Two Brothers Landscaping LLC is family owned and operated, providing commercial and residential lawn and landscaping solutions to the greater Raleigh Durham Triangle area. Based out of Southern Wake County, our service area includes Raleigh,Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina and Willow Springs.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why sharpened blades are important when it comes to mowing

Lawn mowing is made so much easier when you remember to sharpen the blades of your lawn mower regularly.  There are several reasons having sharp blades is important, but the main reason is to keep your lawn looking good.  You can definitely tell that it’s time to sharpen those blades because your lawn will start looking very dull or having a whitish tinge to it right after you mow.  This is an indication that each blade of grass is being torn off rather than cut.  When you think about cutting the lawn, just remind yourself that lawn mowing should be about cutting rather than ripping.
Ripping your lawn up is not good for how the turf looks, and it’s not good for the general overall well-being of your lawn either.  After all, lawn mowing should be about not just making sure that the grass doesn’t overrun your house, but also keeping your entire yard manicured and looking great throughout the lawn mowing season.
Aside from ripped or torn grass, you run into several other problems if you continue your lawn mowing with dull blades.  Think of dull blades as actually lowing your lawn’s immune system.  Suddenly, just by mowing the lawn, you’ve made your grass is susceptible to the following diseases:
  • Insects
  • Heat problems
  • Diseases
  • Chemical burn
By mowing with dull blades, you’ve made it extremely difficult for your grass to defend itself against these issues.  You also spend more on your water bill because you will have to water the grass a lot more often or risk having to replant it altogether.  Grass is actually more delicate than it looks, and it’s up to you to take care of it.  Lawn mowing also requires sharp blades just for the simple fact that you’ll use less gasoline in your mower by mowing with sharp blades.  This is because sharp blades will cut right through the grass without facing resistance from it like dull blades do.

So remember to sharpen your blades often!!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Warm Season Grasses

Warm-season grasses are green in the summer and become brown and dormant in the winter. This group includes common and hybrid bermuda, centipede, zoysia. Warm-season grasses are adapted to the sandy soils of the North Carolina coastal plain and most of the piedmont. Warm-season grasses tolerate the high temperatures and summer droughts in North Carolina better than cool-season grasses.  

Best Time to Plant
    March through July is the best time to plant sprigs or lay sod.March through September is the best time to plant seed.Roots of warm-season grasses must have enough time to become established before the weather turns cool.
Seeding Rates  (when starting from seed not sod) 
    Seeding rates vary from 0.25 to 2.0 pounds per 1000 square feet.
     
Maintaining Warm Season Grasses

    Warm-season grasses can develop a thatch layer. When the thatch layer is half an inch thick, the lawn should be dethatched or raked. If the lawn becomes compacted, the soil can be aerated in the spring with a device that cuts and removes soil cores. Begin mowing the grass as soon as it is tall enough to be cut. A reel mower is preferred for cutting zoysia, hybrid bermuda and centipede. The suggested cutting height is 1 inch. It is not necessary to collect the clippings unless the amount is excessive and may smother the grass.