Lawn renovation involves restoring a deteriorated turfgrass area to an improved condition. But before getting started, we must correct the lawn’s underlying problems. Drought, excessive shade, tree root competition, poor drainage, soil compaction, inadequate fertility, acid soils, weed or insect infestation, disease, thatch buildup, improper mowing and poorly adapted grass species may contribute to poor turf.
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Causes of Turf Deterioration
The first step in lawn renovation is to correct the primary cause of turf deterioration. Such things as drought, excessive shade, tree root competition, poor drainage, soil compaction, inadequate fertility, acid soils, weed or insect infestation, disease, thatch buildup, improper mowing, poorly adapted grass species and cultivars, and others may contribute to poor turf. Most of these problems can be corrected by renovation, proper turfgrass selection, and improved maintenance practices.
Shade problems may require the removal of some trees, pruning, and planting turfgrass species that are adapted to shaded conditions. Tree roots may need to be pruned to reduce competition with grasses for water, air, and nutrients.
Poor drainage can often be corrected by breaking up compacted soil or installing drainage tile. Where surface drainage is insufficient, the site may have to be regraded so that water is removed from the lawn.
Soil Fertility and Acidity
You can determine if inadequate fertility or acid soils are limiting turf growth by testing the soil. Soil testing services are available from the Penn State Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory (AASL) or through private laboratories. Mailing kits for the AASL tests are available for a nominal fee from the Penn State Extension office in your county. Soil testing laboratories will provide recommendations for the amounts of fertilizer and lime that need to be applied to the lawn.
Weeds, Diseases, and Insect Pests
The weeds, diseases, and insect pests that are causing the lawn to deteriorate need to be identified and managed. If you cannot diagnose the problem(s), take a fresh sample to a knowledgeable source to have it identified, or search the Internet for websites and/or books with photographs on turfgrass weeds, diseases, and insects.
Thatch is a tightly intermingled layer of partially decomposed grass stems and roots that develops beneath the actively growing green vegetation and above the soil surface. Thatch decreases the vigor of turfgrasses by restricting the movement of water, fertilizers, and pesticides into the soil. Turfgrass roots also grow into the thatch and may become desiccated as the thatch dries. Thatch builds up over a period of years and must be removed periodically by mechanical means. Thatch-removal equipment can usually be rented from garden centers or rental outlets. It is best not to remove all the thatch from the site in one treatment.
Lawns should be mowed above 2 inches and on a regular basis as long as the grass is growing. How frequently you should mow depends on the growth rate of the grass. During peak periods of growth in the spring, you may need to mow your lawn more than once per week. During periods of drought, your lawn may not require mowing until active growth resumes following rainfall events. Clippings do not need to be removed if the frequency of mowing is adequate. All mowing equipment should be properly adjusted and cutting blades should be sharpened periodically.
Turfgrass Species Selection and Management
Planting turfgrass species that are not adapted to site conditions and improperly managing turfgrass species are perhaps the most common causes of lawn deterioration. Other problems include the use of inferior turfgrass cultivars and poor-quality seed.
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Key Benefits of the Service
Watering your lawn and is the key to preserving its lushness and beauty. The experts carefully design your sprinkler system to ensure maximum coverage to your lawn. Whether you are looking for a brand new irrigation system to maintain your lawn.
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