benefits of a core aeration

Core Aeration Tips for The DIY Homeowner

An aeration is the single best thing you can do for your lawn.  A core aeration is much more beneficial than a spike aeration.   A core aeration will take plugs from the soil.  This allows air and nutrients to travel more easily and deeper into the soil. It also gives roots more room to expand […]

NKY’s Spring Lawn Care Update

What should I look for in a lawn care service provider and how to find the right one? Great question!  If you are not wanting to handle the lawn and landscape tasks yourself, here are some pointers to help you find a reputable lawn care service provider. #1 – Search Online – If a business does […]

What should I be doing for my lawn in April?

If you are the DIY type, here are some helpful tips to make sure you stay on top of your lawn and landscape needs.  First, bust out that equipment and make sure it is working!  If you did not winterize your equipment there is a good chance that the gas has gone bad and may […]

The Importance of Fertilization

Fertilization is key in having a healthy, beautiful lawn.  As the grass uses the nutrients in the soil they become depleted and fertilizing the lawn replenishes the nutrients so the grass can continue to thrive. Applying the right type of fertilizer, at the correct rate, and at the right time is very important.  A homeowner […]

When to Seed

In the spring or fall.  If you seed in the spring you want to get your seed down between mid March and mid April.  If you seed in the fall the best time is in September.  Seeding too late in the fall may not allow enough time for the young grass plants to establish their root […]

Mulch Calculations

Always edge before laying mulch.  This will give the beds a clean, defined appearance and keep the mulch from running off into the grass and onto pavement when it rains. Applying a pre-emergent before laying the mulch will greatly reduce the number of weeds that will pop up throughout the year. This chart will help […]

What’s a grub?

Gradual thinning and yellowing, followed by scattered, irregular dead patches.  Grass may wilt.  The soil may feel spongy when walked on.  Turf will pull up from the soil with ease. Grubs feed on the roots.  If you suspect you have a grub problem cut out a couple 1′ squares about 2 inches deep in the […]

Time for a Prune Up

The idea behind pruning is to give your plants, shrubs, and trees a uniform appearance and remove any dead foliage. Make sure whatever type of tool you use to prune your plants is sharp and make crisp, clean cuts. In the spring and the fall is the best time to prune almost anything.  You want […]

Make the Most of Mowing

Make sure your blade is SHARP.  If it is dull it will tear the grass instead of cut it and that puts a lot of stress on the grass. Most grass in the area should be cut at 3”, maybe 3 ½” in the summer.  When cut at the proper interval, 1/3 of the blade […]

When (and how) to Water Your Lawn

Water in the morning if at all possible.  If you water in the afternoon a lot of the water will evaporate before soaking deep into the soil.  DO NOT water in the evening.  That is the fastest way to get a turf disease. Water longer or deeper, NOT more often. When you water deep it […]