One way to improve the quality and density of your lawn is to provide optimal growing conditions for the type of turf you have. One of the biggest problems we see as turf care specialists is a lack of sun light. In Newnan, Sharpsburg, and Senoia 80% to 90% of the lawns we treat are warm season turfs (Bermuda, Zosia, and Centipede Lawns). In FayettevilleGa and Peachtree CityGa 65% to 75% are warm season turfs. These turf types need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight to exist in the landscape. Eight to ten hours of direct sunlight is recommended. Large deciduous trees such as oaks and maples create two issues. One, they block sunlight with large and ever expanding canopies. Two, their root systems create acidic conditions within the soil and compete with turfs for available moisture and nutrients. If you see that you lawn is thinning in areas of heavy shade, take action this February. Raise the canopy of the tree (cut the lower branches off) so that the turf can receive more morning and afternoon sun. Also lime around the base of the tree (contact Mathis Outdoors for more information). If the problem persists, consider removing the tree all together or extend your ground cover beds.
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