Lawn maintenance in Brentwood, Nashville
The lawn maintenance section of the Brentwood Landscapes website was created to offer simple steps and suggestions to help you create a lush lawn in Brentwood, Nashville, and surrounding areas in Middle Tennessee. Different climates, soil types, amounts of shade, and other factors go into choosing which plants will thrive in your lawn and garden. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Our lawn care information provides you with quick, simple guidelines to follow in the care and maintenance of your Nashville or Brentwood lawn.
- Lawn mowing, edging, weedeating
- Lawn fertilizing
- Application of lime
- Lawn aeration and overseeding
- Weed control
- Soil testing
- Leaf removal, mulching leaves
Lawn renovation services
- Remove existing turf
- Testing the soil
- Additional topsoil/amendments
- Water problems, drainage correction
This list includes some of the lawn maintenance services provided by Brentwood Landscapes, Inc. We will be happy to tailor a lawn maintenance program to suit your specific needs.
- Lawn mowing: This includes string trimming, edging, blowing, and removal of clippings from all walkways, etc.
- Tree trimming: This may require 2-3 trimmings per year
- Weeding: This includes plant beds, weeds in concrete, etc., performed as needed
- Mulching: We use hardwood, cedar, cypress, or pine straw; deep edging and fertilizing plant beds is recommended when mulching is done, usually twice per year
- Turf & ornamental programs
Seasonal lawn maintenance services
- Spring: Fertilizing lawn, crabgrass prevention, and pre-emergent weed control. Requires a minimum of three applications.
- Late Spring: Lawn preparation for root development and strength, and weed and insect control
- Summer: Additional iron and nitrogen treatment and fertilizer for green color and insect control
- Fall: Lawn fertilization, weed control, insecticide, aeration, and overseeding, leaf removal
Customized lawn maintenance services
The lawn maintenance services required by the individual lawn will vary quite a bit. Brentwood Landscapes, Inc. will evaluate your lawn and and discuss your specific landscape and lawn maintenance needs.
Lawn grasses live in an unnatural environment. The grass plants are crowded together and compete with each other, along with neighboring trees and shrubs, for water and nutrients. They are mowed regularly, which is highly irregular in nature, and their clippings, a source of nutrients, are often removed. Because of this competition and the unnatural demands placed on lawns, they must be fertilized. Just as a balanced diet works best for people and animals, the same is true of lawns – they need fertilizer for sustenance. When properly fertilized a lawn maintains good color, density, and vigor, and does not easily succumb to insects, weeds, or diseases. When underfertilized, the lawn is not only less attractive, but also is considerably more susceptible to environmental stress and damage.
The three basic methods of applying fertilizers are spraying, broadcast spreading, and drop spreading. Use a sprayer to apply a liquid fertilizer, and either a broadcast spreader or drop spreader to apply a dry, granular fertilizer.
The amount you fertilize should be based on your own experience. If the lawn grows too rapidly, and you have to mow it more than once a week, fertilize less. If it turns yellow, and you have been watering it regularly, it may either be the signal of an iron deficiency or the need to fertilizer more.
Lawns are like other living things in that the more effort you devote to them, the more benefits and enjoyment you will eventually derive. If you have a lot of free time and enjoy lawn work, you can have a lawn that looks as good as any golf green. However, if there are many demands on your time, you may need to choose a more limited program that gives you a less lush-looking lawn.
When a lawn should be watered
The answer is simple: When your lawn needs it. Water when the soil begins to dry out, before the grass wilts. When a lawn wilts, grass blades either roll or fold, exposing the bottoms of the blades. At this stage, the lawn color appears to change from a bright green to a dull blue-green or smoky color. You are actually seeing the bottoms of the wilted blades, which are grayer than the tops. The first occurs in the most drought-prone spots, especially beneath trees. Another sign is loss of resilience – the ability of a lawn to bounce back into shape. It is best to soak the soil deeply and then not water again until the top inch or two of soil begins to dry.
Too much watering can quickly leach fertilizers and nutrients from around the root zone, and can make the grass grow faster and need more frequent mowing. Constant moisture can also promote weed growth and diseases. On the other hand, if a lawn is not watered enough, its roots will remain shallow and thus unable to make use of water that penetrates further into the soil. To keep grass roots growing deeply, it is important to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 to 12 inches. For most soils and lawns, it is best to divide the application into two or three installments. Doing this prevents wasteful runoff by allowing the water to soak in more slowly.
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