The Right Terminology Might be the Key to Getting Exactly What Your Property Needs
Sure, the grass needs mowing and the weeds need pulling, but what about aerating, dethatching, or winterizing? Expanding our knowledge of lawn maintenance terms could be the first step towards getting exactly what you need from your commercial lawn care company.
Landscaping and horticulture are vast and multifaceted fields and, like most industries, comes with its own unique lingo. So, when your landscaper says that they’re a “skilled agronomist,” will you know what they mean?
Whether for trivia or to get a head start on your lawn maintenance career, here are fifteen terms to know when it comes to commercial lawn maintenance:
- Agronomy – The study and science of soil, including how to manage and cultivate it for crop growth.
- Aeration – To aerate a lawn means to puncture the topsoil in order to increase grassroots’ access to sunlight, air, water, and nutrients. This can be done manually or with an aeration machine.
- Bow Saw – This is a bow-shaped saw – its handle is parallel to the blade in order to cut branches that are larger than 3 inches in diameter more easily. Also referred to as a buck saw.
- Bunchgrass – A perennial grass type that grows upward in clumps or tufts as opposed to laterally like sod. Bunchgrass has the advantage of deep roots – improving its access to water.
- Clay – A sticky, dense, alkaline-heavy type of soil that makes plant growth difficult.
- Clover – Also known as trefoil, clover is a groundcover that balances nitrogen levels in the soil. Grows naturally in temperate, Northern regions but is mostly undesirable in landscaped areas.
- Dethatch – Thatch is dead plants and debris that creates a blanket between healthy grass blades and topsoil. Dethatching removes the layer so water, light, and fertilizer can reach the grassroots.
- Diatomaceous Earth – Used for pest control in gardens and lawns and consists of fossilized, single-celled plants called diatoms.
- Germinate – When a seed takes root and grows.
- Hydroseed – A slurry of grass seed, fertilizer, and wood shavings. A cheaper alternative to laying sod or turf.
- Loam – Soil mixture made from silt, sand, and clay.
- Overseeding – The act of spreading seed over established grass in order to fill in patchy areas. Best to do after dethatching and aerating.
- Perennial – Plants that grow back each year.
- Pole Trimmer – A pruning saw with a long telescoping pole. Intended for tree trimming and pruning without the need for a ladder.
- Spreader – A seed distributor that helps lawn maintenance crews control the seed density. A drop spreader works more slowly and is best for windy days. A rotary spreader projects seeds across a larger area, thus working faster than a drop spreader.
5 Bonus Facts About Lawn Care
Now that we’ve got a few new terms in our lawn care arsenal, here are some eye-opening facts about lawn care in America.
- 22 million American homeowners have a professional lawn care service to maintain their outdoor landscaping
- 85 million households have their own yards
- In the UK, there’s a museum dedicated to lawnmowers through history (Not in America, we know. But, still – interesting!)
- Grass is approximately 80 percent water
- Properly cared-for lawns increase property value by 20 percent
Give Benjamin Landscaping a call for residential and commercial lawn care in Olympia and the surrounding areas today. Even if you don’t know much about lawn care, we do. And we look forward to helping you learn about and maintain your lawn year-round.