Did you know that a single blade of grass only lives 40 days on average?
Each day our lawns are working to produce new blades (called tillers) to replace the old ones. This is why some lawns begin to thin out or look tired over time.
Many people already knows the benefits of aerating and overseeding the clay soil here in St. Louis, so then they start comparing prices and values to choose a lawn care provider to perform a fall renovation.
The cost of a lawn renovation is almost always directly related to the square footage of your property. Vendors apply a "secret formula" to come up with an average or standard amount of time and material needed to to cover the grounds.
In St. Louis county, the average lawn aeration cost can range from $99 to $300.
"Wait!" You might say. "This is quite a broad range. Besides, I've seen signs for aeration as low as $45!"
Congratulations on a new home!!
As soon as the keys are handed over to your new residence, the mindset of “protecting your investment” kicks in. One of the most beneficial ways you can protect and enhance your curb appeal is by making sure your lawn is green and weed-free.
Fall is one of the best times to find a professional, local lawn care company in St. Louis to renovate your lawn. A new lawn is less than 5 years old, but you don’t get a “pass” just because you have new sod.
It’s important to know the history of your lawn to understand why...
When a developer decides to build a subdivision they move loads of soil to shape retention ponds, berms, and streets, and dig sewer lines. What ends up on the surface area that eventually becomes your yard may have previously been 5-15 feet below ground in the past. It is essentially dead soil, with no flora or fauna to carry on all the processes of healthy balanced soil.
What you don’t necessarily see when you buy a home in a residential development, is the myriad of vehicles that have driven on and around what you wish to be lush, soft turf. Pick-up trucks, concrete trucks, flatbeds with lumber and trusses, dumpsters, shingle deliveries, and appliance and window deliveries all take their turns. When the house is first being built, crushed limestone gravel is distributed around to eliminate slugging through the mud.
All of this adds up to a compacted, unstructured soil that is fairly impenetrable to normal percolation of rainwater. So what are the first steps?
Welcome to summer weather in St. Louis! This week we look forward to temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. As our office manager, Jane, would say, "it feels like someone threw a wet, wool blanket over my head."
Fungicide applications start this week for all clients that have pre-approved this service. The conditions are now prime for disease so we suggest requesting a quote to prevent & treat brown spots this summer.
Next week we'll start treating for nutsedge in lawns. The product works on contact with nutsedge that is visible (not blanket sprayed). >>Learn more
We're excited to onboard a new production manager this month! You'll see Bob out and about checking on the quality of our work, teaching and training our crews, and providing horticultural knowledge to our team and to you. Here's a bit about him:
Have You Seen This Weed in Your St. Louis Lawn?
One of the peskiest weeds in St. Louis, Nutsedge is an invasive weed that is lime green in color and has a waxy appearance. Nutsedge grows faster and pops up taller than grass and seems impossible to control.
Many people refer to nutsedge as "water grass" or "nutgrass". Botanically, it is classified as a sedge and not a grass which is why control is difficult. Nutsedge thrives in low spots and high moisture areas but can also surface in drier spots as well.
Soil compaction is one of the primary reasons that grass won’t grow to its potential. Whether the result of mowing, foot or pet traffic or irrigation; soil compaction restricts the movement of oxygen, nutrients and water to the lawn. As a result, the grass grows slowly and poorly and soon becomes susceptible to drought, disease, and insect damage. [http://www.lawnandlandscape.com/article/ll-031815-aerate-aeration-equipment/]
Aeration equipment removes 1.5 to 3 inch plugs of soil to allow moisture, air & nutrients down to the root zone. A double aeration takes the form of two passes in opposite directions. A triple aeration adds one more pass with the aerator, multiplying the opportunity for a successful lawn.
Dowco’s newest lawn composting service was designed for eco-friendly property owners who want the greenest lawn! If you haven’t read the benefits of lawn composting yet – check out this link first:
Here is a specific list of 9 St. Louis lawns that will benefit from adding compost to their lawn this fall.
Just like in Game of Thrones, there is an ongoing battle on your lawn to see who will rise and be the leader. The secret to helping desirable grass to win the battle is by eliminating the competition.
Dowco is here to help you do everything possible to swing the odds in your favor so that you can be the King or Queen of a green, beautiful lawn.
This fall we’re introducing a brand new service. Fall lawn composting will help you grow the greenest, lushest lawn you’ve ever had.