Getting Answers to Your Basic Lawn Care Questions

Getting Answers to Your Basic Lawn Care QuestionsWe all like to think of our lawns as places where we can kick back and relax.  However, as any new home owner can tell you, getting your lawn into tip-top shape can be a lot more complicated than most people think.  There are many different factors to consider, and even the simplest questions can be difficult to tackle without some expert advice.  That’s why the lawn care specialists here at Turf Shield thought it might be helpful to field some of the more common questions about lawn care.

When mowing my lawn, is it better to leave the grass clippings on the lawn or to bag and dispose of them?

Grass clippings are about 90% water and 4% nitrogen by weight, so when you mulch clippings you are actually returning much-needed organic matter and nutrients back to your soil.  Bagging your grass clippings is really only recommended if you are forced to mow when your grass is long and wet or when you have to get stray clippings out of the way for aesthetic reasons.  In most cases, composting your lawn clippings while mowing your lawn is more economical, better for your grass, and better for the environment.

How can I get rid of mushrooms that spring up on my lawn and keep them from returning?

Mushrooms usually appear when fungi deep in the soil are breaking down rotting wood, old tree roots, buried stumps, or leaves.  This process actually benefits your lawn, since the decomposing organic matter in the soil releases nutrients that your grass can use.  The best way to get rid of mushrooms is to remove their food source, which could mean simply digging up a piece of buried construction debris or waiting for an old stump to decompose.  Do not try to use chemicals to control mushrooms on your own.  Fungicide treatment, which is one of the services we offer in our lawn treatment packages, can be difficult and is best left to professionals.

How can I tell which plants are weeds and how can I control or prevent them?

In this case, an experienced, professional opinion can make all the difference.  Broadleaf weeds like dandelions, chickweed, and clover may flower and look like pretty plants, but can still cause problems, while grassy weeds, like crabgrass, can quickly take over your landscape before you even realize they are there. Because weeds often grow under the same conditions as regular grass, the very things that keep your lawn healthy can feed your weeds as well.  Weeds have a hard time taking hold in lawns that are already thick and healthy and pre-emergent weed control in the early spring can help kill weeds before they have a chance to become a nuisance.

Lawn and garden maintenance can be a lot of work, and every yard requires a customized approach, so if you have any questions about your landscaping needs, or about any of the lawn care treatment packages that we provide, please contact Turf Shield to get more information.  Don’t forget to follow Turf Shield on Facebook  or Twitter to get all the latest updates and lawn care tips.