Louisville Lawn Care Blog
With April upon us, spring is in full swing. Lawn mowers are cranked up again and landscape mulch is flying off the shelves.
Crabgrass, though, has yet to germinate, as it requires warmer soil temperatures before it ever begins to sprout. Therefore, we still have ample time to apply pre-emergent for crabgrass control.
At least a dozen common weeds are currently flourishing in lawns, which also makes this an optimal time to apply post-broadleaf weed controls. Happy spring lawn spraying!!
Springtime is here and time for a little yard work to be done. Here are some suggestions to help get your lawn ready for the growing season:
- Spend some time removing leaves, tree limbs and other debris out of your lawn. Leaving these items to sit on the lawn can cause major problems with the turf later in the year.
- If you have matted grass and/or dead crabgrass or weeds in your lawn, rake these areas well. Leaving the last year's dead crabgrass in place will only encourage new crabgrass later this summer.
- Have your lawn mower serviced and the blade sharpened. Mowing of turf is generally best done at 3" (usually about 1-notch down from your highest mower setting). Taller grass will build a stronger root systems and help protect your lawn during heat stress periods. Be sure your mower is set on the mulching setting – do not bag the grass. Those grass clippings provide vital nutrients to your lawn.
Enjoy your time outdoors and our beautiful spring season!
After several years with little to no true winter, the winter of 2020-21 has finally brought us some cold temperatures and snowfall. But- no worries! - spring is just a few weeks away…at least on the calendar!
As soon as the grass is clear of snow and ice, the lawn care season will be upon us. The first application of the season sets the stage for the rest of the year for several reasons:
- Pre-emergent, which is designed to control the majority of annual crabgrass and some weed varieties, must be applied prior to seed germination for premium effectiveness. The window of opportunity is generally from now through Derby.
- A properly balanced fertilization is necessary as the lawn comes out of dormancy. This will help the turf recover from this harsh winter and contribute toward a beautiful, healthy green lawn.
- As soon as normal temperatures return, spring weeds will begin to ‘pop’. Appropriate broadleaf weed controls will be applied 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!!
Mulching Leaves versus Raking Leaves?
It's the heart of our fall season, and all of those lovely, colorful leaves are now falling like crazy! We all know, whole leaves left on the lawn over the winter can do a lot of damage to the turf, as it will inhibit the turf's ability to photosynthesize and can cause snow mold. So what is the best and easiest way to get rid of them? Spend hours raking, blowing and bagging? Actually the best way to rid your lawn of leaves is to mulch them with your mower. Studies conducted by Purdue University and Michigan State University have found that mulching the leaves regularly with your mower is a very effective way to remove heavy leaf coverage and causes no harm to the turf at all. Some even suggest the tiny leaf pieces left behind can actually improve the soil quality as they break down over time.
The key to effectively utilizing leaf mulching is to mow on a regular basis. 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 and could do damage to your mower.
Mulching your leaves is a wonderful option in lieu of labor-intensive raking, blowing, vacuuming and bagging of your leaves. Plus it's greener for our environment, as there is no need to dispose of all those leaf bags! Happy mulching!
As we move through our autumn season, we have been fortunate to have many days of beautiful fall weather here in Kentuckiana. Those warm, dry conditions though have caused our lawns a lot of stress. We have seen little to no rainfall during these past few weeks so keep those sprinklers and irrigation systems running regularly!
Here are a few more things that can be done now for your lawn:
Seeding: 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. Simply rake the spots clean, add some fresh topsoil or compost and then sprinkle with grass seed. 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 grass seed available 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!
Mowing: When mowing, always set your highest settings, one that leaves at least a 3" blade. Leaving the grass blade taller helps promotes a deeper and stronger root. Cutting the grass too short will stress out the blade/roots and cause the grass to brown out and in some cases die out. Make sure your mower blades are sharp, as a dull blade can tear the grass and lead to browning out and health issues with your turf.
Lawn Nutrients: Be sure your lawn is scheduled for at least two fall applications, one in early-mid fall and one in late fall. Fall is the most important time to provide the proper nutrients to your lawn as you prepare the lawn to entire the dormant conditions of winter.
Wishing you all the best in your fall lawn endeavors!