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Louisville Lawn Care Blog


Spring 2023 - Right Around the Corner!!


As we move through the final weeks of winter, we are heartened to know spring is just a few weeks away…at least on the calendar!... and this means the lawn care season is once again upon us.

We highly anticipate the first lawn application for all of our clients as it sets the stage for the rest of the year. Why is the first application so important?

  • Pre-emergent, which is designed to control the majority of annual crabgrass and some weed varieties, must be applied prior to crabgrass germination for premium effectiveness. The window of opportunity to get our pre-emergent down is generally from now through Derby.
  • A properly balanced fertilization is necessary as the lawn comes out of winter’s dormancy. This will help the turf recover for cold winter conditions and contribute toward a beautiful, healthy green lawn this year.
  • As soon as warmer temperatures return, spring weeds will begin to ‘pop’. Appropriate broadleaf weed controls will be applied with your first services to keep chickweed, henbit and dandelion populations ‘in check’ as they make their seasonal appearance.

Soon winter will be just a memory. Preparations have already been made to ensure a successful spring season. We hope to see you on your lawn soon!!


Prepare Your Car for Winter

Now that winter is here, we can all have a small break from lawn maintenance.  Our cars, though, will face the toughest time of year, so here are some good winter car tips:

Tips to winterize your car:
  • Test your battery; battery power drops as the temperature drops
  • Make sure the cooling system is in good working order
  • Check the tire pressure; tire pressure drops as the temperature drops
  • Check your wiper blades and replace if needed
  • Turn your wiper blades up before the storm, so they do not get frozen against the window.
  • Add wiper fluid rated for -30 degrees
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze
  • Clean your car’s external camera lenses and side mirrors
  • Remove dirt, ice and snow from sensors to allow the assistive-driving features, like automatic emergency braking, to work
  • In frigid weather, you may want to warm up the car before you drive
  • To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never leave a vehicle running in your garage – even with the garage door up
  • If the forecast looks iffy, wait out the storm; if you must travel, share your travel plans and route with someone before you leave
Remember to keep your car’s emergency preparedness kit fully stocked, too!

Stay safe and warm this winter season!

Time For One Last Leaf Removal

It's now officially winter but the leaves of most oak and ornamental pear trees have just now fallen. Even though you may wish your leaf removal was done for the season, don’t forget to do a good raking/blowing of these final fallen leaves.

Your landscape beds must also not be forgotten. It's important to do one final cleaning of your shrub beds, as accumulated leaves and debris on and around the landscape plantings can be a winter haven for insects and other pests. Leaf litter in excess in your beds can also have a smothering effect to your landscape plantings. So, be sure to clean up the last of these stubborn leaves…then you can put your rake away until spring!

Enjoy your winter season!


Raking V. Mulching

Fall leaf color has peaked, and now the remains of spent tree foliage is accumulating quickly on our lawns. Left untouched, a layer of leaves (especially wet leaves) can cause damage to turf by suffocation in a relatively short period of time. Depending on the amount of leaf coverage, mulching can be your best option.

Studies conducted by Purdue University and Michigan State University have found that mulching leaves regularly with your mower is an effective way to remove moderate leaf coverage and causes no harm to turf. Some studies indicate that the mulched leaf pieces can actually improve the soil as they decompose.

The key word is ‘moderate’ leaf coverage. Obviously, allowing several inches of leaves to accumulate on the lawn will deter effective mulching, so mow as often as needed to effectively mulch a thin layer of leaves each time. You may have to mow over the same area several times if the leaves are especially thick in certain spots. Also, be sure the leaves are dry when trying to mow, as wet leaves will not mulch properly.

If you are buried in leaves, removal is then required. Even then, some options may be available…

  • Some municipalities will vacuum leaves raked to the curbside
  • Some municipalities may pick up bagged leaves for compost/recycling. Note if there are bagging requirements (paper vs. plastic).
  • For those with home vegetable gardens, a nice layer of leaves left to decompose on the soil surface over the winter and then tilled in next spring is a nice way to improve soil quality.

For some, raking leaves is a pleasurable pastime. It sure beats shoveling snow! Enjoy the fall!


Get Ready for Fall Seeding!

We have reached our fall season which means it’s the perfect time for lawn seeding. We LOVE to hear that our clients are planning fall seeding!! Seeding is the most successful when done in September and October and is just what your lawn needs to help fill in any bare areas that may be present in your lawn.

Here are some tips for seeding on your own:

  • Step 1:  If your lawn has spots of dead, matted bluegrass or ryegrass that did not survive through this past summer, these spots must be raked and seeded to allow desirable grass to grow. So rake these areas well!
  • Step 2: Add some fresh topsoil or compost to these bare areas
  • Step 3: Sprinkle these areas with a high quality, turf-type tall fescue grass seed and work the seed down into the soil with a garden weasel or rake
  • Step 4: Water each day until your seed germinates, approximately 15-20 days after sowing.

Always use a turf-type tall fescue blend, the best choice for our area. Read any seed package carefully prior to purchase, as many seeds that claim to be fescue have additives like bluegrass or ryegrass. Avoid this problem by purchasing the highest quality turf-type tall fescue. Lawn Cure offers premium Pennington Smart Seed for $2.75/lb. Order today by calling Lawn Cure at 812-246-8800.

Be sure to let your lawn care company know if you have seeded so your applications can be adjusted to best support your new seed!

Want Lawn Cure to do the seeding work for you? Sign up for our organic aeration and seeding! Call today for further details!!

Don’t wait! Make your fall seeding plans now! Your lawn will thank you with a thick, lush stand of turf next spring!!