How to Keep Your Lawn Alive All Year Long
Many homeowners want a lush, beautiful lawn, but they can be difficult to maintain. You might know how to keep your lawn alive and well during the summer, but perhaps you need some help when temperatures drop below freezing or vice versa. The following tips can help you care for your lawn year-round and keep it looking its best.
Spring is one of the most important seasons when it comes to lawn care. As temperatures start to rise and grass begins to grow, you’ll need to make sure you give your grass lawn plenty of attention. It’s the ideal time to lay turf and sow seed. You should give your lawn a spring feeding using a pre-packaged feed.
You’ll want to water your lawn occasionally in late spring if you haven’t been getting much rain. Be sure to mow the grass regularly. Use a rake or mechanical scarifier to remove the layer of dead grass that’s accumulated during winter. Spike the lawn using a fork or aerator.
Grass is the most stressed during summer. At first, that may sound like you need to do more maintenance, but avoiding some operations is actually better as to not disturb the lawn too much. If you’re expecting rain over the summer, you can give it another feeding. Watering will be your busiest chore during the summer and you may prefer using an irrigation system. You’ll also be mowing your lawn once or twice a week, except during periods that are extremely dry. Dig out or spray weeds as needed.
Caring for your lawn properly in the fall ensures that it will survive during winter. Be sure to feed your lawn using a potassium feed which toughens up the grass and encourages growth. Apply a top-dressing evenly over the lawn. As far as mowing is concerned, keep it to a minimum and your last mow will be in late fall. Rake up fallen leaves and scarify the lawn in addition to aerating it.
Winter is actually the easiest season to care for your lawn. Try to avoid walking on it when it’s frosty. Avoid laying turf if it’s extremely cold. Remove fallen leaves so they don’t block the grass from getting sunlight. For the most part, you can stay out of the cold rain and snow and you won’t need to get back to lawn care until spring.
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