There are bare spots all over my lawn. Why are they there and how can I fix them?
Bare spots can be caused by a number of reasons. The most common causes are pet and or wild animal damage. Animal urine is like dumping a pile of fertilizer in one spot all over the lawn. Grass cannot handle the amount of nitrogen present in urine and experiences extreme desiccation and eventually death. Other causes of animal damage are the presence of insects. Animals will dig up grass to eat grubs, earthworms and other insects that may be present in the lawn.
Bare spots can also be caused by excessive shade. Unfortunately, trees can be a lawn’s worst enemy. The best way to maintain healthy grass under tree shade, is to keep the trees pruned to let more sunlight through the canopy. In addition, make sure you are using a blend of fine fescues when re-seeding shady areas. Fine fescue is the best grass to plant in dry, shady areas.
To fix bare spots. First bring in new topsoil and fill all areas that are bare. Next put the correct seed on top of the soil with a good starter fertilizer. Lastly, topdress the seed with mushroom manure to prevent the seed from washing away and to give the seed good contact with the soil, along with the fertilizer included in manure. Aeration with overseeding is also a good way to fill in bare spots with grass.
My lawn has moss, how do I get rid of it?
Moss is major problem in lawns with no quick fix. Moss is an indication of unhealthy soil and lawn. Moss favors acidic conditions so a lime application can help to correct this issue. Moss usually (but not always) favors shady conditions as well. Keeping trees properly pruned and removing excessive trees will help this problem. There are several chemical controls that we can use to kill moss. They are moderately effective and can be a good tool to correct the problem. Aeration and overseeding (in addition to lime) on an annual or bi-annual basis are a good way to combat moss.
My lawn has moles or voles, is there a way to get rid of them?
We offer a mole treatment that is very effective in driving moles away from lawn. 2 treatments spread 2 weeks apart are usually best. The treatments may need to be done yearly to ensure the moles don’t return. The products are very safe for people and pets. The ingredients are 100% organic and are not meant to kill the moles, but simple drive them away.