Developing your lawn maintenance schedule requires more work than simply committing yourself to mowing every Sunday. In order to keep your lawn looking fresh and green, there are multiple factors to consider. This list from Lawn Connections provides you with three valuable tips to help you plan your lawn care and maintenance.
1. Follow the Seasons
The type of care your lawn needs relies heavily on the current season. Follow these seasonal tips to help you understand what needs to be done:
• Spring – Keep your lawn mowed and maintained on a regular basis. Monitor your pH level and add fertilizer or nutrients where necessary.
• Summer – Compensate for the lack of water your lawn is experiencing. Let your grass grow a little longer (keep it around two inches) to keep weeds from spreading and to reduce stress on the root systems.
• Fall – Dethatch your lawn, plant some seed if necessary, and rake to ensure that your grass is getting sunlight.
• Winter – Colder months require less maintenance, since winter often causes grass to enter a dormant state. Make sure that your lawn isn’t being smothered by leftover leaves. Mow your grass about one-half inch shorter, without cutting more than one-third of the grass height.
2. Listen to Your Lawn
Consider keeping a journal to monitor changes in your grass. Take note of any areas in your lawn that look malnourished or brown. Each time you try a different lawn care treatment, record the results to determine the treatment’s effectiveness. You should also record the results of your pH tests. These notes will greatly assist you in the development of your lawn maintenance schedule.
3. Consider the Climate
The warmer weather in the Fort Worth, Southlake, and Keller areas calls for some extra care. If temperatures rise, water your lawn a day or so sooner than you normally would. Warmer weather is also more desirable for insects and other herbivores. Be sure that, when you treat your lawn for pests, you are treating it for pests that are common in your region.
These tips will help you develop a very effective lawn maintenance schedule. If you have further questions or would like more helpful advice from knowledgeable professionals, contact Lawn Connections.