Caring for your lawn is a year round commitment. In addition to professional lawn care services, there are things you can do at home to ensure you’re getting the best results: the healthiest, greenest lawn possible.
Beginning good lawn care practices early can determine your lawn’s overall success throughout the rest of the year. And spring is the best time to give your lawn the care it needs to recover from the cold winter.
Fertilize. Now is the time to restore nutrients that the winter depleted from your lawn.
Weed Control. Prevention is key. Pre emergent weed control products will prevent new weed growth while post emergent products will kill existing weeds. Common issues are dandelions and clovers. Be careful with weed control products; if seeding your yard, these products can prevent new grass growth. Careful spot treating is recommended.
Aeration. Cold weather can leave your lawn’s soil compacted. Core aeration will loosen soil so that fertilizer and water reach the grass roots. Rent an aerator at your local home improvement store or contact a professional for aeration service.
Remove thatch. What is thatch? A layer of dead grass roots and stems that grow between soil and green grass. Some thatch is normal but build up will prevent your lawn from getting the water, oxygen, and fertilizer it needs to grow. Pick up a thatching rake at your local home improvement store.
Seed. New seed should be planted to replace poor quality lawn or to grow new lawn.
Mow. Keep grass high and mow often. Mowing only the top of grass blades won’t exhaust your lawn of nutrients and will help to keep your yard weed-free.
Now that you’ve got your lawn green and healthy, you need to keep it that way.
Mow. Keep grass high; cutting it too short will make your lawn more likely to dry out in hot weather.
Water your lawn intensely and infrequently to keep grass green and healthy while conserving water, preferably in the morning. About an inch of water a week should be sufficient but depends on your grass type and the condition your lawn is in.
Stay off! Your lawn is most vulnerable in hot weather; keeping pets, people and vehicles off your grass is essential to preventing damage.
This is the time to prepare your lawn for the cold winter months.
Fertilize. They type of grass you have will determine how often and what type of fertilizer you should use. Regardless of the type of grass, fall is the best time to fertilize.
Weed control. September and October are the best months to control weeds like dandelions and clovers.
Lime. Test the pH levels in your soil; lawns with high acidity need lime application. Lime is a calcium compound that will counteract the effects of acid in the soil. The best way to apply lime is with a spreader; quantities needed will vary depending on your soil’s pH levels (lower pH means higher acidity).
Remove thatch. Some thatch is normal but build up will prevent your lawn from getting the water, oxygen, and fertilizer it needs to grow. Pick up a thatching rake at your local home improvement store.
Seed. New seed should be planted now to replace poor quality lawn or to grow new lawn. The grass will grow better in the cool temperatures of the fall.
Time to relax. You worked hard all year on your lawn. While lawn care should be stress-free in the winter, there are still things you can do to ensure a healthy spring lawn.
Fertilize. Before cold weather hits, fertilize your lawn one last time to prepare it for spring and replenish nutrients lost during the hot summer.
Mow. Before it gets cold, grass should be cut as short as possible.
Seeing spots? This is a common lawn problem that can have multiple causes.
Water. If your lawn isn’t getting enough moisture, healthy grass will become dull and yellow…causing those ugly spots. If your lawn is dry, start watering 1 or 2 more times a week in the morning.
Fertilizer. Too much or too little? Not fertilizing your lawn enough can cause a nutrient deficiency. Fertilizing your lawn too much, on the other hand, can burn your grass. If you’re caring for your lawn, be sure to follow the product’s instructions carefully. And if you over treat, be sure to remedy with lots of water. Or call a professional lawn care company, and we’ll take the problem off your hands.
Pesticides. Lawn-damaging insects are bad news for your lawn, but so are pesticides when they’re not used carefully. As with fertilizers, apply pesticides sparingly and according to the product’s directions.
Pets. Urine damage from your pets or other animals can result in unsightly spots. Watering your lawn often, before the urine sets in, is the best solution.