We are Lawn Renovation Specialist
Renovation is the improvement of a turfgrass stand without complete reestablishment. Reestablishment refers to complete destruction of the old stand, thorough site preparation and replanting. Turfgrass renovation is necessary when the existing turfgrass has declined to a point where cultural practices will not revive the turf but complete reestablishment is unnecessary.
Generally, if half or more of the area has desirable turf, renovation will succeed. A number of factors can cause turfgrass to decline, including improper mowing, watering and fertilizing; poor drainage; soil compaction; excessive thatch; incorrect pesticide usage; and turf pests such as insects or weeds. Sometimes problems relate to growing a nonadapted grass species, excessive shade, tree and shrub root competition or winter injury. Excessive shade and tree/shrub root problems can sometimes be relieved by selectively pruning roots or limbs or by using a groundcover that may be more suitable.
- Step 1: Determine what caused the lawn to fail.
- Step 2: Have your soil tested.
- Step 3: Eliminate all undesirable weeds or turfgrass species.
- Step 4: Mow the area lower than normal and remove the clippings, leaves and other debris by sweeping or raking.
- Step 5: Remove excessive thatch.
- Step 6: Cultivate the soil by coring or tilling to relieve soil compaction.
- Step 7: Apply fertilizer and lime according to soil test results.
- Step 8: Seed or sod new grass into the area.
- Step 9: Apply water immediately after planting and keep the soil moist, not wet, until the seedlings or sprigs become well-established. This usually requires light, daily waterings for two to three weeks.
- Step 10: Mow the grass when it reaches one and a half times its recommended height.
Cool-season turfgrasses are best renovated during the early fall (September to October) at the beginning of their growing season.
The Renovation Process
We Service:Gaithersburg, Germantown, Boyds, Clarksburg, Rockville, North Potomac, Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and surrounding neighborhoods.
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