Cultural maintenance includes management practices that promote healthy turfgrass growth. These topics are essential to creating a lawn care maintenance routine and cover practices such as mowing and aerification.
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Mowing is one of the primary cultural practices of maintaining a healthy lawn. It involves removing a portion of turfgrass shoots, or leaves, to encourage vigorous growth.
Thatch is a layer of living and dead turfgrass material composed of plant tissues, such as stolons and rhizomes, located from just above the soil surface and into the upper portion of the soil.
Soil compaction occurs when a downward force, such as pedestrian or vehicular traffic, decreases the air space (pore space) between soil particles.
Many home landscapes have some shaded turfgrass because of large trees or fences, buildings or other structures.
Understanding the causes of winter injury can help homeowners select more cold-tolerant species and develop management strategies to decrease winter injury incidence.