Archive for March, 2014

BATTLING BROWN GRASS…

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Don’t Guess, Soil Test

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You fertilize, seed, and do your best to make your lawn beautiful.  Although, for some reason your lawn just doesn’t seem to respond to your attentive applications.  What could possibly be happening?

In many cases it is a simple fact of balancing the pH of your soil.  For cool-season grasses the optimum pH of soil should be between 6.5 and 6.8.  Too much organic matter can make the soil too acidic, which will result in thinning grass.  This can be corrected by adding proper amounts of lime to raise the pH.  How much lime should be added?  This question varies greatly depending on the environmental conditions of your landscape.  There are many home tests that can be done, but many times these tests can be unreliable.  The best thing to do is to conduct a soil test.

How do I conduct a soil test?  Conducting a soil test can be quite easy and inexpensive.  To conduct a soil test you will need to probe the ground 4-6 inches deep.  It is important to get a good sample with sterilized equipment.  There are core augers that can be purchased or you can dig a hole 4-6 inches deep and take a sample from the side of the hole.  Make sure the sample is uniform in all layers of the soil.  Additionally, this process should be done in 10-15 locations throughout the landscape to obtain a good sample.  All samples should be placed in a sterile plastic bag or bucket and mixed together.  Only one pint or one pound of soil is needed to conduct a soil test.  Take the sample to your local university extensions location where they will send the sample to a lab to be analyzed.  The analysis will determine the amount of nutrients and potential pests in the soil that may be causing you problems.  The results will inform you of the pH, nitrogen, potassium, phosphate, iron, magnesium, and sulfate in the soil.  Additionally, the results will offer recommended amounts of material needed to correct any issues.  This is where you will be informed of how much lime to apply to your lawn if needed.

By properly conducting a soil test, you will eliminate the “guess work” out of caring for your lawn.  Additionally, you will learn the exact needs of the landscape and be able to provide it with the proper amounts of nutrients needed for healthy growth.  Of course you can always take the guess work out of maintaining your lawn by contacting SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City.  Find us on the web at http://www.sklawncarekc.com 

Spring Seeding

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Spring is a great time to fill in those bare spots in your lawn.  The best time to seed is in the fall while the ground is warm, although spring is the second best time to seed your lawn.  We use the best quality seed available and top quality fertilizer to give the new grass essential nutrients.  Having a beautiful lawn can be easy by contacting SK Lawn Care.  We offer services including verticutting, aerating, dethatching, and fertilization treatments.  Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City at http://www.sklawncarekc.com.

SK Lawn Care

SK Lawn Care

Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City.  We are trained professionals who want to earn your business by providing the best quality care for you lawn.  Give us a call or contact us on the web.

Spring Seeding

Spring Seeding

Spring is the second best time to seed your lawn in Kansas City.  Now that the tempurature is above 65 degrees it is the ideal time for spring seeding.  Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City.  We use only the highest quality seed and fertilizer to give your lawn the best opportunity to thrive.    

Cost Effective Ideas for Landscaping Your Home

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You have always been crazy to give a wonderful look to your house. So, landscaping plays an important role in making your house look beautiful.  No doubt, it is the work of a landscape designer to give your house an attractive look but remember, it is your house and you should have some ideas before designing a landscape. Some of the ideas are as follows.

Plants

Selecting a plant is one of the essential parts of the landscape. First of all, you have to make a thorough research on the plants, including its types; size etc. Plants should be chosen considering the climate, pH and salinity of the soil. There are different types of grasses that grow in proper regions. Some grow in winter regions and some in warmer regions. Therefore, before choosing a plant you need to visit a garden centre that offers guarantees on its plants.

Landscaping Ideas

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The Importance of Having an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan

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Having and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is extremely important in maintaining a thick healthy lawn and thriving landscape. Integrated Pest Management by definition is a pest management strategy that utilizes a wide range of pest control methods or tactics. The goal of this strategy is to prevent pests from reaching economically or aesthetically damaging levels with the least risk to the environment. There are five main components of IPM that are important to consider.

The first to to identify the pest and understand its biology. This is important because you have have know what you are facing in order to control it. By understanding the biology of the pest, you can treat it when the pest is most susceptible to pesticides. For many weeds this is when they are young and obtaining most of its nutrients. For insects, this is usually when they are in the egg or larva life stage. Treating these pests at the proper time can make a big difference between eradicating and suppressing the pest.

The second component of IPM is monitoring the pest being managed. This includes taking notes on the life stage it is currently in and monitoring populations. Many times there are numerous pests in a site with out even knowing it. This means the pest’s population is under the threshold of needing treatment. Just because there are some pests in a site does not mean the site needs to be treated. Many times a few pests promote a healthy ecosystem on a site. Earth worms can be considered pests. Although, a low number of earth worms can be good because it can help aerate the soil. Once the pest has passed the economic threshold it is important to treat it before the pest overtakes the site. The time to treat the site is after the pest has reached the economic threshold and before it reaches economic injury. At the economic injury level the pest begins to do damage to the site, lowing its value and aesthetics.

The third component of IPM is developing the pest management goal.  This is important because in order to complete a task there must be a goal or end game.  Generally the goal is to keep the pest at an economically acceptable level.  In some cases this means completely eradicating the pest such as dandelions in a lawn.  When there are unsightly weeds in a lawn it lowers the value.  In many properties this is the goal.  In other cases the goal is simply to supplement the soil with nutrients to promote thriving growth.  Having a goal to work towards can make a big difference on a successful or unsuccessful pest management plan.

The fourth component of IPM is implementing the integrated pest management program.  After all the monitoring and planning it is important to follow the plan you have put forth.  This may sound simple, and it can be, it just depends on how well you have completed the first three components.  If you have a straight forward plan then it can be very simple.  Having a very complex plan can work as long as you have done the homework.

The fifth, and final, component is recording and evaluating the results of the plan.  Many times this step is overlooked, but it is one of the most important.  Evaluating the success of the plan can prevent mistakes or improper treatments.  Additionally, recording and evaluating can save time and money.  If applications did not work as they were intended to, then it is important to evaluate that application.  Was is applied at an improper rate?  Is there a better time to apply the product?  Can this application be replaced with a more effective product?  All these are question that should be asked about each application.

Following these steps while maintaining a lawn or landscape can dramatically increase the success rate of controlling pests.  You can also contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn care maintenance and landscape maintenance needs at www.sklawncarekc.com.