1. Neglecting your soil – Don’t guess…soil test! A green, lush, healthy lawn stats with good soil. Healthy soil includes a good texture, to proper nutrients and a balanced pH level. The ideal pH level is between 6.5 & 7. If the pH level is below 6.5, the soil is too acidic. Acidic soil can be brought to neutral level by applying Lime. If the pH level is above 7, your soil is too alkaline and needs a sulfur application. Within minutes we are able to tell you the pH level of your soil. Just give us a call and we will come test the pH of your soil for no charge! People often neglect their soil by not relieving compaction. Soil easily becomes compacted from everyday foot traffic and weekly mowing. By aerating your lawn in the Spring and Fall you will notice a huge difference in your lawn. The root system becomes deeper and produces thick, luscious, green grass. Aeration is a very cost effective way to reduce compaction.
  2. Improper MowingDull Lawn Mower blades tear the grass rather than providing a clean cut. The tearing of plant tissue can create a breeding ground for insects and disease. Another common mistake is cutting your grass too short. This encourages weed growth, increases heat stress during the hot summer months and makes your lawn more susceptible to insects and disease. You should never remove more than 1/3 of the grass at one time.
  3. Too much / Too little watering – Water is vital to all life. Too little water and things die, too much and things drown. This is very true when it comes to your lawn. Lawn clippings are nearly 90% water. Several people are concerned about not watering their lawns enough, in fact, more lawns are damaged by over-watering than under-watering. However, there are a few exceptions. A newly seeded lawn requires more water than an established lawn requires. Proper watering after installation will ensure the turf gets established. It will also have a huge impact on how well the lawn continues to grow for years to come. Within a 1/2 hour of installation you will need to water the new seed with at least one inch of water. Be sure to water the new seed daily, keeping the seed moist, not soggy, until it is rooted. An established lawn does not require as much water. The amount of water a lawn needs is determined by the overall health and ability to withstand use and drought. The standard for most established lawns is one inch of water per week. Try to water your lawn first thing in the morning. If you water your lawn in the evening there is a chance that this moisture will cause fungus throughout the night. Here is some helpful advice for knowing if your lawn needs water. Your lawn needs water if your foot prints are still visible an hour or more after watering. On a well-watered lawn your foot prints will not be visible. Also, if your lawn has a grey-blue color to it, it’s probably in need of water. Use a soil probe, such as a screwdriver to determine how dry your lawn is. If it can be pushed into the soil easily, it should have enough moisture. Remember too, just because your lawn turns brown during extreme dry periods does not mean it is dying; grass goes dormant during such periods.
  4. Failing to De-thatch – Thatch is a tightly packed layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develop between the turf and soil surface. If this layer is over a 1/2 inch thick it can prevent air, water, and nutrients from reaching your soil and getting to the roots. Malnourished roots will result in a lawn that struggles to thrive in unpleasant growing conditions. In order to determine if your lawn has a thatch problem, remove a small plug of turf several inches deep. If the spongy layer of material between the turf and the soil is over 1/2 – 3/4 inch you should consider dethatching or beginning a program which will encourage thatch decomposition.
  5. Failing to Aerate – Aerating a lawn is recommended when soil becomes compacted. Aeration is also recommended when air, water and nutrients are unable to reach the root system. Aeration pulls plugs of soil out of the ground which then allows air, water, and nutrients in. Not only does it create a deeper root system it also relieves compaction.
  6. Removing Lawn Clippings after Mowing – Lawn clippings are a great source of nutrients for your soil. As long as you mow on a regular basis, it is beneficial to NOT remove your clippings.
  7. Mowing Mishaps – Often times, people try to reduce the number of times they mow by mowing too low, known as scalping. At any given time, you should never remove more than 1/3 of the lawn at one time. When grass is mowed too short it encourage weed growth, increases heat stress during the hot summer months and makes your lawn more susceptible to insects and disease.

Benefits of Lawn Aeration

On May 13, 2011, in Lawn Issues, Services, by Admin

Aeration:

  • Increases water intake
  • Reduces water runoff and puddling
  • Stimulates root development
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Increases the tolerance to heat
  • Enhanced thatch breakdown

 

Aeration is the natural exchange of soil and air.  The process is mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil form the lawn to improve soil aeration. This process not only helps heavily used lawns but also lawns growing on compacted soil.  Having you lawn aerated will improve the depth and extent of grass rooting which will allow better water uptake, enhanced fertilizer use & thatch breakdown.

Annual aeration is beneficial for turf growing on heavy clay or subsoil’s.  Both Spring and Fall are ideal times to aerate your lawn.

Customer Appreciation Day!

On April 26, 2011, in Services, by Admin

Customer Appreciation Day, April 30th 2011

 

Come one, come all!!  Pack up the car & head down to Kiefer Landscaping for FREE hamburgers & hotdogs, amazing specials & new product lines.  We will be showcasing some new products we are really excited about, Twin Eagles Grills are a premium gas grill that can either be used as a stand-alone unit or built into an outdoor kitchen or living space.  We have also teamed up with one of the leading Jungle Gym manufacturers in the country, Eastern Jungle Gyms have become synonymous with quality, strength & value due to the dedication of their design team innovating new and safe ways to keep them above the rest.  While your here take some time to view all of the new Shrubs, Trees & Perennials that have arrived for the new season such as; Twisty Baby Locusts, False Cypress and Junipers on a stick, Mardi Gras Abelia, Stoplight Coral Bells, Fireworks Fountain Grass & Supterstar Spirea just to name a few. Don’t miss out on the discounts and DRAWINGS!!

We have been blessed throughout the years to have the best customers a company could ask for & we would like to show our appreciation. From our family to yours, we wish everyone the very best in 2011!

 

  • Date: April 30th, 2011
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
  • Location: Kiefer Landscaping {3110 South Banker St. Effingham, Illinois 62401}

 

 

In the beginning Kiefer Landscaping set forth to go above and beyond all other landscape companies by providing peace-of-mind to our customers, who quickly became friends.  After analyzing the situation we realized that there are multitudes of other communities who deserve the same satisfaction.  Over the past five years we have been expanding operations to cover, not only Central Illinois but Eastern Missouri and Western Indiana. One-by-one communities saw how easy and beautiful we had made their neighbors daily lives, with things as simple as lawn care maintenance. It didn’t take long before they wanted the same satisfaction for themselves.  Our company thrives on the miles of smiles we have created but more importantly the fulfillment we have received through the acceptance of our newly made neighbors and friends.

Our Lawn Care Maintenance crew is on of the best in Illinois, with crew members that have over 12 years vested in the practice and technique of a well manicured yard.  Not only can our customers rest assured their lawns will be taken care of whenever need be but they also know that our team takes time every day to sharpen all blades and make sure all equipment is 100%.   With our guys on the job our customers can finally envision those beautiful stripe patterns gracing their front and backyard.

We also pride ourselves in uniquely designed landscapes.  Whether someone wants their own secret garden filled with hostas, hydrangeas, and ornamental trees or a peaceful retreat where they can listen to the flowing water of their new waterscape, our customers know that we are the best of the best when turning dreams into reality.

During those hot summer months many people think about watering their lawns but too few people have the time it takes to dedicate themselves.  By choosing Kiefer Landscaping our customers know they have a licensed WeatherMatic Irrigation platinum contractor on the job to install top-quality hassle-free sprinkler and irrigation systems.  Our team takes the extra time to map out and ensure maximum amounts of coverage with minimal installation, leaving your lawn looking effortless.

If you or your family have been wondering how far we will go to turn your dreams into reality take a few moments and review our service area below.

Arcola, Illinois Fairfield, ILlinois Mattoon, Illinois St. Joseph, Illinois
Bellville, Illinois Fairview Heights, ILlinois Monticello, Illinois St.Louis, MO
Benton, Illinois Flora, ILlinois Mt. Zion, Illinois Swansea, Illinois
Carbondale, Illinois Glen Carbon, Illinois Newton, Illinois Taylorville, IL
Casey, Illinois Greenville, Illinois O’Fallon, Illinois Terre Haute, Indiana
Centralia, Illinois Highland, Illinois Olney, Illinois Troy, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois Hillsboro, Illinois Pana, Illinois Tuscola, Illinois
Charleston, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Rantoul, Illinois Urbana, Illinois
Collinsville, ILlinois Lawrenceville, Illinois Robinson, Illinois Vandalia, Illinois
Columbia, ILlinois Litchfield, Illinois Salem, Illinois Vincennes, Illinois
Danville, ILlinois Louisville, Ilinois Savoy, Illinois Waterloo, Illinois
Decatur, ILlinois Mahomet, Illinois Shelbyville, Illinois West Frankfort, Illinois
Edwardsville, ILlinois Marion, Illinois Springfield, Illinois
Effingham, ILlinois Marshall, Illinois St. Joseph, Illinois

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Lawn Maintenance:

Our lawn care & maintenance services are unmatched in the area. With over 20 years experience our team has perfected this service into an art form. By choosing Kiefer Landscaping you can rest easy knowing that tasks such as lawn mowing and weed eating are being taken care of by the best around. Our expert crews know that there are certain ways a yard should be maintained to maximize its benefits. Mower blades are sharpened on a daily basis, leaving them dull opens up your lawn to pests and diseases. We also alternate mowing patterns so over time ruts aren’t apart of your landscape. Also by removing no more the 1/3 of the leaf blade you are maintaining the hearty-ness of your lawn, removing anymore than that would be very stressful for the plant and would lead to pest and disease problems. Another mistake a lot of companies make is bagging the grass clippings, even though the lawn may look nice once finished, over time it will begin to loose its luster due to all the nutrients in the clippings that are needed by your lawn. Our crews also pride themselves in laying out beautiful stripe patterns in every lawn they mows or maintain, never again will you have to try tirelessly to get these effects. While most people consider lawn maintenance to be just lawn mowing we at Kiefer Landscaping know that in order to maintain a healthy lawn for life there needs to be more done than just the simple cut, and that is the biggest difference between us and our competitors.

 

6-Step Fertilizer Program:

The secret to having a green lawn lies in providing sufficient nutrients and having an effective fertilizer program.  Our rigorous 6-step fertilization program consists of: Balanced feeding of granular fertilizer, granular fertilizer fortified with iron, custom formulated fertilizer to keep lawn green and healthy during hot summer months, insect control, granular fertilizer with extra nitrogen and potash for rich, green fall color with extra vigor, lastly we do a special feeding to promote winter root growth and encourage a vibrant, green lawn for the spring.  Some of the many benefits of fertilizing your lawn consist of: Promoting consistent green color, foliage growth to fill in bare spots, develops strong roots, improves the overall health of the lawn, and prevents pesky weeds.

Spring & Fall Clean-Up’s:

Spring and Fall clean-ups can be a hassle for anyone and that’s why more and more people have turned to us for their clean-up needs.  Our customers know that with our crew on the job it will be completed on time the first time.  We will come out and service your property with a multitude of things such as: bed maintenance, top dressing mulch, pulling weeds if any, trimming, pruning, leaf removal, pressure washing, irrigation and pond start ups and blow outs, top dressing of landscape rock and many more.  All work is completed by cleaning up all debris and blowing off all hard surfaces, by the time you get home you will have a beautiful landscape ready to bloom with no traces of us having been there.

Tree & Shrub Trimming & Fertilizing:

Tree and shrub trimming and removal is needed to help your landscape flourish.  Having your plants professionally trimmed will enhance their natural beauty.  It will also prevent disease, decay, and help from penetrating and infecting other areas of your plants.  It is very important to have a hanging or diseased limb removed due to the fact that it could cause major damage to your property or the plant itself.  Keeping your trees trimmed will make them more wind resistant, beautiful, and less susceptible to disease. Some of the benefits include: complimenting you and your home, extends the life of your plants, brings plants back to their natural shape and size, preserves strength and stature, encourages flower and fruit development.  Trimming at a young age will train them to grow properly however if done wrong it could kill the tree and cause rotting to start or deform the tree.  Also, topping is a huge mistake, we see this all over the area, and trees that are topped will almost always become diseased and result in death.

Deep root fertilization is preferred and the most effective method for fertilizing trees and shrubs.  Through this process a liquid time-released fertilizer is pressure injected into the roots.  Well-nourished plants have better resistance to disease and insect attack.  Deep root fertilizing can help keep your plants healthier, promoting the luxurious foliage that adds beauty and value to your property.  When you drop fertilizer on top of your lawn the grass receives most of the benefits, that is why it is so important to feed your trees and shrubs with a deep root fertilizer treatment.  Enjoy the benefits of having us treat your trees and shrubs: Bypasses elements that keep your plants from being nourished, promotes deep root growth and prevents shallow roots, increases sturdiness of plants, puts water and nutrients where plants need them most, perfect for plants with delicate blossoms or petals, injected into the ground which keeps fertilizer away from pets and children, promotes tree growth to provide more shade, and increases blooms and frequency of blooming periods.

Landscape Winterization:

Landscape winterization is something few people think about doing but it is critical to giving your landscape a head start next spring. A landscape winterization consists of removing all annuals, trimming down all perennials, removing all debris from your landscape beds, pulling all weeds and winterizing any ponds or water features you might have in your landscape beds or anywhere else on your property. This is a crucial step to ensuring your water feature will be functioning correctly for years to come and also to ensure your perennials can start shooting up when that wonderful spring airs rolls in.

Lawn Renovation’s:

We have been renovating lawns for over 20 years. When people hear lawn renovations they may think of a new landscape or something along those lines. While this is all part of the process the main thing to remember is that a lawn renovation is exactly that; a renovation of your existing lawn. There are many things that can be done to get your lawn back to its original luster. First we start off by getting any weed problem, if any, under control. We do this by physically pulling and using a broadcast herbicide. Next, we take a look at the thatch situation and begin the process of Dethatching, depending on how extreme the build up is one could either use a hand rake, a power dethatcher, or a sod cutter. We then continue the process by preparing the soil which can be done by hand raking, aerification, or vertical mowing after applying Kiefer Landscaping’s special blend of fertilizer it is time to start the seeding process. Rotary spreaders, drop spreaders, and slit seeders are all good means of broadcasting seed throughout a lawn. The final step in the process is to lightly irrigate the newly renovated area up to twice a day but never letting it become soggy.

 

 

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