Everyone wants to have a great looking lush lawn in the summer, but your grass needs regular maintenance all year, just not when the weather is nice. Your lawn is a living organism that needs different types of care during the changing seasons. As the weather and temperatures change through the year, so do the needs of your grass.
We are going to take you through the basics of lawn care for each of the seasons. Learn about the important steps to take in the spring, plan your ultimate summer lawn care routine, and how to put your lawn to bed for the long winter.
This is the time of year when your lawn will need the most attention and maintenance. With all the spring melt, rain and warmer days, your lawn will experience very fast growth and development during this time. You want to focus on eliminating problems with pests and weeds before they get out of control. Your first step should be a thorough spring landscape clean up. Clear your lawn of any debris left from winter storms to eliminate any dead winter growth patches, and reseed where necessary.
- With an accelerated growth rate in the spring you can safely cut your lawn every 4-5 days.
- Only cut down ⅓ of the length of your grass blade to avoid burning out.
- This is a great time to leave your grass clippings on the lawn for extra soil nutrients.
- The cold winter can leech important minerals and nutrients in your lawn.
- Slow-release nitrogen-rich fertilizers work the best for grass rejuvenation.
- Use a pre-emergent weed formula on your whole lawn.
- For tougher more hardy weeds like dandelions and Broadleaf you can try a post-emergence treatment as well as spot removal.
Summer is the best time to enjoy your lawn. If well tended in the spring, you should be able to grow a luxurious and healthy lawn. During the heat and dryness of the summer the most important focus of care should be on watering and cutting your lawn.
- Stay with a longer length of grass, especially in really arid climates, to avoid scalding from the sun.
- It is best to water your lawn at least once a week in the early morning before the sun gets too hot.
- This is the time to lay a healthy layer of mulch on tough spots to help insulate and feed weaker area.
The maintenance of your full lawn is important in the autumn. This is a time where you can regroup from the summer and prepare your grass for the cold winters.
- Make sure that all lawn debris is cleared away before the snow falls.
- Rake and remove any fallen leaves.
- Mulch and spread your leaves over weak spots on your lawn.
- Rake up any areas of thatch that have accumulated over the summer.
- This is a good time to reseed any areas that need it.
- Nutrient-rich fertilizers can help preserve grass and roots through winter.
- Aerate to avoid heavy clumping and compacting over the winter.
For many people, their lawn is covered in snow for much of the winter and they may not think about maintenance. Your grass is just in a hibernation phase during the cold.
- Cut your grass slightly shorter during your last mow to prevent pests and critters from nesting.
- Keep your yard clear of debris as it can suffocate grass beneath the snow surface.
- Be mindful of areas of heavy foot traffic.
A great-looking lawn adds a perk to your whole property and home. Increase your home’s curb appeal by setting up a proper maintenance schedule for your lawn. You want to stay ahead of any problems with weed infestations or diseases that can affect the look and health of your grass.