As anyone who has seen a well maintained lawn will tell you: A good lawn is one of the most important features of a house. The lawn is the first thing a person sees when they approach your home and the quality of your lawn can make or break a house’s overall aesthetic. Since the climate of the area you live in influences what is better and worse for your lawn, and since southern regions have very different climates than northern regions, here are some lawn care tips for spring, summer and fall in the south.
After your lawn has thawed after a long winter, it’s time to start with the lawn care again. The biggest problem your lawn faces during the first couple of warm months is weeds, so lay down herbicides to kill them before they sprout. It’s a good idea to spread herbicide in the last week of February, in fact, for your best chances of stopping this problem before it starts. Also, spring is that time of the year when the grass really starts growing so mow your lawn before it gets too high and get rid of any thatch (dead grass stems) building up on your yards surface.
The summer is when your lawn starts to get hungry and the best way to feed it is with fertilizer. Spread fertilizer around your lawn in May and June, and if you want, you can even throw on some grass seeds as well to add fresh, new grass to replace the old. With all this extra food and seed, however, your lawn is going to get thick rather fast, so make sure you aerate your lawn to allow oxygen and water to reach its roots, and use sprinklers to make sure your grass doesn't go dry. Also, mow at least once a week.
When fall comes around, it’s time to get your lawn ready for its long sleep through winter. To help it on its way, spread some more herbicides, just like you did in spring, to kill any weeds that might try and sneak through before it gets too cold, and continue to mow to keep your grass short. Lastly, it’s a good idea to over-seed with ryegrass before winter. Ryegrass will stay green during the chilly months while the rest of the lawn turns brown, then dies out when it gets hot again. This is a great way to keep your lawn looking nice, even through the holidays.
Lawn care is not only one of the most intricate parts of homeowning, it’s one of the most important as well. Fortunately, all it takes is a few steps and your lawn should be the envy of your neighborhood. For more information, or to receive quality pest control and lawn care services, contact EnSec today.