on May 18, 2013 by TruGreen
Have you seen lawns that are a work of art? They’re green, thick and lush, and they remain this way year-round. Getting your lawn to look this good is not nearly as simple as making a brushstroke on canvas. It takes a lot of planning, learning and patience. Well, that, and finding lawn care services that understand the science behind lawn care, so that your lawn can thrive year-round.
why is lawn care important?
Do you know why lawn care is so important, though? It isn't just about the green grass. It's about our health, our surroundings and the environment. For example:
- Grass cools surrounding areas, eliminating up to 50% of heat through transpiration and acts as a sort of miniature air conditioner for your turf.
- Turfgrass also acts as a water filter, helping to clean up our urban environment.
- A 2,500-square-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four for one year.
- A healthy root system prevents invasive pests, weeds and stress due to heat, cold or drought.
- A healthy lawn also prevents water run-off and encourages the growth of beneficial organisms.
- Lawns are natural air filters, collecting dust and dirt, and trapping 12 million tons annually in the U.S.
- Healthy lawns pull in greenhouse gases as they grow and reduce carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels.
science in lawn care
If you’re like most people and someone tries to dish out lawn care advice without understanding the science behind the processes that make a lawn grow healthy and green, you stop listening. That's because there is so much more to lawn care than just throwing some bagged fertilizer on your yard and calling it a day. Here are a few lawn care tips that should be helpful:
- Consistent fertilization. Following a consistent plan with nutrient-rich fertilizers is directly related to important lawn care factors such as grass color, turfgrass density, rapid growth, quick recovery from stresses and disease, and the lawn's ability to withstand stressful conditions.
- Preventive insect control. It's important that lawn care includes not just treatment for infested lawns, but preventive measures for lawns located in regions that are susceptible to lawn damaging insects such as white grubs, armyworms and fire ants. It’s also crucial to know not just what kind of treatment to use, but also when to treat the lawn.
- Effective weed control. Understanding the most difficult weeds to control and how to properly and systematically get rid of them for good is an important aspect of science-based lawn care solutions that work not just immediately, but over time as well.
- Turf disease treatment. Lawns affected by various types of fungi or disease will regain health and lushness only with the right kind of treatment. But without understanding the science behind the disease, will you be able to treat your lawn effectively? For instance, brown patch is caused by a soil-borne microorganism, which makes treatment difficult. Without knowing that, you would not know what level of treatment to use.
- Aeration and overseeding. These services are designed to not only improve the appearance of your lawn over time, but they also help the ground absorb nutrients and moisture while encouraging deeper root growth. This will help improve your lawn’s density and increase its ability to fight off pests and disease.
The experts at TruGreen® are well-versed in these areas and many more. TruGreen specialists are certified through the TruExpertSM Certification Program. This training is rigorous and requires annual recertification, but it ensures that they develop and maintain the expertise to deliver superior lawn and landscape results. Once you’ve signed up for a plan, they will conduct a Healthy Lawn Analysis® to evaluate your lawn and then further tailor a science-based solution to meet your lawn’s unique needs throughout every season of the year.
Learn more about science-based solutions that truly work by visiting TruGreen.com or calling 866.688.6722 today.