THE BENEFITS OF LAWN AERATION

September 1, 2017 | Aeration

Lawn advice usually runs toward applying, as in apply x pounds of nitrogen, apply herbicides for weeds or fungicide, or apply water at this rate for success. Well, our advice today is not about applying, it’s about aerating. By definition, to aerate is “to introduce air into (a material)”. In this case the material is the soil your lawn is growing in. Aeration also permits water and nutrients to better penetrate the soil, but aeroaquanutrification is an awfully long (and silly) word, even if it better describes the full effects. When air, water and nutrients can more easily reach the root zone, a series of very beneficial events begins that allow all the stuff you’re applying work even better. You may even need to do less applying in the long run if more of what you apply actually gets where it’s supposed to and does what it’s meant to. Let’s … Continued

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THE LIVING SOIL, PART 3: ORGANIC MATTER & HUMUS

April 21, 2017 | Lawn Care

The founding theory of the Select Program is that “Healthy Soil creates a Healthy Lawn”. But what is “healthy soil”? Let’s look at the factors that go into producing a healthy soil that benefits your grass and lets nature feed and protect your lawn. Note: The science of soil chemistry and makeup is complex. This is a very simple overview of the process. ORGANIC MATTER: THE RAW MATERIAL A compost pile shows the transformation of raw organic material into dark rich soil. A compost pile shows the transformation of raw organic material into dark rich soil. Organic matter is the raw material of good soil structure: grass clippings, leaf clippings, twigs, things that have died (plant or animal); essentially whatever is laying on top of the soil that isn’t alive but once was. It’s also anything that’s died below ground: plant roots, microorganisms, animals and insects. When you consider that … Continued

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THE LIVING SOIL, PART 2: EARTHWORMS

April 20, 2017 | Lawn Care

The founding theory of the Select Program is that “Healthy Soil creates a Healthy Lawn”. But what is “healthy soil”? Let’s look at the factors that go into producing a healthy soil that benefits your grass and lets nature feed and protect your lawn. EARTHWORMS: NATURE’S AERATORS One of the first things you’ll notice if you dig in healthy soil is that is full of living things: beetles, sowbugs, ants, centipedes, grubs and other small animals populate the soil. In a healthy acre of land it is estimated the weight of the organisms in the top 6” of soil is between 2500 and 5000 pounds! The most iconic and important of these soil-dwellers may be earthworms. Earthworms perform multiple functions that enrich and improve the soil. Their feeding activity pulls dead organic material from the soil surface into the soil. They also ingest soil particles that are used to grind … Continued

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THE LIVING SOIL, PART 1: MICROORGANISMS

April 19, 2017 | Lawn Care

The founding theory of the Select Program is that “Healthy Soil creates a Healthy Lawn”. But what is “healthy soil”? Let’s look at the factors that go into producing a healthy soil that benefits your grass and lets nature feed and protect your lawn. MICROORGANISMS: A WORLD BENEATH YOUR FEET! Healthy soil is alive. It has distinct properties that are plain even without lab tests. It is dark in color, crumbly in texture, and smells pleasant and “earthy”. If your soil does not have these three characteristics, it is probably not as healthy as it can be. The most important and least appreciated aspect of healthy, living soil are the microorganisms in it. The bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, protozoa, and nematodes that live in the soil are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. Invisible or not, they are present in astonishing numbers-a teaspoon of soil contains more microorganisms than … Continued

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FREE LAWN CARE WINNER

March 28, 2017 | Lawn Care

Everyone at Nature’s Select congratulates Fred Crater, the Winner of the Dash Team & Stadium contest of our “One Year Free Lawn Care Program”. Nature’s Select has been a proud sponsor of the Dash since its inception.

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WHAT TO DO NOW FOR A PRETTIER SUMMER LAWN

February 20, 2017 | Lawn Care

Tired of looking out over a patchy, weedy, not-very-green lawn all winter? Dreading the thought of looking at the same problems all summer too? The key to a great lawn in summer is to start on lawn care now before grass growth begins with warmer weather. A soil test is the best way to get started. It’s a good idea to test the soil at least every two or three years for established lawns. You can find basic home soil testing kits at many garden centers that will tell you pH (how acidic your soil is). If you suspect nutrient imbalances, more advanced testing can reveal specific nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Ask at your local garden center or check your local county extension office for information on testing services, many are free or low-cost and come with recommendations for correcting any problems discovered. Most soils in the Piedmont are acidic, … Continued

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IS IT TIME TO OUTSOURCE YOUR LAWN CARE?

November 29, 2016 | Lawn Care

Have you ever considered using a lawn care service? While hiring a company to care for your lawn might not be right for everyone, it can be beneficial in more situations and have greater benefits than you might expect. If you love slinging bags of fertilizer and herbicide on your days off and have always gotten picture-perfect results with your lawn care regimen, stop reading here-a lawn care service is not for you. Still reading? Most of you probably are. Let’s look at some circumstances where a lawn care service makes sense and see if any seem familiar. You used to love all kinds of yard work and take great pride in your property’s appearance but it’s getting a little harder every year. Or maybe an illness or injury limits the amount of time you can devote to caring for your lawn. Having temporary or permanent physical limitations is one … Continued

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NATURE’S SELECT AND PROJECT EVERGREEN: BALLFIELD RESTORATION

April 8, 2016 | Lawn Care

April 6, 2016: This week Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services helped to restore the playing surface at Penn-Wright Field at Greensboro’s Barber Park in association with Project EverGreen The repairs to the turf will provide a safer surface for play and practice for local and out-of-state teams. Other industry contributors included our sister company New Garden Select, Site One Landscape Supply, and employee volunteers from Syngenta Lawn & Garden. The project included weed control and fertilization, reseeding and top dressing, sod installation and replacement of the infield surfaces. New plant material and general landscape clean-up around the field was also done. The mission of Project EverGreen is to preserve and enhance green spaces where we live, work and play. Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services and New Garden Select believe that healthier landscapes and safe places to enjoy the outdoors with recreation and relaxation is important to our community and all … Continued

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