Lime and Moss Control

Spring is approaching, time to prepare! It’s easy to let our minds grow dormant over the cold winter season, which in turn allows us to forget about our lawns and gardens for the moment. But now, as the snow is melting and the weather turns warmer, it’s time to turn our attention back to our yards. Moss will have found an easy time to sneak in over the season, and your soil may be lacking in the calcium it needs to flourish properly, which is why now is a great time to look into spreading garden lime onto your garden and lawns.

Agricultural lime, more commonly known as garden lime, is a soil additive that is created by grinding down limestone, and is very high in calcium. Garden lime’s primary purpose is to assist with high acidity levels found in the soil by increasing the soil’s pH balance. By doing so, it also allows for calcium and magnesium to find access to the plants, which helps them grow and flourish.
Some tips on figuring out whether or not your soil actually needs lime is by conducting a soil pH test, or by paying attention to the other kinds of plants that are growing in the area. Plants such as heather, rhododendrons, and camellias will flourish in soils that have high acidity, whereas legumes will have a much more difficult time growing. By applying lime to your garden soil, it will also increase the work-ability of the soil. However, not only is lime beneficial to your plants and garden, it also can play a major role in revitalizing your lawn after a long winter.

We all know how easy it is to become indifferent towards your lawn over the winter, which also makes it easy for moss to get a head start on you. Thankfully, if moss has completely overtaken your lawn already, early spring is the perfect time to get started on it’s removal!

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Much like the plants that were earlier discussed, moss either thrives, or ceases in certain conditions. When grass is over watered, frequently in the shade, not aerated or de-thatched often enough, this creates the perfect environment for moss to grow and spread like wildfire. There are many tactics to go about moss removal; including aerating, de-thatching, seeding thin areas, and fertilizing – but often times, the most effective strategy is simply to lime the grass. When the acidic soil starts to control the amount of nutrients and calcium that finds it’s way into your grass, it leaves little loopholes for the moss to sneak in. Just as you would with your garden, test the soil’s pH balance to address it’s acidity level. If the pH is below 6, the soil is acidic. Purchase a lime that is calcium-based, and spread it on your lawn twice each growing season for best results.

If winter has managed to get a few steps ahead of you this season, fear not! Early spring is the perfect time to get started on preparing your lawn and garden for your best growing season yet. For questions, quotes, and estimates, please contact Landscape Away and we would be happy to assist you in your Springtime garden endeavors!

With winter idly approaching, what you do in your yard during the mellow, fall weather prepares your garden for success in the spring! Here are four of the best, basic tasks that you need to complete before the first frost hits to ensure that your personal oasis will be awaiting you when it comes time for the flowers to bloom.

1. Dethatch that grass!
As thatch is a cumulative layer of bits of dead grass and organic matter that separates the soil and the green grass, de-thatching is the important process of removing this matter before it becomes a problem. Although some thatch in moderation is not necessarily a bad thing, it can eventually become harmful to your lawn as it makes it more difficult for the roots to grab on to the fresh soil. Convex and power rakes may be used in the dethatching process, and can often be rented from your nearest hardware store. It is best to do this work in cooler weather and when the soil is mildly moist, which makes Fall the perfect time!

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2. Give your lawn the nutrients it needs.
Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is the perfect opportunity to take some proactive steps in your landscaping care. Taking care of your grass in the cool seasons keeps it growing longer and healthier, making it a lot easier for your lawn to have the nutrients that it needs to liven up again in the spring time. Fertilizing your grass now means effortless revival once the snow melts.

 

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3. Prune, prune, prune.
Fall is one of the best times to correct some of those overgrown bushes. Once the leaves and blooms have fallen off, you can see much more clearly just where either the mistakes of the last pruning sessions were made, or simply where more attention needs to be. In addition, removing dead or broken branches with infections not only allows for a more aesthetically pleasing aspect to your yard, but leads to a healthier plant in the spring with no further rot or disease.