Brian Loner - Owner
3015 Virginia Dale Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Spring & Fall Cleanup
Sheering, pruning, removal of leaves and debris, etc.
Spring & Fall Aeration
Aeration helps control and degrade thatch (a dense layer of living and dead organic matter on the soil surface). Aeration also reduces compaction on the surface of the soil, helping create growth pockets for new roots, open the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn, and improves air movement into soils, this increases the microbial activity and the breakdown of thatch. This practice also physically removes thatch.
Mow Betta recommends aeration twice a year for our Colorado soil conditions. Most Colorado soils are very high in clay content and therefore, aeration should be performed at least once per year, spring and for best results again in the fall. Aeration is an essential process for maintaining a healthy lawn.
A process using a machine designed to physically remove the thatch from the lawn. Thatch is a loose, intermingled organic layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develops between the zone of green vegetation and the soil surface.
Thatch can keep water and air from reaching the soil, and, if left untreated, can create an environment that harbors pests and diseases.Thatch build up begins when turf produces organic debris faster than it can be broken down. 1/2 inch or less is a normal amount of thatch, 3/4 of an inch of thatch may need to be removed.
Excessive thatch is caused by the absence of beneficial microbial activity, and improper watering practices. Fast release nitrogen fertilizer can also stimulate the thatch buildup.
Power raking should not be performed after the lawn greens up and is typically performed in early March.
In short, power raking helps keep grass greener and healthier while minimizing the chance of disease.
Drip line Sprinkler Zone Adjustments & Repairs
Includes thoroughly checking the sprinkler drip line system for maximum efficiency, setting up the clock, and service repairs (if necessary).
Lawn Care Maintenance
Weekly or Bi-monthly mowing, line trimming and the removal of grass clippings when needed. Edging along sidewalks is available for an additional fee.
Landscape Renovation & Installation Projects
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WHAT WE DO…..
Landscape Renovation & Installation
Xeriscape Installation (includes drip line installation)
Small Construction (e.g. raised planter beds, custom cedar wood planter boxes)
Walkways (breeze & rock chip, paver and flagstone steppers, metal or paver borders)
Strip Stone & Paver Borders (replace your old metal edging)
Decorative Rock installation
Mulch installation & replacement (weed barrier available)
Metal Edging installation
Planting & Plant Removal
Sod Removal & Plant Bed Expansion
Overseeding & Lawn Revitalization
Mow Betta Landscape will be offering a variety of seed blends and sod from Turf Master LLC a locally family owned and operated sod farm. Click on their logo for more information.
Overseeding, when needed, will improve a lawn significantly. Grass needs to be revitalized every few years or when there has been drought conditions. Overseeding compensates for the natural slowdown of the turf’s reproduction.
When to Overseed?
The best time to overseed in Colorado is between April 15th – May 15th, and in the fall between August 15th – September 15th. The cool nights and adequate moisture helps the seed to germinate and establish quickly compared to the hot summer months of June and July.
Benefits of Overseeding
- Fills in bare spots
- Establishes improved grass varieties
- Reduces the amount of fertilizer, water and pesticides required
- Helps the lawn withstand insects, disease, drought, shady conditions and heavy traffic
- Improves the density and color of turf – making it much harder for weeds to become established
Lawn Fertilization & Soil Conditioning Options
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APRIL & JULY (Spring & Mid Summer)
AlphaLawn II plus Iron Organic Lawn Fertilizer – Organic fertilizer manufactured in Colorado for the soils of the Rocky Mountain States. This formulation enables a uniform leaf growth without the typical lush growth. AlphaLawn II will condition the soil, loosen compacted soils, and deepen and strengthen the root system.
SEPTEMBER or OCTOBER (Fall)
Alpha Lawn Turf Winterizer – Will condition and loosen compacted clay soils, deepen and strengthen root systems and develop greater plant drought tolerance for the spring and summer ahead.
Soil tests are one of the most essential keys to a thriving lawn.
Soil testing lab kits are available for a small fee. I will run a complete diagnostic for the exact breakdown of your soil’s nutrients and deficiencies.
A complete report is issued, detailing pH, salts, lime, texture, organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorus and other minerals. I will also recommend specific steps to take to balance your soil.
Winterizing Sprinkler Systems
Winterization is an important step necessary for maintaining a properly run sprinkler system.
Winterization includes: Shutting off the main line water source. Blowing out the water from the sprinkler lines and the back flow system. This must do service, in Colorado, prevents freezing and costly damage to the system.
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Lawn Maintenance Tips
Measuring Sprinkler Output
How many inches of water is your lawn really getting? To determine how much water your sprinkler system dispenses use flat containers and place them throughout your lawn. Run at least one sprinkler zone for 30 minutes then measure the water depth. Remember, popups and rotary heads broadcast different amounts of water. Place a container in each of these zones for 30 minutes. If there is 1/2 inch of water in 30 minutes you need to water 3 days per week for 30 minutes to obtain 1.5 inches of water per week.