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SK Lawn Care Services Leawood with Top Quality Lawn and Landscape Services

SK Lawn Care Services Leawood with Top Quality Lawn and Landscape Services

Landscaping, Landscape, Lawn Care, Mowing, Fertilizing, Mulch, Leawood, Kasnas

 

SK Lawn Care is making our way into the South Kansas City suburbs.  We have many satisfied lawn and landscape clients in and around Leawood Kansas.  We want to become a part of the Leawood community by providing the best lawn and landscape services.  We offer top quality lawn mowing, weed control, lawn fertilization treatments, mulching, seeding, lawn aeration, verticutting, dethatching, landscape maintenance, and landscape installation.  All services are provided with the natural environment and owners property value in mind.  At SK Lawn Care we want to increase your property value with quality landscaping, and personalize your home or office to match your personality.  We pay attention to the details of the job, and your unique vision of how you want your property to look.  It is your lawn and landscape and we want you to be as proud of it as we are.  Contact SK Lawn Care today to receive your free estimate on all your lawn and landscape needs in Leawood at www.sklawncarekc.com.

 

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Maintaining a Fescue Lawn

Fescue grass is an excellent type of turf grass used in many lawns in the mid-west region.  Generally many people overlook the importance of regularly mowing, aerating, fertilizing, and seeding a fescue lawn.  Fescue grass is an excellent type of grass to use on many lawns in the mid-west region.  It is tolerant to drought and traffic.  Additionally it is fairly low maintenance and has an excellent green color.  One issue about fescue grass is that it does not spread naturally.  That is why it is important to regularly seed a fescue lawn.

Depending on the specific type of fescue, it is tolerant to a wide range of environmental conditions.  Fescue lawns are tolerant to drought and traffic.  Additionally many types of fescue grow fairly well in the shade and fine fescues are often used in shade mix blends of grass seed.  Of course no grass will grow in an area where the shade density is too high.  All grasses need some sunlight, although many fine fescues offer fairly good coverage in shady areas of the lawn.  Regularly aerating and seeding a fescue lawn helps promote deep root growth and fills in thin areas of the lawn.

Another great feature about fescue lawns are there low maintenance, when maintained properly.  Proper maintenance includes regular mowing, watering, fertilizing, and aerating.  Fescue grass should be kept around 2 to 3 inches tall.  When mowing it is important to only cut a maximum of 1/3 of the total plant.  Meaning if you keep the grass at 3 inches tall, then you should never cut more than 1 inch each time you mow.  This is very common with most turf grasses.  Watering is also very important to all turf grasses, although fescue generally needs less water than bluegrass or bent grasses.  At minimum, fescue grasses should be watered every 21 days with at least one inch of water.  This is much less than many other types of turf grass.  Regular fertilization is also important in maintaining a this fescue lawn.  Supplementing the soil with additional nutrients will detour pests and promote vigorous growth.

Finally it is important to aerate and seed a fescue lawn regularly.  This can not be stressed enough, when you want a thick stand of turf.  The best time to aerate and seed is in the fall when cool season grasses naturally germinate.  Aerating promotes deep root growth, which helps with drought tolerance.  Additionally, aerating helps naturally break down thatch levels, and creates a thicker, healthier stand of turf.  By following these standards you will have a thick, beautiful stand of turf, with fairly low maintenance.  All turf grasses need some maintenance but fescue grass is an excellent choice for low maintenance.

For more information or to request service contact SK Lawn Care at 816.372.4965 or visit our website at sklawncarekc.com

Thicker Grass Means Less Problems

Having a thick healthy stand of turf is the best way to prevent weeds, harmful insects, diseases, and other undesirable issues for turfgrass. Thick stands of turf are generally an undesirable thriving condition for pests.  There are many ways to insure the turf reamains thick including preventative treatments, quickly reacting to issues, and cultural techniques.

Preventing weeds, both broadleaf and grassy, can be easy and inexpensive with a thick stand of turf.  Using a pre-emergent herbicide will prevent annual grassy weeds and some braodleaf weeds from germinating.  It is important to time this application according to the type of turf, geographic location, and soil temperature.  Having a thick stand of turf chokes out many broadleaf weeds.  It prevents weed seeds from getting to the soil to germinate, and if the seed does get to the soil, it is difficult for it to obtain sufficient amounts of sunlight and water to thrive.  If broadleaf weeds do germinate it is important to treat them with a selective post-emergent herbicide while the plant is young.

Generally harmful insects thrive in undesirable conditions for turf.  By creating a desirable environment for turf, creates an undesirable environment for the pest.  Although there are some insects that do thrive in healthy stands of turf under certain conditions, such as grub worms and beetles.  These insect are usually attracted to areas that receive a lot of light such as near street lights and landscape lights.  These insects can usually be discouraged with preventative insecticides.  If they do become a problem the turf will begin to yellow and become thin.  In some occasions with grub worms the turf will be easy to lift up like sod because the worms are feeding on the root system.  These insects are not usually an every year problem, but by using these preventative measures, insects will not be a problem.

Turf grass diseases are caused by a combination of three factors.  There must be a susceptible host (the turf), a causal agent (the disease), and a favorable environment for the infection of the turf and the development of the disease.  Environmental conditions may include improper pH and fertility balance, improper watering techniques, or improper cultural practices.  If one of these three factors is not present then the disease can not thrive.  Accurately diagnosing the problem is an important step in treating any issue.

There are many cultural practices that can prevent these factors for weeds, insects, diseases and other pests from aligning.  It is important to plant a turfgrass species that grows naturally in the geographic location.  Properly preparing seed beds before planting is key as well to begin healthy growth.  This can be done by clearing any unwanted matter and correcting any chemical imbalances.  Maintaining balanced fertility is important.  This can be done by checking and correcting pH levels and supplementing the soil with proper amounts of slow-release nitrogen.  Proper watering techniques are important as well.  It is important to water the turf evenly according to the needs of the soil and plants.  Watering according to time can cause shaded areas to remain too moist and sunny areas to become dry.  It is also important that the soil and atmosphere have adequate air exchange.  This can be achieved by aerating the soil, and making sure it is draining properly.  If this does not happen the soil will become compact and difficult for turfgrass roots to thrive.  Aerating also helps naturally break down thatch to healthy levels.  Finally it is important to mow properly.  The mowing height is determined by the type of turfgrass.  Tall grasses such as fescue and bluegrass should be mowed no lower than two inches during active growing seasons.  Bent grasses can be mowed as low as one inch with a rotary mower.  During drought seasons it is important to mow the grass a little higher to protect the plant.  Also the mowing frequency should be determined by the grass growth rather than a specific time.  No more than 1/3 of the grass blade should be removed when mowing.  This will prevent stress and damage to the plant and its root system.  Keeping these cultural practices in mind while creating and maintaining a thick stand of turf, or any landscape, will improve the chance of success.

Maintaining a thick stand of turf can be easy by mowing regularly, fertilizing, watering, and using cultural and preventative measures against pests whenever possible. You can also contact SK Lawn Care at www.sklawncarekc.com or (816)372-4965.

Importance of a Planned Lawn Maintenance Program

Maintaining a beautiful, well manicured lawn does not have to be back breaking and ruin your summer.  With a planned maintenance program in place, keeping your lawn looking great can be simple and rewarding.  The most important thing to remember is the importance of your plan.  The plan should consist of the height and frequency of mowing.  This is a lot more important than many first think when manicuring their lawn.  Other important factors to consider is the fertilizer.  It is extremely important to know exactly what you are applying to the soil, how much, and how often.  Not preparing yourself with some of this information can even be illegal.  Having a plan in place will prevent unwanted accidents, and give you the beautiful lawn you have always wanted.

The first and most frequent step in a quality lawn maintenance program is mowing.  The main importance of mowing is maintaining the stand of turf by discouraging weed growth and disease.  It is important to keep the mowers clean, in proper working condition, and mow with a sharp blade.  This allows for a clean cut, so the grass does not fray or split at the end.  Frays or splits in grass blades are like open wounds.  These open wounds make your lawn more susceptible to fungus and disease.  Frequent mowing is important, but it is also just as important to know the height and frequency of mowing.  When grass is first planted and sprouting it is important to mow fairly short, around 2-2 1/2 inches.  Once the lawn is established you can continue mowing at your normal height.  Cool season grasses should be mowed at three inches.  Some say it is best to mow grass shorter in the spring, and longer in the summer.  The reason for mowing shorter in the spring is due to baby grass, maintain short turf during rapid growth, and discouraging weed growth.  Mowing turf longer in the summer is generally for drought and heat protection.  These speculations do have good thought behind them, although it is not something that should be stuck in stone.  Mowing consistently at three inches will give you a healthy stand of turf that is resistant to disease, drought, and weeds.

 

A well planned fertilizing regiment is also very important in maintaining a well groomed lawn.  Fertilizer is essentially nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.  In many cases there are additives to the fertilizer such as iron, calcium, lime; or pest control chemicals for weeds and bugs.  It is important to know the time of year to best treat the soil for these chemicals.  Grass in your lawn uses these elements when growing.  It is important to replenish the soil of these nutrients for the grass to continue growing healthy.  Adding such things as iron, calcium, or lime to the soil is to counteract a chemical or pH imbalance in the soil.  It is important to have your soil tested to ensure proper growing conditions.  Other additives such as chemicals are to kill and repel pests.  Weeds are considered pests as well are bugs, so they are treated as such with chemicals.  It is important to either read the chemical label yourself, or have a trained professional apply chemicals to your lawn.  Improper application of chemicals can be very harmful to the environment and even illegal.

 

The frequency of fertilizer applications depends on what you want for your lawn.  Fertilizing every month is not out of the question.  For those who want a thick lush stand of turf with zero weeds, this is a good option for you.  Weeds grow actively  so it is important to exterminate them while they are small, before they mature and are more difficult to kill.  Additionally, when the grass is actively growing it uses up more nutrients, so it is important to replenish the soil.  Of course some people do not wish to fertilize this frequently.  In that case, it is even more important to have a well thought out plan.  Spacing out fertilizer applications can be accomplished by properly using pre-emergent additives in the fertilizer.  This will prevent weeds from starting, and maintain nutrient levels in your soil.  The least amount of fertilizing you can get away with, in our opinion, and still encourage growth and a pest free environment is 3-4  applications.  It is important to begin your lawn in the spring with starter fertilizer to bring it out of winter dormancy.  Another application in mid spring will help prevent weeds.  This is when weeds are growing most aggressively, so it is important to treat them before they can begin growing.  Grub control should be applied in the summer  when grubs are young and hatching.  Grubs can turn into a big problem for a lawn no matter how healthy, so it is important to treat for these specific bugs.  Grub control is generally optional, although a small investment once per year can save a lot of money.  The last application is winterizing fertilizer.  It encourages grass into winter dormancy and helps establish deep root growth.

 

Planning your lawn maintenance program in advance can have many benefits   You will have a more attractive property, and your lawn will be more resistant to disease, drought, and pests.  Additionally, in the following years, the plan will require less work because many issues have already been corrected or prevented.  With a proper planned lawn maintenance program in place you too can have a beautiful lawn.  Nothing else you can just  contact SK Lawn Care and we would be happy to put a plan together for you. http://www.sklawncarekc.com