Caring for your lawn to keep it lush, beautiful, and free of pests is pretty much a year-round endeavor. Knowing what to do to maintain your grass, plantings, and garden is only half the battle, and knowing when to do them is the other half. So, to help you get started right this spring and stay on track for summer and fall, here is a quick cheat sheet to let you know what actions you should take and when in order to maintain a healthy lawn all year long.
Spring – Time to get the tools and mower ready!
- Remove any debris such as twigs, branches, or left over leaves from last fall and winter.
- Aerate if your grass looks compacted or if high traffic areas are getting bare of grass. Look for puddles during spring rains that tell you where the lawn is compacted.
- Choose a long-term fertilizer that can nourish your grass and get it growing.
- Begin seeding the parts of your lawn that didn’t fare so well during the winter months or the parts that died last fall.
- Mow the lawn regularly, but not more than ⅓ of the height at any one time.
- Have a “Start up” completed on your irrigation system.
Summer – Things are warming up and beginning to really grow!
- Continue mowing the grass but avoid mowing too short as it may burn in the sun.
- Water during the early morning hours or after dusk so that you don’t lose all the moisture through evaporation. Water deep enough and check regularly by sticking a screwdriver into the lawn and seeing how far down it can go. If it is hard as a rock, water more; if it is too wet cut back on your mowing.
- Depending upon the type of fertilizer you used in the spring you may want a summer fertilizer and pest control treatment. Ask your lawn care provider what is best for your lawn.
- Summer is a great time to plant your favorite annuals or start a perennial garden.
Autumn – The leaves are falling and the temps are slowly dropping.
- If you have not already aerated this year, now is the time to loosen up the grass and allow the water, nutrients, and oxygen to get to the roots before a long, dormant winter.
- Rake the leaves and be sure to get all the debris off the lawn.
- Continue mowing the lawn while it is still growing.
- Prepare for the first frost by wrapping bushes and shrubs.
- Evaluate all tools and equipment that may need repairs.
- Arrange a blow out of the irrigation system.
Winter – Old man winter is settling in!
- Avoid walking on the lawn as the grass crowns are brittle and fragile.
- Do not park cars on the lawn.
- Be careful where you shovel piles of snow onto the lawn, especially if there is rock salt mixed in.
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