A property manager or owner’s primary goal of partnering with a provider for commercial landscaping is to have that provider manage the grounds for them by maintaining the health of their plants, shrubs, trees and turf. Regularly scheduled mowing, proper fertilization and irrigation are some core services. Enhancements such as mulching (in all regions) or aerating and overseeding (in some regions) also can improve the health and appearance of your grounds.
A Fertile Foundation
One key to achieving beautiful, lush landscape is keeping soil healthy. Mulching plants, trees and flower beds, which is done nationwide, and aerating (depending on the grass type and the area you are in), are important services that can help your soil, and help you see the longest lifespan possible for your plants.
Your landscape may be in need of these services. Mulching retains moisture, protects plants from heat and cold, and is a common practice to keep plants health. For regions where aeration is common, you might begin to notice signs like unhealthy looking areas of grass that may persist even though it’s getting enough water and regular care. If your commercial landscape is showing these signs, depending on the region and type of grass, your turf may be in need of aerating, or overseeding, but you’ll want to be sure you contract for these services during the right season. Every landscape varies a little due to regional differences, plant and grass varieties, and so forth, so not everyone will need these services at the same time or intervals.
Mulch is an important layer of protection for plants, shrubs and trees. The most common type is bark and shredded or chipped wood. In some areas, pine needles are used. Mulch helps retain moisture, reduces weeds, and beautifies landscapes by defining areas. It can also help keep roots insulated through the cold winter and the hot summer months. So, mulching is an important service to include in your budget, as it has many benefits for your landscape.
When soil is too densely packed, from foot traffic or general use, it can be difficult for the roots of the grass to thrive. Aerating is the process of poking holes throughout the turf areas to break up soil and provide air, water and nutrients to get to the roots, allowing the roots to grow deeper, improving the health of the roots and blades of the grass. In some regions and if needed, overseeding can be done at time of aeration.
Overseeding is the process of incorporating grass seed into areas of the turf that are thinning out. It’s good to do this after aeration. Seed selection depends on the variety that will be compatible with your grass. Grass seed can be spread in the thinned out areas of turf, thickening up the lawn and greening up your grounds.
Trust U.S. Lawns to Deliver the Right Services
Although you now understand the basics of mulching, aerating, and overseeding, it can be difficult to determine when you need these services. When you partner with U.S. Lawns, you don’t need to worry about making that call yourself — our team will keep an eye on your lawn for you, and will let you know when it’s time.
U.S. Lawns provides many maintenance services to keep your landscape looking great in every season. We also provide:
- Pest control
- Irrigation system management
- Snow & ice management
- …and much more
Do you think it might be time to mulch, aerate, or overseed your lawn? We can help you assess its health! Contact U.S. Lawns today.