At BCK Earth & Turf, we offer sustainable, organic based and scientifically tailored lawn and shrub care programs throughout Fairfield County. Our programs are designed to develop healthy soils and to minimize and eliminate chemical application. We stand by our product and ensure the highest level of service backed up by our experience, education in plants and soil sciences, and our continuing education to promote healthier lawns and shrubs while minimizing pesticides.
I’ve been providing lawn care programs for a decade now and have developed a loyal client base with close to a hundred happy customers. I have a B.S. in Turfgrass and Soil Sciences from the University of Connecticut and I’ve invested in state of the art equipment for precise and calibrated applications. If I’m not doing the applications then my trained employee will be and as a small business with a close range of clients I’m constantly checking in on lawns throughout the season, especially new ones. Lawns can change as fast as the weather in this business and I make it priority to be extremely responsive if any issues arise before they turn into big problems. I’m local and always a phone call away.
Turfgrass plants require seventeen essential elements to grow and complete their life cycle. Aside from Carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, the rest of the elements may be in limited amounts in the soil. A soil test is performed to identify nutrient levels and a fertility program is designed based off of the test. Our programs provide the plant with a steady and consistent amount of nutrients for optimal growing conditions.
Warranted chemical applications may be needed to maintain a high quality lawn. Judicial amounts may be used to combat any diseases, insects or encroaching weeds. As licensed applicators we are conscious about the chemicals that we apply.
Topdressing is an excellent way to add organic matter and different types of soil to the existing soil profile. Topdressing has many benefits such as enhanced drainage, decreased thatch layer, increased soil aeration, increased water holding capacity, increased soil nutrients and increased soil microbes. A wide array of different topdressing material may be used to properly amend a lawn.
Core Aeration / Deep tine aeration
Core aeration is used to relieve compaction in upper part of the root zone. Over the season the soil profile becomes compacted from foot traffic and equipment, mostly lawn mowers, and as the soil is compacted so are the pores in the soil responsible for retaining water and air, micro and macro pores. As the pores are compacted their capacity to retain water and air is limited which will prevent proper root growth and canopy growth. Deep tine aeration reaches the part of the soil profile that core aeration cannot. Deep tine core aeration ensures that the lower part of the soil profile will be well aerated and well drained.
Efficient irrigation is critical for healthy turf. To little or too much water can be detrimental to turf. Too little and the turf can burn out and too much can suffocate the root zone and invite many damaging diseases. Managing irrigation is based on the weather, soil conditions, sun exposure and grass species and should not be over looked. It is an intricate part of managing lawns and needs to be done appropriately. We service irrigation systems and offer irrigation audits to measure your system and to make it more efficient.
Residential Lawn Care Program:
March: Aeration and Topdressing
Aeration alleviates soil compaction and allows the grass roots to start growing with less effort in the early spring. Amending the soil with a topdressing mix provides an organic source of nutrients to jump start your lawn early in the season. The sooner a lawn starts growing the faster it can fill in and out compete weed species and be better established to tolerate the summer heat.
Mid April: Fertilizer plus a pre-emergent
Fertilizer maintains a steady source of nutrients to allow for optimal growth for the lawn. A pre-emergent is a preventive approach towards crabgrass, which left untreated, can ruin a lawn in one season. Over time crabgrass can be controlled with our program and a pre-emergent won’t be necessary.
June:Fertilizer plus post emergent
A steady release of fertilizer maintains healthy growth and prepares the lawn for the hot summer months. Post emergent applications are small amounts of herbicide targeting invasive weeds. Consistent post emergent applications over time greatly reduce invading weeds and less and less herbicides are needed each year.
July: Post emergent and irrigation check
We usually see the hottest temperatures kick in this time of year and when summer annual weeds are most prevalent. We continue the post emergent applications and adjust the irrigation accordingly to respond to the summer heat.
August / September: Fertilizer, post-emergent and seeding
This fertilizer prepares the lawn for the cooler fall days to come and will stimulate the grass to start more root development. It helps in recovering from any summer damage as well. The end of summer is an excellent time to establish new lawns or to renovate existing lawns. The new seedlings will thrive in the cooler and moist weather without any competing weeds.
October: Fertilizer, Lime, aeration and topdressing
Aeration and topdressing paired with fertilizer provides an excellent soil medium for the plants root to grow into. During the late fall turfgrass’ allocates its resources to the root zone which prepares the plant for quicker and faster growth the following spring.