Landscaping Tips

Lawn Care

Over seeding technique

In the spring or fall, sprinkle grass seed over your lawn. This will help fill in bare spots and help choke out weeds. If filling in bare areas, first loosen soil and spread peat moss, compost or top soil, then walk over lawn to help push seeds into soil. Don’t forget to water!

Leave your grass clippings

Leaving your grass clippings on the lawn is good thing. As the grass clippings decompose, they add valuable nitrogen to the soil each season. They also add organic matter and other benefits to the soil that will actually make your lawn healthier.

Length of grass

Make sure you mow frequently, and remove no more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade with each mowing.

Water In The Morning

Water your lawn in the morning, especially if night time temperatures are cool. Watering early in the morning, between 6:00 and 9:00 increases the likelihood that water percolates into the soil rather than evaporating. Don’t water the grass in the afternoon or evening, and NEVER water at night! Night time is prime time for fungus growth. All it needs is moisture. It´s okay every now and then to help the grass maintain moisture through a short dry spell. It´s not okay to water on a regular basis without the heat of the sun to help control disease.

Heavy thatch

If the thatch layer builds up to a certain level, it tends to compress and blocks water movement. It can also prevent the ability of fertilizers and pesticides from reaching the intended targets. Generally speaking, a thatch layer greater than 1/4 inch can cause enough problems to warrant removal.


Mushrooms are actually a good sign. They indicate a high level of soil fertility and point to a long future of healthy grass growing in good, moist soil. The mushrooms will appear when a certain set of climatic conditions occur. As soon as those conditions change, the mushrooms will disappear. Mushrooms pose no threat to your lawn. Treat them like a trophy – they mean that whoever prepared your soil prior to planting did it right, and they mean that whoever manages your turf is doing that right too.

Brick Pavers

How often to apply sealant on a brick paved surface

Do not apply sealant more than once every 3 years or buildup will occur and lead to peeling.

Advantages of using sealant on brick pavers

Applying sealant will enhance the luster of the paving stone as well as protect it against fading and against staining from oil, leaves and rubber.

It will seal out water and therefore prevent chipping that can occur after water seepage and it prevents about 90 percent of wind-blown seeds from germinating in the sand between the bricks.

Patios – planning considerations

To plan a successful patio, you should begin with three considerations: the weather and exposure, the expected flow of traffic, and the design in relation to the patio’s main purpose-a small intimate one for family enjoyment or a large patio for entertaining. The best patios are planned to exploit either the sun or the shade.

If I have weeds in my brick pavers how do I get rid of them?

Apply a spot vegetation killer as required. This is available from any garden center.

If something was to chip or damage my pavers could I replace them?

Very easily! A paver can be pried out easily with two flat head screwdrivers and a new paver inserted.

Mark Goebel Enterprises Inc., Landscape Contractors, Fox Lake, IL