Lawn Installation, Repair & Replacement Pittsburgh
Is your lawn damaged? Has drought, disease, insects, or construction destroy your lawn? If so, Dream Greener has installation, renovation and ongoing plans and options available for you.
Common Stressors to Lawns
Grass needs water to survive and when we experience a shortage of water or drought, this stresses or damages the plant. Grass is especially vulnerable to drought stress when high temperatures join the lack of water. Grass will deal with this by going dormant. Most turf grass can stay dormant for at least 3 to 4 weeks without dying.
Devastation can also be caused by turf disease. The interaction between a susceptible plant, the disease pathogen and a favorable environment promotes this development. Disease is prevalent when weather or site conditions become favorable. Insects also wreak havoc on turf grass.
If your turf looks damaged, wilted or water starved, insects may also be the culprit. Of course, people damage lawns with cars and machine made tires tracks and ruts. Construction projects may also require repairs.
We have a variety of processes and methods available to solve this dilemma including slice-seeding, over-seeding, hydro-seeding, top-dressing and sod.
Damaged Lawn Solutions
Do you have a new lawn or bare dirt? We build lawns from the ground up with a newly graded organic soil base followed by the installation of premium seed or sod.
Sod is an instant solution.
Sodding involves transplanting turf that has been grown by local experts. This turf is rolled out and laid on the ground. Sod is the most expensive because you are paying for the expert to grow and care for this grass. Sod is significantly more expensive than seed however it yields quicker results. With sod you go from dirt to turf all in a day.
Seed is appealing because it cost less than sod.
However, seed takes time and involves a growth period. With seed the best time to plant is in the late summer/fall and you must follow a set of care instructions during the growth period. Bluegrass and fescue are the most common grasses grown in our area. Whatever the cause may be we’re ready to solve your lawn turf problems.
What is Lawn Compost?
Compost is decomposed organic material and it’s a beneficial addition to your soil. Compost amends the soil adding organic material and beneficial organisms. The performance of turf in marginal or poor soils improves with the addition of compost as a soil amendment. Compost is decomposed organic matter, rich in nutrients and teeming with microorganisms. Compost is usually mixed two parts bark, leaves and dry material to one part wet or green material such as grass clippings and left in either containers or piles to decompose.
Generally, the composting process can take a few months to a year or more to finish. Air movement is important so large piles are turned periodically and containers are often open to the air in some manner. Decomposing compost should remain evenly moist but not wet.
Compost in active decay is said to be cooking because its temperature can reach anywhere from 120-160 degrees Fahrenheit. This high temperature helps sterilize weed seeds and eliminate harmful bacteria found in some manures. Eventually the compost processes and begins to cool becoming more and more concentrated. Compost is full of microorganisms that work in the soil making nutrients available to be used by the grass plants. Compost also boasts micronutrients that are extremely beneficial for plant growth.
Our Composting Process
Dream Greener employs a variety of tactics to incorporate compost. Compost can be spread or top-dress a layer on the surface of the lawn. The compost is raked and smoothed out. We also cultivate, incorporate and change soil with the installation of compost. Dream Greener also applies compost immediately after seeding and aerating. This provides a fantastic start for grass seedlings.[READ MORE: 5 Grass Growing Mistakes & How to Avoid Them]
Incorporating soil amendments improves soil structure, promotes drainage and provides nutrients. These improvements promote faster turf establishment and improve the quality of turf density, color and increased rooting.
Improve the soil = improve the lawn. It’s as simple as that.