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Fall is a Great Time to Landscape Your Lawn In Kansas City and Overland Park

 

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Fall is the Ideal Time to Landscape your Lawn in Kansas City and Overland Park

Many people think about landscaping in the spring when it should really be done in the fall.  By landscaping in the fall, the new plants have time to establish a root system before winter sets in.  This allows the plants a better chance of survival and encourages deep root growth for strong healthy plants.  Additionally, in the spring your lawn and landscape will already look great, so you won’t have to worry about it and you can enjoy your beautiful lawn and landscape.  Fall is a great time for planting and fertilizing.  Whether you are installing bushes and trees, or overseeding your lawn.  Fall is the time to do it.  The main reason for this is because the soil is warm from the summer, and there is plenty of moisture in the air.  When you plant in the spring, the soil is still cold from the winter, and it takes longer for root systems to establish.  Then once they are established it is important to continue watering throughout the summer.  When the root system is established in the fall, less water is necessary during the following summer.  Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City, Overland Park, Leawood, and Prairie Village.

 

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Spring is Here!!!

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Spring is finally here!  Yesterday the temperature reached 80 degrees and tomorrow the forecast calls for snow.  Yep, it must be spring in Kansas City.  Now is the perfect time to begin feeding your lawn and landscape so your property is attractive all summer.  Maintaining a beautiful lawn and landscape can be easy, as long as you treat the plants at the proper time and use proper cultivation techniques.  Spring is the ideal time to feed you lawn and landscape because that is when much of the active growth occurs.  Spring is also the second best time to plant grass seed.  The reason fall is a more ideal time is because that is when cool-season grasses naturally germinate due to the soil temperature.  Now that the soil temperature has increased in the mid-west, seed can be planted.  Since it is the spring, germination of seedlings may take a little longer, but it is a great time to fill in thin or bare spots.  Additionally, it is important to keep the soil moist while establishing new turf.  By planting in the spring much of the irrigation comes naturally, which saves your water bill.  We still suggest doing the majority of your seeding and renovation in the fall, although the spring is an excellent time to fill in some of those thinner areas, giving you a thick healthy lawn all summer.  Contact SK Lawn Care for all your lawn and landscape needs in Kansas City and visit our website at http://sklawncarekc.com 

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.

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

Spring Seeding

Grass seed can be applied to a lawn during any time of the year.  Cool season grasses are best planed in the fall, although the second best time to seed cool season grass is in the spring.  Fall is when cool season grasses naturally germinate due to the ideal growing conditions.  Moisture and soil temperature are two of the main factors for natural germination.  Many times after seed has been applied in the fall, some seedlings do not make it due to traffic, leaves falling, and varying weather conditions.  

 

Spring seeding coupled with lawn aeration can have an excellent affect on the fullness and thickness of your lawn.  It allows the soil to absorb additional oxygen which helps moderate moisture levels in the soil.  If there are areas in a lawn that have more compacted soil than in other areas of the lawn, then the compacted areas will not absorb moisture as well as the areas of the lawn that have more oxygen in the soil.  By a lawn having consistent soil pack allows moisture to absorb more evenly resulting in a uniform thick green look.  Apply seed after the aeration process is complete to fill in weak spots and holes, because that is why we are doing this to begin with, and water.  Soon your lawn will become increasingly thicker.

 

There are a few issues in spring seeding that can be overcome with time and care.  The first issue is soil temperature.  Ideal soil temperature is above 65 degrees and below 80 degrees.  It takes time for the soil to thaw from the winter freeze, and just because the air temperature is ideal does not necessarily mean the soil temperature has become ideal.  You can seed before the soil temperature reaches an ideal germination point.  It will simply take longer to see seedlings.  This is not something that will dramatically affect the long term outcome of your lawn.  Although it does increase the chances of seed to travel off site due to traffic or wind.  

 

Another issue with spring seeding is the air temperature.  In the spring, especially in the Midwest, weather can vary dramatically from 70’s one day to snow the next.  This means seed can begin to germinate then receive a flash freeze.  The grass can withstand these changes, although the baby grass is more susceptible to weather change.  Additionally, there is the other side of the air temperature issue, summer heat.  It is important to establish the new grass before the summer heat begins to put cool season grasses into summer dormancy.  It is very difficult to grow grass while it is naturally dormant.  If the seedlings have not matured, then they will probably not make it through the summer.  With a proper water schedule. and timing of seed these obstetrical can easily be over come.

 

Seeding cool season lawns is generally best done during the fall.  Although sometimes there are wholes or weak spots from fall seeding, so spring seeding is important and should not be over looked.  It is generally not best to do large renovations on your lawn in the spring, although that does not mean it can not be accomplished.  The spring is the second best time to seed your lawn.  The temperature reaches an ideal window for germination and there is plenty of water falling from the sky.  Of course fertilizer is important to promote growth and discourage weeds.  Having a quality lawn care professional to assist you can improve the success of your lawn dramatically.  Even if you are a do-it-yourself-er, you can ask questions and find out the processes and products the professionals use, and you can do it yourself.  Contact SK Lawn Care in the Kansas City area, and we would be happy to assist you in improving your lawn.

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