Lawn care blog

Fall Planting of Spring Bulbs

Want the beautiful Spring color next year? Now is the time to plant your daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths. There are a few ways to tell when it is time to get your bulbs in the ground, fall foliage has moved just past peak, you don’t hear those pesky...

Overseeding Watering Requirements

All seeds require moisture and a certain temperature range before they begin to germinate.  If the seed or sprout dries out --- it dies out. Your mission then, is to provide adequate moisture at all times. The phase before you see any sprouts poking out is most...

Aerate, compost and overseed

Why and When Should I Aerate, Compost, and Reseed My Lawn? Why Aerate? Aeration extracts 2-5" plugs of thatch and soil out from your lawn, allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass more effectively. Aeration improves drainage, promotes root...

Watering your lawn Q&A

When and how often do I water? The best time to water is in the early morning, between 4 and 6 AM. This allows your lawn to get a nice drink before temperatures heat up, evaporating the moisture off the plant. Watering early in the morning reduces the susceptibility...

Common Virginia Grasses

What type of Grass do I currently have in my lawn? Chances are likely if you are in Northern Virginia, you have a Tall Fescue lawn. However, it is possible to grow warm season grasses such as bermuda and zoysia in our climate. Southern Virginia, especially in the...

Why should I Have a Soil Sample Done on My Lawn?

Soil Samples are an important aspect of turf health as it helps manage the nutritional values in the foundation of your lawn. These tests determine quantities of lime and fertilizer needed in lawns and gardens. Sorensen Outdoor Services can complete a soil sample for...

Fall gardening checklist

Leaf Removal Are you proud of the lawn that you have worked hard to establish this fall? Do not let the leaves smother your new grass! Removing or mulching leaves from your lawn is important not only for looks, but also for the health of your lawn. A thick layering of...

How does pre-emergent prevent crabgrass?

Crabgrass is one of the most dreaded lawn invaders. Even if you do not know what it looks like, you have probably heard of it. Crabgrass is one of the most tenacious summer weeds for most homeowners. If a pre-emergent is not applied, large patches of crabgrass appear...