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Aeration
Aeration is a process that removes cylindrical plugs from your lawn's soil bed to allow air, water and nutrients access to your lawn's roots. We recommend one aeration in the Spring to give your lawn a "head start" on the growing season. Please contact us for a free estimate on aeration services.

Dethatching improves your lawn's health
Thatch is a layer of living and dead grass  — including stems, leaves and roots — that develops between the green grass and the soil surface. Thatch decreases the efficiency of a lawn's ecology. Grass clippings are about 75 to 85 percent water and decompose readily, but the parts of grass more resistant to decay (roots, stems, nodes, crowns, etc.) build up with other natural debris in a thatch layer over the soil. Grass clippings actually contain valuable nutrients that can generate up to 25 percent of your lawn's total fertilizer needs. So while returning clippings to your lawn is beneficial, your lawn should be de-thatched at least once a year to keep it healthy, green and growing efficiently. Contact us for a free estimate on our dethatching services.

Grubs
Ohio lawns are subject to damage from a number of pests. Grubs are are one of the most popular in Central Ohio. Grubs are the larval stage of many different beetles, including the Japanese beetle. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Japanese beetle grubs alone cause an estimated $234 million in damage each year in the United States. The grub lives below ground and feeds on the roots of tender grass. This quickly kills the grass. Grubs are at their most destructive in mid- to late summer, but the damage may not show up until early fall. By then, it's too late. The best time to control grubs is in early summer, just after they hatch. At this stage, they are susceptible to treatment.

Mowing height and frequency
You know what they say in Ohio... "If you don't like the weather right now, wait 10 minutes. It will change." Because Ohio enjoys such a broad range of weather and temperatures, grass height and mowing frequency depends on current conditions. Grass typically grows best when it is regularly cut (it is one of the few plants in the world which thrive from being cut). But grass may need to remain longer in hot, dry months to retain its water content and protect itself from the searing sun. The professionals at Watershed Organic set a seasonal schedule for your lawn's care to keep it looking well-maintained without over-cutting it. That way, your lawn looks great all year round.

Prevention
When you work on your lawn, inspect it for disease, insects and weeds regularly. Recognizing and treating problems quickly and appropriately before they become big problems is an important way to keep a lawn healthy.

Watering
A lush, green lawn requires water, but it is important to water correctly. Please contact us for more information on watering your lawn according to the current weather.

Weeds
Your lawn is susceptible to three basic types of weeds: grassy type weeds, grass-like weeds, and broad-leafed weeds. Each type requires a different control method, but the best type of weed control is prevention. A pre-emergent control in the Spring goes a long way toward a healthy weed-free lawn. A microscopic protective layer of the appropriate control keeps weeds at bay during their prime germination period. If you apply weed control yourself, take care to read the directions very carefully and apply it only as directed.

 
 
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