Grass Doctor Consulting Services
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Services always include a site visit and assessing the current soil and lawn condition, recommending a feasible course of action, specifying materials appropriate to the site, and providing suggested solutions to the client.
Suggestions may include aerating, soil building through topdressing with compost for an increased root zone and infiltration rates, evaluating the lawn area for appropriate drainage, best management practices for correct application of materials and knowledge of appropriate maintenance practices. Appropriate maintenance practices include proper mowing heights and practices such as mulch mowing, aeration, irrigation scheduling, fertilizing and liming to maintain overall health to minimize pre-and post-emergent pesticide use.
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If you have noticed that your turfgrass isn't looking its best or that water has difficulty penetrating through the soil surface, it may be time to aerate your lawn. Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots.
Crane Fly Monitering
Crane flies are the only insect pests that represent a problem for our Northwest lawns. Usually, the insect will do more damage in weak stands of turf; lawns with poor drainage and shady conditions are prime candidates for crane fly damage.
The best treatment for crane fly is to improve the health of the lawn and correct problems that encourage crane flies. Severe problems that require chemical treatment are rare. If there is a severe problem, the only treatment available at present is a pesticide. All applications are done selectively, rather than blanket-applied, and only at the homeowner’s request.
Fertilizing is essential to achieve a healthy, green lawn. Fertilize your lawn properly, and you'll be on your way to a healthy, dense stand of turf that maintains a deep green color and gives weeds a run for their money.
Lawn Top Dressing
Top dressing is the process of applying compost, soil, or sand over the surface of your lawn. Top dressing enriches soil, increases beneficial microbes and helps build a better soil structure.
Soils in the Puget Sound become acidic due to the amount of rain we receive. By liming (adding calcium) the turf, we neutralize the acidity, building a better lawn and a stronger competitor for weeds, moss and problem insects.
Moss in a lawn is an indication that the turf is not growing well. It is important to consider that moss does not kill the grass; it simply creates unfavorable growing conditions such as shade, poor drainage, poor fertility or compacted soil.
Weed management is most successful when it involves an integrated approach using a variety of methods. The Grass Doctor knows about the impact of noxious weeds in the Pacific Northwest and the options available to treat weeds in your area.