Deep Summer Tips

Summer is here, however, as I write, Kansas City will be experiencing record low temperatures, a summertime version of last winter's "Polar Vortex". When the heat does arrive, it can take a toll on your lawn and garden. So far this summer, Kansas City has been fortunate with rainfall, but we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop … and when it does, here are some helpful tips to get you through. 

  • Water … do it early in the morning. Plants will be more receptive in the coolness of the morning and there will be less evaporation. Try to avoid watering in the evening to prevent mold and fungus growth. Also, a deep, penetrating soaking is much more effective than surface watering which can create shallow root systems and can stress lawns and gardens in time of drought . A good rule of thumb is an inch of water a week.
Water deeply, early in the morning

Water deeply, early in the morning

  • Mulch … this is a great way to keep plant roots cool during the heat of the day. Mulch is also an excellent way to retain moisture in the soil. There are a variety of mulches you can use such as grass clippings or chopped leaves. Some folks even use cardboard or newspaper, but I personally find it unattractive in the garden. The decorative wood mulches provide an attractive landscape and are effective in retaining moisture and preventing weeds. Also, as mulch decomposes it will add other beneficial nutrients to your soil. 
Janice uses pine bark mulch in her garden.

Janice uses pine bark mulch in her garden.

  • Deadheading … get the most out of your flowering plants by deadheading. You will extend your plant's life and allow it to produce more flowers all summer long. So, after the blooms have died and faded, simply pinch or snip the dead blooms off the plant. If done daily, it won't take any time at all.
Pinch or snip dead and faded blooms.

Pinch or snip dead and faded blooms.

  • Mowing … raise the cutting height on you mower to its highest level, no shorter than 3-1/2". Taller grass is more drought resistant and will grow deeper roots which are able to handle stress better. Mow regularly and don't wait till your grass gets too high because the clippings can smother your grass. An industry standard is not to cut more than 1/3 of the grass blades. As you do this, don't bag them. Let the clippings fall back onto the lawn for added nutrients. Also, don't mow in the heat of the day as the heat can burn your lawn.
Raise mower blade and let clippings fall.

Raise mower blade and let clippings fall.

Well, these are just a few tips for the deep summer. If you're new to gardening, I hope this helps. If you've been gardening awhile and have any gardening tips, please, feel free to share. 

Till next time … see ya!

Mulch … for a healthier, more beautiful garden

Lawn-Corps takes great pride in the quality and variety of our mulch. We work hard to produce mulches in a manner that work in harmony with our environment. Mulch is one of the key ingredients for maintaining a sustainable garden or landscape. For that reason, it is important to note, all of the water based colorants we use in our colored mulches are eco-friendly, mold and fungus resistant and safe for children and pets. By selecting mulch, or any product, through Lawn-Corps, you are participating in improving our community, our environment and our planet.

Here is some insight on how Lawn-Corps processes your wood waste into organically colored mulches. 

Hogdzilla

Hogdzilla

Above, an example of a crude rough grind straight from the jaws of Hogzilla.

Above, an example of a crude rough grind straight from the jaws of Hogzilla.

All brush is deposited in a centralized location at the farm while waiting to be processed. When a workable amount is accumulated, we call in Hogzilla, a tub grinder....a very large 1200 hp tub grinder, with a diameter of 18ft. Hogzilla  will chew up a tree and turn it into grind within minutes. 

Screening Mulch

Screening Mulch

At this point, the grind is put through a 3/8” screener to remove excess dirt and saw dust. Lawn-Corps is one of two wood waste recycling facilities in the Kansas City area that do this. It’s an important step because approximately 240 lbs. of dirt and saw dust will be screened to produce one yard of mulch. This leaves you with pure mulch.

Coloring Mulch

Coloring Mulch

The next step is a final 2” grind, producing an evenly shredded product. It’s during this final grind that the organic colorant is added. 

Following this process, the mulch must cure for 48 hours then it’s off to your home.

 

It's a small step but, you can feel confident that in using our products, you're contributing to a sustainable environment. Wood waste, an otherwise useless material, has been repurposed  into a viable garden product to help restore our earth.

From this…..

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To this….it truly is a metamorphosis.

Sample Shack

Sample Shack

To see our assortment of mulches, stop by our Sample Shack at the farm.

Hope to see you soon!

March is a big month at Lawn-Corps!

The Lawn-Corps newsletters have made a 2014 debut! Our desire is to keep you updated with the latest and greatest. Check this blog for monthly specials, products and tips that will keep your thumb and wallet green. Our hopes by issuing a monthly newsletter, is to give you a glimpse at who we are and what we can do for you. Take a minute to sign up on the right here if you'd like to receive our Green Living Newsletter each month.

March is a big month here at Lawn-Corps. It marks the beginning of spring, which is when our wheels start rolling. Appropriately, we start off green, beginning our weekly curbside collection on St Patricks Day, March 17.

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It’s been 22 years since we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by introducing a very “green” Lawn-Corps at the Brookside St Patricks Day Parade. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” was taking root in Missouri and when the law changed in January of 1992, Lawn-Corps took a leap into the new industry of green.

A lot has changed since then. Within 6 months from when this picture was taken we had gone from a homemade side board trailer to trash trucks. Today, Lawn-Corps owns and operates a 37 acre yard-waste processing facility in Belton, Missouri. We have become the only green waste hauler in South Kansas City that collects and processes yard waste into high end products such as compost and organic mulches. The most profound change however is that Kansas City residents have become educated in the importance of recycling through the services we've provided. Their decisions regarding recycling and a greener city have become second nature and what's more important, are now being passed on to their children.

Today, we’re happy to be on the other side of “green”, no longer a novice but after 22 years of serving you and our community, we’re proud to be a proven leader in Kansas City’s yard waste recycling, committed to providing you with a quality service based on trust and performance.