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Winter is a great time to have your soil tested.  Soil tests provide evaluations of the soil pH and the availability of ...
12/18/2013

Winter is a great time to have your soil tested. Soil tests provide evaluations of the soil pH and the availability of essential elements. Soil pH plays a key role in the ability for plants to uptake essential nutrients required for suitable growth. An excessively high or low soil pH can lead to severe plant health issues.

Northern Virginia lawns are often acidic due to the soil’s clay composition and heavy deposits of natural vegetation. If the soil pH is too acidic, lime should be applied. Lime increases the soil pH of acidic soils into a range more suitable for plant growth. A common mistake is to apply lime indiscriminately without getting the soil tested. Lime will only improve growing environment if the test shows the soil to be acidic. If the soil is neutral or slightly alkaline, lime will not improve soil conditions, in fact it could further intensify an improper pH issue.

*Your landscape can provide clues to pH conditions. Hydrangea flowers are blue in acidic soils, whereas plants growing in alkaline soil will produce pink flowers.

Why does my lawn look so sick?  With the mild and wet summer many lawns have been plagued with turf diseases.  Often the...
08/07/2013

Why does my lawn look so sick? With the mild and wet summer many lawns have been plagued with turf diseases. Often the damage is mistaken for drought stress, prompting the homeowner to pound their lawn with water, likely extenuating the disease problem. A very common turf disease, Brown Patch, if severe enough can cause significant turf death and thinning. This disease is typically seen in July and August when temperatures consistently get above 85°F.

Brown Patch is best treated with a fungicide; however homeowners can do their part and help reduce the disease potential by watering in the morning, avoiding heavy spring fertilization, and raising the mowing height.

07/30/2013

Mowing is a stress to turf and if done too low, can make your lawn vulnerable to diseases, drought and w**d infestations. During the heat of the summer, raise your mowing decks to the highest setting. Ideally you want cut grass to be around 3 inches. Leaf blade length correlates to root length--the longer the leaf blade, the longer the root. Having deep roots will maximize water uptake and supply energy to foliage during stress periods.
As a rule, not more than 30-40% of the leaf blade should be removed in a single mowing. Removal of more than 40% of the leaf blade can stunt the plant for 1-2 weeks, making your lawn vulnerable to w**ds and environmental stresses. Ideally, your lawn should be mowed on a weekly basis. For the real lawn enthusiast, you can mow more frequently to increase turf density and uniformity.

Proper watering is key to having a healthy lawn.  Virginia has clay based soils that are able to hold a lot of water and...
07/23/2013
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Proper watering is key to having a healthy lawn. Virginia has clay based soils that are able to hold a lot of water and nutrients. Lawns should be watered deep and infrequent, every 3-4 days. Frequent watering can lead to shallow root systems and disease problems. Watering times can vary depending on coverage and water flow. Ideally you want to apply 1” of water. You can determine the amount of water applied using a rain gauge. On average, water times are between 35-45 minutes per zone.

*Visit www.rileysplanthealthcare.com to view our turf program specifically designed for Virginia's climate and schedule an appointment today!

Let Riley's help you achieve the best looking lawn in the neighborhood!  Call today for $30 OFF your new lawn care servi...
06/27/2013
Riley's Plant & Turf Healthcare, LLC

Let Riley's help you achieve the best looking lawn in the neighborhood! Call today for $30 OFF your new lawn care service program.

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