Lawncare & Fertilization
LAWN CARE PROGRAM
Applications of fertilizers shall be carried out to maintain proper nutrient levels throughout the year. We perform regular soil tests on our home and commercial lawn maintenance projects to ensure that the proper fertilizer formulation is applied. Turf shall be fertilized with a well-balanced organic based fertilizer four times per year. A total of 4 lbs. of nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. will be applied per year. Natural soil amendments, bio-stimulants, and micro-nutrients are incorporated to maintain a consistent, lush, green appearance.
In addition to our foundation lawn care service, we offer supplemental services to maintain the health and beauty of your lawn.
Depending upon your soil and other conditions, we may recommend aeration for your property. This is a process of mechanically removing plugs of soil (5/8″ by 2″) every 6-8 inches. This allows a number of beneficial things to happen with the turf:
- Releases gases from the soil, letting oxygen in.
- Increases the amount of water to the soil and plant.
- Stimulates new root growth.
- Helps control harmful thatch buildup.
- Allow fertilizers and nutrients to move faster to the root.
- Relieves soil compaction caused by traffic and equipment.
- Reduces water runoff on slopes and hills.
Next to fertilizing your turf on a regular basis, aeration is the most beneficial thing you can do to improve the health of your lawn.
Late summer and early fall are good times to aerate your lawn. These are optimum seasons for turf to recover and spread due to the warm soil and cooler air temperatures.
Seed vs. Sod
A seeded lawn in properly graded soil will give you the better and healthier end result than a sodded lawn will. Seeded lawns have a more diverse seed mix and can tolerate hot, dry summer conditions. Seed can be custom blended to handle the site-specific conditions of your property including shaded areas. Root development will also be better over time in a seed lawn vs. a sod lawn.
While sod has the obvious benefit of “instant” grass, a seeded lawn can take 2-3 years of proper care to completely fill in. There can be significant cost savings when you choose seed over sod, both in the initial investment and in the future care of your turf grass. We can help you decide which option is best for your particular needs
Of course the right combination of service and support depends upon unique conditions present on your property and your lawn and ornamental goals. We would love to talk with you about your needs. Please fill out our contact us form, or just give us a call at 201-848-0022.
Weed, Insect and Disease Control of Turf Areas
Your turf areas will be kept in a healthy, lush green condition through the use of IPM (Integrated Pest Management). With this technique, appropriate measures can be taken to treat affected areas in an ecologically sound and timely manner.
Ph levels are monitored yearly and an application of granular lime is applied in the fall to maintain optimum intake of nutrients by the grass plants.
Aeration, Power Rake, and Slit Seeding
The performance of your turf during the year and the amount of thatch in your lawn will determine how your lawn needs to be renovated. Aeration will pull plugs of soil to the surface to loosen compaction and mix soil into the thatch layer. Aeration also allows the roots to expand to encourage the lawn to strengthen and thicken. Seed will then be applied to bare areas that have developed during the course of the season. The soil plugs will be left on the surface so they can naturally break down and mix into the thatch and crown layer. When heavy thatch layers exist, your lawn will be mechanically raked to remove excess thatch. In thinner stands of turf, seed will be mechanically injected into the soil with a slit seeder.
If irrigation will affect the lawn care service we perform, a notice will be left with instructions as to what watering requirements are necessary for the products to perform optimally. In general, watering should be avoided for 12 hours following weed or disease control applications. A full watering should be made after any other applications and regular irrigation should be applied after seeding.
Our New Jersey lawn care and maintenance program provides the following services:
Complete turf care:
- Weekly mowing
- Edging of lawn and beds
- Turf fertilization at the optimum times during the growing season
- Weed, insect and disease control as needed throughout the season
- Aeration, slit seeding or thatching, depending upon the unique requirements of your property
- Leaf removal in the fall
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If my memory serves me correctly, Horizon has been providing weekly lawn cutting service for about 20 years now. The fact that we have retained and expanded the services of Horizon for so many years speaks for itself. Over the years that original service has expanded to include the following:
- Complete lawn maintenance service including seeding fertilizing, insect control, weed control, lime ap… Read more
Thank you for the services you have performed for us over the years. Lawn maintenance landscaping and our sprinkler system, you have been there for all our needs. It has been a pleasure working with you and we will miss you and your staff. Thanks again!
I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you and your associates for the outstanding full service landscape maintenance you have provided us over the years. I believe we have utilized just about all the services you provide. We are sorry to be moving out of the area or we would have you at our next property. Keep up the efforts. Your service has been top notch.
He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding
– Jer. 51:15