Lawn care is pretty much a year-long project if you want a vibrant and healthy lawn. It’s never too late to make a commitment to a lawn care routine that delivers results. Follow these five simple steps to make your lawn thrive!
1. Devote lots of time in early spring
Early spring is a critical time for setting the stage for the summer growing season. The first step in your lawn care routine is to spend time tackling the trouble spots. Here’s what you need to do:
- Start with patching bare spots in your yard by adding grass seed to the areas. Then, make sure to spend the time to water those spots.
- Next, attack weeds and crabgrass with weed killer. Otherwise, weeds will overtake your lawn.
- Now you’re ready for the first mow of the season. It’s important to set your mower at its highest possible level (approximately three to four inches). This will ensure your healthy grass develops deep roots.
- Once mowed, it’s time to aerate and dethatch your lawn to minimize undergrowth and allow nutrients to get down into the soil.
2. Look for Evidence of Grubs
Grubs are newly hatched beetles that destroy grass roots. They will make a vibrant yard impossible. Grubs create patches of bald soil, as they eat through your lawn. Look for patches of brown grass irregularly spread throughout your lawn. And, if you can easily pull this grass from the ground due to lack of roots, the culprit is most likely grubs.
If grubs are present, get rid of them immediately with grub killer! Grubs hatch during the late spring through the summer months. You must eliminate them to protect the roots of your grass.
3. Don’t Bag Your Clippings in the Summer
Many people make the mistake of bagging their grass clippings as they mow during the summer. This is a mistake. Instead, allow the grass clippings to spread naturally around the yard as you mow. Why? The clippings act as a natural mulch for your lawn. They will nourish the soil and roots.
4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate and then Add Lime
During the hottest part of the summer, your lawn needs a significant amount of water. You’ll want to ensure the water is able to reach at least five inches into the ground. That way, it will get to the roots.
As the summer begins to wind down and you’ve provided your lawn with the appropriate water, you’ll next want to add lime. Adding lime to your soil brings the PH back to optimal growing levels and makes it less acidic. It also stimulates the development of natural nutrients in the soil. The result, a greener lawn!
5. Don’t Forget to Fertilize
Adding fertilizer to your lawn is very important. But heavy fertilizing, especially in the early and late fall months, keeps your grass from drying out, withering, and turning brown, prematurely. It also stimulates crucial growth that will help keep your lawn stay alive during the winter. And, it will produce food that it’s important for the lawn during the cold months!
Now that you know these five tips, follow them. And commit to making your lawn vibrant!