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Lawn Aeration – Explained!

        An Aeration is one of the best tools one can utilize when trying to obtain a Healthy Lawn. Core Aeration consists of making small holes in the lawn by either inserting small rods into it or by “coring”, or extracting a “plug” of soil and thatch out from the lawn. The following are just some of the benefits of performing a yearly lawn aeration:

Benefits of Lawn Aeration / Core Aeration

  • Oxygen can now easily reach the roots, allowing the grass to “breathe”, or let off gasses it produces
  • Fertilizers and Nutrients can now get easier access to the root system because of the available space
  • Water is now better able to permeate the soil, and reach the root system
  • The thatch is now broken up, allowing micro-organisms to come to the surface and feed on it, giving the turf more nutrients
  • The compacted soil surrounding the roots is now broken up, allowing new turf to grow, and giving you a fuller looking lawn

The benefits of core aeration are directly related to growing, and maintaining a  healthy lawn program. Many of our customers that take part in our own Fertilization can attest to the difference it makes. If you would like to find out more about aerations, or would like to schedule one, please call us at 248-588-1694, email us at info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request!

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When to Plant Perennials and Annuals!

Annual and Perennial Garden Flowers in Troy, Birmingham, Royal Oak, Bloomfield, and Rochester MIThinking about planting Annual and Perennial flowers this year? Middle to late Spring is the most opportune time to plant perennials and annuals in your garden. By planting them in mid to late Spring, you ensure that any late night frosts do not effect root growth, or plant health. You also ensure that the heat waves of summer do not effect the plant early in it’s growing cycle. Summer planting can also be very successful if proper watering is observed during the planting process.

Watering is crucial to newly planted annuals and perennials. Water the plants immediately, right after planting. Water a minimum of once a week for the first two weeks to keep plant roots moist and improve root vigor.

Garden PLants - Royal Oak, Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield, Rochester Hills MIPerennial and Annual maintenance is fairly easy. Be sure to remove dead flowers as soon as possible to encourage new growth during spring and summer, prune off any dead tops in late winter, and apply insecticide as needed to control any pests as soon as noticed to help avoid spreading them to other plants.

If you would like to have Perennials or Annuals installed in your garden, or would like to meet with one of our landscaping professionals to plan a landscaping design for your own yard, Call us at 248-588-1694 info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment for a free!

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Fertilizer Reminder!

        We’ve gotten the bulk of our Fertilizer scheduled on the route and ready to go for this year, however it is not too late for you to sign up! If you live in these, or surrounding, cities: Birmingham, Royal Oak, and Bloomfield areas, Call us to get on the list for your fertilization as soon as possible! The first application should be applied soon to be effective in keeping your yard as green as possible . Give us a call at 248-588-1694, email us at info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to get more information, or sign up if you have not already!Lawn Fertilization Birmingham MI

Some of the benefits of Lawn Fertilization:

  • Promotes new grass growth, and vigor.
  • Relieves stress, and the effects of aging and wear from winter months.
  • Helps counter-act damage to roots done by insects or disease. 
  • Creates competition for weeds, because of dense root growth.

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Soil Compacted? Get a free diagnosis!

Lawn Aeration needed for Compacted Soil in Birmingham MI Compacted soil creates an inhospitable environment for grass root development. While a layer of thatch is healthy for most yards, sometimes this layer becomes too dense for roots to develop properly. The effects of compaction include a decrease in drainage (permeability), water-holding capacity, and air movement within the soil. After extended periods of compaction, the conditions in poorly aerated soils can reduce mineral nutrient uptake which can impair the growth of tree and plant life. Professional companies use a “Core Aerator” to fix this issue. The core aeration removes plugs of soil, allowing more room for nutrient and gas exchange which can lead to a greener, healthier lawn. Not sure if you have compacted soil? Call us here at Total Lawn Care Inc. and we will send out one of our turf technicians to give you a free diagnosis! Call us at 248-588-1694 info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to get a free estimate!

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Pink and Grey Snow Mold Patches

Snow Mold Treatment and FungicidesSnow Mold Fungus is unfortunately a very common occurrence here in Michigan. Often times Snow Mold shows up as either a grey or pink patch in the area where large amounts of snow has melted. Edges of driveways and street curbs are the most common places Snow Mold shows up. Snow Mold is not always easy to diagnose. Some of the tell-tale signs are white areas of turf in which grass blades are dead, bleached, and clumped together. Even though the sight of Snow Mold is a cause for concern, it rarely causes permanent damage. Gray Snow Mold typically damages just the blades of grass, and can generally be combated by a light raking of the area and a spring application of fertilizer. Pink Snow Mold, on the other hand, can invade the roots and crowns of turf and cause more extensive damage to the grass.

Although Snow Mold is a fungi, fungicide applications are generally not recommended for residential lawns except in extreme cases. Spring Fertilizers generally have a concentration of salt, which is healthy for soil and helps remove the fungus. This is the most often used form of treatment, and least chemical intensive.

If you think you may have Snow Mold damage to your lawn, please call us to have one of our Turf Specialists visit your property to diagnose your lawn. Call us at 248-588-1694 info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment for a free!

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Plant Health Care. Deep Root Fertilization!

Deep Root Fertilizer in Bloomfield Michigan        Fall Deep Root Fertilize your Trees and Shrubs to help reduce stress from this summer’s Hot and Dry weather. Deep Root Fertilization will improve fine feeder root hair development, and condition the soil. Our mixture is water soluble, and ready for the tree to use. It is full of micro-nutrients to help improve plant color, and vigor. We use minimum Phosphorus in our mixture to help protect our waterways(Click here to learn more!), and stay as Green as can be! Simply call us at 248-588-1694, email us at info@totallawncareinc.com, or Click Here to use our Online Request to schedule an appointment !

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