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Improving Lawns in Shade

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Growing turfgrasses in partial shade is possible, but not easy.  To grow grass in the shade will require at least three to four hours of direct sunlight during the day.  A tree canopy that has been thinned to allow filtered sunlight most of the day allows grass to better grow under the canopy.  However, turf growing under these conditions will not be as dense as turf growing in the full sun.

Turfgrasses will not grow under very dense shade due to the lack of sunlight.  The turf plants become spindly, off-color, and gradually thin out.  In this case, consider ground covers (Pachysandra, Hosta, Myrtle, or Vinca) or shade-loving perennial flowers in combination with mulched beds.

What can be done to improve the chances of growing turfgrasses in the shade?  The following are some guidelines that should help:

Pruning – Selective pruning and thinning of limbs within the tree canopy will allow better sunlight penetration.   Single trees should have all limbs pruned below 10 feet.  These practices will also allow better air circulation and will reduce the potential for thinning due to disease.

Mowing – Grass in the shade should be cut approximately ½ to 1 inch higher than the grass growing in full sunlight.  This will allow more leaf area to intercept the limited amount of sunlight.

Watering –  Distribution of moisture from rainfall is poor under a tree canopy.  Leaves block or deflect rainfall, yielding an uneven soil moisture pattern.  So, when it rains, grass under trees may not be getting a much water as you would hope.  Another factor to consider is the rate of evaporation in shade areas in much less than areas in full sunlight.  The takeaway considering these two factors is that grass in shade conditions still needs regular watering but the amount of water should be less than grass in full sun.

Minimizing Traffic –   During summer months, minimize the traffic and activities in the shaded grass areas.  This will reduce the wear stress on the turf.

Reducing Disease – A majority of the grass lost in a shaded environment could be due to disease.  This includes powdery mildew, leaf spot, and dollar spot.  Aeration, thatch removal, and the removal of diseased clippings will aid in reducing disease susceptibility.  Selective pruning of trees and shrubs will also help reduce disease activity and also will help increase air movement.

Selecting Grass Species –  The best approach for a shaded environment is to seed with a shady mixture of grasses.  The mixture might include one of the fine fescues in combination with shade-tolerant rye-grasses and/or bluegrass.  The fine fescue used could be one of the hard fescues, chewing fescues, or creeping red fescue.  The fine fescue should be the predominant turfgrass in a shade mixture.

Have some more questions about getting a shady area green again?  Call AAA Lawn Care at (888) 374-7336 and your lawn technician will be happy to give more recommendations!

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Lawn Care & Pest Control Testimonials - November 2017

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“I am very pleased with Paul. He always is in a good mood and is very polite. I am very happy with the terrific job he is doing.” – Mr. Pfent- Grand Rapids

“Adam is always offering helpful suggestions. We have the best-looking lawn in the neighborhood. Very happy with the service we receive.” – Mrs. Lahaie- Allendale

“Taylor has done a wonderful job for me. My lawn really looks nice!” – Mrs. Kleinman- Rockford

“I want you to know pleased I am with Nate. I think he does a great job!” – Mrs. Wiltz – Grand Rapids

“Really pleased with the changes in my lawn. Grass is thicker and greener. I appreciate your attention to my specific lawn needs. Thank you!” – Mrs. Berg-Comstock Park

“Trevor does a nice job!” – Mr. Bloomfield- Muskegon

“I am really happy with this year’s applications. Paul and John are doing a great job!” -Mr. Fulkerson- Grand Rapids

“Dan and Ed do a fine job with my applications for Lawn Care and Bug Guard. Your company overall has been great.”- Mr. Land- Grand

“Brandon does a very thorough job. Very pleasant to talk to.” – Mr. Weed – Grand Rapids

“JB did a great job-very friendly guy!” – Mrs. TerMeer- Grand Rapids

“Grass looks great this year. Very happy with how the lawn looks, despite the dry weather. Thank you!!” – Mr. & Mrs. Heagle – Bryon Center

“Another great summer and another great job by JB. See you next year! Ho! Ho! Ho!” – Mr. Hawkins – Grand Rapids

“Thanks Brian! We appreciate your good work. Have a great winter!” – Zarlengo- Spring Lake

“Nice job, Ryan! See you in the spring!” – Mr. Chalmers-Comstock Park

“Our lawn has never looked better. Thanks, Matt!” – Mr. Holden-Holland

“Made our yard look great, even with a dry summer. We definitely recommend to other!” – Mr. Buiss- Zeeland

“Your price is a little higher, but I was very impressed with Adam. He took the time to talk to me about my lawn and I really like that!” – Mr. Harlett- Jenison

“Always appreciate the little note left at the time of service. Taylor has been awesome!” (Yes, with TWO underlines!!!) – Mr. & Mrs. Fliearman- Greenville

“Another year of excellent lawn care service. When I am asked why my lawn looks so nice, I tell them AAA.” – Mr. Stephan- Byron Center

“I appreciate the advance call. Brandon is very courteous and does a thorough job. Great results!” – Mr. Briggs – Grand Rapids

“Excellent job this season at both properties! Have a great holiday season! Thank you!” – Mr. Dimitriou – Grand Rapids

“I plugged in my lights in a week ago (yes, I know, a little early) that your 2 guys decorated. First of all, this thank you is way overdue. Not only do the 2 gentlemen that did the decorating deserve a HUGE thank you, but everyone I have ever has contact with at AAA, you are all exceptionally caring people, easy to do business with, etc. etc. My phone and emails have not stopped, nothing but praise for how the trees look and yard overall. Thank you too Dan, for taking care of all the different locations. Keep up the GREAT customer service.” – Mr. Loftis at Loftis machine

“Our technician, James, is great. He goes above and beyond and is always friendly.” -Mrs. Moran- Grand Rapids

“I love sitting outside without bees attacking us. Brian is awesome and a joy to have around!” -Mr. & Mrs. Lutz- Ravenna

“Wishing you a season of friendship and love. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for taking care of our lawn.” – Mr. & Mrs. Middlecamp- North Muskegon

“Ryan A. did a good job on the lawn this year.” – Mrs. Bres- Comstock Park.

“Great Lawn Care Service-Lawn looks great; more than happy with the color of our lawn.” -Mrs. Swartz-Grand Rapids

“Looks like a new yard since spring. We are really happy!” – Mr. & Mrs. Vander Hout – Grand Rapids

“As every year past, you have the most pleasant techs and this year it is Terry!” -Mrs. Buckingham -Muskegon Heights

“Merry Christmas. We love your work and we so very much appreciate the friendly and courteous services. See you in 2018!” -The Meyer Family -Coopersville

“You’re doing GREAT! Great job J.B.!” -Mr. Wehler -Grand Rapids

Mrs. was worried about Kyle H. while he was gone. She thinks he does a super job and said you’re a great guy!” -Mrs. Grillo -Coopersville

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To Aerate or Not to Aerate? The benefits of aeration in your lawn.

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If your lawn isn’t looking healthy, it may be struggling with issues such as excessive thatch, soil compaction, and poor drainage.  Luckily, core aeration is an easy way to alleviate all three of these issues in one service.  Aeration also helps create growth pockets for new roots and opens the way for fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn, making it one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn.

What is Core Aeration?

During the aerating process, a machine goes over the lawn and punches holes through the thatch, into the soil, and pulls out cores.  It’s typically recommended that you leave resulting soil plugs on top of the lawn to breakdown naturally with regular watering and mowing, returning the nutrients from the soil back into your lawn.  Some customers find those cores unsightly, in which case they can be broken down faster by mowing and hitting them with the back end of a rake. 

How Does Aeration Control Thatch?

Thatch is a layer of organic debris such as dead grass and leaves that builds up between blades of grass and soil.  A certain amount of thatch is beneficial but too much can essentially suffocate your lawn.  The easiest way to determine whether or not there is excessive thatch in your lawn is to take core sample.  Dig a small hole into the soil and pull a plug about three to four inches deep.  If you find this to be too difficult or you do not have the right tool, your AAA Lawn care technician can easily take a core for you with a soil probe.  Either way, a build-up of ¾ to one inch or more of thatch indicates your lawn may not be getting the water and nutrients it needs.

There are two options to removing thatch in your lawn:  aerating or dethatching.  Aerating is typically easier on the lawn and more cost effective than dethatching, so it is typically recommended first.  However, in really severe cases of excessive thatch, a dethatching service may be necessary.  Although aerating doesn’t initially remove all of the thatch, it does encourage the natural microbes in the soil to break it down over time. 

Alleviating Soil Compaction through Aeration

Although some soil types are more likely to suffer from compaction than others (such as soils heavy with clay), soil compaction is oftentimes most apparent in highly-trafficked areas.  Water puddling in certain areas of the lawn can be a good indicator of soil compaction.  Soil compaction is a big concern because it does not allow proper water, nutrients, and fertilizer to get to the roots of your grass.  Simply put, aeration is the single most important thing you can do to break up soil compaction.

How Often and When to Aerate

It’s best to aerate regularly, rather than waiting until after your soil has become too compacted or developed too thick a thatch layer.  Especially for our customers who have a lot of foot traffic on their lawns or clay soils, we recommend aerating once a year.  When performed regularly, core aeration helps grass roots grow much stronger and deeper, resulting in a lawn that is greener, healthier, and less susceptible to damage from insects, heat, and disease problems. 

AAA Lawn Care performs core aerations all throughout the year, starting in the spring and ending in the fall.   Our goal is to space our customers’ aerations about twelve months apart.  However, we do recommend specifically aerating in the spring or fall for those customers that plan on seeding in either season.  Aerating just before or just after seeding helps that new seed get deeper into the soil and to also get the nutrients, water, and oxygen it needs to grow into thick, healthy grass. 

If you have more questions about aeration for your technician or to add a core aeration to your schedule, please call us at (888) 374-7336.

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Drought Stress in Michigan Lawns

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Drought stress is a term those of us in the lawn care industry use to describe symptoms seen in lawns due to lack of water.  There are three basic stages of drought stress:

The 1st Stage:

The grass plant starts to change color from green to a matte gray color.  Also, your grass appearance will go from lush to more of a dried-out look.  During this first stage, you will also notice that the grass blades do not spring back after walking over them.

The 2nd Stage:

In this stage, the grass plant is transitioning from matte gray to yellow.  The grass blades are starting to curl and wilt.

The 3rd Stage:

This final stage is where the grass plant is transitioning into or has gone into dormancy (all brown).

Drought stress does not always occur in the summer.  For example, sudden bouts of warm weather combined with high winds and sun can dry out a lawn very quickly in the late spring.

What can I do to help my lawn recover from drought stress?

If you are irrigating your lawn regularly and notice drought stress, you may have to increase the watering time to bring the lawn back.  If your lawn is not irrigated, you will have to pull a hose and use a sprinkler until favorable weather returns.

Why do I see brown mower tracks in my lawn (sometimes and not others)?

There are times where brown spots or tracks from your mower pop up virtually overnight.  Often, this is caused by a turf disease called Ascochyta Leaf Blight, which is triggered by high temperatures and dry conditions.  If you believe you see signs of this disease, please call our office and your lawn technician will be happy to assess your lawn and give recommendations to help it recover.

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Tips on Lawn Mowing Frequency and Length of Cut

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Mowing Tips for your West Michigan lawn.

AAA Lawn Care’s services such as fertilizer and weed control are just one aspect of a healthy, well-maintained lawn. Mowing at the right height and frequency is one of the key things you can do to help keep your lawn healthy and take the benefits of your lawn care program even further.  Mowing correctly means better growth, thickness, and durability.  On the flip side, mowing too long or two short as well as too frequently or infrequently can lead to stunted growth, more weeds, and a greater susceptibility to lawn diseases.

Most of our lawns in Michigan contain some sort of blend of Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass (sometimes fescues, as well).  For these grass blends, you typically want to keep your mowing somewhere between 2 ½” and 4”.  Most importantly, you’ll want to follow the “One-Third Rule”, which dictates you should not take off more than 1/3rd of the grass blade in one mowing.  For example, if your grass is about three inches long, be sure not to cut off more than one inch.  Essentially, mowing damages grass blades and, if you take off too much, you are amplifying that damage done to the plant. This rule becomes even more important when your lawn is under stress (such as hot weather, drought, or disease). 

There is a direct correlation between the height of the grass blades and the depth of the roots.  So, if you have your grass too short, the roots are not as deep and will need more frequent waterings.  They will also have a harder time fighting off disease.  If you like to keep your grass short, make sure you mow more frequently to avoid taking off too much at one time.  The most serious risk of shorter mowings is “scalping” your lawn, or cutting it too short to the crown, which is responsible for the plant’s growth.  However, mowing more frequently encourages more dense growth and less weeds in your lawn.

Allowing the grass to grow way too long will cause it to thin out and lower its ability to compete with weeds. With that said, it is easier to follow the one-third rule with longer grass and also means more time between mowings.  The benefits of keep your grass on the longer side also include better pest tolerance, better photosynthesis, and lower water requirements.  Taller grass retains more moisture and shades soil more, decreasing the ability of weeds to grow well.  In short, if you are in doubt about how long to mow, keep it on the taller side.

 What about frequency?  During peak mowing season, it’s a good idea to mow about twice a week.  With more rain, you’ll want to mow more frequently (maybe even every couple of days).  During drier spells, you’ll want to mow less often (every ten days to two weeks) if your lawn is not irrigated.  Your goal is to find the balance between good lawn appearance and good root growth.  However, if you’re not sure if your mowing frequently enough or at the right height, please do not hesitate to let us know and your lawn technician will be happy to take a look!

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The Importance of Licensed Lawn Care Technicians

The Importance of Licensed Lawn Care Technicians

“What are the qualifications of this lawn care company’s employees?”

This is one of the most important questions to ask when searching for the right lawn care company.  At AAA Lawn Care, our technicians go through extensive training on topics such as lawn diseases, insects, environmental impact, grass identification, and weed identification.   All of our technicians are also licensed through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to ensure they display proper knowledge of the products we use and the appropriate recommendations for their use.    In Michigan, certified applicators must also carry insurance for financial liability, which is another great reason you can have peace of mind when using AAA Lawn Care.

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Is lawn dethatching right for you?

Is lawn dethatching right for you?

Dethatching isn’t necessary for every West Michigan lawn, but is it right for yours?

Thatch is a naturally occurring layer of organic material (such as leaves, stems, and roots) on top of the soil in your lawn.  It is healthy in moderation but, if too thick, can prevent air, water, and nutrients from penetrating the soil.  In most cases, light raking (with a regular leaf rake) can keep thatch under control.  AAA Lawn Care and many lawn experts also recommend aerating your lawn once a year.  Aeration helps your lawn get the air, water, and nutrients it needs and also reduces soil compaction.  However, if you have an extremely thick layer of thatch (three-quarters inch or more), dethatching may be for you.

Dethatching, or scarification, essentially scrapes and tears away the thatch layer on the soil.   Dethatching may initially make the lawn look thinner, as it can also damage healthy grass, but will encourage growth in the long run.  After removing thatch, in should be swept or raked up with a lawn sweeper.  It is most commonly recommended that dethatching be completed in the spring or fall.

 AAA Lawn Care does not offer dethatching as a service, as it can be hard on your lawn and is also costlier than aerating.  However, if you are not sure if your lawn needs to be dethatched or aerated, please call us at (888) 374-7336.  Your AAA Lawn Care technician will be happy to assess your lawn and give proper recommendations.

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Overseeding Your Lawn In The Spring

Spring is around the corner and it is a great time to seed for a fuller, greener lawn.  Although AAA Lawn Care does not offer this as a service, we are happy to walk you through the process.  Choosing the right seed, properly seeding, and continuing to maintain new grass are all key to a successful, well established lawn.

Deciding What Areas to Seed

The first decision you will make is whether you want overseed an already established lawn or to seed some bare spots.  This will not only determine how you seed, but also how much seed you will use.  The general rule of thumb for overseeding with Kentucky Bluegrass, for example, is 1.5 to 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet.  If you are unsure of your lawn size, please call AAA Lawn Care and we will be happy to tell you what your lawn measurement is.

Purchasing the Right Seed

Next, you will want to select the right seed for your lawn.  The best way to do this is to determine what species of grass already thrive in your lawn and to purchase that seed type.  In West Michigan, we typically see blends of rye grass, bluegrass, and fescue.  It is a good idea to pay a little extra for a good, high-quality seed, as you will likely see better results than with a cheap grass seed.

The Seeding Process

The method for seeding often comes down to your personal preference.  For smaller lawns, you may simply be able to overseed with a hand-spreader.  Larger lawns may require a overseeder or slit seeder machine (which are often available for rent at hardware or rental stores).  If you are seeding bare spots, you will want to ensure the seed is buried for optimal growth.  If overseeding, you can simply spread the seed over the lawn, but you will see the best growth if the seed is buried, as well.  Our preferred method is to overseed first, then aerate the lawn so that both the seed gets into the soil and the cores of soil pulled out can nourish seed on top of the lawn. After this, you can spread more seed onto the lawn and it will fall into the holes that were aerated. 

Maintaining New Grass

Once seeding is completed, you will want to have a starter fertilizer used at your next application.  AAA Lawn Care is happy to apply this for you in lieu of our standard fertilizer at no additional cost.  You will also want to water your lawn regularly.  Watering frequently for short periods of time is best, so your lawn can dry between each cycle.  The only real drawback to seeding in the Spring is the upcoming hot summer months and watering well keeps your young grass healthy.  But, if not properly maintained, the young grass can suffer through heat and dry spells.  If you do lose any grass in the summer or if your lawn doesn’t get quite as thick as you hoped, you can overseed again in the fall.

Weed Control and Crabgrass Pre-Emergent

It is a good idea to let your AAA Lawn Care technician know if you plan on seeding.  We are not only happy to give you seeding recommendations, but we also want to stay informed so we can ensure we do not apply anything to your lawn that could negatively impact new seed growth.  For example, crabgrass pre-emergent (which is applied with your spring fertilizer application) often should not be applied if you have recently seeded or plan on seeding within 6-8 weeks.  In general, it is also a good idea to wait until you’ve had a chance to mow new grass 2-3 times before applying and herbicides to weeds.

Please do not hesitate to call AAA Lawn Care at (888) 374-7336 if you have any questions about seeding or if you want to let us know that you plan on seeding this spring. 

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Proper Grub Control Can Save Your Yard

 grub controlWhat Are Grubs?
Grubs are the larvae form of a beetle, sometimes called a white grub, june bug, or other kind of beetle. The c-shaped pale insects feed on the roots of grass and can cause the grass to die. The brown dead patches can be large or small, depending upon how big the grub population is.

Lawn care experts say that the best way to determine if a lawn needs grub control treatment is to check a one foot square area of the yard. Digging two inches down, a simple count of the number of grubs in the one foot square area will indicate if the yard needs to be treated. If, for example, more than ten grubs are found there, the yard needs a grub control treatment.

How Do I Know If My Yard Has Grubs?
Even before dead brown patches appear in a yard, another indicator can signal the infestation of grubs. Moles, and other small burrowing animals, often feed on a yard with grubs. These furry animals may be an indicator of a problem below the grass.

In addition to looking for animals that feed on grubs, lawn service companies also recommend checking the yard as it greens up in the spring. A small brown patch could be an indicator of a grub problem that began the previous fall. If the sod rolls up like a piece of carpet, it is likely that the yard has grubs and should be treated.

What Is the Best Way to Prevent Grubs?
For many home owners, the best way to prevent any lawn problem is by applying scheduled lawn treatments. Though some home owners do this on their own, some of the best lawns are a product of professional lawn fertilization services. These professional companies make it their business to know what is the best time, often based on temperature and rainfall, to treat a yard. Scheduled applications of fertilizers, grub control, and other services will produce a lush, thick lawn.

In addition to looking great, a thick green yard can also prevent run off of water, possibly reducing the needed amount of irrigation and sprinkler services necessary. In fact, the thickest yard can absorb nearly six times as much rainfall as a wheat field and four times as much as a field of hay. A yard that absorbs water is a healthy lawn.

Even if you are not planning a backyard graduation party, it should come as no surprise that most home owners think of a yard as a valuable extension of their home. For instance, a lush yard combined with well designed and maintained landscaping can add as much as 15% to 20% of value to a property. For these reasons, Americans as a whole spend as much as $40 billion a year maintaining their yards and landscaping.

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Getting the Most Out of Your Lawn Fertilizer Applications

These are some tips for maximizing your home lawn fertilizer program while minimizing the effects of leaching, runoff and the atmosphere.

  1. Test your soil.  Adding phosphorus, potassium and lime according the results of your soil test allows for more efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer.
  2. Determine the type of grasses in your lawn and fertilize accordingly.  Different species of turgrass have different needs.  Kentucky Bluegrass tends to require 3-6 lbs. of nitrogen per 1000 square ft. per year vs. Perennial Ryegrass that tends to require 2-3 lbs. of nitrogen per 1000 square ft. per year.
  3. Space your applications out during the growing season.  Starting in April (in Michigan) and apply fertilizer every 5-6 weeks throughout the growing season.
  4. Mulch your clippings.  This can help reduce usage of fertilizer by up to one third.
  5. Limit your watering.  Too much water can leach nitrogen through the soil before the plant has time to use it.  An inch of water per week is the standard.  
  6. Use higher amounts of slow release fertilizers in areas that are prone to leaching.  Soils that are high in sand content leach more than clay soils.  Holland, Grand Haven & Muskegon are all areas with high amounts of sand in the soil.
  7. Keep fertilizer in the lawns and avoid spreading granules on sidewalks and driveways.  Blow or sweep granules back into the grass.
  8. Avoid fertilizer applications when your lawn is dormant in the middle of Summer (brown and not growing) or if the ground is frozen.
  9. Water-in urea or ammonium fertilizers right away after an application.  These fertilizers can actually volitalize into the atmosphere.
  10. Be careful where you fill your spreader.  Find an area where you can easily clean up fertilizer spills.  Use any spilled fertilizer on your lawn.  Don't throw it away. 

These are great tips to follow whether for the weekend warrior or a large commercial lawn care operator.  Making the most out of your fertilizer applications is good for your lawn and good for the environment.  

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3 Things You Can do to Help Out Your Michigan Lawn this Spring

Here is a list of 3 things you can do for your lawn right now to help it ease into Spring...

  1. Rake your lawn. Raking your lawn can be beneficial in several different ways. You may have areas of snow mold damage. While not permanent, raking these areas will help your lawn recover faster. Another reason to rake would be to remove dead grass from areas affected by voles. This will also help the grass plants recover quicker. Lastly, raking any areas that are covered by leaves. Oak trees tend to lose their leaves later in the Fall or during the Winter months. This is a great time to get the leaves off of your lawn.
  2. Overseed thin areas. If you have areas that are thin from heavy traffic or shade. Now is a great time to seed. While the seed won't germinate right away, it will once soil temperatures rise. Beware! Plan ahead and don't apply crabgrass pre emergent in the areas that you are overseeding. Crabgrass pre emergent will negatively affect seed germination.
  3. Apply lawn fertilizer. Now is great time to apply fertilizer to your lawn. While it has been a cold Spring, the cold snap will be gone soon. You may want to use fertilizer combined with crabgrass pre emergent if you have had a crabgrass problem or if you want to make sure you don't have one. Don't apply too much. More isn't always better. Just follow the instructions for a Spring application.

Cheers!!!

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Why is Core Aeration Good for my Lawn?

Core aeration is a process that removes thousands of plugs of soil from your lawn. These soil plugs are usually 1-3" long. Core aeration is done with a core aerator machine. Core aerators have hollow tines arranged around shaft or drum. As the machine moves across a lawn, hollow core aeration tines penetrate the soil and extracts plugs of soil.

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Plan Ahead for Spring Overseeding

Spring officially starts in a couple of days!!! Awesome!!! Except for the freezing cold temperatures and the snow coming down. Oh well. It's Michigan. Spring will come eventually so you might want to plan ahead a little bit if you are planning on thickening up thin areas of your lawn.

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Earth Wise Soil Conditioner

Earth Wise Soil Conditioner is available exclusively at AAA Lawn Care, Inc. We formulated this unique blend of Organic Soil Conditioner and Micro Nutrients to meet the needs of West Michigan soils.

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Mulch your leaves!!!

 

My yard is full of trees. Big ones. Maple and oaks. My maples are beautiful in the Fall. However, big trees equals lots of leaves. I live in a subdivision and getting rid of them can be a real hassle. I don't have woods to dump them in. I would have to pay for disposal bags or find some other way to remove them from my property. I would say a lot people are in this situation.

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Considering Multi Use Athletic Fields

Long story short.  A group of soccer parents (in another part of the state) were upset that their kids had to play varsity soccer games at an elementary school instead of the varsity football field.  The school says it will ruin the field.  The local lawn care company says soccer is good for the field because soccer games will aerate the field, etc.  I think you get the point.

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Turn on the sprinklers!

I have been seeing a lot of dry lawns during my travels around West Michigan. A lot of us have turned our irrigation systems down or off since the weather has cooled off.  Me included. So I guess this is just a reminder that your lawn may need a drink until we get significant rain fall.

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