Lawn Care Specialists service lawns in Southern NH

Beneficial Services

With New England's harsh seasonal changes, lawns in this part of the country need proper nutrients and care to look their best. The turf experts at Lawns of Southern New Hampshire have created a premier lawn care program that provides a specific combination of both fertilization treatments and preventative lawn care treatments. More specifically, through the use of slow-release fertilizers, our lawns are treated with essential nutrients that promote growth and are vital to the health and well-being of the lawn.

At Lawns of Southern New Hampshire, we also offer lawn care services that include preventative applications to help eliminate the infestation of grubs, crabgrass, broadleaf and other irritating weeds and insect infestations. Our custom developed applications encourage optimal growth that increase your lawn's resiliency, and along with some strong cultural practices will help your lawn continue to flourish!

Core Aeration

In order to maintain a healthy lawn, your soil requires water, air, and nutrients.

Our lawn care specialists provide a 'core' aeration service: a mechanical process that removes 2-4" plugs of soil and thatch allowing the soil to 'open'. This process helps reduce compaction, improves water infiltration, improves rooting, and most importantly- reduces thatch. “Thatch” refers to the undecomposed layer of organic between the soil surface and the living grasses. Thatch effectively suffocates the living plants by preventing air, nutrients, and water from reaching the soil.

Most lawns growing in heavy clay or sandy soils benefit greatly from core aeration. The simple fact is, without proper aeration, a lawn won't develop to its maximum potential. Therefore, at Lawns of Southern NH, we recommend annual fall core aeration. Spring aeration is not recommended because the process may interfere with our crabgrass control barrier.

Aeration:

  • Improves water infiltration
  • Improves rooting
  • Reduces thatch
  • Results in fuller, greener lawn

Contact us today to schedule your fall aeration service!

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Solu-Cal pH Adjustment

A well-balanced soil pH level plays a critical role in the health and quality of your lawn.

In addition to our core lawn care program, the specialists at Lawns of Southern NH offer two pH adjustment applications: Solu-Cal and AMP-XC.  These treatments deliver the much needed nutrient calcium to your lawn, which increases the pH (makes it more alkaline) resulting in an optimized response to our fertilizer applications and a greener, fuller lawn. Solu-Cal and AMP-XC begin the process by first correcting, and then maintaining your soil's pH, resulting in noticeable improvement to your lawn as soon as two weeks after application.

 

Adding calcium:

  • Corrects soil pH
  • Optimizes fertilization treatments
  • Results in fuller, greener lawn in as little as TWO WEEKS

Contact us today to learn more about how pH adjustment can jumpstart your lawn’s growth this season!

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Slice Seeding

Fix your lawn affordably and effectively.

The damage inflicted on turf by drought or insect infestation can be repaired in three different ways. The quickest solution is to replace the damaged areas with sod. However, this is also the most expensive method and it requires regular watering until the grass roots have grown down into the underlying soil. A less expensive option is to cover the bare spots with new loam and then spray hydro-seed, which is a mixture of grass seed and starter fertilizer, on the top. The reason loam must be added is that if we were to simply spread grass seed on top of the damaged areas, the remnants of the old turf would prevent them from coming in contact with the soil, which is required for germination. The option we prefer is slice seeding which is the least expensive method of the three. Slice seeding cuts through the old organic matter, enabling the seeds to come in contact with the newly exposed furrows.

This convenient one-step process involves using a machine consisting of a series of rotating knife-like blades and a hopper filled with a premium seed blend. As the seeder is passed over the lawn, it cuts slits or furrows into the soil while simultaneously depositing the grass seed. Passes are made in two different directions to ensure good seed to soil contact resulting in better overall germination.

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Flea & Tick Control

Pet owners are concerned with what their four-legged friends will carry into their homes from yards and the many wooded places New Hampshire is famous for especially during the spring and summer seasons.

Proximity to wooded areas and open fields, wildlife and pets (yours and your neighbor's), together with the seasonal change to warmer temperatures, can lead to an infestation of potentially harmful insects. Fleas can quickly infest carpets and upholstered furniture, necessitating multiple costly treatments to rid your home of these pests.

Our specialized flea and tick control turf applications will minimize and, in some cases, eliminate the flea and tick populations in your yard. Our preventative treatment begins during the spring season when these insects are in their larvae and nymph stages, and continues with a fall application that controls the adult stage of the dreaded deer tick that carries Lyme Disease.

Contact us today to schedule a flea and tick control application so you can enjoy your pet and your lawn with confidence!

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Disease Control

Learn about the diseases that can hinder your lawn's beauty. 

Fungi play an important role in the health of your lawn; therefore, it is important for you to hire an expert to diagnose and treat your lawn’s disease issues. While most fungi feed themselves by breaking down dead organic matter and, in the process returning nutrients to the soil, the ones that attack living plants must be controlled in order to maintain a healthy lawn. Your lawn contains literally thousands of fungal species. Clearly, because of the important role fungi play in recycling organic matter, the last thing you want to do is to eliminate the beneficial fungi in your lawn. Using the wrong fungicide could actually make things worse! Our 3 step disease control program offers effective broad-spectrum control against red thread, dollar spot, and other turf-related diseases.

 

New England lawns can be infected by harmful fungi throughout the year. Since fungi do not depend on the sun for energy, they can grow under the snow cover in the early spring when the ground is damp from the melting of the snow. Summer fungal infections, which thrive in warm weather, are also associated with wet conditions.

Snow Mold (March to April)

Damage from snow mold fungi usually becomes apparent as the snow melts and exposes the grass in late winter or early spring. There are two main species of snow mold which grow under the snow in New England lawns, both of which can be identified by the matted look they give to your lawn:

  • Pink snow mold: The web-like mycelium, which is the vegetative part of this fungus, can be yellow, tan, or salmon in color. Pink snow mold patches are pale pink around the edges and may grow to 8 inches in diameter.
  • Grey snow mold: This fungus is white to greyish in color. This infection produces bleached areas consisting of white crusted patches of grass that range from several inches to several feet across.

Snow mold fungi are active at temperatures just above freezing when soil conditions are moist. A light raking will usually restore the lawn. However, in some cases, seeding the affected areas may also be necessary.

The key preventative measures to reduce your lawn’s risk of developing snow mold are:

  1. Discontinuing fertilizer in the fall in order to prevent the turf from entering the winter months “screaming green” with succulent growth.
  2. Applying a winterizing treatment.
  3. Mowing the lawn down closer to the ground at the end the fall season, to about 2” above the soil level.

Red Thread Fungus (June to July)

Red thread lawn disease is common to the cool season grass types that make up New England lawns. This fungus thrives between temperatures of 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and again is associated with damp conditions.

The first signs of infection are small irregular patches of yellowing grass. Closer inspection reveals tiny red needles and pink fluffy bodies. As the infection spreads, the small patches join up into large brown areas.

The professionals at Lawns of Southern New Hampshire can help rid your lawn of this problem by:

  • Adding a supplemental nitrogen-based fertilizer to your program which will help the grass recover. Strong healthy turf grass is better able to fight off lawn diseases.
  • Managing your watering practices. Overwatering promotes fungal growth. Deep, infrequent watering events of 40 minutes per area are suggested.
  • Applying a fungicide as a last resort if the problem persists.

Dollar Spot (July to August)

Dollar spot can be identified by its characteristic round brown to straw-colored sunken spots that are about the size of a silver dollar. This fungus flourishes during periods of warm days and cool nights when there are continuous stretches of high humidity.

Proper fertilization and deep, infrequent watering will help keep this disease at bay.

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Tree & Shrub Fertilization

The first thing you notice when you drive up to a house or commercial building is the surrounding drapery of ornamental trees and shrubs. These landscaped areas soften the transition from the horizontal lawn to vertical lines of the structures. The flowers and changes in leaf color of the trees and shrubs both provide variety and mark the changing of the seasons. It is crucial to keep these areas looking their best at all times.

 

Our fall deep root fertilizer treatment supplies your landscape plants with season-long nutrition, which boosts their growth rate and enhances their color. Strong healthy plants are better able to withstand the harmful effects of disease, insect infestations, and extreme weather conditions.

Call Lawns of Southern NH today to discuss how to keep your trees and shrubs strong and healthy.

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