Boughter's Lawn Care Services. Fertilizing in New Castle, PA 16101 - 16105

In response to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic

Hello friends,

Boughter’s Lawn Care Services takes your safety seriously. With the recent events surrounding the pandeminc COVID-19 outbreak we have redoubled our diligence to protect you, our customer, our staff and, by extension, the community.

In response to official recommendations, while services will continue, the physical office is closed to the public.

We are limiting personal contact as much as possible. Masks, gloves and any other appropriate protective gear will be used. We have instituted a no-knock policy and request that, if there are questions or suggestions, emails or phone calls be used rather than personal visits. Invoices will be prepared and delivered using gloves. We suggest that you sign up for email invoices rather than physical delivery. We will not work if anyone in the immediate family shows any symptoms or believes they have been exposed.

If you have any questions in regards to these precautions or concerning your account, please feel free to call or email.

Proper cultural practices

A photo showing the difference proper cultural practices makes.In my business I often preach to my customers concerning “proper cultural practices”. It’s rather simple to properly care for a lawn but it seems that very few follow the rules. Mainly, cut at the proper height for the type of turf, cut at the proper frequency for the conditions and keep your blades sharpened.

The picture attached shows two lawns. The one on the left is maintained by me while adhering to these three simple rules. The one on the right is self-maintained by the neighbor with poor mowing habits. He mows too low, not often enough and I have no idea the last time he sharpened his blades.

There is no fertilization on either lawn, the only difference is proper maintenance.

Snow mold

Due to the unprecedented amount of snow over the winter you may see slimy gray patches on your lawn. While it is caused by a fungus, it is commonly known as “snow mold”. A picture of snow mold.

It can be treated with fungicide but this is largely unnecessary and since most fungicides are short lasting if the temperatures don’t exceed approximately 68°F the symptoms will most likely reoccur. Common practice is to rake the area to remove most of the diseased tissue and fluff up the lawn to allow the affected plants to dry.Another picture of snow mold.

One treatment that I do not recommend is quick release, high nitrogen fertilizer that can be used to “grow out” the trouble spots but can also contribute to succulent growth which causes the lawn to be more susceptible to not only the snow mold we are seeing now but also other lawn diseases.