Our professional service assures a level of quality in Turf Management that is difficult for most homeowners to achieve on their own. The effective use of fertilizers and control products, when required, involves knowledge and expertise on the part of the professional Turf & Landscape Technician. As Certified applicators, we know how to choose and use quality control products on your lawn or landscape plants.


Power Core Aeration


core aerationPower Core Aeration is one of the most important maintenance practices the homeowner should do to maintain a healthy stand of turf. When performed properly, there are many cultural benefits for your lawn. During aeration, a machine known as a core aerator pulls plugs of soil from the lawn. This will effectively break up soil compaction and allow for better air water and nutrient penetration to the roots where needed the most. This results in better root development and a thicker, healthier lawn.

Aeration also helps break down the thatch layer. If the soil is heavy (clay) annual aeration is recommended.
MRW Lawns, Inc. offers Core Aeration in early spring or fall. Organic Topdressing in conjunction with this service is recommended to add organic matter to and correct poor soil structure.


Soil Testing


Professional soil analysis is an important tool we use when establishing and maintaining a fine lawn. Soil testing is the best scientific method available to evaluate the nutritional status of the soil. Nutrient stresses and imbalances can reduce plant vigor, which increases the plant’s susceptibility to damage from drought, disease, insects, and other conditions.

We take numerous samples of soil throughout your lawn and send them to our regional lab for testing. The sample usually takes about two to three weeks to come back. Once we receive the results, we will prepare a report about the test results. The report is emailed to you if we have a current email address, or we will mail it.

In the report, we will explain how much lime is required to adjust the pH level of your soil. The ideal pH level is around 6.3-6.5. If lime is required, we will spell out how much lime and the total number of additional applications required to make the desired pH change. It will also outline the additional cost. The price will include labor, materials, and clean up for all applications needed. You won’t have to do a thing. The levels of the primary nutrients, phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are also measured. If your soil is deficient in either of these nutrients, we will add the necessary amount to your program at no additional charge.

The soil test gives us additional scientific data about your soil that can be used to diagnose special problems in your lawn. The soil scientists at our regional lab are always there to help us work out even the toughest problems by offering their recommendations.

Soil testing should be repeated every three years. It will be automatically scheduled as long as you have our annual lawn care program.


Suppression of Bermuda Grass (wiregrasses)


Bermudagrass (wiregrass) is one of the most troublesome perennial grassy weeds to deal with in our Southern Maryland bermudagrass suppressionlandscapes. It has an ugly way of being very aggressive. Not only will it grow out of control in your shrub beds and lawn, but will actually damage asphalt if not treated. In the past, the only remedy for this noxious weed was to spray it with and non-selective herbicide which killed everything.

Now, we can offer you a series of herbicide applications aimed at suppressing Bermuda grass. Results have been fabulous the last few years, as long as the customer followed our watering instructions. These applications also control other hard to control weeds like dallis grass, quack grass and ground ivy (creeping Charlie).


Termite Control


MRW Lawns, Inc. is proud to announce our professional MDA certification in the termite and wood destroying insect field. Licensed, bonded, and insured, our goal is to bring you the same quality and expertise in pest control that we have provided for more than 20 years in the lawn care business. Termite damage can be very costly and may not be evident to the untrained eye until much damage has occurred.


Lawn Disease Control


LesionsOf all lawn-damaging problems, fungal diseases of turfgrass are some of the most difficult to control. There are several diseases that can infect your lawn. They cause a brown “blighting” to the leaves of turfgrass and create unsightly brown spots. Turfgrass disease problems are active from late spring through fall during periods of high moisture and humidity.

While fungicide treatments do not usually eliminate disease from lawns, studies have shown that four or five well timed fungicide applications, applied two to three weeks apart from late spring through summer can significantly reduce the incidence of severe blighting during high pressure periods.

MRW Lawns, Inc. can provide you with the proper applications to help suppress summer disease problems and help keep your lawn looking it’s best through the tough, stressful summer period. We recommend five applications for best results. Additional applications may be needed if weather conditions are conducive to disease development.

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