By having your soil tested by an independent certified soil laboratory, we can precisely determine which nutrients should be amended to your soil. Properly balanced soil promotes healthier plants and reduces the amount of unwanted weeds. A detailed proposal with recommendations for your lawn will be provided with the soil test results.
Core samples from throughout the lawn will be taken and sent to a professional soil testing laboratory. The organic matter content, the soil pH and the overall nutrient levels will be analyzed and a report will be generated. We will interpret this report for you and send you a copy along with any recommended actions based on the results. Having an occasional soil sample taken is a valuable part of an organic program because it helps us determine the best measures to build a healthy soil, not just treat the grass. A soil sample is recommended if one has not been taken in the past 3-5 years or if you have experienced repeated issues with all or parts of the lawn in the past.
Seeding is the most important service for having a great lawn. Seeding helps to thicken your turf and introduce more disease and drought resistant varieties of grass. It is usually best to overseed in the late summer or early fall, but we can arrange spring seeding for special circumstances. A thick lawn, mowed tall is your best natural weed control.
Coreless Bio-Aeration: This application is a powerful combination of biological foods, plant stimulants, and soil amending ingredients used to re-charge the biological life in your soil. After this application it is not uncommon to have a sudden burst of soil activity appear. The foods in the material are a strong attraction for earthworms and they come in full force, naturally opening up and aerating your soil.
This service is valuable for all lawns, but it is extremely helpful for regenerating the soils of newer lawns where builders often leave lifeless subsoil. It takes years to regenerate a poor soil using organic fertilizers alone, but with the Coreless Bio-Aeration material we can greatly accelerate the re-building process and bring the tangible benefits of healthy soil into reality much sooner.
Unlike mechanical aeration, which is a messy, short term, Band-Aid approach, the coreless bio-aeration material is unobtrusive, long-lasting, and in-tune with Natures naturally biological processes. Combined with a regular organic fertilizer program the soil results continually improve and the need for repeat applications of this material is eliminated. Timing: March through December.
This is an all-natural plant growth stimulant and soil activator application. A “gourmet meal for your soil” containing highly beneficial micro-organisms, kelp extracts, trace minerals, and twenty-one different amino acids. All soils need a higher percentage of organic matter to grow healthier plants.
WEED AND PEST CONTROL
- Thinned turfgrass All weeds, especially annuals
- Mowing too low Annual bluegrass, chickweed, crabgrass, plantains, speedwell
- Compacted soils Annual bluegrass, crabgrass, dandelion, goosegrass, pineapple weed, plantain, prostrate knotweed, prostrate spurge, speedwell
- Poor drainage Barnyardgrass, nutsedge, plantains
- High nitrogen Annual bluegrass
- Low nitrogen Black medic, clover (legumes)
- Low fertility Foxtails, henbit
- High soil pH Plantains
- Low soil pH Red sorrel
- Excessive surface moisture Algae, annual bluegrass, moss
- Drought conditions Black medic, crabgrass, goosegrass, prostrate spurge, speedwell, yellow woodsorrel
- Shade Chickweeds, moss, violets
- Low calcium Dandelion
Applied in the spring, Natural Essential Plant Oils are an effective natural control of grubs that feed on grass roots. Plant oils like Eastern Red Cedar helps to break the insect cycle by killing the eggs too.
LANDSCAPING AND RESTORATION
Sudden storm surges pose a major risk to municipal water supplies, but there are ways to slow, sink, and store this water for later use. Holding water for less than 24 hours eases the strain on the City of Columbia storm water utilities.
Degraded pasture is the norm these days, but it does not have to be the case on your “back 40.” The Lawn Company knows grass and how to restore degraded land to new radiance. Land can be repurposed for pollinator habitat, forage for livestock, or a native prairie.
We will identify the causes of erosion and use natural techniques to slow or stop further damage. Cost and methods vary on extent of erosion.
Create a new landscape with fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and edible ground-cover. Looks great around homes and provides a great teaching tool and food source. True food independence is possible by simply replacing ornamental with edible. Food so fresh, it doesn’t even know its dead yet.
Hold and capture rainfall to grow beautiful native plants and cover for birds. We can divert roof and storm water runoff to an elegant wetland pollinator garden.
Not yet ready to convert your whole yard? Try planting a pollinator strip in your side yard or along the perimeter for added pollinator interest to your landscape.
When species begin to mono-culture, it is time to plan for something new. We have the equipment to tackle big clean-up projects and our natural ethic will help the land in its recovery.
Often used in agriculture, cover crops crowd out unwanted species from coming in while providing massive biological benefits to the soil. We have equipment able to tackle jobs large and small.
Plants provide a noticeable cooling effect when used near the home. Trees of all sizes, when planted strategically help cool off your home or patio from summer sun.
We will come up with a specific management plan depending on your goals and wishes. We can construct and provide shelter with Timber Stand Improvement. Work to improve quality of soil and increase nutrient content of browse and nut trees. The better the soil health the better the wildlife health.
If you can dream it, we can do it. Enough said. Give us a call to discuss your next project.