How to Keep a Lawn Looking Good All Year
To have a green healthy lawn, the care and maintenance for it will need to be performed year-round. If this isn’t done, the susceptibility of a lawn to outdoor pests and diseases increases.
Spring Lawn Care
This is the time of year where maintenance is essential to eliminate weeds and overgrowth.
*Removing winter debris and growth
*Cleaning hard surfaces such as driveways, walkways and more
After the cold temperatures, a lawn will need nutrients such as iron, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to promote new growth and healthy roots. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring can help stop weed growth before it starts.
Because so much needs to be done, Spring is the ideal time to hire a lawn care service!
Summer Lawn Care
With the summer season, there is usually less rainfall and a lawn must deal with dry heat and hot sun.
*Watering – A general rule is that a lawn should be given a minimum of an inch of water weekly. It can come from an irrigation system or rainfall. This is essential during the hot months of the year.
*Pests and Insects – June is the month to be aware of the webworms. They eat blades of grass and live at the root level of a lawn. If grub worms are detected, it may be necessary to treat the lawn immediately.
*Mulching – This is a cost-effective way to provide an important layer of topsoil material. It will prevent weed growth during the summer, retain moisture, and more.
Fall Lawn Care
This is the time of year when it is important to get a lawn ready for the winter months. The grass will continue to grow when it’s cold but at a slower rate.
*Cleanup – It’s important to clean a lawn and landscape before the winter months arrive. Leaves will fall and cover a lawn and it’s important to remove them. Get rid of any dead plants and debris before winter.
*Feeding – Fertilizing a lawn during the fall will help protect it during the winter. This will also help the grass store essential nutrients.
*Remove Thatch – This can be removed and discarded or added to a compost pile.
*Aerating – Doing this will stop winter soil compaction as the ground freezes. Punching small holes in the soil enables the roots of the grass and soil to store important water and fertilizer when it is cold.
Winter Lawn Care
Even during the cold month, a lawn will still need regular maintenance and care.
*Cleanup – There are going to be fallen branches, tree limbs as well as debris from high winds and rainstorms to cleanup. If this is not done it can cause dead spots in the lawn.
*Minimize Foot Traffic – Excessive traffic on the lawn can weaken the grass and cause it to struggle to recover in the spring.
Performing maintenance and lawn care year-round is important to have a healthy lawn. Without it, a lawn can become overgrown, susceptible to outdoor pests, and diseases. It is important to know what maintenance is required during each time of the year.