Accelerated Green Works is committed to bringing happier and healthier lawns to all of our valued customers! Every yard has unique needs and each customer a different budget to work with. We offer services ranging from lawn installation and repair to fertilizer and weed control applications as well as irrigation services, routine mowing and property maintenance, and shrub and perennial care.
A New Twist on Curb Appeal
Everyone these days is talking about ways to increase the value of their home. Updated landscaping is usually one of the first ideas that gets brought up, but what gets little attention is the health and maintenance of your lawn. Simple and cost effective changes do not have to mean thousands in new edging, rock or mulch and plants or boulder accent rocks; consider instead investing in regularly watering and fertilizing your grass to bring that fresh green look to your doorstep. It can brighten a dull setting in as little as one week.
If you have spots in your yard or ruts from winter maintenance traffic, you can quickly patch them with a small hand rake and handful of grass seed. Simply rough the area, apply the seed (rake it in further if necessary) and give it some water twice a day for at least a week. Be wary of purchasing grass seed in places like Walmart that ship the seed in from unknown sources. Consider instead finding a local seed distributor (or contractor provided) source that screens for invasive weeds. If you buy tainted seed you may compromise the rest of your yard with weed seed that gets introduced when you fix these spots. Other spots that prove more stubborn to correct may actually be an insect, grass fungus or infection.
If you have concerns about your lawn and would like further professional assistance feel free to contact the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab or we can come assess the situation as well and collect a sample for you.
Beat the Heat
Throughout the summer, temperatures can start affecting our lawns. A lawn needs three things to grow healthy: (1) water, (2) soil and (3) nutrients. In the heat of the summer, a common misconception is that a lawns need more water to keep them growing strong. This is not necessarily the answer. If you have a new or existing lawn, the best treatment you can give it is watering early in the day and keeping the water restricted enough to maintain growth (on average 1 inch or so per week). One of the biggest mistakes you can make is over-watering your lawn at the hottest time of the day (around 2 to 4 o’clock). The grass may look healthy right away, but will slowly have increasing problems.
Combining water and extreme heat allows the grass leaf to grow too fast for its own good. The leaf becomes long and spindly and the root system stays shallow because it does not need to work hard for its food and its growth will be rapid. When you cut grass that has been over-watered, you take away the healthiest green part of the plant (all that will be left is a thin leaf incapable of tolerating extremely hot conditions). It also may clog up mowers more quickly and be hard on equipment if the grass is too wet when it cuts cut back.
The best treatment you can keep for your grass is watering on a regular schedule (that is one benefit to irrigation systems and their programming capabilities) and allowing the grass to be groomed on a regular schedule. This will allow the grass to grow at a more reasonable pace, keeping the leaf nice and broad and the root system deeper. In periods of drought or fluctuating temperatures, a deeper root system will sustain itself longer and allowing slower growth means a thicker portion of the leaf will stay nearer to the ground. This thicker leaf will look more healthy and recoup more quickly after it has been cut, still able to hold additional moisture or dew close to the ground.
If you have an inForum PressPass, take a look at this article in the Fargo Forum on “Hot Sod: How to Care for Your Turf When the Mercury Soars” with comments from Brett Kallias, Owner of Accelerated Green Works, as well as pictures of our crew mowing a property in Horace, North Dakota.
How to Winterize Your Lawn and Landscaping
Do you know the best ways to prepare your yard for the winter months? Here are a few helpful tricks to help you help your landscaping and get a jump start in the spring.
Most perennials (like hostas and daylilies) can be cut down to 3-6 inches from the ground after the first cold snap of the season in the fall. Watering the plants less and less into the fall months is also appropriate. This practice will allow the plants to harden and slow growth naturally before the snow flies.
Young or newly planted shrubs are sometimes wrapped in burlap in the fall to avoid severe “winter burn”. Beds underneath flowers and shrubs can be mulched in the fall to help protect roots from heavy snow or cold conditions. This also saves a step in the spring when plants begin to sprout up and are extra fragile.
Removing fallen leaves and grass clippings from your yard can help alleviate additional weight and increase oxygen flow to the soil and grass root structure. Aeration and granular fertilizer treatments can also help lawns that have been heavily trampled on all summer by increasing root structure strength and depth.