Confused by Lawn Care Terms?

woman looking confused by termsIf you are new to lawn maintenance, you have probably encountered unfamiliar terms that have left you scratching your head. To help you out, we’ve compiled a vocabulary list of sorts to demystify some of those lawn care 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. Environmental or chemical changes can both cause this condition.

Compacted Soil: Soil that is hard or impenetrable; 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 is useful for feeding 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 that is 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 the retention of moisture.

Organic: Plant and animal materials devoid of synthetic (man-made) 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 grass.

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

Thatch: A layer of plant debris that accumulates between the soil and grass blades. Prevents moisture, air and nutrient absorption.

Top Dressing: Fertilizer that’s sprinkled on top of plants to feed them.

Turf: See “sod”.

If you still don’t have all the terms down, don’t worry. At The Grass Outlet, we’re the grass experts so you don’t have to be. When you order sod from us, we can help you achieve success before, during and after sod installment–that’s our commitment to your satisfaction. Ready to get started? Check out our online store today to find out what grass varieties we have to offer you.


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