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2013-06-26 13.01.55The most important factors in maintaining a lawn are, 1. cutting frequency, 2. cutting height, and 3. sharpness of your lawnmower blades. If any of these is off, it will damage your lawn. Cutting too short is probably the number one mistake that do-it-yourselfers make on their own lawns. It is also the most frequent request we hear from our lawn care customers.

Cutting too short doesn’t allow the root system to grow. Short on top means short roots. Short roots means your lawn is weak, and will burn out after the first heat wave. Much like a tree, the taller your grass grows, the bigger the root system and the better able your grass is to support itself. In a drought, a lawn with longer roots will be able to extract moisture from lower points in the ground and survive longer.

Cutting too short makes it easier for weeds to gain a foothold in your lawn. A lawn that is allowed to grow a bit longer will develop what is known as a pre-emergent layer. When you cut grass too short, you break this layer, allowing weed seeds to germinate and take over your yard.

Cutting too short generates too many clippings, which in time will build a layer of harmful thatch into your lawn. The fallen clippings are slow to break down, basically becoming a layer of dead grass (thatch). The thatch will then become matted against the ground in your lawn, preventing the lawn from being able to breathe and absorb moisture. You will get thatch if you either cut too short or cut too infrequently. This is like throwing huge piles of clippings into your lawn.

The final reason – if you keep your lawn cropped high, the grass will thicken and fill into that space. It’s a lot like trimming a shrub. If you trim a shrub with enough regularity, instead of becoming taller, the shrub grows fuller – it is the plant growing within itself. As far as lawns, follow this method and yours will be thicker, which is exactly what you want.

How short is too short?

The ideal cutting height for any lawn in zone 6 is 3 ¾ to 4 inches. There is never a need to go any shorter. In fact: you never want to cut more than ¾ of the total length of the grass blade because it’s harmful to the grass itself as a plant. You basically only want to cut the top half of a blade of grass, ever.

My personal opinion: grass that’s a little bit taller feels softer under your feet. A lawn that’s scalped feels prickly and less like a carpet.

Need expert lawn care in Hunterdon County, NJ? Contact Mike at 4 Seasons Lawn Care for a quote today: call 908 783 5733 or email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com

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Your local lawn gurus at 4 Seasons Lawn Care want you!  Yes, that’s right – spring has sprung, and we are rearing to go.  We are trying to add at least 20 new accounts in the Flemington and Whitehouse Station area for this 2013 mowing season.

Why go with us?  We offer the highest quality mowing service around.  We are neat and meticulous when it comes to mowing your lawn.  Our equipment is brand new, and helps us provide the most timely and reliable service possible.  In short – we really care about what we do, and it shows in your lawn all summer long.

Give us a call, or email us.  We’ll be happy to provide you with a free lawn mowing quote.  Thanks!

 

 

Mike Hyde

4 Seasons Lawn Care

908-783-5733

http://www.4seasonslawns.com

 

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Mike,

Thanks for a wonderful job done on our lawn. Looking forward to seeing you next season! Thanks for the “free cut” – yard looks really nice. Happy Holidays. Be Safe.

Regards,

P& M

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Hey there, Mike from 4 Seasons Lawn Care here. With the early spring bloom happening in NJ this year, lawn care season started roughly a week and a half ago and is officially in progress as we speak. Be sure to contact us early to be put on the mowing schedule for 2012.

If you’re a new reader just finding this blog, check out our website at http://4seasonslawns.com or click the various posts on this blog and visit the About Us page to learn how we can help you have the nicest yard on the block!

Contact mike@4seasonslawns.com or call 908 783 5733 for your lawn cutting or spring cleanup quote today.

Also check out our other website, Garden Beds NJ, to find out how we can help make garden bed prep super simple this spring. Thanks!

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Wasn’t it just the other day that we were frolicking about in short sleeves and cutoff shorts? Then, surprise, today the frozen white stuff makes yet another appearance in northern NJ. Never mind, the friendly folks at 4 Seasons Lawn Care remain undaunted by the chill in the air and ready to take on the sprawling lawns of Hunterdon County.

Do you live or work in Flemington or Whitehouse or the surrounding areas of NJ? Need a quote for lawn cutting or yard maintenance this spring and summer?

Give Mike Hyde a call at 908 783 5733. Now is the time to phone in and snag that discounted price for an entire lawn care season. And don’t forget, spring cleanups make landscaping a snap. We do those too! Just think, you’ll have great looking grass, and won’t have to lift a finger to get it.

Call today – 908 783 5733, or email us at mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com.

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If you haven’t already, there’s still time to have your lawn aerated before the cold weather arrives. As I’ve mentioned before, this summer really took its toll on the grass, especially here in Hunterdon County. Aerating is the proactive way to bring that dormant lawn back to life come next growing season. Here are a few reasons why it’s so beneficial:

  • Aerating your lawn works to oxygenate its root system. Your lawn or landscaping professional uses a special, aerating machine which pokes holes into the top surface of your soil to get the air beneath circulating. This process wakes up your grass and increases ceullular activity beneath.
  • Aerating increases your lawn’s ability to soak up moisture. Tightly compacted soil makes it difficult for your lawn to absorb water, even if you’re using the sprinkler on it every day.  When you aerate, you loosen up the top layer of soil so that water can sink into the roots and be absorbed more readily.
  • Aerating your lawn twice per year (spring and fall) can significantly reduce your water bill! A tightly compacted lawn results in increased runoff and wasted water and resources. However, a lawn that’s been aerating soaks up every thirst-quenching drop. You want the water that you apply to do its job – make your lawn thick, green, healthy and beautiful.
  • Aeration helps thatch break down more readily. This is because the ground becomes compacted over time and it’s increasingly difficult for water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass. A thatched lawn will turn yellowish-brown and become thin and brittle, ultimately dying. Aeration halts this process, causing your lawn to thrive once again.
  • Aerating gets to the root of the problem. When you first aerate, you may think that your yard looks something of a mess, with dirt plugs everywhere and your lawn appearing in the same condition as before. But within a few days, the newly exposed roots and earth will soak up needed water and nutrients, causing your lawn to put down strong roots that go deep.

Have your lawn aerated before the end of the season.

It’s not too late to call for an aeration quote! Contact 908-783-5733 and ask for Mike Hyde. Or, email us at mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com.

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Hello to all readers and fans of the 4 Seasons Lawn Care blog! Just wanted to post a little “next up” on your lawn care calendar. Just because summer is nearly over doesn’t mean you can stop paying attention to your grass. A lush, green lawn requires regular maintenance, even at the end of the season.

As the hottest summer on record, June, July and August were brutal on your lawn. With no extended rainfalls, most of the grass in Hunterdon County went dormant and the weeds and crab grass took over. Since grass and weeds are always competing, this will likely impact your lawn next spring, and not in a good way. That is, unless you take the proper steps to ensure that your field of green makes a comeback. 4 Seasons Lawn Care can help!

This fall, simply overseeding will not be enough to turn the tide. A 4-step process is needed to re-establish grass in our yards.

1.  Aerate. This process involves pulling small plugs of soil from the yard. This loosens the top layer of soil and allows better penetration of water and nutrients to your grass’s root system.

2.  Dethatch. Once you’ve aerated, you’ll want to rake up the lawn using a heavy duty rake. This further roughs up the soil to allow for better growth of new grass.

3.  Overseed. This involves adding a covering of grass seed to an existing lawn.

4.  Add a starter fertilizer. High phosphorus fertilizer will help the newly planted grass to grow and develop strong roots.

Then….

Next spring, follow up with a weed preventer / fertilizer in the early spring. This prevents weeds from germinating on the lawn. Apply 2 weed and feed applications (late spring and early summer). These simultaneously feed the grass and kill the weeds.

To summarize: regrow grass in the fall. Then in the spring you should prevent weeds, and kill off whatever does germinate. This will give your grass what it needs to once again outnumber the weeds on your lawn and eventually crowd them out.

Lawns that are more than 50% weeds will not improve on their own. Some intervening steps are needed to get the grass back into shape.

Call 4 Seasons Lawn Care at 908 783 5733 for help. Ask for Mike Hyde! Or, email mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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