Your lawn is one of the first things people see when they pull up to your home. Because of this, you want it to look nice no matter what time of year it is. From the hottest, driest days of the summer to the coldest winter nights, you want your lawn to be as beautiful as it can be.
It turns out that lawn care isn’t just a spring and summer job: it can, and should, be done year round. But how do you keep your lawn looking fresh even when the weather doesn’t seem to be favorable for the grass? Let’s discuss.
How Should I Care For My Lawn In Spring?
Feed Your Grass
Spring is the time to start applying fertilizer to your lawn. Your grass needs nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and iron for healthy growth, and the winter reduces the nutrients. Choose a fertilizer that won’t harm your lawn: one specifically for residential grass.
Get Rid of Weeds
Weeds are impossible to completely eliminate from your lawn, but you can still control their growth. A post-emergent herbicide in the late spring will help control weed growth in the summer.
Gophers, aphids, and other critters are a real nuisance for a nice lawn. We don’t recommend relying on artificial pesticides. Ask us about organic alternatives that are healthy for your lawn and the environment!
How Should I Care For My Lawn In Summer?
Keep Your Lawn Watered
Summer gets hot, and some days are incredibly hard on plants. Give your lawn about one inch of water per week in total. Rainfall can take care of a lot of this. As an added bonus, add mulch around flower gardens, shrubs, and trees to lock in necessary moisture.
Mow Your Lawn Regularly
Overgrowth is no good for your lawn, and it can introduce annoying critters and, in some parts of the US, dangerous nuisances like ticks. Mow your lawn every week and monitor the growth. Getting a lawn care service can help you out tremendously.
How Should I Care For My Lawn In Fall?
Clean Up Your Leaves
Leaving leaves on the ground can cause the grass underneath it to die from lack of moisture and sunlight. A lawn care service can help eliminate the hassle of raking and collecting leaves.
Fertilize For The Winter
In winter, grass doesn’t get a lot of nutrients. Fertilizing your lawn in the fall can help keep the grass healthier during the winter and promote better growth in spring. As a bonus, plant more grass seed in the fall for more robust growth in the spring!
Aerate Your Lawn
Aerating your lawn helps open up the soil to let moisture and key nutrients be absorbed by the grass roots. This will help improve grass quality for the following year. Contact a professional for help with lawn aeration!
How Should I Care For My Lawn In Winter?
Remove Debris From Your Lawn
Sometimes, dried twigs and leaves can collect on the lawn. Although it doesn’t snow that much in the South, it does happen and can leave some unwanted debris on the lawn. Get rid of debris that’s left on the lawn to prevent dead spots.
Get Rid of Winter Weeds
Some weeds don’t pose a problem until the winter, and getting rid of them as they crop up will prevent your grass from losing important nutrients that it doesn’t get enough of during winter.
Keep Your Lawn Hydrated
Southern winters are dry and mild, which doesn’t lend itself to much grass growth. What it can do is turn your lawn brown! Don’t water your lawn as often as you might in the summer, but if there’s a string of days over 50 degrees with low humidity, give your lawn a nice watering to give the grass some moisture.