Keep your lawn looking its best by adjusting the care that you provide according to seasonal changes. Your lawn needs different types of care as the weather changes, so use this handy guide as starting point. Be sure to ask us if you have additional questions!
Spring Lawn Care
If you spend time getting your lawn ready for spring, then you are making steps toward your lawn looking its best for the rest of the year. First, start by raking up all of the leaves and debris. If you’re lucky and you don’t have much debris in your yard, you should still rake anyway. It will control the thatch in your yard as well. Thatch is basically any dead grass and related dead items like stems, leaves, and roots. Removing all of the dead grass blades will also help your grass look green and lush.
Take the time to give your lawn a good once over. Are there any matted patches or bald spots? If so, you may need to invest in a partial sod installation to take care of those spots. Apply fertilizer just as the grass begins its most active growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer carefully and water thoroughly afterwards. If you have had problems with weeds in the past, you may want to consider adding a herbicide at this time as well. You may also want to aerate your lawn. Aerating puts small holes in the law so that water, oxygen, and fertilizer can penetrate deep into the grass roots.
Be sure that your soil is moist so the lawn does not dry out. However, you should also avoid overwatering. Tune up your lawn mower, and you are ready to care for your beautiful lawn well into the summer months!
Summer Lawn Care
Spring makes your lawn lush and beautiful, but you have to put some work in to keep it that way during the summer months. The most challenging aspect of summer care is determining how much water to use. June, July, August, and September are extremely hot and dry months. Water your lawn first thing in the morning and at mid-day (or at the hottest time of the day). The idea is to split up the watering time so that your lawn is never dried out. Do not water at night! Watering your lawn at night will promote fungus growth.
Lawns need about 1 inch of water per week, and even more when the heat is at its highest points. However, you should also avoid overwatering. Allowing puddles to set on the lawn can actually cook the grass. If you space out your watering, and stop when the lawn is sufficiently moist, then you shouldn’t have any problems with cooking grass. Try using a rain gauge to keep track of your watering. If your lawn gets browned and dormant, then you cannot bring it back to life by watering it excessively. Avoid browned grass by continuing frequent watering’s.
If you cut your grass a little less, that may also allow it to keep its green, lush color. Taller grass grows deeper roots, so they are not as prone to suffer in droughts. It also helps prevent weeds from germinating because it acts as a shade on the ground. The sod we offer uses warm-weather grasses, so they can be mowed as high as 2 to 3 inches in the summer. Be sure you are mowing regularly, even if you are allowing the grass to grow slightly. The clippings are less likely to smother the grass if you keep up with regular mowing.
You can still add fertilizer and herbicides in the summer, but you may want to wait until the temperatures are lower to apply them. Read the directions carefully when using any of these products. Summer is a great time to treat fungal disease as well. Apply fungicide if needed. This is also a good time to use grub control if necessary.
Fall Lawn Care
Watering is just as important in the fall as it is any other season. Be sure that your lawn is not drying out! Continue regular mowing as well. However, you may not need to mow as often because growth is usually slowed during the autumn months. As you wind down on the mowing, cut the grass lower so that more sunlight can reach the crown of the grass. Aerating your lawn in the fall is also recommended. Raking your leaves is also a good idea. If the leaves become wet and create a mat over the top of your grass, then your grass is much more likely to acquire a fungal disease.
Fall is also a great time to prep your lawn for its growing season in the spring. In the fall, your grass is working hard to store energy, nutrients, and moisture so it can survive the winter, where it may become dormant. Fertilizing during the fall is a wonderful idea. Applying fertilizer in the fall will give nutrients to the deepest parts of the grass roots, and the grass can store those nutrients for use in the spring.
Fix fall bald spots by either laying down seeds (watering every other day), or laying down a portion of sod.
Winter Lawn Care
Caring for your lawn in the winter is usually fairly easy because the winter weather will take care of watering for you. If it is an especially dry winter, however, you may still need to provide some water to your lawn. Be sure that your lawn is free of debris that may damage the grass as the colder weather rolls in. If an object remains on the grass, then it may create a large dead spot when spring arrives. This applies to piles of leaves as well! In addition, avoid having heavy traffic walk across part of the lawn over and over again, even during the winter. This can cause compacting, which will stunt the growth of your lawn in the spring.