It's time to enjoy the outdoors. Nothing beats a lush, green lawn for enjoying those hot summer days and evenings. A well-kept lawn all begins with high-quality care. When you take care of your lawn, you will reap the benefits.
Spring is sowing time, so to speak; it's the time for working on your lawn to ensure it is in top shape when summer arrives. Here are 4 things you need to take care of during spring.
Your lawn will have suffered some damage due to the harsh winter weather. Walk around your garden and remove dead leaves and twigs. Trim off dead branches from trees and bushes.
High-traffic areas will look brown and unattractive unless treated. This is because the roots are not getting enough air. You need to aerate your yard, which means punching holes in the ground to revive the lawn.
De-thatching is the removal of dead grass from the lawn. If not removed, dead grass will hinder the growth of new grass and also promote the growth of fungi and pests. Use a special de-thatching rake to remove thatches.
Your lawn requires the right pH to thrive. Spring is the right time to test your soil. Your soil should be neither too acidic nor too alkaline. Buy a kit and test the soil yourself, or have it tested by a competent landscaping team. Then adjust your soil pH appropriately.
Control for weeds
Weeds can keep you busy all summer. Stop them before they arrive. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to keep weeds at bay. Spring is also the time to apply seeds on naked patches
If you did the right things in spring, you should have a lush lawn in summer. The challenge in this season is maintaining it. Consider these three areas.
The hot summer weather is likely to stress your lawn. Have a regular watering schedule, and stick to it. Water your lawn at least once a week, but don't overdo it. Less frequent, regular watering will help the lawn to develop drought resistance. Water your lawn early in the day, to avoid evaporation.
Mow a little higher. Warm season grasses should be mowed 2-3 inches high, while cool season grasses should be mowed at 3-4 inches high.
Control for Pests and Diseases
Drought-stressed lawns tend to attract pests such as fleas, ants, cutworms, and grubs. If severe, apply insecticide. To control fungal infestation, avoid watering at night. Again, if the attack is severe, you may need to use fungicide.
If you want to enjoy your lawn in summer, start working on it early, in spring. In spring, clean, prune, de-thatch and prevent weeds. In summer, water, mow and treat your lawn.
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