LAWN & TREE CARE
Crabgrass Control (organic or chemical): Crabgrass is a common annual weed-grass that germinates in the spring and can eventually suffocate sections of the lawn as it grows larger throughout the summer. Crabgrass can show up anywhere, but it is most commonly found in lawns that are mowed too low, growing in poor soil, or are fully exposed to direct sunlight. The most common places to see crabgrass are along paved edges and on hills and bumps that tend to be scalped when mowing. If selected, crabgrass control will be applied as part of your early spring fertilizer visit. The organic crabgrass control material is a high protein version of corn gluten, which is actually a common feed ingredient. It's unique properties in the soil provide approximately 60% control of crabgrass. However, its rate of control tends to increases each year that it is used. The chemical crabgrass control provides approximately 70% to % crabgrass control. If the lawn is mowed less than 3" high or if areas are occasionally scalped too low, the rate of crabgrass control may be reduced, especially around driveway edges and on hills and banks. Mowing the lawn high (4"-4½") helps to minimize crabgrass invasion. Timing: March through May.
Broadleaf Weed Control: This weed control service is a mix of synthetic and organic materials that selectively control dandelion, clover, chickweed, plantain, thistle, and many other weeds. All weed controls will be scheduled for the fall by default as this is the time of year when weed control provide the best results. In most cases, it is unnecessary to have more than one chemical weed control application per year (if you choose any at all). However, some difficult to control weeds, such as ground ivy, wild strawberry, speedwell, oxalis, spurge, and wild violet, usually require two applications in the fall to attain complete control. Wild violets generally require several years of repeated fall applications for permanent control. We will always maintain that balanced living soil, and thick turf mowed tall is the best long term weed control. Far better than inorganic materials that are a short term fix. Once biology in the soil is achieved you will have few if any weeds.
The organic weed control some of you may have used in the past is no longer available unless specially requested. After several years of trials we found that it did not provide acceptable levels of weed control; therefore, we no longer consider it a viable service option for our customers. We will, however, continue to develop our own blend of organic weed control in our ongoing trials.
The best way to minimize spring weeds (especially dandelions) is with a fall weed control, however, if you strongly feel you need a weed control in the springtime, please contact our office so we can discuss the options as they relate to your specific property. Also, keeping the lawn thick and mowing at 4 to 4½" will greatly reduce the need for future applications. Calcium is king, a super mineral that has a direct relationship with plant health. Unfortunately, it is commonly lacking in neighborhood soil. Calcium helps lawns have fewer weeds especially dandelions. Dandelions by design are miners of calcium, their long tap root pulls calcium from our limestone base and gives it to other plants to use. A tell-tale sign of low calcium and boron are fields or lawns full of dandelions. Timing: May through June and October through December
By having your soil tested by an independent certified soil laboratory, we can precisely determine which nutrients should be amended to your soil. Properly balanced soil promotes healthier plants and reduces the amount of unwanted weeds. A detailed proposal with recommendations for your lawn will be provided with the soil test results.
Core samples from throughout the lawn will be taken and sent to a professional soil testing laboratory. The organic matter content, the soil pH and the overall nutrient levels will be analyzed and a report will be generated. We will interpret this report for you and send you a copy along with any recommended actions based on the results. Having an occasional soil sample taken is a valuable part of an organic program because it helps us determine the best measures to build a healthy soil, not just treat the grass. A soil sample is recommended if one has not been taken in the past 3-5 years or if you have experienced repeated issues with all or parts of the lawn in the past.
Seeding is the most important service for having a great lawn. Seeding helps to thicken your turf and introduce more disease and drought resistant varieties of grass. It is usually best to overseed in the late summer or early fall, but we can arrange spring seeding for special circumstances. A thick lawn, mowed tall is your best natural weed control.
Coreless Bio-Aeration: This application is a powerful combination of biological foods, plant stimulants, and soil amending ingredients used to re-charge the biological life in your soil. After this application it is not uncommon to have a sudden burst of soil activity appear. The foods in the material are a strong attraction for earthworms and they come in full force, naturally opening up and aerating your soil.
This service is valuable for all lawns, but it is extremely helpful for regenerating the soils of newer lawns where builders often leave lifeless subsoil. It takes years to regenerate a poor soil using organic fertilizers alone, but with the Coreless Bio-Aeration material we can greatly accelerate the re-building process and bring the tangible benefits of healthy soil into reality much sooner.
Unlike mechanical aeration, which is a messy, short term, Band-Aid approach, the coreless bio-aeration material is unobtrusive, long-lasting, and in-tune with Natures naturally biological processes. Combined with a regular organic fertilizer program the soil results continually improve and the need for repeat applications of this material is eliminated. Timing: March through December.
This application reduces water cost and usage. Soil like ours that have high clay content and low organic matter really benefit from this application. Using plant enzyme, food sources and living microbes, Liquid Aeration loosens soil structure and helps break the chemical bonds that hold soil molecules so tightly together. The more biology, the greater the soil food web, the better the oxygen and water retention. It also helps to release nutrients that are tied up in the soil and acts as a detoxifier by removing toxins and salts that are by-products of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
This is an all-natural plant growth stimulant and soil activator application. A “gourmet meal for your soil” containing highly beneficial micro-organisms, kelp extracts, trace minerals, and twenty-one different amino acids. All soils need a higher percentage of organic matter to grow healthier plants.
WEED AND PEST CONTROL
- Thinned turfgrass All weeds, especially annuals
- Mowing too low Annual bluegrass, chickweed, crabgrass, plantains, speedwell
- Compacted soils Annual bluegrass, crabgrass, dandelion, goosegrass, pineapple weed, plantain, prostrate knotweed, prostrate spurge, speedwell
- Poor drainage Barnyardgrass, nutsedge, plantains
- High nitrogen Annual bluegrass
- Low nitrogen Black medic, clover (legumes)
- Low fertility Foxtails, henbit
- High soil pH Plantains
- Low soil pH Red sorrel
- Excessive surface moisture Algae, annual bluegrass, moss
- Drought conditions Black medic, crabgrass, goosegrass, prostrate spurge, speedwell, yellow woodsorrel
- Shade Chickweeds, moss, violets
- Low calcium Dandelion
Applied in the spring, Natural Essential Plant Oils are an effective natural control of grubs that feed on grass roots. Plant oils like Eastern Red Cedar helps to break the insect cycle by killing the eggs too.
LANDSCAPING AND RESTORATION
Sudden storm surges pose a major risk to municipal water supplies, but there are ways to slow, sink, and store this water for later use. Holding water for less than 24 hours eases the strain on the City of Columbia storm water utilities.
Degraded pasture is the norm these days, but it does not have to be the case on your “back 40.” The Lawn Company knows grass and how to restore degraded land to new radiance. Land can be repurposed for pollinator habitat, forage for livestock, or a native prairie.
We will identify the causes of erosion and use natural techniques to slow or stop further damage. Cost and methods vary on extent of erosion.
Create a new landscape with fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and edible ground-cover. Looks great around homes and provides a great teaching tool and food source. True food independence is possible by simply replacing ornamental with edible. Food so fresh, it doesn’t even know its dead yet.
Hold and capture rainfall to grow beautiful native plants and cover for birds. We can divert roof and storm water runoff to an elegant wetland pollinator garden.
Not yet ready to convert your whole yard? Try planting a pollinator strip in your side yard or along the perimeter for added pollinator interest to your landscape.
When species begin to mono-culture, it is time to plan for something new. We have the equipment to tackle big clean-up projects and our natural ethic will help the land in its recovery.
Often used in agriculture, cover crops crowd out unwanted species from coming in while providing massive biological benefits to the soil. We have equipment able to tackle jobs large and small.
Plants provide a noticeable cooling effect when used near the home. Trees of all sizes, when planted strategically help cool off your home or patio from summer sun.
We will come up with a specific management plan depending on your goals and wishes. We can construct and provide shelter with Timber Stand Improvement. Work to improve quality of soil and increase nutrient content of browse and nut trees. The better the soil health the better the wildlife health.
If you can dream it, we can do it. Enough said. Give us a call to discuss your next project.