LAWN & LANDSCAPE
Mowing by Carrington Lawn & Landscape
Regular lawn maintenance is the key to keeping any landscape looking its best, and different landscapes require unique maintenance plans. Upon viewing your property, we can create a four season lawn service maintenance package to make your property stand out and be the envy of the neighborhood all year long. Contact us today to find out how you can bring out the best in your landscape.
LAWN MOWING & EDGE TRIMMING
We take a lot of pride in the lawns we mow and always offer our best in quality and service. Every step is taken, from sharpening blades daily to changing mowing patterns in the lawn weekly, to make your lawn look its best. After all, the appearance of your lawn is a reflection of us and our lawn care service.
Every lawn mowing includes the following: Complete mowing of the property, string trimming around all edging, trees, posts, etc. with a string trimmer and removal of freshly cut grass from all paved and undesirable areas with a power blower.
One thing is for certain in the Madison area — the leaves always fall! We offer full service clean-ups as part of our yard maintenance services. Our full service clean-ups include the removal and disposal of all your undesirable lawn refuse. We also encourage our customers to sign up for shrub pruning and perennial bed clearing as it is a good time to prune and clear out beds. Every property is unique in its requirements for spring and fall clean-ups and we will come up with a program that best suits your specific needs.
Nothing sharpens the look of a landscape like fresh mulch. Besides appearance, having the right amount of mulch is critical to the health of your landscape plantings. It helps keep moisture in the ground by the plants root system while organically decomposing over time giving nutrients back to the soil. Mulch also helps prevent pesky weeds from germinating.
Ornamental Bed Weed Control
There are three methods we use to control weeds in mulch and rock beds. Hand weeding, pre-emergent herbicide treatments and post-emergent herbicide treatments all have their time and place. Most often the best way to control weeds is by using a combination of these three methods or by choosing the most appropriate based on conditions and customer needs. Non-chemical options are also available.
Dethatching is the process of removing thatch build up from the base of the lawn in order to allow moisture, sunlight and fertilizers to better reach the soil. Thatch build up is dead, un-decomposed grass stems and roots accompanied by other small debris “trapped” above the soil base creating a barrier that reduces the absorption rate these necessary nutrients. It can also harbor insects and encourage disease. While thatch build up is a natural process for lawns, excessive build up is a very common problem and can easily be diagnosed. Simply use your fingers to move apart your lawn and see how much dead grass has collected before you reach the soil. If you have more than about ½ inch, your thatch layer is preventing your lawn from looking its best.
We use two methods for removing thatch build up and usually do it in the early spring:
- Mower mounted tine rake dethatcher (most common): We mount a dethatcher on the front our lawn mower and the dethatcher tines pick and pull out thatch. Simultaneously, the mower “vacuums” up the debris into its bagger. Because the mower blades are engaged, an added bonus of this method is that the lawn also gets cut and bagged. This method of dethatching is less expensive than the following method and we recommend doing it on an annual basis every spring, especially to thicker lawns.
- Rotary operated dethatcher – This method is much more invasive to the lawn. While the buildup of thatch must be addressed if it is a problem, only severe thatch build up is recommended for this method. It is the same concept as the mower mounted machine, thatch is agitated by small blades and then pulled up. It is then vacuumed up and discarded.
Plant Health Care
A critical part of lawn maintenance is weed control. There are three methods we use to control weeds in mulch and rock beds. Hand weeding, pre-emergent herbicide treatments and post-emergent herbicide treatments all have their time and place. Most often the best way to control weeds is by using a combination of these three methods or by choosing the most appropriate based on conditions and customer needs. Non-chemical options are also available.
Our standard insect and disease program consists of four topical spray applications per season to protect against diseases and insects. Typically, we also deep root fertilize in the Fall to help plants get through the harsh winter and thrive the next Spring.
We also offer systemic protection against insects. Depending on the most effective means of treatment, we will customize program specific to your property’s trees. We use Arborjet, Wedgle Direct Inject System, Deep Root Injection and soil drenches as methods of providing the most effective type of control in a specific environment.
ORNAMENTAL SHRUB PRUNING
We prune ornamental plants to meet each individual property owner’s specific desires. Contemporary shape pruning is done for crisp perfection of shapes while natural hand pruning encourages a more traditional and organic growth pattern.
Rejuvenation pruning can be done at most any time of year. From neglected shrubs that need to be reclaimed to increasing the number of blooms your flowering shrubs will burst with, we will ensure that your ornamentals look their best.
Aeration Services by Carrington Lawn & Landscape
Having your lawn aerated is the best natural way to improve the overall health of your lawn. Core aeration removes small cores or “plugs” from the lawn, which break back down into the turf after a week or so. These plugs encourage microbial decomposition of undisturbed thatch to help accelerate thatch breakdown. These plugs help revive compacted soil and completely puncture thatch build up in concentrated areas. Aeration allows water, oxygen, sunlight and fertilizer to penetrate the turf and reach the root system while improving health and encouraging growth and expansion. Aeration can be done any time the lawn is soft and in an active growing state (mainly late spring or early fall) and we recommended aerating on an annual basis to consistently encourage a healthy lawn.
At Carrington Lawn & Landscape we provide the best the Green Industry has to offer. We are a full service company providing every service your lawn and landscape requires to look its best. The reputation we have built is based on quality and reliability within all of our divisions. Your lawn & landscape are a reflection of us and we will treat it as if they were our own. Unlike other landscaping companies, our approach is to build lasting, long-term relationships with our customers by installing and maintaining their unique landscapes. All of our customer’s properties stand out from their neighbors and we would like the opportunity to do the same for yours.