Do you have lawn envy? (Patience is key!)
A beautiful front lawn makes a great first impression, and having a beautiful, lush, green (weed free) lawn is the pride of any homeowner.
Sadly, not every homeowner currently has a beautiful lawn. But, the good news is that there are steps we can take to help your lawn. All lawn care programs work over a period of time, and a lush green lawn is a result of careful cultivation, monitoring, and precision treatment.
The Benefits of Implementing our Lawn Health Care Program
Your lawn is a living, breathing ecosystem, and our goal is to keep it healthy! Compaction from foot traffic, summer heat stress, and/or watering issues are only a few things that may adversely affect your lawn, whether it be sod or seed. With our comprehensive program we refresh your lawn each year, bringing it back stronger each spring, and keeping it strong throughout each season.
At Dragonfly Landscape Design, our lawn health care program is designed to provide short term results while keeping long term sustainability in mind. And, with each visit to your property, our licensed and certified team will monitor for changes, treat present issues, AND take preventative actions to avoid future disease, damaging insects, and unsightly weeds. Taking care of your lawn is easy with Dragonfly Landscape Design. Our licensed team will tailor a program to suit the needs of your property. From choosing the right type of grass seed, to spot treating for those pesky weeds, we have you covered year round.
You can expect our Lawn Health Care Program to:
- Build a thick, green, and healthy lawn
- Feed and strengthen your lawn’s root system (for this season and next)
- Treat and prevent pesky weeds
- Treat disease and fungus
- Treat and deter damaging, nuisance insect populations within your lawn
- Help protect your lawn against heat, drought, and burning by enhancing your lawn’s nutrient uptake and water retention
- Improve soil composition with an active ecosystem of microbials
Instead of spraying the whole lawn, as many lawn care companies do in order to move on quickly, we take our time to spot treat for weed control. And, our program features slow release fertilizers and reduced-risk pesticides to keep your lawn healthy, green, pest-free, and, most importantly, safe for you, your family, your pets, and the environment.
Labels for the products we use to support your lawn and plant health care can be found on our Resources Page.
Your Lawn is More than Just pretty
In addition to being beautiful, healthy lawns are important and provide a number of benefits to you and the environment. Lush, green lawns:
- Add Value - Ask any realtor and they will tell you that a residential property with a healthy lawn and landscape will sell at a premium price. Think curb appeal!
- Offer a Cooler Surface - On a hot summer day, grass can be 10 to 14 degrees cooler than exposed soil and as much as 30 degrees cooler than concrete or asphalt. A lush lawn will keep your yard cooler!
- Improve Air Quality - Lawns not only create oxygen (essential for human life), but lawns remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and trap pollutants such as soot and dust. Cleaner air means better breathing as well as cleaner cars, houses and windows. And, a weed-free lawn means less weed pollen (a relief to those with allergies)
- Improve Soil Structure - Healthy lawns keep the soil structure loose and open, with plenty of pores for water to soak through and replenish groundwater
- Prevent Erosion (& Improve Water Quality) - Healthy lawns also filter rainfall, reduce runoff, and retain sediment
- Reduce Noise - While your lawn is busy performing all of these functions, you may not have noticed… it’s very quiet and has no moving parts! Good turf can absorb sound better than heavy carpeting!
- Improve Wellness & Reduce Stress - Studies show that green spaces lower blood pressure, reduce muscle tension related to stress, improve attention and reduce feelings of fear and anger or aggression.
- Encourage Activity - Lawns provide places for recreation and encouraging outdoor activity - very important alternatives to being connected to phones and tablets!
Additional Lawn Care Services
In addition to fertilizing and controlling weeds, diseases, and insects, while we are monitoring your property our certified team of applicators may also suggest several additional annual services:
Spring Lawn Dethatching
Lawn thatch is the layer of dead grass, roots, and debris that accumulates between the soil surface and the green grass blades above. A thin layer of thatch (less than ½ inch) can be beneficial for a yard, helping insulate it from extreme temperatures and foot traffic. It can also reduce weed germination by keeping weed seeds from reaching the soil and helping retain soil moisture. Excessive thatch, however, can cause numerous issues. Over time, thatch can form a thick mat, hindering water and air from reaching the soil and providing an environment that can encourage pests and diseases. Too much thatch can also limit the ability of insecticides and pre-emergent herbicides to reach their intended target. Like a majority of things in life, thatch is best in moderation. Controlling thatch is a very important – and most often overlooked – part of lawn care. Almost every lawn needs dethatching about once every other year, or whenever the thatch reaches a thickness over 1/2 inch.
Fall Core Aeration & Overseeding - the Secret to a Great lawn!
Aeration involves perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. A key reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots from these essential elements.
Benefits of Core Aeration and Overseeding:
- Aeration reduces soil compaction. Just as you wouldn’t try to plant a flower in concrete… a rock hard soil bed is not conducive to a great lawn either! Loose soil allows grass roots to plunge deeper into the soil to find vital water resources in times of stress.
- Aeration reduces thatch. Thatch is made up of grass stems and roots that accumulate faster than they breakdown. Excessive thatch creates an environment that is favorable to pests and disease.
- Aeration allows access to the root zone. By penetrating the soil, you’re allowing moisture, air, and food to the root zone where nutrients are absorbed.
- Aeration enhances seed germination. Seeds germinate easily in aerator holes as the holes provide them a place to hide.
- Overseeding introduces new grass seed to fill in bare or thin areas as well as thickening existing turf. Over time, grass plants reach their peak and need to be replaced. Different factors contribute to the breakdown of the grass including foot traffic, heat, lack of water, environmental conditions, pet waste, etc.
- Overseeding builds resistance to disease. By incorporating different blends of grass seed you reduce your risk to diseases that can wipe out the entire lawn.
- Aeration and overseeding will help to reduce weeds. Opportunistic weeds germinate in areas where they can be successful. Crabgrass grows in thin areas, nutsedge pops up in thin/low spots, and broadleaf weeds spread where there is little desirable grass. The best defense is to have a thick lawn.
Aeration and overseeding will rapidly improve your lawn’s current appearance!
Reliable Lawn Care in the Hamptons
We serve the residents in the greater Westhampton area (Remsenburg, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Westhampton Dunes, Quiogue, Quogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays) and neighboring communities. We are here to deliver professional service, local expertise, and responsive customer support for your landscaping projects.