Ground Solutions will start with an advanced soil test that will measure the chemical structure of the soil. Healthy grass begins with healthy soil. Healthy soil has a proper nutrient balance consisting Major Macronutrients, Minor Macronutrients, Secondary Nutrients, and Micronutrients. The test will measure organic matter, pH levels, calcium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sodium, excess lime rates, sulfur, zinc, manganese, iron, copper, and boron in the soil.
The soil test gives a snapshot of the present state of the soil and serves as a tool to measure the progress as soil structure improves.
It is also necessary to check thatch levels, soil compaction and root depth.
Organic Granular Fertilizers are products Ground Solutions uses to stimulate growth and add slow release nutrients to the soil. Our Organic Fertilizer program consists of 4 applications spaced throughout the year.
Early Spring (April/May)
The first application is granulated Corn Gluten Meal or CGM. Our Corn Gluten Meal will help with dandelions and crab grass, and will help build a healthy turf foundation. This application is designed for slow release of nutrients for continuous greening, and resistance to heat, drought, and heavy foot traffic.
Late Spring (May/June)
The second application contains important Micronutrients and Amino Acids not present in synthetic fertilizers. This application promotes seed germination and root development as it nourishes poor soil. It helps grass absorb Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium, encourages Chlorophyll production for intense green grass. This application also contains Iron Kelp
The third application is a 3-1-5 natural fertilizer made exclusively of Alfalfa Meal, Soya Bean Meal, Ground Wheat, Kelp Meal and Sulfate of Potash. The Alfalfa Fertilizer is an excellent fertilizer providing protein and carbohydrates that encourage microbial activity in the soil. The microbial component increases the biological activity in the soil structure and provides a healthy foundation for growth.
The final application (CGM) not only feeds the plant and prevents weed seeds, but also provides organic matter for the soil to break down and store for later use. This application maintains and rejuvenates the soil’s healthy foundation for healthy growth.
A nice lawn will enhance the look and value of your house or business. Enjoy a well-manicured lawn without all the hassle. Our lawn maintenance professionals have the knowledge and skill to keep your lawn looking its best. A properly mowed lawn will be healthier, thicker, durable, and less susceptible to weeds, disease, insects, and fungi. Common mowing mistakes, such as cutting grass at the wrong height, using dull blades, and mowing too infrequently will result in damage to your lawn. Leave it to the professionals, and let Ground Solutions Inc. make your lawn the best on the block!
Our lawn maintenance professionals have their Nebraska Pesticide License and are specially trained to know exactly when and how to fertilize your lawn for optimum growth. When properly applied, a fertilizer program will encourage a healthy lawn which contributes to a healthier environment significantly more so than a lawn that receives no nutrients.
The properly applied fertilizer program will help grass grow strong, stay green, support in seedling development, aid in root growth, and will help the overall cell structure of grass by making it more resistant to disease and physical damage due to heavy foot traffic. Common fertilizing mistakes, such as using the wrong products, using too much, or using too little when needed will result in poor health and susceptibility to diseases. Ground Solutions Inc. can provide your lawn with regular, customized, consistent treatment and care, which will produces the best possible results.
Ground Solutions Inc. offers a complete 6 step program that begins in early spring and runs through late fall. While specializing in sports fields, schools and large commercial properties we will also accommodate even the smallest yards. Ground Solutions Inc. also offers a 100% Organic Fertilizing Program.
Early Spring (March - April)
The first application promotes resurgence from winter stress, early spring greening, and a pre-emergent for crabgrass and foxtail control. This application also includes broadleaf weed control as needed.
Spring (April - May)
In the spring, the second application adds needed nutrients to promote thickness and greening. This application contains a second round of pre-emergent for continued crabgrass and foxtail control. Broadleaf weed control will be applied as needed.
Early Summer (June - July)
This application will keep your grass nutrient-rich, and help protect your lawn from the damaging summer heat which will stress your lawn. The third application is a balanced blend of Phosphorus, Potassium, and slow released Nitrogen to nourish your lawn all summer long. Insecticide can be applied at this time also, but is rarely needed, as most yards do not have a grub or web worm problem. Broadleaf weed control may also be needed at this time.
Late Summer (July - August)
The balanced late summer fertilizer application will help maintain greening and lessen any stress effects your grass may have suffered. Broadleaf weed control may also be needed at this time.
Fall (August - September)
This balanced fertilizer application will help facilitate recovery from summer stress. We will check for grub activity at this time. Broadleaf weed control may also be needed at this time.
Winterizer (October - November)
The last application has a high ratio of nitrogen to encourage root growth and nutrient storage critical for your lawn’s survival during winter.
Fungus can cause rapid wide-spread damage in no time at all to what looks like strong healthy grass. It looks terrible, and weakens grass where it is allowed to grow. Fungus growth prospers in Nebraska’s warm, humid summer climate. An important preventative step in assuring that your lawn is not taken over by a fungus is making sure that there is a proper balance between the water, soil, and nutrients in your yard. Wrongly diagnosed or treated lawns only further damage your soil. Our knowledgeable, trained, certified lawn care professionals will help you fix the problem and avoid further damage in your yard.
The first step in preventing fungus is proper mowing, fertilizing, aerating, and irrigation of your lawn. Unfortunately, fungus tends to thrive in Nebraska’s humid summer climate even in the best maintenanced yards. Generally, once a fungus is visible, it has already spread, and you can only react to the damage the fungus has caused (brown spots, wilted grass, etc.) Any combination of the following will perpetuate fungus growth in a yard: improper watering, a few wet/humid days, thatch build-up, infrequent mowing, or improperly cut grass. Traditional practice has always been to wait until you start to see damage, but if you know your yard is vulnerable, the only way to stop fungus before it starts and spreads is to apply proper and timely fungicide preventative treatment applications. Our Lawn Maintenance Professionals are specially trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and fungus problems before they get out of hand.
Often times, it is also important to check that there is enough nitrogen in your soil and grass. If there is too much, or not enough, it will often cause fungus problems. Ground Solutions Inc. can provide you with a soil test and analysis to determine what nutrients your yard may be lacking.
Regular core aeration is critical in maintaining a healthy organic lawn. Aerating loosens compacted soil, increases oxygen to the roots, improves water and nutrient infiltration, encourages strong root growth, and breaks up thatch build-up.
Healthy looking grass has to start with healthy roots. Roots need oxygen from the soil to grow strong. Compacted soil restricts oxygen supply to the roots. Aerating loosens the compacted soil, which allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to reach the roots more easily. Aeration helps create a healthy soil source for roots to grow stronger and deeper, which makes the lawn more drought and disease tolerant. It is best to aerate every year on a continual basis.
Overseeding is highly recommended with all aerations. Just like everything else, grass ages, and reproduction rates slow. Thinning grass allows room for weeds to grow. Overseeding cycles in new grass to compensate for the natural slow down of the turf's reproduction, and insures your lawn stays thick and dense. Thick grass is less susceptible to weed growth. Also, there are new advances in grass seed every year improving disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.
All seed applied by Ground Solutions Inc. is certified by the Nebraska Crop Improvement Association. We typically apply one of two different varieties of seed: fescue or bluegrass.
Fescue grass is easily seeded and includes the sub species of tall bunching grasses named tall fescue and fine shorter fescues named creeping red, and chewing fescue.
All of the fescues share the same characteristics, generally being shade tolerant, staying green all year, and having very good drought resistance. Fine Fescues are more cold and shade tolerant than Tall Fescue, but both are used throughout much of the central United States.
Tall Fescue Planting Rates:
New Lawns: 5-10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Fine / Creeping Red Fescue Planting Rates:
New Lawns: 3-5 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Bluegrass is lush and finely textured. As most tender bladed grasses go; higher rates of fertilizer and water are needed. Its fast growing characteristic has the ability to develop a good root system against drought.
Bluegrass Planting Rates:
New Lawns: New: 3-4 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Overseeding: 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Clay soil is common around the Omaha area, and is a very poor nutrient source to grow a healthy lawn. Adding Gypsum to clay soil can help to recondition, break up, and loosen clay soil.
Soil is primarily made up of a varying combination of sand, silt, and clay particles. Clay soil is composed of mostly clay particles. Clay soil sticks to shoes and garden tools like glue, forms big clods that aren't easy to separate, and crusts over and cracks in dry weather. Clay soil compacts easily, making it difficult for plant roots to grow. Gypsum penetrates the millions of fine clay particles in soils creating air and moisture spaces that eventually loosen and break-up the soil structure.
Gypsum is neutral, non-toxic to humans and animals and does not burn. It should be noted that Gypsum does not contain any major plant nutrients, so it will still be necessary to continue a regular fertilizing program.
You will need to add gypsum regularly for an extended amount of time to receive the full benefits. A yearly application for at least three years is recommended to help improve clay soil conditions.
A key aspect of lawn care and maintenance is amending the soil to create a healthy nutrient-rich source where grass and plants can flourish. An effective way to create quality soil is to apply topdressing. Topdressing typically consists of a mixture of topsoil and compost derived from leaf and yard trimmings. Topdressing a lawn will significantly increase the soils ability to hold water and nutrients, which aids in drought tolerance, water efficiency, and helps to maximize nutrient availability for grass and plants. It also promotes beneficial microorganisms in the soil that help break down thatch and grass trimmings, and protect grass and plants from disease and grubs. Because of the root stimulation and the abundant access to moisture and nutrients, the ultimate result of topdressing will be a thicker healthier lawn.
We highly recommend and offer a great granular topdressing that will allow your lawn to reap the nutrient rich benefits of compost without the muddy mess of traditional compost. The product we use does not contain any manure or animal by-products. It is safe, natural, and earth friendly.
A great way to keep your yard looking good is to re-mulch your landscaping. Mulching your landscaping will give your yard a fresh look and hold in moisture and warmth throughout the winter.
Ground Solutions Inc. can provide many different varieties and colors of mulch. Using mulch in your landscaping and around trees provides a decorative appearance that is ideal for adding curb appeal to yards, flower or shrub beds.
There are also some practical benefits of mulch, such as its ability to retain moisture, maintain even soil temperatures, and deters weed growth.
Ground Solutions Inc. can prune your bushes, shrubs, and small/ornamental trees. Pruning addresses architectural concerns such as safety, structural integrity, shape, appearance, and the seasonal character that bushes, shrubs and trees add to your property.
It’s very important to trim bushes back away from a house so they don't hold in the moisture. This helps reduce mold and mildew growth in the spring and gives your foundation that breathing space it needs.
One of the most overlooked, yet very important maintenance jobs on a house is gutter cleaning. Improper gutter maintenance will lead to clogged or damaged gutters and can cause thousands of dollars in damage to your homes foundation, exterior trim, and basement. Most houses should have there gutters cleaned at least twice a year.
There is always clean up work to be done in a yard. Let Ground Solutions Inc. take on the task. Ground Solutions Inc. will clean up all leaves, sticks and other debris off of your lawn and landscape areas. Spending a couple of hours doing some proactive turf care will reward you with a healthier and more vigorous lawn and landscape.