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Do you have leaves on the ground and are wondering whether to leave them or rake them up? There are two sides to this argument, as we’ll explore.

However, if you’re looking at growing a fine lawn, you may wonder, are leaves good for grass?

When are Leaves Good for Grass?

Leaves contain natural nutrients and organic matter than can actually benefit your lawn as they decompose. Some, like maple leaves, have been shown to reduce weed seed germination when mulched into a lawn canopy, and others (like the honey locust) can add nitrogen to the soil, reports the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science report.

If the leaf buildup is small to moderate, the easiest way to create leaf mulch is to run over the leaves with your lawnmower. (It may require several passes.) This chops them into small enough pieces that they fall into the lawn canopy and require no raking. This thin layer will compost quickly, incorporating into the soil below.

Specialized mulching mowers that chop leaves as fine as confetti can also be purchased.

Dr. Thomas Nikoai of Michigan State University states that:

“By mowing over the leaves to turn them into small pieces, the leaves will actually enhance the lawn’s ‘natural fertility’, not kill it off. Where the leaves fall, just mulch them in.”

His research shows that a chemical in maple leaves discourages dandelions and crabgrass from growing!

The best time to mow the leaves is when there is still grass poking through—before they get too thick. As leaves fall throughout the season, continue to mow them into mulch. If leaves are too thick, they will be difficult to mow.

Tip: Mow in a pattern that shoots leaves into the center of the yard rather than onto sidewalks, driveways and roads.

Are Thick Layers of Leaves Good for Grass?

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) reports that a thick layer of fallen leaves will “smother a lawn.” It recommends raking leaves off the lawn, shredding them, and using them as mulch in your planting beds. 

Matted leaves block the sunlight and air from reaching the soil, and will also retain moisture that can lead to mold diseases.

The Argument for Leaving Leaves

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) claims that:

“A leaf layer several inches deep is actually a natural thing in any area where trees naturally grow. Many wildlife species live on or rely on the leaf layer to find food and other habitat.”

Fallen leaves add organic material to the ground, building up layers of new soil and adding much-needed microbes to fertilize the soil. This creates a healthier soil overall.

As you can see, leaves are actually good for grass, in one way or another.

Create and Maintain a Lush Lawn with Hambleton Lawn & Landscape

If you’re wondering whether your leaves are good for your grass, give Hambleton Lawn & Landscape a call. We can do an analysis of your lawn and provide you with information on how to have the lawn you desire.

If you’re too busy to do your lawn care yourself, let Hambleton Lawn & Landscape do it for you. We have a variety of maintenance plans for both residential and commercial properties throughout Northern Virginia.

Contact us today for a free quote  on our lawn and landscaping services. Serving the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, Virginia.

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Grass is grass, right? Wrong!

There are a multitude of grass varieties – up to 12,000! In fact, there are more than 200 types of Kentucky bluegrass alone—the most popular grass for lawns in the U.S. To help you choose which grass is right for your lawn, please review this Master List of the different types of lawn grass (in alphabetical order).

Basically, there are only two grass types: cool season grasses and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses do best in regions with wet, cold and snowy winter and dry, hot summer. Warm season grasses thrive in regions with mild winters and hot summers (dry or humid.) You’ll see the different classifications as you review this Master List of lawn grasses. 

Related: What Are Warm Season Grasses?

Master List of the Most Common Grasses in the United States


Bahia Grass


Bermuda Grass


Centipede Grass


Fescue Grass


Kentucky Bluegrass


Rough Stalk Bluegrass


Rye Grass


St. Augustine Grass


Wheat Grass


Zoysia Grass

Grass that Grows Well in Virginia

A lovely lawn takes more than regular watering and mowing. It needs the right kind of grass to grow well in Virginia.

According to the Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech, “Virginia is what turfgrass managers describe as a ‘transition zone.’”

This means that we have cold winters and hot, dry summers that don’t make for easy choices in lawn grass.

Types of Grass and Hardiness Zones

There are two main types of grass: cool season grass and warm season grass. And there are what are known as U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones throughout the United States that outline the general climate and planting standards used to determine which plants are likely to thrive at a given location. Lawn grass seeds, shrubs, flowers and plants should be selected by their optimal hardiness zone numbers so you can see at a glance if these should do well in your area.

Virginia’s hardiness zone numbers range from 5a in the western mountains to 8a on the Eastern Shore. You need to match the type of grass to the season and the hardiness zone to have it grow well in Virginia.

Cool Season Grass that Grows Well in Virginia

Cool season grass performs best in temperatures between 60-75 degrees, and grows actively in the fall and spring. It works well in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia.

Warm Season Grass that Grows Well in Virginia

Warm season grass grows best when temperatures range between 80-95 degrees. Although dormant in the winter, it is efficient with water, tolerates summer heat, and has few pest problems. Best established mid-May through June.

Grass That Grows Well in Wet Lawns

Not all lawns are the perfectly-manicured ones of legend. Lawns come in all shapes, sizes, and soil types. Wet soil can provide a particular challenge, so let’s look at some of the types of grass that grows well in wet lawns.

There are a number of reasons why you may have a wet lawn. Grading of the yard can be an issue, and allow water to pool in areas of your lawn. Poor drainage conditions, overwatering, and overly shady regions can also cause water problems.

Why is Wet Soil a Problem for Most Grass?

The ideal soil is moist and well drained, allowing excess moisture to flow away from plant roots and enabling a healthy flow of oxygen to get to the plant roots. Constantly-waterlogged soil can cut off this air supply and choke out the roots.


Care of Grass in a Wet Lawn

If your lawn is shady, grass will generally require less nitrogen and more potassium, so choose the appropriate fertilizer. Also, remove twigs, leaves and branches that fall onto grassy areas. These can aid in retaining water, thus adding to the problem of a wet lawn.

Master List of Lawn Grasses

There is “no one size fits all” when it comes to grass that grows well in Virginia. Discover what kind of grass you already have on your lawn, or choose the right type of grass for your needs.

Bahia Grass

Bahia grass is a hard, all-purpose grass with a touch, coarse texture that can be difficult to mow. Its aggressive nature allows it to grow in even poor soil with little maintenance. It is known for its disease and insect resistance. Warm-season grass.

A grass that grows well in wet lawns, or lawns with poor drainage, the Bahia grass is recommended. As a warm-season species, it performs best in summer, especially in USDA Hardiness Zones 7-10. Since it puts down a deep and extensive root system it can also be drought and disease resistant. Wet-climate grass. 

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass can grow rampant if not kept under control, as it requires little maintenance other than sunlight. It is a resilient grass that grows quickly. Warm-season grass.

A fast-growing turfgrass that can however invade gardens and plant beds. Full sun with poor shade tolerance; best established by sod, sprigs or plugs.

Centipede Grass

If your ground is acidic, with a pH range between 4.5 and 5.5, centipede grass will provide a hardy lawn. It requires a sunlit area and may need a low-nitrogen fertilizer each spring. Centipede grass does not hold up to heavy traffic and cannot tolerate fertilizer containing phosphorus. Warm-season grass.

A slow-growing grass mainly used in the Tidewater region. Average shade and acidic soil tolerance; poor traffic tolerance.

Fescue Grass

Fescue grass is available in several types including find-leaf fescue and tall fescue. Fine-leaf fescue can withstand extreme cold and is drought and disease resistant. It cannot handle heavy traffic. Tall fescue is perennial and grows fastest in the fall and spring. It is also drought and disease resistant although it needs regular watering, but can tolerate traffic. It is good for those who use their lawn regularly. Cool-season grass. 

  • Fine Leaf Fescues: A high quality, low maintenance choice, but offering poor traffic tolerance. Tolerates shade well and can persist in dry conditions and poor soil. Germinates quickly.
  • Tall Fescue Grass: A deep-rooted grass that can tolerate moderate drought conditions. Performs best in full sun to moderate shade. Good for low-to-moderate-maintenance lawns.

Most grass doesn’t like wet soil, although there is grass that grows well in wet lawns, especially during the spring and fall. One such species is the Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacaea).

It is recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Hardiness Zones 3-9, which includes Virginia. (See USDA Hardiness Zones map.)

Tall Fescue is a cool-season grass that may experience slow growth in the summer heat and thinning in severe winter conditions. It is moderately well-adapted to poorly drained soils.

Kentucky Bluegrass

The most popular grass for lawns, Kentucky Bluegrass, thrives in full sun, but requires well-drained soil. It must be watered frequently and regularly fertilized, but other than that, does not require much maintenance. It is a cold-hardy variety prized for its blue-green color. Cool-season grass.

A full-sun turfgrass with a dark green color. Slow to germinate; best planted in the early fall. Hybrid bluegrasses tolerate heat and drought best.

Rough Stalk Bluegrass:

One grass that enjoys wet and moderately shady conditions is the rough stalk bluegrass. It does not tolerate full sun, however, and can leave dead patches in sunny lawns. To help it through the hot summers, make sure the ground stays wet. Wet-climate grass.

A combination of perennial ryegrass and rough stalk bluegrass is also an option.

Rye Grass

Found in parks, athletic fields and golf courses as well as lawns, rye grass grows quickly and remains green with plenty of sun and consistent rain or watering. Can withstand traffic. Cool-season grass.

  • Perennial Rye Grass: A bunch-type grass for use in full sun and moderately-shaded lawns at higher elevations. Fast germinating, but not heat and drought tolerant. Works best when mixed with Kentucky bluegrass.

Perennial Rye Grass: Some drainage and sunlight is necessary for perennial ryegrass to flourish. This grass does best in spring and fall, and does not tolerate dry, hot conditions or harsh winters well.

St. Augustine Grass

A tropical, fast-growing grass adapted to the Tidewater region. Excellent shade tolerance. Established through sod or plugs. Warm and wet-climate grass.

Wheat Grass

Wheat grass is a tough grass that can tolerate drought conditions and traffic well. It does not need frequent watering or fertilizer, and with several winter-hardy varieties, it is popular in regions with very cold winters. Cool-season grass.

Zoysia Grass

One of the most tolerant grasses is the zoysia grass. It can grow well in partial sun, although it prefers sunlight, and cool or hot temperatures. A thick grass, it inhibits weed growth. Zoysia grass is a slow-growing grass, but once it takes hold, it is virtually indestructible, even with little care. Spring and fall feedings recommended. Warm-season grass. 

A cold-hardy grass that can survive the winter. Slow to establish, but a low-maintenance and dense grass that provides its own weed control. Average shade tolerance and not as drought tolerant as Bermuda grass.

Get a Free Quote From Hambleton Lawn & Landscape

If your lawn isn’t what you want it to be and you need help choosing grass that grows well in wet lawns, contact Hambleton Lawn & Landscape. We will be glad to assess your lawn, soil conditions, shade and zone to recommend the right kind of grass.

We provide a full range of lawn and landscaping services including lawn care, aeration and overseeding for residential and commercial properties throughout Northern Virginia.

Call us for a free quote and a risk-free guarantee on your lawn and landscaping needs!

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Everybody thinks of their lawn in spring and summer because that’s when you and your family are outdoors enjoying it. Keeping your lawn beautiful in spring and summer takes year-round care…even in the colder months. Here are some winter lawn care tips that can help you have a beautiful lawn all year long.

1. Mow

Before the weather gets too cold, mow the grass one last time, but only if it needs it. Long grass left over the winter can provide an excellent nesting area for mice and insects.

2. Tidy Up

Keep your lawn clear of fallen tree limbs and other storm debris, as well as lawn furniture and planters. Items left on the lawn over the winter will leave dead spots where they sat. Rake up fallen leaves; leaves left on the ground can kill the grass below due to suffocation or lack of sunlight. They can also create an overly-wet environment that harbors mold and disease. Before the leaves get wet, you can mow them to break them up into tiny pieces that you can leave on your lawn. Their nutrients will help nurture next year’s grass. After leaves are wet, you must rake them up and remove them.

3. Aerate

Fall is an excellent time to aerate your lawn. Try to do so prior to the first frost if possible. Aerating a lawn helps to break up compacted soil, allowing air and nutrients to penetrate into it to the grass roots. They will need these nutrients come next spring. Aeration will also inhibit weed growth and pests.

4. Fertilize

After aerating, a good winter lawn care tip is to fertilize your lawn. Now that there are spaces for the nutrients in the lawn fertilizer to penetrate the soil, the roots will be stronger and heartier in the growing seasons.

Related: Winter Lawn Care

5. Put Down Cool Weather Grass Seed

To keep a lawn looking good over the winter, spread a grass seed designated as a “cool weather” seed, like a fescue. You can use the same spreader as you did for the fertilizer. After you seed the lawn, water it to keep the soil moist as the new grass takes hold.

6. Limit Snow and Ice Chemicals

The harsh chemicals we put down to melt ice, like rock salt, can damage or even kill delicate grasses. If you must use these, apply them sparingly, and try to keep them away from grassy areas or areas where runoff occurs and grass grows. Another winter lawn care tip: Use plant-friendly de-icing products.

Related: 6 Tips to Get Your Lawn Ready for Fall

7. Keep off the Grass

When grass is frozen or covered with ice, it can be easily crushed or broken. And continued traffic in one area can kill grass along that pathway altogether. Try to stay on walkways whenever possible. Do not park vehicles on a winter lawn as the tires can leave ruts in the ground.

Even though your grass mainly lies dormant in the winter, these fall and winter lawn care tips can help keep it healthy over the cold months.

8. Contact Hambleton Lawn & Landscape

If you have questions about lawn care tips for fall and winter, we’ll be glad to answer them. Or consider using Hambleton Lawn & Landscape for all your lawn needs. We can prepare your yard for winter for you, including aeration, fertilization, seeding and lawn care using our organic bio-nutrient Holganix product.

Consider Hambleton Lawn & Landscape your Northern Virginia lawn care experts. Contact us today for a free quote on any of our lawn care and landscaping services.

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Uh oh, your lawn is starting to look a little bare. You might want to do something about it before it gets worse. But you wonder:

when is it too late to aerate and overseed your lawn?

Why Aerate Your Lawn?

After a while, especially with heavy use, the soil on your lawn begins to compact, becoming hard with few air spaces. The reason you want to aerate your lawn is since removing soil plugs or inserting spikes to make holes will allow air, water and nutrients to reach the roots of your grass.

With aeration, the roots will grow deeper and you will have a healthier, lusher lawn.

The best time to aerate your lawn is during the growing season when grass roots can fully take advantage of the extra air and water.

  • Aerate for cool-season grass in the early spring or fall
  • Aerate for warm-season grass in late spring.

It is best to aerate the soil just after it rains or when you’ve watered. Hard, dry soil is more difficult to aerate.

Why Overseed Your Lawn?

When grass is thin or areas have been damaged by too much sun, insects or disease, you should consider overseeding the lawn. This is essentially spreading grass seed over the existing lawn.

Overseeding works best when done on an established lawn where the existing grass is thin, as opposed to bare ground or bald areas.

When is the best time to overseed?

The best time to overseed is in the fall for cool-weather grasses.

If you want to overseed in the spring, do it early so that the seeds can take root before summer’s heat arrives. Combining aeration and overseeding is the best way to enhance your lawn’s health and appearance. Overseeding is best done after aerating.


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When is it Too Late to Aerate and Overseed?

Knowing when it is too late to aerate and overseed your lawn depends upon the type of grass grown there.

  • For warm-season grasses it is too late to aerate once the growing season has passed in late summer into early fall.
  • For cool-season grasses, late fall into early winter is too late to aerate.

New grass needs about six weeks to take hold before winter hits. In either case, it is best to wait until the next growing season to aerate.

It is too late to overseed your lawn once the growing season has passed.

For warm-season grasses, once the summer heat has arrived it is too late. The new grass will not be able to take root.

For cool-season grasses, late October on is too late to overseed. Again, wait until the next year for the best results.

Call the Experts: Hambleton Lawn & Landscape

If you have questions like “When is it too late to aerate and overseed my lawn?” contact our professional lawncare team at Hambleton Lawn & Landscape.

We can give you tips on how to care for your lawn yourself, or we can offer a number of lawncare services including,

At Hambleton Lawn & Landscape, our goal is to give you the maximum results with the least harmful effects on the environment.

That’s why we use Holganix, our 100% organic bio-nutrient that’s healthier for your lawn and your family.

Contact us today for a free quote on any of our lawn care and landscaping services for homeowners in Northern Virginia.

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Asking yourself, how to make my lawn greener?

Don’t follow unhealthy past trends like literally painting your lawn green (yes, this really happens. Click here).

Get started on your green lawn with these tips and steps to keeping your lawn healthy and looking green!


Water Your Lawn Well

Instead of just watering your lawn frequently, try watering your lawn deeply though less frequently. A deeper watering of your lawn will help natural minerals or fertilizer nutrients seep into the soil and be absorbed by the grass and roots for a healthier, greener look. Make sure your water your lawn at the proper times of day and in consideration of the local climate and time of the year. Read more tips on how to water your lawn well.


Use Organic Lawn Fertilizers

At Hambleton Lawn & Lawn care, we use Holganix, which is a natural plant probiotic that utilizes the power of soil microorganisms. Using natural fertilizers vs synthetic fertilizers is not only better for the environment but better for your lawn’s health. There is evidence to suggest that by using natural fertilizers, your lawn will become greener as a result! A greener lawn is a healthier lawn.


Start Composting

Composting is not only for gardens. Whether you compost from food product leftovers or from shorn grass clippings (which also helps clean your yard after mowing), composting has many benefits including providing increased nutrients and helping balance the pH levels in your soil. Learn more here about grass composting benefits and other tips for making your lawn greener


Cut Your Grass to the Right Height

Making sure your clippers are sharpened and cutting your grass at the right height can help regulate your lawn’s health to improve the green appearance of your grass. Different types of grass need to be cut at different heights for proper maintenance and optimum health.


Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating your lawn, especially one used often by children and pets, is important for your soil health, which is then important for your grasses health. Soil that is too compact won’t allow for the proper absorption of moisture, other nutrients, and doesn’t allow for worms and other organisms needed in healthy soil. There are several ways to aerate your lawn.

How to Make My Lawn Greener

First try this tips either yourself of with professional assistance to maintain your lawn well.

Contact Hambleton Lawn & Landscape to get started improving your lawns health and giving it that greener look.

Our mowing, lawn care, aeration, and over-seeding lawn services are available to help with all of your lawn care needs.

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Can You Overseed Your Lawn?

If you’ve ever wanted that lush, beautiful lawn that is the envy of your neighbors, we’ll let you in on a landscaper’s secret. Overseeding. Can you overseed your lawn? Absolutely. Overseeding means spreading grass seed on top of an existing lawn.

Over time, the grass on your lawn begins to die off and thin out. It’s a natural process. To combat bare spots, and to keep your lawn thick and lush, it is recommended to add new seed to reinvigorate it.

The Pros Recommend Overseeding Your Existing Lawn

You may think you need to wait until your grass gets thin to spread new seed, but professional landscapers like Hambleton Lawn & Landscape know that overseeding should be done as part of your regular lawn maintenance plan, with the timing and frequency dependent on your location and the type of grass on your existing lawn. This will prevent your lawn from thinning in the first place.

Grasses have their seasons, with cool-weather and warm-weather grasses being the norm. When grasses from one season die down and become dormant, the next-seasonal grass will take hold and flourish. Overseed with cool-weather grass in the fall, and warm-weather grass in the spring.

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How to Prepare to Overseed Your Lawn

When overseeding, you don’t just want to throw down grass seed. It will “take” better if you prepare your lawn for the new seed. First, mow your existing grass short (we recommend 2” or less, and lower for winter overseeding), and rake the ground to remove any grass clippings and debris. This will allow the new seed to both reach the soil and have access to water and sunlight. If your grass is particularly thick, you may need to dethatch or aerate the areas you are looking to overseed.

Consider if you need to add fertilizer and select your grass seed type. Your local landscape company can give you recommendations on soil treatments and seed choices. You will want to pick different seed depending on whether you have sunny, shady, moist or high-traffic areas of the lawn.

The Overseeding Process

Once you have chosen your premium grass seed and laid down your fertilizer, use a broadcast or drop spreader to distribute the grass seed evenly over your lawn. For small lawns or spot treatments, use a hand spreader or just sprinkle the seed by hand. Work on a non-windy day for the best results.

Water your newly seeded areas with a light watering at least two times a day for the 4-5 days. A lawn sprinkler or in-ground sprinkler system should do the trick. Young grass needs constant moisture to put down deep roots and flourish.

Once your grass is looking its best, keep up your lawn’s appearance with regular maintenance.

If you have questions about whether you can overseed your lawn, or wish to hire a landscape professional for aerating and overseeding, contact Hambleton Lawn & Landscape. We’re proud to serve homeowners throughout Northern Virginia.

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What Kind of Lawn and Grass Do I Have?

Creating a lush green lawn depends on a number of factors: regional climate, soil conditions, grading, and type of grass. To raise a healthy lawn, it is good answer the question, “what kind of lawn do I have?”

Read on to learn more about kinds of lawns and grasses we have here in Northern Virginia.

Types of Grass

The U.S. National Arboretum describes two types of grass: cool-season and warm-season grass. Cool-season grass grows best in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees while warm-season grass grows well in temperatures between 80 and 95 degrees.  Here in NoVa, our climate zone can fluctuate between both seasons.

For cool-season grass, bentgrass, bluegrass, fescues and ryegrasses are recommended. These types of grass grow in bunches and spread from the plant’s crown. For warm-season grass, bahlgrass, Bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass and zoysiagrass are commonly grown. These are creeping grasses that spread by runners either above or below ground.

Lawn Grade/Slope

Is your lawn huge? Is it on a hillside? Is your yard swampy? Each lawn has its particular challenges, but once tackled, you can enjoy a beautiful lawn for years to come.


Large Lawns

For a large lawn, we recommend using a riding mower or lawn tractor to handle the grassy areas. When mowing, plot out a grid pattern to avoid mowing the same area twice. To reduce the expanse of grass, consider landscaping. Add borders, flowers and flowering trees, or a vegetable garden. Create private or play spaces within the lawn.


Hilly Lawns

Growing grass on a hill or slope isn’t the same as it is on a flat plane. Hillsides need grass with long roots to prevent its eroding away. Some of the more common grass for sloped lawns include Bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and centipedegrass that are often planed from grass sprigs or plugs rather than seed. Laying strips of sod might be an easier alternative to individually placing plugs. Allow the grass to spread for six months to a year for complete coverage. Mixed plantings also work well on hillsides; consider planting shrubbery or flowers in addition to grass.


Swampy Lawns

It can be difficult to grow grass in a soil that is constantly damp. First, consider why water is building up, then look at options for proper drainage like sloping, grading or installation of drainage systems. Think about adding shrubbery, trees or ground covering plants like pachysandra or ivy. You’d be surprised how much water these can absorb. Once the ground is prepared, select grass suitable for damp and/or shady soil, like bahai grass, ryegrass or rough stalk bluegrass.


Rocky Lawns

If your soil is rocky, it is still possible to create a green lawn. First, remove some of the rocks, if possible, and loosen the soil so the grass can find soft areas to take root. Incorporate a layer of organic material into the soil, adding approximately two inches of compost on top; this will help retain water. Then select a hardy grass like zoysiagrass for warmer months or fescue for cooler ones.

Landscaping Your Lawn

Once you’ve answered the question, “what kind of lawn do I have?” it is time to have a little fun. Create gardens, add trees and bushes, and carve out areas where your entire family can enjoy your lawn. Build patios or decks and outfit them with lawn furniture, fire pits and barbeque stations. Install swing sets and play areas for the children. Or sow alluring secret gardens replete with lovely garden paths.

Your lawn is meant to be a pleasure; it brings nature close to home and essentially adds an outdoor room to your living space, so look for ways to enhance it for year-round enjoyment. Contact Hambleton Lawn & Landscape for helpful guidance on how to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.

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We are proud of the quality of our services.

But don’t just take our word for it.

We love these Hambleton Lawn and Landscape Reviews from some of our past clients. Who better to learn about the reputation our company and services real people who have worked with us!

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"Fantastic job by the crew."

We hired Hambleton initially to get our lawn in shape as the home had been rental property for a few years. They fertilized, planted seed and treated for weeds. Our lawn is now full, lush and deep green. We just hired them again to clean out the flower beds and mulch. The flower beds look absolutely amazing!  Fantastic job by the crew. I will definitely use them for any future landscaping needs.
-Julie H.

"They do great work."

Hambleton does my regular lawn mowing service, which includes debris removal and edging. They also do an annual spring clean-up, which includes removing accumulated yard debris from the winter, removing old mulch, re-mulching and edging all the flower and tree beds. I have also had them in to build dry-stack stone walls, and to remove the old concrete sidewalks and replace them with garden pavers.

They do great work, they do it when they say are going to do it, and I find them to be reasonable on pricing, and have several times had them adjust prices according to changing circumstances. Their crews are friendly and professional, and as a company, they communicate regularly and respond to customer communications promptly.


"Hambleton truly is a Northern Virginia gem!"

Let’s put it this way: I never have had a bad experience with Hambleton in all the years I have used their services. Any minor problems promptly were handled and corrected. All of the work crews (weekly mowing; clean-ups and mulching; special projects) have been friendly, courteous, and professional. The crews always have worked diligently the entire time they have been on my property. Cost estimates willingly have been provided when asked, but I almost always have opted for time and materials and never have regretted it. I always have felt I received my money’s worth, otherwise I would not have worked with Hambleton for the length of time that I have. Hambleton truly is a Northern Virginia gem!


"You will not regret using them!"

I highly recommend Hambleton Lawn & Landscape group. They are efficient, professional, and super friendly. I cannot say enough great things about their services! You will not regret using them!
-Ariane B.

"Highly recommend."

Great Company to work with. Prompt communication as well as follow-up and excellent quality of work. Hambleton works hard to have a great reputation and it shows. Highly recommend.
-Jack D.

"Thank you."

He was timely, courteous, and the job was done well.
Thank you.
-Homeowner in Reston, VA


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We made these best lawn fertilizer reviews to help you find the best way to care for the health and growth of your lawn long-term.

And it’s not just the type of fertilizer you use that’s important.

Factors such as time of year, the frequency of application, type of grass, and chemicals used, are all contributing factors to consider when using fertilizer for your lawn.

Read more from Hambleton Lawn & Landscape these best lawn fertilizer reviews to learn how to best care for your yard!

Part 1

Best Fertilizer for Grass in the Summer

With the arrival of summer comes increased sunshine, heat, dehydration, and other factors that directly impact your lawn.

The best fertilizer for grass in the summer varies depending on your type of grass, local climate, and the type of fertilizer you are using. Different types of grass react better to different climates, hence the distinction between cold-season and warm-season grasses.

Click to read more about how best to care for your lawn in the summertime months!

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Part 2

Best Lawn Fertilizer for Early Spring

Spring is a pivotal time of year for plant growth and lawn care.

When using fertilizer in early spring, it’s important not only to use to right products but to take all the necessary steps needed to jumpstart your lawn for success.

In this article, you’ll learn more about what fertilizer does, our process at Hambleton, and our advice and steps for best lawn care and fertilizers for early spring.

Part 3

What’s the Best Time to Fertilize Your Lawn: Before or After Rain?

Rain is a big factor when it comes to fertilizer application.

Is it better to fertilize your lawn before or after rain? Honestly, it depends. It depends on the type of fertilizer you are using, how it interacts with moisture, and how heavy the rain is.

Click to learn more about how fertilizer works in regard to water and application to your lawn to find out when is best to fertilize your lawn: before or after rain?

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Part 4

The Best Time of Day to Fertilize Your Lawn

Timing is key.

Maintaining a healthy lawn takes effort, planning, and care. The time of day you apply your fertilizer depends on upcoming weather conditions as well as the type of fertilizer you are using.

Whether you have granular or liquid fertilizer for your lawn care needs, learn more about the right time of day and the best time of year to use fertilizer on your lawn.

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As the temperatures rise and the mild weather of spring fades into a memory, you might start to notice changes in your lawn. The intense heat and lack of rain during the summer months can leave your grass struggling, but fortunately, we have some tips to keep your lawn as fresh and green as possible.

In addition to regular watering, it is important to have the right fertilizer on hand. Read more to learn about the best fertilizer for grass in summer.

What Type of Grass Do I have on My Lawn?

The first thing you’ll want to determine is the kind of grass you have growing in your lawn. Depending on what is native to your area (or what has sprung up in your yard), the method of lawn care in the summer will vary.

Cold-season grasses (such as fescue, bluegrass, and rye) thrive in mild temperatures – roughly in the 60’s F. These types of grasses tend to struggle more during hot summers, becoming especially prone to fading as they are unable to recover from damage. They should also be mowed longer in the summer, about 3-4 inches.

Warm-season grasses (including Zoysia, St. Augustine, Centipede, and Bermuda) prefer slightly higher temperatures in the 70’s F. Warm-weather varieties are more resilient against harsh summer conditions, but even these will show signs of damage if the temps soar above the 80’s F. These can be mowed shorter than cold-weather varieties, around 2-3 inches.

What Should You Do For Your Lawn in the Summer?

Your lawn care strategy is different in the summer because it is focused on maintaining a healthy lawn, as opposed to laying a good foundation ahead of time.

As long as your grass is still green and alive, it needs regular water and fertilizer.

The roots need extra support during hot weather, so be sure to keep your grass hydrated and fed. And the more you water, the more fertilizer your lawn will need, in order to support continued growth.

A good fertilizing schedule in the summer is about 6-8 weeks apart. If you have a sprinkler system, you can aim for 6 weeks; without a sprinkler system, less frequent fertilizing is better. Over-applying fertilizer in the summer months can burn your lawn, causing lasting damage.

However, if you are unable to water and feed your lawn regularly in the summer, it is best to let it go dormant – brown and dry – until fall comes, when it should perk right up. Never fertilize or over-water a dormant lawn in the hopes of bringing it back to life – wait until it greens up in the fall.

Best Lawn Fertilizer for Summer

We recommend using Holganix to fertilize grass in the summer.

It is 100% organic and maximizes plant growth without introducing toxins into the environment. In addition, organic fertilizer is naturally slow-release, so it is much less likely to burn your lawn than a chemical fertilizer. As explained above, this is especially important during the summer months when grass is already struggling with heat and lack of rain.

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