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Lawn Care Part 1: Artificial Versus Natural

Lawn care has come to mean a lot more than just fertilizing and watering.  You also have to know what type of seed to plant, when to plant it, and in some cases, when to remove it.   In part one of our two part series on lawn care, we will cover artificial lawns versus natural ones.  Part two of our series will cover winter lawns and overseeding.

Synthetic Lawns:  They Have Come a Long Way

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Originally, artificial grass was created for sporting arenas.  Because many of them were domed, grass would not get enough sunlight and would often die out.  Astroturf was made in the 60’s and covered the field of the  Astrodome.  Now we are four generations later on artificial grass, which is a good thing we might add. It used to be that artificial grass looked, well, artificial. When it was first released, synthetic grass was often in an unnatural shade of green.  Nowadays, with new technologies, synthetic lawns have come to resemble their living counterparts.  And there are several advantages of artificial turf over regular grass.

Artificial turf obviously doesn’t require water, and it helps to control insects including some harmful ones like mosquitoes. As it is usually made of plastics and resins, it is also immune to termites.    Another thing is that artificial grass offers is stain resistance, as well as obviously no weeds.  However, it also has disadvantages too, such as you pretty much have to replace it every few years or it will be very obvious that you have it, as it will become sun bleached and brittle.  And some people want more.

Natural Lawns: Tried and True

To some people, artificial grass is a weird idea.  A lawn should be green and growing, and fun to walk on.  It evokes memories of hot summer days, the smell of fresh cut grass.  A natural lawn has all of that, plus it can lower the temperature of your home by being a natural repository for water.  However, just like synthetic turf, lawn has its minuses too.  First off, you’re going to need to mow it, and water it, and every now and then put down water to keep it green.

Each person is different, so why should our lawns all be the same? So whether you want some fescue or bluegrass to scrunch between your toes or a low maintenance artificial lawn, it’s all in who you call.  The best call to make is to a lawn care service.

Be sure to read part two our series on lawn care as well.

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Lawn Care: Seed or Sod?

Lawn care is all about choices. Do you use a sun mix of grass seed, or a sun/shade mix?  Should you use a ground covering?  Should you skip the seed completely and just put down sod?

Sod:  One Type of Lawn Care

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Sod is one option you have when you’re looking at lawn care.  Here are some tips from This Old House about how to lay down sod:

When it comes to getting a thick, healthy lawn, nothing beats sod for instant gratification. Sure, it costs a bit more: about $400 to cover a 1,000-square-foot backyard (double that installed). But lay it right and in a couple of weeks you’ve got a dense, well-established lawn that’s naturally resistant to weeds, diseases, and pest infestations.

“You’re basically buying time,” says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. “You’re paying for turf that someone else has coddled for 14 to 18 months.”

You’re also buying convenience. Sod can be installed spring through fall (and even in winter in mild climates). In areas of the country that favor cool-season grasses, like the Northeast, it avoids the problem of sprouting a nice crop of weeds when seeding a lawn in spring. And in southern states, which favor warm-season grasses like Bermuda grass, zoysia grass, and centipede grass, sod is the best way to cover the yard at any time of year, since these turf types cannot be grown from seed.  [READ MORE]

Seed is another option to consider as part of a lawn maintenance regimen.  There are several types of grass seed that grow well in Arizona.  Each of these seed types work in different levels of light and have different watering requirements.  Call in a lawn maintenance company to help you decided which type of seed you should use for your property.

If you want to use seed, plant in mid-late spring, which in Arizona is Feb-Mar.  Also make sure that you put down ground covering to keep birds from eating the grass seed.  After all, you want a lawn, not a buffet.  When in doubt, call in a lawn maintenance service to help you seed bare spots, or care for your lawn appropriately.

Green Servpro is an Arizona based lawn maintenance company serving the greater Phoenix area.

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Lawn Care and You

Lawn care in Arizona is often misunderstood.  A good portion of Arizona’s population is from somewhere else, particularly colder climates.  As a result of this, they are often bemused that their lawn which did so well in the Northeastern US does so terribly here.  Arizona has an extreme environment, and as a result, grass seed from a cold wet climate will not thrive without a few extra steps that you will have to take.

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Lawn Care and Avoiding Mistakes

Lawn care is all about knowing how to adapt to Arizona.  One common mistake that people make when they are trying to seed their lawn is planting the wrong sort of grass seed.  From the 1950’s to the 1970’s in Arizona for example, Bermuda grass was seeded in a lot of developments as it does well in warm weather climates.

When it is closely trimmed, Bermuda grass is almost indistinguishable from other types of  grass, like fescue, rye, or bluegrass.  However, using Bermuda grass for a lawn has its own challenges, as any lawn care service can tell you.

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As any lawn care expert knows, Bermuda grass sends out runners that if unchecked can strangle out other plants in your garden or landscaping.  If you cut the grass and these runners are entwined in any other plants, the runners will die off, leaving a dried brown matted mess of grass that takes a lot of effort to remove.

Good lawn care is all about the choices you make.  Should you plant seed, or lay down sod instead?  Both have their pluses and minuses.  Grass seed requires that you place ground covering over the top of it.  Otherwise, birds will eat up your grass seed before it has a chance to germinate. If you lay down sod, you must make sure you find the balance between too little water or too much.  You need enough water for the sod to root, but not so much that it kills the grass.

Both sod and seed require that you have a bit of patience.  Sod takes 2-3 weeks to root properly, and until it does, you have a bunch of squares and rectangles on your lawn.  Seed requires about a month to germinate.  So which is better?  Seed or sod?  Depends on what you want to do with your lawn.  When in doubt call in a lawn care service.  They will be able to tell you what will work best.

Green Servpro is a Phoenix lawn care company.

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Chandler AZ 85225
(480) 420-0902
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