.
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