Confused by Lawn Care Terms?

April 1, 2013 | Lawn Care, posted by Sasha

woman looking confused by terms

Aeration: The process of removing plugs of soil to enable more oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the root system.

Amendments: Substances added to the soil to improve its structure.

Chlorosis: When green grass blades turn yellow due to a deficiency of the chlorophyll pigment. Both environmental and chemical changes can cause this condition.

Compacted Soil: Hard or impenetrable soil; soil that does not “breathe” due to poor cultivation and/or high traffic. (Lawn aeration helps with this.)

Compost: The end product of decomposed organic matter that helps feed the soil.

Desiccation: The death or injury of grass caused by dry conditions during winter dormancy.

Fertilizer: Organic or inorganic compounds that promote plant growth by providing nutrients.

Fertilizer Burn: A visible area of browning or yellowing grass caused by excess fertilization.

Hardpan: Dry, hard land that cannot support living organisms.

Loam: A soil mixture that combines various amounts of clay, sand, and silt ideal for turfgrass.

Mulch: A bulk material such as shredded bark, fallen leaves, or compost that protects plant and flower beds from weeds and aids in retaining moisture.

Organic: Plant and animal materials devoid of synthetic (manufactured) elements.

pH: Where a soil falls on the scale that measures alkalinity vs. acidity. This measurement directly affects the way a soil accepts nutrients.

Rolling: Using a weighted round barrel with an attached handle to smooth out newly-laid sod and help its roots connect well with the soil.

Scalping: Mowing the lawn too short, causing extreme stress to the grass. Can weaken or kill the grass.

Sod: Fresh-cut squares or strips of turfgrass that are used to transform a lawn instantly.

Thatch: A layer of organic plant parts that accumulates between the soil and grass blades, making the lawn more wear-resistant. Too much thatch (more than 1/2-1”) prevents moisture, air, and nutrient absorption. It can also aid in lawn diseases.

Top Dressing: Nutrient-rich organic material that’s sprinkled on top of plants to feed them.

Turf: See “sod.”

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