It may seem like having a nice lawn is a complete mystery or that it will take hours of laborious work to get a lush lawn, but it really can be relatively easy if you tackle certain lawn care tasks each season and have a bit of patience. It also pays to get a bit of professional help for some of the more complex lawn care tasks.
- Early Spring: Getting ready for grass growing season is going to make things go more smoothly and save you some problems later. First of all, get your lawn equipment ready – sharpen mower blades, tune up your mower, and get some fresh gas for it. Secondly, inspect your yard for any debris that could hamper grass growth. If you missed a few fall leaves, for example, they could smother the grass.
- Spring: Once the grass starts growing, you’ll begin mowing, but be sure not to mow when the grass is wet. This is also a good time to call in a professional for lawn care services such as fertilizing and aeration. Use of a pre-emergent herbicide will help control weeds and crabgrass, so this can be applied as soon as the ground is above the recommended temperature.
- Summer: Keep your eye out for disease, as well as harmful pests such as grub worms. This is a good time to consider outdoor pest control services, not only for lawn care, but also to make your yard more enjoyable for you. When you mow, take care to only remove the top 1/3 of the height in order to keep the lawn healthy. Generally, a three-inch setting on the mower blade works well. During the hottest periods, you may need to water your lawn to keep it looking nice. It is better to do a good soaking once in a while than to do a light sprinkling every day. Giving about one inch of water a week at one time will promote longer roots, which is what you want. Anything less than an inch could make your lawn go dormant.
- Fall: You are finally getting a break from mowing most likely, but don’t think your work is done. Fall lawn care includes making sure debris and leaves are cleaned up. A neat trick for this is to use a mulching lawnmower – so much easier than raking! It really is fine to leave grass trimmings on the lawn too because they decompose and nourish the soil. This is also a good time to do some reseeding if you have noticed some thin or bare areas or wish for a lusher lawn next year. Your lawn care professional can help you with fertilizing in the fall, too, if your lawn requires it.
If you are befuddled by lawn care or simply do not have the time to do some of the tasks such as fertilization, aeration, weed control, and mosquito control, give us a call at Carolina Turf and Mosquito. We serve the Charlotte, North Carolina area with a wide variety of lawn care services and can provide you with sound advice and solutions for getting the lawn you desire. We do not require binding contracts, so you are not locked into any of our services. Just call us whenever you need a helping hand!