What Is a Lawn Analysis?

If you do the usual lawn chores but still get yellow spots and thin patches, it may be time to call in a professional.

You are the King or Queen of your castle, the Masters of your domain. It's your territory — your home and land should be exactly how you want it, everything in its place and looking fine.

But darn it, that lawn refuses to conform to your dictates! You do the usual lawn chores and maintenance, and yet you're still getting yellow spots, thin patches, uneven turf, or other annoying lawn issues. It's time to call in a professional who can assess your lawn's overall health, determine its specific needs, and give you advice on how to care for it.

This is a lawn analysis, given by an experienced professional with detailed knowledge of grasses, weeds, insects, diseases, and conditions that affect the look and health of your lawn.

What's Included in an Analysis?

Most professionals will be able to evaluate the following and give experienced advice on how to handle your lawn's specific needs.

1.Grass Types. Most lawns aren't made of one single kind of grass; they usually have a blend of different types. A professional will be able to tell you the prevalent type of grass in your lawn and the particular needs of that grass.

2. Turf Density. A thick, healthy turf makes it difficult for weeds to take hold. An assessment for thickness can help you decide if improvements need to be made and how to make them.

3. Grass color. The color of your grass can indicate its health, and different types of grass have variations in color shade. An expert can evaluate this aspect of your lawn and advise you if there are issues.

4. Thatch. Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant matter just above the soil. If the thatch is too thick, it will affect your lawn's response to fertilizers and watering, plus it will increase the possibility of disease and insect problems.

5. Diseases. A professional will be able to assess your lawn for any diseases and decide if any treatment is needed.

6. Soil Type. The type of soil you have — acidic, alkaline, clay heavy, loamy, etc. — is the basic factor in your lawn's water and feed needs. An expert will be able to define a tailored lawn care strategy to suit your specific soil type. They also will be able to provide aeration if your soil has become compacted.

7. Pests. Weeds, damaging insects, and invading grasses can cause serious problems for your lawn. A professional can both identify and assist in the removal of these interlopers.

8. Watering. This may seem obvious, but some grass types need more or less water than others. An analysis can help you realize you lawn's watering needs.

9. Mowing. Like watering, this seems like a no-brainer, but you need to know the healthiest height and mowing frequency for your type of grass. Cut it too close and you could be the cause of your lawn's flagging health.

10. Shade. How much shade, the location of your shady spots, and the type of grass you have determines how well your lawn will tolerate the decrease of sunlight. A professional can identify the trouble spots, make suggestions on how to fix them, and be a valuable resource if other landscaping avenues are necessary.

Green and Healthy

An analysis given by a lawn care professional may be the key to the perfect green expanse for you. The experts can give you details on what type of grass you have and that type's specific needs, what factors are negatively impacting your lawn, and recommendations on how to best treat and maintain your lawn. With a lawn analysis, you will soon have the healthiest lawn possible and be Master of your domain again.

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