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SEEDING YOUR LAWN – The Sunshine Landscaping Way….

 

After the heat and drought stress during July weather when lawns struggle to grow in 90 degree heat, the cooler weather in late summer offers the turf plant a chance to recover and get ready for next Spring.  Mid-August to mid-September is the best time of year to improve your lawn with  slice seeding and lawn renovation.  The nights are cool, but the sunny days keep the soil warm, usually allowing seed to germinate in one week.  The thunder storm season will have past and the rains are gentler, causing less erosion problems.  There will be less competition from weeds and crabgrass, which are not germinating as aggressively as they do in the Spring and will have less time to establish themselves before the first frost arrives.  And most importantly the young turf plants will have the Fall and Spring growing seasons in which to mature and develop a strong root system, before tackling the heat of next summer.

The easiest way to nurture your is with a Soil Test to determine pH or lime requirements.  Since pH effects the availability of nutrients in the soil it is important to maintain the pH in the 6.0 to 7.0 range just below neutral.  The organic matter content of the soil should be around 10% and getting a stronger root system is the best way to increase organic material in the soil.   Sunshine Landscaping has been using Biostimulants and Liquid AERIFY! to accomplish these goals.  The basic premise is that by adding Humic Acid to the soil a snowball effect occurs were the soil improves, the microbiology of the soil improves and decomposes the dead roots, which aerates the living soil, allowing roots to grow better and eventually adding more organic matter to the soil.  Mechanical methods are also popular, de-thatching and core aerating lawns and the soil can help enhance the process, by removing plugs for the soil.

We start with a Soil Test and Lawn Analysis to prioritize aeration, seeding, lime and soil Amendment treatments.  Call the office for the best solutions and management practices to help your lawn recover and look its best.

The Benefits of Overseeding

Many older lawns were established with common type turf grasses not suited for the needs of today’s homeowner. They’re often more disease and insect prone, requiring more fertilizer and water.

Overseeding newer turfgrass varieties into an older lawn can help it better withstand insects, disease, drought, shady conditions and heavy traffic. The investment in overseeding pays off by reducing the amount of fertilizer, water and pesticides required. Most importantly, a renovated lawn stays greener and looks thicker and healthier!

By | 2019-09-04T21:47:20+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Lawn Revitalization, Seeding your lawn|0 Comments

Sunshine Landscaping at the Worcester Spring Home Show this Weekend.

We are getting ready for an exciting weekend, talking with folks at 2019 Worcester Spring Home Show at the DCU Center.

Come visit with Jordan Levy, who will be greeting visitors on Saturday March 9th, from 11:00am until 1:00pm.  Here’s your chance to stop by and chat with the ‘Great One’ — so stop by and check out some ideas for your back yard.  We will be at the DCU Center all weekend, in Booth 901, talking with home owners and property managers about their Spring Landscaping needs.Come see the decorative concrete options we have for you and talk about Landscaping ideas to improve your Curb Appeal and Outdoor Living Areas.  Ready to discover the difference that professional Landscape Management, Design and construction can make in your yard.

Jordan Levy and Steve Crowe at the Sunshine Landscaping Company Booth 901.

Do you need some creative, innovative solutions to problems that have been bugging you about your yard and the condition of your landscape plants?

Are you ready to try Sustainable Lawn Care and all its benefits for the soil, roots and turf? Have you wondered what it takes to have an immaculate, weed-free, lush green lawn?

Have you heard about StoneMakers and the difference our process can make to turn your yard into a Staycation Resort?

Are you ready to add a Retaining Wall to improve your property?

Don’t worry, if you c n’t make it to the show this weekend call the office 508-892-3042 and we can discuss options for improving your landscape and gardens.

By | 2019-03-04T18:25:18+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Worcester Home Show|0 Comments

LAWN RE-VITALIZATION

 

The first and most important things to consider are Soil Testing, liming, proper fertilizing and adding Humic Acid and Liquid AERIFY! to your lawn care program.  These techniques and treatments will develop a deeper root system to buffer the turf plant from stress, enhance the color of the turf, especially entering winter dormancy and quicker green-up in the spring and thicken the lawn by establishing new plants from rhizomes and tillers.

Neglecting your lawn problems now and waiting until spring to repair the lawn is a foolish choice, as crabgrass and weeds are much better at competing with newly seeded lawns in the spring.  Dormant seeding in December can give your lawn a head start on seedling germination when the snow melts.

Why Test Soil?

Here are five good reasons!

Nutrient levels – Test results provide you with soil nutrient levels and fertilizer recommendations when needed.

Soil Acidity – Soil pH and exchangeable acidity are measured for the determination of lime requirements.

Environmental Protection – Test results identify areas with excess nutrients that can pollute local waterways.

Economics – You buy soil amendments only when needed, avoiding unnecessary spending.

Health – Soil testing can help protect you and your family by alerting you to elevated levels of lead or other toxic heavy metals.

Soil tests do not identify plant growth problems associated with soil drainage, insects, plant diseases (whether soil-borne or not), weeds, winter injury or the misuse of pesticides.

 

By | 2018-10-19T01:30:28+00:00 October 19th, 2018|Lawn Revitalization|0 Comments

Prime Time for Seeding and Lawn Renovations

Have you been dreaming of a lush green weed free lawn? Late summer is the best time of year to improve your lawn and get it in top shape. The nights are cool, but the sunny days keep the soil warm, usually allowing seed to germinate in one week. The thunder storm season will have past and the rains are gentler, causing less erosion problems. There will be less competition from weeds and crabgrass. And most importantly the young turf plants will have the Fall and Spring growing seasons in which to mature and develop a strong root system, before tackling the heat of next summer.

Grass plants evolved several strategies for dealing with the heat and drought stress of our hot summer months. When Nature does not supply enough rainfall for individual plants to survive, the seeds produced in the spring are ready to germinate when the temperature cools and gentle rains return. Turf goes dormant during hot dry spells, keeping the available water in the crown and root system, while the leaves turn brown. When rainfall and cooler temperatures return the plants begin to grow again and also put out rhizomes and tillers, which will become new grass plants next spring. The next few months it is important to manage your lawn to get the most benefit out of the strategies that nature hs developed to ensure the survival of turf grass plants.

The easiest way to nurture your lawn this Fall is to do a Soil Test to determine pH or lime requirements. Since pH effects the availability of nutrients in the soil it is important to maintain the pH in the 6.0 to 7.0 range just below neutral. The organic matter content of the soil should be around 10% and getting a stronger root system is the best way to increase organic material in the soil.   While mechanical methods to de-thatch and aerate with machines are popular options, Sunshine Landscaping has been using Biostimulants and Liquid AERIFY! to accomplish these goals. The basic premise is that by adding Humic Acid to the soil a snowball effect occurs were the soil improves, the microbiology of the soil improves and decomposes the dead roots, which aerates the living soil, allowing roots to grow better and eventually adding more organic matter to the soil.

SEEDING and ENHANCEMENT OPTIONS:                 

LAWN RE-VitalizATION

First, consider soil Testing, liming, proper fertilizing and adding Humic Acid and Liquid AERIFY! to your lawn care program. These techniques will develop a deeper root system to buffer the turf plant from stress, enhance the color of the turf, especially entering winter dormancy and quicker green-up in the spring and thicken the lawn by establishing new plants from rhizomes and tillers. Neglecting your lawn problems now and waiting until spring to repair the lawn is a foolish choice, as crabgrass is much better at competing in then.

LAWN RENOVATION:

Existing lawns can be overseeded with slice- or aero-seeding machines, which will introduce new grass varieties into the lawn without the labor of rototilling. The seed is sliced into groves in the lawn and come up in rows which fill in later. These machines also dethatch the lawn at the same time and the old dead grass can be left on the lawn to help keep the new seedlings moist. These programs which cost 10 to 15 cents per square foot are a reasonable way to have a thick, healthy lawn without a lot of hassle. It is best to seed before Labor Day to have a second chance to seed your lawn in mid-October before it gets to cold to germinate seedlings.

LAWN REPLACEMENT:

If weeds and crabgrass have taken over the lawn, it might be time to use a non-selective herbicide to eliminate ugly noxious grasses and unwanted weeds. It takes one to two weeks to control weeds such as violets and ground ivy, but if you are brave enough to live with a brown lawn for a month the results will be worth it. Once the old lawn is dead, the yard is seeded in two to three directions to cultivate the new seed into the soil.

The benefits of fall seeding are that normal crabgrass control methods can be used the following spring to stop crabgrass from taking over the lawn. In fact continuing care the next year is essential to any success that these programs will have. Seeding is just the first step, continuing to fertilize and lime as needed will promote the thickening and overall health of your new lawn. Frequent mowing and watering are also essential parts of any lawn care program, to establish a thick green weed free lawn.

By | 2018-08-07T22:18:33+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments