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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Seeding versus Sodding

When rehabilitating your entire lawn follow these steps: 1. Choose whether you will like to go with a warm season grass or a cool season grass. COOL SEASON GRASSES (such as Perennial Rye and Fescue): Must seed or sod in the FALL. WARM SEASON GRASSES (such as Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia): Must seed or sod in the SUMMER months only. Centipede and Zoysia do not have a high rate of growing success in the State of NC. You should sod instead. 2. Educate yourself about each type of grass and their watering needs. Whether you choose a cool season grass or a warm season grass, they both require watering. However, cool season grasses tend to be more high maintenance and they require over-seeding every fall. Warm season grasses do not require as much watering and, unlike cool season grasses, they self-seed. They are creepers and there is no need to over-seed every fall. However, if you are trying to establish a Bermuda lawn from seed, you should seed three seasons (summers) in a row, in order to establish a full lush green lawn. When sodding, there is no need to over-seed. 3. If you are going to invest the money and the time in seeding or sodding your lawn, you must do it right the first time and protect your investment: • Treat existing weeds throughout the lawn; wait 7 to 10 days before proceeding with the following steps: • Amend the clay foundation with soil high in organic matter (50/50 compost) and till it in. • Rake out any chunks or unwanted vegetation. • Spread seed and starter fertilizer. • Top dress seed with more top soil. Avoid using wheat straw if you can. It has a tendency to bring in various weeds. • Water the lawn on a daily basis for the next 3 to 4 weeks in order to see results. • Do not mow the lawn, until seed is fully germinated or sod has rooted. • Follow an annual plan of pre and post emergent weed control applications, fertilization, adequate watering and basic lawn care to prevent your lawn from wilting and wind-blown weed seeds taking root in the lawn and thriving in the summer heat. Your lawn will revert to its former state in the absence of such a plan.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pre emergent vs Post emergent herbicides

As the name suggests, pre-emergent herbicides must be applied before weeds emerge to have any real effect, since they work by preventing weed seeds from germinating in the first place. If you wait until after the weeds emerge, the herbicide won't have any effect and you are defeating the purpose of it altogether. 

Timing is critical. A common misconception about the ideal time for pre-emergent herbicides is that application should coincide with certain events, such as daffodils or forsythias in bloom. In nearly every area of the country, the weeds will have already emerged by that time.  Pre emergents are usually applied around Feb 14th and the following two to three weeks.  

If you missed the window of opportunity for applying a pre-emergent herbicide, you can apply a post-emergent product. Post-emergents work by destroying already established weeds. However, take care when applying post-emergent herbicides. Some are selective, meaning they target specific weeds, while others are nonselective, which means they destroy anything and everything it comes in contact with.  Therefore read the product label.

Keep in mind that you'll never get rid of all the weeds in your lawn. The wind will blow weed seeds from nearby lawns into your lawn, birds will deposit them and kids running from one lawn to the next will transport weed seeds on their shoes. So do what you feel you must to battle the weeds in your lawn, but do it wisely.  Raise the height of your mower to help prevent weed seeds from germinating in the first place and fertilize as needed with a natural product to promote vigorous grass.

If you'll like to read up more about the subject visit the following link
http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/when-to-apply-herbicides