Toledo Lawn Care Tips

Get Ready for Lawn Mowing

Mowing is one of the most basic practices to keep your lawn healthy.  The next few weeks are a great time to make sure your mower is ready for the upcoming mowing season. Make sure you have your blades sharpened before you resume a regular mowing schedule. A sharp mower cuts blades cleanly, while a dull blade shreds the tips which then dry out, leaving a grayish appearance becoming unsightly. Mow at between 2.5″ and 2.75″ the first couple of times to help remove winter kill and snow mold damage.

Many people mow their lawn too short, inviting weeds, diseases and insect damage. Mowing should provide a pleasing appearance while promoting overall lawn health by promoting root and leaf development. A high density lawn prevents crabgrass and broadleaf weed invasion. For proper mowing techniques contact a Land-Art representative. A spring mowing of your lawn will promote an early greening.

  • Always follow the 1/3 rule: never mow off more than 1/3 of the turf at a time
    • Mowing frequency needs to increase when grass is growing at higher rates
  • Sharpen blade(s) and tune your mower up now in preparation for the mowing season.

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Weather Dependent Maintenance

Lawn and landscape maintenance is always weather dependent.
Everything we do for our property at different seasons will always benefit the entire picture of your landscape.

Cultural Maintenance: There is an endless list of things that we can do to maintain and increase the health of your lawn and landscape this winter season.

  • Protective barriers can still be installed around sensitive shrubbery to eliminate winter burn from winter winds. Mulch can be added to heal in new plantings and also to protect roots from desiccation in reducing water loss.
  • During the winter season, alternate traffic patterns on turfgrass during the cold weather to prevent traffic damage for our approaching spring season.
  • Late fall and winter are great times to prune evergreens and troublesome or damaged tree branches while protecting against the spreading of disease. Continue brush cleanup after winter storms.
  • When heavy snows persist, brush of the heaviness from ornamental plants to prevent winter breakage of limbs and evergreen foliage.
  • When salting or deicing hardscapes, be aware of vulnerable turf sights and prevent damaging effects.
  • Plan and schedule spring and summer maintenance programs.
  • Save on lawn care costs! Now is the best time to save money with the Land Art early payment schedules.

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Benefits of a Healthy Lawn and Landscape

It helps beautify the neighborhood. They create a relaxing space of natural beauty. Grassy areas quickly affect people’s moods by creating feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness or happiness. Front lawns of just eight average houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air unit has only a 3-4 ton capacity. Healthy dense lawns absorb rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field, four times better than a hay field, and prevents runoff and erosion of our precious top soil. It also traps much of the estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere annually.

Lawns also purify water entering into underground aquifers–its root mass and soil microbes act as a filter to capture and breakdown many types of pollutants. They increase real estate market value and salability. A Gallup Survey reported 62% of all US homeowners felt investment in lawns and landscaping was as good or better than other home improvements. The investment recovery rate is 100-200% for landscape improvement, compared to a deck or patio that will recover 40-70% of installation cost. Proper and well maintained landscaping adds 15% to a home’s value according to buyers.

Recovery rates among hospitalized patients are often quicker when their rooms view a landscaped area compared to patients with non-landscaped views. Playing fields covered with dense turf have proven safer. A land-art lawn provides a cooler habitat

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