The new year just started, and you may be among the many who decided to finally give some attention to their yard. When do you lay sod? What are pre-emergents, and do you really need them? Am I mowing properly? If you’re lost and confused, look no further because it’s all about to make sense.
With spring being the next season, it’s the perfect starting place. If you didn’t keep up with the debris winter brought to your yard, this is the first thing to take care of. Not only is it smothering your grass, the debris can do some serious damage to your lawn mower. Speaking of your mower, it’s time to bring that guy back out from the shed. Once your grass is between 2 and 3 inches tall, it needs to be mowed about once a week for the first month and half of spring.
Only cut one-third of the blade of grass at one time. Mowing will keep your lawn full and lush and beautiful but only if you do it right. Remember to keep your mower blades sharp, always. Cutting your grass with dull blades will tear it, just as cutting too much of your grass at one time stunts the root system.
We’re still not done with spring. The prep you do here is what sets the framework for taking care of your yard for the whole year. Before the soil’s temperature reaches 55 degrees, get those pre-emergents down! While you’re at it, sprinkle a little bit of fertilizer and spray some weed killer. But do not seed your lawn. Those seeds won’t germinate with the pre-emergents.
What happens without that spring concoction? In unfortunate cases, crab grass. The pre-emergents stop it from growing and the weed killer knocks out anything that may have already begun to grow. To stay on the safe side, don’t skip this step.
The spring season is also the time to think about any trees that need trimming or any mulch that needs to go down. Down here in the south, pine straw is common since we love our hydrangeas, azaleas, and rhododendrons.
Taking care of your yard in the summer is less intensive as the spring, but most people try to do their spring work in the summer. Here’s why you shouldn’t:
Remember when we said to fertilize your yard and lay down pre-emergents and weed killer? Doing this in the summer can actually do more harm than good since it’s quite a lot hotter– it might burn your yard.
What you will do to take of your yard is keep mowing. Keep the blades of grass between 2 and 3 inches so the root system can develop. You’re also going to keep your lawn hydrated. Your grass does this in two ways: one, by the roots finding water underground and two, by you watering it in the mornings. Water enough for it seep in 4-6 inches of your soil. That way you can water it less frequently, and it also prepares your lawn for a drought if we were to experience another one.
Even less intensive is taking care of your lawn in the fall. Keep doing what you did in the summer, but aerate your soil and lay those pre-emergents again. After that, you just need to keep the leaves off the grass to keep it alive.
And all that leaves now is the winter. Keep it free from debris. If your grass doesn’t green up again in the spring, this is most likely the reason.
If you have the time, taking care of your lawn year-round isn’t really all too difficult. But if your schedule is packed with meetings, family outings, and little league games, we’re here to help. As always, call or email for a free estimate!