This and Thatch

Contributor Lawn Care

Life doesn’t exist in a vacuum; anytime something is planted, there’s going to be an ecosystem that develops. This ecosystem is going to include living plants, dead plants, microorganisms in the soil, and the various flora and fauna that are attracted to all this activity. Our lawns are no exception to this, and there’s a lot going on in your yard that you might not have thought about. One of the natural results of having a lawn is thatch. You’ve almost certainly heard of thatched roofs, which are made with dead, densely packed plants; thatch on your lawn isn’t too dissimilar.

Thatch is an accumulation of living and dead plant stems, roots and shoots that accumulate between the blades of grass on your lawn and the soil. When your lawn is cut, most of the leftover organic material naturally decomposes, but some of it may remain; when more debris is being produced than the ecosystem can consume, you get thatch. Some amount of thatch is basically inevitable; hard stems are difficult for microbes and wildlife to consume, so the longer and tougher your grass stems are, the more thatch you’re likely to produce.

Ecosystems are all about balance, and your lawn is an ecosystem. That means some thatch is good for your lawn, which in turn means too much or too little thatch is bad. The advantage of thatch is that it provides a layer of protection for your lawn; the sun can’t dry out soil as quickly when there’s thatch cover, and the organic matter helps regulate soil moisture. Too much thatch presents the problems just enough solves; thatch is dryer than your grass, so too much will burn up and leave the soil very dry when it’s sunny, and will absorb too much rain and lead to rot when there’s a downpour. An overabundance of thatch can also prevent pesticides from reaching your soil, reducing their effectiveness.

In order to get the right level of thatch, you need to monitor your soil’s pH. When your soil is too acidic, the microbes that help dead plant life decompose will be less common; like most organic matter, microbes are pretty acid averse. You’ll also need to be aware of what kind of grass you have planted in your lawn, what kinds of pesticides are being used, and how often your lawn is being fertilized.

All of these factors can be a lot for a layperson to keep track of. To summarize: the amount of thatch, the acidity of the soil, the type of grass and fertilizer and how often the fertilizer is being used all have to be accounted for. Most people don’t even have the tools to monitor all of this, let alone the expertise and time. A thorough understanding of your lawn’s ecosystem is essential, and that’s one of the many reasons professional Winnipeg lawn care is the way to keep your lawn looking pristine.

Sod Versus Seed: Which Is Better For Your Property?

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Sod Versus Seed: Which Is Better For Your Property?

Do you wish your lawn could look more lush and green? Are you considering using sod or seed to help you achieve that spectacular, thriving lawn but don’t know which one of the two that you should use? Here are some pointers about using sod versus seed to revitalize your lawn.

For starters, let us define what sod and seed are, in case any of our readers are not sure what we mean.


Rolls of already thriving grass with roots attached to a layer of soil. It is the replanting of sections of mature grass that have been properly cared for by a lawn care expert. These rolls of turf are laid on a lawn, providing lush, green grass immediately. Usually requires a professional to install, particularly for large areas.


Planting and sprouting grass seeds on your lawn in patches where grass is not growing or is not as lush as you would like. This can be done yourself or by a hired professional.

Regarding Money

Usually one of the major factors in deciding how to maintain your lawn is the cost.

Sod: Sod is the more expensive option of the two because you are paying for another person’s time and materials (soil, fertilizer, water, etc.) in order to grow the grass. Actually, It is significantly more expensive than seed. If money is not of a concern for you, sod may be your preferred choice of the two.

Seed: Seeding is more affordable than sod as even the finest seed blend still remains much cheaper than sod. If cost is your main decision making factor, seed probably will come on top.

Regarding Time

Another major factor in the decision making of lawn care is the time frame and amount of work required.

Sod: Without a doubt, if you need a lush, green lawn immediately, sod is your go to option. Sod essentially acts as an immediate lawn solution where you can go from just a dirt yard to a thriving luscious lawn in hours. How quickly the roots of the sod integrate with your lawn’s soil varies according to each season.

The rooting is vital to the endurance and of the robustness of the grass from the sod. Fall and spring are the best times of the year to install sod, however it can be installed in the summer as long as it is properly watered and maintained. The roots of sod secure themselves into the soil quicker and you achieve instant results.

Seed: It takes much longer to grow a thick, healthy lawn with seeds. If you have the time to care for your lawn, and can wait for the prime growing season, then seed is worth considering. The time of year you plant seed on your lawn is critical and is limited to a narrow window of time.

The best time of year to plant seed is early fall or in the spring. However, planting seed in the fall risks it not surviving through the winter if it has not rooted deeply enough before the first frost. Growing your own grass with seed depends on a lot of care and time, as well as watering

Regarding Quality

When you disregard time and cost, the quality of your turf is also worth considering.

Sod: Originally the sod may be free of weeds, however it is not for sure that it will remain weed free, unlike seed. Sod is a good option when there are sloped areas or erosion inclined areas where seed would be very difficult to thrive. As a negative aspect of sod, only specific types of grass are grown for sodding, which limits your grass options for your lawn.

If you have to accommodate your lawn towards a specific environmental conditions, seeding with particular species suitable for your location would be the better route to go. Sod is not tolerant of shade and it can shrink and create gaps where weeds can easily permeate. Sod is however, the cleanest option as it doesn’t create a lot of dust or mud.

Seed: It usually takes longer to develop a luscious lawn with seed. However, over time seed might out rule on sod based on quality. You can select from more varieties of grass species which will allow you to choose a type of grass that you know will thrive in your location.

Since there is a greater chance of there being a stronger root system flourishing in the beginning means that you’re more inclined to have a robust, desirable lawn over time. There won’t be transplant issues and sensitivities because with seed the grass grows in the same conditions where it will live. On the negative side, seeding can be baffling.

You may need to reseed quite frequently as the seed can wash away before routing or get eaten by birds. Lastly, seed is sloppy as it creates a lot of dust and mud in the beginning before it thickens into a nice, lush lawn.

Critical Aspects to a Healthy Lawn

The most important factor to a healthy lawn, regardless of whether you choose to use seed or sod, is the soil. The way you prepare your soil will offer you the greatest measure of control in increasing your chances of successfully growing your lawn to be luscious, green, and looking fabulous! Call Cleanr Mow, the trusted lawn care experts, to help you take care of your lawn whether you choose to go with seed or sod.

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Summer 2018 Contest: Enter for Your Chance to Win FREE Lawn Care Services for a Month!

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Enter for your Chance to Win FREE Lawn Care Services for the Rest of the Season!

This contest will run from Tuesday, July 3rd to Monday, July 30th.

Here are the details:

– Take a picture of you and your family or friends enjoying your lawn maintained by Cleanr Mow.
– Post this picture on Facebook with a caption (remember to tag Cleanr Mow in your caption by typing @cleanrmow and make the photo public so that we can see it!).
– Wait until Tuesday, July 31st for the winner to be announced!

The winner of this contest will win FREE lawn care services for the remainder of the season (September 30th). You must be a current Cleanr Mow customer in order to enter this contest.

The winning entry will be chosen by Cleanr Mow based on how you are enjoying your lawn and extra points will be given for creativity!

We’ll start first: here’s a picture of our owner, Kristian Zoppa, with his puppy Koda enjoying their lawn!

Remember, next time you plan your backyard BBQ, or you’re just enjoying the nice summer weather on your lawn, remember to pull out your camera to capture your joyful summer moments!

Disclaimer: by submitting photos for this contest by tagging @cleanrmow with the photo, you are giving Cleanr Mow the permission to use the photos for company promotional materials. Winner will receive free lawn care for the months of August and September for the current property on file that is being maintained by Cleanr Mow.