That is the million-dollar question and the toughest question that any advisor, consultant, ag business, chemical and or organic farming dealer will have to answer. All I can say here is there are many solutions, but how well they work will depend on weather conditions right on up to the amount of sweat equity you are willing to put into it. Soil tests will provide some information, determining which are truly a weed to the situation, the thought process with the four seasons being the control, and or the use or non-use of pesticides are a few of the options.
Wetness problems are associated with soil types/composition, soil surface and or subsurface drainage, and or position on the landscape. On-site careful analysis will determine which it is, and while there are solutions, there will need to be care in the final selection to get those good to excellent results desired.
Mowing heights will vary with the type of grass, soil and slope. Over the years, I believe discussions of mowing heights coupled with mowing frequencies and soils tests are absolutely necessary and very critical to the beauty and the low maintenance of the lawn.
Lime is a buffering agent for the soil as Rolaids is to your stomach indigestion. If you’re suffering from stomach acid issues, then the soil can to if the soil becomes acidic and prevents the soil from absorbing its food, minerals and nutrients, timely and correctly. A soil test is the only option of solving this problem.
Conservation is the wise use of our natural resources—soil erosion/health and water quality and quantity being of greatest concerns for your lawn, garden, and farm and forest that I will address. It could be from discussing a small pond site selection/layout/engineering/construction for your small homestead or farm associated with fish selection and stocking rates. It could also be used for water for your livestock. It may be matching your land with the proper forage or grass for your farm and to the correct number and kind of livestock to graze that forage.
Protection is that action taken by the landowner to ensure they leave a piece of land/farm/forest of any size to be protected from development forever so that future generations will have the land to produce food, fiber, lumber products, and drinking water and or enjoy just the feeling of open space, scenic views, places for hiking and biking and nature to thrive. Very valuable income tax deductions are another reason landowners seek land protection; estate planning is available and very helpful in seeking federal estate tax relief also.
As you will read about me and my credentials on this website, you will see my entire life has and is still dedicated to the world of agriculture, farming, soil conservation and land protection, crop/forage and livestock production, forest and wildlife management, small scale gardening and specialty concerns such as lawns and landscaping. But, the big difference other than over 45 years of experience, is that I will be giving you advice that is not pushing you into hasty, on the spot decisions with a desired immediate outcome of a sale by a vendor and many times without seeing your problem on the ground and without the use of soil tests. I will also help in finding the right person, when I can, to complete your task and conduct follow up to make sure you are not experiencing some problem. Yes, I do have fees but only after a free, up to 1 hour, initial walk and talk on-site investigation of your concerns.
It’s not you if you have been successful—it’s the soil mainly. Everything changes over time. We will need to get soil tests first, but other significant things that we must consider are different gardening techniques, garden rotation, row alignment, trees/sunlight/shade, drainage, slope, organic matter, etc.
They will grow together but to partially alleviate or lessen the stress associated with the pair, things such as sunshine, wind, shade, roots, density, varieties/types of trees and grass, slope, soil acidity and fertility, and or mowing heights/frequencies are many of the major considerations.
Yes, I sure can and will be glad to offer my advice and suggestions in a written format if it requires it. Then decisions can be more clearly made with your thought process loaded with the right questions and forethought in obtaining that right piece of land. Then, I am only a phone call away or in these days a text, email or click away for clarification when needed. I look forward to hearing from you!!
People do it all the time, but their expectations/satisfaction/results are not always what they had hoped for as I have found out over the years. If you do not use soil tests as guides to identify nutrient, mineral, acidity, and organic matter with proper sampling techniques and thorough analysis and interpretation, then and only then can you rest on the notion you have achieved all that’s possible for the soil and then the plants. Soil composition, slope, and drainage are also needed in many determinations in gaining the best and most desired results. You will notice the difference-and your neighbors will too!!