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GLOSSARY OF LAWN CARE TERMS
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Aeration - Process of taking out plugs of soil to alleviate soil compaction and permit oxygen, nutrients and water to go into the ground.
Broadleaf Weeds – Dandelion, chickweed, clover or other weeds that grab resources away from turf and disrupt the lawn’s texture.
Crabgrass – This grass grows high, has branching stems and often has purplish tones. Crabgrass spreads easily and crowds out other kinds of turf. It disrupts your lawn’s uniform presentation.
Fertilizer – Inorganic or organic compounds that encourage plant growth by providing micro and major nutrients.
Fertilization – The correct application of the correct amount of fertilizer promotes flowering and growth in plants and turf. Also referred to as "feeding."
Foundation Plants – Shrubs and trees that add to a home’s appearance when situated next to the home’s foundation.
Grassy Weeds – Crabgrass, Broadleaf, Sedge, and other weeds that remove resources and create an uneven look to lawns and take resources from the preferable grass.
Grubs – Beetles in their larval forms, grubs live in the soil and they feed on the roots of plants. A lawn damaged by grubs typically usually shows big, irregular areas of brown turf that easily detach from the soil.
Micronutrients – Essential nutrients required in small amounts for healthy plant growth.
Mulch – Any material that is applied to soil to improve or protect a particular area. Often placed around shrubs and trees to protect against weeds and help in the retention of water.
Pre-emergent Weed Control – Treatment used in the prevention of crabgrass and other weeds.
Reseeding – Applying grass seed to fill in bare or thin areas in your lawn.
Soil Enrichment – Process that improves quality of soil through the addition of microbes and organic supplements to promote soil health.
Thatch – Natural layer of plant material composed of dead grass (stems, roots, and leaves) that could be harmful to your lawn if it gets too thick. Leaving grass clippings on your lawn does not cause thatch.
Ticks – These tiny creatures are technically a part of the arachnid family. They feed on the blood of humans and pets. Ticks can be dangerous because they could be carrying life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks do not harm turf.
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