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GreenWorks USA Lawn Care
(main office)
P.O. Box 8827
Shreveport, LA 71148
(318) 219-3050

Helpful Hints for a Better Looking Lawn

The Perfect Lawn: A beautiful and healthy lawn doesn't just happen; it's achieved through proper turf management practices. Believe it or not, improper mowing, irrigation and fertilization can and will—produce a weak, unsightly, weed infested lawn.

Two Things Homeowners Need To Remember

1. Mowing your lawn too low, weakens the turf and thins the strand – providing weeds with a competitive advantage.

Reason: The cutting height affects the photosynthetic surface area of each blade of grass, thus, its ability to produce carbohydrates (sugars). Lower mowing heights rejuvenate new top growth, depleting existing food reserves by redirecting the flow of carbohydrates to the new growth instead of to the roots. Lower mowing heights also enable light to penetrate the soil surface allowing for the germination of weeds. Mowing your lawn at the higher recommended height will actually insulate your lawn against moisture loss and creates a healthy, better looking lawn.

2. Daily irrigation is not recommend because it keeps the soil constantly wet and encourages a shallow root system and invites weed germination.

Reason: Deep, infrequent watering develops a deep rooting system by forcing the roots to grow at lower depths in the soil that contain water. Daily watering develops a shallow rooting system closer to the soil surface; the grass becomes more susceptible to drought and extreme heat damage—especially during the hot summer. During times of drought, dry spots may appear in your yard. Even though you are watering these areas, due to the drop in the water table—your grass in these selected areas is not receiving enough water. Check your sprinkler reach and increase watering duration to eliminate the problem.

An inadequate fertilization program will result in a slow growing, thin strand of turf that is unable to compete with emerging weeds, and will be more susceptible to environmental stresses of drought, disease and insects.

The Grass will be Greener on Your Side of the Fence