What You Need To Know About Lawn Renovation

What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Lawn-Renovation-V.2This spring, you may be thinking, “How can I have the greenest grass in the neighborhood?” Lawn renovation can help! After the winter, your yard may be craving some additional attention, and renovating your lawn is a great place to start.

Lawn renovation can be done in three steps: thatching, aerating and fertilizing. By following these steps, your yard will have a great start for spring and a successful summer as the green grass of envy for your neighborhood.


Thatch is the layer of dead roots, decomposing grass and other debris that can build up over time on your lawn. As you mow, if you don’t remove the clippings, it can remain in your yard and build up to become thatch. It can decrease the amount of sunlight and water reaching the roots and even the grass blades, which is necessary for proper growth. By thatching, you can remove excess of this layer of debris and allow water, sunlight and nutrients to penetrate the soil and reach the root zone of your grass.

Removing the layer of thatch has also been shown to reduce disease and infestations, as doing so allows for fewer hiding places for pests like fungi, insects and diseases to hide.

How? You can use a thatch rake to remove excess thatch, allowing your grass the opportunity to thrive.


Aerating your soil allows everything needed to sustain the life of your grass to reach the roots. Aerating, or poking holes into the soil, gets the air, water and nutrients from fertilizer down to the root zone. From there, it can be taken up into the plants, where it can be used as needed for growth.

How? Use a plug or spike aerator on your lawn to create the needed space. (A plug aerator removes the plugs of soil; a spike aerator just pokes holes.)


Fertilizers can give your grass the nutrients it needs to survive, and thrive. Fertilizer is made of three primary ingredients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), and other ingredients are sometimes included as well. Each ingredient has a specific purpose:

  • Nitrogen: helps your grass grow upwards
  • Phosphorus: helps deepen the grass roots’ growth
  • Potassium: helps with the color and overall health of your grass

When selecting a fertilizer, you have many options. There are granular and water soluble options, and even some that are a slow-release formula. There are typically three numbers on the fertilizer label, which each relate to the amount of each chemical ingredient in the fertilizer.

How? Fertilize once the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees. Follow the label’s application recommendations for best results.

Once following these steps, water and mow as recommended by a lawn care professional to see success this spring!

If you need help renovating your lawn this spring, Hart and Sons Landscape is here to assist! Get the green lawn that is the envy of your neighbors by contacting the lawn care pros for help!


An Early Spring Guide to Your Rose Garden

An Early Spring Guide to Your Rose GardenPruning roses in the early spring is essential to ensure full, renewed growth as the season progresses. Roses need to be pruned regularly, and now is a great time to start because you’ll remove the dead leaves and stems, as well as any potentially damaged or disease ridden parts of the plant from the cold winter months.

Ultimately, the goal is to encourage the plant to produce a lot of rose buds — so you need to make sure it has the space to do so. But don’t be intimidated by this process! Here are a few tips to help you see the bloom your yard deserves.

Have the right tools

A rose thorn to the thumb is not a pleasant experience, as anyone who has felt that pain can attest. So the first tool to make sure you have are a good quality pair of puncture proof gloves.

You’ll need quality pruning shears with curved blades, a pruning saw and lopping shears with a long handle. Each of these will serve a specific purpose. Because different types of roses may need special care, do your research or consult a pro.

Quick Pruning Summary

Before you get started, you’ll want to take a look at each stem. Remove all dead or weak stems, leaving only healthy stems that are more likely to thrive and bloom.

Using your shears, prune at a 45 degree angle about ¼ inch above a leaf or bud growth. As you go, take a moment to examine each stem. The center of the stem you’ve cut should be white. If it’s brown, dry or withered, cut down a little further. Thin out the branches with the pruning saw or lopping shears as needed. If there are any crossed stems, remove one so there is plenty of room to grow.

Don’t forget to wipe your tools before storing them in a shed or closet to keep them dry and out of the rain to prevent rust.

5 Mistakes To Avoid

  1. The biggest mistake many people make is when to prune. You need to wait until after the last frost to take your shears to your roses.
  2. Another common error people make is cutting the plant too short. Keep your plant at least half of the original height.
  3. Cutting at the wrong angle could lead to rot from water gathering on the ends of the stem, which would lead to a dead and damaged branch sooner than later
  4. Fertilizing immediately after pruning can cause stress to the plant and defoliate it. You should wait at least three weeks after pruning before feeding it.
  5. If you leave the small, skinny stems, they probably won’t grow. Remove anything skinnier than a pencil, and leave the rest to bloom.

Still Need Help?

If you’re in a little over your head with the number of rose bushes you have to prune, it’s ok to just hire the right help. If you’re not afraid to admit that you’d really rather be spending your time performing various other household chores, call the landscape experts here at Hart and Sons Landscape. We have years of experience bringing roses to bloom and we’d love to help you, too.

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