Weekly Grass Cutting, Edge,andTrim
Proper mowing frequency is key to successful turf maintenance.
Its best to maintain grass height at 3 inches throughout the
year. If mowed too closely, weeds are more likely to invade and turf
root growth is slowed. In addition, Turfgrass holds vital moisture
and nutrients in the blade, when cut too short your lawn becomes
stressed and its tolerance to heat and drought is greatly reduced.
Even during low-growth periods, it is critical to continue regular
mowing to remove any browning and encourage new vigor.
Turfgrass clippings contain measurable amounts of nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium. Research has shown that when clippings are
removed, 20 to 25 percent more fertilizer was necessary to maintain
comparable color and quality as areas where clippings were returned.
Contrary to popular belief, turfgrass clippings do not contribute to
thatch accumulation if proper mowing practices are followed.
Classic Lawn & Landscapes cutting season is from April to
the end of November. Cutting till the end of the season is vital. If
your lawn is too tall, your grass will lay over on itself causing
matting and smothering of your turf. Bent down by snow and wind, it
will retain too much moisture and may develop fungus diseases such as
The bane of landscaping, weeds plague us all. Only diligence and
regular weeding can control this incurable blight.
Trim Trees and Shrubbery
Great looking landscapes share one thing in common - they are kept in
"good trim." Whether this involves a formal or a natural
look, tree and shrub maintenance is essential for a beautiful lawn.
Not all trees and shrubs need pruning to the same degree, but they
all require some amount of regular pruning. Trimming produces plants
that are strong, healthy and attractive.
There are three main reasons for frequent trimming:
Safety - Especially for trees; limbs are heavy and when they
are torn off and fall due to bad weather they can cause serious
injury or major damage with very expensive results. It's bad enough
if it's you or your property; it is even worse if a falling limb
strikes a neighbor or passerby.
Health - Pruning removes certain plant parts that are no
longer effective or of use to the plant. It is done to redirect
additional energy for the development of the flowers, fruits,
foliage, and limbs that remain. Trimming undesirable growth can
foster plant vigor through the removal of weak, overcrowded limbs.
Removing dead, diseased or broken branches will also aid the health
of the plant.
Aesthetics - When you trim with aesthetics as your priority,
you're doing so to create a more pleasing shape and to maintain or to
stimulate flower production. Regular trimming also can prevent a
plant overgrowing its space in the landscape and eliminates the need
for drastic cutting or replacement in the future.
Define, Fertilize and Mulch Beds
Mulching can be one of the most beneficial things you can do for your
soil and your plants. If you have not considered mulching your garden
in the past, you may want to reconsider.
Mulches are a labor saving device for the gardener and non-gardener
alike. A layer of mulch will help prevent the germination of many
weed seeds, reducing the need for cultivation or the use of
herbicides. Mulches help moderate the soil temperature and retain
moisture during dry weather, reducing the need for watering.
Mulches also enhance the look of your garden. The mulch helps keep
plants clean by reducing the splash of soil onto leaves during
rainstorms, and helps rainfall infiltration into the beds.
Nothing more can improve the overall tidy appearance of a property
than edging beds where they meet grass areas. Bed definition greatly
reduces bed weeding since the grass rhizomes are stopped dead in
their tracks by the edging process. Without edging the grass will
grow into the bed and when grass is in a garden bed, it is a weed.
Classic also includes a pre-emergent which further reduces weed nuances.