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Lawn Seeding

Choosing A Grass Type For Your Yard

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Spring is coming (or is already here) and you’ve probably looked outside with mixed feelings as your eyes land on your lawn. You think about lawn maintenance, weeds, or the lovely and fickle Missouri summers that either drown or desiccate grass until it just gives one last sigh and gives up the ghost. Grass isn’t just one giant green blade, there are many, many varieties and some are ideally suited for our area. Paying attention to what seed you toss out will go a long way toward keeping your lawn green and happy.

Lawns are normally grouped into a couple of catagories; warm season or cool season.  Warm season grasses such as  bermudagrass, zoysiagrass or buffalograss are good for the southern areas of the US where summers are hot and winters are mild. Some such as zoysiagrass will tolerate our northern Missouri climate but will go dormant when temps go below 50 degrees and are among the last of the grasses to green up in late spring. However, they tolerate our burning summers very well and may be the only green on the block when Independence Day comes. It does need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight so avoid planting in large shady areas as the turf will be as thin as a bald man’s head.

Cooler season grasses are best for areas with warm summers and cold winters such as Kansas City. These grasses include fine and tall fescues, bluegrass and bentgrass. They’ll grow well in the spring and fall and then slow during the summer heat. Fescues are a good all around choice as unlike the majority of cool season grasses they are shade tolerant and perform well in the transition areas that bisect Missouri into cooler and warmer zones. It becomes more wear tolerant when mixed with a small amount of rye. Bluegrass is another fine choice and is more wear tolerant than fescue or buffalo grass so is great for high traffic areas. Golf courses love it for fairways, tees and roughs. It has runners that allow it to  spread and fill in bare spots.Cool season grasses can also be seeded in the fall over warm season grasses. This provides a green cover during a period when the warm season lawn goes dormant and turns brown.

Regardless of what type of grass you use in your lawn they will all GROW. And if you have a busy summer schedule you know how mowing can get away from you. We’ve all seen how one good rain can seem to make your grass grow an inch overnight. So if you find yourself coming home after dark so your neighbors can’t gang up on you or you wake up one morning to find your lawn mower sporting a bow on the front porch call us at Olympic Lawn and Landscape. We mow and trim your yard so that it’s clean and crisp. Our professional mowers take time to mow in straight lines and attractive patterns. We understand how to mow grass to encourage healthy grass growth. In short, we know grass!

Restoring Dead Spots in the Lawn

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restore-your-lawn-grass-seedUnfortunately, dead spots are going to happen. You may spend all season long taking great of your lawn but are still unable to avoid the occasional dead spots that are going to ruin your efforts.

The problem with restoring these areas may be that the dead grass isn’t decaying fast enough for your grass to grow back naturally. Below are some steps you can take to restore those areas of your lawn.

First, with the help of a rake or perhaps a shovel, remove the dead grass as much as possible. When doing so, only remove the top part of the soil and avoid digging too deep in order to reuse the soil. Go ahead and dispose that dead grass.

Next, spread grass seed across the area. If you’re unsure of the type of grass in your lawn, you can typically take a sample of the grass to your local hardware store where it can be matched. It may also be helpful to purchase dirt if the area is large.

Sprinkle the area with the seed thoroughly on the formerly dead area. If the area is no larger than 6 inches, feel free to sprinkle the seed until you can no longer see the dirt.

Next, spread the dirt evenly across the top, but not too thick. About half an inch of dirt will be plenty. Once this is done, it’s time to water the grass. Don’t overdo it so that the dirt and seeds are washed away, but be sure the area gets plenty of water.

Depending on the end-of-summer climate, I recommend you water the area twice each day. If the area does not completely dry in between, then only water the areas once each day.

Be sure to keep away that will damage the growth of the new grass such as lawn furniture or pets. After a few weeks you should be able to notice some green sprouts on your lawn.

For more information about restoring dead spots in your lawn or maintaining its beauty, contact your local experts at Olympic Lawn and Landscape at 816-875-9296.

Spring Lawn Care Special

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With spring weather and April showers on the horizon, it’s time to kick-start your lawn’s improvement. Through March and April, Olympic Lawn and Landscape is offering a special on our spring lawn maintenance package. This offer includes:

-Aerating your lawn to allow rain and watering to get to the roots where they are needed. Aerating will also loosen the compact of the soil and let in nutrients and oxygen for healthy growth.
-Verticutting will be done in preparation for seeding. We will place vertical lines in the top of the soil for maximum effects of over-seeding.
-Over-seeding your lawn will then be done to your existing turf in order for it to thicken.
-After new grass seed has been applied, we will spread starter fertilizer thoroughly throughout your lawn. This will help with the germination process of the new seed.

spring lawn careThis process will eliminate weeks of work and give your lawn a nice green look. Not only will your lawn look great, it will have healthy roots leading to a healthy-looking lawn for months.

Give us a call today to set up your spring lawn maintenance and mention this special.

To do all four: aerating, verticutting, over-seeding, and laying starting fertilizer, the price is as low as $370 for a lawn up to 12,000 sq. feet.

Don’t miss out on this special through April and contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape today!

Help Your Lawn Recover from Last Year's Drought

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Kansas City went through a severe drought  in 2012. With these conditions, your lawn has become water stressed. This will cause many lawns to go dormant and turn yellowish or brown. It’s possible for your lawn to then go from dormant to dead.

The easiest way to determine signs of drought stress is through the color of your grass. If your grass has discolored to yellow or tan, your lawn is experiencing drought dormancy. Drought dormancy can be somewhat good news because it hasn’t died, it just simply stopp

ed growing. Once you have determined that your lawn needs some extra care in recovering from the drought, it’s time to dethatch. Thatch is a layer of dead organic matter, likes leaves and grass clippings, between the green matter and the surface of the soil. It’s important to remove these after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. It’s important to remove these during or after a drought so that new grass doesn’t root into the thatch, but into the soil. Once the thatch has been removed, you can begin to aerate the soil. In other words, puncture holes in your lawn. This way, any moisture will go directly to your lawn’s roots.
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To begin replenishing the nutrients that were lost during the drought, feed your lawn with a fertilizer developed for grass. This will especially help with the bare spots. If rain isn’t in the forecast, it’s time to start watering deeply once or twice a week. As the temperature rises, begin to increase the length of time you are watering.

Now you’re probably wondering- to mow or not to mow? It’s ok to mow if you mow high and mulch your grass clippings. This will also help retain any moisture.

 
Once your lawn begins to slowly recover from its dormancy, you can start seeding and treating the weeds. If you have any further questions about recovering your lawn from a drought or other lawn care, contact Olympic Lawn and Landscape, Inc.

Lawn Seeding in Spring

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So it’s time. Either you’ve got big brown patches of dirt that need filled, or your yard needs a little “improvement.” This spring, several homeowners will break out the extra grass seed and overseed their lawns in hopes of covering up the dog spots, neglected areas, or even areas of high foot traffic in the yard. And while fall is typically the preferred time to seed your lawn, those who grow grass in early spring have found success, too.

Overseeding your Lawn in Spring

This spring, to seed your lawn, first rake up the extra leaves the thatch from your yard. This will begin to aerate the soil, and loosen it up for grass roots to grow. You might also consider aearing your entire yard if your soil is heavily compacted. This will allow oxygen to get into the soil, and for your grass to grow better.

You want to make sure the temperatures have started to warm up, but not too much to the point that the soil is already dried and compacted. The ideal temperature for your soil when planting grass seed in spring is 40-45 degrees. You’ll want to make sure the soil can be raked up enough to cover the new seedlings. Make sure you plant when the risk of snow or freezing has passed, but before the hot summer days are here.

Overseeding your Springtime Yard

If you have a few patches of grass you’re looking to overseed, it’s easy to grow grass on your own. Remove the area from any debris, and rake up the soil. A garden tool, aerating tool or hoe also work well to break up the soil. Make sure the soil is free of acidity for checking for moss growth, and add lime, if needed. Sprinkle grass seed in the area, and then add a fertilizer, too. Many homeowners have found it helpful to then cover up the grass seed with hay or moss to prevent the seeds from traveling. Keep an eye on the area, and make sure it stays watered.

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