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5 Expert Lawn Care Tips: An Interview with Bill Barbour of Town Line Lawn Care, LLC

By Bill Barbour

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

I opened the company prior to the 2012 season. My experience at the time was limited to what the normal homeowner would have. I have a friend that was in business for many years and was very willing to help me jump start this venture. I offer all aspects of turf maintenance including fertilization programs as well as light landscaping, hedge trimming and flower bed maintenance.

What's something that most people don't know about lawn maintenance that they should know?

Cut your lawn often during the spring growing season. The key to mowing frequency is to never remove more than 1/3 of the total blade height in a single mowing. Keep your mower blades sharp.

Is there a specific length that grass should be cut? Why is this?

I typically cut lawn between 3" to 3 1/2" sometimes longer depending on the time in the year. Longer grass is able to stay greener, helps with weed control, retains water by shading the soil it also has more food producing ability. The shading of the soil limits the sunlight and heat weed seeds need to germinate.

What is mulch and what should be done with it?

Mulch is a type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. There are other benefits from mulch such as being a weed barrier, moisture retention and is typically used as a finishing touch to the property.

What is the smartest approach to fertilizing lawns for homeowners in the Connecticut area?

A good fertilization program should start with soil testing so a program can be custom tailored to the needs of the lawn. Although good results can be achieved with most five or six step programs.

What advice can you give someone who has too many weeds in their lawn and wants to get rid of them?

Call in a professional and sign up for a yearly program. The professional will know what products to use and when to use them to achieve the best control of weeds.

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